Necromancer

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The Necromancer is a type of Sorcerer, who specializes in raising the dead and summoning creatures to do his bidding. Due to this, many people associate necromancy with evil, and believe that its use attracts the attention of demons. The only Mage Clan who deal in necromancy are the Priests of Rathma. Believed to be one of the oldest clans, they are also largely misunderstood.

The Priests of Rathma reside in a vast underground city beneath the Eastern Jungles, where they study and experiment with their magic. As a result, their years of research has given the Necromancers an understanding of the balance of all things, which they refer to as the Great Cycle of Being. By knowing their place in the world, the Necromancers do not fear death. They are also pragmatists, above temptation. This value of logic is most likely the reason why the Necromancers have not been corrupted by the use of this ‘dark’ magic. Additionally, the Necromancer is able to wield Prime Magic, which means he doesn’t just control the dead. He is also able to manipulate the energy of the living too.

It is their desire to maintain the harmony that has led the Necromancers to leave their remote and isolated home and to destroy the Prime Evils. Ultimately, the Necromancers detest all who would use humans as pawns. They are even willing to join forces with the likes of the Order and the Paladins to achieve their goal of ridding the world of non-mortal intervention.

Necromancer Skills

The Necromancer can reanimate most corpses and control the recently killed. Furthermore, he has a great range of damage spells in his arsenal and is able to control a large number of minions at any one time. His skill trees are:

 CursesPoison and Bone SpellsSummoning Spells
Level 1

Raise Skeleton

Skeleton Mastery

Teeth

Bone Armor

Amplify Damage
Level 6Clay Golem

Poison Dagger

Corpse Explosion

Dim Vision

Weaken

Level 12

Golem Mastery

Raise Skeletal Mage

Bone Wall

Iron Maiden

Terror

Level 18Blood Golem

Poison Explosion

Bone Spear

Confuse

Life Tap

Level 24

Summon Resist

Iron Golem

Bone Prison

Attract

Decrepify

Level 30

Fire Golem

Revive

Poison Nova

Bone Spirit

Lower Resist

 

Necromancer Builds

The Necromancer is the most versatile class in Diablo II. The most common Necromancer builds are:

NameFocus
BonemancerBone spells. A very popular Necromancer build.
DaggermancerA variation of the Novamancer. The main skill is ‘Poison Nova’, complemented by ‘Poison Dagger’.
ExplosionmancerThe skill ‘Corpse Explosion’. This is the classic Diablo II Necromancer build. This build only really works in multiplayer as it relies on others to make the first kill.
HybridmancerCombination of Bonemancer and Summonmancer
NovamancerThe skill ‘Poison Nova’, normally in combination with ‘Lower Resist’.
SummonmancerHaving lots of minions to overwhelm enemies.

Trivia about the Necromancer in Diablo II

  • The Necromancer was originally a sub-class during development, when the team thought to reorganize the classes. Eventually, this was dismissed.
  • After much deliberation, the Necromancer was the final class chosen for the Diablo III expansion.

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