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act 3 merc swords questions

Discussion in 'Single Player Forum' started by farting bob, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. farting bob

    farting bob Banned

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    act 3 merc swords questions

    as the title may suggest, how do you add damage to the act 3 mercs?
    1. is the damage given in the merc screen for a melee attack, or for its rnged attack?
    2. if a sword says it offers cold damage, will this transfer to a ranged attack by a cold merc? or fire / lighning mercs?
    3. will my frostwind (http://www.diabloii.net/items/uniques/weapons_swords-elite.shtml) give my fire merc a boost to his ranged attack by adding the cold dmg? and will my djinn slayer add any to the same merc as fire damage?
    oh, and in case your wondering, ive hired my fire merc purely for a change to the usual holy freeze merc as i dont want to lvl him all the way up, so i started with a hell iron wolf.
    thanks.
     
  2. RTB

    RTB IncGamers Member

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    1. Melee, but he'll only swing his sword when he's surrounded.
    2. Elemental skills do not get a benefit from +elemental dmg. The act 3 merc skills are exactly like the sorcs.
    3. No, see above. Act 3 mercs do not have a physical ranged attack.
     
  3. farting bob

    farting bob Banned

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    thanks. so what swords do give +dmg to the reanged attacks? is it only +skills that do so?
     
  4. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo IncGamers Member

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    I'm not enough of an expert to comment on adding damage to sorc skills.

    But I've used these guys before and generally have given them socketed swords & added jewels with resists, defense, faster cast, or damage reduction (may not be accurate on this last one - going from memory).
     
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    Deleted-Wasn't fast enough
     
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    Only +all skills and +fire skills increase the Slvl of his skills. +% elemental dmg and -%enemy resistance work well on act 3 mercs.

    Culwen's Point is a nice sword for the cold and lightning mercs, while Hexfire (+3 fire skills) is pwnage for fire mercs :)
     
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    Adding fast cast % to Act3 merc is always what I'll do.
     
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    sunbearie IncGamers Member

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    Alternatively, I understand that +3 skills tab is still functioning for the Act 3 mercs no?

    That means, for a ice merc, +3 warcries sword can increase his skills by 3 etc.

    Otherwise, a 6-socketed cystal sword with nice jewels is another good suggestion. (6 rainbow facets if you've got lots of them :lol:) Otherwise, go with +life and resists
    resists.
     
  9. Jak

    Jak IncGamers Member

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    For a Lightning merc a crescent moon single-handed sword helps with he lightning damage.

    Add faster cast, rainbow facets...

    And a Hand of Justice runeword one handed sword on a fire merc = -20% enemy fire resist.

    Those are the rich options :lol:
     
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    strijdje IncGamers Member

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    dual isted ali baba, 4 sock isted shield, ethereal skulders ire (ptopazed) and a shako (ptopaz) there you have it :lol: the most 1337 merc act 3 set up :)
     
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    jiansonz IncGamers Member

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    Don´t take this as anything personal, Robin. :)

    I just have to have an answer from this knowledgable community:

    Why oh why does EVERYONE from here to eternity call Harlequin Crest "Shako" when that is is not applied to ANY other unique item???

    You don´t see any mentioning of a Tulwar or a Russet Armor in the above quote. And Stormshield is never called Monarch and Wizardspike is never called Bone Knife. Only the Harlequin Crest seems to have this strange "ability":

    Harlequin Crest
    Shako

    +2 to All Skills
    +1.5 Life per clvl
    +1.5 Mana per clvl
    +50% Better chance of getting magical item
    Physical Damage Taken Reduced by 10%
    +2 to Strength
    +2 to Dexterity
    +2 to Vitality
    +2 to Energy
    89% chance to be called Shako in the diabloii.net forums

    Does this "name change" come from any specific event (similar to why we blame Durf for everything except stuff that is Microsoft related)?




    By the way, that is truly an 1337 setup!

    However, the helm with highest MF is not a ptopazed Shako (notice the color?) but an Artisan´s/Jeweler´s Tiara/Diadem of Luck. With maximum "of Luck" and three perfect topazes it will provide +107% MF.
     
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    strijdje IncGamers Member

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    have you seen the difference in time when you type Shako and Harlequin Crest? ow and when a HArlequin crest drops it also reads shako... Shako is also the itemtype, i think we all are lazzy asses and dont want to typ 2 seconds longer :lol:
     
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    Monarch is shorter than Stormshield and Bone Knife is shorter than Wizardspike. Tulwar is also definately shorter than Blade of Ali Baba, etc, etc.
     
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    strijdje IncGamers Member

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    blablabla :grrr: i dont care, whenever i see a HArle, i think, hé a shako

    my opinion and i call it whatever i want to call it, period

    if you dont like it, blame durf for it

    edit: ow ever wondered what a storm, wiz, and an ali where? there you've got your answer
     
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    jiansonz IncGamers Member

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    ...of course.

    Case closed.

    (goes away to ponder the uselessness of a Shako, a Shako, and a Shako compared to a Shako. (no Shako or Shako in the game, right?))
     
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    If I remember right ... it all started on B.net ... <ducks and covers> with the tendancy to abbreviate and a failure to enuciate properly. :D Like robin said, if you're in a hurry, which would you rather type?

    Cheers!
     
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    If I am in a hurry, I will wait until later to type anything. :D
     
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    That bug has been fixed in 1.10. Too bad, it really boosted their power.
     
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    Great MF setup, but these guys just don't seem to do enough damage to kill anything (from my limited experience with Act 3 mercs, before I discovered the glories of the Act 2 mercs).
     
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    i think the Shako or a Shako can never be as good as a Shako, but then the best shako might be a shako.
    oh, you want colours then? sorry this wouldnt happen if you owned a Harlequin Crest instead of a shako, no, not the shako, or even a shako, but the other shako.
    anyway, i might try some of the weapons, although it does seem that i need good items or runewords to socket them with. ill see what ive got..
     

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