Untwinked-ish HC no-shield Barb NM help? Just got out of Normal with a Berserker (?) Barb. Issues: low survivability low resistances missing plenty of slow attacks, forced to put points in Dex to help with AR not enough mana or life leech in early NM Act 1 high mana cost of Berserk means I have yet to actually use the damn skill on a more than experimental basis ...it's Concentrate and a very ineffectual WW for now (I hate hate hate how WW looks, it's just a silly concept to me) Bad(?) Solutions: *socket Steeldriver ...with a PSkull to fix the leeching issues?? *just found the IK Will ...but using it loses me my 10 Resists All 48%MF 29%ED Circlet - socket with 2 resist runes?? *upgrade the Shael'd Bonesnap I have in the bank for big damage boost *nickel and dime my way to NM Countess for an eventual Lum rune so I can make the resist or Barb armour (running RWM as only mod)? *run Normal Pindle/Meph/Baal til I can score some more Resists gear and another Angelic ring to fix my AR issues, then respec (still have both respecs available) to more Str/Vit *respec Frenzy ...highly likely since this Berserk thing just doesn't seem very friendly for an apparently unskilled player such as I *drop the Life Leech/CB/Poisonresist gloves for some IAS or mana/life leech? *Iratha's Coil/Collar/Cuff and Cathan's Seal(s) available *Gorefoot for 2% more manaleech? *say to hell with it and go work on a Tesladin/Avenger and another Strafazon Not an issue: tons of damage even for p8, things die, they're just way too dangerous Details: Name: Losthope Class: Barbarian Level: 48 Spoiler Naked/Gear Strength: 120/121 Dexterity: 87/** Vitality: 108/108 Energy: 10/10 HP: 501/562 Mana: 57/62 Defense: 21/304 AR: 420/519 Fire: 59/19/-41 Cold: 58/18/-42 Lightning: 64/24/-36 Poison: 68/28/-32 MF: 113 Block: 19 GF: 0 FR/W: 30 FHR: 24 IAS: 40 FCR: 0 Bash: 1/1 Leap: 1/1 Double Swing: 0/0 Stun: 1/1 Double Throw: 0/0 Leap Attack: 1/1 Concentrate: 1/1 Frenzy: 0/0 Whirlwind: 1/1 Berserk: 1/1 Sword Mastery: 1/1 Axe Mastery: 0/0 Mace Mastery: 1/1 Pole Arm Mastery: 0/0 Throwing Mastery: 0/0 Spear Mastery: 0/0 Increased Stamina: 0/0 Iron Skin: 1/1 Increased Speed: 0/0 Natural Resistance: 3/3 Howl: 1/1 Find Potion: 1/1 Taunt: 1/1 Shout: 1/1 Find Item: 4/4 Battle Cry: 1/1 Battle Orders: 11/11 Grim Ward: 0/0 War Cry: 18/18 Battle Command: 1/1 Vidala's Snare Vidala's Fetlock Grim Clasp Heavy Belt 5% Chance to cast level 4 Frost Nova when struck +24% Faster Hit Recovery +12 to Life Attacker Takes Damage of 4 8% Damage Taken Goes To Mana Venom Grip Fortuitous Ring of the Bat Manald Heal Darkglow Havoc Horn Circlet 29% Enhanced Damage +8 to Life All Resistances +10 48% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items 1 Sockets (1 used) Socketed: Perfect Topaz Steeldriver 227% Enhanced Damage Mercenary: Type: Def-Normal Gemmed Ring Mail 60% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items Artisan's Great Helm of Remedy 64% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items The Battlebranch Partizan As it stands right now the Def Merc seems to do a lot better than I in the safety department, though he dies quick to nasty modifiers Uniques, and seems to have a much easier time than I to actually hit things, since War Cry/Battle Cry takes time to get up and doesn't always hit.