Necromancer - Power Minion Master

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

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A good starter necromancer build for those who do not have access to expansions. This build is similar to the other Minion Master builds and can hold its own in a lot of open world content.


When roaming, your main focus is to build life force as fast as possible. You want to try to spend most of your time in your shroud.


While zerging you should carry a STAFF, preferably with a on it, and focus on tagging mobs using your many AOE skills.

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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 .


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


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

Standard Equipment

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Superior Rune of Strength
  • Gear: Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's gear is available to Core players. It offers slightly higher damage but much lower defense than Marauder stat icon.png Marauder .
  • Runes: offers much higher sustain at the cost of damage.


  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma



  • 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.


  • 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 .


  • 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 November 2018

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

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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!

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Flummoz gave this build 0 stars May 2018

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

No base in necromancer