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What to socket in a Bonehew to make a Merc happy

Discussion in 'Diablo 2 Community Forum' started by Subpoena, Feb 21, 2004.

  1. Subpoena

    Subpoena IncGamers Member

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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?
     
  2. JEDi-MiNDTRiCKS

    JEDi-MiNDTRiCKS Banned

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    Amn-Amn would be nice, or amn-hel at low level then take em out and do amn-amn when you have enough str.
     
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    frozenmagic IncGamers Member

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    amn-amn if he doesnt get enough life leech

    amn-eth if you want your merc to hit more stuff
     
  4. 4kiaokiao

    4kiaokiao IncGamers Member

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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
     
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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?
     
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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.
     
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    Subpoena IncGamers Member

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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. . . .
     
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    tard_gang IncGamers Member

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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.
     
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    4kiaokiao IncGamers Member

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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.
     
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    AnubisXy IncGamers Member

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    don't waste a hel in it, just socket other things he's wearing with perf amathyst.
     
  12. xnick

    xnick IncGamers Member

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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??
     
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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)
     
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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?
     
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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
     
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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
     
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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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