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Blood Surge Necromancer Leveling Guide in Diablo 4 (Season 4)

Bathe in the blood of thy enemies as you Blood Surge your way forward!




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Blood SurgeHemorrhageDecrepifyCorpse TendrilsBlood Mist

To find out more general information about leveling as a Necromancer in Diablo 4, you can check out our main Necromancer Leveling guide. Or you can go to our Necromancer Builds page for a list of other leveling and endgame Necromancer builds for you to choose from.

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Build Introduction

The Blood SurgeBlood Surge Necromancer leveling build is a high damaging build that brings high consistency to the battlefield, ensuring the damage output is kept high even when you’re building up your Essence to continue casting Blood Surge. This makes it an incredibly smooth build to level your Necromancer with!

Due to the high damage output, this build will take you from the start of the game all the way through the campaign with ease, as well as being capable of soloing the Cathedral of Light Capstone dungeon.

Solo play can be fun and playing with friends can be great, if you have the right spec! The high damage output makes the build very attractive to have in a party with friends. Most importantly the build is designed to be extremely resilient making yourself become more than a high damage dealer, but also a front-lining tank.

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Important to point out that for this build we are using both DecrepifyDecrepify and Iron MaidenIron Maiden, but only one will be on your action-bar. The idea here is to use Iron Maiden for generic clearing and only switch it for the Decrepify curse when fighting harder bosses such as World-Bosses and/or Capstone Dungeon bosses.

Suggested Skill Bar
Blood Surge Blood Surge Corpse Tendrils Corpse Tendrils Summoning Skill Summoning Skill Blood Mist Blood Mist Decrepify Decrepify Hemorrhage Hemorrhage
1HemorrhageHemorrhageBasic SkillBasic Skill
2Enhanced HemorrhageEnhanced HemorrhageBasic SkillBasic Skill
3Blood SurgeBlood SurgeCore SkillCore Skill
4Enhanced Blood SurgeEnhanced Blood SurgeCore SkillCore Skill
5Paranormal Blood SurgeParanormal Blood SurgeCore SkillCore Skill
6Acolyte's HemorrhageAcolyte’s HemorrhageCore SkillCore Skill
7Blood SurgeBlood Surge Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
8Blood SurgeBlood Surge Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
9Blood SurgeBlood Surge Level 4Core SkillCore Skill
10Blood SurgeBlood Surge Level 5Basic SkillBasic Skill
11Blood MistBlood MistCorpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
12Iron MaidenIron MaidenCurse SkillCurse Skill
13Enhanced Iron MaidenEnhanced Iron MaidenCurse SkillCurse Skill
14DecrepifyDecrepifyCurse SkillCurse Skill
15Skeletal Warrior MasterySkeletal Warrior MasteryCorpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
16Skeletal Warrior MasterySkeletal Warrior Mastery Level 2Corpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
17Necrotic CarapaceNecrotic CarapaceCorpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
18Necrotic CarapaceNecrotic Carapace Level 2Corpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
19Corpse TendrilsCorpse TendrilsCorpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
20Skeletal Warrior MasterySkeletal Warrior Mastery Level 3Corpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
21Skeletal Mage MasterySkeletal Mage MasteryCurse SkillCurse Skill
22Skeletal Mage MasterySkeletal Mage Mastery Level 2Curse SkillCurse Skill
23Skeletal Mage MasterySkeletal Mage Mastery Level 3Curse SkillCurse Skill
24Inspiring LeaderInspiring LeaderUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
25Inspiring LeaderInspiring Leader Level 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
26Inspiring LeaderInspiring Leader Level 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
27Bonded in EssenceBonded in EssenceUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
28Bonded in EssenceBonded in Essence Level 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
29Bonded in EssenceBonded in Essence Level 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
30Gruesome MendingGruesome MendingCorpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
31Coalesced BloodCoalesced BloodCorpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
32Tides of BloodTides of BloodCorpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
33Tides of BloodTides of Blood Level 2Corpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
34Rathma's VigorRathma’s VigorKey PassivesKey Passives
35Tides of BloodTides of Blood Level 3Corpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
36Coalesced BloodCoalesced Blood Level 2Corpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
37Coalesced BloodCoalesced Blood Level 3Corpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
38Enhanced Corpse TendrilsEnhanced Corpse TendrilsCorpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
39Plagued Corpse TendrilsPlagued Corpse TendrilsCorpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
40Enhanced Blood MistEnhanced Blood MistCorpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
41Death's EmbraceDeath’s EmbraceCurse SkillCurse Skill
42Death's EmbraceDeath’s Embrace Level 2Curse SkillCurse Skill
43Death's EmbraceDeath’s Embrace Level 3Curse SkillCurse Skill
44Amplify DamageAmplify DamageCurse SkillCurse Skill
45Amplify DamageAmplify Damage Level 2Curse SkillCurse Skill
46Amplify DamageAmplify Damage Level 3Curse SkillCurse Skill
47Necrotic CarapaceNecrotic Carapace Level 3Corpse & Macabre SkillCorpse & Macabre Skill
48Enhanced DecrepifyEnhanced DecrepifyCurse SkillCurse Skill
49Abhorrent DecrepifyAbhorrent DecrepifyCurse SkillCurse Skill
50Unliving EnergyUnliving EnergyCore SkillCore Skill
51Imperfectly BalancedImperfectly BalancedCore SkillCore Skill
52Imperfectly BalancedImperfectly Balanced Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
53Imperfectly BalancedImperfectly Balanced Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
54Death's ApproachDeath’s ApproachCurse SkillCurse Skill
55Death's ApproachDeath’s Approach Level 2Curse SkillCurse Skill
56Death's ApproachDeath’s Approach Level 3Curse SkillCurse Skill
57Hewed FleshHewed Flesh Core SkillCore Skill
58Hewed FleshHewed Flesh Level 2Core SkillCore Skill

Mechanics and Playstyle

The build starts off with casting Blood SurgeBlood Surge as your main source of damage output coupled with HemorrhageHemorrhage. Combined with the blood passive nodes from your skill-tree, the build stacks Life Leech and inherit defenses, turning your Necromancer into a proper tank with higher damage output, but most importantly high area coverage with your damage.

When fighting bosses you essentially want to dump all your Essence by casting Blood SurgeBlood Surge. Thanks to HemorrhageHemorrhage combined with Acolyte's HemorrhageAcolyte’s Hemorrhage, we can quickly build our Essence back up to continue casting Blood Surge, creating an easy to play build. Utility wise, we do have access to corpses via Hewed FleshHewed Flesh, which will be used with our Corpse TendrilsCorpse Tendrils.

It’s important to keep in mind that this build uses both DecrepifyDecrepify as well as Iron MaidenIron Maiden. The Maiden curse will be used when clearing packs of enemies and we will only switch that curse to DecrepifyDecrepify when fighting endgame, Capstone or World bosses!

Book of the Dead

Necromancer’s class specific ability is the Book of the Dead, which provides three different type of minions that unlock by leveling up. This build thrives of using skeletons when leveling whilst the golem will be sacrificed for better attack speed.

  • Melee SkeletonsReaper will be our choice as they will be generating corpses for our Corpse Tendrils and make us Fortified.
  • Mage SkeletonsCold Essence generating skeletons will help sustain our essence pool.
  • GolemBone sacrifice provides us with increased attack speed.

Legendary Item Aspects

To unlock Aspects in the Codex of Power, you must complete the corresponding Dungeon where the specific Aspect drops. Visit the Occultist to imprint this Aspect onto an item. Aspects from the Codex of Power can be used often on weapons.

There is really only one Legendary Aspect that is truly powerful and worth mentioning for this build, which is the Blood-bathed AspectBlood-bathed Aspect , unlocked by completing the Hoarfrost Demise dungeon in Act 1, Fractured Peaks.

This Aspect allows us to have our Blood SurgeBlood Surge echo hitting twice, increasing our clear time as well as boosting our single target damage output.

Aspects found on dropped Legendary Items have stronger effects than those applied from the Codex of Power. Additionally, it is important to know that certain Aspects can only be obtained by finding them on a Legendary Item, and are not accessible through the Codex of Power. Extract Aspects from unusable Legendary Items to imprint them onto well-rolled Rare Items. Avoid imprinting valuable extracted Aspects onto weapons, because weapons get replaced often while leveling. We recommend strongly that you apply this to one of your rings; this will allow you to have more free room to equip upgrades (in case of a great ring drop, you can replace the ring without the Aspect) without wasting precious materials re-applying the Aspect every time you find an upgrade.

Outside of the obvious Blood-bathed Aspect other aspect powers can be of great use to further scale the efficiency as you’re leveling:

We have a dedicated in-depth Aspect and Codex of Power guide that you can check out for more information.

Gear Choice and Stat Priority while Leveling

Prioritize a higher total damage output when it comes to your weapon, as the higher it is, the better. It should be kept in mind that if you find a higher Item Power 1-handed weapon, it could very well be better than a 2-handed weapon if coupled with an off-hand or even a shield, as shields scale your main-hand weapon by 80%!

Outside of this, you’ll be on the look out for the following modifiers, in no particular order:

  • Life
  • Armor
  • Intelligence
  • Attack Speed
  • + Ranks of Blood Surge


Listed below are the best Gems to socket into gear for each slot type.

  • Weapon: RubyRuby for increased overpower damage output.
  • Armor: RubyRuby for +#% Maximum Life.
  • Jewelry: DiamondDiamond for all Resistance or any gem that provides you with the resistance type you lack the most.

Elixirs and Health Potions

To gain an edge in your adventures, head to the Alchemist in any major town, and craft Elixirs that enhance your stats and experience gain for 30 minutes. Remember to gather the necessary crafting materials by foraging plants. Select an Elixir that provides the resistance you need most, or try the Assault ElixirAssault Elixir to boost your Attack Speed.

Return to the Alchemist again when you reach Level 20 and 30 to upgrade your potion. The extra healing is essential to survival.

Early Paragon

Once you hit Level 50 with this build, you will be ready to tackle your first Capstone Dungeon and unlock World Tier 3. We recommend using the following Paragon boards and Glyphs for your first few levels after 50, as you transition into your preferred endgame build. Please keep in mind that the information provided is just intended to assist you in spending points for a few levels, and we strongly advise you to choose an endgame build guide to truly enjoy the game at world tier 4 and beyond.

Starting Board

The generic approach for Necromancers starting board is to rush the socket node via the right-hand side and picking up the surrounding Magic nodes then rush upwards towards the second board. At this point you really need to check the endgame build guide you want to engage with as they can all have their own specific way of pathing here!

Paragon Board images courtesy of d4builds.gg.


  • May 12th, 2024: Guide updated for Season 4 Loot Reborn.
  • January 22nd, 2024: Guide updated for Season 3 Season of the Construct.
  • October 28th, 2023: Improved Vampiric Power decisions and clarified the double-curse decision.
  • October 16th, 2023: Optimized the build.
  • October 15th, 2023: Build made ready for Season 2 Patch 1.2.0
  • August 5th, 2023: Build added.
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