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Summon Reaper Juggernaut Build

Summon Reaper Juggernaut Build

Extremely tanky Reaper Build for the Juggernaut Class that utilizes massive Bleeding damage

Summon Reaper
Juggernaut Build

Updated for Patch 3.19

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Guide notes
October 03, 2022
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Build Overview



Boss DPS:



Summon Reaper is one of the most unique Minion Skill Gems, it conjures a very powerful Reaper that uses multiple different Attacks, all of them dealing Physical Damage. The Minion has a 50% base chance to cause Bleeding, and as the damage of this Ailment has been substantially buffed for Minions in patch 3.19, it will be the primary damage type used. Reaper is a Skill designed to be the main damage dealer in any Minion build as it significantly cripples and consumes your other Minions. We will include Skeletons, not to cause any real damage, but to boost Reaper by granting him Feeding Frenzy and Maiming his enemies, which will make them take more Physical Damage. These skeletons will have to be summoned regularly to feed the Reaper, their damage is also good enough to deal with multiple smaller enemies - a quality that one big minion does not possess. Clear Speed problem can be further soothed by equipping Asenath's Gentle Touch Gloves to cause an on-death explosion.

When picking Juggernaut over other classes you're granted an advantage of playing as one of the most durable ascendancies in the game. All the damage here comes from skill gems and gear, especially the Bow/Quiver setup. Picking up a Rare Bow allows your main damage setup to be supported by local modifiers to increase the Gem Level of Summon Reaper, which is by far the most efficient way to gain more DPS. For defenses, the build utilizes very high Maximum Life, over 100k Armour, Elemental Resistances at over 80%, Untiring, Unbreakable, Unflinching, and Unstoppable. You're able to reach an insane amount of Life Regeneration, 7 Endurance Charges, capped Chaos Resistance, and Immunity to all Elemental Ailments. If you want to be extra stout, allocate Indominable Resolve via Forbidden Jewels to take 25% less damage on top of all previously-mentioned virtues. This absurd sturdiness completely justifies relatively low damage and not-so-optimal clear speed.

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1. Gameplay

Summon Skeleton as you go, these will deal with most of the obstacles presented to you. Reaper has some AoE Attacks, and you can also control him which is certainly helpful. For boss fights, you can deploy Vaal Summon Skeletons for more damage and to protect yourself. Replica Maloney's Mechanism is used to automatically cast Ensnaring Arrow, enemies affected by it take more damage. It will always Hit due to Resolute Technique. For Curses use Temporal Chains from Asenath's Gentle Touch or Vulnerability. It's possible to have both via anointing the Amulet or by equipping a specific Rare Body Armour. For a Guard Spell use Molten Shell. Flame Dahs is good as a movement ability. For Auras, we've used Pride, Determination, Purity of Elements, Skitterbots, Flesh and Stone, and Malevolence. You're only able to fit all of them if you have Aul's Uprising (Pride/Determination variant), Enlighten Support, and Malevolence linked with Divine Blessing while also using The Devouring Diadem for Eldritch Battery.

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • one of the tankiest builds in the game
  • uses soundly-priced unique and rare items
  • can run the vast majority of maps
  • might run into Mana Reservation issues
  • clear speed and single target damage is average at best


3. Leveling tips

Leveling might be difficult, there are no Minion-related nodes nowhere nearby your starting location. Even later on, most of your damage comes from high-level Skill Gems rather than passives or items. There are a few Skills that connect the Minion and Strength-based character archetypes, these are Absolution, Domination Blow, or Herald of Purity. Start with a Ground Slam, and play as a regular Attack Build. You can carry on like this until maps, but to transition into a proper Minion build as early as it's possible, start using Domination Blow at level 28. You can then allocate Gravepact, Retribution, and other such notables for more Minion Damage. Start using Pride and Herald of Purity for more Physical Damage and Minions. These minions are short-lived and depend on you starting the chain reaction to set them all up, so investing in your own Attack Damage is also something to keep an eye on. Reaper requires level 28 and you can start using it alongside your other minions as soon it's possible. Minions Damage over Time should grow over time as you progress through maps.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Ground Slam setup
Ground Slam Ground Slam - A simple AoE Attack that you can use since level 1.
Ruthless Ruthless Support - Increases Damage of every third Attack.
Added Fire Damage Added Fire Damage Support - Adds Fire Damage sourced from Physical Damage.
Dominating Blow setup
Dominating Blow Dominating Blow - A Strike Attack that summons a Minion after Killing an opponent or Hitting a unique enemy. These benefit from the same Attack modifiers as you do.
Ruthless Ruthless Support
Multistrike Multistrike Support - The Attack is being repeated resulting in more DPS, even if it deals less damage.
Minion Damage Minion Damage Support - Minions deal more Damage and have less Maximum Life.
Bloodlust Bloodlust Support - Minions deal more Damage against Bleeding opponents, but cannot inflict Bleeding themselves. Use with Reaper only.
Maim Support Maim Support - Maims on Hit to reduce movement speed and increase Physical Damage received.
Summon Reaper setup
Summon Reaper Summon Reaper - Reaper can be used to cause Bleeding and deal a formidable Bleeding Damage, use it much later in the game, it will weaken all your other Minions.
Brutality Brutality Support - Minion deals more Physical Damage, but can only deal Damage of this type.
Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support - The Chance to cause Bleeding is increased, as is Bleeding Damage itself.
Minion Damage Minion Damage Support
Mana Reservation setup
Pride Pride - Nearby enemies take more physical Damage, the effect is doubled after four seconds.
Herald of Purity Herald of Purity - Grants you more Physical Damage and summons Minions after you Kill or Hit an enemy.
various Gems
Vulnerability Vulnerability - A Curse that makes enemies more vulnerable to Physical Damage and Bleeding.
Summon Holy Relic Summon Holy Relic - Use it to regenerate Life for you and your Minions, you can even link it with Minion Life Support Minion Life Support to make them more durable.


you should kill all three Bandits for two additional Skill Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

31 Points Skill Tree
Start with Maximum Life, Minions' Damage, and Resolute Technique Keystone.

68 Points Skill Tree
Head for more Minion Damage nodes, more Maximum Life, and Maximum Endurance Charges


Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - it's one of the best leveling Rings, it grants a lot of Attributes, Damage, and Resistances
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
GoldrimGoldrim - this Helmet offers a lot of 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
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
Chober ChaberChober Chaber - It's a very good weapon to put your main damage setup in. It grants damage to you and your Minions. Available at level 40.
+1 to Level of Socketed Melee Gems
+1 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
20% reduced Strength Requirement
(200-220)% increased Physical Damage
25% increased maximum Mana
Minions have (20-40)% increased maximum Life
15% increased Skill Effect Duration
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - use Tabula for the six, white, linked sockets
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:

114 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster or Unique Jewels)
121 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Unflinching
  2. Untiring
  3. Unbreakable
  4. Unstoppable


Major God: Soul of Arakaali: 10% reduced Damage taken from Damage Over Time

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] Summon Reaper setup
socketed in a Rare Bow
Summon Reaper Summon Reaper - The single most important Minion, it uses a variety of Attacks to cause Bleeding, which is significantly improved. Use a high-level Divergent version if you can.
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support - It increases Minions' Damage but lowers its Maximum Life.
Brutality Brutality Support - Linked Skills are restricted to dealing only Physical Damage, which is vastly improved.
Empower Empower Support - Increases Gem Level of Summon Reaper resulting in more damage.
Melee Physical Damage Melee Physical Damage Support - Use it for more Melee Physical and Bleeding Damage, but lower Attack Speed.
Swift Affliction Swift Affliction Support - Swift Affliction grants More Damage over Time and less Bleeding Duration.
[UTILITY] Summon Skeletons Setup
Summon Skeletons Vaal Summon Skeletons - Skeletons are a secondary, more reliable damage source that improves Repaer's performance. We heavily recommend the Vaal version.
Maim Maim Support - Maimed enemies receive more Physical Damage and move slower.
Feeding Frenzy Feeding Frenzy Support - Minions grant Feeding Frenzy on Hit for 10% more Damage and Attack Speed for all other Minions.
Culling Strike Culling Strike Support - Enemies Hit by Skeletons that are below 10% of their Maximum Life die instantly.
[UTILITY] Aura setup
socketed in The Devouring Diadem
Determination Determination - Grants an additional and increased Armour. If you can cast it for free via Aul's Uprising, replace it with Pride Pride in this setup.
Purity of Elements Purity of Elements - Use it for extra Elemental Resistances and immunity to all Elemental Ailments. If you don't have Aul's Uprising to cast Pride Pride off charge, replace it with Pride here.
Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots - Skitterbots Chill and Shock nearby opponents increasing your Damage.
Enlighten Enlighten Support - linked Aura Skills have an increased Mana Reservation Efficiency.
[UTILITY] Malevolence setup
Malevolence Malevolence - Malevelence creates an Aura, allies within its range deal more Damage over Time and have increased Skill Effect Duration.
Divine Blessing Divine Blessing Support - Malevolence becomes a temporary aura to activate once in a while.
Inspiration Inspiration Support - Lowers the Mana Cost of Malevolence, you can use the Divergent version to make it even cheaper.
Generosity Generosity Support - It's an optional Support Gem that makes Malevolence affect only your Minions with increased effectiveness and range.
[UTILITY] Ensnaring Arrow setup
socketed in Replica Maloney's Mechanism
Ensnaring Arrow Ensnaring Arrow - Ensnaring Arrow applies a stackable debuff that reduces Movement Speed, you can apply up to three of these on a single enemy.
Mirage Archer Mirage Archer Support - Creates a copy of you that also fires Ensnaring Arrows at the enemies.
Greater Multiple Projectiles Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - Fires more projectiles to Ensnare more enemies and to lower the chance of missing.
[UTILITY] Pride setup
Pride Pride - Enemies within the range of Pride receive more Physical Damage, this effect is doubled after 4 seconds of exposure.
Arrogance Arrogance Support - If you have Aul's Uprising you can link Pride with Arrogance, it will only increase Aura's effect. If you have the DeterminationDetermination variant, swap their places in these setups.
[UTILITY] Flesh and Stone
Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone - While in Blood Stance - nearby enemies are Maimed and receive increased Physical Damage. Sand Stance protects you from enemies far away. You can use the Anomalous version for more Armour.
[UTILITY] War Banner
War Banner War Banner - Your Minions have increased Accuracy Rating, and nearby enemies take increased Physical Damage.
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash
Flame Dash Flame Dash - A simple movement ability you can use to teleport.
[UTILITY] Molten Shell
Molten Shell Molten Shell - Guard Spell that prevents a portion of incoming damage, it's able to stop more damage the more Armour you have.
[UTILITY] Vulnerability
Vulnerability Vulnerability - This Curse should be cast automatically via Ring Affix for convenience. If you're also using Asenath's Gentle Touch, be sure that you can apply two Curses, or give up one of them.

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6. Gear Setup

The build does require some more or less expensive unique and rare items. Replica Maloney's Mechanism and the Devouring Diadem will be necessary. You could also equip two Cold Iron Point Daggers, but it would leave you with fewer sockets, links, and more clunky gameplay for slightly more damage. To gain more Damage you will need to increase the Gem Level of Summon Reaper, and gain some Minion DOT modifiers from Jewelry and Jewels. You should be able to apply two Curses by anointing Whisper of Doom or a specific Hunter's Prefix on a Body Armour. Aul's Uprising can be used to cast Pride or Determination for free (it can also be used for Purity of Elements or Malevolence, but that's inefficient). Gather Armour, Maximum Life, Chaos Resistance, and Elemental Resistances - these are the most basic and common defensive layers, a foundation of your survivability. Rare items are generally cheap, but you can spend a lot on a good Bow or multiple Ghastly Abyss Jewels.

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. Gem Level of Summon Reaper
  4. Minions' Damage over Time
  5. Dexterity
  6. Intelligence
  7. Mana Reservation Efficiency
  8. Chaos Resistance
  9. Armour
The Devouring Diadem(Helmet) The Devouring Diadem - Put your three most expensive Mana-reserving Skills here linked with Enlighten, or if your Efficiency is high enough - four. It also switches your Energy Shield to apply to Mana, which is undoubtedly essential to cast any Skills.
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
Socketed Gems have 25% increased Reservation Efficiency
Trigger Level 15 Feast of Flesh every 5 seconds
(180-220)% increased Energy Shield
10% chance for Energy Shield Recharge to start when you use a Skill
Eldritch Battery
Veiled Suffix
Helmet enchantments:
Summoned Reaper has +20% to Physical Damage over Time Multiplier
Bow(Weapon) Rare Bow - The only important mods on a Bow are improvements to Minions' Damage and the Gem Level of Summon Reaper and socketed Support Gems. Some of them can be crafted.
Min. requirements:
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
Minions deal 70% increased Damage
+2 to Level of Socketed Support Gems
Optional affixes:
+1 to Level of Socketed Intelligence Gems
Replica Maloney's Mechanism(Off-hand) Replica Maloney's Mechanism - Use the Replica version of this Quiver, it guarantees a permanent Mirage Archer that shoots Ensnaring Arrows.
Has 3 Sockets
Trigger a Socketed Bow Skill when you Cast a Spell while
wielding a Bow, with a 1 second Cooldown
(7-12)% increased Attack Speed
+(50-70) to maximum Life
5% chance to Blind Enemies on Hit with Attacks
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - Use Rare Body Armour for more Maximum Life, Resistances, and Armour. Remember that there are two very useful Hunter Prefixes, one for increased Maximum Life, and the other one that allows you to apply an extra Curse.
Min. requirements:
+100 to maximum Life
+100% to Elemental Resistances
1000 or more Armour
Optional affixes:
increased maximum Life
You can apply an additional Curse
Chaos Resistance
increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skills
The Brass Dome(Body Armour) The Brass Dome - This Armour grants an enormous amount of Armour which is great with the Unbreakable Keystone, and also improves your Maximum Elemental Resistance by up to 5% which is a lot. It slightly lowers your Maximum Life.
Armour: (3321-4240)
(350-400)% increased Armour
+(1-5)% to all maximum Elemental Resistances
Strength provides no bonus to Maximum Life
Take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - There are Movement Speed, Resistances, Attributes, Armour, and Maximum Life to look for on your Boots. It's also a great place to obtain more Dexterity.
Min. requirements:
30% increased Movement Speed
+70 to maximum Life
+70% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
Asenath's Gentle Touch(Gloves) Asenath's Gentle Touch - Use these Gloves to Curse opponents with Temporal Chains and to make them explode on death. Remember to extend your Curse limit or give up Vulnerability Curse if you want to use them.
+(20-30) to Intelligence
+(60-80) to maximum Life
+(60-80) to maximum Mana
Curse Enemies with Temporal Chains on Hit, with 40% increased Effect
Non-Aura Curses you inflict are not removed from Dying Enemies
Enemies near corpses affected by your Curses are Blinded
Enemies Killed near corpses affected by your Curses explode, dealing
3% of their Life as Physical Damage
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Gloves are used only for the most basic defenses like Maximum Life and Resistances, but you can also get some Attributes here - Dexterity and Intelligence will be important.
Min. requirements:
+60 to Maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
Dexterity and Intelligence
increased Duration of Ailments on Enemies
Darkness Enthroned(Belt) Darkness Enthroned - The build needs at least five Ghastly Abyss Jewels, equip this Belt for more Abyss Sockets. Ghastly Jewels can be extremely powerful, especially the ones socketed here.
Has 2 Abyssal Socket
75% increased Effect of Socketed Abyss Jewels
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet  - You can use a Rare Amulet mainly to increase the Gem Level of Summon Reaper and gain Attributes. Maximum Life and Resistances are also easily obtainable.
Min. requirements:
+40 Maximum Life
+50% to Elemental Resistances
+1 to Level of all Skill/Physical Skill Gems
Dexterity and Intelligence
Optional affixes:
+1 to Level of all Skill/Physical Skill Gems
Mana Reservation Efficiency
Chaos Resistance
Aul's Uprising(Amulet) Aul's Uprising (Pride or Determination)  - This is the Amulet we'd recommend the most, it allows you to Cast Pride or Determination with no cost whatsoever. The other stats are mostly quite useful too.
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(20-30) to Strength
(15-20)% increased Armour
+(100-120) to maximum Life
10% reduced Stun and Block Recovery
Nearby Enemies have 10% reduced Stun and Block Recovery
Pride/Determination has no Reservation
Recommended Anointments:
Whispers of Doom
Rings(Ring) Rare Rings - Some of the Rings introduced in patch 3.19 can offer very powerful improvements to boost your Minion's survivability. Besides these mods, seek the ones for increased Minions' Damage, and of course, Attributes.
Min. requirements:
+40 Maximum Life
+50% to Resistances
Dexterity and Intelligence
Optional affixes:
Minions deal increased Damage
Minions have increased Maximum Life, movement Speed, or Attacks Speed
Curse Enemies with Vulnerability on Hit
Ghastly Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Rare Ghastly Abyss Jewels - You will need at least five Ghastly Jewels, these are abundant in Minion modifiers which you should obviously strive for, but if you're missing Attributes or Resistances, you can get them here too.
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Minions deal # increased Damage if you've used a Minion Skill Recently
Minions have # chance to cause Bleeding with Attacks
Minions Regenerate # Life per second
Enemies Maimed by you take 5% increased Damage Over Time
Amanamu's Gaze(Jewel) Amanamu's Gaze - Four Rare Jewels plus this one will grant you +30% Damage over Time Multiplier. Definitely worth acquiring
+(5-10) to all Attributes
Minions have +6% to Damage over Time Multiplier per Ghastly Eye Jewel affecting you, up to a maximum of +30%
Forbidden FlameForbidden Flesh(Jewel) Forbidden Flame & Forbidden Flesh - The most valuable Keystone you can Allocate via a pair of Forbidden Jewels is Indominable Resolve for reduced damage taken with no downside. Valako is very good, Unrelenting is fine, and Defy Pain might be useful under specific circumstances
Allocates <<Random Ascendancy Notable>> if you have the matching modifiers on Forbidden Flesh
Allocates <<Random Ascendancy Notable>> if you have the matching modifiers on Forbidden Flame
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - Look for Determination modifiers for extra durability, Malevolence modifiers for more Damage, or Purity of Elements' Chaos Resistance.
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - Large Cluster Jewel can be used to gain more Jewel Sockets and for minor bonuses to Minions' Damage via small nodes or a selected few Notables.
Recommended affixes:
Added Small Passive Skills also grant: +#% to Chaos Resistance
Added Small Passive Skills also grant: +# to Dexterity
Added Small Passive Skills also grant: +# to Maximum Life
1 Added Passive Skill is Feasting Fiends

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Alchemist's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
  2. Granite Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  3. Basalt Flask with increased Armour
  4. Quartz Flask with random ailment removal
  5. Life Flask with random ailment removal
Basalt FlaskGranite FlaskQuartzquicksilver flasklife flask

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