Patriarch UncleRuckus, Untwinked SC Avenger

Alfonso the Great

Diabloii.Net Member
Patriarch UncleRuckus, Untwinked SC Avenger

After languishing for over two years and seeing more than a few Mats/Pats pass him by, UncleRuckus, my Avenger, finally trudged his way to Baal and slew him in epic combat.

Name:       UncleRuckus
Class:      Paladin
Experience: 1016861140
Level:      84

Strength:   70/84
Dexterity:  150/151
Vitality:   179/194
Energy:     15/15
HP:         743/842
Mana:       139/139
Stamina:    326/366
Defense:    37/557
AR:         735/810

Fire:       143/103/43
Cold:       180/140/80
Lightning:  179/139/79
Poison:     55/15/-45

MF:         96       Block:      56 (75 with Holy Shield active)
GF:         157
FR/W:       20
FHR:        35
IAS:        75
FCR:        0

Sacrifice: 1/1
Smite: 1/2
Holy Bolt: 1/1
Zeal: 1/1
Charge: 1/1
Vengeance: 3/3
Blessed Hammer: 1/1
Holy Shield: 4/4

Might: 1/1
Holy Fire: 1/1
Thorns: 1/1
Holy Freeze: 1/1
Sanctuary: 1/1
Conviction: 20/20

Prayer: 1/1
Resist Fire: 17/17
Defiance: 1/1
Resist Cold: 17/17
Cleansing: 1/1
Resist Lightning: 18/18
Vigor: 1/1
Redemption: 1/1

Helm: Rockstopper

Body: Sigon's Shelter

Gloves: Sigon's Gage

Boots: Sigon's Sabot

Belt: Shadow Lock
[SPOILER]Mesh Belt
Defense: 50
Durability: 16 of 16
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 58
Fingerprint: 0x9b7407ec
Item Level: 72
Version: Expansion 1.10+
2% Life stolen per hit
7% Chance of Open Wounds
+22% Enhanced Defense
+44 to Life
Cold Resist +14%
Lightning Resist +8%[/SPOILER]

Rings: [SPOILER] Russet Ring of Fortune
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x72d37e3b
Item Level: 43
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Fire Resist +11%
21% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Dwarf Star
Required Level: 45
Fingerprint: 0xc1eab689
Item Level: 55
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+40 to Life
+40 Maximum Stamina
Heal Stamina Plus 15%
Fire Absorb 15%
Magic Damage Reduced by 13
100% Extra Gold from Monsters [/spoiler]

Amulet: The Rising Sun
The Rising Sun
Required Level: 65
Fingerprint: 0x1ed3f9d3
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
2% Chance to cast level 16 Meteor when struck
+2 to Fire Skills
Adds 24 - 48 Fire Damage
Replenish Life +10
+63 Absorbs Fire Damage (Based on Character Level)
+4 to Light Radius[/SPOILER]

Weapon: Aldur's Rhythm
Aldur's Rhythm
Jagged Star
One Hand Damage: 121 - 189
Durability: 72 of 72
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 74
Fingerprint: 0x3f66f141
Item Level: 59
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+45% Increased Attack Speed
26% Enhanced Damage
Adds 40 - 62 Damage
+200% Damage to Demons
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 50 - 75 Lightning Damage
Adds 20 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
5% Mana stolen per hit
10% Life stolen per hit
Set (2 items): +15 to Strength
Set (3 items): +15 to Strength
Set (4 items): +15 to Strength
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Rusty Jewel
Socketed: Jewel of Fervor
Socketed: Rusty Jewel of Envy

Rusty Jewel
Required Level: 9
Fingerprint: 0xf669600e
Item Level: 19
Version: Expansion 1.10+
15% Enhanced Damage

Jewel of Fervor
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x3a442859
Item Level: 66
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed

Rusty Jewel of Envy
Required Level: 9
Fingerprint: 0x63592cec
Item Level: 23
Version: Expansion 1.10+
11% Enhanced Damage
Adds 20 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)[/spoiler]

Shield: Rhyme Bone Shield

Merc: Act 2 Defensive
Weapon: Bonehew
Armor: Rattlecage
Helm: Rare coronet [SPOILER]
Eagle Circlet
Defense: 80
Durability: 30 of 30
Required Level: 66
Fingerprint: 0x6f39c24
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)
7% Mana stolen per hit
8% Life stolen per hit
+96% Enhanced Defense
+25 to Strength
All Resistances +14[/SPOILER]
Play was untwinked single-pass fullclear, with Normal and Nightmare done on p8 and Hell on p1. Mostly v1.12, though I broke down and upgraded to 1.13 at the very end of Act 4 Hell.

Things were easy-peasy up through NM Act 5. I made a Steel flail early on and that plus Vengeance plus Conviction saw me chewing up things like no other. NM Act 2 slowed me up, but also saw Hellplague fall into my hands, and the bonus Fire damage was more than welcome and helped to grind onwards. Then Act 5 rolled around and the odd immunes coupled with lagging damage saw me slowly grind to a halt. UncleRuckus sat there for months turned to years before I worked up the gumption to continue onward. Luck was my lady when Aldur's Rhythm dropped in the Frozen Tundra, and that served as my weapon the rest of the game.

Hell was easier than NM for the most part, up through Act 5. The Act 2 tombs dropped Bonehew, which replaced the merc's Malice lance, only kept to that point for the OW. The merc was suddenly capable again! With his now absurd damage output, he was able to wear a 3 pTopaz ancient armor even through the fight with Diablo (though his flagging resists required me to throw on that beast of a coronet I gambled), and I only swapped that out for Rattlecage in Act 5 to make the killing go even more swiftly. The monster flee effect helped keep from getting mobbed by horrible things like frenzytaurs and reanimated corpses too much, but it was OH such a pain against ghosts and succubi in the underground river sections. The merc would scatter them and then death would come from a billion directions instead of just mainly one. He died a lot--A LOT--down there.

The monsters I drew were delightful. No archers or quill beasts in the Foothills (vulture demons!), no Fallen anywhere, Frenzytaurs only one time, in the WSK; reanimated corpses and the low-health dark spearwomen up the wazoo. Immunes were a joke because I could hit 4 of the 5 damage types, and break a good chunk of them anyway.

Notable Finds: Ist off some random mob in Act 2 Hell. A number of grailers, the most salient of which is The Rising Sun. A 5os phase blade, and that amazing circlet described above.

HF: Fal. Aghbablble.

Stupidest death: Deciding to help the merc kill some dolls in the Kurast Sewers in Hell. Not usually a facemeltingly dumb idea, I found, because it seems I can block the explosion and I had health and potions to spare. That is not the case when a Cursed, Fire Enchanted member of the species skitters out of the shadows and is two-shotted by my merc before I could even see what was happening.

Thanks for reading! Now, to twink out as much as possible and mess around with True Ultimate Power(tm), and then onto a build that isn't nearly as weapon-damage-dependent as poor UncleRuckus. For once, I don't have any characters languishing!


Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Patriarch UncleRuckus, Untwinked SC Avenger

Congrats on the Pat! Pretty decent gear for singlepass fullclear!!
Been thinking of doing one of these in HC. You find any mana problems even with low vengeance?


Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Patriarch UncleRuckus, Untwinked SC Avenger

'Grats on the toon!
I found mine to be a hoot in the maggot lair actually, though twinked to the bone.
1. You're never convicted, no dangerous beetles
2. Tight corridors will ensure you're not surrounded.

Alfonso the Great

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Patriarch UncleRuckus, Untwinked SC Avenger

@bojddo: Mana problems seesawed. Against most mobs, no big issue; critters fell in 3-7 swings and flashing to Redemption after finishing off each group kept me more or less topped off. I always stocked 2-3 blues for boss packs; mana burn was especially vexing and the additional swings added up.

@potter: I did have an enjoyable run through the Lair (for a change). LI critters in general were my favorite to run across because they had the most breakable immunity and generally lower health. Well, aside from Poison or Physical immunes. Those poor, poor PI succubi.

In the name of Zod

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Patriarch UncleRuckus, Untwinked SC Avenger

Isn't it amazing what a pain act 2 is for avengers. All those little buggers running around and you have to click every hit, every kill. But you did it and I congratulate you on completing you avenger. You didn't make mention of 1 hits or your player settings. I don't get aldurs rhythm at all. What's in that for an avenger?


Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Patriarch UncleRuckus, Untwinked SC Avenger

Play was untwinked single-pass fullclear, with Normal and Nightmare done on p8 and Hell on p1.
Probably the best 1-handed weapon he found? It's pretty decent though, some nice mods for an avenger and customizable.