Howdy. This Guardian thread has been a bit on the back-burner for while. I kept a thread of her journey through hell going which finished on August 25, but I know she won the title at least a few weeks before that. Of course, with the habitat of folks to wait years(!) to post their Guardian threads nowadays I suppose I'm ahead of the curve. Before I start swapping her gear out, I figured I should make the thread with all her current stuff and stats. Note that this character played as single-pass, untwinked. Aside from having to clear some monsters when back-tracking to a dungeon (via waypoint at the start of a new session) now and then, I played through and killed (almost) everything once. She used an extended stash via GoMule. I did end up hot-muling 1 Gheed's charm - although it was garbage and the replacement much better, I just can't bring myself to toss it. So yeah, she found 2 Gheed's. Spoiler: Stats Name: La_Bruja Class: Sorceress Experience: 1218439886 Level: 86 Naked/Gear Strength: 77/80 Dexterity: 206/224 Vitality: 202/202 Energy: 35/45 HP: 569/802 Mana: 205/231 Stamina: 351/351 Defense: 51/648 AR: 980/1094 Fire: 172/132/72 Cold: 178/138/78 Lightning: 183/143/83 Poison: 169/129/69 MF: 123 Block: 75 GF: 253 FR/W: 33 FHR: 61 (Breakpoint @60!) IAS: 0 FCR: 68 (Breakpoint!) Her resists oscillated slightly towards the end of Hell as new charms were found and new combos were made. Sometimes they were all maxed, but sometimes one or two had slightly lower (mainly fire and poison, as shown). I started the character thinking of 2/3 block, but she passed that and I felt that 200 base vitality should be good. By the end she had max block. In fact her final level she had 2 extra stat points so invested those into Vitality. That was helped with some decent rings and a 2-socket Heater in late Hell. For a single-pass character I think she came out pretty solid, stat-wise. Spoiler: Skills Fire Bolt: 1/5 Warmth: 1/5 Inferno: 0/0 Blaze: 0/0 Fire Ball: 15/19 Fire Wall: 0/0 Enchant: 1/5 Meteor: 0/0 Fire Mastery: 20/24 Hydra: 20/24 Charged Bolt: 0/0 Static Field: 10/11 Telekinesis: 1/2 Nova: 0/0 Lightning: 0/0 Chain Lightning: 0/0 Teleport: 1/2 Thunder Storm: 0/0 Energy Shield: 0/0 Lightning Mastery: 0/0 Ice Bolt: 1/4 Frozen Armor: 1/4 Frost Nova: 1/4 Ice Blast: 1/4 Shiver Armor: 0/0 Glacial Spike: 1/4 Blizzard: 1/4 Chilling Armor: 0/0 Frozen Orb: 20/23 Cold Mastery: 1/4 I really love the Hydra Sorceress build. I have one in softcore at level 89. The ideal gear (in my opinion) is Tal Rasha's set. Toss on some Magefist, good rare boots and rings, then decide what shield you want. But if I ever find all of that (currently missing Tal's armor), she was going to have to earn it. (In fact, I found Tal's amulet with another character while La Bruja was questing.) I generally just do max Hydra/Fire Mastery/Orb, 10-12 into Static Field, the rest into Cold Mastery. This time I decided to pump up the Hydras. Just for fun. Static Field is because everything (not lightning immune) dies faster, and it gives me something to cast (besides Glacial Spike) during spell cool-down. Did I mention I really love this build? The Journey: As mentioned, the latter third was documented in a thread. What more do you want? I'm really glad I made her to Guardian, as I've had two previous characters of the same build (plus two twinked javazons) that perished in the late game over the past few years. I don't play much, so it's a big deal to get a single-pass character to Guardian. It takes a lot of time to full-clear everything. She should have been dead on a few occasions, including getting myself into a terrible spot in the final (false) Tomb of Tal Rasha. Short version: I had to teleport into the unknown, wound up surrounded by beetles and Urdars, but made it out a town portal after blocking an Urdar hit with only ~70 hit points remaining. Plus she almost got 1-shot by a zombie in Act 5 ice caves - that would have been a really disappointing death. I have to go make dinner or I might get myself into trouble! Might edit this later and add more (and make the inevitable corrections or parenthetical additions).