Act 2 NM Merc Aura and Life

digdig

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Act 2 NM Merc Aura and Life

My Pally was rushed to NM Act 2 by joining games in progress. At level 22, my Pally hired an Act 2 NM Defensive Merc - - merc was level 18.

What level before his Holy Freeze aura kicks in ?
When does he start gaining life?

The merc started with only 40 life. I leveled him from 18 to 20 letting him get most of the kills in Normal Act 2:embarassed: . His Holy Freeze Aura still has not turned on. And even after going from 18 to 20, his life is still 40. That little life makes him just about useless. His strength went up 2 or 3 points, but not his life. Is this a bug or the norm?

Dig
 

Eilo Rytyj

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Not sure the exact level his aura kicks in.

Maybe you should keep track, and let us all know? I'd sure like to know it.

As for his life, the growth formula doesn't start for a little while either. It's perfectly normal. Worse can be said for mercs hired in Hell difficulty, their life doesn't start growing till even later. Just level up a bit yourself, then re-hire him. He'll be between 1-3 (roughly) levels lower than you. Don't forget to unequip his gear before re-hiring, of course.
 

safetypro

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Not sure if this is 100% correct, but it's just my general observation from game play. I got an act 2 merc when I first arrived in Lut Golein. The merc's aura did not actived while questing the sewers. After beating Randement, I noticed that after I acknowledged the quest by talking again to Atma (or whatever the barkeeper's name is), the quest was complete and the merc's aura was activated.
When rushed, I can easily see how this step may be overlooked.
 

digdig

Diabloii.Net Member
My Pally was rushed to NM Act 2 by joining games in progress. At level 22, my Pally hired an Act 2 NM Defensive Merc - - merc was level 18.

What level before his Holy Freeze aura kicks in ?
When does he start gaining life?

The merc started with only 40 life. I leveled him from 18 to 20 letting him get most of the kills in Normal Act 2:embarassed: . His Holy Freeze Aura still has not turned on. And even after going from 18 to 20, his life is still 40. That little life makes him just about useless. His strength went up 2 or 3 points, but not his life. Is this a bug or the norm?

Dig
I socketed Sigons Helm with a Perfect Ruby to increase my merc's life.
Holy Freeze Aura kicked in at level 27.

Life / Level
40 18
40 19
40 20
40 21
42 22
67 23
92 24
117 25
142 26
167 27 Holy Freeze!!!

Dig



 
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