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Problems leveling my merc

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  1. smithaliscious

    smithaliscious IncGamers Member

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    Problems leveling my merc

    My L.76 pure lightning sorc has a L.76 Infinity merc, but he has stopped gaining experience. I found a detailed experience chart that lists what percentage of experience a character gains in various acts, but even in Act2 of Hell, he refuses to gain exp. What gives?
     
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    Re: Problems leveling my merc

    Your merc will never become a higher level than you are. Once he reaches your level, he stops gaining experience until you gain a level. Then he can advance a level, and trust me, they do this fast in 1.11b.
     
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    Re: Problems leveling my merc

    Thanks for the speedy reply!

    Another question comes to mind. I have a Sacred Armor CoH that has a 222 Str requirement. My merc's strength is about 50 less than this; should I trade this armor for something he can wear right now, or should I just be patient and stick a 2-p.amethyst helm on him when he gets closer?
     
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    Re: Problems leveling my merc

    IIRC, a merc gains 1-2 strength per level. Get him to level 83 (which should give him around 10-15 more strength, I think), and stick an Andariel's Visage helmet on him. It provides 25-30 more strength. Of course, that may still not be enough, so you can put a Perfect Amethyst in it, and have to cope with the -30% Fire Resist on it. Your merc will be a little suseptible to Fire damage, but at least he will wear a Fort.

    Of course, if it was me, I'd make a merc Fort only in something that has <180 strength requirement.
     
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    Re: Problems leveling my merc

    If it's your endgame armor, I'd wait it out. Andariel's visage at level 83 is almost a much if you're aiming for that much strength.

    Do to the high stregth requirement (and low %DEF increase on CoH), I doubt a sacred armor CoH has too much value in trade. If it's an eth bugged CoH, it probably has more worth cleaned out for a fortitude.



     
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    Re: Problems leveling my merc

    What does "eth bugged" mean?

    Thanks for the replies; my friend has an Andy's Gaze, so this will work out well.
     
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    Re: Problems leveling my merc

    Eth Bugged:

    When you use the Socket recipe on armor/helmets/shields that are ethereal (The bug does not work on Superior items, since the recipe can't be used on Superior items either), the item gets an additional 50% defense bonus. Essentially, it brings the base defense to:

    Basedef*1,5(initial eth bonus)*1,5(glitch bonus)=Basedef*2,25.

    In practice, it means you can create items with sick amounts of defense, but only useable for self-repairing runewords (like Prudence or Exile), or for Mercs.

    Notice that the bug does not work on weapons.
     
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    Re: Problems leveling my merc

    If the CoH has defense in the range [1862-2295], then it's eth bugged. If it has defense in the range [1241-1530], then it is not eth bugged.

    We can tell the armor is ethereal because you wrote that it requires 222 strength, not 232 strength.
     

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