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Dark Nova's Blizzard Guide

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  1. Dark-Nova

    Dark-Nova IncGamers Member

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    Dark Nova's Blizzard Guide

    Dark Nova's Blizzard Guide

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    Chapters
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    I. Introduction
    II. Skill Point Allocation
    III. Stat Point Allocation
    IV. Gear
    V. Game Play
    VI. Skill Guide (Levels 1-30)
    VII. Magic Finding Strategies
    VIII. Thanks
    IX. Final Words
    X. Errors / Mistakes

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    I. Introduction
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    I have noticed not many guides to a blizzard sorceress. I did some research on my spare time, asked some questions, and decided to have a whack at making my own guide. This guide is to help players alike enjoy the blizzard spell to its fullest potential.

    The blizzard sorceress is a fast killing character, which also doubles as an amazing Magic Find (MF) character. The blizzard sorceress specializes (in what else?) blizzard. With all of the synergies, (Ice Bolt, Ice Blast, Glacial Spike, and the bonuses of Cold Mastery) the sorceress is a powerful spell caster.

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    II. Skill Point Allocation
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    For those who are impatient here we go…

    [20 Max] Blizzard (Right Click)
    [20 Max] Glacial Spike (Left Click - Synergy)
    [20 Max] Cold Mastery
    [20 Max] Ice Blast (Synergy)
    [20 Max] Ice Bolt (Synergy)
    [1] Teleport
    [1] Warmth *1
    [1] Static Shock
    [1] Shiver Armor *2

    *1 Some say that Warmth is a must, even at just one point. The 30% mana regeneration is just too good to pass up. Some others say max it, and some just say leave it be. Personally, I think it is good with just 1 skill point. I will leave it up to you, however.

    *2 Same as Warmth. You can do without it, but it can save you every now and then. Well worth the 2 skill points in my mind… I will also leave it up to you, however.

    This is a total of 107 skill points. With the quests and the leveling it is possible to be done at level 95. At level 80 with good equipment and skill placement you still will still be a force to be reckoned with, however.

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    III. Stat Point Allocation
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    Strength: Enough for the highest requirement or 97 (for skullders), nothing more.

    Dexterity: Enough for the requirements and 75% block. Unless you go for no blocking, then you just go for the requirement on the items you use.

    Vitality: Anything you can spare goes here; you should have a great deal invested in the department. Vitality is life, literally.

    Energy: There are a lot of things people say about this, I myself think base 75. This gives you a bit of mana to throw around. Don’t go any higher however. Some people may say put none in, that’s fine also. Do as you wish, I leave it up to you.

    In the beginning you will be tempted to dump tons of stat points into Energy, do not do this. Stop at 75, at most! You can do three things to help you with mana in the early stages.

    1) Mana Potions
    2) Mana Leech
    3) Mana Regeneration Items

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    IV. Gear
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    This gear is for the people who are not insanely rich, but do have some money to throw around.

    Magic Finding Gear
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    Helm: Shako PTopz’d
    Armor: Skullders PTopz’d
    Weapon: Wizard Spike
    Shield: Lidless
    Switch Weapon: Gull Dagger
    Switch Shield: Rhyme Runeword (Shael+Eth)
    Boots: War Traveler’s
    Gloves: Chance Guards
    Belt: Gold Wrap
    Amulet: Mara’s
    Rings: 2x Nagel, or SoJ’s
    Charms: 7% smfcs or MF charms (lower MF charms can really add up)

    Another possible combination is Tal’s Armor, Amulet, and Belt. The partial bonuses really help a lot. Don’t forget charms can add up, stack up on smfcs of any %.

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    V. Game Play
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    Levels 1-25

    This is where most people struggle, myself one of them. I just equip a melee weapon (Gull Dagger, Khalims Will) and start whacking and hacking my way through enemies. Level to 16 in Act 1, at level 16 do Sewer runs until 18. Then proceed to Arcane Runs, do them until level 21. After that go to Trav Runs until level 24. Fly through normal and get to Ancients. At level 25 you can start Baal Runs.

    Level 25-50

    Baal Runs, Baal Runs, Baal Runs, and more Baal Runs. I suggest staying until level 50. You will really see an increase in power of your spells. Your sorceress should be a big part of every run.

    Level 50-75

    Power through Nightmare and grab a friend to help with Ancients. You can Baal Run here until level 75. Your skills really will be heating up here, (or cooling down rather :p) enjoy it!

    75+

    You can get some levels from Hell Baal in an 8 player game. With the right equipment you should be able to tackle Mephisto and Pindleskin (which will both provide experience). From here on, really enjoy your character.

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    VI. Leveling Up Guide (Levels 1-30)
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    Level 2 Ice Bolt (1)
    Level 3 Save (1 saved)
    Den Save (2 saved)
    Level 4 Save (3 saved)
    Level 5 Save (4 saved)
    Level 6 Static Field (1), Frost Nova (1), Telekinesis (1), Ice Blast (1) (1 saved)
    Level 7 Save (2 saved)
    Level 8 Save (3 saved)
    Level 9 Save (4 saved)
    Level 10 Save (5 saved)
    Level 11 Save (6 saved)
    Level 12 Save (7 saved)
    Level 13 Save (8 saved)
    Level 14 Save (9 saved)
    Level 15 Save (10 saved)
    Level 16 Save (11 saved)
    Level 17 Save (12 saved)
    Level 18 Glacial Spike (1), Teleport (1) (11 saved)
    Level 19 Glacial Spike (2) (11 saved)
    Level 20 Glacial Spike (3) (11 saved)
    Level 21 Glacial Spike (4) (11 saved)
    Level 22 Glacial Spike (5) (11 saved)
    Level 23 Glacial Spike (6) (11 saved)
    Level 24 Glacial Spike (7), Blizzard (1) (11 saved)
    Level 25 Glacial Spike (8), Blizzard (2) (10 saved)
    Level 26 Glacial Spike (9), Blizzard (3) (9 saved)
    Level 27 Glacial Spike (10), Blizzard (4) (8 saved)
    Level 28 Glacial Spike (11), Blizzard (5) (7 saved)
    Level 29 Glacial Spike (12), Blizzard (6) (6 saved)
    Level 30 Blizzard (7), Cold Mastery (1) (5 saved)

    After this Max Blizzard, Glacial Spike, Cold Mastery, Ice Blast, and Ice Bolt in that order. Make sure to do that, for more information see chapter II. Skill Point Allocation.

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    VII. Magic Finding Strategies
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    Pindleskin

    Teleport to him, and throw down a blizzard or two. His friends should fall easily, throw another if needed. In rare cases Pindleskin will be Cold Immune (CI) if so make a new game and restart the Pindleskin run.

    Eldritch

    He is like Pindleskin, get some blizzards going hot and heavy. He should fall easily. Watch out, try to keep his minions chilled, so they don’t bombard you. They can do a good beating.

    Mephisto

    Use the moat trick to be out of range, and rain down blizzards. It shouldn’t take too long. If you die easily go back to Nightmare Mode. The rewards are not as great, but it is a bit easier to take down Mephisto. Making a teleport wouldn’t be a bad idea either…

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    VIII. Thanks
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    Just wanted to say thanks for all the help from the sorceress forum here at rpgforums.net! You guys have had a big influence on my gaming and I want to contribute to the already growing pot of guides out there to help the Diablo II dynasty.

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    IX. Final Words
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    This certainly isn’t the “end all†sorceress guide. Remember, you play the game how you want to. I just try to suggest the best possible strategies available. Some may make this guide a bible. Others may read the first sentence and click away in disgust. However it goes I hope to help the readers of this forum be enlightened.

    Here is my Hotkey setup for the right click (my left click is always Glacial Spike)

    F1 Blizzard
    F2 Glacial Spike
    F3 Static Shock
    F4 Teleport

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    X. Errors / Mistakes
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    This is the section where I post the updates to the guide. If you find anything wrong with it please tell me. I will be happy to update it. I will fix it, give me time.

    If you have questions or comments please ask them, I and the other readers of the forum would happily help you with you question.

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    Dark-Nova
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  2. Jowy

    Jowy IncGamers Member

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    Hi.

    You're wrong about not many Blizz guides around, just on the first three pages there are probably already 4. ^_^

    Most just say "MAX ALL SYNERGY AND WEAR STROM FOR OWN GOGOGO~!", props to you for using proper punctuation and making the guide easy to read though.


    A few nits :

    Don't max CM for PvM, it's a waste of skill points. Using a decent amount of +skill items and some Cold Charms, and you'll be fine.

    And as for your skill plan, there's absolutely no reason to save up skill points early. As I always like to say, Blizzard Sorcs are one of the most powerful characters early, even if you play untwinked. They can solo just fine, and take out most monsters in 1 hit.

    5 words : Ice Blast and Glacial Spike.
    Since they both boost Blizz damage, you might as well invest into Ice Blast too, until you can get Blizzard. There's no reason to save your skill points.
    Sure, you'll be drinking alot of Mana potions, but that's not a problem because they are buyable now.

    Lastly, it's worth mentioning that Eldritch is always CI on Hell. :)
    Other than that, decent guide. Short and to the point and easy to read.
     
  3. Superhal

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    couple notes:
    getting max block with lidless is around 270 dex. maybe a bit much. i would suggest one or the other, not both:
    @200 dex + stormshield,
    @230 dex + 62% blocking rhyme heater,
    @200 dex + upgraded viscauteraut
    @220 dex with 64% blocking rhyme shield (hyperion, aegis, ward, but str req's are way too high,) or
    base dex + lidless.

    i count 108 skillpoints required. i think you missed 1 pre-req for blizz, frost nova.
     
  4. th5418

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    Why shouldnt you max CM, what else would you put it in? Max it until you cna make them have -100 resistance
     
  5. Dark-Nova

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    Quick Question...

    I made some changes how do I edit my post?
     
  6. melianor

    melianor D3 Wizard Moderator

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    After 1 hour you cannot edit your post anymore....
    Seems the competition for Blizzard guides is high. we have like 5 now. Maybe all those can be packed into 1? :D

    This one is a good start though :)

    What i am totally missing in all the guides is some theory on CM etc. So people learn to understand WHY -xx% resistances is so damn good.
     
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    melianor D3 Wizard Moderator

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    Hmmm i differ this a bit. See that with your endsetup your CM will be lvl32. Since Blizzsorc is an MF-Runner and she runs Meph alot (Meph has 75% CR) you will then be able to reduce his 75% CR to -100%CR which is the cap.

    Most people can aquire +12 skills rather easily so this means maxing CM.
    When you do Mephruns you want speed. With Blizz and maxed Cm you get the best killing speed!
     
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    I personally am a big fan of cold mastery. Coolest sorc mastery there is.
     
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    quick question..

    I'm using your guide as a reference to build my bliz sorc (and might I say, with maybe 1 or 2 notable exceptions, I actually DO possess everything in your equipment recommendations for once lol). Anyway, after lvl 30, should I continue to split up where my skill points go, or go for a straight maxing of each skill until they're maxed, then move onto the next?

    I'm thinking along the lines of leaving one pt in cold mastery, maxing out bliz/gs (1 point in each per lvl) then just straight maxing CM alone followed by the other two skills together? o_O

    Kind of an odd question, I know, just not sure which way you would recommend as most effective. :)

    Great job on the guide, btw! :thumbsup:
     

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