What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

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What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

As title.

Biggest problem ive found is that the merc takes time to walk to the enemy by which time i have killed almost everything already. But its so hard to increase walk speed on a merc with the limited slots.

Edit : I tried to post this in the single player forum but for some reason wasnt able to create a new thread(kept getting a blank page).
 

Kupa

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

For what it's worth, Tal+Eth in a 2 socket armor gives a 25% r/w bonus among some other bonuses.
 

BKC

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

that or a twitchtroe armor would also be a helpfull tool for a merc. I would search the summit for an armor with FRW (and add helm to it aswell). But you killing everything isnt a bad thing btw :) Is there a reason you prefer an A2 merc (apart from its aura?)
 

krischan

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

Weapon:
Dimoak's Hew or whatever is available in the shop as soon as you hire one
Insight in an eth exceptional polearm at L27 (noneth is OK as well if you don't have one)

Helm/armor: Sigon's helm+Armor, it adds 10%LL from wearing two items of the set
 

Orphan

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

Weapon:
Dimoak's Hew or whatever is available in the shop as soon as you hire one
:scratchchin: Can you elaborate there krischan? :whistling:

Edit: disregard, mis-read it



 
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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

Why Dimoak's Hew?

I have a holy freeze merc in act 2 nightmare now...damage isnt very impressive unfortunately. Hes using the Woestave, iceblink and a circlet with 1-115 lightning damage.

Im using a act 2 merc on both my assassin and sorc for tanking...for the assassin it was more for the holy freeze aura.

Is there any point to the act 5 barbarian? The auras are just too good to pass up.
 

krischan

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

Dimoak's adds 100%ed and 20%IAS at level 7 and at L27 you already switch to Insight. Maybe you can deal that much damage with an eth polearm with six +9 dmg jewels, but that's too expensive for a merc weapon IMO.
 

Question

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

......How can you possibly get a Sol rune on an untwinked single player character by level 27? Sol runes dont drop in act 2 or 3 and by the time you cube enough lower level runes to get that you should be level 40 at least.

I havent seen a sol rune yet in act 2 nightmare and im level 50+ already......
 

Marahumm

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

NM Countess should be able to drop a sol rune.

EDIT: If nothing else you can build up to one by cubing. It really isn't that hard to acquire.
 

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

I ran NM countess 10+ times only to get lame el-tir runes. Got boring extremely quickly.
 

Kupa

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

Well you need to run her some more then :p

Make sure you're running her on /players 1 (she drops more runes with 1 player vs 8)
 

krischan

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

I havent seen a sol rune yet in act 2 nightmare and im level 50+ already......
The Countess in nightmare can drop up to Io with her special rune drop.

I ran NM countess 10+ times only to get lame el-tir runes. Got boring extremely quickly.
Maybe you had bad luck. Anyway, the chance for Sol from the Countess in a 1 player game is 1 in 22. If things already got boring after 10 runs, you are too impatient. I wouldn't have said a thing if it were 100.

Things go far quicker with a sorc BTW, by teleporting to your target while ignoring all the rest. You are using one to visit places which need a while to be reached, right?



 

Occulus cant be ethereal

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

I equip whatever noob stuff I can find during question on my act 2 merc in the early stages and he survives and kills fine.
 

DoW Fanatic

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

My results have been quite different in my single player experience. Much like my online experience with the new patch, mid runes have been raining like el's for me. I don't feel like I have to hoard them anymore like I used to. Act 3 NM in particular, gave up tons of runes Amn - Lum as we quested at the beginning of the season. Same experience when questing in SP. Perhaps give it a little while longer.

As suggested already, the runs will go by faster if you use your sorceress for running NM countess. Just give it some more time and it'll pay off. Also, I don't advise Pit runs for you when you get to Hell difficulty. :p
 

Arkansaw

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

anything until you get an insight, the runes should come easily once you are running normal baal
 

SnickerSnack

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Re: What to equip on the act 2 merc in single player norma/early nightmare?

Honor (ethereal base if you have it) does very good damage for the runes.
 
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