Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Necromancer build: Race, spells, background, more

Rajarshi Acharya
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Necromancers use dark magic to raise the dead and wreak havoc on their enemies. If you’re looking to follow this path, here’s the best build for a Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3, with race, spells, background, and equipment.

Magic has many purposes in Baldur’s Gate 3, but raising the dead is the most unique one. The game allows you to be a Necromancer, and there are several locations where you can benefit from this.

Necromancy is one of the subclasses of the Wizard class that gives you a completely new way to play the game. Instead of just relying on spells to deal damage, you can summon undead minions who attack enemies for you.

Here’s the best Necromancer build in BG3 that considers your race, background, spells, and more.

Best race for Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Asmodeus Tieflings have an added advantage for Necromancy.

You can pick between the three different races mentioned below as they’re all good choices for this Necromancer build in BG3:

  • Asmodeus Tiefling
  • High Half-Elf
  • Lolth-Sworn Drow

Asmodeus Tiefling is still the best choice because you receive Fire Resistance, Darkvision, and extra spells.

Best background for Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Sage is the best background for a Necromancer build in BG3. We suggested the same choice for the Wizard, as it makes you proficient in History and Arcana, two Intelligence skills.

In addition to this, here are the skills you should be picking:

  • Investigation (Intelligence)
  • Insight (Wisdom)
  • Religion (Intelligence)

Best spells for Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Necromancers have a unique set of spells.

The Necromancer build in Baldur’s Gate 3 makes use of some basic but useful spells along with more potent ones from the Necromantic school. So here’s a list of all the ones you’ll be picking as you level up:

  • Cantrip: Fire Bolt
  • Cantrip: Bone Chill
  • Cantrip: Chill Touch
  • Level 1: Inflict Wounds
  • Level 1: Ray of Sickness
  • Level 1: Grease
  • Level 1: Magic Missile
  • Level 1: Thunderwave
  • Level 1: Mage Armour
  • Level 2: Chromatic Orb
  • Level 2: Shield
  • Level 3: Blindness
  • Level 3: Shatter
  • Level 4: Misty Step
  • Level 4: Cloud of Daggers
  • Level 5: Vampiric Touch
  • Level 5: Counterspell
  • Level 6: Fireball
  • Level 6: Revivify
  • Level 7: Polymorph
  • Level 7: Dimension Door
  • Level 8: Wall of Fire
  • Level 8: Banishment
  • Level 9: Contagion
  • Level 9: Cloudkill
  • Level 10: Stoneskin
  • Level 10: Grant Flight
  • Level 11: Create Undead
  • Level 11: Conjure Elemental
  • Level 12: Disintegrate
  • Level 12: Circle of Death

Best armor and weapon for Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3

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The Mystic Carrion carries everything you need.

The best weapon and armor set for a Necromancer in BG3 are recovered near the end of the game. You’ll get the entire set from the Mystic Carrion in Act 3 after you kill him, and these are:

  • Staff of Cherished Necromancy
  • Armour of the Sporekeeper
  • Veil of the Morning
  • Crypt Lord Ring

It’s only natural that the best gear for a Necromancer is found on an ancient Mummy Lord.

Best build for Necromancer in Baldur’s Gate 3

Here’s the best Necromancer build in BG3:

  • Race: Asmodeus Tiefling
  • Background: Sage
  • Skills: Insight, Investigation
  • Abilities (highest to lowest): Intelligence, Dexterity, Constitution, Wisdom, Charisma, and Strength
1Cantrips: Fire Bolt, Chill Touch, Bone Chill — Spells: Grease, Inflict Wounds, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Ray of Sickness, Mage Armour
2Subclass: Necromancy — Spells: Chromatic Orb, Shield
3Spells: Blindness, Shatter
4Cantrip: Mage Hand — Spells: Misty Step, Cloud of Daggers — Ability Improvement: Intelligence +2
5Spells: Counterspell, Vampiric Touch
6Spells: Fireball, Revivify
7Spells: Polymorph, Dimension Door
8Ability Improvement: Intelligence +2 — Spells: Wall of Fire, Banishment
9Spells: Contagion, Cloudkill
10Cantrip: Dancing Lights — Spells: StoneskinGrant Flight
11Spells: Create Undead, Conjure Elemental
12Spells: Disintegrate, Circle of Death — Feat: Magic Initiate Warlock (for Eldritch Blast, Hex, and Minor Illusion)

So that was all you needed to know about the best Necromancer build in BG3. For more guides on Baldur’s Gate 3, check out the links below:

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Rajarshi is a Writer at CharlieIntel who loves RPGs, racing games, FPS titles, and unique indie games that grab his attention. With a degree in English literature from Rabindra Bharati University, Rajarshi worked for Sportskeeda and KeenGamer before joining CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach him at [email protected].