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Patriarch Masticator - The hands-free wolf

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  1. shawf

    shawf IncGamers Member

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    Patriarch Masticator - The hands-free wolf

    Hi Everyone,

    I've just finished my first Patriarch for SP and I'm pretty happy about it. When I got back into Diablo a couple of months ago I tried a FC bear and a couple other builds, but I got bored with them by late nightmare or early hell. My idea for this build was to make a wolf that uses the biting skills as his main attacks (hunger and rabies). Overall, I would say it wasn't the most efficient character, but very capable and I thought it was a lot of fun. I was using players8 all through normal and nightmare and then switched to players1 for hell. It wasn't until act 2 in hell when I invested in a grizzly and it made a huge difference. I've never been good with mercs, so I just gave up on mine and the grizzly did an excellent job. Once I got the hang of casting the grizzly to herd or split up packs of monsters it became fairly easy.

    The highlights of the game were probably the battles with the ancients and baal. It took a while to kill the ancients, but I basically just used my grizzly to distract them, then bit them once and ran away. I tried to go toe-to-toe melee with them and ended up just dying pretty quickly. It was similar with Baal, but I found it very easy because I could just use hunger on his appendages and I never had to use a healing potion.

    From my Nightmare hellforge I didn't get anything notable, but I did get a Gul from my hellforge in hell, so I was fairly lucky.

    Here's a quick summary of skills, stats, and equipment.


    Skill Allocation

    Rabies 20
    Poison Creeper 20
    Lycanthropy 20
    Heart of Wolverine 15
    Werewolf 7
    Hunger 2
    Direwolves 2
    Grizzly 1
    Prerequisites 7

    Stats

    Enough Dexterity for a phase blade
    Enough Strength for a Monarch shield
    The rest in Vitality

    Equipment

    Code:
    Armour
    
    Jalal's Mane
    Totemic Mask
    Defense: 256
    Durability: 19 of 20
    (Druid Only)
    Required Strength: 65
    Required Level: 49
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 75
    Fingerprint: 0x6dde5664
    +20 to Strength
    +20 to Energy
    +159% Enhanced Defense
    All Resistances +30
    +36 poison damage over 2 seconds
    +2 to Druid Skill Levels
    30% Faster Hit Recovery
    20% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +5 to Mana After Each Kill
    +2 to Shape-Shifting Skills (Druid Only)
    100% Chance to cast Level 23 Venom When You Level Up
    +5% to Poison Skill Damage
    -4% to Enemy Poison Resistance
    Socketed (1: 1 used)
    
    Smoke
    Ghost Armor
    'NefLum'
    Defense: 199
    Durability: 20 of 20
    Required Strength: 38
    Required Level: 37
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 35
    Fingerprint: 0x8ef30b95
    +10 to Energy
    +75% Enhanced Defense
    +280 Defense vs. Missile
    All Resistances +50
    -1 to Light Radius
    20% Faster Hit Recovery
    Level 6 Weaken (18/18 Charges)
    Socketed (2: 2 used)
    
    Spirit
    Monarch
    'TalThulOrtAmn'
    Defense: 140
    Chance to Block:  42%
    Durability: 86 of 86
    Required Strength: 156
    Required Level: 54
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 79
    Fingerprint: 0x5fc5367d
    +22 to Vitality
    +103 to Mana
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Cold Resist +35%
    Poison Resist +35%
    Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    55% Faster Hit Recovery
    27% Faster Cast Rate
    +2 to All Skill Levels
    +3 Magic Absorb
    Socketed (4: 4 used)
    
    Moser's Blessed Circle
    Round Shield
    Defense: 161
    Chance to Block:  57%
    Durability: 64 of 64
    Required Strength: 53
    Required Level: 31
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 59
    Fingerprint: 0xc1edc81e
    +189% Enhanced Defense
    +25% Increased Chance of Blocking
    All Resistances +63
    30% Faster Block Rate
    Socketed (2: 2 used)
    
    Trang-Oul's Claws
    Heavy Bracers
    Defense: 70
    Durability: 16 of 16
    Required Strength: 58
    Required Level: 45
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 45
    Fingerprint: 0x2f9b467
    +30 Defense
    Cold Resist +30%
    20% Faster Cast Rate
    +2 to Curses (Necromancer Only)
    +25% to Poison Skill Damage
    
    Immortal King's Detail
    War Belt
    Defense: 142
    Durability: 24 of 24
    Required Strength: 110
    Required Level: 29
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 87
    Fingerprint: 0x6146777f
    +25 to Strength
    +36 Defense
    Fire Resist +28%
    Lightning Resist +31%
    
    ***Partial Set Item Bonuses***
    +105 Defense
    25% Faster Hit Recovery
    +100% Enhanced Defense
    Damage Reduced by 20%
    +2 to Masteries Skills (Barbarian Only)
    ***Partial Set Item Bonuses***
    
    Immortal King's Pillar
    War Boots
    Defense: 123
    Durability: 24 of 24
    Required Strength: 125
    Required Level: 31
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 87
    Fingerprint: 0xd0140739
    +44 to Life
    +110 to Attack Rating
    +75 Defense
    40% Faster Run/Walk
    
    ***Partial Set Item Bonuses***
    25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    +2 to Combat Skills (Barbarian Only)
    +160 Defense
    Half Freeze Duration
    ***Partial Set Item Bonuses***
    
    
    Jewelry
    
    Raven Frost
    Ring
    Required Level: 45
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 58
    Fingerprint: 0xdc1ffe3c
    +17 to Dexterity
    +40 to Mana
    +207 to Attack Rating
    Adds 15-45 cold damage over 4 seconds
    20% Cold Absorb
    Cannot Be Frozen
    
    Raven Frost
    Ring
    Required Level: 45
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 58
    Fingerprint: 0xdc1ffe3c
    +17 to Dexterity
    +40 to Mana
    +207 to Attack Rating
    Adds 15-45 cold damage over 4 seconds
    20% Cold Absorb
    Cannot Be Frozen
    
    Communal Amulet
    Required Level: 45
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 78
    Fingerprint: 0x4f11d2a3
    +3 to Shape-Shifting Skills (Druid Only)
    
    Weapons
    
    Plague Bearer
    Rune Sword
    One-Hand Damage: 35 to 150
    Durability: 44 of 44
    Required Dexterity: 79
    Required Strength: 103
    Required Level: 41
    Sword Class - Fast Attack Speed
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 99
    Fingerprint: 0x54da7227
    +150% Enhanced Damage
    +10 to Minimum Damage
    +45 to Maximum Damage
    Poison Resist +45%
    +300 poison damage over 8 seconds
    +5 to Rabies (Druid Only)
    5% Chance to cast Level 4 Poison Nova on striking
    Socketed (1: 0 used)
    
    Grief
    Phase Blade
    'EthTirLoMalRal'
    One-Hand Damage: 31 to 35
    Required Dexterity: 136
    Required Strength: 25
    Required Level: 59
    Sword Class - Fastest Attack Speed
    Indestructible
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 84
    Fingerprint: 0xb87d8541
    Adds 5-30 fire damage
    +11 Life after each Kill
    33% Increased Attack Speed
    Adds +393 Damage
    Ignore Target Defense
    -25% Target Defense
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +2 to Mana After Each Kill
    20% Deadly Strike
    35% Chance to cast Level 15 Venom on striking
    155% Damage to Demons (Based on Character Level)
    -23% to Enemy Poison Resistance
    Socketed (5: 5 used)
    
    My basic strategy was to use rabies with the plague bearer and spirit shield and then switch to the Grief PB to use hunger.

    My vital information was as follows:

    Life - 2258
    Rabies damage - 22000 - 23000
    Hunger damage - 800
    Resists in hell - All were 75
    Rabies Attack Rating - 9800
    Hunger Attack Rating - 8000

    That's about it. I think now I'll just be trying out some different gear combinations to see what works best. I think this build would have a lot of potential with some better gear. Maybe a Bramble or Chains of Honour. I've managed to pick up some poison facet jewels and I put one of them in the Jalal's, but if I can get a couple more I may try a 4 socketed monarch shield. I'd also love to have some +Shapeshifting GC to get my rabies damage up, but that will have to wait until I cube some or until I'm through the probation period on the trade forum.

    Well thanks for reading. Sorry for the long write up.

    Oops...one more thing. I should thank Bodis who gave me the Grief PB. I think it's the perfect weapon for this build with the - % poison resist and the excellent speed and damage. I don't think I would have made this build if I hadn't won the PB in Bodis' lottery, so I just wanted to say thanks again.
     
  2. Thyiad

    Thyiad Moderator Single Player, D2 Assassin, Barbarian

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    Re: Patriarch Masticator - The hands-free wolf

    Nice write-up. Very detailed.

    And some pretty hefty gear there. :grin:

    Congratulations. :thumbsup:
     
  3. winmar

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    Re: Patriarch Masticator - The hands-free wolf

    Nice character, congratulations!

    You should learn to use a merc though, they help alot :thumbsup:

    By the way, both Raven Frosts are identical, but i'm sure that's just a ctrl+c/v mistake, just letting you know.
     
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    Re: Patriarch Masticator - The hands-free wolf

    what was your second ring? I'm going to make a poison based character and was trying to figure out what jewelry to use.
     
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    Re: Patriarch Masticator - The hands-free wolf

    Oops. Yeah I copy and pasted my ravenfrost twice. The other ring I used was a rare ring with some +strength, AR, and some fire resist. I'm not sure what rings would work best with this build. I also wasn't really sure what belt and boots to wear, but I think the set up I had worked out well.
     

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