Questions on lowering monster resistances

IvyMike

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Questions on lowering monster resistances

good morning. im having trouble lowering monster resistances and removing immunities. my first question is: when my merc and sorc are both using pheonix and targeting the same monster why doesnt the "immune to fire" go away? my total - to fire resistance is about 60, and my mercs is 28. is the enough to remove the immunity?
 

Evrae Altana

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The only thing that can remove an elemental immunity is Conviction and Lower Resist. -% enemy resists from your gear cannot remove immunities. Also, any -% resist your merc has on his gear will not benefit you, and vice versa.
 

smeer

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Only Lower Resist and Conviction can break enemy elemental resistances. LR lowers (or breaks, but when breaking, is reduced to 1/5 effectiveness) all elemental resistances, whereas Conviction lowers (or breaks, again at 1/5 effectiveness) only fire, cold and lightning. So when facing immunes, the Conviction on your Infinity will work at -85/5 = -17 at breaking elemental immunes.
So if the monsters resistance is 117 or higher you will not break its immunity, and items or skills with -resistance will not work
 

IvyMike

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thanks for the info! what do you suggest for getting around immunities? my sorc is using full tals at the moment with 3 fire facets, a pheonix shield, and mage fists. im lvl ** and spend all my points on fire skills. my act2 merc is using a pheonix as well, but if infinity will work better i can trade out the pheonix. if +skills work with act 3 mercs, do facet's +to elemental skill damage also work? and does the minus-to-monster-resistance items that the merc is using increase HIS damage?
 

PhatTrumpet

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IvyMike said:
what do you suggest for getting around immunities?
Rebuild as a Dual-element Sorc. Fire Sorcs are about as one-dimensional as it gets due to there being so many unbreakable immunes in Hell.
 

thegiantturtle

Diabloii.Net Member
IvyMike said:
thanks for the info! what do you suggest for getting around immunities?
If you're rich, an infinity merc. If you're not, a wand with lower resist charges.

IvyMike said:
+skills work with act 3 mercs, do facet's +to elemental skill damage also work?
Yes. Any + skill damage used by a merc, will benefit that merc.

IvyMike said:
and does the minus-to-monster-resistance items that the merc is using increase HIS damage?
More like it will increase the damage taken by the monsters he attacks, but yea.
 

MageChick

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Fire sorcs with infinity work a bit better than without anything, but its still not viable to solo at all. There are dozens of fire immunes with 120% or more resistance. Even Infinity + Lower Resist wand won't cover a lot of them. Sorry, you have to add in a 2nd tree attack or bring along a buddy to kill them for you.

The only ways to get around the single tree part in a solo game is either to avoid the immunes (i.e. tele past them) or let your merc kill them.

*I should say that lightning sorcs with conviction do a lot better as there are only about 6 monsters with 120% or more lightning reistance.
 
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