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Inarius Corpse Explosion Necromancer Guide

Last Updated: April 2nd 2024

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Warning: As of Season 31 (April 2024), this guide is no longer maintained and unlisted as better versions of this playstyle exist. Instead, check out our LoD Death Nova Necromancer Guide or Trag’Oul Death Nova Necromancer Guide.


Inarius Corpse Explosion Solo Push
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When Necromancers got released in Season 11, they instantly became the top dog on the leaderboards using Corpse Lance with the Trag'Oul's Avatar Set, overshadowing pretty much every other skill the class had at its disposal. However, Necromancers have many skills with a strong identity, including the iconic Corpse Explosion!

When Season 21 introduced the new Masquerade of the Burning Carnival Set and buffed Grasps of Essence, players finally got a chance to play this skill at a competitive level. But it was only with the introduction of set leaderboards that Inarius really got a chance to shine!

Due to Diablo III corpse mechanics (16 corpse limitation), this build revolves around Land of the Dead rotations to unleash devastating chain reactions on its opponents!

This build is an Area Damage (AD) build, since Corpse Explosion can proc it. This is further enhanced by The Johnstone in conjunction with other cooldown and rotation based damage multipliers, allowing for a disgusting damage burst under specific circumstances (see Mechanics). If you like powerful all-around builds, massive explosions and seeing monsters' HP instantly drop from 100 to 0, you're in the right place. Let's go through how it works and show those demons who's boss!

Flavorful ✔
Simple rotation ✔
Crazy burst damage ✔
Rewards good gameplay ✔

❌ Low mobility
❌ Rotation playstyle
❌ Low single target damage
Heavy cooldown dependency

Core Setup

Core Item Build


  • Grace of Inarius grants us a 19,000% separate damage multiplier as well as up to 90% damage reduction through Bone Armor and Wisdom of Kalan.
  • Grasps of Essence is our core item providing us with a 800% separate damage multiplier to Corpse Explosion.
  • The Johnstone makes our next 50 Corpse Explosions do 200% more damage after our Land of the Dead ends.
  • Nayr's Black Death provides us with an amazing 100% separate damage multiplier for every Poison skill we use.
  • Krysbin's Sentence for the 300% damage increase against enemies under a Hard Crowd Control effect.
  • Convention of Elements for 200% damage during our Poison cycle.
  • Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang provides us with a 200% separate damage multiplier to Cursed enemies and procs our Dayntee's Binding.

Season 30 Soul Shards

Soul Shards are powerful socketable items that initially dropped during Season 25 but they are returning for Season 30! There are 4 available for Weapons based on the Lesser Evils, with another 3 for Helmets based on the Prime Evils. They drop at Rank 0 and be upgraded three times with the brand new Hellforge Embers to unlock additional powers, or be used in the Kanai's Cube as Augments. Here's how they progress:

  • Rank 0: Soul Shards begin with a unique static Legendary Power. Creates a Rank 50 Augment.
  • Rank 1: Gives all powers from the normal gems. Creates a Rank 75 Augment.
  • Rank 2: Grants one additional powerful stat. Creates a Rank 100 Augment.
  • Rank 3: Unlocks 1 of 3 bonus Legendary Powers unique to that Soul Shard. Creates a Rank 125 Augment.

Warning: Leoric's Crown and Broken Crown do not work with Soul Shards!

Read our Soul Shards Guide written by Chewingnom for full details on how they work. What you should prioritize on them for Solo Pushing is the following:

  1. The Correct Soul Shard & Rank 3 Power
    The best shards for Solo Pushing are:
    • Helmets: We want to use Sliver of Terror for the massive damage buff from our abilities on cooldown. For the Rank 3 power take the Ring of Fire to unleash a devastating AoE blast for big leaderboard pushes!
    • On the higher end when time-attacking GR150, you can use Shard of Hatred for the massive 50% damage buff when surrounded by a lot of monsters. For the Rank 3 power, take the additional damage per stack for a tremendous 100% damage buff in density!
    • Weapons: We want to use Remnant of Pain for the 100% Critical Hit Chance to incapacitated enemies. For the Rank 3 power take the additional Attack Speed to further power up your character! This allows us to run with much less Critical Hit Chance on gear because all of our damage is done during the Land of the Dead window where enemies are frozen.
  2. The Rank 2 Stat
    The stats that come from the second upgrade are not equal. Here's what we're looking for on them:
    • Helmets: We want either Main Stat for damage or Melee/Ranged Damage Reduction to survive. Avoid Armor and All Resistance as their stat ranges are far too low compared to the others options.
    • Weapons: We want either % Damage or Poison Damage to boost our character's power the furthest. Avoid Attack Speed and Critical Hit Chance as their stat ranges are too low compared to the others.
  3. The Stat Ranges on the Rank 1 and 2 Powers
    This is just icing on the cake because the ranges will not make or break your build. Still, look for the Soul Shards with the best stat ranges, especially on the offensive stats.

For the other game modes, other Soul Shards can be used. Check the Variants below to see what's used there.

What about extra Soul Shards? Either salvage them for gems, or upgrade and use them in Kanai's Cube for Augments.

Global Stat Priorities

You want to stack damage stats wherever possible, especially Cooldown Reduction, Attack Speed, Critical Hit Chance and Damage, Poison Damage along with as much Area Damage and Corpse Explosion Damage as possible.

Our first priority is to aim for at least 53% Cooldown Reduction which allows us in conjunction with Blood is Power and Gogok of Swiftness to reach the 48 second Breakpoint on Land of the Dead. This way we can detonate every fourth Convention of Elements Poison cycle.

Attack Speed is very important in order to maximize The Johnstone stacks efficiency by reaching an appropriate Corpse Explosion Breakpoint (see Mechanics). We focus on 1.88 Attack Speed to reach the 32 frames Breakpoint, allowing us to cast up to 7 Corpse Explosions during our Convention of Elements Poison cycle. We get that Attack Speed from 7% Attack Speed on the Weapon, Gogok of Swiftness, the guaranteed Krysbin's Sentence roll and the Enchantress' Focused Mind.

Assembling the Build

Item Stat Priorities




Paragon Points

Altar of Rites





Nephalem Rifts
Greater Rift Solo Push
Inarius Corpse Explosion Solo T16

Corpse Explosion is not the best skill in T16 Nephalem Rifts but it synergizes very well with Grace of Inarius melee playstyle.

Upon entering a Rift, get some Bone Armor stacks before you start to run. Use Land of the Dead as soon as you find an Elite pack to get your In-geom buff and start blasting through the Rift. Try to move quickly with Blood Rush to reset your cooldowns more easily.

In groups, swap Warzechian Armguards with Nemesis Bracers and rotate out Stone of Jordan for Avarice Band.

Inarius Corpse Explosion Solo Push
w/ Wisdom of Kalan

This is the standard setup we covered in the sections above.

Solo is the most challenging version of this build as we have to pull everything, stay alive, and kill everything all on our own.

Use the 48 second downtime on Land of the Dead to gather up gigantic groups of monsters to burn down. Save your Land of the Dead for when you have a big pack together to get the most from your Area Damage. For a step-by-step gameplay description on how you should sequence your skills, check out the "Gameplay" section above.

At higher Paragon (4,000+) you can go for a setup with more damage, replacing Wisdom of Kalan and Ancient Parthan Defenders with Aughild's Authority and Ring of Royal Grandeur. This is a damage gain equal to around 3 Greater Rift tiers but at the cost of more than half your toughness.


In-Depth Corpse Explosion Explanation

Nayr's Black Death

Blood Is Power


  • Focus on obtaining the Grace of Inarius set and Corpse Explosion items first.
  • Pull and gather large groups of enemies when Land of the Dead is on cooldown.
  • When ready, use Land of the Dead to spam Corpse Explosion to flatten enemies!
  • Enjoy killing enemies with the corpses of their fallen comrades!


Guide by Chewingnom
Updates by wudijo

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