A lot of the general strategies for creating and
levelling a necro can be found here on the
board so I won't rehash everything here.
I will, however, copy the servant necro guide put
together by avalean since this section is focused on servant necros:
Which is faster to 50 from 40, servant or sight?
Sight I would say, ESPECIALLY if you do not have a
buff bot. Sight has more options for where to hunt, while servant pretty
restricted till you hit 49-50. - Galac_Usul
servant with a level 50 enhance bot will level a
ton faster than sight, make sure you have a couple mana regen ra's though
like mcl, rp, and serenity so you can pull non-stop - Timthe
no bot? HELLLLLL NO , for servant spec u need full
buffs and the red border heal proc, sight spec is ur only option for
unbuffed necro farming imo - Gharikreborn
target: 47 Servant/ 25 Sight/ 8 Pain
Servants can kill more XP/h than sight necros
Kill power comes primarily from PBAoE, Damage Shield, and level of the buff-bot
Waiting around to regen power is a real time sink
Need to be able to pull aggro off of bot
Spend first 5 RP on MCL1
Make sure to have at least 37 Servant at level 40 to get the second best
Get to level 44 damage shield and 47 PBAoE as fast as possible
Can't spec full servant at level 40, because I'll need some powertap
Spec at least 2 in Painworking to get Str/con insta-debuff
Even without MCL it's not too bad. You can still
regain the same amount of power from mobs with a level 12 powertap, you just
can't kill a mob with it because it doesn't do enough damage. Only
difference is every 5-7 pulls you need to dmg-shield pull a single so you
can FP some powertaps on him to get your power bar back up, and of course
for those other 5-7 pulls you're getting 4x the exp a sight spec necro can
get - Blehhhh
The major points i would add to this that are an
absolute must for anyone new that wants to do this respec at 40 thing.
You MUST have the following.
A fully SC'ed suit with max melee resists. With a
couple pairs of backup gloves/boots if you have a lvl 51 suit made as they
will burn up extremely fast. I would bet it would take at least 6-10 pairs
to go from 40-50 if the suit is lvl 51.
A Bot.... some will say it can be done with less
than 49 but i do not agree. I feel that the bot needs to have Red health
Proc. If your bot isn't 50 you not going to have a good time. The other down
side of having low bot is if he pulls agro he is dead.
I respecced at 50 with a lvl 45 bot and no SC'ed
gear. I could not maintain decent pulls for long without something going
wrong. The pet just took way to much damage resulting in cleric having the
heal mid pull which would end up with cleric being dead fast with multiple
high mobs on low cleric.
The only exception was when a nice sight necro was
killing at the gobs and he threw my pet an abs buff then everything was coo.
I respeced at 40 from sight to servant, granted I
had a lvl49 enchancecleric with me for topbuffs. breezed through 40 -> 42 at
danoian clerks, gaining a bub of exp every 15'th minute or so tho I slacked
on pulls. couldnt come even close to that number at lvl39 as deathsight
necro. problem is just finding camps big enough if you are servant-spec. 43
-> 47 is probably bit rough unless I missed some camp but 47 -> 49 should be
alot faster once you can do those pygmy goblins - walowalo
Trust me on this i switched over to servant at 50
but my bot was only 45 i had a horrible time trying to PL my bot. Cost me
another 6p to switch back to sight.
IMO i wouldn't switch to servant unless you have a
lvl 49 bot or better the cleric heal proc is a must IMO.
I am not saying you cant level with a lower bot
but it is definately slower than sight without being able to pull more than
6-8 mobs at a time. - Meneldar
One of the more commonly asked questions on the boards,
how do I buff the pet and shade?
Shade - dex, dex/qui, int, str for loot if needed
Pet - dex/qui, str/con, base AF, dex, con, str,
haste and DA if you have those available
As of patch 1.72 spec AF does nothing for pets of any
kind. Use the highest possible buffs on the pet, there is no cap since they are
treated in the game as mobs. If you cleric has 25% buff bonus from ToA you can
use the yellow dex/qui buff on your shade since you will cap that anyway. All
other shade buffs should be red.
What transfers to the pet?
Base stats from the necro do not transfer since the pet
has its own base stats. Buffs do not transfer (int adds to the shade's power
pool which the pet draws from).
The following bonuses from items DO transfer:
Con, +con cap, hits, +hits cap (summoning suit,
Dex, +dex cap (fighting suit, see below)
Int, +int cap, +power, + %power all increase the
shade's power pool which the pet draws from
Resists from items
Other ToA bonuses (these need confirmation testing)
+ %casting speed - believed to only increase
casting speed of the shade cast spells such as the insta DD and lifetap
+ %range - seems to work for the pet (?)
+ %spell damage - seems to work for the pet
+ %spell duration - very little use to us if it
+ %buff effectiveness - seems to work in
increasing our self buffs (little use to us if you have a bot)
+ %stat debuff - seems to work through the pet
Summoning Suit vs. Fighting Suit
Ahhhh, nothing like working the system! Because of the
way bonuses transfer to our pet when we summon it there are a few tricks that
you can do to maximize your pet's health. The way you do that is by adding as
much CON and HP as you can at a maximum of +101 con and +400 HP. When you
summon your pet no other item bonuses matter so you don't have to spend a huge
amount of time SCing a summoning suit, just put in the time to get the items you
need. Put on all your items to maximize your HP and CON, summon your pet, then
put your fighting suit back on. I keep my summoning suit on the first page of
my inventory to make it easy to get to. Its also a good idea to give yourself a
visual reminder of which suit you are wearing, either dye them a different color,
have one hood up and one down if you exchange a cloak, etc.
Some items to give you +con cap and +HP cap:
Harpy Talon necklace (Origins of the Harpies side
Phoenix Tear (quest)
Belt of Abolishment
Necklace of Cyclopean Stature (ML9)
Krojer's Constitution Ring
Ring of the Brute (ML9)
Moirai's Ring (not sure on exact name)
For your fighting suit you want to maximize the
following as much as possible:
Skills (Deathsight, Servant, Painworking)
Other bonuses (spell damage, power, range, debuffs
Note on item caps:
Stat cap = level * 1.5
Skill cap = level/5 + 1
Hits = level * 4
Power = level/2 + 1
+Stat cap = 26 (supposed to be 25, its actually 26)
+Hits cap = 200
+Power cap = 25
melee haste, archery haste, spell haste, melee damage, style
damage, archery damage, spell damage, archery range, and spell range = 10%
Buffing bonus, healing bonus = 25%
There are a few spec templates for necros, depending on
what you are going for;
Probably the best spec for those without a
bot, allows you to chain pull using the powertap and insta lifetap, good
ranged damage for RvR
50 sight, 20 pain, 4 pain - best RvR spec (in my
opinion), chain puller
Full sight gives you the same ranged damage
but also gives you the best AF debuff for helping out your teammates.
AE pain spells (debuff, PBAoE DOT, snare) are good annoyance factor
spells, servant (especially low spec servant) not that useful in RvR.
There are of course tons of variations, but these are
the more common templates. Pain is generally considered to be an inferior spec,
although it can be good in a support role in RvR because of the AE spells.
The goal for any of these specs to get as much
bonus to healing and buffing as possible, you can get 22% bonus to each just
from the easy Oceanus armor quests.
You lose out on the best heal proc and buffs
here but gain quite a bit in healing ability.
Still includes highest int buff for your
shade, dex buffs will be capped on the shade anyway
More concentration to spread around a group if
you aren't always casting the highest buffs on yourself
Requires active cleric play along with the
Necros unfortunately do not benefit from many of the
same RAs as everyone else, but there are some that can be quite beneficial to us
in leveling and in RvR.
Depending on your spec, Mastery of Magery,
Wild Power, and Mastery of Focus will be the most help here. If you are
running a split spec MoF is a must, MoM and WP can be added depending on
your preference as there is no clear cut benefit to one or the other.
Mystic Crystal Lore and serenity are good for servant necros.
At 50, PvE
Along with the above RAs, Toughness is a great
RA for adding HPs to your pet. Augmented Acuity is of some use in
increasing your intelligence thus increasing your power pool and damage.
All the aforementioned RAs are also helpful in
RvR. Ichor of the Deep is generally considered to be a better RA than
Negative Maelstrom, especially higher levels of Ichor. Mastery of
Concentration seems to not work well for necros at this time, its best
not to rely on it.
This section will be small but its important. The
single best RA you can get for your bot is Divine Intervention up to level 2 at
a minimum. MCL is next, Mastery of Healing is a nice one to have especially
for those of you with only 20 rejuv on your bot. Don't bother with Aug Dex or
Aug Acuity, the points are better spend in direct healing (unless you have the
points to spare).
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