please help with my fishy... singleplayer HC... fact before starting: trying to keep muling to a minimum. basically only upgrade stuff when I find better stuff! lets continue .. Hello everyone! longtime lurker, firsttime poster... anyway I just started playing again and im now playing 1.13c singleplayer D2LOD HC... my fishymancer is now at act 3 NM , yet to start the first quest there. I have been running /players 8 exclusivly now since the start. my goal is to complete the game and build up my fishy to a godly fishy, started out naked and i'm only gonna use what I find/create myself. I am also running the runeword mod so I can create ladder runewords in singleplayer (if I ever found those Bers and Jahs etc ) these are my base stats without equipment: (+ to stats you can see on the items below) name : zaran level: 56 strength : 32 dex: 25 vita: 263 nrg: 35 naked i have 643 life and 154 mana. skills WITHOUT + from items (+ from items you can see below) summoning : ======== 20 RS 20 skeleton mastery 1 skeletal mage 1 in all golems and mastery 1 revive 1 summon resist poison/bone spells : ============== 1 teeth 1 bone armor (thinking of maxing bone wall for synergy after completion of other skills) 8 corpse explosion (so far, gonna max it ofc) nothing else here yet curses: ======== 1 point in weaken,terror,decrepify, amplify damage (so far) nothing else yet this is my crappy equipment, laugh and flame away, obviously some items are worn because of the MF% and not because of good mods , I have taken screenshots of them all for easier viewing : helm : http://img804.imageshack.us/img804/1498/helmg.jpg armor: http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/5474/armorq.jpg amulet: http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/9716/amulet.jpg gloves : http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/8510/glovesti.jpg wand: http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/249/wandn.jpg ring 1 : http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/1913/ring1.jpg belt : http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/3153/beltt.jpg ring 2 : http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/2039/ring2qg.jpg shield : http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/8789/shieldbe.jpg boots : http://img815.imageshack.us/img815/2042/bootsw.jpg ======================================== my merc is a NM offensive might merc. helm : http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/6236/merchelm.jpg armor : http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/2695/mercarmor.jpg weapon : http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3463/mercweapon.jpg ======================================== alright, now you know exactly what gear I have and stats so far. at the moment my plans for skills are to max CE and _probably_ max bone wall for the bone armor synergy. (hardcore mode remember!) but now I have some questions! 1. you can see that I have a +3 summon wand, +2 RS preserved head, is there something better I can get right NOW by shopping or just clearing areas? what areas? what shops and in what difficulty? I am thinking a +3 RS +3 skeleton mastery bone wand, but havent found one so far, any tips for that? any tips for preserved heads or so with good fishymancer mods? (using my current one just for the +2 RS mod) (I am thinking arm of king leoric when I find it ) 2. you can also see that I have crappy gear on myself, but its mostly for MF purposes atm, the items with +MF atleast using this crappy MF gear to find better obviously , but what should I look for?... any suggestions here that is available for me , in my current situation? (remember no trading, singleplayer untwinked) 3. you can see my mercs crappy gear also, atleast made a strength partizan for him for the crushing blow and life leech, also some life leech on the helm, and with might he makes around 350-550 damage or so on the LCS, any suggestions for my merc now/soon/endgame? I am thinking insight in the best superior ethereal elite polearm(lance? what's best?) that I can find myself, for the mana regen, so I can rape with CE later on but how will I get CB and life leech with insight weapon on merc? suggestions and predictions please! 4. obviously crappy gear on both me and my merc, but keep in mind im not gonna trade for items, gonna live off the land , and im running runeword mod so my end-game goal is to have atleast some nice runewords on my merc and myself even if it takes long time to find the runes for them! , but what are the best long-term options for this? I mean , even if it takes a long time, what's THE best items for a fishymancer in terms of killing speed and pure ownage? (even if I play hardcore) 5. I am really sorry for making such a lengthy post, but I will be forever grateful to the soul that takes time and effort to answer my humble questions! it will be enormously appreciated and also I apologize if something is unclear about my wishes for my fishy and what the goal is for him in endgame... (basically I wanna rape any area on hell mode HC /players 8 singleplayer ) again sorry for so much text etc... but I will be REALLY grateful if you have patience and answers.... thanks ... Zaran !