This is only a guide to work off of, I highly encourage all necros to get out and figure things out for yourselves just as I did when I started playing this game many years ago. I'll be continually updating this thread as I continue to play and as the game evolves. For new necromancers, welcome to the class, it has developed into a great class and will hopefully continue to improve with some Dev love and player feedback. In Game Communication with other summoners/join everfrost.summoner Changes to the game Class ChangesThe greatest change Velious brought is shared stats with the pet! Yes that means all that crit chance, potency, crit bonus, cast haste and reuse is now transfering to that little fellow following you around. It has become quite a little monster. (it only took us 6 yrs to get there!) Accelerated Decay is now passive and no longer drains health. All pets now use spells instead of combat arts (this only affected scout pet and tank pet). No word on how the AA's boosting CA hit rate will affect it. The scout pet now has a new buff it casts which grants dehate, physical mitigation and a chance to proc a temp buff which absorbs some magical based attacks(called Necrotic Alacrity). The pet also possesses the "turnstrike" ability which is a passive AE avoid unless direct. Stat ChangesWith the Velious expansion came some great changes for us. We now only need to worry about intelligence and stamina when gearing up. 1 stamina is equal to 10hps, likewise 1 intelligence is equal to 10 power and also nets about 1.8% potency per 100ish points. Primary focus should be on increasing personal intelligence as it also affects the pet's damage. Encounter ChangesEncounters in the game whether solo or raid now all (Velious zones only) have a potential to critically cast spells or CA's and melee attacks therefore the need for critical mitigation is huge for even soloing in the new lands. Most quested items have a decent amount of critical mit to make you survive the easy zones, make sure to run some Public Quests for easily obtained grouping armor and some awesome runes. Necromancer Info Order of importance for gearing up is: Critical % Potency Critical Bonus Casting speed Reuse Ability Mod Note: For the hardest encounters in the game you will need ~230% critical chance. Necromancer Spell Name Changes for the old returning necromancer Pets I'll breifly talk about the pets to bring any returning necros up to speed and alleviate the common questions new necros have. They all base their damage off your own intelligence, so the higher your own intelligence is the higher their damage abilities will be ( I haven't tested this for their auto attack). With shared stats they get our critical mitigation, critical chance, critical bonus, potency, casting haste, reuse, recovery and ability mod...all that added to whatever they have innately and based off AA choices. All pets currently cast a raid-wide buff (Beyond the Grave) giving 5% reduction in resistability, 3% max power bonus, 3% potency and 5% weapon accuracy. Undead Knight (tank pet)- the most resilient of our pets, can withstand a beating and is capable of holding aggro off us better than it used to, you'll still have to watch that threat meter and hold back. (The last time I actually cast this pet to use it for a real soloing session was the beginning of the Rise of Kunark expansion.) Nightshade (scout pet)- the single target DPS pet which now also acts as a semi-bard with a new group buff that offers dehate, spell based stoneskin, mitigation and defense. They've improved it alot, but can still not perform anywhere near what it should be doing, an increase in base auto attack damage, more innate DPS mod more hitpoints and some improvements to it's AA line would get it inline. Still the worst dps choice. Grim Sorcerer (mage pet)- hands down the best pet we have at our disposal for both single target and multi target encounters, it also does amazingly well during soloing. With all the AA choices we get and the shared stats this pet becomes an absolute monster. Necromancer Deities Bertoxxulous (best) or Anashti Sul for DPS Cazic-Thule or Bristlebane for soloing Character Tradition choices Choose those racial traits which give casting haste, magic skills like disruption, some type of mitigation gain (hopefully physical mit), any stamina or intelligence stat gain, and hitpoint gain. Character Trait choices All intelligence, all physical mitigation (as this is the hardest to increase via gear and buffs), and all max health choices (for lifeburn and surviving). Necromancer AA Choices Raid/Group/Uber Soloer DPS SetupHere's a guideline for anyone interested in tweaking their dps (it's ok to steal the Undead Horde enhancement points for elsewhere) http://www.beetny.com/eq2aa/?e02sa4...31e@2aaa8@2a@21 Here's another setup I've been playing around with since my cast haste/reuse is so high and swarm/dumbfires are useless http://www.beetny.com/eq2aa/?e02pa4...1e8@1aaa@3a@21 Solo SetupThis setup encompasses everything needed for survivability of you and the pet while not sacrificing too much dps, again it's just a personal choice on most AA's and is to be used as a guide. http://www.beetny.com/eq2aa/?e02k14...31e@2a@2a@1a8a1 Buffing For raiding hope for a solid DPS group with an Illusionist and/or Troubador in it, with current mechanics (as of today 17 Mar 2011) ask for Time Compression (TC) over Upbeat Tempo (UT) as it will give you the most bang for your buck, unless there is a competent wizard in group in which case it'd be less hassle to get UT. Ask the troubador to place you near top of the Jester's Cap rotation for toxicity and lifeburn reuse. Request Synergism from the Illusionist and Peaceful Link from the Coercer (hopefully they have the crit bonus enhancements). Depending on the healer in group, request the spare hitpoint buff as it will boost your lifeburn damage. If you have a fury in group beg for Primal Fury as it gives an Intelligence boost and procs cast haste (can also proc potency and/or reuse if they get the adornment/AA). Furies are some of the best healers to have when lifeburning. Other healers also offer great benefits like hitpoint buffs, cast haste, damage procs, etc. Get to know the healer classes and what you can expect from them, every player is different so don't judge the whole class based off a few bad or amazing instances. Easy tips for maximizing dps Necros are for dps, regardless of what anyone else tells you, your role in life is to dps. Create macros for soulrot, bloodcoil and pandemic for "/pet attack", this will keep the pet firing away at your target without you needing to use the pet window to send it in. Be careful of grouping with tab targetting tanks. Lifeburn often, within first few secs of the pull so that there is a chance for it to be up at end of the fight. Keep the Lich buff on at all times, there is absolutely no reason to not have it on, I don't care how many times someone tells you it can kill you or it drains too much life...they're really full of it. It's primary function is power replenishment but do not forget the damage proc. Hide any deity pets and get rid of fluff pets as they cause unneeded lag, ruining DPS. Always keep food and drink with high intelligence and/or stamina, it's cheap and provides a boost to damage and survivability. Build your character around itself, not what groups or raids offer you, this way if you happen upon a poorly setup group you won't be hurting as bad and you'll likely out-perform those around you. It also aids in soloing as you can handle harder fights with less down time. Contact Info Unrest.Sciomar Sciomar@live.com Feel free to post questions here as well and anyone with further info, your post will be taken into consideration.