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Rathma Skeletal Mages Necromancer Group Speed GRs Variation

Last updated on Mar 12, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 16 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Group Speed GRs variant of Rathma Skeletal Mages Necromancer. Updated for patch 2.6.8 and Season 20.

1.

Greater Rift Group Speedfarm

The Rathma Skeletal Mage Necromancer can be adapted to be a group Greater Rift speed farmer, especially when coupled with an appropriate team composition of Support Necromancer and Support Barbarian. The build deviates in some ways from the base solo progression spec, most notably in weaponry and its approach to fights.

In post-Season 16, this group-oriented Rathma ("Rat") build lost its place in 4-man speed farming GRs, since stronger setups and builds demanded a different party composition. The build is removed from the menus, but is left on the site for documentation purposes.

2.

Adapting 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

In the skill selection, you will accomplish that by:

3.

Adapting Gear

Most importantly, you will be swapping away the solo progression Jesseth set (Jesseth Skullscythe Jesseth Skullscythe and Jesseth Skullshield Jesseth Skullshield) for the speedrun-oriented Scythe of the Cycle Scythe of the Cycle, paired with your best rolled phylactery offhand. The particular phylactery choice does not matter, since there are not any synergistic offhands for this setup.

Earlier in a Season, you might find that a protective Dayntee's Binding Dayntee's Binding is a better use of your waist slot, to minimize the chances of random oneshots from a highly damaging affix or projectile. Later on, you can revert to the increased damage of The Witching Hour The Witching Hour as you grow confident with the build.

Your Legendary gems and Cube selection remains the same as the progression build: Enforcer Enforcer, Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped and Zei's Stone of Vengeance Zei's Stone of Vengeance; and Reilena's Shadowhook Reilena's Shadowhook, Tasker and Theo Tasker and Theo and Circle of Nailuj's Evol Circle of Nailuj's Evol, respectively.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Skeletal Mage %
  5. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Area Damage
  3. Vitality
  4. Life %
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced damage from Elites
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Physical Damage
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage
  5. Vitality
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Life %
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Skeletal Mage %
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
  5. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Physical Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage
  5. Attack Speed
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage
  5. Attack Speed
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Attack Speed
  5. % Weapon Damage
  6. Max Essence (Secondary Stat)
Off-hand
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Vitality
  4. Increased Damage vs. Elites

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.

4.

Changelog

  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 12 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17; its group GR speed farming variant has been archived.
  • 26 Nov. 2017: Variation added.
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