The Untwinked Level 99 Progress Thread, Revenge of the 99ers

ffs

Diabloii.Net Member
@RIP - All the luck to you too! I have a feeling Klaus and Kaira will be growing together for quite some time. :)

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So remember when @ffs was almost psychic in my last update?

Well...
If that is how my predictions come around, I hereby declare that Klaus will reach at least level 105. ;)

Grats on the Infinity, huge milestone and nice ED roll!
Klaus also took this opportunity to do some crafting and burned through approximately 100 caster amulets. Nothing really noteworthy, but a few "almosts":
Code:
Chaos Wing
Amulet
Required Level: 89
Fingerprint: 0xe5a908e2
Item Level: 91
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Barbarian Skill Levels
+17% Faster Cast Rate
Adds 1 - 4 Cold Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
+17 to Mana
Regenerate Mana 7%
10% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
What a roll, 2/15+, allowing Barb to use Hoto on switch, and MF? I can only imagine how frustrating it was to see the cold damage roll. :( I like this one though:
Code:
Rune Noose
Amulet
Required Level: 47
Fingerprint: 0xde33c228
Item Level: 90
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+10 to Life
+15 to Mana
Regenerate Mana 5%
All Resistances +14
 

Pb_pal

Diabloii.Net Member
Those are definitely my favourites, and I can see them both getting use. I hadn't thought of the HoTo-switch factor for the barb one, but as @Yng points out the cold damage is a bit of a let-down (to say the least).
 

RIP

Diabloii.Net Member
@Pb_pal : Huge congratulations, finally You've got what You've deserved (Infinity speaking :D)...I'm very happy to see Klaus alive after surviving such deadly situation...It happens sometimes, better to be prepared ;)

GL and stay alive ;)
 

ffs

Diabloii.Net Member
@Pb_pal It is still good for a singer Barb I guess, a build I never played but certainly would start with that one. :) But yeah like I implied, I immediately had Pitzerker (or Trav WW Barb) in mind, and the cold damage is just painful to see there. :/
 

Trapin'

Diabloii.Net Member
Hey guys, So i've decided to make the journey from 91 to 93 in the pits as a zealot. I've found a few guides in the guides section but the links don't work or are dead. Is there any guides out there for grinding pits for xp? I also read through most of the SPF posts to find something, but couldn't.
If not here's a few questions I have:
1. What's the best pits map to get?
2. Is there a constant spawn of uniques/champ packs?
3. at level 91 is it worth it to kill anything other than uniques/champ packs?

Thanks!
 

srrw

Diabloii.Net Member
1. What's the best pits map to get?
The most amount of bossbacks killed in the least amount of time. Meaning a compact map or one where bosspacks would spawn in only one wing on the way to lvl2. Close to WP is a bonus.
2. Is there a constant spawn of uniques/champ packs?
I don't really understand the question. If you mean spawning in the same place, generally the spawn spots are similar. Some spawn 90% of the time some 99% of the time and then there are some occasional ones that spawn say 30% of the time.
3. at level 91 is it worth it to kill anything other than uniques/champ packs?
It's generally not worth killing normal monsters for both xp and drops. In terms of efficiency that is.
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
What @srrw said!!!

@Pb_pal That is way too close. Glad you lived to tell the tale. And congrats on Infinity.

@Yng Nihl's CE, just like a lot of stuff in D2, is also about avoiding. I haven't read the links or anything as I'm on holiday and trying (!?) to stay away from the internet, but from my experience it's not too hard to get out of CE range mist of the times. Usually that's not necessary though, unless Amp is around and the kill will take longer than usual.

To be clear though: doing stuff you are comfortable with is always important in D2, whatever other people might say. That becomes even more true for a target like Nihl, certainly at the higher clvls.
 
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Yng

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To elaborate, I want my runs to be as consistent as possible. Repositioning near the platform is something I very rarely do now as it’s too hard to know the uncertain about what’s just off the edge of your screen (the hallway leading up to the platform to the SW in particular).

My abort criteria currently:
1. Fanaticism or Might + Vipers or Succubus = exit
2. Cursed + LE = exit
3. Vipers occupying my landing spot (SE of platform) = I give it 2-3 seconds to see how fast Merc procs Confuse, if they flood my spot with missiles I leave

Changing from Thresher to Scythe I lose nothing (I don’t need him to do damage, he’s not leeching) and it removes the need to abort any of the Cursed + LE rolls that aren’t with Vipers or Succubus nearby.
 
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Trapin'

Diabloii.Net Member
I don't really understand the question. If you mean spawning in the same place, generally the spawn spots are similar. Some spawn 90% of the time some 99% of the time and then there are some occasional ones that spawn say 30% of the time.
I just mean if the unique/champ packs are constant in spawning. So are there always 8 uniques and 1 champ pack or does it change every time even with the same map
 

Yng

Diabloii.Net Member
It changes. That’s why you need to gauge average pack density over multiple runs and not just look at one run.
 

Disposition

Diabloii.Net Member
I may have to make a 1.14 and attempt this, been playing a lot more D2 lately. Can't decide between a hammerdin and a forb sorc however or maybe a java. :eek:....
 
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ffs

Diabloii.Net Member
With his new target providing refreshed motivation, Ric quickly moved to 97.3:

19_1_97.3.png

I have to say I really like the gameplay with this guy. Just the right amount of things to do so that it's interesting, and generally very safe. He's mostly up against CEs from Nihl, and those are mitigated a lot when running 30% Fire Absorb and 18% PDR on top of 3k life. We had a couple of close calls with Viper clouds though. Let's just say Cursed + Vipers has the honor of being the first spawn on my abort list now. ;)

Runs are picking up speed as well, now around ~26 seconds. The increase in speed is mostly due to no longer casting Confuse unless Vipers are around, because I realized AD and Attract are perfectly sufficient otherwise. Also recorded some ~30 more minutes to compare Beast and Hoto. Beast runs were about ~1.5-2 seconds faster, but also included more S&Es. I feel this is symptomatic of the difference between the two variants. Running Beast comes at the cost of ~250 life after BO, 30% Fire Absorb and 10% PDR in comparison to the Hoto setup. That's a lot really, especially considering the vast majority of damage he takes comes from Nihl's CEs. More than likely any advantage from running with Beast is lost due to having to S&E here and there, in situations where the Hoto setup would be tanky enough to finish the run. Same reasoning applies to White vs. Hoto, though differences are smaller both offensively and defensively.

So I've made the decision to go with Hoto. At least it's eth so I can claim some style points still. :cool:

Drops since starting to run Nihlathak (~15% of the level):

19_ark.png 19_cold skiller.png 19_druid fcr circlet.png 19_eth Razorswitch.png 19_eth wolfhowl.png 19_ias demon jewel.png 19_Jah.png 19_life res sc.png 19_summon skiller 5.png

After that Jah drop I briefly considered replacing the IAS/ED jewel in his Merc's Andy's with a Cham, given he's always hit by Nihlathak's Arctic Blast. But he often gets the first kill before that happens and also unfreezes very quickly, and the drop to 20% IAS alone would result in a ~16% DPS decrease for a Cryptic Axe (without Beast). Checking this thread generally made me realize that his CA base actually delivers the highest DPS for the 35% IAS BP (notwithstanding CB, but that's less important now that he has left Baal). Kind of a fluke given I randomly chose the CA for lack of a faster base. ;) But it is worse for the 20% IAS BP, i.e. when socketing Cham. Beast would make a huge difference in that scenario (a whopping ~28% DPS increase). I figured in my case going Hoto therefore also meant it's better to stick with the 35% IAS Merc.

So in the end all of that led to no changes, except for the second Dwarf Star swapped in together with his 2/10 amulet to stay at 125% FCR. Always good to check and learn a few things though!

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Hall of Fame
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Forumite         Character        SC/HC  Class  Level  Exp   Date        E/S  S/U   Grail  Deaths  Hours
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zticazzy         Perkele          SC     Barb   99     3.52  2016-07-12  No      -      -       -      -
Pb_pal           Eleanor          SC     Sorc   99     3.52  2016-11-09  No   3068    437       5      -
NanoMist         Izuna            SC     Sin    99     3.52  2016-12-25  No   5109    470       4    360
PhineasB         Mercy            SC     Sin    99     3.52  2017-05-23  Yes     -    475      11      -
PhineasB         Hiatus           SC     Sorc   99     3.52  2017-12-25  Yes     -    471      21      -
ffs              HelpYourself     SC     Sorc   99     3.52  2018-04-29  Yes     -    447       -      -
Neksja           Aura             SC     Pala   99     3.52  2018-08-08  Yes     -    481       -      -
Questing Heroes
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Forumite         Character        SC/HC  Class  Level  Exp   Date        E/S  S/U   Grail  Deaths  Hours
---------------  ---------------  -----  -----  -----  ----  ----------  ---  ----  -----  ------  -----
T72on1           Neverland        SC     Sorc   98.66  3.42  2018-07-29  Yes  lots    480      13    300+
Yng              Sophie           SC     Sorc   98.56  3.39  2018-08-12  Yes     -      -      10      -
PhineasB         Phaedrus         SC     Pala   98.1   3.26  2018-07-10  Yes     -    370      13      -
ffs              Ric              SC     Necro  97.3   3.04  2018-08-15  Yes     -      -       -      -
Bewitch          itssoftcore      SC     Sorc   97     2.99  2018-07-02  Yes     -      -       -      -
darkstarhub      Neptune          SC     Sorc   97     2.96  2018-07-23  Yes     -    470       -      - 
PhineasB         Pestilence       SC     Necro  96     2.84  2018-07-31  Yes     -      -       -      -
Ashenshugar      Natur            SC     Druid  96     2.71  2018-04-24  Yes  2529      -       -      -
Gynli            Amazon           SC     Ama    96     2.71  2018-06-14  Yes     -      -       -      -
CrustyRusty      Space_Oddity     SC     Ama    95     2.49  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -       -      -
RIP              Kaira_II         HC     Sin    94     2.32  2018-07-03  Yes     -    318       -      -
Zenigma          Ayura            SC     Barb   93     2.11  2018-04-26  No      -      -       -      -
Pb_pal           Klaus            HC     Druid  93     2.09  2018-06-21  Yes     -      -       -      -
Potent           Challenge(CL)    SC     Sorc   92     1.96  2018-07-30  no      -      -       -      -
Hutton           Terrahork        HC     Barb   92     0.00  2018-08-04  Yes     -      -       -      -
Lord Molybdenum  Verisimilitude   SC     Ama    90     1.62  2018-06-02  No     98     77       3      -
Trapin'          ceegee           SC     Pala   90     1.62  2018-07-04  No      -      -       -      -
Zenigma          Gnosis           SC     Druid  89     1.56  2018-04-26  No      -      -       -      -
T72on1           ShouldBeEasy     HC     Pala   8_8    1.36  2018-06-26  Yes    59     52      NA     42
Lord Molybdenum  Cruise_Control   SC     Necro  87     1.25  2018-06-02  No    128    101      22      -
Burgomaster3     Hastur           SC     Druid  86     1.14  2018-07-02  Yes     -      -       -      -
Smittyphi        TheLongRun       SC     Sorc   85     1.11  2018-05-28  Yes    30      -     Yes      -
sanguillen       GordonChen-UT    HC     Necro  85     1.06  2018-08-09  Yes     -      -       -      -
DaveW            Long_Term        SC     Sorc   84     0.97  2018-05-02  Yes Heaps      -    Lots     30+
Xul's Gull       Xul              HC     Necro  81     0.74  2018-03-26  No      -      -       -      -
Vildecor         Trina            SC     Ama    80     0.68  2018-06-07  Yes     -      -       0      -
ioupainmax       Durnik           SC     Pala   79     0.63  2018-06-28  Yes   177    111       0      -
Burton Roberts   Arizona          SC     Ama    56     0.08  2018-06-12  No      -      -      15     38
Lord Molybdenum  Essa             SC     Sorc   55     0.08  2018-06-02  No     20     19       5      -
AlexTheNextOne   Orion            SC     Pala   49     0.00  2018-07-22  No     14      -       0     26
Pijus            AGoodBoy         HC     Druid  45     0.00  2018-05-29  Yes     -      -       -      -
kstuart          Nena             SC     Sorc   30     0.00  2018-07-22  Yes     -      -       -      -
RIP              Espada           HC     Necro  24     0.00  2018-06-01  Yes     -     13       -      -
DaveHutt         Alice            SC     Ama    13     0.00  2018-05-18  Yes     -      -       1      -
Resting Heroes
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Forumite         Character        SC/HC  Class  Level  Exp   Date        E/S  S/U   Grail  Deaths  Hours
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hasuprotoss      Reina            SC     Sorc   97     2.96  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes  1751    384       -      -
Tarantella       Tarasha          HC     Sorc   96     2.72  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -       -      -
Grim             Furious_Blonde   SC     Ama    96     2.72  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -       -      -
XyleneCyanol     Fishie           HC     Sorc   95     2.49  YYYY-MM-DD  No      -      -       -      -
ThomasJohnsen    xInTheBuffx      HC     Sorc   95     2.49  2017-03-31  Yes     -      -       -      -
NamelessPenguin  Rockatansky      SC     Barb   95     2.49  2017-12-14  Yes     -      -       -      -
Dezrok           Salome           SC     Sorc   95     2.49  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes   792    318       -      -
Reyz             Qty              SC     Sorc   93     2.10  YYYY-MM-DD  No      -      -       -      -
Me2Nik           Fugu             HC     Ama    93     2.10  2018-02-05  Yes    80      -       -      -
Chaostar         Prairie          SC     Sorc   91     1.76  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes   659    261      12    126
OldSoldier       Battleforge      HC     Pala   91     1.76  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -    236       -      -
kyndig           DrearyAura       HC     Sorc   91     1.76  2018-02-20  Yes     -      -       -      -
tokerdin         tokeress         SC     Sorc   91     1.76  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -       -      -
Southpaw         Njord            SC     Druid  90     1.62  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -       -      -
Qwernt           CanbeOnlyBlizz   SC     Sorc   90     1.62  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -       ?      ?
MercMan          Este             SC     Ama    90     1.62  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes  1212    278       2      ?
Lynchgrinch      Tattersail       SC     Sorc   89     1.48  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -    321       ?      ?
LiquidClear      Sally            SC     Sin    **     1.36  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes   225      -       1      -
liquid_mage      zDadColdSorc     SC     Sorc   **     1.36  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -    160       -      -
Neksja           Turirao          SC     Druid  87     1.25  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes   191    124       5      -
Gladstone        Socrates         HC     Druid  86     1.15  YYYY-MM-DD  -       -      -       -      -
hackedagainanda  Hugo             HC     Necro  85     1.05  2017-12-17  Yes     -      -       -      -
Naturallog       Athos            HC     Barb   84     0.96  YYYY-MM-DD  No    159    105       0      -
Qwernt           AmaAgainstAll    SC     Sorc   81     0.74  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -       -      -
Gambit           Mallenroh        SC     Sorc   81     0.74  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     0      0       0      0
Lord Molybdenum  But_Why          SC     Sin    81     0.74  YYYY-MM-DD  No     55     51      53      -
aarrgus          Acala            SC     Barb   80     0.68  2017-12-30  Yes     -      -       5      -
Jean Avila       SpeedAdict       SC     Ama    77     0.52  YYYY-MM-DD  No      -      -       -     50
logoutzero       Digimon          HC     Necro  76     0.48  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes    85     65       0      -
TwentyMuleTeam   Rayne            SC     Sorc   76     0.48  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes   195    140       -      ?
Gripphon         Ryu              SC     Sorc   76     0.48  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -       ?     13
Darke Rahl       Bells            HC     Ama    74     0.40  YYYY-MM-DD  No     19      -       0      -
Smittyphi        SliceNDice       SC     Sin    70     0.30  2018-03-27  Yes    15      -       6      -
Xul's Gull       Araphel          HC     Necro  60     0.12  2017-12-21  No      -      -       -      -
Sleepybear123    Rob_theBarb      HC     Barb   50     0.05  2018-01-06  Yes     -      -       -     10
Klonki           Dualizt_Ann      SC     Sorc   48     0.01  2018-02-24  Yes     -      8       -      9
TrU              Henryk           SC     Barb   41     0.02  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -      22     12
Gambit           Colossus         SC     Pala   39     0.02  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     0      0       0      0
Smancer          Smancer          SC     Necro  26     0.00  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     1      -       -      -
drmalawi         Liv              SC     Sorc   24     0.00  2018-05-01  Yes     -      -       0      -
BKC              FearsomeFreddie  SC     Necro  23     0.00  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -       -      -
Ergroilnin       Erilinda         HC     Sorc   20     0.00  YYYY-MM-DD  No      -      -       -      -

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Forumite         Character        SC/HC  Class  Level  Exp   Date        E/S  S/U   Grail  Deaths  Hours
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Bewitch          itsreal          HC     Sorc   87     1.xx  2018-04-24  No      -      -       -      -
MizzouFTW        Pure             HC     Necro  86     1.15  2018-01-10  Yes     -      -       1      -
Vildecor         Celia            HC     Ama    84     0.99  2018-05-30  Yes   125     97       1      -
coju             NintyNine_orRiP  HC     Sorc   81     0.74  2016-04-07  Yes     -      -       1      -
TwentyMuleTeam   Valus            HC     Barb   76     0.48  2016-10-27  Yes     -      -       1      -
Pb_pal           Stevesy          HC     Pala   76     0.48  2017-06-19  Yes     -      -       1      -
weezaard         Cypher           SC     Druid  66     0.00  2018-02-21  Yes     -      -      20+     -
Tenecabo         OldShatterhand   HC     Druid  49     0.04  2016-06-16  Yes     -      0       1      -
Pijus            Pyrestarter      HC     Druid  36     0.00  2018-05-21  Yes     -      -       1      -
coju             fB               HC     Sorc   29     0.00  2016-04-09  Yes     1      1       1      2
Kitteh           Verallus         HC     Druid  26     0.00  2016-03-25  No      -      -       1      -
logoutzero       Rolex            HC     Barb   21     0.00  2016-03-26  Yes     0      0       1      1
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
I may have to make a 1.14 and attempt this, been playing a lot more D2 lately. Can't decide between a hammerdin and a forb sorc however or maybe a java. :eek:....
I really like my Sorc for this project, and never regretted the choice of Blizz until 98 and Meteor/Fireball for the last level. For non-Sorc Hammerdin is my top pick. In the end we can't decide for you though. Pick what you think you will like most.

Good luck !
 

Disposition

Diabloii.Net Member
I really like my Sorc for this project, and never regretted the choice of Blizz until 98 and Meteor/Fireball for the last level. For non-Sorc Hammerdin is my top pick. In the end we can't decide for you though. Pick what you think you will like most.

Good luck !
Curious on your journey, did you mule things off to use later or did you do one inventory/stash?
 
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