How to build you army quickly in Hell?

pliu

Banned
How to build you army quickly in Hell?

As a pure summon, I have difficult to raise my skeleton army at hell difficulty when my merc died and no money to rescue it.
Even with mecr still not that easy. Anyone have a good idea how to raisethe skeleton army quickly at hell difficulty?
 

treldonis

Diabloii.Net Member
pliu said:
As a pure summon, I have difficult to raise my skeleton army at hell difficulty when my merc died and no money to rescue it.
Even with mecr still not that easy. Anyone have a good idea how to raisethe skeleton army quickly at hell difficulty?
If you have the portal from anya still available, use it and raise the corpses before they wake up. Then get out asap. You can raise 11 skellies, 6 mages and a few revives with practice.
 

Peacrusher

Diabloii.Net Member
My first question is concerning your merc... You should by the time you reach hell have a might merc with decent enough gear to easily kill off the act 1 monsters. Amp curse, attract, and Ce will give you enough carvers to raise your army quickly...

Otherwise Anya's portal is the easiest way to raise an army of skellies.

In a pinch you could raise a few from the bloody foothills just outside of harrogath.. there ususally are a few dead monsters lying on the ground near the gate.
 

pliu

Banned
Peacrusher said:
My first question is concerning your merc... You should by the time you reach hell have a might merc with decent enough gear to easily kill off the act 1 monsters. Amp curse, attract, and Ce will give you enough carvers to raise your army quickly...
So how to keep the merc alive and what is good gear for the merc?
 

Cerebron

Diabloii.Net Member
Hi folks, I have a brilliant idea. How about attract? I never tried it because my merc is so good. Go to the Cold Plain WP and curse with attract. Wait until one monster kills the other and raise a skeleton. Based on my experience, if you have just one skeleton, you're on the way.
 

Cerebron

Diabloii.Net Member
Also, if you didn't build the attract curse. Find an NPC and buy one wand that gives +skill to attract. This should be obvious.
 

Peacrusher

Diabloii.Net Member
pliu said:
So how to keep the merc alive and what is good gear for the merc?
Well first equip him with resistance gear... I use an ethereal guardian angel and ethereal kelpie snare... I also have him use tal's mask for the 15% life steal. That keeps him leaching while he's fighting.

Keep some juv pots handy for quick heals...

You should also make sure your merc is within 5 lvls of you. If there is a big gap hire another merc or go back to nm and lvl him up by running baal yourself.. BTW running baal nm solo is a good way to find merc gear... and who knows you might find something useful as well.

I'm lvl 82 atm with my skelli mancer... and my merc is 82 as well.

Life tap curse will also help your merc heal in a pinch.
 

zaphette

Diabloii.Net Member
Cold Plains WP. Your merc should be able to tank there. I always head there and raise the army before I head off to the pits. Actually found my humonculus there :) (no I am not suggesting that people should MF in the Cold Plains).

Attract rocks! I use it all the time. Get the monsters attacking each other and they aren't attacking you.
 

chien

Diabloii.Net Member
I'd suggest use a strong merc (might merc) to have your first corpse. I found that although attract or confuse can distract the monsters, but they are really hard to produce the "first" corpse. They starts to beat each other, but stop before any of them is dead..
 

chien

Diabloii.Net Member
hehe, yeah, recast might be a good idea.. But, the problem in Hell mode is that usually, you'll have a group of mob with the same immunity (plus same attack with that immune, lol). Even without above problem, i still prefer have a merc to help out (I need the might aura,anyway) :)

PS: plus,I only have 1 point in attract and confuse (with plus skill about 6 or 8).. still very short duration in Hell mode I think.
 

Mad Mantis

D2/3 Necromancer & Witch Doctor Moderator
1 point in Attract wit +6 gives about 9 seconds. Should be enough to get a corpse.
 

Jomero

Diabloii.Net Member
Attract helps, but I've found it's more useful as a means of distracting a group of monsters to help your merc kill them than having it be a fast way to get a corpse. Monsters take a while to take their friends down.

But, like I said, it's a great distraction. I always cast a couple on Pindleskin's friends and it always stops their charges (well, they just charge their friends). I also use it just like others have mentioned, in getting a corpse when anya's portal isn't up.
 
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