Crafting on Ladder

TheNewHammerInTown

Diabloii.Net Member
Crafting on Ladder

Hi,
Just created my first ladder character. I have a few crafting questions to ask. I read about people upping HoZ's and I am wondering how it is done and what sort of results you can expect from upping it. Is it the Ko+Lem+P Diamond+Excep Item recipe? Also I have a guardian angel templar coat. What sort of results could I be likely to expect if I use this formula on it? Also does anyone have any hints on how to craft some decent amulets on ladder and non ladder.
Cheers,
Dave
 

cotton

Diabloii.Net Member
Yes, that is the recipe. For all cube recipes, check here:
http://www.battle.net/diablo2exp/items/cube.shtml

HoZ is a Guilded Shield, and upping it will make it an elite shield--in this case a Zakarum Shield--with the same mods as HoZ. So the defense of the base item goes from 144-168 to 169-193, and you get a very nice boost in smite damage (you'd be better off asking someone who has one what their base smite damage is; I haven't personally played a smiter.) All other characteristics, such as chance to block, +skills, and resistances will be the same for the up'd and non-up'd HoZs. The strength requirement goes from a manageable 89 to a pretty hefty 142. That's pretty a pretty significant jump, but if you plan on using smite as a main skill, it goes from being decent to one of the best shields in the game. If not, it may not be worth it just for defense, especially since you take the chance of taking a 168 def Guilded and making it a 169 def Kurast.

The same holds true for Guardian Angel. Base defense goes from 252-274 on Templar to 421-503 Hellforge, and strength req goes from 118 to 196. When you add in the 180-200 defense bonus on GA and then the big boost you get from Holy Shield, this is a significant difference, but again it comes at a very high strength cost.

Hope this helps.
 

TheNewHammerInTown

Diabloii.Net Member
Thanks cotton, explains a lot :) The defense bonus to the templar coat makes that quite appealing. Could easily get a 500-600 defense bonus which with holy shield is quite a boost. The strength requirement is a lot higher but could lower that to 167 by socketing it and shoving a hel rune in there.
 
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