Hey Guys and Gals Online i go by Lunchie. I played D2 when it first came out HEAPS but hadn't picked it up for more than 12 years until a couple weeks ago. A friend of mine showed me how to get it going again and gave me a few tips and stuff and showed me how to get back into it again. He plays it online ALOT I think and is always talking about what treasure pieces (gear I think) he is going to buy and sell. I may be wrong but it sounded like he makes real money from this but maybe I misunderstood him. Anyway I digress. At his recommendation I started a Sorceress/wizard in Single player offline mode (He said there are too many botters online) and anyway I am enjoying it. As it stands I just finished the game on nightmare mode on something called /players 7 (which he said would give me better treasure drops) so I type that in whenever I start playing. The game Seemed harder than I remember especially since I am offline so didnt have any help from other players but I got through and now when I try and do the same on hell I am just getting destroyed. Its like my mercinary is suddenly hitting like a wet fish and he is dying from like just taking on 3 or 4 mobs at once when in NM mode he could destroy whole groups. And I seem to be doing like no damage either and every bloody mob (unsure if that term is universal or just from WOW so my apology's if its wrong) just seems to maul me. I really just want some advice as to what I should be doing now with my character. Like is she too low level for hell and should I just go back and kill the NM bosses over and over until I level up more or is my gear too crap or is there something wrong with my skills (build I believe is the term). Here is an outline of what my character looks like atm so you guys know where im coming from Also I am sorry if I get/got any of the terms wrong as I have really only ever spent time In world of warcraft forums and even that was back in burning crusade days. Seems adult life has gotten in the way of gaming since then. My character is level 74 Stats 120 str 37 Dex 364 Vit 1065 Life 67 Energy 374 Mana Resistance in Hell Fire 60 Cold 72 Lightning 50 Poison 50 300 Gold find 93% Magic find 33% faster cast rate Skills Cold Ice bolt 23 Frozen Armor 4 Shiver Armor 4 Ice blast 4 Frost nova 4 Glacial spike 4 Blizzard 4 Frozen orb 23 It says it does 426-448 damage Cold mastery 23 Lightning telekinesis 4 static field 4 teleport 4 Fire Fire bolt 4 Warmth 4 Inferno 4 Blaze 4 Fire wall 4 Fireball 4 Meteor 7 Fire mastery 4 Gear Wep Basic crystal Crystal sword with Spirit Rune word (wow they never had these when I used to play ages ago) Helm Peasant crown 270 def +1 to skills 15% run/walk 100% enhanced def +20 vit +20 Energy Replen life +12 24% magic find Socket with 1 Perfect Topaz Neck Saracens Chance amulet 10% chance to cast lvl 2 iron maiden when struck +12 to all attributes All resistances + 25% Offhand/shield Mosers blessed circle round shield 163 def 30% faster cast rate 25% more chance to block 192% enhanced def +10 to str All resistances +44% Socketed with a +10 str Rune and a Perfect topaz Chestpiece/armour Duriels shell great hauberk 1331 Def +162% enhanced def +92 defence based on char level +15 str +74 life based on char level Cold resist 65% fire resist 35% poison resist 35% Lightning resist 35% cannot be frozen Socketed with UM rune Gloves Chance guards Heavy bracers 71 def +25 attack rating +28 enhanced def +15 defence 200% more gold find 34% more magic find +2 light radius Rings Nagelring +60 attack rating magic damage reduced by 3 attacker takes damage of 3 30% more magic find 2nd ring Dwarf star ring +40 life heal stam plus 15% +40 max stam Fire absorb 15% Magic damage reduced by 12 100% more gold find Belt Fiend cord war belt 50 def +14% enhanced def +3 str replen life +5 +5 mana fire resist +25% poison length - 25% Boots Natalyas soul mesh boots Def 158 +40% move speed +114 def stamina + 18% based on char level cold resist 18% lightning resist 17% Mercinary Gear It is the mercinary from that act 2 desert place with that ability that makes him hit harder. I got told to recruit him in Nightmare, so I did. He does some aura/ability that makes you melee hit harder and then another aura from his weapon that makes my mana regenerate like crazy quickly. Seems pretty cool His stats are str 172 dex 138 damage with that aura on is 1400-2200 roughly or 740-1400 without aura defence is 2600 52 fire resist 75 cold resist 52 lightning resist 52 poison resist 1342 life He has no mana pool that I could ever see or find. Weapon Insight Partizan Damage 169-352 lvl 13 meditation aura 35% faster cast rate 216% enhanced damage +9 to minimum damage 244% bonus to attack rating 5-39 fire damage 75 poison damage over 5 seconds +4 to critical strike +5 to all attributes (im guessing that means stats?) +2 to mana after each kill (seems fairly useless to me if he doesnt cast anything lol) 23% better magic find Ethereal (cannot be repaired) But my friend says that mercinarys never damage their gear so this doesnt matter. Seems odd to me that his gear doesnt break given how much he seems to get the crap kicked out of him by those girly wisp thingys that throw disco light balls at him. Go figure I guess. Chest piece/ armour Duress Mesh armour Defence 1240 40% faster hit recovery 19% enhanced damage (on something that isnt a weapon? wtf lol?) adds 37-133 cold damage (again wtf) 15 % chance of crushing blow (Must have met my ex) 33% chance of open wounds 158% enhanced def -20% stam drain cold resist 46% lightnin resist 15% fire resist %15 poison resist 15% Ethereal Headpiece/helm Vampire Gaze Grim helm Defence 378 adds 6-22 cold damage 6% mana stolen per hit 8% life stolen per hit (this seems to work really well) 100% enhanced defence 15% slower stam drain damage reduce by 20% magic damage reduced by 15 Ethereal Ok guys well thats all my gear, please dont laugh TOO hard at it, I know its probably all wrong or total crap. I am basically trying to build a sorceress that can use two sorts of damage to kill those stupid immune monsters and my cold spells do ok damage but my fire spells just suck now that im in hell. What am I doing wrong Is my gear too crap? Is it my skill choices or my play style or am I just too low level to try hell? Sorry for the long first message but I didn't know what info was relevant and what wasn't. Thanks.