Nekros is a well known frame. Without any doubt, once people mention "need Nekros etc" it will always refer to a maximized Desecrate build. In this humble blog, I would like to share my set up for Nekros: polarities to forma and the mods we require. Let's jump straight to the build.

Main Polarities

This is just how I set up the polarities for Nekros. You may set it up differently, as it is fully up to you and this blog post is just a suggestion and a sharing from me. It isn't the best set up anyway, but will fit all of the builds that I will show you below.


Disclaimer: This is how I set it up.

The Builds

I can share 3 builds that I use on my daily basis. There are many more way to build Nekros, but these are how I do it.

Desecrating Nekros

All of us needed some things to drop more, namely resources and mods. Despite just 54% chance to roll the corpse's drop table again, we'll have to take the odds. This build is very focused on Desecrate.


Aura is up to you.

115% Duration, 170% Efficiency, 250% Range, 40% Strength.

Despoil mod is very good for this, as the there will be Health Orbs all around you. (Correct me if I am wrong but) I find that the 2.5 health per corpse is considered as 3 health per corpse by the game, and 2 corpses will use 6 health instead of 5. So that is why, just 70% Efficiency. No need for (Primed) Flow.

A notable suggestion is to replace the Primed Vigor with Health Conversion mod for even more survivability. Soul Survivor can also be used in place of the Primed Vigor, however be careful to clear out the mobs around your rescue target!

Maximum range to give wider range for the Desecrate to work, as your teammates might be all over the map. If you're going to camp, it is up to you to modify the range depending on the map and tileset.


  • If you can dismember the corpses, every dismembered parts are counted as individual Desecrate targets, thus helping you with more loots! Make use of this for more profit!
  • Arcane Pulse without a doubt, is a great bonus addition despite not a compulsory.

Shadow of the Dead Tank

The tanky version of Nekros, this build is pretty much known by many people. If I recall correctly, I built it based on the Youtuber H3dsh0t's build on this (great guy to check on! Sorry for the quick ad). Although, I modify it a bit by replacing the Primed Flow with Streamline, and Stretch with Primed Continuity. The original build is a solid build too, though.


Aura is up to you.

155% duration, 75% Efficiency, 100% Range, 214% Strength.

The Streamline can be replaced with Primed Flow if you want to. Stretch can replace Primed Continuity, too. Or even, Stretch replacing Streamline. It is your choice, check out which one suits your gameplay.

Shield of Shadows is quite good as it redirects the incoming damage to the Shadows spawned by the Shadows of the Dead. 214% Strength will put a solid 90% damage reduction on you. Top up the tankiness with the Health Conversion mod!

Despoil used with Equilibrium together will create a looping supply of both Energy and Health to you.

Creeping Terrify Crowd Control

This one is more to a fun build. I mean, come on. Watch them running away from you in slow motion. If more comes, you go "BOO!" on them.


Aura is up to you.

128% (127.5%) Duration, 130% Efficiency, 235% Range, 140% Strength.

While removing 28% of their armor, 28 unfortunate souls (or robotics) will move 75% slower (capped slow effect) away from you for a nice duration of 32 seconds. This is great if you don't like to deal with huge mobs all the time, and just for this once you don't want to care. You go "BOO!" on them during a Mobile Defense, and then watch them go away from you and move around you in slow motion.

You can always replace Intensify with a (Primed) Flow. But the slow will only be at 66%, affecting only 22 enemies at a time. Although, it is still a nice debuff on them. The choice is yours.

Bonus Part: Players Build Suggestions

As time passes on and this small blog gets some attention, there are several excellent and great suggestions for Nekros builds: from a minor difference to a whole new level of greatness. So, it is only fair for me to list them up here*; as I find it a bit hard for me to change anything above.

*Disclaimer: These are without any forma invested, unless stated by the Suggester. Same goes with the mod ranks, assumed to be maxed unless stated.

1. Defensive-Flexible Build by Anon


The last mod slot is available for another defense mod based on the enemies at the next mission. It could be anything from Antitoxin Mod to Diamond Skin to Steel Fiber(Armor/Physical Resist). If no defense mod is needed, anything else can be added to maintain the frame's flexibility.

2. Desecrate-Tank Build by 1manApocalypse

The efficiency is covered by the looping synergy wonder of Equilibrium and Despoil

3. A better Creeping Terrify by Anon

The lack of Health is covered by the tankiness of Health Conversion, and plus you'll CC the crowds anyway. With Streamline gone, the energy/health is covered up by Despoil and Equilibrium. Cunning Drift for more range to cover up slightly with the removal of Stretch.

4. Easily Built Desecrate by Energy by Anon


Nekros Prime. No forma, no exilus. Just with Orokin Reactor on.

He suggests this as he found that sometimes Desecrating corpses doesn't drop the orbs needed, thus endangering the user. This build is quite easy to be made, and not too expensive apart from the Primed mods (You may use the normal variant if you don't have the Primed).

5. 3 Augments Wonder by Anon


Energy Siphon can be used in the CP's place

"You may be thinking, "Three augments? WTF?" Let me explain. Despoil is amazing. This plus Equilibrium, Health Conversion and Vitality give you energy regeneration and tankiness. I always use Sentinels (just my preference), so they can always be picking orbs up for me to keep my Health Conversion stacks up.

I use both of the other augments to round out the build. The crowd control from Creeping Terrify is good in any situation. Additionally, it crowd controls enemies to allow you to kill them for your first Shadows of the Dead. Shield of Shadows makes you ridiculously tanky. Hot tip: killing units that summon extra units (like drahks) will spawn those extra units as extra shadows OVER the shadow cap.

Stretch, Intensify, and Power Drift buff all the most important aspects of Terrify and Shadow of the Dead. Also, if you are worried about energy problems, Zenurik coupled with Equilibrium and Despoil ensures you should allows have enough energy to either recast Shadow of the Dead and/or Creeping Terrify enemies."


6. Quick Thinking Tank by GhostFace0621


Well, as long as you keep desecrating and receive the Orbs, you'll be fine without the Vitality mod. But be careful not to drain too much health I guess. Despite the SotD is there to help, if you're careless you can be too exposed to your downfall.

7. Solo Survival Tank by Anon

Balanced, and inclined to a solo run. Medi-Ray on Sentinel is suggested along with this build.

8. Survival Tank by Anon


As the Suggester says, this works great as long as your Sentinel with Medi-Ray is alive. Once it is gone, you're pretty much in trouble. He also suggests Naramon if you wish to try over 1 hour of Survival.


Again, these builds are just how I built my Nekros. I put in the Config A the Desecrate one, Config B the Shadow Tank, and the fun Creeping Terrify build on Config C. While it isn't the best build around, you can try them out if they're to your liking or not.

Nekros is a good addition in any team.

  • 1st skill to throw away huge/tanky enemies such as the Bombards and Napalms away and buy you some time to kill them.
    • Throw away those annoying Grineer off the Rampart with this skill too! Cheap and efficient, this can be a life saver for all of your squad mates!
    • Soul Survivor will punch your downed allies so hard, they'll get up at the cost of all energy remaining in you.
  • 2nd ability as a panic button when there's just too much enemies swarming around you.
  • 3rd ability for more loots and more Health Orbs, and even Life Support Modules.
  • 4th ability for distraction, support, and even to make you a freaking tank.

An excellent warframe, and can be a must for those who wants a versatile frame in their arsenal. Feel free to suggest more builds, and I may test them and put it in this guide. Please help yourself to tell your thoughts if you got one in mind. I would love to hear you on this frame.

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