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Inarius Skeletons Necromancer BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:29 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Inarius Skeletons 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 Skeletons Necromancer guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Attack Speed Breakpoints

To preface set roll recommendations, it is important to note that pet-based builds in Diablo 3 (such as this one) benefit greatly from reaching certain attack speed breakpoints, where the attack animation of the skill itself executes faster than it would at a lower Attack Speed rate. In simple terms, to reach the desired 12-frame breakpoint of attack speed on Command Skeletons Command Skeletons and 24-frame breakpoint on Grim Scythe Grim Scythe (to match the fixed 24-frame tick rate of the Inarius bone tornado), you will require three attack speed rolls on gear and maxed out Attack Speed in your Paragons, coupled with the 10 stacks of Skeleton Archer Skeleton Archer for a minimum of 2.1 Attacks per Second in your sheet. This is ideally achieved through an Attack Speed roll on your weapon, gloves and bracers (Lacuni Prowlers Lacuni Prowlers), but you can adapt according to your current drops and temporarily work with Attack Speed on one or both rings as well. This results in a minimal loss of other important stats.

2. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

The build equips all six available pieces of the Grace of Inarius set, leaving the jewelry for powerful offensive combinations. Rolls-wise, this Rift Guardian killer build makes good use of Attack Speed, Damage vs. Elites and Command Skeletons % rolls across gear. With Command Skeletons Command Skeletons being the focal point of the build, you will do well to increase their power through skill damage rolls on Inarius's Conviction Inarius's Conviction and Inarius's Martyrdom Inarius's Martyrdom. Attack Speed is desirable on Inarius's Will Inarius's Will, alongside Crit Chance and Crit Damage. 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 — can be left largely 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 The Compass Rose and The Traveler's Pledge 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 Skeleton playstyle, as you alternate between Blood Rush Blood Rush bursts of movement in search of the next big fight with extended periods of stationary Grim Scythe Grim Scythe and Command Skeletons Command Skeletons spam. Seek double Crit stats, Average Damage and an open Socket for The Compass Rose The Compass Rose and double Crit stats, Physical % and an open Socket on The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet.

Your second ring slot will be best taken by the pure damage boost of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements, whose rotation of elemental bonuses you will need to learn and time to maximize the benefits of the short-lived Physical proc. Make a point to synchronize Crowd Control (your own and your supports') with the Physical proc to make the most out of a Convention of Elements Convention of Elements-Krysbin's Sentence Krysbin's Sentence combo. Note that if you need to make up for Attack Speed deficiencies (particularly if you decide to run Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders as your bracers over Lacuni Prowlers Lacuni Prowlers), a well-rolled Krysbin's Sentence Krysbin's Sentence can fit nicely into this slot due to its natural Attack Speed roll. In a general sense, you will be cubing your weaker roll of the two rings, and wear the other.

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. (While you do not have it on your skill bar, Decrepify Decrepify will be applied via the combination of Cursed Scythe Cursed Scythe and Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang.)Note that it is very likely to lose this damage reduction during or in between fights as you kill off previously afflicted enemies, and make a point to re-apply the curse with a few primary attacks on a regular basis.

The ideal bracers on an optimized Rift Guardian killer Necromancer are the Lacuni Prowlers Lacuni Prowlers. They overshadow their lack of a legendary effect with the unique ability to roll Increased Attack Speed as a fifth primary affix, allowing you to reach coveted breakpoints with minimal stat losses. Earlier on in progression, or if you simply feel your character too squishy, you have a viable alternative in the face of Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders. These bracers will provide a scaling damage reduction effect for every stunned or frozen enemy in its radius, which is a trivial bonus to maintain with the myriad forms of crowd control at your supports' disposal. As previously mentioned, you will need to make up the Attack Speed loss on another piece of gear if you go the APD route.

The recommended weapon is Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang, a powerful legendary scythe that triples your damage against cursed enemies; a bonus that is trivial to maintain with a your constant slashing with Grim Scythe Grim Scythe Cursed Scythe Cursed Scythe. The mandatory offhand and cornerstone legendary in the build is the Bone Ringer Bone Ringer phylactery, acting as a scaling damage multiplier with every successive attack of Command Skeletons Command Skeletons. Note the variance of its legendary power (25 to 30%), and strive to maximize it as your foremost concern in the slot. Both the scythe and phylactery are able to roll Maximum Essence in their secondary stats, which is important to strive for due to the cubed Reilena's Shadowhook Reilena's Shadowhook. With the focus of the build on Rift Guardian killing, you will also do well to optimize your scythe and phylactery with Increased Damage vs. Elites as their fourth primary roll.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Command Skeletons %
  3. Vitality
  4. Life %
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Command Skeletons %
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Physical Damage %
  4. Inreased Attack Speed (if Lacuni Prowlers Lacuni Prowlers)
  5. Vitality
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Increased Attack Speed
  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. Average Damage
  5. Attack Speed
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Average Damage
  5. Attack Speed
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Max Essence (Secondary Stat)
  5. Increased Damage vs. Elites
  6. % Weapon Damage
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Command Skeletons %
  5. Max Essence (Secondary Stat)
  6. Increased Damage vs. Elites

3. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Maximum Essence
  3. Intelligence
  4. Vitality
Offense
  1. Critical Hit Damage
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Defense
  1. Armor
  2. Life %
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Resource Cost Reduction
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Area Damage
  4. Gold Find

4. 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.

Enforcer Enforcer is a pet-oriented gem that both increases your summons' damage multiplicatively and lessens the damage they take. This secondary bonus grows in value during Greater Rift progression, where summons start taking considerable amounts of damage and die on a regular basis.

Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken occupies the third and final jewelry socket. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist during the takedown of the biggest bottleneck in GRs, the scaling HP numbers.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

5. Kanai's Cube

Your weapon slot in Kanai's Cube should be taken by the two-handed scythe Reilena's Shadowhook 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 Overwhelming Essence, maxing resource in Paragons and attaining a high max Essence in the weapon and offhand's secondary stats.

A long-standing pet staple, Tasker and Theo Tasker and Theo are cubed in the Armor slot for their 50% multiplicative Attack Speed bonus to your summons.

Your jewelry Cube slot is ideally taken by Krysbin's Sentence Krysbin's Sentence, whose effect doubles your damage against targets affected by a Slow and triples the bonus if you affect enemies with any other form of CC. This bonus is easily procced with the help of your support teammates, but it is also important to communicate and guarantee its uptime during a Physical rotation of the worn Convention of Elements Convention of Elements.

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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