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Trag’Oul Corpse Lance Necromancer Guide

Last Updated: January 8th 2024

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Disclaimer: This guide is the Season 26 Guide for the Trag'Oul Corpse Lance Build which is now completely outclassed. For up-to-date Trag'Oul guide, go to the Trag'Oul Death Nova Guide!


Welcome to our guide for Trag'Oul's Avatar Corpse Lance, a unique set that allows the Necromancer to literally tear himself to pieces for short bursts of damage. Playing a build that goes from 0 to 100 in an instant is not for the feint of heart as you are constantly on the hunt for more Elites to snipe down when your next damage cycle is ready. Come learn how to play this Elite-sniping machine.

Cut-throat playstyle ✔
Crazy damage burst

Easy to get starter gear ✔
Unique elite hunter playstyle ✔

❌ Very squishy
❌ No AoE damage
❌ Zero damage in downtime
❌ Heavy cooldown dependency

Core Setup

Core Item Build
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  • Trag'Oul's Avatar grants us every rune on our Blood Rush as well as a 3800% damage buff to our life-spending skills. We also get 100% healing from these skills and our healing can double our maximum life.
  • Jesseth Arms gives a 400% damage buff as long as our Skeletons are commanded to attack a target.
  • Captain Crimson's Trimmings is a great addition to this build since it provides a massive boost to Cooldown Reduction but also damage and toughness.
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur is mandatory to complete our Captain Crimson's Trimmings and Trag'Oul's Avatar sets.
  • The Johnstone makes our next 50 Corpse Lances do 200% more damage after our Land of the Dead ends.
  • Krysbin's Sentence for the 300% damage increase against enemies under a Hard Crowd Control effect.
  • Convention of Elements for 200% damage during our Physical cycle.
  • Reilena's Shadowhook gives 0.5% damage for every point of Maximum Essence we have for a massive damage increase.
  • Corpsewhisper Pauldrons increases our damage by 30% for each corpse we've consumed, stacking up to 20 times for a 600% separate damage multiplier.
  • Strongarm Bracers provide a 30% additive damage bonus if you manage to hit enemies with a knockback during your damage phases. This can be done with secondary rolls on the item itself as well as Weapon and Off-Hand slots.

Season 26 Echoing Nightmares

Echoing Nightmares are a new rewarding endgame activity set within the memories of fallen Nephalem. You must first acquire a Petrified Scream from a Greater Rift Guardian, and then cube it to enter. Once inside you'll be challenged with an endless wave of enemies until you are either overwhelmed or killed. Your goal here is to reach Wave 125 for the highest possible Whisper of Atonement with extra XP rewards added for going higher. Read our complete Season 26 Echoing Nightmare Guide for full information on how it works, and check out our brand new Echoing Nightmare Build Tier List and our META post for the best strategies!

Echoing Nightmare Setup
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This build is terrible for this game mode. Typically we utilize a Greater Rift pushing build with a few tweaks.


  • Stack as much Cooldown Reduction as possible so you can use Land of the Dead more often.


  1. Reach Wave 100 and click Speed Pylon to boost your mobility and dodge Green Meteors.
  2. When you are more than 40% overwhelmed click Channeling Pylon and Power Pylon.
  3. When you are more than 60% overwhelmed click Conduit Pylon.
  4. After all Pylons expire, run away from monsters and dodge everything to squeeze out an extra 3-5 tiers.

Use Land of the Dead Frozen Lands as much as possible and nuke everything around you with Corpse Lance. Activate Command Skeletons regularly to ensure you have the damage buff from Jesseth Arms. Try to make use of leftover corpses to clean up more before the cooldown comes back, rinse and repeat.

Global Stat Priorities

Corpse Lance Attack Speed Breakpoints

Our offensive priorities are: Cooldown Reduction > Attack Speed > Critical Hit Damage > Physical Damage > Critical Hit Chance along with as much Corpse Lance Damage as possible.

Corpse Lance has a very short base animation length of 12 FPA, which means its scaling with Attack Speed is extremely good. Hence we're going to take Attack Speed on our Weapon and both Rings combined with Focused Mind from our follower so that we can get to the 2.0 Attack Speed Breakpoint and maximize our fire rate for Corpse Lance.

Assembling the Build

Item Stat Priorities




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Nephalem Rifts
GR Solo Push
Trag'Oul Mages Solo T16

In T16 Nephalem Rifts, as Corpse Lance is overall not a friendly skill for speedfarming, we use Skeletal Mage Life Support with Razeth's Volition meanwhile Steuart's Greaves allow for crazy movement speed.

Upon entering a Rift, cast Simulacrum and summon Skeletal Mages before you start to run. Use Land of the Dead as a backup plan whenever you have no Mages and are short on corpses to regenerate Essence with Devour and Life from Death + Reaper's Wraps.

In groups, swap Reaper's Wraps with Nemesis Bracers and rotate out Squirt's Necklace for Avarice Band. Change Life from Death to Dark Reaping as we won't gain Essence anymore picking up Health Globes.

Trag'Oul Corpse Lance Solo Push

Pushing solo you are an Elite hunting machine with this build. Short periods of massive single target damage allow you to melt the enemies you target. The main idea is to gather several Elites together between your Land of the Dead cooldown to maximize your effectiveness when it's ready to be used.

Solo pushing on this build can be quite challenging and requires excellent Cooldown management as well as the ability to weave between enemies during dire times without dying. The rotation is:

  1. Keep up Corpsewhisper Pauldrons and Gogok of Elements with corpses spawned by Blood Rush.
  2. Gather enemies and use Command Skeletons on a target.
  3. Between mid-Poison to mid-Cold cycle of Convention of Elements, cast Simulacrum and Land of the Dead to be able to spam and Corpse Lance onto the target. Best case, spawn an Oculus Ring before.
  4. Spam Devour as much as possible during this time.
  5. When Land of the Dead has expired, gather more elites until it's ready to be used again.

To optimize the setup, you can get some Life per Hit rolls (especially on Bracers) to restore life during your nuke, allowing you to change the Devour rune from Cannibalize to Voracious. Combined with Captain Crimson's Trimmings you can get 50% damage reduction this way.

If you have too much trouble keeping your Squirt's Necklace active, you can also go with The Johnstone but timing your Convention of Elements rotation will become extremely important, as the amulet provides a damage bonus for a limited amount of attacks that will be used up quickly. Moreover you won't be able to deal any significant damage at the start of the run or after a death until you have cast Land of the Dead at least once and you also won't be able to keep up Corpsewhisper Pauldrons between your damage rotations. All in all this is just an emergency option.

It's possible to play a similar setup using Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang instead of Reilena's Shadowhook by replacing Simulacrum with Decrepify Borrowed Time. This allows you to stay alive more easily because enemies will be slowed, doesn't require Maximum Essence rolls on your items and you can replace Overwhelming Essence with Spreading Malediction. The damage potential is slightly reduced but your survivability goes up immensely and with enough targets cursed the additional Cooldown Reduction will allow you to reliably cast Land of the Dead every 2 Convention of Elements cycles. The big downside is that you will deal almost no damage to targets you didn't get to curse in time.

Video Guide


Corpse Lance

Blood Is Power

Reilena's Shadowhook


  • Focus on obtaining the Trag'Oul's Avatar set as well as the Jesseth Arms pieces first, then dive into some bounties so you can obtain your Ring of Royal Grandeur as well as getting the necessary materials to craft your Captain Crimson's Trimmings set.
  • Gather the core items shown in the beginning: Reilena's Shadowhook, Corpsewhisper Pauldrons, Convention of Elements, Krysbin's Sentence and The Johnstone.
  • Maximize Cooldown Reduction on your gear and get to the 2.0 Attack Speed Breakpoint for maximum Lancing.
  • Pick your Elite targets well and learn to fight around your Physical cycle of Convention of Elements .
  • Stay mobile, gather large packs of enemies and utilize your Land of the Dead to do maximum damage when the time is right!

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