Best Early Game Necromancer Build in Diablo 4
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Best Early Game Necromancer Build in Diablo IV

Do you want to command an army of the dead while wielding devastating magic against your foes? If yes, then the Necromancer class in Diablo IV is perfect. The undead warrior can become overpowered fast with the right Skills and Aspects. Here is the best early-game Necromancer build in Diablo 4.

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What Necromancer build should I use in the Diablo 4 early game?

While it may be tempting to dive straight into sacrificial minions and epic blood magic, the Necromancer class benefits from focusing on survivability for the first 50 levels. Even with an army of skeletons, things can quickly fall apart in dungeons and boss fights if your undead servants are destroyed.

To push through the early game, you’ll want to rely on Bone magic to deal damage to your foes while staying at a safe distance. Don’t worry, though. You will also get to turn the corpses of your enemies into a never-ending chain of explosions.

Which Necromancer Skills should I go for in Diablo IV, then?

I recommend using your Skill Points on the following Skills:

  • Bone Splinters
  • Corpse Explosion
  • Bone Storm
  • Decrepify

The following buffs and passives should be invested in to power your Skills:

  • Hewed Flesh
  • Grim Harvest
  • Skeletal Warrior Mastery
  • Serration
  • Compound Fracture
  • Evulsion
  • Ossified Essence
  • Unliving Energy
  • Fueled By Death
  • Imperfectly Balanced
  • Rapid Ossification

Here’s what order you’ll want to spend your Skill Points:

  1. Bone Splinters
  2. Enhanced Bone Splinters
  3. Bone Spear
  4. Bone Spear level 2
  5. Bone Spear level 3
  6. Bone Spear level 4
  7. Bone Spear level 5
  8. Corpse Explosion
  9. Enhanced Corpse Explosion
  10. Hewed Flesh
  11. Hewed Flesh level 2
  12. Hewed Flesh level 3
  13. Grim Harvest
  14. Grim Harvest level 2
  15. Grim Harvest level 3
  16. Enhanced Bone Spear
  17. Supernatural Bone Spear
  18. Corpse Explosion level 2
  19. Corpse Explosion level 3
  20. Corpse Explosion level 4
  21. Corpse Explosion level 5
  22. Plagued Corpse Explosion
  23. Skeletal Warrior Mastery
  24. Skeletal Warrior Mastery level 2
  25. Skeletal Warrior Master level 3
  26. Serration
  27. Serration level 2
  28. Serration level 3
  29. Compound Fracture
  30. Evulsion
  31. Evulsion level 2
  32. Evulsion level 3
  33. Ossified Essence
  34. Unliving Energy
  35. Unliving Energy 2
  36. Unliving Energy 3
  37. Fueled by Death
  38. Fueled by Death level 2
  39. Fueled by Death level 3
  40. Bone Storm
  41. Compound Fracture level 2
  42. Compound Fracture level 3
  43. Imperfectly Balanced
  44. Imperfectly Balanced level 2
  45. Imperfectly Balanced level 3
  46. Decrepify
  47. Enhanced Decrepify
  48. Prime Bone Storm
  49. Supreme Bone Storm
  50. Rapid Ossification

Which Aspects should I use on my Necromancer build?

Aspects are crucial in Diablo 4 as they add extra perks to your build. I recommend the following:

  • Splintering Aspect: Bone Spear makes enemies hit beyond the first Vulnerable. Bone Shards pierce and deal extra damage to Vulnerable enemies.
  • Aspect of Torment: Critical Strikes with Bone Skills boost your Essence Regeneration.
  • Aspect of Shielding Storm: When Bone Storm damages an enemy, you temporarily gain a Barrier equal to a percentage of your Base Life.
  • Aspect of Frenzied Dead: When a Summoning Minions damages an enemy, they gain a temporary Attack Speed percentage.

Diablo IV is available now on the PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. If you’ve yet to upgrade your Healing Potions, here’s how.


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