Patriarch Black - Revivomancer

Mar 19, 2020
2,763
585
113
Canada
Black is the tenth character to complete his journey in my Colour-Coded Sept Project. The project is based around having one character class respresent each of the seven colours of the rainbow, as well as the 4 additional colours available for equipment. Basically, all gear must adhere to the chosen colour of the character, as well as skills where possible.


The build was a no-brainer, as there is really only one skill you can call 'black' in the game. Of course this meant no skeletons, mages, CE, or curses, so that was a bit of a fun twist. I decided to add in Iron Golem, even though he isn't technically black, with the caveat that he be made only from black items. I needed to use skill points on SOMETHING, after all!

Stats
Name: Black
Class: Necromancer
Experience: 552164547
Level: 77

Naked/Gear
Strength: 167/180
Dexterity: 25/26
Vitality: 258/307
Energy: 25/25
HP: 714/846
Mana: 176/176

Fire: 119/79/19
Cold: 117/77/17
Lightning: 116/76/16
Poison: 62/22/-38

Skills
Skeleton Mastery: 20/30
Golem Mastery: 20/30
Summon Resist: 4/14
Iron Golem: 20/30
Revive: 20/30

The only real bummer was not having access to curses or CE, but still kinda fun to do a single-tree build.

Equipment
Head: Steelshade
Weapon: Blackhand Key
Shield: Steelclash (PDiamond)
Body: Corpsemourn
Belt: Verdungos
Gloves: None. No S/U or possible affixes to shop
Boots: Vidala's
Rings: None. No S/U or possible affixes to shop
Amulet: Vidala's
Switch: N/A

Charms: Summoning GCs, filled in with resistances and life.

Merc
Gulzar - Might
Delerium
Chains of Honor
The Reaper's Toll


Name: Black
Class: Necromancer
Experience: 552164547
Level: 77

Naked/Gear
Strength: 167/180
Dexterity: 25/26
Vitality: 258/307
Energy: 25/25
HP: 714/846
Mana: 176/176
Stamina: 400/670
Defense: 6/1726
AR: 80/85

Fire: 119/79/19
Cold: 117/77/17
Lightning: 116/76/16
Poison: 62/22/-38

MF: 50 Block: 3
GF: 45
FR/W: 30
FHR: 15
IAS: 0
FCR: 30

Amplify Damage: 0/0
Dim Vision: 0/0
Weaken: 0/0
Iron Maiden: 0/0
Terror: 0/0
Confuse: 0/0
Life Tap: 0/0
Attract: 0/0
Decrepify: 0/0
Lower Resist: 0/0

Teeth: 0/0
Bone Armor: 0/0
Poison Dagger: 0/0
Corpse Explosion: 0/0
Bone Wall: 0/0
Poison Explosion: 0/0
Bone Spear: 0/0
Bone Prison: 0/0
Poison Nova: 0/0
Bone Spirit: 0/0

Skeleton Mastery: 20/30
Raise Skeleton: 1/11
Clay Golem: 1/11
Golem Mastery: 20/30
Raise Skeletal Mage: 1/11
Blood Golem: 1/11
Summon Resist: 4/14
Iron Golem: 20/30
Fire Golem: 0/0
Revive: 20/30

Graverobber's Grand Charm of Greed
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x1ee190cd
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)
31% Extra Gold from Monsters

Graverobber's Grand Charm of Strength
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x74af24bf
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)
+3 to Strength

Graverobber's Grand Charm of Greed
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xa693b7ce
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)
14% Extra Gold from Monsters

Graverobber's Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x44b8b85e
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)
+39 to Life

Graverobber's Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xbebf7ac1
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)

Graverobber's Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x8338cb62
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)

Key
Fingerprint: 0xac4b12ea
Item Level: 67
Version: Expansion 1.10+

Shimmering Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x6db61082
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+16 to Life
All Resistances +5

Amber Small Charm of Flame
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xa78d6e47
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Adds 1 - 2 Fire Damage
Lightning Resist +11%

Shimmering Small Charm of Strength
Small Charm
Required Level: 25
Fingerprint: 0x77e259e6
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Strength
All Resistances +5

Ruby Small Charm of Balance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xdd6b8bf2
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+5% Faster Hit Recovery
Fire Resist +10%

Amber Small Charm of Flame
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xa78d6e47
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Adds 1 - 2 Fire Damage
Lightning Resist +11%

Amber Small Charm
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xc2193837
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Lightning Resist +11%

Amber Small Charm of Dexterity
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x2a3b2089
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Dexterity
Lightning Resist +11%

Amber Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x436d2d6
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+12 to Life
Lightning Resist +10%

Graverobber's Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x5a6ce679
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)

Graverobber's Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xa667683b
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)

Ruby Small Charm
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xaa072a13
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Fire Resist +10%

Steel Shade
Armet
Defense: 328
Durability: 20 of 24
Required Level: 62
Required Strength: 109
Fingerprint: 0xd8170f9
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
4% Mana stolen per hit
+119% Enhanced Defense
Replenish Life +18
+9 Fire Absorb

Vidala's Snare
Amulet
Required Level: 14
Fingerprint: 0x152bd71b
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15 to Life
Cold Resist +20%
Set (2 items): 50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

(2 items): +75 to Attack Rating

Corpsemourn
Ornate Plate
Defense: 1177
Durability: 50 of 60
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 170
Fingerprint: 0xe69c0b79
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
6% Chance to cast level 2 Iron Maiden when struck
Adds 12 - 36 Fire Damage
+161% Enhanced Defense
+8 to Strength
+10 to Vitality
Cold Resist +35%
Level 5 Corpse Explosion (40/40 Charges)

Verdungo's Hearty Cord
Mithril Coil
Defense: 149
Durability: 13 of 16
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 106
Fingerprint: 0x7647e196
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Hit Recovery
+126% Enhanced Defense
+39 to Vitality
Replenish Life +10
+120 Maximum Stamina
Damage Reduced by 10%

Vidala's Fetlock
Light Plated Boots
Defense: 9
Durability: 14 of 18
Required Level: 14
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x54a6573d
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30% Faster Run/Walk
+150 Maximum Stamina
Set (2 items): Cold Resist +8%
Lightning Resist +8%
Fire Resist +8%
Poison Resist +8%

(2 items): +75 to Attack Rating

Blackhand Key
Grave Wand
One Hand Damage: 13 - 29
Durability: 15 of 15
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 25
Fingerprint: 0x968a68dc
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Curses (Necromancer only)
+2 to Necromancer Skill Levels
+30% Faster Cast Rate
+50 to Life
Fire Resist +37%
20% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
-2 to Light Radius
Level 13 Grim Ward (30/30 Charges)

Steelclash
Kite Shield
Defense: 57
Chance to Block: 33
Durability: 40 of 46
Required Level: 18
Required Strength: 47
Fingerprint: 0xd7dd0c7
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Paladin Skill Levels
+20% Faster Block Rate
25% Increased Chance of Blocking
+98% Enhanced Defense
+20 Defense
All Resistances +34
Damage Reduced by 3
+3 to Light Radius
+16 Maximum Durability
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Perfect Diamond

Perfect Diamond
Required Level: 18
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +68% Damage to Undead
Armor: +100 to Attack Rating
Shields: Cold Resist +19%
Lightning Resist +19%
Fire Resist +19%
Poison Resist +19%

Mercenary:

Name: Gulzar
Race: Desert Mercenary
Type: Off-Nightmare
Experience: 55522638
Level: 77
Dead?: false

Naked/Gear
Strength: 172/192
Dexterity: 138/138
HP: 1447/1447
Defense: 1075/2662
AR: 1817/1817

Fire: 206/166/106
Cold: 206/166/106
Lightning: 206/166/106
Poison: 206/166/106

Delirium
Superior Demonhead
LemIstIo
Defense: 362
Durability: 22 of 22
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 102
Fingerprint: 0x496f133d
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
1% Chance to cast level 50 Delirium when struck
6% Chance to cast level 14 Mind Blast when struck
14% Chance to cast level 13 Terror when struck
11% Chance to cast level 18 Confuse on striking
+2 to All Skills
+261 Defense
+10 to Vitality
50% Extra Gold from Monsters
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Increase Maximum Durability 10%
Level 17 Attract (60/60 Charges)
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Lem Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune
Socketed: Io Rune

Lem Rune
Required Level: 43
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 75% Extra Gold from Monsters
Armor: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters
Shields: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters

Ist Rune
Required Level: 51
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Io Rune
Required Level: 35
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +10 to Vitality
Armor: +10 to Vitality
Shields: +10 to Vitality


Chains of Honor
Archon Plate
DolUmBerIst
Defense: 1225
Durability: 31 of 31
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 93
Fingerprint: 0x7c63185c
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+200% Damage to Demons
+100% Damage to Undead
8% Life stolen per hit
+70% Enhanced Defense
+20 to Strength
Replenish Life +7
All Resistances +65
Damage Reduced by 8%
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Dol Rune
Socketed: Um Rune
Socketed: Ber Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune

Dol Rune
Required Level: 31
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Hit Causes Monster to Flee 25%
Armor: Replenish Life +7
Shields: Replenish Life +7

Um Rune
Required Level: 47
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 25% Chance of Open Wounds
Armor: Cold Resist +15%
Lightning Resist +15%
Fire Resist +15%
Poison Resist +15%
Shields: Cold Resist +22%
Lightning Resist +22%
Fire Resist +22%
Poison Resist +22%

Ber Rune
Required Level: 63
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
Armor: Damage Reduced by 8%
Shields: Damage Reduced by 8%

Ist Rune
Required Level: 51
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items


The Reaper's Toll
Thresher
Two Hand Damage: 40 - 475
Durability: 58 of 65
Required Level: 75
Required Strength: 114
Required Dexterity: 89
Fingerprint: 0x8dcbefc0
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
33% Chance to cast level 1 Decrepify on striking
237% Enhanced Damage
Ignore Target's Defense
Adds 4 - 44 Cold Damage Over 0 Secs (6 Frames)
13% Life stolen per hit
33% Deadly Strike
Requirements -25%


Journey
I won't bother you with any gameplay notes here, as they are in the sept thread in full. If you want to read about his adventure and/or look at some of his gameplay screenshots, here are some links to his journey:
Normal/Nightmare
Hell

As always, I will leave a little catalogue of her progression of looks, from beginning through to her final form:

Starting out gearless, at least his clothes are black!


He quickly got his first proper gear, and had a brief stint as a bow-necro:


Things started coming together in act 2 with a full gearset:


A new helmet, and more importantly, a proper armour to go properly dark:


Finally, his end-game helm to cap off (pun very much intended) his look:



Other Notes and Final Thoughts

- Definitely not the fastest character out there. Revives have a terrible leash, so they don't 'snap' as well as merc/skellies do. This if course means that you have to progress quite slowly if you don't have access to teleport.

- Speaking of which, that was a TON of minions to wrangle. Any stealth is completely out the window, and you're constantly trying to balance between your fast and slow minions to keep everyone together. Again, teleport would have fixed this.

- Constant army upkeep is a bit of a drag too, due to the timer. I wish it was a minute or two longer, but at least it gave me something to do since I couldn't use any curses. Still though, I'd recommend this build and it's a fun new take on a traditional summoner. I'll probably re-make a telestomping version one day to fully test out the power.

- It's super fun playing around with different monster types. Some are really lackluster, obviously, but having a massive army of Brutes/Frenzytaurs/Snakes is quite fun.

Favourite Revives
Obvious:
- Thorned hulks/Urdars/Frenzytaurs: Big beefy stunning machines? Yes please!
- Any kind of Rogues: Super fast, and they swarm really well
- Vipers: Super aggressive, and the KB really works to keep monsters out of the way.

Not-so-obvious:
- Ghosts: Strong and durable, but the true benefit is that they stack. One of the few times where your whole army can really work together on tough opponents.
- Witches: A group of them can machine gun their way through pretty much anything. And they're fast!

Least Favourite Revives
Zombies. They walk slowly, attack slowly, and almost always just end up poofing before getting a chance to fight. I wouldn't even want these guys if I had teleport.

Speed is king for revives on a non-teleporting build. Otherwise a nice mix of speed for the front line, and then power/CB types behind would work wonders on a telestomping variant.

Thanks for reading, see you next time!
 
Last edited:

maxicek

Moderator
Staff member
Dec 24, 2019
460
311
63
Nice, having done revives a couple of times without CE, I agree with your build thoughts.

Shame there are so few black items in the game, it looks so cool. I have something planned for Courpsemourn and Darksight too.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Pb_pal
Mar 19, 2020
2,763
585
113
Canada
Nice, having done revives a couple of times without CE, I agree with your build thoughts.

Shame there are so few black items in the game, it looks so cool. I have something planned for Courpsemourn and Darksight too.
Nice! It's such a sleek looking combo, can't wait to see what you come up with!
 

Miron

Member
Mar 24, 2020
44
82
18
Impressive char! Congrats.

Did you used CE charges? How much they cost to repair?
 
  • Like
Reactions: Pb_pal

Noodle

Moderator
Dec 24, 2019
315
68
28
The temptation to throw a point in CE just for levelling must have been fun. Nice work, and great write up as always.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Pb_pal
Mar 19, 2020
2,763
585
113
Canada
Thanks everyone!

@Miron - No CE charges as it doesn't conform to the colour restrictions. Nothing but the skills mentioned above

@Noodle - The temptation was VERY strong, especially in the Maggot Lair/Arcane. I definitely don't want to make another CE-less summoner of any kind any time soon.
 

maxicek

Moderator
Staff member
Dec 24, 2019
460
311
63
@Miron CE Charges are 910 gold per shot. What a bargain.

I am always disappointed that Black Hades is grey. I would use it on many more builds if it was actually black.
Doombringer should be black too.
 
  • Like
Reactions: PhineasB and Pb_pal

saracen85

Well-known member
May 1, 2020
195
315
63
Congrats!

I do agree Revives without telestomping is somewhat underwhelming..

As for least favorite revives, I'm surprised no mention of Gloams... Just one can give you a heart attack!! 😅
 
  • Like
  • Haha
Reactions: PhineasB and Pb_pal