Guardian Sable - Trapper

Zylo

Diabloii.Net Member
A couple months ago, I decided I should make a HC character and explore that side of the game. That said, this is my first ever Guardian. With HC trading a tad on the slow side, I had high aspirations of this character being my dedicated HC farmer. Trap Sin seemed like a good match for the role: decent life, good resists/damage reduction thanks to fade, safety from MB/CoS, alright damage, and all while sporting a more fun play style.

So with the plan in mind, and not knowing anything about HC - I hit up the most experienced HC player I knew, and saw if he wanted to throw down with me. After he declined, I hit up @crawlingdeadman , and he reluctantly said 'okay'.

The duo were off. The mana starved trapper, paired with a poison nova / summoning necro. Thanks to his lower resist, the meager trap damage actually felt pretty good. We sailed through normal difficulty, and early nightmare, in just a few sessions - all while rocking /p8, bosses and all.
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But all good things must come to an end... Soon I was alone. Some things came up with CDM, and he wasn't able to game. Like any true friend, I immediately abandoned him like he was hot garbage, and continued on my way.
CDM - I have a summoning/fire druid where we left off. Say the word, and we'll pick it back up.

The remainder of Nightmare wasn't an issue. By now my traps were doing a fair bit of damage, and with no real immune monsters, I could farm any area I desired. I farmed Eldrich for a while, a found a couple Mal runes, and some other minor gear upgrades.

Progress slowed down in Hell, but I didn't have too many issues until Act3. Seems like that act is especially heavy with lightning immunes, coupled with lots of little enemies.

Act4 was back to smooth sailing, and I had a chance at a decent rune. At this point I didn't have 'Treachery' yet, so anything Lem or up was what I was hoping for.
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Hot damn. :(

On to Act5, which happens to be my favorite act, and a particularly pleasant act for a trapper. Back to farming Eldrich for some gear, before continuing on with the game. This is where I encountered my first main issue....

Assassin's aren't typically what I play, and when I do - I twink pretty heavily. With this character I was casting CoS as frequently as the skill would allow. With the Ancients this was no exception. When I reached the ancients, I placed down the hefty pool of potions that may or may not be needed, and began the fight. Soon I was diving, dodging, casting, ducking, and game crashing? I instantly queued up Hell again, and fought my way back to the ancients... laid down my carpet of potions, and crashed again. I did this numerous times.... I turned my second monitor off, closed down any unnecessary programs, and tried again... with the same results. Maybe this is common knowledge for you all, but you can't use CoS on the ancients, a quick forum search will confirm. So with that new nugget of information, I was back for round #103. With a salty attitude and CoS no where to be found, they went down. Madawc was both Fire and Lightning immune, but the merc whittled away, and it was done.

Next was Baal:
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and most importantly...
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Life: 1393
Mana: 191

Resists(after fade)
Fire: 59
Cold: 68
Lightning: 59
Poison: 18

Skills - standard trapper w/ fire blast backup. Lightning Sentry was doing 1-5.2k.

Gear
Code:
Dire Shell
Circlet
Defense: 29
Durability: 35 of 35
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0xe94a705f
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Assassin Skill Levels
+39 to Life
All Resistances +17
Magic Damage Reduced by 3
+4 to Mana after each Kill 

Imp Barb
Suwayyah
One Hand Damage: 155 - 213
Durability: 48 of 48
Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 99
Required Dexterity: 99
Fingerprint: 0xe2acbd99
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Trap Skills (Assassin Only)
298% Enhanced Damage
+7 to Maximum Damage
+3 to Lightning Sentry (Assassin Only)
Poison Resist +5%
Level 2 Concentrate (25/25 Charges)

Magekiller's Scissors Quhab of Fire
Scissors Quhab
One Hand Damage: 19 - 40
Durability: 68 of 68
Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 82
Required Dexterity: 82
Fingerprint: 0xd43bdad9
Item Level: 73
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Assassin Skill Levels
Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
+1 to Mind Blast (Assassin Only)
+2 to Lightning Sentry (Assassin Only)
+2 to Claws of Thunder (Assassin Only)

Cunning Amulet of Defiance
Amulet
Required Level: 45
Fingerprint: 0xc549eb2d
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to Trap Skills (Assassin Only)
Poison Length Reduced by 75%

Treachery
Wire Fleece
ShaelThulLem
Defense: 400
Durability: 32 of 32
Required Level: 53
Required Strength: 111
Fingerprint: 0x880076ca
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
5% Chance to cast level 15 Fade when struck
25% Chance to cast level 15 Venom on striking
+2 to Assassin Skill Levels
+45% Increased Attack Speed
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
Cold Resist +30%
50% Extra Gold from Monsters 

Raven Knuckle
Heavy Gloves
Defense: 6
Durability: 14 of 14
Required Level: 51
Fingerprint: 0x6326288c
Item Level: 62
Version: Expansion 1.10+
5% Chance to cast level 3 Frost Nova when struck
+13 to Strength
Cold Resist +8%
Lightning Resist +9%
Poison Resist +6%
20% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

String of Ears
Demonhide Sash
Defense: 110
Durability: 22 of 22
Required Level: 29
Required Strength: 20
Fingerprint: 0x5276a346
Item Level: 62
Version: Expansion 1.10+
6% Life stolen per hit
+172% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
Damage Reduced by 15%
Magic Damage Reduced by 14
+10 Maximum Durability

Dwarf Star
Ring
Required Level: 45
Fingerprint: 0x739c9961
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+40 to Life
+40 Maximum Stamina
Heal Stamina Plus 15%
Fire Absorb 15%
Magic Damage Reduced by 13
100% Extra Gold from Monsters

Aldur's Advance
Battle Boots
Defense: 42
Durability: 14 of 18
Required Level: 45
Required Strength: 95
Fingerprint: 0x996a7492
Item Level: 61
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Indestructible
+40% Faster Run/Walk
+50 to Life
+180 Maximum Stamina
Heal Stamina Plus 32%
Fire Resist +41%
10% Damage Taken Goes To Mana 

Shimmering Small Charm of Strength
Small Charm
Required Level: 25
Fingerprint: 0xff637a7d
Item Level: 57
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Strength
All Resistances +5

Lizard's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x4ee784c1
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
+3 to Mana
Azrael Might Merc
Code:
Kelpie Snare
Fuscina
Two Hand Damage: 79 - 145
Durability: 24 of 35
Required Level: 33
Required Strength: 77
Required Dexterity: 25
Fingerprint: 0x9a7f151e
Item Level: 44
Version: Expansion 1.10+
159% Enhanced Damage
Adds 30 - 50 Damage
Slows Target by 75%
+10 to Strength
+107 to Life (Based on Character Level)
Fire Resist +50%

Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest
Death Mask
Defense: 100
Durability: 19 of 20
Required Level: 66
Required Strength: 55
Fingerprint: 0x793ec125
Item Level: 45
Version: Expansion 1.10+
10% Mana stolen per hit
10% Life stolen per hit
+45 Defense
+60 to Life
+30 to Mana
All Resistances +15

Griswold's Heart
Ornate Plate
Defense: 935
Durability: 59 of 60
Required Level: 45
Required Strength: 102
Fingerprint: 0x940cc369
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Defensive Aura Skills (Paladin Only)
+500 Defense
+20 to Strength
72% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Requirements -40%
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Perfect Topaz
Socketed: Perfect Topaz
Socketed: Perfect Topaz
Finds: Nothing too great. A couple nice charms that were put to use, and the rare claws she ended up using. Not a single skiller dropped, which was kind of a let down.

Thoughts?
I play a lot of cookie-cutter over powered stuff. So she was quite the change of pace. I typically watch either netflix or youtube while playing/mfing, so it was different not allowing myself to do that. I would also wait until my kids went to bed, and NO adult beverages were allowed. That said, there were no near death experiences, and no S&E to avoid death.

A question I typically ask people in these threads is: future plans?
I'm going to give up the untwinked status(I MP'd though, so maybe it's already gone?) and have traded for some upgraded gear. I plan on MFing with her, and gearing up a couple more up and coming HC characters. I also think she'll be the one running cows for the upcoming RFL(you should get in on that, if you haven't signed up yet).

Thanks for reading, and a big thanks to crawlingdeadman.
 

jonnyphive

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats! Great achievement and excellent character choice for such a task. What areas did you enjoy running most with her?
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats. Very well done. That first Guardian is always very special. Mine was an Assassin too btw, but a Dancer (traps / kicker hybrid).

Good luck on the rest of her career. Hopefully the traded items will serve you well in upping her power ;).
 

Zylo

Diabloii.Net Member
@Kitteh - I'm hoping some sort of strafer, zealot, SS druid, or poison necro. Going to do some magic finding, and let the drops influence what's next.

@srrw - Thanks!

@jonnyphive - I'm hoping I can run the pits and cows with her. My favorite of what I did though would be Eldrich. Pretty safe and fast, and he can drop some gg gear.

@T72on1 - My dancer was sort of her inspiration. I thought about going that route, but the MP aspect of it kept me with straight traps. There were a couple times when my Wyoming internet would rebel against me, and I was always glad to be at a safe distance.

@maxicek - Thanks!
 

Pyrotechnician

Diabloii.Net Site Pal
@crawlingdeadman Are you cheating on me??? I can't believe you would do something like this after all we've been through together!

But seriously, congratulations Zylo, good to see someone else see the light and the only one true way to play Diablo. Just one thing, myself being the most experienced HC player and all, l don't remember ever getting a message from you. Must have gotten lost in the internet somewhere.
 

buckcrazy

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats on the Guardian and as @srrw said, welcome to the dark side!

If you are looking for more MP, it is something I have considered trying out and would be down to play. Not sure what version you play and what not, but keep it in mind if you are looking for another new character!
 

Zylo

Diabloii.Net Member
@Pyrotechnician - I didn't want to scare you off, so I named the email "Saudi Prince wants to give you millions!" Maybe check your saved emails?

@ffs - Thanks! I ID'd about every magic/rare claw that dropped. I was pleasantly surprised when those bad boys turned up.

@Luhkoh @Zyr - Thanks!

@buckcrazy - MP is loads of fun! Sadly my internet provider has a firewall up, so I can't host on my end, but I'd be down to join! My trader profile will tell you more about me. I'm in the Mountain Time Zone, you? If that sounds good, shoot me a PM and we can go from there.
 

Pyrotechnician

Diabloii.Net Site Pal
Ah, see that's what got me. Saudi princes just can't resist giving me their money that I get so many of those emails, and all they want is my bank account, SSN and mother's maiden name. Who wouldn't agree to that???

Well next time you get that MP itch you know who to contact.;) I'm on the east coast but I'm sure it can be worked out.

May there be many more guardians in the future.
 
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