Skills & Passives

Learn about the Skills, Gameplay and Passives for the Golem Necromancer Build.


Summon Bone Golem

This is a single Summon Bone Golem build. Thanks to the Betrayal Node, this setup can reliably proc Bone Shatters by spamming Rip Blood on the Golem. Take Bone Hail and Amalgam of Mages to buff the Bone Shatter's Damage. Hunger provides crucial Health sustain for the player.

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Rip Blood

Rip Blood is a core part of the build and must be spammed to trigger as many Bone Shatters as possible. Use Splatter, Eviscerate and Blood Infusion to buff the Golem and to apply Ailments to enemies hit by the Blood Splatters. Spec Rip Spirit as soon as you get Twisted Heart of Uhkeiros.

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Dread Shade

Dread Shade is crucial for the build's DPS as it ensures your Summon Bone Golem always Crits thanks to the Egoism Node. Further enhance your Golem's Damage with All For One and Grim Fate. Take Lone Watcher and Martyrdom to increase the Golem's uptime and survivability.

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Bone Curse

Bone Curse is a Curse that normally attaches to enemies for a duration. Conveniently, thanks to the Merciless Node, you can also apply it to your Minions! Spiked Bones and Barbed Construct are great to enhance its buff. Cursed Limbs is useful to apply Bone Curse to foes hit by your Blood Splatters.

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Transplant is an amazing Movement Skill with tons of buffs and utility. Grant yourself the Frenzy and Haste buffs thanks to Acolyte's Fervor and cast Bone Curse with Doom Bringer. Combine Plated Bone and Apostasy to enhance Bone Armor. Violent Emergence is great for bossing.

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Alternative Skills & Tips

  • Consider grabbing Amalgam of Rogues and investing more Points in Unnatural Speed inside Summon Bone Golem while mapping to increase the Golem's Movement Speed.
  • If you don't struggle with enemy aggro, take a few Points in Amalgam of Sentinels instead of maxing out Tower of Bones.


Passives provide powerful effects that dictate the playstyle of a Class and its Masteries. Remember that you can allocate Passives on the first half of all Masteries regardless of the one you chose.

  1. Take Nodes with Intelligence, Health, Vitality and Ward Retention.
  2. Investing in Forbidden Knowledge and Unnatural Preservation helps you cap your Resistances.
  3. Combine Grave Thorns with Level of Summon Bone Golem to increase the Golem's survivability.
  4. Aegisfall boosts your Golem's DPS substantially.
  5. Frantic Summons provides a good amount of Cast Speed.
  6. The Leech from River of Bones has great synergy with Dread Shade's Egoism Node.
  7. Moonlight Pyre provides a great amount of base Damage.
  8. Consider grabbing Rite of Undeath if you need Resistances while gearing up.
  9. Spec Mortal Tether instead of Reclamation of Souls before getting Twisted Heart of Uhkeiros.
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Make sure to complete the Campaign to get all your Passive Points.


This Necromancer wants to position itself far away from danger while spamming Rip Blood on its Summon Bone Golem to make it proc as many Bone Shatters as possible. Make sure you are familiar with enemy mechanics to know when to use your Support Skills to stay alive. Pay attention to the telegraphed attacks of your enemies and stay out of their range.

Skill Usage/Rotation

  • Summon your Summon Bone Golem.
  • Buff your Golem with Dread Shade.
  • Use Transplant to juke, move or refresh the buffs it provides.
  • Command and direct your Summon Bone Golem into battle with the "A" key.
  • When the Summon Bone Golem is close to enemies, use Bone Curse on it to buff its Damage.
  • Spam Rip Blood directly on your Summon Bone Golem to proc its Bone Shatters.
  • Refresh Dread Shade and Bone Curse whenever they expire.
  • Once you get Twisted Heart of Uhkeiros, generate tons of Ward by spamming Rip Blood on the Golem.


  • Transplant on Cooldown towards the objective.
  • Use the "A" key to ensure your Golem is always ahead of you, aggroing enemies.
  • Let the Summon Bone Golem kill enemies as you cruise through the Echoes.
  • Don't stop to attack while the Haste provided by Transplant is active.
  • Let enemies surround your Summon Bone Golem before you stop to attack.


  • Take advantage of all your buffs and keep them active as much as possible.
  • Hit Bosses with the Blood Splatters from Rip Blood to apply Ailments to them.
  • Save Transplant for dangerous telegraphed Boss attacks.
  • Once you get Twisted Heart of Uhkeiros, use it to generate tons of Ward before fighting Bosses.

Advanced Skill Tips

  • Transplant is a blink and can be used to go over incoming attacks or terrain.
  • Cast Transplant close to your Summon Bone Golem to refresh Bone Curse on it.
  • Position yourself behind your Summon Bone Golem so it can block most dangerous homing projectiles aimed at you. Be careful though, some attacks can pierce and still hit you.
  • Use a Potion preventively before you engage dangerous enemies to proc Elixir of Hunger.
  • Rip Blood's Blood Splatters can apply the Chance To Fear On Hit from Large Immortal Idol. You can use this mechanic to CC enemies around your Golem.

Learn more about how to maximize your gameplay in the Build Scaling section of this guide.