Diablo Immortal Necromancer Build – Best PVE and PVP Builds

Not sure of the best Diablo Immortal Necromancer build? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’re going to help you put together an absolute beast of an undead magician. What? That’s basically what they are! Anyway, that …

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Not sure of the best Diablo Immortal Necromancer build? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’re going to help you put together an absolute beast of an undead magician. What? That’s basically what they are! Anyway, that includes the best Skills, Gems, Item Sets, and more. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll likely have thrown out your previous build entirely.

Diablo Immortal is Activision Blizzard’s latest entry in the long-running action RPG series. It’s entirely free-to-play, and trades the lonesome single player shenanigans for a full-blown MMORPG experience. You explore a series of maps as one of several different Diablo classes, killing monsters, collecting all of the loot, and levelling up to increase your power. Aside from the always-on nature, it should prove a very familiar – and comfortable – experience to those who love the franchise.

Learn more about the game on the official site. We’ve covered the game extensively since launch too. Make sure to check out our Diablo Immortal Demon Gates, Diablo Immortal Hyda and Golem, and Diablo Immortal PC guides to learn more about the game.

Diablo Immortal Necromancer Build

Right, we’ll get straight into our recommended Diablo Immortal Necromancer build to help those who’ve found this page and just want answers. We’ve split our build recommendations into PVE, PVP, and Rifts to help you change up your playstyle depending on the circumstance.

Best Necromancer PVE Build

First things first: let’s help you build a powerhouse Necromancer for PVE.

Primary Attack and Ultimate

Here’s our choice for primary attack and ultimate skill for PVE Necromancer in Diablo Immortal:

  • Soulfire: Throw a ball of Soulfire that explodes when it strikes the enemy, inflicting damage to the target and 25% to all nearby enemies
  • Hungering Soulfire: Enhance Soulfire for 12 seconds, instead launching multiple Greater Bone Spirits that seek out enemies and deal damage. Targets hit multiple times simultaneously take 75% cumulatively reduced damage

Why Soulfire? Well, there’s no real competition between the two choices for Necromancer in PVE. Soulfire just deals damage to more enemies at once, and is, therefore, a no brainer when you’re pretty much facing down swarms constantly.

Save Hungering Soulfire for boss encounters, as it will absolutely melt minions that bosses tend to summon, keeping you safe and providing some corpses to explode. More on that later.

Secondary Skills

Now, here are the choices of secondary skills that we recommend for Necromancer in PVE:

  • Command Skeletons: 
    • Active: Command your Skeletal Champions to charge to a location and increase attack speed by 80% for 4.5 seconds.
    • Passive: Raise a Skeletal Champion every eight seconds to a maximum of four. Skeletal champions deal damage every attack.
  • Grim Scythe: Slash with a summoned scythe, dealing damage to all enemies in front of you. Each enemy hit generates a corpse, up to a maximum of two.
  • Corpse Explosion: Detonate all corpses in the target area, dealing damage to all nearby enemies. Enemies struck by multiple explosions take 40% cumulatively reduced damage for each additional hit.
  • Bone Armor: Protect yourself and nearby allies with a shield of bones that absorbs damage for 12 seconds.

Command Skeletons is a Diablo Immortal Necromancer staple, and shouldn’t really need an explanation. You likely play a Necromancer because you want to summon the undead, and that’s exactly what this skill provides: four skeletal warriors that deal decent damage and can shield you from attack. Not only that, but you can increase their damage temporarily against difficult foes using the active ability, and generate corpses to help you spam Corpse Explosion.

Corpse Explosion is the bread and butter of this build. Absolutely spam it as often as you see a corpse to keep the AOE damage coming.

Grim Scythe generates at least two corpses every nine seconds, allowing you to keep the Corpse Explosion spam going.

Bone Armor allows you to get into the thick of it to safely use Grim Scythe each time it’s off-cooldown, as well as provides you with a team support option.

All of those abilities combine to give you the perfect balance of insane AOE offence with defensive options that will keep you out of trouble.

Legendary Equipment

Now, let’s take a look at your equipment. While levelling up, we recommend that you just use the best item that drops, but, eventually, you’re going to want to use Legendary Equipment. Why? Well, not only does it typically provide you with much higher stat boosts, but it also completely changes, or buffs, one of your skills to customise their usage for your needs.

Here are the Legendary Equipment items that we recommend:

  • Clotburst:
    • Ability: Corpse Explosion damage increased by 10%
    • Awakened: Corpse Explosion damage increased by 10%
  • The Prong: 
    • Ability: Decreases time required to raise new skeletal champions by 30%
    • Awakened: Command Skeletons cooldown decreased by 10%
  • Lone Preserver:
    • Ability: Corpse Explosion now also inflicts a stacking Chill, which can Freeze enemies when stacked
    • Awakened: Corpse Explosion damage increased by 10%
  • Coals For Eyes:
    • Ability: Command Skeletons now causes your skeletal champions to explode at their destination, damaging all nearby enemies
    • Awakened: Command Skeletons damage increased by 10%
  • They Rest Everywhere:
    • Ability: Corpse Explosion damage radius increased by 20%
    • Awakened: Corpse Explosion damage increased by 10%
  • Hissing Skin:
    • Ability: Grim Scythe now increases all damage you deal by 2% for each enemy hit up to 10% for three seconds
    • Awakened: Sickle Cutting Injury increases by 10%

Our Legendary Equipment choices are pretty self-explanatory: increase the damage of Corpse Explosion. That’s pretty much the focus here – make it so that Corpse Explosion hits hard and at a wider radius so we can spam it for insane AOE damage.

Coals For Eyes effectively gives us a secondary Corpse Explosion, and it synergises nicely with The Prong, which decreases the cooldown and skeleton raise time of Command Skeletons.

Meanwhile, Hissing Skin makes your Corpse Explosion hit harder after using Grim Scythe, while Lone Preserver adds CC to Corpse Explosion, helping you survive longer.

Set Items

We recommend using the Issatar Imbued set items, as it gives you a boost in damage and movement speed, as well as providing you with a floating orb that deals AOE damage.

Here’s where to get each piece:

  • Issatar’s Open Hand: Forgotten Tower – Hell Two
  • Issatar the Brute: Destruction’s End – Hell One
  • Issatar Contained: Tomb of Fahir – Hell One
  • Issatar at Rest: Mad King’s Breach – Hell Two
  • Issatar Enraged: Pit of Anguish – Hell Four
  • Issatar Undone: Cavern of Echoes – Hell Four

And here are the set bonuses:

  • Two Set Bonus: Each time you defeat an enemy, you gain 30% increased movement speed for two seconds.
  • Four Set Bonus: Damage dealt is increased by 2.5% for every 5% increase in movement speed, up to a maximum increase of 25%
  • Six Set Bonus: Each time you defeat an enemy, you have a 10% chance to gain an orbiting soul orb for ten seconds that deals damage each time it passes through an enemy. You can’t gain a soul orb more often than once every 40 seconds.

Legendary Gems

Now, let’s take a look at our recommended legendary gems:

  • Chained Death: Increases damage done to your attacks per target hit, up to a maximum of three targets.
  • Pain of Subjugation: You deal 5.50% increased damage to enemies suffering loss of control.
  • Power & Command: Alternates state every nine seconds. Power increases primary attack damage by 8%, while Command increases skill damage by 8%.
  • Fervent Fang: Every time you hit an enemy, the enemy gets a stacking debuff, taking more damage from your hits.
  • Zwenson’s Haunting: When you defeat an enemy, summon a dark beast to attack nearby enemies, dealing 50% base damage to all nearby enemies. Cannot occur more often than every six seconds.
  • Seeping Bile: Chance to poison enemies, which can spread to more enemies when they die.
  • Ca’arsen’s Invigoration: Increases the speed of your primary attack by 5.50%
  • Seled’s Weakening: Gain 6% increased damage for 60 seconds after killing an Elite Monster.
  • Everlasting Torment: Your critical hits inflict Agony, dealing 10% base damage every second for six seconds. Each enemy cannot be affected by this more than once every 20 seconds.

Given the gacha nature of gem drops, we’ve decided to recommend a bunch of them – all of which will help improve your combat ability. Chained Death, Pain of Subjugation, and Fervent Fang are incredible at boosting your AOE damage, while Power & Command improves damage across the board.

Zwenson’s Haunting, Everlasting Torment, and Seeping Bile gives you additional attack options at a set interval, while Ca’arsen’s Invigoration boosts your primary attack in particular. Seled’s Weakening, meanwhile, is solid for smashing through rifts.


Now, for regular gems. These are the three that we would prioritise for this build:

  • Tourmaline: More damage
  • Sapphire: Armor penetration
  • Citrine: More potency

These are self-explanatory. Tourmaline and Sapphire provide you with a boost to your damage, while Citrine helps with your Chill/Freeze application.

Best Necromancer PVP Build

Coming soon!

But that’s going to do it for our Diablo Immortal Necromancer build guide. Make sure to grab the game via the links at the top of this page, check out our related guides in paragraph three, and bookmark this page to keep an eye out for new builds.

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