The latest Diablo 3 DLC has been out for a few days now and players are loving the new Necromancer class option. The new character gives players a chance to start cracking the best builds and play styles, in addition to some exciting gear to hunt down and equip.
The most important thing for players who want to play an extra powerful Necromancer is to use the best build, but stats and gear are important, as well. Gear is found very quickly during the leveling process, so players will often be swapping items every few minutes. That said, there are a few items that we recommend targeting through the completion of bounties or boss kills.
Here’s a list of the best gear to track down, according to Icy Veins…
Ring of Royal Grandeur is a legendary from Act I caches that reduces the number of set items required for set bonuses by one. While it might not be immediately useful, obtaining powerful bonuses (such as the 4- and 6-piece set bonuses of the Bones of Rathma set) as early as possible for a huge spike in character power is an opportunity you should not pass up. Doing bounties will be inevitable for crafting materials anyway, so optimize your farming time and get this ring as soon as possible.
Avarice Band is an Act III cache legendary ring that extends your pickup radius by up to 30 yards as you pick up gold. This unassuming bonus has the potential to turn in the strongest source of defense during normal rifts due to its synergy with Boon of the Hoarder and Goldwrap. Their powers combined, they can render your character practically invulnerable even in the highest of Torment difficulties.
Reaper’s Wraps are a good bracer option for beginner Necromancers, as the spenders of this class tend to be Essence-heavy, you have means to generate globes (i.e. Life from Death), and the class has no other access to passive resource regeneration. These bracers restore up to 30% of your Arcane Power reserves when you get healed by a health globe — an easy trigger if you keep an eye on the battlefield. Note that these bracers are craftable, and the plan for their creation drops when you kill the Act V boss Malthael on any difficulty.
Gloves of Worship are an Act II cache legendary that extends the duration of Shrines to 10 minutes, a very decent farming effect that is usually stored in Kanai’s Cube. The combined power of Empowered Shrines (doubled resource gain, halved cooldowns), Frenzied Shrines (25% Attack Speed) and Fleeting Shrines (25% increase to Movement Speed and 20 yard pickup radius), often refreshing before their 10-minute duration, is a huge buff during normal rifts. Necromancers are among the classes that can benefit from Gloves of Worship, as the armor Cube slots of their most common farming specs are flexible enough to fit the item in.
Illusory Boots are an Act II cache legendary item that removes enemy collision — a staple of support builds in Greater Rifts, as their precise positioning for party-wide buffs and enemy disables dictates the course of Greater Rift progress. Necromancers have no known viable support build, lowering (but not negating, especially if you plan on alts) the importance of obtaining Illusory Boots.
Envious Blade is an Act II cache dagger with one of the most powerful speedfarming bonuses in the game — a guaranteed Critical Hit against enemies at full health. A well equipped character using this dagger can oneshot entire screens of enemies in a suitable farming difficulty. Since Necromancers can not dual wield and their weapon slots are frequently taken by more important legendaries, Envious Blade is not considered a cache priority.
As previously mentioned, Necromancer spenders can be harsh on your Essence reserves when no set bonuses are available to skyrocket your damage. Another cache item can be added to your setup to ease the strain on your resources: the Pride’s Fall Pride’s Fall helm. Obtained through Act III cache bounties, the helm reduces your resource costs by 30% after not taking damage for 5 seconds, which is easily achievable with proper positioning.
And here are some additional pieces that players should seek out while on the loot grind…
Sets: While the seasonal journey will reward you with a complete set through Haedrig’s Gifts, gambling for armor set pieces still makes sense — to improve lackluster pieces, or complete class sets other than the gifted one. The Necromancer sets are: the Bones of Rathma (Rathma’s Skull Helm, Rathma’s Spikes, Rathma’s Macabre Vambraces, Rathma’s Ribcage Plate, Rathma’s Skeletal Legplates and Rathma’s Ossified Sabatons); Grace of Inarius (Inarius’s Understanding, Inarius’s Martyrdom, Inarius’s Will, Inarius’s Conviction, Inarius’s Reticence, Inarius’s Perseverance); Trag’Oul’s Avatar (Trag’Oul’s Guise, Trag’Oul’s Heart, Trag’Oul’s Claws, Trag’Oul’s Scales, Trag’Oul’s Hide, Trag’Oul’s Stalwart Greaves); Pestilence Master’s Shroud (Pestilence Mask, Pestilence Defense, Pestilence Gloves, Pestilence Robe, Pestilence Incantations, Pestilence Battle Boots) and Jesseth Arms (Jesseth Skullscythe and Jesseth Skullshield).
The weapon is by far the most impactful item on your damage output, putting a priority on the weapon slot as the first to obtain an ancient item for. Due to its higher bloodshard cost (75 for weapons vs. 25 for armor pieces and offhands), you should delay weapon gambling — avoiding it at the start of character progression and only considering it when you start perfecting your gear. If you simply need a specific weapon, you will get a much better deal with the Upgrade Rare recipe in Kanai’s Cube. The Hope of Cain recipe (1 rare item, 25 Death’s Breaths, 50 of white, blue and yellow crafting materials) will only produce the type of item you put in (i.e. scythes), cutting out all other weapons from the RNG pool that you would have to deal with through regular gambling at Kadala. Scythes (one- and two-handed) are the Necromancer-specific weapons you can easily target through upgrading rares, with valuable and build-defining scythes such as Jesseth Skullscythe, Trag’Oul’s Corroded Fang, Scythe of the Cycle, Nayr’s Black Death and Reilena’s Shadowhook.
Shields and phylacteries are almost equally important to their weapon companions, and it is recommended to gamble for them even early on due to their low bloodshard price. Powerful and build altering offhands include Jesseth Skullshield, Lidless Wall, Bone Ringer and Leger’s Disdain.
Belts are a cheap gamble slot that you can invest a few bloodshards stacks into early on. The
Necromancer has a single (but important) class-specific belt, Dayntee’s Binding, and a few generic belts he cares about — Goldwrap Goldwrap and The Witching Hour.
Bracers can add significant toughness or utility to Necromancer builds, and share the cheap gamble price of other armor slots. Due to the lack of class-specific bracers, Necromancers should invest in the slot mid-progression, when trying to complete their initial speedfarming or average pushing build. The two staples for the class are Ancient Parthan Defenders and Nemesis Bracers, but due to the Necro’s susceptibility to crowd control you can also experiment with Krelm’s Buff Bracers.
Jewelry has a huge influence on your DPS, but similarly to weapons it is expensive to gamble (50 shards for rings, 100 for amulets). When searching for specific jewelry rolls, you should consider upgrading rares instead. The three jewelry sets in Diablo 3, in order of importance for the Necromancer, are: the Endless Walk set, The Compass Rose The Compass Rose and The Traveler’s Pledge The Traveler’s Pledge; the Bastions of Will set, Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint; and the Legacy of Nightmares set, Litany of the Undaunted Litany of the Undaunted and The Wailing Host. Interestingly, the Necromancer has many important legendary class-specific jewelry pieces, including: Krysbin’s Sentence, Circle of Nailuj’s Evol, Wisdom of Kalan, The Johnstone, Haunted Visions and others.
Most remaining armor slots only have one or two desirable items for Necromancers, and it is preferable to leave them to drop from normal farming instead of wasting shards and materials on the numerous possible duds for the slot. In the long run, you will want to find Aquila Cuirass (chest piece); Corpsewhisper Pauldrons (shoulders); Tasker and Theo, Grasps of Essence and Moribund Gauntlets (gloves); Depth Diggers (pants).
Hunting down some combination of that laundry list of gear may sound intimidating, but loot drops really do come frequently and players should be able to gear up very quicky and continue to tweak and make upgrades as more exciting items drop. Good luck!
Diablo 3 is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The Rise of the Necromancer DLC pack launched on all supported platforms on June 27.
Source: Icy Veins