It’s time for Diablo 4’s Blood Wave Necromancer build. Not only is this build fun to play, but it also solves the jaw-dropping High Tier Nightmare dungeon challenge.
This build has also just enhanced in the latest Diablo 4 patch. I’ll show you how it works, then show you how to build it, and finally how it’s played and all the different interactions.
How It Works?
It works by quickly resetting Endless Blood Wave’s Cooldown. And deal extremely high Shadow Dot damage by applying multiple AOE points.
You can keep yourself alive and healthy with many Blood Orb Generation and Diablo 4 Items. Keep enemies at bay with AOE Stuns and be able to knock them back with your Blood Wave. Also keeps enemies trapped in Bone Prison forever. We also use the nifty Bone Prison interaction to spawn Blight Corpse.
If you like controlling the battlefield, combining your abilities, and launching endless Blood Waves. Then I highly recommend you try this D4 build.
Talents & Abilities
Starting with our talents, we don’t actually use the base skill, but still need to use 2 points to progress. In our core abilities, we put a point into Blight and Supernatural Blight as an additional damage modifier.
Max out Hewed Flesh, which is essential to boost our Corpse Generation. Boosted Blood Mist to Ghastly Blood Mist, which helps us spawn more Corpse in a pinch.
Max Corpse Explosion and get Blight upgrade, turning it into a Shadow Dot. In this build, we don’t actually need to spend Diablo 4 Gold or generate Essence, so we can skip Grim Harvest.
We can max our Bone Prison to reduce its Cooldown and increase its health. We’ve also upgraded Ghastly Blood Mist so we can permanently apply Vulnerable. Even though Bone Prison doesn’t do any damage, we could quickly generate the corpse with Hewed Flesh’s talent.
Ghastly Blood Mist’s upgrade causes your Bone Prison to Pulse and apply Vulnerable status to anyone in Diablo 4. Even though applying Vulnerable itself doesn’t do any harm, it still causes procs Hewed Flesh for whatever reason.
Plus, we get the added benefit of applying Vulnerable, and severely disrupting enemies so we can deal damage in peace.
Finally, we upgrade Abhorrent Decrepify. This is the key to achieving a massive Cooldown Reduction, so it’s well worth our investment in more Diablo 4 Gold. We don’t need Corpse Tendrils to apply Vulnerable, as our Bone Prison already covers that. And with our quick Cooldown down, we can create even more additional Blood Orbs to keep our defenses maxed out.
Book Of The Dead
In our Book of the Dead, we would sacrifice our Reapers for more Shadow damage. But if Survivability is an issue for you in Diablo 4, replacing it with Defenders Sacrifice might be a good option. Or you can replace it with Blood Golem Sacrifice for some extra life.
Gear & Aspects
Blighted Aspect provides a 240% damage boost when you apply two-handed weapons. Provides a 180% damage boost if a one-handed weapon applied. With our multiple AOE points, we have almost permanent uptime on this huge buff.
Next up is an Aspect of Ultimate Shadow. This allows our Blood Wave to deal Shadow damage, applying more powerful Shadow damage.
Beyond that, we run Tidal Aspect, which fires another 2 waves of Shadow damage per cast, resulting in multiple high damage points. Then we also have Aspect of Plunging Darkness, so our Bone Prison also creates a pool of Blight.
This is another point that helps activate our Blighted Aspect. It can do more damage and create the corpse with Hewed Flesh. It also applies the 15% damage bonus from Supernatural Blight.
Aspect of the Embalmer is a substantial source of more Blood Orb when we cast many Corpse Explosion. For defense, Aspect of Disobedience is an excellent choice. Aspect of Explosive Mist is great for dealing more damage while invulnerable.
Right now my gear is far from perfect, but ideally we’d have Life, Cooldown Reduction, Armor, and Intelligence or all stats. Even if we don’t use Aspect, the extra Lucky Hit is valuable.
For our weapons, we need Wands to get Lucky Hit Chance. Or a Two-Handed Scythes is also a good choice. You can use Diablo 4 Gold to help you get this weapon.
For our weapon, Shadow Dot damage is the safest option in Diablo 4, as it takes care of most of our damage. In our armor, we need Topaz to reduce damage. It triggers even if it’s only slowly applied to you. So it has high uptime and powerful effects.
Our Paragon Board is a very lean build by taking only the most valuable nodes and paths from Diablo 4.
First, plug in Blood-Drinker Glyph, which gives us a near-endless amount of Fortify when paired with our massive Blood Orbs Generation.
Then insert Control Glyph, which deals massive damage to Crowd Control’s enemies. The next piece of Paragon Board we connect to Wither Node. Here, we attach Scourge Glyph, which increases our Shadow Dot damage.
Next we connect Scent of Death Board and the path to Glyph slot where we will put Exploit Glyph.
Finally, we get to Legendary Nodes, make a quick detour and pick up some damage nodes. Even though Overpower won’t help, 10% damage is pretty good at this close.
How To Play It?
Once it’s built, how do you actually play it? The golden rule is to apply Decrepify to each enemy. This slows them down, reduces their damage, and activates a massive damage bonus. Importantly, allows us to reset our cooldown with Lucky Hit.
You can then cast Blood Wave at places where multiple enemies gather in Diablo 4, preferably in the direction you want to explore. Then use Bone Prison in the central area or on key enemies such as elites, and cooperate with Corpse Generation to interact with Vulnerable talent.
In addition to using Cooldown Reduction, you can also increase damage by Corpse Explosion. And remember to apply the Decrepify effect to any new enemies, or reapply it if the fight has been going on for a while.
It’s important to remember that we’re generating a lot of Blood Orbs. So if you need a heal, Fortify refill, or Fastblood Aspect Cooldown Reduction, try collecting these Diablo 4 spellcasting items on foot. You can also use Blood Mist in battle to collect Blood Orbs in large quantities. But when you collect Orbs this way, they don’t give you Fortify.
To help optimize your damage, it’s best to stack your Flesh-Eater Nodes to 4 after a fight. This way, the next Corpse Explosion will trigger 40% extra damage from Legendary Nodes. As long as you are in a suitable position, you can destroy rooms from a very long distance.
That’s all for how I went about creating Blood Wave Necromancer build in Diablo 4. This build is a lot of fun, taking advantage of a completely overlooked ability in Blood Wave, with a unique playstyle that lets you control the battlefield. I really hope you enjoy this guide and try this build.