Death by spaghetti whirlwind - Perkele reaches 99

zticazzy

Diabloii.Net Member
Ladies and gentlemen, it's done.
Perkele reached 99 yesterday night, after killing Nihlathak for the 13000th time (or so), and all of this untwinked and without the help of time travel, mods, muling programs or other third-party software. It has been a long ride. But let's start from where we left, shall we? He was sitting at 96, right after beating the Ancients and killing Baal with his self-farmed pair of ebotdz. "Ok", I think, "game over, there's nothing left to do for Perky"... but oh I was so wrong. A strange thing about D2 is that when you think you're done for good, the game always finds a way to keep you going, and so happened to me. Since I never had the chance to do some serious Baal runs with a melee char, I went for it and tried a few of them just for fun, and right before quitting for good, Baal drops something unbelievably rare and cool: an eth Tomb Reaver with 3os and high stats.
Given the rarity of the thing, I decided to stick with the game for some more grind: it was absolutely necessary to find the right fillers and let Perkele wield this beast of a weapon. Just for stylepoints. I got the runes pretty soon, then I began a quest to farm a ruby jewel of fervor. When it finally dropped, after 40 hours of LK, rejoice! my shiny weapon was ready to be tested in WSK. But what was happening? The white side of my exp bar was getting thicker, and suddenly I got the itch for 97, after all it's a cool number to see in the char screen, right? "97 is going to be my very last level for this guy", I thought. But I was just fooling myself once more. In fact, after reaching 97 with no real effort, I stopped doing baalruns, and began wasting my time wandering around for a while... but then a pinch of white appeared again in the exp bar. My OCD-senses started to tingle stronger than before, and when I reached 3 billion exp I couldn't resist joining the untwinked 99 thread. A new, ambitious goal for Perkele was set.
The rest of my adventure is better described by my posts in that thread: until 98 it was just long grinding sessions in WSK, very few notable drops, plenty of boredom. Seriously, I don't know how @Cyrax did it 4 times, and I didn't even try baaling at 98! High runes dropped frequently though: Lo, Ber, Sur, Jah, Cham... But I didn't have a particular interest in those as I was playing without RWM and I already had everything I needed, so I found myself cubing or tossing them away to gain some inventory space.
After hitting 98 I converted Perkele into a Conc barb, then I went on a killing spree against Nihla. This last level was done in just one month - but it was actually just three weeks, because I was so busy at the beginning I didn't even had the time to play for several days; proud owner of a social/working life here (but no, not really)! I died only twice, the first time at the very start while still testing my gear, the exp was so small that I went "lolwhocares" and I didn't even recover the body, while the second time was around 30% of the exp bar. Add to that also 3 or 4 NDEs, one in particular at 98% got me shaking for a while. I don't have much to say about barb tactics that wasn't explained better by @scrcrw before, just aim for the guy and ignore the rest, unless the rest is a ****ton of vipers. Those creatures are nasty and really, really far away from working-as-intended, no matter what you say, Blizzard.
Btw, here's Perkele's moment of glory:
As you can see, I'm now tele-trick addicted, and Nihla was so kind to spawn stone skin 4 out of 5 times. Also, if you want to know what that last unique was...
Code:
Fleshripper
Fanged Knife
One Hand Damage: 49 - 186
Durability: 34 of 36
Required Level: 68
Required Strength: 42
Required Dexterity: 86
Fingerprint: 0x8c63be4a
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
228% Enhanced Damage
-50% Target Defense
25% Chance of Crushing Blow
33% Deadly Strike
50% Chance of Open Wounds
Prevent Monster Heal
Slows Target by 20%
Useless, but pretty.
I've had many other goodies from Nihla, off the top of my head: Gris caddy and shield, Biggin's bonnet, Torch of Iro, 2x 30%mf Nagelrings, eth Skullder's, the whole M'avina's set, 2 Nightwings, 2 Dragonscales, tons of shakos, mara's, arachs, and keys, I've even had triple key drops, cool stuff.
Upon reaching 99 Perkele was sick of using only one hand to hit, so I spent the last Akara respec to turn him into a WW barb again. May he roll forever in the sunlight.

But now, some data:
LCS

STATS
Code:
Name:       Perkele
Class:      Barbarian
Experience: 3520485254
Level:      99
           
Naked/Gear
Strength:   173/340
Dexterity:  77/156
Vitality:   330/400
Energy:     10/70
HP:         1531/1835
Mana:       108/234
Stamina:    495/495
Defense:    19/1654
AR:         370/1420

Fire:       144/104/44
Cold:       87/47/-13
Lightning:  120/80/20
Poison:     87/47/-13

MF:         187      
Block:      17
GF:         150
FR/W:       70
FHR:        30
IAS:        160
FCR:        10

Bash: 1/4
Leap: 1/4
Double Swing: 0/0
Stun: 1/4
Double Throw: 0/0
Leap Attack: 1/4
Concentrate: 1/4
Frenzy: 0/0
Whirlwind: 20/23
Berserk: 20/23
Sword Mastery: 0/0
Axe Mastery: 20/23
Mace Mastery: 0/0
Pole Arm Mastery: 1/4
Throwing Mastery: 0/0
Spear Mastery: 0/0
Increased Stamina: 1/4
Iron Skin: 1/4
Increased Speed: 1/4
Natural Resistance: 2/5
Howl: 1/4
Find Potion: 1/4
Taunt: 0/0
Shout: 10/13
Find Item: 7/10
Battle Cry: 0/0
Battle Orders: 20/23
Grim Ward: 0/0
War Cry: 0/0
Battle Command: 0/0
ITEMS
INVENTORY
Code:
Gheed's Fortune
Grand Charm
Required Level: 62
Fingerprint: 0x961d6b08
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
150% Extra Gold from Monsters
Reduces all Vendor Prices 15%
40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Sharp Grand Charm of Life
Grand Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0x89b7287c
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+8 to Maximum Damage
+75 to Attack Rating
+18 to Life

Shimmering Grand Charm of Life
Grand Charm
Required Level: 27
Fingerprint: 0x4e9ae599
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
All Resistances +15

Shimmering Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xd7ea4bfb
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
All Resistances +4

Steel Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0xf7517c47
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+35 to Attack Rating
+17 to Life

Steel Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0xd2704817
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30 to Attack Rating
+15 to Life

Steel Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0x637fbe01
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+36 to Attack Rating
+14 to Life

Shimmering Small Charm of Strength
Small Charm
Required Level: 25
Fingerprint: 0x7e71e9d0
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Strength
All Resistances +5

Shimmering Small Charm of Strength
Small Charm
Required Level: 25
Fingerprint: 0xee6f96f8
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Strength
All Resistances +5

Fine Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0x636e0300
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Maximum Damage
+13 to Attack Rating
+13 to Life

Shimmering Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 25
Fingerprint: 0x51b07da
Item Level: 83
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15 to Life
All Resistances +4

Steel Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0x3fd9bfbc
Item Level: 83
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+32 to Attack Rating
+20 to Life

Shimmering Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 25
Fingerprint: 0xbedbc58f
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+12 to Life
All Resistances +4

Ruby Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x664ef292
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
Fire Resist +10%

Garnet Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xc20f3199
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
Fire Resist +8%

Coral Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x5afa83e4
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+16 to Life
Lightning Resist +9%

Sapphire Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x5f4c39e5
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+16 to Life
Cold Resist +11%

Shimmering Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xd256f1d9
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+17 to Life
All Resistances +4

Emerald Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x1d5b16b9
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
Poison Resist +11%

Steel Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0x1d7141f7
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+32 to Attack Rating
+18 to Life

Shimmering Small Charm of Dexterity
Small Charm
Required Level: 25
Fingerprint: 0x5fdd40c7
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Dexterity
All Resistances +5

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0xacb6f450
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+16 to Life
+16 to Mana

Tome of Identify
Fingerprint: 0xdf5575a5
Item Level: 9
Version: Expansion 1.10+

Tome of Town Portal
Fingerprint: 0x8b755027
Item Level: 9
Version: Expansion 1.10+
GEAR
Code:
Perkele's Breath of the Dying
Berserker Axe
VexHelElEldZodEth
One Hand Damage: 178 - 525
Durability: 14 of 14
Required Level: 69
Required Strength: 103
Required Dexterity: 40
Fingerprint: 0x46ff14ce
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
50% Chance to cast level 20 Poison Nova when you Kill an Enemy
Indestructible
+60% Increased Attack Speed
396% Enhanced Damage
-25% Target Defense
+50 to Attack Rating
+200% Damage to Undead
+50 to Attack Rating against Undead
7% Mana stolen per hit
12% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
All Stats +30
+1 to Light Radius
Requirements -20%
Ethereal
6 Sockets (6 used)
Socketed: Vex Rune
Socketed: Hel Rune
Socketed: El Rune
Socketed: Eld Rune
Socketed: Zod Rune
Socketed: Eth Rune

Vex Rune
Required Level: 55
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 7% Mana stolen per hit
Armor: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist
Shields: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist

Hel Rune
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Requirements -20%
Armor: Requirements -15%
Shields: Requirements -15%

El Rune
Required Level: 11
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +50 to Attack Rating
+1 to Light Radius
Armor: +15 Defense
+1 to Light Radius
Shields: +15 Defense
+1 to Light Radius

Eld Rune
Required Level: 11
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +75% Damage to Undead
+50 to Attack Rating against Undead
Armor: 15% Slower Stamina Drain
Shields: 7% Increased Chance of Blocking

Zod Rune
Required Level: 69
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Indestructible
Armor: Indestructible
Shields: Indestructible

Eth Rune
Required Level: 15
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: -25% Target Defense
Armor: Regenerate Mana 15%
Shields: Regenerate Mana 15%

Perkele's Breath of the Dying
Berserker Axe
VexHelElEldZodEth
One Hand Damage: 176 - 520
Durability: 14 of 14
Required Level: 69
Required Strength: 103
Required Dexterity: 40
Fingerprint: 0x16fff49f
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
50% Chance to cast level 20 Poison Nova when you Kill an Enemy
Indestructible
+60% Increased Attack Speed
391% Enhanced Damage
-25% Target Defense
+50 to Attack Rating
+200% Damage to Undead
+50 to Attack Rating against Undead
7% Mana stolen per hit
12% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
All Stats +30
+1 to Light Radius
Requirements -20%
Ethereal
6 Sockets (6 used)
Socketed: Vex Rune
Socketed: Hel Rune
Socketed: El Rune
Socketed: Eld Rune
Socketed: Zod Rune
Socketed: Eth Rune

Vex Rune
Required Level: 55
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 7% Mana stolen per hit
Armor: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist
Shields: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist

Hel Rune
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Requirements -20%
Armor: Requirements -15%
Shields: Requirements -15%

El Rune
Required Level: 11
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +50 to Attack Rating
+1 to Light Radius
Armor: +15 Defense
+1 to Light Radius
Shields: +15 Defense
+1 to Light Radius

Eld Rune
Required Level: 11
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +75% Damage to Undead
+50 to Attack Rating against Undead
Armor: 15% Slower Stamina Drain
Shields: 7% Increased Chance of Blocking

Zod Rune
Required Level: 69
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Indestructible
Armor: Indestructible
Shields: Indestructible

Eth Rune
Required Level: 15
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: -25% Target Defense
Armor: Regenerate Mana 15%
Shields: Regenerate Mana 15%

String of Ears
Spiderweb Sash
Defense: 167
Durability: 22 of 22
Required Level: 53
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x2fc30e20
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
6% Life stolen per hit
+168% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
Damage Reduced by 15%
Magic Damage Reduced by 15
Required Level +7
+10 Maximum Durability

Laying of Hands
Bramble Mitts
Defense: 87
Durability: 12 of 12
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x2a6c28a4
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
10% Chance to cast level 3 Holy Bolt on striking
+20% Increased Attack Speed
+350% Damage to Demons
+25 Defense
Fire Resist +50%

Guillaume's Face
Winged Helm
Defense: 217
Durability: 40 of 40
Required Level: 58
Required Strength: 115
Fingerprint: 0xf2a2ea25
Item Level: 59
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30% Faster Hit Recovery
40% Enhanced Damage
35% Chance of Crushing Blow
15% Deadly Strike
+120% Enhanced Defense
+20 to Strength
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Ruby Jewel of Virility

Ruby Jewel of Virility
Jewel
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0xdf55293e
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
40% Enhanced Damage
+5 to Strength

Enigma
Mage Plate
JahIthBer
Defense: 1022
Durability: 60 of 60
Required Level: 65
Required Strength: 55
Fingerprint: 0xb8c140f
Item Level: 1
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+45% Faster Run/Walk
+1 to Teleport
+765 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

Jah Rune
Required Level: 65
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Ignore Target's Defense
Armor: Increase Maximum Life 5%
Shields: +50 to Life

Ith Rune
Required Level: 15
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +9 to Maximum Damage
Armor: 15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
Shields: 15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana

Ber Rune
Required Level: 63
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
Armor: Damage Reduced by 8%
Shields: Damage Reduced by 8%

War Traveler
Battle Boots
Defense: 122
Durability: 48 of 48
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 95
Fingerprint: 0x9d7edb47
Item Level: 75
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+25% Faster Run/Walk
Adds 15 - 25 Damage
+156% Enhanced Defense
+10 to Strength
+10 to Vitality
40% Slower Stamina Drain
Attacker Takes Damage of 5
48% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+30 Maximum Durability

Highlord's Wrath
Amulet
Required Level: 65
Fingerprint: 0x2a30f362
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+20% Increased Attack Speed
Adds 1 - 30 Lightning Damage
37% Deadly Strike (Based on Character Level)
Lightning Resist +35%
Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 15

Raven Frost
Ring
Required Level: 45
Fingerprint: 0x775a0e67
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+231 to Attack Rating
Adds 15 - 45 Cold Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
+18 to Dexterity
+40 to Mana
Cold Absorb 20%
Cannot Be Frozen

Chaos Touch
Ring
Required Level: 74
Fingerprint: 0xe622a434
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Cast Rate
+71 to Attack Rating
6% Mana stolen per hit
8% Life stolen per hit
+70 to Mana
+1 to Light Radius

Suicide Branch
Burnt Wand
One Hand Damage: 8 - 18
Durability: 15 of 15
Required Level: 33
Required Strength: 25
Fingerprint: 0x11ed1cd5
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+50% Faster Cast Rate
+40 to Life
Increase Maximum Mana 10%
All Resistances +10
Attacker Takes Damage of 25

Suicide Branch
Burnt Wand
One Hand Damage: 8 - 18
Durability: 15 of 15
Required Level: 33
Required Strength: 25
Fingerprint: 0xe98b4a6a
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+50% Faster Cast Rate
+40 to Life
Increase Maximum Mana 10%
All Resistances +10
Attacker Takes Damage of 25
STASH
Code:
Horadric Cube
Fingerprint: 0x6c7634f0
Item Level: 13
Version: Expansion 1.10+

Zod Rune
Required Level: 69
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Indestructible
Armor: Indestructible
Shields: Indestructible

Ohm Rune
Required Level: 57
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Enhanced Maximum Damage
Armor: +5% to Maximum Cold Resist
Shields: +5% to Maximum Cold Resist

Cham Rune
Required Level: 67
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Freezes target +3
Armor: Cannot Be Frozen
Shields: Cannot Be Frozen

Ber Rune
Required Level: 63
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
Armor: Damage Reduced by 8%
Shields: Damage Reduced by 8%

Jah Rune
Required Level: 65
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Ignore Target's Defense
Armor: Increase Maximum Life 5%
Shields: +50 to Life

Ber Rune
Required Level: 63
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
Armor: Damage Reduced by 8%
Shields: Damage Reduced by 8%

Vex Rune
Required Level: 55
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 7% Mana stolen per hit
Armor: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist
Shields: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist

Ist Rune
Required Level: 51
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Tomb Reaver
Cryptic Axe
Two Hand Damage: 224 - 1032
Durability: 33 of 33
Required Level: 84
Required Strength: 155
Required Dexterity: 93
Fingerprint: 0x8c132f6c
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Indestructible
+75% Increased Attack Speed
359% Enhanced Damage
+185% Damage to Undead
+339 to Attack Rating against Undead
All Resistances +43
10% Reanimate as: Returned
+10 Life after each Kill
71% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+4 to Light Radius
Ethereal
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Ohm Rune
Socketed: Ruby Jewel of Fervor
Socketed: Zod Rune

Ohm Rune
Required Level: 57
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Enhanced Maximum Damage
Armor: +5% to Maximum Cold Resist
Shields: +5% to Maximum Cold Resist

Ruby Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0xb05c8bee
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
33% Enhanced Damage

Zod Rune
Required Level: 69
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Indestructible
Armor: Indestructible
Shields: Indestructible

Perkele's Beast
Berserker Axe
BerTirUmMalLum
One Hand Damage: ** - 260
Durability: 26 of 26
Required Level: 64
Required Strength: 138
Required Dexterity: 59
Fingerprint: 0x53654ac0
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Level 9 Fanaticism Aura When Equipped
+40% Increased Attack Speed
267% Enhanced Damage
20% Chance of Crushing Blow
25% Chance of Open Wounds
Prevent Monster Heal
+3 to Werebear
+3 to Lycanthropy
+26 to Strength
+10 to Energy
+2 to Mana after each Kill
Level 13 Summon Grizzly (5/5 Charges)
5 Sockets (5 used)
Socketed: Ber Rune
Socketed: Tir Rune
Socketed: Um Rune
Socketed: Mal Rune
Socketed: Lum Rune

Ber Rune
Required Level: 63
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
Armor: Damage Reduced by 8%
Shields: Damage Reduced by 8%

Tir Rune
Required Level: 13
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +2 to Mana after each Kill
Armor: +2 to Mana after each Kill
Shields: +2 to Mana after each Kill

Um Rune
Required Level: 47
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 25% Chance of Open Wounds
Armor: Cold Resist +15%
Lightning Resist +15%
Fire Resist +15%
Poison Resist +15%
Shields: Cold Resist +22%
Lightning Resist +22%
Fire Resist +22%
Poison Resist +22%

Mal Rune
Required Level: 49
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Prevent Monster Heal
Armor: Magic Damage Reduced by 7
Shields: Magic Damage Reduced by 7

Lum Rune
Required Level: 37
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +10 to Energy
Armor: +10 to Energy
Shields: +10 to Energy

Gore Rider
War Boots
Defense: 162
Durability: 34 of 34
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 94
Fingerprint: 0xfe3ff9a9
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30% Faster Run/Walk
15% Chance of Crushing Blow
15% Deadly Strike
10% Chance of Open Wounds
+200% Enhanced Defense
+20 Maximum Stamina
Requirements -25%
+10 Maximum Durability

Delirium
Grand Crown
LemIstIo
Defense: 358
Durability: 50 of 50
Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 103
Fingerprint: 0x1402ccb1
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
1% Chance to cast level 50 Delirium when struck
6% Chance to cast level 14 Mind Blast when struck
14% Chance to cast level 13 Terror when struck
11% Chance to cast level 18 Confuse on striking
+2 to All Skills
+261 Defense
+10 to Vitality
50% Extra Gold from Monsters
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Level 17 Attract (60/60 Charges)
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Lem Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune
Socketed: Io Rune

Lem Rune
Required Level: 43
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 75% Extra Gold from Monsters
Armor: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters
Shields: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters

Ist Rune
Required Level: 51
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Io Rune
Required Level: 35
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +10 to Vitality
Armor: +10 to Vitality
Shields: +10 to Vitality

The Stone of Jordan
Ring
Required Level: 29
Fingerprint: 0x1bf93c02
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
Adds 1 - 12 Lightning Damage
+20 to Mana
Increase Maximum Mana 25%

The Stone of Jordan
Ring
Required Level: 29
Fingerprint: 0x2cc48185
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
Adds 1 - 12 Lightning Damage
+20 to Mana
Increase Maximum Mana 25%

Wisp Projector
Ring
Required Level: 76
Fingerprint: 0xb1b5ea0a
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
10% Chance to cast level 16 Lightning on striking
Lightning Absorb 20%
20% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Level 7 Spirit of Barbs (11/11 Charges)
Level 5 Heart of Wolverine (13/13 Charges)
Level 2 Oak Sage (15/15 Charges)
MERC
Code:
Mercenary:
Name:       Vikhyat
Race:       Desert Mercenary
Type:       Off-Nightmare
Experience: 114098372
Level:      98
Dead?:      false
           
Naked/Gear
Strength:   209/209
Dexterity:  169/169
HP:         2287/2287
Defense:    1671/2602
AR:         2066/2066
Fire:       162/122/62
Cold:       192/152/92
Lightning:  162/122/62
Poison:     162/122/62


Treachery
Kraken Shell
ShaelThulLem
Defense: 679
Durability: 25 of 25
Required Level: 61
Required Strength: 164
Fingerprint: 0xf41dac3
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
5% Chance to cast level 15 Fade when struck
25% Chance to cast level 15 Venom on striking
+2 to Assassin Skill Levels
+45% Increased Attack Speed
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
Cold Resist +30%
50% Extra Gold from Monsters
Ethereal
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Shael Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune
Socketed: Lem Rune

Shael Rune
Required Level: 29
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +20% Increased Attack Speed
Armor: +20% Faster Hit Recovery
Shields: +20% Faster Block Rate

Thul Rune
Required Level: 23
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
Armor: Cold Resist +30%
Shields: Cold Resist +35%

Lem Rune
Required Level: 43
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 75% Extra Gold from Monsters
Armor: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters
Shields: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters

Vampire Gaze
Grim Helm
Defense: 252
Durability: 40 of 40
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 58
Fingerprint: 0x67f23cb2
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Adds 6 - 22 Cold Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
8% Mana stolen per hit
7% Life stolen per hit
+100% Enhanced Defense
15% Slower Stamina Drain
Damage Reduced by 20%
Magic Damage Reduced by 12

The Reaper's Toll
Thresher
Two Hand Damage: 57 - 679
Durability: 33 of 33
Required Level: 75
Required Strength: 107
Required Dexterity: 81
Fingerprint: 0x5e64fd08
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
33% Chance to cast level 1 Decrepify on striking
222% Enhanced Damage
Ignore Target's Defense
Adds 4 - 44 Cold Damage Over 1 Secs (15 Frames)
12% Life stolen per hit
33% Deadly Strike
Requirements -25%
Ethereal

RUNES
Did you know? I recorded each Pul+ drop in an excel sheet, care to see what I found in my journey from 1 to 99? Take a look
Code:
Rune   TOT.     Council   Superch.   Pops     Nihla    Other enemies
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Pul     48         9         21       3         4          11  
Um      32         6         10       8         5           3
Mal     34         7         15       5         1           6
Ist     16         6          2       4         2           2
Gul     27         9          8       4         2           4
Vex     15         6          5       1         1           2
Ohm     16         3          8       2                     3
Lo       4         1                  1         1           1
Sur     14         5          5       1         2           1
Ber     13         4          4       2         2           1
Jah      6         3                  1         1           1
Cham     5         4                                        1
Zod      0 :(                        
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
TOT.   230        63         78      32        21          36

Other things left to say? Now I feel like this char is finally over, which probably means I'm going to complete the grail with him :p
Last but not least I'd like to thank every single SPFer in here who read my posts and supported me during these months of grind, it's always great to find people who care about you, even for such trivial things like playing D2. Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
Ciao!
 

NanoMist

Diabloii.Net Member
Vanilla, 2x BotD, Eth Tomby + RJoF + 3rd Zod, and 99 all in one package? Epic stuff!! If there was a list of all the nice items you had to sell off I'm sure it would be quite staggering.
 

NorthDakota

Diabloii.Net Member
So strange to see someone so singularly focused on one character. I think the most impressive thing here is not using gomule. I just can't believe it. A remarkable journey! Glad to finally see this thread after watching through the untwinked thread :)
 

Pb_pal

Diabloii.Net Member
Again, amazing stuff. This character should be an inspiration for anyone out there who thinks they'll never find the gear they need.
 

Noodle

Moderator
Really cool to see, and great write up - thanks! Re: fleshripper - I turned an eth one into a really nice weapon for a BF sin, so they do have their (niche) uses.
 

Cyrax

Diabloii.Net Member
Someone called? Perhaps next time use the batsignal instead.

Congratz. Making it to 99 is tough enough in itself. Doing so untwinked makes it all the more impressive. Although i'm not sure if we should still call a char untwinked with the kind of gear you have. :p

Did you have any trouble locking on to Nihlathak? I did some test runs with my barb and that was something i had trouble with as he's always standing in the middle of a whole bunch of monsters.

Also i'm a bit confused about where the confuse came from. Unless i missed it, none of your gear seems to have that. Or did you, besides respec, also change gear before posting it here? Anyhow, that would be my tip for next time. Post char as it is when making 99, then respec/change gear/etc. Now you finished a conc barb and post a whirly one. I'm sure you'll get it right next time. ;)

You did this in a month (98-99 i mean)? Wow, perhaps i really underestimated the advantage Nihlathak gives over Baal. I knew it should be faster, but this fast? Well, maybe i'll find out anyway. Playing the MFO does make me remember how much i loved playing this game (even though the drops are horrible). Perhaps once i'm done with my current game i'll see if i can squeeze in some time for some more 99 madness. I know everyone here is waiting for me to finish that sept. :rolleyes:

Anyhow, once again: well done. And hope to see more of this.
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
Reading how much good gear and runes you found and how much good gear and runes you even threw away, as a relatively poor guy myself, is hard !!! Other than that ... awesome, tremendously done :). Getting to 99 is already a major feat, but doing so with the restrictions you put on yourself is really impressive.

This character surely is inspiring. Not that I intend to level a WW Barb to 99, or at least not immediately. I'll already be very happy if I get my own Sorc to 99. But reading about Perkele does seem to answer the question I just asked myself yesterday about what to do as a break from my 99er Sorc: build a WW Barb :). I've never had a Travincal runner before after all ...

@Cyrax You never got a character to 99 when I was around, so yeah ... you owe that to me ;).
 

Burgomaster3

Diabloii.Net Member
Huge congratulations! Playing vanilla, untwinked without extended stash takes special kind of self-discipline, and I guess that's the kind of discipline that takes you to 99. Inspiring stuff (still gonna use ATMA/GoMule myself though :)).
 

Gripphon

Diabloii.Net Member
I also share confusion said by Cyrax, you really didn't respec barb to a real Concentrate variant for Nihl? So you basically ran 100 hours or whatever with 1 point Conc.? Also I was confused to see dual Botd on barb and Beast in stash, but then I saw on video everything is in order, you indeed did use Beast as offhand weapon. And Delirium as helm on merc, not in stash.

Anyway, apart of those strange things, congratz on 99er.
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
Huge congratulations! Playing vanilla, untwinked without extended stash takes special kind of self-discipline, and I guess that's the kind of discipline that takes you to 99. Inspiring stuff (still gonna use ATMA/GoMule myself though :)).
Agreed. I would be able to force myself to mule away only, not muling back to the character. But that would be entirely enough restrictions for me. Not using external stash at all and as a consequence having to throw away all kinds of awesome stuff ... not really (yet?) ...
 

XyleneCyanol

Diabloii.Net Member
Well done, and big congratz @zticazzy This is another practical example that Baal is not the only thing for lvl 99 ;)

Vanilla, and no GoMule is simply amazing.

I can never throw away decent finds (the feeling is just killing me). The best I can do it to mule off chars and never mule back in to the same chars .
 

zticazzy

Diabloii.Net Member
Hey, thanks everybody for the comments, much appreciated! :rolleyes:

@NanoMist every item posted in this forum over the last months that is not listed in this page is gone forever. My biggest regret was this beauty and a perfect blue cold facet to go with it... those would've made blizz sorcs very happy. Shame also on selling two Azurewraths, just imagine the possibilities in AT. Oh yeah, and I also sold an extra enigma BP I had after rerolling it with another set of Jah Ith Ber because the first roll didn't please me. It turned out to have the same exact def, so it had to go. Yeah, I'm a spoiled little brat, I know.

@Brak Indeed! When I was playing other chars I was usually very lucky with LOs, I guess this evens things out.

@Cyrax there you go!


Yes, I respecced before posting, and I also sold some garbage I wasn't going to use anyway, so even though the stash looks quite empty now, I really prefer it that way :) Basically I decided to show the char as a WW barb because this is how he fought his way to the top, with the only exception of levels 1-29 and 98 of course, but since you seem to be interested in my 98 settings: Conc and its synergies were maxed (or close to maximum), axe mastery and BO maxed, then 1 pt into Find Item (in case you need to hork corpses to make body retrievals easier), shout, resists, extra speed, and WW to make runs for essences and rejuvs quicker. You see? Technically still being a whirler even at 98! :p Every single hardpoint went into Vitality, ebotd and the rest of items were giving enough STR and DEX to wear the whole gear (strength bug ftw). Delirium is now stashed, but as @Gripphon said it was used as merc helm; the only other differences in gear were gores, off-hand beast and a magic amulet of everlasting (readout here), which was a true godsend against vipers.
Regarding your locking problems, I had those too, some people howl but I prefer to scout the screen for that single pixel belonging to Nihlathak's body :) another thing you can do is to use leap as left-click attack on switch as I did to separate him from his minions (Nihla is not affected by knockback), or just kill the enemies that are between you and your target - if you're going to use Grief this is probably the best option, those minions are rather weak and Grief rather OP, so it won't take much to dispatch them.
And finally, yes, Nihla is quite fast. I was averaging 3m exp per hour, with sub-optimal gear if you consider the goodies RWM has to offer, so the way to 99 can be even faster than that. And he can drop Tyrael's with abysmal odds! What are you waiting for? :p
 
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Cyrax

Diabloii.Net Member
What do you mean he 'only' was a conc barb between 1-29 and from 98 up? That's the majority of the journey. 1-98 is only 1/3 of the exp needed. The other 2/3rds of exp is just from the last lvl.

3M an hour?! Jikes. Since it's been this long i could be mistaken, but i think my summoner only did like 1M an hour. Granted he's not the fastest char to run anything but still, that's huge.

If you'd said i should like a month ago i would've said that probably would never happen. But now i'm not so sure. Coming back to this game is a shock as always. Graphics are so much worse than current games. But the strong points of this game still stand. Add to that, that i may do it in only a couple of months....I'm not saying i will, but i'm saying i might give it a go. Perhaps start with some light running here and there before going all out crazy again. Hmmm.

Besides that i'm thinking about putting up a vote to ban you from forums. Throwing away this much good stuff is horrendous. :p That you want to stay untwinked i can understand, but why not just mule it off to a separate stash? That way you always could use it with this or another char if you'd want to at some point. It also prevents you from making any progress on perfect grail. :rolleyes:

Btw don't forget to add yourself to the table in the 99 thread. We need to keep all those 99 heroes in 1 place!

And it's a shame the MFO has already started, otherwise i'd say we could use another dedicated crazy person like yourself there. But perhaps another time.
 

zticazzy

Diabloii.Net Member
What do you mean he 'only' was a conc barb between 1-29 and from 98 up? That's the majority of the journey. 1-98 is only 1/3 of the exp needed. The other 2/3rds of exp is just from the last lvl.
Not from my point of view. 98 to 99 took me about 100 hours, but 97 to 98 took me almost 80 (I was rather slow there), and if you add the struggle to reach 97 in the first place, plus the endless hours of grind for runes, rjof, and the rest of my gear, you can see how this guy has been a WWer for almost his entire life. :) If you feel curious, in the untwinked 99 thread there's a LCS screenshot of the guy when he was still a conc barb, so you can take a look at it there.
If you'd said i should like a month ago i would've said that probably would never happen. But now i'm not so sure. Coming back to this game is a shock as always. Graphics are so much worse than current games. But the strong points of this game still stand. Add to that, that i may do it in only a couple of months....I'm not saying i will, but i'm saying i might give it a go. Perhaps start with some light running here and there before going all out crazy again. Hmmm.
Who needs graphics when you have amazing gameplay? ;) Just take it easy, at first you can try to get a char close to the end, then see what happens. Nobody forces you to reach 99 with a char you don't like, and nobody forces you to finish your sept, except for the entire SPF, I mean. :p
Besides that i'm thinking about putting up a vote to ban you from forums. Throwing away this much good stuff is horrendous. :p That you want to stay untwinked i can understand, but why not just mule it off to a separate stash? That way you always could use it with this or another char if you'd want to at some point. It also prevents you from making any progress on perfect grail. :rolleyes:
Because: 1) I don't like to fiddle with third party programs, even the harmless gomule (I always use a copy of the .d2s file to get the readouts); 2) Simply put, I just don't like playing twinked. Too easy for a fan of roguelikes like me, perhaps.

Btw don't forget to add yourself to the table in the 99 thread. We need to keep all those 99 heroes in 1 place!
Done already!

And it's a shame the MFO has already started, otherwise i'd say we could use another dedicated crazy person like yourself there. But perhaps another time.
Tons of hours of gameplay and I still have to see a single DF, DW, Astreon's, or steel pillar, to name a few... so yeah, maybe next time. :)
 
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