Ok guys, tell me exactly what to play I have been playing Dii ever since it came out (with a little time off for Guildwars and WoW). I have decided that the only character I have never been able to run through Hell has been an Assassin Martial artist. I have built almost every other kind of character and played them all the way. Some I have quit on because they turned out to be way too much trouble or not any fun playstylewise. What I have decided is that I need a character that can just easily run Baal quickly. Without the drops that he can make I don't believe that it is practical to expect to find the highest upper end uniques that the game has to offer. So, what character to use? I have seen enigma Hammerdins that seem to be the absolute best at this but that requires that you have enigma. I have seen lightning sorceresses that utilize their mercs conviction aura to kill everything in sight very quickly: but that requires the runes to build the Infinity polearm - 2 Bers, Mal, Ist. I think it is extremely unlikely that I will ever have these available to me. So, what is your advice? Can a Shockbear make these runs without some form of teleportation? Would just using a teleport ammy resolve this dilemma? Of course you will have to recharge one at least a couple of times before you get to Baal. I know that my Strafer which is decked out in the best equipment cannot handle the task. I can struggle through clearing the WSK but that is with only about 50% MF. And killing Baal is out of the question. My trapper can handle the Throneroom but when Baal hits her and she loses her mana even the aura from the merc, who dies fairly easily, cannot keep her going and it takes an extremely long and tenuous time to kill Baal with her. A well decked out Skellymancer can do it but that takes about 20 minutes a run without teleporting and even teleporting is highly dangerous. I don't think you can do it with a zealot or a melee barb. Perhaps a very specialized double throw barb with the right equipment and one that is super speedly that can just run all the way to the Throneroom and after killing the minions perhaps switch to some kind of concentration barb that fights Baal with a lot of DR. I don't know. I do know that I am curious as to what a few of you might recommend. Anyone can run Baal with the perfect setup; but getting that perfect setup means a hugh investment in time to just try & get the right items to start runing Baal. I am open to suggestions and will be grateful for your replies.