A HC untwinked Naked Assassin progress thread It has been 14 months since my last game of Diablo. That was a Guardian Necromancer in the Skill-less Tournament and it left me feeling like much of the challenge had gone out of the game. After all, if you can get to Guardian without skills then any other restrictions are going to seem easy by comparison. Right? And so, I ventured far and wide, exploring other games and the world at large, stoutly ignoring that small voice in the back of my head that would whisper from time to time that D2 had two variables. Last week I dropped into the SPF and saw the Naked Necro thread and Cyrax's post about his Naked Necro reaching Hell and was inspired to shut that voice up once and for all. I'm no Insane Wayne or Super Dave ... but I'll never know if I don't try! Naked seems to have a few interpretations, but for this thread it will be: No weapons No armour No clothing No jewellery No charms Potions can be drunk but not thrown Scrolls and tomes are fine (It is fine to pick up items and carry them back to town to sell, just not to equip them) Merc has no restrictions (can wear/wield gear) ATMA as extended stash Single-Pass and generally will follow the standard SPF tourney rules Next was to choose a class. Amazons and Necros seem to be the go to classes for nudity, and so I've gone with an Assassin. Looking at the skills, that pretty much means a Trapper. Most of the Maritial Arts skills need claws and for those that don't (like Phoenix Strike) I'm not sure if fists count as 'weapons' ... either way I'm pretty sure I don't want to be meleeing in Hell with no armour and base resists! Shadow skills lack offensive potential, however will provide some super important support skills. And then there are Traps. Blade Fury is pretty useless without a weapon, the fire traps leave no option for fire immunes and so it all becomes pretty straight-forward. Planned skills will be: 20 Fire Blast (for LIs and synergy for DS and CBS) 20 Charged Bolt Sentry (Boss killer and synergy for FB and LS) 20 Lightning Sentry (main damage source and synergy for FB, CBS and DS) 20 Death Sentry (BOOM! and synergy for FB, CDB and LS) any other skill points will go into Fade, CoS and Mind Blast as required. No, no Shadow Warrior/Master - The Warrior would only have traps available and would replace my stronger traps with her weaker ones. I find the Master both annoying and dangerous, plus they also replace traps. A regular merc and CoS will have to do for keeping things safe. I'm expecting Mana (or lack thereof) will be one of my major problems so will probably be looking at a Prayer merc with Insight (when it becomes available). All pretty cookie-cutter so far!