Poison Necromancer Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Feb 16, 2023 at 08:00 by MrLlamaSC 7 comments

The Poison Necromancer is a highly gear dependent character that can tackle large groups of mobs at high player numbers on their own. With Poison skills lacking in synergies, the build also opens up the possibility to invest into other types of skills for more flexibility. Once geared up, this is one of the strongest characters in the game for PvE.



While this character struggles being built from scratch, after the accumulation of some gear the Poison Necromancer becomes one of the strongest Heroes in the game capable of quickly tearing down most areas even on /players 8 in no time at all. This character also uses way less Skill Points than most characters, leaving a lot of room for options in what to add to the build.

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


Poison Necromancer Skill Build

The following section shows the core skills for the Poison 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 Poison Dagger Poison Dagger — Synergy for Poison Nova Poison Nova, required
  3. 20 points to Poison Explosion Poison Explosion — Synergy for Poison Nova Poison Nova, required
  4. 20 points to Poison Nova Poison Nova — Main damage skill, invest points immediately, required
  5. 1-20 points to Corpse Explosion Corpse Explosion — Supplemental area of effect damage against Poison Immunes, required
  6. 1+ points to Lower Resist Lower Resist — Main Curse, 1 point is usually enough with skills bonuses from items, required

Note that since Poison Nova Poison Nova is only available from level 30 onward, playing as a Poison Necromancer from the start of the game is not ideal. For a smoother leveling experience, we recommend using a generic Bone Necromancer build. Upon reaching level 30, you can respec into using Poison Nova Poison Nova. For more information, refer to the Early Leveling section of this guide.


Poison Necromancer Stat Points and Attributes

Strength Dexterity Vitality Energy
Enough for Gear Enough for Gear Everything Else None

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


Poison Necromancer Gear

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


MrLlamaSC's Poison 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.


Poison 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%

Poison 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.


Poison 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 Poison Nova Poison Nova and synergies around level 30

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



  • 16 Feb. 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 2.6.
  • 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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