Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear After too many tries, I finally managed to guardian something. His name is Ron, and he's a kodiak; basically, just a really fast swinging bear with a ton of leach and crushing blow. Stats: Guardian Ron Level 79 Str: 81(113) Dex: 107(136) Vit: 277(311) Eng: 20(40) experience:653,535,748 Some numbers: life: 968 (2633 in bearform) (2993 with oaksage) Hunger Dmge: 175-531 *without charged up maul 4-frame attack ctc lifetap 65% openwounds 15% deadlystrike 30% crushing blow - could have had way more but didnt want to sacrifice jalals for gface in order to stay safe 21 Damage reduction Skills: ShapeShifting: 20(24) Hunger 20(24) lycanthropy 15(19) Shockwave 7(11) maul (future skill pts) 1(5) werewolf 1(5) werebear 1(5) feral rage 1(5) fireclaws Summoning 20(22) Direwolf 1(3) Grizzly 1(3) spirit wolf 1(3) oaksage 1(3) raven resists: Fire: 68 Cold: 73 Lightning: 75 Psn: 54 My Gear Code: Jalal's Mane Totemic Mask 'Sol' Defense: 261 Durability: 20 of 20 (Druid Only) Required Strength: 65 Required Level: 42 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 82 Fingerprint: 0xfd54cbc6 +20 to Strength +20 to Energy +164% Enhanced Defense Damage Reduced by 7 All Resistances +30 +2 to Druid Skill Levels 30% Faster Hit Recovery 20% Bonus to Attack Rating +5 to Mana After Each Kill +2 to Shape-Shifting Skills (Druid Only) Socketed (1: 1 used) Gemmed Phase Blade <-- 2shaels, 3 jewels of fervor, and 1x10 minimum dmge jewel 'ShaelShael' One-Hand Damage: 41 to 42 Required Dexterity: 136 Required Strength: 25 Required Level: 54 Sword Class - Fastest Attack Speed Indestructible Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 86 Fingerprint: 0x8bc4f07e +10 to Minimum Damage 85% Increased Attack Speed Socketed (6: 6 used) Duress Dusk Shroud 'ShaelUmThul' Defense: 1148 Durability: 20 of 20 Required Strength: 77 Required Level: 49 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 79 Fingerprint: 0x37beb290 +169% Enhanced Defense +19% Enhanced Damage Fire Resist +15% Lightning Resist +15% Cold Resist +45% Poison Resist +15% Adds 37-133 cold damage over 2 seconds 40% Faster Hit Recovery 33% Chance of Open Wounds 15% Chance of Crushing Blow -20% Slower Stamina Drain Socketed (3: 3 used) Tiamat's Rebuke <-- Pdiamond Dragon Shield Defense: 167 Chance to Block: 38% Smite Damage: 15 to 24 Durability: 116 of 116 Required Strength: 91 Required Level: 38 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 87 Fingerprint: 0xfc85a20b +146% Enhanced Defense All Resistances +54 Adds 35-95 fire damage Adds 1-120 lightning damage Adds 27-53 cold damage over 6 seconds +40 Maximum Durability 5% Chance to cast Level 7 Nova when struck 3% Chance to cast Level 6 Hydra when struck 5% Chance to cast Level 9 Frost Nova when struck Socketed (1: 1 used) Dracul's Grasp Vampirebone Gloves Defense: 130 Durability: 14 of 14 Required Strength: 50 Required Level: 76 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 86 Fingerprint: 0xa5d4d17 +12 to Strength +98% Enhanced Defense 10% Life stolen per hit +7 Life after each Kill 25% Chance of Open Wounds 5% Chance to cast Level 10 Life Tap on striking Raven Frost Ring Required Level: 45 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 87 Fingerprint: 0x60ffccb2 +19 to Dexterity +40 to Mana +179 to Attack Rating Adds 15-45 cold damage over 4 seconds 20% Cold Absorb Cannot Be Frozen Angelic Halo Ring Required Level: 12 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 87 Fingerprint: 0xd273d36 +20 to Life Replenish Life +6 ***Partial Set Item Bonuses*** +12 to Attack Rating (Based on Character Level) 50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items ***Partial Set Item Bonuses*** Angelic Wings Amulet Required Level: 12 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 87 Fingerprint: 0x4dd53de9 +3 to Light Radius 20% Damage Taken Goes to Mana ***Partial Set Item Bonuses*** +75 to Life +1 to All Skill Levels ***Partial Set Item Bonuses*** Verdungo's Hearty Cord Mithril Coil Defense: 137 Durability: 16 of 16 Required Strength: 106 Required Level: 63 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 84 Fingerprint: 0x5409fdf1 +34 to Vitality +105 to Maximum Stamina +109% Enhanced Defense Damage Reduced by 14% Replenish Life +12 10% Faster Hit Recovery Gore Rider War Boots Defense: 151 Durability: 15 of 34 Kick Damage: 39 to 80 Required Strength: 94 Required Level: 47 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 87 Fingerprint: 0x808721b9 +20 to Maximum Stamina +180% Enhanced Defense +10 Maximum Durability Requirements -25% 30% Faster Run/Walk 10% Chance of Open Wounds 15% Chance of Crushing Blow 15% Deadly Strike and almost a full inventory of life, res, and ar charms Merc's Gear Code: Duriel's Shell Cuirass Defense: 592 Durability: 147 of 150 Required Strength: 65 Required Level: 41 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 87 Fingerprint: 0x6966d0f +15 to Strength +192% Enhanced Defense Fire Resist +20% Lightning Resist +20% Cold Resist +50% Poison Resist +20% +100 Maximum Durability Cannot Be Frozen +1 to Defense (Based on Character Level) +1 to Life (Based on Character Level) Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest Death Mask Defense: 109 Durability: 16 of 20 Required Strength: 55 Required Level: 66 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 75 Fingerprint: 0xc7bbd178 +60 to Life +30 to Mana +45 Defense All Resistances +15 10% Life stolen per hit 10% Mana stolen per hit Honor Grim Scythe 'AmnElIthTirSol' Two-Hand Damage: 87 to 191 Durability: 41 of 55 Required Dexterity: 140 Required Strength: 140 Required Level: 27 Polearm Class - Fast Attack Speed Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 86 Fingerprint: 0xa592711e +10 to Strength +160% Enhanced Damage +250 to Attack Rating +9 to Minimum Damage +9 to Maximum Damage 7% Life stolen per hit Replenish Life +10 +1 to Light Radius +1 to All Skill Levels +2 to Mana After Each Kill 25% Deadly Strike Socketed (5: 5 used) Malice Hyperion Spear 'IthElEth' Two-Hand Damage: 46 to 167 Durability: 25 of 30 Required Dexterity: 120 Required Strength: 155 Required Level: 43 Spear Class - Fast Attack Speed Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 81 Fingerprint: 0x9cafe23 +33% Enhanced Damage +50 to Attack Rating +9 to Maximum Damage Drain Life -5 +0 to Light Radius -25% Target Defense Prevent Monster Heal -100 to Monster Defense Per Hit 100% Chance of Open Wounds Socketed (3: 3 used) Although it started out extremely slow, by Hell, he was one of the most fun characters I've played so far. There's nothing like a 4-frame attack. He could have been a lot more deadly, but I choose to play on the defensive side of things because of how many deaths I've been having recently, so instead of maxing werebear and maul, I opted to get some meatshields in Direwolves. As far as gameplay, I would have to say he's pretty much like a combination of the best parts of a berzerker (extreme safety + pretty good damage) and a holyfreeze zealer (CB and fast attackspeed). He could tear down any combination of enemy. Individual immunities didnt matter at all, the only tedious monsters to kill were physical immune stone skin undead, but then only because I couldnt leach back my mana. I went with a phaseblade so that i could get a shield for resists and some more elemental dmge, which gave me a low base leach amount, so wearing dracs was extremely helpful, as i almost always had a full life bulb (which is fun with 3k life), and lifetap also helped my merc and summons. Oak sage was just a 1pt prereq, but I though it was fun to have out even if most of the time it didnt help. Hunger even outpaced the lifedrainage from iron maiden and the chaos sanctuary was a breeze. And thats all not factoring in a 15 second shockwave which was superhelpful in almost all situations. As far as drops, my forges were crap, hel and io respectively, but it was made up for by some nicer drops like a 14 res all gc, and a 20life 7lr sc. Future plans, a fairly solid baalrunner, although i didnt time myself. Can really run any area pretty well. I highly recommend trying this build, especially to other hc players. This is my first writeup as i never did them for pat/mats so let me know if i missed anything or messed anything up! Thanks to Heskla, Sirpoops, and a few other people for trading so I could actually accomplish this. and thanks to everyone else for reading, rss Any suggestions for next guardian?