Diablo 3 is one of the biggest comeback stories in gaming. What started with an incredibly rocky launch and a poorly-implemented auction house system was quickly adapted into a title worthy of the iconic Diablo name, and Blizzard has since salvaged what could’ve been a huge disappointment into a consistently popular title that still attracts new fans today.

Diablo 3 has continued its torrid pace of improvement into the game’s newest expansion as well, as The Rise of the Necromancer DLC has been well-received. Players are already searching for the ways to find the Necromancer’s Legendary gear sets, having hit the level cap in hours thanks to efficient grinding – and a few days booked off work as well, perhaps.

Not everyone has the luxury of sinking that much time into leveling a brand new character in Diablo 3, however, and that’s okay. There are already guides to help players find the best Diablo 3 Necromancer builds, which should cut down on the time spent in the later game trying to find the most efficient builds to power through Torment-level content. For those interested in a quicker way of getting to these late-game builds, however, we’ve also got you covered.

Below, gamers will find a rough outline of what many believe to be the quickest leveling build for a Necromancer in Diablo 3. With the help of this guide – which employs tips from professional Diablo 3 player Deadset as well as our own experience with the title – players will find themselves gambling on Blood Shards for Legendary Necromancer gear in no time at all.

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How to Train Your Necromancer

The Necromancer thrives on far-range combat and controlling the battlefield, using curses to damage enemies over time while raising the dead to serve as “pets” that can tank damage and remove aggro from the Necromancer themselves. While many gamers already know this, it’s an important starting point that bears repeating for those unfamiliar with the class from past Diablo games – the philosophy of the Necromancer should be one that emphasizes its strengths, and avoids getting into sticky melee situations.

To that end, here’s the rough outline of what we believe Necromancers should spec into in order to hit 70 fastest:

Active Skills

  • Bone Spikes (Sudden Impact rune recommended)
  • Blood Rush (Potency rune recommended)
  • Command Skeletons (Frenzy rune recommended)
  • Devour (Devouring Aura rune recommended)
  • Frailty (Scent of Blood rune recommended)
  • Skeletal Mage (Singularity rune recommended)

Passive Skills

  • Spreading Malediction
  • Overwhelming Essence
  • Extended Servitude
  • Fueled by Death

Keep in mind that not all of these skills will be available immediately, so players will have to work with different skills while they wait to unlock the full build. Essentially, as soon as any of these skills become available, gamers should immediately incorporate them into their build – and when they aren’t available yet, the player will be such a low level that it won’t drastically impact their playing time until they reach a point that they unlock.

Basic Rotations for Leveling

Rotations refer to the way players use the skill set of a class during battle – specifically the optimal order, or “rotation”, that the major skills should be used in to ensure maximum damage and combat efficiency.

The primary approach of this build as it levels will be building up power through consuming corpses, and then releasing it through impactful minion summons. Use Bone Spikes as corpses are consumed through Devour to maximize Essence, and then use this reservoir of Essence to use extremely strong Skeletal Mage summons to maximize DPS.

While that’s the main idea behind the build, during that cyclical process gamers should also enfeeble as many targets as possible using Frailty while using Command Skeletons to tank the heftier minions on the battlefield to preserve the Necromancer’s health.

Finally, this build also prioritizes using Blood Rush as an escape mechanism – whenever bad positioning gets Necromancers into trouble, Blood Rush can reposition the player character so that they remain away from the minion horde, preserving health and allowing them to continue with their optimal rotation.

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Biggest Stat and Gear Priorities

Leveling to 70 doesn’t necessarily require players to pay incredibly close attention to their gear – the content is pretty manageable with just average gear until Torments – spending a bit of extra time to acquire better gear can make the process go a lot faster. Because gear acquired on the way to Level 70 won’t really matter in the long run, we won’t say that this step is a must, but whenever possible, players should prioritize gear with Intelligence as its primary stat, with Vitality, Elemental Damage, Critical Hit Change, and Critical Hit Damage all being beneficial as well. A Necromancer’s damage is largely centered around their Intelligence (in both stats and play style, as it turns out), and as such it should always be the number one priority for someone looking to level up quickly.

There it is – a comprehensive look at what many believe to be the best Necromancer build for leveling, including some tips and tricks for how to approach the content and what stats are the most important. Ultimately, however, if following strict guides to playing a character doesn’t appeal to a player, they should simply ignore it and enjoy the content – Diablo 3 is a super fun game, made even better by The Rise of the Necromancer, and grinding through it slowly has its own merits, too.

Diablo 3: Rise of the Necromancer is available now and supported by PS4, PC, and Xbox One.