LoD Poison Scythe Necromancer Trash Killer Variation

Last updated on Nov 19, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 15 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Trash Killer variant of LoD Poison Scythe Necromancer. Updated for patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.

1.

Greater Rift Group Speedfarm

The LoD Poison Scythe Necromancer can be adapted to be a group Greater Rift Trash Killing spec, especially when coupled with an appropriate team composition of support teammates. The build deviates in some ways from the base solo progression spec, most notably in the gear and legendary gem selection.

2.

Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Grim Scythe Icon Grim Scythe Cursed Scythe Cursed Scythe Right Mouse Button Skeletal Mage Icon Skeletal Mage Contamination Contamination 1 Simulacrum Icon Simulacrum Blood and Bone Blood and Bone 2 Bone Spear Icon Bone Spear Blighted Marrow Blighted Marrow 3 Siphon Blood Icon Siphon Blood Power Shift Power Shift 4 Bone Armor Icon Bone Armor Dislocation Dislocation
Passive Skills

The entirety of your skill selection for group trash clearing will remain the same as your solo progression spec. For the sake of posterity, this is a short version of the reasoning behind each skill:

2.1.

Season 22 Modification

Due to the 4th Kanai's Cube slot in Season 22 and the ability to include an extra damage multiplier in the form of Reilena's Shadowhook Reilena's Shadowhook, you will focus on expanding your Essence reserve alongside the usual recommendations for this build. Skill-wise, this means changing the base recommendation for the passive Eternal Torment Eternal Torment for Overwhelming Essence Overwhelming Essence.

3.

Adapting Gear

Since your crowd control immunity should be taken care of by your Support Barbarian teammate, you should drop Ice Climbers Ice Climbers from your gear and equip the Illusory Boots Illusory Boots. In turn, this will free a slot in your Kanai's Cube lineup to store Depth Diggers Depth Diggers in, and allows you to equip Swamp Land Waders Swamp Land Waders for extra damage. The Swamp Land Waders Swamp Land Waders are unique for the slot with their elemental damage increase, which compensates for their class-inappropriate legendary property; note that this piece needs to be gambled on a Witch Doctor alt, as they are a class-specific item for WDs.

Since you will not be responsible for elite spawning on shrines in groups, you will replace Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers from the solo progression build for Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders. Their potent damage reduction effect will be procced by the pre-nuke cast of Bone Armor Bone Armor Dislocation Dislocation, as well as your supports — and makes you much more durable in the highly damaging environments of GR progression.

With the ample protection given to you by supports, you can easily add another damage multiplier in the build in the form of Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace, and offset its "increased damage taken" effect with the supports' protective buffs.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Poison Damage %
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Area Damage
  3. Armor
  4. Vitality
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Armor
  4. Elite Damage Reduction
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Poison Damage %
  4. Vitality
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Hands
  1. Critical Hit Damage
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Area Damage
  4. Intelligence (or Attack Speed at high Paragon)
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Grim Scythe %
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
  5. Freeze on Hit % (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Grim Scythe %
  4. Armor
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. All Resistance
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Poison Damage %
  5. Cooldown Reduction
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage or Attack Speed
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage or Attack Speed
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Area Damage
  5. Attack Speed
  6. Maximum Essence (Season 22 Priority Secondary Stat)
  7. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Grim Scythe %
  5. Area Damage
  6. Maximum Essence (Season 22 Priority Secondary Stat)

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.

4.

Adapting Gems

You will maintain Legacy of Dreams Legacy of Dreams (foundational gem for the build) and Simplicity's Strength Simplicity's Strength (damage multiplication for your main source of DPS) from the solo progression build. Since you will no longer be responsible for taking the Rift Guardian down, you will replace Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken with Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped for another massive source of damage multiplication.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.

5.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

You will keep Nayr's Black Death Nayr's Black Death as your weapon Cube power; this is a major source of damage multiplication for the build, and your entire skill selection revolves around it.

You need to move Depth Diggers Depth Diggers into the armor slot of the Cube, since their primary-amplifying powers are still invaluable, but the elemental damage boost of Swamp Land Waders Swamp Land Waders is not part of its legendary power and thus cannot be extracted (ergo, needs to be worn).

Haunted Visions Haunted Visions remains a pivotal part of the build due to its Simulacrum Simulacrum-based powers. Note that this slot is interchangeable with Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace depending on your better rolled item.

During Season 22, you are also able to include Reilena's Shadowhook Reilena's Shadowhook; its 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 secondary stats of your weapons.

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.

6.

Changelog

  • 19 Nov. 2020: Added S22 Cube recommendation.
  • 02 Jul. 2020: Guide added.
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