Necromancer Corpse Lance Build with Pestilence or Trag'Oul's set

Last updated on Aug 23, 2019 at 17:47 by Deadset 28 comments
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 2.6.6 and Season 18.

For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our follower guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

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. Changelog

  • 23 Aug. 2019 (trag'oul variant page): Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (speed farming variant page): Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (group progression variant page): Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (skills page): Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (gear page): Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 12 May 2019 (group progression variant page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 12 May 2019 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 12 May 2019 (skills page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 12 May 2019 (speed farming variant page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 12 May 2019 (gear page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 12 May 2019 (trag'oul variant page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (this page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 16.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
  • 20 Sep. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 15.
  • 14 Jun. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 14.
  • 26 Nov. 2017 (group progression variant page): Added the group progression variant.
  • 26 Nov. 2017 (skills page): Spreading Malediction is now a default choice and Decrepify its alternative.
  • 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 (gear page): The Pestilence set is now the main setup (and Trag'Oul is a variation).
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (this page): Guide shifted to suggest Pestilence set as the main setup, and Trag'Oul as a variation.
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (trag'oul variant page): Moved Trag'Oul as a progression variant.
  • 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 (skills page): Guide updated to reflect the meta shift to Simulacrum.
  • 12 Jul. 2017 (this page): Guide updated to reflect the meta shift to Simulacrum.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (gear page): Gear recommendations updated.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (skills page): Skill recommendations updated.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide added.
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