Support Necromancer BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Support Necromancer in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.5 and Season 17.
1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
In a typical support build fashion, the Support Necromancer adopts a mixture of sets and utility legendaries to maximize Toughness and ability uptime. Your stat goals for items across the board are high Cooldown Reduction and Attack Speed, along with a healthy dose of Pickup Radius to assist your Frailty range. With high CDR rolls on every piece that can get it (shoulders, gloves, belt, weapon, offhand, all jewelry pieces), your Flawless Royal Diamond in the helm, Gogok of Swiftness, the Cain and Captain Crimson sets and Paragon points, it should not be much trouble to reach the 70-75% + CDR range, which trivializes all downtimes in the build. Increasing Attack Speed is a trickier subject, considering breakpoints of Corpse consumption for Corpse Lance. To put it in simpler terms, reaching the easily attainable 1.75 attacks per second breakpoint means you will shoot out 5 Corpse Lances per click, for a total of 25% crit chance on your target. Two clicks up that value to 50%, which should be the reasonable baseline for permanent crits by your DPS teammates.
In terms of actual pieces worn, it is recommended that you mix two pieces of the Pestilence Master's Shroud set (i.e. Pestilence Gloves and Pestilence Defense) with two pieces of the craftable Born's Command set (i.e. Born's Frozen Soul and Born's Furious Wrath) and two pieces of the craftable Captain Crimson's Trimmings set (i.e. Captain Crimson's Thrust and Captain Crimson's Waders). This will ensure you get the valuable automatic Corpse Lance per consumption, as well as a slew of support-synergistic CDR and toughness bonuses from the craftable sets.
Not responsible for damage dealing in any way, the Support Necromancer can focus on pure utility in the jewelry. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is a powerful tool for this cooldown-heavy build: benefiting greatly from the Death Nova spam, it allows for permanent uptime of the spec-defining Land of the Dead. In your remaining slot, you should take the revamped Oculus Ring — it now provides up to the impressive 85% multiplicative damage buff in a circular area for your DPS party members to stand in. While its wording is vague, it does trigger off assists, and will thus work on support characters.
To complete the jewelry, you have a number of options for the amulet slot. An interesting and very desirable option is Halcyon's Ascent, whose unique crowd control power triggers on enemies in your large perma-LotD radius and applies the Strongarm Bracers damage increase for your allies in return. Other notable options include a well rolled Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence (with good passives like Draw Life, Rathma's Shield...), or the pickup radius-extending Rondal's Locket.
With Cooldown Reduction as one of the deciding factors in the utility you bring to the group, Leoric's Crown and Vigilante Belt are unsurprising inclusions to the build. The unique property of Leoric's Crown ideally doubles the effectiveness of the slotted Flawless Royal Diamond, while Vigilante Belt is the only belt in the game able to roll Cooldown Reduction in its primaries.
Rounding out your gear, slot Stormshield in your offhand — the massive bulwark of this shield can be spent almost entirely on toughness stats, plus the necessary CDR. Its unique melee damage reduction property rolls with up to 30%, almost balancing out the DR deficiencies of the frail Necromancer class.
2. Paragon Points
Iceblink serves a twofold purpose: first, it adds a potent, scaling slow effect to the cold rune Brittle Touch; and second, it offers a reliable source of 10% additional party-wide Crit Chance through its level 25 property.
Gogok of Swiftness synergizes well with the build, indirectly providing the entire party with more damage by increasing your essential Cooldown Reduction, as well as substantial personal Toughness from the Dodge bonuses.
The recommended gem for your third and final jewelry slot is Gem of Efficacious Toxin, for the party-wide damage increase against — and reduced damage from — enemies affected by its poisonous DoT.
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4. Kanai's Cube
Cubing the In-geom is arguably one of the strongest effects you can have in speedruns — a flat 10 second cut to your cooldowns, solidifying the permanence of Land of the Dead as long as you party's elite kill speed remains in steady 10 second intervals (as it should, considering the build's purpose). Alternatively, you can cube the unusual Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander, which grants helpful Shrine effects to the group even in Greater Rifts; note however that it is dependent on monster composition inside the rift, and its positives might not always be available.
Stored in the Cube, Aquila Cuirass cuts incoming damage in half as long as you maintain above 90% of your Essence reserve — a requirement that easy to fulfill, considering the low spending of the build (only necessary for Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac resets).
Finally, Ring of Royal Grandeur will be necessary in the jewelry slot of the Cube in order to finish the 3-piece bonuses of the Born and Captain Crimson sets (as you will only be wearing 2 pieces of each in this setup).
- 12 May 2019: Guide was archived for Season 17 to reflect it falling off the meta.
- 18 Jan. 2019: Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
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