Best Necromancer Build for AOZ in Diablo 4

Bones incoming.
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Canalize the strength of your dead minions and use bones as a death sentence. Here is the best Necromancer build for Abattoir of Zir (AOZ) in Diablo 4.

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Diablo 4: Best Necromancer Build for Abattoir of Zir

Whenever you are feeling accomplished after defeating the most powerful endgame boss and the hardest piece of endgame content, then comes along Blizzard and says “That’s cute”, and then releases Abattoir of Zir. Not only are the event’s entry requirements ludicrous for the average player — level 100, 800 Sigil Powder, defeat Uber Lilith, etc. — but the event itself will even “test your might” (MK reference, by the way). Now, while I’m a Barbarian in my heart, the power potential of the Necromancer cannot be underestimated. Therefore, be prepared for some undead action. Or maybe not.

You see, the best Necromancer build for Abattoir of Zir is the Bone Spear Necromancer, which means that, while your Undead Minions can deal some significant damage, they are better sacrifices for the greater good. What is the greater good? Well, a Necromancer build that will deal great range damage and will also prioritize its defensive stats by equipping powerful armor that will mitigate any incoming damage and increase your Life and Intelligence. Since we are dealing with pretty much the endgame of the endgame content, getting Uber Uniques will also become a priority. The Harlequin Crest, the Ring of Starless Skies, and the Unique Ring of the Sacrilegious Soul are great alternatives for you to equip.

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Bone Spear Necromancer AoZ Build: Skill Bar

  • Blood Mist: Disperse into a bloody mist, becoming Immune for 3 seconds. Your Movement Speed is reduced by 20% and you periodically deal 1% damage to enemies and Heal for 0.5% of your Maximum Life (8). 
  • Bone Storm: A swirling storm of bones appears around you and your Golem, dealing 180% damage to surrounding enemies over 10 seconds.
  • Corpse Tendrils: Veins burst out of a Corpse, Pulling in enemies, Stunning them for 3 seconds, and dealing 20% damage to them. Does not consume the Corpse.
  • Bone Splinters: Fire 3 splinters of bone, dealing 9% damage each. Each subsequent time an enemy is hit by the same cast of Bone Splinters, you gain 1 Essence.
  • Bone Spear: Conjure a bone spear from the ground, dealing 85% damage and piercing through enemies.
  • Ossified Essence: Your Bone Skills deal 0.5%[x] increased damage for each point of Essence you have above 50 upon cast.

Bone Spear Necromancer AoZ Build: Skill Point allocation

ClusterSkills
Basic SkillsBone Splinters Level 1
Enhanced Bone Splinters
Core SkillsUnliving Energy Level 3
Imperfectly Balanced Level 3
Bone Spear Level 5
Enhanced Bone Spear
Paranormal Bone Spear
Hewed Flesh Level 3
Corpse & Macabre SkillsBlood Mist Level 1
Enhanced Blood Mist
Ghastly Blood Mist
Corpse Explosion
Grim Harvest Level 3
Fueled by Death Level 3
Curse SkillsDeath’s Embrace Level 3
Corpse & Macabre Skills (Tier 2)Corpse Tendrils Level 1
Enhanced Corpse Tendrils
Plagued Corpse Tendrils
Serration Level 3
Compound Fracture Level 3
Rapid Ossification Level 3
Evulsion Level 3
Ultimate SkillsStand Alone Level 3
Memento Mori Level 3
Bone Storm
Prime Bone Storm
Supreme Bone Storm
Inspiring Leader Level 3
Key PassivesOssified Essence

Bone Spear Necromancer AoZ Build: Book of the Dead

Undead MinionsTypeUpgrade
Skeletal WarriorsSkirmishersSacrifice: Your Critical Strike Chance increased by 5%, but you can no longer raise Skeletal Warriors
Skeletal MagesColdSacrifice: You gain 15% Physical Resistance, but you can no longer raise Skeletal Warriors
GolemsIronSacrifice: You deal 10% increased Shadow Damage, but you can no longer raise Skeletal Warriors

Bone Spear Necromancer AoZ Build: Paragon Board Classes and Glyphs

Paragon Board NumberClass BoardGlyphGlyph Description
1Start BoardGravekeeperRadius Size: 3
– Next Radius Increase at Level 15
Bonus:
– Grants +25.0% bonus to all Rare nodes within range.
Additional Bonus:
(if requirements met)
– You deal 2%[x] increased damage, up to 12%[x], for every Close Corpse.
Requirements:
(purchased in radius range)
– +25 Dexterity
2Scent of DeathTears of BloodRadius Size: 4
– Next Radius Increase at Level 50
Bonus:
– For every 5 Core Stats purchased within range, you gain 2.00% increased damage.
– Grants +3,000.0% bonus to all Rare nodes within range. Bonus increases by 10% every 10 levels.
3Bone GraftTerritorialRadius Size: 3
– Next Radius Increase at Level 15
Bonus:
– For every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal +2.0% increased damage to Close targets.
Additional Bonus:
(if requirements met)
– You gain 15% Damage Reduction against Close enemies.
Requirements:
(purchased in radius range)
– +25 Dexterity
4Flesh-eaterSacrificialRadius Size: 3
Next Radius Increase at Level 15
Bonus:
Grants +30.0% bonus to all Magic nodes within range.
Additional Bonus:
(if requirements met)
You deal 10%[x] increased damage while you have no active Minions.
Requirements:
(purchased in radius range)
– +40 Intelligence
5BloodbathEssenceRadius Size: 3
– Next Radius Increase at Level 15
Bonus:
– For every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal 4.0%[+] increased Critical Strike Damage.
Additional Bonus:
(if requirements met)
– Critical Strikes deal 22%[x] increased damage to enemies that are not Healthy.
Requirements:
(purchased in radius range)
– +25 Dexterity

Bone Spear Necromancer AoZ Build: Vampiric Powers

Vampiric PowerDescription
MetamorphosisWhen you Evade you turn into a cloud of bats, becoming Unstoppable for 4.0 seconds. Enemies along your path take 160 – 240 [160%] Physical damage and are inflicted with Vampiric Curse.
DominationYou deal 24.0%[x] increased damage to enemies who are Stunned, Immobilized, Frozen, or Feared. If they’re also Injured and not an Elite, they’re instantly killed.
RavenousUp to a 20.0% chance to increase your Attack Speed by 40.0% of your Total Movement Speed for 6 seconds.
Prey on the WeakYou deal 16.0%[x] increased damage to Vulnerable enemies. Enemies are Vulnerable while affected by a Vampiric Curse from your other Vampiric Powers.
Sanguine BraceWhen you kill an enemy, Fortify for 6.0% of your Base Life. While you have more Fortify than half of your Maximum Life, you gain 8.0%[+] Critical Strike Chance.

Related: Best Rogue build for AOZ in Diablo 4

While you might be accustomed to other Necromancer builds that will use your Undead Minions, a Necromancer build fully powered by their sacrifices is a force to be reckoned with in Diablo 4. Don’t forget to boost your survivability so that you can continue to deal Bone Spear damage without becoming dead bones yourself.

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