MAGE SKELETON

BUILD

SUMMARY

CLASS: Witch

ASCENDANCY: Necromancer

HEALTH TYPE: Hybrid (Mainly Life)

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Minion

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 1/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here

SHOWCASE
Summon Skeletons
Main source of damage. Summons a skeletal minion that dies after a duration. Does not require a corpse to be consumed. When combined with Dead Reckoning your skeletons become mages.
Raise Zombies
What about 10 bodyguards with 30k life each.
Flame Dash
Good movement skill to dodge AoE attacks and spells
Desecrate
To create corpses wherever you want, this is good to feed your Flesh Offering and for creating more zombies
Zealotry
Grants 15% more Spell Damage to your Skeletons (even more because of Generosity).
Summon Skitterbots
They are going to keep Chilling and Shocking enemies for more survivability and damage.
Flesh Offering
This Skill grants your minions increased damage, attack speed and cast speed. 
Raise Spectre
Grants frenzy and power charges for you and your minions, more details here.
Vaal Haste
A temporary aura that grants massive attack speed boost, use it on bosses for your minions to hit faster.
Winter Orb
It has many roles here, first of all it deals cold damage to trigger Elemental Equilibrium, increasing enemies’ Cold Resistance in 25% but reducing their Fire and Lightning Resistances in 50%. It is also linked with Cast While Channeling, this means that it will keep casting Desecrate and Flesh Offering while you channel it. This way you always have corpses on the floor and the Flesh Offering Buff.
TREE
ASCENDANCY
  • FIRST LABYRINTH
​Mistress of Sacrifice.
  • SECOND LABYRINTH
- Mindless Agression
  • THIRD LABYRINTH
Unnatural Strength.
  • UBER LABYRINTH
Plaguebringer.
  • 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
- x% Increased Energy Shield
- x% Increased Cast Speed
- x% Increased Cast Speed With Staves
  • UNIQUES
Dead Reckoning (mandatory)  
- Place it like this.
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 and use the recommended Leveling Items until lvl 49, when you are going to start using Mage Skeletons. 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)
- Mark of the Red Covenant Raging Spirits refresh their duration on kill, making them more comfortable and less mana dependent (equipable at level 26)
- 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)
- Sire of Shards for 4 extra projectiles, now you start using Skeleton Mages as your main skill. Don't forget that at this point Dead Reckoning is mandatory. Use this staff until level 58 when you'll equip your Femurs of the Saints. (equipable at level 49)
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 staff are expensive. How?
- 6 Linked body armour or staff 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.
  • I don't have enough Dexterity or Strength for all those gems, what can I do?
- Look for Dexterity and Strength on your rare items. You can also take the +30 nodes on the Skill Tree.
 

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