The Poison Nova Necromancer is a true "King of AoE." With both Poison Nova and Corpse Explosion at his disposal, this Necromancer build can quickly dispose of anything and everything on the screen. Fully loaded, this build pumps out incredible amounts of Poison, Fire, and Physical Area of Effect (AoE) Damage within a single Skill Rotation. Aided by Amplify Damage, Lower Resist, and the Conviction Aura from Infinity, the combined assault of Poison Nova and Corpse Explosion leaves nothing behind but memories of monsters that once were. No monster Immunity combinations can withstand three significant and unique sources of Damage. Even Poison Immune monsters are vulnerable to Amplify Damage, a powerful Mercenary, and the Corpse Explosion chain that follows.
As an accomplished high-density destroyer with varied damage types, high-speed Teleport, and seamless rotations, the Poison Nova Necromancer is a well-oiled farming machine. This build specializes in demolishing The Pit, making short work of this top-tier Farming Spot with zero Poison Immunes, low Life monsters, and densely-packed mobs. Players looking for a challenging playstyle relying on high APM Skill Rotations and complex farming strategy execution will love playing this build. The high gear requirements make this a great option once you’ve become comfortably geared into the Ladder Season.
This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 75 before transitioning to it. Check out our Necromancer Leveling Guide and our General Leveling Strategies to reach Level 75.
3 Types Of Damage ✔
Fast-Paced Playstyle ✔
Top-Tier Density Destroyer ✔
Massive Area Of Effect Damage ✔
❌ Difficult To Master
❌ Horrible Boss Killer
❌ Weak Early-Game Starter
❌ Best In Slot Items Are Very Rare
The Poison Nova Necromancer puts Skill Points into all 3 Skill Trees.
Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Amplify Damage
2. Lower Resist
3. Bone Armor
4. Skeleton Mastery
6. Golem Mastery
7. Summon Resist
8. Iron Golem
Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Poison Nova
2. Poison Explosion
3. Poison Dagger
4. Corpse Explosion
Put leftover Skill Points into Lower Resist, Bone Wall, or Golem Mastery past Level 88.
In this build we only allocate as many Stat Points to Strength as we need to equip all of our gear. Be mindful of how much Strength your gear needs and how much it provides when equipped.
After you put your points into Strength and Dexterity, make sure to check if it is recommended to put Stat Points into Energy. Meet the suggested amount of Energy and put any remaining Stat Points into Vitality.
In this build we only allocate as much Dexterity as we need to equip all of our gear. Be mindful of how much Dexterity your gear needs and how much it provides when equipped.
In this build we don't put any Stat Points into Energy. This build gets enough Mana from gear, buffs, Charms, and Mana Potions. This build also has a significant amount of Mana after each Kill from Death's Web along with significant Mana Regeneration from an Insight Iron Golem.
- Use the Lower Resist, Poison Nova, Amplify Damage, Corpse Explosion Skill Rotation for maximum effectiveness while interweaving Teleport and duplicating Skill usage when necessary.
- This is arguably the #1 High Player Count "The Pit" farming build. Make full use of this build by taking advantage of this Farming Spot for every possible item in the game.
- The Poison Nova Necromancer overall is an expensive yet incredibly effective build at clearing High Player Count high monster density of any kind in the late-game with solid sources of Poison, Fire, and Physical Damage and super fast cast speed for all of his abilities when achieving the 125% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint.
- Use item suggestions in the "Budget" variant of the build if you cannot afford or find any of the ultra-rare items depicted in the standard build. Once you have access to Enigma or Bramble, you will see a massive increase in farming efficiency and Damage output.
Guide by DarkHumility
We hope you enjoy this build! With an ideal setup and strong execution, the Poison Nova Necromancer can be one of the most rewarding and overall fun builds in the end-game. Very little can trump the satisfaction of watching monsters' health bars drain away!