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Patriarch Dakkon

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  1. Zubans

    Zubans Diabloii.Net Member

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    Partiarch Dakkon, The Warrior Monk

    Story:
    Dakkon stared down at the mangled corpse before him. The battle was won, Baal was destroyed, and yet he derived little satisfaction from the deed. The last remaining member, he still carried the loss of the total destruction of his Order during the Zakarumite purges with an acid bitterness. His eyes hardened as they fell on Tyrael's glowing image. The plotting of the divine held no interest to his mortal ears. He was bound to his Order and bore the responsibility of its survival. His quest was over, yet his work was far from done. Striding towards the portal he could not help but think back to how this all started.

    Since his oldest memories as a young boy, he had always been a member of the secret Order in Kurast. Highly skilled warrior monks, each and every one of them were trained endlessly in the deadliest martial arts in all of Sanctuary. Ancient skills of crafting and imbuing made the monks the curators of the largest collection of rare relics and magical equipment in the East. They were feared for their power, respected for their skill and revered for their wisdom. Trained in the rarest martial form of all, Dakkon was one of only two people able to wield the most brutal weapon with the speed and precision to be truly effective; the legendary mallet.

    It was on his mission to Khanduras that news reached him of the purges enacted by the corrupted Zakarumites in Kurast and the destruction of the Order in the process. Gone was the vast collection of relics and magical items, swept away by the hands of evil. Gone were millennia of documenting and preserving ancient knowledge. Gone were his brothers and sisters.

    Rushing back to Kurast, his caravan was ambushed by the forces of evil. Leading the survivors away, they found shelter among the Sisterhood of the Sightless Eye. It was here, staring into the flames of the campfire, that his devastation turned into unyielding resolve. He would enact cruel justice upon those that destroyed his kin.

    Although he made Patriarch a while ago, I have continued working on him, levelled him to lvl 92 recently and felt it was maybe worth writing this up.
    I now only play with a rule-set called 'Rare Only', by which I mean that characters are allowed everything except runewords, unique items and set items. This makes for some interesting outcomes, for example 'Cannot be Frozen' is only possible via socketing a Cham, the max FCR achievable is 90, battle orders are barbarian only, and rare and crafted items become generally much more interesting.

    I started this character without having any of the gear needed for late game and had to craft/find everything he used to get here. This was doubly rewarding for me because I love good rare/crafted/magical equipment in Diablo II and love seeing good gear work out well in the final character product. He is however, twinked, since it was very much a combined effort between various characters to get him his current setup.
    I ended up settling on legendary mallets thanks to their high damage and the fact that fanaticism zealots are some of the few builds that can make it work very nicely. Furthermore, since no uniques or runewords are used, it leaves a lot of possible open sockets to fill with ias jewels. Mallets really do pack a punch and the minimum damage is especially glorious (particularly for a zealer). I will continue to improve on his equipment whenever I can, but for now the balance is great. The end result is a really fun character.

    Stats and skills:
    Name: Dakkon
    Class: Paladin
    Experience: 1944966384
    Level: 92

    LCS: 2299-3137 at 4fpa
    iPDR: 41

    Naked/Gear
    Strength: 155/217
    Dexterity: 160/162
    Vitality: 225/225
    Energy: 15/15
    HP: 897/1203
    Mana: 151/155
    Stamina: 380/380
    Defense: 40/1386
    AR: 785/126201

    Fire: 183/143/83
    Cold: 208/168/108
    Lightning: 175/135/75
    Poison: 195/155/95

    MF: 0 Block: 47 (Max with Holy Shield)
    GF: 0
    FR/W: 30
    FHR: 24
    IAS: 120
    FCR: 0

    Sacrifice: 20/22
    Smite: 1/3
    Holy Bolt: 1/3
    Zeal: 20/22
    Charge: 1/3
    Vengeance: 0/0
    Blessed Hammer: 1/3
    Conversion: 0/0
    Holy Shield: 20/22
    Fist of the Heavens: 0/0

    Might: 1/3
    Holy Fire: 0/0
    Thorns: 0/0
    Blessed Aim: 1/3
    Concentration: 1/3
    Holy Freeze: 0/0
    Holy Shock: 0/0
    Sanctuary: 0/0
    Fanaticism: 20/22
    Conviction: 0/0

    Prayer: 1/3
    Resist Fire: 0/0
    Defiance: 12/14
    Resist Cold: 0/0
    Cleansing: 1/3
    Resist Lightning: 0/0
    Vigor: 1/3
    Meditation: 0/0
    Redemption: 1/3
    Salvation: 0/0

    I never use mercenaries (except on a fishymancer).

    Gear:
    Gear.jpg

    I used one of my favourite looks for the Paladin (Wire Fleece) and saw it suited the Armet look well and tied in nicely with a warrior-monk-look based more around chain/leather/war hammer rather than gleaming plate/sword.

    iPDR makes a huge difference to his survivability thanks to a low-ish life. I tried to stack it as much as I could without sacrificing too many other aspects. PDR plus life-leech allows me to survive most things. I have had several deaths with him (all in hell) and they usually occur in some way thanks to being frozen/slowed by cold damage. In my experience, cold has been the single biggest threat to RO melee characters.

    Thanks for reading!
    Perhaps it might encourage a couple of other people to put their beautiful blues and yellows to good use on an RO character :)
    EDIT: Please ask any and all questions!
     
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    BlizzBallerSorc Diabloii.Net Member

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    This is awesome. Ironically, rare and crafted items are a bit more unique... than uniques. And this makes for a very unique character!

    For some reason I have a soft spot for the war hammer/battle hammer/legendary mallet when it comes to Paladins using Zeal. It hasn't been my endgame weapon, but I have a few that I've used in Normal and NM. The damage is really tight on that one!

    I also really like the Wire Fleece. It's like Treachery (a little more IAS + a little less cold resist), but without the Fade/Venom... but you don't really need the Fade that bad--you have maxed resists, and PDR. It's inspired me to be a little more creative in my builds.
     
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    Espr Diabloii.Net Member

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    Very cool! And I agree crafts/rare are very classy...still really dig those boots, heh!
     
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    Zubans Diabloii.Net Member

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    Thanks guys! I forgot to mention, please ask any and all questions!
     
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    Zubans Diabloii.Net Member

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    I have actually been using my Pgems for rerolling a magical Wire Fleece, dreaming of a Jeweller's Wire Fleece of Amicae. That would be so awesome for this character :D
     
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    BlizzBallerSorc Diabloii.Net Member

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    I saw someone in the Pat/Mat thread who used one of those on a character focused on pdr. IIRC it was a 4 socket 15 pdr filled with Sols (not so geared toward IAS), so 43 PDR? Very stylish!
     
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    Tons of style points here. Congrats! Especially the no merc thing on a character with almost no crowd control. Awesome mallet, too.
     
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    Jeweler's sacred armor of amicae ( 41 iDR )
    Titan berserker http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/threads/a-barbarian-sept.844539/

    Nice Pat. I like those crafts.
     
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    Zubans Diabloii.Net Member

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    Yeah, I have a Jeweller's Ornate plate of Amicae (11) that I am using on a Barbarian at the moment. Got lucky shopping one day. But really for this character I would not use anything heavier than light armour (except perhaps Balrog Skin for style :D) since it really makes quite a big difference to how he is played and he really is limited to how much frw he can stack.
     
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    Congrats!

    Wow! Look at all that extremely awesome gear! That amulet! That shield! That awesome amplify damage switch Naga for physical immunes!

    I learned what RO stands for from this post, thank you!

    The crafted items are amazing. How long did it take to assemble such a great set of gear?

    And lvl 92 is pretty high. What do you run with him?
     
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    Zubans Diabloii.Net Member

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    Thank you for the kind words!
    To get to this setup took me two and a half months of dedicated work. I have been trying (without luck) to keep improving on his gear since then (for a month now).
    Largely standard questing and levelling through normal and nightmare. NM Baal runs until 75 or so and then questing through hell. From then on it was Hell Travincal Council all the way to lvl 89, and then Hell Baal runs until 92.

    You should give RO a try! Perhaps you will enjoy it as much as I do! :D
     

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