Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

RssDiablo

Diabloii.Net Member
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?
 

Noodle

Moderator
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Nice work! Any chance of posting a screenshot of the LCS?

Next guardian . . hm . . .maybe a Blade Fury assassin?

- Noodle
 

Milb

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Congrats! Looks like a very solid character.

Are you planning on twinking your next character? If so, what sort of items do you have available? Might help us guiding you on your next choice.
 

Skinhead On The MBTA

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Congratulations! Any Guardian gets kudos in my book, but to do it with an unusual build like a Kodiak… Well Done!
 

Thyiad

Moderator Single Player, D2 Assassin, Barbarian
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Many congratulations!

Bears are tough - getting the speed and damage balance is always tricky. Well done!
 

Explopyro

Banned
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Congratulations!

I've always thought the Kodiak looked like an interesting build, but it's good to see proof that it's effective.
 

ahcw

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Bears are tough - getting the speed and damage balance is always tricky. Well done!
Shockwave makes that balance a little simpler to achieve :).

RssDiablo said:
And thats all not factoring in a 15 second shockwave which was superhelpful in almost all situations.
It is capped at 10 seconds I'm pretty sure :smiley:. Very nice work on the Guardian though. I don't think a Kodiak would be my first pick, though I do suppose it is safe enough with all the leaching going on.

Good luck with the Baal runs and future Guardians!



 

RssDiablo

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

It is capped at 10 seconds I'm pretty sure :smiley:. QUOTE]

Ahh, correct. The 10 second max is capped at slevel 15. Got me numbers flipped.


I am actually intrigued by the idea of a bladefury assasin. Or maybe a kicker. Has anyone tried either of these?
I've got a ton of items, minus most runewords. Although i know bf asns arent too expensive. Mainly just cb like kodiak.

Also, whats the best website to use getting screenshots online.
 

Hp_Sauce

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Hey man, Congrats on the first Guardian! They are always a great feeling.

-hps
 

ElMiko

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Grats on the Guardian! I've been meaning to try one of these bad boys out, but i keep getting sidetracked. Maybe now i'll have the inspiration...?
 

DaveW

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Well done Rss, the first is always the best. As for HC Kicker, I'm building one myself at the mo. But she's untwinked. I hope to guardian her. Take care.
 

DeathMaster

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

RssDiablo said:
I am actually intrigued by the idea of a bladefury assasin. Or maybe a kicker. Has anyone tried either of these?
I've got a ton of items, minus most runewords. Although i know bf asns arent too expensive. Mainly just cb like kodiak.
BFsin, sure. I guardianed one, not expensive but without expensive gears, you will be slow going like I did. I think if you play BFsin, and doesn't mind some strategic play, go for it.

Congrats for your first.

Edit: if you need some reference, here is my guardian thread
http://forums.diabloii.net/showthread.php?t=602804
 

Mursilis

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats on the Guardian, and melee at that :thumbsup:

How did the dire wolves do as meatshields?
 

wakiki

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Very big congrats! That's a whole lot more impressive than my first Guardian. :p
 

Cygnus

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Congrats! But how on earth do you kill anything in Hell with 400 avg. damage?

*goes to read up on Hunger skill*
 

RssDiablo

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

Thanks guys,

Yeah the direwolves were okay. I had a rather beefy grizzly i could have used, but i was pretty darn good against single targets, so i wanted something to help against small annoying things like tons of flayers (they constantly interupted my attack and i would get stuck in hit recovery) or skeletons who could be revived. The fact that they consumed corpses was nice too. All in all i was impressed with them.

Speaking of skeletons, I only really had two NDEs, the first was in Tal Rasha's tomb when i got swarmed by a masssive army of skeletons and there were like 6 of those guys who revive them faster than i could attack. Eventually i carved a path out and got away. I didn't do any S&Es. The second was against the hell hell forge, the guy who drops the hammer (blanking on name) had a massive attack. He was KOing my merc in 1 hit and I couldn't couldnt even tank him. So that just took a little bit making sure he attacked a wolf first so i could get a few whacks in. It was that point that i realized i should put a point in grizzly bear.

I think the BFsin looks good, im gonna give her a whirl. I may have to devote some time to run countess to get a ko and lem for Lawbringer, that weapon looks nasty.

rss
 

DeathMaster

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Finally, my first Guardian! Ron the Kodiak Bear

RssDiablo said:
I think the BFsin looks good, im gonna give her a whirl. I may have to devote some time to run countess to get a ko and lem for Lawbringer, that weapon looks nasty.
Ko and Lem are not hard to find runes, you should have it fairly easily if you put some effort. Anyway, if you are looking for making a Lawbringer, you need to remember one thing - it does not do physical damage itself (for killing anything in hell). You use it for anything else but the physical damage. PB is the best option, IMHO.
 
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