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Lightning Golem Elementalist Build

Lightning Golem Elementalist Build

A Summoner Build that leads its army or Lightning Golems with Doryani's Prototype Armour on

Lightning Golem
Elementalist Build

Updated for Patch 3.21

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Guide notes
July 21, 2023
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Build overview



Boss DPS:



As is often the case, Minions are restricted to classes like Necromancer or Guardian, but when it comes to Golems one could argue with a fair amount of confidence that the Elementalist would be the best choice. Not many players choose to use Golems as the main damage source in a build, more often than not they're selected for their passive bonuses, but not here. With Liege of the Primordial, Elemancer, Golem Commander Notable, and the Anima Stone with some additional Primordial Jewels, you will be able to summon 6 of these Minions instead of one. Lightning Golems use three Skills: Storm Nimbus Aura which adds Lightning Damage, Orb of Sparks which is similar to Orb of Storms, and the most important - Galvanic Bolt Projectile which deals Lightning Damage. It's a build very similar to Absolution Summoner, but in this case, you won't have to summon these temporary Minions constantly - quite the opposite in fact, you have these Golems of yours up permanently.

The reason to pick Lightning Golem specifically is the potential harvested from Doryani's Prototype Body Armour, one of the most popular chest pieces in the game at this point. It requires you to lower your own Lightning Resistance so that all nearby enemies will share this Lightning Resistance. You can lower it with Melding of the Flesh, Ventor's Gamble, Immoral Flesh, and as many Threads of Hope as you can reasonably accommodate. We have also implemented Divine Flesh and combined it with a lot of Chaos Resistance and Armour to make the character extra tanky. You will also have quite a lot of Maximum Life and Life Regeneration. We've socketed The main Golem Setup in a good one-hand weapon with additional built-in Support Gems and The Squire, but that's optional.

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1. Gameplay

Summon all the Golems before turning on Auras as even if they die you'll re-summon them automatically shortly after. For a movement key set up Convocation to re-call Minions back to you. If you need to move quicker or avoid damage, use Shield Charge or Flame Dash. Shield Charge can also apply Sniper's Mark on Hit. Molten Shell should be triggered automatically, the same as Desecrate to create corpses. Use Flesh Offering to temporarily boost your Minions' DPS during boss fights. For passive bonuses get one Animate Guardian with some good items equipped, and Mana-reserving Skills - Determination, Zealotry, Tempest Shield, Vitality, and Skitterbots.

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • unorthodox Minion build
  • very high damage
  • has no Mana issues due to Eldritch Battery
  • good defences thanks to Life Regeneration and Armour
  • vulnerable to Lightning DoTs (a rare occurrence)
  • Doryani's Prototype/Minion builds may be extremely expensive


3. Leveling tips

To level up efficiently, you can start as a Minion Build with skills like Absolution. Just follow our Leveling Guide. It's a good and tested build archetype, but it's usually played by Necromancers, not Elementalists. That's why it will be underperforming until you'll reach its full potential - that is after equipping all the necessary items. You could start using Golems as your main damage source even without Doryani's Prototype (as we've proven with our similar build - Flame Golem Summoner), although we recommend buying all the gear beforehand.


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4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

106 Points Final Passive Tree (doesn't include Cluster or Unique Jewels)
118 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Liege of the Primordial
  2. Elemancer
  3. Bastion of Elements
  4. Shaper of Storms


Major God: Soul of Solaris: 6% additional Physical Damage Reduction while there is only one nearby Enemy; 20% chance to take 50% less Area Damage from Hits

Minor God: Soul of Yugul: 50% chance to Reflect Hexes, You and your Minions take 50% reduced Reflected Damage; 30% reduced Effect of Curses on you


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Summon Lightning Golem setup
can be socketed in a weapon + The Squire
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - The Golem that will follow you around while casting its Spells. It deals only Lightning Damage. You should aim to have 6 of them. Most of the listed Support Gems in this setup have an Awakened version which we heavily recommend.
Minion Damage Minion Damage Support - More Minion Damage, but less Minion Life - it's not a problem with Liege of the Primordial Keystone.
Empower Empower Support - Minion Skill Gem Level translates to more damage.
Spell Echo Spell Echo Support - Minions' Spells are repeated once again which results in a much higher cast rate.
increased Critical Damage increased Critical Damage Support - Increases Crit Damage, which is great if Minions' Crit Chance is high too, which it is, especially when combined with increase critical strikes Increased Critical Strikes Support.
Elemental Focus Elemental Focus Support - Trade the ability to cause Shock for more damage. You can Shock with other Skills.
Other recommended Support Gems which can be found as Wand/Sceptres Modifiers (Rune Daggers too, but the pool is more diluted with useless mods there).
increased Critical Damage increased Critical Damage Support
Spell Echo Spell Echo Support
Increased Critical Strikes Increased Critical Strikes Support - Increases Crit Chance, a big factor in overall damage output. Golems' Spells have a base 6% Crit Chance.
Faster Casting Faster Casting Support - Probably the weakest out of all Support Gems listed, but still good.
[UTILITY] Zealotry setup
Zealotry Zealotry - Grants more Spell Damage and increases Spell Crit Chance. it's better than Wrath.
Generosity Generosity Support - Zealotry affects only your Allies and has an increased Aura Effect.
[UTILITY] Mana Reserving setup
Determination Determination - Adds and Increases Armour, which in this build also mitigates Lightning Hit Damage.
Tempest Shield Tempest Shield - It's used only for the big Spell Block Chance bonus and Shock Immunity.
Vitality Vitality - Regenerates Life over time. You don't have many ways to replenish your Life Pool, other than Life Flask of course.
Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots - Skitterbots will follow you around Chilling and Shocking all enemies. These cannot be damaged.
[UTILITY] Various Gems
Flesh Offering Flesh Offering - Flesh Offering massively increases the Attack, Cast, and Movement Speed of our Minions.
Flame Dash Flame Dash - The most commonly used Movement Skill to quickly dash a short distance.
Convocation Convocation - Recall all your Minions to your location and boost their Life Regeneration. Keep it as your movement key.
[UTILITY] Curse setup
Sniper's Mark Sniper's Mark - Sniper's Mark is better than Assassin's Mark as your Golems use mostly Projectiles to deal damage. It also enhances your clear speed as these Projectiles Split on impact.
Mark on Hit Mark on Hit Support - Mark is being applied automatically with Attack Hits against rare or unique enemies. It's optional.
[UTILITY] Shield Charge setup
Shield Charge Shield Charge - An Attack which we've included to allow mark on Hit to trigger Sniper's Mark, and to simply move with greater haste if Flame Dash is out of Charges.
Faster Attacks Faster Attacks Support - Shield Charge makes you travel even faster.
[UTILITY] Molten Shell and Desecrate setup
Molten Shell Molten Shell - Absorbs a portion of Hit Damage for some time. It can mitigate more damage the more Armour you have.
Desecrate Desecrate - Creates a pile of corpses you can use with Flesh Offering in boss arenas where no corpses are available. It doesn't need to be linked with CWDT, you can just cast it manually.
Cast When Damage Taken Cast When Damage Taken - Triggers all linked Spells once you take a certain amount of damage.
[UTILITY] Animate Guardian setup
Animate Guardian Animate Guardian - Use this Minion and keep it alive if you want various interesting bonuses (check the Wiki Page for this Skill for a comprehensive list of items). If you don't want it for this reason, replace it with Raise Spectre Raise Spectre and select ones that grant Charges.
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support - Increases Minions' Life. If it's not needed, replace it with Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support to improve Golems' DPS.


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6. Gear Setup

The build implements Doryani's Prototype so the whole rest of your equipment shall possess no Lightning Resistance. The base -60% of it can be further lowered with various Unique items which we have listed as well, but using all of them may not be the most optimal route. Your Chaos Resistance shall be high as we recommend taking Divine Flesh - half of Elemental Damage will be taken as Chaos Damage instead. Eldritch Battery is good with this Keystone so you don't have to worry about Mana Regeneration or Mana Cotst of Skills. Prioritize your own survivability with stats such as Maximum Life, Life Regeneration, Armour, Spell Suppression, and Block Chance. Around 19% (and Charisma anointment) increased Mana Reservation Efficiency will be needed if you don't want to buy Enlighten Support. Dexterity is important too to use Sniper's Mark. Hint - a lot of items can be bought from characters playing a more popular Absolution Build as they share a lot of similarities.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Elemental Resistances until capped
  2. Negative Lightning Resistance
  3. Maximum Life
  4. Dexterity
  5. Chaos Resistance
  6. Mana Reservation Efficiency
  7. Life Regeneration
  8. Spell Suppression Chance
  9. Block Chance
  10. Armour
Bone Helmet(Helmet) Rare Bone Helmet - Use a Bone Helmet with Maximum Life and modifiers that would increase all Minion Skill Gem Levels by one or two. Reservation Efficiency is important too - get it as Eldritch or regular mods.
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
+1 to Level of all Minion Gems
Optional affixes:
Fire, Cold, Chaos Resistance
Mana Reservation Efficiency
Life Regeneration per second
Helmet enchantments:
Lightning Golem deals 40% increased Damage
Wand(Weapon) Rare Wand or Sceptre - The best weapon would be a Bone Wand with two or three built-in Support Gems and modifiers to Minion Damage. The price of such an item would be very high so settle on something you can afford. Use it with The Squire, but if you don't have it yet, skip the Support Gems we've listed.
Min. requirements:
at least two of the listed built-in Support Gems
Optional affixes:
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Increased Critical Strikes
Socketed Gems are supported by Level 20 Increased Critical Damage
Socketed Gems are supported by Level 20 Spell Echo
Socketed Gems are supported by Level 20 Faster Casting
Minions deal increased Damage
Minions deal more Spell Damage
+1 to Level of all Minion/Spell Skill Gems
Bone Shield(Off-hand) Rare Fossilised Spirit Shield - If you can't afford a Squire yet, use a Rare Fossilised Shield with generic mods to Resistances, Maximum Life, and an extra level to all Minion Skill Gems.
Min. requirements:
+70 to maximum Life
+1 to Level of all Minion Skill Gems
Optional affixes:
Chance to Block Spell Damage
Fire, Cold, Chaos Resistance
High Armour Rating
The Squire(Off-hand) The Squire - Combined with a good weapon you're able to create a Skill with 8 Support Gems, which needless to say, is extremely overpowered for a Minion build.
Has 3 Sockets
All Sockets are White
+(5-8)% to Quality of Socketed Support Gems
Socketed Support Gems can also Support Skills from your Main Hand
(100-150)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(3-5)% Chance to Block
Doryani's Prototype(Body Armour) Doryani's Prototype - A core element of the build. With low Lightning Resistance, it's very powerful. You're still vulnerable to Lightning DoT which may be an issue during a Shaper's fight or in Baran-influenced Maps.
(150-200)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(60-90) to maximum Life
Deal no Non-Lightning Damage
Armour also applies to Lightning Damage taken from Hits
Lightning Resistance does not affect Lightning Damage taken
Nearby Enemies have Lightning Resistance equal to yours
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - Try to get a lot of Resistances, Movement Speed, and Maximum Life here - as much as you can afford.
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
Fire, Cold, Chaos Resistance
Optional affixes:
Spell Suppression Chance
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Here too, seek only the most basic stats - Maximum Life, and selected Resistances. You're left with some room for Spell Suppression, Attributes, or Minion Damage increase.
Min. requirements:
+50 to Maximum Life
Fire, Cold, Chaos Resistance
Minions deal 20% increased Damage (crafted)
Optional affixes:
Spell Suppression Chance
Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - The Belt should provide a lot of Resistance, Maximum Life, and Strength. Once again, there are not many mods that you could implement to increase Minions' Damage.
Min. requirements:
+70 to maximum Life
40 Strength
Fire, Cold, Chaos Resistance
Optional affixes:
various Flask mods
Life Regeneration
Immortal Flesh(Belt) Immortal Flesh - This Belt is excellent as it not only lowers your Lightning Resistance, but also grants tons of Maximum Life, Physical Damage mitigation, and Life Regeneration. Heavily recommended.
+(25-40) to maximum Life
+(75-100) to maximum Life
Regenerate (200-350) Life per second
Regenerate (8-10) Mana per second
-(25-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
-(50-40) Physical Damage taken from Attack Hits
40% increased Armour while not Ignited, Frozen or Shocked
Ashes of the Stars(Amulet) Ashes of the Stars - Ashes is very good. All its unique virtues are of use - Extra Gem Level, Quality, increased Reservation Efficiency, and Attributes.
+(10-16) to all Attributes
(5-10)% increased Experience Gain of Gems
(10-20)% increased Reservation Efficiency of Skills
+1 to Level of all Skill Gems
+(20-30)% to Quality of all Skill Gems
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - What we would encourage you to seek on a Rare Amulet is a lot of Maximum Life, Life Regeneration, Resistances, and Extra Skill Gem Level for the Lightning Golem.
Min. requirements:
+55 to Maximum Life
Attributes (Dexterity preferably)
Fire, Cold, Chaos Resistance
+1 to Level of all Intelligence/Lightning Skill Gems
Optional affixes:
Mana Reservation Efficiency
+1 to Level of all Intelligence/Lightning Skill Gems
Life Regeneration
Recommended Anointments:
Ravenous Horde
Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - Rings contain a similar mod pool to that of an Amulet, but the Bone Rings are vastly different, introduced specifically to improve Minion builds. Try to get such a Ring with its specialized modifiers.
Min. requirements:
+55 to Maximum Life
Minions have increased Attack and Cast Speed
Minions deal increased Damage
Optional affixes:
Fire, Cold, Chaos Resistance
Ventor's Gamble(Ring) Ventor's Gamble - A good Ventor's Gamble will be expensive, but if you could afford one that lowers Lightning Resistance while increasing other types of Resistances, it would be great.
(6-15)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(0-60) to maximum Life
(-10-10)% increased Quantity of Items found
(-40-40)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(-25-50)% to Fire Resistance
+(-25-50)% to Cold Resistance
+(-25-50)% to Lightning Resistance
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - There's not a lot of space for Rare Jewels, but you can still use them to patch the build with missing stats. Ghastly Abyss Jewels have a separate pool of useful Minion mods, so use these if you're already suited up.
Recommended affixes:
Maximum Life
Mana Reservation Efficiency
Minions have increased Cast Speed
Minions deal increased Damage if you've used a Minion Skill Recently
The Anima Stone(Jewel) The Anima Stone - This Jewel is important. Socket it and met its condition (use two other Primordial Jewels listed below) for two extra maximum Golems.
+1 to maximum number of Summoned Golems
+1 to maximum number of Summoned Golems if you have 3 Primordial Items Socketed or Equipped
Primordial Eminence(Jewel) Primordial Eminence - Enhances your Golems - they have extra Armour, increased Buff Effect, Attack, and Cast Speed.
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 Might(Jewel) Primordial Might - Improves your Golems once again, granting them increased Damage and Maximum Life, especially if they've been Summoned Recently.
(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
Summoned Golems are Aggressive
Glorious Vanity(Jewel) Glorious Vanity - Get the Xibaqua variant and socket it in a secluded place to transform one of your Keystones into Divine Flesh - your ES will become useless for mitigating damage (that's why you should allocate Eldritch Battery), but half of Elemental Damage will be taken now as Chaos Damage. Maximum Chaos Resistance is increased by 5%.
Bathed in the blood of (100-8000) sacrificed in the name of Xibaqua
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Vaal
Thread of Hope(Jewel) Thread of Hope - These Jewels can be used not only to allocate various nodes but also to lower your Lightning Resistance by 20%, which is a lot. You can use more than one.
Only affects Passives in (Small-Very Large) Ring
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
-(20-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
Fortress Covenant(Jewel) Fortress Covenant - Put it in a Cluster Jewel Socket to defuse its negative effects. It improves your Minions' Damage and Block Chance.
Minions deal (35-45)% increased Damage
Minions have +(10-12)% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Minions have +(10-12)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
Notable Passive Skills in Radius are Transformed to
instead grant: Minions take 20% increased Damage
Quickening Covenant(Jewel) Quickening Covenant - Another Covenant Jewel that you should put in a Cluster Jewel Socket. This one increases Minions' Cast Speed and Spell Suppression Chance.
Minions have (12-16)% increased Attack Speed
Minions have (12-16)% increased Cast Speed
Minions have +(20-24)% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Notable Passive Skills in Radius are Transformed to
instead grant: Minions have 25% reduced Movement Speed
Melding of the Flesh(Jewel) Melding of the Flesh - If you can sustain the reduction of all of your Elemental Resistances, including Maximum Elemental Resistances, definitely put on Melding for a huge -80% to Lightning Resistance.
-(80-70)% to all Elemental Resistances
Elemental Resistances are capped by your highest Maximum Elemental Resistance instead
-(6-4)% to all maximum Elemental Resistances
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - Use two Large Cluster Jewels to enhance Minions' Damage with their Notables or just the small nodes. On the small nodes get more Minion Cast Speed, Damage, Attributes, or Resistances.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Vicious Bite
1 Added Passive Skill is Renewal
1 Added Passive Skill is Feasing Fiends
Added Small Passive Skills also grant: Minions have 3% increased Attack and Cast Speed
Added Spall Passive Skills have 35% increased Effect
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - Bottled Faith is not really a required Flask. You and your Golems will benefit only from the Consecrated ground, while the opponent will receive increased damage.
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(30-15)% reduced Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
(100-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Effect

Suggested Flasks:

  1. Life Flask with Bleeding Removal
  2. Quicksilver Flask with increased Movement Speed
  3. Jade Flask with increased Evasion Rating
  4. Granite Flask with increased Armour
  5. Quartz Flask with reduced Curse Effect
Life FlaskJade FlaskQuartz FlaskGranite Flaskquicksilver flask

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