Done leveling your Necro to its Fresh 70 state? You want to get the Necro Free Set this season? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We will help you set up your build so you can easily get Haedrig’s gift.
In Season 12, Necro free set is Trag’Oul’s Avatar.
Click on the headers below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:
|Season 12 Trag’Oul’s Full Free Set Build|
|Skill & Rune|
|Bone Spike (Open)||Blood Spikes|
|Death Nova||Unstable Compound|
|Corpse Lance||Blood Lance|
|Blood Rush||All active|
|Devour (Frailty)||Satiated (Aura of Frailty)|
|Command Golem (Open)||Flesh Golem|
|Dark Reaping||Stand Alone|
|Swift Harvesting||Overwhelming Essence|
This is an “open” build which can use any skill that costs life (which is then modified by our 6 piece bonus). Just so you know let me list the commonly used life skills here:
|Death Nova||Blood Nova||Recommended|
|Corpse Lance||Blood Lance||Godlike anti-elite|
|Skeletal Mage||Life Support||Needs a lot of support|
|Bone Spear||Blood Spear||Meh|
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.
Speaking of which, crafting a Reaper’s Wraps ASAP would be awesome for you. It’s one of those builds Reaper’s Wraps benefit from. The plans drop from killing Malthael. If I’m not mistaken, you should be lvl 70 for the plan to drop.
Keep these important things in mind as you progress!
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, its the first legendary gem to drop from GRs. Its power maxes out at 25, and will serve you for a long time yet.
Molten Wildebeests Gizzard is arguably the most important gem for you this early on. Killing yourself, or going too low is a REAL RISK with Trag’Oul. This gem mitigates a bunch of that risk. You can level it up as much as you want (maybe as your second priority gem), and use it for augments later. I, personally, will be keeping a high level Gizzard in my stash :)!!
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 a short time to review How to Play the Build. Here’s some basic tips for playing Tragoul 6.
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.
Command Golem is “optional”, its only purpose is to easily generate corpses for you. Feel free to change it up.
Your 4pc defensive bonus should always be maxed out by your various skills. In a pinch, you can use Blood Rushes oft forgotten self-heal (by passing thru a guy) to maintain it.
Pretty basic! Blood Rush has all runes (remember?) so use it often.
Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.
Strangely, I chose to add almost a practical max of offense in our default build.
I guess I felt it’s better to “adjust your defenses”…
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. The suggestion in the build table above is to loosely sub it out for Devour, which is only a rule I follow in tougher GR’s.
Speaking of Essence Generation…
Dark Reaping is free essence and a little life for rolling past your enemies which is what you want to be doing at this stage.
Devour-Devouring Aura is a mega tool you should always be aware of. 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.
Aside from the above, most other essence generation alternatives are a bit narrow.
Defense is primarily thought of as self-healing and damage reduction.
Self-healing is an integral part of Trag’Oul’s early game!
The recommended passive combo we’re packing up there takes care of a lot of BS. Dark Reaping + Life from Death + Blood is Power is a super synergistic kit to keep you going. Draw Life could potentially be abused with Molten Wildebeest’s Gizzard, lol.
Necro has a smattering of other Life-Healing skills, but they’re not so notable.
== Pet based healing is powerful, if you can fit Command Skeleton in your build ==
Command Skeletons-Dark Mending : It’s a great choice for a default rune for obvious reasons. Percent based max HP healing is no joke, given the amount of health we burn through. It makes fighting rift guardians much much safer as you’re given a constant stream of HP.
Fueled by Death is the best “easy to slot in” mobility change for Necro.
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!
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!
Belts for Dayntee’s Binding is probably the strongest possible drop for you right now. It’s a very flexible, and you can choose “more defense” or “more offense” build flexibility by choosing between Decrepify or Frailty.
Oddly, there’s not much else that we “specifically want”
Shoulders for Corpsewhisper Pauldrons is a pretty solid evolution. You don’t really need it unless you’re going for tougher GR’s, but it’s great to keep in mind.
After that, it gets really slim for the body piece fillers.
Again reminding you of the bounty rings:
2H Scythes for Reilenna’s Shadowhook is what you want here for good ‘ol passive bonus damage that works with anything. Aside from this we also get Bloodtide Blade which boosts our main skill, Death Nova.
Here’s a sample of what you can equip:
|Cycle||Any||Fang||OK – preferable 2H mainhand|
|Cycle||Any||Shadowhook||OK – preferable 2H mainhand|
|Cycle||Any||Bloodtide||OK – preferable 2H mainhand|
|Fang||Any||Cycle||OK – preferable 2H mainhand|
|Fang||Any||Shadowhook||OK – preferable 2H mainhand|
|Fang||Any||Bloodtide||OK – preferable 2H mainhand|
As you can see any setup is OK! The power level of your off-hand Phylactery greatly determines how good the bottom half of the setups are (1h+offhand).
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.
Trag’Oul’s Avatar isn’t a bad set – it comes with its own set of challenges. But, at least it’s quite an open set with many possibilities… Have fun with it!
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