Inarius Corpse Explosion Necromancer Speed Farming Variation
Normal Rift Speed Farming Variation
The Inarius Generator Necromancer deals excellently with Normal Rift farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties. We have solo speed GR rankings and solo speed T16 rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.
Within the limited scope of regular 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.
|Decrepify Borrowed Time Corpse Explosion Close Quarters 1 Frailty Aura of Frailty 2 Bone Armor Harvest of Anguish 3 Blood Rush Metabolism 4 Land of the Dead Shallow Graves
When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.
The T16 key farming build will mimic parts of the GR progression rotation, but with a greatly sped up and extremely aggressive playstyle. You will Bone Armor at the start of runs for the Inarius damage reduction, and then scout out with Blood Rush for elites and champion packs. Your goal is to find one, use Decrepify Borrowed Time and follow up with Land of the Dead, and then blow up the elite with Corpse Explosion. This will kickstart your In-geom buff, which you pair with a Messerschmidt's Reaver in the Cube for an amalgamation of cooldown reduction sources that will cut the LotD downtime. Ideally you will be able to jump from pack to pack, chaining Land of the Deads one into another and blowing up everything in your path with limitless Corpse Explosions.
Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the base Greater Rift progression build, but others will have to change according to the task at hand. Ability to cross over great distances faster and more efficiently take precedence.
- Your main damage dealer is still the namesake of the build: Corpse Explosion, taken with the melee range burst of Close Quarters — synergistic with the fighting range of the Inarius set.
- Land of the Dead is near-mandatory for endgame Necromancers, and is absolutely non-negotiable for Corpse-reliant builds such as this one. Since you do not need nearly as much damage for standard rift farming, you will alter the progression rune Frozen Lands into the longer lasting Shallow Graves as soon as you get comfortable with your DPS.
- Scaling your damage with Grim Scythe Cursed Scythe or Nayr stacking with Bone Spear Blighted Marrow will not be necessary for T16s, but Curses are never amiss — using Decrepify Borrowed Time occasionally (especially at the start of runs) can prevent CDR bottlenecks from unfavorable Rift monster compositions, while Frailty Aura of Frailty will provide a consistent, lazy culling effect all around you.
- Bone Armor is the basis of Inarius builds as it provides both damage reduction and damage scaling via the 4- and 6-piece set bonuses. Transition from the progression-oriented Dislocation (as soon as you are comfortable with your damage and do not feel the need for the hard CC proc of Krysbin's Sentence) into the speed boost of Harvest of Anguish.
- A movement skill is even more necessary during speed farming; Blood Rush stays in the build, but should be taken with the Metabolism rune instead for the additional charge.
The Inarius set is still the basis of the build, but you will be taking 5 of the 6 available pieces and completing the full bonus by wearing a Ring of Royal Grandeur. Drop Inarius's Perseverance from the GR progression setup for the speed boost of Steuart's Greaves, which will send you flying through key farming runs.
Utility slots also vary according to solo or group play, as you have to take care of certain bonuses that are usually relegated to the follower yourself when partying up. The bracer and belt slots that are occupied by protective pieces in GR progression are better taken by Warzechian Armguards (for the environment destruction-based movement speed boost) and Goldwrap (for the near-invulnerability it provides through its interaction with Avarice Band and Boon of the Hoarder. When partying up, you might want to be able to proc the extra elite spawn at Pylons yourself (usually done by the follower in solo play), which means wearing Nemesis Bracers.
You have three main legendaries that compete for your ring slots during T16 farming. Ring of Royal Grandeur is necessary to complete the Inarius set bonus while wearing utility legendaries. Krysbin's Sentence is a massive damage multiplier, scaling based on crowd control effects. Briggs' Wrath pulls Cursed enemies in tight clumps around you for the convenience of your Corpse Explosion destruction. Wear your two best-rolled rings between these three, and Cube the third. The fourth supremely useful ring during T16 speed farming is Avarice Band, but it can be equipped by your Follower and its powers will be "emanated" to you as if you wore the item yourself. You cannot take your Follower with you when you group up, but you certainly do not want to miss out on the pickup radius, which requires that you drop Briggs' Wrath or Krysbin's Sentence from your jewelry for Avarice.
The Johnstone and your best rolled Phylactery will carry over from your GR progression build right into farming. (Note that you can play a lot more recklessly with The Johnstone bonuses, and you will not have to stress carrying over stacks from one LotD into the next.) Your weapon will be swapped from the GR progression-oriented Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang into the speed farming staple In-geom, which will allow you to chain Land of the Dead casts with minimal effort once you get the snowball rolling.
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.
Altar of Rites
The former Season 28 theme, the Altar of Rites, has been revised and re-added to Diablo 3 as a permanent character progression mechanic. — For virtually all builds and players of all skill levels — from casual to advanced — we recommend progressing through the Altar tree using the path outlined below. The suggested path is geared towards maximum quality of life first, then amplifying damage, and then mopping up the tree with defensive and edge case utility nodes.
Note that while they require reaching them with a Seal, Legendary Potion Powers are not part of the Seal cost system; Potions unlock with a separate resource called Primordial Ashes, obtained from salvaging Legendary or Set items of Primal (red bordered) quality. Upgrade them as soon as possible, and in the order shown below (courtesy of Caleko's Altar of Rites planner).
You can read more on the Altar of Rites, Seals and Legendary Potion Powers in our dedicated Altar of Rites Mechanics guide.
Both Gogok of Swiftness (CDR) and Bane of the Trapped (damage) still bring excellent value to the build in T16 keyfarm. Within the limited challenges of T16 rifts, Bane of the Stricken should be replaced by Boon of the Hoarder. This gem increases your movement speed and provides near-infinite Toughness through its interaction with Avarice Band (either slotted in the Cube during group play, or worn by your follower in solo play), and the worn Goldwrap.
Season 30 Soul Shards
In Season 30, your helm and weapon sockets will be taken over by the supremely powerful Soul Shards. For this variant, we recommend the following:
- Helm — Fragment of Destruction with "When you apply Mark of Destruction to an enemy, you increase your Movement Speed by 5% for 7 seconds. Max 10 Stacks" as its Rank 3 power. For optimization benefits, aim for Intelligence or Melee/Ranged Damage Reduction on its Rank 2 roll.
- Weapon — Essence of Anguish with "Your Movement Speed and Cooldown Reduction can be increased up to 15 times by dealing Poison damage to an enemy" as its Rank 3 power. For optimization benefits, aim for Weapon Damage Increase on its Rank 2 roll.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Adapting Kanai's Cube
For your weapon slot, you should run Messerschmidt's Reaver as your second cooldown reduction powerhouse, paired with your equipped In-geom; both will work exceptionally well with this LotD-dependent build.
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 standard T16 rifts farming is the Enchantress due to her vast array of bonuses that complement this build; most notably, Prophetic Harmony for the Cooldown Reduction and Amplification for the elemental damage increase, both of which you can attain by using a Hand of the Prophet.
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.
The preferred potions for this build are Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid (allowing you to break down Waller affixes that impede your positioning) and Bottomless Potion of the Tower (whose Armor-increasing properties complement the naturally high All Resistances stat of Necromancers). Pick whichever you feel helps you out the most.
- 10 Jan. 2024: Revised guide for the permanent addition of the Altar of Rites, and added Season-specific Soul Shard recommendations.
- 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.
- 03 Dec. 2021: Thoroughly reworked for Season 25.
- 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 revised for Season 17.
- 27 Oct. 2017: Removed note about Fueled by Death's bug.
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