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Is there a viable barb build with this weapon?

Discussion in 'Barbarian' started by YomoKimyata, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. YomoKimyata

    YomoKimyata IncGamers Member

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    Is there a viable barb build with this weapon?

    It is so nice...

    Plague Spawn (ethereal rare war hammer)

    431% ED
    20% IAS
    +169 AR
    +13-34 cold damage
    +3-4 damage

    Obviously I am going to upgrade it (and Zod it when ladder season ends since I don't see getting a Zod on ladder...). Base damage should be something like 282-466 1H as a battle hammer, and 401-490 as a legendary mallet. The two things working against it:

    - even with 20% IAS, base speed still sucks and cannot shael it if I am going to zod it

    - range of 1 :(

    So WW is out. My question(s) is(are):

    - Is this too slow for a concentrate or berserk barb?
    - If I pair it with a very fast weapon, could I use it for a frenzy barb (not sure if frenzy works with average speed in 1.10)?
    - Should I just suck it up and make a pally instead?

    - also, I am considering only upgrading to battle hammer, since average damage would still be in the 375 range with 89 less strength requirement. am I nuts to think that?

    thanks, yomo
     
  2. JohnofTesh

    JohnofTesh IncGamers Member

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    Look at the weapon speed calculator at diablo.de if you want to check berserk or frenzy speed.
     
  3. YomoKimyata

    YomoKimyata IncGamers Member

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    I got the speed, my question is whether or not it is TOO slow to manage in Hell.

    I am actually starting to lean towards a Frogger. Weapon speed does not matter and a nice shield will keep me from worrying so much about defense. Plus range of 1 actually will help versus bosses...
     
  4. Vargasanath

    Vargasanath Banned

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    Just make a conc barb....i mean with aproper might merc you'll be getting 4-5k min dmg anyways....it'll compensate for any speed loss and you're uninterrupt...not to mention a tank on front lines so range shouldn't be too big an issue.

    BTW I'd say that any 1h weapon with a min close to some of the best maxes would be slightly viable....
     
  5. PoopyPants

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    keep it until ladder ends then make a pvp zealot with max/ias armor + helm, IAS gloves. You will own.
     
  6. YomoKimyata

    YomoKimyata IncGamers Member

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    yeah, i think i am forced to upgrade my twitchthroe to elite now...
     

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