Median XL - Game Guide - Necromancer

Necromancer

THE NECROMANCER

The Median XL necromancer class can summon a wall of minions, create totems to fight for him and has access to powerful melee and crossbow skills.




BACKGROUND OF THE MEDIAN XL NECROMANCER

Contrary to popular opinion among the unwashed mashes, necromancers are not power-hungry maniacs. They may in fact be the only ones who know what is truly at stake.

Historically, the first mortal necromancer was the edyrem Mendeln. Sensitised by the presence of the nephalem warrior-mage Uldyssian, he heard the calling of an ancient being from the dawn of Creation - the dragon Trag’Oul, ruler of the Plane of the Dead.

Trag’Oul explained that Sanctuary was not meant to be. A fallen angel and wayward demon, tired of the never-ending war, had created their own kingdom to rule and humanity to serve them. But if either the High Heavens or the Burning Hells found out about the mortal plane, the Eternal War would descend upon it and tear it to pieces.

Trag’Oul and his pupil, the nephalem Rathma, were powerful beings, but not powerful enough. The two had to watch as first the Hells and then the angelic legions discovered Sanctuary. Only the vote of the archangel Tyrael prevented the avenging angels of Heaven from immediately destroying the traitor Inarius' impure creations. Both sides signed a blood pact to keep humanity out of the war and allow them to develop, grow and perhaps make their own choice between good and evil.

Before his final voyage to the Plane of the Dead, Mendeln recorded the events in what would become the necromancer's holy book, the foundation of the cult of Rathma.

The priests of Rathma strive to uphold the balance between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, for if the balance swings too much, the fate of the mortal plane itself would be in jeopardy. A victory of the forces of chaos would mean hell on earth, whereas if the angelic legions win the Eternal War, their likely next step would be to get rid of the last taint on Creation and annihilate the mortal world.

In times when the forces of Light are strong, this earns them the disdain of the masses. For this reason, the Cult hides underground, only surfacing in times of need...


BASE STATS

Strength : 15
Dexterity : 25
Vitality : 20 (70 life)
Energy : 25 (25 mana)

+25 life, +20 mana per level
Gains +1 life per point into vitality
Gains +6 mana per point into energy


PREFERRED WEAPONS

The Cult of Rathma created a vast arsenal of exotic weapons to augment the magic and combat abilities of their zealots.

The Rathma priests are known as magical experts, not mighty warriors. But with the right mixture of alchemical ingredients, even a necromancer can turn into a slavering scythe-wielding maniac. Death Knights, the warrior branch of the Cult, are commonly seen wielding wicked hexblades or enchanted scythes capable of slicing through steel and demon scales.

Due to the high clergy's ban on crossbow development in the overworld and the low quality of black market weapons, the heavy crossbows and trebuchets of the Dark Rangers are the most powerful in the world. Although they are not known for being exceptionally brave or tough in combat, the arbalists of Rathma use the sheer damaging power of their advanced weapons to great effect.

Summoners and totemcrafters use wands or the ancient Rathman bone staves, which require both hands to wield and offer little protection in combat - but an army of the dead and his voodoo powers are all the protection a necromancer ever needs.

Base cast rate increased by 25% when wielding a staff (reduced number of frames).

Class-specific 1h weapon: Wand
Class-specific 1h weapon: Necromancer Dagger
Class-specific 2h weapon: Necromancer Crossbow
Class-specific 2h weapon: Necromancer Staff
Class-specific 2h weapon: Necromancer Scythe (On hit: Mega Impact)

See THIS PAGE for more information about Mega Impact.


PREFERRED ARMOUR

The necromantic skull shields are not the best at blocking arrows or blades, but augment the magical abilities of the wielder. Some say the spirit of the former owner of the skull is bound within the item and slowly drained to power the necromancer's magic.

Class-specific shield: Shrunken Head


SKILLS

Name Icon Effect

TOTEM TREE
DEATH'S FURY
TOTEM
skill icon In a particular perversion of druidic magic, this totem sucks the spirits of nature out of the earth and channels them into the claws and blades of the necromancer and his allies.
Totem effect: adds fire, cold and lightning damage
FROSTCLAW
TOTEM
skill icon This totem channels the spirits of vengeance of fallen warriors in the areas. The spirits unleash their fury from the cold darkness at the other side of the veil.
Totem effect: casts homing waves of ice flame
FIREHEART
TOTEM
skill icon This totem channels fire spirits from the ambient air, launching an endless barrage of scorching firebolts at the totemcrafter's enemies.
Totem effect: casts explosive fireballs at multiple targets
HOWLING
TOTEM
skill icon The spirits in this totem invoke a dark rage in the necromancer and his allies. Many death knights are wary of this totem, for the haunting song of the spirits seems to possess them and, over time, drives them insane.
Totem effect: increases physical damage and causes targets to flee
STORMEYE
TOTEM
skill icon More mechanical than magical, this totem employs a running belt of silk that builds up an electrostatic charge on the sphere, causing sparks to fly when an enemy enters the area.
Totem effect: casts a continuous stream of lightning

MINIONS TREE
EMBALMING skill icon Burial rites were created to preserve the integrity of the deceased's body and empower its soul on its voyage to the plane of the dead. These are properties any warrior would die for.
Passive effect: increases mana regen and life of self and minions
SACRIFICES skill icon The ends justify the means. The Cult of Rathma has its own underground prison and regularly raids Zakarumite temples for those times when a spell happens to require fresh blood.
Effect: summons prisoners and kills them for corpses
BEND THE SHADOWS skill icon The necromancer links his mind with one of his undead summoned spirits, manifesting at the location of the spirit along with the rest of his army. This crucial ability keeps the undead army on the move and on the offensive.
Effect: teleport to target minion, taking other minions with you
BANE skill icon If the sight of one of Rathma's undead aberrations does not fill even a demon from hell with dread, this sinister magical enchantment of terror may push the fiend over the edge into quivering insanity.
Effect: curses enemies near target minion, lowering physical resist
TALON'S HOLD skill icon Fallen enemies of the Cult may see the error of their ways when they stand before the Dragon God on the plane of the dead. Trag’Oul sometimes grants the gift of unlife to his new converts...
Passive effect: slows targets and reanimates the dead as Rathma Priests

SUMMONING TREE
SKELETAL FLAYERS skill icon Animate a collection of twigs and bones into tiny bloodthirsty menaces that seek to carve their path trough anything standing in your way. Their bloodthirsty aura increases life, and as such they are the backbone of any undead army.
Effect: multiple undead Fetishes with an aura of blood
RAMPAGOR skill icon The manifestation of demons slain aeons ago and bound by the necromancer, Rampagors are living siege engines with wicked poison blades.
Effect: large and tough minions with a poison attack
LAMIA skill icon The howling spirits of the dead return to exact their revenge on the living. Their chilling death touch weakens the flesh and spirit of the victim.
Effect: flying minions with a curse that adds points to damage
VEIL KING skill icon After Leoric's defeat, the priests of Rathma explored his ancient crypt and used the bones and lingering magic in a ritual to raise the fearsome skeleton king as a servant to Rathma's church.
Effect: single minion that may use a lethal strike and spawns undead fiends
VOID ARCHON skill icon Created by a suicidally reckless coven during the Mage Clan Wars, these aberrations feed on magic and are very difficult to bind. Their warping aura disrupts the defences of the necromancer's enemies.
Effect: single minion with a crippling aura and an area effect attack

MALICE TREE
FUNERAL PYRE skill icon The great Karybdus teaches thusly: "The undead are more than mere minions. They are the flint which can set ablaze the all consuming purgatory flames of Rathma."
Effect: cast a horde of explosive zombies at target feet
ROTTING FLESH skill icon Harvesting what remains of a minion's soul, the adepts of Malice are able to deliver it into a final death with a colossal release of energy manifesting itself as a venomous fog.
Effect: harvest a minion's spirit to create a choking cloud
BONEYARD skill icon Necromancers who wish to address the balance in a more direct way follow in the footsteps of Karybdus. Initiates in his temples learn how to channel the life force of an enemy into a ghost lance, destroying all else around them.
Effect: cast a ghost lance that does no damage but explodes on impact
NIGHTWALKER skill icon Adepts of the mad balance keeper, who have mastered the manipulation of the spiritual energies of the mortal realm, are able to glimpse strands of the Great Cycle of Balance itself - enhancing their black arts.
Passive effect: increases damage of malice spells and totem defense
PESTILENCE skill icon The most devoted of the Rathman Archpriests gain the secret knowledge enabling them to wield the breath of the great dragon, Trag’Oul himself, in Sanctuary.
Effect: summon a vile storm of toxic wrath

MELEE TREE
CARNAGE skill icon Keeping the balance at all times can be a hard task to a priest of Rathma. Sometimes just ripping the bodies apart with a searing nova is neccessary to tip the balance and body count in your favor. An adept Nectromancer knows that keeping the equilibrium can be made easier in the long run if we sacrifice the moment.
Effect: channel a fiery shockwave through your weapon
PARASITE skill icon If you admire Ashaera's wizardesses and the Rathma cult's finely crafted war scythes, you do not want to know what both are used for out of combat. In both cases, it often leads to infection with a flesh eating parasite.
Effect: melee attack that unleashes a worm that bounces between targets
FAMINE skill icon Rathma's death knights are all but immortal on the battlefield. It is whispered among their frightened adversaries that they are so hard to kill because they are in fact already dead.
Passive effect: increases damage and grants life steal
ANGEL OF DEATH skill icon The death knight takes flight on black wings of fury and descends upon his cowering victims, cleaving them in half with a devastating swing of his scythe or hexblade.
Effect: leap attack that adds damage and inflicts lethal poison
DEATHLORD skill icon Wearing heavy full plate mail is a privilege reserved for the strongest fighters of the realm. The Rathma priests found a slightly different solution: an enchanted set of armour animated by the spirit of an ancient warrior.
Effect: morph into a death knight

CROSSBOW TREE
FLAMETAIL SHOT skill icon Rathma's alchemists harness the explosive power of their concoctions to propel a crossbow bolt under its own power, slamming its way through the enemy ranks.
Effect: fires a rocket that pierces and stuns enemies
DEATH SHARDS skill icon Once the death shards begin, they do not stop sowing confusion and death among the enemy, impaling the living with razor sharp shards of the bones and armor from the bodies of their fallen.
Effect: explode a corpse in a flurry of razor bolts
DRAGONFIRE OIL skill icon This secret mixture of sticky gasoline and distilled voodoo can be applied to any weapon to set it ablaze and torch the unfortunate target.
Passive effect: adds fire damage to your attacks
FRAGMENTATION SHOT skill icon Most mages are familiar with exploding potions, usually not on purpose. The expert alchemist uses his crossbow to project a glass vial filled with magical oil and shrapnel over a large distance.
Effect: fires a potion that explodes on the ground
WIDOWMAKER skill icon Voodoo magic was long known to the Umbaru tribes in Kehjistan, the only other humans mad enough to live in the deadly jungle. Shooting a voodoo doll of a shadow minion with a crossbow can have interesting effects.
Effect: target minion spits out a barrage of homing crossbow bolts

UBERSKILLS

You may choose a single uberskill at character level 90 and above.

Name Icon Effect

JINN skill icon Originating from before the dawn of mankind, the Jinni were Zakarum's failed experiment to create a race of servants from elemental fire. They rebelled and were banished to the Plane of the Dead.
Effect: summons fiery spirits that increase your spellpower
RATHMA'S CHOSEN skill icon The prophet of the Dragon God may choose a particularly brave and fierce undead spirit as his avatar. The chosen one of Rathma is timeless, immortal and almighty.
Effect: target minion is invulnerable and deals massive magic damage
DEATH WARD skill icon Runic tattoos and enchantments protect the mage with a permanent warding spell that turns aside weapons or causes them to pass through harmlessly as if he were a ghost.
Passive effect: increases defence and grants a chance to avoid damage

ENNEAD SKILL

After completing the Ennead Challenge and keeping the Class Charm in the inventory while at character level 90 and above, you can invest points in this skill.

See THIS PAGE for more information about the Ennead Challenge.

Name Icon Effect

BLACK MASS skill icon The dragon god of death Trag’Oul takes his faithful under his wings, turning aside blades and arrows. This powerful spell requires total concentration and is easily broken when the caster is disturbed.
Effect: press and hold to protect self and nearby minions

BLACK ROAD SKILL

After completing the Black Road Challenge and keeping the Class Charm in the inventory while at character level 90 and above, you can invest points in this skill.

See THIS PAGE for more information about the Black Road Challenge.

Name Icon Effect

GRAVEYARD skill icon The deathspeaker establishes an aura powered by the emanations of a demon's wicked thoughts, conjuring torture equipment and striking the demon with the punishments it desires most to inflict upon humanity.
Effect: when activated, periodically shoots deadly spiked balls at enemies

INNATE SKILL

Necromancers start with the following skill in their icon list.

Name Icon Effect

BURNING VEIL skill icon Employing his mastery of the planes, the necromancer opens a window to the plane of perdition, giving those who come into contact with the portal a glimpse of hellish hatred.
Effect: wall of rage that increases damage of allies that cross it