Patriarch Scourge (Guess what weapons he used)

Swiller

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Patriarch Scourge (Guess what weapons he used)

My first (and last completed) frenzy barbarian was more of a novelty build, using both the Disciple and Bul Kathos sets. I recently decided that I deserved a new Frenzier--one far more powerful and durable than his green-wearing brethren.

I give you Patriarch Scourge.


STATS

Strength: 85 (149)
Dexterity: 40 (77)
Vitality: 375
Energy: 10 (20)


SKILLS

Leap Attack: 1 (9)
Berserk: 1 (9)
Double Swing: 20 (28)
Frenzy: 20 (28)

Mace Mastery: 20 (27)
Increased Stamina: 1 (8)
Increased Speed: 1 (8)
Iron Skin: 1 (8)
Natural Resists: 1 (8)

Taunt: 1 (10)
Battle Orders: 20 (29)
Battle Command: 1 (10)


GEAR

  • Highlord's Wrath
  • Arreat's |Face
  • "Gloom" Archon Plate
    Gloom
    Archon Plate
    'FalUmPul'
    Defense: 1724
    Durability: 55 of 60
    Required Strength: 103
    Required Level: 63
    Item Version: Expansion
    Item Level: 87
    Fingerprint: 0x502f7cf9
    +10 to Strength
    +231% Enhanced Defense
    All Resistances +45
    -3 to Light Radius
    10% Faster Hit Recovery
    5% Damage Taken Goes to Mana
    Half Freeze Duration
    15% Chance to cast Level 3 Dim Vision when struck
    Socketed (3: 3 used)
  • Dracul's Grasp
  • Nosferatu's Coil
  • Gore Rider
  • Ravenfrost
  • Rare Ring with mana leech, +strength, AR, blah, blah
  • Switch - 2 x Echoing Swords
  • "Oath" Scourge
    Oath
    Scourge
    'ShaelPulMalLum'
    One-Hand Damage: 16 to 559
    Required Dexterity: 67
    Required Strength: 115
    Required Level: 57
    Mace Class - Fastest Attack Speed
    Indestructible
    Item Version: Expansion
    Item Level: 87
    Fingerprint: 0x444f3698
    +10 to Energy
    +316% Enhanced Damage
    50% Increased Attack Speed
    Prevent Monster Heal
    75% Damage to Demons
    150% Damage to Undead
    +100 to Attack Rating against Demons
    +15 Magic Absorb
    Indestructible
    30% Chance to cast Level 20 Bone Spirit on striking
    Level 16 Heart of Wolverine (5/20 Charges)
    Level 17 Iron Golem (12/14 Charges)
    Ethereal (Cannot be Repaired), Socketed (4: 4 used)
  • Stormlash
    Stormlash
    Scourge
    One-Hand Damage: 11 to 309
    Durability: 53 of 65
    Required Dexterity: 77
    Required Strength: 125
    Required Level: 82
    Mace Class - Very Fast Attack Speed
    Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
    Item Level: 87
    Fingerprint: 0xae6386fa
    +287% Enhanced Damage
    Adds 1-473 lightning damage
    30% Increased Attack Speed
    150% Damage to Undead
    Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 30
    33% Chance of Crushing Blow
    +7 Lightning Absorb
    20% Chance to cast Level 18 Tornado on striking
    15% Chance to cast Level 10 Static Field on striking


MERCENARY

Emilio, the Act II Might Mercenary

  • The Reaper's Toll - 'Shael'
  • Crown of Thieves
  • Duriel's Shell


ANALYSIS

Utter pwnage. High life leech, open wounds, deadly strike, Crushing Blow, prevent monster heal, hit slows target; and chance to cast Static Field (Stormlash), Dim Vision (Gloom), Life Tap (Dracul's) and Decrepify (mercenary). This guy cuts through even the most daunting boss pack with relative ease, even on players 8 in Hell.

Leveling was also a breeze. A "Black" Tyrant Club and Fleshrender worked beautifully until level 57, and then the "Oath" and an "Honor" scourge until I could equip Stormlash at 82.

Some might question all the chance to cast curses, because they can overwrite each other. But generally, it wasn't an issue. The Dim Vision seemed to trigger mostly on ranged attackers (and thus, farther away); while Life Tap and Decrepify occurred on the melee types. I tried to avoid fighting the same things as my merc, so that their curses wouldn't overwrite. It worked well. Really, no matter what curse was currently active, it was useful.

Ghosts were an issue, however. I just hate those damned things. Conversely, Gloams were no problem.

I only died twice. Why? If you guessed "Iron Maiden" you get a cookie. Later on I began the slow (but effective) method of luring away the Doom Knights with Taunt, then using Berserk on the Oblivion Knight itself.

There was one real highlight of the Scourge experience. This.

The long wait to use Stormlash was well worth it. Scourge deals a ton of damage and is practically unstoppable. I adore him. Thank you for reading about him.
 

NagisaFurukawa

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Re: Patriarch Scourge (Guess what weapons he used)

Congrats! Looks like a lot of fun (or at least more fun than BK/Disciple). If nothing else, the Lo rune makes up for it. =X. Some people have all the luck... /mini-rant. Does he have a future? Melee Baal runs maybe? =).

By the way, why do you use F4 to map your skills? Haven't you ever accidentally pressed it while holding down Alt? lol. Anyway, go work on your Impalazon already. It's viable I tell you!
 

Low Key

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Re: Patriarch Scourge (Guess what weapons he used)

Very nice character and very similar to what I was planning on doing with an Oath-Scourge. What charms did you use, various AR/Max damage and resistances?

@Nagisa. I still use the F1-F8 range, though I stopped using the F4 button because of the Alt + F4 thing. I think one of my barbarians had something like Find Item on F4. Looking what items are on the ground and switching to F4 to start horking got a little frustrating. :grin:
 

lionheartthebrave

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Re: Patriarch Scourge (Guess what weapons he used)

Sounds fun, makes me want to pat my frenzybarb using Oath ethBA and a DC, great build:thumbsup:

@Nagisa: i also use the F keys, the F4 thing used to happen, but now I'm programmed not to; my big issue is Alt +Tab, to minimise D2
 

zarirazz

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Re: Patriarch Scourge (Guess what weapons he used)

congrats!

fyi, i thought it's gonna be a paladin. and using black =P
 

Jason Maher

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Re: Patriarch Scourge (Guess what weapons he used)

Well done. Some nice whackage going on there. A little bit more damage then I got out of my Frenzy Barb, but then again, it was my first Barb, and I didn't know what I was doing skill-wise.

As for F4 - I use the scroll wheel on my mouse to switch right button skills, and I rarely switch left button skills. I doubt I would ever have 4 left button skills to require the use of the actual F4 button.
 

Swiller

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Re: Patriarch Scourge (Guess what weapons he used)

Thanks, everybody!

By the way, why do you use F4 to map your skills? Haven't you ever accidentally pressed it while holding down Alt? lol. Anyway, go work on your Impalazon already. It's viable I tell you!
I can honestly say I have never accidentally hit Alt and F4 in unison. I realize that mapping skills to that row is probably not the most efficient; but that's the way I've always done it. And old habits die hard. Impaleazons, on the other hand; die quickly and into obscurity. :laugh:

Very nice character and very similar to what I was planning on doing with an Oath-Scourge. What charms did you use, various AR/Max damage and resistances?
First of all, thanks for making this build possible by selling me the 1.07 eth scourge. It made a fine Oath. :thumbsup:

Right, I knew I forgot charms. I used about 4 x Fanatic GCs, simply to boost Natural Resistance. The others are +combat skills, and a little AR. I could possibly use more AR, to be honest. In Act 5 Hell I had about 75% chance-to-hit, which is a little low by my standards.


 

Dodgydave

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Re: Patriarch Scourge (Guess what weapons he used)

Nice Swiller, had similar fellow on Battle.net a while back. Went with duress for an armour instead though. Can never have enough CB!
 

Ugla

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Re: Patriarch Scourge (Guess what weapons he used)

Congrats on scourging the Hell :thumbsup:
I just wonder if the ethereal 'Oath' pays off :scratch: Having a lvl16 HoW around should add some decent damage to both of your weapons as well as the lamented AR! The spirit should be durable enough with maxed BO, so you don't need to recast it too often.
 
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