Socketing a shield...


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Socketing a shield...

Hey all,

As you can see in my other thread, I am back to playing. Last time I stranded in the Chaos Sanctuary with LoewieJunior, my level 27 paladin. I had no trouble clearing the way through the River of Flame and everything before that, and I scared the living crap out of poor Duriel, but nevertheless, the Chaos Sanctuary was deadly.

But today I finally bit the bullet, and showed Diablo what I am made of. Now I am in Act V and I just had Larzuk throw some sockets in a peculiar shield I was using.

Now my question is: what should I put in, in order to make something decent without a crazy level requirement. The low level requirement is what makes this shield so special, and I don't want to lose that. Any ideas?


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If you're on the ladder, you can make the runeword Spirit using Tal+Thul+Ort+Amn. It's a pretty impressive runeword considering the low runes it utilizes. If you're not on the ladder, there's no runewords for any 4-socket shields that don't use Vex (I refer, of course, to Exile). Here's the stats for Spirit, just in case:

2 To All Skills
+25-35% Faster Cast Rate (varies)
+55% Faster Hit Recovery
+250 Defense Vs. Missile
+22 To Vitality
+89-112 To Mana (varies)
Cold Resist +35%
Lightning Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
+3-8 Magic Absorb (varies)
Attacker Takes Damage of 14


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Right, haven't thought about Spirit... It's cheap, and I definately like the +2 to Skills and +22 to Vitality (as I'm exclusively playing HC).

Yeah, good idea. Any thoughts on what the level requirement would be on that if I make it in my shield?


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Welcome back. Nice to see your avatar again :thumbsup:

IIRC, the level req for runewords is either the req of the shield or the req of the highest rune, whichever is higher. Amn has a req of 25...

Another option would be putting 4 pdiamonds into it, giving you a shield with +110 allres which will solve any res problems until end of nightmare, but I guess your L27 paladin doesn't have über items like these yet. However, the same might be true for the Spirit runes you don't get from Larzuk: Thul and Amn.


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I'll probably go for Spirit, since it's nice to have something else than just resistances as well. And don't worry, I like to play untwinked characters now and then, but this one has joined the dark side already: I didn't find that shield with him. So I can certainly afford Spirit, and luckily my gem mule was one of those 6 characters still alive: I think I have some pdiamonds stashed away there.


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I made a Spirit shield out of a 4 sock monarch I found a while ago. It's pretty sweet. I use it on my lvl 76 Trap Assn and it gives me a nice boost to my resists since I have almost 0 resists in hell. I would go for the Spirit runeword since it's cheap and yields decent mods for its price.



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Darnit! Just when I was about to make Spirit, I've noticed my rune mule is indeed expired. Highest runes I have in my possession are three Orts. I also have a Tal. So I can either cube those Orts up to a Thul, but then I'm left without an Ort as well.

Oh well, I'll find them. Gonna pay the Countess lots of visits the coming days. Thanks for the tips, guys!