Patriarch Axl - 200 FCR Singer / Eth Tomb Reaver's Zerker

Grape

Diabloii.Net Member
Viva la Tomby!

Now that I finally got it together little while ago, I wanted to be smashing demons' faces soon enough with it.

I knew already this would be one of the first things I wanted to do with it: I've had 2/20FCR Barb amulet stashed for a good while, and I wanted to do a 200FCR singer around it. I figured already then that I'd need a PI solution, and that Bersker sharing one synergy with the War Cry would be a good fit... I decided to put this whole idea to a hold until I had this one weapon ready to be used!


Build

LCS with War Cry switch:
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LCS with Berserk switch:
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Stats and skills:
Code:
Name:       Axl
Class:      Barbarian
Experience: 1533438607
Level:      89

            Naked/Gear
Strength:   65/157
Dexterity:  78/93
Vitality:   272/272
Energy:     65/66
HP:         1279/1529
Mana:       153/527
Stamina:    427/427
Defense:    19/1361
AR:         375/522

Fire:       93/53/-7
Cold:       152/112/52
Lightning:  86/46/-14
Poison:     115/75/15

MF:         146       Block:      10
GF:         29
FR/W:       75
FHR:        36
IAS:        90
FCR:        100

Bash: 1/8
Leap: 0/0
Double Swing: 0/0
Stun: 1/8
Double Throw: 0/0
Leap Attack: 0/0
Concentrate: 1/8
Frenzy: 0/0
Whirlwind: 0/0
Berserk: 20/27

Sword Mastery: 0/0
Axe Mastery: 0/0
Mace Mastery: 0/0
Pole Arm Mastery: 4/11
Throwing Mastery: 0/0
Spear Mastery: 0/0
Increased Stamina: 1/8
Iron Skin: 1/8
Increased Speed: 1/8
Natural Resistance: 1/8

Howl: 20/35
Find Potion: 0/0
Taunt: 16/31
Shout: 1/16
Find Item: 0/0
Battle Cry: 8/23
Battle Orders: 1/16
Grim Ward: 0/0
War Cry: 20/35
Battle Command: 1/16
I'd keep putting more points to the Polearm Mastery should I keep leveling him. With Battle Cry Berskerk hits just well, but I was sometimes lazy to use it. 55 stat points left, because I was undecided between vitality and energy. Seeing as he hadn't any serious mana problems, but was little vulnerable to damage sometimes, I may put all of those to vitality.

Items:

Barb himself used Enigma and was then all was about FCR, using rare Tiara, crafted Amulet, 1.07 Wizzy, Suicide Branch, Magefist, Arachnid's and two rare FCR ring plus caster crafted boots. Switch was the E Tomby itself, which I was swinging at 13 FPA.

Backpack aka inventory was full of Sounding GCs and life/mana SCs. Merc was rather easy choice: Insight all the way.

Code:
Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x584343b4
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+15 to Mana

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0xe1155728
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
+17 to Mana

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x364ad71f
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+18 to Life
+13 to Mana

Snake's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x1d9227e7
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+12 to Mana

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x772be620
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+16 to Life
+14 to Mana

Snake's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xd328b414
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+16 to Life
+10 to Mana

Lizard's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x16ddd28b
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+7 to Mana

Sounding Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xa3d5d0ed
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+22 to Life

Sounding Grand Charm of Strength
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x22086894
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+6 to Strength

Sounding Grand Charm of Balance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x1b9615a7
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+12% Faster Hit Recovery

Sounding Grand Charm of Balance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x1795a142
Item Level: 55
Version: Expansion
+1 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+12% Faster Hit Recovery

Sounding Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xe36b1c27
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+23 to Life

Sounding Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x400e24dc
Item Level: 73
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+21 to Life

Horadric Cube
Fingerprint: 0xed22dafc
Item Level: 13
Version: Expansion 1.10+

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0xefd41dd1
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+18 to Life
+17 to Mana

Skull Casque
Tiara
Defense: 40
Durability: 24 of 25
Required Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0x9da40169
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Barbarian Skill Levels
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+37 to Life
+38 to Mana
Cold Resist +28%
All Resistances +20
Attacker Takes Damage of 5
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Perfect Sapphire

Perfect Sapphire
Required Level: 18
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Adds 10 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
Armor: +38 to Mana
Shields: Cold Resist +40%

Shadow Beads
Amulet
Required Level: 89
Fingerprint: 0x94938f97
Item Level: 98
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Barbarian Skill Levels
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+10 to Mana
Regenerate Mana 8%
Cold Resist +32%
29% Extra Gold from Monsters

Enigma
Mage Plate
JahIthBer
Defense: 1015
Durability: 58 of 60
Required Level: 65
Required Strength: 55
Fingerprint: 0xcad27c7c
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+45% Faster Run/Walk
+1 to Teleport
+770 Defense
+66 to Strength (Based on Character Level)
Increase Maximum Life 5%
Damage Reduced by 8%
+14 Life after each Kill
15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
89% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based on Character Level)
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Jah Rune
Socketed: Ith Rune
Socketed: Ber Rune

Jah Rune
Required Level: 65
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Ignore Target's Defense
Armor: Increase Maximum Life 5%
Shields: +50 to Life

Ith Rune
Required Level: 15
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +9 to Maximum Damage
Armor: 15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
Shields: 15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana

Ber Rune
Required Level: 63
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
Armor: Damage Reduced by 8%
Shields: Damage Reduced by 8%

Grim Gyre
Ring
Required Level: 48
Fingerprint: 0x3ee6bed9
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Cast Rate
+3 to Minimum Damage
+15 to Dexterity
+79 to Mana
Fire Resist +7%
Poison Resist +19%

Corruption Knot
Ring
Required Level: 47
Fingerprint: 0x7b70c69e
Item Level: 97
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Cast Rate
+72 to Attack Rating
+14 to Strength
+1 to Energy
+90 to Mana
Poison Resist +10%

Arachnid Mesh
Spiderweb Sash
Defense: 137
Durability: 12 of 12
Required Level: 80
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0xc9f6c065
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Slows Target by 10%
+119% Enhanced Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 5%
Level 3 Venom (11/11 Charges)

Plague Shank
Wyrmhide Boots
Defense: 121
Durability: 12 of 12
Required Level: 67
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x6c8f011c
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30% Faster Run/Walk
+93% Enhanced Defense
+52 to Mana
Increase Maximum Mana 4%
Regenerate Mana 9%
Cold Resist +6%

Magefist
Light Gauntlets
Defense: 25
Durability: 17 of 18
Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 45
Fingerprint: 0x7a3a29c5
Item Level: 49
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
+28% Enhanced Defense
+10 Defense
Regenerate Mana 25%

Sounding Grand Charm of Strength
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xc09eb8b1
Item Level: 94
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+6 to Strength

Sounding Grand Charm of Balance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x7d95cca4
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+12% Faster Hit Recovery

Wizardspike
Bone Knife
One Hand Damage: 23 - 49
Indestructible
Required Level: 61
Required Strength: 38
Required Dexterity: 75
Fingerprint: 0x1fd88059
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion
+50% Faster Cast Rate
+13 to Life
+13 to Mana
Increase Maximum Mana 15%
+178 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
Regenerate Mana 15%
All Resistances +95
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Jacinth Jewel of Hope

Jacinth Jewel of Hope
Jewel
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0x6a039df0
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+13 to Life
+13 to Mana

Suicide Branch
Burnt Wand
One Hand Damage: 12 - 27
Durability: 7 of 8
Required Level: 37
Required Strength: 15
Fingerprint: 0xf1aa988a
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+50% Faster Cast Rate
+52 to Life
+15 to Mana
Increase Maximum Mana 10%
All Resistances +10
Attacker Takes Damage of 25
Ethereal
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Jacinth Jewel of Hope

Jacinth Jewel of Hope
Jewel
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0x109b49e9
Item Level: 66
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+12 to Life
+15 to Mana

Tomb Reaver
Cryptic Axe
Two Hand Damage: 211 - 969
Durability: 33 of 33
Required Level: 84
Required Strength: 155
Required Dexterity: 93
Fingerprint: 0xa45f2eda
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Indestructible
+90% Increased Attack Speed
331% Enhanced Damage
+156% Damage to Undead
+270 to Attack Rating against Undead
All Resistances +36
10% Reanimate as: Returned
+14 Life after each Kill
57% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+4 to Light Radius
Ethereal
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Ruby Jewel of Fervor
Socketed: Zod Rune
Socketed: Ruby Jewel of Fervor

Ruby Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0x7bf5aebb
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
39% Enhanced Damage

Zod Rune
Required Level: 69
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Indestructible
Armor: Indestructible
Shields: Indestructible

Ruby Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0x681b20b6
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
35% Enhanced Damage

Mercenary:

Name:       Alhizeer
Race:       Desert Mercenary
Type:       Off-Normal
Experience: 78421044
Level:      89
Dead?:      false

            Naked/Gear
Strength:   197/252
Dexterity:  160/165
HP:         1990/1990
Defense:    1459/2577
AR:         2024/485760

Fire:       204/164/104
Cold:       221/181/121
Lightning:  221/181/121
Poison:    291/251/191

Chains of Honor
Dusk Shroud
DolUmBerIst
Defense: 754
Durability: 5 of 20
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 77
Fingerprint: 0xa44c4ae1
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+200% Damage to Demons
+100% Damage to Undead
8% Life stolen per hit
+70% Enhanced Defense
+20 to Strength
Replenish Life +7
All Resistances +65
Damage Reduced by 8%
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Dol Rune
Socketed: Um Rune
Socketed: Ber Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune

Dol Rune
Required Level: 31
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Hit Causes Monster to Flee 25%
Armor: Replenish Life +7
Shields: Replenish Life +7

Um Rune
Required Level: 47
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 25% Chance of Open Wounds
Armor: Cold Resist +15%
Lightning Resist +15%
Fire Resist +15%
Poison Resist +15%
Shields: Cold Resist +22%
Lightning Resist +22%
Fire Resist +22%
Poison Resist +22%

Ber Rune
Required Level: 63
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
Armor: Damage Reduced by 8%
Shields: Damage Reduced by 8%

Ist Rune
Required Level: 51
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items


Andariel's Visage
Demonhead
Defense: 364
Durability: 19 of 20
Required Level: 83
Required Strength: 102
Fingerprint: 0xbfb5d176
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
15% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova when struck
+2 to All Skills
+35% Increased Attack Speed
10% Life stolen per hit
+135% Enhanced Defense
+30 to Strength
+10% to Maximum Poison Resist
Fire Resist -17%
Poison Resist +70%
Level 3 Venom (20/20 Charges)
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Garnet Jewel of Fervor

Garnet Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x6e0ccea7
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
Fire Resist +13%


Insight
Great Poleaxe
RalTirTalSol
Two Hand Damage: 288 - 769
Durability: 28 of 28
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 169
Required Dexterity: 89
Fingerprint: 0x430eca7f
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion
Level 15 Meditation Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster Cast Rate
305% Enhanced Damage
+9 to Minimum Damage
239% Bonus to Attack Rating
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
+5 to Critical Strike
All Stats +5
+2 to Mana after each Kill
23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ral Rune
Socketed: Tir Rune
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune

Ral Rune
Required Level: 19
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
Armor: Fire Resist +30%
Shields: Fire Resist +35%

Tir Rune
Required Level: 13
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +2 to Mana after each Kill
Armor: +2 to Mana after each Kill
Shields: +2 to Mana after each Kill

Tal Rune
Required Level: 17
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
Armor: Poison Resist +30%
Shields: Poison Resist +35%

Sol Rune
Required Level: 27
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +9 to Minimum Damage
Armor: Damage Reduced by 7
Shields: Damage Reduced by 7


Journey:


With my end game items' levels in my mind (89 for the amulet and 84 for the TR), I knew I needed to do some serious early Hell leveling to be able to play with my planned build all the way through Hell. Luckily there's Pits and luckily there was a nice little tournament, where I could MF and level this character at the same time. I started running Pits when I was level 65, when tournament ended I was ** and little more. Then I turned from P1 to P3 runs and achieved 89 pretty soon. I played as a regular Singer all the time, but I never used any respecs, so I was immediately ready to go.

Normal and NM was ran through as a Singer as well, though that's pretty rough for levels 1-30 - I used my 1.07 Raven Claw to speed things up. After level 30 he flew by the act really fast, Singer is a really good mid game questing character.

Pictures:
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Here I am! And you're rocket... ehm demon queen! Oh yea, any case. By the end of Act I I was still getting to know the build, but I was liking it already a lot.

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Me: I'm on a Nightrain! I love that stuff! Alhizeer: no, this is Arcane Sanctuary!

Tomb Reaver can reach monsters from far away, especially handy against mana burners like this.

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Welcome to the jungle! I could Howl all them away, but I liked this one even more: stun all the little groups with War Cry and kill them standing still.

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Not liking these too close to my skin!

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Hephasto was a disappointment. Guy could barely hurt us. Broke his hellish forge, and it popped some gems and an Um rune. In the Chaos Sanctuary I used Howl quite liberally like a true Zerker. Infector was a bit dangerous, otherwise no problems. Diablo got sandwiched by me and merc, D targeting me, so it was all good.

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I visited both the Icy Cellar and the Drifter Cavern. Icy had these guys with another pack wit Might nearby, good thing I didn't woke them before these were down.

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When you cry long enough, even these guys get stunned. Then it's good to switch to Zerk.

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One of the WSK levels had really nasty double boss pack of snakes. Throne had souls, dolls and mummies. How nice, luckily we could handle them really well. Waves with War Cry are really easy. Lister I Zerked down in the end. Baal took a while, because I hadn't any crushing blow equipment with me, but fell after few minutes at most.

Hell was played P1-P3. With more careful play higher setting would be possible but slower. Now the pace was hectic and fast and I could enjoy the feeling of 200% FCR the most.

Barb himself was not very sturdy without any block and low DR, not maximized resists on Zerk switch etc. but that was to be expected. I enjoyed playing him a lot however, and try to keep most of the items on him for a while and mess around a little :)

Thanks for reading! Questions and comments are welcome!

PS. some problems loading my video to the Youtube. I'll try later again and post it here.

Edit. Works:
 
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Kitteh

Diabloii.Net Site Pal
Mwah, mwah, mwah. Beautiful! I may have to recreate this at some vague point in the future :rolleyes:
 

ffs

Diabloii.Net Member
Cool stuff, also love those fittingly selected rock classics in your vids! That reminds me I should at some point level my Singer a bit at some point... just too much stuff to do. :)
 

Drystan

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats on the Pat. That is quite some gear. I like the 1.07 Wizzy.

Great writeup and screenshots, and good video as well! Interesting playstyle swapping to Berserk too; looks like quite the active and fast playstyle.
 

Grape

Diabloii.Net Member
Thanks all!

Mwah, mwah, mwah. Beautiful! I may have to recreate this at some vague point in the future :rolleyes:
Recommended! Things like Shael'd upgraded Ribcrakcer would work wonders, I'm sure, and you'd be a faster boss killer I'm sure.

Nicely done, that weapon is pure class. Did the reanimate help in any way?
Thanks! Loving the weapon too... hope to put it to a use again. I noticed them blocking some hits now and then but in general they didn't help a lot with a fast moving and teleing character like this. I hope they would stick with you when you teleport!

Cool stuff, also love those fittingly selected rock classics in your vids! That reminds me I should at some point level my Singer a bit at some point... just too much stuff to do. :)
Thanks!

It's always like that with D2; you finish something but you've already two new things to do, at least.

Cool stuff, as usual !!!
Thanks, T :)

Nice job Zod God!!!
Now that I spent one Zod for unperfect item... I kind of would like to do that with one or two other items already. Got to finish the sept first, I guess

I like the use of 1.07 itemz. :)
1.07 wizzy certainly is sweet, although it doesn't really make difference in this case besides against Conviction. I think I have some better 1.07 caster boots already, in terms of total +mana they would grant at least. Wanted to use this 1.13 pair of mine, that is quite nice imo.

1.07 FCR/MPK rings could have also been a good fit, but maybe another time for those, then. I wonder if you could hire an Act I Faith merc with those and still keep the mana up.

Congrats on the Pat. That is quite some gear. I like the 1.07 Wizzy.

Great writeup and screenshots, and good video as well! Interesting playstyle swapping to Berserk too; looks like quite the active and fast playstyle.
Thanks!

It was a very fun way to play! Compared to my usual MFing singer playing, there was a lot more to do now. And I didn't have that much experience with Berskerk, only some random Pindle running and the usual PI solution for Barbs in general, so it was nice to use it very actively now.
 

DaveW

Diabloii.Net Member
Sweet hat Grape. But why the P Sapphire? Merc has Insight, you have BO. Did you have mana issues?
 

Grape

Diabloii.Net Member
Sweet hat Grape. But why the P Sapphire? Merc has Insight, you have BO. Did you have mana issues?
I thought I would need mana more than anything else. I socketed it before actually questing in Hell. Probably good old Um rune would have been better, since Zerking side wasn't having full resists.

In the end I didn't have mana issues although War Cry burns mana faster than Insight regenerates. Higher players settings and that mana would've been more needed.

Nice Pat and awesome style with the hurty stick. How is he go with Mana Burners?
Really well, stunning helps and if some monsters manages to burn, step back for half a second and Insight is doing its job.

Thanks!

Awesome build awesome pat nice job sir!
Thanks BKC!
 
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