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Patriarch Lupus, Fury/Rabies Druid

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  1. Vildecor

    Vildecor Diabloii.Net Member

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    Patriarch Lupus, Fury/Rabies Druid

    I got bit by the D2 bug again and after I had satisfied by thirst of MFing Mephisto to death with my Blizzsorc, I decided to finish off my Fury druid who was sitting in the middle of Act II at level 77. I first used him to run Hell countess (he had a nice Black Marsh map) about 100 times hoping to get at least a Mal for Sanctuary with no luck. Even if I had, I was having bad luck with base items (both shields and armors). I decided I could go ahead and finish Hell difficulty with the gear he had on.

    Skills Breakdown:
    Werewolf 2 (7) -- 1 "oops" point
    Lycanthropy 12 (17)
    Feral Rage 1 (6)
    Rabies 20 (25)
    Fury 20 (25)
    Poison Creeper 20 (22)
    Oak Sage 1 (3)
    Heart of Wolverine 20 (22)

    Stats shown here at Baal's corpse

    Not shown:
    Rabies Damage: 447-848, 7282-7672 poison over 13.6 seconds
    Rabies AR: 9279
    Block chance: 75%
    MF: 33%
    FRW: 33%
    FHR: 70%
    IAS: 30%

    Gear:
    Lupus's Jalal's Mane
    Totemic Mask
    Defense: 268
    Durability: 20 of 20
    Required Level: 42
    Required Strength: 65
    Fingerprint: 0xc2437b4d
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to Shape-Shifting Skills (Druid Only)
    +2 to Druid Skill Levels
    +30% Faster Hit Recovery
    20% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +171% Enhanced Defense
    +20 to Strength
    +20 to Energy
    All Resistances +30
    Damage Reduced by 7
    +5 to Mana after each Kill
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Sol Rune

    The Mahim-Oak Curio
    Amulet
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0xcfa725d0
    Item Level: 59
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    10% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +10% Enhanced Defense
    +10 Defense
    All Stats +10
    All Resistances +10

    Duriel's Shell
    Cuirass
    Defense: 686
    Durability: 150 of 150
    Required Level: 41
    Required Strength: 65
    Fingerprint: 0x3cea86ff
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +186% Enhanced Defense
    +106 Defense (Based on Character Level)
    +15 to Strength
    +85 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    Cold Resist +30%
    All Resistances +20
    Cannot Be Frozen
    +100 Maximum Durability

    Raven Frost
    Ring
    Required Level: 45
    Fingerprint: 0x193adf00
    Item Level: 59
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +241 to Attack Rating
    Adds 15 - 45 Cold Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
    +19 to Dexterity
    +40 to Mana
    Cold Absorb 20%
    Cannot Be Frozen

    Carrion Wind
    Ring
    Required Level: 60
    Fingerprint: 0xc67bd1a7
    Item Level: 68
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    10% Chance to cast level 10 Poison Nova when struck
    8% Chance to cast level 13 Twister on striking
    7% Life stolen per hit
    +154 Defense vs. Missile
    Poison Resist +55%
    10% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    Level 21 Poison Creeper (15/15 Charges)

    Verdungo's Hearty Cord
    Mithril Coil
    Defense: 137
    Durability: 16 of 16
    Required Level: 63
    Required Strength: 106
    Fingerprint: 0x71c6fc29
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +10% Faster Hit Recovery
    +108% Enhanced Defense
    +35 to Vitality
    Replenish Life +12
    +107 Maximum Stamina
    Damage Reduced by 15%

    Gore Rider
    War Boots
    Defense: 144
    Durability: 34 of 34
    Required Level: 47
    Required Strength: 94
    Fingerprint: 0xbc1d423f
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +30% Faster Run/Walk
    15% Chance of Crushing Blow
    15% Deadly Strike
    10% Chance of Open Wounds
    +168% Enhanced Defense
    +20 Maximum Stamina
    Requirements -25%
    +10 Maximum Durability

    Bloodfist
    Sharkskin Gloves
    Defense: 54
    Durability: 14 of 14
    Required Level: 30
    Required Strength: 20
    Fingerprint: 0x8c82c1f8
    Item Level: 79
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +10% Increased Attack Speed
    +30% Faster Hit Recovery
    +5 to Minimum Damage
    +14% Enhanced Defense
    +10 Defense
    +40 to Life
    Required Level +5

    Lightsabre
    Phase Blade
    One Hand Damage: ** - 118
    Indestructible
    Required Level: 58
    Required Strength: 25
    Required Dexterity: 136
    Fingerprint: 0xe503ef70
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    5% Chance to cast level 18 Chain Lightning on attack
    +20% Increased Attack Speed
    153% Enhanced Damage
    Adds 10 - 30 Damage
    Ignore Target's Defense
    Adds 60 - 120 Magic Damage
    Adds 1 - 200 Lightning Damage
    7% Mana stolen per hit
    Lightning Absorb 25%
    +7 to Light Radius

    Moser's Blessed Circle
    Round Shield
    Defense: 174
    Chance to Block: 37
    Durability: 64 of 64
    Required Level: 47
    Required Strength: 53
    Fingerprint: 0x4f2ad884
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +30% Faster Block Rate
    25% Increased Chance of Blocking
    +211% Enhanced Defense
    All Resistances +69
    2 Sockets (2 used)
    Socketed: Um Rune
    Socketed: Um Rune

    Charms:
    Gheed's Fortune
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 62
    Fingerprint: 0x5c9db09d
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    142% Extra Gold from Monsters
    Reduces all Vendor Prices 15%
    33% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

    Russet Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xcb49d861
    Item Level: 61
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +16 to Life
    Fire Resist +6%

    Ruby Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0xea6ed27d
    Item Level: 79
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Fire Resist +11%

    Ruby Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0xa2f54165
    Item Level: 61
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Fire Resist +11%

    Spiritual Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0xd07f93ca
    Item Level: 52
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Shape-Shifting Skills (Druid Only)

    Coral Small Charm of Thunder
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x2119f28f
    Item Level: 52
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 1 - 14 Lightning Damage
    Lightning Resist +9%

    Coral Small Charm of Inertia
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 27
    Fingerprint: 0x74697503
    Item Level: 55
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3% Faster Run/Walk
    Lightning Resist +8%

    Amber Small Charm of Life
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x4422e10f
    Item Level: 84
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +8 to Life
    Lightning Resist +10%

    Mercenary:
    Act II Might
    Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest
    Death Mask
    Defense: 124
    Durability: 20 of 20
    Required Level: 66
    Required Strength: 55
    Fingerprint: 0x6a5385fa
    Item Level: 59
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    10% Mana stolen per hit
    10% Life stolen per hit
    +45 Defense
    +60 to Life
    +30 to Mana
    All Resistances +15

    Duriel's Shell
    Cuirass
    Defense: 660
    Durability: 150 of 150
    Required Level: 41
    Required Strength: 65
    Fingerprint: 0xe051d9ad
    Item Level: 59
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +173% Enhanced Defense
    +106 Defense (Based on Character Level)
    +15 to Strength
    +85 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    Cold Resist +30%
    All Resistances +20
    Cannot Be Frozen
    +100 Maximum Durability

    Insight
    Grim Scythe
    RalTirTalSol
    Two Hand Damage: 146 - 320
    Durability: 28 of 28
    Required Level: 27
    Required Strength: 130
    Required Dexterity: 130
    Fingerprint: 0xe85594e4
    Item Level: 75
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Level 14 Meditation Aura When Equipped
    +35% Faster Cast Rate
    205% Enhanced Damage
    +9 to Minimum Damage
    208% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
    Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
    +2 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

    This guy was definitely a blast to play. All of Hell was done on p1, though I probably could have upped that without too much hassle. I flew through Act III without any issues. The undead dolls only occassionally chipped off moderate portions of my life. Mephisto killed the merc about halfway through the fight, and didn't drop anything interesting.

    Act IV was slightly more difficult. Plains of Despair spawned Gloams, Balrogs and Stranglers. The Gloams weren't much of a hassle. 75% LR and 25% absorb were enough to let me take plenty of shots before I closed in on them. I had my first death here when taking on a boss pack of Balrogs and Stranglers that quickly dispatched my merc and I was completely surrounded like an idiot. The rest of the Act wasn't too bad besides the tons of poison immune bugs I had to wade through on the way to the Chaos Sanctuary. The Sanctuary itself was cake. The Oblivion Knights are so much easier without Iron Maiden. Top that off with being able to still catch up to them while Decrepified (thanks to Feral Rage), they weren't much of a threat. Infector and De Seis had to be handled carefully because at this point my mercenary really struggled to remain alive. Diablo was wiped out with many smacks with, again, nothing notable to show for it.

    Act V was both fun and a horrible pain. The worst monster rolls I could get were Ghosts (PI, PoI) and Witches (PI...though only some) and I saw my fair share. The open areas featured may Slingers, some Death Brawlers, a few Witches, and, only once, Skeleton Archers. Witch boss packs usually meant a few trips back to town to revive the merc. The Frozen River was the worst area of the whole Act. I got Witches, Ghosts, and Gloams. I decided to go ahead with it and not re-roll the map, because the Witches here weren't PI. A second death occured here while re-entering an area after a merc revival. A boss Witch with Multi-shot, plus a Ghost boss pack did me in. Finally, Anya was saved after a few wimpy Yetis dropped to the ground. The ghost boss pack with them hurt worse.

    While heading down to kill Nihlathak, I found much more use for Rabies. It's spots like this were the skill really shines. I finally encountered some Frenzytaurs on the second level, but barring really nasty mods, they weren't too scary--it was mostly a matter of drawing a few out at a time and trying to tank most of them myself to keep the merc alive. And tanking them wasn't really that hard, even if amp'd, thanks to max block, moderately decent AR, and fully charged Feral Rage.

    The mobs in the hallway before Nihlathak's chamber were worse than the fight with Nihlathak himself. I got PI witches and PI/PoI ghost apes. Lightsaber was able to deal enough magical damage to kill them, but it was very rough on the merc's life and my own. Nihlathak's minions were drawn out with Heart of the Wolverine and killed at a safe distance. When almost all of them were down, I headed straight for Nihlathak and started whacking away. There were still a few mobs in the room that were killed by the mercenary, but I kept away from the corpses. He went down just after I took one corpse explosion (was just close enough to a corpse) which took away about 90% of my life thanks to amp damage.

    I got to the ancients after dispatching a bunch of skelly mages, flayers, and rogues. Piece of cake. First spawn had one Cursed. Second spawn also did, but I'd already singled out and killed one, so I thought I could handle it. Merc went down and I got whirled a few times to death. Third spawn was easy, just a bunch of elemental damage I could barely feel. Madawc was Stone Skin, so he was just prolonging his death.

    The WSK wasn't too difficult. The worst I got was Oblivion Knights, Flayer shooters, and Frenzytaurs. Carefully singling out the most dangerous packs, I got through without anything too terrible happening, besides multiple mercenary resurrections.

    The Throne room was a pain, but not as bad as the Frozen River. I had Witches (not-PI), Gloams (PI), and Mummies. The poor merc had no PDR and bit the dust quite a few times. The scariest section was in the Throne Room proper that hosted a Conviction Mummy pack surrounded by Gloams. The gloams were fortunately willing to follow me away from the Mummies after much coaxing.

    The minions were dispatched quite easily. Only the last 2 groups needed to be separated. Baal was taken down without a Kelpie Snare because I didn't really need it. Any mana lost was quickly regained by merc's Insight. He didn't even feel like bringing in his double. As you can see from the screenie above, he didn't give up anything useful either.

    Final Thoughts:
    Again, this character was a blast to play. The only problems are PI/PoI monsters. Rabies can kill PI monsters, but not fast enough to rely just on it. I was able to play recklessly, barely returning to town to get rid of amp curses because I could tank most of the damage well enough.

    Notable finds: I got a +3 sorc skill Ondal's Wisdom during a Countess Run. Hellforge got me a Ko. :rant:

    This druid will most likely spent some time running some lvl 85 areas, more Countess Runs, and ultimately more Baal runs. He may be top pick if I decide to go for level 99...unless I make a bear.

    Next up? I've got a Meteorb 1 Act away from Matriarch to join the druid, my other sorceress (respec'd to Orb/nova), and my LF/PJ zon. Then there's multiple toons sitting in mid/late/done normal: WW barb, Wind Druid, Fishymancer, Phoenix Striker, Hammerdin. Number one goal is more MF, and more rune hunting! And once I've got more into the swing of things, starting HC again.

    Thanks for reading and have a great day!
     
  2. gedda-d-e

    gedda-d-e Diabloii.Net Member

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    Re: Patriarch Lupus, Fury/Rabies Druid

    Wierd, was just thinking about what attack to back up my fury wolf, was about to go read myself some pat threads :)

    Very nice char, any plans on upgrading the gear as you go along?

    Congratulations on the pat!

    /g


    Oh, and another question; did you ever consider Plague Bearer?
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2010
  3. naranjadita

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    Re: Patriarch Lupus, Fury/Rabies Druid

    Woot woot awoo!
    Grats on a sexy skinny canine Patriarch! :D
     

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