Varg said:

skills:

nova:max

dagger:max

Explosion:max

lower res:10-15

eq:

death web:48% +2 5/5 facet "died with my 50% +2 last week"

maras

soj or bk "i like bk more because hc"

to belt

to Wing 5/5 facet

to Claws

crown of ages 2x 5/5 facets

annihilus

10 p&b skiller

the BIG ? to me is the armor....

is it no biger differenc ill go for bramble..

i know nothing about res and poison dmg calculations...

So your basic equipment without armour has:

total plus skills for P&B are 4 + 2 + 1 +1 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 10 = 22

total plus skills to curse are 2 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 1 + 1 = 10

so Lower Resist will be about -64 (not sure exactly)

and you have 4 facets and Trang Gloves giving + 20 + 25% = 45% poison damage

and total negative to monster poison resist is -48 -20 -25 = -93% PR

I don't know exactly what damage your Poison Nova will do but it doesn't matter for the comparison since it is all relative.

Taking the same assumptions used before and a notional 2000 damage Poison Nova we get

Without any armour

2000 * (1 + 45%) = 2900 and monster has 7% Poision resist so 93% is done

2900 * 93% = 2697

With 50% Bramble

2000 * ( 1 + 95%) = 3900 and poison resist is still 7%

3900 * 93% = 3627

With 25% Bramble

2000 * ( 1 + 70%) = 3400

3400 * 93% = 3162

With 4 facet armour

2000 * (1 + 65%) = 3300

But the extra 20 negative resist now means that PR = -113% and the monsters resist would now be -13%

3300 * 113% = 3729

Therefore it is clear that the 2 armours are roughly the same when dealling with poison immunes with the 4 facet being better by 3729 / 3627 = approx 3% over a perfect Bramble and 3729 / 3400 = 9.6% over a worst Bramble.

When dealing with basic monsters with

**no poison resistance** the -100% cap on negative resistances comes into play if you use Lower Resist (assumed to have - 64%) In all cases the cap will be reached and poison damage will be doubled.

So for a 50% Bramble Armour

2000 * ( 1 + 95%) = 3900

3900 * 200% = 7800

for 25% Bramble Armour

2000 * ( 1 + 70%) = 3400

3400 * 200% = 6800

and for 4 facet Armour

2000 * (1 + 65%) = 3300

3300 * 200% = 6600

Overall I would say that your other equipment is so good that it really doesnt matter much what you use

Incidently the crown of ages has a horrible 174 Str requirement. I'm sure you could use another helm with lower requirements and hence have more life for your hc build.

Good Luck.