Merc Armor Question


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Merc Armor Question

I'm lvl90 and soloed uber trist 3 times so far (whoopee right?). However, I have recently begun to re-think my merc's armor (something I put on months ago and never really re-checked). Right now he has on an ethereal hellforge "Bramble" with lvl17 Thorns aura. My question is, is Thorns worth the armor slot? Or would it be more beneficial to alter his armor to something that can afford more def/attack/or whatnot? I'm especially curious as to what Duress is; I've seen it mentioned but am a little too lazy to search it out myself. So if you all could answer me this I would be much appreciated.


depend what kind of char your lvl 90 is. this is the Duress:

3 Socket Body Armor
Shael + Um + Thul

+40% Faster Hit Recovery
+10-20% Enhanced Damage (varies)
Adds 37-133 Cold Damage 2 sec. Duration (Normal)
15% Chance of Crushing Blow
33% Chance of Open Wounds
+150-200% Enhanced Defense (varies)
-20% Slower Stamina Drain
Cold Resist +45%
Lightning Resist +15%
Fire Resist +15%
Poison Resist +15%

It has 15% CB.


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my lvl 91 Hammerdin's merc uses an eth glitched duress. 3063 defense i believe. the res/cb/ed really helps. only other options i can see are fortitude and stone.


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if your on ladder get a Fort armour:

Body Armor
20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Chilling Armor when Struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
+300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+X To Life (Based on Character Level)*
Replenish Life +7
+5% To Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +25-30 (varies)
Damage Reduced By 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 To Light Radius
Fortitude 4 Socket Weapons/Body Armor El + Sol + Dol + Lo

Lo is the most expensive and currently on west ladder its easy as pie to get hold of a Lo, or a decent fort.

make in an eth elite armour and ur golden, or be like me and make it in a none eth so u can use on other characters

the extra damage makes ur merc scary as hell, the chill armour makes his defence go up higher. pretty much my merc with an infinity vamp gaze and a fort armour does 6.9k damage with might on, easily enough for that first corpse to start the army up


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I think I'll go with fort then; I alreadyhave good CB w/ Infinity and Guillame's IAs when the need calls for it. Plus I have an eth gllitched AP fort :p Thanks you guys for all the help; I think I'll try and get my hands on a glitched Duress for my Smiter's Merc. Thanks again! Oh and I'm a necromancer...summoner.


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although bramble is nice for PvM/Mfing when used with amp it kills melle mosnters (especailly bosses in a very short amt of time =P)

but fort/duress are nice pieces too....stone is ok too (you can get some amazing def on glitched arm with stone though...)....


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Once I saw the damage my merc was dishing out with his fort armor ... it was too addictive.

I've also used Duress and it's nice as well but at this moment it's Fort for me.