Where do I go from here? (a necromancer's mid life crisis) Hello all. I'm a long time lurker, and have read many of the necromancer guides here (including Nightfish's excellent fishy-mancer guide). After a year away, I came back to Diablo and started a skelliemancer. (The game really sinks its claws into you.) I've had good luck with trading and finding so far. I'm at level 73. But now I'm at hell Act 1, and I don't know what to do with myself. My mercenary can barely survive, because of his crap gear, and once I raise skeletons, they kill ridiculously slow. I've seen others claim skelliemancers go strong all the way into act 4, but I'm crapping out already. My equipment so far: Arm of King Leoric Peasant Crown Trang's Gloves Homunculus w/ Pdiamond Marrowwalks Rare Archon Plate +1 summoning +mf amulet 2 rare rings with little resist, and mana Sigon's belt (I know, why am I still wearing this?) Some resist and mana grand charms Mercenary has: Rockfleece Edit: Husoldal Evo Bec de Corbin (just found after posting, should do better damage than old cruel war scythe) Sh*tty helmet Before you say that I, or my mercenary, need better gear, I don't have the funds to buy everything. This is my first new char. Lately I tried countess runs, but they take fairly long without being able to teleport, and when I finally get down there she does something like drop 3 el runes! Is the ride over? Are skelliemancers just not viable in hell? But they're so fun to play! What am I doing wrong? Is there a god? Any advice about where I should go from here would be greatly appreciated.