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[3.8] Soulwrest Summoner Witch (Necromancer)

Intro & build description

With the 3.8 and Blight league comes rework for summoners and how they operate offering much more enjoyable experience overall. If you have never played summoner before, this is the perfect moment to try it out. Summoner builds are very cheap to get going and are perfect build of choice to start in a new economy (League), they are very safe and pretty much work perfectly fine with any items you pick up from the ground as your minions are doing all the heavy lifting. But this is not your ordinary summoner build, this build utilizes Soulwrest unique staff which allows us to summon Phantasm every time we consume the corpse, which synergizes perfectly with Bubonic Trail and we summon our minions automatically as we move through corpses.

Build Pros

  • Fun
  • Very tanky (around 8-9k life with a high block and spell block)
  • Cheap
  • Very safe due being summoner build
  • Can do every map mod
  • Summoners are getting buff and QOL features with Blight league

Build Cons

  • Summoner builds are not for everyone

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.8] Full Build


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Commander of Darkness
Labyrinth 2Mistress of Sacrifice
Labyrinth 3Mindless Aggression
Endgame LabyrinthUnnatural Strength

Skill gem setup


Raise Zombie

Minion Life Support

Minion Speed Support

Bone Offering

Body Armor



Phase Run

Increased Duration Support

Spell Cascade Support


Curse on Hit Support

Projectile Weakness

2h Weapon

Summon Phantasm Support

Minion Damage Support

Brutality Support

Greater Multiple Projectiles Support

Faster Projectiles Support

Minion Speed Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare Helmet

+ 80 to maximum life
+60% to total elemental resistances

Body Armour

Kaom's Heart

Any rare chest with high life and elemental resistances works perfectly fine. Kaom’s Heart is just that big ticket item you wish to purchase to make your character super tanky and push higher tier content.


Rare Gloves

+ 80 to maximum life
+60% to total elemental resistances


Bubonic Trail

Build can definitely function without Bubonic Trail boots, they are not required by any means. However, QOL value they provide while detonating corpses and automatically summoning phantasm makes them insanely sought after. Use rare boots till you can afford 1 abyssal socket Bubonic Trails. Upgrade to 2 socket once you can afford them.

Left Ring

Rare Unset Ring

As we are using lots of uniques, Kaom’s included, we are kind of short on gem sockets. I suggest using Unset ring to make some extra room.

Right Ring

Essence Worm

As we are using Blood Magic, we need Essence Worm and Purity of Elements to fill the gaps in resistances.


Stone of Lazhwar

This amulet boosts our spell block further, very cheap and very strong choice. If you wish to use rare amulet instead, you can definitely do that. Use whichever you prefer.


Stygian Vise

+ 80 to maximum life
+60% to total elemental resistances

2Hand Weapon


Pretty much only unique which is required for the build to work. Bread and butter of the build, hence the name.


Careful Planning

I would suggest using Careful Planning in jewel slot next to Quick Recovery. Transforms 90 intelligence into 90 dexterity.


Might of the Meek

They are expensive but bonus they provide socketed into scion jewel slotsĀ  makes them so worth it. Use rare jewels till you can afford Might of the Meek.


Abyss Jewels

  1. Maximum life
  2. Minions deal additional physical damage
  3. Elemental resistances


Rare Jewels

  1. Increased life
  2. Increased damage
  3. Minions deal increased damage
  4. Elemental resistances


Flask Setup

  1. Forbidden Taste
  2. Rumi’s Concoction
  3. The Wise Oak
  4. Experimenter’s Basalt Flask of Staunching
  5. Experimenter’s Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline

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

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