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Corpse Lance Necromancer BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Nov 26, 2017 at 18:13 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Corpse Lance Necromancer in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

The other pages of our Corpse Lance Necromancer guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

The build equips all six available pieces of the Pestilence Master's Shroud set, leaving the jewelry for powerful offensive combinations. Rolls-wise, this is a Corpse Lance Corpse Lance and Cooldown-centric build, making good use of both rolls across gear. Corpse Lance Corpse Lance % damage is a possible roll on Pestilence Robe Pestilence Robe and Pestilence Defense Pestilence Defense, and Cooldown Reduction — on the Pestilence Defense Pestilence Defense and Pestilence Gloves Pestilence Gloves. The remainder of your set armor slots (Pestilence Mask Pestilence Mask, Pestilence Incantations Pestilence Incantations and Pestilence Battle Boots Pestilence Battle Boots) can be dedicated entirely to toughness rolls. While Crit stats that are fixed on your gear due to circumstance are not necessarily lost (they still augment your initial burst as you stack), their value is greatly diminished.

When talking about Corpse Lance builds, the topic of balancing Attack Speed and Cooldown Reduction cannot be ignored. For the sake of simplicity, you will be trying to strike a good balance between the two stats, one that will lead to the highest Land of the Dead uptime (affected by CDR) to Corpses consumed for Lance shots (affected by IAS) ratio. A split with proven top tier results is reaching the 50% CDR breakpoint (prior to Borrowed Time Borrowed Time application) and then picking the highest possible IAS range possible with your gear between (1.5 to 1.7), (1.7 to 2.0), and (2.0 to 2.4). Note that while a Trag'Oul build has to be a lot more careful with that balance in order not to sacrifice too many other valuable stats (Crit and Elemental DPS), a Pestilence build can sacrifice many (if not all) Crit Chance rolls due to the Brittle Touch Brittle Touch stacking mechanic. The rune is able to take you to the Crit Chance cap in mere seconds.

Not skipping on any of the pieces required to obtain the 6-piece bonus of the Pestilence set opens a powerful offensive combo in the jewelry: the Endless Walk set, The Compass Rose The Compass Rose and The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet. This 2.4 rework adds a unique mechanic that slowly increases your damage by up to a 100% if you remain stationary, and drains it away and increases your damage reduction while moving. This dynamic mimics the Corpse Lance playstyle, as you alternate between extended Blood Rush Blood Rush scouting and drawing enemy attention with short periods of stationary Corpse Lance Corpse Lance spam.

In the highest tiers of GR pushing (100+), your second ring slot will be best taken by the pure damage boost of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements, whose rotation of elemental bonuses you will need to learn and time to maximize the benefits of the short-lived Cold proc. Up to the GR 100 point, you can safely revert to the lesser damage, but convenient protection of a Unity Unity.

Dayntee's Binding Dayntee's Binding is the solitary Necromancer-specific belt, which compensates its lack of flashy offensive powers with a mighty defensive bulwark — 50% extra damage reduction as long as there is an enemy afflicted by your curses. Note that it is very likely to lose this bonus during or in between fights as you kill off previously afflicted enemies, so make a point to re-apply the curse on a regular basis.

The build has no particular bracer to occupy the wrist slot, so you can default to the generic usefulness of Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers. Their additional elite spawns will shorten the time necessary to end the Greater Rift, and feed into the build's elite hunting strengths.

The recommended weapon is Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang, a powerful legendary scythe that triples your damage against cursed enemies; a bonus that is trivial to maintain with a few well-spread Decrepify Decrepify casts in every battle. Due to the lack of directly synergistic legendaries, you should pair it with any well-rolled phylactery, such as Lost Time Lost Time. Notice the importance of extra Essence in the secondary stats of both the weapon and offhand in order to synergize with the powers of Reilena's Shadowhook Reilena's Shadowhook. The weapon and offhand setup will hit for less on average over wielding the two-hander, but will provide more of the vital Cooldown Reduction.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Vitality
  4. Critical Hit Chance (lower priority)*
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Corpse Lance %
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Vitality
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Corpse Lance %
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Cold Damage
  3. Vitality
  4. Critical Hit Chance (lower priority)*
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Increased Attack Speed
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Critical Hit Chance (lower priority)*
  6. Vitality
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Life %
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. All Resistance
  5. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Cold Damage
  4. Intelligence
  5. Critical Hit Chance (lower priority)*
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Average Damage
  5. Increased Attack Speed
  6. Critical Hit Chance (lower priority)*
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Average Damage
  5. Increased Attack Speed
  6. Critical Hit Chance (lower priority)*
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Max Essence (Secondary Stat)
  6. % Weapon Damage
Off-hand
  1. Intelligence
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Max Essence (Secondary Stat)
  4. Increased Damage vs. Elites
  5. Critical Hit Chance (lower priority)*

* — Crit Chance is denoted with "lower priority" due to Brittle Touch Brittle Touch stacking. Read gearing section above.

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Maximum Essence
  3. Intelligence
  4. Vitality
Offense
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Critical Hit Chance
Defense
  1. Armor
  2. Life %
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Area Damage
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Resource Cost Reduction
  4. Gold Find

3. Gems

Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard lis a Life Regeneration-specific legendary gem that almost singlehandedly (optionally, in synergy with the Draw Life Draw Life passive) takes care of the lacking sustain in this build. Note that this gem is a higher priority for the Convention of Elements Convention of Elements high tier progression setup, and can be easily replaced by a Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful in Unity Unity-based, sub-GR 100 runs.

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. You will be proccing this gem consistently with a combination of the Frozen Lands Frozen Lands stun and the strong Decrepify Decrepify slow.

Zei's Stone of Vengeance Zei's Stone of Vengeance is another independent multiplier, whose range-dependent amplification can be easily maxed out by the long reach of Corpse Lance Corpse Lance. The level 25 property will add some minor control and safety to the build, as well as another proc for Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Your weapon slot in Kanai's Cube should be taken by the two-handed scythe Reilena's Shadowhook Reilena's Shadowhook, whose power scales your damage multiplicatively based on your maximum Essence. This places a strong emphasis on expanding your resource pool via Simulacrum Simulacrum Reservoir Reservoir and Overwhelming Essence Overwhelming Essence, maxing resource in Paragons and attaining a high max Essence in the weapon and offhand's secondary stats.

With the strong emphasis on Corpse Lance Corpse Lance damage, it is only natural to include Corpsewhisper Pauldrons Corpsewhisper Pauldrons in the armor Cube slot. These shoulders scale Corpse Lance Corpse Lance damage per Corpse consumed, a bonus you easily max out during Land of the Dead Land of the Dead.

Finally, the jewelry Cube slot will be taken by Krysbin's Sentence Krysbin's Sentence, whose effect doubles your damage against targets affected by a Slow and triples the bonus if you affect enemies with any other form of CC. This potent bonus will be reserved for your Land of the Dead Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands, but will affect every present enemy in the radius. Note that while you can theoretically equip this ring and cube the worn jewelry recommendations, it is preferable to store Krysbin's Sentence Krysbin's Sentence in this slot due to the significant range and importance of maximizing its damage bonus.

5. Follower

For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 26 Nov. 2017: Expanded the gearing explanations to clarify proper item rolls.
  • 27 Oct. 2017: The Pestilence set is now the main setup (and Trag'Oul is a variation).
  • 12 Jul. 2017: Guide updated to reflect the meta shift to Simulacrum.
  • 07 Jul. 2017: Gear recommendations updated.
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