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1.10 Wind Druid Guide - v3

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    1.10 Wind Druid Guide - v3

    Introduction

    Anyone who has taken up arms against other players has surely felt the newfound power of many different warriors.
    You chase vainly after the fleeing paladins as he rains down the wrath of god from the heavens onto your weakened form, the mighty sorceress hurls balls of incredibly powerful scorching flame, or calls down an unnatural blizzard that destroys the defenses of even the hardiest warriors.
    The assassin, if you see her, pummels you with mechanical bolts of lightning, the lithe amazons hurl condensed bolts of charged energy at you and their javelins pierce with the force of a thunderstorm. All this is unnatural and goes against our very concept of nature.
    Even our Brothers rain down vengeance from the sky and open volcanoes under our feet to incinerate us. Our cause seems hopeless.
    And yet, as we stare out onto the battlefield from under our pelts, our giant Grizzlies, rabid wolves, mighty spirits of nature and intelligent vines come to our call. Summoning storm winds to fortify you, and running to sure death, you approach these enemies, you flinch as their attacks streak towards you, expecting death to approach at any moment, you steel yourself for the inevitable...but you feel nothing.
    Confidence fills you, nature has come to your aid and given you a mighty shield, and even the hulking warriors wielding ghostly swords seem like ants compared to your power. How could you have ever doubted Gaia?

    The Basics

    Wind druids are probably the druid build most suited for pvp, of course this is arguable, and a lot rides on the player in control, but it is in my opinion at least.
    Against a good opponent you will not kill as fast as a templar or hammerdin, you won't be able to tank all the hits a barb can, your spells will not do damage in the tens of thousands or lower opponent's resistances, or even do irresistible damage. But the one thing you have is versatility, which many other classes lack; there is no class that can consistently beat a wind druid.
    Once you get the hang of things, the only class that will really give you trouble is a good trapsin that uses mind blast often, a fast nec, or a good hammerdin.

    Statistics

    Regardless of your future build, your druid will start with these stats.
    Strength: 15
    Dexterity: 20
    Vitality: 25
    Energy: 20
    Hit Points: 55
    Stamina: 84
    Mana: 20

    When distributing stat points you will get these results.
    1 Vitality point gives 2 Life
    1 Vitality point gives 1 Stamina
    1 Energy point gives 2 Mana

    You also gain a small boost to your stats every time you level.
    Life +1.5
    Stamina +1
    Mana +2

    The faster hit recovery frames for a druid in human form are as follows, your frames will be different depending on the type of weapon you hold.

    When Wielding Swinging Weapons (Flails or hammers like HoTO, Earthshaker, axes like Islestrike)
    14 frame = 0%
    13 frame = 3%
    12 frame = 7%
    11 frame = 13%
    10 frame = 19%
    9 frame = 29%
    8 frame = 42%
    7 frame = 63%
    6 frame = 99%
    5 frame = 174%
    4 frame = 456%


    When Wielding Stabbing Weapons (Daggers such as Wizardspike, spears, pikes)
    13 frame = 0%
    12 frame = 5%
    11 frame = 10%
    10 frame = 16%
    9 frame = 26%
    8 frame = 39%
    7 frame = 56%
    6 frame = 86%
    5 frame = 152%
    4 frame = 377%

    Your block rates are.
    11 frame = 0%
    10 frame = 6%
    9 frame = 13%
    8 frame = 20%
    7 frame = 32%
    6 frame = 52%
    5 frame = 86%
    4 frame = 174%
    3 frame = 600%

    I highly recommend maxing block, the formula for blocking is.
    Total Blocking = (Blocking * (Dexterity - 15)) / (Character Level * 2)

    As a character who focuses on spells, faster cast rate is very important.
    18 frames = base
    17 frames = 4%
    16 frames = 10%
    15 frames = 19%
    14 frames = 30%
    13 frames = 46%
    12 frames = 68%
    11 frames = 99%
    10 frames = 163%
    (note: With this build you will achieve 80%, if you feel the need to get an 11 frame cast rate then you need 19 more, but I don't recommend it, this can be achieved through a 19 faster cast rate crafted amulet, two 10% faster cast rings, a ring and a 10% amulet, or a helm with 20%+ fcr)

    You receive 110 skill points to distribute if you reach level 99 and do all the quests.
    This build requires 105, so you should be done at level 94, from there I recommend points in Summon Grizzly.
    Your main skill, Tornado, will do 5792-6086 unblockable physical damage at level 44 if you follow this build exactly, at a cost of 10 mana per cast.
    Your secondary skill, Hurricane, will do 2603-2718 cold damage in a 6-yard area following your movement, and last for fifty seconds at 30 mana per cast. And our Cyclone Armor will absorb 2891 elemental damage at 48 mana to cast.

    The Items

    Weapon: Heart of the Oak rune word Flail*. Ko+Vex+Pul+Thul
    +3 To All Skills
    +40% Faster Cast Rate
    +75% Damage To Demons
    +100 To Attack Rating Against Demons
    Adds 3-14 Cold Damage, 3 sec. Duration (Normal)
    7% Mana Stolen Per Hit
    +10 To Dexterity
    Replenish Life +20
    Increase Maximum Mana 15%
    All Resistances +30-40 (varies)
    Level 4 Oak Sage (25 Charges)
    Level 14 Raven (60 Charges)
    +50% Damage To Undead
    *Flail-type weapons are the only one handed ones this rune word will work with, and flail is the lowest requirement, since this is for a caster there is no point in making it in a knout or scourge, or even a superior flail.
    (if you can't afford this weapon, Wizardspike Bone Knife is your best alternative, and before that Suicide Branch Burnt Wand, and The Spectral Shard Blade)

    Shield: Stormshield Monarch, socketed with a -15% requirements, 15 resist all jewel.
    Chance to block on Druid - 67%
    + (3.75 Per Character Level) 3-371 Defense (Based On Character Level)
    +25% Increased Chance Of Blocking
    35% Faster Block Rate
    Damage Reduced By 35%
    Cold Resist +60%
    Lightning Resist +25%
    +30 To Strength
    Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 10
    Indestructible
    At level 94, when this build is done, you will need 225 dexterity for max blocking with Stormshield, I know this seems like a lot, but it means 3/4 of melee attacks miss you. I recommend Stormshield because of the good resist, high defense, good blocking, and awesome 35% damage reduced, the strength bonus is good but not as important since it is the most strength intensive item in your gear.
    (Alternative shields include 'Rhyme' Grim Shield Shael+Eth, Moser's Blessed Circle Round Shield, socketed with two perfect Diamonds or 'Um' runes, or Whitstan's Guard Round Shield from the Orphan's Call set, for very high and fast blocking)

    Armor: 'Enigma' rune word in a Light armor. Jah+Ith+Ber.
    +2 To All Skills
    +45% Faster Run/Walk
    +1 To Teleport
    +750-775 Defense (varies)
    + (0.75 Per Character Level) +0-74 To Strength (Based On Character Level)
    Increase Maximum Life 5%
    Damage Reduced By 8%
    +14 Life After Each Kill
    15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    + (1 Per Character Level) +1-99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level)
    We use Enigma for the Teleport skill it grants, +2 skills, damage reduce, life increase, and other nice mods. Your dueling league or group may not allow teleport from Enigma, so just don't teleport; it's a great armor even without the teleport.
    A lot of people prefer the simple Breast Plate to elite armors, because it's cheaper and requires less strength, they then use the +to strength bonus to equip there other gear and spare themselves a few points.
    If you can't afford a three socket elite, then use Breast Plate or Light Plate, but this guide uses elites as it's armor and the stat allocation reflects that.
    Good Armors would be: Archon Plate, Wire Fleece, Dusk Shroud, Scarab Husk, or any other low strength light type.
    (Alternate armors include, from best to worst, Skin of The Vipermagi, Que-Hegan's Wisdom, and 'Stealth' (Tal+Eth) rune word light armor)

    Helm: Harlequin Crest Shako, socketed with an 'Um' rune, or a rare jewel with resistance and faster, damage to mana, or other mods you need.
    +2 To All Skills
    + (1.5 Per Character Level) 1-148 To Life (Based On Character Level)
    + (1.5 Per Character Level) 1-148 To Mana (Based On Character Level)
    Damage Reduced By 10%
    50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    +2 To All Attributes
    In mine and many people's opinions this is the hands down best helm for casters and some melee, commonly referred to as Shako, this is your best bet for a wind druid. Again, many people prefer Jalal's Mane Totemic Mask, for the resistance and faster hit recovery mainly, but Shako provides much more life and mana, and even more if you use Call to Arms (discussed later) since it's +2 effects battle orders, and Jalal's +2 druid doesn't.
    (Alternate helms include, Jalal's Mane, Peasant Crown, or Ravenlore, a rare druid pelt with +2 druid or +3 elemental and decent second mods is acceptable)

    Belt: Arachnid Mesh Spiderweb Sash (16 slots)
    +90-120% Enhanced Defense (varies)
    Slows Target By 10%
    +1 To All Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Increases Maximum Mana 5%
    Level 3 Venom (11 Charges)
    As of 1.10 this is the belt of choice for most casters, there is really nothing to discuss, just look at the stats on it.
    (Alternatives include, Trang-Oul's Girth Troll Belt, Gloom's Trap Mesh Belt, or Nightsmoke Light Belt)

    Gloves: Trang-Oul's Claws Heavy Bracers
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Cold Resist +30%
    +30 Defense
    +25% Poison Skill Damage
    +2 To Curses (Necromancer Only)
    I choose these gloves for the resistance and 20% faster cast rate, I use them instead of Magefist because cold resist never hurts against sorceresses.
    (Alternatives include, Magefist Light Guantlets or Frostburn Guantlets)

    Boots: Sandstorm Trek
    Scarabshell Boots

    Defense: 158-178 (varies)(Base Defense 56-65)
    Required Level: 64
    Required Strength: 91
    Durability: 14
    +140-170% Enhanced Defense (varies)
    +20% Faster Hit Recovery
    +20% Faster Run/Walk
    + (1 Per Character Level) +1-99 Maximum Stamina (Based On Character Level)
    +10-15 To Strength (varies)
    +10-15 To Vitality (varies)
    50% Slower Stamina Drain
    Poison Resist +40-70% (varies)
    Repairs 1 Durability In 20 Seconds
    Sandstorm Trek are my boots of choice, because of the faster hit recovery, high defense, bonuses to strength and vita, and poison resist. Get these Ethereal if possible.
    Some of you may have noticed my change from Aldurs to these, its simply for hit recovery, and poison resist, I didn't need the extra fire resist, but I may need to stack a lot of poison against rabies druids or necros who use facets.
    (Alternatives include, Waterwalk Sharkskin Boots, Silkweave Mesh Boots, Aldur's Advanace, or Shadow Dancer Myrmidon Greaves)

    Jewelry: Mara's Kaleidoscope, and two Stones of Jordan+2 To All Skill Levels
    All Resistances +20-30 (varies)
    +5 To All Attributes
    &
    +1 To All Skill Levels
    Increase Maximum Mana 25%
    Adds 1-12 Lightning Damage
    +20 To Mana
    I choose these for the big +skill, resistance, and big boost to your mana pool.
    (Alternatives include, rare/crafted Amulet with +2 druid, faster cast, or resist, Bul-Katho's Wedding Bands, and rare faster cast rings with resistance and life/mana)

    Switch: 'Call to Arms' in an elite 1 handed weapon (Amn+Ral+Mal+Ist+Ohm) and Lidless Wall Grim Shield
    +1 To All Skills
    +40% Increased Attack Speed
    +250-290+% Enhanced Damage (varies)
    Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
    7% Life Stolen Per Hit
    +2-6 To Battle Command (varies)*
    +1-6 To Battle Orders (varies)*
    +1-4 To Battle Cry (varies)*
    Prevent Monster Heal
    Replenish Life +12
    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    We use Call to Arms for the Battle Command and Battle Orders it provides, I recommend making it in an elite weapon like phase blade, berserker axe, ettin axe, or scourge. We already have the dexterity to use an elite, and our strength gets plenty high with Enigma and Stormshield. It's also good to use on Dclone, smack him with it for prevent monster heal. And believe it or not, but it's a cruel of quickness as well, so DON'T make it in a flail!

    +80-130% Enhanced Defense (varies)
    +1 To All Skills
    Increase Maximum Mana 10%
    20% Faster Cast Rate
    +3-5 To Mana After Each Kill (varies)
    +10 To Energy
    +1 To Light Radius
    We use Lidless Wall for the +1 to all skills, so our battle orders is stronger and lasts longer.

    Charms: As many Natural Grand Charms as you can get, hopefully with second mods like +life, faster hit recovery, +strength or +dexterity. This will be a huge boost to our damage.
    Annihilus Small Charm, with the best stats you can get.
    Your leftover slots should be filled with small charms with modifiers like +life, faster run walk, faster hit recovery, +mana, and resistances.

    Stats at level 94

    Strength - 103* (I like people to see my Archon, and this is safest, also, make sure you have +30 strength in charms so everyone can see your sexy Stormshield, if you don't care about looks (for shame!) then simply get enough strength to use your gear after +strength from items and charms are added, but this can lead to sticky situations if you ever want to replace items, but need them to use your gear)
    Dexterity - 225 (For max blocking at level 94)
    Vitality - Everything Else (life is important)
    Energy - Base

    *Or enough strength to use your Enigma

    Skill Points and Allocation

    20 Tornado (Our main skill, it deals physical damage in a random path, which is determined by where you're standing, it can sometimes hit twice or more)
    20 Hurricane (Our secondary attack skill, it doesn't always do huge damage but it can help, chill the opponent, and make them mistakenly put on cold resist/absorb)
    20 Cyclone Armor(VERY important defensive skill, this has saved my butt so many times, you are basically shredded against the huge damage spells now without this, it adds damage to Tornado and very important duration to Hurricane, oh and did I mention cyclone armor has Zero resistance, good against cold sorceresses, and if you have negative resistance, but slightly saddening if you have positive or even maxed)
    20 Twister (Synergy to all our wind spells)
    20 Oak Sage (Our Spirit, huge life boost)
    1 Summon Grizzly (Great decoy and sometimes damage dealer)
    1 Raven (prereq)
    1 Dire Wolves (prereq)
    1 Spirit Wolves (prereq)

    Leveling Guide

    Here is a level by level guide through the early game, I recommend getting Sigon's Set, Bloodrise Morning Star, Nagel and Manald, and Eye of Etlich, then switch out to the gear I say, join a populated game, even if you are soloing, for faster exp, and a sorceress to enchant you is GREAT. Give your starting character 50k gold.
    1: Kill things in Blood Moor, 1 pt in Raven, 5 strength (pump to 65)
    2: Kill more in Blood Moor, save pt, 5 strength
    3: Do Den of Evil, save both points, 5 strength
    4: Den of Evil finished, start on Cold Plains, save pt, 5 strength
    5: Clear the Cold plains, save point, 5 strength
    6: Do Blood Raven, kill in Crypt and Mausoleum, pt. in Oak, Spirit Wolves, Arctic Blast, 5 strength
    7: Kill in Stony Field, kill Rakinishu, find Passage, save pt, 5 str
    8: Clear the Underground Passage, save pt, 5 strength
    9: Clear the Dark Wood and Treehead Woodfist, be careful he's tough, make sure you get waypoint, then grab the Scroll of Inifuss and head to Stony Field, save point, 5 str, equip Sigon’s gloves and then full set but shield
    10: Clear Tristram, rescue Cain, save pt, 5 str, Equip Sigon's shield to finish the set
    11: Take waypoint back to Dark Wood and find Black Marsh, find the Forgotten Tower and kill as much as you can, save pt, 5 vita (pump for a while, you don't need dexterity in norm)
    12: Clear The Forgotten Tower and Countess, kill in Black Marsh if you still need exp, one point in Dire Wolves and Cyclone Armor, 5 vita
    13: Clear Tamoe Highland, and pit if you need more exp, 1 point in Cyclone, 5 vita (we are pumping cyclone until Tornado for damage and Hurricane duration, 12 second hurricane = spawn of Satan)
    14: Fight your way to The Smith and lay the smack down, finish Malus 1 pt in Cyclone, 5 vita
    15: Battle through the Jail to the Inner Cloister, 1 pt in cyclone, 5 vita, Equip Bloodrise Morning Star
    16: Revel in the power of Bloodrise as you own Catacombs, prepare to fight Andy, 1 Cyclone, 5 vita
    17: Do battle with the Maiden of Anguish, preferably with a party, 1 cyclone, 5 vita
    18-20: Take the Caravan to the East and run the Sewers in populated games, you should be fine thanks to cyclone, +4 cyclone(1 from Radament Quest), +15 vita, you can start adding dexterity now or continue with vitality
    21-24: Quest with a party through act 2, or get a rush, then level in Canyon of the Magi, Travincal, of Diablo Runs, +3 cyclone +1 tornado, +dexterity or vita
    24: Do Ancients, 1 pt in tornado and cyclone, vita or dexterity
    25-55: Start Baal, watch your exp bar jump in huge amounts, finish cyclone at 26 and tornado at 44, get a point in grizzly and Hurricane, max Hurricane and start on twister
    (I would switch out to the following gear here:
    Spectral Shard, Vipermagi, Lidless, Peasant Crown, Gloom's Trap, Magefist, Waterwalks)
    55-75: Quest through Nightmare, get your strength up to 103, keep your blocking at 40% with lidless, the rest into vita, equip your dueling gear whenever you reach the required level, and Baal to 75
    75+ Start hell, keep your block up at 75 now that you can wear Stormshield, and the rest into vita, you can start dueling as soon as you can use all your gear and max your wind synergies.

    Dueling

    It’s my philosophy that you learn better from experience, but a lot of people have been asking for a dueling guide so here goes.
    A few basics, Cyclone Armor takes damage before resists, good for facets and Cold Mastery, generally not so good elsewhere because your resistances are useless whenever cyclone is on.
    When you teleport with a bear on top of you, melee opponents can’t click you, yes that’s right, your bear completely shields you after a teleport, this makes melee a fairly easy fight.

    Amazons
    There are a few builds that can give many players quite a lot of trouble, the most relevant to this build are Charged Strike and Guided Arrow/Multiple Shot.

    Charged Strike: Basically zons that jab you with their javelins and release a ton of charged bolts, which, when all hit you, can do a large, I mean large, amount of lightning damage. Think of it as an 09 lightfury zon but every bolt hitting you.
    Your cyclone armor is a big help against these guys, and can take a few hits, but be careful not to let them hit you more then once without a recast.
    Remember, they have to get into melee range to do damage, and this is where the wind druid shines, they will probably get dodge-locked from all the sources hitting them, so just finish them off with a few tornados as you hear their yips of death.

    Guided Arrow: Generally these are fairly weak after the nerfing, but occasionally you will come across one with huge physical damage, open wounds, deadly strike, poison, the works. If you don’t have Enigma this can be a hard fight, because smart ones will play very defensively, and you will probably never get close enough to hit them as they chip your life away, load of on frw charms and hope you can chase them down, or simply teleport on top of them, but once you close the distance you should have an easy win due to dodge-lock, and you simply overpowering them.

    Assassins
    One of the ‘burrito’ zons of 1.10, trappers are an annoyance to pretty much everyone, and the widely proclaimed ‘caster killer’, the Whirlwind sins using Chaos rune word to do a cute little barb impression. I will say that they stand a better chance of beating you than many other classes, but once you learn to play against them it is a fairly even match, still, this is a fairly hard match-up for the wind druid.

    Lightning Sentry/Mind Blast: The ones that use mind blast well are the only challenge, and your main problem here is getting caught in a crossfire where several traps are hitting you and the assassin can Mind Blast.
    Generally, when an assassin is Mind Blasting you, they aren’t laying traps.
    A few lightning sentries are nothing to worry about, because you can easily recast cyclone. The ones I have seen generally like to sit in or around their traps and run around, hoping you will die, not even needing to aim. If you can’t beat these simply practice more, the ones that are a problem very strategically place their traps, and then follow through with a mind blast, allowing several of their traps to hit you.
    The key is to stay outside of their little trapped area. Run circles around their area as the ******** computer-aimed lightning sentries blast away behind you, this may coax them to spread their traps out, but when it’s not once concentrated blast of multiple traps it’s not really a problem to our cyclone. Then, run/tele in and attack as they start to recast traps, if you start getting hit too much, retreat, they usually die fairly quickly to a good Tornado or two, if you want, simply do occasional ‘drive-bys with Hurricane and slowly kill them, expect a lot of town-running in pubbies though. If this happens simply slap on the Tgods and Wisp Projectors and laugh, see, we can do it too.
    Lightning Sentry does not stun nearly as well as Wake of Fire, and yet it’s damage is so much better, a WoF trapper will basically stun you and just keep you there until you sloooooooowly die, slap on a rising sun for them.

    Whirlwind: Ah yes, slight physical damage, fast attacks, and large open wounds/poison.
    The worst of these will perhaps dragonflight you once, run away, and then whirlwind you when you’re at low life. There’s also the Weapon Block problem to consider when fighting dual-claw whirlwinders, this is the only character that can block Tornado, and you may notice the duels taking a longer time, you really have little chance vs. the cheap ones, (cheaper perhaps) simply leave if you find you can’t beat them, my advice would be to run constantly and tornado around you so they may run through them.
    Don’t try to tank them for sure.
    The ones who will simply act like a barb and whirlwind you are not quite as annoying, but still hard to defeat. Whenever you see them teleport to you, or whirlwind, run. Yes, it’s a bit cowardly, but probably the only way to win against a good one. Run just out of their low range and Tornado them, you should slowly chip them down, if you get hit, good luck, their open wounds and poison will make you easy pickings in a few seconds.

    Necromancers
    One build stands out as one of the most powerful in 1.10, the Bone necromancer.
    Large damage, unresistable, and fast moving/seeking/wide spread, not exactly an easy opponent, poison necromancers can also lower your life incredibly quickly, yuck.

    Bone: The minion stacking bug definitely helps us here. When you have just teleported, and have minions directly on top of you, bone spirit won't hit, unless the necro has 125% fcr you should be able to catch him, and if you can, he's probably dead. If they just want to run the whole match and spam teeth, it's not worth it in my opinion. Recast minions whenever possible.

    Poison: Pretty lame in my opinion. These guys can lower your life in just a couple of seconds. Good items to use include Death’s Set Gloves, Iratha’s Cuff set Amulet, and Tal runed Venom Ward. Stacked poison resist, +max poison resist, and poison length reduction are your friends. If they have Enigma, you may want to keep yours on for the teleport, if not, or if you run, use Tal Venom Ward, once you manage to lower their poison down to manageable levels you should use basic tactics for hunting down a paraplegic old man.

    Barbarians
    Stupid, smelly, annoying, loud, oh did I mention huge damage and life?
    These guys are one of the best suited to taking damage, which is what a wind druids opponent spends most of the duel doing, coincidentally.

    Melee: The only real concern are the ones who teleport on top of you and whirlwind, 90% of them you will be able to tank fairly easily, while they sit on their big ethereal swords and cry. The remaining ten have huge life and max damage reduction, and can take quite a few hits to bring down. Basic dueling tactics, sidestep their whirlwind and spam Tornado around you while they dance through it, Toro!

    Throwing: I recently let a thrower with ethereal Warshrikes chuck a few at me, and believe me I was surprised at how fast I died, of course, this shouldn’t be a problem, because you can dodge them and kill fairly quickly. Simply close the distance and kill them with Tornado.

    Sorceress
    Generally, these girls will be giggling their air-filled heads off as they townguard, I mean you can hear the fluff rattle inside. Their Energy Shield is actually our biggest friend here. Hurricane will decimate their mana, and they will sit helplessly because they can’t teleport away. Without Energy Shield their life is fairly low, and Hurricane can sometimes kill them. If you lose repeatedly to one of these maybe a wind druid isn’t for you, and if you’re running against their teleport I recommend stacking resist and absorb against them.

    Orb: Not too great, a fairly easy rule to follow is if you see your bear die as you yourself get hit, it’s a good time to recast cyclone. If they cast considerably faster than you and just want to run, you just have to wait them out, if they use Energy Shield it’s an easy fight, but they should die in a few Hurricanes or Tornados. If they maxed out their damage with facets their resists and life are generally fairly low. Remember that our Cyclone ignores their cold mastery, so yours will be at 0 resistance to their cold, good because there is no need/purpose to stacking resists.

    Blizzard: When you think about it, worse then a good fireball sorceress, because your resistances are at zero to both their attacks, so Blizzard loses it’s power, which comes from the –100 resist most of their opponents have. Your cyclone will probably only be able to take a single shard, and if you get hit again your dead, recast if you ever get hit, and chase them, they will probably resort to sitting in their own blizzard, so teleport in and kill them as fast as you can, otherwise their death facet blizzard may take you out, embarrassing. The key is their casting delay.

    Fireball: Probably the hardest sorceress you can fight, the same damage as blizzard, but a lot faster and a lot more. Hopefully they use Energy Shield so you can drain their mana, otherwise it’s basically a game of catch, they should die quickly as well though. Recast cyclone if you ever get hit. The key is that fireball is hard to aim.

    Druid
    Here we go, our fellow druids, wind druids are obviously the best matched to take on another wind druid, but there are several other interesting builds that can provide competition.

    Fury/Mauler: Don’t get close to them, run or teleport away and let them chase you, they can’t teleport in wereform, so let them run through Tornados to get to you. These guys can blocklock you if you aren’t careful.

    Fireclaws: A lot like a fireball sorceress, treat them like a Mauler, except that you can absorb a lot of their damage, if they get you block-locked be careful.

    Rabies: Ahh, the anti-teleporter, and also the anti-minion. If your minions are infected, do not teleport, they will infect you as well. Basically rabies is poison that can be spread through contact, and can kill. Yes, it can kill you, not one life, death. Treat them like Fury druids, but with an emphasis on keeping them farther away. You may be able to get away with a quick teleport in and kill. If you are infected, charge, you probably don’t have a lot of time left, so you need to finish the duel.

    Fire Elemental: They are basically other casters, volcano is the biggest problem here since it is there only source of non-elemental damage, don’t follow them around through an Armageddon, it can really mess you up. Your best option is to just tank, recast Cyclone periodically and kill them. If you are hoofing it, they have an advantage, because your only option is to run through their geddon, try and get in front of them and spam tornado, because running through meteors is not a nice place to be.

    Wind Elemental: Ahh...fun match. Trying to tank each other is random, it’s basically who has more life/damage, and who’s Tornado gets the right angle. Otherwise it’s just a game of teleport around eachother and spam Tornado, hope one of you runs through a few. It’s a good test of skill generally.

    Paladin
    Another class that can be hard to beat. Fist of the Heavens is a joke, but Hammerdins, and godly smiters or zealots can give you a run for your money, probably one of the hardest match-ups besides WW sins and bone necs.

    Fist of the Heavens: Easiest duel you can get, simply recast Cyclone, remember Conviction has no affect on our armor, so it’s not a problem, just recast, I think your biggest problem here is running out of mana. Since they can’t damage you chase them down and kill them.

    Smiter/Zealot: Treat these guys the same, be wary, a good one will have high life and dr, so you may have trouble bringing them down, your instinct may be to tank them, but that can be a mistake, Lacerator or Doom runeword smiters, and BoTD zealots are not a class you can hope to tank once they get a hit in. Keep on-screen unless they start to charge, and just spam Tornados at them.

    Charger: I recently had fun dueling a Botd Thunder Maul chargeadin, and let me tell you, 2500 life in one hit, with 50% dr is a LOT of damage. For them to get this damage though they will probably be very weak otherwise, and die from Hurricane possibly.
    Use the terrain to your advantage, try not to let them have a straight path to you, and fire tornados (which go over the terrain, a nice advantage for us). This is just basic melee strategy, they may go after your spirits so be ready to recast, but this is good, if they are leeching excessively off your bear you may not want to recast.

    Hammerdin: The only hard ones are the ones who charge around to desynch you and set up a hammer field. They probably won’t be able to 1 hit kill you unless your oak is dead. If they stay stationary and spam hammers, then teleport directly under them (do not teleport on them, their hammers will hit you every time, so don’t click their name) if they charge/tele around spamming hammers then you simply need instinct to know where hammer fields are, and tele in front of them before they get a chance to cast. The safest spot is directly under them.



    Any feedback is appreciated, post them in the Druid forums, or e-mail/IM [email protected]

    -Æ’enris
     
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    Æ’enris Banned

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    Minor updates include:

    Fixed FHR breakpoints

    Boots section

    Small amounts of revised dueling strategy

    A bit of bolding to make up for the unbolding of forum wipe and recovery

    Pretty colors :winner:
     
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    wow good job fen

    the colors > the rest of the update. :eek:

    updated twice already? T_T i should update mine atleast once.
     
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    Format more plz. Paragraphs and bullets pwn. :D

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    My only suggestion is to add a "other options for gear" section, instead of just having everyone clone your gear. :p

    Also, in a teleport duel vs. other casters I would definitely suggest upping your cast rate.

    -Mepersoner, Furry Admin
     
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    maybe my tornado aim just sux, but against aggressive melee pallys i've had best success using twisters on left click and tornado on right and alternating - using a volly of twisters to be sure to stop an incoming charge, then switching quickly to tornados.
     
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    It's there, it just doesn't stick out noticeably, which is something I suggested a long time ago.
     
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    Bah formatting suxor.
     
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    do it for your fans
     
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    Ahh yes, the billions of hot young women waiting to service teh fenris. :uhhuh:
     
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    noooooooooooooooooooooooo not the boot switcharoo!
     
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    Does this work at all PvM? I've mocked up a druid with maxed wind skills and the tornados + Hurricane seem to do nothing...
     
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    O_O
    PvM is a cakewalk.
    Try getting lvl 30-ish skills.
     
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    I went untwinked, just used what I found in game. At +4 skills its biggest weakness was gloams and black souls in the end of the game. But it is a very fun build, so a scrounged around some mules, got the skills up to +7 and noticed a big improvement.

    The only other thing that was annoying was getting tornadoes to hit at times. They will level large groups but for some reason, the odd time it actually looks like they go out of their way not to hit monsters. :scratch:

    I did vary from the skill point distribution, but still, the wind druid is a fun and doable PvM build. :thumbsup:
     
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    I think I'm lacking FCR then ... I can't seem to span enough tornados before the mobs get too close... or maybe i just need more summons?
     
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    With a Holy Freeze Merc and Hurricane the speed of creatures getting to you should be very slow. Move around a bit, group them up, and let a few Tornados fly through them. Use Hurricane/Merc/Grizzly to clean up.
     
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    I would think FCR helps no matter how you decide to build your druid, wether following fenris' guide to the letter or deciding a little variation is your playstyle.

    From my experience, the wind druid is rather versatile in skill selection. I decided to only put one point in Oak Sage and pump up dire wolves with one in Grizzly. Why?

    If anyone's ever played a skellimancer, the summons give you enough time to switch around your casting when necessary. Like casting your OS behind you when the thing decides to travel right in the middle of a monster pack. The bonus with the druid is he doesn't need a corpse to get his summons, very convient.

    So if you like using several hotkeys a lot, then maybe summons is for you, if you prefer a more powerful Tornado then the guides great.
     
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    Actually I'm pretty much a necro at heart and have just finished playing a physical skelemancer through hell and back, so I've fallen in love with summons :D

    The question I would have is, however, if I put drop a score of points in to Dire wolves I would need to drop out points from my Tornado synergies ... and seeing as how Tornado is my main source of damage, wouldn't that be a bit counter-productive?

    In any case ... spirit or dire as best bet for suvivability in hell?

    Cheers! :)

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    Don't use HOTO use Wiz Spike. HOTO sucks. I've tried both weapons on a wind druid with no other change in gear other then weapon.
     
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    It's probably because you reached a fcr bp with wiz, fux0r.
     

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