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

testyfish

Diabloii.Net Member
For pre-phoenix and infinity as a fire Druid, I'm thinking that you level Grizzly, Firestorm and Fissure first instead of Volcano. That way you've got the solid boss killing of grizzly and synergized Firestorm. Seems like Volcano is not the best to use unless you've got a FI boss. I'm about level 43 now, and am working on making grizzly now that fissure is maxed. I think Firestorm will come next.
 

PhineasB

Diabloii.Net Member
@testyfish I have two Untwinked fire druids past lvl 85 and think that’s a workable approach. [edited for clarity: Another is to push firestorm second (after volcano) to ensure you have two physical damage sources (grizzly and volcano) against FIs as you move into Hell, given that Fissure is pretty strong either way.] But the real solution is probably to just run for Enigma (and Infinity, if you can stick it out) at LK and move to AT with 1-point grizzly and as synergized fissure as possible, and then skip the marauder types
 
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drmalawi

Diabloii.Net Member
Another is to push firestorm after volcano to give two physical damage sources against FIs
You mean that volcano and merc will be the physical damage sources?
Firestorm help with those two in what way? (Firestorm is synergy to Fissure, enhances Fissure fire damage)
I am just asking because I don't know what you meant :)
 

PhineasB

Diabloii.Net Member
Sorry for being unclear. I meant volcano first to give second source of physical damage and then firestorm for fissure synergy next.
 

testyfish

Diabloii.Net Member
I know AT is a popular target, but Mausoleum is guaranteed to have no FI mobs. Does AT still work out better?

And seeing Klaus make his run is what inspired me to play this character. :)
 

Pb_pal

Diabloii.Net Member
AT is better. Skip the Invaders and unbreakable FI bosses, but it will still far outpace the Mausoleum. The problem with the Mausoleum is that it's really, REALLY far from any waypoints, so you'll be spending way too much time travelling. Add to that (as @drmalawi said) that monster density is way lower there, and AT will be a very clear winner.
 

ffs

Diabloii.Net Member
As promised, an update on Lucid who has reached 98.5:

Screenshot 2019-12-11 at 21.05.12.png

As mentioned earlier, returning to running was a bit bumpy with a quick death early on, but he managed to get the corpse back and gained ~30m XP since the weekend.

Just before reaching the half way mark he found this Nova Ormus – I came to be a big Nova Sorc fan and was hoping to find one for a while, so I was pretty happy about that particular drop.

1_Nova Ormus.png

Other drops since his last update (which was back in early September) included a nice rare FCR ring, Fungal skiller with life (only 7 though) and a couple of cool eth S&Us.

1_eth cranebeak.png1_eth sandstorm trek.png1_great FCR life @ rare ring.png1_GSKull.png1_life PR Sc.png1_PB life sk.png
1_stone cr gr.png
(Stone Crusher)

1_uEarth Spirit.png

I timed a few more batches of runs and we're currently averaging around 3.5m XP/h, depending on shrines and picking behaviour (I might cut back on the latter in order to speed it up a little). Factoring in Ancients, he's got about 100m XP worth of running left, so it should take less than 30 hours – provided no further deaths. :rolleyes:

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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       -      -
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T72on1           Neverland        SC     Sorc   99     3.52  2018-10-21  Yes  lots    483      13    350+
Bewitch          itssoftcore      SC     Sorc   99     3.52  2018-11-07  Yes     -      -       -      -
PhineasB         Phaedrus         SC     Pala   99     3.52  2018-11-12  Yes     -    401      13      -
ffs              Ric              SC     Necro  99     3.52  2018-12-26  Yes     -    463       -      -
Bewitch          Mayhem           SC     Barb   99     3.52  2019-07-07  Yes     -      -       -      -
PhineasB         Pestilence       SC     Necro  99     3.52  2019-07-29  Yes     -      -       -      -
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PhineasB         Quinta           SC     Ama    98.75  3.45  2019-11-27  Yes     -    410       4      -
ffs              Lucid            SC     Pala   98.5   3.37  2019-12-11  Yes     -      -       -      -
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Luhkoh           Arkana           SC     Sorc   98     3.22  2019-11-15  Yes     -      -       -      -
Bewitch          Necronomicon     SC     Necro  97     3.07  2019-07-09  Yes     -      -       -      -
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Me2Nik           Fugu             HC     Ama    95     2.50  2019-02-03  Yes  Lots      -       -      -
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Hutton           Terrahork        HC     Barb   95     0.00  2019-04-24  Yes     -      -      NA      -
PhineasB         Death            SC     Barb   95     2.49  2019-09-22  No      -      -       2      -
drmalawi         TheCanMan        SC     Pala   94     2.29  2019-10-20  Yes     -      -     Yes      -
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art_vandelay     tragic_misstep   SC     Sorc   93     2.09  2019-08-12  Yes     -      -       -      -
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Pb_pal           Stevesy          HC     Barb   92     2.09  2019-10-30  Yes     -      -      NA      -
LongingForDeath  VelvetSky        SC     Sorc   92     1.92  2019-11-23  Yes     -    248      11      -
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AlexTheNextOne   Orion            SC     Pala   90     1.62  2018-07-22  Yes     -      -       -      -
PhineasB         Septimus         SC     Druid  90     1.62  2019-11-15  Yes     -      -       0      -
Zarfen           Stamina          SC     Sorc   90      ??   2019-12-08  Yes     -      -     Yes      -
Gynli            Assassin         SC     Assa   89     1.50  2019-11-11  Yes     -      -       -      -
art_vandelay     snow_dog         SC     Nec    89     1.48  2019-07-19  Yes     -      -       -      -
jjscud           Ragnarok         SC     Pala   89     1.48  2019-11-24   No     -      -      36     lots
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dkn              Morgoth          SC     Barb   01     0.00  2019-10-04  Yes     -      -       0      0
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LongingForDeath

Diabloii.Net Member
Little update on my Sorc from the LK front. Nothing in regard to XP, of course, but she found Ohm #3, Sur #4, Sur #5, Vex #1, Ohm #4 and Sur #6. This probably marks the end of her LK journey, as she has all the runes now to make Heart of the Oak, Call To Arms, Chains of Honor and Infinity (just lacking the base for it if I don't want it to be a CV).

I'm not completely sure where to go with her from here, though. I don't think she ever ran hell Meph, so she's still missing some essentials like Arachnid Mesh and Harlequin Crest. Except for those two, she's pretty much set, though. Well, Andariel's Visage for the merc would be nice to have, too. Is it worth running him at this point? Or would AT be a better place at this point? She's currently at level 92 and still a Blizzard sorc.

I'm also undecided about whether to keep her as a Blizz sorc and run CS from 94-98 before respeccing her to lightning. Or run Meph to get Arachnid Mesh, then respec her to lightning and just run Baal. From what I understand, Blizz sorc is the fastest to level in CS. However, I had always intended her as a lightning sorc and Pindle was kind enough to drop her a Griffon's Eye early on. Would be a shame to respec her to lightning so late. The only downside of going the Baal route is that I can't save the Ancients quest until 98, obviously. But the way to 99 takes a lot of time, either way. And she was meant to be my dedicated Baal runner, anyway, hopefully collecting some grailers along the way.

So, yeah, advice would be welcome! :)
 

ffs

Diabloii.Net Member
@LongingForDeath Sounds pretty much exactly like the situation my 99er Sorc was in when she got a Griffon's Eye from Pindle. I personally found it would have been a waste not to use it extensively on an untwinked Sorc, so I respec'ed to Lightning and went for Baal despite CS Blizzy being more efficient. The difference isn’t huge though, Light Sorc is a pretty fast Baal runner. (And of course IMO the best Nihl runner later on.)

As for those S&Us, I always ran Mephisto for them and wouldn’t count on lvl 85 areas in comparison. That being said, with Griffon's and Hoto she may not even need Shako/Arach at this point. For Nihl it’s best to use CM instead of Hoto so that requires Arach, but I guess chances are you might find it from Baal runs until 98...

Re Infinity I’d have no issue whatsoever to go with eth CV if that’s your only option. In fact I did that with my 99er Sorc also. ;)
 

Luhkoh

Diabloii.Net Member
@LongingForDeath Great job cleaning up in LK! I would run mephy for shako or for both. I'm sure you can do ok without, but I would rather just go on and get them, and they don't drop too often in 85's. But like ffs said, if you go lightning right now, you don't need either for baal. I also don't think you have to have arachs for CM at nilly. It's better of course, but a caster amulet or a caster belt or fcr ring would work with vmagi, spirit, magefist, and griffons better than any non-CM setup.

Also for what its worth, I really think that 97-98 would have been faster for me as lightning. Took me something like 65 hours of chaos for that lvl, so it would take something like 3.5 minute baal runs to equal that. Seems verrry doable to me (though I didn't actually attempt it, so take that with a grain of salt). Ofc I like having ancients saved for end of 98 and liked the runes I got from chaos. However I also did not have a griffons nor the runes for infinity (till well into lvl 97).

So all that being said, I think you should run baal. Doing AT or chaos till 96 or 97, then running baal to 98 just for variety is also nice, though maybe not if that means you need to farm mephy for shako. And since you say you wanted her to be a baal runner anyways, I say go for it.

And I agree with ffs, eth CV infinity is totally fine. Might as well hold out for a better base if you're still blizzy for a while, but don't let that influence your decision on when to go lightning. Good luck!
 
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Pax1990

Diabloii.Net Member
Short update from Anger. Iam slowly progressing through act 2 Nm. Found tals amu in act2q1 which was a nice but useless suprise.
I also tried to make an insight for my merc but my runes.txt must have been messed up so i wasted the runes and base... I hope i fixed it now.
 

drmalawi

Diabloii.Net Member
I also tried to make an insight for my merc but my runes.txt must have been messed up so i wasted the runes and base... I hope i fixed it now.
if you messed up the RWM when you made the runeword, it shall appear "fixed" once you get RWM working properly
 

Me2NiK

Diabloii.Net Member
Hello guys, it's time for the latest in my series of Increasingly Infrequent Updates. My hardcore javazon is now level 96:

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Why have I not provided any updates in so long? Because this took forever. Some of you might recall my previous posts (I certainly wouldn't blame people if they didn't), but basically my progress has been pretty turbulent. I started this character shortly before I entered law school, and it's taken me until the semester before graduation to get to 96. Actually, this is not my slowest level yet - 95 to 96 took me from February of this year to yesterday, whereas 92-93 took me basically an entire year because I did it killing Eldritch on /p8 - so perhaps I should be thankful that things are picking up to some extent.

The main reason things are slow is because this is a hardcore character and that makes everything just a slight bit harder. I've also been relatively unlucky; indeed, from 95-96 I saw exactly zero high rune drops or gear upgrades (although I did get a death's fathom and a bunch of gear for my other characters), despite doing /p8 pits for the vast majority of this level.

EDIT: Thought I'd add that I got a second shako this level. Silly me, thinking it would be an upgrade from my 99 defense shako, only one off from the lowest possible roll. Spoiler: It was another 99 defense shako.

As I said, the vast majority of my level came from /p8 pits, which nets me ideally around 5-6m exp/hr. I get about double that from doing baal, but I really need that griff's so I invested most of my time in pits. Also, my baal procedure is pretty laborious: I have to put on my teleport amulet (then remember to take it off), set /p1 until throne is clear, do p/8 for the first two waves, back to /p1 for wave three, back to /p8 for wave four, and then /p3 for baal. I also have to abort about 10% of my runs; this usually happens either because there are burning souls in the throne room (if there's more than a couple it simply takes me too long to kill them for it to be worth doing, even on /p1) or because Lister is LI. If I forget to switch the player count for council, throne or baal I usually also have to abort the run.

Now that I'm 96 and I don't get good exp from pits champion packs any more, the average exp I'm getting per run is pretty sad. Consequently, I think the plan going forward is to focus exclusively on gear for awhile until I've done some gap-filling. My gear is decent: I have an excellent survivability loadout with shako ss coh mara's titan's tgods travs soj raven 3/20s. However, my kill speed on /p8 is a huge factor in why my runs are so slow, so I'm going to need at least one of griff's or infinity (ideally both and with a light facet since I've yet to find one of those either).

I'm going to split my time between low playercount pits (probably /p1) and LK until I can get one or both of those. The only infinity rune I have right now is ist so it's going to be a bit of a marathon.

I have no close calls to report. I'm an exceptionally safe hardcore player so it usually takes some absurd set of circumstances for me to be in any real danger. I got down to around 1600 twice by playing a bit too risky while amped (put ss on your hardcore javazons, folks!) but that's still a pretty comfortable margin considering I'm running D/E/A, max dr%, max block, and I'm effectively immune to lightning and cold.


Hall of Fame
Rich (BB code):
Forumite         Character        SC/HC  Class  Level  Exp   Date        E/S  S/U   Grail  Deaths  Hours
---------------  ---------------  -----  -----  -----  ----  ----------  ---  ----  -----  ------  -----
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       -      -
Yng              Sophie           SC     Sorc   99     3.52  2018-08-26  Yes     -      -      10   <300
T72on1           Neverland        SC     Sorc   99     3.52  2018-10-21  Yes  lots    483      13    350+
Bewitch          itssoftcore      SC     Sorc   99     3.52  2018-11-07  Yes     -      -       -      -
PhineasB         Phaedrus         SC     Pala   99     3.52  2018-11-12  Yes     -    401      13      -
ffs              Ric              SC     Necro  99     3.52  2018-12-26  Yes     -    463       -      -
Bewitch          Mayhem           SC     Barb   99     3.52  2019-07-07  Yes     -      -       -      -
PhineasB         Pestilence       SC     Necro  99     3.52  2019-07-29  Yes     -      -       -      -
Pb_pal           Klaus            HC     Druid  99     3.52  2019-10-07  Yes     -    433      NA      -
Questing Heroes
Rich (BB code):
Forumite         Character        SC/HC  Class  Level  Exp   Date        E/S  S/U   Grail  Deaths  Hours
---------------  ---------------  -----  -----  -----  ----  ----------  ---  ----  -----  ------  -----
ResTTe           ResTTe           SC     Barb   98.86  3.48  2019-12-09  Yes     -    462    many   310+
PhineasB         Quinta           SC     Ama    98.75  3.45  2019-11-27  Yes     -    410       4      -
ffs              Lucid            SC     Pala   98.5   3.37  2019-12-11  Yes     -      -       -      -
Gynli            Amazon           SC     Ama    98     3.22  2019-11-11  Yes     -      -       -      -
Luhkoh           Arkana           SC     Sorc   98     3.22  2019-11-15  Yes     -      -       -      -
Bewitch          Necronomicon     SC     Necro  97     3.07  2019-07-09  Yes     -      -       -      -
Vildecor         Trina            SC     Ama    97     3.00  2019-08-27  Yes     -    434      17      -
darkstarhub      Neptune          SC     Sorc   97     2.96  2018-07-23  Yes     -    470       -      -
Ashenshugar      Natur            SC     Druid  97     2.96  2018-11-20  Yes  2529      -       -      -
Me2Nik           Fugu             HC     Ama    96     2.72  2019-02-03  Yes  Lots      -       -      -
teddeeboy        Atheyanore       SC     Sorc   95     2.52  2019-02-03  Yes  300+      -       8   many
Quinneczech      Blackwell        HC     Barb   95     2.49  2019-04-01  -       -      -      NA      -
Chaostar         Prairie          SC     Sorc   95     2.49  2019-06-15  Yes     -    384      25      -
Hutton           Terrahork        HC     Barb   95     0.00  2019-04-24  Yes     -      -      NA      -
PhineasB         Death            SC     Barb   95     2.49  2019-09-22  No      -      -       2      -
drmalawi         TheCanMan        SC     Pala   94     2.29  2019-10-20  Yes     -      -     Yes      -
D30D0R3          Fragile          HC     Sorc   93     2.18  2010-09-21  No     -      -       -      42
sanguillen       GordonChen-UT    HC     Necro  93     2.14  2019-02-27  Yes     -      -      NA      -
T72on1           TooMuchEnergy    SC     Sorc   93     2.10  2019-07-19  Yes   267    181      12     47.5
art_vandelay     tragic_misstep   SC     Sorc   93     2.09  2019-08-12  Yes     -      -       -      -
Smittyphi        TheLongRun       SC     Sorc   93     2.09  2019-11-06  Yes    30      -     Yes      -
Pb_pal           Stevesy          HC     Barb   92     2.09  2019-10-30  Yes     -      -      NA      -
LongingForDeath  VelvetSky        SC     Sorc   92     1.92  2019-11-23  Yes     -    248      11      -
liquid_mage      zDadColdSorc     SC     Sorc   91     1.89  2019-02-04  Yes     -    223       -      -
sir_cyclops      devi             SC     Sin    91     ?.??  2019-02-27  Yes     -      -       -      -
AlexTheNextOne   Orion            SC     Pala   90     1.62  2018-07-22  Yes     -      -       -      -
PhineasB         Septimus         SC     Druid  90     1.62  2019-11-15  Yes     -      -       0      -
Zarfen           Stamina          SC     Sorc   90      ??   2019-12-08  Yes     -      -     Yes      -
Gynli            Assassin         SC     Assa   89     1.50  2019-11-11  Yes     -      -       -      -
art_vandelay     snow_dog         SC     Nec    89     1.48  2019-07-19  Yes     -      -       -      -
jjscud           Ragnarok         SC     Pala   89     1.48  2019-11-24   No     -      -      36     lots
Jocular          BareBear_Where   HC     Druid  **     1.47  2019-05-20  ???     -      -      NA      -
MizzouFTW        Mariah           SC     Sin    **     1.36  2019-01-28  Yes     -     -        -      -
BasicBhoy        Belgarath        HC     Druid  **     1.36  2019-01-29  Yes     -      -       -      -
TwentyMuleTeam   Chore            SC     Sin    **     ?.??  2019-02-09  Yes     -      -       -      -
Arctodus         Lubotor          SC     Barb   87     1.29  2019-10-30  Yes     -      -      13      -
Klonki           Dualizt_Ann      SC     Sorc   86     1.14  2019-05-26  Yes     -     37       1     15+
nMEKn            Summon           SC     Nec    85     1.07  2019-05-17  Yes     -      -       4      -
Vildecor         Ivar             SC     Pala   84     1.02  2019-09-02  Yes     -    307       3      -
Bobbo            Barbamel         HC     Barb   84     1.01  2019-01-11  Yes     -      -      NA      -
nepeta           finistere        SC     Sin    84     1.14  2019-01-04  ?       -      -       1      4
kstuart          Nena             SC     Sorc   84     1.00  2019-09-07  Yes     -      -       -      -
art_vandelay     predatory_wasp   SC     Sin    81     0.76  2019-05-25  Yes     -      -       -      -
Bewitch          Mindcrime        HC     Pala   81     0.90  2019-11-19  Yes     -      -       -      -
Irenicus_Mfs     Morgana          HC     Sorc   69     0.26  2018-12-09  Yes     -      -      NA     14+
RIP              Sucell           HC     Druid  47     0.03  2018-12-08  Yes     -     20       -      -
Grape            Coke             SC     Barb   42     0.00  2018-12-06   ?     14     14       0      -
Izzak            Bones            SC     Necro  42     0.**  2019-01-10   -      -      -       1      -
Lord Molybdenum  Ilucuthen        SC     Sin    13     0.??  2019-09-14  No      -      -       -      -
MizzouFTW        Hocus            HC     Necro  01     0.00  2019-02-19  No      -      -       0      0
dkn              Morgoth          SC     Barb   01     0.00  2019-10-04  Yes     -      -       0      0
FireNice         Isern            SC     Zon    12     0      2019-12-04   Yes   0   -     -       -
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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Buckcrazy        Zic              HC     Sorc   98.5   3.38  2019-07-22  Yes     -      -      NA   lots
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     -      -       -      -
CrustyRusty      Space_Oddity     SC     Ama    95     2.49  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      -      -       -      -
Zenigma          Ayura            SC     Barb   93     2.12  2018-09-08  No      -      -       -      -
Potent           Challenge(CL)    SC     Sorc   92     1.96  2018-07-30  no      -      -       -      -
Trapin'          ceegee           SC     Pala   92     1.92  2018-08-16  No      -      -       -      -
Tatterson        Titaani          SC     Barb   91     1.84  2018-11-27  Yes     -      -       -      -
Zenigma          Gnosis           SC     Druid  91     1.79  2018-04-26  No      -      -       -      -
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     -      -       -      -
Neksja           Aurora           SC     Sorc   90     1.70  2018-09-08  Yes     -    215       -      -
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      -
Neksja           Turirao          SC     Druid  87     1.25  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes   191    124       5      -
T72on1           Grapelike        SC     Barb   87     1.25  2019-01-24  Yes    98     82      13     37
Gladstone        Socrates         HC     Druid  86     1.15  YYYY-MM-DD  -       -      -       -      -
Burgomaster3     Hastur           SC     Druid  86     1.14  2018-07-02  Yes     -      -       -      -
sanguillen       DirkStruan-UT    HC     Pala   85     1.10  2018-12-19  Yes     -      -      NA      -
hackedagainanda  Hugo             HC     Necro  85     1.05  2017-12-17  Yes     -      -       -      -
DaveW            Long_Term        SC     Sorc   84     0.97  2018-05-02  Yes Heaps      -    Lots     30+
Naturallog       Athos            HC     Barb   84     0.96  YYYY-MM-DD  No    159    105       0      -
Kitteh           Gwynt            HC     Druid  83           2018-10-28  Yes     -      -      NA      -
Xul's Gull       Xul              HC     Necro  81     0.74  2018-03-26  No      -      -      NA      -
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
aarrgus          Acala            SC     Barb   80     0.68  2017-12-30  Yes     -      -       5      -
ioupainmax       Durnik           SC     Pala   79     0.63  2018-06-28  Yes   177    111       0      -
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      -
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      -      -       -      -
Burton Roberts   Arizona          SC     Ama    56     0.08  2018-06-12  No      -      -      15     38
Sleepybear123    Rob_theBarb      HC     Barb   50     0.05  2018-01-06  Yes     -      -       -     10
Pijus            AGoodBoy         HC     Druid  45     0.00  2018-05-29  Yes     -      -      NA      -
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      -       -      -
RIP              Espada           HC     Necro  24     0.00  2018-06-01  Yes     -     13       -      -
BKC              FearsomeFreddie  SC     Necro  23     0.00  YYYY-MM-DD  Yes     -      -       -      -
Ergroilnin       Erilinda         HC     Sorc   20     0.00  YYYY-MM-DD  No      -      -       -      -
DaveHutt         Alice            SC     Ama    13     0.00  2018-05-18  Yes     -      -       1      -
MizzouFTW        Hocus            HC     Sorc   01     0.00  2018-10-28  Yes     -      -      NA      -
The Fallen
Rich (BB code):
Forumite         Character        SC/HC  Class  Level  Exp   Date        E/S  S/U   Grail  Deaths  Hours
---------------  ---------------  -----  -----  -----  ----  ----------  ---  ----  -----  ------  -----
1have2much3time  Vagabond         HC     Necro  95     2.66  2019-06-22  Yes     -      -       1      -
RIP              Kaira_II         HC     Sin    95     2.55  2018-09-06  Yes     -    399       -      -
T72on1           ShouldBeEasy     HC     Pala   95     2.52  2019-01-04  Yes  lots    320      NA    103
Babyhell         IpBanPrevales    SC     Sin    95.5   2.60  2019-09-22  Yes     -      -       9      -
Babyhell         BabyNinetyNiner  SC     Pala   91     ?.??  2019-08-02  Yes     -      -       3      -
Lord Molybdenum  Verisimilitude   SC     Ama    91     1.62  2018-06-02  No     98     77       3      -
Shuffleblast     Translocator     HC     Sorc   89     1.48  2019-11-23  Yes     -      -       1      -
Lord Molybdenum  Cruise_Control   SC     Necro  **     1.??  2018-06-02  No    128    101      22      -
Kitteh           Gwynt            HC     Druid  87     XXXX  2018-11-07  Yes     -      -       -      -
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      -
Lord Molybdenum  Essa             SC     Sorc   84     0.??  2018-06-02  No     20     19       5      -
Lord Molybdenum  But_Why          SC     Sin    81     0.74  YYYY-MM-DD  No     55     51      53      -
coju             NintyNine_orRiP  HC     Sorc   81     0.74  2016-04-07  Yes     -      -       1      -
RIP              Attila           HC     Barb   78     0.59  2018-09-26  Yes     -     73      no      -
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      -
Shuffleblast     Translocator     HC     Sorc   67     0.00  2019-11-03  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
 
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antirush

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Well it has been a while.

All this talk of Diablo gave me the itch again so I started a character. Meet Hak, the untwinked hardcore assassin. I'm not so crazy as some so she can mule off and back on.

(I hadn't planned on posting here so excuse the lack of screenshots thus far - I'll take them going forward.)

She was a fire trapper through a3 nightmare, mostly on players 8. Respect to lightining for a4. Nightmare Lister dropped a vex! and so it was on to hell at ~level 67.

Because of the vex, Hak ran Countess from 67 - 80 and go the remaining runes for a Heart of the Oak. After a few normal cow runs, she found an ethereal 4 socket flail aaaand...
hoto.JPG
Oh well, still a hoto and better than the spirit she was wielding.

The countess runs also yielded a non-eth 5 socket Thresher and the runes for Obedience so Haseen started to hold his own along with the Tal rasha's helm and darkglow armor.

Next on to Act5! Things went pretty smoothly - mindblast and cloak of shadows make the Chaos Sanctuary a breeze. She found an Ist from hellforge.

At this point I was toying with the idea of shooting for 99 with this character. Assassins have long been my favorite.
Hak ran Eldritch from level 82 - 90 and got some decent drops. A BK wedding band, a harlequin crest (123 defense). This is pretty clearly her endgame helm so I used one of the precious socket quests to put an Um in it.

Eldritch starts slowing down ~ level 90 so I had to plan what to do next. I really want to save the Ancients for level 98. Unfortunately trappers are not the fastest at Chaos, at least not without better items than she currently has.

I rolled a decent Pits map and ran the pits, finding some monarchs (rolled a 35 spirit on the 3rd try). She's still using this one, though because the fcr doesn't matter yet.

Eventually I decided to do some Lower Kurast runs. I need 6 Ber runes which seems pretty daunting.

Hak's LK setup includes a Harmony bow and a Smoke body armor. After 200 runs I dropped 2! Ohm runes but nothing else of consequence. Time to roll a CTA. Hak went back to the countess to find the Mal rune. Countess runs were much more fun when there was experience to be had. It took a ridiculous amount of runs and cubing lots of runes starting from Dol, but Hak finally got the Mal rune. I was really hoping for a better roll than the Hoto.
cta.JPG
It'll do for now. Maybe I can roll another one later, but for now I'll save the Ohm.

Next Hak went back to Lower Kurast and did a few hundred more runs. Nothing above a Pul dropped yet and I got bored. So now she's running p5 Chaos. Not the most efficient in terms of experience or runes but it's at least more interesting. Shortly after reaching 91 Diablo dropped a Unique Amulet. Hak's first drop, though she gambled a Saracen's Chance.
maras.JPG
Nice! A big upgrade from the +3 traps magic she had been wearing.

I think I'll run Hak through Chaos for a while and hope to drop a rune that she needs. Eventually she'll probably have to go back to LK though. I'm still hoping to save the ancients till the end. Up to 95/96 shouldn't be a problem running chaos or pits but it'll get slow without Enigma or Infinity. Does anyone have a good solution for the infector seal with a trapper? It's not dangerous, it just takes a long time. Everything else is pretty quick and easy.

Until next time!
 
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