Patriarch Skithiryx - Venomancer

necrolemming

Diabloii.Net Member
My posts are no longer on the forum since my account was nuked a few weeks ago, but the luckiest drop I ever found was a Death's Web from a normal zombie on the way to Mephisto. It's not just that the item itself was impossibly rare (something like a 1/30 million chance) or that roll was near-perfect, it's that it directly influenced a lot of my then-future with Diablo 2. Finding one of the rarest items fairly early on led me to grailing and getting involved in trading, which was responsible for most of the friends I made while playing this game.

With something that fortuitous, it was only natural that I spared no expense to make the strongest venomancer I could imagine. Skillers with life, a Bramble before 1.13's rune drop rates, weeks of Hellforge rushing for a beta Bramble - it was a lot of effort and wealth at the time, but it was worth it to me. By today's standards, the build wasn't that suited for Baal runs, but my p8 Baal times were something in the 4:30 range with teleport charges before the beta Bramble. I never actually made it to 99 as I'd have liked, though - I didn't have enough time or patience to dedicate to it once I hit 95.

Times are a little different these days, but I felt obliged to revisit the build for old times' sake.

LCS

Stats
Strength 71/103
Dexterity base
Vitality 384/391
Energy base/32

Skills
Poison Nova 20/43
Poison Explosion 20
Poison Dagger 20
Corpse Explosion 20/43
Lower Resist 1/14
Clay Golem 1/12
Summon Resist 1/12

Equipment
Weapon: Death's Web + Poison Facet
Shield: Trang'Oul's Wing + Poison Facet
Armor: beta Bramble Archon Plate
Helm: Harlequin Crest + [email protected] jewel
Gloves: Trang'Oul's Claw
Belt: Trang'Oul's Girth
Boots: Natalya's Soul
Amulet: Mara's Kaleidoscope
Rings: beta Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band x2
Switch: beta Call to Arms + Lidless Wall
Charms: 8x Fungal GC with +life, 7x Amber SC, 2x Ruby SC, 1x Shimmering SC

Mercenary (A2 Might)
Weapon: Infinity 1.07 ethereal Great Poleaxe
Helm: Guillaume's Face + IAS jewel
Armor: Chains of Honor Kraken Shell

Code:
Death's Web
Unearthed Wand
One Hand Damage: 22 - 28
Durability: 18 of 18
Required Level: 66
Required Strength: 25
Fingerprint: 0xa52287a
Item Level: 83
Version: Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 51 Poison Nova when you Die
+2 to All Skills
+2 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
Adds 37 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
-55% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+5% to Poison Skill Damage
+7 to Mana after each Kill
+12 Life after each Kill
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Rainbow Facet

Rainbow Facet
Jewel
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0xc92eb74c
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 51 Poison Nova when you Die
Adds 37 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
-5% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+5% to Poison Skill Damage

Trang-Oul's Wing
Cantor Trophy
Defense: 189
Chance to Block: 40
Durability: 19 of 20
Required Level: 54
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0xe639f58
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 23 Venom when you Level-Up
+2 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
30% Increased Chance of Blocking
Adds 37 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
-5% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+5% to Poison Skill Damage
+125 Defense
+25 to Strength
+15 to Dexterity
Fire Resist +45%
Poison Resist +40%
Set (3 items): -25% to Enemy Poison Resistance
Set (4 items): Replenish Life +15
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Rainbow Facet

Rainbow Facet
Jewel
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0x3a122431
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 23 Venom when you Level-Up
Adds 37 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
-5% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+5% to Poison Skill Damage

Bramble
Archon Plate
RalOhmSurEth
Defense: 799
Durability: 56 of 60
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 103
Fingerprint: 0x99a109d5
GUID: 0x59a8fb1d 0x7a91778d 0x0
Item Level: 90
Version: Expansion
Level 19 Thorns Aura When Equipped
+50% Faster Hit Recovery
+177% to Poison Skill Damage
+300 Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 5%
Regenerate Mana 15%
+5% to Maximum Cold Resist
Fire Resist +30%
Poison Resist +100%
+13 Life after each Kill
Level 13 Spirit of Barbs (33/33 Charges)
4 Sockets (4 used)

Harlequin Crest
Shako
Defense: 139
Durability: 11 of 12
Required Level: 62
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x3ee41593
Item Level: 75
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +2
+124 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+124 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
All Resistances +15
Damage Reduced by 10%
50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Scintillating Jewel

Scintillating Jewel
Jewel
Required Level: 26
Fingerprint: 0x22172264
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Cold Resist +15%
Lightning Resist +15%
Fire Resist +15%
Poison Resist +15%

Trang-Oul's Claws
Heavy Bracers
Defense: 74
Durability: 15 of 16
Required Level: 45
Required Strength: 58
Fingerprint: 0xfc86e342
Item Level: 59
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Curses (Necromancer only)
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+25% to Poison Skill Damage
+30 Defense
Cold Resist +30%

Trang-Oul's Girth
Troll Belt
Defense: 140
Durability: 17 of 18
Required Level: 62
Required Strength: 8
Fingerprint: 0x2f67c36a
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+76 Defense
+66 to Life
Replenish Life +5
+40 to Mana
+30 Maximum Stamina
Cannot Be Frozen
Requirements -40%
Set (3 items): Cold Resist +40%

Natalya's Soul
Mesh Boots
Defense: 133
Durability: 66 of 116
Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 65
Fingerprint: 0x6027a9c2
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+40% Faster Run/Walk
+93 Defense
Heal Stamina Plus (Based on Character Level) +20%
Cold Resist +24%
Lightning Resist +24%
+50 Maximum Durability

Mara's Kaleidoscope
Amulet
Required Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0xc3fd8c07
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +5
All Resistances +29

Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Ring
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0x3127b078
Item Level: 75
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
4% Life stolen per hit
+41 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+50 Maximum Stamina

Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Ring
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0x3d46dddc
Item Level: 75
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
3% Life stolen per hit
+41 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+50 Maximum Stamina

Call to Arms
Crystal Sword
AmnRalMalIstOhm
One Hand Damage: 18 - 54
Durability: 20 of 20
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 43
Fingerprint: 0xc04f517a
GUID: 0xeaee1753 0x61abea3f 0x0
Item Level: 90
Version: Expansion
+2 to All Skills
+40% Increased Attack Speed
266% Enhanced Damage
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
7% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
+14 to Battle Command
+13 to Battle Orders
+11 to Battle Cry
Replenish Life +12
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
5 Sockets (5 used)

Lidless Wall
Grim Shield
Defense: 327
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 70 of 70
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 58
Fingerprint: 0x77046ddf
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+117% Enhanced Defense
+10 to Energy
Increase Maximum Mana 10%
+5 to Mana after each Kill
+1 to Light Radius
Code:
Fungal Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x74095130
Item Level: 70
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+28 to Life

Fungal Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x7a7e6025
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+36 to Life

Fungal Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 53
Fingerprint: 0xd37f81d0
Item Level: 93
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+34 to Life

Fungal Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 53
Fingerprint: 0x961eccd6
Item Level: 76
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+34 to Life

Fungal Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 53
Fingerprint: 0xb7b9d211
Item Level: 66
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+34 to Life

Fungal Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x21636cad
Item Level: 79
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+26 to Life

Fungal Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x3c2ab5bc
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+25 to Life

Fungal Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x391fc13
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+24 to Life

Amber Small Charm of Fortune
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xc801064e
Item Level: 71
Version: Expansion
Lightning Resist +11%
5% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Amber Small Charm of Good Luck
Small Charm
Required Level: 33
Fingerprint: 0xbf4da6ae
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Lightning Resist +11%
6% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Amber Small Charm of Life
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xb13bd2b2
Item Level: 76
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10 to Life
Lightning Resist +10%

Amber Small Charm of Life
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xc1cbdcfa
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+9 to Life
Lightning Resist +10%

Amber Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xc393256f
Item Level: 82
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+13 to Life
Lightning Resist +10%

Amber Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xe13355ff
Item Level: 79
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
Lightning Resist +10%

Shimmering Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 25
Fingerprint: 0x5c626f63
Item Level: 78
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+11 to Life
All Resistances +5

Ruby Small Charm of Life
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x86d79877
Item Level: 58
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+9 to Life
Fire Resist +11%

Amber Small Charm of Fortune
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x26bbb46d
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Lightning Resist +10%
4% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Ruby Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xf12c13d4
Item Level: 59
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+11 to Life
Fire Resist +11%
Code:
Infinity
Superior Great Poleaxe
BerMalBerIst
Two Hand Damage: 313 - 862
Durability: 28 of 28
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 169
Required Dexterity: 89
Fingerprint: 0x39eeef4b
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion
50% Chance to cast level 20 Chain Lightning when you Kill an Enemy
Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster Run/Walk
354% Enhanced Damage
+1 to Attack Rating
-47% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
40% Chance of Crushing Blow
Prevent Monster Heal
+41 to Vitality (Based on Character Level)
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Level 21 Cyclone Armor (30/30 Charges)
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)

Chains of Honor
Superior Kraken Shell
DolUmBerIst
Defense: 969
Durability: 31 of 48
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 174
Fingerprint: 0x88d2ea67
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+200% Damage to Demons
+100% Damage to Undead
8% Life stolen per hit
+85% Enhanced Defense
+20 to Strength
Replenish Life +7
All Resistances +65
Damage Reduced by 8%
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
4 Sockets (4 used)

Guillaume's Face
Winged Helm
Defense: 217
Durability: 40 of 40
Required Level: 34
Required Strength: 115
Fingerprint: 0xf40da9e0
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
+30% Faster Hit Recovery
35% Chance of Crushing Blow
15% Deadly Strike
+120% Enhanced Defense
+15 to Strength
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Jewel of Fervor

Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x45b9311e
Item Level: 39
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed

Planning
I wanted Poison Nova to do as much damage as I could muster. The first thing that entailed was acquiring two beta BKWBs - the less said about that, the better; I'm just glad that's over.

Homunculus + Arachnid Mesh would most likely have been better from a playability perspective, but 3 piece Trang's does more damage (and I used it last time). Resists would be a problem, so I went with Mara's as an easy solution to the problem (which also saved me the effort of trying to find a decent +2 amulet). The synergy bug being fixed meant that Marrowalks were no longer required, which freed up room for some resists from the boot slot.

I went with Corpse Explosion as the support skill instead of Skeletons this time. The build was really missing some FCR to make CE stronger, but it was more than fine for questing.

Infinity doesn't do anything for poison damage, but it'd increase CE damage.

Gameplay
Poison Nova's damage was honestly overkill; just about everything outside of unbreakable immunes died within two casts. The slow cast speed made casting Corpse Explosion rather frustrating, especially if I needed to chain it, but it also didn't matter as much as it would have for most necro builds because the damage skill was useful for more than generating the first corpse.

Dropping skeletons made the build noticeably more fragile, though. Going from having a dozen meat shields and having max block to only merc + golem with no block was a bit much, especially since the lack of FCR made it a troublesome to get casts off under pressure at times. Stuff still usually died quickly enough that it wasn't too much of a concern, but had I not had a beta Bramble I'd have needed to slow down the a ton.

I'm not convinced that not putting points in skeletons is the better build from an efficiency standpoint. I imagine that they'd be even stronger now that players have access to Infinity and CtA, but it could just be the slow cast speed ruining everything. I'm happy with how the damage output was in the end, though.

If there's one thing I'd like a redo, it's to have made that Bramble in a Dusk Shroud, instead. Could have saved some strength.
 

Kitteh

Diabloii.Net Site Pal
Always a fun build! Any plans for it in the future? I'm not sure that I understand your account situation, your posts disappeared? :O
 

necrolemming

Diabloii.Net Member
Apparently the spam filter thought that my account was spamming and deleted everything, and somehow, this forum software has no way of recovering deleted posts. Thirteen years of my history, gone just like that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I could run the Pit with Poison Nova, I'm told, but MFing doesn't sound that appealing - there's not exactly much in the way of S/Us that I need.
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats. Venomancers are always a lot of fun. The moment I find a DWeb, I'll build one myself.
 

Crazy Runner Guy

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats. Venomancers are always a lot of fun. The moment I find a DWeb, I'll build one myself.
Same. D-Web is really the only set/unique I REALLY want to find before my D2 time expires, whenever that is...(you can log out any time you like, but you can never leave - something I have proven several times in the past).
 

Zenigma

Diabloii.Net Member
The one dweb I've found is near perfect, too. +2/50, I think 10 life, and 12 mana, but I still haven't finished my novamancer D:
I should get around to it, eventually.

Back in my days off bnet, since release, poison necros had been my most played by far, probably across all my resets and returns. (Though clearly not in SP, that honor goes to throwbarb, hahaha)

I didn't have perfect hear, but the last one I made had a 30/30 poison sword, had to make it myself, because who else would... Lol. Had a 50/20 (1 thorns aura level off perfect) bramble ds (also, I made that myself... Second roll). Inventory full of pnbs... Obviously, dweb would have trumped the sword, but it was stylish, so how could I say no...

Ahhh, the memories... 15k pnova ain't bad.


I use ellipses far too much.
 

TedDeeBoy

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats and Wow on the gear. Only have seen only one beta Bramble with higher psn roll than that
I also liked this build but the gear I had on was the full Trang's build and no Web pales so I went to skellies as well

Also even 1 pt Skellies and 1pt Revive you had enough + skills to get the meat shields back if you want them
Gotta get this guys to the pits
 
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