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Necromancer Corpse Lance Build

Last updated on Nov 26, 2017 at 18:16 by Deadset 61 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Corpse Lance Necromancer in Diablo 3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know to play this build at the highest level. This build is updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

1. Introduction

The Corpse Lance Necromancer is a powerful elite hunting build, capable of the whole spectrum of content difficulty with minor adjustments and adaptable either to the Pestilence or Trag'Oul sets. This daredevil, burst damage spec is available in s Greater Rift progression (solo and group) and regular Rift farming variations, explained in that order.

2. Video Guide

The following video guide was created to accompany the present written guide and demonstrate how to play the build in-game.

3. Quick Reference

3.1. Skill Setup

The basic skill setup of the Corpse Lance Necromancer is displayed below. Read the dedicated Skills page for detailed information on choices, alternatives and build customization.

4. Builds

Pestilence GR Solo Pestilence GR Group Trag'Oul GR Solo Speedfarming Variation
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Corpse Lance Icon Corpse Lance Brittle Touch Brittle Touch Right Mouse Button Blood Rush Icon Blood Rush Molting Molting 1 Devour Icon Devour Satiated Satiated 2 Decrepify Icon Decrepify Borrowed Time Borrowed Time 3 Simulacrum Icon Simulacrum Reservoir Reservoir 4 Land of the Dead Icon Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Grim Scythe Icon Grim Scythe Cursed Scythe Cursed Scythe Right Mouse Button Blood Rush Icon Blood Rush Molting Molting 1 Devour Icon Devour Satiated Satiated 2 Corpse Lance Icon Corpse Lance Brittle Touch Brittle Touch 3 Simulacrum Icon Simulacrum Reservoir Reservoir 4 Land of the Dead Icon Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Corpse Lance Icon Corpse Lance Blood Lance Blood Lance Right Mouse Button Blood Rush Icon Blood Rush No rune chosen 1 Devour Icon Devour Cannibalize Cannibalize 2 Decrepify Icon Decrepify Borrowed Time Borrowed Time 3 Simulacrum Icon Simulacrum Reservoir Reservoir 4 Land of the Dead Icon Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Corpse Lance Icon Corpse Lance Ricochet Ricochet Right Mouse Button Blood Rush Icon Blood Rush Molting Molting 1 Bone Armor Icon Bone Armor Dislocation Dislocation 2 Devour Icon Devour Cannibalize Cannibalize 3 Bone Spear Icon Bone Spear Blighted Marrow Blighted Marrow 4 Land of the Dead Icon Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands
Passive Skills

4.1. Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the Corpse Lance Necromancer is listed below. Check the Gear page for detailed information on choices, alternatives, gemming, Kanai's Cube and Paragon distribution.

4.2. Legendary Gems

4.3. Kanai's Cube

5. Role in the Current Meta

This build is ranked as the Top Tier solo and group pushing build for its class in the current Season.

This build is oriented mostly at solo Rifting (Greater and Normal). Due to its mediocre mobility on long distances, it is not recommended for Bounties. It is also not recommended for group Greater Rifts past the point where every party member can handle the content on his own.

6. Reading Further

To go in-depth on the skills, passives, itemization, gemming and variations to get the most out of this build, follow these pages:

  • Skills and Runes: exhaustive breakdown of the skill and passive choices, along with synergies, rotation and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points: detailed explanations of BiS gear, stat priorities, gemming (both regular and legendary), rerolling and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Group Progression Variation: Pestilence Corpse Lance variation for endgame group progression;
  • Trag'Oul Variation: Trag'Oul Corpse Lance variation for endgame progression;
  • Speed Farming Variation: Pestilence Corpse Lance variation for endgame speed farming;
  • Follower Guide: for more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

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.

7. ChangeLog

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  • 26 Nov. 2017 (skills page): Spreading Malediction is now a default choice and Decrepify its alternative.
  • 26 Nov. 2017 (group progression variant page): Added the group progression variant.
  • 26 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Expanded the gearing explanations to clarify proper item rolls.
  • 26 Nov. 2017 (this page): Added the Pestilence group variation, adjusted Passive selection.
  • 12 Nov. 2017 (skills page): Added a passive alteration for an endgame optimized character.
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (speed farming variant page): Reworked the variant to a Pestilence setup.
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (trag'oul variant page): Moved Trag'Oul as a progression variant.
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (this page): Guide shifted to suggest Pestilence set as the main setup, and Trag'Oul as a variation.
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (gear page): The Pestilence set is now the main setup (and Trag'Oul is a variation).
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (skills page): Guide shifted to suggest Pestilence set as the main setup, and Trag'Oul as a variation.
  • 15 Jul. 2017 (speed farming variant page): Updated the speed farming guide with optimized suggestions.
  • 12 Jul. 2017 (gear page): Guide updated to reflect the meta shift to Simulacrum.
  • 12 Jul. 2017 (this page): Guide updated to reflect the meta shift to Simulacrum.
  • 12 Jul. 2017 (skills page): Guide updated to reflect the meta shift to Simulacrum.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (skills page): Skill recommendations updated.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (gear page): Gear recommendations updated.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide added.
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