One stop station FAQ: For Skelly Mages Vs Poison Nova Threads! One stop station: For Skelly Mages Vs Poison Nova Threads! I'm tired of seeing so many of these posts, why don't we just merge all these posts under 1 thread. Note: This is based on my purely newbish experience. Definition: IDEAL Poisonmancer: Maximum Poison Synergies. Skeleton Skills weaker than Pure Skellymancer. Corpse Explosion weaker than Pure Skellymancer. Kills through Poison, using Skeletons as Meatshields. Has +20 to Poison/Bone Skills. Has -75% Enemy Poison Resistance. Has +75% Poison Damage. IDEAL Skellymancer Maximum Skeleton Synergies Maximum Corpse Explosion Poison skills are used to as supplementary effect. Kills mainly by Corpse Explosion and mostly using Skeletons. Has +20 to Summoning Skills. IMPORTANT! Damage in Diablo 2 is calculated in Frames and Seconds. In a Second, there are 25 Frames. 1) Which skill to use: Skelly Mages or Poison Nova? Ans: Depends on Skill Points, Equipment and Environment ( Meaning Monster Count). 2) Is Raise Skelly Mages better than Poison Nova? Ans: a) Vague question. Read 1) 3) Does Poison Nova kills faster than Skelly Mages. a) Poison Nova wins always in Area of Effect dmg when there are plenty of Non Poison-Immune enemies on screen. b) An IDEAL Poisonmancer's Poison Nova will always kill faster than an IDEAL Skellymancer's Skelly Mages in ALL situations. c) However, you must note that Poison Dmg doesn't STACK. Fast Cast Rate doesn't help Poison Nova casting. You can only recast Poison Nova after 2 sec, otherwise, you will only overwrite the previous casting and waste Mana. 3) Doesn't that mean Skelly Mages are useless? a) Wrong. Only the Poison-Skelly Mages are useless. The Cold/Fire/Lightning ones are still useful. b) For a Pure Skellymancer, Skelly Mages are useful if they don't get killed that is. c) Skelly Mages can provide limited tanking and are IMMUNE to Iron Maiden. Skelly falls, you still have a 2nd line of defense. d) Their Main function is to help in getting the 1st corpse to drop, so Corpse explosion can be used. e) When fighting a Boss or any single enemy, all your damage is concentrated on him. Should be quicker than Poison Nova with no synergies. 4) When to use Skelly Mages? Ans: a) Fighting a Single Enemy. b) If your gear is more focused towards a Summoner build. c) If you don't have points to max Poison Nova and its synergies. d) You believe in Defensive tactics. e) If you use Corpse explosion as the main killing spell. 5) When to use Poison Nova? Ans: a) If your gear is more focused towards a Poisonmancer build. b) If you believe in the mantra that the best Offense is the best defense and What's there to worry when you have killed all your enemies. c) If you don't plan to use Corpse explosion as the main killing spell.