Summoner Necromancer Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Sep 30, 2021 at 07:20 by MrLlamaSC 10 comments

The Summon Necromancer is an iconic build dating back to the very beginning of Diablo 2. With a variety of crowd controlling Curses and a large army of minions, the Summoner is known for being the safest build in the entire game.

1.

Introduction

The Summon Necromancer is a classic build that can raise a large army of Minions through Raise Skeleton Raise Skeleton, Raise Skeletal Mage Raise Skeletal Mage, Revive Revive, and a Golem of their choosing. Combined with an array of debilitating Curses, this build is popular both for solo and party play.

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

2.

Summoner Necromancer Skill Build

The following section shows the default skill build for the Summon 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 Raise Skeleton Raise Skeleton — Max immediately, required
  3. 20 points to Skeleton Mastery Skeleton Mastery — 1 point immediately, then max after Raise Skeleton Raise Skeleton, required
  4. 1 point to Clay Golem Clay Golem — 1 point immediately, required
  5. 1+ points to Corpse Explosion Corpse Explosion — Area of effect damage to support your Minions, required
  6. 1 point to Summon Resist Summon Resist — Resistances for Minions, can respec out of points later on, required
  7. 1 point to Amplify Damage Amplify Damage — Main damage curse for your Minions, required
  8. 1 point to Decrepify Decrepify — Main survivability curse for your Minions, required
3.

Summoner 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.

4.

Summoner Necromancer Gear

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

5.

MrLlamaSC's Summoner 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.

6.

Summoner 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.

6.1.

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%
6.1.1.

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%
6.2.

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%
7.

Summoner Necromancer Mercenary

You want an Offensive (Might Might) Act 2 Nightmare Mercenary here because you do not want to have any Cold damage that could shatter corpses. The Aura also improves the damage of your Minions.

8.

Summoner Necromancer Early Leveling

The following leveling build is a generic early Summoning progression.

  1. 1 point to Raise Skeleton Raise Skeleton
  2. 1 point to Amplify Damage Amplify Damage
  3. 1 point to Skeleton Mastery Skeleton Mastery
  4. 3 points to Raise Skeleton Raise Skeleton
  5. 1 point to Clay Golem Clay Golem
  6. All points to Raise Skeleton Raise Skeleton until level 12
  7. 1 point to Golem Mastery Golem Mastery at level 12
  8. All points to Raise Skeleton Raise Skeleton until level 24
  9. 1 point to Summon Resist Summon Resist at level 24
  10. All remaining points to Skeleton Mastery Skeleton Mastery

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

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Changelog

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