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Corpse Lance Necromancer Trag'Oul Variation

Last updated on Oct 27, 2017 at 18:07 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Trag'Oul variant of Corpse Lance Necromancer. 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. 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 .

2. 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 Decrepify Icon Decrepify Borrowed Time Borrowed Time 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.

Replacing Draw Life Draw Life from the Pestilence setup, Spreading Malediction Spreading Malediction adds an offense angle to the otherwise strictly defensive Decrepify Decrepify. It offers an additive damage bonus against enemies affected by the curse — a boon that scales excellently with density.

3. 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
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. Physical 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. 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
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. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Max Essence (Secondary Stat)

4. Adapting Gemming

Since it deals much better with sustain due to the Blood Rush Blood Rush healing, the Trag'Oul Lancer uses Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration in place of Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard. This gem is an elemental protection powerhouse that provides scaling reduction from the deadliest affixes in the game.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

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.

5. ChangeLog

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  • 27 Oct. 2017: Moved Trag'Oul as a progression variant.
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