Insight vs Bonehew

eelnala

Diabloii.Net Member
Insight vs Bonehew

Hi fellas, as the title says, I’ve got to make up my mind between insight and bonehew. About 2 weeks ago, I picked up an ethereal 283% ED Bonehew (yeah I know, 283). And just yesterday I picked up two 4-socket cryptic axes. This was quite a find, because I never find those.

Anyway, the Bonehew should have slightly higher damage than insight, but what kind of character would use it? I’m thinking about mercs, by the way.

BTW: What do I socket into Bonehew? Keep in mind I'm pretty poor, so don't say Ohms :p

Thanks
 

skihard

Banned
I have a cold/lightning sorc and her merc uses insight so I have the extra element and he does short work of Brem when he spawns with the cold immune along with his always spawned light immune.
 

eelnala

Diabloii.Net Member
MyCompSucks said:
What kind of char is the merc for?

I was thinking of either cold merc for a hammerdin or might merc for a summon necromancer.

By the way, does IAS (shael) actually help an act 2 merc? I thought they used Jab and that the attack speed on the weapon didn’t really matter too much. Will 1 shael be enough to go over a breakpoint?

thanks
 

Twoflower

Banned
double amn the bonehew, he survives alot more whit such enormous life leech

on the other hand, for any caster, get insight :) ( i hope the cryptic axe is ethereal )

i have a insight on my hammerind, not even max lvl on the aura, but it keeps regenerating me faster than i can use my mana spamming hammers. mana burn is no longer a thread, even after mana burn i can keep on spamming hammers whibout any interruption. and it keeps refilling me mana :)
 

MyCompSucks

Diabloii.Net Member
Insight rules so much on a hammerdin, it's rediculus. I regen faster than I use, I like it's a lvl 14 aura.

For the summoner i'd say use insight to raise the switch to bonehew
 

sorcyone

Banned
eelnala said:
Hi fellas, as the title says, I’ve got to make up my mind between insight and bonehew. About 2 weeks ago, I picked up an ethereal 283% ED Bonehew (yeah I know, 283). And just yesterday I picked up two 4-socket cryptic axes. This was quite a find, because I never find those.

Anyway, the Bonehew should have slightly higher damage than insight, but what kind of character would use it? I’m thinking about mercs, by the way.

BTW: What do I socket into Bonehew? Keep in mind I'm pretty poor, so don't say Ohms :p

Thanks
Bonehew wins for damage between those 2. However an ethereal Insight beats that eth Bonehew plus it has MF and the Meditation Aura. Look for any ethereal Colossus Voulge, Larzuk will always give it 4 sockets. The other elite polearms use the cube to socket and hope for 4 sockets.
 

Bert

Diabloii.Net Member
Hi,

If u use insight be sure to have some form of life leech from other equipment, else your merc may have to much trouble staying alive.

For my hammerdin i use bonehew, if you run low on mana just switch to redemption, it's like swallowing a big purple :D .

Bert
 

Hetchman

Diabloii.Net Member
casters cept summonmancer=insight

Bonehew is good, but there are other runewords better. Bonehew=good poor man's merc weapon. I put Amn and a 24%ED/-15 rare jewel in mine. it's a good idea to put either a Hel or a freedom jewel (the more mods the better) in a bonehew so that your merc can use it that much quicker. otherwise he won't get str fast enough to use it before lvl 70 something.

My best character's merc uses: (wind druid)
Insight, although in a plain great poleaxe, so dmg is lacking a bit
Nearly perfect Stone made in eth Hellforge (1% off from perfect)
and he used to use Vampgaze til I gave it to my pally, now he uses Tal's hat.

I get my mana regen, decent dmg, and huge defense along with 10% life leech. My merc rarely dies unless I do.

All my other mercs I plan on making wear:
Shaft, or stone if I get rich/lucky and find good armor for it
Gaze
either Insight (casters) in an eth polearm or obediance in an eth polearm
 

Nos2

Diabloii.Net Member
Bert said:
For my hammerdin i use bonehew, if you run low on mana just switch to redemption, it's like swallowing a big purple :D .

Agreed. Mana problems are not an issue with a single point in redemption and +skills. Your hammerdin will do most of the killing so the increased MF for your merc with Insight is really a moot point.

Double Amn the bonehew for the massive ll. Your merc will thank you for it.
 

Chimaira

Diabloii.Net Member
eelnala said:
By the way, does IAS (shael) actually help an act 2 merc? I thought they used Jab and that the attack speed on the weapon didn’t really matter too much. Will 1 shael be enough to go over a breakpoint?
thanks
IAS does help an act 2 merc, Jab is dependant on the weapons attack speed, and has been for some time...Whether 1 Shael will be enough to reach the next breakpoint depends on what weapon you use.
 

Pherdnut

Diabloii.Net Member
You'll need strength enhancing gear to equip an ethereal collosus voulge insight though, so plan ahead. For raw killing power, I think Obedience may be the best bang for your buck where Act 2 mercs are concerned.
 

MyCompSucks

Diabloii.Net Member
my a2 holy freeze merc rules with Andy's Helm (what to put in it?) Eth CV Insiight and Fort (well, using +2 Valor now, fort on my ranger) with my conc, it's really nasty and very nice to have
 

Bert

Diabloii.Net Member
A very good merc helmet (and not to expensive) is the delirium runeword.

Both my Pala and my GF's Tal sorc use this and it offers instand crowd control!

The onlything missing on delirium is life steal.

I get around it by using eth bonehew amn amn.

The combination delirium - bonehew cannot be beaten by insight - *other helmet*.

BTW is there an armor that offers life steal?

A frost merc using insight and delirium can only get life leach from an armor (CoH i believe but bit to expensive for a merc, mmm, might just try it out), so any idea's about other armors?

I personaly think that this should be the best setup for an act 2 merc.

Bert
 

Herald of Doom

Diabloii.Net Member
I'm personally still a big fan of Might merc with Doom Cryptic, eth gaze and eth stone. Call me oldfashioned, but he never ever dies (Iron Maiden doesnt count >.<) and he has some serious dmg (7K max iirc)

HoD
 
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