Corpse Lance Necromancer Trag'Oul Variation

Last updated on Sep 13, 2023 at 09:00 by Deadset 40 comments

Trag'Oul Blood Lance Variation

The Trag'Oul Blood Lance remains a very viable and capable GR progression build, which focuses on sniping elites rather than relying on the Pestilence full screen, auto-targeting mayhem. This variant's core dynamic comes from the delicate balance of spending life and depleting Corpses to fuel your damage dealer, Corpse Lance Corpse Lance Blood Lance Blood Lance, or replenishing life and consuming Corpses through Blood Rush Blood Rush Transfusion Transfusion and Devour Devour Cannibalize Cannibalize .


Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Corpse Lance Icon Corpse Lance Blood Lance Blood Lance Right Mouse Button Blood Rush Icon Blood Rush No rune chosen 1 Devour Icon Devour Cannibalize Cannibalize 2 Command Skeletons Icon Command Skeletons Dark Mending Dark Mending 3 Simulacrum Icon Simulacrum Reservoir Reservoir 4 Land of the Dead Icon Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands
Passive Skills

To play into the 6-piece bonus of the Trag'Oul set, you will have to use the strongest, Life-spending rune of Corpse Lance Corpse LanceBlood Lance Blood Lance.

With Blood Lance Blood Lances consuming a considerable amount of health, especially during Land of the Dead Land of the Dead, you will have to counterbalance them with an even stronger effect — the Cannibalize Cannibalize rune on Devour Devour.

When it comes to Trag'Oul set builds, Blood Rush Blood Rush deserves a special mention. Selection of a particular rune is not necessary; due to the 2-piece bonus, you receive the benefits of the Potency Potency toughness buff, Transfusion Transfusion healing, Molting Molting Corpse generation, and Metabolism Metabolism double charge — all the while losing the drawbacks of the skill from the Hemostasis Hemostasis rune. Playing around the Transfusion Transfusion healing is especially important, since in any decently populated fight it can replenish a decent chunk of what you lost from Blood Lance Blood Lances.

Grisly Tribute Grisly Tribute should be added to this variation over Fueled by Death Fueled by Death from its Pestilence sister spec. This passive is needed for some helpful health sustain in an otherwise healing-starved build.


Adapting Gear

Naturally, this variant replaces the Pestilence set with the 6-piece Trag'Oul set in all the same slots. All stat recommendations and other legendary and set items are completely identical to the Pestilence spec.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  1. Intelligence
  2. Corpse Lance %
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Vitality
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Corpse Lance %
  5. Armor
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Physical Damage
  4. Vitality
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Vitality
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Life %
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. All Resistance
  5. Movement Speed
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Physical 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
  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
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Max Essence (Secondary Stat)

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.


Season 29: Paragon Cap

Season 29 introduces a season-specific cap to stat benefits from Paragon levels, all while updating how Paragon point distribution is handled. For the duration of this Season, you can only assign 800 Paragon stat points to your character, removing the long-standing practice of main-stat stacking (with some gearing implications — see below) after you reach Paragon 800.

On top of that, you could only allocate 50 Paragon stat points to each of the four stats in a given Paragon category (Core, Offense, Defense, and Utility). In Season 29, you can allocate up to the full 200 points per category into any attribute, allowing you to more easily reach necessary build breakpoints (as outlined in the Gear page of the guide) for Cooldown Reduction, Resource Cost Reduction, etc.

With the changes to Paragon in mind, we recommend using the following Paragon distribution for this build:

  • Core: Max Essence: 200 points.
  • Offense: Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Damage: Allocate points so they are as close to the desirable 1:10 ratio between the two stats, as displayed in your Character Details sheet. For weapon-and-offhand builds, this is usually achieved with the full 200 points spent into Critical Hit Damage.
  • Defense: Life and All Resistance: Allocate points to maximize survivability; for Necromancers, this is usually achieved by evenly splitting 100 points into Life (directly increasing your Health pool) and Armor (to complement the naturally high All Resistance stat of Intelligence-based characters).
  • Utility: Area Damage: 200 points.

Season 29: Gearing Considerations

In terms of gear, keeping the Paragon cap in mind is paramount, as it stymies the traditional endless supply of main stat after Paragon 800. This means re-rolling mainstat off your gear is no longer desirable, and full equipment augmentation with your main stat is even more critical. Additionally, you should take a careful look at your build and consider if you can fit the following changes to strengthen your damage and survivability:

  • Guardian's Jeopardy: This is a craftable armor set, and the recipe for its creation drops from Bounty farming. Guardian's 2-piece provides a decent damage reduction bonus, but the true powerhouse of the set is the 3-piece bonus, which nets you an additional 100% of your main stats from equipped items. This is a tremendous benefit in an 800 Paragon capped Season. If the Guardian set can fit into the build with minimal sacrifices (other craftable sets, tertiary damage multipliers, etc.), consider its implementation. The available pieces are Guardian's Aversion Guardian's Aversion (Wrists), Guardian's Case Guardian's Case (Waist), and Guardian's Gaze Guardian's Gaze (Head). Of course, you can wear 2 pieces of the set and complete the full 3-piece bonus with a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur (found from Act I bounty caches).
  • Endless Walk:This is a jewelry set consisting of The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge (Amulet) and The Compass Rose The Compass Rose (Ring), and is randomly found through farming, gambling Blood Shards, and/or Kanai's Cube recipes. The Endless Walk set is a nice compromise between damage bonuses (building up while stationary) and defensive bonuses (building up while moving). It can replace glass cannon choices like the Bastions of Will set (Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint) and Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace with acceptable losses to DPS.
  • Unity Unity: A character wearing this ring, along with another Unity Unity on their follower plus an immortality relic for them (i.e., Enchanting Favor Enchanting Favor), will reduce their damage taken by 50%. Unity Unity can roll excellent offense-oriented stats and has an innate Extra Damage to Elites roll, which somewhat offsets losing all-out offense jewelry.

Adapting Gemming

You will maintain the selection from the main Pestilence version of the build: Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped and Zei's Stone of Vengeance Zei's Stone of Vengeance for the damage amplification, and Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness for the CDR and Increased Attack Speed value.

Slot Gems
Torso and Pants

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


Adapting Kanai's Cube

You will keep the setup from the solo progression spec, using Reilena's Shadowhook Reilena's Shadowhook for Essence-based damage amplification, Corpsewhisper Pauldrons Corpsewhisper Pauldrons as a Corpse Lance Corpse Lance-dedicated legendary, and Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur to tie the bonuses of Trag'Oul and Cpt. Crimson sets together.

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.



The recommended follower for this build during solo GR progression is the Enchantress, due to her increased attack speed bonuses (helpful for the attack speed breakpoint-reliant methods of dealing damage in this build) via Focused Mind Focused Mind, as well as the cooldown reduction bonus from Prophetic Harmony Prophetic Harmony and damage reduction from Powered Shield Powered Shield.

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.


Legendary Potion

Your recommended potion is Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered, which renders you immune to Crowd Control effects for a brief time after consuming it — valuable bonus to a build that lacks means to break away from CC outside of straight up evasion via Blood Rush Blood Rush.



  • 13 Sep. 2023: Added Season 29 Paragon Cap and Gearing recommendations.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Added Season 28 Altar of Rites recommendations.
  • 26 Aug. 2022: Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
  • 14 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 08 Dec. 2021: Added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 22 Jul. 2021: Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
  • 20 Apr. 2021: Minor fix to the skill and passive selection.
  • 01 Apr. 2021: Added follower recommendation.
  • 19 Nov. 2020: Revision of item, skill, and passive recommendations, alongside advice for Season 22 changes.
  • 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: Moved Trag'Oul as a progression variant.
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