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Consecrated Path Witch MeleeMancer - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Consecrated Path Witch MeleeMancer - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Powerful Melee/Summoner Witch Necromancer build based on the newly introduced Consecrated Path skill

Consecrated Path
Patch 3.4 Build

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Guide notes
August 14, 2018
-Build created
August 24, 2018
-Added Gameplay video

With the Minion-related changes in Patch 3.4, the Melee Summoner class became one of the most interesting types of builds in Path of Exile. It allows players to benefit twice from the same Passive Points, with Minion Damage and Minion Attack Speed bonuses applying to the player as well. This also synergizes well with the Mistress of Sacrifice - Necromancer's Ascendancy Passive, which finally allows the player to truly benefit from the Offerings Spells. Necromancer grants very high 

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1. Gameplay

This MeleeMancer build is unlike any other Necromancer build you have played so far. It is a combination of a very powerful Crit/Melee fighter and Summoner who uses Minions to mitigate a big portion of incoming damage and to deal quite a bit of damage by themselves. With the changes in Patch 3.4, Minion Passives benefit also your character, which makes them extremely effective for this types of characters. At the same time, this build uses Staves, as all Crit and Staff-related Passives are within Witch's reach. This entire build is based on the newly added Movement Skill - Consecrated Path. It's one of the smoothest Movement Skills in the game, being a combination of Flicker Strike and Leap Slam, but with no Freny Charge cost. It also deals good AoE DPS and creates Consecrated Ground upon landing. Consecrated Path makes this build a one-button build for low-level farming and leveling, with only two buffs that have to be cast manually (Blood Rage and Ancestral Warchief Totem). On the other hand, this build has mediocre but well-balanced defensive mechanics. It utilizes moderately high Life, Block Chance, Evasion and Minions to mitigate a big portion of incoming damage.

0:06 Tier 11 Mesa
0:29 Tier 12 Overgrown Shrine
0:52 Tier 12 Racecourse
1:12 Tier 13 Mud Geyser

This video was recorded on a level 82 Necromancer in Delve League Softcore

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • amazing DPS both single-target and AoE
  • smooth and fun to play
  • perfect for Delve, with Consecrated Path teleporting to perfect distance in front of the Crawler
  • a unique playstyle that makes just even more intriguing
  • good mobility
  • mediocre (but well-balanced) defenses
  • requires two six-linked items
  • requires high Mana Regeneration to sustain your Mana in combat
  • requires high Accuracy Rating from items
  • vulnerable to Elemental Reflect mods

3. Leveling tips

You should level this Melee/Summoner Necromancer character with the use of Minions as you won't be a proper Melee Fighter early on. Your leveling should be based on Raise Zombies and Summon Raging Spirit spells, and you shouldn't bother with the Melee part of the damage until the mapping phase. You can still use Consecrated Path for leveling, but mainly for the mobility and Consecrated Ground for Life Regen.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Raise Zombie setup
Raise Zombie Raise Zombie - durable Minions that tank enemies while you cast SRS 
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support - increases the Zombies' Life
Minion and Totem Elemental Resistance Minion and Totem Elemental Resistance - another good defensive Support Gem
Fortify Support Fortify Support - increases the Damage of your Zombies and grants them the Fortify buff on Hit
Summon Raging Spirit setup
Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit - your primary DPS during the leveling Phase. It summons Raging Spirits for a short duration which behave like homing missiles and follow enemies around the area
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - since Raging Spirits use Melee Physical Attacks, this Gem increases their damage greatly
Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support - greatly increases your clear speed
Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support - one of the best Support Gems for the Ragin Spirits setup
Utility Gems
Holy Relic Summon Holy Relic - summons a Minion by your side that grants increased Life Regeneration to your and your other Minions when you attack
Anger Anger - DPS Aura that adds Fire Damage to your Minions' Spells and Attacks
Clarity Clarity - Aura that increases Mana Regeneration Rate
Stone Golem Stone Golem -  is the recommended Golem for the leveling phase


You should kill all the Bandits for two extra Passive Skill Points, and later on change to Alira for Crit. Multiplier and Mana Regeneration Rate

Leveling Skill Trees:

31 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Lord of the Dead 2) Gravepact 3) Potency of Will 4) Shaper

64 Points Skill Tree
Priorities 1) Spiritual Command 2) Sacrifice 3) Death Attunement 4) Discipline and Training

Recommended leveling items:

SidhebreathSidhebreath Paua Amulet - the best leveling amulet for this build. You can use it until the early mapping phase
(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
Bones of UllrBones of Ullr - another great Minion-related leveling item
+20 to maximum Life
+20 to maximum Mana
(40-60)% increased Energy Shield
(5-15)% increased Movement Speed
+1 to maximum number of Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
Reverbation WandReverberation Rod - this is the best low-level Wand for the Summon Raging Spirit setup
(15-19)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 1 Spell Echo
+(10-30) to Intelligence
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - one of the most popular leveling items in Path of Exile. Grants 6-links as early as level 1
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
PraxisPraxis - reduces the Mana Cost of Spells which makes it very easy to sustain your Mana if you are using Tabula Rasa
+(20-25) to maximum Mana
+(30-60) to maximum Mana
(3-6) Mana Regenerated per second
-(8-4) to Total Mana Cost of Skills
8% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Puppet Master
  2. Invoker
  3. Commander of Darkness
  4. Mistress of Sacrifice


Major God: Soul of Lunaris 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%; 1% increased Movement Speed for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%

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] Consecrated Path setup
Consecrated Path Consecrated Path - your primary DPS and Movement skill
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - increases the Physical Damage of supported skills
Fortify Support Fortify Support - increases Physical Damage and grants the Fortify buff
Elemental Damge with Attacks Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - mandatory Gem for this build
Concentrated Effect Concentrated Effect Support - grants increased damage at the cost of reducing Consecrated Path radius
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - grants additional Fire Damage based on your Physical Damage
[MINIONS] Raise Zombie setup
Raise Zombie Raise Zombie - your meatshield. They also Ignite enemies and apply Combustion's debuff
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support
Fortify Support Fortify Support
Combustion Support Combustion Support - grants high chance to Ignite with Attacks, and enemies Ignited by supported skills have their Fire Resistance reduced by up to 19%
[UTILITY] Herald of Purity and Anger
(this is the preferred setup when using Bronn's Lithe, better setups would require to leave 1 Green Socket on a Dex-based Armour which is extremely expensive)
Herald of Purity Herald of Purity - increases your Physical Damage and when you kill an enemy you spawn Sentinels of Purity. Sentinels of Purity deal moderate damage and instantly kill enemies below 10% Life
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Culling Strike Culling Strike Support
Anger Anger
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the amount of Mana reserved by Anger and Herald of Purity
[UTILITY] Phase Run and Offerings
Phase Run Phase Run - increases your Movement Speed, Melee Damage and makes you less visible to enemies (they are more likely to target your Minions). Keep this Gem at level 14
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast When Damage Taken Support - keep this Gem at level 12. Will auto-cast all supported skills
Flesh Offering Flesh Offering - increases the Attack and Movement Speed of you and your Minions. Keep this Gem at level 15 and socket it AFTER Desecrate (you need to create the corpses first)
[CURSE] Flammability setup
Flammability Flammability - recommended Curse for this build. With the Impresence Amulet, it is used as an Aura around you
Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support - makes the supported Curse work as an Aura
[UTILITY] Utility Gems
Blood Rage Blood Rage - grants Attack Speed, Life Leech, and generates Frenzy Charges
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - summons a Totemincreasesncreaes your Melee Damage
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - Ice Golem increases your Crit. Chance and Accuracy Rating. Both are very important stats in this build

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5. Gear Setup

Let's get down to the most interesting part - the Gear section. Below you will find all the recommended gear for this build. Our MeleeMancer build is very flexible, and you can replace any listed unique with a Rare alternative. 

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We guarantee that the items listed will:

  1. Cap your Elemental Resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS and Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Minion Damage
  4. Melee/Physical Damage
  5. Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
  6. Accuracy Rating
Bone Helmet(Helmet) Rare Bone Helmet - is the best in the slot, however, with the changes in Patch 3.4 and Minion builds popularity, it is a very expensive option
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
38% increased Minion Damage
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - another great pick for this build. Provides very high defensive utility
50% reduced Damage when on Low Life
+(50-70) to Dexterity
10% increased Attack Speed
25% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(100-130)% increased Evasion Rating
+(80-100) to maximum Life
150% increased Global Evasion Rating when on Low Life
Helmet enchantment: (do not enchant Bone Helmets!)
Consecrated Path deals 40% increased Damage
Bronn's Lithe(Body Armour) Bronn's Lithe - the best in the slot, grants insane DPS bonuses
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+2 to Level of Socketed Movement Gems
10% increased Attack Speed
(35-50)% increased Damage with Movement Skills
(200-250)% increased Evasion Rating
10% increased Movement Speed
15% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've used a Movement Skill Recently
Hegemony's Era(Weapon Slot) Hegemony's Era - the best in the slot. It's rather easy to obtain and not very expensive, making it the best choice
+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
+6% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
Adds (180-190) to (190-220) Physical Damage
(12-16)% increased Attack Speed
(20-30)% increased Critical Strike Chance
+1 to Maximum Power Charges
10% chance to gain a Power Charge if you Knock an Enemy Back with Melee Damage
Spiked Gloves(Boots) Rare Gloves
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
300 Accuracy Rating
Optional affixes:
Mana gained on Kill
Added Fire or Physical Damage to Attacks
increased Melee Damage
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Frost
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - with high defensive bonuses
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attacks
Impresence Fire(Amulet) Impresence (Fire) - our recommended pick for the Amulet slot. Allowing you to use your Curse as an Aura without Mana Reservation
+(10-16) to all Attributes
Adds (20-24) to (33-36) Fire Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(20-25)% to Fire Resistance
1% of Life Regenerated per second
100% reduced Flammability Mana Reservation
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Opal RingOpal Ring(Rings) Rare Rings
Min. requirements:
55 maximum Life
40 maximum Mana
280 Accuracy Rating
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning/Cold Resistance
(use Lightning Res. on one of the Rings and Cold on the other)
Rare Boots(Gloves) Rare Boots
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
35 Dexterity
25% increased Movement Speed
30% Cold Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
Boot enchantment:
0.6% of Damage Leeched as Life and Mana if you've Killed Recently
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Adds 45 to 68 Fire Damage if you've Killed Recently
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewel - use at least one to gain the Onslaught buff
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Fire/Physical Damage to Attacks/Staff Attacks
chance to gain the Onslaught on kill
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - this should provide Life, Minion Damage and Critical Strike Multiplier with Elemental Skills (it's a very unusual combination which does not make such Jewels very expensive)
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Minion Damage
Critical Strike Multiplier with Elemental Skills
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - assuming your Fire Resistance is the highest, this Flask grants very high Fire Damage Penetration
+35% to all Elemental Resistances
During Flask Effect, 10% reduced Damage taken of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is lowest
During Flask Effect, Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Resistance of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is highest
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion's Roar - grants extra Melee damage during its' effect
+3000 to Armour
Adds Knockback to Melee Attacks during Flask effect
75% chance to cause Enemies to Flee on use
(20-25)% more Melee Physical Damage during effect
Knocks Back Enemies in an Area when you use a Flask
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
  2. Bubbling Hallowed Hybrid Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
  3. Ample Diamond Flask of Reflexes (increased Crit. Chance)
The Wise OakLion's RoarLife FlaskLife FlaskDiamond Flask

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