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Necromancer Fundamentals

  • Resource: Essence - Refills automatically
  • Weapon Slots: -
  • Dismount Skill: Bone Spikes
  • Necromancer Skill Trees:
    • Basic
    • Core
    • Corpse and Macabre
    • Curse
    • Corpse and Macabre
    • Ultimate
    • Key Passives

Necromancer Resources

The Necromancer has two resources. Essence and Corpses.

Essence

Essence is the primary resource that recharges slowly over time. Essence can also be obtained using basic skills allowing players to cast their skills more often.

Corpses

Corpses are literally the left over remains of fallen enemy. These remains can be used to summon minions or power other skill such as Corpse Explosion.

Diablo 4 Class
Diablo 4 Necromancer
The Necromancer
Skills: Necromancer Skills
Resources: Essence / Corpses
Background
Origin: Hawezar
Affiliation: Cult of Rathma.


Items and Weapons

The Necromancer can equip the following weapons:

  • Dagger
  • Focuses
  • Shields
  • 1-Handed Sword
  • Wands
  • Scythe
  • 2-Handed Sword

Necromancer Skills and Talents

Skills in Action

Bone Skills

Darkness Skills

These skills use Shadow magic and tend to be damage over time (DOT). These skill can also have debuffs and crowd control elements.

Blood Skills

Blood skill are used to siphon life from the enemy.

The Army

The Necromancers summoning skills which includes skeletons and golem. Blizzard explains their approach to summoning in Diablo 4:

We went through a lot of iteration on how we want the experience of summoning the undead to feel for the player, and how much of their skill bar should be dedicated to this part of the class. To that end, we’ve come up with what we feel is the best possible version to ensure that players have as much customization as possible over not only their army itself, but also in which other skills they want to use to support their own unique playstyle.

If a player wants to have the maximum number of summoned units possible then they will only have to dedicate two buttons to their skill bar: one to raising Skeletons and the other for their Golem. The Raise Skeleton button is a one-stop shop to raise all the different Skeletons a player can summon, and the Golem button is used to command the Golem to use a unique effect that is dependent on the type of Golem that is currently active. With this setup, we’ve found a great balance between having the necessary tools for raising and commanding a Necromancer army while also leaving room for player expression in what additional skills they want to put on their bar.

Book of the Dead - Class Mechanic

The Book of the Dead is the Necromancer's unique class mechanic.

The book allows players to customise how their summoned Skeletal Warriors, Skeletal Mages, and Golems will react while playing. There are three specialisations:

  • Skirmishers - Increased damage but reduced health.
  • Defenders - Bonus health
  • Reapers - Slow attacks but AOE damage and increase damage with a "wind-up" attack.

Each specialized unit in the army has unique upgrades available to them, giving you even more customization over how each unit in their army functions in their overall playstyle. These units and upgrades will have synergies with the various playstyles mentioned above, as well as add other potential ways to play.

A player can use the Book of the Dead to "sacrifice the ability to summon that unit" in exchange for a personal permanent buff.


Item Affixes

Each item type can come with certain item affixes. These are all detailed below including affixes that improve the Necromancer's skills and appear on weapons that he is able to use.

Click the column headings to sort by item type. Refresh the page to reset.

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* An implicit stat, meaning that the item will always come with this attribute (affix) listed at the top of the item details up to a maximum of the figure shown.

Necromancer item properties by slot - Click the column headings to sort by slot.
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Life on Kill
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* 206 Life on Kill (1h scythe)
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* While Injured, Your Potion Also Grants 20% Maximum Life as Barrier
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Thorns
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Necromancer Legendary Aspects

The Necromancer has a whole heap of Legendary Aspects that are tailored to his particular set of skills. As well as those Legendaries he can also make use of the more general Legendary Aspects useful to all classes. Use the drop-down below to see the full details of the Necromancer Aspects.

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Aphotic Aspect

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Utility Skeletal Priests empower your Skeletal Warriors' attacks to deal Shadow damage and have a 4.0% chance to Stun (CC) enemies for 1.5 seconds.

Helm, Chest, Gloves, Boots, Shield, Amulet (+50%)
N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Bursting Bones
Offensive When a segment of Bone Prison is destroyed or expires, it deals 13 damage in an area around itself.

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

Path of the Blind
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Dry Steppes Necromancer
Aspect of Decay
Offensive Each time the Shadowblight Key Passive deals damage to enemies, it increases the next Shadowblight's damage within 10 seconds by 29%[x], stacking up to 5 times.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Empowering Reaper
Offensive Damaging enemies with Sever has a 9% chance to spawn a pool of Blight under the target that deals 36%[x] bonus damage. This effect can only happen once every 3 seconds.

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

Flooded Depths
(Map)
Scosglen Necromancer
Aspect of Explosive Mist
Utility Blood Mist triggers Corpse Explosion on surrounding Corpses. When Blood Mist detonates a Corpse, its Cooldown is reduced by 0.0 seconds.

Helm, Chest, Gloves, Boots, Shield, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Exposed Flesh
Resource Lucky Hit: Up to a 10% chance to generate 34.0 Essence when hitting a Vulnerable enemy.

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N/A Extraction Necromancer
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 Gore Quills

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Offensive Casting Blood Lance will consume Blood Orbs to also conjure lances from them. Each additional Blood Lance deals 18% of normal damage and prioritizes targeting un-lanced enemies.

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)
N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Grasping Veins
Offensive Gain 9%[+] increased Critical Strike Chance for 6 seconds when you cast Corpse Tendrils. You deal 18%[x] bonus Critical Strike Damage to enemies damaged by Corpse Tendrils.

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

Corrupted Grotto
(Map)
Kehjistan 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 Hungry Blood
Offensive Each cast of Blood Lance will launch an additional Blood Lance at a Nearby enemy when it first hits an enemy that is already lanced, dealing 32% of normal damage.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Plunging Darkness
Offensive Bone Prison spawns a pool of Blight that deals 77%[x] bonus damage over 6 seconds.

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

Rimescar Cavern
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Fractured Peaks Necromancer
Aspect of Potent Blood
Resource Blood Orbs grant 9.0 Essence.

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Betrayer's Row
(Map)
Dry Steppes Necromancer
Aspect of Rathma's Chosen
Offensive Whenever your Blood Skills Overpower you gain 34%[+] Attack Speed for 4 seconds.

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

Aldurwood
(Map)
Scosglen Necromancer
Aspect of Serration
Offensive The Ossified Essence Key Passive also increases the Critical Strike Damage of your Bone Skills by 1%[x] per Essence above 50, up to 24%[x].

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Shielding Storm
Defensive Each time that Bone Storm damages an enemy, gain a Barrier equal to 0% of your Base Life for 10 seconds.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Swelling Curse
Offensive Bone Spirit's Critical Strike Chance is increased by 9%[+].Your Maximum Essence is increased by 2 for each enemy hit for 15 seconds.

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

Hive
(Map)
Scosglen Necromancer
Aspect of the Damned
Offensive You deal 34%[x] increased Shadow damage to enemies afflicted by any Curse.

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

Uldur's Cave
(Map)
Kehjistan Necromancer
Aspect of the Embalmer
Defensive Consuming a Corpse has a 14% chance to spawn a Blood Orb.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of the Long Shadow
Offensive Lucky Hit: Your Shadow Damage Over Time effects have a 14.0% chance to generate 3 Essence. Damage from your Shadowblight Key Passive will always generate 2 Essence.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of the Void
Utility Blight's defiled area, when spawned, pulls (CC) in enemies around the affected area.

Helm, Chest, Gloves, Boots, Shield, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Torment
Resource Critical Strikes with Bone Skills increase your Essence Regeneration by 90.0%[x] for 4 seconds.

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Black Asylum
(Map)
Fractured Peaks Necromancer
Aspect of Ultimate Shadow
Offensive Bone Storm and Blood Wave are also Darkness Skills, deal Shadow damage, and gain additional effects: Enemies damaged by Bone Storm take 105 Shadow damage over 2 seconds. Blood Wave creates Desecrated Ground as it travels, dealing 1,680 Shadow damage over 4 seconds
  • Enemies damaged by Bone Storm take [#] Shadow damage over 2 seconds.
  • Blood Wave desecrates the ground it travels over, dealing [#] Shadow damage over 4 seconds

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Aspect of Untimely Death
Offensive Each percent of your Maximum Life you Heal beyond 100% grants you 0.5%[x] bonus Critical Strike Damage on your next Critical Strike, up to a 28%[x] bonus.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Blighted Aspect
Offensive You deal 56%[x] increased damage for 6 seconds after the Shadowblight Key Passive damages enemies 10 times.

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

Akkhan's Grasp
(Map)
Hawezar Necromancer
Blood Getter's Aspect
Utility Your Skeletal Priests now also empower you at 54% effectiveness.

Helm, Chest, Gloves, Boots, Shield, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Blood Seeker's Aspect
Offensive Blood Lance deals 9%[x] increased damage to its primary target per lanced enemy.

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

Mercy's Reach
(Map)
Fractured Peaks Necromancer
Blood-bathed Aspect
Offensive Blood Surge's nova echoes again after a short delay, dealing 31%[x] less damage.

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

Hoarfrost Demise
(Map)
Fractured Peaks Necromancer
Blood-soaked Aspect
Offensive Blood Mist leaves a trail of Desecrated Ground that lasts for 4 seconds and deals 66 Shadow damage per second. Gain 0%[+] Movement Speed while Blood Mist is active.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Cadaverous Aspect
Offensive Core Skill by 4%[x], up to 20%[x].

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Coldbringer's Aspect
Utility Every 8 seconds, your Skeletal Mages cast a blizzard that deals 132 Cold damage and continuously Chills enemies for 8% over 6 seconds.

Helm, Chest, Gloves, Boots, Shield, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Fastblood Aspect
Resource Blood Orbs reduce your Ultimate Cooldown by 0.90 seconds.

Ring

Iron Hold
(Map)
Hawezar Necromancer
Flesh-Rending Aspect
Resource When Decompose explodes, gain 24.0 Essence.

Ring

Nostrava Deepwood
(Map)
Fractured Peaks Necromancer
Gore Quills Aspect
Offensive Blood Lance will consume Blood Orbs to also conjure lances from them. Each additional Blood Lance deals 20 - 50% of normal damage and prioritizes targeting un-lanced enemies.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Hulking Aspect
Utility Your Golem has a 1% chance to reduce its active Cooldown by 2 seconds and a 0.5% chance to spawn a Corpse each time it damages an enemy with its normal attack.

Helmets, Chest Armor, Boots, Gloves, Amulets, and Shields

Sepulcher of the Forsworn
(Map)
Kehjistan Necromancer
Osseous Gale Aspect
Offensive Bone Storm consumes up to 8 Corpses to increase its duration by up to 4.5 seconds.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Requiem Aspect
Resource You gain 1.0 Maximum Essence per active Minion.

Ring

Vault of the Forsaken
(Map)
Scosglen Necromancer
Rotting Aspect
Offensive Decompose can chain and burst up to 2 additional targets. Explosions from Decompose deal 14%[x] increased damage.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Sacrificial Aspect
Offensive Your Sacrifice bonuses are increased by 9%.

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

Ruins of Eridu
(Map)
Hawezar Necromancer
Shattered Spirit's Aspect

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Offensive Casting Bone Spirit also launches 18 Bone Splinters in all directions, dealing 180%[x] increased damage and generating 6 Essence per enemy hit.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Splintering Aspect
Offensive Bone Spear's primary attack makes enemies hit beyond the first Vulnerable for 3 seconds. Bone Shards from Bone Spear deal 28% bonus damage to Vulnerable enemies and pierce them.

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

Guulrahn Slums(Map) Dry Steppes Necromancer
Tidal Aspect
Offensive Blood Wave fires two additional waves, each dealing 51%[x] less damage than the previous.

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

N/A Extraction Necromancer
Torturous Aspect
Utility Iron Maiden is now also a Darkness Skill and deals Shadow damage. Enemies afflicted by your Iron Maiden have a 9% chance to be Stunned (CC) for 1 second when they deal direct damage.

Helm, Chest, Gloves, Boots, Shield, Amulet (+50%)

Deserted Underpass
(Map)
Kehjistan 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
(Map)
Hawezar Necromancer
Viscous Aspect
Utility Your maximum number of Skeletal Mages is increased by 2.

Helm, Chest, Gloves, Boots, Shield, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction Necromancer


Necromancer Unique Items

The Necromancer has a collection of Unique Items that are specifically beneficial to him. The table below details those.

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Azurewrath

The ancient runeblade of the angel Izual, Azurewrath was miraculously spared the corruption that consumed its master.

Type: Ancestral Unique Sword
Class: Barbarian, Necromancer, Rogue

Description: Lucky Hit: Your Skills have up to a 20% chance to Freeze enemies for 3 seconds and deal [450 - 675] Cold damage to them.

  • +17.5% Critical Strike Damage

Affixes: (Item Power 925)
  • +[4.4 - 10.0]% Attack Speed
  • +[12.5 - 19.5]% Core Damage
  • +[31.5 - 52.5]% Non-Physical Damage
  • +[5.0 - 12.0]% Damage to Crowd Controlled Enemies
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Black River

"The scrolls describe a river of tar that separated the living from the land of the dead. Any unfortunate soul who tried to cross would be dragged down into oblivion." - Notes of Scholar Kamien

Type: Ancestral Unique Scythe
Class: Necromancer

Description: Corpse Explosion consumes up to 4 additional Corpses around the initial Corpse, dealing [122 - 130]%[x] increased damage and with a [21 - 25]% larger radius per additional Corpse.

  • +114 Life On Kill

Affixes: (Item Power 925)
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Blood Artisan's Cuirass

"The infamous Necromancer Gaza-Thul's mastery over blood magic was indisputable. Many suspect that upon his death, his skin was used to fashion this eldritch armor." - Barrett's Book of Implements

Type: Ancestral Unique Chest Armor
Class: Necromancer

Description: When you pick up [10 - 5] Blood Orbs, a free Bone Spirit is spawned, dealing bonus damage based on your current Life percent.


    Affixes: (Item Power 925)
    • +[10.5 - 17.5]% Damage for 4 Seconds After Picking Up a Blood Orb
    • +[10.5 - 17.5]% Blood Orb Healing
    • +[403 - 873] Maximum Life
    • +[2 - 3] to Bone Spirit
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    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
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      Bloodless Scream

      "My companion swung her odd weapon in a wide arc, and our pursuer stopped short. The look of horror on his face as his body fell to pieces will haunt me forever." - The Ebon Pages, Canto II, Verse XI

      Type: Ancestral Unique Two-Handed Scythe
      Class: Necromancer

      Description: Your Darkness Skills Chill enemies for up to 100% and deal [100 - 150]%[x] increased damage to Frozen (CC) enemies.Lucky Hit: Your Darkness Skills have up to a 100% chance to generate [15 - 20] additional Essence against Frozen (CC) targets.

      • +228 Life On Kill

      Affixes: (Item Power 925)
      • +[21.0 - 35.0]% Darkness Damage
      • +[14.0 - 28.0]% Damage to Chilled Enemies
      • +[76 - 104] Intelligence
      • +[38.0 - 80.0]% Cold Resistance
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      Cruor's Embrace

      In the blood dancer's grasp, a victim lies, A vessel dried 'neath darkened skies. Their life extinguished, veins burst and drained, In Cruor's embrace, forever enchained.

      Type: Ancestral Unique Gloves
      Class: Necromancer

      Description: Blood Surge consumes Corpses to cause mini novas, dealing [40 - 56] damage. Damage is increased by 10%[x] per target drained by the initial cast, up to 50%[x]. Damage is also increased by 20%[x] for each Corpse consumed.


        Affixes: (Item Power 925)
        • +[42.0 - 63.0]% Overpower Damage
        • +[14.0 - 28.0]% Core Damage
        • Lucky Hit: Up to a 5% Chance to Heal +[588 - 1,058] Life
        • +[2 - 3] to Blood Surge
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        Deathless Visage

        "Rathma is endless. He was the first Ancient, and will remain at the end. He is the master of the Great Cycle of Being. When Death comes for him, why should he fear it?" - Vauntus, Acolyte of Rathma

        Type: Ancestral Unique Helm
        Class: Necromancer

        Description: Bone Spear leaves behind echoes as it travels that explode, dealing [75 - 105] damage, increased by 5%[x] for every 30% of your Critical Strike Damage Bonus.Current Bonus: 0%[x]


          Affixes: (Item Power 925)
          • [3.1 - 7.3]% Damage Reduction
          • +[10.5 - 17.5]% Physical Damage
          • +[14.0 - 21.0]% Bone Critical Strike Damage
          • +[5 - 13] Maximum Essence
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          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
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          Doombringer

          Whenever this ancient sword has reappeared throughout history, it portends a time of great strife, as well as a devastating loss of life.

          Type: Ancestral Unique Sword
          Class: Barbarian, Necromancer, Rogue

          Description: Lucky Hit: Up to a 25% chance to deal 450 Shadow damage to surrounding enemies and reduce their damage done by 20% for 5 seconds.

          • +17.5% Critical Strike Damage

          Affixes: (Item Power 925)
          • +19.5% Core Damage
          • +17.5% Damage
          • Lucky Hit: Up to a 5% Chance to Heal +1,058 Life
          • 26.0% Maximum Life
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          Ebonpiercer

          This talisman was the life's work of Deathspeaker Jurdann. Following his premature demise, Jurdann's successor wore the amulet in tribute as they trialed against the Temple of the Deathspeaker.

          Type: Ancestral Unique Amulet
          Class: Necromancer

          Description: Blight also shoots 4 smaller projectiles that pierce enemies and deal [300 - 900] Shadow damage over 3 seconds.

          • +25.0% Resistance to All Elements

          Affixes: (Item Power 925)
          • +[12.5 - 19.5]% Shadow Damage Over Time
          • [5.0 - 12.0]% Damage Reduction from Shadow Damage Over Time-Affected Enemies
          • [9.5 - 16.5]% Essence Cost Reduction
          • +[10.5 - 17.5]% Movement Speed
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          Greaves of the Empty Tomb

          "The massive door to my family's crypt, which had taken a dozen men to close, was thrown open. Had I known the horrors to come I never would have set foot inside!" -The Ebon Pages, Canto I, Verse VII

          Type: Ancestral Unique Boots
          Class: Necromancer

          Description: Create Desecrated Ground beneath your Sever spectres as they travel, damaging enemies for [90 - 120] Shadow damage over 2 seconds.


          Affixes: (Item Power 925)
          • +[10.5 - 17.5]% Movement Speed
          • [4.2 - 7.0]% Essence Cost Reduction
          • +[4.4 - 10.0]% Shadow Lucky Hit Chance
          • [5.0 - 12.0]% Damage Reduction from Shadow Damage Over Time-Affected Enemies
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          Howl from Below

          "Can you not hear it? That endless scream from the cold earth beneath your feet!? They are down there, trapped, blind with rage! Waiting to drag us down into the sod!" - Ravings of Madman Gustav

          Type: Ancestral Unique Gloves
          Class: Necromancer

          Description: Instead of detonating immediately, Corpse Explosion summons a Volatile Skeleton that charges at a random enemy and explodes. Corpse Explosion's damage is increased by [30 - 40]%[x].


            Affixes: (Item Power 925)
            • +[5.4 - 11.0]% Lucky Hit Chance
            • +[10.5 - 17.5]% Corpse Attack Speed
            • Lucky Hit: Up to a +[7.0 - 14.0]% Chance to Stun (CC) for 2 Seconds
            • Lucky Hit: Up to a +[9.5 - 16.5]% Chance to Fear for 2 Seconds
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            Lidless Wall

            Initially an unpopular choice to replace Mendeln as Deathspeaker, Daros quickly proved his worth with the creation of this masterpiece.

            Type: Ancestral Unique Shield
            Class: Necromancer

            Description: Lucky Hit: While you have an active Bone Storm, hitting an enemy outside of a Bone Storm has up to a [15 - 30]% chance to spawn an additional Bone Storm at their location. Each of your active Sacrifice bonuses increase the chance by 25% and the total additional Bone Storms you can have by +1.

            • 20% Block Chance
            • 60% Blocked Damage Reduction
            • +80% Main Hand Weapon Damage
            • +705 Thorns

            Affixes: (Item Power 925)
            • +[403 - 873] Maximum Life
            • +[4.4 - 10.0]% Attack Speed
            • Lucky Hit: Up to a 5% Chance to Restore +[7.0 - 14.0]% Primary Resource
            • +[5 - 13] Maximum Essence
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            Mutilator Plate

            "The Cathedral of Light's earliest attempts at crafting their penitent armor was to infuse the plate with painful blood magic, before such acts were deemed heretical." - Barrett's Book of Implements

            Type: Ancestral Unique Chest Armor
            Class: Necromancer

            Description: You are Blood Lanced, and when Blood Lance would deal damage to you, it instead Fortifies you for [1.0 - 2.0]% of your Maximum Life and has a 5% chance to form a Blood Orb.Blood Lance deals [10 - 20]%[x] increased damage.


              Affixes: (Item Power 925)
              • +[28 - 42] Willpower
              • +[12.5 - 19.5]% Total Armor
              • +[7.0 - 14.0]% Healing Received
              • +[403 - 873] Maximum Life
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              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
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              Ring of the Sacrilegious Soul

              The mere proximity of a practitioner of such dark arts can rouse the dead and disturb those souls who have earned their rest.

              Type: Ancestral Unique Ring
              Class: Necromancer

              Description: You automatically activate the following equipped Skills on Corpses around you:Raise Skeleton every [2.0 - 1.0] seconds.Corpse Explosion every [2.0 - 1.0] seconds.Corpse Tendrils every [16 - 8] seconds.

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

              Affixes: (Item Power 925)
              • +[403 - 873] Maximum Life
              • +[1 - 2] to Corpse Skills
              • +[4.8 - 9.0]% Lucky Hit Chance
              • +[3 - 9] Maximum Essence
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              The Grandfather

              An unbroken lineage of unwavering strength.

              Type: Ancestral Unique Two-Handed Sword
              Class: Barbarian, Necromancer

              Description: Increases your Critical Strike Damage by 100%[x]. The other properties on this weapon can roll higher than normal.

              • +35.0% Critical Strike Damage

              Affixes: (Item Power 925)
              • +56.0% Damage
              • +3,056 Maximum Life
              • +72 All Stats
              • Ignores Durability Loss



              Strengths and Weaknesses

              Strengths Weaknesses
              Ideal class if you love summoning minions Positioning is key while minions do their work in battle.

              Necromancer History

              As might be expected, the devotees of magic are a segregated lot. They are as leery of students of rival disciplines as a layperson is of all arcane practitioners. None, however, are so widely maligned and misunderstood as the Priests of Rathma.

              As with most users of magic, the priests of the cult of Rathma hail from the far Eastern Jungles. They reside in a vast underground city located deep within those jungles. Their specific geographical locale is particularly secluded, however, preventing their assimilation into a formal mage clan. But it is this same isolation that has allowed them to pursue their distinct kind of arcane science.

              For it is through the teachings of Rathma, as well as through years of research and physical experimentation, that these men have come to understand and hold sacred the delicate balance of life and death and are able to twist the line that borders the two. For although the minions of Hell have long possessed this power, among mortals the knowledge to reanimate and control the dead belongs to these priests alone. It is this practice that has led outsiders to refer to them as Necromancers. They truly comprehend the balance of all things,and understand and accept their place in what they refer to as the Great Cycle of Being.

              Their culture has subsisted in the shadow of the great mage clans from the earliest days, and in most ways their practice reaches back to a time before magic was formalized into strict disciplines. Although their art is considered “dark”, and the people of the outside world shun the priests who practice these arts, these mysterious cultists never suffered the epidemic of corruption that plagued the ancient mage clans.

              Pragmatists in the truest sense, they are above temptation. They see death merely as a natural part of life and do not seek to deny its arrival. Their singular knowledge of the unknown allows them to face death without fear. These ideals, coupled with an understanding of the natural balance between Order and Chaos, explain why they have not fallen prey to the influences of evil.

              Their desire to uphold this balance has brought the Necromancers forth from the isolation of their remote, dank homeland to destroy Diablo and his brethren. The mere presence of these Prime Evils on the mortal realm upsets the natural symmetry of not only the mortal realm, but also the Great Cycle of Being itself. The followers of Rathma seek to right the balance by ridding the mortal realms of nonmortal intervention altogether. They resent any force that would treat humans as pawns in a cosmic game, though they apparently are willing to ally with the forces of Order, but only until such time as the balance is restored.


              Barbarian Druid Necromancer Rogue Sorcerer