Diablo 2: Resurrected - 2 builds for the necromancer, explained quickly and easily

 

Diablo 2: Resurrected - 2 builds for the necromancer, explained quickly and easily

Necromancers fight in Diablo 2: Resurrected with summoned dead, poison and curses. We show you 2 builds for the strong necromancers and explains how to play them properly.


What kind of builds are these? Among the 7 classes of Diablo 2, necromancers stand out with their ability to use corpses of killed opponents for their magic, to summon skeletons and golems or to cast powerful curses on enemies.


We introduces you to 2 builds that are ideal for necromancers to play with: bones and conjurations. Both builds are extremely strong in solo play and make necromancers real damage monsters:


  • The Bonemancer becomes active itself with powerful attack spells and can withstand a lot - it is quite cheap to build
  • Summonmancers do not actively fight themselves, but hunt armies of living dead on opponents - the classic "pet build"

In the individual sections we show you the advantages and disadvantages of the individual builds and explain which skills you need and how you can best distribute the attributes. There are also tips for your equipment, play style and a gameplay video.


Bonemancer - Cheap and easy to play

PRO
  • Doesn't need expensive items to work
  • withstands a lot thanks to enormous armor
  • primarily deals magical damage that few opponents protect themselves against
  • ideal for beginners
CON
  • less damage than most builds
  • Damage against bosses rather moderate; Gameplay can get boring here quickly
  • extremely mana intensive

You need these skills:

  • Clay Golem (evocation) - 1 point
  • Golem Mastery (evocation) - 1 point
  • Monster Resistance (Summoning) - 1 point
  • Teeth - 20 points
  • Bone armor - 1 point
  • Carcass explosion - 1 point
  • Bone wall - 1 point
  • Bone Prison - 20 points
  • Bone wall - up to 20 points
  • Bone Spear - 20 points
  • Bone Spirit - 20 points
  • Increased damage (curses) - 1 point
  • Weaknesses (curses) - 1 point
  • Terror (curses) - 1 point
  • Aging (curses) - 1 point
Any remaining points or those that you save on bone wall can be invested in the iron golem
Your most important spells are Bone Spear and Bone Spirit. Try to get this as early as possible. Carcass Blast does a lot of area damage, but you need a few dead enemies to make it work. Increased damage will help you with this.

Bone armor should also be trained as quickly as possible. This keeps you alive and saves you tons of potions. With the clay golem, you have another companion and protector early on in the game.

Curses like aging help you especially against stronger bosses. With a skill point in the blood and iron golem you will have another strong companion later. Below we explain exactly how the iron golem works .

An example of the Bonemancer build.

This is how you set the attribute points:

  • Strength - Enough to wear appropriate equipment
  • Skill - enough for items or to have 75% block chance (only with shield and only hardcore)
  • Vitality - You put all remaining points in vitality
  • Focus - no points
Which items are important? So that the build works, you should build the rune word "white" in a stick (runes Dol + Io - pay attention to the right rune! ). The runeword strengthens your poison and bone skills in general as well as some important skills directly.

With “white” you already have the tools to hand for most damage. In our guide we show you all rune words and how to build them . With the rest of the equipment you should pay attention to the following attributes:

  • + Skill
  • higher cast rate
  • Resistance and recovery after a hit
  • Magic find, if you want to farm
Items with the “+ Skill” attributes are particularly strong, as they reinforce one or more skills . This is what makes most of the builds in Diablo 2 strong in the first place. In addition, the class-specific item "Homunculus" can help you. The off-hand increases your block rate enormously and saves a lot of points in skill, especially in hardcore mode.

How do I play the build? Always make sure that your bone armor is active. This protects you from damage and ensures that you are not overrun by groups of opponents. Otherwise take out the first enemies in packs with bone spears and then let their corpses explode if there are about 3 or more dead there.

Against bosses, on the other hand, you tend to use bone spirit, as it deals more damage against individual targets. With the clay golem and aging you can slow down any opponent so enormously that they can barely reach you.

If you want to play in co-op, you should invest a few more points in curses. As a pure damage maker, sorceresses are better here , but with the bone armor you can even temporarily refuel. In the gameplay from Diablo 2 expert Dbrunski you can see the build in action:


Summonmancer - High damage and dozens of servants

PRO
  • enormously high damage from companions and servants, even against groups
  • very sure; Opponents almost never reach you
  • gets through almost all areas of the game easily and can lay bosses quickly
  • it's entertaining to see dozens of skeletons beat up the enemy
CON
  • more or less dependent on one of the most expensive items
  • Incantations are not always reliable
  • takes a lot of time to prepare

You need these skills:

  • Awaken skeleton - 20 points
  • Skeletal control - 20 points
  • Clay Golem - 1 point
  • Blood Golem - 1 point
  • Iron Golem - 1 point
  • Awaken Skeleton Mage - 1 point
  • Resuscitation - 1 point
  • Golem Mastery - 20 points
  • Monster resistance - 1 point
  • Teeth (bones & poison) - 1 point
  • Carcass Explosion (Bone & Poison) - 20 points
  • Increased damage (curses) - 20 points
  • remaining points at will - preferably in further curses such as aging
Awakening the skeleton and mastering the skeleton are your most important skills, which you should maximize immediately after completing the first points in all requirements. You should also skill the clay golem as soon as possible.

You need increased damage and carcass explosion to destroy groups of enemies. The various curses are useful on higher difficulties to ensure your survival and build your army.

You should consider the iron golem later if you can do without corresponding items. Below we explain exactly how the iron golem works .

An example of the Summonmancer build.

This is how you set the attribute points:

  • Strength - Enough to wear appropriate equipment
  • Skill - enough for items or to have 75% block chance (only with shield and only hardcore)
  • Vitality - You put all remaining points in vitality
  • Focus - no points
Which items are important? As a summonmancer, you want to have the rune word "riddle" above all else. This gives you the sorceress ability teleport. Through a teleport you collect all your incantations on you in order to let them swarm out from there.

The runeword is extremely expensive and is considered to be one of the most expensive and best items in the game. Such armaments are sometimes offered on ebay for over 2000 euros . Apart from "puzzles" you should pay attention to the following attributes:

  • + Skill
  • higher cast rate
  • Resistance and recovery after a hit
How do I play the build? As a Summonmancer you have to build your army first. Use your clay golem and your mercenary to kill enemies so you can turn their corpses into skeletons. It takes some time.

As soon as you have the army, you can teleport through the levels thanks to Enigma and your servants will follow you. You yourself deal little damage, but your companions and especially the mercenaries do more. Skeletons are primarily cannon fodder.

In the best case, resuscitation is only used against bosses, as the skill can disrupt the AI ​​of your companions. They then no longer swarm out by themselves. Due to the multitude of curses, you are also useful in co-op mode.

In the gameplay video by Diablo 2 expert Dbrunski you can see what the build looks like in action:




This is how the iron golem works

You need a metal item to summon the iron golem. The properties of the object used are then transferred to the opponent. That is why the rune word "infinity" is often used here.

Throw the item on the ground and use the skill on it. The summoned golem then has the paladin's "convince" aura, which is actually inherent in the rune word. This lowers the resistances of the opponents and thus increases your damage.

Iron Golems are retained if you change the map or even the game. They accompany you until they die. That makes the use of a rather expensive rune word like "infinity" worth sacrificing for it.

Alternatively, you can hand your mercenary the weapon. However, this means that you lose some of the necromancer's strength. You can better use other items or rune words for the mercenary, which will strengthen you even more.

The builds presented here differ greatly in play style, but are both great for solo run-throughs and for farming. Necromancers in general are one of the more popular classes when it comes to dealing with the contents of Diablo 2 on their own.

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