LoN Thorns Skeletons Solo Necromancer BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your LoN Thorns Skeletons Solo Necromancer in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.5 and Season 17.
1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
As this is a Legacy of Nightmares set spec, you have considerable freedom in picking out the rest of your gear slots. As a rule of thumb, focus on Thorns, Increased Attack Speed and Cooldown Reduction and remember the rings' requirements for ancient items, as well as their restriction on other set bonuses. You can run individual set pieces with beneficial stats, as long as they do not form any set bonus. Always keep in mind Thorns' inability to crit, and try to avoid or roll off Crit Chance and Crit Damage stats whenever possible.
The Legacy of Nightmares set is a 2.4 rework, allowing you to run any legendary item combination while not losing out on the damage amplification and reduction associated with the traditional 6-piece sets. As long as the two rings — The Wailing Host and Litany of the Undaunted — are the only active set bonus you have equipped, every Ancient item will greatly increase your damage dealt and reduce damage taken. In the stats of the rings, try to obtain a combination of high Intelligence, Increased Attack Speed, Cooldown Reduction and — ideally — Thorns damage in the secondary stats.
Rounding out the jewelry, you have several viable options for the neck slot. A class-specific recommendation comes in the form of Wisdom of Kalan — its Bone Armor stack maximum extension comes in handy for damage reduction purposes, and its natural Increased Attack Speed roll falls in line with the stat requirements of the build. A great alternative is found in the craftable Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence, giving you one of the core passives of the build or an extra, helpful one, like Fueled by Death.
An ancient Andariel's Visage is your ideal option for the helm, providing an extra source of Physical elemental damage to the build. The helm also naturally rolls with Increased Attack Speed, which greatly benefits the minion-based nature of the build. The build lacks a mandatory synergistic item for the shoulder slot, but you can find minor utility in the cheat-death proc of Pauldrons of the Skeleton King (still, any well-rolled ancient item will do).
The remainder of your equipment can be roughly split into four categories, each featuring two items with a similar purpose: golem items, defensive items, utility items, and your weapon-and-offhand damage items.
- You will be wearing both items that synergize with Command Golem — Moribund Gauntlets and Golemskin Breeches. The gloves are a key item to the build, as they make your minion shed a Corpse every second, providing an infinite source for your Devour Satiated stacks. The Golemskin Breeches are a supplementary item, and provide an additional damage reduction layer while the golem is alive (which is almost guaranteed with a highly leveled Enforcer), as well as reducing the cooldown of its active ability by more than half (which brings helpful burst healing via Blood Golem).
- For your protection, you will be employing the Necromancer-specific Dayntee's Binding, as well as the generic protection of Aquila Cuirass. The belt cuts incoming damage in half, as long as there is an enemy afflicted by a Curse — all but guaranteed with your constant spamming of Frailty. The cross-class staple Aquila Cuirass brings another massive source of damage reduction, on the condition that your Essence does not drop below 90% of its reserve — a near-trivial bonus to maintain, considering your minimal spending from curses, their cheaper price (due to Eternal Torment), and your constant Devour usage.
- Your wrists and boots will be dedicated utility slots, sporting Nemesis Bracers and Illusory Boots respectively. Nemesis Bracers assist your constant demand for massive, elite-centric fights by summoning an extra yellow champion at every pylon. Conversely, Illusory Boots help you navigate those massive pulls into an ever-growing chain of monsters by removing collision and allowing you to pass through them unhindered.
- Last, but not certainly not least, Spear of Jairo and Bone Ringer will be key items for your damage output. Spear of Jairo scales your damage for each enemy afflicted by one of your curses, feeding into the Curse-spammy nature of the build. As noted in the Skills page, always keep in mind that curses might be permanent from Eternal Torment, but they still drop off based on distance (roughly a screen and a half away), and so does your damage along with them. Constant re-application to feed the Spear of Jairo is key for this build. The mandatory off-hand and cornerstone legendary in the build is the Bone Ringer Phylactery, acting as a scaling damage multiplier with every successive attack of Command Skeletons.
1.1. Notes for Season 17
Since Season 17 characters obtain the powers of the Legacy of Nightmares set passively without needing to wear the two rings, you can dedicate your jewelry to other powerful legendaries. In the case of the LoN Skeletons Necromancer, you will be wearing a Physical damage Stone of Jordan and your best rolled ring between Convention of Elements, Krysbin's Sentence, and cubing the worse rolled one. Convention of Elements will provide a massive damage increase during the Physical cycle of its rotation, with an improved uptime compared to other classes due to the Necromancer's three element rotation. Krysbin's Sentence is a Necromancer-specific item that amplifies damage as long as you have a hard crowd control active; in order to trigger it, you can make a swap to Command Golem Ice Golem and Bone Armor Dislocation. If you are uncomfortable with the lack of survivability that Krysbin necessitates, you can use Unity instead. Finally, a Stone of Jordan provides a smattering of both elemental and elite damage, for a decent overall damage increase.
2. Paragon Points
Boyarsky's Chip is a straightforward addition to a Thorns build with its massive, dedicated increase to said stat.
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.
Your final jewelry socket is slightly more flexible. In general, it is recommended that you take Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard for its excellent synergy with Draw Life, and the massive sustain and protection it provides as a result. If you trust your survivability and are trying to hyper-optimize your damage, you can substitute this gem with Zei's Stone of Vengeance, and try to squeeze out an extra bit of damage by positioning away from enemies prior to a Physical Convention of Elements cycle.
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4. Kanai's Cube
Your weapon slot in Kanai's Cube should be taken by Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang, a one-handed scythe that scales your damage multiplicatively against enemies afflicted by your curses. Considering the curse-heavy nature of the build, this is one of the strongest multipliers you can add to the build. Note that this item is interchangeable with Spear of Jairo, depending on your worse rolled item.
To complement the constant movement of the build, Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan are added to the armor slot of the Cube to provide an extra additive damage increase. Keep in mind its damage decreasing property while stationary, and strive to be on the move at all times.
Your jewelry Cube slot should be taken by the rotation-based elemental damage multiplier of Convention of Elements. Note that its Physical cycle affects Thorns damage (and thus, you will be aiming for optimal positioning of your pets in the thick of the fight during this cycle), as well as the shortened rotation of CoE on Necromancers overall — since the class only has three sources of elemental damage. These factors combined make it an optimal choice for the slot.
- 23 May 2019: Minor fixes to the guide.
- 17 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
- 12 May 2019: Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 17's LoN buff.
- 27 Mar. 2019: Guide added.
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