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"Diablo 2": Resurrected - The Best Necromancer Build Guides

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The master of dark arts over life and death.

Necromancer is famously known for summoning large number of undead minions and golems. It specializes in making use of enemy corpses, turning it into a weapon against his enemies. The class can also cast bone spells, poison spells, and curses.


Table of Contents

  1. Summonmancer
  2. Bonemancer
  3. Novamancer
  4. Explosionmancer


Summonmancer Build

The necromancer is known for summoning huge amount of minions. The build's play style is to overwhelm opponents with numbers while casting curses on enemies to support the army. You only need the patience to build your army first since it requires a corpse to summon a skeleton or revive a monster.


Skills

  • Raise Skeleton (Max): The main summoning skill of this build. This is already available at level 1.
  • Skeleton Mastery (Max): Improved the offensive and defensive capabilities of your skeletons, skeleton mages, and revived monsters.
  • Skeleton Mage (Max): Your powerhouse magic casters.
  • Clay Golem (Max): The most useful golem in general. It can take a lot of damage, can slow enemies, and can easily be summoned.

For the remainder of your skill points, distribute the points on these skills depending on your priority.

  • Revive: Verify the number of monsters you can handle first before spending more points here.
  • Decrepify: The best all-around curse. It soften up, slows, and weakens the damage dealt of targeted enemies.
  • Dim Vision: Good for disabling range enemies.
  • Lower Resist: Good for breaking enemies with immunity to elements.
  • Corpse Explosion: Your nuke skill for dealing massive damage. The damage it deals is based on monster's life before it was killed.

Alternately for golems, you can use choose Iron Golem instead if you have a lot of good resource to spare. Or Fire Golem if you prefer a golem with Holy Fire aura.

Note: As additional, go get an Act 2 mercenary that has might aura. This will make your army even more powerful.


Stat Points Distribution

  • Strength: Put enough points in order to equip the best weapons and armor based on your chosen build.
  • Dexterity: Place points in this attribute until you reach the max block.
  • Vitality: Majority of points should be put here since this is the best way to increase character's life.
  • Energy: No need to put points on energy.


Recommended Equipment Stats

  • One hand weapon with Call to Arms Rune Word (Amn, Ral, Mal, Ist, Ohm)
  • Off-hand or shield with Spirit Rune Word (Tal, Thul, Ort, Amn)
  • All resistance
  • Plus to skill level
  • Plus to attributes
  • Increase maximum life
  • Enhance Defense
  • Faster Run/Walk
  • Cannot be frozen


Bonemancer Build

The most popular build according to multiple sources. This is a bone caster type build which deals non-elemental magic damage. The build maxes out all synergies to provide maximum damage to Bone Spear and Bone Spirit.

You can alternately switch between using Bone Spear or Bone Spirit depending on the situation. Bone Spear's projectiles is faster and pierces enemies. While Bone Spirit is homing and does more damage but cost more mana and moves slower.


Skills

  • Bone Spear (Max): The bread and butter, early to late game main damage dealing skill.
  • Bone Spirit (Max): For dealing large damage.
  • Teeth (Max): Your level 1 damage dealing skill until you can unlock Bone Spear. Max this since it increases the damage of Bone Spear and Bone Spirit.
  • Bone Wall (Max): Can be used to temporarily block incoming enemies. Max this since it increases the damage of Bone Spear and Bone Spirit.
  • Bone Prison (Max): if used strategically, this is an absolutely effective defensive skill in necromancer's arsenal. You can either used it to trap enemies or surround the necromancer to serve as a tank. Max this since it increases the damage of Bone Spear and Bone Spirit.
  • Amplify Damage (Remaining points): This can soften up hard to kill enemies.
  • Revive (1 point or more): Depending on how much you can manage. Revived creatures can serve as your tank.


Stat Points Distribution

  • Strength: No need to invest any points here. Get strength from an amulet, rings, and belt instead.
  • Dexterity: For increasing max block if using a shield. Don't put more points if max block is reach. No need to put points here if you don't need block.
  • Vitality: Your major attributes. Majority of points goes here.
  • Energy: No need to put points here. Mana potions are enough to cover for what is needed.


Recommended Equipment Stats

  • Wand with White Rune Word (Dol, Io)
  • Body Armor with Bone Rune Word (Sol, Um, Um)
  • Faster cast rate
  • All resistance
  • Adds magic damage
  • Plus to skill level
  • Plus to attributes
  • Increase maximum life
  • Increase maximum mana
  • Enhanced Defense
  • Faster Run/Walk
  • Cannot be frozen


Novamancer Build

This build specializes in unleashing massive poison damage on mobs by combining Lower Resist to soften up their defense first, then wiping them with Poison Nova.


Skills

  • Poison Dagger (Max): Your early level damage dealer. By the way, from the name itself, the skill only works with dagger type of weapon. Since this is not your primary skill, just max this to increase the damage of Poison Nova.
  • Poison Explosion (Max): Max this to increase the damage of Poison Nova.
  • Poison Nova (Max): A devastating skills that deals massive poison damage in almost the entire screen. This is the main damage dealer of this build.
  • Lower Resist (Max): This is very useful for breaking enemy immunity to elements. You can choose not to max Lower Resist to give way for other skills.

Use the remaining skill points to either get Clay Golem, Bone Armor, or distribute it evenly if you want to have both.


Stat Points Distribution

  • Strength: Just put enough points in order to equip the best gears in the game.
  • Dexterity: Just put enough points in order to equip the best gears in the game.
  • Vitality: The rest of your attribute points goes here.
  • Energy (100 - 150): Increase your mana for better Poison Nova spam.


Recommended Equipment Stats

  • Body Armour with Bramble Rune Word (Ral, Ohm, Sur, Eth)
  • Plus to poison skill damage
  • Increase maximum mana
  • Regenerate mana
  • All resistance
  • Faster cast rate
  • Adds magic damage
  • Plus to skill level
  • Plus to attributes
  • Increase maximum life
  • Faster Run/Walk
  • Cannot be frozen


Explosionmancer Build

Maximize the potential of Corpse Explosion to nuke enemies. The build relies on its party or hired mercenary to make the first kill in order to have the initial corpse to use.

Note: Avoid mercenaries that unleashes cold based attacks. They leave no corpse after killing a monster.


Skills

  • Corpse Explosion (Max): The primary damage dealer for this build. Corpse Explosion's damage is based on the corpse's life before it was killed. Maxing the skill will provide better radius for hitting more enemies.
  • Amplify Damage (Max): Corpse explosion is 50% physical and 50% fire damage. Amplify Damage lowers monster's physical resistance, letting Corpse Explosion deal more damage. It also breaks physical immunity. Maxing the skill lets you affect more enemies as it increases the skill's radius.
  • Fire Golem (Max): Can tank and deal reasonable amount of damage thanks to its Holy Fire aura skill.
  • Bone Armor (Max): Increases your defense by absorbing some attacks.

For the remainder of your skills, distribute the synergy skills to Bone Wall, Bone Prison, Golem Mastery, Clay Golem, Blood Golem, Iron Golem, or Summon Resist.


Stat Points Distribution

  • Strength: Place enough points to wear the best gears.
  • Dexterity: Place enough points to wear the desired shield until you get the max block.
  • Vitality: Your remaining points goes here.
  • Energy: Add some points here since you'll be spamming Corpse Explosion.


Recommended Equipment Stats

  • One hand weapon
  • Shield
  • All resistance
  • Bonus to skill level
  • Bonus to attributes
  • Increase maximum life
  • Increase maximum mana
  • Enhanced Defense
  • Faster Run/Walk
  • Cannot be frozen


Hybridmancer

Hybridmancer combines spells and summons to make it more adaptable to situations. Since the game has limited skill points, you shouldn't max out synergy skills and just distribute it equally.


Skills

  • Raise Skeleton (Max): The main fighters.
  • Raise Skeleton Mage (Max): The range damage dealers.
  • Skeleton Mastery (Max): For buffing up your skeletons.
  • Bone Spear (Max): Your primary spell for dealing damage.

Then evenly distribute the remainder of your skill points on the following skills.

  • Bone Wall
  • Bone Prison
  • Bone Spirit
  • Clay Golem: It's still useful even for just few levels.
  • Decrepify
  • Lower Resist

Alternately, you can choose poison spells instead of bone spells. Combining skeletons and poisons is also effective. Max out Poison Nova then evenly distribute the remaining skill points on its synergy skills.

  • Poison Nova (Max)
  • Poison Dagger
  • Poison Explosion


Stat Points Distribution

  • Strength: Just put enough to meet the gear requirements.
  • Dexterity: No need to put points here unless planning to achieved some block.
  • Vitality: Put the rest of the skill points here.
  • Energy: Let your gears provide the needed mana increase. No need to put points here.


Recommended Equipment Stats

Refer to Bonemancer and Summonmancer build.


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