Hey, this is a guide to the revive necro, my favourite necro yet. Its a lot like playing a skeletonmancer in terms of gameplay, raise minions, amp the enemies, then blow them away with corpse explosion. For fast killing speed i recommend playing in 1 player games in hell
I actually prefer revives to skeletons after experience with both, although each have advantages and disadvantages.
Reasons to use revives:
Raising minions will retain the mods, extra strong, extra fast etc.
Having a huge army of seemingly invincable monsters that wont die even to iron maiden in cs
So much cooler than skeletons
revives will deal elemental damage and can attack from afar
Disadvantages of revives:
Only last 3 minutes
45 mana to summon
On to stats and skills and gear
stats: enough strength for gear, rest to vita. remake if you add to dexterity or energy
gear: the same gear as a skeletonmancer would use, resists, + skills. Frostburn is really useful as revives cost 45 mana
20 skeleton mastery- obvious increases their damage and life
20 revive- we want quantity over quailty, the more the merrier
6 summon resist after + skills = 50 resist all. Above that, imo the points are wasted
10 amplify damage after + skills = 8 yard radius, 1/2 of the screen
17 corpse explosion after + skills = 8 yard radius, the same as your amplify damage
Now the problem is getting that first corpse, imo these are the only 2 viable options:
max bone spirit and put the rest of the points to bone prison, this should net you ~800 damage spirit endgame which is more than enough for killing a single monster, when 1 dies, amp and corse explosion take care of the rest
Max iron golem and put the rest of the points to golem mastery. This is what i did, thorns and amplify damage is a great combo, the harder they hit the more damage they do to themselves.
Some tips for playing this guy. Your gonna have a huge army! Every 2 minutes revive a few times even if you have 20+ monsters, you dont want to your army to fall down on you in the middle of a battle.
Revives have poor AI, its sometimes hard to get them to where you want them to be. Use a tp scroll, go to town, and go back again, all the monsters will be one giant black clump. I would hotkey book of townportal on this guy
Use common sense, revive uniques minions and harder hitting monsters, urdars in rriver of flame are great revives, they even have a chance of crushing blow. Check what monster you are reviving, you dont want weaklings in your army
This build can solo hell cs (1player) fast and safe, which is great. Keep making new games to ensure that monsters u fight on the way to cs entrance are urdars, venom lords, grotesques etc. , some spawned monsters on the way are not fast killers as revives
i would say that clearing chaos with this necro, can be faster than getting to cs from river wp if the monsters on the way spawned are wimps
Once your in chaos, amp corse explosion and a huge army of demons will do the rest
thanks for reading, i would appreciate if i left enything out, comments, suggestions, etc.