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An Explosive Conclusion: Untwinked Necromancer Hits 99

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  1. PhineasB

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    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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    Yng Diabloii.Net Member

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    That character selection screen, my god. Grats again, well done!
     
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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    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?)
     
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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    Congrats! It's hard to say what's more impressive- all those items, or the fact that I'm congratulating you on a 4th 99er.
     
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    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.
     
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    Sick achievement! I don't envy you on the Druid to come though :D (however firedruid at Nihla seems to be fun!)

    Keep'em coming! :)
     
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    Amazing, well done on the effort. With few more threads like this one and I might give this tourney a try.
     
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    Why resist? You know you want to ;).
     
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    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.
     
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    A mind blowing achievement. Congratulations!
     
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    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
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    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
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    So that project is now finished!
     
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    RW Grail done and four untwined 99ers? Major congratulations.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    Wow another impressive accomplishment. Don't forget to post in the RW Grail thread ...
     
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    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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