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What is Iron Maiden?

Discussion in 'Barbarian' started by Burn To Burn, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Burn To Burn

    Burn To Burn IncGamers Member

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    What is Iron Maiden?

    I keep reading how dangerous this is for Barbs, but I'm not quite sure what it is. Someone want to enlighten me?
     
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    Re: What is Iron Maiden?

    its a necro skill check the arreatsummit
     
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    Re: What is Iron Maiden?

    It's a Curse that makes you take a lot more of the dmg you inflict on other than they do. It's the curse that some Oblivion Knights in Chaos Sanctuary casts on you that makes you die on first strike...
     
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    Re: What is Iron Maiden?

    It's a curse cast by Oblivion Knights in the Chaos Sanctuary. They also occur in the Worldstone Keep in Nightmare and Hell difficulty. Iron Maiden reflects physical damage done in melee back to yourself. Due to the huge difference in player damage and player life, this is very deadly in most cases. In general, you either have to use Berserk (converts physical to magic) or a ranged attack. You could also get by with a weapon that does low physical but high elemental damage, such as a rare wand.

    Iron Maiden looks like red/yellow swirls above your head. You can see what it and the other curses look like here: http://www.battle.net/diablo2exp/skills/necromancer-curses.shtml
     
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    Re: What is Iron Maiden?

    .. A crappy band.

    /waits for flames
     
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    Re: What is Iron Maiden?

    I think Wiki would have much more information outside of the game on Iron Maiden, as the heavy metal band probably wouldn't be included in a dictionary definition... and they don't suck! They aren't popular, but they made some memorable music. That said...

    In Diablo2, there are forms of taking damage that are associated with successfully attacking a player without the target taking action, themselves. IOW, like Chilling Armor, it's triggered by actions of enemies, and damage return/reflection are two forms.

    Damage return simply damages successful attackers a specific amount, usually listed on the item doing the damage. "Attacker Takes {1} Damage of {2}" is the standard terminology, with {1} only being listed if the form is other than physical (all 'damage' in Diablo2 is assumed to be physical unless otherwise stated), and {2} is the amount dealt.

    Damage reflection works the same way, except it actually uses a percentage of the damage dealt. This is lethal to almost any character using melee physical damage as their main attack, which includes most Barbarians. Iron Maiden, as a curse, causes anything the cursed player hits to have his own damage reflected back upon him, as if the target is affected by Thorns, Spirit of Barb, or the like.

    The difference is best demonstrated by damage taken when attacking Thorned Beasts (in hell) and attacking anything when cursed with Iron Maiden. You'll quickly see why it's despised in duels, but do not test this in hardcore - it'll ruin your day.

    BTW, when is Blizzard going to put Flamespike the Crawler back into Inner Cloister and Thorns back into the list of possible aura enchantments? ;)
     

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