The Fate of a Zod Rune With the recent finding of a Zod rune, I've decided to use it, but in multiple ways. Since I only have one, I'm going to eventually decide on one of these paths. Each of them very hard due to finding the perfect weapon to put it in. So here is what I decided. The Zod will go to one of these, but I want some input, the poll won't exactly decide the fate of the Zod, I will, but I just want some general input that may skew my decision a little differently. Choice One: Breath of the Dying Ethereal Superior 1.07 Archon Staff Archon Staff, not only does it give you great style points, but it has massive damage. Coming in at a whopping 83-99 at the small cost of 34 Strength(!) it's a good choice. Sure it's only got a 10 on the weapon speed, but think about it. Ethereal = -10 on the Required Str, plus a -20% Req from Hel would take that down even further. You could make base strength builds! Hell. You could make one sickeningly high-lifed Barbarian with one of these puppies. Good choice, and the only downfall is the pitiful range of 2. Also, Archon Staves could be racked in 1.07, right? If not I might have to settle for one in 1.10. But I mean come on. I found a Zod, that's probably my luck for the next decade, where the hell am I going to get an Archon staff? More specifically an ethereal superior six socketed one?! Choice Two: Breath of the Dying Ethereal Superior 1.07 Colossus Blade Well, do I need to say much? Great damage on non-barbarian characters(58-115) and for barbs they could use it like that or with a shield and still get great use. Slightly high strength/dex requirements, but nothing that the Ethereal and Hel couldn't drop fairly low. Range 3 makes it great for any melee play. It's only downfall is some builds make it easier with a shield, so this, like the Archon staff, suffers from the "two hand only" problem. Choice Three: Breath of the Dying Hydra Bow HERETIC! BURN! BUUUUURN! Put BotD in a non-ethereal item? Waste of a Zod! Though I must admit that not many builds would benefit from this. Windforce beats it out in max damage by a longshot. But it's a possibility, and something that could be done without having to play countless hours of 1.07. Choice Four: Breath of the Dying Superior 1.07 Ethereal Berserker Axe Obvious obvious obvious. One of the most popular things to make BotD in. People would flame me for lacking style and being just like everyone else, but I've usually not been one to care for style over effectiveness. This could be used one handed by ANY character, it's fast, has great damage, fairly low requirements, and can be used with a shield/other weapon(if barb). The uses of this type is virtually unlimited. Overall great choice, and very few downfalls. Awesome and very worthy of the Zod rune. Choice Four: Breath of the Dying Superior 1.07 Ethereal Glorious Axe Look at the Glorious Axe. Same speed as an Archon Staff, twice the range, and about the same damage when you get into average hits. Two handed, of course, so no shield, not even with a barbarian. It's something I'd never heard of people considering, and the main downfall is the large strength requirement, but it's not much more than that of a Colossus Blade. Choice Five: Breath of the Dying Superior 1.07 Ethereal Ghost Spear/War Pike Not sure if polearms/spears can be racked in 1.07, in fact I'm not quite sure about racking in 1.07 as a whole, I need to research things more, eh? Ghost Spear has great damage(18-155!) range 5, but the main problem is the HUGE strength and dexterity investments. Most weapons just require a lot of one or the other, this one comes in at a whopping 122 strength and 163 dex to use. Sure that's lowered by Ethereal Bonus + Hel, but man. Also, it's got a speed of 0, so a very interesting choice if anything. The Warpike has the same thing with the Ghost Spear, with one key difference. It's SLOW AS HELL. The upside is it has insane damage, coming out with the highest damaging 2h weapon in the game(I think), at least as far as normal white items go. Choice Six: Breath of the Dying Superior 1.07 Ethereal Great Poleaxe About the same as the Ghost Spear, but less requirements. Can't comment too much, good speed, average damage. Overall can't keep saying the same thing about similar weapons. It could also be a great merc weapon on characters not using the item. Choice Seven: Breath of the Dying Superior 1.07 Ethereal Giant Thresher Yes, I'm pretty much naming every elite item that can get six sockets. Giant Thresher gets an amazing -10 on the speed, good range, but fairly high requirements. For the increase of speed you lose some damage as compared to the others, though. Yet again a great weapon for a merc on non-BotD using characters. Choice Eight: Breath of the Dying Superior 1.07 Ethereal Ogre/Thunder Maul I only included these due to the fact they were there to be included. Both can get six sockets, both have huge damage, and both require huge amounts of strength to weild. They're also very slow. The only issue with this is both cost 200+ strength to use. That's a LOT of strength for some characters, so it might end up being one of those things I'd shelf for just dwelling on a "that'd be cool, buuut..." situation. Choice Nine: Perfect Upgraded Ethereal Ribcracker Included because 1) It'd be a very nice candidate for the Zod and 2) Nightfish would punch me if I didn't include it. If my calculations are correct, one of these babies would do 478-705 damage if the ED% was perfect. It has great IAS, great Crushing Blow, Overall this thing would rock the house for many many characters. The downside you ask? You mean there is a DOWNSIDE TO THIS!? Yes. It's only a range 2 weapon, and only reaches 6 fpa for a Fury druid, not to mention it'd be fairly slower for most other builds. Sure, 6 fpa isn't BAD, especially not with that kind of damage, not to mention range 2 isn't really a horrible thing either, but it's still a downside that some people find crappy. Choice Ten: ??? Anything that I'm missing? I want to keep this thread serious. Just incase you don't know, serious falls in the line of no posts saying, "Put it in a cracked cap ololol!" or "Put it in a Phase Blade of Ages!" or "Put it in a Wirt's Leg!". And yes, that last one was directed at farting_bob. If you so much as suggest using Wirt's Leg with anything to do with my Zod, I will snap. Also, if anyone breaks the seriousness issue, I will report your post to a moderator. I'm not trying to be an ass, I just want to get the proper input for this. So if you can think of anything better than what I listed, let me know.