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Diablo 4 will release on June 6, 2023, so it’s time to take a closer look at the classes you can play. We already wrote a guide for Sorceress,  in which we analyzed in detail her abilities, key mechanics, and completely new mechanics for the series. This guide will focus on the Necromancer, Diablo 4 Necromancer skills, Diablo 4 best Necromancer build, Diablo 4 Necromancer armor sets, and, generally, how to play Necromancer in Diablo 4.

Necromancer in Diablo 4 in General

The Necromancer is a classic dark magician who has mastered the art of resurrecting the dead to perfection. The necromancer has two resource types: essence and corpses. Essence is essentially an analog of mana, which the class spends on spells and which is gradually restored. The corpses are needed by the necromancer to interact with them. In addition to the obvious resurrection, corpses are needed to enhance other class abilities or for the Corpse Explosion ability. Long story short, this resource provides a huge arsenal of possibilities.

Diablo 4 Necromancer Guide

Necromancer uses One-Handed Swords, Daggers, Wands, Focuses, Shields, and One-/Two-Handed Scythes as weapons. And of course, legions of dead bodies, if you prefer to play through summons. But besides summon build, the necromancer has Bone, Darkness, and Blood builds. These are all schools of magic that you can combine or focus on one.

Bone magic

Bone magic specializes in dealing physical damage and consumes a lot of Essences, and your servants are mostly in incorporeal form (ghosts and spirits). Here are examples of some of the abilities that have already been shown at the presentation:

  • Bone Spirit — spends all Essence to create a spirit that chases a random target and deals AoE damage;
  • Bone Prison — creates a bone prison around the enemy from which he cannot escape;
  • Bone Spear — a familiar ability for any necromancer. Creates a projectile that pierces enemies and ricochets off walls.

Darkness magic

This style focuses on curses, debuffs, and damage over time. We don’t know much about Darkness spells yet, but here are some of them.

  • Decompose — deals damage and generates Essence. Also creates corpses around the enemy;
  • Blight — creates an orb that deals damage on impact and leaves an area where enemies take damage.

Blood magic

Blood magic is similar to Darkness magic but more risky and powerful. This type of magic deals damage and regenerates your health and deals more damage the more enemies are hit by your spells.

  • Blood Surge — an area ring attack that damages enemies and drains their life;
  • Blood Mist — vampire cosplay. Turns you into a blood mist, making you immune to damage.

Book of the Dead Mechanic

Every class in Diablo 4 has Unique class mechanics. Book of the Dead is a unique class mechanics for Necromancer. This ability allows you to fine-tune your summoned creatures more than ever before. There are three creature archetypes in your arsenal: Skeletal Warriors, Skeletal Mages, and the Golem. Each of these creatures can be configured in completely different ways depending on your preferences and needs. And what’s more, you can choose not to summon any of the creature types and get a permanent buff for it.

Diablo 4 Necromancer Guide

Skeletal Warriors

The first archetype of creatures available for summoning can be of three types:

  • Skirmishers — a standard skeleton – big damage, low life;
  • Defenders — +15% life;
  • Reapers — big damage, low attack speed.

Skeletal Mages

The second archetype of summoned beings. There are three types:

  • Shadow — at the moment there is no information about them;
  • Cold — Skeletons have abilities that freeze enemies;
  • Bone — berserk skeletons that deal massive damage at the cost of their health.


The final archetype of summoned creatures. As in the previous archetypes, there are three types:

  • Bone —  taunts enemies in a wide area;
  • Blood — drains Life from nearby enemies;
  • Iron — stuns all nearby enemies.

Diablo 4 Necromancer Gearing

Like the previous parts of the series, each class has a main attribute that gives the greatest increase in character power and minor ones that correct the weaknesses of the class. At the moment, it is not known exactly what is the main attribute of the necromancer. We will add this when reliable information becomes available.

Diablo 4 Necromancer Guide

However, the characteristics also give bonuses common to all classes.

  • Strength increases Armor by 1 for 1 Srt;
  • Intelligence increases All Resistances by 0.05%;
  • Willpower increases Healing Received by 0.1%;
  • Dexterity increases the chance to Dodge attacks by 0.025%.

At the moment, this is all available information about the Necromancer in Diablo 4. We will monitor the presentations and leaks to keep this guide up to date, and with the release of the game, we will add the best builds for each class. Thanks for your time and support.

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