Bone Necromancer Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Sep 30, 2021 at 12:00 by MrLlamaSC 5 comments

The Bone Necromancer is a classic build that can take on a large variety of content due to its main damage type being Magic. It is also extremely safe with Bone Armor and Bone Prison available as defensive tools. An excellent build that does not require much expensive gear to be effective.



The Bone Necromancer tackles a large variety of monsters by mixing the Magic damage of Bone Spear Bone Spear and the Fire and Physical damage of Corpse Explosion Corpse Explosion. Additionally, thanks to Bone Armor Bone Armor for Absorbtion and Bone Prison Bone Prison for crowd control, the build is extremely safe and great for a beginner. The biggest downside of the Bone Necro is a slight lack of damage early on during leveling, until more levels or skill bonuses have been acquired.

You can check the viability of this build in PvM by consulting our PvM Tier List.


Bone Necromancer Skill Build

The following section shows the default skill build for the Bone Necromancer. For a detailed breakdown of all core and optional skills as well as the recommended order for allocating skill points, refer to the Skills page of this guide.

  1. 1 point to all prerequisites
  2. 20 points to Bone Spirit Bone Spirit — Main single target damage dealer, required
  3. 20 points to Bone Spear Bone Spear — Main damage dealer for small or lined-up groups of monsters, required
  4. 20 points to Bone Prison Bone Prison — Synergy and useful for very large crowds of small monsters, required
  5. 20 points to Bone Wall Bone Wall — Synergy, required
  6. 1+ points to Corpse Explosion Corpse Explosion — Great for clearing groups of monsters and removing corpses, required
  7. 20 points to Teeth Teeth — Synergy, required
  8. 1 point to Bone Armor Bone Armor — Prerequisite for Bone Wall Bone Wall and also useful for Physical damage Absorption, required
  9. 1 point to Amplify Damage Amplify Damage — Useful for increasing Corpse Explosion Corpse Explosion damage and that of party members, required

Bone Necromancer Stat Points and Attributes

Strength Dexterity Vitality Energy
Enough for gear; around 150 total Enough for gear Everything else None

You can read more details about the Stats and Attribute requirements for this build on our Skills page.


Bone Necromancer Gear

The following section shows some of the most important items for the Bone Necromancer. For a detailed per-slot breakdown of all Bone Necromancer items and alternative builds, refer to the Gear page of this guide.


MrLlamaSC's Bone Necromancer Video Guide

We also have a video guide that goes over the build, if you prefer that instead of or in addition to our written guide.


Bone Necromancer Breakpoints

In Diablo 2, stats that affect action speed (known as frames) for attacking, casting, blocking, and recovering from a hit can almost never be taken literally. For example, gaining 10% Increased Attack Speed from an item will not necessarily translate into 10% faster attacks. To achieve faster actions, certain breakpoints must be reached, which vary for every class. The tables below list how much of a given stat is required to actually improve the action speed of the class for the stated action.


Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints

Hit Recovery Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5
Faster Hit Recovery required to reach frame 0% 5% 10% 16% 26% 39% 56% 86% 152%

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 15 14 13 12 11 10 9
Faster Cast Rate required to reach frame 0% 9% 18% 30% 48% 75% 125%

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4
Faster Block Rate required to reach frame 0% 6% 13% 20% 32% 52% 86% 174%

Bone Necromancer Mercenary

You can either hire a Defensive (Holy Freeze) or Offensive (Might) Desert Guard Mercenary in Act 2, Nightmare difficulty, depending on whether you want to slow monsters for added safety or improve the overall damage of your Mercenary.


Bone Necromancer Early Leveling

This is an early leveling progression for the Bone Necromancer

  1. 5 points to Teeth Teeth
  2. 1 point to Clay Golem Clay Golem at level 6
  3. 5 points to Teeth Teeth between level 6 and 10
  4. 1 point to Amplify Damage Amplify Damage at level 11
  5. 1 point to Iron Maiden Iron Maiden at level 12
  6. 1 point to Corpse Explosion Corpse Explosion at level 13
  7. All remaining points to Teeth Teeth until level 18
  8. Max Bone Spear Bone Spear at level 18 and beyond
  9. Respec to add Bone Prison Bone Prison when heading into Nightmare

For more comprehensive leveling advice, please refer to our Necromancer Fastest Leveling Build.



  • 30 Sep. 2021 (this page): Added video guide embed.
  • 19 Sep. 2021 (gear page): Page added.
  • 19 Sep. 2021 (skills page): Page added.
  • 19 Sep. 2021 (this page): Build added.
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