Hammerdin or Hammerdin

[iNsoMniaC]

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Hammerdin or Hammerdin

I am about to rebuild my hammerdin (after i got myself an Enigma BP, i realised i have waaaaay too much strenght)

Now, my question is pretty simple..

Should i go 10 Resist Lightning / 10 Holy Shield, or 20 holy shield..
Its really a question if i will be able to survive a soul boss in hell baals.. But then again, an extra strong fanatic minotaur(can't remember name in hell baals) isn't much fun either..

So its more defense/life vs. super light res..

So.. For overall survivability what should i choose (this is for heel baals only)

Btw. for those who are questioned by the 10 pts. in resist lightning, it adds 5% to max lightres..
 

Bert

Diabloii.Net Member
I do not think that a fully equiped hammerdin needs the 5 % extra light res.

Mine does a hell baal run very fast with no problem and all spare points in Holy Shield.

Bert
 

Bullet-Tooth Tony

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Indeed, more lightning protection than 75% light res is really needed only vs Souls. Have T-god with you. If you encounter them, put it on. And that'll be enough.
Other lightning attackers in WSK - skeleton mages, scarabs, LEB's are not that dangerous - 75% light res is OK for them.
 

sorcyone

Banned
Bullet-Tooth Tony said:
Indeed, more lightning protection than 75% light res is really needed only vs Souls. Have T-god with you. If you encounter them, put it on. And that'll be enough.
Other lightning attackers in WSK - skeleton mages, scarabs, LEB's are not that dangerous - 75% light res is OK for them.
I pondered the same question Resist Lightning vs Holy Shield.
I found the real danger was conviction + Souls, for which the extra max lightning resist did not help, but % absorb does. I found the better overall solution was to stack fire cold and lightning resists. This is quite easy to do on a hammerdin :
-100 Hell resists
30 Anya quest
30 Mara
72 HoZ (Um)
36 Hoto
20 Anni
14 resist all GC with FHR
---
102 total

Plus various life + resist small charms to bring this to about 120. PvM there is no value in stacking poison resistance. Conviction subtracts something like 100% to fire cold and light.

Apart from defense (15% per point which is great value) holy shield also gives more duration and better block which means less dex and more life. Here are the stats at higher levels :

Code:
Level   16      20      23      27      36      45
secs    405     505     585     680     905     1130
def+%   265     325     370     430     565     700
block   34      35      36      37      38      39
 
hammerdins usually have no problem wit souls, imo
my guy has 65 defence for all resists, he's fine
he only drinks bout 1 rev potion when in throne full of soulls (ok maybe 2 ;0)
so yea juss go wit the holy shield
u'll need it

have fun
cheers
-fishsticks
 
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