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Best Diablo 4 Necromancer Build: Skills, Stats, Items, Legendary Aspects

A step-by-step guide to the best Necromancer build in Diablo 4, from the skills to pick, to the passives, best-in-slot items, Book of the Dead choices, stats & more.
Best Diablo 4 Necromancer Build: Skills, Stats, Items, Legendary Aspects

Looking for the best Necromancer class build in Diablo 4? Then we've got you covered. To quote Necromancers in Diablo lore: "What a pity... I was beginning to enjoy the darkness." Yes, we have enjoyed the darkness, and with the best skills, Legendary aspects, and more for Necromancers in Diablo 4, so can you.

In this consistently updated Diablo 4 class guide for Necromancers across the world of Sanctuary, we dive deep into everything players need to know. This includes the best Skills, Gems, Stats Priority, Arsenal System, best-in-slot items, and much more for the Necromancer class in Diablo 4, so let's dive in.

Updated on 12 May 2023: If you're interested to learn more about how to unlock Golems in Diablo 4, you might like to check out our separate guide discussing it in more detail.

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Diablo 4 Necromancer Overview: Is it a Good Class?

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Those corpses look tasty, perfect for our best Necromancer build in Diablo 4! (Picture: Blizzard)

The Necromancer is one of the best classes in Diablo 4. It is arguably also beginner-friendly, as you can cast spells from range and summon undead to tank enemies for you.

In practice, we believe the Necromancer will be in the S-Tier classes with the best build possible once Diablo 4 releases on 2 June 2023 via Early Access. An official lore description reads:

Necromancers are cunning summoners that conjure vengeful hordes of the undead. Their Essence flows into three powerful bastions of Bone, Blood, or Shadow to bring low their enemies.

Check out the official cinematic trailer for the Necromancer class below to get the blood flowing, no pun intended.

The Necromancer uses Essence as its resource to cast Bone, Blood, and Shadow spells, both offensively and defensively. The class features the unique Book of the Dead mechanic to customize your army of undead further.

The class' unique Dismount ability sees the player jump from their mount and slam into the ground. Releases a cone of Bone Magic to damage enemies nearby. 

Best Diablo 4 Necromancer Skills Build: Corpse Bomb

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Corpse explosion and Bone Spirit are at the heart of our best Diablo 4 Necromancer skill build. (Picture: Blizzard)

We call our best Necromancer skill build in Diablo 4 the "Corpse Bomb," with skills that help along Corpse Explosion, alongside some summons to tank enemies for you and keep them in place while you blow up their friends. We also focus on some must-have CC skills to slow down any big packs.

Necromancer Skill Type Skill Name Upgrade
Basic (Essence Generator) Decompose Acolyte's Decompose
Core Skill (Essence Spender) Blight Supernatural Blight
Macabre Skill  Corpse Explosion Plagued Corpse Explosion
Corruption Skill Decrepify Horrid Decrepify
Summoning Skill Bone Spirit Dreadful Bone Spirit
Ultimate Skill Army of the Dead Prime Army of the Dead

For those new to Diablo 4, these skill names and upgrades might not mean anything in particular. To really flesh out the best Necromancer build in Diablo 4, we've got explanations of each of the skills listed above, alongside their upgrades.

  • TBC

We suggest picking the Enhancements only for the skills where mentioned above.

What Passive Skills Are Best for D4 Necromancers?

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Power up your character to Archangel-like strength with passive skills. (Picture: Blizzard)

In the expansive Diablo 4 skill tree, there are passive skills to unlock, and for our Necromancer build, we've picked some you can go after as priorities before branding out into others. Check them out below.

  • TBC

Still with us? Well done, but we are only about halfway through our in-depth best Diablo 4 Necromancer build guide!

Diablo 4 Necromancer Book of the Dead

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Customize your undead army further with the Book of the Dead in Diablo 4. (Picture: Blizzard)

Each of the Skeletal summons that the Necromancer uses will have two upgrades that will boost its main battle specialty. So, for instance, the Cold Skeletal Mage will have upgrades that grant you Essence when enemies are damaged, or its second upgrade, which states that enemies who get attacked while frozen are made vulnerable for a short time.

We suggest going for the following summoning upgrades:

  • Skeletal Warriors: Skeletal Skirmishers - Sacrifice
  • Skeletal Mages: Bone Mages - Increased damage after 5 seconds alive
  • Golem: Iron Golem - Apply vulnerable to stunned enemies

Learn more about how the unique class mechanic for the Necromancer in Diablo 4, the Book of the Dead, works with our dedicated guide.

Stats Priority For Diablo 4 Necromancers

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Willpower and Intelligence is important for Necromancers. (Picture: Blizzard)

In terms of Primary Stats for Necromancers in Diablo 4, the priority is:

  • Intelligence: +0.1% Skill Damage per point.
  • Willpower: +0.1% Resource Generation per point.
  • Dexterity: +0.02% Critical Strike Chance per point.
  • Strength: Nothing.

Each primary stat increase has a defensive effect on the player's character in Diablo 4. Check out the defensive stats gained by increasing your primary stats.

  • Strength: +1 increase to Armor per primary stat point.
  • Dexterity: +0.025% increase to Dodge Chance per primary stat point.
  • Intelligence: +0.05% increase to All Resistance per primary stat point.
  • Willpower: +0.1% increase to Healing Received and +0.25% Overpower Damage per point

Please note: The defensive bonuses increase from primary stats for all classes, including the Necromancer. This priority list assumes your items will have enough resistance for your current difficulty level.

Best Gems For Necromancers in Diablo 4

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Pick the best gems for your class build in Diablo 4 to get an edge against massive foes such as World Bosses. (Picture: Blizzard)

The best Gems for your Necromancer build in Diablo 4 should complement your skill selection and fill in some blanks where you might be lacking. Our gem picks and reasons for adding them to specific slots can be found below.

  • Ruby - Add to weapon for increased Essence generation.
  • Amethyst - Add to Armor for Damage over Time reduction.
  • Emerald - Add to weapon for +damage to Elites
  • Sapphire - Add to weapon for +Critical Strike chance against CC'ed enemies.
  • Diamond - Add to Jewelry for +All Resistance.
  • Topaz - Add to Armor for damage reduction.
  • Skull - Add to Armor for +healing.

Top Legendary Aspects For Diablo 4 Necromancers

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Look what the followers of Lilith need to mimic but a fraction of your summoning power... (Picture: Blizzard)

With Diablo 4's Codex of Power and the Occultist vendor, players can Imprint, Extract, and Store Legendary Aspects and Powers. For our best Necromancer build in Diablo 4, we've listed the top 10 Legendary Powers. You can get these via item drops or by completing Dungeons.

  • Aspect of Possessed Blood - When you pick up 5 Blood Orbs, a free Bone Spirit is spawned, dealing bonus damage based on your current Life percent. 
  • Aspect of Swelling Curse - Bone Spirit deals increased damage based on distance traveled, up to x15%. 
  • Unyielding Commander's Aspect - While Army of the Dead is active, your Minions gain 70% Attack Speed and take 90% reduced damage. 
  • Flesh-Rending Aspect - After Decompose spawns a Corpse, gain 10 Essence.
  • Hulking Aspect - Each time your Golem damages an enemy, its active Cooldown is reduced by 1 second.
  • Aspect of the Void - Blight's defiled area, when spawned, Pulls in enemies around the affected area.
  • Aspect of Potent Blood - While at full Life, Blood Orbs grant 10 Essence.
  • Requiem Aspect - You gain 3.0 maximum Essence per active Minion.
  • Aspect of Torment - Critical Strikes with Bone Skills increase your Essence Regeneration by x20% for 4 seconds.

Remember, you can use the Occultist to extract and imprint these powers on Rare gear as well, turning them Legendary in the process. Check out our guide's complete list of Diablo 4's Legendary Aspects and Powers for the Necromancer class.

Best in Slot Items For Diablo 4 Necromancers

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Oh look, some Legendary gloves dropped! (Picture: Blizzard)

At the time of writing, it is impossible to give you a full list of best-in-slot items for a robust Necromancer build in Diablo 4 since we have no idea what types of items will drop during the endgame.

However, we can say that you should be on the lookout for high Intelligence and Willpower stats, alongside 

Item Slot The best-in-slot item for Diablo 4 Necromancers
Head Slot TBC
Torso Slot TBC
Hands Slot TBC
Legs Slot TBC
Feet Slot TBC
Ring 1 Slot TBC
Ring 2 Slot TBC
Neck Slot Melted Heart of Selig
Main-hand weapon TBC
Off-hand weapon TBC

We will endeavor to update this article as soon as more item information becomes available. 

Unique Necromancer Items in Diablo 4?

The ultra-rare "god drops" in Diablo 4 comes in the form of Unique items. While not a lot has been revealed about them at the time of writing, we think we found one great Unique item for the Necromancer since it allows you to gain 100% additional max Essence and effectively makes the Necromancer tougher.

Melted Heart of Selig (Amulet)

  • Class: All Classes
  • Unique Effect: Gain +100% bonus maximum resource. In addition, when you take damage, drain [3.0-6.0] resource for every 1% of Life you would have lost instead.
  • 4.5 - 8.0% Damage Reduction
  • +4.5 - 8.0% Cooldown Reduction
  • +3.0 - 6.0% Critical Strike Chance
  • +6 - 10 All Stats

Lore text: "Do not allow your passions to become obsessions. Fuel the fire that burns within you, but it is madness to allow yourself to become ash to please an uncaring universe. - Last words of Master Selig"

Remember, you can only equip one Unique item on a character!

Check out YouTuber Vulkan's Diablo 4 Necromancer class overview video to get a look at gameplay and some insights.

So there you have it, a complete guide to the Necromancer class in Diablo 4 for a robust build, from the best skills to use to gems, stat priority, the Book of the Dead, and more. We will endeavor to update this article consistently, so you always have the latest information at hand.


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