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Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

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  1. Metalkon

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    Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

    What type of Merc should I use for my nl frenzy barbarian, and what would be the best equipment to put on the merc?

    My Barbarians Items:
    Dual Ethreal Botd Berserker Axe
    Arreats Face
    DS Enigma
    Angelic Rings/Amulet
    Drac Gloves
    Goreriders
    Verd Belt
     
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    Re: Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

    Dual BotD makes no sense. The IAS of the second weapon is irrelevant, so I suggest to exchange one of them with Death (deals nearly as much damage, but adds massive CB and DS - my recommendation) or Beast (adds fanaticism aura).

    Regarding the merc, get a nightmare act 2 offensive one. His might aura adds further off-weapon damage. Equipment: Andy's Visage (with IAS/fireres jewel), eth bugged Fortitude, Obedience in a thresher or GPA, depends on IAS from other gear).
     
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    Re: Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

    So I should use a Beast since I am pure vit(str bonus) or should I go with a Death?

    I thought that the ias was in the middle of what my two weapons were.

    edit: i didnt know that might and fanaticsm stacked together.
     
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    Re: Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

    Only the base speed of the second weapon goes into the frenzy calculation.

    I would use Death, as I wrote. As you have Enigma, you can place the merc at any opportune place, so perhaps an act 1 one with a Faith great bow works as well. I'm not sure about that, however.
     
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    Re: Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

    I was thinking about the Act1 Mercenary myself but the faith bows are pretty expensive in non ladder(I can still get one easily), would that work well with my dual botdz?

    I am also thinking about giving Ubers a try, I can get 25k Attack Rating and 7000 Damage each on my single player version at lv86 using lv23 enchant(demon limb).
     
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    Re: Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

    It would work well, but I guess it would work better with BotD+Death, the most powerful frenzy combo IMO. However, I'm not rich enough to try out all alternatives :azn:
     
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    Re: Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

    I would go with the a2 offensive merc with pride weapon for conc aura, and use beast for the fana to.. should be alot of dmg imo..
     
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    Re: Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

    Franzy already adds a lot of off-weapon damage and if you have a nightmare act 2 offensive merc with Pride (for might+conc auras), additional %ed from fanatisism won't add that much. The Beast weapon itself cannot be ethereal, has 100% less %ed and no CB/DS which effectively means that it deals less than half the Death damage if I'm not mistaken, even when not considering %ed from merc auras (which would reduce the reletive effect of %ed from fanaticism even more). I doubt that %ed from fanaticism and the aditional speed will outweigh that.
     
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    Re: Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

    I thought that damage increasing auras wouldnt stack but I will give it a try I guess.

    I might have to add a small amount of Str to my character so I will not have to glitch my equipment after every death.

    Edit: what would be the best armor/helm for my merc to keep him alive?
     
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    Re: Best Merc/MercItems for a Frenzy Barb?

    Andariel's Visage. Enough leech and decent IAS, but you have to do something about the fire res penalty - mercs die a lot to fire attacks like hydras. Socket it with Ral or (if you can afford it) an IAS/fire res jewel. It would be wise to use such a jewel only on an ethereal Andy's.
     

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