Necromancer - Power Minion Master

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Direct damageControlTankingStriking fear into the hearts of trash mobs.

Designed for:

Overview

Variant of Reaper - Power Minion Master for PvE players without access to the Heart of Thorns expansion. While this build is inferior to the Reaper variant, it's still extremely powerful in open world and allows you to steamroll most content.


Skill Bar

Dagger/WarhornHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Dagger

Weapon Variants

  • Focus deals marginally more damage than dagger offhand, but you lose the condition cleanse from
    .
  • You can carry a Staff for tagging mobs in open world farming.

Skill Variants

  • deals more damage than
    but can't move and gives you less stacks of
    .

Specializations

Variants

  • - if conditions are a problem.
  • - if you're having trouble surviving, or if there aren't many enemies to proc
    .

Equipment

Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Reaper - Power DPS build for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • provides even more sustain at the cost of damage.

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:

Food

  • 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 Truffle Steak Plate of Truffle Steak
    Plate of Truffle Steak.pngPlate of Truffle Steak
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png+100 power+70 precision+10% Experience from kills
    Consumable
    , or
    Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.

Utility

  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

Damage

  • Open with
    on Axe, then swap to Dagger and autoattack.
  • Use
    whenever available.
  • Against groups of 3 or more enemies, you can go into
    and use
    and
    . This deals less damage than Dagger but is able to hit up to 5 targets at once.
    • Before and after using
      , you can throw in
      for more damage.
  • If you don't need crowd control, you can use
    and
    for more damage.

Defense

  • Against the majority of enemies, your minions should be able to draw enemy aggro and tank for you.
  • Remember that you can always sidestep and walk or dodge out of enemy attacks. Not taking damage is always the better option because it lets you conserve life force (and maintain your
    bonus if applicable).
  • can be used to blind enemies.
  • If you're taking a lot of damage you can use
    as a second health bar.
  • If you have trouble surviving, you can trait
    .

Sustain

  • Your sustained healing comes from
    ,
    ,
    , and
    .
  • Spam
    if you need healing.
  • You can shrug off most conditions with
    , and you have a condition cleanse in
    . If you need more condition cleanse trait
    .
  • If you somehow go down with this build just use
    to get back up.

Crowd Control

Build rating - 4 stars
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7 Ratings
5 stars
Aryetsok gave this build 5 stars 4 weeks ago

I'm new to the game and this was my first build. Works perfectly for PVE. I rarely die and can face multiple mobs without any problem at all. Bosses are not that hard either. Thanks :

4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars September 2018

The Minion Master that started it all. While it's since been eclipsed by its big brother Reaper, which boasts even better survivability and twice as much damage, core necromancer is still very effective and easy to play in open world.

5 stars
L I I O U S gave this build 5 stars August 2018

it is a very good class for beginners very high sustain which is always a plus for many instances and is jut overall a good class to play since your minions will be doing the tanking for you most of the time

4 More Ratings
5 stars
Biurra gave this build 5 stars August 2018

Bastante util! Mas que nada para los recien empezados :D

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars July 2018

There's a reason minion mancers have been around so long: the build works well, even if it may be slower than other builds. For core players, especially casual ones, a build like this is excellent as it allows their minions to do their work for them, and they can choose to contribute their own damage too.

Of course, some people say that offhand dagger is useless here, but that's missing the point - offhand dagger isn't here to do damage, it's here to condi cleanse, blind, and apply weakness if needed, which will go towards helping keep your minions alive.

5 stars
CrazedKing gave this build 5 stars July 2018

I appreciate the fact that there's a Core Version of the Necromancer Builds... I don't have the expansions so this is very helpful, thank you!

0 stars
Flummoz gave this build 0 stars May 2018

Useless offhand dagger and pets, having no synergy in Berserker Build.

No base in necromancer

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