Inarius Bone Storm Necromancer BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Inarius Bone Storm Necromancer in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for Patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.
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The build equips all six available pieces of the Grace of Inarius set, leaving the jewelry for powerful offensive combinations. Rolls-wise, this cooldown-reliant build makes good use of CDR rolls and Corpse Lance % across gear. Since Corpse Lance will be a meaningful part of your single target DPS, you will do well to increase its power through skill damage rolls on Inarius's Conviction and Inarius's Martyrdom. Cooldown reduction is a possible roll on Inarius's Martyrdom and Inarius's Will, and it is a desirable stat on both. The remainder of the set pieces — Inarius's Understanding, Inarius's Reticence and Inarius's Perseverance — can be left to toughness rolls.
Not skipping on any of the pieces required to obtain the 6-piece bonus of the Grace of Inarius opens a powerful offensive combo in the jewelry: the Endless Walk set, The Compass Rose and 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 Inarius Bone Storm playstyle, as you alternate between Blood Rush bursts of movement in search of the next big fight with extended periods of stationary Grim Scythe and Corpse Lance spam (see this build's skills page for more information). Seek double Crit stats, CDR and an open Socket for The Compass Rose and double Crit stats, Cold % and an open Socket on The Traveler's Pledge amulet.
Your remaining ring slot will ideally be taken by a Necromancer-specific legendary, Krysbin's Sentence, whose effect doubles your damage against targets affected by a Slow. This bonus is virtually permanent due to the level 25 property of Bane of the Trapped, which creates a slowing field in your melee range, where you naturally fight with the Inarius set. It also triples the bonus if you affect enemies with any other form of CC — a mighty effect that you will trigger with a combination of Dizzying Curse's stun proc, Bone Armor Dislocation activations, and the occasional Land of the Dead Frozen Lands.
Note that if you have a badly rolled Krysbin's Sentence, you will be better off cubing it and temporarily wearing a Unity. Coupled with another Unity on the follower, plus an immortality relic on him (i.e. Enchanting Favor), it will reduce incoming damage by 50%. This will, however, prevent you from grouping up and retaining your damage reduction. In groups, you should use Krysbin's Sentence on yourself and cube Wisdom of Kalan.
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, and make a point to re-apply the curse on a regular basis.
Ancient Parthan Defenders are a known legendary to any progression build with hard CC at its disposal. These bracers will provide a scaling damage reduction effect for every stunned or frozen enemy in its radius, conveniently matching the fighting range of Inarius builds.
The recommended weapon for the build is the two-handed scythe 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 Overwhelming Essence, maxing resource in Paragons and attaining a high max Essence in the weapon's secondary stats. An alternative weapon setup is wielding the cube recommendation, Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang, along with a well-rolled legendary phylactery, i.e. Lost Time, and slotting Reilena's Shadowhook in the Cube. This setup will improve your cooldowns and crit chance at the expense of the higher average damage of the two-hander.
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.
Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem procs itself with its level 25 property when in melee range, synergizing with the close-and-personal range of Inarius Necromancer builds.
Pain Enhancer benefits from the Crit bonuses of Brittle Touch, and provides valuable extra Attack Speed for faster Grim Scythe swings. As Pain Enhancer's own damage proc scales from the damage amplifier of the Inarius 6-piece bonus, it also provides decent DPS from a rather unexpected source.
To match the laid-back playstyle of the build, a strong contender for the third gem slot is Gem of Efficacious Toxin, whose passive powers and DoT-like damage effect fit nicely into the build (replacing the former favorite Mirinae, Teardrop of the Starweaver, whose proc rate has been significantly toned down from its former state).
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Stored in the Weapon slot of Kanai's Cube, Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang is a powerful legendary scythe that triples your damage against cursed enemies; a bonus that is trivial to maintain with Cursed Scythe and your own manual Decrepify casts.
Our default recommendation for the armor slot in the Cube is Aquila Cuirass, since it will halve incoming damage as long as you maintain above 90% of your resource reserve — a considerable defensive bonus when pushing for GR progress that is virtually permanent in this no-spender build. Once you have gotten used to the build and fully optimized your character (good rolls, high level gems, augmentations on gear), you can explore a more offensive option — Corpsewhisper Pauldrons — to increase your single target Corpse Lance burst.
As previously mentioned, your jewelry slot in the Cube will vary according to your better roll of Unity and Krysbin's Sentence (simply cube the inferior). For party play, use Wisdom of Kalan — a dedicated Inarius set legendary amulet, extending your maximum Bone Armor stacks from 10 to 15. This legendary will allow you to retain high damage reduction in groups.
In your 4th Kanai's Cube slot in Season 22, place The Furnace. The unique effect of this two-handed mace provides you with an incomparable source of bonus elite damage, significantly shortening fights with champion packs and Rift Guardians — traditionally one-on-one affairs, where AoE-oriented builds suffer the most.
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.
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.
- 19 Nov. 2020: Added S22 Cube recommendation.
- 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
- 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
- 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed for Season 18.
- 12 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
- 18 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
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