farming vortex shields

Kefka

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farming vortex shields

is the masoleum the best place to find tc87 vortex shields?

i'm interested in making that perfect bnet exile...in sp.
anyone had any sucess with this?

kefka
 

Smips

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Re: farming vortex shields

Why did you pick the Mausoleum and not some other alvl85 area? I'd image they're all pretty similar in terms of dropping them. Personally, I think Exile is a waste of a Vex rune though and certainly not worth find a perfect Vortex Shield for :p
 

Shagsbeard

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Re: farming vortex shields

Correct me if I'm wrong... I often am...You're not going to find tc87 socketables in a alvl85 area. The bosses can't drop socketables.
 

Hammy

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Re: farming vortex shields

I believe every monster is capable of droping TC 87, but only only the bosses can drop the high ilvl items (Arachnid Mesh, Azurewrath, and Tyrael's)

I know I've gotten plenty of white/grey Colossus Blades in the Pits...


-Hammy
 

iLoco

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Re: farming vortex shields

The Mausoleum has armor racks unlike other lvl85 areas. Which i guess will make Vshields easier to find.

*Unless armor racks don't drop them :p
 

Pyrohemia

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Re: farming vortex shields

If you want a [email protected] eth vortex shield, good luck. If you want a 'perfect' one with the best defense roll, then I hope you have your wrist brace ready.

My experience is that [email protected] paladin shields are about 1 in 200 shields making an ethereal [email protected] one about 1 in 4000. Getting 4-sockets from the cube is another 1 in 2 chance. A perfect defense roll, 1 in lots. A perfect Exile roll, another 1 in lots.

I think that your best bet, assuming there exist racks that can drop tc 87's, is to find a map that regularly drops vortex shields in some place like the drifter cavern, frozen cellar or Nilathak's temple (wherever the shields can actually drop). I'm not sure that it is even possible as racks drop items with area level (not the boosted one for areas such as the pits, I believe) minus 1 so even an area with level 85 will be dropping level 84 items that will probably only drop items with qlvl 84 or less and thus missing all of the tc 87 items.
 

nualum

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Re: farming vortex shields

Fairly certain you can rack them in Nilathak's temple in 1.07 if you're really adventurous.
 

Kimppi

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Re: farming vortex shields

True, but they have lower defence that doesn't get upgraded when bringing forward.
 

Hammy

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Re: farming vortex shields

And cube socketing 1.07 ethereal armor produces some bad results because of how the ethereal bonus is calculated. I am not sure on the specifics (would have to look at the fomula again), but any 1.07 ethereal armor is essentially worthless.
 

zerth

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Re: farming vortex shields

Exile is one of the three top zealot shields (the other two being HoZ and Phoenix) and arguably the best. For me the only turnoff is the ctc Life Tap (overrides Decrepify from merc's Reaper's Toll). The defense boost is far from useless, 25K+ def is notable in every area of the game.

IMO the best base would be a Sacred Targe followed by a Sacred Rondache. You can farm these in LK (not sure about Vortex Shields dropping there though). Here is a video I made when I farmed Sacred Rondaches for my Exile. As the others said, the odds are not good, I ended up using an ebugged [email protected] (honestly, going for a [email protected] would be a waste of time).
 

Milb

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Re: farming vortex shields

Would have thought a Sacred Targe would be better, higher block, lower str requirements, less defence however. And they can be racked, unlike tc87s.
 

Painman

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Re: farming vortex shields

That was my initial thought; why not just rack a targe/rondache... an eth 4x res vortex is the proverbial needle in a haystack, in a 10 acre field full of haystacks.
 
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