Newcomer Hammerdin Help I am 3 days new to Diablo II LoD. I was told to start on Nightmare, and Non-Ladder (USWest.) I have never played any of the previous Diablos, but I am really enjoying the game. I have spent many hours searching for guides to the game, and finally have somewhat of a grasp of how things work, however I do not know all the abbreviations and other such shortcuts in speech pertaining to the game. The main purpose of this thread is to get some help setting up my charecter. Watching my friend play, I've really come to like the Hammerdin, it's just something about the circles of hammers annihlating monsters. This is my goal. I started a paladin, and have messed up his skills and stats, but I'm told I can reset and fix it once I get up in level a ways. What I need help with is equipment. I have found what my "ultimate" equipment goal is, but it seems nearly immpossible to obtain due to money and well, the rarity of the items. Here it is: Skill Trees Defensive Auras 1 - Prayer 1 - Cleansing 1 - Defiance 1 - Redemption 1 - Salvation 20 - Vigor Offensive Auras 1 - Might 20 - Blessed Aim 20 - Concentration Combat Skills 1 - Holy bolt 1 - Smite 1 - Charge 12 - Holy Shield 20 - Blessed Hammer Stats Strength: Enough to Equip Items (is there a way to figure this out?) Dexterity: Enough for 75% block with Holy Shield (same with this?) Vitality: Everything Else Energy: None Items (what I want eventually) Helm: Harlequin Crest Shako Amulet: Mara's Kaleidoscope Rings: Stone of Jordan and/or Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band Body Armor: Archon Plate or Dusk Shroud (3-socket) (Enigma) Gloves: Magefists Belt: Arachnid Mesh Boots: Sandstorm Trek Weapon: Flail (4-socket) (Heart of the Oak) Shield: Herald Of Zakarum Weapon Switch: Flail (5-socket) (Call to Arms) Shield Switch: Scourg (4-socket) (Spirit) [I'm not too worried about a Merc yet as I haven't even gotten to Act 2...] Mercenary: Act 2 Desert Mercenary -- combat (prayer) Mercenary's Items Weapon: Giant Thrasher (Insight) Helm: Veil of Steel Body Armor: Archon Plate or Dusk Shroud (Chains of Honor) For this set-up I need these runes Jah Ral x2 Dol Ith Mal Um Ber x2 Ist x2 Ko Ohm Vex Tal x2 Pul Ort Thul x2 Tir Amn x2 Sol These charms would be nice Paladin Hellfire Torch Annihilus (essential to every build, right?) 20 life small charms (w/extra mods) (I don't know what those are) 20 Lion Branded grand charms (w/extra mods) (I don't know what those are either, thats just what a friend said) ---------------------------------- So, there it is... What I need is something to start with. Some good Hammerdin worthy equipment that I can obtain myself relatively simply (i.e. using runes from the Countess) I pretty sure fast cast rate (FCR?) is a crucial part of a hammerdin, and so is damage. Could you help me out a bit?