[S4] Poison Nova Necromancer Build for PD2 Season 4 - Odealo (2024)

When we think of high mobility builds, the first few that come to mind are all Sorc builds. This is not a coincidence as Sorc's Teleport is simply the best when it comes to moving around rapidly. It's not without competition, however, as Necro's Blood Warp can provide comparable levels of mobility. When we combine Blood Warp with Necro's Poison Skills we receive one of the deadliest high mobility builds available in Project Diablo 2, in fact;The Build utilizes Poison Nova as its main offensive ability and supplements it withBlood Warp to deliver death with extreme precision and to escape in the blink of an eye afterward.

The featured version of the Poison Nova Necromancer is fully capable of solo clearing maps at insane speeds. It offers unbelievably high AoE Damage output and almost unparalleled mobility. Quite a few points were invested into Summons which, combined with the build's mobility, ensurethat the featured Necro is very hard to crack and can escape from even the direst of situations.

Season 4 Note: Even after all the scaling nerfs introduced in Season 3 and 4, Poison Nova remains one of the strongest skills in Project Diablo 2 (and it got a bit better in the early game, actually). Because of this, Poison Nova Necro keeps his position among the most powerful PD2 builds. Also, Desecrate is unbelievably powerful now.

As per usual with PD2 Builds, you want to get as many Skill levels (Necromancer/Poison and Bone Skills in this case) as possible to increase the build's overall power level. Resistances are also important, but they should never come before the offensive power. A faster cast rate is nice to have (the higher the breakpoint, you can achieve, the better - 56 FHR and 75 FCR breakpoints are rather easy to achieve and you should aim, at least, for them). Defensive stats, like faster hit recovery and life leech/life on each kill, are a nice addition but you should not choose gearfor them specifically.

HELMETS

Steel Shade (Armet) -A very strong Helmet that adds +2 to All Skills, provides a 30% Faster Cast Rate, takes care of our mana problems,and offers a solid defensive boost on top. Moreover, it has high Magic Find bonus which makes it a great choice for farming.

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  • Defense: 300 to 345
  • Required Level: 62
  • Required Strength: 109
  • Durability: 24
    • +100-130% Enhanced Defense (varies)
    • +4-8% Mana Stolen per Hit (varies)
    • +5-11 Fire Absorb (varies)
    • Replenish Life +30-48(varies)
    • +1-2 to All Skills (varies)
    • 20% Increased Chance of Blocking
    • 30% Faster Block Rate
    • [60-80]% Extra Gold from Monsters (varies)

Harlequin Crest(Shako) - A staple of most PD2 Builds. This helmet gives you everything you might want for your Necromancer - Skill levels, Mana, Health, Damage taken reduction, attributes, and magic find.

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  • Defense: 98 to 141
  • Required Level: 62
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 20
    • +2 to All Skills
    • +1-99 to Life(1 per character level)
    • +1-99 to Mana(1 per character level)
    • Damage Reduced By 3-5% (varies)
    • 50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    • +2 to All Attributes

Trang-Oul's Guise(Bone Visage) - While this helmet is not as good as the alternatives by itself, wearing a whole Trang-Oul's Set will more than make up for it.

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Note: If you plan on using Trang'Oul's set pieces, you should go for the whole set.

  • Defense: 180 to 257
  • Required Level: 62
  • Required Strength: 106
  • Durability: 40
    • +25% Faster Hit Recovery
    • +[80-100] Defense (varies)
    • Replenish Life +[20-30] (varies)
    • +150 to Mana
    • Attacker Takes Damage of [420-620] (varies)

WEAPONS

Death's Web(Unearthed Wand) - This is the single best item you can have on a Poison Nova Necromancer. It gives up to +4 to Poison and Bone Skills AND provides a solid enemy poison resistance reduction (up to -20% - this was nerfed, sadly). With this Wand, adding points into Lower Resist is a waste.

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  • Damage: 22-28
  • Required Level: 66
  • Required Strength: 25
  • Durability: 18
  • Fast Attack Speed
    • +50% Damage to Undead
    • +2 To All Skills
    • +1-2 To Poison and Bone Spells (Necromancer Only) (varies)
    • -[10-20]% to Enemy Poison Resistance (varies)
    • +[4-6] to Mana after each Kill (varies)
    • +[4-6] Life after each Kill (varies)

Heart of the Oak (Runeword) - This is a solid alternative to the Boneshade that gives +3 to All Skills, provides a nice cast rate boost, and some resistances. Place it in a Flail for the lowest attribute requirements.

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  • Damage: Depends on base Weapon
  • Required Level: 55
  • Required Dexterity: Depends on base Weapon
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Weapon
  • Durability: Depends on base Weapon
  • Ko + Vex + Pul + Thul
    • +3 To All Skills
    • +30% Faster Cast Rate
    • +75% Damage To Demons
    • +100 To Attack Rating Against Demons
    • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage, 3 sec. Duration (Normal)
    • 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit
    • +10 To Dexterity
    • Replenish Life +20
    • Increase Maximum Mana 15%
    • All Resistances +20-30 (varies)
    • Level 14 Raven (60 Charges)
OFF-HANDS/SHIELDS

Boneflame (Succubus Skull) - An extremely powerful off-hand that provides high life gain on each kill which will help you survive. Moreover, it gives you up to 3 Necromancer Skill Levels and high amounts of resistances.

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  • Defense: 323-367
  • Required Level: 72
  • Required Strength: 95
  • Durability: 20
  • Block: 30%
    • 5% Chance to Cast Level 3 Terror when Struck
    • +[2-3] to Necromancer Skill Levels (varies)
    • +20% Faster Run/Walk
    • +[120-150]% Enhanced Defense (varies)
    • All Resistances +[20-30] (varies)
    • Physical Damage Taken Reduced by [10-20]% (varies)
    • +[4-8] Life after each Kill (varies)

hom*onculus (Hierophant Trophy) - An extremelypowerful Class item that increases Necromancer's Skills by 2, and provides some much-needed bonuses to mana. If you have sustain problems, you can't go wrong with hom*onculus.

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  • Defense: 177-213
  • Required Level: 42
  • Required Strength: 58
  • Durability: 20
  • Block: 72%
    • +150-200% Enhanced Defense (varies)
    • 3-5 Mana After Each Kill (varies)
    • 40% Increased Chance of Blocking
    • 30% Faster Block Rate
    • +2 To Necromancer Skill Levels
    • +20 To Energy
    • Regenerate Mana 33%
    • All Resistances +25-35 (varies)

Trang-Oul's Wing(Cantor Trophy) - You can't go wrong with this one, especially if you have at least 3 Trang'Oul's set pieces in total for that amazing -25% Enemy Poison Resistance reduction.

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  • Defense: 175-189
  • Required Level: 54
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 10
    • +2 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
    • 30% Increased Chance of Blocking
    • +125 Defense
    • +[20-28] to Strength (varies)
    • +[10-18] to Dexterity (varies)
    • Fire Resist +[38-45]% (varies)
    • Poison Resist +40%
    • -25% to Enemy Poison Resistance (3 Items)
    • +30% Faster Cast Rate (4 Items)
WEAPON SWAP

Call to Arms(Rune Word) - This powerful Runeword will allow you to pre-buff yourself up with Warcries (buffs persist through weapon swap).

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  • Defense:Depends on base Weapon
  • Required Level: 57
  • Required Strength:Depends on base Weapon​​​​​
  • Durability:Depends on base Weapon
  • Amn • Ral • Mal • Ist
    • +1 to All Skills
    • +40% Increased Attack Speed
    • +250-290% Enhanced Damage
    • Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
    • 7% Life Stolen Per Hit
    • +2-6 To Battle Command
    • +1-6 To Battle Orders
    • +1-4 To Battle Cry
    • Prevent Monster Heal
    • Replenish Life +12
    • 30% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items

Lidless Wall(Grim Shield) - A very powerful Shield that grants up to +2 Skills and high FCR. Good to have on swap for that additional Skill Levels.

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  • Defense: 271 - 347
  • Required Level: 41
  • Required Strength: 58
  • Durability: 70
    • +80-130% Enhanced Defense (varies)
    • +1-2 to All Skills (varies)
    • Increase Maximum Mana 10%
    • 20% Faster Cast Rate
    • +4-6 to Mana After Each Kill (varies)
    • +10 to Energy
    • +1 to Light Radius

AMULETS

Mara's Kaleidoscope- This is one of the best Amulets in PD2 overall and it fits most of the builds, which makes it a good investment. It provides a great combination of offensive (+2 to all skills) and defensive (+20-30 to all resistances) properties.

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  • Required Level: 67
    • +2 To All Skills
    • All Resistances +20-30 (varies)
    • +5 To All Attributes

[Alternative]Rare/Magic Amulets with + Necromancer/Poison and Bone Spells are great budget choices and solid fillers before you are able to get Mara's Kaleidoscope.

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  • Required Level: varies.
  • In Magic Amulets,look for:
    • +3 to Poison and Bone Spells
  • In Rare Amulets, look for:
    • +2 Necromancer Skills
    • Magic Find
    • Resistances
    • Attributes

ARMORS

Bramble (Runeword) - A definite top choice for the build (the trade-off is, you won't benefit from the full Trang's set). This armor gives us an insane Poison Damage Boost, some good resistances, and a quite good mana regen increase. Without Bramble, your Damage output won't be anywhere near as high as it could be.

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  • Defense: Depends on base Armor
  • Required Level: 63
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Armor
  • Durability: Depends on base Armor
  • Ral + Ohm + Sur + Eth
    • Level 15-21 Thorns Aura When Equipped (varies)
    • +50% Faster Hit Recovery
    • +30-50% To Poison Skill Damage (varies)
    • +300 Defense
    • Increase Maximum Mana 5%
    • Regenerate Mana 15%
    • +4% To Maximum Cold Resist
    • Fire Resist +30%
    • Poison Resist +100%
    • +[5-10] Life after each Kill (varies)
    • Level 13 Spirit of Barbs (33 Charges)

Enigma(Runeword) - A solid all-around choice that takes care of your defense and offense. Blink Charges it gives you are less relevant because of Blood Warp, but still handy to have in some situations. Because of theJah • Ith • Ber runes required to complete it, it is very expensive, however.

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  • Defense: Depends on base Armor
  • Required Level: 65
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Armor
  • Durability: Depends on base Armor
  • Jah + Ith + Ber
    • +2 To All Skills
    • +25% Faster Run/Walk
    • Level 1 Blink* (5/5 Charges)
      Replenish 1 Charge in 3 Seconds
    • +500-775 Defense (varies)
    • +[0-74] to Strength (+[0.5-0.75] per Character Level) (varies)
    • Increase Maximum Life 5%
    • Damage Reduced By 4%
    • 15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    • [0-74]% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items ([0.5-0.75]% per Character Level) (varies)

Trang-Oul's Scales(Chaos Armor) - This is a solid defensively-oriented armor that will make you (almost) impervious to physical damage if you combine it with the rest of the set. Sadly, it can't even compare with something like Bramble when it comes to offensive bonuses.

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  • Defense:857
  • Required Strength:84
  • Durability:70
  • Required Level:49
    • +2 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)
    • +40% Faster Run/Walk
    • +150% Enhanced Defense
    • +100 Defense vs. Missile
    • Poison Resist +40%
    • Requirements -40%
    • +[1-2] toBlood Warp(Necromancer Only) (varies)
    • Lightning Resist +50% (3 Items)
    • Physical Damage Taken Reduced by 25% (Complete Set)

RINGS

The Stone of Jordan- A solid offensive choice that increases your Skills by +1. It is one of the most recognizable rings in Diablo2 (and for a good reason).

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  • Required Level: 29
    • +1 to All Skills
    • Maximum Mana to 15-20%
    • Adds 1-120 Lightning Damage
    • +20-40 to Mana (varies)

Bul-Kathos Wedding Band- A great ring that adds +1 to Skills. It also increases stamina and gives some nice life steal.

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  • Required Level: 58
    • +1 To All Skills
    • + (0.5 Per Character Level) 0-49 To Life)
    • 3-5% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies)
    • +50 Maximum Stamina

Raven Frost- This ring provides Freeze immunity which is extremely important to have. If you have freeze immunity from another item, you can choose a different ring.

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  • Required Level: 76
    • +150-250 Attack Rating (varies)
    • 15-45 Cold Damage
    • +15-20 Dexterity (varies)
    • +40 Mana
    • Cold Absorb 5-10% (varies)
    • Cannot be Frozen

Wisp Projector- Even though it's a Druid Ring, it is very solid for every Class. Also, the Lightning Absorb is a great addition to your defenses. Plenty of your deaths will be caused by Lightning Damage, so this one is definitely worth picking up.

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  • Required Level: 76
    • Lightning Absorb 4-6% (varies)
    • 8-15% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    • +1-3 to Spirit of Barbs
    • +1-3 to Heart of the Wolverine
    • +1 To All Skills

GLOVES

Trang-Oul's Claws(Heavy Bracers) - These gloves offer an amazing faster cast rate boost (for gloves, that is). However, the best thing about them is a respectable bonus to Poison Skill Damage - up to 15%. Bonus to Curses is not important for this build but can come in handy if you decide to invest a few points into the tree.

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  • Defense: 67 - 74
  • Required Level: 45
  • Required Strength: -58
  • Durability: 16
    • +20% Faster Cast Rate
    • Cold Resist +30%
    • +30 Defense
    • +10-15% Poison Skill Damage (varies)
    • +2 To Curses (Necromancer Only)

BOOTS

Waterwalk (Sharkskin Boots) - You can't go wrong with these boots - they are an extremely solid all-around choice.The most important thing about them is the very high, up to +65, Life bonus. However, you will appreciate their amazing +40% faster Run/Walk and almost infinite Stamina as well.

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  • Defense: 112-124
  • Required Level: 32
  • Required Strength: 47
  • Kick Damage:28-50
  • Durability: 14
    • +180-210% Enhanced Defense (varies)
    • 40% Faster Run/Walk
    • 20% Faster Block Rate
    • +15 to Dexterity
    • +5% to Maximum Fire Resist
    • Heal Stamina Plus 50%
    • +40 to Maximum Stamina
    • +45-65 to Life (varies)

Aldur's Advance(Battle Boots) - This pair of Boots offers very high bonus Movement Speed and Life. Also, they have a very high bonus to Fire Resistance, which is handy if you don't have fire resistance charms or want your charms to have other bonuses.

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  • Defense: 39-47
  • Required Level: 45
  • Required Strength: 95
  • Kick Damage:37-64
  • Durability: Indestructible
    • Indestructible
    • 40% Faster Run/Walk
    • 10% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    • +180 Maximum Stamina
    • Heal Stamina Plus +32%
    • +50 To Life
    • Set Bonuses:
      • +15 To Dexterity (2 Item)
      • +15 To Dexterity (3 Items)
      • +15 To Dexterity (Completed Set)

BELTS

Arachnid Mesh(Spiderweb Sash) - Definitely a Best in Slot Belt for this build. Arachnid Mesh gives +1 to all Skills in addition to increasing your Cast Rate. This belt is a must-have in a wide range of caster builds, so purchasing it is a good investment.

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  • Defense: 119-138
  • Potion Slots: 16
  • Required Level: 80
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 12
    • +90-120% Enhanced Defense
    • Slows Target by 20%
    • +1 To All Skills
    • +10-20% Faster Cast Rate
    • Maximum Mana 5-10%
    • Level 3 Venom (31 Charges)

String of Ears(Demonhide Sash) - A great option if you're after some additional survivability. The String of Ears provides up to a 15% damage reduction bonus which is just amazing for this Item slot.

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  • Defense: 102-113
  • Potion Slots: 16
  • Required Level: 29
  • Required Strength: 20
  • Durability: 22
    • +150-180% Enhanced Defense
    • +15 Defense
    • 6-8% Life Stolen Per Hit
    • Damage Reduced By 10-15%
    • Magic Damage Reduced 10-15

Trang-Oul's Girth (Troll Belt) - A solid defensively-oriented belt that provides you with the "Cannot be Frozen" affix which lets you swap Ravenfrost for another +Skills ring.

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  • Defense: 134-166
  • Potion Slots: 16
  • Required Level: 62
  • Required Strength: 91
  • Durability: 18
    • +[75-100] Defense (varies)
    • +[56-76] to Life (varies)
    • eplenish Life +[5-10] (varies)
    • +[25-50] to Mana (varies)
    • +30 Maximum Stamina
    • Cannot Be Frozen
    • Requirements -40%
    • Cold Resist +40% (3 Items)
SET BONUSESWearing full Trang-Oul's Set will also give you:
  • +18 toFire Ball(2 Items)
  • Regenerate Mana 20% (2 Items)
  • +26 toFire Wall(3 Items)
  • Regenerate Mana 15% (3 Items)
  • +10 toFire Ball(4 Items)
  • Regenerate Mana 15% (Complete Set)
  • +3 to Necromancer Skill Levels (Complete Set)
  • 20% Life Stolen per Hit (Complete Set)
  • +6 toFire Mastery(Complete Set)
  • Replenish Life +10 (Complete Set)
  • +100 to Mana (Complete Set)
  • All Resistances +50 (Complete Set)
  • Display Aura (Complete Set)

CHARMS

  1. Annihilus- This fabled Charm boosts yourSkills, Stats, and Resistances. It's the best Unique Small Charm, and it's limited to just 1 in your equipment.
  2. Gheed's Fortune- The secret to Gheed's wealth and prosperity. Pretty much a must-have if you're after the best available charms. It adds 80-160% extra gold from monsters, reduces vendor prices by up to 15%, and gives up to 40% better magic find.
  3. Hellfire Torch- The BiS Unique Large Charm that increases your Vitality, Skills, and more. You should, of course, go for one that gives +1to Necromancer Skills.
  4. Grand Charms - These should have +Poison and Bone Spells (mandatory) and +Life/+Faster Run/Walk Speed.
  5. Small Charms- With these, you should get your desired Resistances, bonuses to Life, or bonuses to Magic Find - whatever suits your needs, basically.

MERCENARY

We recommend picking up Act 1 Cold Mercenary for extra utility. She should be equipped with:

  1. HarmonyRune Word in A 4-socket Bow. This Runeword boosts your mana regen and gives you and your minions Vigor aura which makes you move faster - this makes your Golems much more effective, especially with the recent AI upgrade.
  2. FortitudeRune Word in Armor - This will ensure that your merc doesn't die (it will make him almost immortal).
  3. Dracul's Grasp - For a great mix of survivability and offensive power.
  4. Vampire's Gaze - For high Life Leech and damage reduction.
  5. String of Ears- Very high damage reduction and excellent survivability boost.
  6. War Traveler - For extra defenses and some MF.
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