mhl12's first d2 forum guide: pvp classic bone necro!!! Alright, first things first. This is a guide for a classic pvp bone necromancer. Classic and expansion necros are a lot different. IMO classic is a lot harder even though there are no enigmas, hotos, homos, etc. Those are all very common on bnet and can be traded easily. However, a classic necro not only relies on uniques, he also needs very good rares and multiple different equipment changes for different opponents. Anyway, weâ€™ll discuss about that later. Also a warning, in order for classic bone necro to survive against other chars, he may have to use different techniques which may be considered bm (bad manners) to extreme legit players. For example, he will have to stack a lot of resists which some people donâ€™t like. So if you are one of those players, theres nothing I can say for you. This guide was created by me, you can follow it if you want. Another thing, this guide may seem quite complicated to some ppl, so I would advise to read it from start to finish instead of jumping around. These are the end stats that you want for your necro: Skills: 20 bone spirit 20 bone spear 20 bone prison 20 bone wall 1 bone armor 1 corpse explosion all the rest in teeth (you will need one pt in teeth as a prerequisite.) note: you also may want to put some point in curses or clay golem. I would suggest you receive those points from item bonuses from your wand. The ideal curses for bone necro would be iron maiden and decrepify and one pt in clay golem. Again, I would recommend that you get those skills from your wand. Stats: Strength- 30-45 depending on your gear (45 is max but you will have to rely on gear mods for more strength) Dexterity- none Vitality- all (by the end around lvl 80, you should have around 400 pts in this) Energy- none (this is tricky, b/c you need all the life you can get so you should not put any pts in energy. Therefore, you will have to drink a lot of pots, which is easier now since you can buy them from npcs) Early stages: levels 1-30 The beginning of a necroâ€™s career is always tough. So thatâ€™s why I suggest people to play twinked although untwinked is possible. You will have to go melee a lot. Hopefully, you can join a party and get some extra help from other people while you level. Put one point in teeth, bone armor, and corpse explosion. When you get to level 24, start stacking points into bone spear. Now, youâ€™ll start kicking butt for a bit. At lvl 30, switch over to bone spirit. Thatâ€™s when the real fun begins. End stages: levels 30 and beyond There really are no other stages for a necro after lvl 30. Just lvl as fast as you can. First put one point in bone wall and bone prison. Then go on and max bone spirit. Third, max bone spear. Then bone prison, and bone wall. After that if you have any points left, but the rest in teeth. Or, if you really want to and cant find a wand that gives you these skill bonus mods, put a point in clay golem, iron maiden and decrepify. Note that you will be wasting a lot of skill point for the prerequisites. Gear: Wand- hopefully, you can find or trade for a really nice rare wand. Try to get one with +2 necro skills, 20% fcr, and +1 to clay golem and decrepify. For poorer players, go for umeâ€™s lamant. Helm- the only choice here is worm skull unless you have a really good rare helm with awesome stats Gloves- magefists, no question here Ok from here on, the gear list splits in half. One is for pvm you will have to lvl. Joining parties will not keep you alive all the time b/c a lot enemies can kill you without resist gear in one hit in hell difficulty. Weâ€™ll start with pvm gear first: Pvm: Shield- 3 socket shield (kite is the best) w/ 3 perfect diamonds Armor- a good rare light/mage plate with useful stats (resists, life, strength mods, etc.) Boots- rare boots with faster run/walk along with resists Belt- rare belt with useful stats (resists, life, strength mods, etc.) Amulet- rare amulet with +2 necro skills along with resists Rings- 2 rare faster cast rings Ok, this is for pvp now. You will have to change different sets of gear for different opponents. Hey no one said that a classic bone necro was gonna be easy! Necro vs. barbs: Get a good fast block shield along with twitchthroe. Use bone wall, NOT bone prison. Then use the deadly iron maiden when he tries to get through you wall. Of course, this is bm to some ppl, so if they ask you to stop, be nice and use bone spirit instead. If they call you a newb or something else, do whatever you want. lol Necro vs Hammerdins: Make sure you have fast running boots on. Run around and make sure youâ€™ll not in his hammer field. Use bone prison this time along with bone spirit. Necro vs Cold sorcs: Switch your armor for Hawkmail and put on a 3 socket p sapphire shield. Put on as much cold resist as you can. You should be able to tank the orbs. Blizz is harder though. Teleporting sorcs can be annoying. So use bone spear which is faster. Hopefully, one of them will hit and stop the sorc from teleporting. Necro vs Fire sorcs: This is tough especially if you donâ€™t have the right gear. You have to have these gear if you want to tank them. Put on hotspurs and the whole Irithaâ€™s set. Same attack strategy for cold sorc. Necro vs Light sorcs and FOHers Same as the others. Stack light resists. Put on a 3 socket p topaz shield and they are gone. Same attack strategy for cold sorc. Necro vs Necro: Theres really not much I can give you help on for this. Itâ€™s either pure luck or a test of skill. Luck by meaning the other player has a poorly built necro. Skill meaning that both are really good and itâ€™s the question of who outmaneuvers who. There really arenâ€™t that many other builds on bnet for classic. You donâ€™t really see many melee pallys, or amazons. By level 80, your bone necro should be practically done and you will have one of the best dueling chars on bnet! Remember, the beginning of this build will be tough but it will be all worth it in the end. Well, this is the end of my guide. Hoped you enjoyed reading and not confusing you too much. lol Acknowledgements: Special thanks to my good friend Xuan for giving me the advice and expertise for this great build on classic!