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Trag'Oul Blood Mages Necromancer BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jul 07, 2017 at 14:43 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Trag'Oul Blood Mages Necromancer in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

The other pages of our Trag'Oul Blood Mages Necromancer guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

Your base armor equipment will consist of the complete Trag'Oul's Avatar set, taking all six pieces and leaving the jewelry for important damage and utility combinations. As a summon-centric spec, this build makes good use of Attack Speed and Skill Damage affixes on gear, taking Skeletal Mage Skeletal Mage % on both Trag'Oul's Guise Trag'Oul's Guise and Trag'Oul's Stalwart Greaves Trag'Oul's Stalwart Greaves and an Attack Speed / double Crit split on the Trag'Oul's Claws Trag'Oul's Claws. Slots such as Trag'Oul's Scales Trag'Oul's Scales, Trag'Oul's Heart Trag'Oul's Heart and Trag'Oul's Hide Trag'Oul's Hide are best left to damage mitigation stats.

A natural part of pet-based Necromancer builds, the Jesseth Arms set — Jesseth Skullscythe Jesseth Skullscythe and Jesseth Skullshield Jesseth Skullshield — will produce a vital damage multiplication effect when you use the active component of Command Skeletons Command Skeletons. It also has the added benefit of automating the skeleton's active attention during a given engagement, removing a bit of the micromanagement aspect from farming runs.

Two rings will be a fixture of the build regardless of the content: Circle of Nailuj's Evol Circle of Nailuj's Evol and Krysbin's Sentence Krysbin's Sentence. The former extends the duration of Skeletal Mage Skeletal Mages up to 4 seconds, while the latter multiplies your damage by up to 300% while you have a hard CC effect applied to the enemy. Both rings have a varying range of the unique roll that severely impacts the performance of the build, so you will have to wear your better drop and cube the other for its maximum benefit. In the context of farming, Circle of Nailuj's Evol Circle of Nailuj's Evol is less important to maximize early on, making it a better choice to wear during the initial stages of making this build.

The remainder of your jewelry will consist of farming-appropriate choices. Avarice Band Avarice Band is an Act III bounty cache ring that extends your pickup radius up to a massive 30 yard radius maximum. This is an incredible boon during speed runs, not only for the looting convenience but also for the benefits of Blood for Blood Blood for Blood. Finish off the jewelry with a craft of a Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence, adding a helpful fifth passive to your lineup (such as the Final Service Final Service cheat death or the Dark Reaping Dark Reaping sustain).

To accentuate the benefits of Avarice Band Avarice Band, add a Goldwrap Goldwrap as your belt during regular Rift farming. Together with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder in your ring socket, they will complete the gold triumvirate that renders you immortal as you complete your runs.

Considering your cubed In-geom In-geom, your most synergistic choice for the wrist slot are the Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers. Spawning you an elite at every shrine or pylon pickup, they will shorten both your runs and your cooldowns.

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. Attack Speed
  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. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. All Resistance
  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
Off-hand
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Vitality
  4. Increased Damage vs. Elites

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Intelligence
  3. Maximum Essence (up to personal preference)
  4. Vitality
Offense
  1. Critical Hit Damage
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Defense
  1. Armor
  2. Life %
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Area Damage
  2. Resource Cost Reduction
  3. Life on Hit
  4. Gold Find

3. Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. You will be proccing this gem consistently with a combination of Dislocation Dislocation, Freezing Grasp Freezing Grasp and Frozen Lands Frozen Lands.

Enforcer Enforcer is a pet-oriented gem that both increases your summons' damage multiplicatively and lessens the damage they take. This secondary bonus grows in value during Greater Rift progression, where summons start taking considerable amounts of damage and die on a regular basis.

Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder is a purely farming-oriented gem choice, fueling your runs with extra gold and rewarding you with bonus movement speed as you pick it up. This gem offers amazing synergy with Avarice Band Avarice Band and Goldwrap Goldwrap, making it part of a vast majority of the regular Rift builds.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

During speed farming, the recommended power in the cube weapon slot is In-geom In-geom. Lowering remaining cooldowns with generous, flat 10 seconds cuts, this item will make Land of the Dead Land of the Dead a readily available asset.

A long-standing pet staple, Tasker and Theo Tasker and Theo are cubed in the Armor slot for their 50% multiplicative Attack Speed bonus to your summons.

As previously mentioned, your jewelry Cube slot is interchangeable between Krysbin's Sentence Krysbin's Sentence and Circle of Nailuj's Evol Circle of Nailuj's Evol — simply wear your better roll, and cube the other.

5. Follower

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

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.

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