Necromancer - Basic Necromancer

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A good starter necromancer build for those who do not have access to expansions. This is a simple minion master build that features moderate damage and high defense.

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Weapon Variants

  • Staff - decent damage at long range
  • Mainhand Dagger - low DPS but high sustain
  • Offhand Dagger - condi cleanse
  • Axe - highest DPS option, but no cleave
  • Scepter - Poor DPS with this build due to being a condition-based weapon
  • Warhorn - provides CC and life force generation


Build Code


Blood Magic Variant

You can replace Soul Reaping with Blood Magic to gain increased survivability. This is especially useful when zerging.


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 the Pack

Variant Equipment


  • Marauder stat icon.png Marauder - small DPS loss for a large increase to health; generally not needed on necromancer
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's , Soldier stat icon.png Soldier - can mix a few pieces into your gear for extra defense at the cost of damage


  • - strong dps option
  • , - defensive options


  • , - higher burst than
  • - efficient DPS sigil


Solo Play

Use these consumables when trying to complete more difficult content.
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Event Farming

Use these consumables when trying to maximize profit.
  • 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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4 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 4 stars July 2020

When it comes to open world, Necromancer is a fantastic place to start. The minion variant of this build offers an excellent roaming option and a variant using wells does fairly well (hah!) in zergs. Overall a solid core spec for open world farming.