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On 8/30/2021 at 11:00 PM, Guest DracoHelfire said:

I have a question about the placeholder phylactery. With the build using Command Skeletons, even if it's not the main source of damage, would Boneringer not be a better 'placeholder' as it increases the damage of your Command Skeletons in between, and during, army casts?

Heya! After thinking about it, you are technically correct and I will update this in the next iteration of the guide, but I should warn you that this would be a miniscule difference in damage; the Skeletons are simply used as a cooldown reset mechanic and will never contribute meaningfully toward your damage output. A good Boneringer roll can and should be used, but it's not worth specifically chasing after.

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Just as an FYI for other players starting out on this build: while Squirt's is, of course, the desired amulet for the very highest push potential, I've found that on lower difficulties it is MUCH easier to play by using the Wisdom of Kalan (extra bone armor stacks, meaning far more sustain). In fact, I'll go so far as to say this might be the best way to go for the Speed GR and Neph rift variants even when playing higher up. You don't need the added damage, and by adding some sustain here, it'll allow you to drop the Potency rune of Blood Rush, replacing it with Metabolism (two charges but higher health cost). 

Given that this build naturally has high CDR, the two charges mean you can literally zoom around the map using ONLY blood Rush, as if you've taken a Channeling Pylon. It leaves you slightly frailer overall, and with slightly less damage (you still pretty much one shot everything in T16 though, especially in Season 27 with the AotD sanctification), but the increased speed easily makes up for it. It's the only way I've gotten this build to sub-3min T16 rifts.(I got the "T13 rift under 4 minutes" and "T13 rift under 3 minutes" achievements on T16 without trying for them). 

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Someone help me out here, I'm so confused by the skill choices. Just made a new character on PS4 and a couple of the skill choices are in the same category but you can only use 1 ability at a time as far as I know.

Edit: I realize those are most likely suggested abilities to choose for the build, but if y'all would still like to help me out I'd love suggestions. Looking to beat diablo 3 for the first time.

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On 10/18/2022 at 9:01 AM, TruReaper420 said:

Someone help me out here, I'm so confused by the skill choices. Just made a new character on PS4 and a couple of the skill choices are in the same category but you can only use 1 ability at a time as far as I know.

Edit: I realize those are most likely suggested abilities to choose for the build, but if y'all would still like to help me out I'd love suggestions. Looking to beat diablo 3 for the first time.

Go to Options > gameplay and enable "elective mode". It'll allow you to slot any skill on (almost) every slot (there are a couple of skills that can't be mapped to the left mouse button on PC, I assume there are similar restrictions on the shoulder triggers or something perhaps on PS4? I dunno).

You'll need Elective mode for nearly every end game build you find - it's more or less like training wheels making sure  you don't choose a combination that's just broken and won't work. So....Protip, don't choose 6 skills that all have a 2 minute cooldown 😄 

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On 10/20/2022 at 9:18 AM, Bubble181 said:

Go to Options > gameplay and enable "elective mode". It'll allow you to slot any skill on (almost) every slot (there are a couple of skills that can't be mapped to the left mouse button on PC, I assume there are similar restrictions on the shoulder triggers or something perhaps on PS4? I dunno).

You'll need Elective mode for nearly every end game build you find - it's more or less like training wheels making sure  you don't choose a combination that's just broken and won't work. So....Protip, don't choose 6 skills that all have a 2 minute cooldown 😄 

Ya atm I am running a level 34 necromancer, siphon blood with suppress is my main attack, death nova with tendril nova, revive  with personal army, army of the dead with death valley, leech with osmosis and bone armor with vengeful armaments. They're all mapped on the original buttons but I have been given the option to use other skills in different skill spots I haven't experimented a whole lot with that yet though.

I'm starting to get higher in level, currently at 47, when should I start trying to use elective mode to change my build. I'm trying to unlock more of the runes and trying to figure out how to get Kanai's Cube, but atm I'm on act 2 playing on expert hardest difficulty I can and I'm doing ok haven't died yet. And I'm handling the enemies decently, I've come close to death a couple times but my potion that it allows you to have on you gets me out of that pinch.

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On 10/20/2022 at 6:56 PM, TruReaper420 said:

Ya atm I am running a level 34 necromancer, siphon blood with suppress is my main attack, death nova with tendril nova, revive  with personal army, army of the dead with death valley, leech with osmosis and bone armor with vengeful armaments. They're all mapped on the original buttons but I have been given the option to use other skills in different skill spots I haven't experimented a whole lot with that yet though.

I'm starting to get higher in level, currently at 47, when should I start trying to use elective mode to change my build. I'm trying to unlock more of the runes and trying to figure out how to get Kanai's Cube, but atm I'm on act 2 playing on expert hardest difficulty I can and I'm doing ok haven't died yet. And I'm handling the enemies decently, I've come close to death a couple times but my potion that it allows you to have on you gets me out of that pinch.

Most of the builds you will see/find anywhere assume you're level 70 minimum - the the "main" game only starts there when all runes are unlocked and all items and skills available (after level 70 you gain paragon levels, which confer minor bonuses like +5INT or +0.5% life steal, but they're unlimited so you can be paragon 10000 if you really want to). 

The Cube won't unlock during story play, only when you switch to Adventure Mode. There are a number of areas in the game only available in Adventure Mode and the Cube's in one of them. 

If you want to enjoy the story, play through on whatever difficulty and with whatever skills you like to use. If you want to get to level 70 as soon as possible, check out the "Leveling and Fresh 70"guide on this site (https://www.icy-veins.com/d3/necromancer-leveling-and-fresh-70-guide for Necro), and /or compare difficulty levels on https://d3resource.com/difficulties/index.php . In many cases, playing on the highest difficulty you can manage isn't efficient - you can go much faster and gain much more XP by one-shotting trash than by having to methodically kill everything and avoid hard fights. 

On Expert, for example, enemies are over 50% harder to kill than on Hard, but they only give about 1/8th extra XP. If you can reliably kill'm in one hit, that doesn't matter, but if you have to hit every enemy twice instead of once that means your gains will be a lot *slower* on Expert. Of course, especially if it's your first time through, I'd recommend using whatever difficulty you lie the plays tyle best - sometimes you might want to face a challenge, and sometimes you might just want to blow off some stea mand mow through  hordes.

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