An Explosive Conclusion: Untwinked Necromancer Hits 99

PhineasB

Diabloii.Net Member
Pestilence was my fourth entrant in the relaunch of the untwinked 99er challenge hosted by @Kitteh. He now joins the Table of Heroes, along with Mercy (trapper assassin), Hiatus (Blizz sorc 1-98 and lightning sorc 98-99), and Phaedrus (Hammerdin).

I started Pestilence in late November 2017, while Hiatus was making her final push at Nihl, as a planned untwinked entry and he moved through Act 1 over Thanksgiving weekend. He had progressed to A2 Palace by New Year’s, and after Hiatus pinged 99 and Phaedrus had started moving again and reached lvl 95, his untwinked 99er journey started in earnest.

This guy had truly ridiculous luck for an untwinked playthrough, with multiple rare items perfect for a Novamancer dropping just for him. So he was a blast, especially in the gearing stage, with several stare-at-the-screen-in-disbelief moments. His drops were quite poor for the last level at Nihl (but still decent due to sheer number of runs), but his progress was smooth and fast. In all, I’m quite proud of this guy.

We’ll open with a vid of the last few Nihl runs, followed by summary of his progress, run down of key finds, final stats and gear, and then some concluding thoughts and thanks.

Progress
Pestilence’s career had four distinct phases, with the least amount of target switching for any of my 99ers so far.

Playthrough to Hell Anya Quest
As summarized in this post and this post, Pestilence started as a Fishymancer and quested through the Hell Anya quest and lvl 81 by the end of January. He played direct through Normal at mostly p7 and p5, and then p1 through Nightmare. He was nearly maxed on resists for Hell with basics from a brief stop at NM Meph and leveling at Pindle, making for a smooth transition. The next stretch was uneventful, with minimal drops through Anya.

Lower Kurast
Pestlience then transitioned to LK in search of runes. It also delivered some nice charms along the way, beginning with his first PnB skiller of Vita and Sur #1 in quick succession. He then had another solid stretch, finally picking up the third Lum to allow Harmony :rolleyes: and a Vex for HotO, followed by Sur #2 and his second PnB skiller of Vita.

Around this time, I entered Quinta in the S/U Worshipper tourney, so I generally was splitting time among her, Phaedrus, and Pestilence through the end of the year. But Pestilence continued in LK, with Sur #3, Lo, and some nice charms summarized here, Sur #4 here, and Sur #5 here, allowing him to make Enigma before the end of March 2018.

The Pit
That game-changing runeword allowed him to respec to Novamancer and transition to the Pit, where he stayed pretty much all the way to 98, with two brief stints back at LK, a lucrative sidetrack to Council, and some dabbling at Nihl to find GCs to reroll.

Progress from lvl 82 to 89 is summarized here, with a nice 4os eth Giant Thresher becoming an Insight upgrade (and eventually Infinity) and Shako. Then he his ridiculous luck continued in quick succession, prompting some speculation from others that I’d used up all the SPF luck for a while ;)

It began with Dweb, with a nice roll to boot, on his way to lvl 93, as summarized here. That stretch also included Arachnid’s and Andy’s, which were two end-game pieces of gear, so quite nice. Having reached lvl 93, he planned to burn through his pAmethysts, but didn’t have to go further than the 11th craft before hitting gold with a 2/20 necro amulet, along with gambling a 1/20 coronet that allowed 125 FCR set up with Dweb.

I was hooked on this guy at this point, and he continued moving to lvl 93.5, picking up a fourth PnB skiller and Darkforce, which was an overall grailer for me at that point. He had cube socketed a 4os eth Dusk Shroud, and a Lo dropped on the way to lvl 94, allowing a major merc upgrade in Fortitude. He then detoured for 1000 LK runs with enough to cube to a Sur.

Pestilence then returned to the Pit and progressed to lvl 94.5, with noteworthy drops a 5/5 poison facet prompting him to reroll his Pit map to grab Normal socket quest for DWeb, and with a Templar’s. On the way to Lvl 95, he rolled a +6 BO CtA to replace his original +1 BO roll. He then netted his last major gear upgrade in Infinity, with a Sur dropping while messing around at Council prompting him to focus on LK again, and a few hours later he had two more Surs to cube up.

He pushed to lvl 95.5 in advance of the MFO Warmup tourney hosted by @ffs in July, and made it to lvl 96.5 over those 20 hours plus a little extra. As noted in that update, he netted a Griffon’s during this stretch, which bested the 1/20 coronet for a 125 FCR setup. Pestilence was then parked, as I focused on Quinta as my MFO entry and Phaedrus made his push to 99. When Phaedrus dinged the last level in November, Pestilence pushed to lvl 97 with quite some nice drops for that half level.

I’d decided to stay in the Pit in advance of the MFO Warmup tourney, and then at least to finish the level there, but was hoping I could make another option would work for faster XP from 97-98. I wasn’t able to find a better option, so he remained in the Pit despite netting only a little more than 3M XP/hr, by far the slowest of my characters for this stretch.

Although somewhat slow, progress was smooth and the drops were plenty throughout the level, with updates at lvl 97.25, lvl 97.5, lvl 97.75, lvl 97.9 and lvl 98. Highlights for the level were a Jah, not one but two Unique Sacred Armors (both Templar’s), two unique Caducei, and Earthshifter x2, which was an overall grailer and brought me to grail -2.

Nihlathak
We then transitioned to our pasty friend in the Halls, and went toe-to-toe in a CE battle. Except for an early death when testing things out (about 4M in), Pestilence came out on top every time :) The drops were really poor, with only 5 Vex+ runes (and the two highest a Lo and a Sur), and a high roll Griffon’s. But after his luck leading up to this level, no complaints at all.

The other nice part was he had the fastest XP/hr so far for my characters on Nihl, consistently getting 3M. I managed to shorten the S&E lag from 6-7s average to closer to 4s, which helped a lot. But he also could manage almost every roll, so there were few aborted runs. I think the limited drops actually helped the XP/hr a bit also.

The other thing about the necro was how important the map roll was, particularly how often mobs spawned around Nihl’s platform. With the IG and merc charging blindly ahead, Viper clouds weren’t a danger to Pestilence, but the merc dropped frequently until I rolled a nice map.

His progress is summarized in the following posts: testing up to lvl 98.05, as my entry to RFL Round 3 up to lvl 98.33, lvl 98.5, lvl 98.75, and lvl 99.

A vid that I made on his final map is below to show a representative sample of how things went, including FI Stone Skin rolls! Below that is the vid of Ancients, which I chickened out and took at p1, because I thought it could be interesting with only amp and pNova, but was mostly just funny because of how OP merc and IG were. Amp roll wasn't even a concern!
(I generally have a fairly mellow Pandora stream going when running, so sorry if the background music isn't to your taste :p)

Finds
Although slow for XP, focusing on the Pit led to some solid S/U drops, including lots of Unique TC87s, and also some decent progress on my ethereal grail once I remembered to start checking drops for eth status. I’m pretty sure his stashed charms and rares are solid, so I look forward to sorting through those.

He also had good rune luck up to lvl 98, allowing him to build a body recovery kit Enigma for Nihl (which was thankfully not needed). The key runewords he made are below:
Code:
Enigma x2
CtA x2
HoTo x2
eth Fortitude
Infinity
Exile (for rune word grail)
The high runes still in the stash are Mal x5, Ist x3, Gul x4, Ohm x5, Lo x4, Sur x1, and Ber x1. As with the other three 99ers, there are too many nice items to summarize, so I will just list a couple favorites:
Code:
PnB Skiller of Vita x2
6 more PnB skillers, for a full backpack if desired!
DWeb
Earthshifter x2 (overall grailer)
Darkforce Spawn x3 (overall grailer)
Stats, Gear, and Merc
I removed readouts of the runes included in runewords to shorten things.
Code:
 Name:       Pestilence
Class:      Necromancer
Experience: 3520485254
Level:      99

Naked/Gear
Strength:   83/164
Dexterity:  31/40
Vitality:   441/470
Energy:     25/32
HP:         1104/1854
Mana:       221/508
Stamina:    603/831
Defense:    7/1491
AR:         110/200

Fire:       149/109/49
Cold:       133/93/33
Lightning:  103/63/3
Poison:     127/87/27

MF:         219       Block:      5
GF:         217
FR/W:       85
FHR:        60
IAS:        40
FCR:        85

Amplify Damage: 1/13
Dim Vision: 1/13
Weaken: 0/0
Iron Maiden: 0/0
Terror: 0/0
Confuse: 1/13
Life Tap: 0/0
Attract: 1/13
Decrepify: 0/0
Lower Resist: 0/0

Teeth: 1/14
Bone Armor: 0/0
Poison Dagger: 20/33
Corpse Explosion: 20/33
Bone Wall: 0/0
Poison Explosion: 20/33
Bone Spear: 0/0
Bone Prison: 0/0
Poison Nova: 20/33
Bone Spirit: 0/0

Skeleton Mastery: 0/0
Raise Skeleton: 0/0
Clay Golem: 1/11
Golem Mastery: 20/30
Raise Skeletal Mage: 0/0
Blood Golem: 1/11
Summon Resist: 1/11
Iron Golem: 1/11
Fire Golem: 0/0
Revive: 0/0
Code:
Trang-Oul's Claws
Heavy Bracers
Defense: 69
Durability: 14 of 16
Required Level: 45
Required Strength: 58
Fingerprint: 0x965b98e3
Item Level: 59
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Curses (Necromancer only)
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+25% to Poison Skill Damage
+30 Defense
Cold Resist +30%

Aldur's Advance
Battle Boots
Defense: 47
Durability: 16 of 18
Required Level: 45
Required Strength: 95
Fingerprint: 0xb359ea83
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Indestructible
+40% Faster Run/Walk
+50 to Life
+180 Maximum Stamina
Heal Stamina Plus 32%
Fire Resist +50%
10% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
Set (2 items): +15 to Dexterity
Set (3 items): +15 to Dexterity
Set (4 items): +15 to Dexterity

Pestilence's Enigma
Breast Plate
JahIthBer
Defense: 828
Durability: 45 of 50
Required Level: 65
Required Strength: 30
Fingerprint: 0x179c5fd8
Item Level: 50
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+45% Faster Run/Walk
+1 to Teleport
+762 Defense
+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
99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based on Character Level)
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Jah Rune
Socketed: Ith Rune
Socketed: Ber Rune

Doom Spiral
Ring
Required Level: 74
Fingerprint: 0x3561afe
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Cast Rate
+2 to Minimum Damage
+45 to Attack Rating
6% Mana stolen per hit
All Resistances +11
Poison Resist +24%

Dwarf Star
Ring
Required Level: 45
Fingerprint: 0x74b31fc7
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+40 to Life
+40 Maximum Stamina
Heal Stamina Plus 15%
Fire Absorb 15%
Magic Damage Reduced by 14
100% Extra Gold from Monsters

Mara's Kaleidoscope
Amulet
Required Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0x27a8f6c8
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +5
All Resistances +27

Arachnid Mesh
Spiderweb Sash
Defense: 132
Durability: 8 of 12
Required Level: 80
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x39d48942
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Slows Target by 10%
+110% Enhanced Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 5%
Level 3 Venom (11/11 Charges)

Pestilence's Harlequin Crest
Shako
Defense: 122
Durability: 6 of 12
Required Level: 62
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0xc6dd8ab2
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 23 Venom when you Level-Up
+2 to All Skills
Adds 37 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
-5% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+5% to Poison Skill Damage
All Stats +2
+148 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+148 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
Damage Reduced by 10%
50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Rainbow Facet

Rainbow Facet
Jewel
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0x79355403
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 23 Venom when you Level-Up
Adds 37 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
-5% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+5% to Poison Skill Damage

Heart of the Oak
Flail
KoVexPulThul
One Hand Damage: 1 - 24
Durability: 30 of 30
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 41
Required Dexterity: 35
Fingerprint: 0x6acdd562
Item Level: 79
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to All Skills
+40% Faster Cast Rate
+75% Damage to Demons
+100 to Attack Rating against Demons
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
7% Mana stolen per hit
+10 to Dexterity
Replenish Life +20
Increase Maximum Mana 15%
All Resistances +32
Level 4 Oak Sage (25/25 Charges)
Level 14 Raven (60/60 Charges)
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ko Rune
Socketed: Vex Rune
Socketed: Pul Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune

Spirit
Monarch
TalThulOrtAmn
Defense: 140
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 78 of 86
Required Level: 54
Required Strength: 156
Fingerprint: 0x51fe094b
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+35% Faster Cast Rate
+55% Faster Hit Recovery
+250 Defense vs. Missile
+22 to Vitality
+111 to Mana
Cold Resist +35%
Lightning Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
+3 Magic Absorb
Attacker Takes Damage of 14
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune
Socketed: Ort Rune
Socketed: Amn Rune

Call to Arms
Crystal Sword
AmnRalMalIstOhm
One Hand Damage: 18 - 54
Durability: 20 of 20
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 43
Fingerprint: 0xe92ff96b
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+40% Increased Attack Speed
265% Enhanced Damage
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
7% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
+6 to Battle Command
+6 to Battle Orders
+3 to Battle Cry
Replenish Life +12
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
5 Sockets (5 used)
Socketed: Amn Rune
Socketed: Ral Rune
Socketed: Mal Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune
Socketed: Ohm Rune

Spirit
Monarch
TalThulOrtAmn
Defense: 143
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 86 of 86
Required Level: 54
Required Strength: 156
Fingerprint: 0x327ce544
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+35% Faster Cast Rate
+55% Faster Hit Recovery
+250 Defense vs. Missile
+22 to Vitality
+100 to Mana
Cold Resist +35%
Lightning Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
+4 Magic Absorb
Attacker Takes Damage of 14
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune
Socketed: Ort Rune
Socketed: Amn Rune
Code:
Fungal Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x3b4c50e2
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+39 to Life

Fungal Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xab3193b9
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)

Fungal Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x85ff09c0
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+40 to Life

Gheed's Fortune
Grand Charm
Required Level: 62
Fingerprint: 0x745b9d0b
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
117% Extra Gold from Monsters
Reduces all Vendor Prices 10%
40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Snake's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xf685c245
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+11 to Mana

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xfaeeb1e3
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life


Ruby Small Charm of Dexterity
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x27e931f9
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Dexterity
Fire Resist +11%

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xdc6b7dc6
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Rugged Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x64b8eb3f
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+8 Maximum Stamina

Garnet Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 20
Fingerprint: 0x2fed7689
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15 to Life
Fire Resist +9%

Snake's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xca32ecbc
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
+10 to Mana

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xaad5e739
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xbda0dc8e
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xd04415fe
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Ruby Small Charm of Balance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xad738c60
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+5% Faster Hit Recovery
Fire Resist +11%

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xeb07869c
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xae1f7328
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x715aede7
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
+16 to Mana

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x1ea375e0
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xaa1555d5
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x93f51bfe
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xf2eeaad2
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xff006004
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xb8e225d9
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x62a925a3
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Lizard's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x1b42c33f
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+2 to Mana

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x21bae0c5
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x37c66bf7
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
Code:
Enigma
Light Plate
JahIthBer
Defense: 873
Durability: 44 of 60
Required Level: 65
Required Strength: 41
Fingerprint: 0x62bdea76
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+45% Faster Run/Walk
+1 to Teleport
+766 Defense
+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
99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based on Character Level)
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Jah Rune
Socketed: Ith Rune
Socketed: Ber Rune

Harlequin Crest
Shako
Defense: 106
Durability: 6 of 12
Required Level: 62
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0xe7abec4e
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +2
+148 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+148 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
Damage Reduced by 10%
50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Call to Arms
Crystal Sword
AmnRalMalIstOhm
One Hand Damage: 19 - 57
Durability: 20 of 20
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 43
Fingerprint: 0xa59cb6a8
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+40% Increased Attack Speed
280% Enhanced Damage
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
7% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
+6 to Battle Command
+2 to Battle Orders
+4 to Battle Cry
Replenish Life +12
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
5 Sockets (5 used)
Socketed: Amn Rune
Socketed: Ral Rune
Socketed: Mal Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune
Socketed: Ohm Rune

Arachnid Mesh
Spiderweb Sash
Defense: 135
Durability: 11 of 12
Required Level: 80
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x1b53f25
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Slows Target by 10%
+115% Enhanced Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 5%
Level 3 Venom (9/11 Charges)

Heart of the Oak
Flail
KoVexPulThul
One Hand Damage: 1 - 24
Durability: 30 of 30
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 41
Required Dexterity: 35
Fingerprint: 0x4aa275aa
Item Level: 60
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to All Skills
+40% Faster Cast Rate
+75% Damage to Demons
+100 to Attack Rating against Demons
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
7% Mana stolen per hit
+10 to Dexterity
Replenish Life +20
Increase Maximum Mana 15%
All Resistances +30
Level 4 Oak Sage (25/25 Charges)
Level 14 Raven (60/60 Charges)
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ko Rune
Socketed: Vex Rune
Socketed: Pul Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune

Homunculus
Hierophant Trophy
Defense: 184
Chance to Block: 52
Durability: 17 of 20
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 58
Fingerprint: 0xdb197ec3
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Curses (Necromancer only)
+2 to Necromancer Skill Levels
+30% Faster Block Rate
40% Increased Chance of Blocking
+160% Enhanced Defense
+20 to Energy
Regenerate Mana 33%
All Resistances +40
+5 to Mana after each Kill

Bone Beads
Amulet
Required Level: 89
Fingerprint: 0x7d52d88
Item Level: 94
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Necromancer Skill Levels
+10% Faster Cast Rate
+3 to Minimum Damage
+16 to Mana
Regenerate Mana 4%
All Resistances +11
9% Damage Taken Goes To Mana

Insight
Cryptic Axe
RalTirTalSol
Two Hand Damage: 117 - 492
Durability: 56 of 65
Required Level: 59
Required Strength: 165
Required Dexterity: 103
Fingerprint: 0x97479ec6
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Level 13 Meditation Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster Cast Rate
228% Enhanced Damage
+9 to Minimum Damage
191% Bonus to Attack Rating
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
+4 to Critical Strike
All Stats +5
+2 to Mana after each Kill
23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ral Rune
Socketed: Tir Rune
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune
Code:
Name:       Alhizeer
Race:       Desert Mercenary
Type:       Off-Nightmare
Experience: 114104776
Level:      98
Dead?:      false

Naked/Gear
Strength:   209/238
Dexterity:  169/169
HP:         2287/2398
Defense:    1671/5142
AR:         2066/2066

Fire:       157/117/57
Cold:       187/147/87
Lightning:  187/147/87
Poison:    257/217/157

Fortitude
Dusk Shroud
ElSolDolLo
Defense: 3132
Durability: 11 of 11
Required Level: 59
Required Strength: 67
Fingerprint: 0x3c7aabc5
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+111 to Life (Based on Character Level)
Replenish Life +7
+5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +25
Damage Reduced by 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 to Light Radius
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: El Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune
Socketed: Dol Rune
Socketed: Lo Rune

Andariel's Visage
Demonhead
Defense: 339
Durability: 10 of 20
Required Level: 83
Required Strength: 102
Fingerprint: 0x6cca8d34
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
15% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova when struck
+2 to All Skills
+20% Increased Attack Speed
10% Life stolen per hit
+119% Enhanced Defense
+29 to Strength
+10% to Maximum Poison Resist
Fire Resist -30%
Poison Resist +70%
Level 3 Venom (14/20 Charges)

Infinity
Giant Thresher
BerMalBerIst
Two Hand Damage: 232 - 661
Durability: 28 of 28
Required Level: 66
Required Strength: 178
Required Dexterity: 130
Fingerprint: 0xb0613822
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
50% Chance to cast level 20 Chain Lightning when you Kill an Enemy
Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster Run/Walk
287% Enhanced Damage
-55% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
40% Chance of Crushing Blow
Prevent Monster Heal
+49 to Vitality (Based on Character Level)
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Level 21 Cyclone Armor (30/30 Charges)
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ber Rune
Socketed: Mal Rune
Socketed: Ber Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune
Because he spent more time with his leveling gear, his gear when he finished up in the Pit is at the bottom of the update post for lvl 98 :)

Finally, I don’t regret socketing the Griffon’s for a pTopaz, given his drops from 97-98. But having an IAS jewel in Andy’s would have made a difference in terms of speed for Nihl. It was safe and fast enough without, but I would definitely encourage anyone trying Nihl with a necro to go that route for dropping those corpses faster.

Thank You-s
I have to start with thanks to this forum and everyone who participated or contributed to this thread, with special thanks to @Kitteh for (re)starting this challenge. As I’ve said before, it’s much easier to plug away with company :)

-- Special thanks go to @Pb_pal, @NanoMist and @T72on1 who were in it from the beginning and have stayed active in this thread, and also have helped with feedback and encouragement throughout.

-- Major thanks also to the continued entries, especially @ffs @Bewitch @Yng who’ve gotten characters to 99 and are still active here, and the more recent participants who are keeping this thread lively. It’s much more engaging with an active community to share progress, and the community here is a major contributor to my motivation to keep these 99ers going.

-- @ffs gets a special shout out for showing the way with Ric, and for the ongoing encouragement to keep our characters going if the other does also. To repeat the script from Phaedrus’ write up, Lucid appears on track to ping 99 soon, so I will at least offer to keep Quinta moving until then so maybe you’ll get a fourth entrant! ;)

What’s Next-es
Pestilence will finish off Baal, and then he will be an option for future RFLs and MFOs (Cows, Council, the Pit). I also plan to go on a gambling spree in my general stash for coronets/circlets, so he may even get some 2/20 headgear!

I want to get back to questing through my new Druid until he can equip to become grief/fury and level in Pits until he can equip the eTomby. And I plan to keep pushing my Overburdened tourney druid, who’s part way into A2 Hell, and a candidate to continue as an untwinked 99er entry some day.

Finally, we will continue pushing Quinta and Death, likely focusing on Quinta in the hopes that she can reach 97.25 between now and MFO (she’s currently around 97.15). Then she will be my MFO entry for Baal, with hopes of getting her past 97.5 and on her way to 97.75. That should allow her reach 98 and transition to Nihl before we leave for vacation in mid-October. It’s not too much time to get Death to 95, so that may also be a weekend project along the way.

As per tradition, I'm liking the character screen!
Screenshot002.jpg
In closing, a final thanks to everyone who followed along and provided encouragement for Pestilence and my other 99ers. Questions and feedback are most welcome. Cheers! :D
 
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Void Stalker

Diabloii.Net Member
Very nice! Great achievements, and that is so awesome that you have not only reached level 99 with a necro, but that he is your forth guy to do so.
 

Vildecor

Diabloii.Net Member
Congratulations on number four! You indeed had some sick luck on drops for Pestilence. I hope to be able to join the ranks of untwinked 99ers next year.

So, I know this is still a ways off, but do you have any plans for what you’ll do once you’ve done all seven classes?
 

ffs

Diabloii.Net Member
Major congrats on #4 and this beast of a character. DWeb, 2/20 amulet, full skiller set (and several Vita) – many have played the game for years and don't have that kind of Necro gear for twinked chars! :eek:

Oh and for sure I will finish the Paladin, but no promises as to another entry. :p

(Btw for some reason I can't see the Nihl vid?)
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
Getting an untwinked 99er is a major accomplishment as it is. Getting 4 is epic beyond words. Aiming for 7 is ... well, you have my eternal admiration ;).

I thoroughly enjoyed following Pestilence's progress, same as I did with the previous ones and the others still running (and no doubt the upcoming Druid as well). Looking forward to the rest of the journey of the Barb, Amazon and Druid.

O yes, and great write-up on Pestilence, as always !!

Edit: Nihl video is showing up just fine for me.
 

Luhkoh

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats!! That gear o_Oo_Oo_O What an epic journey. I was only here for the last half of it and didn't realize those sick finds early on.
Also I read the post about CS testing. @Gripphon will you make us a CS necro video?
 

Pb_pal

Diabloii.Net Member
Amazing stuff as always. Huge congrats, ridiculous items, absurd character selection screen.

He was awesome to follow along with in the thread, a truly unique and interesting journey. You're insane.
 

mir

Diabloii.Net Member
Amazing, well done on the effort. With few more threads like this one and I might give this tourney a try.
 

jjscud

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats. 4 is incredible. I always love the vids, they're a great way to showcase the char and help those of us heading that same direction.
 

PhineasB

Diabloii.Net Member
Thanks for the congrats @everyone! A couple further highlights since posting the 99er thread. First, the Baal fight and making Patriarch. The fight was easier than expected, although I hadn't done waves/Baal on p1 in a while, so I guess there is that. Baal took about a minute:
Baal fight.jpg
Pat.jpg
Next, per tradition, he used up his runes on the Runeword grail. Given what he had left over, he contributed 100% to Fury (went with +3 BF Suwwayah because I still haven't found better despite picking up every one). It is the planned rebuild of my warrior monk, and using Ceramic Weasel's BF info to pump that skill unlike last time.
Fury.jpg
And to finish the runeword grail, we went ahead and dusted off a retired character to Larzuk the best eth GPA I had found so far. And because Pestilence only contributed a Ber and Sur, I let that retired character cube up the Zod, starting with all my Guls, skipping Lo, and still having Vex, Lo x3, Sur, and Ber in my overall stash.
cubing to Zod.jpg
eBotD prep.jpg
eBotD.jpg
So that project is now finished!
 

jonnyphive

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats. Each one of your UT99ers feel more impressive than the last if for no other reason than because you keep piling them up! How many hours per week on average would you say you're able to play? I'm just trying to contemplate the feasibility of finishing even one of these characters myself. No matter the answer, I'm sure to be jealous.
 

WoRG

Diabloii.Net Member
Awe inspiring!!! ...4th untwinked 99'er AND finished the RW grail...dude, you are an insane D2 machine!!!

Playing untwinked makes my head want to explode when I find a perfect item...that is always completely useless for the toon who found it...:(

WoRG
 

Kitteh

Diabloii.Net Site Pal
Awwwww damn it, now I have a Diablo itch and no way of playing it. God damn it Phineas!

Congratulations :D
 
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