How to Consume a Corpse in Diablo 4

Consuming the world, one dead body at a time.

Diablo 4 Corpses
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The Necromancer in Diablo 4 is all about any form of death. Whether it be raising death into twisted life, creating death all around it, or using death to its advantage, a Necromancer enjoys nothing more than the corpses of its enemies. To do that, you’ll need to learn how to consume the corpses of your foes. Here’s how to consume a corpse in Diablo 4.

How to Consume Corpses as Necromancer in Diablo 4

To consume a corpse in Diablo 4, you need to shed a corpse off of an enemy and then use an ability that is Corpse-related to activate an effect. Corpses can be created through several different methods. The main method is through killing your enemies, as this will always drop you a corpse on the ground somewhere. This isn’t the most useful for bosses though, which is where certain ability effects come in to help create corpses through ability usage. For example, the Hewed Flesh passive under Core Skills gives any damage a chance to shed a corpse off of a foe, doubled against bosses.

Once you have Corpses, you’ll need abilities that involve consuming corpses. The Necromancer’s Skeleton Minion summon ability, which by default takes up its first ability slot, will consume corpses to either create more minions or buff up your current minions. Other abilities that consume corpses include Corpse Explosion, which will cause AoE damage around the corpse, and Corpse Tendrils, which pulls in all nearby enemies.

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While there aren’t a ton of abilities that use corpses, the few that do can have a massive impact on certain builds. My build for my Necromancer is a good example of this, sporting all three abilities for an AoE-focused build that still provides plenty of minion-related buffs. It uses these, along with Decrepify, Army of the Dead, and Blight if you’re looking to try it for yourself.

While you’re looking into Necromancer-related stuff, check out our guide on how to summon a Golem in Diablo 4.

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