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​Diablo 2 Resurrected: What's The Best Necromancer Build?


The Summoner build is arguably the best Necromancer build in Diablo 2 Resurrected. It enhances your character's ability to summon skeletons, undead mages, and golems to create a massive army that will destroy all enemies in your path.

Making a Summoner Necromancer feels different than any other class or build. Many builds include spawned allies, and all of them rely on mercenaries. The following is how to make the best Summoner Necromancer in D2 Resurrected.

Summoner Necromancer Skills

Raise Skeleton - This skill will greatly boost the abilities of your skeletons, is the basic ability for Necromancers to summon bone buddies. You project it on the fallen corpse of your enemy, and it constructs a skeleton warrior to fight alongside you. The raise skeleton is one of the most important skills in your build.

Skeleton Mastery - This skill improves the life and damage of Skeletons, Skeleton Mages, and revived monsters, so summoners want to max this skill alongside Raise Skeleton, and the higher your skeleton mastery, the cooler your skeletons will look!

Corpse Explosion - Corpse Explosion is as powerful as the life of the that it is cast upon, so casting it on the maxed-out skeletons that die will do loads of damage. This way, you'll also maximize your build's potential damage output. So the corpse explosion is a great way to make the most of every dead body in your path.

Raise Skeletal Mage - Skeleton Warriors are powerful, but Necromancers can use this skill to go a step further and summon Skeleton Mage. You can summon up to eight, like warriors, but they use magic attacks instead of physical attacks, thus diversifying the damage of your undead army.

Golem - When you get stronger, the golem tree will branch into several different golems. The Iron Golem is the secret favorite of min-maxing Summoner players. The Fire Golem, Clay Golem, and Blood Golem are also popular choices.

Golem Mastery - Necromancers can summon golems of different elements, which increase their speed and life by 33% and 400% respectively, making them a more persistent threat in any battle.

Lower Resist - To ensure your army deal as much damage as possible when they arise, this skill curses enemies to take more damage from magic attacks, lowers their resistance. But always keep in mind that this curse only affects elemental damage!

Amplify Damage - This ability curses your enemies to take more damage from you and your allies. However, it does focus on non-magic damage.

Dim Vision - The dim vision has a massive radius and can disable ranged attackers. This can be used to gain an advantage in combat, or some cases, help you dash past enemies in a dungeon to speed-run an objective.

Summoner Necromancer Build Stats

Strength:  Invest enough points in order to wear your gear.

Dexterity: Put enough points on it until you reach the max block using Homunculus.

Vitality: Place your remaining points in your life pool.

Energy: The Summoner Necromancer doesn’t need to spend any points on his Energy.

Summoner Necromancer Best Gear

The Summoner Necromancers are very independent and versatile in terms of gear. Many players often stack D2R Items with +skill effects to summon their armies. So, while you're grinding and loot hunting don't forget to keep an eye out for these top necromancer items.

Weapons: Carin Shard, Heart of the Oak, Arm of King Leoric

Shield: Spirit, Homunculus, Darkforce Spawn

Armor: Enigma, Trang-Oul’s Scales, Harlequin Crest

Helm: Magic Circlet with +2 to Necromancer skills, Peasant Crown unique helm, Harlequin Crest Shako unique helm

Boots: Marrowwalk unique boots, War Traveler unique boots

Belt: Nightsmoke unique belt, Trang Oul's set belt, Arachnid Mesh unique belt, Goldwrap unique belt

Gloves: Trang Oul’s set gloves, Magefist unique gloves, Chance Guards unique gloves

Rings: Raven Frost unique ring, Stone of Jordan unique ring, Nagelring unique ring

Amulet: Mara's Kaleidoscope unique amulet

Charms: Annihilus unique small charm, Hellfire Torch unique large charm, +1 to Necromancer Summoning Skills grand charm, +1 to Necromancer Summoning Skills grand charm, Gheed’s fortune unique grand charm

Summoner Necromancer Mercenary

Your skeleton army can become very powerful through the Might Aura granted by the offensive mercenaries in Act 2 (Nightmare). This way, your minions will stay the course even in Act 5 of Hell Mode.

If your mercenaries are wearing ethereal items, they don't lose durability, so ethereal item bases in every gear slot are preferred as they increase defense against armor items and increase damage to weapons. In many cases, ethereal items that are ideal for mercenaries will be significantly more expensive than non-ethereal items.



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