Cast While Channelling Volatile Dead Necromancer Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

The Cast While Channelling Volatile Dead Necromancer is a caster that channels low cost Incinerate Incinerate in order to trigger Volatile Dead Volatile Dead via the Cast while Channelling Support Cast while Channelling Support gem.

We choose to build the character as a Hybrid, meaning that we scale both Life and Energy Shield in order to build a decent Life-pool. The build’s main idea synergizes extremely well with the Necromancer’s ascendancy nodes. We do not scale Ignites or Burning damage in any way; we only rely on the instant damage we deal with Incinerate Incinerate and Volatile Dead Volatile Dead. The build can become surprisingly tanky in the endgame while also maintaining respectable damage output even on a low budget.

Build Summary

The build does not require any initial investment, but scales well with gear. A simple Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa can carry you up to red maps. With some currency investment you will be able to reach high levels of Detonate Dead via things like level 4 Empower Support Empower Support and Weapons/Shield that provide additional levels to the gem. Ideally, you would want a Shaper-based Staff with “Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Cast While Channelling”, which will essentially result in a 7-Link. The build is also able to stack a large amount of Chance to Block Spells and Attacks, which is why Rumi's Concoction Rumi's Concoction is a great flask choice.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Budget-friendly
+ Very easy to play, can stay in place and face-tank even some endgame bosses

Cons

- Cannot do Elemental Reflect
- Requires the use of multiple skills

Playstyle

Offensively, you should spawn corpses beneath the feet of monster packs with Desecrate Desecrate and then start channelling Incinerate Incinerate.

Defensively, the Detonate Dead Necromancer reaches respectable amount of survivability via Block, Spell Block, and Life Regeneration. Since we are using Necromancer’s Mistress of Sacrifice we are able to benefit from Bone Offering Bone Offering, which should be casted every so often to keep up the buff.

For playstyle, you will have a lot of buttons to press depending on the situation you are in. Bone Offering Bone Offering will give you a great amount of defense in tough situations, and in combination with Vaal Molten Shell Vaal Molten Shell these skills can make you very hard to kill. Dealing with higher levels of content will result in more damage output because of how Volatile Dead works. Leap Slam Leap Slam is a great mobility skill that will get you out of sticky situations.

Passive tree

This is the endgame version of the passive tree.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive Tree Page

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Gem Link Page

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Rare Body Armour
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Opal Ring Opal Rings
Weapon Rare Shaper-based Staff

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

The Cast While Channelling Volatile Dead Necromancer can be leveled with its signature skill as soon as you are able to start using Cast while Channelling Support Cast while Channelling Support at level 38.

Leveling Trees

This is the early passive skill tree for the build, which will allow for smooth leveling experience.

Useful Leveling Unique Items

As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters.

If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

At level 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility. Clarity Clarity will solve your Mana problems early on.

At level 16, you should add Herald of Ash Herald of Ash for the additional damage. At this point you are able to transition from Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse to a self-casting Volatile Dead Volatile Dead. You should start using the following two links.

Detonate Dead

  1. Volatile Dead Volatile Dead
  2. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  3. Combustion Support Combustion Support

Desecrate

  1. Desecrate Desecrate
  2. Spell Cascade Support Spell Cascade Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

At level 24, you are able to use Anger Anger and Discipline Discipline.

Finally, at level 38 you are able to start using your signature gem setup, which is the combination of Incinerate Incinerate, Cast while Channelling Support Cast while Channelling Support and Volatile Dead Volatile Dead.

  1. Incinerate Incinerate
  2. Cast while Channelling Support Cast while Channelling Support
  3. Volatile Dead Volatile Dead
  4. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  5. Combustion Support Combustion Support
  6. Immolate Support Immolate Support

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

You will one-shot yourself to Elemental Reflect. No Regeneration should also be avoided.

Conclusion

The Cast While Channelling Volatile Dead Necromancer allows you channel a wave of Fire while being stationary and consume corpses in order to create heat-seaking balls of fire that deal tons of Fire damage. The character is essentially a Fire caster that stacks up a lot of Life, Energy Shield and Block chance while also doing percent of corpses’ maximum Life, which scales extremely well into the late game.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build remains unchanged and plays out as before.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. Mainly unchanged, the build is solid and plays out as before.

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    Build added.

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    Hey,

    this build sounds awesome. How much does it´s damage rely on Incinerate? I´d like to use Cyclone as the Channel-Skill later on. Could you reccommend a way to make that possible? All other builds I found with a Cyclone set-up needed much more investment and I want to try it as a starter.

    Thanks for your input,

    Tosc0

  2. Vvckd

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    On 10/12/2019 at 10:02 AM, Tosc0 said

    Hey,

    this build sounds awesome. How much does it´s damage rely on Incinerate? I´d like to use Cyclone as the Channel-Skill later on. Could you reccommend a way to make that possible? All other builds I found with a Cyclone set-up needed much more investment and I want to try it as a starter.

    Thanks for your input,

    Tosc0

    Hey, there is no problem in replacing Incinerate Incinerate with Cyclone Cyclone at all. The main reason I chose Incinerate is because it is more defensive, you can deal damage from a range and although Incinerate’s damage is not that much it is still better than Cyclone. Overall both channelling skills’ main purpose is to utilize the Cast while Channelling Support Cast while Channelling Support gem and are not used as a main way of dealing damage.

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    would love to see a PoB-Link of this guide.
    As a newbie I don’t get any idea of how to setup the gems to fit this guide properly without running into problems

  4. Vvckd

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    On 12/01/2020 at 12:29 PM, DaveReed said

    would love to see a PoB-Link of this guide.
    As a newbie I don’t get any idea of how to setup the gems to fit this guide properly without running into problems

    Hey, unfortunately we do not create PoBs for now since we spend most of our time on keeping text guides updated. I’d be glad to check your character and help out.

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    How it exactly works with desecrate? I put desecrate gem into shaper influence staff with “socketed gems are supported by X lvl cast while channeling and icon of skill is faded out and is not casted when channeling incinerate. Am I doing something wrong?

    Edited by majky666 on January 18th, 2020

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