Forum Index Witch [3.3 Video Guide] Beginner's Guide: Zombie Build "Umbrella Corp Apocalypse Build"


For a more detailed explanation of the build check out the video guide: Umbrella Corp. Apocalypse Zombie Build Guide Video (Note the video is from 2.6)

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

Path of Building Link for the guide:
Simply go to "Import/Export Build" > Click the "Import from Pastebin" paste the link in there, and then click "Import"

PoB Link for the "Suicide" approach:

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


Is this build for you?

1. If you are looking for an actual viable Zombie build!

2. A build that is not only viable in both hardcore & sofcore, but also Atziri & Uber Izaro as well as Uber Atziri in the higher budget versions.

3. High eHP with really good clearing speed that is neither SRS or Spectre.

4. Stupidly cheap build with lots of potential for upgrades without a thousand regret orbs.

5. A build that has different available ways to be played.

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


Build Enabling Items:

The build uses only a few uniques to help either offensive or the defensive approach, may it be the Aurumvorax for the massive resistance gain or Bones of Ullr for that extra zombie or spectre gain.
When you can later you'll want to equip the Mon'tregul's Grasp as well as The Baron!

If you chose to run the "boss-killer" setup which literally is based around "suiciding" your zombies, you're gonna want an Elder helmet to use your spectres in it.

However, the only mandatory unique to make this build work like a charm is the shield: Victario's Charity together with the passive tree keystone: Necromantic Aegis.


Defence & Utility

You'll have really high eHP with the strength focus the build uses together with The Baron!

I recommend using an Enfeeble curse not only for the defensive gain but also because of how effecient it is to "control" the zombies as explained in the video guide!


Pantheon Choices:

Pantheon List

Major God:

- Soul of Lunaris
Basically just helps with avoiding some projectile damage

Minor God:

- Soul of Ryslatha
Basically just an additional layer of defence when you're on low life.


Skill-gems & Setups:


Hit setup:
- Raise Zombie, Minion Damage, Melee Splash, Melee Physical, Multistrike, Empower (lvl 3+)
If you don't have Empower lvl 3 or higher, simply use Added Fire.

Suicide Setup:
- Raise Zombie, Minion Damage, Minion Life, Void Manipulation, Concentrated Effect, Empower (lvl 3+)
If you don't have Empower lvl 3 or higher, simply use Rapid Decay.


- Raise Spectre, Minion Damage, Spell Echo, Greater Multiple Projectiles

If you're using an Elder helmet with Minion damage you can switch it out for Elemental Focus or Controlled Destruction
The spectres you'll be using are called Solar Guard and can be found in these areas:
[58] The Battlefront
[59] The Solaris Temple Level 1
[59] The Solaris Temple Level 2
[60] Harbour Bridge


- Shield Charge, Faster Attacks, Fortify
- Flesh Offering, Vaal Haste, Increased Duration


- Generosity, Hatred
- Clarity LvL 1
- Haste OR any of the Purities

Stand alone sockets:

- Stone Golem
- Desecrate
- Convocation
- Enfeeble


- Ball Lightning with or without Curse on Hit + a curse
This is to proc EE and is completely optional.

Something to consider is this:
If you decide to use the "Suicide" zombies you will simply be resummoning zombies over & over which literally counts as "killing" the oldest zombie which will leave a Caustic Cloud this dmg is a chaos dot which is based of the HP of your zombies and then further scaled with minion dmg + support gems the zombies have. This makes you want to consider adding a Spell Totem + Wither setup to further increase the damage done by this. Whilst having spectres helping you with the clearing of maps.


Skill-tree & Ascendancy Nodes:

Ascendancy Nodes:
Firstly you'll want to get yourself Invoker and right after you'll want the Flesh Binder node. After this you're gonna want to take the Soul Weaver node to further increase the efficiency of your spectres.

The last node is a matter of taste, you either take Mistress of Sacrifice or the Puppet Master node.

Leveling skill-tree, 28 points
(Only respec out of the duration nodes when you stop using SRS)

Leveling skill-tree, 60 points
(Only respec out of the duration nodes when you stop using SRS)

Leveling skill-tree, 93 points

Finished skill-tree


Leveling Tips:

Magma Orb till you can equip yourself with SRS + Melee Splash + Minion DMG. They will carry you till you feel comfortable using Victario's Charity and can then add zombies to your offensive arsenal.

As soon as you can equip The Baron you should as it will carry you with SRS till you feel comfortable using Zombies later on with Vics charity & Necromantic Aegis.


- Kill them all.


Gearing & Stat Priorities

What base items to use:

The base items of this build really doesn't matter as we don't care about the base defensive stats such as armour(str), evasion(dex) or energy shield(int). So instead the base items will follow the stat priority listed in this guide.
However, the attribute requirement of the items will base how hard it is to chrome (color) which will be the only thing we will think about when planing our gearing.
So, if you need 4 blue sockets in an item the recommendation is to get an item that has Energy Shield (int) base or a hybrid base which includes Energy Shield (int).

By using this chrome calculating website: you can easily track how hard it will be to chrome the colors you need. This YouTube playlist can help a lot for new players and also includes a few tricks when coloring items with the "wrong attribute requirements" for your build:

Defensive Stats:

1. Life
2. Resistances
3. Strength
4. Dexterity

Offensive Stats:

1. Minion Damage
2. Minion Life
3. Life


Start by applying 2x Violent Dead Jewels!
If you get 2 of them, you have to invest 2 extra skillpoints north of witch starter to put that in there!

If you plan on using suicidal zombie approach then skip the Violent Dead jewels and instead get rare jewels with both Minion DMG as well as Minion Life!

1. Minion DMG
2. Life
3. Minion Life
4. Resistances
5. Attributes


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


Recommended Unique Items:

Basket Rapier
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  • +30% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • 145% 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
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  • +8% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +60 to maximum Life
  • +29% 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.

    Bones of Ullr
    Silk Slippers
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  • 58% 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
  • 6% increased Movement Speed
  • The dead man walks where

    the living fear to tread.

    The Baron Mon'tregul's Grasp

    Recommended LvLing Uniques:
    Wool Shoes
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  • +5 to Dexterity
  • +10 to maximum Energy Shield
  • 33% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
  • 20% increased Movement Speed
  • Cannot be Frozen
  • All the world is my home.

    Reverberation Rod
    Spiraled Wand
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  • 15% increased Spell Damage
  • +1 to Level of Socketed Gems
  • Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 1 Spell Echo
  • +13 to Intelligence
  • If it's worth doing once, it's worth doing twice.

    Tabula Rasa
    Simple Robe
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    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.

    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.

    The Baron



    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: Umbrella Corp. Apocalypse Zombie Build Guide Video (Note the video is from 2.6)

    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:

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    Jan 30, 2017 19:01:10 PM

    * Reserved *


    I've reached a point where I have too many build guides to keep up with responding personally on each comment as I've always done on my threads in the past. I will obviously continue doing this but on the youtube videos instead. I hope you guys will understand, sadly I'm not a fulltime streamer and for me to keep build guides like this posted this was an inevitable result!

    Jan 30, 2017 19:01:21 PM


    Jan 30, 2017 19:30:46 PM


    Jan 30, 2017 20:59:58 PM

    m_k4y wrote:


    Feb 06, 2017 01:37:43 AM

    How much Strength and Dexterity will I need for this build?

    Feb 09, 2017 04:52:40 AM

    Any updates for 2.6?

    Mar 03, 2017 09:34:25 AM

    I was able to get United in Dream, and you mention in the video using generosity in it. However, I was just wondering what other 2 gems you would suggest putting in, and also how that might affect the links in the other pieces of gear.

    Mar 18, 2017 16:24:31 PM

    2.6 Updates are launched in the thread as well. Update notes in the first comment below the guide :)

    Mar 24, 2017 16:03:42 PM

    I am now answering questions on the build guide threads again!
    (Finally time allows me 2 :D)

    Mar 26, 2017 15:27:03 PM
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