Hardcore Untwinked: Fireclaws Bear or Berserker? This season I've decided to scratch my melee itch on a barb or druid, utilizing either berserk or fire claws. Berserk provides much better buffs for party members (I love synergy), has more interesting mechanics, and is theoretically more robust against immune enemies. It's also very gear dependent. I'm afraid that I'll find myself in hell with a junk weapon barely scratching enemies or be paper thin on survival. Fire claws has better guaranteed damage (especially as your endgame weapon is a white phase blade + socket + 6 shael runes) and survivability, but fire immune enemies could prove to be frustrating. In his awesome guide ( http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=633745 ), come back zinc mentions crushing blow and your mercenary as the tools to use on fire immunes, but CB is tough to come by on this setup. 10% blood gloves is the only guaranteed piece, the rest relies on an UM rune or one of two unique boots. Mercenaries are a slow way of dealing with enemies. I took a FC bear to about 35 and had fun, but will hell be painful with FIs?