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 is only when Season 23 added the Set leaderboards that Inarius Corpse Explosion setup really got a chance to shine. These days, this is the go-to build to push on the Inarius leaderboard.
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!
Simple Rotation ✔
Crazy Burst Damage ✔
Rewards Good Gameplay ✔
❌ Low Mobility
❌ Rotation Playstyle
❌ Low Single Target Damage
❌ Heavy Cooldown Dependency
- Grace of Inarius grants us a 10,000% 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 1,000% 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 24 Ethereals
Ethereals are powerful rare weapons that can only be found during Season 24. They have incredible stats, a random Legendary power, and a free passive for your class. Read our Ethereal Mechanics Guide for full details on how they work and our Ethereal Farming Guide to learn how to acquire them. What you should prioritize on them is the following:
- The Legendary Power
This build uses Nayr's Black Death and Trag'Oul's Corroded Fang to be functional. We need our Ethereal to roll one of these powers so we can cube the other. We also want a good roll on our Legendary power if it has a range. For speed content it is always helpful to have Ethereals with In-geom or Messerschmidt's Reaver powers, so keep those if you find them.
- The Ethereal Itself
There are 3 different weapons available to us, each with its own benefits:
- Blackbog's Sharp - This is the best Ethereal by a long shot for this build due to its Damage Stacking special affix and its high Attack Speed, especially in Greater Rift push. It allows us to reach the 28 frames Breakpoint on Corpse Explosion with 2.15 Attack Speed.
- Soul Harvest - This is a decent Ethereal for T16 farming and speed content, where the Damage Stacking mechanic from Blackbog's Sharp is not important.
- Blackhand Key - This is not a great Ethereal in most situations due to its Fear special affix which is detrimental in higher Greater Rifts but it is still a good Weapon for T16 farming.
- The Ethereal Stat Rolls
Each Ethereal comes with its own fixed set of powerful affixes. While some have a static value, many have a wide stat range. This means the difference between good and bad rolls is significant and something you should look for.
- A Useful Passive
This is just icing on the cake because a fifth passive is not going to make or break your build. You're better off hunting for the things above. Check out the Passives section down below to see which ones you're looking for.
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 2.15 Attack Speed to reach the 28 frames Breakpoint, allowing us to cast up to 8 Corpse Explosions during our Convention of Elements Poison cycle. We get that Attack Speed from Blackbog's Sharp, Gogok of Swiftness, the guaranteed Krysbin's Sentence roll and the Enchantress' Focused Mind.
- 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.