Necromancer - DS Shredder


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Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:

Overview

This power based build utilizes Death Shroud for personal might stacking and increased survivability at range. In addition, it provides AoE vulnerability to groups and offers utility with its wells. It only offers greater damage than the dagger build in absence of maintained max might and vulnerability stacks as well as fury. Thus it is only recommended to be played in open world scenarios and in casual dungeon runs without coordinated teams.

Skill Bar

Dagger/WarhornHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Warhorn

Alternative Weaponsets

Dagger/Focus
Necrotic Slash
Necrotic Slash
Chain. Slash your foe twice.
Damage.png2Damage: 220
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 2
Range.pngRange: 130
Life Siphon
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Life Siphon
Siphon health from your foe.
Damage.png9Damage: 657
Heal.pngHealing Per Pulse: 238
Range.pngRange: 600
Dark Pact
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Dark Pact
Immobilize your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 183
Immobilize.pngImmobilize (3s): Unable to move.
Range.pngRange: 600
Reaper's Touch
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Reaper's Touch
Send out a scythe that bounces between foes and allies. Causes vulnerability on foes and regeneration on allies.
Damage.pngDamage: 199
Regeneration.pngRegen (5s): 650 Heal
Vulnerability.png4Vulnerability (10s): 4% Incoming Damage
Death Shroud.pngLife Force: 3%
Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 4
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Spinal Shivers
Activation.png
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Spinal Shivers
Chill your target and remove up to three boons, dealing extra damage based on the number of boons removed.
Damage.pngDamage - Three Boons: 322
Damage.pngDamage - Two Boons: 266
Damage.pngDamage - One Boon: 199
Damage.pngDamage - No Boons: 133
Chill.pngChilled (5s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
Book.pngBoons Removed: 3
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Staff
Necrotic Grasp
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Necrotic Grasp
Send out a grasping hand that damages foes in a line and grants you life force.
Damage.pngDamage: 162
Death Shroud.pngLife Force: 4%
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Book.pngPierces
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Mark of Blood
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Mark of Blood
Mark. Inscribe a mark that bleeds foes when they trigger it, and grants regeneration to allies.
Damage.pngDamage: 129
Regeneration.pngRegen (6s): 780 Heal
Bleed.png2Bleeding (8s): 352 Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Radius.pngBlast Radius: 300
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Chilblains
¾Activation.png
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Chilblains
Mark. Inscribe a mark that chills foes when they trigger it, and leaves a poisonous area.
Damage.pngDamage: 215
Chill.pngChilled (4s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
Poison.png3Poison (5s): 503 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Radius.pngBlast Radius: 300
Combo.pngCombo Field: Poison
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Putrid Mark
¾Activation.png
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Putrid Mark
Mark. Inscribe a mark that transfers conditions from yourself to foes when they trigger it.
Damage.pngDamage: 516
Book.pngConditions Removed: 3
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Radius.pngBlast Radius: 300
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Reaper's Mark
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32Recharge.png
Reaper's Mark
Mark. Inscribe a mark that causes fear when foes trigger it.
Damage.pngDamage: 107
Fear.pngFear (1s): Flee
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Radius.pngBlast Radius: 300
Range.pngRange: 1,200


Slot Changes

Swap

Well of Corruption Well of Corruption
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Well of Corruption
Well. Target area pulses, converting boons of foes into conditions.
Damage.png6Damage: 738
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Book.pngLife Force: 1%
Book.pngPulse: 1s
Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
Range.pngRange: 900
Unblockable.pngUnblockable

with:

Well of Darkness Well of Darkness
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Well of Darkness
Well. Target area pulses, blinding foes with each pulse.
Blind.pngBlindness (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Book.pngPulse: 1 second
Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
Unblockable.pngUnblockable
for aoe blinds.
Well of Power Well of Power
¼Activation.png
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Well of Power
Well. Target area pulses, converting conditions on allies into boons.
Stability.pngStability (1s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
Book.pngConditions Converted to Boons: 1
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Book.pngPulse: 1 second
Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
for aoe stability or condition removal.
Spectral Grasp Spectral Grasp
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Spectral Grasp
Spectral. Pull your foe to you, chill them, and gain life force.
Chill.pngChilled (4s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
Death Shroud.pngLife Force: 15%
Range.pngRange: 1,200
for pulling foes.


Specializations

Axe Build

Trait Variants

  • If you are not using Axe/Focus, swap
    Unholy Fervor Unholy Fervor
    Trait VI.pngUnholy Fervor
    Reduces recharge of axe skills by 20% and deal 10% more damage to vulnerable foes
    with
    Rending Shroud Rending Shroud
    Trait V.pngRending Shroud
    While in shroud apply 3 stacks of vulnerability for 10 seconds to foes around you
    .
  • Swap
    Vital Persistence Vital Persistence
    Trait V.pngVital Persistence
    Life force drains 50% slower while in shroud and the recharge of shroud skills is reduced by 15%
    with
    Spectral Mastery Spectral Mastery
    Trait IV.pngSpectral Mastery
    Reduces recharge of spectral skills by 20% and increases duration by 50%. Additionally, when you activate a spectral skill you gain 5% life force
    for increased
    Lich Form Lich Form
    1Activation.png
    180Recharge.png
    Lich Form
    Spectral. Assume the form of a lich for a brief time. Entering this form destroys all minions and removes all other spectral effects. Gain life force when this skill ends.
    Stability.pngStability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
    Book.pngLife Force When Ending: 15%
    Radius.pngBoon Application Interval: 3 seconds
    Duration.pngDuration: 15 seconds
    duration.

Weapons

First Weapon Set
  • Main Hand
Axe
Stats: Berserker
Superior Sigil of Force Superior Sigil of Force
Superior Sigil of Force.pngSuperior Sigil of Force
+5% Damage
Mighty Infusion Mighty Infusion
  • Off Hand
Warhorn
Stats: Berserker
Superior Sigil of the Night Superior Sigil of the Night
Superior Sigil of the Night.pngSuperior Sigil of the Night
Outgoing damage is increased by 10% at night.
Mighty Infusion Mighty Infusion
Second Weapon Set
  • Main Hand
Dagger
Stats: Berserker
Superior Sigil of Force Superior Sigil of Force
Superior Sigil of Force.pngSuperior Sigil of Force
+5% Damage
Mighty Infusion Mighty Infusion
  • Off Hand
Focus
Stats: Berserker
Superior Sigil of the Night Superior Sigil of the Night
Superior Sigil of the Night.pngSuperior Sigil of the Night
Outgoing damage is increased by 10% at night.
Mighty Infusion Mighty Infusion

Sigil Variants

If you're not in a night time dungeon swap

Superior Sigil of the Night Superior Sigil of the Night
Superior Sigil of the Night.pngSuperior Sigil of the Night
Outgoing damage is increased by 10% at night.

for:

Superior Sigil of Accuracy Superior Sigil of Accuracy
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.pngSuperior Sigil of Accuracy
+7% Critical Chance
for day time dungeons/fractals.
Superior Sigil of Undead Slaying Superior Sigil of Undead Slaying
Superior Sigil of Undead Slaying.pngSuperior Sigil of Undead Slaying
+10% Damage vs. Undead
for The Ruined City of Arah.
Superior Sigil of Justice Superior Sigil of Justice
Superior Sigil of Justice.pngSuperior Sigil of Justice
+10% Damage vs. Outlaws
for Caudecus's Manor and Cliffside.
Superior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying Superior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying
Superior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying.pngSuperior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying
+10% Damage vs. Icebrood
for Honor of the Waves.

Note: It may benefit you to keep a separate weapon for each variant in your inventory as swapping sigils over time can become expensive.


Equipment

Armor
  • Head
Stats: Berserker (Power/Percision/Ferocity)
Superior Rune of the Scholar Superior Rune of the Scholar
Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Ferocity, +5% damage while your health is above 90%.
  • Shoulders
Stats: Berserker
Superior Rune of the Scholar Superior Rune of the Scholar
Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Ferocity, +5% damage while your health is above 90%.
  • Chest
Stats: Berserker
Superior Rune of the Scholar Superior Rune of the Scholar
Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Ferocity, +5% damage while your health is above 90%.
  • Hands
Stats: Berserker
Superior Rune of the Scholar Superior Rune of the Scholar
Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Ferocity, +5% damage while your health is above 90%.
  • Legs
Stats: Berserker
Superior Rune of the Scholar Superior Rune of the Scholar
Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Ferocity, +5% damage while your health is above 90%.
  • Feet
Stats: Berserker
Superior Rune of the Scholar Superior Rune of the Scholar
Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Ferocity, +5% damage while your health is above 90%.
Accessories
  • Amulet
Stats: Berserker (Power/Precision/Ferocity)
  • Ring 1
Stats: Berserker
  • Ring 2
Stats: Berserker
  • Earring 1
Stats: Berserker
  • Earring 2
Stats: Berserker
  • Back
Stats: Berserker

Food/Potions

Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Nourishment (30 m):
Food.png+100 Precision+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
Consumable
Plate of Steak and Asparagus Plate of Steak and Asparagus
Plate of Steak and Asparagus.pngPlate of Steak and Asparagus
Nourishment (30 m):
Food.png+80 power+60 precision+10% Experience from kills
Consumable
for a cheaper alternative.
Bowl of Seaweed Salad Bowl of Seaweed Salad
Bowl of Seaweed Salad.pngBowl of Seaweed Salad
Nourishment (30m):
Food.png60% chance to gain swiftness when you kill a foe+10% damage while moving+10 Experience from kills
Consumable
for the better and more expensive version.

Use the 10% dungeon-specific nourishment buffs when possible. Otherwise:

Superior Sharpening Stone Superior Sharpening Stone
Superior Sharpening Stone.pngSuperior Sharpening Stone
Nourishment (30 m):
Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
Consumable
or
Hardened Sharpening Stone Hardened Sharpening Stone
Hardened Sharpening Stone.pngHardened Sharpening Stone
Nourishment (30 m):
Potion.pngGain power equal to 2% of your precisionGain power equal to 4% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
Consumable
for Ascalonian Catacombs.
Powerful Potion of Slaying Scarlet's Armies Powerful Potion of Slaying Scarlet's Armies
Powerful Potion of Slaying Scarlet's Armies.pngPowerful Potion of Slaying Scarlet's Armies
Nourishment (1 h):
Potion.png+10% damage vs. Toxic Alliance, Watchwork, Aetherblade, and Molten Alliance- 10% damage from Toxic Alliance, Watchwork, Aetherblade, and Molten Alliance+15% Experience from kills
Consumable
for all paths of Twilight Arbor.

Usage

Notes:

  • Consider using
    Signet of Vampirism Signet of Vampirism
    Activation.png
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    Signet of Vampirism
    Signet Passive: Heal when struck by a foe.
    Signet Active: Heal yourself and mark a foe. Allied players will siphon life from that enemy.
    Damage.pngActive Life Siphon Damage: 200
    Heal.pngActive Life Siphon Healing: 392
    Heal.pngInitial Self Heal: 3,960
    Heal.pngPassive Heal: 325
    Signet of Vampirism.png25Vampiric Mark (6s): Life is siphoned when struck by players.
    Radius.pngPassive Heal Cooldown: 1 second
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    at the beginning of the fight to increase your dps.
  • Consider saving
    Lich Form Lich Form
    1Activation.png
    180Recharge.png
    Lich Form
    Spectral. Assume the form of a lich for a brief time. Entering this form destroys all minions and removes all other spectral effects. Gain life force when this skill ends.
    Stability.pngStability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
    Book.pngLife Force When Ending: 15%
    Radius.pngBoon Application Interval: 3 seconds
    Duration.pngDuration: 15 seconds
    for a stronger boss since the cooldown is quite high.
  • Reaper's Touch Reaper's Touch
    ¾Activation.png
    18Recharge.png
    Reaper's Touch
    Send out a scythe that bounces between foes and allies. Causes vulnerability on foes and regeneration on allies.
    Damage.pngDamage: 199
    Regeneration.pngRegen (5s): 650 Heal
    Vulnerability.png4Vulnerability (10s): 4% Incoming Damage
    Death Shroud.pngLife Force: 3%
    Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 4
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    prioritizes distance and enemies, be sure to stay close to or inside the boss to land all three hits.
  • Activating a skill after
    Necrotic Slash Necrotic Slash
    Necrotic Slash
    Chain. Slash your foe twice.
    Damage.png2Damage: 220
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 2
    Range.pngRange: 130
    will reset the auto-attack chain, leading to higher DPS.
  • If your wells are overlapping other fields, try placing them a bit farther away.
  • Spinal Shivers Spinal Shivers
    Activation.png
    20Recharge.png
    Spinal Shivers
    Chill your target and remove up to three boons, dealing extra damage based on the number of boons removed.
    Damage.pngDamage - Three Boons: 322
    Damage.pngDamage - Two Boons: 266
    Damage.pngDamage - One Boon: 199
    Damage.pngDamage - No Boons: 133
    Chill.pngChilled (5s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
    Book.pngBoons Removed: 3
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    has low DPS and should only be used to remove boons like protection.

Video Guides

  • YouTube:
    Brazil (DnT)'s guide

Other Links

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Fredor gave this build 0 stars July 2015

Hs a bit higher sustain than dagger/x but is also 3000 dps worse according to dnt

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