Pure Fire Druid in Hell my pure fire druid (all skill points in first 4 fire skills except 1 point for Oak Sage) is making his way through NM and all is going pretty well. My original conception was to eventually switch to an EarthShifter Thunder Maul for the +7 to elemental skills and the free Ravens, but the str req on it is absurd and would otherwise be wasted. Plus, I lose the benefits of a shield. Of course, my original conception was to melee as well as spellcast (as I believe was Blizzard's original conception of the class or at least the elemental aspect of it) but the speed on a Thunder Maul is so slow as to be worthless even for use between timered spells. However, I have this: Stone Superior Shadow Plate 'ShaelUmPulLum' Defense: 2220 Durability: 77 of 78 Required Strength: 230 Required Level: 64 Item Version: 1.10 Expansion Item Level: 83 Fingerprint: 0x9ec7571e +16 to Strength +10 to Energy +16 to Vitality +260% Enhanced Defense +38% Enhanced Defense +300 Defense vs. Missile All Resistances +15 Increase Maximum Durability 11% 60% Faster Hit Recovery Level 16 Molten Boulder (47/80 Charges) Level 16 Clay Golem (14/16 Charges) Socketed (4: 4 used) which would give him a nice gumby to help out. If I go with this & the maul, the points in str don't feel so wasted. is this a viable idea? Note that I don't care about being able to solo Baal at P8 or something absurd like that. In fact, I usually MP this guy so I just want to be able to contribute to a team. Or would I be better off putting those points in Vit and just going with Earthshaker and some caster shield?