Corpse Lance Necromancer Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Nov 19, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 36 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Corpse Lance Necromancer. Updated for patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.

1.

Normal Rift Speed Farming Variation

The Corpse Lance Necromancer can deal quite well with farming Torment difficulty Rifts and low-to-mid Greater Rifts at a very high speed. We have speed farming rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.

Within the limited scope of these lower difficulties, the necessary damage and toughness to triumph over the enemy is significantly smaller. Thus, your best course of action is to improve utility and speed.

2.

Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Corpse Lance Icon Corpse Lance Ricochet Ricochet Right Mouse Button Blood Rush Icon Blood Rush Metabolism Metabolism 1 Bone Armor Icon Bone Armor Harvest of Anguish Harvest of Anguish 2 Devour Icon Devour Cannibalize Cannibalize 3 Command Skeletons Icon Command Skeletons Enforcer Enforcer 4 Land of the Dead Icon Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands
Passive Skills

The build is a variation of the standard Pestilence progression setup that relies on the fast elite kill speed of low tier content to constantly fuel Messerschmidt's Reaver Messerschmidt's Reaver and chain Land of the Dead Land of the Dead casts.

The rotation of the build goes roughly like this:

3.

Adapting Gear

You will also need to make the following gear alterations:

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
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. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Poison Damage
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. 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. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Poison Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. % Weapon Damage
Off-hand
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction

To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.

4.

Adapting Gemming

In speed runs, Elite and Rift Guardian fights are significantly faster and cooldown resets come fast; thus, the value of Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness diminishes and it is best replaced by Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder for the gold-related synergies outlined above.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.

5.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

For your weapon slot, you can run either Messerschmidt's Reaver Messerschmidt's Reaver (solo normal rift farming) or In-geom In-geom (group normal rift farming) as your cooldown reduction powerhouse; both will work exceptionally well with the build.

Corpsewhisper Pauldrons Corpsewhisper Pauldrons are still a cornerstone piece in the build, necessary for their damage amplification for Corpse Lance Corpse Lance.

Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac should be equipped in the jewelry Cube slot; this way, whenever a rift slows down and the Land of the Dead Land of the Dead reset does not overlap as easily, you can spam some Command Skeletons Command Skeletons to make up the CDR loss via Essence spending.

During Season 22 you will have a 4th Kanai's Cube slot to play with, so you are able to keep Reilena's Shadowhook Reilena's Shadowhook for Essence-based damage amplification without sacrificing farming, utility-driven item choices.

The Kanai's Cube can be used for much more than simply extracting Legendary powers from items. Please refer to our Kanai's Cube guide for more information.

6.

Changelog

  • 19 Nov. 2020: Added 4th Cube slot recommendation for Season 22.
  • 02 Jul. 2020: Guide was revised with respect to the changes to the Jesseth set in Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 12 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 27 Oct. 2017: Reworked the variant to a Pestilence setup.
  • 15 Jul. 2017: Updated the speed farming guide with optimized suggestions.
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