Necromancer Skeletal Mages Build With Rathma and Jesseth Sets

Last updated on Jan 18, 2019 at 09:00 by Deadset 13 comments
General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Rathma Skeletal Mages 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 2.6.4 and Season 16.

General Information

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

Drawing from the minion-related powers of the Bones of Rathma set, this Necromancer build gorges on the Essence of the surrounding corpses and unleashes its power through mighty Skeletal Mage summons. This deliberate, skeleton-heavy, summoner playstyle is available in both Greater Rift solo progression, GR speed 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 Rathma Skeletal Mage Necromancer is displayed below. Read the dedicated Skills page for detailed information on choices, alternatives and build customization.

4. Builds

GR Solo Progress GR Group Speedfarm Normal Rift Speedfarm
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Bone Spikes Icon Bone Spikes Sudden Impact Sudden Impact Right Mouse Button Skeletal Mage Icon Skeletal Mage Singularity Singularity 1 Devour Icon Devour Cannibalize Cannibalize 2 Land of the Dead Icon Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands 3 Command Skeletons Icon Command Skeletons Freezing Grasp Freezing Grasp 4 Simulacrum Icon Simulacrum Reservoir Reservoir
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Decrepify Icon Decrepify Borrowed Time Borrowed Time Right Mouse Button Skeletal Mage Icon Skeletal Mage Singularity Singularity 1 Blood Rush Icon Blood Rush Potency Potency 2 Devour Icon Devour Satiated Satiated 3 Simulacrum Icon Simulacrum Reservoir Reservoir 4 Bone Armor Icon Bone Armor Dislocation Dislocation
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Blood Rush Icon Blood Rush Metabolism Metabolism Right Mouse Button Skeletal Mage Icon Skeletal Mage Skeleton Archer Skeleton Archer 1 Devour Icon Devour Devouring Aura Devouring Aura 2 Land of the Dead Icon Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands 3 Command Skeletons Icon Command Skeletons Freezing Grasp Freezing Grasp 4 Frailty Icon Frailty Aura of Frailty Aura of Frailty
Passive Skills

4.1. Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the Rathma Skeletal Mage Necromancer is listed below. Check the Gear page for detailed information on choices, alternatives, gemming, Kanai's Cube and Paragon distribution. It also includes detailed explanations for Season 16 adjustments.

4.2. Legendary Gems

4.3. Kanai's Cube

5. Role in the Current Meta

This build is ranked as a High Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season. If high leaderboard position without strict adherence to the meta is attractive to you, consider using this build.

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. Changelog

  • 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 speed grs variant page): Variation added.
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (gear page): Revised belt and jewelry recommendations for Patch 2.6.1.
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (speed farming variant page): Adapted variant to the changes we made to the gear page.
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (skills page): Adjusted skill selection according to the buffs in Patch 2.6.1.
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (this page): Revised the guide to reflect its Patch 2.6.1 buffs.
  • 17 Jul. 2017 (gear page): Guide updated with improved skill and gearing recommendations.
  • 17 Jul. 2017 (skills page): Guide updated with improved skill and gearing recommendations.
  • 17 Jul. 2017 (this page): Guide updated with improved skill and gearing recommendations.
  • 17 Jul. 2017 (speed farming variant page): Guide updated with improved skill and gearing recommendations.
  • 07 Jul. 2017 (skills page): Skill recommendations updated.
  • 05 Jul. 2017 (gear page): Gear recommendations updated.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide added.
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