Diablo 3 Season 26 LoD Corpse Explosion Necromancer Guide - Maxroll.gg (2022)

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Introduction

When Necromancers got released in Season 11, they instantly became the top dog on the leaderboards using Corpse Lance with the Trag'Oul's Avatar Set, overshadowing pretty much every other skill the class had at its disposal. However, Necromancers have many skills with a strong identity, including the iconic Corpse Explosion!

When Season 21 introduced the new Masquerade of the Burning Carnival Set and buffed Grasps of Essence, players finally got a chance to play this skill at a competitive level. Due to Diablo III corpse mechanics (16 corpses limitation), this build revolves around Land of the Dead rotations to unleash devastating chain reactions on its opponents!

These days with the addition of Set leaderboards in Season 23, it is one of the best setup to compete with on the No Set leaderboards, sharing the crown with LoD Scythe.

In Season 24, this build became one of the top dog solo builds due to the Masquerade Bone Spear nerf and the exclusive Ethereals as well as the discovery of a Shi Mizu's Haori setup. During Season 25, the Soul Shards combination of Remnant of Pain and Sliver of Terror were perfectly synergizing with the build.

This build is an Area Damage (AD) build, since Corpse Explosion can proc it. This is further enhanced by The Johnstone in conjunction with other cooldown and rotation based damage multipliers, allowing for a disgusting damage burst under specific circumstances (see Mechanics). If you like powerful all-around builds, massive explosions and seeing monsters' HP instantly drop from 100 to 0, you're in the right place. Let's go through how it works and show those demons who's boss!

Flavorful ✔
Very Tanky ✔
Simple Rotation ✔
Crazy Burst Damage ✔

❌ Low Mobility
❌ Gearing Difficulty
❌ Low Single Target Damage
Heavy Cooldown Dependency

Core Setup

Items

  • The Johnstone makes our next 50 Corpse Explosion casts do 200% increased damage after Land of the Dead expires.
  • Grasps of Essence is our core item providing us with 1,000% increased damage to Corpse Explosion.
  • Nayr's Black Death for up to 500% damage to Corpse Explosion when we use other Poison skills.
  • Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang for another 200% separate damage multiplier and to apply Curses for Dayntee's Binding.
  • Krysbin's Sentence grants us a 300% separate damage multiplier against enemies under Hard Crowd Controls like Freezes from Frozen Lands.
  • Convention of Elements for 200% damage during our Poison cycle.
  • Stone Gauntlets provide an outrageous amount of mitigation and their negative effect can be fully negated by Ice Climbers.
  • Aquila Cuirass and Unity for two sources of 50% damage reduction.

Season 26 Echoing Nightmares

Echoing Nightmares are a new rewarding endgame activity set within the memories of fallen Nephalem. You must first acquire a Petrified Scream from a Greater Rift Guardian, and then cube it to enter. Once inside you'll be challenged with an endless wave of enemies until you are either overwhelmed or killed. Your goal here is to reach Wave 125 for the highest possible Whisper of Atonement with extra XP rewards added for going higher. Read our complete Season 26 Echoing Nightmare Guide for full information on how it works, and check out our brand new Echoing Nightmare Build Tier List and our META post for the best strategies!

This build is decent for this game mode. Typically we utilize a Greater Rift pushing build with a few tweaks.

Changes

  • Use Final Embrace instead of Close Quarters. As a result, cube Reilena's Shadowhook, get Physical Damage and replace Stand Alone with Overwhelming Essence.
  • Reroll Area Damage to Cooldown Reduction as we do not need to make huge pulls.
  • Swap Bane of the Stricken for Gogok of Swiftness since we are fighting hordes of enemies.
  • Use Strongarm Bracers with Knockback on Hit to proc them. The buff procs even if monsters are immune.
  • Frozen Lands has no effect so use Shallow Graves instead.


Gameplay

  1. Reach Wave 100 and click Speed Pylon to boost your mobility and dodge Green Meteors.
  2. When you are more than 40% overwhelmed click Channeling Pylon and Power Pylon.
  3. When you are more than 60% overwhelmed click Conduit Pylon.
  4. After all Pylons expire, run away from monsters and dodge everything to squeeze out an extra 3-5 tiers.

Use Land of the Dead as much as possible and nuke everything around you with Corpse Explosion. Try to make use of the leftover corpses to clean up more while waiting for the cooldown to come back, rinse and repeat.

Global Stat Priorities

Our offensive priorities are: Cooldown Reduction > Poison Damage > Area Damage > Critical Hit Chance & Critical Hit Damage, along with as much Corpse Explosion Damage as possible. We get all the Attack Speed we need to get a decent Corpse Explosion FPA Breakpoint from the guaranteed Krysbin's Sentence roll and the Enchantress' Focused Mind.

We're aiming for at least 53% Cooldown Reduction which allows us in conjunction with Blood is Power to reach the 48 second Breakpoint on Land of the Dead. This way we can detonate every fourth Convention of Elements Poison cycle.

Crowd Control Reduction is an incredibly valuable secondary Affix to roll on both Rings, Amulet and Helmet as we are very sensitive to Hard Crowd Control effects and mitigating these will ease up our gameplay significantly. Make sure to get the Primary Affixes locked in before attempting to get CCR though.

1. Do the Challenge Rift for the materials to cube Legendary Powers. You can complete this once a week for additional resources and we always update the guide for you!

2. This is a Legacy of Dreams build whose success is heavily dependent on this gem's rank. The first order of business is to equip a Legendary or Set item in every slot to take advantage of its power. Make sure to not have any Set Bonuses equipped or the gem will be nullified and you will deal no damage! Farm speed Greater Rifts (in under 5 minute clears) to find the items and get this gem as high as possible. Above Rank 25 ancient pieces of gear will give you even greater power.

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3. Gamble from Kadala in this order:

  1. Create a level 1 Necromancer and gamble for Grasps of Essence
  2. Goldwrap and Dayntee's Binding
  3. Aquila Cuirass
  4. Steuart's Greaves and Ice Climbers
  5. Stone Gauntlets
  6. Razeth's Volition and Homing Pads
  7. Nemesis Bracers and Ancient Parthan Defenders
  8. Any Legendary Phylactery, preferably Lost Time
  9. Krysbin's Sentence, Briggs' Wrath and Convention of Elements
  10. Leoric's Crown
  11. Blackthorne's Jousting Mail

4. Craft using Recipe 3 in Kanai's Cube in this order:

  1. Two-Handed Axes to get Messerschmidt's Reaver
  2. Create a level 1 Demon Hunter and upgrade Swords to get In-Geom
  3. Two-Handed Scythes to get Nayr's Black Death
  4. Scythes to get Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang
  5. Amulets to get The Johnstone, Squirt's Necklace and The Flavor of Time
  6. Anything from the Gamble list in Step 3 that you haven't already acquired.

5. Do Bounties to acquire several important items for this build:

  • Act 1: Ring of Royal Grandeur (for your follower)
  • Act 2: Illusory Boots and Gloves of Worship
  • Act 3: Avarice Band
  • Act 4: Can drop any bounty item from any act
  • Bounty Turn In: Recipes for Sage's Journey and Cain's Destiny (for your follower)

6. At this point you can somewhat comfortably farm Nephalem or Speed Greater Rifts where you can find all the remaining items you need for different variants of the build. Spend your materials getting items with better rolls and/or ancient quality.

SLOT ITEMSTAT PRIORITY
Main-HandTrag'Oul's Corroded Fang
In-geom
Nayr's Black Death (Cubed)
Messerschmidt's Reaver (Cubed)
1. Damage Range
2. Socket Ramaladni's Gift
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Damage %
5. Attack Speed
6. Area Damage
Off-HandLost Time
Any Legendary Phylactery
1. Critical Hit Chance
2. Area Damage
3. Corpse Explosion Damage
4. Cooldown Reduction
5. Intelligence
HelmLeoric's Crown1. Socket Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Intelligence
4. Vitality
GlovesGrasps of Essence
Stone Gauntlets (Cubed)
1. Critical Hit Chance
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Area Damage
4. Intelligence
ShouldersRazeth's Volition
Mantle of Channeling
1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Area Damage
3. Corpse Explosion Damage
4. Intelligence
Chest Aquila Cuirass1. Corpse Explosion Damage
2. Sockets Flawless Royal Ruby
3. Intelligence
4. Elite Damage Reduction
PantsBlackthorne's Jousting Mail1. Poison Damage
2. Intelligence
3. Armor
4. Sockets Flawless Royal Ruby
BootsIce Climbers
Illusory Boots (A2 Bounties)
Steuart's Greaves
1. Intelligence
2. Vitality
3. Armor
4. All Resistance
Ring 1Krysbin's Sentence
Avarice Band (A3 Bounties)
1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Attack Speed
Ring 2Convention of Elements
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac (Cubed)
Brigg's Wrath (Cubed)
1. Socket
2. Area Damage
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
BracersNemesis Bracers
Ancient Parthan Defenders
Warzechian Armguards (Cubed)
1. Poison Damage
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Intelligence
4. Armor
AmuletThe Flavor of Time
The Johnstone
1. Socket
2. Poison Damage
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
BeltDayntee's Binding
Goldwrap
Krelm's Buff Belt (Cubed)
1. Intelligence
2. Armor
3. Vitality
4. Life %
PotionBottomless Potion of the UnfetteredTo avoid Crowd Control effects
during your DPS phases
  • Legacy of Dreams is the Legacy of Nightmares Set in a gem, which frees up two ring slots at the cost of removing a legendary gem. Due to the rings available to us this is a great trade-off to take.
  • Bane of the Trapped is a staple that grants us a 60% separate damage multiplier.
  • Bane of the Stricken helps us kill the Rift Guardian. As long as you don't need more than 2 minutes to kill it you can equip Bane of the Powerful instead.
  • For Nephalem Rifts,Boon of the Hoarderis always a default include specifically due to its amazing synergy withAvarice Band and Goldwrap.
  • Pain Enhancer gives us 3% Attack Speed for all bleeding enemies within 20 yards. This is very strong in group play with large monster density. The alternative is Gogok of Swiftness for more consistency and toughness.
  • Grim Scythe Cursed Scythe applies curses for our Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang and Dayntee's Binding bonuses as well as counting as a stack for Nayr's Black Death.
  • Corpse Explosion Close Quarters is our primary damage dealing skill, we will take the Poison rune for even more damage from Nayr's Black Death.
  • Bone Armor Dislocation provides 30% damage reduction and activates our Krysbin's Sentence on our Poison Convention of Elements cycle.
  • Blood Rush Potency can be taken for mobility and increased armor.
  • Land of the Dead Frozen Lands allows us to cast our Corpse Explosion at will, while also freezing enemies on our screen.
  • The last skill slot is usually filled with Bone Spear Blighted Marrow for another stack of Nayr's Black Death or a curse depending on the setup.
  • Spreading Malediction gives 1% increased damage for every cursed enemy.
  • Blood is Power helps reduce our Land of the Dead Cooldown by 20% based off damage taken.
  • Stand Alone gives 100% additive armor with the 250% fromStone Gauntletsand the 25% from Paragon points.
  • Eternal Torment makes curses cost 50% less and last forever.
  • Final Service allows us to cheat death.
  • For speed content you can drop Eternal Torment for Fueled by Death.
CoreOffensiveDefensiveUtility
1. Movement Speed1. Cooldown Reduction1. Armor1. Area Damage
2. Intelligence2. Critical Hit Chance2. Life %2. Life per Hit
3. Vitality13. Critical Hit Damage3. All Resistance3. Resource Cost Reduction
4. Maximum Essence4. Attack Speed4. Life Regeneration4. Pickup Radius

1 Add a bit of Vitality if you feel too squishy (a total of 750,000 Life is recommended).

Patch 2.7.0 revamped the follower system giving all 3 hirelings new powers and the emanate system. The first thing you should do is read our complete follower guide and remember the key takeaways:

  1. The emanation system allows followers to share certain legendary and set powers with you. The most important ones are: The Flavor of Time, Nemesis Bracers, Avarice Band, Sage’s Journey and Cain’s Destiny. Click the guide above for the full list.
  2. Follower’s powers are based on their main stat (maxed at 25,000, but they have a 2.5x multiplier so you only need 10,000). This means we stack Intelligence on the Enchantress, Dexterity on the Scoundrel and Strength on the Templar.
  3. Followers share 20% of their Experience, Magic and Gold Find stats with you.
  4. Legendary gems do not work on followers, except Esoteric Alteration and Mutilation Guard.
  5. Cooldown Reduction does not work for any follower skill except the Templar’s Heal.
  6. Followers never deal significant damage; you’re on your own to clear the content.

Select Follower

T16 Enchantress

Speed GR Enchantress

GR Enchantress

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For T16 we recommend this Enchantress setup because she is the only follower that gives Cooldown Reduction, allowing you to spam your abilities more. Since this is T16 content, she’ll stay alive with Esoteric Alteration and Mutilation Guard and use Hand of the Prophet to gain all skills. This will give us Cooldown Reduction, Elemental Damage, Reduced Damage from Ranged Attacks, Armor, Attack Speed, and a Cheat Death. Ideally, you want a Cold Damage Range on her Weapon as it procs your Lost Time effect.

Stat Priorities:Since we do not have the immortality focus, we need to stack survivability on our Enchantress.

Intelligence > Vitality > Life % > Armor > All Resistance > Life Per Hit > Attack Speed.

Key Items:

  • The Flavor of Time: For double duration on Pylons.
  • Nemesis Bracers: For extra Elites, Death’s Breaths and In-geom procs.
  • Avarice Band: For the insane pickup radius.
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur: To complete our sets.
  • Gloves of Worship: For 10 Minute Shrine Buffs.
  • Sage’s Journey: For double Death’s Breaths.
  • Cain’s Destiny: For 25% more Greater Rift Keystones.

While the rotation is fairly easy to perform with practice, it requires you to understand the multipliers in play. First with Nayr's Black Death in the cube we need to rotate our Poison skills before the Poison Convention of Elements cycle arrives. You'll finish by casting Land of the Dead Frozen Lands and Bone Armor Dislocation at the start of Poison to get infinite corpses and to activate your Krysbin's Sentence before unleashing with Corpse Explosion Close Quarters to blow everything up.

Make sure to stop spamming Corpse Explosion 1 second before Land of the Dead ends to avoid consuming The Johnstone stacks. Drag the Elites forward to another big pack of monsters, and when your Land of the Dead is back up, repeat the rotation.

This build has a lot of toughness which makes it great for Hardcore. To become more tanky, put more Paragon points into Vitality and drop Eternal Torment for Final Service. Check out our dedicated Hardcore Survival Guide to learn more about how to succeed in this game mode!

Variants

  • Nephalem Rifts
  • GR Solo Push
  • GR Group Trash Killer

Nephalem Rifts

Concept
For speed content we're pumping up our Movement Speed with Steuart's Greaves, Warzechian Armguards, Blood Rush Metabolism and Fueled by Death. The combination of Goldwrap, Avarice Band and Boon of the Hoarder will make us invincible once we kill an enemy and pick up some gold.

Gameplay
Speed content is easy to play as we don't have to time anything with Convention of Elements. Use Blood Rush Metabolism to quickly teleport on Elite packs and huge packs of monsters, proccing Brigg's Wrath pixelpull. Activating Land of the Dead Frozen Lands will let you use Corpse Explosion infinitely, freeze the whole screen and activate our Krysbin's Sentence.

Setups
This setup gives up a lot of damage for more speed but it should work well with how powerful Corpse Explosion is. If you need more damage throw back on the Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang and things should be just fine. If you are running this in groups, cube Nemesis Bracers instead of Krelm's Buff Belt.

GR Solo Push

Select Build Version

Standard Setup

Shi Mizu Setup

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Concept
This is the standard setup we covered above. Bane of the Stricken is needed to kill the Rift Guardian and we take Ice Climbers to negate the slow from Stone Gauntlets. This setup aims for a 48 seconds rotation with at least 52-53% Cooldown Reduction. This can be achieved with perfect rolls on Shoulders, Weapon, Helmet, Gloves and Prophetic Harmony.

Gameplay
You have to use the 48 second downtime on Land of the Dead wisely to gather up gigantic groups of monsters to burn down. Cast each Poison skill once every 15 seconds for Nayr's Black Death and keep Bone Armor Dislocation stacks or use it to protect yourself with its stun.

Save your Land of the Dead for when you have a big pack together, then pop it to DPS. Try to spawn an Oculus Ring before your Poison rotation by casting Corpse Explosion no more than 4 times, then move into it if it appears in a good spot, else stay in the middle of the pack for maximize your Area Damage.

Setups
If you feel too squishy, don't hesitate to add more Vitality as most of your recovery comes from Leech. If you feel comfortable with your toughness, you can replace Ancient Parthan Defenders with Krelm's Buff Bracers to mitigate annoying Crowd Controls.

At higher Paragon (4,000+) you can drop Unity for either Stone of Jordan or Briggs' Wrath for more raw damage or to pixelpull enemies using Decrepify Borrowed Time. This requires to drop one Poison skill (Bone Spear) and reduces your single target damage, but you can replace some Cooldown Reduction with valuable Area Damage. Be aware that cursed enemies cannot be pulled by the ring, so you have to swing your Cursed Scythe carefully. The Templar can be useful to keep you alive with his Heal then.

GR Group Trash Killer

Concept
In groups we can be far more offensive with our itemization because we have supports keeping us alive. We drop Ice Climbers and take Illusory Boots, this is possible because the zBarb will give us Ignore Pain which makes us immune to the slow from Stone Gauntlets.

Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac and Pain Enhancer allow us to easily focus on a 36 seconds rotation and greatly improve our damage burst as Attack Speed helps us to use all our The Johnstone stacks during our Convention of Elements Poison cycle. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac main benefit is to let you stack more offensive stats like Area Damage in place of Cooldown Reduction.

Gameplay
Similar to the solo version, except we don't have to gather the monsters and staying alive is much easier due to our supporters. In a group always move into the zBarb's Ground Stomp Wrenching Smash and Oculus Rings near the pack for 85% increased damage. Make sure to activate all your Poison skills once before a damage rotation to gain the damage buff from Nayr's Black Death.

At the start of a run, pop Land of the Dead immediately to get your The Johnstone stacks, and be ready to hit it 36 seconds later on Poison Convention of Elements cycle. You also want to stop spamming Corpse Explosion 1 second before Land of the Dead ends so you don't waste any Macabre stacks from The Johnstone on the wrong element of Convention of Elements.

Setups
You can go for a hardcap CDR setup by cubing The Flavor of Time instead of Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac if you want to gamble for the right pylons. It is possible to drop a Poison skill in favor of Blood Rush for more mobility or a curse (Frailty Early Grave or Decrepify Borrowed Time) at the cost of some damage. If you can't trust your zBarb to give you consistent Ignore Pain, you can also change your boots to Ice Climbers to prevent the slow from Stone Gauntlets.

Concept
In groups we can be far more offensive with our itemization because we have supports keeping us alive. We drop Ice Climbers and take Illusory Boots, this is possible because the zBarb will give us Ignore Pain which makes us immune to the slow from Stone Gauntlets.

Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac and Pain Enhancer allow us to easily focus on a 36 seconds rotation and greatly improve our damage burst as Attack Speed helps us to use all our The Johnstone stacks during our Convention of Elements Poison cycle. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac main benefit is to let you stack more offensive stats like Area Damage in place of Cooldown Reduction.

Gameplay
Similar to the solo version, except we don't have to gather the monsters and staying alive is much easier due to our supporters. In a group always move into the zBarb's Ground Stomp Wrenching Smash and Oculus Rings near the pack for 85% increased damage. Make sure to activate all your Poison skills once before a damage rotation to gain the damage buff from Nayr's Black Death.

At the start of a run, pop Land of the Dead immediately to get your The Johnstone stacks, and be ready to hit it 36 seconds later on Poison Convention of Elements cycle. You also want to stop spamming Corpse Explosion 1 second before Land of the Dead ends so you don't waste any Macabre stacks from The Johnstone on the wrong element of Convention of Elements.

Setups
You can go for a hardcap CDR setup by cubing The Flavor of Time instead of Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac if you want to gamble for the right pylons. It is possible to drop a Poison skill in favor of Blood Rush for more mobility or a curse (Frailty Early Grave or Decrepify Borrowed Time) at the cost of some damage. If you can't trust your zBarb to give you consistent Ignore Pain, you can also change your boots to Ice Climbers to prevent the slow from Stone Gauntlets.

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Mechanics

Corpse Explosion is complicated when trying to maximize your damage output, due to The Johnstone mechanics. First of all, here are a few simple key points to be aware of:

  • Corpse Explosion costs no essence and does not have any sort of internal cooldown. As long as you have corpses at your disposal, you can keep firing it.
  • Each cast of Corpse Explosion triggers 5 corpses in a quick chain reaction over 45 frames, one corpse every 9 frames. This means a single cast of Corpse Explosion is enough to fully stack Grasps of Essence after 45 frames.
  • Close Quarters makes corpses explode around your character instead of where your mouse cursor is, so it is important to stand in the middle of the monsters.

As it is not possible to produce enough corpses to sustain Corpse Explosion, Land of the Dead has to be used and creates a rotation-based playstyle. It is easy to understand why Cooldown Reduction becomes an active damage stat for Corpse Explosion: the less you wait your Land of the Dead cooldown, the more rotations you can do. As usual, those rotations are synchronized with Convention of Elements for a maximum damage output.

The Johnstone is where things become interesting. This item grants you 50 stacks of Macabre Knowledge after your Land of the Dead expires that you'll use on your next rotation. Macabre Knowledge buffs the damage of Corpse Explosion by 200%. Each corpse consumed by the skill will consume one stack, and each cast consumes 5 corpses, which means 10 casts of Corpse Explosion are going to consume all our Macabre Knowledge stacks.

Understanding this last point is the key to maximizing your damage, we have a rotation burst playstyle based on Convention of Elements meaning all our damage is concentrated into a 4 second window, or 240 frames. It now becomes obvious that being able to cast all 10 Corpse Explosions buffed by Macabre Knowledge during the Convention of Elements window is going to be a tremendous damage boost.

The answer to that is Attack Speed and Breakpoints. Corpse Explosion has FPA Breakpoints and does not have any Attack Speed Coefficient so that you can get your Breakpoint by rounding up the result of the formula FPA = 60 ÷ APS.

For instance in a typical group setup using Gogok of Swiftness and no party buffs or Attack Speed rolls on items with 1.63 Attack Speed, you have a 60 ÷ 1.63 = 37 frames Breakpoint on Corpse Explosion, meaning you can cast 240 ÷ 37 = 6.47 Corpse Explosion during the 4 second window of your Convention of Elements cycle. Remember that corpses explode in a quick chain reaction, starting after 9 frames and then every 9 frames over 45 frames, so the higher Breakpoint you reach, the more casts will overlap, so it would be worth to start casting around half a second before CoE already. For the purpose of spawning an Oculus Ring, doing it even earlier is fine as long as you don't waste more than 3 casts before your Poison cycle.

Using Pain Enhancer, reaching much higher APS values is easy in a good rift with high monster density. Reaching 2.61 Attack Speed (28 stacks) allows you to get the 60 ÷ 2.61 = 23 frames Breakpoint which enables you to perform 10 Corpse Explosion casts within 230 frames or 3.8334 seconds. In that case, you should cast Land of the Dead right when your CoE cycle starts to get 100% efficiency from The Johnstone.

Unfortunately, some corpses from your last casts are always going to be out of the Convention of Elements cycle. In order to get full efficiency on both The Johnstone and Convention of Elements you would need to get 3.16 Attack Speed (42 stacks) to reach the 19 frames Breakpoint on Corpse Explosion, allowing you to cast your 10 Corpse Explosions in less than 195 frames (3.25 seconds) so that the very last corpse explodes within the 240 frames window. Unfortunately it is unrealistic and not worth it to get that much Attack Speed especially with Nayr's Black Death giving more value to a 4th Poison skill than Skeleton Archers.

  • Give 100% damage bonus for each Poison skill you've used in the last 15 seconds. Each skill has its own timer, meaning you have to hit each Poison skill once every 15 seconds to keep maximum stacks.
  • As you spend life with your skills or take damage from enemies, you stack up a hidden counter towards 100% life spent.
  • Each skill has a separate counter. Blood Is Power counter is reset when the skill has fully cooled down or when you die.
  • After you reach the threshold, a skill's cooldown will be cut by 20% flat of its base cooldown (after Cooldown Reduction has been applied).

Summary

  • Put together the core items and level up the Legacy of Dreams gem.
  • Activate your Poison skills in order, stun with Bone Armor Dislocation on your Poison Convention of Elements cycle to activate Krysbin's Sentence and use Land of the Dead to cast Corpse Explosion to flatten enemies.
  • Gather large groups of enemies and use Area Damage to climb the Leaderboards.
  • Enjoy killing enemies with the corpses of their fallen comrades!

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Credits

Written by Raxxanterax with special help from Chewingnom.
Updated by wudijo & Chewingnom.

Changelog

Apr 3rd 2022

Updated for Season 26 / Patch 2.7.3.

FAQs

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Corpse Lance is a great alternative to Corpse Explosion. It has less area-of-effect damage, but can be equally devastating. This move sees lances rise from nearby corpses killing anything standing over them. This is an excellent ability for massive hordes of enemies, especially after you've killed a decent amount.

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The targeted corpse explodes, damaging all nearby enemies.
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Corpse Explosion (Diablo II)
Class:Necromancer
Skill Tree:Poison And Bone Skills
Required Level:6
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Does Reaper of Souls come with Necromancer? ›

Rise of the Necromancer

This product requires that you first own Reaper of Souls. This product unlocks the class Necromancer.

Does Necromancer need dexterity? ›

Dexterity – Enough points to ensure a block chance of at least 75%. Vitality – Throw in most of your stat points into Vitality.

What is better stamina or magicka Necromancer? ›

Necromancer Stamina DPS Build For PvE

Many players prefer magicka DPS builds because of their survivability. However, stamina builds often deal more damage, and skills like Venom Skull and Skeletal Archer are quite powerful.

Is bone spear or soulfire better? ›

Soulfire launches a magic fireball at enemies that explodes and deals 25% of its base damage to any enemy the explosion effects. It's a more flexible ability than Bone Spear, which can only pierce two enemies at once and is less useful in situations with multiple enemies.

What Paragon points for Necromancer Diablo Immortal? ›

Necromancer Paragon Points in Diablo Immortal Season 5
  • Available from Paragon Level: 150.
  • Focus: Focused on group bonuses, great for both PvE and PvP. Includes increases to Life, Armor, Resistance, Potency, Armor Penetration and Damage.
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What Paragon points for Necromancer? ›

Although the idea for the Necromancer is to look for all the nodes that will increase your damage, this might be difficult to achieve right at the beginning. So, initially, you should focus on the Vanquisher Tree leveling up nodes that will increase your damage. Do so until you get Paragon level 50.

Are necromancers immortal? ›

Powers & Abilities

Immortality - Their pact with death makes them Immortal. Flight - They can levitate and fly under their own mystical power.

How do you deal with Nihlathak corpse Explosion? ›

High Fire Resistance and Physical Damage Reduction/Block Rate will help against his Corpse Explosion. If you get too close, Nihlathak will use Arctic Blast on you, giving him greater advantage. Being frozen will put the players in greater danger.

Does bone spear Pierce? ›

Bone Spear is one of the two primary ranged attack skills generally used by Necromancers (the other skill being Bone Spirit). It costs half the mana as Bone Spirit, but deals less damage per hit. It also does not home on targets but it pierces enemies, allowing one cast to hit multiple enemies.

How does death sentry work d2? ›

This trap emits projectiles laden with a potent chemical catalyst, detonating the exposed cadavers of slain enemies. Damage: 40-80% Of Corpse Life. Shoots 5 times.
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Death Sentry (Diablo II)
Class:Assassin
Skill Tree:Traps (Assassin)
Required Level:30
Damage Type:Lightning/Corpse Explosion (Physical/Fire)
Cast Delay:-
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How do you farm Paragon levels in Diablo 3? ›

Diablo 3 How To Get Paragon Points Fast - Tips And Tricks Season 26

How does Dream legacy work? ›

Legacy of Dreams is a Legendary Gem in Diablo III that was added in patch 2.6. 6. It can only be socketed into Amulets and Rings, and drops from Greater Rift Guardians. Its name and bonuses seem to be derived from Legacy of Nightmares.

What is the best armor for the Necromancer in Diablo? ›

Best Armor to use with Necromancer in Diablo 2. List of Armor that are good with the Necromancer Class. We consider Armor such as Trang-Oul's Scales, Wormskull, and Undead Crown to be the Necromancer Class best choices in Diablo 2.

How do you get leoric's crown? ›

Leoric's Crown is a Legendary helm in Diablo III. It requires character level 8 to drop (but the Skeleton King will drop it as of level 5 the first time he is killed in Campaign Mode, reset by starting a new Campaign).

Where is the Rathma set in Diablo 3? ›

The Bones of Rathma Set Dungeon is located in Act II, The Sacred Path. Teleport to the Temple of the Firstborn Level 1, and walk back out the nearby entrance. Traverse the long corridor backwards and into the cave.

What increases Necromancer damage Diablo 3? ›

To maximize damage as a Diablo Necromancer, you will often look to go forward, offensively casting spells by yourself. Your primary resource in the toolkit is the Essence required to summon powerful Skeletal Mages that are the source of the majority of your damage.

What do the orange diamonds mean in Diablo 3? ›

Dark diamond means the affixes are calculated into the sheet values, orange means they're not. Deuteronomy-11979 March 16, 2021, 9:34pm #3.

What is the best build for a witch doctor Diablo 3? ›

The best Witch Doctor build for Diablo 3 season 25 (patch 2.7. 2) is the Zunimassa Poison Dart Build. Our only caveat is that it's by no means the easier build and if you do find it too difficult it could be worth another look at the Arachyr Corpse Spides Build.

What are a necromancers powers? ›

Medieval practitioners believed they could accomplish three things with necromancy: will manipulation, illusions, and knowledge:
  • Will manipulation affects the mind and will of another person, animal, or spirit. ...
  • Illusions involve reanimation of the dead or conjuring food, entertainment, or a mode of transportation.

What weapon should a necromancer use in gw2? ›

Scepter: Condi damage. If you use the trait line "Curses" and choose for lingering curse, scepter is one of the strongest weapons necro has without a doubt. If you're looking for pure damage on necro, combine scepter with curses.

What armor does necromancer use gw2? ›

The necromancer is a scholar profession and wears light armor.

What is the most powerful weapon in Diablo 3? ›

If there is any legendary in Diablo 3 that defines itself as cool, powerful, and unique, it's definitely Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Wind Seeker.

What is the strongest class in Diablo? ›

If you've been keeping your ear to the ground, you've probably heard that Demon Hunters are the most “powerful” class in Diablo Immortal. In terms of their pure DPS abilities…well, that's not entirely inaccurate. Simply put, Demon Hunters are the best single-target DPS class in the game by some distance.

Is the Diablo 3 Necromancer expansion worth it? ›

If you like D3 and want to play a new class, Necromancer is worth it. The huge cooldowns on some abilities is an annoyance but, like the other classes, it's fun to play with. Honestly, if Necromancer hadn't come out several seasons ago, I probably wouldn't still be playing.

What do you get with Rise of the Necromancer? ›

Return to the mortal realms with deadly new powers of blood, bone and essence. The Rise of the Necromancer pack unearths a trove of new content, including the Necromancer hero class and two additional character slots.

Does Rise of the Necromancer have a campaign? ›

Rise of the Necromancer expansion enables players to choose the Necromancer class in both Campaign and Adventure modes.

Is Necromancer the best class in Diablo 3? ›

This represents the top tier and best builds in Season 27 of Diablo 3. The Necromancer is reigning supreme this season, but other classes are also represented: Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates on Esports, Gaming and more.

What stat is best for Necromancer Diablo 3? ›

Vitality and Intelligence are crucial stats to all Necromancers.

What is the best weapon for Necromancer in Diablo 3? ›

Scythes (one- and two-handed) are the Necromancer-specific weapons you can easily target through upgrading rares, with valuable and build-defining scythes such as Jesseth Skullscythe, Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang, Scythe of the Cycle, Nayr's Black Death and Reilena's Shadowhook.

What is the best class in Diablo 3? ›

For those looking for the best speed farming class in the game, the Monk is currently at the top of its game. It has the fastest clear speeds in the game though not exactly the best survivability. Still, it holds up well on its own in solo play especially with two builds that make Monk a formidable class.

What is the strongest class in Diablo? ›

If you've been keeping your ear to the ground, you've probably heard that Demon Hunters are the most “powerful” class in Diablo Immortal. In terms of their pure DPS abilities…well, that's not entirely inaccurate. Simply put, Demon Hunters are the best single-target DPS class in the game by some distance.

What is the most powerful weapon in Diablo 3? ›

If there is any legendary in Diablo 3 that defines itself as cool, powerful, and unique, it's definitely Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Wind Seeker.

What Paragon points for Necromancer? ›

Although the idea for the Necromancer is to look for all the nodes that will increase your damage, this might be difficult to achieve right at the beginning. So, initially, you should focus on the Vanquisher Tree leveling up nodes that will increase your damage. Do so until you get Paragon level 50.

What increases Necromancer damage Diablo 3? ›

To maximize damage as a Diablo Necromancer, you will often look to go forward, offensively casting spells by yourself. Your primary resource in the toolkit is the Essence required to summon powerful Skeletal Mages that are the source of the majority of your damage.

What do the orange diamonds mean in Diablo 3? ›

Dark diamond means the affixes are calculated into the sheet values, orange means they're not. Deuteronomy-11979 March 16, 2021, 9:34pm #3.

What is the best armor for the Necromancer in Diablo? ›

Best Armor to use with Necromancer in Diablo 2. List of Armor that are good with the Necromancer Class. We consider Armor such as Trang-Oul's Scales, Wormskull, and Undead Crown to be the Necromancer Class best choices in Diablo 2.

What is the highest damage in Diablo 3? ›

Star Pact hits for 220 quadrillion (even excluding 60% multi from Arcane Dynamo which planner is apparently double-dipping again, thought that was fixed). Anyway it's roughly 20x the damage of that twister planner setup.

What is Max Paragon level in Diablo 3? ›

There is no limit to a player's Paragon Level and the player will continue to gain paragon points regardless of how high their level is.

Why is d2 better than d3 Diablo? ›

2/10 Better Replayability

Diablo 2 having deeper gameplay, harsher randomization, and more character builds lends much to its replayability. It's a game you can play over and over again and expect to have different results even if you try to replicate a character due to loot RNG.

What is the fastest way to level up in Diablo 3? ›

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