Giga's 1.11 Ladder Hammerdin Guide!

kriptiks

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Re: Giga's 1.11 Ladder Hammerdin Guide!

i think when you tele to the enemy, a1 merc cant tank as well and she will be getting beat up

quick q. i have pretty much everything on the expensive side, except for a hoz (nig hoto ararch shako), with which i have a lidless for now. why do i die tho? it seems like i dont leech life. am i supposed to be leeching life?
 

Uncle_Mike

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Re: Giga's 1.11 Ladder Hammerdin Guide!

quick q. i have pretty much everything on the expensive side, except for a hoz (nig hoto ararch shako), with which i have a lidless for now. why do i die tho? it seems like i dont leech life. am i supposed to be leeching life?
Nope, not with blessed hammers at least. Make sure you use the redemption aura whenever you are getting low on life and have corpses around.

You shouldn't use lidless, even if you opt for 75% fcr and plan to get a HoZ later you should use some paladin-shield base spirit as a temp - it's much better than lidless.



 

kriptiks

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icic. okay ty.

and yeha, i switched lidless for an alma negra for the moment. cant seem to get apally shield with enough rsts to make a spirit out of. and im looking for hoz right now.
 

Uncle_Mike

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Re: Giga's 1.11 Ladder Hammerdin Guide!

icic. okay ty.

and yeha, i switched lidless for an alma negra for the moment. cant seem to get apally shield with enough rsts to make a spirit out of. and im looking for hoz right now.
Spirit runes are cheap, and ANY spirit is better for a hammerdin than the shields you decided to use, 2 skills, huge fhr bonus, mana, vitality and resistances - it's just too good not to be used :) Seriously, roll any spirit in any 4 socket shield you find (preferably sacred targe if you want to stat for max block before you switch to HoZ).



 

pinov

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im looking at dumping around 203 total dex including equip so before i spend the points---did i figure it out right (sheild block rating+holysheild)/(dex-15)/levelx2

and can (sheild block rating+holy sheild) be more than 75%?

im using a sheild with block of40% by itself (spirit w/ huge resists)

so here goes
(40+36)(203-15)/95x2
76x188/190
75.2 chance to block

or do i dump spirit and get a hoz

rez on spirit is 80/80/46/80 fcr29

i understand im asking again but does anyone have an answer please
 

kriptiks

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Re: Giga's 1.11 Ladder Hammerdin Guide!

sounds like a lot of dex. but no, shields block tops at at 75. for all shields.

anyways, so now i have my hoto, hoz, shako, arach, 2x sojs, sandstorm, magefists, maras, nig, 3x pcombs, and i still manage to die? why cant i survive in ubers?
 

Uncle_Mike

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Re: Giga's 1.11 Ladder Hammerdin Guide!

im looking at dumping around 203 total dex including equip so before i spend the points---did i figure it out right (sheild block rating+holysheild)/(dex-15)/levelx2

and can (sheild block rating+holy sheild) be more than 75%?

im using a sheild with block of40% by itself (spirit w/ huge resists)

so here goes
(40+36)(203-15)/95x2
76x188/190
75.2 chance to block

or do i dump spirit and get a hoz

rez on spirit is 80/80/46/80 fcr29

i understand im asking again but does anyone have an answer please
That looks like too much dex - i have max block on my hammerdin with 161 dex from stats and gear (with 15 added dex statted so that I can maintain max block while switching rings).

What's the base of your spirit shield? You should aim for sacred targe - it will save you some stats.



 

LongingForDeath

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Re: Giga's 1.11 Ladder Hammerdin Guide!

but no, shields block tops at at 75. for all shields.
Just to make this more clear: You can't have more than 75% chance to block, no matter which shield you use and how many points you put into dexterity. Even with Holy Shield active, your shield will never show you a higher than 75% chance to block. However, if you use for example a Sacred Targe (60% ctb) and have Holy Shield (say 30% ctb) active, your chance to block will be calculated as if you had 90% chance to block on the shield. Your overall chance is still capped at 75%, though.


 

markb

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Re: Giga's 1.11 Ladder Hammerdin Guide!

sounds like a lot of dex. but no, shields block tops at at 75. for all shields.

anyways, so now i have my hoto, hoz, shako, arach, 2x sojs, sandstorm, magefists, maras, nig, 3x pcombs, and i still manage to die? why cant i survive in ubers?
I did many dkey runs and tried both spirit and hoz. I died more on hoz even it has more def and resist. The key for me was fhr, especially when teleporting into mobs. With hoz my pally spent much time recovering and cast fewer hammers. I used wt which did not give any fhr. You use trek so at least you have 20fhr. But yeah try spirit and see if that improves your survival.


 

rCt Arbitur

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Well, i got some opinions when it comes to mercenary gear:

Stone Armor - I think this works really good on my light sorc merc and i bet it would work good on a hammerdin merc, insane FHR, res, high defence, defence vs missile, +str, +dex well it got it all.

Tal Mask - A really nice helm for a merc, 10% Life leech which is really nice, fair defence, life and some resistances, socket it with a Perfect Amethyst if your merc dont have enough str for a specific weapon like Infinity/Insight CV or just socket it with a perfect ruby for the life.
 

MuRRe

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So lvl 86 atm.
Gear
Shako
Enigma
+2skill amu (will replace with maras since I aint planning to hit 125FCR, convince me though if you can)
Hoto
HoZ
2xSoJ
Treks
Arach
Magefists
Torch
Anni
2 skillers

So, he is RAPING at baalruns.
I mean, I don't even have a merc and I have done solo-baalruns from lvl 80.

Now, is there ANY point putting points into something else than Holy Shield?
I will NEVER do PvP with this guy.

I just can't find any other meaningfull skill!!!
 

ekon

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Re: Giga's 1.11 Ladder Hammerdin Guide!

Very nice guide indeed, however, I don't understand this:

"12 Holy Shield*
- This skill should be on at ALL times"

How am I suppose to use BH & Concentration when using Holy Shield? What is the strategy?
 

Shanksie1337

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:welcome: to the forums

holy shield isn't an aura.
select HS, cast it, select conc aura and HS will stay active for quite a while (~7 mins or so)
the quote just means that you always want HS to be active, when it fades, simply recast it and then kill things for another ~7 mins. Without HS active your chance to block should fall right down from 75%.
 

ekon

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Re: Giga's 1.11 Ladder Hammerdin Guide!

Thank you

Ahh I see. Thought of it as an combat skill like smite or something... So it works like frozen armor then =)

Another thing, when I place points in concentration my hammer damage doesn't increase. Just hit level 27 and placed one more point on concentration and it did absolutely nothing to my dmg (its like level 12 now btw). However when i switch of the concentration aura my dmg drops like hell (like it should). So why didnt the damage increase?
 

Shanksie1337

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If you were in a party with another conc user, and their conc aura was a higher level than yours, then your Lying Character Screen (LCS) would have been showing your damage with their conc aura. So when you increased your conc aura by 1 then assuming the other persons aura was still higher (or equal to your new level) then the LCS won't change.

If you weren't in a party then i dunno, but the chances are that you hit level 27 in a baal run or somewhere in a party.
 

ekon

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Thanks for replying,

Actually I was not in a party... or yes I was but only with my friend who is playing a sorceres. It's the same thing with vigor. I have an amulet that gives +1 to defensive auras, and I should get a 14% dmg increase when I put it on since it adds points to Vigor which is a synergy but the dmg stays the same. Or doesnt it work that way?
 

ChickenMcTest

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The + to skills you get from items will not increase the damage from synergy. Only hard points in a skill will increase the synergy damage... I think
 

gorcorps

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Thanks a ton for this guide giga. The only thing holding me back now is some gear.
 
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