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Necromancer Book of the Dead

The Book of the Dead is the special mechanic of the Necromancer Class in Diablo 4! Every Class in Diablo 4 has its own unique mechanic, that allows it to create powerful and flexible Builds. The Book of the Dead allows you to upgrade or sacrifice your minions in order to gain various bonuses. You unlock the system automatically early in the game but you will also have to complete a Class Priority Quest later to be able to summon stronger minions! The Book of the Dead System is essential to create strong Necromancer Builds in Diablo 4!

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How do you Get the Book of the Dead in Diablo 4

The Book of the Dead unlocks automatically for the Necromancer once you reach level 5! The Book gives you access to upgrades for the three different types of minions you can summon. Necromancers in Diablo 4 can summon:

  • Skeletal Warriors
  • Skeletal Mages
  • Golems

You get your first upgrades for Skeletal Warriors at level 5 and you continue unlocking new upgrades as you level up! To unlock Golems, you will have to complete the Necromancer: Call of the Underworld Priority Quest first, once you reach level 25.

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Book of the Dead

Book of the Dead Upgrades in Diablo 4

The Book of the Dead offers two different Upgrades and one Sacrifice option for each type of minions that you can summon. The upgrades allow you to change the effects of your minions or even sacrifice them for a minion-less Necromancer Build! These are the Upgrades and Sacrifice options you can get for every type of Minion.

Skeletal Warriors

Skeletal Warriors

Skeletal Warriors allow you to summon Skirmishers, Defenders or Reapers.

Skirmishers are the first Warriors you can unlock at level 5. They wield swords, deal increased damage but have reduced life. These are their options:

  • Upgrade 1: You can raise one additional Skirmisher Warrior.
  • Upgrade 2: Each time you critically strike, your Skirmishers Warriors’ next attack Critically strikes and deals bonus Critical Strike damage.
  • Sacrifice: Your Critical strike Chance is increased but you can no longer raise Skeletal Warriors.

Defenders unlock at level 8, they wield a shield and have increased life. Their upgrades are:

  • Upgrade 1: Every few seconds your Skeletal Defenders negate the next instance of Direct Damage they would take.
  • Upgrade 2: Increase the amount of Thorns that Defender Warriors inherit from you.
  • Sacrifice: You gain Resistance to All Elements, but you can no longer raise Skeletal Warriors.

Reapers unlock at level 12 and wield a powerful Scythe that has a special wind-up attack, dealing heavy damage every few seconds. Their upgrades are:

  • Upgrade 1: Reaper attacks against enemies that are Immobilized, Slowed, Stunned or Vulnerable reduce the cooldown of their powerful wind-up attack.
  • Upgrade 2: Reapers have a chance to carve the flesh off enemies, forming a corpse.
  • Sacrifice: You deal increased Shadow damage but you can no longer raise Skeletal Warriors.
Skeletal Mages

Skeletal Mages

Skeletal Mages unlock at level 15 and allow you to summon Shadow, Cold or Bone Mages.

Shadow Mages are the first you unlock when you reach level 15 and offer these options:

  • Upgrade 1: Shadow Mage attacks have a chance to stun. This cannot happen on the same enemy more than once every few seconds.
  • Upgrade 2: Shadow Mages fire an additional Shadow Bolt every 4th attack.
  • Sacrifice: Your maximum Essence is increased but you can no longer raise Skeletal Mages.

Cold Mages unlock at level 18 and their attacks chill and freeze enemies. Their upgrade options are:

  • Upgrade 1: Each time your Cold Mages damage enemies with their primary attack, you gain Essence.
  • Upgrade 2: Enemies who are Frozen by or damaged while Frozen by your Cold Mages’ primary attack are made Vulnerable for a few seconds.
  • Sacrifice: You deal increased damage to Vulnerable enemies but you can no longer raise Skeletal Mages.

Bone Mages unlock at level 22 and use their own body as projectile, at the cost of their own life. Their upgrading options are:

  • Upgrade 1: Reduce the life cost of your Bone Mages attacks. After being alive for a few seconds, Bone Mages deal increased damage.
  • Upgrade 2: Each time a Bone Mage dies from its own attack, they leave behind a Corpse and Fortify you.
  • Sacrifice: Your Overpower damage is increased but you can no longer raise Skeletal Mages.
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Golems

Golems

Golems unlock at level 25 but you must first complete a Class specific priority quest. Once you complete the Quest you will gain access to three different types of Golems and their upgrading options. You can raise Bone, Blood and Iron Golems.

Bone Golems unlock at level 25 after you complete the “Call of the Underworld” Priority Quest! It taunts enemies and works as a Tank. Its upgrades are:

  • Upgrade 1: Each time your Bone Golem takes up to a % of its Maximum Life as damage, it sheds a Corpse.
  • Upgrade 2: Your Bone Golem gains Maximum Life and the amount of Thorns they inherit from you is increased.
  • Sacrifice: You gain increased Attack Speed but you lose the ability to summon a Golem.

Blood Golems unlock at level 28 and drain life from enemies. Their options are:

  • Upgrade 1: Your Blood Golem absorbs some of the damage you would take.
  • Upgrade 2: While Healthy, your Blood Golem gains Damage Reduction and increased damage.
  • Sacrifice: Your Maximum Life is increased but you lose the ability to summon a Golem.

Iron Golems unlock at level 32, they slam the ground and stun enemies around them. Their options are:

  • Upgrade 1: Every 4th Iron Golem attack causes a shockwave, dealing damage to the primary enemy and to enemies behind them.
  • Upgrade 2: Your Iron Golem’s slam attack also makes enemies Vulnerable for a few seconds.
  • Sacrifice: You deal increased Critical Strike Damage but you lose the ability to summon a Golem.

When you reach level 32 with your Necromancer, you will have access to every Upgrade and Sacrifice option the Book of the Dead offers!

How do you Get a Golem in Diablo 4

To unlock a Golem as a Necromancer in Diablo 4, you will have to complete the “Call of the Underworld” Class Priority Quest first. You receive the Quest automatically when you reach level 25. The Quest will ask you to pray at the Shrine of Rathma. Head North West from the town of Menestad and pray at the Shrine. The Spirit Maltorius will appear then.

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Call of the Underworld Quest

Maltorius will first ask you to collect Unbroken Bone from enemies nearby, then send you to a Cave, South of your location. Kill all enemies inside the Cave and talk to Maltorius again to complete the quest and unlock your Golem!

Maltorius

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