Necromancer

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Description

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Necromancers are the Death Magi of Norrath. They seek out darkness and evil, and thrive when surrounded by pain and death. Necromancers are the masters of the dead, reaching beyond the bounds of the grave to magically manipulate their dark minions.

Wholly dedicated to the practice of their magic, Necromancers are physically weak and unable to provide much of a defense. Due to their lack of physical prowess, they have developed spells that enable them to command powerful undead beings, and have their own peculiar spells that summon loyal servants to do their bidding. Their main offensive spells focus on time-based means of dealing with their opponents. These spells generally draw on pain and suffering and are grounded in poison and disease, causing their enemies to suffer and perish in terrible ways. This mastery of torment lets Necromancers suck the very life out of their victims and heal themselves in the process. However, pain is a means to an end, rather than an end in itself, and a Necromancer will even inflict suffering on himself to restore magical energies, if that is the most efficient way to accomplish his goals.

Necromancers are considered evil merely because they choose to delve into the arts and practices that many find repulsive. Even if a Necromancer’s goals are aligned with the forces of Light, few would think that these ends can justify their foul means. Necromancers are oftentimes shunned in the world because of their peculiar looks and ways, but none doubt the powers of the Necromancer, for they are the stuff of nightmares.

Although a Necromancer might have a personal preference for the comradeship of others, she is fully powerful enough to face the world and triumph, with only her pet at her side.It is just as well that the Necromancer can fend for herself, for unless her race is evil she is not well liked even among her own kind. In many cases she is an outcast, and branded a heretic. The Erudites, for example, ostracize Necromancers from their home town, forcing them to live in caverns and deep within forests. Even though labeled a heretic, there is usually someone who can use the services of a Necromancer, especially anyone who is searching for a lost corpse. It can be very easy to lose a corpse, especially when you are exploring a new area and are in unfamiliar surroundings. A Necromancer’s skills include the ability to locate someone’s corpse, and even in some cases summon it, although at quite a high price.

The Necromancer is one of the most difficult classes, due to the many different ways in which it may be played, but in the end can be one of the most gratifying. Because of the hostilities toward Necromancers, it can be difficult to purchase supplies without long and time-consuming journeys. Expect to use people skills to make friends who’ll purchase supplies for you from the local stores, or more often than not you’ll go hungry.

by Jason Mash “Jacinn Masche”

Creation Guide

It is important to make good decisions on Race, Starting Stats, and Religion. These things combined will allow you to create the Necromancer that makes you most happy.

Choosing Race

Choosing a race for any class can be a difficult decision--do not choose a race based on abilities alone. Choose the Race that provides you with the right mix of racial benefits, religion, cultural armor sets, and statistics that benefit your class. Here are some considerations for your Necromancer:

Race Benefit Detractor
Dark Elf Master race, hide/sneak, night vision So-called "good" vendors may not trade at lower levels
Erudite Many class-specific quests, high intelligence Poor night vision
Gnome Small size is handy in dungeons, night vision, easiest "evil" faction fixes, Tinkering lower starting stats
Human Really? Poor night vision, lower starting stats

Starting Statistics

It is important to note that each race has slightly different starting statistics. For Necromancers, your INT is important for a larger mana pool, and STA contributes to your overall available hitpoints (which means more mana by using lich). You will likely find that it is easiest to max INT if you pursue raiding and high-end gear, however, so depending on your play style you may wish to allocate more points to STA.

Race STR DEX AGI STA INT WIS CHA Bonus
Dark Elf 60 85 90 65 109 83 60 30
Erudite 60 80 70 70 117 83 70 30
Gnome 60 95 85 70 108 67 60 30
Human 75 85 75 75 85 75 75 30

Each race gets 30 bonus points to apply to the base stats of their choosing.

Religion

Religion is not of a huge concern to Necromancers as they are already hated. Most choose to worship either Cazic-Thule, or Innoruuk the Prince of Hate, as it fits their role. Necromancers cannot be agnostic, as their dark powers are directly linked to their worship of their god.

Skills

Spell Specialization Skill

Necromancers have three choices of Specialization: Alteration, Evocation and Conjuration.

Alteration is a popular choice. It covers DoT, Lifetap and Undead Charm spells. These spells are your bread and butter, especially if you would like to solo.

Evocation is a lesser choice, as Necromancers get very few Direct Damage nukes. You may find this a useful choice if you intend to join a raiding guild and want to contribute to faster DPS.

Conjuration is also a lesser choice. It covers pet summoning, as well as your Darkness and Disease spells.

Casting Skills

Level Trained Skill Cap
1 No Abjuration
1 No Alteration
1 No Channeling
1 No Conjuration
1 No Divination
1 No Evocation
8 Yes Meditate
30 Yes Specialization

Combat Skills

Level Trained Skill Cap
1 No 1 Hand Blunt
1 No 2 Hand Blunt
1 No Bind Wound
1 No Defense
1 No Hand to Hand
1 No Offense
15 Yes Dodge

Miscellaneous Skills

Like all classes, Necromancers can raise the following skills:

Level Trained Skill Cap
1 No Alcohol Tolerance
1 No Beg
1 No Fishing
1 No Sense Heading
1 No Swimming

Spells

Level 1

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Cavorting Bones 15 5 4 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_1_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Coldlight 15 2 6 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Item: Summoned: Coldlight
Disease Cloud 10 1.5 6 Con 6m Single 200 Increase Disease Counter by 1, Decrease HP when cast by 5, Decrease Hitpoints by 1 per tick
Invisibility versus Undead 40 4 4 Div 27m Single 100 Invisibility versus Undead
Lifetap 9 1.5 2.25 Alt 0 Lifetap 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 3 (L1) to 5 (L4)
Locate Corpse 5 1.5 3 Div 0 Self 10000 Locate Corpse, (Area 1000)
Minor Shielding 10 2.5 2.25 Abj 27m Self 0 Increase Max Hitpoints by 6 (L1) to 10 (L5), Increase AC by 3 (L1) to 4 (L5)
Reclaim Energy 5 2.5 2.25 Con 0 Pet 100 Reclaim Energy
Sense the Dead 5 2 2.25 Div 0 Self 0 Sense Undead, (Area 240)
Siphon Strength 5 1.5 6 Alt 6m Single 200 Decrease STR by 5 (L1) to 10 (L10)

Level 4

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Clinging Darkness 20 1.75 4 Alt 36s Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 5 per tick, Decrease Movement by 24% (L4) to 30% (L10)
Endure Cold 20 2.5 2.25 Abj 27m Single 100 Increase Cold Resist by 11 (L1) to 20 (L10)
Fear 40 3.5 7 Alt 18s Single 200 Fear(1)
Gate 70 5 8 Alt 0 Self 0 Gate
Grim Aura 25 3 2.25 Alt 27m Self 0 Increase ATK by 7 (L4) to 10 (L10)
Leering Corpse 40 6 9.5 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_5_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Lifespike 18 1.75 2.25 Alt 0 Lifetap 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 9 (L4) to 11 (L8)
Numb the Dead 20 2 3 Abj 2m Und 200 Frenzy Radius(15/30), Reaction Radius(25/30), Pacify
Poison Bolt 30 1.75 2.25 Con 42s Single 200 Increase Poison Counter by 1, Decrease HP when cast by 6, Decrease Hitpoints by 5 per tick
True North 5 2 4 Div 0 Self 0 True North

Level 8

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Bone Walk 80 7 9.5 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_9_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Dark Empathy 20 4 7.5 Alt 0 Single 100 Increase Hitpoints by 30
Dark Pact 5 3 6 Alt 7:30 Self 0 Increase Mana by 2 per tick, Decrease Hitpoints by 4 per tick
Deadeye 35 3 2.25 Div 27m Self 0 See Invisible(1), Infravision
Gather Shadows 35 5 2.25 Div 20m Self 0 Invisibility
Impart Strength 15 4 5 Alt 6m Single 100 Increase STR by 10
Lesser Shielding 25 4 2.25 Abj 27m Self 0 Increase Max Hitpoints by 20 (L8) to 30 (L18), Increase AC by 6 (L8) to 9 (L18), Increase Magic Resist by 7 (L8) to 10 (L20)
Mend Bones 25 3.5 6.5 Alt 0 Und 100 Increase Hitpoints by 33 (L8) to 50 (L25), Decrease Disease Counter by 10
Shadow Step 10 1 5 Alt 0 Self 900 Shadowstep
Vampiric Embrace 30 3 6 Alt 7:30 Self 0 Add Proc: VampEmbraceNecro
Ward Undead 30 2.1 2.25 Evo 0 Und 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 35 (L5) to 41 (L11)

Level 12

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Bind Affinity 100 6 12 Alt 0 Grp 100 Bind Affinity
Convoke Shadow 120 8 11 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_11_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Endure Disease 20 2.5 2.25 Abj 27m Single 100 Increase Disease Resist by 19 (L9) to 20 (L10)
Engulfing Darkness 60 2.45 4 Con 1m Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 11 per tick, Decrease Movement by 40%
Heat Blood 72 2.45 4 Alt 1m Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 17 per tick
Leech 72 2.4 10 Alt 54s Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 8 per tick
Lifedraw 63 2.45 2.25 Alt 0 Lifetap 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 39 (L12) to 45 (L18)
Sight Graft 10 5 10 Div 27m Pet 100 Bind Sight
Spook the Dead 10 2 4 Alt 18s Und 200 Fear(1)
Wave of Enfeeblement 40 2.5 5.5 Alt 4m PB AE 0 Decrease STR by 11 (L12) to 15 (L20), (Area 30)

Level 16

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Banshee Aura 60 5 9.5 Abj 15m Self 100 Increase Damage Shield by 8 (L16) to 12 (L36), Focus: Pearl
Cancel Magic 30 3.5 5 Abj 0 Single 200 Cancel Magic(1)
Cure Disease 20 2 3 Alt 0 Single 100 Decrease Disease Counter by 1 (L1) to 4 (L12)
Feign Death 60 1.5 15 Abj 0 Self 0 Feign Death
Heart Flutter 80 2.75 7 Alt 1:12 Single 200 Decrease STR by 15 (L16) to 20 (L26), Decrease AC by 7 (L16) to 9 (L24), Decrease Hitpoints by 12 per tick
Hungry Earth 30 2 7.5 Alt 48s Und 200 Decrease HP when cast by 26 (L16) to 80 (L70), Root
Infectious Cloud 78 2.75 2.25 Con 5ms AoE 200 Increase Disease Counter by 1, Decrease Hitpoints by 5 per tick, Decrease HP when cast by 20, (Area 15)
Restless Bones 160 9 2.25 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_16_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Shielding 50 5 2.25 Abj 36m Self 0 Increase Max Hitpoints by 46 (L16) to 50 (L20), Increase AC by 12 (L16) to 13 (L21), Increase Magic Resist by 12
Shieldskin 41 3.5 2.25 Abj 36m Self 0 Increase Absorb Damage by 27 (L16) to 55 (L21), Uses: Cat's Eye Agate x 1
Spirit Armor 75 6 2.25 Abj 36m Single 100 Increase AC by 11 (L16) to 13 (L24)
Voice Graft 10 6 12 Div 27m Pet 100 Voice Graft

Level 20

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Allure of Death 5 3 6 Alt 14m Self 0 Increase Mana by 4 per tick, Decrease Hitpoints by 8 per tick
Animate Dead 200 10 2.25 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_19_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Dominate Undead 100 5 10 Alt 20:30 Und 200 Charm(1)
Expulse Undead 60 2.75 2.25 Evo 0 Und 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 88 (L14) to 94 (L20)
Harmshield 85 1 600 Abj 18s Self 0 Decrease HP when cast by 20, Invunerability
Identify 50 5 2.25 Div 0 Single 100 Identify
Shadow Compact 10 2 12 Alt 24s Single 100 Increase Hitpoints by 20 per tick
Shadow Vortex 40 1.5 6 Alt 7:30 Single 200 Decrease AC by 9 (L20) to 12 (L30)
Siphon Life 72 3.1 2.25 Alt 0 Lifetap 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 65 (L20) to 75 (L25)
Track Corpse 15 1.5 3 Div 12m Self 10000 Locate Corpse, (Area 1000)
Word of Shadow 85 2.75 9 Evo 0 PB AE 0 Decrease Hitpoints by 52 (L19) to 58 (L25), (Area 20)

Level 24

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Breath of the Dead 45 2.5 2.25 Alt 27m Self 0 Water Breathing(1), Uses: Fish Scales x 1
Haunting Corpse 240 11 2.25 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_22_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Intensify Death 50 6 30 Alt 7:30 Pet 100 Increase Attack Speed by 22% (L24) to 30% (L40), Increase STR by 26 (L24) to 33 (L52), Increase AC by 6 (L24) to 8 (L48)
Leatherskin 83 4 2.25 Abj 54m Self 0 Increase Absorb Damage by 71 (L24) to 118 (L30), Uses: Bloodstone x 1
Major Shielding 80 5 2.25 Abj 45m Self 0 Increase Max Hitpoints by 69 (L24) to 75 (L30), Increase AC by 16 (L24) to 18 (L28), Increase Magic Resist by 14
Resist Cold 50 4.5 2.25 Abj 36m Single 100 Increase Cold Resist by 39 (L24) to 40 (L25)
Rest the Dead 75 3 2.25 Abj 3m Und 200 Frenzy Radius(1/45), Reaction Radius(1/45), Pacify, Memblur(1%)
Screaming Terror 60 2.6 6.5 Alt 18s Single 200 Mesmerize(1/55), Memblur(1%)
Shadow Sight 50 3 2.25 Div 27m Self 100 Ultravision, See Invisible(1)
Shock of Poison 100 3.5 2.25 Con 0 Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 146 (L24) to 160 (L29)

Level 29

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Boil Blood 150 4 2.25 Alt 2:6 Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 24 per tick
Dismiss Undead 90 3.3 2.25 Evo 0 Und 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 140 (L24) to 162 (L35)
Dooming Darkness 120 4 2.25 Con 1:30 Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 20 per tick, Decrease Movement by 49% (L29) to 59% (L48)
Panic the Dead 50 2 4 Alt 54s Und 200 Fear(4)
Renew Bones 125 4.5 7.5 Alt 0 Und 100 Increase Hitpoints by 154 (L29) to 175 (L50), Decrease Disease Counter by 10
Spirit Tap 144 4 2.25 Alt 0 Lifetap 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 132 (L29) to 150 (L35)
Summon Dead 290 12 2.25 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_25_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Vampiric Curse 144 4 10 Alt 54s Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 21 per tick
Word of Spirit 133 3.5 9 Evo 0 PB AE 0 Decrease Hitpoints by 97 (L29) to 103 (L32), (Area 20)

Level 34

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Beguile Undead 170 6 12 Alt 20:30 Und 200 Charm(9)
Call of Bones 5 3 6 Alt 20:30 Self 0 Illusion: Skeleton, Increase Mana by 8 per tick, Ultravision, Decrease Hitpoints by 16 per tick, (Area 2)
Greater Shielding 120 6 2.25 Abj 54m Self 0 Increase Max Hitpoints by 94 (L34) to 100 (L40), Increase AC by 21 (L34) to 22 (L39), Increase Magic Resist by 16
Invoke Fear 100 2.5 7 Alt 42s Single 200 Fear(1)
Invoke Shadow 340 13 2.25 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_29_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Resist Disease 50 4.5 2.25 Abj 36m Single 100 Increase Disease Resist by 40
Root 30 2 2.25 Alt 48s Single 200 Root
Steelskin 149 4.5 2.25 Abj 72m Self 0 Increase Absorb Damage by 168 (L34) to 230 (L41), Uses: Jasper x 1
Surge of Enfeeblement 100 3.5 5.5 Alt 6m PB AE 0 Decrease STR by 22 (L34) to 30 (L50), (Area 30)
Venom of the Snake 160 4.6 2.25 Con 42s Single 200 Increase Poison Counter by 7, Decrease HP when cast by 40, Decrease Hitpoints by 59 per tick

Level 39

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Augment Death 200 6 30 Alt 15m Pet 100 Increase Attack Speed by 49% (L39) to 55% (L45), Increase STR by 39 (L39) to 45 (L50), Increase AC by 10 (L39) to 12 (L50)
Counteract Disease 50 4 2.25 Alt 0 Single 100 Decrease Disease Counter by 8
Dark Soul 160 4.75 24 Con 30s Single 200 Increase Curse Counter by 8, Decrease Hitpoints by 77 per tick
Drain Spirit 189 5.3 2.25 Alt 0 Lifetap 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 207 (L39) to 223 (L43)
Expel Undead 130 4.3 2.25 Evo 0 Und 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 261 (L34) to 273 (L38)
Malignant Dead 390 14 2.25 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_33_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Nullify Magic 50 4.5 6 Abj 0 Single 200 Cancel Magic(4), Cancel Magic(4)
Scourge 170 4.6 2.25 Con 2:6 Single 200 Increase Disease Counter by 4, Decrease Hitpoints by 24 per tick, Decrease HP when cast by 40
Summon Corpse 700 5 12 Con 0 Self 10000 Summon Corpse(max level 70), Uses: Jade Inlaid Coffin x 1
Word of Souls 171 4.6 9 Evo 0 PB AE 0 Decrease Hitpoints by 147 (L39) to 155 (L42), (Area 20)

Level 44

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Arch Shielding 200 12 2.25 Abj 72m Self 0 Increase Max Hitpoints by 144 (L44) to 150 (L50), Increase AC by 25 (L44) to 27 (L48), Increase Magic Resist by 20
Asystole 210 6.1 2.25 Alt 1m Single 200 Increase Disease Counter by 4, Decrease STR by 37 (L44) to 40 (L50), Decrease AC by 16 (L44) to 18 (L50), Decrease Hitpoints by 69 per tick
Cackling Bones 450 15 2.25 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_37_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1
Dead Man Floating 150 6 6 Abj 72m Single 100 Water Breathing(2), See Invisible(1), Levitate(2), Increase Poison Resist by 64 (L44) to 70 (L50)
Diamondskin 236 5 2.25 Abj 90m Self 0 Increase Absorb Damage by 305 (L44) to 394 (L50), Uses: Peridot x 1
Ignite Bones 210 6.1 12 Evo 18s Single 200 Decrease HP when cast by 494 (L44) to 500 (L50), Illusion: Skeleton, Stun(0.00 sec), (Area 1)
Pact of Shadow 10 2 12 Alt 24s Single 100 Increase Hitpoints by 80 per tick

Level 49

Spell Name Mana Cast Time Recast Time Skill Duration Target Range Description
Banish Undead 225 5.5 2.25 Evo 0 Und 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 585
Bond of Death 360 7 10 Alt 54s Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 80 per tick
Cajole Undead 245 9 20 Alt 20:30 Und 200 Charm(16)
Cascading Darkness 300 7 2.25 Con 1:36 Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 72 per tick, Decrease Movement by 60%
Drain Soul 225 6.1 2.25 Alt 0 Lifetap 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 332 (L49) to 338 (L50)
Ignite Blood 250 4 2.25 Alt 2:6 Single 200 Decrease Hitpoints by 56 per tick
Invoke Death 490 16 2.25 Con 0 Self 0 Summon Skeleton Pet: skel_pet_41_, Uses: Bone Chips x 1, Focus: Encyclopedia Necrotheurgia
Lich 5 3 6 Alt 20:30 Self 0 Illusion: Skeleton, Increase Mana by 20 per tick, Ultravision, Decrease Hitpoints by 32 per tick
Paralyzing Earth 100 2.5 2.5 Alt 3m Single 200 Root

Necromancer-specific Quests

To be completed

Gearing

1H Blunt Item

2H Blunt Item

Arms Equipment

Back Equipment

Chest Equipment

Ears Equipment

Face Equipment

Feet Equipment

Fingers Equipment

Hands Equipment

Head Equipment

Legs Equipment

Neck Equipment

Piercing Item

Primary Equipment

Range Equipment

Secondary Equipment

Shield Item

 

Shoulders Equipment

Waist Equipment

Wrists Equipment

Classes

Bard :: Cleric :: Druid :: Enchanter :: Magician :: Monk :: Necromancer :: Paladin :: Ranger :: Rogue :: Shadowknight :: Shaman :: Warrior :: Wizard