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MaStAViC

Diabloii.Net Member
Great guide. I have been following it for about a week now, and my softcore sorceress is now level 83. What "Rhyme" shield should I be using? Grim shield? I haven't played D2 in a while and am trying to remember.

Thank you,
Victor Ly
 

Socialism

Diabloii.Net Member
Shanks broseph.

Both Bone and Grim have 2 sockets max and run with 40% base blocking. Run with Bone until you find
a 2 socket Grim, then switch over. All information pertaining to shield / armor / etc specifics is readily
available from the Arreat Summit.

The only difference is a bit of strength (shouldn't matter anyway, playing untwinked) and ~100 ish defense.
 

asdfgah

Diabloii.Net Member
This guide looks like a really good and fun one. Good read, I have to try it out :smiley:
/goes back to reading
 

MaStAViC

Diabloii.Net Member
Socialism, you really have done a tremendous job with this guide, and with answering all of the questions that have been asked. I see plenty of guides around, both on Diabloii.net as well as other sites, and many are just overviews and such, but you get really in depth here, and I appreciate that.

I understand that this is a "budget" build, but there are times when I find better items and am not sure if I should use them to trade them away for the specific items you have pointed out. For example, if I can get ahold of say, Chains of Honor Armor, should I use that or stick with the Vipermagi? I think it would be helpful if you throw in the best gear this build can get in addition to the budget items so people can continue making their Sorceresses stronger.

Thank you very much,
Victor Ly
 

MaStAViC

Diabloii.Net Member
I don't mean to double post, but can't seem to edit my thread above anymore because it has been several hours since I posted it.

Can someone enlighten me about what I should socket into my gear? For now, I am trying to figure out what to socket into my Visceraturant.

Thank you,
Victor Ly
 

MaStAViC

Diabloii.Net Member
Here you go.
Shield blocking percentages can be found at the Arreat Summit.

The formula takes level and shield type (and bonus) into account, so it's doubtful that anyone
can give you a solid answer right off the bat. Easy version: for the shields suggested here? You
probably need around +150-200 dex at ~level 90 ish. Ballpark, I'm too lazy to calculate it.
I'm level ** and it looks like I need 235 to get 75% blocking. I've never tried max blocking on a Sorceress without using a Stormshield or Whitstan's Guard before, so this seems very, very high.

To upgrade my Visceratuant, I would use the following formula, right?
1 Ko Rune + 1 Lem Rune + 1 Perfect Diamond + Exceptional Unique Armor = Elite Version of Armor

Thank you.



 

Socialism

Diabloii.Net Member
I've already established my suggested baseline breakpoint minimums for effective survival and
murder (damage). Every well-engineered hardcore sorceress should have a decent balance of
+skills, life, FCR, FHR, etc. Re-read the "A “safe” rudimentary hardcore MFer progression" section
for a quick summary.

There are an enormous number of equipment combinations that can accomplish this, some better
than others - it's up to you to try to maintain a balance that works for you. You want to put on
Chains of Honor instead of Vipermagi? Great. Make sure you get your resists (50 max on an Um'd
Vipermagi) and FCR get replaced elsewhere. Besides, every other guide/"PLZHELPMEWITH
EQIUP SORK MAX ORB DMG" post has plenty of excellent suggestions equipment wise.
This is a budget guide for legit players. No Chains of Honor dupeword suggestions here.


I can't imagine anyone in their right mind socketing a Visceratuant (or any non-runeword shield,
really) with anything other than a perfect diamond/Um/15-allres jewel.

Blocking and upgrade formulas look about right.
 

PhatTrumpet

Diabloii.Net Member
Besides, the main point of this build is to acquire wealth, not to tie it up in a build that can function just about as well with cheaper gear. If you get some really nice stuff you might as well trade it away or use it on one of your other characters.
 

beltt

Diabloii.Net Member
Shanks broseph.

Both Bone and Grim have 2 sockets max and run with 40% base blocking. Run with Bone until you find
a 2 socket Grim, then switch over. All information pertaining to shield / armor / etc specifics is readily
available from the Arreat Summit.

The only difference is a bit of strength (shouldn't matter anyway, playing untwinked) and ~100 ish defense.
Actually a Heater is a bit better than those..

Regards Beltt
 

brokensvt

Diabloii.Net Member
:shocked: What's with these bumps on old threads? And just to say that...
He actually contributed to the thread, not to mention the thread was only on the second page. He's also correct on the base blocking.

EDIT: I though no one was allowed to "act like a mod and seem important"?



 

HeroXVII

Diabloii.Net Member
He actually contributed to the thread, not to mention the thread was only on the second page. He's also correct on the base blocking.

EDIT: I though no one was allowed to "act like a mod and seem important"?
1. I was asking a question
2. Think before you hit 'Submit' because you're doing exactly what you just said
3. Check the dates.


 

Barrynor

Banned
Heya Vic!

Yeah, well, the thing is, the difference between 180 DEX for Max block and 235 is some 70 HP when it comes to putting those stats in vitality. You can understand that its only a small difference. I used to run with a 1300 life/1400 mana sorc (no block), but she did not carry any MF gear. In hindsight, accepting a -200 penalty on the life (1100) would also have been very acceptable for a 75% blockrate instead of a 5% one.

Laters!

//Barry

I'm level ** and it looks like I need 235 to get 75% blocking. I've never tried max blocking on a Sorceress without using a Stormshield or Whitstan's Guard before, so this seems very, very high.

To upgrade my Visceratuant, I would use the following formula, right?
1 Ko Rune + 1 Lem Rune + 1 Perfect Diamond + Exceptional Unique Armor = Elite Version of Armor

Thank you.

p.s. heroxvii... a thread that's two weeks old and contains usefull info and a good guide is far from obsolete, and comments are always appreciated in such a thread. Especially good ones ;)



 

HeroXVII

Diabloii.Net Member
Ehh, oh well. But 180 vs 235, there's 55 points for Vitality or Energy. That's around what, 110 Life , and with BO, how much would that rack up?
 

Perceval

Diabloii.Net Member
I'd advise getting max block in NM. In normal it's not reallly needed.
Besides, getting max block with a cheap shield like Whistan's would equal 153 Dex at lvl 80. That's 250 or so life like pointed the bear.
You can "easyly" make up for lost life via charms and equipement, for block, there aren't many options.
 

Noite Escura

Diabloii.Net Member
Block is not needed in normal if you have people to help you quest. When I'm leveling by myself I like to have at least 50% block, specially with a build like this which will only have its main attack at level 30...
 
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