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  1. ChaosEternal

    ChaosEternal IncGamers Member

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    Please tell me what to do

    :rant: I am going to flip out. I am a lvl 75 orb/nova sorc trying to get through hell mode. I'm going along doing fine except it's very hard to keep the merc alive, and i get to the claw viper temple in act II. I much prefer to use my orb because it freezes, it is less costly on mana, and its more powerful than my nova. I'm never happy when i meet up with cold immunes. Every type of monster ive met in the claw viper temple is cold immune. In addition, the skelletons have mana burn. yay... I can't even hardly use the nova on the skellys without them taking all of my mana each time because of how close i have to get. My merc, with 1300 hp and decent life steal (not that it helps against skeletons) dies from what seems like 3-4 hits. I can't teleport past everything because the claw vipers will charge me at light speed and hit me every time. What the hell can I do? Sorry for the rant, but it helped me, I got to type my frustrations out.
     
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    ULTIMATER IncGamers Member

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    What lvl is your merc? Maybe you should lvl him abit before going any furrther?
     
  3. ChaosEternal

    ChaosEternal IncGamers Member

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    That's a negative on the merc leveling unless you suggest I lvl my sorc also which I don't think will really help me. (my merc is lvl 75, same as my sorc)
     
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    ULTIMATER IncGamers Member

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    Then i guess its geardependant?

    What is you merc wearing?
     
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    try to give him a good Damage reduce armor, or even a duriels shell would do wonders (cbf) ow and i dont know if you got any points into cold mastery , but you'l still be able to do some damage to them with your frozen orb... maybe you can shop for a wand with charges of lower resit on it?

    it helped my sorc :thumbsup:
     
  6. ChaosEternal

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    My merc wears crap, but this being my first sp character, it's all I got:

    Stealskull
    Casque
    Defense: 243
    Durability: 16 of 24
    Required Strength: 59
    Required Level: 35
    Item Version: 1.10 Expansion
    Item Level: 75
    Fingerprint: 0xf8684d22
    +233% Enhanced Defense
    5% Life stolen per hit
    5% Mana stolen per hit
    36% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    10% Increased Attack Speed
    10% Faster Hit Recovery

    Ghoul Gutter
    Rune Sword
    'Amn'
    One-Hand Damage: 32 to 136
    Durability: 44 of 44
    Required Dexterity: 79
    Required Strength: 103
    Required Level: 33
    Sword Class - Fast Attack Speed
    Item Version: 1.10 Expansion
    Item Level: 62
    Fingerprint: 0x9132109d
    +224% Enhanced Damage
    +65 to Attack Rating
    7% Life stolen per hit
    Required Level +5
    139% Damage to Undead
    +248 to Attack Rating against Undead
    10% Chance to cast Level 8 Fire Bolt on striking
    Socketed (1: 1 used)

    Glorious Ornate Plate of Self-Repair
    Defense: 662
    Durability: 60 of 60
    Required Strength: 170
    Required Level: 25
    Item Version: 1.10 Expansion
    Item Level: 76
    Fingerprint: 0xf3b2d607
    +47% Enhanced Defense
    Repairs 1 durability in 33 seconds
     
  7. Milamber

    Milamber Banned

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    Merc

    What kind of merc do you have to begin with? I would suggest either an Act 2 Defiance merc, or an A2 Holy Freeze merc.

    Ideally you will be after PDR on the merc (Vampire Gaze and Shafstop), as well as a big hitting weapon (Cruel War Pike springs to mind). Tal's Mask is a good replacement for the Gaze, and a Duriels for the Shafty. The Meatscrapper is an okay weapon or a Spire of Honour.

    Sorc

    I cannot believe that a clvl 75 your Nova does not do much damage...but then again I haven't used it in 1.1 - but for this skill you also need FCR and lots of mana :)

    Try and get your Cold Mastery to 17 - whether through natural skill points or +skill items.

    Don't forget STATIC FIELD is an immense skill, and your stupid not to use it in every battle, it will make life a lot easier - and also helps with monster regen.
     
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    i have duriels shell and a sword gaurd you can have for your merc for the price of your email.
     
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    strijdje IncGamers Member

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    i think we found the problem houston ;)

    check out the giveaway thread for some better mer c gear, and if nobody is nice to you, drop me a pm ;)
     
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    I still say you should get a defiance merc...or a HF one...barbs suck IMO
     
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    The reason my nova doesn't do much (I think the max damage is 450 or so) is because it was basically added in as an afterthought. The sorc was supposed to be exclusively orb, but when i got to hell mode i realized I was gonna need another type of damage. The orb only sorc worked grand in 1.09 and I guess I thought it would work again. I of course use static field in almost every single battle, unless I know one orb will kill the targets regardless. Also, what is special about lvl 17 cold mastery that would be cause to shoot for it?
     
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    I guess I'm living in the past using the barb because, again, it worked fine in 1.09. You live, you learn i guess.
     
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    What does the defiance aura do again? I seemed to have forgotten. :)
     
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    Uhg, 4 posts right in a row, I'm not trying to spam lol, I just keep finding stuff to write in.

    That would be great draxer my email is: [email protected]
     
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    Just keep on pumping Nova, you'll get it there...

    Defiance raises your Defence Rating by large amounts :p
     
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    Dudes, Barb mercs in 1,10 are the roxxorss.... they regenerate full health in 15 seconds.. now if that doesnt rock, tell me what does...

    Anyway, My soser uses a barb merc to do mephisto and countess runs. Gear is rather "different" from what you'd ordinarily put on a merc:
    Blackhorns face (lightning absorb, slow target)
    Shaftstop (DR, Life)
    Craimte Vomir (Slow target, FRW, IAS)

    So what I get is a merc with lots of life, 30% dr, maxed lightning resist with lightning absorb, Okay damage, and slows target by 55%

    He doesnt even need leach, unless surrounded by poison dealing monsters, in which i just toss him a red or two.
     
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    Thats what the voice in my head was telling me what defiance did ;) but I don't listen to him, he lies to me often lol. So does lvl 17 cold mastery break cold immunity? Because if it does, I would be one very happy camper.

    Edit: Especially since my cold mastery is at 16 right now. :)
     
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    Sent those and some extras to help you out.
     
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    Thats a sweet setup Andrew, the problem for me is that I can't get that gear easily. I have a few things I could maybe trade for that kind of stuff though, Buriza, Nats helm, waterwalks, Are any of those good trading material here in the sp forum?
     
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    I did it last time in hell with sorceres
    enter level
    teleport
    teleport
    open chest
    take amulet
    close game

    tac tac tac tac 0 sec 95 to do it

    to take you're merc alive, one solution : if you see you're merc is about to be killed, teleport teleport teleport (back of course/) return to town, heal return to fight. and if you give him potion, only full. others won't help him.

    I don't speak about equipment, best you give, best he survive

    and don't forget, teleport only back
     

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