my preferred build is a bit different than those already listed.
skeleton mastery 20
raise skeleton 13-14
raise skeleton mage 1
summon resistance 1
golem mastery 1
clay golem 1
bone spear 20
bone spirit 20
1 to all curses minus the left tree (though i do sometimes get dim vision)
rest into bone prison and prereqs
I never had any issues clearing anything but uber trist on my own. in a duo, I often used the nec...there are many support characters that fit very well with this necro.
The reason for not maxing skeleton...with the right gear, you will hit level 39 with gives like 15 skeles...those extra 6-7 points gets you 2 more skeletons (big whoop) and some more damage (not trivial addition, but not really important imo)
Preferred gear: no expense limit , no morals (alt if you have morals)
hoto (this is in range to make for anybody that is half dedicated...arm of leoric if not)
2 bk rings (resistance +life + fcr)
boneflame necro shield with pdiamond (homunculus or good rare)
enigma (nec rw, skullder's, trangs...)
mara's amulet (rare or crafted +2 nec with resists)
shako with pruby or um rune. (i forget if i made resistances without um...maybe late late) or rare +2 necro circlet
as many summon gcs as you can muster
as for stat point allocation
i actually sank quite a bit into energy because this character uses a ton of mana between corpse explosion, bone spear/spirit and raising the dead.
merc my preference was:
crown of thieves or andy helm
Hmm i thought i had a screen shot or two of this fella stored on photobucket...guess not though. From what i remember offhand i had +25 summons/+19-20 pnb and curses skeledamage about 600ish? bone spirit about 2.5k (doesn't sound like much, but it did it's job quite well, and about 2k bone spear.
Edit: note that you can also go nearly the same route with a poison build...was also a damn good build...maybe even a bit faster than the bone version, and didn't need as much mana.
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