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.