Necromancer (Warcraft III)

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For Necromancer lore, see Necromancer.



Race Human
Faction Undead Scourge
Hit points 305 (385*)
Hit point regeneration Blight
Hit point regeneration rate 2.00 HP/sec.
Mana 200 (400*)
Mana Regeneration rate 0.67 (1.31*) Mana/sec.
Level 2
Gold 145 Gold
Lumber 20 Lumber
Food 2 Food
Produced at Temple of the Damned
Build time 24 sec.
Attacking priority 8
Hotkey N
Collision Size 16
Normal attack: 8.5 avg
Range 60
Attack type Magic
Cooldown 1.8 sec.
Weapon type Missile
Armor Type Unarmored
Armor 0
Day Sight 140
Night Sight 90
Movement Speed Average (270)
Sound Set Necromancer
This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Though they retained their Humanity after making a pact with death, Necromancers became the most terrifying agents of the Scourge. These dark, insidious men were once thought to be aspiring geniuses by the Magocracy of Dalaran. However, their insatiable lust to delve into the secrets of the dark arts drove them to forsake their very souls. Ner'zhul, the Lich King, granted these malevolent sorcerers true power over the dead in exchange for their loyalty and obedience. The shadowy Necromancers have the power to command various types of Undead and even spread the foul undead plague as well.


Necromancers are very popular among experienced undead players as they can raise lots of Skeletons to support your existing troops. Use them in combination with any force. They are also very helpful with Unholy Frenzy, which is especially powerful on Abominations and Frost Wyrms. Cripple can also help stop enemies that are trying to run away or severely limit the enemies ability to attack.

A typical strategy in team games is for Undead players to build up to Necromancers. Typically they will build 2-3 Temples of the Damned. This allows you to research upgrades in one building and train Necromancers at the same time. Spirit Towers and the Halls of the Dead/Black Citadel can defend the Undead town until the Necromancers are ready.

Necromancers are easily killed by melee units and ranged units using focused fire. It's important to keep the Necromancers away from the enemy. Often Necromancers have the greatest success when a group of melee units and the map block the enemy from reaching the Necromancers. Often Undead commanders will run in circles around the battle to avoid being killed, stopping only to raise some Skeletons.

Spells and abilities

Raise Dead (Autocast)

Raises 2 Skeletons from a target corpse.
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Range Allowed Targets Effect
40 sec. 8 sec. 75 60 Dead Raises 2 Skeletons

Once the Skeletal Mastery upgrade is researched, Raise Dead will raise 1 Skeleton Warrior and 1 Skeletal Mage per corpse.

This spell is not on by default. This is to prevent the Necromancer from raising Skeletons from the Graveyard after he is created wasting his mana if you happen to build your Graveyard next to the Temple of the Damned.

Skeletons initially last 40 seconds. Research Skeletal Longevity to increase their time 15 seconds to a total of 55 seconds.

Tip: Raise Dead yields the same result regardless of what type of corpse it is cast on. If you have a Death Knight on your team, save powerful corpses for Animate Dead. You can kill a critter and get the same result from Raise Dead on its corpse as you would on, say, a Tauren, or an Abomination.

Skeleton Counters

Use Dispel.

Unholy Frenzy

Increases the attack rate of a target unit by 75%, but drains 4 hit points per second. Lasts 45 seconds.
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Range Allowed Targets Effect Requirements
45 sec. 1 sec. 50 50 Air, Ground, Organic Unit takes 4 damage/sec, 75% attack speed bonus Necromancer Adept Training

Unholy Frenzy is very helpful on Heroes (whose health regeneration can make up for the loss of hit points), Abominations, Frost Wyrms, Tauren, Knights, and Bears. For some units, such as low hit point units, it is not a good idea to cast Unholy Frenzy on them because it will make them so weak they will be easily killed.

In team games make sure you know if your ally wants Unholy Frenzy on them before casting it. Some players do not like Unholy Frenzy at all (because their units lose hit points) and get very angry when their allies cast it on them.

Know when to use Unholy Frenzy. If you're just attacking Creeps or in some minor battle it is not worth casting Unholy Frenzy since it will weaken your troops. Don't cast Unholy Frenzy if you don't need it.

Unholy Frenzy works very well in combination with the Dread Lord's Vampiric Aura on Abominations and other advanced melee units and on melee heroes such as the Dread Lord. The Vampiric Aura will help heal the damage of the Unholy Frenzy.

Cast Unholy Frenzy on retreating enemy Heroes, or even units that are about to die. It will kill them off.


Reduces movement speed by 75%, attack rate by 50%, and damage by 50% of target enemy unit.
Duration (Hero) Cooldown Mana Cost Range Allowed Targets Effect Requirements
60 (10) sec. 10 sec. 175 60 Air, Ground, Enemy, Organic Movement Speed -75%, Attack Rate -50%, Damage -50% Necromancer Master Training

Cripple is the uber slow spell. It also requires a lot of Mana. You should pick your targets carefully when casting Cripple. Cast it on powerful normal units such as Knights, Tauren, Abominations, Frost Wyrms, or Druids of the Claw.

Cripple Counters

Use Dispel.


Necromancer Adept Training
Increases mana capacity by 100, mana regeneration rate by 30%, hit points by 40, and gives them the ability to cast Unholy Frenzy.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
100 Gold 50 Lumber Temple of the Damned 30 sec.
Necromancer Master Training
Further increases mana capacity by 100, mana regeneration rate by 30%, hit points by 40, and gives them the ability to cast Cripple.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
100 Gold 150 Lumber Temple of the Damned Necromancer Adept Training, Black Citadel 45 sec.
Skeletal Longevity
Increases the duration of raised Skeleton Warriors and Skeletal Mages by 15 seconds.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
50 Gold 75 Lumber Temple of the Damned 15 sec.
Skeletal Mastery
Causes one of the two skeletons created by Raise Dead to be a Skeletal Mage.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
200 Gold 100 Lumber Temple of the Damned Black Citadel 30 sec.
Gives the ability to carry up to two items. Items carried by the unit will be dropped upon death.
Units can not use or gain benefits of items that they carry.
Research Cost Researched At Requires Upgrade Time
50 Gold 25 Lumber Townhall-type Structure Player-built Shop 20 sec.



Patch changes

Patch 1.19 (09/18/2005)
  • Skeletal Longevity research time reduced to 15 seconds from 30 seconds.
  • Skeletal Mastery research time reduced to 30 seconds from 45 seconds.
Patch 1.15 (05/11/2004)
  • Build time reduced to 24 seconds from 30 seconds.
  • Skeletal Longevity now costs 50/75, down from 100/75,
and can be researched in 30 seconds, down from 60 seconds.
  • Necromancer Adept and Master training now take 30 and 45 second
to research, down from 60 and 75 seconds.
  • Raise Dead cooldown increased to 8 from 5.
  • Unholy Frenzy cooldown increased to 1 from 0.
  • WC3RoC-logo.png Patch 1.06 (2003-06-03): Most spellcasters (Sorceress, Priest, Shaman, Witch Doctor, Necromancer, Banshee, Druid of the Talon) have been re-balanced. In general, units with piercing damage rip up spellcasters, while basic melee units, such as Ghouls or Footmen, are weak against spellcasters. The specific changes to the units in question are:
    • They have a new armor type, unarmored, which takes bonus damage from siege and piercing attacks.
    • They also have a new damage type, magic, which does reduced damage to fortified and hero armor, but does bonus damage against medium armor.
    • They had their damage adjusted, typically downwards.
    • They no longer gain damage as they go up in level, and gain less hitpoints as they go up in level (but start with more hitpoints when initially built)
    • Many autocast buffs and debuff costs reduced.
    • Casters, including Dryads, have had their mana regeneration rates boosted by 30%.

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