Necromancer Leveling in Diablo Immortal is a journey that you can approach with your own playstyle. Will you choose to take the fast and efficient path, focused on XP through the Battle Pass? Or will you choose to go on a relaxed and fun focused route filled by enjoying Side Quests, Hidden Lairs, and the story? Whichever way you choose, this guide covers everything you need to comfortably reach level 60 as a Necromancer.
Check the Speedrun to level 60 guide for the strategies on finishing the campaign quickly. We also have a full step-by-step game walkthrough if you ever get stuck along the way. Let's dive into the Necromancer leveling guide!
Choosing your class in Diablo Immortal is a big decision. Your main character requires a significant time investment, and we want you to enjoy playing the one you've chosen. Read our Necromancer Overview first to be sure this class is right for you.
What to expect as a Necromancer
Necromancer Leveling Build
Level 1 - Command Skeletons and Grim Scythe are available at the start. Command Skeletons is a superb ability for both Solo and Group play. Grim Scythe is a great starter skill that becomes even better at level 3. Soulfire is the best Primary Skill for Necromancers due to its Ultimate, which happens to be the best in the game among all the classes!
Level 3 - Corpse Explosion Yes! Now you have a simple one two combo. Use Grim Scythe to hit the enemy and spawn two corpses, then immediately follow up with Corpse Explosion!
Level 8 - Bone Spikes is unlocked as your 4th ability. We'll replace it pretty quickly. Don't bother charging it to full, it's best used instantly.
Level 15 - Wraith Form (replace Bone Spikes) a very nice movement speed and survivability buff arrives. Do not attack while it's active or the effect is canceled!
Level 20 - Skeletal Mage (replace Wraith Form) Skeletal Mage is a strong summon that is also stationary. Meaning you can leave it to clean up low-health enemies as well as keeping your kill streak active! If you're confident you do not need the damage and would rather have the mobility, you may opt to continue using Wraith Form.
Level 38 - Corpse Lance (replace Corpse Explosion) Corpse Lance is very strong long range ability that we will be using to weaponize Corpses now. Simply aim at your preferred target and enjoy the barrage!
Finding better equipment powers up your character. When you find an upgrade to your current equipment, your bag icon will flash. Open your inventory and equip any items with green arrows. Any other items can be salvaged at the Blacksmith, giving you crafting materials that are critical for upgrading equipment. Pick up and salvage every item you can using autopickup and periodically return to town to salvage. Make sure to turn on autopickup for Grey, Blue, and Yellow items in General Settings. Don't leave items on the ground; salvaging every item has value! As you continue to level up, you will find Legendary Items, which are the highest tier items for your six Primary slots. After you hit the maximum character level, you will also find Set Items in Hell 1 difficulty and beyond, which are the highest tier items for your six Secondary slots.
Upgrading your equipment is the most important way to gain power in Diablo Immortal. The Blacksmith is where you will spend all of your hard-earned salvage materials. Don't worry about wasting materials upgrading "bad equipment" because you can transfer upgrades for free! Even if you end up salvaging upgraded equipment, you receive 100% of the invested resources as a refund. In other words, the game is carefully designed so you can't lose any salvage materials! Upgrade all of your equipment to Rank 6 before continuing to Rank 7 because this gives you an extra attribute for each Primary slot! Read our full Upgrading and Reforging Guide to learn the details around upgrading strategy, attributes, and family bonuses!
Legendary Items are extremely rare items that enhance different skills. If you are lucky enough to find one, equip it and transfer your upgrades immediately because these roll better attributes than any other items. Try out the skill it buffs, even if it isn't part of our Necromancer leveling build. It may give your character a huge power increase! Consider yourself extra lucky if you find one or more of these, for example, Ten-Thorn, Baleful Trinity, Desolatoria, Visitant's Sign, Synod's Anointing, Guided by Maggots, Welcome End, Hideous Dawning or Mournful Destroyer because these are the most powerful items for Necromancer!
Essence Transfer - When you have a Legendary you no longer need, don't salvage it! Instead, go to the Essence Transfer NPC in Westmarch and extract its power. Now you can overwrite any future Legendary Item in the same slot with this power! Collecting every power is important because this will enable you to quickly swap builds in the future. If you already have the power extracted, then salvage it for a Glowing Shard.
Choosing the Battle Pass Legendary
Early on in the Battle Pass you can choose one Legendary for your class. We recommend taking Baleful Trinity because it makes one of your Primary Attack even more powerful. Continue to level up the Battle Pass to gain even more power!
Normal Gems and Legendary Gems
Finding Normal Gems and Legendary Gems further powers up your character. During leveling, simply equip Normal Gems that you find from Hidden Lairs, pick Tourmaline when given the choice. Legendary Gems can be bought for Platinum from the Marketplace or by running Elder Rifts empowered by Rare Crest and Legendary Crest. You will get some Legendary Crest early on in the Battle Pass, so use these right away so you can equip Legendary Gems for an impressive power boost! Read our full Gem Guide for even more details on picking and upgrading the right gems for you.
Helliquary and Daily Battle Pass Activity Rewards
After reaching level 36, follow your quests to Westmarch and unlock the Helliquary. This also unlocks your daily activity rewards, found in the activities tab of the Codex. You can stack this quest up to three days in a row, but after this it goes to waste. Even though you can't defeat Helliquary bosses right now, progressing it is important so you can unlock these endgame raids later on. The Empowered Battle Pass allows you to earn extra Scoria, so check it out if you want to boost your Helliquary even further.
Necromancer Leveling From 1 to 60
Leveling requires more than just progressing straight through the story and every zone. You will need to explore the rest of the game to get enough XP to progress. Once you reach a new area, you may encounter a message that says, "You must reach X level before continuing." Here are two different ways to gain that required XP:
Congratulations on completing the story! Your journey has just begun as the endgame awaits you. Check out our full Paragon & Experience guide to learn about the rest of your Necromancer leveling journey. How do you build your character for endgame activities? Don't worry, we've got everything you need:
Necromancer Leveling Summary
- Read the Necromancer Overview to know if it's the right class for you.
- Combo Grim Scythe ➜ Corpse Explosion to destroy everything.
- Make sure to turn on autopickup in General Settings. Don't leave items on the ground; salvaging every item has value.
- Upgrade your gear often - it is the best way to Power Up!
- Use Essence Transfer on unwanted Legendaries to use their powers later.
- Read our Full Game Walkthrough if you ever get stuck.
- Once you're level 60, conquer the endgame with our build guides listed above!
Written by Gregg2G
Contributions by Facefoot
Reviewed by Lexyu
Updated from Beta recommendations to Release recommendations.