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The Flame Burns Eternal - Klaus the Untwinked HC Fire Druid Reaches 99 (and Guardian)

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    The title says it all really; Klaus has made it.



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    Created as a participant in the Untwinked 99er Reboot, his journey was straightforward, but less than conventional. He started from the get-go as a fire druid, intent on staying that way for his entire career. I'll say this right now to get it out of the way; if you are planning on taking a character to 99, fire is NOT an efficient element to choose as your main source of damage. Many of the most efficient leveling areas are riddled with FIs, and some are just plain impossible to run well (I'm looking at you, unbreakable-FI Lister).

    I'll leave the rambling for later, first is a quick rundown of his build, with a full dump to follow:

    Stats:
    Code:
    Name:       Klaus
    Class:      Druid
    Experience: 3520485254
    Level:      99
    
                Naked/Gear
    Strength:   58/158
    Dexterity:  20/38
    Vitality:   487/487
    Energy:     20/50
    HP:         1181/1536
    Mana:       216/327
    Stamina:    638/638
    Defense:    5/1653
    AR:         70/162
    
    Fire:       185/145/85
    Cold:       133/93/33
    Lightning:  187/147/87
    Poison:     136/96/36
    
    MF:         122       Block:      4
    GF:         0
    FR/W:       45
    FHR:        0
    IAS:        0
    FCR:        99
    
    Raven: 1/16
    Oak Sage: 20/28
    Summon Spirit Wolf: 1/9
    Summon Dire Wolf: 1/9
    Summon Grizzly: 5/13
    
    Firestorm: 20/36
    Molten Boulder: 20/36
    Arctic Blast: 1/16
    Fissure: 20/36
    Cyclone Armor: 1/16
    Volcano: 20/36
    
    Equipment
    Head: Ravenlore socketed with +4/-5 Fire Facet
    Body: 'Enigma' Breast Plate
    Belt: Arachnid's Mesh
    Gloves: Magefist
    Boots: Rare Boots (FR/LR/MF)
    Main Weapon: 'HoTo' Flail
    Main Shield: 'Phoenix' Monarch
    Amulet:
    Code:
    Rune Collar
    Amulet
    Required Level: 89
    Fingerprint: 0x8c7c3a41
    Item Level: 91
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to Druid Skill Levels
    +9% Faster Cast Rate
    +26 to Strength
    +15 to Mana
    Regenerate Mana 9%
    Cold Resist +19%
    Fire Resist +7% 
    Rings: Nature's Peace + Rare FCR/FR ring
    Switch: CtA (+6BO)/Spirit

    Charms: 4 Elemental skillers, the rest are +life and/or +resist SCs

    Mercenary
    Razan - Might (to speed up killing of FIs)
    Head: Delerium
    Body: CoH (Archon Plate)
    Wep: Infinity (Eth GPA)

    And for those who like them, here is a full dump (with some fat trimmed out, of course):

    Code:
    Name:       Klaus
    Class:      Druid
    Experience: 3520485254
    Level:      99
    
                Naked/Gear
    Strength:   58/158
    Dexterity:  20/38
    Vitality:   487/487
    Energy:     20/50
    HP:         1181/1536
    Mana:       216/327
    Stamina:    638/638
    Defense:    5/1653
    AR:         70/162
    
    Fire:       185/145/85
    Cold:       133/93/33
    Lightning:  187/147/87
    Poison:     136/96/36
    
    MF:         122       Block:      4
    GF:         0
    FR/W:       45
    FHR:        0
    IAS:        0
    FCR:        99
    
    Raven: 1/16
    Poison Creeper: 0/0
    Oak Sage: 20/28
    Summon Spirit Wolf: 1/9
    Carrion Vine: 0/0
    Heart of Wolverine: 0/0
    Summon Dire Wolf: 1/9
    Solar Creeper: 0/0
    Spirit of Barbs: 0/0
    Summon Grizzly: 5/13
    
    Werewolf: 0/0
    Lycanthropy: 0/0
    Werebear: 0/0
    Feral Rage: 0/0
    Maul: 0/0
    Rabies: 0/0
    Fire Claws: 0/0
    Hunger: 0/0
    Shock Wave: 0/0
    Fury: 0/0
    
    Firestorm: 20/36
    Molten Boulder: 20/36
    Arctic Blast: 1/16
    Fissure: 20/36
    Cyclone Armor: 1/16
    Twister: 0/0
    Volcano: 20/36
    Tornado: 0/0
    Armageddon: 0/0
    Hurricane: 0/0
    
    Amber Small Charm of Shock
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x7ab246bb
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 1 - 3 Lightning Damage
    Lightning Resist +11%
    
    Natural Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x22b34a0f
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Elemental Skills (Druid Only)
    
    Ocher Small Charm of Good Luck
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 33
    Fingerprint: 0x219e72dd
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Lightning Resist +7%
    6% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0x885ee06e
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    +17 to Mana
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0x640d68f3
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +17 to Life
    +13 to Mana
    
    Crimson Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x6fad3b1a
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    Fire Resist +4%
    
    Amber Small Charm of Good Luck
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 33
    Fingerprint: 0x557a85f5
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Lightning Resist +10%
    6% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x8c2871ae
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Ruby Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0xe1077ab4
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Fire Resist +11%
    
    Shimmering Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x429fc9d5
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    All Resistances +5
    
    Garnet Small Charm of Sustenance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 20
    Fingerprint: 0x46731b10
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +13 to Life
    Fire Resist +8%
    
    Cobalt Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xbd6d93c8
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    Cold Resist +9%
    
    Ruby Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0xc89d3e3
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Fire Resist +10%
    
    Stalwart Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0x950fe38a
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +24 Defense
    +19 to Life
    
    Shimmering Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x7d70f83f
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    All Resistances +5
    
    Amber Small Charm of Dexterity
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0xe06fdce3
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Dexterity
    Lightning Resist +10%
    
    Russet Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x627178b5
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    Fire Resist +7%
    
    Bronze Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xfd8d71f7
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to Attack Rating
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xf65c7929
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xb9a6a96e
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Viridian Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x580135c9
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +18 to Life
    Poison Resist +6%
    
    Stout Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xf1eb8e33
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 Defense
    +19 to Life
    
    Natural Grand Charm of Sustenance
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0xeae22165
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Elemental Skills (Druid Only)
    +21 to Life
    
    Tangerine Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x9a367106
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +18 to Life
    Lightning Resist +4%
    
    Natural Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x7fd6b992
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Elemental Skills (Druid Only)
    
    Natural Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x46f50a9b
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Elemental Skills (Druid Only)
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x1f98aa63
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Shimmering Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x90ce0a2e
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    All Resistances +5
    
    Ravenlore
    Sky Spirit
    Defense: 361
    Durability: 17 of 20
    Required Level: 74
    Required Strength: 113
    Fingerprint: 0x7e5a6a7a
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 31 Meteor when you Die
    +3 to Elemental Skills (Druid Only)
    Adds 17 - 45 Fire Damage
    -25% to Enemy Fire Resistance
    +4% to Fire Skill Damage
    +7 to Raven (Druid Only)
    +132% Enhanced Defense
    +30 to Energy
    All Resistances +23
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Rainbow Facet
    
    Rainbow Facet
    Jewel
    Required Level: 49
    Fingerprint: 0xeecb7948
    Item Level: 94
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 31 Meteor when you Die
    Adds 17 - 45 Fire Damage
    -5% to Enemy Fire Resistance
    +4% to Fire Skill Damage
    
    Rune Collar
    Amulet
    Required Level: 89
    Fingerprint: 0x8c7c3a41
    Item Level: 91
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to Druid Skill Levels
    +9% Faster Cast Rate
    +26 to Strength
    +15 to Mana
    Regenerate Mana 9%
    Cold Resist +19%
    Fire Resist +7%
    
    Enigma
    Breast Plate
    JahIthBer
    Defense: 827
    Durability: 48 of 50
    Required Level: 65
    Required Strength: 30
    Fingerprint: 0x6279614f
    Item Level: 20
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +45% Faster Run/Walk
    +1 to Teleport
    +761 Defense
    +74 to Strength (Based on Character Level)
    Increase Maximum Life 5%
    Damage Reduced by 8%
    +14 Life after each Kill
    15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based on Character Level)
    3 Sockets (3 used)
    Socketed: Jah Rune
    Socketed: Ith Rune
    Socketed: Ber Rune
    
    Rune Whorl
    Ring
    Required Level: 41
    Fingerprint: 0xdcd9c120
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    12% Chance to cast level 4 Nova when struck
    +10% Faster Cast Rate
    Replenish Life +7
    +66 to Mana
    Fire Resist +20%
    
    Nature's Peace
    Ring
    Required Level: 69
    Fingerprint: 0xdccabeef
    Item Level: 95
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Prevent Monster Heal
    Slain Monsters Rest in Peace
    Poison Resist +25%
    Damage Reduced by 11
    Level 5 Oak Sage (27/27 Charges)
    
    Arachnid Mesh
    Spiderweb Sash
    Defense: 136
    Durability: 12 of 12
    Required Level: 80
    Required Strength: 50
    Fingerprint: 0x49d4209c
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Slows Target by 10%
    +117% Enhanced Defense
    Increase Maximum Mana 5%
    Level 3 Venom (11/11 Charges)
    
    Viper Slippers
    Greaves
    Defense: 14
    Durability: 24 of 24
    Required Level: 38
    Required Strength: 70
    Fingerprint: 0x95190ffe
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +7 to Dexterity
    Heal Stamina Plus 25%
    Lightning Resist +40%
    Fire Resist +13%
    11% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Repairs 1 Durability in 33 Seconds
    
    Magefist
    Light Gauntlets
    Defense: 25
    Durability: 18 of 18
    Required Level: 23
    Required Strength: 45
    Fingerprint: 0xe66a9324
    Item Level: 49
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
    +30% Enhanced Defense
    +10 Defense
    Regenerate Mana 25%
    
    Call to Arms
    Double Axe
    AmnRalMalIstOhm
    One Hand Damage: 18 - 49
    Durability: 24 of 24
    Required Level: 57
    Required Strength: 43
    Fingerprint: 0x612eb2c2
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +40% Increased Attack Speed
    279% Enhanced Damage
    Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
    7% Life stolen per hit
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +2 to Battle Command
    +6 to Battle Orders
    +4 to Battle Cry
    Replenish Life +12
    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    5 Sockets (5 used)
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    Socketed: Ral Rune
    Socketed: Mal Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    Socketed: Ohm Rune
    
    Spirit
    Monarch
    TalThulOrtAmn
    Defense: 140
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 86 of 86
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 156
    Fingerprint: 0x3d8ebc39
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +28% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +95 to Mana
    Cold Resist +35%
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Poison Resist +35%
    +6 Magic Absorb
    Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Tal Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    Socketed: Ort Rune
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    
    Heart of the Oak
    Flail
    KoVexPulThul
    One Hand Damage: 1 - 36
    Durability: 16 of 16
    Required Level: 55
    Required Strength: 31
    Required Dexterity: 25
    Fingerprint: 0xd2626073
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3 to All Skills
    +40% Faster Cast Rate
    +75% Damage to Demons
    +100 to Attack Rating against Demons
    +150% Damage to Undead
    Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    7% Mana stolen per hit
    +10 to Dexterity
    Replenish Life +20
    Increase Maximum Mana 15%
    All Resistances +37
    Level 4 Oak Sage (25/25 Charges)
    Level 14 Raven (60/60 Charges)
    Ethereal
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Ko Rune
    Socketed: Vex Rune
    Socketed: Pul Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    
    Phoenix
    Monarch
    VexVexLoJah
    Defense: 141
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 81 of 86
    Required Level: 65
    Required Strength: 156
    Fingerprint: 0x5ef44138
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 40 Blaze when you Level-Up
    40% Chance to cast level 22 Firestorm on striking
    Level 10 Redemption Aura When Equipped
    384% Enhanced Damage
    -28% to Enemy Fire Resistance
    +354 Defense vs. Missile
    +50 to Life
    +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
    +10% to Maximum Fire Resist
    +16 Fire Absorb
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Vex Rune
    Socketed: Vex Rune
    Socketed: Lo Rune
    Socketed: Jah Rune
    
    
    
    Mercenary:
    
    Name:       Razan
    Race:       Desert Mercenary
    Type:       Off-Nightmare
    Experience: 114102228
    Level:      98
    Dead?:      false
    
                Naked/Gear
    Strength:   209/209
    Dexterity:  169/169
    HP:         2287/2386
    Defense:    1671/3596
    AR:         2066/2066
    
    Fire:       187/147/87
    Cold:       187/147/87
    Lightning:  187/147/87
    Poison:    187/147/87
    
    Delirium
    Superior Death Mask
    LemIstIo
    Defense: 356
    Durability: 15 of 20
    Required Level: 51
    Required Strength: 55
    Fingerprint: 0xcee8b25f
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    1% Chance to cast level 50 Delirium when struck
    6% Chance to cast level 14 Mind Blast when struck
    14% Chance to cast level 13 Terror when struck
    11% Chance to cast level 18 Confuse on striking
    +2 to All Skills
    +10% Enhanced Defense
    +261 Defense
    +10 to Vitality
    50% Extra Gold from Monsters
    25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Level 17 Attract (60/60 Charges)
    3 Sockets (3 used)
    Socketed: Lem Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    Socketed: Io Rune
    
    
    Fortitude
    Archon Plate
    ElSolDolLo
    Defense: 1569
    Durability: 44 of 60
    Required Level: 63
    Required Strength: 103
    Fingerprint: 0x7755a782
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
    +25% Faster Cast Rate
    300% Enhanced Damage
    +200% Enhanced Defense
    +15 Defense
    +99 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    Replenish Life +7
    +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
    All Resistances +25
    Damage Reduced by 7
    12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    +1 to Light Radius
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: El Rune
    Socketed: Sol Rune
    Socketed: Dol Rune
    Socketed: Lo Rune
    
    Infinity
    Great Poleaxe
    BerMalBerIst
    Two Hand Damage: 276 - 760
    Durability: 28 of 28
    Required Level: 63
    Required Strength: 169
    Required Dexterity: 89
    Fingerprint: 0x5b01eb6f
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    50% Chance to cast level 20 Chain Lightning when you Kill an Enemy
    Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
    +35% Faster Run/Walk
    300% Enhanced Damage
    -45% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    40% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +49 to Vitality (Based on Character Level)
    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Level 21 Cyclone Armor (30/30 Charges)
    Ethereal
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Ber Rune
    Socketed: Mal Rune
    Socketed: Ber Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    
    

    --

    The Journey

    Now for some (how's THAT for an understatement!) notes on his journey to 99, and all the fun and frustration that befell him along the way!

    As previously mentioned, he started as a pure fire druid from day 1. For anyone who hasn't played one before, this essentially means that he absolutely mowed his way through normal and nightmare, reaching Destroyer and Conqueror at 44 and 70, respectively. Upon reaching Hell, he decided on a whim to take a stroll through the Mausoleum and found himself a Jah. His next course of action was obvious; bee-line for LK and start hitting some chests!

    Assembling the Gear

    I thought since he had found a huge piece of Enigma so quickly that his stay in LK would be (relatively) short. In fact, in all my infinite wisdom I even had this to say about it:

    His time in LK was... interesting. Both his first set of 1000 runs, as well as his 2nd set went by with nothing higher than an Ohm.

    Then in the 3rd set run 2151 exceeded expectations and popped us a Ber rune! Klaus took that opportunity to take a break from LK, make an Enigma, HoTo(37 res), and CtA (+6 BO!) and move on questing. I didn't have a base for his eventual Infinity yet so it made sense to make some progress in terms of questing/levels while looking for one. He made it to Pindle at 79, got a few upgrades for the merc, and ran him exclusively until 90. At that point Klaus started mixing in AT runs in between bouts of Pindling, and was very happy he didn't abandon the guy completely when he made a game-changing find:

    [​IMG]

    Shortly after this he hit 93 (giving him the magical 'time-to-start-crafting' level) in the AT and found a base for Infinity (and another Ravenlore!) so it was time to head back to LK.

    Picking up where he left off he finished the 3rd set of 1k runs, as well as the fourth AND the fifth without finding a single Sur. The law of averages finally caught up with him and in the sixth set he got not one, not two, but THREE Surs. Then, finally, on run 6497 he got his final Sur. Not so bad on my prediction after all, huh? :D

    At this point he made Infinity, Fortitude, and Delerium for the merc, did some crafting and some general charm adjustments and headed for the Tunnels.


    Turning attention to XP

    With fire as his only element, his options for XP were limited. The only real efficient target pre-97 turned out to be the Ancient Tunnels, so that's where he lived. He hit 94, participated in an MFO which got him to 95 (placing third), FINALLY found an Arachnid's Mesh just before 96. XP was slowing down now, but despite testing all sorts of options, AT reigned supreme until 97.

    From here his path diverged a little bit and I found out that doing Diablo runs was actually more efficient (and runnable!) at this stage. I ran D until about 3.00B XP, and after finding back-to-back Ber runes Klaus made himself his final big piece of equipment.

    [​IMG]

    A massive re-gear ensued and I kitted him out for full survival mode. He continued to run Diablo (p1/p7 runs) until about 97.2, at which point I could no longer resist the allure of Nihlathak's increased XP rates. One final re-gear and it was time to settle in for 17k runs of mr pasty.

    The Final Level (plus some extra)

    Nihlathak runs were, for the most part, extremely safe. Even with 5k+ life and maxed resistances it could still turn sour quite quickly, most notably in Oak Sage bit it. The first stint of running him taught me that, as well as the lesson of 'don't be a hero'. Don't try to teleport out of a pack of snakes, don't be stubborn and think you can rejuv your way out of it. Just S+E and live to fight another day. Funnily enough the final level has the least amount to talk about, really. For those curious, I laid out a general strategy of what Nihl running is like with a Fire druid:


    That about covers it really. Soon enough he had hit 97.5 (with another NDE) and then he officially made it to the final level. By now I had hit my stride with nihl runs, so they generally became safer. 98.1 gave him a Ber and Ohm, meaning he had already surpassed Eleanor's runecount from her entire Nihl-running experience. He followed that up with a Jah+Sur in the next 10%, and slowly plodded along hitting 98.3, 98.4, and then crossed the 3.4B border and hit 98.6. It took him all the way to 98.7 to find his first +skill ring (which he couldn't use anyway, due to fcr breakpoints) and then made his last big push to 98.8, where he cashed in his Ancients reward to put him within sight of the finish line. He participated in the Mini-RFL running (obviously) in the Nihlathak category, and that carried him through to the end.

    --

    ROONZ!

    Everybody always wants to know how many runes you can find when taking a character to 99, so here is a breakdown of the Pul+ rocks Klaus found along the way.

    First, organized by where he found them:
    Code:
    Mausoleum:
        Jah x 1  
          
    LK:
        Pul x 6
        Um x 2
        Mal x 8
        Ist x 3
        Gul x 2
        Vex x 4
        Ohm x 4
        Sur x 4
        Ber x 1
          
    AT:  
        Pul x 4
        Um x 2
        Mal x 2
        Ist x 2
        Gul x 2
        Vex x 1  
        Lo x 1          
          
    CS/Diablo:   
        Ber x 2
              
    Nihl:
        Pul x 3
        Um x 3
        Mal x 1
        Ist x 1
        Gul x 2
        Vex x 2
        Ohm x 2
        Lo x 1
        Sur x 2
        Ber x 3
        Jah x 2
                  
    Other (questing):    Pul x 1
    

    And then, a final tally:
    Code:
    Pul: 14
    Um: 7
    Mal: 11
    Ist: 6
    Gul: 6
    Vex: 7
    Ohm: 6
    Lo: 2
    Sur: 6
    Ber: 6
    Jah: 3
    
    Rundrop Grail -2. Not bad.

    Final thoughts:
    - That's a lot of life. Usually way more than I needed, but sometimes just barely enough. It's a bit of a strange dichotomy, but I had nothing else to spend the stat points on (definitely not going max block with a Monarch) so I never felt like I was sacrificing other things to get a high life pool.
    - NDES; I had a few both in LK and Nihlathak runs. As mentioned before they mostly happen when Oak Sage dies, so you really have to pay attention to that little guy.
    - He found three Ravenlores. THREE. One from Pindle, one from AT, and one from Nihl. Luckily, the very first one was the best of the bunch so his socket quest was well-used.
    - His Hellforge was a pitiful Lum
    - He ended up being right on track according to the numbers in his LK adventures, but going 5k runs without a Sur, and then finding 3 within 350 runs of each other was a bit of a rollercoaster. RNG, you little devil.
    - Grail sits at 433, which I'm quite happy with since he didn't do much dedicated MFing other than that one MFO he participated in. That's 4 shy of what Eleanor did, btw.

    Future Plans:
    Not quite sure, really. I might use him as a cow runner during future RFLs if I want to get some HC runes to deed with other chars, but other than that I think he'll mostly just enjoy some well-needed rest.

    Special thanks as always to the Untwinked 99er crowd for all the help theorycrafting, and all the encouragement along the way! Everyone in the thread from the old runners to the new, thank you for the encouragement, help, and willingness to listen to my ramblings along the way. I feel compelled to give special shoutouts to the following individuals:

    @PhineasB @ffs @T72on1 - Staples of the thread. So much encouragement, theorycrafting, and sanity checks. Couldn't have done it without your encouragement.
    @RIP - Kaira was Klaus' main running-mate in HC for a good chunk of his journey, she provided much motivation and encouragement along the way, I hope Klaus did her proud.

    Of course, thank you to everyone in the SPF. None of this would happen without any of you.
     
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    It was just meant to be :)

    Congrats on this amazing achievement!
     
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    Amazing achievement!!
     
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    You're a madman! Congrats!
     
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    Incredible achievement. Congrats!! And it's truly wild that 5k life was just barely enough at times. That makes me think that maybe Nihl isn't the smartest target for HC chars generally (at least non-Druids or Wolfbarbs, at any rate).

    At least now I can finally stop holding my breath. Every time I looked at the UT99er thread over the last few months, I did so with baited breath, fearful of what I might see. So now I can breathe a little easier, at least until @buckcrazy gets running again.
     
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    Again, absolutely amazing. Huge congrats on such an incredible D2 achievement!

    I mean what do you do after that, naked passive 99er? :p
     
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    And you managed to salvage enough sanity to make a write-up... nice!

    One hell of an achievement indeed.
     
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    Thanks again everyone!

    Nihl is definitely the riskiest path of the big 3 XP targets. 5k life was usually fine, but if Oak Sage died and I went down to 2-3k, that gets risky quick. If you're going to do it in HC (assuming max fire resist and a decent life pool to negate his CE dangers), the safest thing you can do is just simply abort Viper runs and Might/Fanat Witches. That will make for lots of aborted runs, but it would be pretty safe overall.

    I'll leave that one to somebody else, thanks. ;)
     
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    Sorry for not digging through the 99er thread to give the answer, but I saw you got rid of the grizzly when you went to Nil due to poison clouds. My druid is in Hell A2 right now, and I've gone summon/fire hybrid for now. When can you make the jump to fire? When you can break them with Merc conviction aura? Earlier by using volcano and Merc?

    My questions aside, I'm geeked someone got my favorite build to 99. Congrats!
     
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    Man it feels like yesterday when I read about your back to back Ber rune runs and it's been almost a year! Huge achievement, congratulations on the two 9s and awesome write-up. Thanks for sharing the story and yet again... Gratz! Very cool character and respect for doing it on HC as well!
     
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    Congrats! I've been following along in the untwinked 99er thread since the beginning.. amazing to see Klaus reach Guardian and level 99 simultaneously.
     
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    Amazing, amazing accomplishment! Very cool to see Klaus in the Table of Heroes, both in the untwinked 99er thread and the overall 99er thread. And thanks for the detailed write up compiling the links to the key updates. Druid is the last character to tackle on my end, and I've learned a lot from watching Klaus progress :)
     
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    Amazing achievement @Pb_pal - congratulations!
     
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    Fantastic job @Pb_pal, just fantastic :D When can we expect the next one?
     
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    Agreed - I think 3x HC untwinked 99ers would beat @DarkChaos achievement.

    That must be one of the SPF’s longest standing records.
     
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    Yep, I doubt that it will ever be broken.

    *looks suggestively at @Pb_pal*
     
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    Hurrah! Nicely done.
     
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    Woohoo, awesome news. What can I say? Impressive achievement !!! I enjoyed reading and following every bit of it.
     
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    I would go full fire ASAP if leveling is your goal. The merc should deal with immunes (or you just skip them), along with a Grizzly to help tank (and add a bit of damage). Infinity helps a ton obviously, and opens up the AT for efficient-ish leveling since it breaks a bunch of the FIs in there. Even so, I just skipped Invaders most of the time when running in there, as they just take too long to kill. Fire sucks as a main element for high-end leveling, so you have to adjust for that and be okay with skipping high fire-resistant monsters.

    Well I DO have Stevesy in the UT99er thread, so he will hopefully be the second. I don't think I'll do a third though, would you settle for a couple twinked ones instead? ;)
     
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    Not really, no :rolleyes:
     
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