Strange variant: the Mercenary That's right guys.. i'm trying to hack a Barbarian Mercenary out of a real Barbarian character! This (probably not new) concept includes attempting to mimic the skills AND appearance of the Barbarian Mercenary from Act 5. As such, the build must max Bash and Stun. Passives are definately a route that should be explored. Warcries.. well, perhaps War Cry as a synergy to increase Stun length. But Barb Mercs can't BO/Shout themselves. Dare we make an exception here? I am also strongly tempted to make an exception and allow the use of Berserk. Equipment wise, i'm not so sure... Helm almost certainly has to be restricted to Helm and Full Helm, and their exceptional/elite counterparts. This gives us five uniques to choose from: Coif of Glory Duskdeep Stealskull Darksight Helm Steelshade (ugh) Armor... well, you want to preserve the appearance of the Barbarian Mercenary. So.. it's either nothing, or whatever mimic's their appearance. Does anyone know where that webpage is that shows all the various character apperances with various armors? Some light armors may be possible. Weapons will have to be a single sword - one or two handed, I haven't quite decided yet. A shield is absolutely out of the question, as is wielding two weapons. Curved swords are definately out, and if one wanted to be a purist they could eliminate everything but white colored short swords, broad swords and war swords (and the exceptional/elite counterparts). I'm currently of the opinion that two handed swords are okay, if a little long in appearance. At least the stance is right! Oh well, we can't totally mimic the barb merc, can we. An upgraded Crainte Vomir is looking very nice for this build. Espandon is a 0 WSM weapon, but the elite version (Legend Sword) is -15 WSM. Huge difference in swing speeds.. I would love to hear advice/comments/suggestions for this, er, build.