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Best Diablo 3 Necromancer Builds: Season 26

Published: 15/Apr/2022 10:43

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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The best Diablo 3 Necromancer build for Season 26 will allow you to wreak havoc on your enemies with deadly blood, bone, cold, and poison spells – so here’s everything you need to know to do just that.

Diablo 3’s Necromancer was released in the game back in 2017, allowing Diablo 2’s long-term fans of the same class – or those wanting to try something slightly different – to touch every corner of Sanctuary with the Priests of Rathma’s deadly power.

While the Necromancer is somewhat similar to the Witch Doctor, the class has no damage over time attacks, instead allowing you to command and control pets, as well as affecting corpses found throughout the world to do your bidding or restore Essence.

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Here’s why you should be using the Necromancer Acolyte’s build this season in Diablo 3.


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A screenshot showing gameplay of Diablo 3's Necromancer using Decrepify
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The Necromancer possesses powerful skills to take down your enemies throughout Sanctuary.

Is the Necromancer for me?

If you’re a character that loves dark magic and a gothic aesthetic, the Necromancer will make you feel right at home. Focusing on three themes: Blood & Bone, Blight, and Frost, their skills are based on deadly curses and an ever-growing horde of minions, wielding one-handed or two-handed Scythes to destroy their enemies.

Able to restore their health as they’re fighting, the Necromancer is a solid choice if you’re looking to deal out dizzying amounts of damage while also providing a cushion to keep yourself alive.

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If you prefer running head-on into battle as a tank, though, we’d recommend running either Barbarian or Crusader. For a similar style of play but with a less gothic theme, we’d suggest trying out the Witch Doctor. Or, those who prefer running standard magic builds will feel right at home with the Wizard.

Is the Necromancer good in Diablo Season 26?

According to Maxroll.gg’s solo tier list, the Necromancer remains a solid choice to use in Season 26 of Diablo 3. With its most powerful builds currently ranked in the S and A-Tier, utilizing the Acolyte right now in play is nothing to scoff at.

While the seven other builds sit in the slightly underwhelming B, C, and D-tiers, you’ll be able to farm Greater Rifts without breaking too much of a sweat thanks to its other powerful options.

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Artwork of Diablo 3's female Necromancer holding a flaming heart phylactery
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Using their skills to cause havoc with decay and despair, Diablo 3’s Necromancer is an Acolyte of the Priests of Rathma.

Best Diablo 3 Necromancer build: Season 26

If you want to ensure that you’re putting out as much damage as possible this season with the Necromancer, make sure to run with the LoD Corpse Explosion build.

Previously reliant upon the Trag’Oul’s Avatar & Masquerade of the Burning Carnival armor sets, this build now uses a variety of pieces to turn your Necromancer into a tank-based, experience-farming machine, but suffers the cost of low mobility overall.

Active skills

Below, we’ve listed all of the skills that are included in this build, but make sure that you’re prioritizing maxing out your stats in the following order: Cooldown reduction, poison damage, area damage, critical hit chance, critical hit damage, and Corpse Explosion damage.

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Skill Rune
Blood Rush
Potency
Bone Armor Dislocation
Bone Spear Blighted Marrow
Corpse Explosion Close Quarters
Grim Scythe Cursed Scythe
Land of the Dead Frozen Lands

Passive skills

The passive skills you’ll want to utilize for this particular build are:

  • Blood Is Power
  • Eternal Torment
  • Final Service
  • Stand Alone
  • Spreading Malediction

Item build

While your skills ultimately do the leg work, equipping the correct armor and weapons will be the difference between ensuring your Diablo 3 Necromancer build’s glass cannon damage is maximized or falling at the first hurdle:

Item Type Name
Helm Leoric’s Crown
Neck The Flavor of Time
Shoulders Razeth’s Volition
Torso Aquila Cuirass
Waist Dayntee’s Binding
Wrists Nemesis Bracers
Hands Grasps of Essence
Fingers Convention of Elements & Krysbin’s Sentences
Legs Blackthorne’s Jousting Mail
Feet Ice Climbers
Main hand weapon Trag’Oul’s Corroded Fang
Secondary weapon Nayr’s Black Death
Off-hand Lost Time

Diablo 3 Necromancer follower

Followers are a crucial part of gameplay, despite many neglecting to utilize them. Season 23’s changes brought in the option to customize their armor alongside their weapon, meaning that you will only be making things easier for you in the long run by choosing to bring one with you.

For the Necromancer, we’d recommend adding the only follower that provides cooldown reduction to your party: the Enchantress.

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Artwork of the Male necromancer in Diablo 3
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Now that you know the best build for the Necromancer, let’s take a look at some alternatives.

Alternative Diablo 3 Necromancer builds

If the tanky Corpse Explosion build doesn’t take your fancy – no worries! These other two builds featured for Season 26 may not be S-Tier, but they can still make for some fun, exciting gameplay.

Poison Scythe build

Based on the Masquerade of the Burning Carnival set, the A-Tier Poison Scythe build is a fun and tanky build that is perfect for those who prefer focusing on dealing AoE damage overall.

Skill Rune
Bone Armor Dislocation
Blood Rush Potency
Bone Spear Blighted Marrow
Frailty Early Grave
Grim Scythe Cursed Scythe
Simulacrum Blood and Bone

The full Poison Scythe build can be obtained here.

Rathma Army of the Dead build

Based on the Bones of Rathma set, this build also currently ranks in the A-Tier. If sacrificing your own survivability for commanding and relying on minions is more your style of play, this will be an incredibly fun build to try out.

Skill Rune
Army of the Dead Death Valley
Blood Rush Potency
Bone Armor Dislocation
Command Skeletons Frenzy
Decrepify Borrowed Time
Revive N/A

The full Rathma Army of the Dead build can be obtained here.


So, there you have it – everything you need to know about the best Diablo 3 Necromancer build for Season 26.

For even more tips and builds to help you take down everything that Sanctuary throws at you, make sure to check out our guides:

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