Please help with 1.12 Druid build. First time poster, please forgive any slights. I played Diablo 2 LoD many years ago, but was never able to make it past the first few levels of hell difficulty. I bought the game again a few months ago, and I was under the impression that this time I had a much more "cookie cutter" build but I'm really getting my back end handed to me as early as act 5 of nightmare. I don't remember the game being this hard! I have several questions for the more technically inclined players, first and foremost whether or not my character is even hell viable (salvagable?) The Important Specs: Level 63 Druid. Act V (Nightmare). Single Player only. v1.12 Str: 141/Dex: 90/ Vit: 178. Dam (Fury) 733-1662/Atk (Fury): 3993/Def: 832 Life: (Werewolf) 1264 Resists: Fire: 80/Lightning: 71/Cold: 61/Poison: 55. Skills: Werewolf: 13/Lycanthropy: 13/Feral Rage: 11/Fireclaws: 14/Fury: 21 + Prereqs Gear: Weapon: Rare Partizan. Dam: 101-216/187% ED/30-80 Fire Damage/9-23 Cold damage/other minor mods. Armor: Holy Embossed Plate Def: 598 Helm: Rare Tiara. Def: 41. +63% to attack rating based on char level/+46% damage to demons/+** AR vs demons/+33 life/+12 All Resists/-50% poison length Gloves: Rare Sharkskin. Def: 37. Misc + to resists/Half freeze duration/80% extra gold. Boots: Waterwalk unique Amulet: Rare. +1 Shape shifting skills/+6 Str/2% life stolen per hit/Misc Resists/Half freeze duration. Ring: Rare. +74 AR/Str +11/Misc Resists Ring: Rare. Misc Resists/Half Freeze duration. Merc: Ice Arrow Rogue (level 63) Dam: 112-494/Dex 165/Str 110/Def: 1298/Life: 828 Gear: Skystrike Bow (socketed with Ral) Helm: Undead Crown Armor: Godly Full Plate Mail of Protection (Def: 460) Game Plan: Charge up feral rage on left mouse button, attack mobs with fury on right mouse button, let merc hammer on stuff from a distance. If dealing with PI, switch to fire claws. Planning to max fire claws, add one point for each synergy (+22% per synergy sounds like alot), then max lycanthropy for extra life. Question: Should it work, and why isn't it working now? Couple other things. If I find the right runes, I wanted to upgrade the skystrike because it has good mods. Is that even possible on 1.12 single player without patching the game? If I can't upgrade skystrike, I already have the runes to make Harmony (I just need a good bow). Can I make that without patching the game somehow? I have a nef and lum to make Smoke in an armor for myself (Just not the armor). I realize my chances of lucking in to another lum rune might be slim. What is the lowest armor I should stuff it in if I hope the armor to carry me through hell? (The +50 Resist All from Smoke is how I'm planning on coping with the extra -resists in hell) I noticed that the +63% to Attack Rating based on char level on my helmet doesn't seem to do much to my overall fury attack rating on my stats screen, why? What gear is servicable and what gear should I get rid of? I almost feel like I need everything I have regardless of whether it has good other mods just because it has good + to resists. Should I abandon the two handed weapon and take a shield because I have low def? I have four perfect diamonds to stick in one, which will let me take those rings I have off. Is my two handed weapon doing a respectable enough amount of damage for my level? I have almost every rune through Ko, but I don't know what of them might be any use to me. Any advice on runewords? Is it considered fair practice to patch the game to be able to use all of the runewords including the online ones, and should I do it? Thanks for putting up with me.