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Rings and what to socket for IK Barb

Discussion in 'Barbarian' started by Cold493, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. Cold493

    Cold493 IncGamers Member

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    Rings and what to socket for IK Barb

    I cant decide which rings to use for my IK barb, I was thinking one BK and one natures peace, or dual BK. Or some other option. I am also nusure of what to socket in the helm, maul and armor. I'm thinking for sure some ed jewels/ohm runes here maybe an Um somewhere. Other than that I'm not sure. Any suggestions and help would be appreciated.
     
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    BK is fine, and you'll probably want Ravenfrost for the arm, dex, and "cannot be frozen," plus that nice little cold damage boost.

    As for socketing: ed/str and ed/ias jewels are great. You should have PLENTY of resists between the anya quests, natural resist skill, and the IK set; even if you didn't, I wouldn't socket with Um, since that only adds 15%, and you can get that much from a jewel, along with a second useful mod. I'd just go with ed jewels of some sort myself. If you're making a whirl barb, 2 15 ias jewels in the weapon are a must, so you can hit the last break-point. Likewise, if you're doing whirling, put ed/str jewels in your armor/helm.

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    Just a quick side note, I was going to use metalgrid as my ammy. I assume thats the best choice, since +skills isnt such an issue with a barb. The only other options I could think of were Maras and Highlords. Is Metalgrid the best choice?
     
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    Highlord's is typically the best choice, for the ias, +1 skill, resists, and most importantly, the 37% deadly strike, making you deal double damage a helluva lot more. Grid is nice, but Highlord's is usually the best amulet a barb can get.

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    If I use highlords I only need 1 ias jewel then with the Ik set right??
     
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    No, if you're using whirlwind, you have to hit -60 ias on the weapon. Since OM's are base 10, and IK set has 40% on it, you need 30% more on the weapon to hit -60.

    If you're using conc or berserk, any ias you have period counts. Check the calculator at the top of the forum; enter 10 as wsm, set class to barb and swing type to two-handed other, then "show table." Far left column is how much IAS you need to hit each breakpoint on the far right.

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