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Retaliation Golem Necromancer Build for Last Epoch

Retaliation Golem Necromancer Build for Last Epoch

Complete Build Guide for a Retaliation Golem Necromancer, a build that uses Golem to cast Bone Nova

Retaliation Golem
Necromancer/Acolyte Build

Updated for Patch 0.8.5f

Build notes:
July 20, 2022
-Build created


Build Overview

Bone Golem can serve a variety of different functions, but in this build, it's used as the main damage source. It has a significantly improved chance to retaliate with Bone Nova and enhanced its effectiveness. Bona Nova is triggered only when the Golem gets hit, so to maximize the DPS output, it will be your character who hits it - with customized Rip Blood that will cause other positive effects. That's why Cast Speed is so important. To further increase the Damage output, it is recommended to use Dread Shade with Egoism, to make the Golem always hit with a Critical Strikes, Bone Curse, to cast it on Golem and increase its damage and utility, and Transplant - which is mainly used for increased Cast Speed and Bone Armor buff. For the Golem to sustain all the damage it is receiving it will be necessary to allocate Necromancer's River of Bones passive, it will make the Minions leech life from Critical Strikes, which is certain to happen with every Hit due to the already mentioned Egoism.

You can also view the full build on the Last Epoch planner here: Retaliation Golem Necromancer Build

For the defenses, this build utilizes:

  1. Bone Armor from Transplant;
  2. Health and Vitality from passives;
  3. Health from Rip Blood and its passives

You can also check our other Last Epoch builds and character guides


 Pros  Cons
 doesn't require expensive items    requires good positioning
 has high damage and good survivability    relies completely on just one Minion


Passive Skill Trees

Acolyte Skill Tree (22 Points)

Notable Passives:

  1. Stolen Vitality [8/8] - use it for more Vitality and Minions' Health
  2. Dark Rituals [5/5] - it grants you more Cast Speed, to use Rip Blood faster

Lich Skill Tree (10 Points)

Notable Passives:

  1. Apocrypha [10/10] - Intelligence will be important later on, Mana Regen is also desirable
Necromancer Skill Tree (80 Points)

Notable Passives:

  1. Risen Army [8/8] - it's used to improve Minions' damage
  2. Aegisfall [8/8] - Armor Shred Chance is one of the best improvements to the build, it increases your damage output substantially
  3. Frantic Summons [5/5] - grants you more Cast Speed
  4. River of Bones [5/5] - it's arguably the most important passive, it enables your Golem to leech life from every hit.
  5. Blades of the Farlorn [10/10] - increased Minions' Critical Strike Multiplier, very important

Golem's own Attack or Cast Speed is not important, his only purpose is to cast Bone Nova, that's why you don't need to focus on Minion stats, besides only Critical Strike Multiplier, Health, and Damage. It leaves a lot of room for defensive improvements to your own character, such as Health and Resistances. The Bone Nova is a Spell dealing Physical Damage and there are not a lot of ways to increase its base damage, but you can find it as Moonlight Pyre passive.



Note: Left-Clicking on any of the ability trees below will open the full-size version in a new window. 

Summon Bone Golem

Summon Bone Golem - It's the main damage source in the build. Obviously, you want to go for the Bone Hail, Flight of the Femurs, and Betrayal - it's a core element of dealing damage with Bone Nova. Tower of Bones is used to protect you from enemies and enhance the Golem. The remaining points can be spent on defensive and offensive nodes nearby.

Summon Bone Golem

Rip Blood

Rip Blood - Rip Blood is the Spell used to Hit your Golem and cause him to retaliate with Bone Nova. For that, you will need to allocate Marrow Drinker. Nearby nodes are useful to grant you more Health and Mana. Rip Spirit is here only to make the Spell Necrotic, which will be of use if you plan to use the Twisted Heart of Uhkeiros. Path your way to Blood Infusion for increased Damage, and spend the remaining points on Hemomancer.

Rip Blood

Dread Shade

Dread Shade - This is a skill that buffs your Minions' Necrotic Damage and drains their Health. The most important here is Egoism. It ensures that all damage dealt by affected Minions is Critical. We recommend getting it via the Vile Ghast path to keep the Aura. Symbiotic Apparition will make the Dread Shade's Aura affect your character as well, and the reason for that is Dying Coven and Blind Fury - it grants much more Cast Speed. The remaining points can be spent on increasing Area of Effect

Dread Shade


Transplant - Use this skill to gain Bone Armor and to enhance the effectiveness of you and your Minion for a short time after being cast. Bone Armor, Apostasy, and Plated Bone are all the components of the Bone Armor which grants you Armor and reduces damage taken for a short time. Last Laugh increases Minion's Damage. Acolyte's Fervour grants you more Cast Speed for four seconds. Pale Blood restores your Mana on use.


Bone Curse

Bone Curse - Bone Curse normally is cast on enemies, but in this setup, it's used to enhance the Bone Golem. Pick up Merciless for the ability to do so, and aim at your Golem with it every four seconds. Spiked Bones will make the Golem Reflect the Damage to enemies when Hit. Barbed Construct makes all the buffs have a 200% increased Effect on Bone Golem. Don't put more than two points into Chilblains, your chance to Chill will be 100% due to the Blades of the Farlorn passive. Signet of Agony is optional. You will lose your Mana over Time and will need to stand close to your Golem, but you won't have to cast it, and it will grant you Cast Speed.

Bone Curse



Stat priority:

All your Skills scale with Intelligence and so you should gather as much of it as you can. For survivability, we recommend the usual Health and Resistances. If your Golem dies, try to gather stats increasing his Health. One of the most efficient ways to increase DPS is to get more Cast Speed to cast Rip Blood Faster. Remember that your Minion already has 100% Critical Strike Chance, and gaining more of it is pointless. None of the unique items are mandatory, the build works well without any of them.

  1. Intelligence
  2. Health
  3. Cast Speed
  4. Resistances
  5. Minion Damage (Spell, Physical, Critical Multiplier)
  6. Minion Health
  7. Armor

Recommended Unique Items: 

Ribbons of Blood

Ribbons of Blood -Grants Fire Resistance, increases Health, Leech Rate, and makes your Minions take no extra damage from Critical Strikes making them sturdier. Definitely useful if the Bone Golem dies too often.

Twisted Heart of Uhkeiros

Twisted Heart of Uhkeiros - If your Rip Blood skill has the Rip Spirit passive, it will make it Necrotic, applying the bonuses of Twisted Heart of Uhkeiros. It will convert your Health to Ward on each cast, while also increasing your Cast Speed. One of the best items you can get, definitely recommended.

Death Rattle

Death Rattle - It can be potentially good, just be sure that the granted Critical Multiplier Bonus for your Golem is high, and the increased damage taken is low. It provides you with Intelligence, Minion Damage, and not much else.


  • Large Immortal Idol (1x3) - On your Idols, you will need only Health and some other minor defensive stats. The Large Immortal Idol can get you a lot of Health and a small chance to cause "Marked for Death" on each Minion Hit, get at least one such Idol.



This is the beta version of our Retaliation Golem Minion Build for Last Epoch. We didn't have much time for testing, but this build already shows a lot of promise and outperforms many other End Game setups. Obviously, as the game gets new content updates, we will be updating this guide regularly, though it may be impossible to be done after each Patch. 

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