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[3.0] The Baron – SRS Witch (Necromancer)

Intro & build description

This Summon Raging spirit build is using The Baron unique helmet as build enabler. This helm adds your strength to your minions and since Raging spirits use attacks, it also boosts their damage and your survivability. Great as a starter build for 3.0 Fall of Oriath expansion and Harbinger challenge leagues because of its gearing versatility and low cost.

Build Pros

  • High HP
  • Great clear speed
  • Cheap
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Scales very well with currency investment

Build Cons

  • Minions can be clunky sometimes

Passive tree(s)

Passive Skill Tree [117p]

Bandits

Bandits Quest Choice
Help Kraityn

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Mistress of Sacrifice
Labyrinth 2Commander of Darkness
Labyrinth 3Beacon of Corruption
Endgame LabyrinthMinion damage and life + Minion damage, chaos resistance

Skill gem setup

Helm


Flesh Offering

Vaal Haste

Increased Duration Support

Vaal Lightning Trap


Body Armor


Ball Lightning

Curse on Hit Support

Enfeeble

Greater Multiple Projectiles Support


Gloves


Leap Slam

Faster Attacks Support

Fortify Support


Boots


Cast When Damage Taken Support

Immortal Call

Increased Duration Support

Enduring Cry (Unlinked)


2h Weapon


Summon Raging Spirit

Minion Damage Support

Melee Splash Support

Melee Physical Damage Support

Minion Speed Support

Empower (Only if level 3 or higher) / Weapon Elemental Damage Support


1h Weapon


None


Offhand weapon / shield


None


Build uniques / Example rare gear


Tip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade

Helmet

The Baron

This is an item that the whole build revolves around. Get it as soon as possible.


Body Armour

Astral Plate

Try to get body armour with at least 85 to maximum life, some resistances and strength. You don’t need it to be 6-linked so getting  good armour shouldn’t be a problem.


Gloves

Titan Gauntlets

On gloves look for at least 70 to maximum life, some resistances and strength if you can afford it.


Boots

Titan Greaves

On boots look for at least 25% movement speed, 85 maximum life, some resistances and strength.


Left Ring

Two-Stone Ring

Go for 2 Two-Stone rings with life, resistances and strength. Cast speed is a nice bonus but not essential.


Right Ring

Two-Stone Ring

Pretty much look for the same things as ring mentioned above.


Amulet

Onyx Amulet

On amulet look for maximum life, all attributes, strength.

Another great alternative is getting Astramentis if you have some extra currency.


Belt

Heavy Belt

Look for Heavy belt base with life, strength and some resistances. Mastercrafted movement speed is a nice bonus.


2Hand Weapon

Serpentine Staff

Staff is pretty important for this build. You should look for 6-linked staff with +2 to level of fire gems and cast speed on it. Later on you should craft Gems in this item are Supported by level 1 Blood Magic Vagan mod on the staff.

Great way to get 6-linked staff is to collect or buy The Dark Mage divination cards (they are usually rather cheap) and craft the staff yourself.


Flask

Flask setup

1.) Instant Recovery Divine Life Flask (Seething prefix)
2.) Instant Recovery Divine Life Flask with bleed removal
3.) Eternal life flask with extra charges and bleed removal
4.) Basalt Flask of Iron skin
5.) Granite Flask or Quicksilver flask (your preference)


Jewel

Jewel setup

On jewels look for these stats in priority:

1.) Minion damage

2.) Life

3.) Strength

4.) Resistances if you are lacking

5.) Cast speed



Feel free to share your thoughts/experiences/tips about the build in comments section below.

About gems

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2 comments

  1. Hi, totally new to PoE and started two days ago. In act 3 currently, playing with this build and having tons of fun.

    Still dont understand some of the mechanics tho, like what is the point of “melee splash support” being linked to raging spirits? I’ve just got an item with 4 gems linked, 3 blues and 1 red. I’ve put in summon raging spirits, Raise zombie, minion damage support and finally the melee splash support. Now the 3 blue gems seem to be linked correctly and workin fine, but the melee splash support doesnt seem to be workin. Have I understood something wrong here?

    Thanks in advance if anyone happens to read this and has more experience with the game.

    • gems

      Hi. The purpose of Melee Splash is to allow your Raging Spirits attack in AoE.
      They use attacks as their way of dealing damage and linking Melee Splash Support to them ensures that their attacks deal splash damage to nearby targets.
      Another thing you should do is to substitute Raise Zombie gem with another support gem for your Raging Spirits.

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