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Inarius Corpse Explosion Necromancer BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jun 26, 2017 at 21:00 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Inarius Corpse Explosion Necromancer in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

The other pages of our Inarius Corpse Explosion 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 Grace of Inarius set, leaving the jewelry for utility and protection legendaries. Rolls-wise, this Corpse Explosion Corpse Explosion-centric, cooldown-heavy build makes good use of skill damage and CDR rolls across gear. You can increase Corpse Explosion Corpse Explosion's power through skill damage rolls on Inarius's Conviction Inarius's Conviction and Inarius's Martyrdom Inarius's Martyrdom. Cooldown reduction is a possible roll on Inarius's Martyrdom Inarius's Martyrdom and Inarius's Will Inarius's Will, and it is a desirable stat on both. The remainder of the set pieces — Inarius's Understanding Inarius's Understanding, Inarius's Reticence Inarius's Reticence and Inarius's Perseverance Inarius's Perseverance — are best dedicated to toughness rolls.

Not skipping on any of the pieces required to obtain the 6-piece bonus of the Grace of Inarius allows you to run utility and defense-oriented jewelry that augments the core strengths of the build. Your first ring should be Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac, a well known ring to cooldown reliant builds with lacking CDR mechanics. With its powers, your Death Nova Death Nova spam outside Land of the Dead Land of the Dead will quickly bring this crucial skill back up — especially considering it is the only cooldown the ring will have to take care of. Your other ring slot is best occupied by Unity Unity; coupled with another Unity Unity on the follower, plus an immortality relic on him (i.e. Enchanting Favor Enchanting Favor), it will reduce incoming damage by 50%.

To complete the jewelry, you will equip Wisdom of Kalan Wisdom of Kalan — a dedicated Inarius set legendary amulet, extending your maximum Bone Armor Bone Armor stacks from 10 to 15. This increases the max damage reduction value of the skill to the whopping 75% when maxed out.

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 Decrepify Decrepify. 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 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 and offhand setup for the build is Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang along with a Poison damage Lidless Wall Lidless Wall. The one-handed scythe turns the Cursed Scythe Cursed Scythe curse application from proc to guaranteed, as well as amplifying your damage against cursed targets. This setup will hit for less on average than a two-handed setup, but will provide extra utility to the build in the form of shield defense and extra Cooldown Reduction. Alternatively, you can wield the Cube weapon slot recommendation, Nayr's Black Death Nayr's Black Death, and cube Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang. This setup will increase the downtime of Land of the Dead Land of the Dead, but will reward you with harder hits on average.

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

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Intelligence
  3. Maximum Essence (up to personal preference)
  4. Vitality
Offense
  1. Critical Hit Damage
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
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

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. The gem procs itself with its level 25 property when in melee range, synergizing with the close-and-personal range of Inarius Necromancer builds.

Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness is one of your gemming staples, indirectly providing you with more damage and survivability by increasing the essential Cooldown Reduction, as well as scaling Dodge chance. Even its Attack Speed aspect is not lost, since you will apply your curses more quickly with faster Cursed Scythe Cursed Scythe attacks.

Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration — the strongest mitigation gem available, with a noticeable impact in facetanking builds such as this one. Improving your elemental resistances with every gem level, as well as providing you with a near-impenetrable last line of defense through the level 25 property, Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration edges over other defensive options like Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard and Mutilation Guard Mutilation Guard.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Stored in the Weapon slot of Kanai's Cube, Nayr's Black Death Nayr's Black Death is a powerful legendary scythe that scales your damage per Poison skill used in a generous 15 second period. Do not neglect to keep track of your poisonous stacks however, and refresh them with an activation of either Close Quarters Close Quarters, Dislocation Dislocation, Blight Blight or Cursed Scythe Cursed Scythe — each dropped stack is a significant loss of damage potential.

Hidden away in the Cube armor slot, Grasps of Essence Grasps of Essence is a crucial legendary for Corpse Explosion Corpse Explosion builds, greatly scaling your damage as you detonate Corpses onto enemies.

The Cube jewelry slot should be taken by a Necromancer-specific legendary, Krysbin's Sentence 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 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 Bone Armor Bone Armor Dislocation Dislocation activations and your high uptime of Land of the Dead Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands.

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.

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