Guardian TheGeneral* **His name was SpearBarbQin (like, barb-b-q with a spear? Roasting monsters? Hehe it was a spur of the moment decision as I was originally going to be a spear-barb), but I renamed him after Baal. However, GRISU hooked me up with the FULL IK-Set. Most of the props for this accomplishment have to go to him for giving me all of my gear. Without that this probably wouldn't have happened. This is my first ever Single-Player Guardian, and I did it on HC which makes it even more special to me. I've also never played Barbarians much before, so a lot of credit goes to everyone on this forum and the barb forum for giving me advice on how to play. Big ups to Nightfish for his Beserker Guide especially. This was a WW-barb, but his emphasis of War Cry really inspired me to utilize that skill as well â€“ which turned out to be a great benefit. Enough with all the mushy stuff, here's how it went down: Stats Stength: 238 Dexterity: 25 Vitality: 237 Energy: 10 W/ gear Strength: 283 Dexterity: 62 Vitality: 237 Energy: 12 I had 3400 life, UNTIL I killled baal, was looking at this circlet, which happens to be SWEET (+2 druid skills, 20fcr) so I had to drop two grand charms, I go to town, stash it, come back down, and while picking up my charm, it takes me to the cinematic screen. So I just lost 70hp worth of charms and 13resist all. I was SO pissed. Gear Armor: Immortal King's Soul Cage Helm: Immortal King's Will Weapon: Immortal King's Stone Crusher Gloves: Immortal King's Forge Belt: Immortal King's Detail Boots: Immortal King's Pillar Amulet: Highlord's Wrath (also given by Grisu) Ring: Ravenfrost (179/15 â€“ self-found) Ring: Wraith Turn (Crafted caster ring, lol, 10% fcr, 6% ll, +2energy, +20mana, +6 resist all) (For most of the game I used angelic ring/ammy until hell a3). My merc used: Armor: Upp'ed Duriels Shell. Helm: Tal Rasha's Mask Weapon: Thresher Infinity (499max dmg.) Skills Warcries: prereq's 20 Battle Orders 9 War Cry Combat Masteries: 20 Mace Mastery 1 each for Increased Speed, Increased Stamina 2 each for Iron Skin, Natural Resistance Combat Skills: prereq's 20 Whirlwind (Main skill) 11 Beserk Gameplay My game play was very well.. odd.. I did a lot of different things and had many different ideas about how to play this build. First I was going to build a spear-barb. Then, I was going to build an Gold-Find Barb. For most of the game I used whatever IK-set gear I could and a Hone Sundan with 2 shaels and an amn in it. My merc had on Kelpie Snare and some topaz-socketed breast plate/great helm until level 76. I used Howl and Taunt A LOT throughout NM, but once I got to wear the full IK-set I respecced to the skills I have now and gave him the Hone Sundan. However, I soon made the switch to Insight once I found a 4os Thresher (elite polearm). THIS was one of the best moves I made for this character. At first I was just making it for my necro, and since it did 500dmg I would use until my necro could get high enough. Well, it turned out this was priceless. I can't tell you how many times the meditation aura saved me when I was mana-burned or fighting unleachables. It basically made for infinite-ww/beserk no matter the circumstances. That means I could do 30 super short, super fast WW's on hell meph at p7 and get the kill without thinking about mana. That also means that when I got mana-burned I could wait 1 second, or instantly be able to cast War Cry, stun the enemies for 4 seconds, regain a lot of my mana, WW and if I could leech, have a full bulb again just like that. My game-plan for all battles was basically this: Run up, WW. If there's no problem, just kill them. If there is a problem or I thought it might be dangerous to WW through packs, War Cry became my savior. I guarantee that I would have died if I hadn't invested points in War Cry, I cannot emphasize the importance of that skill in my success. And, with Insight, I could War Cry as many times as I wanted despite it's steep mana cost. So, I run up, got mana-burned 'oh ****!!', run away for a sec, run back next to merc and War Cry, stun, Hit hit hit with Beserk, Stun, Hit hit hit, Stun, Stun Stun. A tactic that I really liked doing that helped control the pack was: Run up to the first monster, see others coming that might be dangerous, SPAM War Cry and as they all get close enough, the whole pack that was spread out, they're all stunned. Now I can WW through them, Stun again. WW/Stun/WW/Stun. After 2 or 3 Whirls everything except bosses was dead, so this worked great. Once I got into Hell I did a lot of pit-runs and countess runs which didn't net me anything. Then I powered through act1-3 to get to Meph/Council. On my 3rd council run I spotted this baby: My first ever Jah!! That's the highest rune I've ever found. Then I went on a spree and probably did 100 Hell Meph runs at p5/p7. I netted a lot of decent uniques, like the Ravenfrost, and what I thought was a great find at the time: Ormus's Robes. It had 15%cold, 14%light which to me was soo awesome, and it had a cold skill synergy - ice bolt for Frozen Orb. I was like hell yeah!! Apparently, it ain't worth jack. *angry* lol Anyways, I said today I wanted to Guardian this dude and get it over with. I decided not to risk anything and did a4/a5 on p1. a4 and diablo were cake. I think I killed Diablo in 4 WW's. a5 was cake up until the Frozen River. First spawn were gloams, which I thought 'let's see if we can get a new spawn, nah, I can take 'em, let's do it!' 3 WW's in to fighting these gloams/succubus things I got amped/mass lightning'd and reduced to 500hp, I probably would have died by the end of the whirl, but I s&e very quickly with my heart pounding. Respawn was easy, ancients were easy, in WSK gloams, respawn, owning up until somehow this pack of succubi and those big desert things with like 4 arms (I can't remember name) somehow reduce me to super-low life so I s&e. Minions were cake, spammed war cry, took out lister, then took em out 1 by 1 with the rest stunned. WAR CRY OWNS. Conclusion I definitely enjoyed playing this character, and learned a lot about playing D2 in this experience. I realized early on that I really never knew how to fully play and utilize all the resources available to me when I was playing on Bnet. With SPHC, I had to gut out every inch of the way with everything I had. That meant going slow a lot of the time until I got accustomed to what I could do, and what was really dangerous. Thank you especially to Grisu for helping me out with the gear, and everyone else on here that has given me advice. Even people that haven't given any advice to anyone, just this whole forum makes SP a lot better, imo. It's like having people to play with, even though you're playing by yourself.