BLADEFALL ANIMATE WEAPON

BUILD

SUMMARY

CLASS: Witch

ASCENDANCY: Necromancer

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Minion

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 1/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here

SHOWCASE
Animate Weapon
Main source of damage. Animates a Melee Weapon Item or Lingering Blade to fight by your side.
Bladefall
Leaves “Lingering Blades” on the ground that you can animate as minions. This will be your source of minions.
Flame Dash
Good movement skill to dodge AoE attacks and spells
Summon Carrion Golem
Grants a physical damage buff for your minions. It maims for 14% increased physical damage taken and also instant kills enemies with 10% life or lower.
Raise Spectre
Spectres grant Frenzy and Power Charges for you and your minions. Learn more about the spectres clicking here.
Storm Burst
a Channeling skill that will help you to easily cast Desecrate and consume corpses for giving your minions the Flesh Offering buff.
Flesh Offering
This Skill grants your minions increased damage, attack speed and cast speed. 
Summon Skitterbots
Will keep shocking and chilling your enemies for extra Damage and Survivability
Vaal Haste
A temporary aura that grants massive attack speed boost, use it on bosses for your minions to hit faster.
Haste
Aura that grants extra attack and movement speed, Generosity increases this effect.
Convocation
Brings your minions to your side, it’s very useful for clearing and for emergencies.
Clarity
Grants extra mana regeneration. Keep it at level 10 to keep a comfortable amount of mana.
Dread Banner
Grants chance to Impale and Increased Impale Effect.
TREE
ASCENDANCY
  • FIRST LABYRINTH
Mistress of Sacrifice
  • SECOND LABYRINTH
- Mindless Agression
  • THIRD LABYRINTH
- Unnatural Strength
  • UBER LABYRINTH
Commander of Darkness
  • STEP BY STEP
Check the steps here
PANTHEON
  • MAJOR GOD
- ​Soul of Lunaris
  • MINOR GOD
​Soul of Garukhan 
JEWELS
  • RECOMMENDED ATTRIBUTES
- ​Minions deal x% Increased Damage
- x% Increased Maximum Life
- + Dexterity
  • ABYSSAL JEWELS
- A Ghastly Eye Jewel with Minion Leech is mandatory. Examples here.
  • CLUSTER JEWEL
- 1 Cluster Jewel with Renewal and Rotten Claws is also mandatory. Details here.
BANDIT CHOICE
  • KILL ALL BANDITS
- ​Help Eramir and get 2 extra Passive Points for your Skill Tree.
LEVELING
  • LEVELING SKILLS 
This build has a very easy leveling process. Start With Freezing Pulse until lvl 4 then get your Summon Raging Spirits until level 28 when you'll start using Bladefall and Animate Weapon. For auras and detailed leveling setups click here
  • LEVELING ITEMS
-​ Elreon Jewelry are in my opinion the best items to level any build, imagine goes all the way until lvl 50 ~ 60 without needing to spend one single Mana point. But low level ones might be hard to acquire if you are not playing on Standard. If you are playing on the Challenge League check the next ring.
-​ Atziri's Foible is an awesome amulet to solve any mana problems in early levels. (equipable at level 16)
-​ Praxis are the mana rings you want if you couldn't get a nice Elreon Ring. It grants a lot of mana regeneration and -8 to total mana cost of skills. (equipable at level 22)
- Lochitonial Caress for gloves, mainly because of it's cast speed buff. (equipable at level 1) 
- Goldrim is a defensive Helmet, gives you more elemental resistances (equipable at level 1)
- String of Servitude is another awesome and cheap way to get a lot of elemental resistances. (equipable at level 1).
- Wanderlust for movement speed and frozen immunity (equipable at level 3)
- Tabula Rasa is a great body armour for leveling, it provides a 6 Linked starting on level 1, not so cheap though. (equipable at level 1)
- Lifesprig is awesome to level cast speed characters, use two of them. (equipable at level 1)
Earendel's Embrace grants up to 40% increased minion damage each. (equipable at level 35)
- The Black Cane grants up to 60% increased minion damage each. (equipable at level 50)
THIS BUILD'S FAQ
  • Is there a good place to buy unique items?
- Not only for unique items, poe.trade or pathofexile.com/trade are great websites for trading your items.
  • I'm lvl 40 and I'm dying a lot, what can I do?
- Please take a look at your Elemental Resistances, they are really important for your survivability. After lvl 40 try to keep at least 50% of each. The meximum is 75%, try to reach that when on end game.
  • I don't have as much HP and Energy Shield as the gameplay shows and I've followed the Skill Tree step by step. Can you help me?
- Look for more HP and Energy Shield at your rare gear. You can have ''+89 to maximum life'' on your helmet for instance.
  • You say the build is cheap, a 6 Linked body armour and sword are expensive. How?
- 6 Linked body armour or sword are not mandatory for this build to work. Maximize a build with the best possible items and 6 Linkeds takes a good amount of currency. Start using 4 Linkeds on low tier maps in order to farm currency to upgrade your gear.