What's better for Act II Merc

poisonsack

Diabloii.Net Member
What's better for Act II Merc

I found these items:

Steel Pillar (102-118) To (551-640)

25% Chance of Crushing Blow
-20% Target Defense
+25% Increased Attack Speed

http://www.battle.net/diablo2exp/items/elite/uspears.shtml

Bone hew (103-117) To (536-609)

Prevent Monster Heal
30% Increased Attack Speed
50% Chance To Cast Level 16 Bone Spear On Striking

http://www.battle.net/diablo2exp/items/elite/upolearms.shtml

I still think it's Steel Pillar, but I want to know your opinions. I've got Steel Pillar on my Act II merc and the sonovagun kills faster than I do in Hell. I also have that unique balrog spear(http://www.battle.net/diablo2exp/items/elite/ujavelins.shtml). I found them all doing Act I pits. It IS a good place. It dropped a unique shako as well. Anyways, which one?

If anyone wants to trade, please pm me. Runes are what I'm looking for, but I'm not turning down any good trades. (non-ladder). US West.
 

Chimaira

Diabloii.Net Member
I'd say the Bonehew. It's much faster than Steel Pillar and has 2x sockets for Shaels or Amns. Bonehew will be much better for survivability, and they probably do comparable damage when you factor in the crushing blow from Steel Pillar. For Boss fights I'd consider the Steel Pillar because of its crushing blow.
 

poisonsack

Diabloii.Net Member
Chimaira said:
I'd say the Bonehew. It's much faster than Steel Pillar and has 2x sockets for Shaels or Amns. Bonehew will be much better for survivability, and they probably do comparable damage when you factor in the crushing blow from Steel Pillar. For Boss fights I'd consider the Steel Pillar because of its crushing blow.
Ooo, thanks, yeah my merc is one level short of using it. Good stuff. Now if only that death's web will drop in Act I.
 

Nacaa

Diabloii.Net Member
Chimaira said:
I'd say the Bonehew. It's much faster than Steel Pillar and has 2x sockets for Shaels or Amns.
The reason why I would go with Bonehew.
 

Frosty_The_Snowman

Diabloii.Net Member
If you're a melee fighter, Reaper's Toll is one of the best options (because of Decrepify).
If you're a sorceress, Infinity is the best (but very expensive).
If you're a summon necro or whatever else using a specific curse on monsters (like amplify damage for a summon necro), Bonehew is a nice option, because Reaper's would overwrite your specific curse. But in the case of a summon necro, I personnally prefer a +4 Arioc's Needle, so the Might aura of my mercenary is stronger (and so are my skeletons :p).
If you're a hammerdin, Insight is very nice for the mana regeneration.
If... (to be continued...)

So you see, there's no definitive answer to your question, it all depends on your build and your skills.
 

krischan

Europe Trade Moderator
I agree with Chimaira. As you are looking for Death's Web, I guess it's about a poison/bone necro, else Reaper's Toll would be the better choice. A skelemancer's merc would be better off with an upped Kelpie Snare (which might be better versus bosses than Steel Pillar in any case BTW).

BTW, Death's Web is a TC 87 item, so most of the act 1 monsters can't drop it. The only act 1 places where it can drop are the Mausoleum, the Crypt (to a lesser extent) and the Pits. Apart from the "out of sync" areas, TC 87 items start to drop in the flayer jungle (bosses only). In addition, Death's Web is an item with its drop chances being reduced to 1/3 because unearthed wands can have staffmods. That makes it one of the most rare unique weapons in the game. Luckily its qlvl is quite low (74), so all monsters who can drop from TC 87 can drop that wand as well.
 

Chimaira

Diabloii.Net Member
Frosty_The_Snowman said:
So you see, there's no definitive answer to your question, it all depends on your build and your skills.
He wasn't talking about the best mercenary weapon...merely whether he should choose Bonehew or Steel Pillar.
 

vdzele

Diabloii.Net Member
For me the best weapon for a high level merc (>85 level) is:

Obedience (Polearms only)
Hel + Ko + Thul + Eth + Fal

30% Chance To Cast Level 21 Enchant When You Kill An Enemy
40% Faster Hit Recovery
+370% Enhanced Damage
-25% Target Defense
Adds 3-14 Cold Damage
-25% To Enemy Fire Resistance
40% Chance of Crushing Blow
+200-300 Defense (varies)
+10 To Strength
+10 To Dexterity
All Resistances +20-30 (varies)
Requirements -20%

You need to find a Eth Cryptic Axe or Eth Tresher and the damage will be: 230 -1057 (CA) or 84 - 991 (Tresher). Bellow level 85 my merc is using an upgraded Eth Hone Sundan with Amn + Shael + 15% IAS / 32% Ed jewel with a total of stats:

Hone Sundan (Ghost Spear)
Two-Hand Damage: 106 - 784
Required Level: 62
Required Strength: 122
Required Dexterity: 163
Base Weapon Speed: [0]

221% Enhanced Damage
20% Increased attack speed
7% life stolen per hit
Adds 20-40 Damage
45% Chance of Crushing Blow
Repairs 1 Durability In 10 Seconds

All you need to find is a Eth version of these waepons, Eth CA and tresher are about ~pul these days on trade forum. So for of total of a ~UM rune you will have a much better weapon then those two. I have a eth tresher and if you are playing on Europe could sell it to you for a Pul rune :D Eth Hone Sundan is much higher in cost.
 

Wmeredith

Diabloii.Net Member
I have read more places than just on these forums that PMH doesn't work for a merc. I have never seen conclusive evidence either, but that's what I've read.
 

Gorny

Banned
This is not a trade forum, please use one of the trade forums.

I.E. East Standard, West Standard, or Eurpoe, Hardcore, or SP.

Edit : since there is discussion about what is better for an act 2 merc, I will leave this open.
 

Sharaz

Diabloii.Net Member
bonehew! its also kinda fun to see the random bonespears comming out too! and those spears make that awesome sound as they slam thru stacks of minions as it pierces each one :thumbsup:
 

poisonsack

Diabloii.Net Member
aragorn_elessar said:
This is not a trade forum, please use one of the trade forums.

I.E. East Standard, West Standard, or Eurpoe, Hardcore, or SP.

Edit : since there is discussion about what is better for an act 2 merc, I will leave this open.
Haha, thanks for the replies guys. I thinkI'm goingto go with Bonehew. Damn, I didn't know this thread was going to go for so long. Steel Pillar is nice, but if Bonehew is faster then it's what I'm going to go with. I'll get back to you on if pmh works or not. I have to stop using poison. Sorry for the plug. I upped the damage with a +30% increaase damage jewel I found and a flawless skull. I don't got runes!
 

Mister-Hat

Diabloii.Net Member
I think I like Bonehew best, but I have so many freaking characters that I didn't have a Bonehew for everyone. :) Most of my mercs use Bonehew but some use Steel Pillar, some use Ariocs Needle, one uses a Reapers Toll, and one even uses a Demon's Arch. I have even played around with Viperfork on them too. The poison explosion is cool but doesn't really do much. ;)
 
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