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Necromancer Bones of Rathma Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.7.6 / Season 29)

Last updated on Sep 15, 2023 at 09:00 by Deadset 36 comments

This build is a starter build for fresh Level 70 Necromancers who have access to the Bones of Rathma set.

This guide is part of our Necromancer Seasonal Progress Guide, which also includes a leveling build and other early builds for fresh 70 characters.


Fresh 70 Build

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 Revive Icon Revive Personal Army Personal Army 2 Command Skeletons Icon Command Skeletons Frenzy Frenzy 3 Blood Rush Icon Blood Rush Metabolism Metabolism 4 Army of the Dead Icon Army of the Dead Death Valley Death Valley
Passive Skills

How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation

The starter Rathma set build is a natural continuation of the leveling and fresh 70 Necromancer build, as the set's pet theme falls perfectly in line with the summon-heavy beginner build.

Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the Leveling and Fresh 70 Build, but others will have to adapt to the set you are currently equipping. Abilities that synergize with set bonuses and complementary items take precedence.

  • You will maintain Command Skeletons Command Skeletons and Skeletal Mage Skeletal Mage, as the former will be responsible for the bulk of your damage reduction from the Rathma set 4-piece bonus, while the latter will provide a stack for one of the strongest (and synergistic with Rathma) damage scaling powers for Necromancers, the poison-dependent Nayr's Black Death Nayr's Black Death.
  • You will add Essence restoration via the primary attack Grim Scythe Grim Scythe, along with the utility-laden Cursed Scythe Cursed Scythe that will spread Curse effects for free.
  • Since Command Skeletons Command Skeletons's role as a damage skill will diminish the further you progress the build, you can increase their utility greatly by swapping to hastened cooldown reduction (note the Rathma 2-piece bonus!) of the Frenzy Frenzy rune.
  • In earlier farming difficulties, you can make a judgment call of the enemies' threat level and either stay with the Potency Potency rune of Blood Rush Blood Rush, or change to the superior mobility of the Metabolism Metabolism rune.
  • Revive Revive is an integral part of Rathma builds, which rely on permanent minions to bolster their powers. Further strengthen your build by using the damage reduction rune Personal Army Personal Army, which will bulk up the otherwise lacking defenses of the Necromancer.
  • Army of the Dead Army of the Dead is the centerpiece of the 2.7 Rathma rework; this massive, 2-minute cooldown nuke will be cut down short via the powers of the set, and much of your skill and gear selection will revolve around turning it into a spammable skill. Take the Death Valley Death Valley rune for additional control over the battlefield.
  • In your passives, take an extension of summons duration from Extended Servitude Extended Servitude, improve your attack speed via Swift Harvesting Swift Harvesting, make use of yout summoned posse for life sustain via Grisly Tribute Grisly Tribute and cut your crucial Army of the Dead Army of the Dead cooldown even shorter with Blood is Power Blood is Power.


The build above is specifically created not to require any additional sets or legendary items. In order to transition to a late game-oriented spec using the same set, we have listed the top three priority items to obtain when starting out with this set.

  • Fate's Vow Fate's Vow is an Army of the Dead Army of the Dead centerpiece item, as it nets you a massive skill damage amplifier and grants you the highest damage dealing rune, Unconventional Warfare Unconventional Warfare, for free.
  • The Jesseth Arms set, the Jesseth Skullscythe Jesseth Skullscythe and Jesseth Skullshield Jesseth Skullshield, provide another massive damage multiplier against enemies targeted by your Command Skeletons Command Skeletons. Playing around priority targets forms much of the endgame playstyle of the Rathma set.
  • Krysbin's Sentence Krysbin's Sentence is a cornerstone Necromancer jewelry piece, which greatly increases damage dealt against targets affected by crowd control skills.

End-Game Bones of Rathma Builds

The mini-guide above is simply meant to acquaint you with the set and how a build with just the Haedrig's Gift (or a newly found set), and no supporting legendaries would play out. We have the following endgame-oriented builds that use the set, and encourage you to explore these much stronger playstyles!



  • 15 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Season 29.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Reviewed for Season 28.
  • 10 Dec. 2021: Reviewed for Season 25.
  • 23 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Season 24.
  • 02 Apr. 2021: Revised to account for Rathma set rework.
  • 13 Mar. 2020: Reviewed for Season 20.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Page added.
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