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[PoE 3.12 Build] Volatile Dead + DD Spellslinger Witch (Necromancer)

Intro & build description

Volatile Dead is a great build for people who love a mix of spellcaster and summoner playstyle with a splash of wander in there. All you have to do is attack with your wand and the spells are going to cast automatically, offering really chill gameplay. This build is cheap to start, therefore great as a league starter.
In 3.12, Spellslinger is nerfed a bit while leveling, but it probably won’t slow you down much.

Build Pros

  • Cheap to start out and scales really well with currency invested
  • Very safe playstyle
  • Good clearspeed
  • High energy shield

Build Cons

  • Final build uses a lot of uniques

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.12] Skill Tree
Path of Building

Bandits

Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Plaguebringer
Labyrinth 2Corpse Pact
Labyrinth 3Commander of Darkness
Endgame LabyrinthMistress of Sacrifice

Skill gem setup

Helm


Vaal Righteous Fire

Spell Cascade Support

Spellslinger

Desecrate


Body Armor


Detonate Dead

Volatile Dead

Awakened Elemental Focus Support

Spellslinger

Concentrated Effect Support

Awakened Spell Cascade Support


Gloves


Frenzy

Barrage Support

Combustion Support

Power Charge On Critical Support


Boots


Herald of Ash

Blood Magic (Linked only to Herald of Ash)

Flame Dash

Arcane Surge - LVL5 (Linked only to Flame Dash)


2h Weapon


None


1h Weapon


Flammability

Bone Offering

Wave of Conviction


Offhand weapon / shield


Discipline

Anger

Zealotry



Build uniques / Example rare gear


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Helmet

Crown of The Inward Eye

Versatile, relatively cheap item that works on most builds.

It’s great offensively due to transfiguration of mind and soul, as well as defensively due to global energy shield increase.

40% increased volatile dead damage would a good enchantment.


Body Armour

Shavronne's Wrappings

Since this is a low life build, Shavronne’s Wrappings is one of the core items. Get it as soon as you can.

Note: transition into low life only when you have Prism Guardian, Shavronne’s Wrappings and all the reduced mana reservation nodes on the skill tree.


Gloves

Rare Energy Shield gloves

Look for rare energy shield gloves with as high energy shield as you can find, ideally 140+.

Elemental resistances and dexterity are also great mods to have on your gloves.


Boots

Rare Boots with Hunter Influence

The ideal boots would have 30% increased movement speed, Tailwind when you have dealt critical strike recently and some energy shield.

Boots like that will probably be around few ex, so before that just go with regular ES boots that don’t have the Tailwind mod from hunter influence.


Left Ring

Rare Ring

Look for rare Moonstone ring with at least 40 energy shield, 50 mana and high resistances.

If you can afford it, you could go for Moonstone Ring with Crusader influence and craft it, while looking for %increased energy shield mod together with aforementioned mods.


Right Ring

Circle of Anguish

Look for Circle of Anguish with Herald of Ash buff effect and reduced mana reservation.


Amulet

Presence of Chayula

Presence of Chayula is an awesome defensive amulet for the build. While expensive at the beginning, it drops in price sharply week or 2 into new league.

It’s not essential for build to work, so before you can get one, use rare amulet with at least 40 energy shield, %increased energy shield and 25%+ global critical multiplier.

Important note: To activate Herald of Ash in addition to other auras, you need to anoint Charisma notable.


Belt

Rare Crystal Belt with Shaper Influence

Look for rare Crystal Belt with Shaper Influence and at least 80 item level. Base belt like that will probably go for 1EX+, so it’s an endgame upgrade.

Craft the belt using Dense fossils and look for following mods:
x% increased Energy Shield from Body Armour and at least 40 energy shield.

Until you can afford a belt like that, use regular Crystal Belt with high energy shield and resistances. You can also craft reduced cooldown recovery speed or increased damage on it.


1Hand Weapon

Rare Imbued Wand

Main stats to look for are adds #-# fire damage, fire damage to spells, +1 to level of all fire skill gems. You could also craft Gain % of Elemental Damage as extra Chaos Damage on the wand.


Offhand

Prism Guardian

This shield is one of the mandatory items of the build, allowing us to use more auras than usual. It’s pretty cheap, so get it when you transition into low life.

If you have more currency, you can buy a corrupted one with +2 to socketed aura gems corruption.


Jewel

Jewel Setup

This build uses several unique jewels.

1.) Transcendent Flesh – not a cheap one, but works really well for the build. It’s not a priority item, but more of a luxury. When you get it, put it in a socket under Faith and Steel.

2.) Energy From Within – great jewel for energy shield builds. Get it after you transition into low life and put it the socket near Melding.

3.) Optional – Watcher’s Eye with mods that affect any of the auras you are using.

4.) Optional – you could also use Inspired Learning for some extra buffs from Heists and maps. Put it in socket near Instability and allocate 4 notables (Instability and Blast radius are good choices).

On rare jewel look for:
%increased maximum energy shield,
global critical strike multiplier, critical strike multiplier with fire skills.


Flask

Flask Setup

Flask setup:

1.) The Wise Oak (Make sure your fire resistance is the highest)
2.) Rumi’s Concoction
3.) Quicksilver Flask with freeze removal
4.) Diamond Flask with bleed removal
5.) Bottled Faith (Only if you can afford it) / Basalt Flask with Curse removal or Atziri’s Promise



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

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