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Trag'Oul Corpse Lance Necromancer BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:00 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Trag'Oul Corpse Lance 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 Corpse Lance Necromancer guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

The build equips all six available pieces of the Trag'Oul's Avatar set, leaving the jewelry for powerful offensive combinations. Rolls-wise, this is a Corpse Lance Corpse Lance and Cooldown-centric build, making good use of both rolls across gear. Corpse Lance Corpse Lance % damage is a possible roll on Trag'Oul's Scales Trag'Oul's Scales and Trag'Oul's Heart Trag'Oul's Heart, and Cooldown Reduction — on the Trag'Oul's Heart Trag'Oul's Heart and Trag'Oul's Claws Trag'Oul's Claws. The remainder of your set armor slots (Trag'Oul's Guise Trag'Oul's Guise, Trag'Oul's Hide Trag'Oul's Hide and Trag'Oul's Stalwart Greaves Trag'Oul's Stalwart Greaves) can be dedicated entirely to toughness rolls.

Not skipping on any of the pieces required to obtain the 6-piece bonus of the Trag'Oul's Avatar opens a powerful offensive combo in the jewelry: the Endless Walk set, The Compass Rose The Compass Rose and The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet. This 2.4 rework adds a unique mechanic that slowly increases your damage by up to a 100% if you remain stationary, and drains it away and increases your damage reduction while moving. This dynamic mimics the Trag'Oul Blood Lance playstyle, as you alternate between extended Blood Rush Blood Rush scouting and drawing enemy attention with short period of stationary Corpse Lance Corpse Lance spam. Seek double Crit stats, CDR and an open Socket for The Compass Rose The Compass Rose and double Crit stats, Physical % and an open Socket on The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet.

In the highest tiers of GR pushing (100+), your second ring slot will be best taken by the pure damage boost of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements, whose rotation of elemental bonuses you will need to learn and time to maximize the benefits of the short-lived Physical proc. Up to the GR 100 point, you can safely revert to the lesser damage, but convenient protection of a Unity Unity.

Dayntee's Binding Dayntee's Binding is the solitary Necromancer-specific belt, which compensates its lack of flashy offensive powers with a mighty defensive bulwark — 50% extra damage reduction as long as there is an enemy afflicted by your Decrepify Decrepify. Note that it is very likely to lose this bonus during or in between fights as you kill off previously afflicted enemies, so make a point to re-apply the curse on a regular basis. This is also important to maintain a high Spreading Malediction Spreading Malediction bonus.

The build has no particular bracer to occupy the wrist slot, so you can default to the generic usefulness of Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers. Their additional elite spawns will shorten the time necessary to end the Greater Rift, and feed into the build's elite hunting strengths.

The recommended weapon is Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang, a powerful legendary scythe that triples your damage against cursed enemies; a bonus that is trivial to maintain with a few well-spread Decrepify Decrepify casts in every battle. Due to the lack of directly synergistic legendaries, you should pair it with any well-rolled phylactery, such as Lost Time Lost Time. Notice the importance of extra Essence in the secondary stats of both the weapon and offhand in order to synergize with the powers of Reilena's Shadowhook Reilena's Shadowhook. The weapon and offhand setup will hit for less on average over wielding the two-hander, but will provide more of the vital Cooldown Reduction.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Corpse Lance %
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Vitality
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Corpse Lance %
  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. Cooldown Reduction
  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. Cooldown Reduction
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Max Essence (Secondary Stat)
  6. % Weapon Damage
Off-hand
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Max Essence (Secondary Stat)

2. Paragon Points

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

3. Gems

Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration is an Elemental protection powerhouse that provides scaling reduction from the deadliest affixes in the game. Note that this gem is a higher priority for the Convention of Elements Convention of Elements high tier progression setup, and can be easily replaced by a Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful in Unity Unity-based, sub-100 GR runs.

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 the Frozen Lands Frozen Lands stun and the strong Decrepify Decrepify slow.

Zei's Stone of Vengeance Zei's Stone of Vengeance is another independent multiplier, whose range-dependent amplification can be easily maxed out by the long reach of Corpse Lance Corpse Lance. The level 25 property will add some minor control and safety to the build, as well as another proc for Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Your weapon slot in Kanai's Cube should be taken by the two-handed scythe Reilena's Shadowhook Reilena's Shadowhook, whose power scales your damage multiplicatively based on your maximum Essence. This places a strong emphasis on expanding your resource pool via Simulacrum Simulacrum Reservoir Reservoir and Overwhelming Essence Overwhelming Essence, maxing resource in Paragons and attaining a high max Essence in the weapon and offhand's secondary stats.

With the strong emphasis on Corpse Lance Corpse Lance damage, it is only natural to include Corpsewhisper Pauldrons Corpsewhisper Pauldrons in the armor Cube slot. These shoulders scale Corpse Lance Corpse Lance damage per Corpse consumed, a bonus you easily max out during Land of the Dead Land of the Dead.

Finally, the jewelry Cube slot will be taken by Krysbin's Sentence Krysbin's Sentence, whose effect doubles your damage against targets affected by a Slow and triples the bonus if you affect enemies with any other form of CC. This potent bonus will be reserved for your Land of the Dead Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Frozen Lands, but will affect every present enemy in the radius. Note that while you can theoretically equip this ring and cube the worn jewelry recommendations, it is preferable to store Krysbin's Sentence Krysbin's Sentence in this slot due to its natural Increased Attack Speed roll — it deprives you of the ideal double crit, CDR, open socket roll.

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.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Jul. 2017: Guide updated to reflect the meta shift to Simulacrum.
  • 07 Jul. 2017: Gear recommendations updated.
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