Trag'Oul's Blood Lance Necromancer Guide

Introduction

Welcome to a guide for Trag'Oul's Avatar, 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 ✔

❌ Squishy
❌ No AoE Damage
❌ Zero Damage in Downtime
❌ Heavy Cooldown Dependency


Core Setup

Core Item Build

Items

  • 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.



Global Stat Priorities

Corpse Lance Attack Speed Breakpoints

Our offensive priorities are: Cooldown Reduction > Attack Speed > Critical Hit Chance > Critical Hit Damage 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, Gloves and both Rings so that we can get to the 2.0 Attack Speed Breakpoint and maximize our fire rate for Corpse Lance.

Assembling the Build

1. Do the Challenge Rift for the materials to cube Legendary Powers. You can complete this once a week for additional resources and we always update the guide for you!

2. Gather the full Trag'Oul's Avatar set. Each piece can be gambled from Kadala for Bloodshards. Do not salvage any duplicate pieces you find! Instead convert them to another part of the set with Recipe 4 in Kanai's Cube. If you have extra materials you can use Recipe 3 to craft the remaining pieces, but this is expensive and not recommended for new players.

3. Gamble from Kadala in this order:

  1. The full Trag'Oul's Avatar set
  2. Corpsewhisper Pauldrons
  3. Jesseth Skullshield
  4. Krysbin's Sentence and Convention of Elements
  5. Nemesis Bracers

4. Craft using Recipe 3 in Kanai's Cube in this order:

  1. Scythes to get Jesseth Skullscythe
  2. 1-Handed Scythes to get Reilena's Shadowhook
  3. Amulets to get The Johnstone
  4. Anything from the Gamble list in Step 3 that you haven't already acquired

5. Do Bounties to acquire several important items for this build:

  • Act 1: Ring of Royal Grandeur
  • Act 2: Gloves of Worship (for your follower)
  • Act 3: Avarice Band
  • Act 4: Can drop any bounty item from any act
  • Bounty Turn In: Recipes for Captain Crimson's Trimmings, Sage's Journey and Cain's Destiny (for your follower)
  • Kill Malthael to acquire the Reaper's Wraps crafting recipe

Item Stat Priorities

SLOTITEMSTAT PRIORITY
Main-Hand
Jesseth Skullscythe
Scythe of the Cycle
Reilena's Shadowhook (Cubed)
1. Damage Range
2. Socket Ramaladni's Gift
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Attack Speed
5. Damage %
6. Maximum Essence (Secondary)
Off-HandJesseth Skullshield
Any Legendary Phylactery
1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Elite Damage
4. Maximum Essence (Secondary)
5. Intelligence
Ideally, you want Maximum Essence as Secondary on Weapon and Off-Hand for Reilena's Shadowhook.
HelmTrag'Oul's Guise1. Socket Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Intelligence
4. Vitality
GlovesTrag'Oul's Claws1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Attack Speed
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Critical Hit Damage
ShouldersTrag'Oul's Heart
Corpsewhisper Pauldrons (Cubed)
Razeth's Volition (Cubed)
1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Corpse Lance Damage
3. Intelligence
4. Armor
Chest Trag'Oul's Scales1. Corpse Lance Damage
2. Intelligence
3. Sockets Flawless Royal Ruby
4. Armor
PantsTrag'Oul's Hide
Captain Crimson's Thrust (Crafted)
1. Intelligence
2. Vitality
3. Armor
4. Sockets Flawless Royal Ruby
BootsTrag'Oul's Stalwart Greaves
Steuart's Greaves
1. Intelligence
2. Vitality
3. Armor
4. All Resistance
Ring 1Krysbin's Sentence
Ring of Royal Grandeur (A1 Bounties, Cubed)
1. Socket
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Attack Speed
4. Critical Hit Chance
Ring 2Convention of Elements
Circle of Nailuj's Evol
1. Socket
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Attack Speed
4. Critical Hit Chance
BracersNemesis Bracers
Reaper's Wraps
1. Physical Damage
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Intelligence
4. Armor
AmuletThe Johnstone
Squirt's Necklace
Haunted Visions
1. Socket
2. Physical Damage
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
BeltDayntee's Binding
Captain Crimson's Silk Girdle (Crafted)
Goldwrap
1. Intelligence
2. Vitality
3. Life %
4. Armor

Gems

  • Bane of the Trapped provides 60% increased damage and is one of the most prioritized offensive gems in the game.
  • Zei's Stone of Vengeance provides up to 80% increased damage when we are 50 yards away from enemies (which is about 1/2 a screen).
  • Gogok of Swiftness gives us as 15% Cooldown Reduction and Attack Speed to reach the 5 FPA Attack Speed Breakpoint for Corpse Lance.

Skills

  • Corpse Lance Blood Lance is our main source of damage and gains massive buffs from Trag'Oul's (6) Bonus, Simulacrum, Corpsewhisper Pauldrons and Reilena's Shadowhook.
  • Devour Cannibalize is mandatory when using Trag'Oul's Avatar as it gives us damage mitigation from our skills which cost our health to cast. This skill also synergizes with Corpsewhisper Pauldrons for the 20 stack damage boost and Land of the Dead Frozen Lands.
  • Simulacrum Reservoir is used in conjunction with Reilena's Shadowhook to give us higher maximum essence for a significant damage buff.
  • Decrepify Borrowed Time gives Cooldown Reduction and allows us to utilize our Spreading Malediction.
  • Land of the Dead Frozen Lands lets us spam Corpse Lance while it's up. It also freezes enemies around you making them unable to attack and activating your Krysbin's Sentence. This skill has a very long cooldown but is the backbone of our build and we can do nothing without it.
  • Blood Rush will have all runes thanks to Trag'Oul's (2) Bonus. Potency increases armor by 100% for 2 seconds, Transfusion restores 2% of our maximum health for every enemy passed through, Molting leaves a corpse at our previous location after use, Hemostasis removes the health cost and Metabolism allows us to build up an additional charge of the skill.
  • Command Skeletons Dark Mending is used during solo pushes to get the bonus from our Jesseth Arms set.

Passives

  • Blood Is Power cuts our Land of the Dead Cooldown by a 20% flat amount (after Cooldown Reduction) after spending or losing the equivalent of 100% HP.
  • Final Service allows us to cheat death, which is very important on a build where timing is everything. Dying right when you activate Simulacrum or Land of the Dead can be very hard to recover from, so having this safety net is recommended.
  • Overwhelming Essence feeds us 40 more essence for our Reilena's Shadowhook, giving us a significant damage increase.
  • Stand Alone doubles our armor which we are in need of as an intelligence class.

Paragon Points

CoreOffensiveDefensiveUtility
1. Movement Speed1. Cooldown Reduction1. Armor1. Resource Cost Reduction
2. Maximum Essence2. Attack Speed2. Life %2. Area Damage
3. Intelligence3. Critical Hit Damage3. All Resistance3. Life per Hit
4. Vitality14. Critical Hit Chance4. Life Regeneration4. Pickup Radius

1 Aim for a decent HP pool (at least 800,000 in Solo Push) as Trag'oul's Avatar doubles that amount.

Follower

Patch 2.7.0 revamped the follower system giving all 3 hirelings new powers and the emanate system. The first thing you should do is read our complete follower guide and remember the key takeaways:

  1. The emanation system allows followers to share certain legendary and set powers with you. The most important ones are: The Flavor of Time, Nemesis Bracers, Avarice Band, Sage’s Journey and Cain’s Destiny. Click the guide above for the full list.
  2. Follower’s powers are based on their mainstat (maxed at 25,000, but they have a 2.5x multiplier so you only need 10,000). This means we stack Intelligence on the Enchantress, Dexterity on the Scoundrel and Strength on the Templar.
  3. Followers share 20% of their Experience, Magic and Gold Find stats with you.
  4. Legendary gems do not work on followers, except Esoteric Alteration and Mutilation Guard.
  5. Cooldown Reduction does not work for any follower skill except the Templar’s Heal.
  6. Followers never deal significant damage; you’re on your own to clear the content.

With these in mind, let’s get into our recommendations for this build.

T16 Enchantress

T16 Enchantress

For T16 we recommend this Enchantress setup because she is the only follower that gives Cooldown Reduction, allowing you to spam your abilities more. Since this is T16 content, she’ll stay alive with Esoteric Alteration and Mutilation Guard and use Hand of the Prophet to gain all skills. This will give us Cooldown Reduction, Elemental Damage, Reduced Damage from Ranged Attacks, Armor, Attack Speed, and a Cheat Death.

Stat Priorities:

Since we do not have the immortality focus, we need to stack survivability on our Enchantress.

Intelligence > Vitality > Life % > Armor > All Resistance > Life Per Hit > Attack Speed.

Key Items:

  • The Flavor of Time: For double duration on Pylons.
  • Nemesis Bracers: For extra Elites, Death’s Breaths and In-geom procs.
  • Avarice Band: For the insane pickup radius.
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur: To complete our sets.
  • Gloves of Worship: For 10 Minute Shrine Buffs.
  • Sage’s Journey: For double Death’s Breaths.
  • Cain’s Destiny: For 25% more Greater Rift Keystones.

GR Pushing Enchantress

GR Pushing Enchantress

For Greater Rift Pushing we recommend this Enchantress setup for the Slow from Temporal Pulse, Cooldown Reduction from Prophetic Harmony, Damage Reduction and Armor from Powered Shield, and the Attack Speed from Focused Mind.

Stat Priorities:

Since we have the immortality relic, we do not need to stack survivability on our Enchantress.

Intelligence > Attack Speed.

Key Items:

  • The Flavor of Time: For double duration on Pylons.
  • Nemesis Bracers: For more progression from Elites.
  • Oculus Ring: For 85% increased damage.
  • Unity: For 50% damage reduction if you're also wearing one.
  • Ice Climbers: To make your follower immune to Freeze and Immobilize effects.
  • Mempo of Twilight and Cain's Destiny: For more Attack Speed.

Gameplay

The most important thing to remember is that we can only do damage when we have our Land of the Dead going, and that this window lasts for 10 seconds at a time. So it's important to use it wisely in conjunction with your Convention of Elements Physical cycle and gather as many elites as possible before you unleash.

  1. Make sure your Simulacrum is up and that you have used your Decrepify on as many enemies as possible before you start dealing damage.
  2. Cast Land of the Dead and begin to spam Devour as fast as possible, kill a small a small target first to spawn an Oculus Ring then jump in and target Elites with your Corpse Lance skill.
  3. Once your Land of the Dead is over go find as many elites as you can before the next cycle is ready!
  4. If you die, getting your Simulacrum back up before going into another Land of the Dead cycle is very important.

Certain Elite packs can be troublesome for this build such Elites with Illusionist and Shielding or blue packs with 5 mobs. Generally try to skip packs like this and focus on the Elites that can be blasted away quickly!

Hardcore

This build is not hardcore friendly considering it literally uses it's own life to do damage. The stop and go, high-risk high-reward play style is not appealing either. One of the best ways to increase defenses for hardcore is to put more paragon points into vitality and to run the Final Service passive.


Variants

Nephalem Rifts
Trag'Oul Mages Solo T16

Concept
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.

Gameplay
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.

Setups
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.

GR Solo Push
Trag'Oul Corpse Lance Solo Push

Concept
Pushing solo you are an Elite hunting machine with Trag'Oul's Set. 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. Once we reach the Rift Guardian, we'll very likely need to use multiple rotations of our Land of the Dead to take them down, always time this with your Physical Convention of Elements cycle.

Gameplay
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. Command your Command Skeletons onto an Elite target you want to kill.
  2. Cast Simulacrum and Land of the Dead to be able to spam Devour and Corpse Lance onto the target. It is very helpful to Num Lock Devour as we want to be casting this skill as fast as possible during this time.
  3. When Land of the Dead has expired, gather more elites until it's ready to be used again.


Setups
For our solo set up we will use Captain Crimson's Silk Girdle and Captain Crimson's Thrust as well as Jesseth Skullscythe and Jesseth Skullshield. Make sure to put a Ring of royal Grandeur in your cube as well to maintain our full Set Bonuses. For the skills and passives we use Command Skeletons Dark Mending in place of Decrepify Borrowed Time and take Final Service as opposed to Spreading Malediction.


Video Guide

S23 Video Guide coming soon!


Mechanics

Corpse Lance

  • As Corpse Lance has a base animation length of only 12 FPA, its scaling with Attack Speed goes through the roof, hence why Attack Speed is very important in this build.
  • The Breakpoint we're trying to reach is to be above 2.0 APS to attack every 5 frames, which is roughly a 17% damage increase. For groups we'll be able to reach the next Breakpoint at 2.4 APS for approximately 25% more damage.

Blood Is Power

  • As you spend life from your skills (e.g. Blood Lances casts) or take damage from enemies, you will stack up a hidden counter towards 100% life spent.
  • Each skill is counted separately. After you reach the threshold, a skill's cooldown will be cut by 20% flat of the total (after Cooldown Reduction).
  • This counter is reset when the skill has fully cooled down or when you die.
  • Spending life on skills doesn't scale with damage reduction, so you will still lose life in the invincible variation of the build.

Reilena's Shadowhook

  • Reilena's Shadowhook provides this build with a very significant damage increase based off our Maximum Essence. Make sure your Weapon and Off-Hand both have Maximum Essence as secondary rolls and that you're using Simulacrum Reservoir and Overwhelming Essence to get it even higher.

Summary

  • 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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Guide by Raxxanterax. Updated by Chewingnom.