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Werebear barb viable for fun and power?

Discussion in 'Barbarian' started by javasirc, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. javasirc

    javasirc IncGamers Member

    Nov 26, 2005
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    Werebear barb viable for fun and power?

    Im thinking about making a Werebear barb for fun and having a ton of life. But i have a few questions about it...

    1: Can i block with a shield while in werebear form?
    2: Is there a armor item with Oak Sage higher than sLvl 2?
    3: How high can i expect my life to be after maxed BO, Werebear, and Oak Sage from charged ring after the following gear and charms applied?

    Heres my planned gear:
    Helm: not sure
    Chest: not sure, high defense
    Gloves: not sure, 20ias mod
    Boots: ?
    Belt: dungo or ias mod
    Neck: probly highlords or barb rare/craftd
    Ring1: absorb or resist
    Ring2: absorb or resist or oak sage charge ring (Wisp)
    Weapon: ebotdz probly
    Shield: stormshield (if i can block in werebear form)
    {switch}Weapon1: warcry weapon or doom
    {switch}Weapon2: beast (for werebear)

    torch, anni
    9x warcry [life]
    8x sc [20 life/<possibly other mod>]

    demon limb for enchant
    other resist/absorb gear

    Iron Skin [20]
    1 Mastery [20]
    Battle Orders [20]
    Shout [20]
    not sure about last 1
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2008
  2. Vespar

    Vespar IncGamers Member

    Apr 23, 2008
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    Re: Werebear barb viable for fun and power?

    I'm not sure about your gear set up, but I know you can block in werebear.
  3. whatagame

    whatagame IncGamers Member

    May 20, 2007
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    Re: Werebear barb viable for fun and power?

    i am pretty sure in both wolf and bear form ias outside of weapon will not affect your attack speed at all, so dont need ias from belt and glove....... (but just to be sure, double check it on the druid forums)
  4. theheft

    theheft IncGamers Member

    Dec 12, 2007
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    Re: Werebear barb viable for fun and power?

    I would go

    Helm: Arreat
    Chest: Fortitude (Eni For prebuff when turning into bear)
    Gloves: Draculs
    Boots: Gorerider
    Belt: Dungo
    Neck: Highlords/Angelic with Maras to pre buff
    Ring1: Ravenfrost/Angelic/SOJ or BK for prebuff into bear (every skill counts!)
    Ring2: Ravenfrost/Angelic/SOJ or BK for prebuff into bear (every skill counts!)
    Weapon: Grief PB/BA, PB for speed, BA for extra range and slightly more damage.
    Shield: Stormshield
    {switch}Weapon1: Hoto
    {switch}Weapon2: Beast (another Hoto or CTA or BO stick to prebuff warcries before going into bear form)

    20 Weapon Mastery
    20 Iron Skin
    20 Battle Orders
    20 Shout
    1 BC
    1 Howl
    Rest into Natural resistance and Increased speed
    You'll get battered into oblivion by smiters and any decent melee, you'll struggle to catch caster as well. Not a top tier dueller but if you fancy it, go for it, could be fun! You may find your damage a little lacking though as you can transform into the wearbear but it doesnt grant you any skills.
  5. vknez

    vknez IncGamers Member

    Aug 6, 2005
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    Re: Werebear barb viable for fun and power?

    only smiters can be problem for melee duelling.
    i have very good experience with wolfbarb. bear barb will have greater defense and life and worse FHR and AR in comparison. damage will be similar (werebear vs feral)
    i recommend using grief pb with 32 ias for 6 fpa or 30 ias with 35 ias from equipment.
    with prebuff you can reach level 17 werebear and lycantropy which gives you:
    150 % life
    162 % damage
    105 % defense

    for prebuff counts only + all skills from items (shako, coh, spirit, seraph... justto name few which are not mentioned)

    aim for at least 86 fhr (bloodfist gloves option, fhr charms, shael in helm)

    grief ba is to slow and not worthy sacrifing speed for extra 1 range

    weapon option also can be 4 shael griss cady for 4 fpa but much lower damage

    life depends pretty much on your prebuff and charms (warcries?), but i have on my wolfbarb around 10 k

    ar problem can be also solved with hsarus combo (boots+belt)
    recomend shaeling stormshield for better block rate

    oak sage will vanish when you switch or remove item providing skill

    instead of warcry skill try max-ar-life

    good amulet options are cats eye, highlords, angelic, metalgrid, +3 wc for prebuff

    ebotd ba is slower and less damaging then grief

    skill selection is good, with extras go into natural and increased speed as mentioned in previous post

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