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[NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

Discussion in 'Sorceress' started by magikalz, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. magikalz

    magikalz Diabloii.Net Member

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    [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    I'm so confused about what merc to get, and what gear to get. ive read a few guides and they say different things.

    Im a Blizzard Sorc, that MF's. I'd like the Merc to help me as being a tank, and to kill the cold immunes.

    If you could also tell me what each piece of the gear is worth, in HR's or whatever, it would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you so much :)

    *Magikalz
     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    An Act2 Merc will hardly ever be a good tank against Act bosses. Your character can sustain him with potions when needed, but even with good gear he might have some problems with Mephisto in Hell. All other bosses should be fine. I would suggest Defiance or Holy Freeze Mercenary. The defense aura of the dfeiance merc is moe useful for himself than your char, since you need alot of armor fo defense to be effective.

    The Defiance Merc can achieve this with his aura.

    The Holy Freeze Merc has a benefit for both of you. Slowing monsters can be crucial when you get flanked by monster grops with bosses and will give you an edge in survivability.

    There are even some sorceresses that will use an Act5 Barbarian merc, but i can´t say more, since my experience with them is not high.

    About you asking about the worth of items in HR´s. If you need to know trade values for your realm, please ask for price checks in the trade forum. These are not allowed in any of the other forums.
     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    Alright thanks. So for a defiance or holy freeze merc, they are in act 2 nightmare, right? and how do you know what merc has the holy freeze or defiance?

    and what type of armours should be equipped on the merc?
     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    I need some help/convincing, I am also a blizzard mf sorc and I have only been doing H Meph runs.
     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    I'm under the imression the only useful merc to use when running Meph are the ranged ones. Seeing as mercs take 10x damage from act bosses, any merc that gets too close to Meph will get toasted by the time you kill him.
     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    Whoops, should have mentioned I like using the moat trick. I was using a cold rogue with a wizendraw and I learned that the -cold resistance only helps her, and not me. So meh, I'm starting to think I should just switch to a different element rogue or try a act 3 merc since I doubt Barbs can tank mephisto any better than the Iron Wolves. I have a spire of honor lance, Hwanin's Splendor (both +20 replenish life), level 18 prayer would heal 21 health. Could/would that be better than the 10% life leech the tal rahsa mask has? (I have a rasha mask). I also have a Kelpie Snare which slows by 75% so maybe I'll try finding some +replenish life and resists armor.
     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    Wait, I'm confused. All that gear is for your merc? Your merc won't be hitting Mephy on account of he'll be on the same side of the moat you are. Lifeleech is useless in this case. Get something like Swordguard or some weapon that has Res I guess.



     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    Life Leech is useless in general against Super Unique Quest Bosses.
     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    I'm still really confused lol.


    Can someone explain in depth to me?

    Like Defiance and Holy Freeze. They are available in Nightmare, but how do you know which merc has the ability?

    And what gear should you get for each merc?

    Im kind of slow when it comes to this type of stuff haha.
     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    http://www.battle.net/diablo2exp/basics/hirelings.shtml
    Defiance and Holy Freeze are both defensive mercs. Defiance can be hired in Normal and Hell. Holy Freeze can only be hired in Nightmare difficulty



     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    I see. Now what about the Gear?

    Like, i always see different armours. sometimes i see infinity, others i see insight, and others i see Stone. Which one do you eqip the merc with?

    and what about the weapon? sometimes i hear doom, sometimes spire of honor, etc.

    And the helm, i believe i heard andys visage and some others.

    What is the best for my type of sorc? a blizzard MFer.
     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    If you want this to tank cold immunes, I suggest a defiance merc, this is defensive but I cant remember if nm or normal.

    For a helmet, andy's is a good choice, as well as a vgaze.

    For a weapon, an ethereal elite base insight works, or any strong unique. I always used insight on my sorcs because of the mass mana gain so.

    For a plate you have TONS of options. You can get an efort, estone, leviathan, eshaft, anything really...As long as it has decent defense and good stats. (E before means ethereal).
     
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    Re: [NL] Confused and Wanting Merc

    ahh. alright. thank you!!
     

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