Book of the Dead: Necromancer Builds & Guides

Necromancer
☠️ UPDATED FOR PATCH 2.6.5 ☠️

Most live and die without knowing why. The wisdom of Trag’Oul opens the way for those who wish to comprehend their greater purpose.

Welcome to the Book of the Dead. This is a collection of builds, guides, and other resources created by the Necromancer community. Whether you're a new player seeking advice for your first season, or a more experienced one looking for a quick reference to skill and item mechanics, you'll find that and more in the links below.

Please help me keep this thread current and accurate by submitting more links in the comments. Thanks for your feedback and support. Serve the Cycle!

Need some help with your Season 17 Journey? Check out Bagstone's tracker and Lord Fluffy's list of current builds:

https://d3resource.com/journey/
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20771527019

☠️ TABLE OF CONTENTS


1. BEGINNER GUIDES & SET DUNGEONS:
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758285730#post-2

2. NECROMANCER BUILDS:
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758285730#post-3

3. GAME MECHANICS:
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758285730#post-4

4. NECROMANCER SKILL MECHANICS:
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758285730#post-5

5. ITEMS, GEMS, CRAFTING & COSMETICS:
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758285730#post-6

6. STREAMS & GAMEPLAY VIDEOS:
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758285730#post-7

7. COMMUNITY RESOURCES & PATCH NOTES:
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758285730#post-8
1. BEGINNER GUIDES & SET DUNGEONS


Starting a new class can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several guides specifically created for new Necromancers. Take a look at these, and you'll be pushing into higher Torments and mastering your set dungeons in no time. Uphold the balance, and discover your true calling as a Priest of Rathma!

☠️ NEW PLAYER GUIDES


"Diablo 3 Difficulty Overview" by Bagstone
https://d3resource.com/difficulties/index.php

"Beginner's Gearing Guide" by Rhykker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKYR3H-wE98

"Road to Torment: A Diablo 3 Guide for New Players" by Destoryar
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/17346426537

"4 Simple Options All Players Should Know About" by Rhykker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx425na7-70&list=PLynOeXfVv8P7bQqfvTOzHe7b6LQA7TbTe&index=22

Official Game Guide
https://us.battle.net/d3/en/game/

☠️ NEW NECROMANCER GUIDES


"Fluff's Necro Compendium" by LordFluffy
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20771527019

"Season 17 Necromancer Starter Guide" by LordFluffy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55ZQjwDLCP4

"Necromancer Leveling and Fresh 70 Guide" by Deadset
https://www.icy-veins.com/d3/necromancer-leveling-and-fresh-70-guide-patch-2-6-season-11

"Fresh 70 Starter Build T1+ (Rare Items Only)" by Ninquelnos
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92840

"Necromancer Starting Build (Video Tutorial)" by Puvvetwitch
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/93035

☠️ SET DUNGEON GUIDES


"Necromancer Set Dungeon Locations” by Bluddshed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02PVPlBRds0

"Bones of Rathma Set Dungeon Mastery Guide” by White Locks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaXEj7sdqjw

"Grace of Inarius Set Dungeon Mastery Guide” by White Locks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cscYoc8VD2s

"Pestilence Master Set Dungeon Mastery Guide” by White Locks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSdTiXYnCFQ

"Trag’Oul’s Avatar Set Dungeon Mastery Guide” by White Locks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a96X61uhwU
2. NECROMANCER BUILDS

The Necromancer has builds to fit many different playstyles. With the right combination of skills and gear, you can transform your Priest of Rathma into a commander of the undead, a visceral melee battlemage, or a ranged attacker who keeps enemies at a distance with crippling curses. New players should turn on elective mode in the options menu to freely assign any skill to any hotkey.

I have organized the builds listed here into five broad categories (Blood, Corpse, Minion, Melee and Ranged Caster) along with brief explanations for each. If you want to play a support role in groups with your Necromancer, you'll find those builds in the Corpse section.

Are you looking for popular Necromancer builds in 2.6.5? Rathma Singularity and zDPS support Necro are a powerful team combination. Corpse Lance builds excel in both speed runs and high GRs, and are frequently used as Rift Guardian killers in groups. Necromancers can also run Thorns builds with the Trag'Oul, Inarius, or Legacy of Nightmare sets.

“Ratrun Rathma Group DPS” by Arkismall
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/94503

“zNecro Support" by sVr90
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92847

"Pestilence Poison Lancer" by Lord Fluffy
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/95302

⛔ BLOOD BUILDS ⛔

Blood builds focus on spending your own health to cast empowered skills. Many of these builds use the Trag’Oul’s Avatar set, which increases the damage of all Blood skills. Trying to cast a Blood skill with insufficient life won’t kill your Necromancer; the skill simply won’t activate. Necromancers also have many ways to quickly regenerate health, such as Devour @ Cannibalize and Siphon Blood.

"BLOOD-SPLOSION" by J_Macc
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92971

"Blood Nova SpeedFarm" by Lord Fluffy
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92573

“Curseless Blood Nova Trag’Oul” by Vyntrox
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92963

“Trag’Oul Blood Lance (Solo)” by Rhykker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB73J_uxPyY
https://www.d3planner.com/185691339

“Trag’Oul Blood Lance (4-Man Group)” by codax755
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92814

♋ CORPSE BUILDS ♋

Most enemies that die near the Necromancer leave a corpse behind. Corpse builds consume these remains to tear monsters apart with Corpse Lance or Corpse Explosion. These flexible skills can be used with many different sets. Some Corpse Necromancers use Land of the Dead to deal massive damage in short bursts. Others prefer skills and items that provide a more consistent supply of corpses, like Flesh Golem and Moribund Gauntlets. Necromancers can also fulfill a pure support role in groups, providing corpses and curses to benefit their allies.

"CorpseMancer Speedfarm" by Lord Fluffy
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/91330

“Fun and Tanky Poison Build (Legacy of Nightmares)" by Smaff
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757575632

"Legacy of Nightmares BlightMancer SpeedFarm" by Lord Fluffy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6aZQFb5P00

"Legacy of Nightmares Cold Corpse Explosion" by Evil
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757686409#post-1

"Pestilence + Sage's Set for Death Breath Farming" by Bagstone
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92943

"Pestilence Poison Lancer" by Lord Fluffy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mq2wW34e_U
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/95302

"Support Necro 3-Man" by Lord Fluffy
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/94924

“zNecro Support" by sVr90
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92847

☠️ MINION BUILDS ☠️

Minion builds swarm enemies with undead horrors the Necromancer summons and controls. Minions include Command Skeletons, Skeletal Mages, Command Golem, and monsters raised by Revive. The Enforcer legendary gem is a great choice for any of these builds, providing a substantial boost to both damage and survival for your precious pets. Minions are also supported by the Bones of Rathma set, the Jesseth scythe and shield, and a variety of other legendary items and skills.

"Blood for the Blood God Pet Build" by Powerthirst
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757545591
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/91220

"Legacy of Nightmares Bloody Nayr's" by episode63
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/93157

“Ratrun Rathma Group DPS” by Arkismall
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/94503

"Rathma Faceroll Summoner” by Melancholy
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/91398

"Rathma Frozen Bones” by Fullbringer
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758265692

"Rathma's Requiem Singularity Mage Speed GR" by Cratic
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92664

"Singularity Speed! T13" by Lord Fluffy
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/93412

“Rathma Push Tank" by KevinTSmith
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758477017

"Thorns Pets (Inarius) by Massaker
https://www.d3planner.com/642648510

"Thorns Revive (Trag'Oul)" by Angry
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757667901

⛏ MELEE BUILDS ⛏

Melee Necromancers enter close quarters to fight with skills like Grim Scythe and Death Nova. Many of these builds use the Grace of Inarius set, which surrounds the Necromancer with a storm of bones and grants a large damage bonus against enemies caught in its radius. Melee players must also balance their damage with toughness and healing to survive amidst dense groups of monsters.

“Bone Storm Build” by Daleme2 (Note: This build was created before the 2.6 hotfix that reduced Bone Storm's proc rate. It can still be played, but the Mirinae gem will be less effective.)
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/90751

“Death Is Blind (Legacy of Nightmares Death's Bargain" by Hamiltonz
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20771446975

“Group Necromancer Rift Guardian Killer" by sVr90
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92844

“Inarius Convention of Elements" by KevinTSmith
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758415922

“Inarius Bone Spear Shatter" by xtapa
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20767648234

“Inarius Cursed Bones" by Fullbringer
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/91617

“Inarius Lifestorm Build” by Magrim
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757707302#post-1

“Inarius Speed Nova Necromancer" by Leviathan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK1iJgqFS6c

"Lazy Necro"
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758385950

“Melee Poison Pimple Popper (Inarius)” by ThatRoomba
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92913

“Poison Scythe" by Lord Fluffy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj6DIHnir2g
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/94581

“Spacebar Necromancer T13" by Davlok
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757226371?page=1

☄️ RANGED CASTER BUILDS ☄️

Ranged Casters unleash death from afar with projectiles like Bone Spirit and Bone Spear, the latter of which is supported by the Pestilence Master’s Shroud set. These builds are often more fragile than their melee counterparts, so stay mobile and use crowd-controlling abilities like Decrepify to keep monsters slowed and weakened.

"Blight Spear SpeedFarm" by Lord Fluffy
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/94596

“Cold Legacy of Nightmares for the Mog" by Comandalore
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92806

“May the Bones Fly! (T13 Bone Spear)" by Ktosiowiak
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/91447

“One Shot Spear T13 Pestilence" by Lord Fluffy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcgd5S-chHw
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/92482

“Razor Teeth SpeedFarm" by Lord Fluffy
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/94594
3. GAME MECHANICS


You don't have to be a Necromancer to appreciate these guides on general game mechanics. Educating yourself on the inner workings of Diablo 3 will help your performance with all classes.

☠️ CALCULATORS & TOOLS


"Diablo 3 Character Planner" by Riv. A comprehensive character simulator that also contains a full list of skill proc rates and attack speed breakpoints.
http://www.d3planner.com/

"Cooldown Reduction Calculator" by mew0ng
https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/23nr4u/diablo_3_ros_cooldown_reduction_calculator/

"Convention of Elements Timer" by RNR13
https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/3ls68m/so_i_made_a_coe_timer/

"Seasonal + Non-Seasonal Paragon Calculator" from d3bg.org
http://www.d3bg.org/paragon-calculator/en.php

☠️ ARTICLES & OTHER REFERENCES


"Area Damage Explained" by Quin69
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydMEhQaULu4&index=1&list=PLcKDsqoF983ZUcLc5k9BR3fqD3EJQKIhh

"Complete List of Monster Progression in Greater Rifts" by Silec
http://warpath.eu/progression.html

"Diablo 3 Difficulty Overview", from Diablofans
https://d3resource.com/difficulties/

"Elemental Skill Damage Explained" by Druin
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/11986398637?page=1

"The Effectiveness of Stacking Resource Cost Reduction" by Zamga
http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/23pnox/the_effectiveness_of_stacking_resource_cost/

"Elite Affix Types and %Damage Reduction Mechanics" by Nagash & Bagstone
http://www.diablofans.com/forums/diablo-iii-general-forums/diablo-iii-general-discussion/91166-elite-affixes-types-and-damage-reduction-mechanics

"A Game of Thorns - Thorns Mechanics Guide" by MightyMidgit
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12945294787

"RoS Followers (Level 70) Complete Guide" by AshTag
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12945954611
4. NECROMANCER SKILL MECHANICS


In-game tooltips are useful, but often they don't tell the full story. These articles explain the internal mechanics of the Necromancer's skills, and how to use them to their full potential.

“All Necromancer Skills and Passives” by Bluddshed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCie5odTJ08

“Necromancer Skill and Legendary Item Mechanics" by Christos
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757706310

“Necro Pet Primer" by Davlok
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758236402
5. ITEMS, GEMS, CRAFTING & COSMETICS


In Diablo 3, your character's power is highly dependent on the items you equip. Items can boost your Necromancer’s stats, provide useful effects, and even alter the way skills work. Read these articles to discover the variety of items available to you, including crafted gear, bounty-exclusive loot, legendary gems, and cosmetics.

☠️ ITEMS & CRAFTING


"Legendary Drop Rates & Blood Shard Prices for 2.6.1"
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cM-s4e66ql2zsrkfkfKXmvVJ4zmngzxdzVLk9gvLvT8/htmlview#

"Bounty-Exclusive Legendary Items" from DiabloHub
http://www.diablohub.com/database/sorting/bounty-bags

D3 Max Stats. A useful tool for looking up the possible affix rolls on any item.
http://www.d3maxstats.com

“Necromancer Skill and Legendary Item Mechanics" by Christos
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757706310

☠️ KANAI'S CUBE


"Kanai's Cube Mechanics" from the Game Guide
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/game/guide/items/kanais-cube

"Kanai's Cube Hands-On Tutorial" by Flux
http://www.diabloii.net/blog/comments/kanais-cube-hands-on-tutorial

☠️ GEMS


Quick Reference for Gem Crafting Costs
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AoGdj6lmBu7ndHdvVkQ1TUdNY19lZjU3aW5PWGhhUmc&single=true&gid=0&output=html

"Legendary Gem Calculator" by jerbookins
http://www.diablo3gemcalculator.com/
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/18486732/this-gem-calculator-is-a-cut-above-the-rest-3-27-2015

☠️ COSMETICS


► "List of all Wings, Cosmetics, Pets, and Promos" by MissCheetah
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20744844485

► "The Ultimate 2.4.1 and 2.4.2 Cosmetic Items Guide" by Quin69
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT52fKRo0_k

► "Grinding Trag'Oul Wings (Master Necromancer Achievement Guide)" by Davlok
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757416587
6. STREAMS & GAMEPLAY VIDEOS


Livestreams and videos are a great way for players to share builds and spread valuable information. If you play Necromancer, and you'd like me to add a link to your channel or stream here, just let me know in the comments.

Angry Roleplayer (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_7Ch7ef_IIFAqwB2WA7_w

Bluddshed (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/user/TekhniqueGaming

Cratic (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/user/Cratic1321

Leviathan D3 (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSY2_en2N3wNG9571l0N41g

Lord Fluffy (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAZaS96LQ4vNaimpoq5xsDA

Quin69 (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpNBjjE8y8eFPhDU4YzYmKA

Rhykker (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/user/Rhykker

ThaPChild (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrAkPUI-Q4tg_I-1CKlILpQ
7. COMMUNITY RESOURCES


"Commonly Used Terms and Abbreviations in Diablo 3" by Jaetch
http://www.diablofans.com/forums/diablo-iii-general-forums/diablo-iii-general-discussion/30729-diablo-iii-urban-dictionary

Diablofans Build Creator
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/create/necromancer

Diablofans Necromancer Forum
http://www.diablofans.com/forums/diablo-iii-class-forums/necromancer-2

Diablo 3 Reddit
https://www.reddit.com/r/diablo3/

Necromancer Reddit
https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo3Necromancers/

"T13 Rift Clearing Necromancer Competition" by SaitoHajime
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757607746

Icy Veins: Diablo 3 News & Guides
https://www.icy-veins.com/d3/

Blizzard Customer Service Twitter
https://twitter.com/BlizzardCS

Diablo Twitter
https://twitter.com/Diablo

8. PATCH NOTES


Patch 2.6.5: https://us.diablo3.com/en/blog/22989462/patch-265-now-live-5-14-2019

Patch 2.6.4: https://us.diablo3.com/en/blog/22863534/patch-264-now-live-1-15-2019

Patch 2.6.1: https://us.battle.net/d3/en/game/patch-notes/2-6-1

Patch 2.6.0a: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757567689

2.6.0 Hotfixes: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20757516466

Patch 2.6.0: https://us.battle.net/d3/en/game/patch-notes/2-6-0
Please remove my forum name from the build section.

Linking is fine if it helps people, I just don't believe in "ownership" of builds or given credit for a build that eventually someone somewhere would have figured out given the finite amount of items and skill to item variations that exist. The argument could be said that, "It's just a notation of the thread's author", and I understand that but I still feel dirty seeing my forum name up there. So please remove it.
Wordmaster, you da man!

If it was socially acceptable, I would print this Book out and drape myself in it.

Obviously, this needs to be stickied.
Also, Book of The Dead?

C'mon man.

How 'bout NecroNOMNOMicon??

Missed opportunity if you ask me.
Everybody: Go to the top corner of the OP and "REPORT" this post under the "OTHER" Category - Ask for a Sticky of this thread. If enough people report it, we'll get that sticky!

I called out for a Sticky post before too, but I got too caught up in my own necromancer in Seasons to push this ahead! Well done Word!
Sticky requested. Good job dude
Thanks
Insane thread! Thank you very much!
+1
Woot! Mission Accomplished! Grats on the first Necro Sticky!!!!
Yayayayaya stickied! Thank you!
Thanks for getting this thread stickied, everybody! I'll be sure to keep it updated regularly.

Does anyone have a build or guide they'd like to submit?
07/23/2017 11:40 AMPosted by WordMaster
Thanks for getting this thread stickied, everybody! I'll be sure to keep it updated regularly.

Does anyone have a build or guide they'd like to submit?
I will be making an Inarius build tonight maybe add in Rathma Variant builds too. If only I could pull myself out of the game long enough to actually write!!!

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