Diablo 4 Necromancer Build Guide (2023)

Here we tell you how to create 4 Best Diablo IV Thorn Necromancer Builds for the fastest leveling in the Open Beta, covering skills, gears, codex of power options, and gameplay tips!

Best Necromancer Leveling Builds (Skills & Gear) Guide for Diablo 4 Open Beta

One of the highlights with these particular necromance leveling builds is that we have a lot of the number of thorns that we can install for armor, and also the passive on the Necromancer and the focus of the build will have an army of thorn monsters which will provide us with additional damage and it will reflect more damage. Also, we can deal additional damage with Deceptify and also deal additional damage with overpower because we'll be focused on life-gaining. Having damage dealt through overpower which is guaranteed with some of the passives can be very good, we're also very survivable. On top of that, our build will be picking up blood orbs which will provide us with a lower cooldown and also extra summons, potions, and effects.

Necromancer Leveling Build - Book Of The Dead

So firstly coming over to the Book of the Dead, what you're going to see is there will be two thorns passives for your monsters:

  • Skeletal Warriors: Skeleton Defenders - With the Skeleton Defenders, you'll be having 50% thorns that are shared from your character to the monsters

  • Golem: Bone Golem - To your summons, you also have additional 10% maximum life for the golems and also 50% thorns shared with the Golems. Those are quite important, you also get 15% increase for the shield-bearers and have taunts with the Bone Golem.

  • Skeleton Mage: Bone Mages - Here our major focus will be focused on single target damage because we wouldn't have problems dealing with a lot of monsters, a properly standing with single bosses over here we'll be going with a Bone Mage which allows him to sacrifice his life to deal more damage, and if you summon and have them before the boss and if they survive 5 seconds when the boss comes, they will deal 40% damage.

Thorns Necromancer Builds Skills Setups

Here we have 4 different variations of the thorns Necromancer, some of the aspects will be very similar so other ones will be a little different:

D4 Necro Build 1 - Tanky Bone Storm Skills

  • Basic Skill: Hemorrhage (Rank 1), Enhanced Hemorrhage, Initiate's Hemorrhage

  • Core Skill: Blood Surge (Rank 5), Enhanced Blood Surge, Paranormal Blood Surge

  • Macabre Skills: Blood Mist (Rank 1), Enhanced Blood Mist, Dreadful Blood Mist, Spiked Armor (Rank 3), Skeletal Warrior Mastery (Rank 3)

  • Corruption Skills: Iron Maiden (Rank 1), Enhanced Iron Maiden, Horrid Iron Maiden

  • Summoning Skills: Bone Spirit (Rank 1), Enhanced Bone Spirit, Ghastly Bone Spirit

  • Ultimate Skills: Bone Storm

D4 NecroBuild 2 - Offense Bone Storm Build Skills

  • Basic Skill: Hemorrhage (Rank 1), Enhanced Hemorrhage, Initiate's Hemorrhage

  • Core Skill: Blood Surge (Rank 5), Enhanced Blood Surge, Paranormal Blood Surge

  • Macabre Skills: Spiked Armor (Rank 3)

  • Corruption Skills: Iron Maiden (Rank 1), Enhanced Iron Maiden, Horrid Iron Maiden, Decrepify (Rank 1), Ehanced Decrepify, Horrid Decrepify

  • Summoning Skills: Bone Spirit (Rank 4), Enhanced Bone Spirit, Ghastly Bone Spirit

  • Ultimate Skills: Bone Storm

D4 NecroBuild 3 - Tanky Army Build Skills

  • Basic Skill: Hemorrhage (Rank 1), Enhanced Hemorrhage, Initiate's Hemorrhage

  • Core Skill: Blood Surge (Rank 5), Enhanced Blood Surge, Paranormal Blood Surge

  • Macabre Skills: Blood Mist (Rank 1), Enhanced Blood Mist, Dreadful Blood Mist, Spiked Armor (Rank 3), Skeletal Warrior Mastery (Rank 1)

  • Corruption Skills: Iron Maiden (Rank 1), Enhanced Iron Maiden, Horrid Iron Maiden

  • Summoning Skills: Bone Spirit (Rank 1), Enhanced Bone Spirit, Ghastly Bone Spirit

  • Ultimate Skills: Army of the Dead, Prime Army of the Dead, Supreme Army of the Dead

D4 NecroBuild 4 - Curse Army Build Skills

  • Basic Skill: Hemorrhage (Rank 1), Enhanced Hemorrhage, Initiate's Hemorrhage

  • Core Skill: Blood Surge (Rank 5), Enhanced Blood Surge, Paranormal Blood Surge

  • Macabre Skills: Spiked Armor (Rank 3)

  • Corruption Skills: Iron Maiden (Rank 1), Enhanced Iron Maiden, Horrid Iron Maiden, Decrepify (Rank 1), Ehanced Decrepify, Abhorrent Decrepify, Amplify Damage (Rank 1)

  • Summoning Skills: Bone Spirit (Rank 1), Enhanced Bone Spirit, Ghastly Bone Spirit

  • Ultimate Skills: Army of the Dead, Prime Army of the Dead, Supreme Army of the Dead

Explanation For The Necromancer Skill Options

  • Hemorrhage - Hemorrhage will be providing us with additional Blood Orbs and also Hemorrhage providers with additional Essence as with blood orbs and also fortify, those are very good for unkillable Necromancer that can use this overpower additional damage.

  • Blood Surge - Go with Blood Surge for the Necromancer for survivability and also additional damage, so with the skill, we can start healing. And on top of that with healing off maximum HP and also dealing more damage, we can be turning our tank ability fortified and also maximum life into damage, so after getting 5 stacks of overwhelming blood when we're healthy we can overpower with Blood Surge and that means your deal boneless damage with your life and also deals with your fourth of our life. So this effectively turns us from a tank into a DPS with higher burst damage.

  • Codex for the Blood Surge: Blood-Bathed Aspect - Having a codex for Blood Surge means he can deal additional damage with a short delay which is actually good as well and we can also craft this one with the Codex.

  • Iron Maiden - Allowing Maiden to gain Essence as we cast the spell, and also this also provides us with additional reflective damage, so when there are three enemies affected by Iron Maiden its damage increase by 15%. This adds damage on top of the thorns to give us more reflect damage for the whole team.

  • Decrepify - Instead of going with the Blood Mist, we can be going with the Decrepify, so the equipment over here will provide us with additional slow effects onto enemies, they will also deal reduce damage. On top of that the Enhanced Decrepify also has a chance of stunning enemies which can be good for debuffs and also it allows our character and also minions to One-Shot enemies below 10 HP, this again allows us to kill Elic monsters very fast, but this doesn't work on the boss now.

  • Bone Spirit - This is a very good additional source of damage and also this can be single target damage against the boss and we might be having a lot of essences to deal with the boss for boldness damage. We'll go with Bone Spirit Reduction to cool down by 6 seconds for a critical hit and we can also go with a 6 additional percent of 10 additional percent for Critical Strike, so this is a very good standalone spell.

  • Blood Mist (Tanky Bone Storm Build) - The first particular variation of this build will focus on survivability and also will focus on fortify Blood Mist will provide us with invulnerability and also a bit of healing and here we have a bit of the reduction to cooldowns that will have a skill that grants overpower which works very well with the Blood Surge. On top of that Blood Mist can also give us fortify which again makes it very durable and also deal more overpowered damage.

  • Bone Storm - This skill deal damage around ourselves and also Golems effectively doubling the damage by 180% and they smell have a Lucky Hit Chance of 40% which is not bad as well.

  • Army of the Dead - Because our build focus on AOE damage and also Thorn damage, the only problem we have is going to be the boss. And here if you're going for the boss, Army of the Dead that can be very good. And we'll also be summoning Skeleton Warriors and some Mages deals more damage.

  • Codex for the Army of the Dead: Unyielding Commander's Aspect - Because we're going up after that and you feel lucky enough to get the Codex for the Army of the Dead which is going to be the Commanding Aspect your army after that will deal 70% attack speed increase up to 100% at 140% two-hand weapon. So this can be a tremendous boost to your damage against the boss.

  • The full version of the build is very similar, some of those have the blood missed, some of those will have an army of the dead, and some of them will have different ones, you can pick the one that suits you and pick the one you have the most legendary codex and also aspects to have the most power and also most effectiveness with the thorns build.

  • Special Passives for Getting Additional Form - Very similar to the Barbarian, Necromancer is one of the few classes that have thorns in the passives and this will be the highlight of the cost for the build. So all of the thorns you gain over here and the thorns we're getting from armors, and also the different types of equipment will be inherited onto the monsters for 50%. For example, if you want mascal in the Warriors to be a little tanky, you can put 3 points on Skeleton Warriors. We can have variations of this build which you spend other points for this, so if you don't really need the Skeleton Warriors to be tanky and deal more damage, you can go other points for this one.

Thorns Necromancer Build Codex of Power Options

Briefly coming over to have a look at the Codex of the builds, you wouldn't be able to have all the codecs but you can have up to these codexes:

  • Needleflare Aspect - With offensive with two of the one-hand weapons or two-hand weapons and also the gloves. This allows you to deal strong as AOE damage around you for 20% chance and we've seen legendaries with two-handed gears up to 58-56 on our previous build which is tremendous.

  • Blood-Bathed Aspect - Dealing additional damage with a short delay, so this one you can craft with codex because it's in the first Zone.

  • Aspect of Rumination - So Skeleton Warrior stands for skeleton mages and can deal additional damage up to 20% as long as they survive

  • Aspect of Possessed Blood - Because we're going with Blood Spirit if you happen to have those offensive codexes, it is not bad because we produce a lot of blood orbs, the bone spirit will be summoned after 5 blood orbs and here we have increased damage for the plus spirit for the bone spirit.

  • Fastblood Aspect - Now in terms of the Resource section, there are some really nice perks that we can go with, so one of them will be Blood Orbs reduce your ultimate cooldown by 0.5 seconds, this might not seem to be a lot but as you get an increase in blood orbs with your basic skill Hemorrhage, this is really good.

  • Aspect of Potent Blood - If you try to have a higher Essence to deal more damage with your core spell, blood orbs can also provide us with 10 essences.

Thorns Necromancer Build Gears & Sockets

Now let's briefly have a look at the gear stats and also what are the stats you want to look for for these particular thorn builds:

+ Rank Skills, Thorns (Updeat for more thorns), Slow Bonus Damage, Overpower Damage, Close/Range Damage, Crit + Crit Damage

If you get plus ranks, this will be really nice but of course, the major focus over here will be getting thorns on all of your armor and also getting the sockets on Armor, this means your thorns on Armor can also be upgraded.

Some gears from Thorns Bard os shareable for Necro

Sockets: Crit Damage when Controlled, Thorns, Lowest Resistance

In terms of the sockets, if we have thorns slaughter into the armor sockets, we get 39th on each for the upgrade gems and this is really important. You can go increase critical damage when crit controlled and also go for any of the resistance for your amulets.

Thorns Necromancer Build Skill Rotations & Combs

Finally, follow the blow rotations to cast spells and deal the highest damage:

  1. Drink Thorns Potion

  2. Run around and watch stuff die, from hitting you or your boys

  3. Apply Deceptify & Iron Maiden for extra DMG

  4. Or use Blood Mist for Ultra Fortify + Overpower DMG

  5. Hemorrhage for extra Blood Ords (with lots of benefits)

  6. Bone Spirit for extra DMG to boss and elites

  7. Cast Ultimate skills for burst damage

So that's the full guide of our Thorns Necromancer Builds, hopefully, helping you to build up the highest DPS necro for leveling and farming fastest in Diablo IV Open Beta!

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