Forum Index Witch [2.6 Video Guide] Beginner's Build: 5 Keystone Horror Summoner [HC/SC/Atziri Viable]

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For a more detailed explanation of the build check out the video guide: 5 Keystone Horror Summoner Build Guide Video

If you are new or uncertain how summoners work, how they are scaled or behave, check out this video guide: Generic Summoner Mechanic Guide

Atziri is doable by changing the Knitted Horrors for Undying Evangelists. A high budget version of this build can handle Uber Atziri.


If you have any questions you can always come to my twitch stream to get them answered or just to enjoy the stream:

Ghazzy's Livestreaming Channel

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Is this build for you?

1. If you are looking for an amazing Necromancer build.

2. A build that is not only viable in both hardcore & sofcore, but also Atziri and even Uber Atziri later on.

3. Insanely high eHP with really good clearing speed that is NOT SRS.

4. If you prefer a build guide that has a video linked to it.

5. You're bored of the ordinary spectres we necromancers are using.


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Defence & Utility

The build utilizes Flame Dash to help with labyrinths and got a massive army of meatshields to cover your insanely high eHP thanks to the use of the 3 Keystones: Mind Over Matter, Zealot's Oath & Eldritch Battery on top of this we are using Elemental Equilibrium to further enhance our damage output of our spectres. Outside of these keystone we are pushing it further by adding Necromantic Aegis with Victario's Charity

The EE is applied via a Curse on Hit - Ball Lightning ability with 1 defensive curse & 1 offensive to even further enhance your survival as well as damage output!


Here is a link to a downloadable calculator for how much effective HP you'll have with Mind Over Matter: Mind Over Matter eHP Calculator

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Why we are using Knitted Horrors

Seeing as 95% of all good summoner builds are Witches now since Scions Necromancer Ascendancy is completely worthless. This makes 95% of all good summoner builds use extrremely identical skilltrees, the differences are in the utility decisions, ammount of auras being used and/or the decision of how the defensive stats are planed (EB/ZO/MoM vs armour HP vs Hybrid ES/Life vs ES vs Low life (which is also budget locked)).
On top of the skilltree looking very simmilar to one another the spectre choices were looking very much alike as well;
You chose Evangelists for zombies focused builds and Flame Sentinels for Spectre focused builds, for obvious reasons. To some degree Evangelists could be used as an offensive choice as well, but has the same issues the Knitted Horrors have... their AI.

So the decision came to this;
Knitted Horrors as well as Evangelists deals Physical dmg which we all can agree is substantially easier to scale and thanks to Poison is superior in almost all kind of ways for minions to work with. So I started working on creating a solution for their AI, which obviously is impossible, but what was not impossible was to work around it, minimize the impact of their behaviour. Which was solved via speeding them up via Commander of Darkness stacking together with Frenzy charges from Victario's Charity. The Knitted Horrors are vastly better at clearing over Evangelists till you meet highest tier bosses like t14-t15 bosses where the defensive use of Evangelists are superior. However, till then the Knitted Horrors are amazing.


TLDR; Super strong with AI issues which we are minimizing the impact of to show people there are more than 2 options.

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Skill-gems & Setups:

Spectres:

5L:
- Raise Spectre, Minion DMG - PPAD - GMP - Added Fire
6L:
- Raise Spectre, Minion DMG - PPAD - GMP - Pierce - Poison

Meatshields:

- Raise Zombie, Minion Life, Fortify + Possible Animate Guardian (Could switch for Minion Resist)

Curse on Hit:

- Ball Lightning, Curse on Hit, Enfeeble, Vulnerability

Utility:

- Flame Dash, Flesh Offering, Vaal haste, Increased Duration

Auras & Utility:

- Generosity + Hatred + Desecrate

Auras:

- Enlighten LvL 2+, Arctic Armour - Discipline

Unset Rings

- Convocation
- Vaal Lightning Trap (can switch for Vaal Summon Skeletons vs Atziri trio-boss)


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Skill-tree & Ascendancy Nodes:

Ascendancy Nodes:
Rush Soul Weaver, then pick up Commander of Darkness and finish hard with Mistress of Sacrifice to further enhance your clear speed!


Leveling skill-tree, 35 points

Leveling skill-tree, 73 points

Leveling skill-tree, 90 points

Finished skill-tree


A few notes:

1. Once the skill-tree is finished, just focus 100% on more jewel slots.

2. Only pick up EB, ZO, MoM when you have the gear to sustain it which is minimum of 4000 HP and a minimum of 1800 ES(EB) / unreserved Mana

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Leveling Tips:

1. Fire Trap / Freezing Pulse till you can equip yourself with Firestorm & Flame Totem.

2. Abberaths Horn and/or Lifesprig is amazingly nice to use whilst LvLing .

3. Once Firestorm deals enough damage you can remove Flame Totem.

4. Use Herald of Ice & Lightning whilst LvLing to further enhance your lvling speed.

5. Change in to a summoner when you reach Act 4 Cruel difficulty Dried Lake.


Bandits:

- Normal: Help Oak: 40+ Life
- Cruel: Kill them all for 1 extra skill point.
- Merciless: Kill them all for 1 extra skill point.

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Gearing & Stat Priorities

Defensive Stats:


1. Life
2. ES
3. Resistances
4. Strength
5. Armour

Offensive Stats:

1. Minion Damage
2. Minion Life


My current gear:

Spoiler
Bones of Ullr
Silk Slippers
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  • 57% increased Energy Shield
  • +20 to maximum Life
  • +20 to maximum Mana
  • +1 to Level of all Raise Zombie Gems
  • +1 to Level of all Raise Spectre Gems
  • 14% increased Movement Speed
  • The dead man walks where

    the living fear to tread.

    Vis Mortis
    Necromancer Silks
    Click to expand
  • 107% increased Energy Shield
  • +22 to maximum Mana
  • Minions have 20% reduced maximum Life
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
  • +1 to maximum number of Spectres
  • Minions gain Unholy Might for 5 seconds on Kill
  • Reap what others have sown

    Muster them from their graves

    Parade them for your pleasure

    Zealots in mortis enslaved

    Wrath Salvation
    Hubris Circlet
    Click to expand
  • 160% increased Energy Shield
  • +98 to maximum Life
  • +45% to Cold Resistance
  • 15% increased Stun and Block Recovery
  • +27% to Lightning Resistance
  • Agony Grasp
    Unset Ring
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  • Has 1 Socket
  • +50 to Strength
  • Adds 1 to 2 Physical Damage to Attacks
  • +75 to maximum Life
  • +32 to maximum Mana
  • +11% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +15% to Fire Resistance
  • Dusk Shackle
    Heavy Belt
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  • +25 to Strength
  • 12% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
  • +89 to maximum Life
  • +39% to Fire Resistance
  • +35% to Cold Resistance
  • 10% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
  • Storm Nail
    Unset Ring
    Click to expand
  • Has 1 Socket
  • +18 to Intelligence
  • +38 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +50 to maximum Life
  • +36% to Lightning Resistance
  • Aurumvorax
    Basket Rapier
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  • +30% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • 122% increased Physical Damage
  • 20% reduced Rarity of Items found
  • +60% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +3 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
  • Many a collector of rarities discovered to his dismay

    that the intelligent spirit in this sword

    does not like to share its master's attention

    Victario's Charity
    Laminated Kite Shield
    Click to expand
  • +8% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +58 to maximum Life
  • +28% to Lightning Resistance
  • +11% to Chaos Resistance
  • 10% increased Area of Effect of Aura Skills
  • 10% chance to grant a Power Charge to nearby Allies on Kill
  • 5% chance to grant a Frenzy Charge to nearby Allies on Hit
  • A man's life is the greatest gift he can give.

    Grip of the Council
    Arcanist Gloves
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  • +30 to Strength
  • +40 to maximum Life
  • +40% to Cold Resistance
  • Minions have 10% reduced Movement Speed
  • Minions have +40% to Cold Resistance
  • Minions gain 20% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
  • Death does not remove you from our grasp.

    Death only brings you closer.

    Kraken Gorget
    Onyx Amulet
    Click to expand
  • +15 to all Attributes
  • +38 to Dexterity
  • +37 to maximum Energy Shield
  • 22% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • +36 to maximum Mana
  • +6% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +7% to Cold Resistance



  • Jewels:

    1. Minion Damage
    2. Increased Max Life
    3. Minion Life
    4. Resistances
    5. Minion Block
    6. Minion Resist

    Flasks:

    2x Seething Divine Life Flasks <w/e sufix>
    1x Ample Eternal Life Flask of Staunching
    1x Ample Granite Flask of Staunching
    1x Ample Quicksilver Flask of Heat

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    Recommended Unique Items:
    Spoiler
    Aurumvorax
    Basket Rapier
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  • +30% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • 126% increased Physical Damage
  • 20% reduced Rarity of Items found
  • +58% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +3 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
  • Many a collector of rarities discovered to his dismay

    that the intelligent spirit in this sword

    does not like to share its master's attention

    Vis Mortis
    Necromancer Silks
    Click to expand
  • 118% increased Energy Shield
  • +29 to maximum Mana
  • Minions have 20% reduced maximum Life
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
  • +1 to maximum number of Spectres
  • Minions gain Unholy Might for 5 seconds on Kill
  • Reap what others have sown

    Muster them from their graves

    Parade them for your pleasure

    Zealots in mortis enslaved

    Bones of Ullr
    Silk Slippers
    Click to expand
  • 45% increased Energy Shield
  • +20 to maximum Life
  • +20 to maximum Mana
  • +1 to Level of all Raise Zombie Gems
  • +1 to Level of all Raise Spectre Gems
  • 12% increased Movement Speed
  • The dead man walks where

    the living fear to tread.

    Grip of the Council
    Arcanist Gloves
    Click to expand
  • +30 to Strength
  • +40 to maximum Life
  • +40% to Cold Resistance
  • Minions have 10% reduced Movement Speed
  • Minions have +40% to Cold Resistance
  • Minions gain 20% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
  • Death does not remove you from our grasp.

    Death only brings you closer.



    Recommended LvLing Uniques:
    Spoiler
    Abberath's Horn
    Goat's Horn
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  • 11% increased Spell Damage
  • 26% increased Fire Damage
  • Adds 5 to 10 Fire Damage to Spells
  • 41% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  • +10 Life gained on Killing Ignited Enemies
  • 25% reduced Ignite Duration on Enemies
  • The Goat King drank the smoke and ate the flames

    as his ruin spread across the land.

    Lifesprig
    Driftwood Wand
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  • 9% increased Spell Damage
  • +1 to Level of Socketed Spell Gems
  • 24% increased Spell Damage
  • 8% increased Cast Speed
  • +18 to maximum Life
  • +19 to maximum Mana
  • Regenerate 6 Life over 1 second when you Cast a Spell
  • From the smallest seeds

    To the tallest redwoods,

    Life endures in Wraeclast.

    Goldrim
    Leather Cap
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  • +49 to Evasion Rating
  • 10% increased Rarity of Items found
  • +37% to all Elemental Resistances
  • Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
  • No metal slips as easily through the fingers as gold.



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    Outro:

    This build thread is merely a rough guide to lead you in to the builds basics. If you wish to see more details about this beautiful build check out the video guide: 5 Keystone Horror Summoner Build Guide Video

    Before you start posting questions I would recommend checking the video. I am, as always available in my stream!

    Hope you guys will enjoy the build! Below you can access my other build guides:

    Build Guides


    //Ghazzy

    Ghazzy
    Jun 24, 2016 16:29:38 PM

    * Reserved


    2.6 Update Notes:
    * Can add 1-2 Unending Hunger jewels, though with 2 you can't get any souls for Vaal spells. I'd recommend using 1 for heavier spectre effeciency.

    Ghazzy
    Jun 24, 2016 16:30:49 PM

    Solid guide I give it three thumbs up.

    iAxum
    Jun 24, 2016 17:14:39 PM

    Perfect timing too. Decided yesterday that my next character will be a summoner, and I never played one before. I just didn't know where to start. But now I do. :)

    Redfeather_1975
    Jun 24, 2016 17:25:15 PM

    "
    iAxum wrote:
    Solid guide I give it three thumbs up.


    3/5? Daum that's bad :<


    "
    Perfect timing too. Decided yesterday that my next character will be a summoner, and I never played one before. I just didn't know where to start. But now I do. :)


    Nice!
    Glad i could be of assistance!

    Ghazzy
    Jun 24, 2016 17:26:26 PM

    3/2 because I only have two hands :p

    iAxum
    Jun 24, 2016 17:28:52 PM

    You should mention in the written guide about why you're using Knitted Horrors, how they scale and pros/cons compared to other spectres maybe.

    dandan88
    Jun 24, 2016 17:30:52 PM

    so the knitted horrors can really be used as main damage dealers, great to know
    decent guide

    prospecial
    Jun 24, 2016 19:07:00 PM

    "
    dandan88 wrote:
    You should mention in the written guide about why you're using Knitted Horrors, how they scale and pros/cons compared to other spectres maybe.


    Horrors are an odd minion

    the defining traits for that monster are:
    piercing projectiles (100%)
    high hp pools
    and an attack that is a split between physical and bleed damage.

    they technically barely qualify for what makes a good spectre as their ai has some unfortunate issues
    but they do have that built in aoe component via pierce
    they do have a damage source that is scalable
    and they do have a highish level zone in story mode from which to be drawn from.


    the main issues for them as is with most monsters .. is their ai. in the case of horrors they like to get too close for their own good. what this means it is much easier for trash mobs to tie them up in melee (horrors like most ranged mobs have a weaker melee to their excellent ranged attack).


    The reason why they can contend with flame sentinels at all is because of the damage scaling via hatred and grip of the council which is made effective via ee (so even monsters with resists still take most of the elemental damage) and the fact that poison is hilariously op. seriously it is retarded how op poison is.

    Saltychipmunk
    Jun 24, 2016 19:33:57 PM

    i would like to ask why mistress of sacrifice instead of spirit eater for the last ascendancy point?

    Gurintea
    Jun 24, 2016 19:40:50 PM
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