Guaridan #9: PatienceII Well it's been a while since I got to post one of these threads but this one is gonna be good. At the moment I'm trying to expand my sept of guardians to the point where I have one ribcracker guardian of each class. And this is my ribcracker melee sorc. She's actually my second try at this, the first one met an untimely end when I got impatient and thought I could kill OKs without getting owned by IM. I couldn't. >_< Anyway, here's her stats and gear and then some thoughts on the build I used. You'll notice that she differs from your average enchantress quite a bit. Stats: PatienceII - level 80 Strength: 65 Dexterity: 25 Vitality: 285 Energy: 100 Life: 902 Mana: 335 Defence: 9115 AR: 7581 Damage: 3110-4306 Resistances: 75/60/75/42 Skills: Warmth: 20 Firemastery: 20 Shiver Armour: 20 Telekinesis: 17 * Energy Shield: 7 * to be maxed if she were to level further and 1 in all prereqs. None in static field, none in enchant. Gear Weapon 1: Upd' 325% ED Ribcracker Weapon 2 / Shield: Demon Limb / The Ward (for no real reason) Helm: Darksight Helm Armour: Gloom Archon Plate Belt: String of Ears Gloves: LoH Rings: Angelic Ammy: Angelic Boots: Gore Rider Inventory is crammed full of charms. And by full I mean full. I guess it's pretty obvious what most things are for: Ribcracker provides damage & CB, Demon Limb has level 23 Enchant, Gloom takes defence to good levels with the ribcracker bonus & Shiver armour. SoE for leech & PDR, Angelic Jewelry so I can actually hit things and gore rider for more CB & DS. But the most important item for this build was the Darksight Helm. Yes, you heard correctly. And more specificly, the 30 level 5 Cloak of Shadows charges on the helm are the one thing that take this sorc from "barely viable" to "Holy Crap!". If you've played an assassin you know how powerful CoS is and it's even more powerful on a fragile sorc with now crowd control of her own. I didn't use the helm on my first try and really struggled through the game until I got owned leveling my sorc at NM Baal. Doing some MF runs with my necro this baby dropped (again, already had 5) and I finally noticed that this is just what I need. And the second sorc was a breeze to play except for a few situations. More on that later. Merc I use a Might merc for this one. Yes, might. The ribcracker has excellent base damage and might fits that just perfectly. He uses a Reaper's Toll, Shaftstop and either Vamp Gaze or Guillaume's Face, depending on what I need. Thoughts Truth to tell, when I first started this lady, or rather, her predecessor, I thought she might make it through hell but I was convinced that it would take ages and be a pain in the ass to play. And it was on the first try. But with cloak of shadows it was actually quite easy. Not actually getting enchant safes me a lot of skill points which allows me to play this a truly tri-elemental sorc. Shiver armour provides good defence and the cold effect lasts for 5 seconds in hell which is really helpful. Mana Shield is pretty damn good, too. At first glance you might think it's not that useful because I only have 7 points in there but that's still about 50% of the damage that gets absorbed by mana and with maxed warmth mana comes back fast. General strategy was to just teleport / run into bigger mobs of enemies and cast cloak of shadows. By the time it ran out the remaining monsters were no big deal anymore. Gloom also helped out against ranged attackers like gloams or archers. The most dangerous area was actually the chaos sanctuary since it was really crawling with OKs and my merc went down all the time. A couple bosses in various acts spawned with nasty mods, too, but nothing really unsurmountable. The ancients were extremely anti-climactic, got them on the first spawn with barely half of my potions used. Mods were really lucky, just one extra strong and that guy wasn't immune to fire. CB really owns those guys hard. Hm, what else? Ah, yes, she did find a couple nice items for me: A stone crusher and a couple decent runes. Mal from the Hellforge and a Lem from the crystalline passage. Also 2 dols from the hell council. She's probably my rune-luckiest char ever. Well, that's it, thanks for reading. I usually turn my more successful chars into guides but I think I might pass on this one since she seems to be too out of the ordinary. You might want to keep the darksight helm in mind, though, just in case you ever have a char that is almost viable but lacks crowd control. It worked even better than the delirium I had on my merc at first. Edit: Credits: As always, this one was played using RTB's FE Mod/Fix/Patch, so thanks to him for making that possible. Also, thanks once more to Sam for trading me the ribcracker.