Contents: 1. Strategy 2. Skills 3. Attributes 4. Gear 5. Mercenary 6. Credits 1. Strategy Use lower resist and poison nova to slay groups of monsters. On bosses you use decrepify and you need a good Mercenary with good gear to kill the boss or it will take ten minutes to kill Baal. As a Summonmancer you first need Skeletons. You can go to Blood Moor or Cold Plains and use your Mercenary, Clay Golem and Poison Nova to create bodies and make Skeletons but there is also a trick to get Skeletons. Go to Act 5 town, Harrogath, and take the portal by Anya. There are some bodies lying there and you can use them to make Skeletons. For this to work you can never take the Halls of Pain waypoint or the portal will dissapear. When you have all your Skeletons use the rest of the bodies for Corpse Eplosion. You can use Teleport to guide your army. If you want your army to attack a certain group of monsters you teleport towards them and walk back a bit. Function keys: F1: Lower resist F2: Teleport (from Enigma) F3: Decrepify F4: Poison Nova F5: Raise Skeleton F6: Clay Golem F7: Corpse Explosion F8: Town Portal If you go to Options, Configure Controls you can even assign keys to more Skills for Call to Arms. Low level Advice: Your most imporant Skill is Raise Skeleton. Put as many points as possible in it but don't forget to put one point in Amplify Damage, Corpse Explosion, Clay Golem and Skeleton Mastery. At level 30 you start putting points in Poison Nova and one point in Lower Resist. Put the first attribute points you get in Strenght so you can wear your gear. For full Sigons you need 65 Strenght. Then put points in Vitality and later get the required Strenght for your endgear and put the rest in Vitality. It may be difficult to reach level 30 for the Poison Nova. You can also go for Bone Spear at level 18 and restat at level 30. Otherwise it's a matter of getting a rush to Baal and being in the right area at the right time. Levels 1-15: Normal Tristram Levels 16-20: Normal Tomb Levels 21-24: Normal Cow Level or Chaos Sanctuary Level 25: Normal Ancients Levels 26-50: Normal Baal (at level 40 you can go to Nightmare and do Nightmare Ancients and do DiaBaalruns) Levels 51-60: Nightmare Ancients and then Nightmare Baal Levels 60-99: Hell Ancients and then Hell Baal On low levels you use a Boneshield socketed with two Perfect Diamonds or Acients Pledge and Resistance Amulet for Resistances. You can craft the Amulet with six different gems and any amulet, put them in the cube and transmute. This is an expensive way to make such an amulet so its better to just find one. You use plain Faster Castrate rings till you find better. Use Sigon Armor for Defence. You need a belt with 16 potions. If you dont have Sigon Belt you can buy a belt in Harrogath. Later you can use Skin on the Vipermagi for +1 Skills, Resistances and Faster Castrate. Use boots with 40% Faster Runwalk like Sander's Riprap. Any wand with +1 or +2 Skills will do on low level. Use charms with Life, Resistances or Magicfind. As hat you can use Cathan's Visage Mask for Mana and Cold Resist or Peasant Crown for +1 Skills, Energy and Vitality. If you have full Sigons you can use it in normal. 2. Skills Summoning Spells: 20 in Raise Skeleton. This is your main summoning spell. 18 in Skeleton Mastery for Synergy with Raise Skeleton. 1 in Clay Golem for using 1 in Golem Mastery for synergy with Clay Golem. 1 in Summon Resist for Synergy with Golem and Skeletons. Poison and Bone Spells: 20 in Poison Nova. This is your main poison spell. 20 in Posion Explosion for synergy with Poison Nova 20 in Poison Dagger for synergy with Poison Nova (max this one last) 1 in Teeth for prerequisite and low level use. 1 in Corpse Explosion for use Curses: 1 in Amplify Damage for use on lowlevel 1 in Weaken for prerequisite 1 in Terror for prerequisite 1 in Iron Maiden for prerequisite 1 in Lifetap for prerequisite 1 in Decrepify for use on bosses 1 in Lower Resist for use on mobs 3. Attributes Strenght: Depends on gear more specificly on what your socket your Enigma in. For Enigma Archon Plate set Strenght to 103. With the Strenght boost from Enigma you will have engough for Marrowwalk and Spirit Monarch. Dexterity: None. Vitality: All other points. Energy: None. 4. Gear In your gear you look for +Skills, Faster Castrate, Vitality, Life, +Life after each kill, Energy, Mana, +Mana after each kill, Mana regeneration, Resistances, Damage Reduction, Magicfind and you also need some Defence. Things you don't need include Damage, Lifeleach, Manaleach, Crushing Blow, Open Wounds and such skills because the Summoner is a caster and not a melee character. If there's more than one option given on certain gear the best option is mentioned first. Armor: Enigma Archon Plate: If you find an other elite light armor, like Dusk Shroud or Wyrmhide, with more than 450 defence and three sockets that's allright also. You can also use a Breastplate or Mage Plate but then you will have less defence but also will need less strenght. +2 Skills, Teleport, Life, Damage Reduction, Strenght, Defence and Magicfind. Trang Oul's Scales: +2 Summoning Skills, Defence, Faster Runwalk and Poison Resist. Weapon: Death's Web: Reduce enemy Poison resitance, +2 to all Skills, +1-2 To Poison and Bone Spells, +Mana and Life after each kill. Socket with a Jewel of Resistance or Ist for magicfind. White Wand: +3 Poison and Bone Spells, +4 Skeleton Mastery, Faster Castrate, Vitality and Mana. Arm of King Leoric: +2 to Poison and Bone Spells, +2 to Summoning Skills and +3 to Skeletons. Thats a total of +5 to Skeletons. Heart of the Oak Flail: +3 Skills, Faster Castrate, Resistances. Weapon Switch: Call to Arms Flail: +1 Skills, Battle Command and Battle Orders. Shield: Homunculus: +2 Skills and Resistances. Socket with Um. Shield Switch: Spirit Monarch: +2 Skills, Faster Castrate and Mana. Hat: Harlequins Crest/Shako: +2 Skills, Life, Mana, Magicfind and Damage Reduction. Socket with Um. Boots: Marrowwalk: Faster Runwalk, +2 to Skeleton Mastery and Mana Regeneration. Gloves: Trang Oul's Claws: 25% Poison skill damage, Faster Castrate, Cold Resistance and +2 to Curses. Magefist: Faster Castrate and Regenerate Mana. Belt: Arachnid Mesh: +1 Skills, Faster Castrate and Mana. Amulet: Mara's Kaleidoscope: +2 Skills, Resistances and Attributes. Rings: Stone of Jordan: +1 Skills and Mana. Bull-Kathos's Wedding Band: +1 Skills and Life. Faster Castrate rings: Find one with usefull moderators like Life, Mana or Resistances. Charms: Annihilus: +1 Skills, Resistances, Attributes and extra Experience. Hellfire Torch: +3 Skills, Resistances and Attributes. Poison and Bone Grandcharms with 40+ Life: +1 to Poison Skills and Life. Necromancer Summoning Grandcharms with 40+ Life: +1 to Summoning Skills and Life. Gheed's Fortune: Magicfind. Smallcharms: Life, Resistances or Magicfind. 5. Mercenary Allways use a Might Mercenary to boost your Skeletons damage. This is a Nightmare Offensive act two Mercenary. Since Posion Nova isn't a good skill to kill bosses we need a very strong Mercenary. The Mercenary needs a lot of defence and damage along with Crushing Blow and Lifeleach. I recommend the following gear: Weapon: Breath of the Dying Ethereal Polearm or Spear: Damage and Lifeleach. Armor: Fortitude Ethereal Elite Armor: Defence and Damage. Helm: Guillames Face: Crushing Blow. 6. Credits This guide was written by Sebastiaan Maria Laros. Thanks go out to Vahid Serhad Çakir specially for the skilltree, main weapon and Mercenary equipment. Also thanks to Ian Pugsley for the guide to levelling.