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)
If you’re curious we’re going for spicy
SIPHON BLOOD DEATH NOVA build(s)
In Season 27, the Necromancer free set is: Bones of Rathma.
For this guide we have a few couple overarching steps that dictate our plan.
– Gear up LoD Death Nova.
– Smash seasonal journey during this process, but the free set isn’t relevant for us.
– Transition to a more late-game viable TragOul Death Nova build.
– Feel free to either refine your builds, make speed and tryhard variants, or explore new builds! Farming will be easy once youre setup.
Early game Necro Sanctified powers – a heads up
Every time you get an angelic crucible to sanctify an item, you’re gonna want to use it ASAP to boost your power levels.
What item do I sanctify? If you can, use it on a main-hand weapon. Ideally, in your case, a Funerary Pick. Sanctifying makes into a primal ancient tier weapon – a huge increase in DPS.
While the sanctified power you want is Death Nova. Army of the Dead is an amazing early game filler! The golem one is uhh… well… lol.
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|
Drain Life (Any)
Unstable Compound (Any)
|Frailty||Aura of Frailty|
|Stand Alone||Dark Reaping|
|Life from Death||
(OPEN) Fueled by Death
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.
Make a Reaper’s Wraps: Speaking of no effort to big returns… Make this ASAP. Plans drop from any Torment Malthael. Essence can be a little tight early on. Topaz on Helmet helps with early game resource issues as well.
What three Legendary gems?
Your next goal should be getting at least L25 on your three most important gems. Just get rift keys and spam GR’s 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.
Bane of the Powerful is great early on.
A defensive gem early on will greatly help you (double if you need it). Esoteric Alteration > Gizzard / Moratorium are your choices.
INVIGORATING GEMSTONE is legit if you don’t want to be CC’d. Lol. It has its uses if you’re all-in on Funerary Pick / Iron Rose / Siphon Blood shenanigans.
TAEGUK is godly once you’re in “channeling mode”, as your build matures.
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.
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.
So your gemming strategy (body and legs) should be slotting 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. You can adjust your build to add the Grisly Tribute and Skeletons, if you’re desperate for Self-healing. But, a decent LpH roll early on is fine.
Death Nova% is found in Helm and Boots.
The Element% you want is Poison or Physical, found typically in Bracers and Amulet. Poison for speedfarming, Physical for tryharding (the latter matters more for Tragoul variant)
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%– 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!
- ALLRES/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. If you haven’t made it by now, please craft a Reaper’s Wraps! Topaz on helmet if you’re struggling with resource.
As you get your core items, you will turn into a channeling build!
Full Build Preview: LoD Siphon Death Nova
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.
|S27 Fresh 70 Necro: Early game LoD Death Nova Siphon|
Mantle of Channeling
|Siphon Blood||Drain Life (Any)|
Requiem Cereplate / Aquilla
Unstable Concoction (Any)
|Arms||Stone Gauntlets||Blood Rush||Potency|
|Legs||Blackthorne / Golemskin||Devour||Devouring Aura|
|Boots||Ice Climbers||Frailty||Aura of Frailty|
|Bracer||Reaper / Krelm||Passives|
|Amulet||Hellfire / Squirts||Stand Alone|
|Ring||Unity||Fueled by Death (Open)|
|Weapon||Funerary Pick||Dark Reaping (Open)|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Bloodtide Blade||Legacy of Dreams|
|Steuarts / Krelm / Aquilla / Any||Taeguk / Trapped|
|CoE / Lornelle’s Sunstone||Invigorating / Powerful|
A super flexible build that you can change in many ways. With Steuarts in the cube, this is an uber speedy uber tanky build.
Invigorating Gemstone is CC immunity which really helps. Krelms bracer is an acceptable substitution if you want another gemstone.
Full Build Preview: TraGoul Siphon Death Nova
|S27 Fresh 70 Necro: Midgame TragOul Death Nova Siphon|
|Shoulder||Mantle of Channeling||Siphon Blood||Power Shift|
|Chest||TragOul set||Death Nova||Blood Nova|
|Arms||TragOul set||Blood Rush||Potency / All|
|Legs||TragOul set||Devour (Open)||Devouring Aura|
|Boots||TragOul set||Frailty / Decrepify||Aura of Frailty|
|Belt||Guardian set||Bone Armor||Dislocation|
|Amulet||Traveler’s Pledge||Stand Alone|
|Ring||Compass Rose||Swift Harvesting|
|Ring||Krysbin’s Sentence||Dark Reaping (Open)|
|Weapon||Funerary Pick||Final Service (Open)|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Dayntee’s Binding||Bane of the Trapped|
|Ring of Royal Grandeur||Invigorating Gemstone / Any|
Don’t be fooled, in terms of offensive power – the nonLoD TragOul variant packs a vastly more powerful punch. You DO LOSE A LOT OF DEFENSE AND UTILITY, so beware. RoRG is needed to fit Guardian 3, TragOul 6 and a Mantle.
Invigorating Gemstone is CC immunity which really helps. There’s really no other option if you’re soloing, as Krelms can’t easily fit in the build unless you drop mantle…
You can adjust either build to be
speedier, more defensive or tryhardier.
S27 ONLY: A note on Necro SANCTIFIED POWERS
You’re obviously chasing for the Death Nova sanctification. Furthermore, you really really want to sanctify a main-hand weapon since you’re it upgrades into a primal ancient tier item. In this case, Funerary Pick is your best bet.
As for the other powers, like I mentioned before, they’re just fillers for when your build still isn’t up. Pretty much irrelevant after you get your first Death Nova based item.
Get CORE ITEMS asap. The heart of your build
The absolute core of your build are these: Funerary Pick – 1h Scythe, Iron Rose – Phylactery. I suppose Taeguk and a CC immunity option like Krelm or Invigorating are part of this.
The supporting cast would be Bloodtide Blade – 2h Scythe, and some defenses like Dayntee and Stone Gauntlets+Ice Climbers.
Spending Blood Shards and Death’s Breath
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance:
Iron Rose – Phylactery: is your most important Blood Shard investment for OFFENSE. It’s obviously powerful, but needs support to be maximized.
Dayntee’s Binding – Belt: is your most important Blood Shard investment for DEFENSES. You’re gonna need defense soon, trust me. Goldwraps here too.
Krelms Buff and Nemesis – Bracer: Great bracers. One to help you get CC immune, and one to give your follower for better rifting.
Mantle of Channeling – Shoulder: A great offensive and defensive boost once your build is comfortable channeling it up.
The rest is really just “supporting cast”, thats great for the LoD build but not really important for the TragOul build.
Ice Climbers + Stone Gauntlets: The 1-2 punch. Don’t use the gloves without the boots!
Requiem Cereplate / Aquilla Cuirass – Chest: Added defenses from Cuirass, or Resource and healing from Requiem.
Leoric’s Crown – Helm: For more RCR or Life. Semi-filler.
Golemskin Breeches / Blackthornes – Legs: Almost filler tier items for either more DPS or defenses.
Steuarts Greaves – Boots: The best necro speed item.
You’ll find TragOul pieces while doing this!
Fill up legendary slots for Legacy of Dreams early on w/ Blood Shards
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 Bloodtide Blade, it provides the most effect early on. Great for speedfarming and groups.
Phylactery for Iron Rose you can also use Blood Shards to search for this, but it’s an option to use DB’s if you’re desperate. This is important.
1h Scythe for Funerary Pick is powerful. It doesn’t really do much on its own, so I list it “last”.
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.
Compass Rose + Traveler’s Pledge for your TragOul variant.
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!