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Frenzy barb - Body armor choice

Discussion in 'Barbarian' started by NekronosiS, Aug 29, 2010.

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    NekronosiS IncGamers Member

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    Frenzy barb - Body armor choice

    Hello! I've begun making a frenzy barbarian and come to the point where I need to choose a body armor I will keep for a longer time.

    Enigma, Duress, Fortitude, Chains of Honor are what I've considered so far. Dragon has also been recommended by a friend.

    Which of these armors is the best to use? Are there any other runewords or perhaps uniques I also should consider?
     
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    Re: Frenzy barb - Body armor choice

    "Best" will depend on what you want to do with the Barb. Enigma is great if you are going to be mfing or something like that. Fortitude gives the most raw damage. CoH is pretty close in terms of damage and is a bit more defensive. Duress is more of a budget option. I have no idea why you would use Dragon. Ever.
     
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    Re: Frenzy barb - Body armor choice

    Typically frenzy is all about speed. With that said, while a Chains of Honors or Fortitude runewords could merit you great damage via ED% or skills, Treachery is very nice for its incredible speed found on an armor. The fade casing makes it decent in terms of defense as well, however being a barb with Natural Resist you may find this not as effective as other characters would.

    I am unfamiliar with the speed breakpoints for Frenzy, but I would not use anything except Death or Breath of the Dying for weapons, simply becasue I feel these are the best choices in terms of damage + speed. Actually now that I think about it, they are the two fastest options.

    Anyways, my point it with 50% IAS on Death and 60% IAS on Breath, there should not be much more speed you need from your gear, but for dueling/ubering purposes many would want ridiculous speed. Mix and match as you see fit from some of these extreme options:

    Max Speed: Treachery armor + Highlord's Wrath + 20% IAS unique/rare gloves

    Max Damage: Fortitude Armor + Highlord's Wrath + Steelrends (or Laying of Hands, if you are fighting Demons)

    Max Safety: Chains of Honors + Barb amulet w/resist + Dracul's Grasp

    Mix and match as you would. Personally, I'd go with Fortitude, Highlord's and Speedy gloves or Dracul's Grasp depending on what I am fighting.
     
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    Re: Frenzy barb - Body armor choice

    Thank you alot for the in-depth answer! Seeing as I will probably hit the last breakpoints only from my weapons (mostly 2 lightsaber for RP purposes) any further speed is wasted. As such I suppose that Fortitude will end up being the most desireable choice. The suggestion of highlord's makes me wonder about another thing however:

    I've aquired an Atma's for the sake of amplify damage, which obviously increase my damage dealt and makes those pesky physical immunities irrelevant. Is highlord's still better tho?
     
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    Re: Frenzy barb - Body armor choice

    If you can get a Reaper's Toll on your merc (and you should try to), you don't need Atma's. You can also make a Lawbringer RW and keep it on switch for ctc Decrpify. 1 point in Berserk will take care of physical immunes as well.
     
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    Re: Frenzy barb - Body armor choice

    Death doesn't actually have any IAS. That said, I agree your weapon combo is the best for pvm. The damage is good, the CB is tremendous, the cost is reasonable (when compared to something like Last Wish), and you don't have to repair.

    Back to the main question for a second, if you are going to run ubers, it's hard to beat Chains of Honor. The extra resistances and damage to demons come in very handy. Also, one thing to think about with any +damage curse, it will overwrite lifetap, which, in ubertristram, may be a problem for you. That's one of the reasons (along with the Deadly Strike) that I like Highlords.

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    Re: Frenzy barb - Body armor choice

    As of yet I am not really concerned about ubers, but I will keep it in mind for when I am. Thanks alot for the great replies :)
     
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    Actually, ENIGMA gives the most raw damage. Assuming you use a brand or reapers merc, which you should, if you want to be damage optimal. And enigma also gives the highest movement speed. So its hard to find a situation where enigma isnt the best armor.
     

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