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!
Hey, sorry if the question was already answered, but what do we use the Taeguk for?
In every source I could find online it was said that the the gem doens’t work with blood syphon. Was it reworked?
Yep, I forgot to update this, but I was pretty bummed out when my friend told me Taeguk doesn’t trigger Blood Siphon!
where do we put paragon points into?
Next season, I’ll start putting a paragon segment.
Thanks for the guide. What does (open) mean next to some skills?
optional, utility, or anything really. It’s an “open slot”
This was an awesome guide. I started as a beginner completely new to this game and in a month of casual playing I’ve acquired everything in the guide and am now paragon 500. My question is, I’m currently hitting a limit at GR 60 and I’m wondering if I should continue to improve my gem rank/start augmenting/obtain ancients OR if I should start going into other builds. If so, are there any recommendations or guides for hitting GR90 (somewhat comfortably).
Hi, i wanna ask, on the guide it says to get % army fo the dead on shoulders/chests, but its actually impossible to get that affix right now, i double checked with d3planner
This is a mistake! I must have forgotten to remove that blurb! Thanks for the reminder
Hi, I know the comment thread is pretty old, but I have a quick (and hopefully) easy question.
I’ve used this guide from level 1 to 70 (w/ +60 paragon) and it worked beautifully!, Thanks very much!
Throughout this page (Necromancer fresh level 70 guide), the Land of Dead runes listed actually belong to the Army of the Dead spell. Did I miss something, or is this page referring to an earlier patch?
Thanks again for the awesome guide and I’m loving my 6-piece Rathma set.
Oh god, I think I, again, switched up the skills in my head. all mentions of land of the dead should be army of the dead. Fixing this now!
What would you recommend for off hand after getting the amulet if the main weapon is 1h Scythe of the Cycle? since there is no bone armor (cold rune).
Offhands for these builds are largley irrelevant (legendary effect wise). Get the best rolled stats!
Hi, but this build still without bone armor, so why Scythe of the Cycle?
The “full build preview?” Has Bone Armor at the last skill slot… Are you referring to something else?
Thank you for this clear and very well laid out guide. Aside from the LoN/LoD confusion (which a quick google search resolved) I was able to start my journey towards building the masquerade set in a fun and enjoyable way.
you have in the items to look for belt twice
What do you mean “belt twice”? Is this about Dayntee’s Binding and Capt. Crimson belt? Dayntee is cubed while you wear the set. or are you referring to something else?
i am still farily new – but there doesnt seem to be a legacy of nightmare gem but that is a set right ?
do I get that or do i get the lehacy of dreams gem ?
sorry about that… it’s legacy of dreams gem. that was the name of the old set where that power came from. will correct this.
okay thank you so i dont need to LON item set then ? – thank you and love the work
Wondering what, if any, changes you would make to this for a hardcore toon?
Oh boy… HC is a different animal… I hate that your main enemy is against the server. Basically I would add more defense than I would usually – and add the free death passive.
The main advice? If your free death is down, play safe or GTFO.
IDK, the topic of HC is a complex one…
In the setting up portion you first say allres is useless so get armor but then a few paragraphs down you say the opposite. So which is it?
sorry about this… Armor is what you need. fixing this. Thanks!
It took me forever to find you guys have a DFans build for a gearless 70 necro. Please update this page with a secondary gearless guide like you have for the other classes for other people to have an easier time. Otherwise your guides have been pretty great so far, more fun builds than icy-veins.
Thanks for work you do, thanks to your guides my wife and I have noth been able to get our season sets and have ideas on where to go next. Keep up the great work!
Thanks alot for the starter build, I used 2 guides before this one to get the pieces I needed, got them after a bit of struggle but this helped a great and awesome deal for starting Grifts. And ofc speedfarming, and not to mention the guides for the set dungeons, you guys are truly awesome!!! Thanks a bunch the Grace of Inasrius set was exactly like stated brainless. The demonhunter one was challenging but still got it thanks to the awesome guides and maps with routes provided!!!
we’re so glad we were able to help you out!
Thank you for the guide, it helped me, and not only to follow the prescribed steps, but to start figuring out some bits for myself. I’m a casual player, my non-seasonal paragon is only 123 or so.
I have two questions.
How high my thorns amount must be for starting out with 4-piece set, striving for 6? I have 12350 now, is that ok to start with and what’s an okay amount to have in the process?
About trag’oul – I got myself a surprisingly nice pieces of free set, I mean, a lot with armor, which is good for trag’oul, one piece has death nova percent… but how should I reroll the secondaries on it? Should I eliminate all the resistances it has? Should I roll for sockets? Thorns? etc.
try upping your thorns (at least while you’re completing the free set) to around 50k minimum. Get them for your secondary stats for now… Sockets for head (to put in yellow gem for more thorns) and weapon for that added armor.
I want to tell the story of how it was for me after all. Didn’t want to reroll for Thorns on my trag’oul pieces having a little experience on which stats will I use/need after the season.
After all, starting from TI-II it wasn’t easy in terms of dmg. I haven’t got a lot of great legendaries to cube/use on char and materials to upgrade rares (and I have an issues with disconnects, so that is really not helping to do challenges). No Reilena’s, no Bloodtide, no Trag’oul’s fang – I had no dmg. I ended up not using much Thorns and not adjusting my build for them, but I had Heart of Iron which raised its number to ~21k I think, which is near to the number you have in the guide, and I couldn’t see how raising it can improve my speed with Golem I used for corpses tanking the mobs a lot. After all, relaying on thorns dmg takes more time (for mobs to hit you) I think, and time is luxury in GR.
I had a lot of armor and previously cubed Aquila cuirass and Lornelle’s sunstone, which gave me the ability to survive anything pretty easy – as you’ve said in your guide, it was really a defense overkill. But I had no dmg = no speed for pushing GRs. Of course, there’s Spreading malediction + frailty, but it wasn’t enough and it’s useless against standalone bosses like rift guardians, which can just ruin GR run in the end because of the time you’ll need to wipe RG in the end. And I had to come up with something else.
So when I found Thunderfury, it was at least something – I cubed it immediately which helped me with packs and speed. I had Lost Time in off-hand, and Devil’s tongue (leg wit no special effect on it but good stats), on which I rerolled AD% to socket and inserted highest emerald which gave me an additional 90-100k dmg which was a real save there.
And after that I found Oculus ring – chance to create an area of power on monster kill which raises dmg by 73% while standing in it. I already had better jewelry, but thankfully I figured out that it works on follower too, so I gave it to Kormack. It was a final stroke to my improvised build 🙂 Imagine what was like playing it 🙂 I doubt that all that jumping would go well without blood rush.
So thank you again, your guide inspired me to go for it and search for resolving seasonal goals with what I had in hands, almost literally 🙂 Got my 6 piece, wings and frame.
Maybe a stupid question. But how would you recommend to geht rid of the corpses? In the full set build there is no corpse consuming skill.
Since Frailty is an open skill, you can put in Devour instead.
TeamBRG, TeamBRG… jus’ wanna shout out for an excellent guide.
I jumped into the season waaaaay late and Rhykker pointed me towards your build guides. I used it along wit a couple others for reference, but once I hit 70 & started amassin’ the starter set, I found your guide the best of the bunch. And while I had crafted Reapers & cubed the RoRG I got, it was the closin’ remarks of the “Necro Fresh 70 Rathma 4 piece GR 20” section that spurred me on to some of the most fun I’ve had in DIII. Period. As Craig once posited, “…but peer pressure is a MF’er.”
So, some 8 gameplay hours after dingin’ 70, seven (7) GRifts, countless deaths and a whole lotta learnin’ ’bout DIII & the class lata, my Necro has claimed the 6-pc Rathma’s.
And how was the diligence to finish it “raw” rewarded? A legendary version of the chest dropped on the killin’ blow AND I got regular versions of the iconic Jesseth set along the way.
Thanks for the guide… thanks for the motivation… but most of all thanks for the great fun I’m havin’ in DIII as a result.
Wow, thanks for the very kind words MrXzavy! Helpin’ people out is our goal, after all!
On a side note “completing it raw” has been a point of pride for me and princess. It has been done for every class, and ever set, even when the community at large said it was impossible. Peer pressure is a MF’er indeed!
what would you recommend for kunai’s cubes slots?
any items under the items to look for section in the guide is a good start. Nailuj, tasker n theo, dayntee’s….