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Ice Golem Elementalist End-game summoner build

Ice Golem Elementalist End-game summoner build

End-game viable Primordial Chain Golemancer build

Ice Golem
Elementalist build

Updated for Patch 3.6

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Guide notes
May 3, 2019
-Build created
May 4, 2019
-Added Gameplay video

Ice Golem is the best melee Golem in Path of Exile and one of the best Golems overall. It makes this build fully end-game viable including both Shaper and Uber Elder. This build utilizes Primordial unique items which allow you to summon up to 9 Golems in total. By summoning four different Golems Primordial Harmony jewels provide insane damage bonuses, so stacking up Jewel slots for these is your priority. At the same time, Primordial Eminence and Liege of the Primordial Passive greatly increases bonuses granted by all your Golems, which provide high Physical Damage mitigation and insane Life Regen. Those combined with Mind over Matter make this Elementalist build feel very durable. If you have never played a Golemancer build before, this is definitely something you have to check out!

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1. Gameplay

This is a very fast-paced summoner build which lets you charge right into monster packs and summon your Golems with Convocation to let them obliterate everything on your screen. Progressing through maps, casting Storm Brand, and staying alive will be your main activities. Storm Brand is used to apply your Curse and elemental ailments on enemies. Thanks to the Beacon of Ruin, your Shock will grant insane bonus damage for your Golems. If you have all the required gear and Passives, you shouldn't even have to worry about your Golems dying. In most cases, they will only die when hit by very high damage AoE spells by enemies like Atziri, Guardians and Shaper. In order to maximize your DPS, you have to summon one Chaos Golem, one Stone Golem, one Lightning Golem, and six Ice Golems. This way each Primordial Harmony Jewel increases your Golem Damage by an astounding 80%.

0:06 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
0:32 Tier 15 Defiled Cathedral
0:53 Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
1:40 Tier 16 Forge of the Phoenix
2:11 Uber Atziri

This video was recorded on a level 90 Elementalist on Standard mode


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • insane single-target DPS
  • solid defenses thanks to high Life, Physical Damage mitigation, and Life Regen.
  • decent clear speed
  • all content viable
  • can do most Map mods with ease
CONS
  • Golems are vulnerable to Physical Reflect mods and high channeled AoE damage (for example Pheonix, Atziri)

3. Leveling tips

Leveling up a summoner character is very easy, however, it may also feel slow. Initially, your Minions will have low Movement Speed, and your general clear speed will be mediocre at best. The Primordial Chain is quite expensive, so we will assume that you are going to level up without multiple Golems. We recommend using Summon Raging Spirit since it has quite good DPS and you will benefit from the Minion nodes on the skill tree. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Raise Zombie setup
Raise Zombie Raise Zombie - used mainly as meatshields when leveling up your Witch. They don't do much damage, but they are very durable which makes them perfect for soaking up damage
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support - mandatory Support Gem for this setup. Will be available at level 18
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants a solid defensive buff for your Zombies and increases their DPS slightly
Minion Speed Support Minion Speed Support - increases your Zombies Attack and Movement Speed which allows them to intercept enemies before they get close to you
Summon Raging Spirit setup
Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit - your primary DPS during the leveling phase. It's a Spell which summons swift Minions for a short duration that chase enemies and have strong melee attacks
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support - grants high DPS bonus for Minion skills
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - increases the damage of Raging Spirits' attacks
Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support - grants Splash to your Raging Spirits attacks greatly increasing your clear speed
Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support - makes you summon more Minions with each cast
Utility Gems
Hatred Hatred - grants high bonus damage to your Minions based on their Physical Damage
Punishment Punishment - recommended Curse for this build. At lower levels, it can be cast manually
Clarity Clarity - grants increased Mana Regeneration which comes in handy when you want to spam Raging Spirits


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Bandits:

You should kill all the Bandits for two extra Passive Skill Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

37 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Lord of the Dead 2) Cruel Preparation 3) Spiritual Command 4) Discipline and Training

61 Points Skill Tree
Priorities 1) Redemption 2) Righteous Command 3) Devotion 4) Necromantic Aegis

Recommended leveling items:

SidhebreathSidhebreath - cheap and very powerful leveling amulet for Minion-based builds
(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 the leveling phase. They grant very high bonus Movement Speed to you and 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
 
Reverbation WandReverberation Rod - perfect Wand for socketing the Summon Raging Spirit setup on lower levels
(15-19)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 1 Spell Echo
+(10-30) to Intelligence
 
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
115 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Liege of the Primordial
  2. Elemancer
  3. Shaper of Desolation
  4. Beacon of Ruin

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] Ice Golem setup
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - the primary source of DPS. Ice Golems are powerful melee-based Minions. You should have six of those active at all times assuming you managed to get all the recommended gear
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support - greatly increases the damage of supported Minions
Melee Physical Damage Melee Physical Damage Support
Maim Support Maim Support - increases Physical Damage of supported skills and makes your Golems' Melee Attacks to Maim enemies, slowing them down and increasing Physical Damage they take
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - causes every third Melee hit to deal greatly increased damage
Empower Empower Support - increases the level of all active Gems. Should be level 3 3 or above, otherwise, you may find better Support Gems like Multistrike or Added Fire
[UTILITY] Utility Golems
Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem - grants very high Life Regenerated per second
Summong Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack and Cast Speed
Chaos Golem Summon Chaos Golem - reduces your Physical Damage taken
Empower Empower Support
[UTILITY] Storm Brand setup
Storm Brand Storm Brand - used to apply your Curse and proc Elemental Equilibrium
Punishment Punishment - recommended Curse for this build
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support  - makes your Storm Brand apply the linked Curse
[UTILITY] Flesh Offering and Immortal Call
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast When Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast supported spells when you take a certain amount of damage. Keep this Gem at level 10
Flesh Offering Flesh Offering - increases Attack, Cast, and Movement Speed of your Minions. Keep this Gem at level 14
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity from Physical Damage. Keep it at level 12
[AURAS] War Banner and Vaal Haste
War Banner War Banner - increases your Minions' Accuracy Rating and Physical Damage taken by nearby enemies
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - use only the Vaal Skill which will grant high bonus Attack, Cast, and Movement Speed bonuses when used
Generosity Support Generosity Support - makes the linked Aura Gems apply to your Minions only, but with greatly increased effect
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam
Leap Slam Leap Slam - allows you to jump over cliffs and other obstacles improving your mobility
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants the Fortify buff on melee Hits
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
[AURA] Hatred
(Essence Worm)
Hatred Hatred - grants very high bonus damage to your Golems
[UTILITY] Convocation
Convcation Convocation - recalls your Minions to your location and grants them high Life Regeneration per second

5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended gear for this build. This Ice Golem Elementalist setup includes all the necessary Unique Items, and there aren't many optional items that could potentially fit in there. It's best to focus on defensive stats (Life, Elemental Resistances) on all the Rare gear, but we encourage you to experiment with your build and leave your feedback. 

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. Mana & Mana Regeneration Rate
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - the best in the slot. Try getting an Elder Helmet with increased Minion Life which will make your Utility Golems nearly immortal
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
Socketed Gems are Supported by level # Minion Life
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
Helmet enchantment:
​​​​​​Ice Golems deal 40% increased Damage
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
Skin of the Loyal(Body Armour) Skin of the Loyal - budget-friendly option for the Body Armour slot. It grants cheap six links and increases the level of Socketed Gems, but has no defensive utility 
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Sockets cannot be modified
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
100% increased Global Defences
Clayshaper(Weapon Slot) Clayshaper - mandatory item for this build which increases the number of your maximum Golems by one
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
Victario's Charity(Shield) Victario's Charity - grants your Minions Frenzy and Power Charges which greatly increase their DPS
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+8% to all Elemental Resistances
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(20-30)% to Lightning Resistance
+11% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Area of Effect of Aura Skills
10% chance to grant a Power Charge to nearby Allies on Kill
5% chance to grant a Frenzy Charge to nearby Allies on Hit
Command of the Pit(Boots) Command of the Pit - this pair of gloves grant extra Abyss Jewel and high Accuracy Rating bonuses for your Minions
Has 1 Abyssal Socket
(6-10)% increased Cast Speed
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
With a Ghastly Eye Jewel Socketed, Minions have +1000 to Accuracy Rating
With a Hypnotic Eye Jewel Socketed, gain Arcane Surge on Hit with Spells
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Frost
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - with high defensive bonuses
Min. requirements:
85 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
Primordial Chain(Amulet) The Primordial Chain - allows you to summon three more Golems and greatly increase their Movement Speed. It's a mandatory item for this build
(2-4) Life Regenerated per second
Can Summon up to 3 additional Golems at a time
You cannot have non-Golem Minions
25% reduced Golem Size
Golems Deal (45-35)% less Damage
Golems have (45-35)% less Life
Golems have (80-100)% increased Movement Speed
Primordial
Prismatic Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - aim to get the highest possible defensive stats and missing Attributes
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
40 Dexterity
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
Elemental Resistances
Essence Worm(Ring) Essence Worm - allows you to use the socketed Aura Gem without reserving any Mana
Has 1 Socket
+2 to Level of Socketed Aura Gems
Socketed Gems Reserve No Mana
40% increased Mana Reserved
Rare Boots(Gloves) Rare Boots - getting high defensive stats should be your priority here
Min. requirements:
75 maximum Life
25% Movement Speed
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
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 increases your clear speed. You should use one Primordial Might in your 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. 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 - another great Jewel which reduces your Golems Cooldown recovery speed and grants high bonus Attack Speed. You should have approximately one Primordial Eminence for each three Primordial Harmony Jewels
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 DPS bonuses to your Minions. Use them only if you have Abyss Jewels on your gear
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Minions deal added # Physical Damage
Minions Leech #% of Damage as Life
Optional affixes:
Minions have increased Attack and Cast Speed if you or your Minions have killed recently

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Dousing (Burning immunity)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
  3. Catalysed Eternal Mana Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
  4. Ample Quartz Flask of Steadiness (Increased Stun recovery)
  5. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (Movement Speed)
Life FlaskLife FlaskMana FlaskQuartz FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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