Spellslinger Volatile Dead Necromancer

By | August 18th, 2020 | Categories: Spellcaster Builds

Some builds become less effective after an update. Some even completely lose their viability. The Spellslinger Volatile Dead Necromancer, on the other hand, got even better thanks to Path of Exile: Harvest. It’s proof that you can flourish under certain circumstances even when others flounder. Let’s take a closer look at this awesome PoE build!


  • Easy to level and has affordable gear
  • Tougher than ever
  • Doesn’t rely on Uniques


  • Doesn’t do very well against bosses

Passive Skill Tree

Here’s the passive skill tree.

Skill Gem Setup

  • Core Skill: Volatile Dead and Spellslinger support gem with Detonate Dead and Inspiration and Spell Cascade support gems; Elemental Focus support gem
  • Secondary DPS/Utility:
    • Wave of Conviction, Bone Offering, and Elemental Weakness; Enduring Cry
    • Frenzy with Barrage, Combustion, and Inspiration support gems
  • Debuff: Desecrate with Spell Cascade and Spellslinger support gems
  • Mobility: Shield Charge with Faster Attacks and Fortify support gems; Flame Dash
  • CWDT Setup: Cast When Damage Taken with Steelskin and Tempest Shield

Gear Setup

  • Weapon: any Rare wand with bonus spell damage, fire damage, and chance to trigger socketed gems
  • Off-hand: any Rare shield with bonuses to life and life recovery on block
  • Body: Impulsa’s Broken Heart (Unique) for bonus life, increased damage upon shocking enemy, increased shock effect, and shock enemies’ explosion upon death, which deals lightning damage
  • Helm: any Rare helm with bonuses to life, armor, evasion, and elemental resistances
  • Gloves: any Rare gloves with bonuses to intelligence, fire damage, life, rarity of items found, and elemental and chaos resistances
  • Belt: any Rare belt with bonuses to life, energy shield, and elemental and chaos resistances
  • Boots: any Rare boots with bonuses to life, elemental resistances, and movement speed
  • Accessories:
    • Any Rare rings with bonuses to life, elemental resistances, dexterity, and bonus elemental damage
    • Any Rare amulet with bonuses to life, energy shield, elemental resistances, and dexterity
  • Jewels:
    • Glorious Vanity (Unique) for chance to avoid being stunned, and affected passives are conquered by Vaal Historic
    • Any Rare jewel with bonuses to life and damage over time multiplier
  • Flasks:
    • Chemist’s Stibnite Flask of Warding for smoke cloud and curse immunity/removal
    • Chemist’s Granite Flask of Iron Skin for +3000 armour
    • Flagellant’s Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline for increased movement speed
    • Chemist’s Sulphur Flask of Heat for Consecrated Ground on Use and chill/freeze immunity/removal
    • Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching for life recovery and bleeding immunity/removal

The Spellslinger Volatile Dead Necromancer may be all about rotting corpses, but it is anything but a putrid build. In fact, it has aged like fine wine. Make sure to give this timeless build a try. We guarantee you won’t regret it!

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