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My first Guardian, Jeor the FC/Summon bear

Discussion in 'Single Player Forum' started by Naturallog, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Naturallog

    Naturallog Diabloii.Net Member

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    So I wanted to finally make a real attempt at hardcore, and I thought a Fire Claws build would be a good choice. I'm already familiar with the build from a SC druid I experimented with, so I knew it was a pretty strong build even with weak gear. I decided to pick up Dire wolf and Grizzly so I could have some meat shields for safety. An A2 Might merc would finish off my entourage, once I finished Normal difficulty. I decided to keep the game set to 8 players, since the extra items would be a huge help. Even so, after Baal died for the third time I still had some laughably poor items equipped.

    Since this character had to be self-found I decided to use a Rhyme shield for easy to acquire CBF, and make an Insight polearm as fast as I could for my merc. For weapons, speed is the only thing an FC build cares about so I used a Steel Scimitar until I could finally get my hands on a phase blade. Normal and Nightmare were a breeze, between the Prayer merc I picked up and my summoned wolf pack there wasn't much need for Fire Claws. My early points all went into Dire Wolf and Shock Wave. Once I found a 4 socket partizan for Insight, life got even easier. With a constant mana supply I began sinking all my points into Fire Claws. Even set to 8 players nothing was much of a challenge at this point, though progress was slow at times.

    Upon reaching Hell difficulty, item quality caught up to me. Switched to players 1 because burning through enemies on higher player counts took much longer than I wanted. I got (very) lucky and found a 6 socket phase blade, eliminating the need to bother Larzuk for my final weapon. I shoved an Eth and 5 Shael in there, which gave me an ideal weapon for my build. Five frame attacks with -25% target defense. I probably should have gone with 6 Shael for 4 frame attacks, but I didn't have much attack rating so I sacrificed some speed. I couldn't find a Lum for Smoke, or a Lem for Treachery however, so my resists were in the gutter. I did gather a few decent resist charms along the way, but it wasn't enough. After getting bogged down in Act 2, I went back and farmed Countess for some runes. I couldn't get a decent 2 socket armor for Smoke, so I kept farming until I picked up a Lem to make Treachery in a Dusk Shroud. I gave it to my merc, but switched it over to my Druid for act bosses. With this improvement, and a 4 socket cryptic axe for upgraded Insight, my merc was able to chew through the seemingly endless supply of fire immunes blocking my way.

    I ended up running from Act 3 through the end of the game in one day. Treachery gave me the resists to knock over Mephisto and Diablo easily, bringing me to Act 5. Shenk coughed up a Stormshield for me, but sadly I couldn't use it or I would lose CBF from Rhyme. I finished off Nihlathak and made my way toward Baal. After a few bad pulls, I managed to separate the Ancients and allow my wolves and mercenary to eat them one by one (two spawned fire immune so my Druid was little use). Baal's minions were easy to deal with, though the final fire immune wave took a while. Baal himself was just a matter of chugging pots and cursing my lack of CB.

    Overall this was easier than I thought it would be. I only had to stop once to farm gear, and my build never really felt weak. I had a several close calls in Hell, but with Werebear's nice health bonus I had enough time to chug potions. I do regret spending a full 15 points on Shockwave, as the duration was fine with 10 points. Overall though, the build was solid at level 84 when I finished Hell.

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    Raven: 1/3
    Poison Creeper: 1/3
    Oak Sage: 1/3
    Summon Spirit Wolf: 1/5
    Carrion Vine: 1/3
    Heart of Wolverine: 2/4
    Summon Dire Wolf: 20/22
    Summon Grizzly: 1/3
    
    Werewolf: 1/3
    Lycanthropy: 5/7
    Werebear: 1/3
    Feral Rage: 1/3
    Maul: 1/3
    Fire Claws: 20/22
    Shock Wave: 15/17
    
    Firestorm: 1/3
    Molten Boulder: 1/3
    Fissure: 1/3
    Volcano: 20/22
    
    
    Items:
    
    Gemmed Phase Blade
    Phase Blade
    One Hand Damage: 31 - 35
    Indestructible
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 25
    Required Dexterity: 136
    Fingerprint: 0xa1afd2fc
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +100% Increased Attack Speed
    -25% Target Defense
    6 Sockets (6 used)
    Socketed: Eth Rune
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    
    
    Dark Clan Crusher (swap)
    Cudgel
    One Hand Damage: 17 - 61
    Durability: 24 of 24
    Required Level: 34
    Required Strength: 25
    Fingerprint: 0xc279eade
    Item Level: 49
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to Druid Skill Levels
    195% Enhanced Damage
    24% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +200% Damage to Demons
    +200 to Attack Rating against Demons
    +150% Damage to Undead
    +15 Life after each Demon Kill
    
    
    Rhyme
    Tower Shield
    ShaelEth
    Defense: 22
    Chance to Block: 44
    Durability: 60 of 60
    Required Level: 29
    Required Strength: 75
    Fingerprint: 0xc967bb71
    Item Level: 79
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +40% Faster Block Rate
    20% Increased Chance of Blocking
    Regenerate Mana 15%
    All Resistances +25
    Cannot Be Frozen
    50% Extra Gold from Monsters
    25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    2 Sockets (2 used)
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    Socketed: Eth Rune
    
    
    Lidless Wall
    Grim Shield
    Defense: 333
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 70 of 70
    Required Level: 41
    Required Strength: 58
    Fingerprint: 0xb670a104
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    +121% Enhanced Defense
    +10 to Energy
    Increase Maximum Mana 10%
    +4 to Mana after each Kill
    +1 to Light Radius
    
    
    Lore
    Antlers
    OrtSol
    Defense: 18
    Durability: 20 of 20
    Required Level: 27
    Required Strength: 24
    Fingerprint: 0xbf5f4243
    Item Level: 22
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +2 to Summon Spirit Wolf (Druid Only)
    +10 to Energy
    Lightning Resist +30%
    Damage Reduced by 7
    +2 to Mana after each Kill
    +2 to Light Radius
    2 Sockets (2 used)
    Socketed: Ort Rune
    Socketed: Sol Rune
    
    
    Iron Pelt
    Trellised Armor
    Defense: 539
    Durability: 156 of 157
    Required Level: 33
    Required Strength: 61
    Fingerprint: 0x68be2d55
    Item Level: 59
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +87% Enhanced Defense
    +252 Defense (Based on Character Level)
    +25 to Life
    Damage Reduced by 18
    Magic Damage Reduced by 15
    +125 Maximum Durability
    
    
    Bloodfist
    Heavy Gloves
    Defense: 18
    Durability: 14 of 14
    Required Level: 9
    Fingerprint: 0x426ac63
    Item Level: 39
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +10% Increased Attack Speed
    +30% Faster Hit Recovery
    +5 to Minimum Damage
    +18% Enhanced Defense
    +10 Defense
    +40 to Life
    
    
    Credendum
    Mithril Coil
    Defense: 110
    Durability: 16 of 16
    Required Level: 65
    Required Strength: 106
    Fingerprint: 0x7e4dbeb9
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +50 Defense
    +10 to Strength
    +10 to Dexterity
    All Resistances +15
    
    
    Sander's Riprap
    Heavy Boots
    Defense: 6
    Durability: 14 of 14
    Required Level: 20
    Required Strength: 18
    Fingerprint: 0x8ca29a8b
    Item Level: 61
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +40% Faster Run/Walk
    +100 to Attack Rating
    +5 to Strength
    +10 to Dexterity
    
    
    Shaman's Amulet of the Mind
    Amulet
    Required Level: 27
    Fingerprint: 0xb930a659
    Item Level: 50
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Druid Skill Levels
    +4 to Energy
    
    
    Stone Gyre
    Ring
    Required Level: 16
    Fingerprint: 0x939d9bae
    Item Level: 30
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +117 to Attack Rating
    +1 to Energy
    Fire Resist +27%
    Poison Resist +23%
    Magic Damage Reduced by 1
    12% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    
    Wraith Circle
    Ring
    Required Level: 16
    Fingerprint: 0x9426dca1
    Item Level: 48
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +10% Faster Cast Rate
    +117 to Attack Rating
    3% Life stolen per hit
    Lightning Resist +6%
    Damage Reduced by 2
    10% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
     
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  2. Maltatai

    Maltatai Diabloii.Net Member

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    Congratulations! Your first Guardian on /players8 all the way is quite impressive playing.

    Epic amulet :D
     
  3. srrw

    srrw Diabloii.Net Member

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    Many more to come! Congrats
     
  4. Naturallog

    Naturallog Diabloii.Net Member

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    Oh I forgot to say I switched to /players1 for Hell. I'll edit my post. It just took way too much time with the higher HP. That amulet is what happens when yellow amulets refuse to drop for any reason.
     
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    darkstarhub Diabloii.Net Member

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    Congrats on your first Guardian...HC nonetheless!!!

    I've been finding a ton of Druid stuff with my Sorc, and I thought about trying a Fire Claws Summoner. It seems most of the guides I have looked at are for Windy Druids, which is understandable since it seems to be such a strong build. Most of the guides with Summons for main damage dealer say the damage isnt very good in high players settings Hell. I do think it would be cool to try something in the line of Shape Shifting and Summoning as well. If the build is not capable of running high player settings in Hell its OK if its fun. At some point I will look at everything I have in my stashes to see what I can put together.
     
  6. Southpaw8668

    Southpaw8668 Diabloii.Net Member

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    Congratulations on your first Guardian with a non-cookie build and poop gear! Why did you spend points in Volcano, did you use it much? What Guardian is up next?
     
  7. Grape

    Grape Diabloii.Net Member

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    Congratulations, hero! Well done!

    If you happen to find a Ribcracker, Tombreaver or something else fast and hurty, give it a go with this. Makes those FIs so much more faster.
     
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    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    Congrats, very well done !!!

    I built a FC / Maul Werebear in HC, and agree with @Grape . Definitely makes things go faster ... a lot. Then again, Bear and Wolves make your character safer of course.

    @darkstarhub The build is definitely capable of doing higher player settings with good gear. My own FC / Maul Werebear is in Act 4 Hell and was playing on /p5 iirc, maybe even /p7 or /p8, it's been a while, so I don't know anymore. That was with an Infinity on the Merc though, and some other good (but not incredibly expensive) gear.
     
  9. Naturallog

    Naturallog Diabloii.Net Member

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    Volcano is one of the Fire Claws synergies. None of them are useful at all for my build, but Volcano looks cool for goofing off with. I started a max block Zerk Barb to make use of the Stormshield I found. No rush though, I still need to acquire a decent weapon for him. Probably Oath.

    I have a SC Druid that uses the IK maul with a Maul/FC build. It's an excellent weapon for how easy it is to find, and FIs don't stand a chance.
     
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    Southpaw8668 Diabloii.Net Member

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    @Naturallog - The Zerker build sounds like fun, good luck!
     
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    Cool Guardian, congrats! I Have never tried Fireclaws myself, but I have soft spot for fire builds (probably because they are the underdogs of the Hell difficulty). Wouldn't come to mind when choosing a first Guardian though, so respect for the effort. Nice to see it works untwinked. Also, gotta love a build that uses Gemmed Phase Blade as an end-game weapon. Style, budget and functionality all in one.
     
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    Nice read and congratulations on the Guardian!
     
  13. DaveW

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    Nice effort Naturallog. Gotta love non-cookie Guradians.
     

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