Masquerade Bone Spear Necromancer BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Masquerade Bone Spear Necromancer in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.
Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
The build incorporates the complete Masquerade of the Burning Carnival set bonuses, taking all six available Masquerade set pieces. The BiS roll for Lavishing Gloves includes double Crit stats alongside Intelligence and Area Damage; Area Damage is also desired on the Glamorous Gigot, alongside Resource Cost Reduction, Intelligence and Vitality. Full Toughness stats are preferred on Sophisticated Vest and Elegant Pants. Seek out additional Bone Spear % bonus on both Luxurious Bauta and Extravagant Shoes.
Not skipping on any of the pieces required to obtain the 6 piece set bonus of the Masquerade of the Burning Carnival opens a powerful offensive combo in the jewelry: Convention of Elements and Krysbin's Sentence. Convention of Elements will provide a massive damage increase during the Poison 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 your enemies are afflicted by a crowd control effect (ideally hard CC for the maximum damage multiplication).
For your amulet, Haunted Visions offers a build-defining legendary power that makes your Simulacrum summons last forever at the cost of a negligible life drain effect. It also allows them to duplicate Grim Scythe as well as Bone Spear, introducing an extra layer of utility and adaptability to the build.
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 curses.
Last but certainly not least, you have your weapon and offhand combo. The mandatory weapon for the build is Scythe of the Cycle, a one-handed scythe that increases the damage of your secondary skills while Bone Armor is active, but reduces the armor's duration with each cast. There is no particular offhand that you need to wear — any high damage range phylactery with the appropriate stats will do. We list Lost Time for the minor crowd control utility spread via your Cold-based generator attack.
Desired Stats, Breakpoints and Other Notes
For Offense stats, try to obtain Bone Spear % bonus on the helm, boots and phylactery (maximum of 45%), Poison elemental damage on the amulet and wrists (maximum of 40%) and Crit Chance and Crit Damage within a 1:10 ratio (ideally over 50% and 500%, respectively). This build invests heavily into Area Damage, prioritizing it in Paragons and obtaining it on pretty much any gear piece that can roll the stat sans the amulet. This should result in at least 125%+ AD with a decently equipped character.
For Defense stats, aim for a life pool of about 500-600k; dropping as much as you can for offense as you grow accustomed to the build.
All augmentations on gear should be done with your main stat, Intelligence.
Note that the stat suggestions below portray an ideally rolled item with stats listed in relative order of importance. The first four of them are main stats, and the latter two — secondary stats. If your item lacks and is unable to be rerolled into the primary stats outlined below, especially for a stat higher on the list, strongly consider its replacement. Perfecting Secondary stats is mostly a case of hyper-optimization and is not a case for discarding an item, except where noted.
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.
In the Core section, max out Movement Speed to the 25% cap. Normally this is done by dumping the first 50 Core Paragon points into Movement Speed, but if your boots have an imperfect roll with Movement Speed as a stat that you cannot replace, adjust the necessary point investment accordingly by simply subtracting your roll from the 25% max. After that, dump as much as you comfortably can into Intelligence, but feel free to invest into Vitality if you feel yourself lacking in toughness. Investing points into Maximum Essence is not necessary in this build, but is beneficial in Season 22, where you are able to include Reilena's Shadowhook as a 4th Cube power.
In the Offense section, max out Crit Chance, Crit Damage, Attack Speed and Cooldown Reduction in that order. In Defense, prioritize Armor, then Life %, then All Resistance, and finish off with Life Regeneration. In Utility, build up Area Damage and Resource Cost Reduction first, then finish off with Life on Hit and Globe Radius.
Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem will be procced by your Decrepify curse, Bone Prison passive, and even Zei's Stone of Vengeance and the various crowd control secondary stats you might have on your gear (Slow %, Freeze %).
Zei's Stone of Vengeance is another separate damage multiplier, whose range-dependent amplification can be easily maxed out by the long reach of Bone Spear. The level 25 property will add some minor control and safety to the build, as well as another proc for Bane of the Trapped and Krysbin's Sentence. Note that if you struggle with survival, you can viably alternate this gem to the toughness powerhouse Esoteric Alteration.
Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken occupies a firm spot in your jewelry sockets during GR progression. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is tremendously helpful for AoE-oriented builds such as this one.
When it comes to gear gems, you will start out progression by slotting the highest available level of Topazes in the chest and pants sockets. Ideally, these will all be Flawless Royal Topazes as soon as possible. As you grow in Paragon (bulking up Intelligence in the Core section) and aim for higher tier and more dangerous GRs, you will transition those gems into the defensive Flawless Royal Ruby, scaling the lacking Armor of an Intelligence-based character (Intelligence scales Resistances). There is no specific breakpoint where you do that; the rule of thumb is to make the change as soon as you feel the lack of toughness impede your progress. Since this is a rather resource intensive, slot a Flawless Royal Topaz in your helm. In your weapon, use a Flawless Royal Emerald for the Crit Damage boost.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Your weapon Cube slot should be taken by the two-handed scythe Maltorius' Petrified Spike — a Bone Spear-dedicated legendary, which doubles the cost of that skill but greatly improves its damage output.
Razeth's Volition is a rather unusual inclusion in the build at first glance, since you will not be using Skeletal Mages. Its secondary power however reduces incoming damage in half when your Essence reserve is not full, and it rarely (if ever) will be with the Maltorius' Petrified Spike-enhanced prices of Bone Spear spam.
While it is stored in the Cube in this suggested setup, Briggs' Wrath brings invaluable utility to the setup by doing the so-called "pixel pulling" of cursed enemies — basically, clumping up large groups of monsters to the maximum benefit of Area Damage on gear.
During Season 22, you are also able to include 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, 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.
The preferred potion for this build is Bottomless Potion of the Leech due to its Life per Hit bonuses, which synergize perfectly for the high attack speed and sustain-through-attacks playstyle of the build.
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.
- 19 Nov. 2020: Revision of item recommendations, alongside advice for Season 22 changes.
- 03 Jul. 2020: Guide added.
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