Fans complaining in a thread on B.net bugs forum that Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander is broken and never procs the random shrine effect property. Blue reply says it does, so perhaps more testing required? Shrine Proc Broken on Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander:
This legendary staff, despite the name, has the effect “Chance on killing a demon to gain a random Shrine effect”.
I got this item today and tried killing some demons with it to test the proc of the special ability. I started the game in the Royal Audience quest and killed every snake demon until the entrance to the sewers. It did not even proc once. The I went to Skycrown Battlements and still had no luck to activate the effect.
Tsarnis: Thanks for all of the reports about this. We’ve tested Ahavarion extensively on our internal environments both before and since the launch of patch 2.1, and we have not observed any situation where the item could not proc. The proc rate is low however, due to the potential power you can gain when the item does proc.
To confirm, are any of you saying you have never seen Ahavarion proc, or simply that it procs rarely? If you are reporting that this does not proc regularly, then that is not a bug. If you are reporting that you have never once seen it proc after significant use (significant meaning you have killed hundreds of demons with it), please try to provide me some additional information on what your gear and skill setup looked like when you were using this item so that we can try to test around any item or skill interactions you had in play at the time.
The OP knows the difference, but I’d suggest that a lot of players with this weapon don’t realize that “demon” isn’t just a synonym for “monster” in Diablo games. It’s a specific type of enemy, making up around 1/3 of the total enemies. You can kill Cultists and Goatmen and Skeletons and Zombies and other Act One riffraff all day with this item, and you’ll never see the proc since none of those are demons. You need to be in parts of Act 3, or especially in Act 4 or Act 5 (or a Rift with those types of enemies) to see a majority of enemies as demons, and get the proc regularly.
BTW, looking at the Ahavarion, Spear of Lycander (which is actually a staff, not a spear, because Blizzard hates people who update wikis) page in the DiabloWiki.net, and then comparing to newly-found Patch 2.1 versions from the DiabloNut Armory… man, that Patch 2.1 DPS buff to two-handers is crazy. Check the comparison screens below; from ~2700 to ~3700 DPS is quite the DPS buff.
I’m conflicted about the 2H weapon damage buff. It certainly made 2H weapons more viable, but that’s a mixed blessing since they’re so lame/slow to use. My new HSea Monk just got to 70 this week, and she was dragging around a 2H weapon most of the way to 70 and beyond. Thankfully last night I found Vengeful Wind, the Monk Seasonal Legendary Fist that grants +3 stacks of Sweeping Wind, and I immediately started dual wielding that with a Mad Monarch’s Scepter.
It was a slight DPS drop from the parade of ~3400 DPS 2H Legendaries I kept finding, but the proc is awesome and the hitting speed is much more fun and yields much more Spirit, and was good enough to dominate T1 even in HC with half my kit still Rare/junk.
Maybe it’s just me, though. Are you guys enjoying the 2H weapons with such big DPS? Players/classes/builds that don’t require or focus on fast attacking should find them delightful, yes?