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Army of the Dead

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Army of the Dead is a Necromancer skill from the Ultimate skill tree. Its features are:

Grants Player Exploits Condition
Physical Dmg N/A
+ Corpses

'Creates Condition' means this skill creates this condition i.e it could make a target Vulnerable that other skills can take advantage of. 'Exploits Condition' means this skill takes advantage of a condition, not necessarily of its own making. So for example another skill might Stun and this skill could take advantage of that.

Army of the Dead Details and Upgrades


Army of the Dead

Call forth the deep buried dead. Volatile Skeletons emerge over the next 7 seconds that explode when around enemies, dealing 45% damage.

Lucky Hit Chance: 64%
Damage: Physical Damage
Tags: Ultimate, Summoning


Prime Army of the Dead Upgrade

Prime Army of the Dead

When Army of the Dead's Volatile Skeletons explode, they have a 100% chance to leave behind a Corpse.

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Supreme Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead also raises your Skeletal Warriors and Skeletal Mages.

Items that affect Army of the Dead

There are specific items that will boost Army of the Dead in some way.

Legendary Aspects

Aspect of Frenzied Dead
Offensive Each time one of your Summoning Minions damages an enemy, they gain 9.5%[+] Attack Speed for 3 seconds, up to 28%[+].

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Hardened Bones
Defensive You and your Minions gain 9% increased Damage Reduction.

Helm, Chest, Pants, Shield, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Reanimation
Offensive Your Minions gain increased damage while alive, up to 24%[x] after 10 seconds.

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)

Scosglen Necromancer
Fastblood Aspect
Resource Blood Orbs reduce your Ultimate Cooldown by 0.90 seconds.


Iron Hold
Hawezar Necromancer
Unyielding Commander's Aspect
Offensive While Army of the Dead is active, your Minions gain 68%[+] increased damage and take 90% reduced damage.

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)

Faceless Shrine
Hawezar Necromancer

Unique Items


Blood Moon Breeches

A naturally occurring curiosity, the blood moon persists as a sign of woe for the most superstitious Zakarum faithful. Children born under it are often considered cursed and cast out, lest it spread.

Type: Ancestral Unique Pants
Class: Necromancer

Description: Your Minions have a [3 - 7]% chance to curse enemies. Enemies affected by at least 1 of your curses take 70%[x] increased Overpower damage from you.

    Affixes: (Item Power 925)
    • [4.4 - 8.6]% Damage Reduction from Enemies Affected by Curse Skills
    • +[403 - 873] Maximum Life
    • +1 to Amplify Damage
    • +[1 - 2] to Curse Skills

    Deathspeaker's Pendant

    Once a sanctum for Rathma's studies, the Temple of the Deathspeaker became a proving grounds for potential leaders of his priesthood. Its halls are filled with the corpses of those who failed.

    Type: Ancestral Unique Amulet
    Class: Necromancer

    Description: Blood Surge casts a mini nova on your Minions, dealing [40 - 56] damage. Damage is increased by 10% per target drained by the initial cast, up to 50%.

    • +25.0% Resistance to All Elements

    Affixes: (Item Power 925)
    • [9.5 - 16.5]% Essence Cost Reduction
    • +[21.0 - 35.0]% Summoning Damage
    • +[10.5 - 17.5]% Blood Damage
    • +[1 - 2] to Coalesced Blood

    Ring of Mendeln

    The signet of Mendeln ul-Diomed, the founder of the Priests of Rathma and the first Necromancer, was lost for over 3,000 years. The immense power over death held within, however, has not diminished.

    Type: Ancestral Unique Ring
    Class: Necromancer

    Description: Every 6th attack from each Minion is empowered, exploding for [780 - 1,050] Physical damage.

    • +10.0% Resistance to All Elements
    • +10.0% Shadow Resistance

    Affixes: (Item Power 925)
    • +[3.2 - 6.0]% Lucky Hit Chance
    • +[7.0 - 14.0]% Minion Attack Speed
    • [17.5 - 31.5]% Maximum Minion Life
    • +[470 - 940] Thorns

    Changes to Army of the Dead

    Patch 1.2.0, October 17, 2023

    Patch 1.0.2d, June 4, 2023

    • Damage increased from 30% to 45%.
    • Cooldown reduced from 90 to 70 seconds.