What to socket in a Bonehew to make a Merc happy

Subpoena

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What to socket in a Bonehew to make a Merc happy

I just found a perfect Bonehew Ogre Axe in US East, SC, Non-ladder. The sad but true thing is that I only found it because I ran away from Pindle and his buddies through the escape hatch in the back when they got too tough for me. All the same, it seems like a mighty nice boom-stick for a merc with its stats as:

Bonehew - Ogre Axe
Damage 117 to 609
50 Durability
195 Str Required
75 Dex Required
Item Level:
72
Clvl Req: 64


+(320)% Enhanced Damage
+30% Increased Attack Speed
Level 14 Corpse Explosion (30 Charges)
50% Chance to cast level 16 Bone Spear on striking
Prevents Monster Healing
Socketed (2)


Edit: I don't know how much use the bone spear has as far as killing power, but it is pretty neat. I'm trying it out on a merc and I paniced when I saw spears flying until I realized they were his. Too bad a merc can't activitate the corpse explosions, too.

I was thinking that, since the strength requirement is so high, that a Hel might let one of my mercs use it nice and early, but is that a good idea, and if so, what else? Shael? Amn? Maybe I am better off trading it, but it would be nice to use some elites for a change.


This isn't the sort of toy that a character build could be built around, is it?
 

4kiaokiao

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Either go

1) Shael shael - reach next break point
2) Amn Amn - More Leech
3) amn Hel - Leech and Less req

One Shael and Amn will not reach next breakpoint FYI
 

motherlode

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hey.. i have the same kind of question. I just found a tomb reaver with 2 open sockets. It already has very fast attack speed, and he has about 9 life leech right now. Would it be worth putting in an enhanced damage jewel? or would something else be better?
 

Asuka Langley Soryu

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Subpoena said:
I just found a perfect Bonehew Ogre Axe in US East, SC, Non-ladder. The sad but true thing is that I only found it because I ran away from Pindle and his buddies through the escape hatch in the back when they got too tough for me. All the same, it seems like a mighty nice boom-stick for a merc with its stats as:

It is a decent weapon, I used an Amn/Amn one for a long time until I found a reapers toll. Less damage but he hits a lot harder more often.

Bone spear is nice for elemental immunes when your a sorc. I think Amn Amn was the best, or amn hel if he can't use it.
 

Taft12

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I'm a big fan of Hel/Amn. My Act 2 merc (who I levelled up from 13) was well into the 80's before he hit 195 Strength. The Hel will let him use it at a significantly lower level.

One Shael and Amn will not reach next breakpoint FYI

Excellent advice that I didn't know until now - thanks for pointing that out.
 

Subpoena

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Thanks for all the feedback . . . you've given me a few things to think about. Speed or early utility with a little leech, I think. Decisions, decisions. . . .
 

tard_gang

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don't blow a socket for immediate satisfaction.

Depending on what level you are now it will be worth the wait. Its easy enough to lvl up mercs, especially if you have tele. I've got a low lvl bonehew and my merc really cleans up in pit runs without and sockets being used. If you could add 14% leech it might make him nearly unstoppable.
 

4kiaokiao

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Bonehew needs 195 str and in order to use it without any additional strength equip, a merc needs to be lvl 90 :p

So hel amn may be a wise choice if u don't plan on having + str in the gear that your merc will be using.

IIRC, a bone hew is already available at lvl 64 so its really quite a long way to lvl 90.
 

AnubisXy

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4kiaokiao said:
Bonehew needs 195 str and in order to use it without any additional strength equip, a merc needs to be lvl 90 :p

So hel amn may be a wise choice if u don't plan on having + str in the gear that your merc will be using.

IIRC, a bone hew is already available at lvl 64 so its really quite a long way to lvl 90.
don't waste a hel in it, just socket other things he's wearing with perf amathyst.
 

xnick

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Similar situation

I still have the 2 sockets avaible.
Via the "Duriel's Shell" He gets +15 to str & lot of res. He's so happy that I don't wan't to perturb his equilibrium. A VGaze is givin' a VERY nice 7% leech and 17% DR.

What if I manage to get 40/15s?
What should go in the armor/hedgear?
Are you sure the IAS affects the mercs??
 

Wolv

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Socket it w/ what U want now. If he can use it, I'd go amn amn. Remember, the first rule of thumb for a merc is survival.

If U find something better to socket it w/, U can always unsocket it w/ a hel rune (they aren't THAT hard to get)
 

xnick

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Well, I put a NEF in the Bonehew. I wanted to see how effective would that be. It doesn't knockback 100% of the time, but it occurs.

The merc turns out to be smart enough for not following the knockbacked monster but attack the next closest monster!
My worst fear was he dying for stupidity of pursuing his enemy to death...

I still have one socket remaining. Recently i've found a 40%ed Jewel. Would it be worth?
 

Ducky

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Ack.. Hit this topic too late.
My setup goes
Eth Bonehew, Amn/Shael
Eth 8/8/20/13 Vampgaze 15%ias/23%ed jewel
Upped Duri's shell with 40%ed

The ias helps him meet the next breakpoint
 

peddroelm

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the merc can use bonehew at lvl 64 and soket it wit 2 15 ias/40 ed jewels
30 ias is needed for breakpoint extra mods help use a 3 pAmethist in a griswald armour to give him enough (+50 str) to use it al lvl 64
head pice of your choice
 

noogabooga

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socket Amn-Amn for sure...

if u want to be able to use bonehew earlier then equip ur merc with Duriel Shell. A good helm that goes with this setup is Vampire Gaze.

Once a merc has reached level 90 and has sufficient base str (195) I usually change the gear to Shaftstop + Tal mask.

The two combos I've mentioned above gives both decent %dr and high (if not max) resists. The second set-up adds even more life to ur merc.
 
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