Best Necromancer Runewords - D2R(2.4.3)

03/08/2022 12:04:09
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The best Necromancer Runewords in Diablo 2 Resurrected Patch 2.4.3

This guide collects the top runewords for the Necromancer class from beginner / ladder starter levelling RWs to end-game ones. Get a head-start with your Necro by equipping it with beginner runewords, getting to the end-game, and gearing it up with the top runeword choices.


Lore (Helm base, Ort+Sol)

+1 To All Skills

+10 To Energy

+2 To Mana After Each Kill

Lightning Resist +30%

Damage Reduced By 7

+2 To Light Radius


Lore is a great ladder starter / low level runeword for Necromancers due to its +1 to all skills. You can quickly find the required runes by farming in Act4 or Act5 on Normal difficulty.


Edge (Missile Weapon base, Tir+Tal+Amn)

Level 15 Thorns Aura When Equipped

+35% Increased Attack Speed

+320-380% Damage To Demons

+280% Damage To Undead

+75 Poison Damage Over 5 Seconds

7% Life Stolen Per Hit

Prevent Monster Heal

+5-10 To All Attributes

+2 To Mana After Each Kill

Reduces All Vendor Prices 15%


Edge is the only item besides Gheed’s Fortune that grants vendor price reduction. If you plan to gamble at vendors, make sure to wear it on your character.


Call To Arms (Weapons, Amn + Ral + Mal + Ist + Ohm)

+1 To All Skills

+40% Increased Attack Speed

+250-290% Enhanced Damage (varies)

Adds 5-30 Fire Damage

7% Life Stolen Per Hit

+2-6 To Battle Command (varies)*

+1-6 To Battle Orders (varies)*

+1-4 To Battle Cry (varies)*

Prevent Monster Heal

Replenish Life +12

30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items


Call to Arms is a cornerstone item for survivability. By buffing yourself with Battle Orders and Battle Command, you will have +1 all skills and a huge life and mana boost for the skill’s duration. By far it is the best item as a switch weapon for defensive measures!


Beast (Axe/Scepter/Hammer base, Ber+Tir+Um+Mal+Lum)

Level 9 Fanaticism Aura When Equipped

+40% Increased Attack Speed

+240-270% Enhanced Damage

20% Chance of Crushing Blow

25% Chance of Open Wounds

+3 To Werebear

+3 To Lycanthropy

Prevent Monster Heal

+25-40 To Strength

+10 To Energy

+2 To Mana After Each Kill

Level 13 Summon Grizzly (5 Charges)


Beast is by far the best Summon Necromancer weapon due to its Fanaticism Aura. Your allies and your summons will both benefit from it, as a level 9 Fanaticism provides 29% increased attack speed, 186% increased damage, 93% increased party damage and 80% increased attack rating.


Heart of the Oak (Mace/Staff base, Ko+Vex+Pul+Thul)

+3 To All Skills

+40% Faster Cast Rate

+75% Damage To Demons

+100 To Attack Rating Against DemonsAdds 3-14 Cold Damage, 3 sec.Duration

7% Mana Stolen Per Hit

+10 To Dexterity

Replenish Life +20

Increase Maximum Mana 15%

All Resistances +30-40

Level 4 Oak Sage (25 Charges)

Level 14 Raven (60 Charges)


HOTO is the best caster necromancer weapon, the 3 all skills and 40% FCR, and the huge all resistance boost is just unmatched by any other item. It is a great weapon both for offensive and defensive purposes.


Spirit (Sword base, Tal+Thul+Ort+Amn)

+2 To All Skills

+25-35% Faster Cast Rate

+55% Faster Hit Recovery

Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage

Adds 3-14 Cold Damage 3 Second Duration

+75 Poison Damage Over 5 Seconds

7% Life Stolen Per Hit

+250 Defense Vs. Missile

+22 To Vitality

+89-112 To Mana

+3-8 Magic Absorb


Spirit is the second best caster necro weapon, as it has 2 all skills and 25-35% FCR, together with an 55% FHR and a nice life and mana boost. It is by far the best budget alternative to Heart of the Oak.


White (Wand base, Dol+Io)

Hit Causes Monster To Flee 25%

+10 To Vitality

+3 To Poison and Bone Spells (Necromancer Only)

+3 To Bone Armor (Necromancer Only)

+2 To Bone Spear (Necromancer Only)

+4 To Skeleton Mastery (Necromancer Only)

Magic Damage Reduced By 4

20% Faster Cast Rate

+13 To Mana


A White wand can be your strongest weapon if you play a caster necro and your main purpose is pure offense.Since a wand base can have multiple attributes of +3 to any necromancer skills, you can achieve a +6 level Poison Nova or +8 level Bone Spear boost, both of which are incredible damage boosters for your Necro.


Enigma (Body Armor base, Jah+Ith+Ber)

+2 To All Skills

+45% Faster Run/Walk

+1 To Teleport

+750-775 Defense

+ (0.75 Per Character Level) +0-74 To Strength (Based On Character Level)

Increase Maximum Life 5%

Damage Reduced By 8%

+14 Life After Each Kill

15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana

+ (1 Per Character Level) +1-99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level)


Enigma is the favourite armor choice for any necromancer builds, as you will be able to teleport and get quickly to Bosses, while it also provides +2 all skills and other very nice stats to boost both your offense and defense. If you play a Summon necromancer, it is a must have item to carry your summons with you.


Bramble (Body Armor base, Ral+Ohm+Sur+Eth)

Level 15-21 Thorns Aura When Equipped

+50% Faster Hit Recovery

+25-50% To Poison Skill Damage

+300 Defense

Increase Maximum Mana 5%

Regenerate Mana 15%

+5% To Maximum Cold Resist

Fire Resist +30%

Poison Resist +100%

+13 Life After Each Kill

Level 13 Spirit of Barbs (33 Charges)


Bramble is the ideal armor for Poison necromancers. Nothing comes close to its 25-50% extra poison damage, you will deliver by far the most amount of damage an armor can provide. The resist bonuses are also a nice addition to the damage boosting abilities.


Chains of Honor (Body Armor base, Dol+Um+Ber+Ist)

+2 To All Skills

+200% Damage To Demons

+100% Damage To Undead

8% Life Stolen Per Hit

+70% Enhanced Defense

+20 To Strength

Replenish Life +7

All Resistances +65

Damage Reduced By 8%

25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items


COH is amongst the best defensive armors for any necromancer build, while being one of the few armors which grants +2 to All Skills. It’s most attractive stat is the +65% all resistance, allowing you to easily reach 75% resist breakpoints on Hell difficulty. The additional stats are also very useful, the Damage to Demons comes handy at Chaos Sanctuary farming, and the strength, damage reduction and magic find stats are also nice additions.


Bone (Body Armor base, Sol+Um+Um)

15% Chance To Cast level 10 Bone Armor When Struck

15% Chance To Cast level 10 Bone Spear On Striking

+2 To Necromancer Skill Levels

+100-150 To Mana

All Resistances +30

Damage Reduced By 7


Bone is a relatively good, somewhat budget armor. It is by far the cheapest from any choices that provides +2 to your skill levels. The 30% all resistance is an awesome bonus, making the runeword similar to a budget version of Chains of Honor.


Stealth (Body Armor base, Tal + Eth)

Magic Damage Reduced By 3

+6 To Dexterity

+15 To Maximum Stamina

Poison Resist +30%

Regenerate Mana 15%

25% Faster Run/Walk

25% Faster Cast Rate

25% Faster Hit Recovery


Stealth is another great ladder starter / low level runeword. The FCR and FRW bonuses will allow you to quickly grind your way to Hell difficulty.


Smoke (Body Armor base, Nef + Lum)

+75% Enhanced Defense

+280 Defense Vs. Missile

All Resistances +50

20% Faster Hit Recovery

Level 6 Weaken (18 Charges)

+10 To Energy

-1 To Light Radius


Smoke is a useful ladder starter / low level runeword, especially if you play hardcore. It is mostly seeked for the +50% all resistance stat, while being a budget runeword.


Spirit (Shield base, Tal+Thul+Ort+Amn)

+2 To All Skills

+25-35% Faster Cast Rate

+55% Faster Hit Recovery

+250 Defense Vs. Missile

+22 To Vitality

+89-112 To Mana

Cold Resist +35%

Lightning Resist +35%

Poison Resist +35%

+3-8 Magic Absorb

Attacker Takes Damage of 14


Spirit allows you to have an elite, very low budget shield. It is amongst the best shields for caster necromancer builds. You will be able to reach high FCR breakpoints with its 25-35% FCR bonus, while the +2 all skill comes very handy too. It is a must switch weapon if you use a Call to Arms, as it will boost your Battle Orders and Battle Command by 2 levels. The resistance bonuses, FHR, vitality, mana and magic absorb are also highly seeked stats which come very handy. 

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