Done leveling your Necro to its Fresh Level 70? You wonderin’ what to do next? Well… Look no further. You’ve found “it”. Here, you’ll find how to get your free set ASAP and transition smoothly into the endgame.
In Season 18, Necro free set is Pestilence Master’s Shroud.
Important Note: Crafting Reaper’s Wraps ANYTIME (Like, now) is SUCH A HUGE BOOST to resource generation for such little effort. The plans drop from any Torment Malthael.
Click on the headers below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:
|Season 18 6pc Pestilence Fresh 70 Build|
|Frailty (Open)||Aura of Frailty|
|Land of the Dead|
|Dark Reaping||Stand Alone|
|Life from Death||Blood is Power|
Fueled by Death (Passive) – ALWAYS TRY TO FIT THIS IN IF YOU CAN. You don’t need all four passives for all types of content so try to squeeze it in whenever you can.
— VERY IMPORTANT —
MAKE REAPER’S WRAPS NOW. If you haven’t done it yet, PLEASE DO IT NOW. It the one “non-RNG” item that has a HUGE IMPACT in this stage of the game.
It’s a great “general purpose” item that synergizes well with the Life from Death passive. It helps prevent us from “bricking” (zeroing out our Essence)
Pestilence being the free set is great news for me since it’s my favorite speed farming set for Necromancer. Walking around and killing guys sounds like great value.
So, now what!?
FROM HERE OUR GOAL IS TO GAIN POWER FAST. The next logical steps are Legendary Gems, and being mindful of the Chase Items you need to find.
Now we have to gain as much power, as quickly as possible.
This is the easiest way to gain power simply because acquiring them has little to no RNG. Getting 3 of your best gems will increase your power dramatically in a short time span.
Click on the tabs to see what gems you should be using.
Get these three to L25 ASAP:
Bane of the Powerful is a great gem for the early game. The good thing is, it’s the first legendary gem to drop from GRs. Its power maxes out at 25 and will serve you for a long time yet.
YOU MIGHT WANNA USE DOUBLE DEFENSIVE GEMS EARLY ON.
Moratorium is pretty damn good early on, especially since we have a decent amount of self healing with Life from Death and Life per Hit on weapon. If you want to use 2x defensive gems, invest in an Esoteric Alteration early. If you think you’ve outgrown Moratorium with item evolutions – use it for augments!
Any other gems worth it?
Bane of the Stricken is absolutely necessary in the LATE GAME for almost any build.
Esoteric Alteration is the late game defensive gem of choice.
Collect those legendary gems mentioned above and level them up to at least level 25. This shouldn’t be so hard as you only need GR34 to get one legendary gem to 25!
With 3 of your best gems at L25 – try higher Torment levels. So now the real farming begins, and likely, the defense problems begin, too.
Playing the Build & Adjustments
Now that you have the base “power level” of your 6 set and gems, let’s take some time off to review How to Play the Build. Also, as you progress and get items, your build may have a weak point here and there that you can patch up given the simple skill, rune, and passive changes listed below.
Here we discuss Playstyle Notes and build Build Adjustments.
There’s not much to say here. The tryhard engame variants of Pestilence play very differently, but that’s not to be discussed here. It will be a long time coming before the above playstyle will “get old” as long as you’re farming within realistic limits.
The only risk in this build is “mismanagement” of essence. Getting “bricked” is a definite possibility with a no-generator build, and after a few minutes of gameplay you will hopefully understand how to avoid it.
More offense or Essence needed?
Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.
It is VERY DIFFICULT to meaningfully increase offense any further with minor adjustments. I’ll just list down my thoughts and justifications here…
Spreading Malediction is an amazing DPS passive that you should be aware of. It, of course, loses a lot of value if you’re not constantly fighting a clump of guys. Early on is all about farming speed, so this isn’t super useful. However, it’s one of the prime DPS evolutions, so keep it in mind.
Frailty should find its way into the build when tackling harder content, or once your build matures. Luckily the base build isn’t very strict, and you can fit this many ways.
Devour-Devouring Aura is recommended in the base build since it can COMPLETELY REPLACE YOUR GENERATOR as long as you have a constant stream of BODIES. Of course, the harder the content, the less value this is – this is much less of an issue with Pestilence and Land of the Dead.
Aside from the above, most other essence generation alternatives are a bit narrow.
More defense needed?
Defense is primarily thought of as self-healing and damage reduction.
I can’t, in good faith, recommend much else in terms of the Necro base kit. A lot of the Necromancer toughness options in the fresh / early game are moot. Most of your effective HP and mitigation come from items.
More mobility needed?
Fueled by Death is the best “easy to slot in” mobility change for Necro. Like I mentioned above, especially for Pestilence, ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO PROPERLY FIT THIS IN.
Decrepify-Opportunist is GREAT FOR BOUNTIES, but not much else as I think you lose the bonus when they die. Just curse guys and run!
Bone Armor-Harvest of Anguish is a measly 10% speed boost. But I guess if you wanna bounty a little bit faster…
Items to look for
Now that legendary gems are wrapped up (the easy part…), it’s time for the ENDLESS grind for the perfect items!
Reaper’s Wraps – craft this once you get the plan from Malthael. It just HELPS, man. Get this ASAP – I reminded you earlier, but just in case you forgot… It’s too good at this point in the game.
Using Blood Shards:
Pestilence is already pretty good “bare bones”, heh.
So luckily you don’t need to look for much.
Belts for Dayntee’s Binding is probably the strongest possible drop for you right now. Simply Cursing enemies gives us a ton of defense? SURE! Brainless with Aura of Frailty. Needs a build adjustment, but thankfully we have an open slot.
Shoulders for Corpsewhisper Pauldrons is a pretty obvious next pick. While you won’t need the extra offense for quite a while, it’s welcome to have. You’re gonna need RoRG for this or stick it in the cube. This single item is a TITANIC DPS INCREASE.
Oddly, there’s not much else that we “specifically want”
Bracer for Nemesis helps greatly with farming speed.[_su_spoiler title=”Low-tier fillers” style=”fancy”]
After that, it gets really slim for the body piece fillers.
- Helm for Leoric’s Crown.
- Chest for Requiem Cereplate and Aquila Cuirass.
- Boots for Steuart’s Greaves.
There’s really nothing else we want for our immediate goals. You can safely spend on RINGS after these items. There are many other usable rings. Unity… Krysbin’s… Lornelle’s… Briggs… TLDR; There are many great rings for all types of content.
Reminding you of the bounty rings:
Using Death’s Breath – Rare to legendary:
2H Scythes for Maltorius’ Petrified Spike is the ultra find to improve Bone Spear. Luckily, one of two of your best kanai weapons is also in this pile: Reilenna’s Shadowhook – which is good for “Any build”.
All setups will increase your power so don’t worry if you get unlucky early on.
Builds that use Trag’Oul’s Corroded Fang are better for more “tryhard” content, combined with skills like Frailty and passives like Spreading Malediction. It requires some build massaging but it’s definitely viable for when enemies get stronger.
Lastly, if you got unlucky with shoulders – Corpsewhisper Pauldrons can also be obtained via Death’s Breath gambling. It’s an important piece, but I really don’t think I would waste DB’s trying to fish for it…
The Classics: Good for any type of newer character, and even the most battle-hardened of builds.
Ring of Royal Grandeur – You can get this form Act I bounties. Use it to break your set for a temporary filler item!
Convention of Elements – A generic DPS ring that’s amazing paired with other cooldowns. Most builds can get a kick out of this.
Unity – Put it on your undying Follower and yourself for 50% DR. Value.
Reaper’s Wraps: this isn’t so bad to have early on since this would greatly help with our Essence regen. You’ll get the recipe from Malthael.
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac: a must have for those long ass cooldown skills!
So you skipped a whole chunk of the powering up phase with the free set. Now what? Like I always say, “Speedfarming first before pushing GR’s”. So, convert what you have NOW to be as speedfarmy as possible, first.
- Necromancer Speedfarming Builds & Primer
- D3 Speedfarming with any Class!
- Necromancer Best Speedfarming Build
Other Necromancer Guides:
- Necromancer Leveling
- Necromancer Fresh Level 70
- Bone of Rathma | Rathma Set Dungeon
- Grace of Inarius | Inarius Set Dungeon
- Pestilence Master’s Shroud | Pestilence Set Dungeon
- Trag’Oul’s Avatar | Trag’Oul’s Set Dungeon
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for other resources.
I’m happy to get Pestilence as the free set this season. Brainless farming all the way baby.