D2R Build – Bone Spell Necromancer Build Guide

Introduction


Necromancer is famous for his army of the dead, but he is also one of the most powerful casters in Diablo II: Resurrected with the Curse skills tree and a lot of powerful spells in his arsenal. In this build, we will go through the Necromancer build with a focus on the Bone Spear skills and Bone Spirit.
This build is great for beginners to Diablo II: Resurrected.

Stat


Level 40

Stats Points Notes
Strength

60

Just enough to wear your gears
Dexterity

60

Just enough to wear your gears
Vitality

100+

All remaining points can be put here for maximizing your Life.
Energy

20

Gears and potions will help you sustain your Mana.

Level 99

Stats Points Notes
Strength

80

Just enough to wear your gears
Dexterity

80

Just enough to wear your gears
Vitality

220+

All remaining points can be put here for maximizing your Life.
Energy

20

Gears and potions will help you sustain your Mana.

Skills Distribution


Bone Spirit 20 points – Your main damage dealer spell for this build
Bone Spear 20 points – For leveling and piercing through group of monsters
Bone Armor 1 points for a defensive layer
Bone Prison 20 points – Provide bonus to Bone Spirit and can trab group of monsters
Bone Wall 20 points – Same as Bone Prison
Corpse Explosion – 1 point (or more) – Good for clearing out group of monster, good for elemental immune monster

Teeth – 20 points Provide bonus damage to Bone Spirit and good for early leveling

Amplify Damage 1 point – Increase damage deal by Mercenary and Corpse Explosion
Clay Golem 1 point – Useful for tanking harder monsters while you casting your spell
Golem Mastery 1 point – Increase golem survivability
Summon Resist 1 point – Increase golem defense

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Bone Spirit image
Bone Spirit
Teeth : +6% Magic Damage Per Level
Bone Wall : +6% Magic Damage Per Leve l
Bone Spear : +6% Magic Damage Per Level
Bone Prison : +6% Magic Damage Per Leve l
Teeth : +15% Magic damage per level
Bone Spear : +7% Magic damage per leve l
  • Releases a spirit of the restless undead that tracks its target or finds one of its own.
  • Cast Delay: None
  • Player vs Player: You can cast Bone Spirit at someone trapped in a Bone Prison and it won’t damage the Bone Prison.
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 12
Damage: 22-33


Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 21.5
Damage: 380-413

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Bone Spear image
Bone Spear
Teeth : +7% Magic Damage Per Level
Bone Wall : +7% Magic Damage Per Level
Bone Prison : +7% Magic Damage Per Level
Bone Spirit : +7% Magic Damage Per Level
Teeth : +15% Magic damage per level
Bone Spirit : +6% Magic damage per level
  • Summons a deadly spike of bone to impale your enemies.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 7
Damage: 17-25


Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 11.7
Damage: 205-218

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Bone Armor image
Bone Armor
Bone Wall : + 15 Damage Absorbed Per Level
Bone Prison : + 15 Damage Absorbed Per Level
Bone Wall : +10% Life per level
Bone Prison : +8% Life per level
  • Creates an orbiting shield of bone that absorbs melee damage.
  • Cast Delay: None
  • Bone Armor only protects the Necromancer from Physical Damage .
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 11
Damage Shield: 20


Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 30
Damage Shield: 210

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Bone Prison image
Bone Prison
Bone Armor : +8% Life Per Level
Bone Wall : +8% Life Per Level
Teeth : +15% Magic damage per level
Bone Armor : + 15 damage absorbed per level
Bone Wall : +10% Life per level
Bone Spear : +7% Magic damage per level
Bone Spirit : +6% Magic damage per level
  • Creates a barrier of fossilized bone around your target.
  • Cast Delay: None
  • Player vs Player: You can use Bone Prison on other players.
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 27
Normal Hit Points: 22


Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 8
Normal Hit Points: 112

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Bone Wall image
Bone Wall
Bone Armor : +10% Life Per Level
Bone Prison : +10% Life Per Level
Teeth : + 15 % Magic Damage per level
Bone Armor : + 15 Damage absorbed per level
Bone Spear : +7% Magic damage per level
Bone Prison : +8% Life per level
Bone Spirit : +6% Magic damage per level
  • Creates an impassable barrier of bone and debris.
  • Cast Delay: None
  • Nightmare/Hell: The stats shown below are only for Normal difficulty. The Bone Wall hit points increase for Nightmare, and again for Hell Difficulty.
Lvl: 1
Normal Hit Points: 20


Lvl: 20
Normal Hit Points: 111

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Corpse Explosion image
Corpse Explosion
No synergies No synergies
  • Cast on the corpse of a slain monster, it explodes, damaging nerby enemies.
  • Cast Delay: None
  • If you want to make a big mess, Corpse Explosion is the skill for you. Once dubbed “The Best Skill of All Time” by Blizzard Employees, Corpse Explosion is a favorite among many. Corpse Explosion is great for clearing out crowds of monsters very quickly. All you need to destroy large groups monsters is a body, and to lead that group of monster near that body. Explode the corpse to create a new corpse, continue to use Corpse Explosion until there is nothing left. Minions and Bone Spells can help you create an initial corpse to use, then you just have to lead the monsters near the bodies when you cause them to explode. As you put more points into Corpse Explosion you can hit monsters further away from the corpse.
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 15
Radius: 2.6 yards


Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 34
Radius: 9 yards

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Teeth image
Teeth
Bone Wall : +15% Magic Damage Per Level
Bone Spear : +15% Magic Damage Per Leve l
Bone Prison : +15% Magic Damage Per Level
Bone Spirit : +15% Magic Damage Per Level
Bone Spear : +7% Magic damage per level
Bone Spirit : +6% Magic damage per level
  • Fires a barrage of summoned barbed teeth.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 3
Damage: 2-4
Number of Teeth: 2


Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 12.5
Damage: 23-31
Number of Teeth: 21

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Amplify Damage image
Amplify Damage
No synergies No synergies
  • Curses a group of enemies, increasing the non-magic damage they receive.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Radius: 2 yards
Duration: 8 sec.


Lvl: 20
Radius: 14.6 yards
Duration: 65 sec.

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Clay Golem image
Clay Golem
Golem Mastery
Summon Resist
Blood Golem : +5% Life per leve
Iron Golem : + 35 Defense per level
Fire Golem : + 6 % Damage per level
Blood Golem : + 20 Attack rating per level
Iron Golem : + 20 Attack rating per level
Fire Golem : + 20 Attack rating per level
  • Creates a Golem from the earth to fight by your side.
  • Cast Delay: None
  • The Slow %, coupled with the attack bonus, is the main reason to use the Clay Golem at higher levels of difficulty.
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 15
Damage: 2-5
Hit Points: 100
Attack Bonus: 80
Slows Enemies: 11%


Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 72
Damage: 15-38
Hit Points: 765
Attack Bonus: 440
Slows Enemies: 63%

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Golem Mastery image
Golem Mastery
No synergies Clay Golem : + 20 Attack rating per level
Blood Golem : + 20 Attack rating per level
Iron Golem : + 20 Attack rating per level
Fire Golem : + 20 Attack rating per level
  • Passive Effect: Enhances Speed and Life of all your Golems.
  • Cast Delay: None
  • Golem Mastery adds more Hit Points to the Golem’s Original Base Life, not the Life shown with more than one point into a Golem skill. Clay Golem: 100 HP, Blood Golem: 201 HP, Iron Golem: 306, Fire Golem: 328
Lvl: 1
Bonus Life: 20%
Bonus Velocity: 6%
Attack Rating: +25


Lvl: 20
Bonus Life: 400%
Bonus Velocity: 33%
Attack Rating: +500

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
necromancer Summon Resist image
Summon Resist
No synergies Raise Skeleton
Raise Skeletal
Mage Clay
Blood Golem
Iron Golem
Fire Golem
Golem Revive
  • Passive Effect: Increases the resistances of all summoned creatures.
  • Cast Delay: None
  • Summon Resist helps minions survive against spells, and this becomes vital in the later acts when Zakarum Priests are calling down Blizzard and Lightning on their heads. These resistances are helpful for keeping pets that were difficult or expensive to get, such as a strong monster you Revived or a powerful Iron Golem for which you sacrificed a good item.
Lvl: 1
Resist All: 28%


Lvl: 20
Resist All: 66%

Recommended Runewords

Bone Overall increment to Necromancer’s skills and some nice boost to resistance and mana
Enigma The most powerful runeword in Diablo II: Resurrected, hard to find though
Insight For your Mercenary, provide boost to Mana recovery and reasonable amount of damage


Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Bone 47 Sol image
Sol
Um image
Um
Um image
Um
3 Socket Body Armor
  • 15% Chance To Cast level 10 Bone ArmorWhen Struck
  • 15% Chance To Cast level 10 Bone SpearOn Striking
  • +2 ToNecromancer SkillLevels
  • +100-150 To Mana
  • All Resistances +30
  • Damage Reduced By 7
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Enigma 65 Jah image
Jah
Ith image
Ith
Ber image
Ber
3 Socket Chest Armor
  • +2 To AllSkills
  • +45% Faster Run Walk
  • +1 To Teleport
  • +750-775 Defense
  • + (0.75 Per Character Level) +0-74 To Strength(Based On Character Level)
  • Increase MaximumLife5%
  • Damage Reduced By 8%
  • +14LifeAfter Each Kill
  • 15% Damage Taken Goes T Mana
  • + (1 Per Character Level) +1-99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level)
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Insight 27 Ral image
Ral
Tir image
Tir
Tal image
Tal
Sol image
Sol
4 Socket Polearms / 4 Socket Staves
  • Level 12-17 MeditationAura When Equipped
  • +35%Faster Cast Rate
  • +200-260% Enhanced Damage
  • +9 To Minimum Damage
  • 180-250% Bonus toAttack Rating
  • Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
  • +75 Poison DamageOver 5 Seconds
  • +1-6 ToCritical Strike
  • +5 To All Attributes
  • +2 To ManaAfter Each Kill
  • 23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Recommended Equipment

For Shields, both Spirit Runeword is a great option as it provides cast rate and +2 to All Skills
Homunculus is also a powerful option for this build, but it pretty hard to come by
Arachnid Mesh is a great belt for faster cast rate and it also provide +1 to all skills
Sandstorm Trek Good for movement speed
Harlequin Crest +2 To All Skills and Magic Find
Magefist Faster Cast Rate
Trang-Oul’s Claws Faster Cast Rate + Curse skill levels
Andariel’s Visage Use this on your Mercenary
Fortitude Use this on your Mercenary to enhance his defense


Name Base Stats Modifiers
Tal image
Tal
Thul image
Thul
Ort image
Ort
Amn image
Amn
Spirit
Runewords
  • Depends on base model
  • +2 To All Skills
  • +25-35% Faster Cast Rate
  • +55% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +250 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +22 To Vitality
  • +89-112 To Mana
  • Cold Resistance+35%
  • Lightning Resistance+35%
  • Poison Resistance+35%
  • +3-8 Magic Absorb
  • Attacker Takes Damage of 14
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Homunculus
Homunculus
Unique Hierophant Trophy
  • Defense: 177-213
  • Defense: 58-70
  • Required Level: 42
  • Required Strength: 58
  • Durability: 20
  • Chance to Block: 72%
  • +150-200% Enhanced Defense
  • +5 To ManaAfter Each Kill
  • 40% Increased Chance of Blocking
  • 30% Faster Block Rate
  • +2 To Necromancer SkillLevels
  • +20 To Energy
  • Regenerate Mana33%
  • All Resistances +40
  • +2 To Curses Skills( NecromancerOnly)
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Arachnid Mesh
Arachnid Mesh
Unique Spiderweb Sash
  • Defense: 119-138 (varies)(Base Defense: 55-62)
  • Required Level: 80
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 12
  • 16 Boxes
  • +90-120% Enhanced Defense
  • Slows Target By 10%
  • +1 To All Skills
  • +20% Faster Cast Rate
  • Increases Maximum Mana5%
  • Level 3 Venom(11 Charges)
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Sandstorm Trek
Sandstorm Trek
Unique Scarabshell Boots
  • Defense: 158-178(varies)(Base Defense 56-65)
  • Required Level: 64
  • Required Strength: 91
  • Durability: 14
  • Assassin Kick Damage: 60-110
  • +140-170% Enhanced Defense
  • +20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +20% Faster Run Walk
  • + (1 Per Character Level) +1-99 Maximum Stamina(Based On Character Level)
  • +10-15 To Strength
  • +10-15 To Vitality
  • 50% Slower StaminaDrain
  • Poison Resistance+40-70%
  • Repairs 1 Durability In 20 Seconds
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Harlequin Crest
Harlequin Crest
Unique Shako
  • Defense: 98-141
  • Required Level: 62
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 12
  • +2 To All Skills
  • + (1.5 Per Character Level) 1-148 To Life(Based On Character Level)
  • + (1.5 Per Character Level) 1-148 To Mana(Based On Character Level)
  • Damage Reduced By 10%
  • 50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
  • +2 To All Attributes
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Magefist
Magefist
Unique Light Gauntlets
  • Defense: 24-25(varies)(Base Defense: 9-11)
  • Required Level: 23
  • Required Strength: 45
  • Durability: 18
  • +20-30% Enhanced Defense
  • +10 Defense
  • +1 To Fire Skills
  • +20% Faster Cast Rate
  • Regenerate Mana25%
  • Adds 1-6 Fire Damage
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Trang-Oul's Claws
Trang-Oul’s Claws
Set Heavy Bracers
  • Defense: 67-74(varies)(Base Defense: 37-44)
  • Required Level: 45
  • Required Strength: 58
  • Durability: 16
  • +20% Faster Cast Rate
  • Cold Resistance+30%
  • +30 Defense
  • +25% Poison Skill Damage
  • +2 To Curses( NecromancerOnly)
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Andariel's Visage
Andariel’s Visage
Unique Demonhead
  • Defense: 310-387 (Base Defense: 101-154)
  • Required Level: 83
  • Required Strength: 102
  • Durability: 20
  • +100-150% Enhanced Defense
  • +2 To All Skills
  • 20% Increased Attack Speed
  • 8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit
  • +25-30 To Strength
  • +10% To Maximum Poison Resist
  • Fire Resistance-30%
  • Poison Resistance+70%
  • 15% Chance To Cast Level 15 Poison Nova When Struck
  • Level 3 Venom (20 charges)
  • (Ladder Only)
Name Base Stats Modifiers
El image
El
Sol image
Sol
Dol image
Dol
Lo image
Lo
Fortitude
  • Depends on base model
  • 20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Chilling Armorwhen Struck
  • +25% Faster Cast Rate
  • +300% Enhanced Damage
  • +200% Enhanced Defense
  • +15 Defense
  • +X To Life(Based on Character Level)*
  • Replenish Life+7
  • +5% To Maximum Lightning Resistance
  • All Resistances +25-30
  • Damage Reduced By 7
  • 12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
  • +1 To Light Radius

Rings & Amulet


Bul-Kathos’ Wedding Band +1 to All Skills and Life
Stone of Jordan Mana boost and + 1 to All Skills
Mara’s Kaleidoscope Best amulet for almost all builds
Name Required Level Modifiers
Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Bul-Kathos’ Wedding Band
58
  • +1 To All Skills
  • + (0.5 Per Character Level) 0-49 To Life(Based On Character Level)
  • 3-5% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • +50 Maximum Stamina
Name Required Level Modifiers
Stone of Jordan
Stone of Jordan
29
  • +1 To All Skills
  • Increase Maximum Mana25%*
  • Adds 1-12 Lightning Damage
  • +20 To Mana
Name Required Level Modifiers
Mara's Kaleidoscope
Mara’s Kaleidoscope
67
  • +2 To All Skills
  • All Resistances +20-30
  • +5 To All Attributes

Charms

Any stat charm or + skills level charm
Hellfire Torch for Necromancer, Annihilus if you are rich.

Recommended Weapons

White – Overall skills level increase for Necromancer
Spirit – Faster Cas Rate & + 2 to All Skills.
The Reaper’s Toll – This is for your Mercenary if you don’t like using Insight runeword.

Name Stats Modifiers
Dol image
Dol
Io image
Io
White
  • Depends on base model weapon
  • Hit Causes Monster To Flee 25%
  • +10 To Vitality
  • +3 To Poison And Bone Spells( NecromancerOnly)
  • +3 To Bone Armor( NecromancerOnly)
  • +2 To Bone Spear( NecromancerOnly)
  • +4 To Skeleton Mastery( NecromancerOnly)
  • Magic DamageReduced By 4
  • 20% Faster Cast Rate
  • +13 To Mana
Name Stats Modifiers
Tal image
Tal
Thul image
Thul
Ort image
Ort
Amn image
Amn
Spirit
  • Depends on base model Weapon
  • Weapons
  • +2 To All Skills
  • +25-35% Faster Cast Rate
  • +55% Faster Hit Recovery
  • Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage3 Second Duration (Normal)
  • +75 Poison DamageOver 5 Seconds
  • 7% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • +250 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +22 To Vitality
  • +89-112 To Mana
  • +3-8 Magic Absorb
Name Stats Modifiers
The Reaper's Toll
The Reaper’s Toll
Unique Thresher
  • Two-Hand Damage: (34-40) To (408-479)
  • Required Level: 75
  • Required Strength: 114
  • Required Dexterity: 89
  • Durability: 65
  • Base Weapon Speed: [-10]
  • +190-240% Enhanced Damage
  • Ignore Target’s Defense
  • Adds 4-44 Cold Damage, Duration 0-2 Sec.
  • 11-15% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • 33% Deadly Strike
  • 33% Chance To Cast Level 1 DecrepifyOn Striking
  • Requirements -25%

Mercenary Guide


Act II Mercenary with either Defensive or Offensive aura is good enough. Follow the Gear & Weapon section on what to equip for your Mercenary.

Gameplay and Tip

Gameplay Guide & Tips
Use bone prison to lockdown group of monsters so your Mercenary can tank the monsters while you cast Bone Spirit (or Bone Spear) Occasionally curse the monster with Amplify Damage so your Mercenary can do his work. Remember to cast Corpse explosion occasionally to take down group of monster.

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