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Carrion Golem Summoner Necromancer Build

Carrion Golem Summoner Necromancer Build

This Golem build offers the highest single-target DPS out of all Golem builds out there!

Carrion Golem
Necromancer Summoner build

Updated for Patch 3.11

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Guide notes
July 23, 2020
-Updated for Patch 3.11

 

Carrion Golems are the "youngest" Golems in Path of Exile which were introduced in Patch 3.8. They generally don't offer any bonuses to the player, but rather boost other Minions. Carrion Golem uses Leaping Attack, Ground Slam, series of Slashes, and regular Melee Attacks doing mostly Physical Damage. They also gain very high bonus damage for each nearby Minion (up to 50% More damage) so using different Minion types in this build is mandatory. Also, since all your Minions will be doing Physical Damage, and you can get additional Chance to Impale for your Minions from Cluster Jewels, we have decided to add it to this build. In the end, this build offers the highest single-target DPS out of all Summoner builds we have played.

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1. Gameplay

This is a very swift Summoner build that offers amazing mobility and second-to-none single target DPS. You don't have to do pretty much anything except for running around Maps and recalling your Minions with Convocation, which makes this build less fun and not for everyone. After you summon your Minions you won't have many things to do except to move around and avoid taking damage. Most of the skills will be triggered automatically or will be Passive. If you want, you can cast your Curse manually to have extra chores in your wicked band of Undead monsters.


0:08 Tier 15 Castle Ruins
0:20 Tier 15 Phantasmagoria
0:36 Tier 16 Malformation
1:16 Tier 16 Promenade
1:37 Tier 17 Shaper

This video was recorded on a level 92 Necromancer in Standard dual-wielding Cold Iron Points Daggers in Patch 3.10 (gameplay hasn't changed much since)


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • very high single-target DPS
  • solid defenses thanks to high Life and Physical Damage Reduction
  • good clear speed
  • all content viable
  • can do most Map mods with ease
  • high mobility
CONS
  • not the most exciting and skill-wise challenging builds out there
  • can have issues dealing with Physical Reflect
  • No Mana Regen. Maps are very annoying but can be completed with ease

 

3. Leveling tips

Leveling up a summoner character is very easy, however, it may feel a bit slower than other classes. Minions offer slow but steady progress through the campaign and you can support them with Auras/Curses/debuffing enemies and pick up a damaging Spell to increase clear speed and Boss damage. Below you will find the basic Gem setups for leveling (just add extra Support Gens as you gain higher levels - don't strictly keep it at the number of Gems with have listed here) and several very useful Uniques for the lower level characters.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Raise Zombie setup
Raise Zombie Raise Zombie - mainly used to tank damage. They don't do much damage on their own, but they soak up damage like a sponge and save your life constantly
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support - mandatory Support Gem for Zombies
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants a solid defensive buff for your Zombies and increases their DPS slightly
Meat Shield Support Meat Shield Support - increases your Zombie's defensive capabilities, and make them stick to you to intercept enemies getting too close
Raise Spectre setup
Summon Raging Spirit Raise Spectre - Spectres become available at level 28 and you can pick up Carnage Chieftain from Act 2 to generate Frenzy Charges for all your other Minions and/or the Undying Evangelists from Act 3 to cast Proximity Shield
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support - increases your Spectres' DPS which is more useful on lower levels than more consistent Proximity Shield which you are going to aim for later on
Summon Carrion Golem setup
Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem - obviously, you want to use Carrion Golems as soon as possible. They will still deal a ton of damage on lower levels, and buff your Zombies and Spectres too
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - grants a high bonus to Melee Physical DPS
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - one of the best Support Gems for Carrion Golems
Utility Gems
Pride Pride - grants your DPS output by increasing Physical Damage taken by enemies in Pride's radius
Punishment Punishment - recommended Curse for this build. It increases Melee Physical Damage and Attack Speed of anyone attacking the Cursed target
Convocation Convocation - allows you instantly recall all your Minions to your position greatly increasing your progression speed
Clarity Clarity - grants increased Mana Regeneration which is almost always useful on the low levels


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Bandits:

You should kill all the Bandits for two extra Passive Skill Points. You could also consider helping Oak if you feel like you are missing Physical Damage Reduction

Leveling Skill Trees:

33 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Lord of the Dead 2) Spiritual Command 3) Discipline and Training 4) Gravepact

60 Points Skill Tree
Priorities 1) Death Attunement 2) Purity of Flesh 3) Golem Commander 4) Redemption

Recommended leveling items:

SidhebreathSidhebreath - cheap and very powerful leveling amulet for Minion-based builds. At the same time, it's also extremely cheap and easy to obtain
(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+25% to Cold Resistance
0.2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
Minions have (10-15)% increased maximum Life
Minions have (10-15)% increased Movement Speed
(15-10)% reduced Mana Cost of Minion Skills
Minions deal (10-15)% increased Damage
 
Victario's FlightVictario's Flight - the best boots for pretty much the entire leveling phase. They grant very high bonus Movement Speed to you and all your Minions
+15 to Dexterity
+15 to Intelligence
(100-150)% increased Evasion Rating
5% increased Movement Speed
(5-10)% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
10% increased Movement Speed
10% increased Movement Speed for you and nearby Allies
 
ClayshaperClayshaper - the best leveling Weapon for Golem builds. You can start using it shortly after you get your first Golem Spell. It increases the maximum number of active Golems you can have, and it's also one of the best end-game Weapons as well. You can also dual-wield them
15% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
Grants Level 12 Summon Stone Golem Skill
Adds (24-30) to (34-40) Physical Damage
(8-10)% increased Attack Speed
Minions have (20-30)% increased maximum Life
+1 to maximum number of Golems
Minions deal (5-8) to (12-16) Added Attack Physical Damage
 
GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best leveling Helmets in Path of Exile which grants very high All Elemental Resistances
+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
 

 

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree (Cluster Jewels not included)
115 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Mindless Aggression
  2. Unnatural Strength
  3. Commander of Darkness
  4. Plaguebringer

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of the Brine King You cannot be Stunned if you've been Stunned or Blocked a Stunning Hit in the past 2 seconds

Minor God: Soul of Gruthkul 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Hit you've taken Recently up to a maximum of 5%

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Summon Carrion Golem
Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem - Carrion Golems are your main source of DPS. You should have at least 4 of them active if you follow this build. They will deal massive Physical Damage with nearly 100% Chance to Impale enemies
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support - greatly increases the damage of supported Minions
Melee Physical Damage Melee Physical Damage Support
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - increases the damage of your Golems by making their Attacks repeat two additional times with greatly increased Speed
Brutality Support Brutality Support - greatly increases Carrion Golem's Physical DPS
Impale Support Impale Support - your Golems will have an additional 40% Chance to Impale (combined with banner and Rotten Claws this makes a total of 80% Chance to Impale which is a massive damage buff)
[UTILITY] Raise Zombie
Raise Zombie Raise Zombie - Zombies act as Meat Shields and tank the incoming damage. They also increase your Carrion Golem's DPS by being summoned
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support
Fortify Support Fortify Support
Meat Shield Support Meat Shield Support
[UTILITY] Raise Spectre
(in Helmet with Minion Life Support)
Raise Spectre Raise Spectre - Spectres in this build are used solely as Support Minions. We recommend getting two Carnage Chieftain from Old Fields in Act 2 which will generate Frenzy Charges, and two Undying Evangelists to create Proximity Shields
Empower Support Empower Support - by increasing your Raise Spectre Gem level, you can summon the 4th one
Blood Magic Support Blood Magic  Support - makes your Spectres use their Life for Spells, which greatly increases the cast rate of Proximity Shield
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Proximity Shield
[UTILITY] Various Utility Gems
Convcation Convocation - instantly recalls your Minions to your location and grants them high Life Regeneration per second
Flesh Offering Flesh Offering - increases Attack, Cast, and Movement Speed of your Minions
Desecrate Desecrate - used mainly to create Corpses for Raise Spectre, but also can be used against Bosses when there are no other corpses around for Necromancer's Passive bonuses
[AURAS] Pride, Dread Banner, Aspect of the Avian
Dread Banner Dread Banner -  increases your Minions' chance to Impale greatly increasing their DPS output
Pride Pride - increases Physical Damage taken by enemies in this Aura's radius
Aspect of the Avian Aspect of the Avian - if you are using Saqawal's Nest, it's pretty much a must-have. You need to craft it on one of your rare items
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash
Flame Dash Flame Dash - the recommended movement Spell for this build
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - allows you to store an additional use of Flame Dash and increases its Cooldown Recovery Speed
[CURSE] Punishment
Punishment Punishment - the best Aura for this build. Increases your Minions Melee Physical Damage and Attack Speed. It has to be cast manually in this build or if you have an empty socket, link it to a low-level Cast when Damage Taken Support 

 

5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended gear for this build. Our setup consists mainly of Rare equipment except for the Weapons and Body Armour, with the latter being completely optional. However, you will also need several Primordial Jewels to add up one extra Golem, and it's good to pick at least one Large Cluster Jewel with Rotten Claws to increases your Minions Impale Chance. Either way, it should be rather easy to complete the build for low and mid-tier mapping with random replacements.

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Minion Damage
  4. Minion Movement Speed
  5. Armour Rating
Rare Bone Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - the best in the slot. Try getting Elder one which adds Minion Life to your Spectres, allowing you to Support them with different Gems
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
Socketed Gems are Supported by level # Minion Life
Optional affixes:
Armour Rating
Strength
Elemental Resistances
Helmet enchantment:
​​​​​​Summoned Carrion Golems deal 40% increased Damage
150% increased Effect of the Buff granted by your Carrion Golems
Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - preferably with +1 to the level of socketed Support Gems
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
+1 level to socketed Support Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 1 Maim
Saqawal's Nest(Body Armour) Saqawal's Nest - our top recommendation for the Body Armour slot. It helps you sustain Pride/Banner and Aspect Spells while increasing the effect of the last one
+(25-75) to all Attributes
+(30-40)% to Lightning Resistance
(10-6)% reduced Mana Reserved
100% increased Aspect of the Avian Buff Effect
Aspect of the Avian also grants Avian's Might and Avian's Flight to nearby Allies
+(120-150) to Evasion Rating and Energy Shield
Cold Iron Point(Weapon Slot) Cold Iron Point - one of the best Weapons for this build. It increases the level of your Carrion Golems greatly increasing their damage and bonuses. In our video, we have used two of those but at least one can be replaced with Clayshaper
30% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+3 to Level of all Physical Spell Skill Gems
Deal no Elemental Damage
Clayshaper(Weapon Slot) Clayshaper - another great Weapon Choice. It increases the maximum number of Golems you can have summoned at the same time
15% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
Adds (24-30) to (34-40) Physical Damage
(8-10)% increased Attack Speed
Minions have (20-30)% increased maximum Life
Minions' Attacks deal (5-8) to (12-16) additional Physical Damage
Can Summon up to 1 additional Golem at a time
Grants level 12 Summon Stone Golem
Rare Gloves(Boots) Rare Gloves - aim for high defensive bonuses and possibly craft Minion Damage on them
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
70% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Minion Damage
Armour Rating
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - again,  aim for high defensive bonuses
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Armour Rating
Chaos Resistance
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - this piece should grant very high bonus Attributes so that you can easily use all the required Gems. You can also try getting a Shaper/Redeemer one with Reduced Mana Reserved and somehow squeeze Flesh of Stone into this build (this is a very expensive route)
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
50 Dexterity
50 Strength
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Non-channelling Skills have -# to Total Mana Cost
Recommended Anointments:
Ravenous Horde
Rare Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - aim to get high Life and defensive stats. You can also get Aspect of the Avian on your Rings, and crafting +1 to Minimum Endurance Charges greatly increases your defenses
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
65% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Aspect of the Avian Skill
Minion Movement Speed
+1 to Minimum Endurance Charges
Rare Boots(Gloves) Rare Boots - getting high defensive stats should be your priority here
Min. requirements:
75 maximum Life
30% Movement Speed
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Cannot be Frozen
Boot enchantment:
Regenerate 2% of Life and Mana per second if you were Hit Recently
The Anima Stone(Jewel) The Anima Stone - mandatory Jewel used in this build. It allows you to summon two additional Golems in total. 
Can Summon up to 1 additional Golem at a time
If you have 3 Primordial Jewels, can Summon up to 1 additional Golem at a time
Primordial Might(Jewel) Primordial Might - making your Golems more aggressive greatly increasing their targeting and clear speed. You need to use one Primordial Might in this build
(25-30)% increased Damage if you Summoned a Golem in the past 8 seconds
Golems Summoned in the past 8 seconds deal (35-45)% increased Damage
Golems have (18-22)% increased Maximum Life
Your Golems are aggressive
Primordial
Primordial Harmony(Jewel) Primordial Harmony - these Jewels grant the highest DPS reducing the cooldowns of your Golem's most powerful abilities. They can be quite expensive but are totally worth it
Golem Skills have (20-30)% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed
Golems have (10-15)% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed
(16-20)% increased Golem Damage for each Type of Golem you have Summoned
Golems regenerate 2% of their Maximum Life per second
Primordial
Primordial Eminence(Jewel) Primordial Eminence - a decent alternative to Primordial Harmony, should be cheaper than it and still grants decent bonuses
Golems have (16-20)% increased Attack and Cast Speed
30% increased Effect of Buffs granted by your Golems
Golems have +(800-1000) to Armour
Primordial
Abyss Jewels(Jewels) Rare Abyss Jewels - should provide extra Life and added Physical Damage to your Minions' Attacks
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Minions deal added # Physical Damage
Minions have increased Attack and Cast Speed if you or your Minions have killed recently
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewels) Large Cluster Jewel - you should get at least one Large Cluster Jewel. You are primarily looking for Rotten Claws to increase the Chance to Impale, but also Feasting Fiends and Renewal are two great Passives. If you are very high level (close to 100) we would recommend getting two of these and getting Impale Chance all the way to 100%
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Feasting Fiends
1 Added Passive Skill is Rotten Claws
2 Added Passives Skills are Jewel Sockets
Optional affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Renewal
Small Cluster Jewel(Jewels) Small Cluster Jewel - if you have the Jewel listed above and your character is around level 90 you should be able to socket two Small Cluster Jewels with Fettle Passives for massive Life bonus
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Fettle
Rumi's Concoction(Jewels) Rumi's Concoction - a great Utility Flask which boosts your defenses significantly
+3000 to Armour
+(14-20)% Chance to Block Attack Damage during Flask effect
+(6-10)% Chance to Block Spell Damage during Flask effect

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
  2. Ample Basalt Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity - pick different if you have the Boot's affix)
  3. Experimenter's Silver Flask of Iron Skin (Armour Rating)
  4. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Warding (Curse Immunity)
Rumi's ConcoctionLife FlaskBasalt FlaskSilver FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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