Necromancer - Vanilla Condi Necro

The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great

Focused on: Condition damage and Boon removal

Designed for: PvP Conquest

This build was last updated on May 13, 2023 and is up to date for the May 02, 2023 game patch.


A Condition Necromancer PvP build with heavy boon corruption made to teamfight. Usable by F2P players as well.

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Other viable utility options:

  • - the Blind is great for surviving in melee and the Chill could be used to pressure targets.
  • - unblockable single target boon corruption that's hard to avoid, great for bursting targets without any other setup. It's even good for defensive purposes while under pressure - quickly corrupting Stability Stability and Might Might into Fear Fear and Weakness Weakness for instance could save you.
  • - AoE boon corruption but less bursty than Corrupt Boon.
  • - AoE projectile counter and anti-direct damage skill that also helps with killing bunkers with the Poison Poison


  • Off-hand Dagger over Warhorn - with this you're giving up an unblockable CC and synergy in exchange for better condition cleansing, boon corruption and Weakness Weakness spam. Dagger's a bit more defensive than Warhorn in general. Take on Blood Magic.

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  • trades rez power for slightly higher damage and sustain.

Specialization Variants

Spite can replace Blood Magic for more pressure but lower sustain and less group utility. The Spite Spite version is easier to pull off on teams where you can rely on a support keeping you alive (like automated tournaments) while Blood Magic Blood Magic is preferred by most ranked players:



Equipment Variants


  • - trades defense against conditions for slightly higher damage from .



  • Positioning: Necromancer sustain is far from great. Keep out of melee range whenever possible and abuse spots which break teleport skills to make it harder to get to you. Don't stand on capture points unless you absolutely have to.
  • All of your marks are unblockable and generate Life Force.
  • Never spam your marks on the ground out of combat - they are easy to spot and a single dodge from the enemy can get rid of them. The only exception can be (because it's not a key skill and has a low CD), which you can freely place at an entrance or under yourself to potentially give away Stealthed enemy movement.
  • Both weapon sets have access to unblockable CC skills: on Staff and on Scepter/Warhorn.
  • Entering Shroud triggers . If you're CC'd and getting focused you can enter shroud to rip boons and apply Weakness Weakness as a defensive measure.
  • Entering near the end of the ready up phase at the beginning of a game (right before the final 10 second countdown starts) makes you start off with 5% Life Force. Not a lot but better than nothing.


  • Most of the pressure comes from various sources of boon corruption and condition applications over time, this build isn't really about burst rotations (bar 1-2 combos).
  • adds some direct damage burst to the build, this skill is great for finishing off opponents.
  • Shroud burst rotation (in melee range this doubles as a defensive rotation):
  1. to proc
  2. just before Dark Path reaches the target
  3. Spam


  • Blood Magic adds a small degree of team support to the build. The most notable benefit here is the improved rez potential.
  • places a Well under target ally which not only revives downed players, but also heals everyone in range including yourself (and it's quite a significant bit of healing). However, if the Well gets placed while you're in shroud, you won't be healed at all!


  • The build has above average condition cleansing by Necromancer standards.
  • Both entering and exiting shroud removes conditions thanks to and .
  • (SW) is great for preventing condition pressure from ramping up on you. Activating its chain skill which "ends" Spectral Walk does not stop the cleansing. This skill has many uses, for example:
    • Activate SW jump off a cliff while being chased when your enemies jump after you.
    • Activate SW (if using Flesh Wurm) teleport back when they catch up to you. This works for stomping downed enemies as well, the channeling isn't interrupted by either of these teleports!
  • should be placed well before entering combat, preferably at a spot where your enemies can't reach it easily. Wurm provides you with an escape route and makes it easier to travel around the map in general. Last but not least, teleporting to the wurm with grants 10% life force, which means you could consider using the teleport before even leaving spawn at the start of a game in order to start off with enough LF for a activation.
  • Even at maximum LF you may consider activating Spectral skills before entering death shroud. The added LF generation and sustain can prolong its duration significantly.
  • is more of a last resort option that should only be used at or below ~50% HP and when other forms of cleansing/healing won't suffice.

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This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 12 votes.
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5 stars
Guirssane gave this build 5 stars • January 2023
Been a strong build since 2012. Good teamfighter, versatile, tanky, positioning is important though.
5 stars
Gkhougaz gave this build 5 stars • October 2022
Extremely comfy teamfighter and surprisingly proficient in 1v1. Very tanky and survivable, and very uncomfortable for teams to play against with large AoE condi spam. Secretly a support build with vampiric presence and if you drop your Spectral Ring in the middle of a teamfight, the prot and fear together can singlehandedly turn the tide of the battle. Personally, I run Lingering Curse for the AoE boon strip and +200 condi dmg, and my secret sauce is replacing Spectral Walk with Signet of Undeath. Signet of Undeath gives you like endless shroud, 500+hp every 3 seconds which supercharges your sustain and a res too, but you have to time it well because it costs 1/3 of your hp.
5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars • August 2022
I saw some people opting for this after Harbinger nerfs, but overall Harb is still more popular. The base kit of core necro is just really strong, plenty of boon removal, CC and condition pressure. This build stood the test of time.
5 stars
Acedia1092 gave this build 5 stars • January 2022
Amazing sustain and dps, perfect for any situation and has basically 0 skill cap
5 stars
Devil sivad gave this build 5 stars • November 2019
This is one of the best build for the necro. Simple but tankier and better sustain than scourge and reaper.
5 stars
Jonas Wolf gave this build 5 stars • July 2019
I've being playing core necro exclusively for about 6 months and I must admit, I got pretty good with it, i fell like I can play it better than with the expansions. And now after the new patch uhuhuh, I need to say that being able to use skill 4 and 5 on shroud with lower CD is very good, just the skill 2 i would say that now is kinda crap. Regardless, any 1v1 against reaper, scourge, all types of engineer, warriors and guardians, I can deal without much of a problem. The only traits that I change are blood Bond and terror, and I'm good to go 😄👍
4 stars
Baescons gave this build 4 stars • April 2019
Good if you want blood and curses. Tanky is the best word for this one
5 stars
QQSOHARD gave this build 5 stars • January 2017
Lol, I honestly thought I would do bad without reaper, but it's actually VERY good, nice condition damage.
5 stars
Chillaxebro gave this build 5 stars • January 2017
Call me crazy, but this build is amazing even though it loses out on the superior dealers shroud, it has amazing Condi damage, plus good survivability, anyone who says this is garbage is smoking.
5 stars
Tttt6 gave this build 5 stars • January 2017
Quite literally the best f2p build out there, good Condi dmg, good survivability,
5 stars
Zyke gave this build 5 stars • February 2016
Necro without Reaper is still decent as boon corruption is such a big part of it. That being said, I can't give it great rating since Reaper brings much more burst, damage, and CC that vanilla Neco just doesn't have. However, if you don't have HoT, this Necro build is the best you can run.
5 stars
Novuake gave this build 5 stars • February 2016
A little hard to give up the Reaper shroud, but necro is in such a good place right now that even non-elite gets a good recommendation!


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