Best Necromancer build in Baldur’s Gate 3: Race, spells, weapons & more

Jessica Filby
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In Baldur’s Gate 3, Necromancers provide an exciting experience, especially for players who wish to resurrect the dead. Here’s our best Necromancer build, including optimal race, spells, and backgrounds.

In a game as expansive as Baldur’s Gate 3, the plethora of classes and subclasses means endless possibilities for character development and reaching the max level. This richness is further enhanced by the distinct pathways each subclass offers, allowing for unique character trajectories.

One such Wizard subclass is the deadly yet mysterious Necromancy school of magic. It involves bending the dead to your will, manipulating their life force, and so much more. Here’s how to make the best Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Best race for a Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3

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There are a few ideal races for your Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Asmodeus Tiefling
  • High Half-Elf
  • Lolth-Sworn Drow

However, while you can choose any of these races, we suggest opting for the Asmodeus Tiefling for that Fire Resistance, Darkvision, and extra spells.

Best background for a Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3

When it comes to your background, you need to choose one that fits best with the Wizard class and the Necromantic style of magic. Naturally, since the Wizard’s spellcasting stat is Intelligence, choosing a background that gives you proficiency in the Intelligence skill is ideal.

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We recommend choosing the Noble or Sage backgrounds for proficiency in History and Persuasion or Arcana and History respectively.

Along with this, you should choose to specialize in these skills:

  • Investigation (Intelligence)
  • Insight (Wisdom)
  • Religion (Intelligence)

Best spells for a Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3

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The best spells for your Necromancer really depend on how you want to play the character. It all depends on whether you want to solely use Necromantic magic or if you’re okay trying different schools. So, we’ve listed the best spells for the Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3, while also letting you know which ones are purely Necromantic:

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  • Cantrip: Fire Bolt
  • Cantrip: Bone Chill
  • Cantrip: Chill Touch (Necromancy)
  • 1st Level: Inflict Wounds (Necromancy)
  • 1st Level: Ray of Sickness (Necromancy)
  • 1st Level: Grease
  • 1st Level: Magic Missile
  • 1st Level: Thunderwave
  • 2nd Level: Blindness (Necromancy)
  • 2nd Level: Shatter
  • 2nd Level: Misty Step
  • 3rd Level: Animate Dead (Necromancy)
  • 3rd Level: Vampiric Touch (Necromancy)
  • 3rd Level: Revivify (Necromancy)
  • 3rd Level: Counterspell
  • 3rd Level: Fireball
  • 4th Level: Dimension Door
  • 4th Level: Wall of Fire
  • 4th Level: Polymorph
  • 5th Level: Contagion (Necromancy)
  • 6th Level: Harm (Necromancy)
  • 6th Level: Circle of Death (Necromancy)
  • 6th Level: Create Undead (Necromancy)
  • 6th Level: Harm (Necromancy)
  • 6th Level: Disintegrate
  • 7th Level: Polymorph
  • 8th Level: Wall fo Fire
  • 8th Level: Banishment
  • 9th Level: Contagion
  • 10th Level: Stoneskin
  • 11th Level: Create Undead
  • 12th Level: Disintegrate
  • 12th Level: Circle of Death

Best armor and weapon for a Necromancer

The best weapon and armor set is undoubtedly the one you get from Mystic Carrion in Act 3 of the game. After you complete all the quests related to this NPC and you kill him at the end, you’ll get these items:

  • Staff of Cherished Necromancy
  • Armour of the Sporekeeper
  • Veil of the Morning
  • Crypt Lord Ring

It’s well worth equipping all three of these as they’re perfect for a Necromancer and will give you tons of added bonuses to your Spell Save DC, Damage, and health.

Best build for a Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Race: Asmodeus Tiefling

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Background: Noble

Skills: Insight, Investigation

Weapon: Staff of Cherished Necromancy

Companions: Astarion, Shadowheart, Lae’zel

LevelFeature
1Cantrips: Fire Bolt, Chill Touch, Bone Chill — Spells: Grease, Inflict Wounds, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Ray of Sickness, Mage Armor
2Subclass: Necromancy — Spells: Chromatic Orb, Shield
3Spells: Blindness, Shatter
4Cantrip: Mage Hand — Spells: Misty Step, Cloud of Daggers — Ability Increase: Intelligence +2
5Spells: Counterspell, Vampiric Touch
6Spells: Fireball, Revivify
7Spells: Polymorph, Dimension Door
8Ability Increase: Intelligence +2 — Spells: Wall of Fire, Banishment
9Spells: Contagion, Cloudkill
10Cantrip: Dancing Lights — Spells: Stoneskin, Grant Flight
11Spells: Create Undead, Conjure Elemental
12Spells: Disintegrate, Circle of Death — Feat: Magic Initiate Warlock (for Eldritch Blast, Hex, and Minor Illusion)

Take a look at some of our other handy Baldur’s Gate 3 guides and content:

Best Sorcerer build | Best Bard build | Best Rogue build | Best Fighter build | Best Ranger build | Best Barbarian build | Best Druid build | Best Warlock build | Best Wizard build | Baldur’s Gate 3: What’s the max level cap? | Best Baldur’s Gate 3 classes tier list | How to revive characters in Baldur’s Gate 3 | Can you multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3 | Baldur’s Gate 3 Soul Coins: How to get them & what they are | Baldur’s Gate 3: Fastest ways to get XP & level up | Baldur’s Gate 3: How to respec your character | Baldur’s Gate 3 Karmic Dice: What are they?

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Based in Cumbria, England, Jessica is a Senior Games Writer who joined Dexerto after stints at Game Rant and The Gamer. You can find her covering everything from Minecraft, CoD, Disney Dreamlight Valley, Pokemon Go and more. You can contact Jessica at jessica.filby@dexerto.com