Done leveling your Necro to its Fresh Level 70? You wonderin’ what to do next? Well… Look no further. You’ve found “it”. Builds, items to look for, and all sorts of advice to get past the early game lull and transition smoothly into the endgame! (Not 70? Necro leveling guide)
Curious? We’re getting SPICY. LoD into Pestilence 6 ‘brainless speed build’
Why? This build is straight up AFK farming at its best, albeit with a lower cap.
In Season 28, the Necromancer free set is: Masquerade of the Burning Carnival.
For this guide we have a few couple overarching steps that dictate our plan.
– Gear up LoD “basic build”. Try to transition ASAP.
– Gather your core items for, and the actual Pestilence 6 set.
– Strengthen and refine your Pestilence 6 speedfarmy build.
– Get to a point where you’re strong enough to branch out to any build.
– Complete Altar of Rites and Seasonal Journey along the way.
Step 1) Initial Build & Getting Legacy of Dreams
Don’t get stressed out, yes, LoD builds might seem a little daunting but let me tell you that it’s a fun and exciting process. Ultimately you need two things right now: The actual LoD gem, and a basic build to get you going.
Generic Starter build (slightly related to our ‘final build’)
|Necromancer Fresh 70 No Set Build|
|Skill & Rune|
|Siphon Blood (Any Primary)||
Drain Life (Any)
|Bone Spear / Death Nova||
|Stand Alone||Dark Reaping|
|Life from Death||
(OPEN) Fueled by Death
It’s a very open build…
The above build is meant to be in the middle of two things:
- Easy to edit – that hopefully game-changing legendaries can fit in no matter what.
- Related to our ‘final build’ – it’s a rough basic version of our “goal”, so it feels more natural as you transition towards it. Have a look down there for the final build preview to see what we’re going for.
Getting Legacy of Dreams ASAP
The first three gems will always be Bane of the Powerful, Legacy of Dreams, and one random one. So thankfully, there’s no RNG there.
Get 3 rift keys → Run 3 rifts → Wear three gemstones on your gear. That’s about as simple as it gets. DO NOT try to “tryhard” the nephs and GR’s. SPEED is the key here. Get your keys on Easy if you must!
Step 2) Easy power-ups. Huge gains for little effort.
You can go all of these things “simultaneously”, basically small tasks here and there that you should keep in mind right now that will greatly increase your power for little to no effort.
Sounds cliche but here’s the “three easy steps!”:
A) Obtain and L25 your three (LoD+2) Legendary Gems most useful to you.
B) Power up Legacy of Dreams with ANY Legendary Items in all slots.
C) Fix your gear with Basic Rerolls and normal gems, remove trash stats.
Of course, if you have a resource hungry build you can also:
- Make a Reaper’s Wraps: Speaking of no effort to big returns. Make this ASAP. Plans drop from any Torment Malthael. This build might need is early on.
- Socket Topaz on Helmet similarly helps out with your resources too.
With early Necro, you need all the help you can get. Get the wraps and the topaz.
What three Legendary gems? L25 them ASAP.
Your next goal should be getting at least L25 on your three most important gems. Just get repeat the cycle of Nephalem Rift for a Key -> Do a Greater Rift until you get them, and do the absolute minimum level you need to level them up. Get them and level them quickly – do not feel pressured to “maximize” your rift keys by inflating the difficulty.
Legacy of Dreams is mandatory, as mentioned in the basics segment! Level this up as much as you can.
From here you have some choices
Honestly, double defensive gems will serve you best FOR NOW. Molten Wildebeests Gizzard and Moratorium (L25 only) are the best pair for you IMO. If you’d rather a defensive gem that scales into lategame, trade wildebeest for Esoteric Alteration.
If you want some more power Bane of the Powerful is amazing even at just L25, it’s a small investment. Bane of the Trapped is your go-to lategame DPS gem.
Can’t ever go wrong with leveling up a Boon of the Hoarder for speedfarming.
Legendary Items in ALL SLOTS
LoD gets stronger with each legendary item you have equipped – so get to it! You should aim to get this done “passively” by natural item drops, but you can also craft items if you’re desperate.
Simply wear whatever junk you find eventually
replacing them with useful pieces as you get them!
Spending Blood Shards is “OK”, but only use Death’s Breath to fill up the slots if you’re absolutely desperate. You’ll get an item for each slot in no time (you can even craft them). Save your resources for finding SPECIFIC items that will greatly boost your power. We talk more about this in the next segment, refinement.
Ancients DOUBLE this bonus, and they’re a welcome boost to consider.
Defense Type & Gems
Wizards / WD’s / Necros are INTELLIGENCE classes (they get free ALLRES from INT). So, in the face of all this free allres, your prime defensive stats are ARMOR > VIT. So try to reroll Armor on your gear if you need defense – it’s your best defensive stat by FAR. REMOVE AS ALLRES (it’s pretty useless as a rolled-in stat).
Slot in your best Rubies or Emeralds, as they give Armor.
Since legendaries are a little expensive to reroll EARLY ON, try to make the most by REMOVING GARBAGE STATS, and getting anything “remotely usable”.
INT VIT and Armor are your best stats and are welcome on any item.
Life per Hit is great early on. Even if it appears on weird pieces of gear, it’s very welcome in the early game.
Corpse Lance% is found in Shoulders and Chest.
The Element% you want is ultimately Poison, found typically in Bracers and Amulet.
Remove useless stats
Life Regeneration– garbage for any build. Attack Speed– it usually an endgame tune-up stat. Excess Resource Cost Reduction– Is a crutch, and only niche builds need it. Excess Cooldown Reduction– Only useful for an endgame “need”. Unused skill and element%– literally USELESS. All Resists– Useless for us, take Armor and VIT instead.
Take better stats
- INT VIT– can’t go wrong with these. Your core stats!
- ARMOR Life% Great defensive stats.
- Sockets are essentially MANDATORY.
- Life per Hit – Great early game sustainability.
- CRIT Stats (CHC / CHD) – More for endgame, but I’d take this over garbage stats.
- Skill and Elemental% – that you use.
Do not forget to fully equip your follower for farming. You can start by crafting Sage or Cain’s NOW and worry about the rest later.
Step 3) Refining, Using Resources -> ‘Full Build’
So you can easily see what items you’ll need, and you can get an idea of what we’re trying to do here.
aggressively try to transition into Pestilence 6.
You only really need Corpsewhisper Pauldrons and the actual set!
Full Build Preview: LoD “Basic Build”
This is how its gonna look like as it approaches completion. A well-rounded defensive version of the build to help you speedfarm a bit. Get CC immunity and Steuarts Greaves in the build if you can.
|S28 Fresh 70 Necro: Early game LoD Death Nova Siphon|
|Shoulder||Corpsewhisper Pauldrons||Siphon Blood||Drain Life (Any)|
Requiem Cereplate / Aquilla
|ANY SPENDER / Death Nova||
Unstable Concoction (Any)
|Arms||Stone Gauntlets||Blood Rush||Potency|
|Legs||Blackthorne / Golemskin||Devour||Devouring Aura|
|Boots||Ice Climbers||Corpse Lance||Ricochet|
|Amulet||Squirts / Hellfire||Stand Alone|
|Ring||Unity||Fueled by Death (Open)|
|Weapon||Reilena’s Shadowhook||Dark Reaping (Open)|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Scythe of the Cycle / Nayr’s Black Death||Legacy of Dreams|
|Steuarts / Krelm / Aquilla / Moribund / Any||Moratorium / Bane of the Powerful|
|Lornelle’s Sunstone / CoE||Molten Wildebeests Gizzard / Trapped|
A super flexible build that you can change in many ways. With Steuarts in the cube, this is an uber speedy uber tanky build.
Full Build Preview: Pestilence 6 Brainless Speedfarming
|S28 Fresh 70 Necro: Pestilence 6 ‘auto-walk’ speedfarming|
|Shoulder||Pestilence||Bone Spear||Blighted Marrow|
|Arms||Moribund Gauntlets (opt)||Blood Rush||Potency|
|Boots||Pestilence||Command Golem||Flesh Golem (Decay)|
|Amulet||Squirts / Hellfire||Rigor Mortis|
|Ring||Unity (open)||Stand Alone|
|Ring||Krysbin’s Sentence||Overwhelming Essence|
|Weapon||Reilena’s Shadowhook||Fueled by Death (Open)|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Nayr’s Black Death||Bane of the Powerful|
|Corpsewhisper Pauldrons||Bane of the Trapped|
|Ring of Royal Grandeur||ANY, Defensive, Stricken, Hoarder…|
MORIBUND GAUNTLETS is purely for “quality of life” and ensuring you have infinite corpses so you’re never “bricked out”. Swap it out for Dayntee’s or something if you’re confident. Same goes with the golem rune – Decay is stronger, but flesh gives you corpses.
You’re gonna need the RoRG to fit in Guardian. Guardian is crafted btw
Remember that the Guardians set is crafted!
Get CORE ITEMS asap. The heart of your build
Items are obviously very important for you build!
Here’s a couple of the best way on how to get your best ones.
The absolute core of your build is this CORPSEWHISPER PAULDRONS. A single item. Your next pseudo-core items are Reilena’s Shadowhook + Nayr’s Black Death both 2H Scythes which empower literally all your skills, and moreso if it’s a poison one.
Spending Blood Shards and Death’s Breath
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance:
Shoulders – Corpsewhisper Pauldrons: Your one item build. Really shines once you get Pestilence 6
Hands – Moribund Gauntlets: An optional quality of life item.
EVERYTHING ELSE is pretty much “filler gear” for your LoD build.
Feel free to use anything useful, check the full build previews.
almost every slot has ‘something’ you can use!
From here, try to find your 6pc Pestilence set. Blood Shards are a great way to get ’em.
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades (Kanai’s Cube Recipe: 25x Deaths Breath convert a rare into random legendary of same type), roughly in order of importance:
2h Scythe for Reilena’s Shadowhook and Nayr’s Black Death, the deadly pair that comes from a single item type! Either one you find is useful.
Corpsewhisper Pauldrons from Shoulders if you’re super desperate. Blood Shards are easier, but sometimes you just don’t get it!
This isn’t the section for it, but defense can get pretty rough early on so consider the double defensive gem duo of Moratorium + Wildebeest / Esoteric.
You can reroll set items to another slot (example, Helm to Shoulders)
using DB’s FS’s in the cube. Just a reminder, if you want your Pestilence 6.
Nothing else is really WORTH spending DB’s for, and would rather spend to try and get jewelry you might not have yet.
Rings and Amulets are tough to get from either BS or DB’s (due to the large amount of possible outcomes), but if you’re done getting your core items from these currencies – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them. Typically you’ll just find these as you grind – then use currency if you’re desperate. Anyway, if I had to rank the importance of your rings and ammys…
Krysbyns Sentence is a brainless dps boost.
Unity is a decent defensive option, but you need the follower immortality relic, and another Unity for the follower! It’s difficult to set this up early on.
Lornelles Sunstone isn’t a bad option if you can’t unity.
As an aside – Ring of Royal Grandeur and Avarice Band are BOUNTY ONLY rings (respectively ACT I and III), which DO NOT APPEAR FROM any other source. They, like any other bounty item, DO NOT DROP from monsters, gambling, upgrades or any other source outside of their respective BOUNTY CACHE.
Follower Gear odds and ends
More of a reminder than anything, once you start farming you will be running into those little bonuses for your follower farming build. Keep an eye out!
Summary & Outro
Welp, that’s about it. I’m liking these seasonal bonuses that remove the augmentation grind – makes the game a lot more humane. From here, you can easily do the Seasonal Journey if that’s your thing, or transition into literally any other build you like – the it’s exactly what the S27 fresh 70 LoD builds for each class are made for.
GL out there and check out our D3 Guide Directory if you need anything else!