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Summon Raging Spirit Necromancer

Summon Raging Spirit Necromancer

A Necromancer build that's based on Summoning Raging Spirits and Minion Instability Keystone

Summon Raging Spirit
Necromancer Build

Updated for Patch 3.14

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Guide notes
May 21, 2021
-Build created
May 23, 2021
-Added gameplay video

 

Summon Raging Spirits is often an overlooked Skill Gem, Necromancers usually go for Zombies or Skeletons as their main source of damage, for they offer better protection and don't die so easily. Raging Spirit Necromancer plays more like a caster than summoner, your minions are short-lived floating skulls that enemies can pass through, however, there are some key advantages that make this build stand out. There are few Unique Items you could use and some other mechanics making this particular option a valid choice. Raging Spirits have more Maximum Life than Skeletons and do not require corpses as Zombies do, so it's a great balance between damage and clear speed.

You take Minion Instability Keystone - your Raging Spirits will explode dealing a third of their maximum Life as Fire Damage to surrounding enemies when they reach low life - which is half of their health bar. Relying on your opponents to deal damage to them is a horrible idea for a build, so other key components are Infernal Legion Support Gem - your Minions Will deal Fire Damage over time to surrounding enemies while draining their own life - similar to Righteous Fire, and you have to wear Tavukai Unique Amulet, it makes your Raging Spirits significantly more powerful, and the only downside - them losing their Health at a rate of 20% of Maximum Life per second in form of Chaos Damage - is actually something very useful. Another Unique that's great with this build is a Replica Shiegebreaker - your minions will deal additional damage based on their Maximum Life on death.

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1. Gameplay

As it is with Necromancers - you're gonna use more than one type of Minion, Zombies will offer you protection by distracting enemies from you and acting as bodyguards. Stone Golem gives you Life Regeneration and Taunts enemies, you can even use specters for they offer great utility buffs and there's a lot of them. It's a common practice to pick one with Proximity Shield and stay close to them for better protection against projectiles. You'll be Summoning Raging spirits, they'll rapidly approach enemies, hit them few times, and then explode. The explosion is the main source of damage - you'll heavily invest in their Maximum Life and damage, so the more damage enemies will deal - the more damage they will receive.


This video was recorded on a level 94 Necromancer on Standard League. We had the required Tavukai and Replica Siegebreaker Belt, but other than that it was just random Rare gear. We barely had two Jewels with increased Minion Life, and we didn't have the proper Elegant Hubris Timeless Jewel either - DPS can surely by increasing by obtaining those


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • fun to play
  • cheap
  • no need for aiming
  • great for mapping and Boss fights
  • can run any type of Maps
CONS
  • high-end upgrades might be expensive

 

3. Leveling tips

Pick the Summon Ragins Spirit Skill Gem at the start, in the first act, and use it thought the rest of the game. You can Pick Minion Instability Keystone as soon as you're able to and then focus on your own Maximum Life, your damage will be good enough with just a few nodes increasing your Minion's life and damage and from the Notables in after your first ascension. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Summon Raging Spirit setup
Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit - besides being your main DPS skill in this build, it's also great for leveling
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support - gives your minion more life, which makes it deal more damage
Infernal Legion Support Infernal Legion Support - having your minion deal more damage and explode faster is necessary
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support - your Raging Spirits will deal more damage
Storm Brand setup
Storm Brand  Storm Brand - use Storm Brand instead of directly casting the Curse, it will help you activate Elemental Equilibrium
Hextouch Hextouch - link it with Flammability and Storm Brand
Flammability Flammability - it will lower enemies fire resistance, the type of damage your Ragins Spirits are mostly dealing
Aura setup
Vitality Vitality - defensive aura for health regeneration
Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone - use sand stance for defense

Bandits:

KIll all three Bandits for two additional Skill Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Get Minion Instability and Elemental Equilibrium Keystone, take some Minion and defensive nodes, go for Sanctity

62 Points Skill Tree
More Life should be your focus, make a path to the outer Jewel Sockets for the Cluster Jewels later

 

Recommended leveling items:

SidhebreathSidhebreath - a cheap and common Amulet you can get yourself before you're able to wear Tavuaki
(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+25% to Cold Resistance
Minions have (10-15)% increased maximum Life
Minions have (10-15)% increased Movement Speed
Minions deal (5-9) to (11-15) additional Cold Damage
(15-10)% reduced Mana Cost of Minion Skills
Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - one of the best leveling Rings due to overall good stats it provides
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Damage
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
SkullheadSkullhead - maximum Life, Mana, Armour, Evasion, and Elemental Resistances make this Helmet a great option in most cases, additional Minion mods are actually not that great for this build, but it still can be somewhat useful.
(60-80)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(50-70) to maximum Mana
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
Minions have +10% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Minions have +(300-350) to Armour
Minions Regenerate 2% of Life per second
Replica Midnight BargainReplica Midnight Bargain - if you value your Minions Speed and Damage over your Maximum Life, then it is a great situational item.
(22-26)% increased Spell Damage
+(10-20) to Intelligence
Minions have (40-50)% increased Movement Speed
Minions deal (50-70)% increased Damage
+6 to maximum number of Raging Spirits
+3 to maximum number of Summoned Phantasms
Reserves 30% of Life
Cannot be used with Chaos Inoculation
GoldrimGoldrim - Goldrim is a golden standard for leveling Helmets, the most optimal choice
+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
 
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - no leveling gear is completed without Tabula, it's cheap and extremely useful
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

117 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewels)
117 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Mindless Aggression
  2. Bone Barrier
  3. Mistress of Sacrifice
  4. Unnatural Strenght

Pantheon:

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 Garukhan: +5% chance to Evade Attack Hits if you've taken a Savage Hit Recently

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Summon Raging Spirits setup
Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit - with two modifiers that grant additional Gem links from your Helmet, you can put your Main DPS Skill Gem in there. If you don't have such a Helmet, put it in your six-linked Body Armour.
Infernal Legion Support Infernal Legion Support - your Raging Spirits will die faster while dealing damage over time to surrounding enemies
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - for more Fire Damage
Unleash Support Unleash Support - use it to spawn more minions in a rapid succession
Support Gems granted by your Rare Helmet:
Minion Life  Minion Life Support - increases the Life of your Minions and hence the explosion Damage from Minion Instability
minion damage Minion Damage Support - one of the most important Support Gems in this setup
[DPS] Raise Zombie setup
Raise Zombie Raise Zombie - they offer a huge damage boost during Boss fights by applying a number of debuffs
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support - Increases damage from Minion Instability and keeps them alive for longer
Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support - makes your minions aggressive, which is good
Elemental Army Support Elemental Army Support - zombies will apply exposure on hit, it also increases their defense against Elemental Damage
Combustion Support Combustion Support - increases Minion's Fire Damage and Lowers Fire Resistance of your opponents 
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - for more Fire Damage
[UTILITY] Storm Brand setup
Storm Brand Storm Brand - used to apply curses on enemies and trigger Elemental Equilibrium
Awakened Hextouch Support Awakened Hextouch Support - with Awakened Hextouch you can apply two curses with linked Skills
Flammability Flammability - offensive Curse, increases the Fire Damage dealt to affected enemies
Enfeeble Enfeeble - defensive Curse that makes enemies less precise with hits and deal less damage
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash setup
Flame Dash Flame Dash - a mobility spell that allows you to quickly get out of sticky situations
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - allows you to dash more times in a row
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - increases your damage upon spending a certain amount of mana, keep it at a low enough level so that a single Flame Dash can activate it. Keep this Gem at level 7 so that you gain the buff which each cast
[UTILITY] Summon Stone Golem
Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem - Stone Golem is a preferred Golem for this build which boosts your survivability by increasing your Life Regeneration
[UTILITY] Bone Offering/Desecrate
(Socketed in Trigger Wand)
Bone Offering Bone Offering - your minions become more defensive, with an increased chance to Block, and Life Recovery on Block. It will also affect you after you allocate Misstress of Sacrifice. All Gems in this setup have to be triggered by your Crafted Wand
Desecrate Desecrate - creates Corpses for your Bone Offering and other bonuses from the Necromancer Class
Tempest Shield Tempest Shield - increases your Block Chance, and triggers Elemental Equilibrium when you are too lazy to cast your Brand
[UTILITY] Auras
Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots - Chill and Schock effect they provide is great for offense and defense
Vitality Vitality - regenerates Life for you and your allies 
Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone - use Sand stance to Blind nearby enemies and take less damage from enemies attacking you from a distance


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6. Gear Setup

Gather as much Life as you can, this is your priority. All the necessary gear you should get is cheap, the usual Life and Resistances are enough. Your most important pieces of equipment are Helmet and Wand, prepare to spend most of your budget on those. After you're done with that, get the recommended cluster jewels, they shouldn't be expensive. You won't need Watcher's Eye - Vitality is not a game-changing Aura and Watcher's Eye mods for them are not worth your investment. The final touch is Elegant Hubris. You can use Deafening Essence of Fear on your Helmet, Body Armour, Boots, Gloves, Belt, and Shield for additional Minion Life.

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. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Minion Damage
  4. Minion Life
rare helmet(Helmet) Rare Bone Helmet - All the required mods are on Prefixes slots, leaving Suffixes open - this is where you can usually get Elemental Resistances. There is a huge price gap between +2 and +3 to Level of Socketed Minion Gem, so if you don't have enough currency, quickly grab +2 version and do an upgrade later
Min. requirements:
+# to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Minion Life
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Minion Damage
50 Maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Concentrated Effect
Helmet enchantments:
Summon Raging Spirit has 18% chance to summon an extra Minion
150% increased Effect of the Buff granted by your Stone Golems
wand(Weapon) Rare Wand - Convoking Wand is usually your go-to wand, for you can't roll its Minions mods. A wand with just two required mods is cheap, and of course, having 3 or 4 desirable mods is good, but don't focus on it too much - invest in Cluster Jewels before such upgrade.
Min. requirements:
+1 to Level of all Minion Skill Gems
Minions have 35% increased maximum Life
Optional affixes:
+1 to Level of all Spell Skill Gems
Minions have 15% increased Attack Speed
Minions have 15% increased Cast Speed
Trigger a Socketed Spell when you Use a Skill, with a 8 second Cooldown (crafted)
Quiver(Shield) Rare Shield - look for Maximum Life and Elemental Resistances, the more you can get the better, for there are no especially beneficial mods you can find on a Shield
Min. requirements:
+120 to maximum Life
+100% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chance to Block
#% increased maximum Life
increased Effect of your Curses
additional Physical Damage Reduction
Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - Body Armours can offer you a lot of extra Life. Besides that, look for increased effect of Offerings and additional Curse - it should not cost too much. Both of these mods require armour to be Hunter-influenced
Min. requirements:
+80 to Maximum Life
#% increased effect of Offerings
You can apply additional Curse
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
#% increased maximum Life
Darkray Vectors(Boots) Rara Boots - It is obligatory to have a somewhat decent movement speed bonus on your Boots, around 30%. Look for Maximum Life and Resistances as well
Min. requirements:
+70 to Maximum Life
+70% to Elemental Resistances
+25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
% chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
Cannot be Frozen
% chance to avoid Projectiles
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Again, look for Life and Elemental Resistances. There are close to no good mods you can find on Gloves, so it is recommended to have at least Redeemer's Minion Damage or Essence-crafted Minion Life.
Min. requirements:
+80 to Maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Minions deal #% increased Damage
Minions have #% increased maximum Life
Replica Siegebreaker(Belt) Replica Siegebreaker - The only Belt that's better here would be a Headhunter. The Burning Damage that is spread on Minon Death is equal to 20% of your Minion Maximum Health per second, which is a lot. The replica version is better than the original since it deals Fire Damage.
+(25-35) to Strength
(6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(6-10)% increased maximum Life
+(15-25)% to Fire Resistance
Your Minions spread Burning Ground on Death, dealing 20% of their maximum Life as Fire Damage per second
Minions have 5% chance to Maim Enemies on Hit with Attacks
Tavukai(Amulet) Tavukai - Unquestionably the most important gear piece in this build. A huge increase in Life and damage for your Raging Spirits. Chaos Damage per second that is being dealt to them is a good thing, they'll reach the explosion threshold quicker.
Regenerate (2-4) Life per second
+(30-40) to Intelligence
Minions have +(-17-17)% to Chaos Resistance
Summon Raging Spirit has (20-30)% increased Duration
Summoned Raging Spirits deal (60-80)% increased Damage
Summoned Raging Spirits have (80-100)% increased maximum Life
Summoned Raging Spirits take 20% of their Maximum Life per second as Chaos Damage
Recommended Anointments:
Righteous Army
Ravenous Horde
Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - If you don't have Awakened Hextouch Support, but you can inflict more than one Curse upon the enemy, look for Flammability Curse on Hit, you can find it on Warlord's influenced Rings
Min. requirements:
+70 to Maximum Life
+50% to Total Elemental Resistances
Curse Enemies with Flammability on Hit
Optional affixes:
Minions deal #% increased Damage
Minions have #% increased Movement Speed (can be crafted)
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - They should provide extra Life for you and your Minions. If you need Elemental Resistances you can find it here, but your rare armor parts are more recommended.
Min. requirements:
7% increased Maximum Life
Minions Have 10% Increased Maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Minion's Attack and Cast Speed
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewels - exact same case as with other Rare Jewels, focus on Life for you and your Minions
Min. requirements:
+30 to Maximum Life
Minions Have 10% Increased Maximum Life
Minions deal #% increased Damage if you've used a Minion Skill Recently
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
elegant hubris(Jewel) Elegant Hubris - You're not interested in any Keystone from that Timeless Jewel, you want a good roll on it - one that gives you "Axiom Warden" notable - Minions have 80% increased Maximum Life. You can get more than one of them so try different jewel sockets. To find one is a hard task - you can't exactly look at a seed of an Elegant Hubris and tell which notables are changed to Axiom Warden, moreover, there are no tools for it so far. You can buy them in bulk or find a community-based initiative specialized in such trades.
Commissioned (2000-160000) coins to commemorate (Cadiro-Caspiro-Victario)
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Eternal Empire
Historic
Fortress Covenant(Jewel) Fortress Covenant - Noticeable damage bonus for your Minions. An additional increase in the damage they take works in your favor as well.
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
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewels - Minion Damage type Large Jewels witch as little small nodes are what you're looking for. Get at least two of the recommended affixes.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Feasting Fiends
1 Added Passive Skill is Call to the Slaughter
1 Added Passive Skill is Raze and Pillage
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewels - Medium Cluster Jewels are more important than Large ones - small nodes increase your Minion's Life by 12%, if you have enough Life, get Jewels with more small nodes and put your Skill Point there. Hulking Corpses is an important notable you should strive for.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Feasting Fiends
1 Added Passive Skill is Hulking Corpses
 Rumi's Concoction(Flask) Rumi's Concoction - one of the best defensive flasks in the game, it protects you from hits and increases your Armour Rating
+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. Alchemist's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
  2. Perpetual Quartz Flask of Warding (Immune to Curses)
  3. Seething Life Flask of Curing (Immune to Poison)
  4. Perpetual Basalt Flask of Dousing (Immune to Ignite)
Rumi's ConcoctionBasalt FaithLife Flaskquicksilver flaskquartz flask


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