Diablo 4: Best Necromancer Build For Leveling In Season 4

Here is the best Necromancer leveling build for Diablo 4's massive Season 4 update.

Diablo 4 World Boss
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The breakout star of Diablo 4‘s massive Season 4 update is the Necromancer class. At the moment, it’s the best class in the game as well as the class you should choose if you’re just looking to reach World Tier 3 as quickly as possible.

We’re going to share an optimal Necromancer leveling build with you, but please note that this is intended to be a Level 1-50 (ish) build. You can continue to use a variation of this build beyond that point, but you will need to make some alterations to it to keep up with new challenges. Even still, this build will help you speed run through Diablo 4‘s earliest content.

Best Leveling Necromancer Build For Diablo 4 Season 4

Best Leveling Necromancer Build For Diablo 4 Season 4

Skills: Bone Splinters, Blight, Raise Skeleton, Golem, Corpse Explosion, Corpse Tendrils

Full Skill Tree

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Though the build above is an approximation of what you should be aiming for, please note that the final leveling build may change quite a bit as you play. Hey, Necromancers are ridiculously overpowered at the moment. You’ve got to learn to roll with everything they can do.

The big flex spot in this build is actually your Basic skill. Generally speaking, you can’t go wrong with Bone Splinters. It’s an incredible resource generator that offers some nice spread damage. It should absolutely be your first skill.

However, there are some versions of this build that actually switch to Reap once you start picking up your other abilities. Reap does offer some incredible synergy with our other Shadow skills, but it doesn’t come close to generating the resources that Bone Splinters does. Realistically, you probably won’t be able to make up the difference until you start using Corpse Explosion as your primary resource generator.

Around that time, though, a more interesting option becomes available: Iron Maiden. In theory, enhanced Iron Maiden offers not only the best resource generation capabilities but will also help you maximize your damage. While Basic skills are usually the heart of most leveling builds, it’s actually possible to replace that Basic ability with an enhanced version of Iron Maiden. However, you can only justify doing so once you’ve picked up a few curse enhancers and, ideally, the Legendary aspects that also enhance Iron Maiden’s functionality and Shadow synergy.

So what should you do? Well, the build above is designed to take you through the leveling process with little effort required. By that, I mean that you won’t have to switch skills as you go nor will you have to go out of your way for any Legendary Aspects not in the Codex. However, the Iron Maiden version of this build will enable a smoother transition into the endgame. So, it’s just a matter of what you’re able to pick up along the way and how much you want to micromanage. If you’d rather not bother, the above build will serve you fine.

In any case, the basic strategy is pretty much the same. Get your minions (including your Golem) summoned, curse the area with Blight, use Corpse Tendrils/Corpse Explosion to wrangle and curse enemies, and let your minions do most of the work. That’s always been the basic strategy, but recent global buffs to minions mean they are significantly more powerful than they used to be. More than ever, your goal is to use curses to create as hostile of an environment as possible. Blight and Corpse Explosion will be your primary curse generators, though Iron Maiden will certainly be a big contributor to the cause if you go with it. Once you unlock Shadow Blight, you’re laughing.

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The only other thing to keep in mind is the power of Golems. In the past, you could easily justify skipping Golems to free up some space in your rotation. Now, though, Golems are absolute tanks that can stun, taunt, generate corpses, and deal a ton of damage. Keeping your Golem up is more important than ever. That also makes it easier to justify picking up more of those minion buffs in the bottom part of the skill tree.

As always, I’ve only included Aspects that can be acquired from the Codex. If you happen to pick up anything extra that offers significant power buffs to your chosen abilities, feel free to equip it. Again, though, Necromancers and their minions are so ridiculously overpowered at the moment that you really only need to focus on the core curses and minions-based strategy.