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With a little help from my friends - untwinked Sorc hits 99

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  1. ffs

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    HelpYourself, an untwinked Sorc created almost exactly a year ago, has finally reached her ultimate goal and hit level 99.

    Let me start by saying that to me, the journey of this character is a prime example of an SPF product. It's surprising how a project like this can be approached when making use of all the information within this community, both about game mechanics and efficiency generally and the 99er mission specifically. It has been a great experience to build on the foundation of knowledge and experience of others, while discussing and theorycrafting along the way in order to find an improvement here or there, and to stay at high efficiency during the intimidating amount of hours spent on this mission.

    All these things resulted in an amazing ride for this character, and eventually in what to my knowledge is the fastest XP gain known for 98-99. It truly was the most rewarding and satisfying experience I've had with this game (not to mention the most fun I've had with it, definitely since making my first Enigma and Infinity).

    Hitting 99, Gear and Drops Highlights

    So, here's the final moment:



    Final gear (Nihlathak setup for 98-99)
    Code:
    Griffon's Eye (15/19) socketed with 5/5 facet
    Chains of Honor (13% ED superior Scarab Husk)
    +2 Sorc/9% FCR/8% ML/[email protected] craft amulet
    Crescent Moon (eth Crystal Sword)
    35% Spirit
    Magefist
    Arachnid Mesh
    Nature's Peace (30 PR/11 DR)
    Rare ring: 10 FCR/[email protected] (18 LR)/28 life/18 mana/1 DR
    Aldur's Advance (mostly used WT along with MF and FR SCs for the last level though)
    
    Switch:
    +5 BO CtA (eth Double Axe)
    Spirit
    
    Merc:
    Infinity (eth Thresher from ~98.3 onwards, first Infinity in eth CV before)
    Delirium (eth Demonhead)
    Treachery (eth bugged Wyrmhide)
    
    Inventory:
    3 Skillers, Gheed's
    Life, life/resist SCs, one FHR/FR SC to get to 60% FHR
    
    Body recovery kit in stash:
    eth Hoto Flail ([email protected])
    +3 BO CtA
    Shako 'Sol'
    [email protected] upped Viper
    35% Spirit
    Nature's Peace + rare 20 str ring
    

    GoMule dump (Nihlathak setup)
    Code:
    Name:       HelpYourself
    Class:      Sorceress
    Experience: 3520485254
    Level:      99
    
                Naked/Gear
    Strength:   136/156
    Dexterity:  25/25
    Vitality:   384/406
    Energy:     35/35
    HP:         946/1414
    Mana:       231/367
    Stamina:    546/746
    Defense:    6/1572
    AR:         75/104
    
    Fire:       183/143/83
    Cold:       144/104/44
    Lightning:  179/139/79
    Poison:     179/139/79
    
    MF:         65       Block:      2
    GF:         147
    FR/W:       40
    FHR:        60
    IAS:        20
    FCR:        119
    
    Fire Bolt: 0/0
    Warmth: 1/10
    Inferno: 0/0
    Blaze: 0/0
    Fire Ball: 0/0
    Fire Wall: 0/0
    Enchant: 0/0
    Meteor: 0/0
    Fire Mastery: 0/0
    Hydra: 0/0
    
    Charged Bolt: 20/31
    Static Field: 5/16
    Telekinesis: 1/12
    Nova: 20/31
    Lightning: 20/31
    Chain Lightning: 20/31
    Teleport: 1/12
    Thunder Storm: 0/0
    Energy Shield: 0/0
    Lightning Mastery: 20/31
    
    Ice Bolt: 0/0
    Frozen Armor: 1/9
    Frost Nova: 0/0
    Ice Blast: 0/0
    Shiver Armor: 0/0
    Glacial Spike: 0/0
    Blizzard: 0/0
    Chilling Armor: 0/0
    Frozen Orb: 0/0
    Cold Mastery: 0/0
    
    Arachnid Mesh
    Spiderweb Sash
    Defense: 136
    Durability: 8 of 12
    Required Level: 80
    Required Strength: 50
    Fingerprint: 0x5393e9e7
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Slows Target by 10%
    +117% Enhanced Defense
    Increase Maximum Mana 5%
    Level 3 Venom (11/11 Charges)
    
    Harlequin Crest
    Shako
    Defense: 141
    Durability: 12 of 12
    Required Level: 62
    Required Strength: 50
    Fingerprint: 0x9b6acb4e
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    All Stats +2
    +148 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    +148 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
    Damage Reduced by 10%
    Damage Reduced by 7
    50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Sol Rune
    
    Sol Rune
    Required Level: 27
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: +9 to Minimum Damage
    Armor: Damage Reduced by 7
    Shields: Damage Reduced by 7
    
    Raven Wing
    Amulet
    Required Level: 89
    Fingerprint: 0x5df29f35
    Item Level: 90
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to Sorceress Skill Levels
    +9% Faster Cast Rate
    8% Mana stolen per hit
    +12 to Mana
    Regenerate Mana 4%
    +20 Maximum Stamina
    All Resistances +10
    
    Griffon's Eye
    Diadem
    Defense: 212
    Durability: 19 of 20
    Required Level: 76
    Fingerprint: 0x49c6528b
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 47 Chain Lightning when you Die
    +1 to All Skills
    +25% Faster Cast Rate
    Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
    -24% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +20% to Lightning Skill Damage
    +160 Defense
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Rainbow Facet
    
    Rainbow Facet
    Jewel
    Required Level: 49
    Fingerprint: 0x472bcd23
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 47 Chain Lightning when you Die
    Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
    -5% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +5% to Lightning Skill Damage
    
    Magefist
    Light Gauntlets
    Defense: 25
    Durability: 18 of 18
    Required Level: 23
    Required Strength: 45
    Fingerprint: 0xe6811b62
    Item Level: 49
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
    +30% Enhanced Defense
    +10 Defense
    Regenerate Mana 25%
    
    Tome of Identify
    Fingerprint: 0xcd9de07
    Item Level: 9
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    
    Stone Gyre
    Ring
    Required Level: 43
    Fingerprint: 0x83446a4f
    Item Level: 71
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +10% Faster Cast Rate
    +28 to Life
    +18 to Mana
    All Resistances +4
    Lightning Resist +14%
    Damage Reduced by 1
    
    Chains of Honor
    Superior Scarab Husk
    DolUmBerIst
    Defense: 869
    Durability: 26 of 28
    Required Level: 63
    Required Strength: 95
    Fingerprint: 0xa3e946d5
    Item Level: 84
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +200% Damage to Demons
    +100% Damage to Undead
    8% Life stolen per hit
    +83% Enhanced Defense
    +20 to Strength
    Replenish Life +7
    All Resistances +65
    Damage Reduced by 8%
    25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Dol Rune
    Socketed: Um Rune
    Socketed: Ber Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    
    Dol Rune
    Required Level: 31
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Hit Causes Monster to Flee 25%
    Armor: Replenish Life +7
    Shields: Replenish Life +7
    
    Um Rune
    Required Level: 47
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 25% Chance of Open Wounds
    Armor: Cold Resist +15%
    Lightning Resist +15%
    Fire Resist +15%
    Poison Resist +15%
    Shields: Cold Resist +22%
    Lightning Resist +22%
    Fire Resist +22%
    Poison Resist +22%
    
    Ber Rune
    Required Level: 63
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Armor: Damage Reduced by 8%
    Shields: Damage Reduced by 8%
    
    Ist Rune
    Required Level: 51
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x3961300
    Item Level: 94
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Call to Arms
    War Scepter
    AmnRalMalIstOhm
    One Hand Damage: 39 - 66
    Durability: 70 of 70
    Required Level: 57
    Required Strength: 55
    Fingerprint: 0xe759edba
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +40% Increased Attack Speed
    290% Enhanced Damage
    +150% Damage to Undead
    Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
    7% Life stolen per hit
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +1 to Salvation (Paladin Only)
    +6 to Battle Command
    +3 to Battle Orders
    +2 to Battle Cry
    Replenish Life +12
    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    5 Sockets (5 used)
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    Socketed: Ral Rune
    Socketed: Mal Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    Socketed: Ohm Rune
    
    Amn Rune
    Required Level: 25
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 7% Life stolen per hit
    Armor: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    Shields: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    
    Ral Rune
    Required Level: 19
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
    Armor: Fire Resist +30%
    Shields: Fire Resist +35%
    
    Mal Rune
    Required Level: 49
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Prevent Monster Heal
    Armor: Magic Damage Reduced by 7
    Shields: Magic Damage Reduced by 7
    
    Ist Rune
    Required Level: 51
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    Ohm Rune
    Required Level: 57
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Enhanced Maximum Damage
    Armor: +5% to Maximum Cold Resist
    Shields: +5% to Maximum Cold Resist
    
    Amber Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xe8a07e63
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +19 to Life
    Lightning Resist +10%
    
    Beryl Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x97ec5aa1
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +19 to Life
    Poison Resist +5%
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0xd11681ac
    Item Level: 95
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Garnet Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x346e4bd3
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +16 to Life
    Fire Resist +9%
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x8647b4cc
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x30d7941f
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x2f6e1088
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x2e9a8692
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x2db35f6b
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x53d702d7
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xa634e423
    Item Level: 84
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x8f64cc4b
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +19 to Life
    
    Fine Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xc7d46d4d
    Item Level: 64
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3 to Maximum Damage
    +17 to Attack Rating
    +20 to Life
    
    Fiery Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x63d43039
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 1 - 3 Fire Damage
    +20 to Life
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x87c9ac3c
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Amber Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x3a01c108
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    Lightning Resist +11%
    
    Bronze Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xc0297370
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +12 to Attack Rating
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xbaed94e8
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Garnet Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x7936e154
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +18 to Life
    Fire Resist +8%
    
    Smoking Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 56
    Fingerprint: 0x244b862a
    Item Level: 95
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 9 - 17 Fire Damage
    +19 to Life
    
    Ruby Small Charm of Balance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x3574ca8b
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +5% Faster Hit Recovery
    Fire Resist +10%
    
    Stout Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x512fcb92
    Item Level: 95
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 Defense
    +20 to Life
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x29ebd64a
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Nature's Peace
    Ring
    Required Level: 69
    Fingerprint: 0x77867fe5
    Item Level: 95
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Prevent Monster Heal
    Slain Monsters Rest in Peace
    Poison Resist +30%
    Damage Reduced by 11
    Level 5 Oak Sage (27/27 Charges)
    
    Aldur's Advance
    Battle Boots
    Defense: 46
    Durability: 16 of 18
    Required Level: 45
    Required Strength: 95
    Fingerprint: 0x5a8a029a
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Indestructible
    +40% Faster Run/Walk
    +50 to Life
    +180 Maximum Stamina
    Heal Stamina Plus 32%
    Fire Resist +47%
    10% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    Set (2 items): +15 to Dexterity
    Set (3 items): +15 to Dexterity
    Set (4 items): +15 to Dexterity
    
    
    Skin of the Vipermagi
    Wyrmhide
    Defense: 970
    Durability: 24 of 24
    Required Level: 57
    Required Strength: 84
    Fingerprint: 0xbae8f4cb
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +30% Faster Cast Rate
    +120% Enhanced Defense
    All Resistances +35
    Magic Damage Reduced by 13
    Required Level +7
    
    Heart of the Oak
    Superior Flail
    KoVexPulThul
    One Hand Damage: 1 - 40
    Durability: 16 of 16
    Required Level: 55
    Required Strength: 31
    Required Dexterity: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x49d935b8
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3 to All Skills
    +40% Faster Cast Rate
    13% Enhanced Damage
    +75% Damage to Demons
    +100 to Attack Rating against Demons
    +150% Damage to Undead
    Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    7% Mana stolen per hit
    +10 to Dexterity
    Replenish Life +20
    Increase Maximum Mana 15%
    All Resistances +31
    Level 4 Oak Sage (25/25 Charges)
    Level 14 Raven (60/60 Charges)
    Ethereal
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Ko Rune
    Socketed: Vex Rune
    Socketed: Pul Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    
    Ko Rune
    Required Level: 39
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: +10 to Dexterity
    Armor: +10 to Dexterity
    Shields: +10 to Dexterity
    
    Vex Rune
    Required Level: 55
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 7% Mana stolen per hit
    Armor: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist
    Shields: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist
    
    Pul Rune
    Required Level: 45
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: +75% Damage to Demons
    +100 to Attack Rating against Demons
    Armor: +30% Enhanced Defense
    Shields: +30% Enhanced Defense
    
    Thul Rune
    Required Level: 23
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    Armor: Cold Resist +30%
    Shields: Cold Resist +35%
    
    Beast Turn
    Ring
    Required Level: 66
    Fingerprint: 0x33b10036
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +31 to Attack Rating
    +20 to Strength
    +27 to Life
    +18 Maximum Stamina
    All Resistances +3
    Level 5 Fire Bolt (18/32 Charges)
    
    Nature's Peace
    Ring
    Required Level: 69
    Fingerprint: 0x6244bee7
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Prevent Monster Heal
    Slain Monsters Rest in Peace
    Poison Resist +22%
    Damage Reduced by 11
    Level 5 Oak Sage (27/27 Charges)
    
    Gheed's Fortune
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 62
    Fingerprint: 0xd3204c62
    Item Level: 95
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    147% Extra Gold from Monsters
    Reduces all Vendor Prices 12%
    40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    Spirit
    Monarch
    TalThulOrtAmn
    Defense: 138
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 86 of 86
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 156
    Fingerprint: 0xd284b43b
    Item Level: 82
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +35% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +98 to Mana
    Cold Resist +35%
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Poison Resist +35%
    +6 Magic Absorb
    Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Tal Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    Socketed: Ort Rune
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    
    Tal Rune
    Required Level: 17
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
    Armor: Poison Resist +30%
    Shields: Poison Resist +35%
    
    Thul Rune
    Required Level: 23
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    Armor: Cold Resist +30%
    Shields: Cold Resist +35%
    
    Ort Rune
    Required Level: 21
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 1 - 50 Lightning Damage
    Armor: Lightning Resist +30%
    Shields: Lightning Resist +35%
    
    Amn Rune
    Required Level: 25
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 7% Life stolen per hit
    Armor: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    Shields: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    
    Full Rejuvenation Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 100%
    Replenishes Health 100%
    
    Full Rejuvenation Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 100%
    Replenishes Health 100%
    
    Full Rejuvenation Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 100%
    Replenishes Health 100%
    
    Full Rejuvenation Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 100%
    Replenishes Health 100%
    
    Full Rejuvenation Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 100%
    Replenishes Health 100%
    
    Horadric Cube
    Fingerprint: 0x16dcbb7
    Item Level: 13
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    
    Full Rejuvenation Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 100%
    Replenishes Health 100%
    
    Super Mana Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 250%
    
    Super Mana Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 250%
    
    Super Mana Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 250%
    
    Perfect Ruby
    Required Level: 18
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 15 - 20 Fire Damage
    Armor: +38 to Life
    Shields: Fire Resist +40%
    
    Full Rejuvenation Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 100%
    Replenishes Health 100%
    
    Full Rejuvenation Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 100%
    Replenishes Health 100%
    
    Full Rejuvenation Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 100%
    Replenishes Health 100%
    
    Rejuvenation Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 35%
    Replenishes Health 35%
    
    Call to Arms
    Double Axe
    AmnRalMalIstOhm
    One Hand Damage: 26 - 71
    Durability: 13 of 13
    Required Level: 57
    Required Strength: 33
    Fingerprint: 0x68476366
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +40% Increased Attack Speed
    275% Enhanced Damage
    Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
    7% Life stolen per hit
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +4 to Battle Command
    +5 to Battle Orders
    +2 to Battle Cry
    Replenish Life +12
    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Ethereal
    5 Sockets (5 used)
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    Socketed: Ral Rune
    Socketed: Mal Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    Socketed: Ohm Rune
    
    Amn Rune
    Required Level: 25
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 7% Life stolen per hit
    Armor: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    Shields: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    
    Ral Rune
    Required Level: 19
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
    Armor: Fire Resist +30%
    Shields: Fire Resist +35%
    
    Mal Rune
    Required Level: 49
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Prevent Monster Heal
    Armor: Magic Damage Reduced by 7
    Shields: Magic Damage Reduced by 7
    
    Ist Rune
    Required Level: 51
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    Ohm Rune
    Required Level: 57
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Enhanced Maximum Damage
    Armor: +5% to Maximum Cold Resist
    Shields: +5% to Maximum Cold Resist
    
    Spirit
    Monarch
    TalThulOrtAmn
    Defense: 133
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 86 of 86
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 156
    Fingerprint: 0x72fa7708
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +30% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +105 to Mana
    Cold Resist +35%
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Poison Resist +35%
    +3 Magic Absorb
    Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Tal Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    Socketed: Ort Rune
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    
    Tal Rune
    Required Level: 17
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
    Armor: Poison Resist +30%
    Shields: Poison Resist +35%
    
    Thul Rune
    Required Level: 23
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    Armor: Cold Resist +30%
    Shields: Cold Resist +35%
    
    Ort Rune
    Required Level: 21
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 1 - 50 Lightning Damage
    Armor: Lightning Resist +30%
    Shields: Lightning Resist +35%
    
    Amn Rune
    Required Level: 25
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 7% Life stolen per hit
    Armor: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    Shields: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    
    Crescent Moon
    Crystal Sword
    ShaelUmTir
    One Hand Damage: 20 - 64
    Durability: 11 of 11
    Required Level: 47
    Required Strength: 33
    Fingerprint: 0xd4c479d
    Item Level: 81
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    10% Chance to cast level 17 Chain Lightning on striking
    7% Chance to cast level 13 Static Field on striking
    +20% Increased Attack Speed
    192% Enhanced Damage
    Ignore Target's Defense
    -35% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    25% Chance of Open Wounds
    +9 Magic Absorb
    +2 to Mana after each Kill
    Level 18 Summon Spirit Wolf (30/30 Charges)
    Ethereal
    3 Sockets (3 used)
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    Socketed: Um Rune
    Socketed: Tir Rune
    
    Shael Rune
    Required Level: 29
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: +20% Increased Attack Speed
    Armor: +20% Faster Hit Recovery
    Shields: +20% Faster Block Rate
    
    Um Rune
    Required Level: 47
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 25% Chance of Open Wounds
    Armor: Cold Resist +15%
    Lightning Resist +15%
    Fire Resist +15%
    Poison Resist +15%
    Shields: Cold Resist +22%
    Lightning Resist +22%
    Fire Resist +22%
    Poison Resist +22%
    
    Tir Rune
    Required Level: 13
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: +2 to Mana after each Kill
    Armor: +2 to Mana after each Kill
    Shields: +2 to Mana after each Kill
    
    Spirit
    Monarch
    TalThulOrtAmn
    Defense: 145
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 84 of 86
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 156
    Fingerprint: 0x24d16ecc
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +35% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +106 to Mana
    Cold Resist +35%
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Poison Resist +35%
    +3 Magic Absorb
    Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Tal Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    Socketed: Ort Rune
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    
    Tal Rune
    Required Level: 17
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
    Armor: Poison Resist +30%
    Shields: Poison Resist +35%
    
    Thul Rune
    Required Level: 23
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    Armor: Cold Resist +30%
    Shields: Cold Resist +35%
    
    Ort Rune
    Required Level: 21
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 1 - 50 Lightning Damage
    Armor: Lightning Resist +30%
    Shields: Lightning Resist +35%
    
    Amn Rune
    Required Level: 25
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 7% Life stolen per hit
    Armor: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    Shields: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    
    Mercenary:
    
    Name:       Fazel
    Race:       Desert Mercenary
    Type:       Def-Nightmare
    Experience: 114103188
    Level:      98
    Dead?:      false
    
                Naked/Gear
    Strength:   209/209
    Dexterity:  169/169
    HP:         2287/2287
    Defense:    1671/3169
    AR:         2066/2066
    
    Fire:       162/122/62
    Cold:       192/152/92
    Lightning:  162/122/62
    Poison:    162/122/62
    
    Treachery
    Wyrmhide
    ShaelThulLem
    Defense: 1030
    Durability: 13 of 13
    Required Level: 50
    Required Strength: 74
    Fingerprint: 0x60fa3212
    Item Level: 81
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    5% Chance to cast level 15 Fade when struck
    25% Chance to cast level 15 Venom on striking
    +2 to Assassin Skill Levels
    +45% Increased Attack Speed
    +20% Faster Hit Recovery
    Cold Resist +30%
    50% Extra Gold from Monsters
    Ethereal
    3 Sockets (3 used)
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    Socketed: Lem Rune
    
    Shael Rune
    Required Level: 29
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: +20% Increased Attack Speed
    Armor: +20% Faster Hit Recovery
    Shields: +20% Faster Block Rate
    
    Thul Rune
    Required Level: 23
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    Armor: Cold Resist +30%
    Shields: Cold Resist +35%
    
    Lem Rune
    Required Level: 43
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 75% Extra Gold from Monsters
    Armor: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters
    Shields: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters
    
    
    Delirium
    Demonhead
    LemIstIo
    Defense: 468
    Durability: 11 of 11
    Required Level: 55
    Required Strength: 92
    Fingerprint: 0x4e69d0da
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    1% Chance to cast level 50 Delirium when struck
    6% Chance to cast level 14 Mind Blast when struck
    14% Chance to cast level 13 Terror when struck
    11% Chance to cast level 18 Confuse on striking
    +2 to All Skills
    +261 Defense
    +10 to Vitality
    50% Extra Gold from Monsters
    25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Level 17 Attract (60/60 Charges)
    Ethereal
    3 Sockets (3 used)
    Socketed: Lem Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    Socketed: Io Rune
    
    Lem Rune
    Required Level: 43
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 75% Extra Gold from Monsters
    Armor: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters
    Shields: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters
    
    Ist Rune
    Required Level: 51
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    Io Rune
    Required Level: 35
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: +10 to Vitality
    Armor: +10 to Vitality
    Shields: +10 to Vitality
    
    
    Infinity
    Thresher
    BerMalBerIst
    Two Hand Damage: 72 - 846
    Durability: 33 of 33
    Required Level: 63
    Required Strength: 142
    Required Dexterity: 108
    Fingerprint: 0xd3491066
    Item Level: 84
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    50% Chance to cast level 20 Chain Lightning when you Kill an Enemy
    Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
    +35% Faster Run/Walk
    301% Enhanced Damage
    -47% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    40% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +49 to Vitality (Based on Character Level)
    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Level 21 Cyclone Armor (30/30 Charges)
    Ethereal
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Ber Rune
    Socketed: Mal Rune
    Socketed: Ber Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    
    Ber Rune
    Required Level: 63
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Armor: Damage Reduced by 8%
    Shields: Damage Reduced by 8%
    
    Mal Rune
    Required Level: 49
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Prevent Monster Heal
    Armor: Magic Damage Reduced by 7
    Shields: Magic Damage Reduced by 7
    
    Ber Rune
    Required Level: 63
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 20% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Armor: Damage Reduced by 8%
    Shields: Damage Reduced by 8%
    
    Ist Rune
    Required Level: 51
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    

    For general purposes she was mostly running a [email protected] Hoto, Bloodfist, Mara's and BKWB + SoJ in the respective slots. Standard Merc setup was Andy's with IAS jewel and eth bugged Fortitude Scarab Husk along with Infinity.

    Let's go through the highlights of her drops and other gear quickly to get that out of the way. It was a lot of stuff :) but of course that's not what this was all about. A brief summary of her journey will follow, including some details here and there and an explanation of the gearing choices.

    Runewords and runes:
    Runewords made:
    2x Infinity (eth CV, eth Thresher)
    1x Chains of Honor (superior 13% ED Scarab Husk)
    1x Fortitude (eth bugged Scarab Husk)
    6x Call to Arms (one +5 BO, others 1-3 BO)
    2x Heart of the Oak (Flail [email protected], eth Flail [email protected])
    1x Crescent Moon (eth Crystal Sword)
    1x Delirium (eth Demonhead)

    Mid/low level runewords for sake of completeness:
    3x Insight (non-eth Thresher, lower lvl bases)
    1x Stone (eth bugged Hellforge Plate)
    2x Treachery (eth bugged Wyrmhide, eth Dusk Shroud)
    4x Spirit (35/35/30 FCR Monarchs, 32 FCR Broad Sword)
    1x Edge
    1x Stealth

    Further/leftover HRs (Gul+)
    3x Gul
    3x Lo
    5x Sur
    1x Ber
    1x Cham

    EDIT: See post below for where the remaining HRs ended up.

    S&U highlights:

    Griffon's Eye (+15/-19)
    Eth Death Cleaver (271 ED)
    Mang Song's Lesson (grailer)
    Windforce
    Stormlash (miserable 241 ED, but also a grailer)
    Grandfather (248 ED)
    2x Azurewrath (one 11 aura/267ed)
    Earth Shifter
    2x Schaefer's Hammer
    Ravenlore (-13 EFR)
    3x Tomb Reaver (one 3os, one eth 1os)
    5x Stone Crusher
    Natalya's Mark
    2x Giant Skull (1os and 2os, first was a grailer)
    6x Nightwing's Veil (one 15% CSD, one eth)
    3x Head Hunter's Glory (one 3os)
    Griswold's Honor
    Griswold's Valor
    4x Mara's
    3x SoJ
    3x BKWB
    Blizzard Ormus (+8 others, i.a. Meteor)
    4x Eschuta's Temper (best one +3/17 F/13 L, three low/average ones)
    2x Boneflame (+2/+3 skills)
    Stormspire
    Steel Shade
    11x RBF (plus one lost when Delirium bug crashed the game - the only item lost by it)
    4x Arach
    2x eth Demon's Arch
    Eth Kelpie Snare
    3x Lacerator
    2x Warshrike
    Viper [email protected] (upped to Wyrmhide and used before CoH was made)
    Eth Blinkbat's Form (eth grailer)
    Torch of Iro (grailer)

    Rare/craft/charms highlights:
    2 Sin/20 FCR/47 life/[email protected] (47 FR) Tiara
    2/20 P&B craft amulet
    2/20 Amazon craft amulet
    2/19 Pally Combat craft amulet
    2/9/[email protected] Sorc craft amulet (the one she used)
    2 Amazon/8 ML/@ Tiara
    2 Amazon/20 FCR/30% ED Circlet
    +5 Tornado Pelt

    Charms:
    Skillers: 53 total, 7 with life
    15 Sharp GCs (including 2x Sharp GC of Vita)
    2x Shimmering GC of Vita/Life
    2x 250+ psn SCs
    13x life/resist SCs
    6x FHR/resist SCs
    5x fine SCs with life
    2x life/mana SCs

    Fun facts
    • No level 85 area running! After running Meph, LK and Pindle until the Griffon's drop (and subsequent decision to go pure Lightning), I realized that there were no further S&Us to be obtained but merely runewords. She spent less than 20 minutes total in areas like AT or Pits.
    • Forgetting about the 5/5 facet (see below). She was so sure about being a Blizzy when it dropped, that I failed to remember it for days after the Lightning respec decision was made and Griffon's was socketed. It was only after finding another facet days later and dropping it in GoMule that I thought "wait a minute"...
    • Rolling six CtAs. The 5th one (+5 BO) was the first that rolled higher than +3 BO. She rolled a sixth one just because why not, which rather failed again at +2 BO.

    With that out of the way, let me recap her journey (I'll try to be brief ;)).

    The Beginning

    She started out as a Blizzballer when I entered her into @Kitteh's reboot of the untwinked 99er challenge last June. After questing through the game (which wasn't that easy to be frank, not having played untwinked in many years), she ran LK for a bit and was quickly able to make her (first) Hoto, which rolled a nice [email protected] (update post). She also ran Mephisto and picked up her first decent pieces of gear such as Naj's Light Plate and Skullder's Ire. A [email protected] Viper followed soon, together with her first CtA (+3 BO) and an eth bugged Stone for the Merc. She was lucky with Meph moreover being kind enough to drop further essentials, in particular Arachnid Mesh, Shako, War Travelers and Tal Rasha's amulet. She spent her first socket quest on the Shako, naturally assuming it would be used as part of her end-game gear (which turned out not to be the case though).

    At this point she was level 91 and I was pretty happy with her untwinked journey up to that point, but didn't think I'd see her through to 99 to be honest. Instead, I took a long break from the game when summer came around. I eventually got back to her in September, hitting LK again as she was only one Sur away from CoH.

    A Decisive Drop

    Everything changed for her when this happened shortly after coming back, after literally just a handful of Pindle runs: Not only a Griffon's Eye, but an almost perfect one at 15/19. She had found a 5/5 Lightning facet before from Mephisto (it was kind of funny as I've realized that only a couple of days after the Griffon's drop), which of course became part of the core piece of her equipment that dictated the remainder of her journey:

    Code:
    Griffon's Eye
    Diadem
    Defense: 212
    Durability: 19 of 20
    Required Level: 76
    Fingerprint: 0x49c6528b
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 47 Chain Lightning when you Die
    +1 to All Skills
    +25% Faster Cast Rate
    Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
    -24% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +20% to Lightning Skill Damage
    +160 Defense 1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Rainbow Facet
     
    Rainbow Facet
    Jewel
    Required Level: 49
    Fingerprint: 0x472bcd23
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 47 Chain Lightning when you Die
    Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
    -5% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +5% to Lightning Skill Damage 

    After some initial hesitation, and a little convincing to be credited to @T72on1 and @PhineasB, I decided that this drop on an untwinked Sorc had to be put to use. So I prepared to respec to pure Lightning and farm Infinity. In hindsight, this was probably the moment when I thought I might get her to 99. Shortly after she crafted a nice FCR amulet which she used for the majority of her journey (including 98-99) and worked on getting more runes.

    After another break in October, she went back to running and farmed the remaining runes for Infinity rather quickly. She wasn't too lucky in terms of a good base though. After looking for racks until I almost went mad, I settled for a CV when I found a rack to keep things moving, and made her first Infinity.

    More LK running then led to an eth bugged Fortitude for Merc and CoH for herself, while still failing multiple times to improve over her +3 BO CtA. :mad:

    Transitioning to the XP Grind

    At this point she was already mixing in XP runs. When running the numbers while running CS and Baal until 94, it turned out Baaling was the way to go for her after the Lightning respec. I dug out and relied heavily on a post by @NanoMist including XP tables, which was hugely helpful in quickly determining where the highest efficiency was for her. She also did dedicated Andariel runs in order to get a +1 ring, which actually worked, netting her first BKWB. Around this time she also finally got a good CtA (+5 BO) with her fifth try, performed some more XP gain tests, and subsequently fully transitioned to XP runs.

    She ran Baal/waves for 94 to 98, starting to include Baal himself from level 95 onwards, which coincided with winter MFO coming around. She signed up for that and ran with a higher MF setup in the Baal category and, inter alia, found a SoJ (update post). Generally, despite Baal being notoriously stingy, drops turned out to be surprisingly nice in particular from 97 to 97.50, picking up a Windforce and an overall grailer addition in Mang Song's Lesson.

    The Final Stretch: 98-99

    Due to a massive work schedule for me in November and December, progress slowed down significantly around that time, but she picked up speed again towards the end of the year.

    When she hit 97, I began to think about the 98-99 stage as well, and started to compare Hoto and Crescent Moon setups. While edging closer to and after eventually hitting 98 just before New Year's, there was another crucial stretch of theorycrafting and fruitful discussion, in particular with @PhineasB and @NanoMist weighing in on several topics such as XP shrines and frequency of immune rolls. As a result I concluded that a Crescent Moon setup for Nihlathak would have strong potential, given that Nihl rolls LI about 1/6 times, and having determined how CM outperforms Hoto by about 50% vs. broken LIs after running the numbers for her. The main idea was to take advantage of the fact that the massive amount of -ELR from faceted Griffon's and CM is applied in full after Conviction breaks an immunity. The aura only works at 20% efficiency when facing an immunity, thus barely breaking it, and therefore runs would often be too slow and troublesome to finish with a Hoto setup (resulting in aborted runs which hurt the average).

    The underlying reasoning for her setup turned out to hold true. She was able to constantly push through breakable LI rolls and became the first untwinked 99er in the reboot to eclipse 3 million XP/h. This was greatly aided by the fact that I didn't suffer from an annoying S&E lag when running Nihl, which adds several seconds to run times and which most players seemed to encounter. But I didn't know that she would improve upon this significantly later on.

    Running Nihlathak also started out nicely in terms of drops, and I got lots of helpful advice from @PhineasB and @T72on1 when it came to running him reasonably safely after starting out (clumsily, I might add, as I was not experienced with running him at all), such as side-stepping vs. Vipers or holding Alt while teleporting.

    It was not all fine and dandy though. In a couple of painful experiences, she died several times early on, including one particularly ugly instance just after getting down the first 10% of the level: After getting stuck while teleporting through Halls of Pain, she landed in an ugly pack and died, which was embarrassing enough on its own. The Delirium bug then caused the game to crash during corpse recovery (at least the only failed recovery for her), as I had forgotten to remove it from the Merc, resulting in the loss of 29m XP. In an attempt to quickly make up for the lost experience, I stupidly let her die again on her way to 98.25 shortly after reaching 10% (for the second time).

    Things were not going so well at all. :oops: :mad: :rolleyes:

    However, she bounced back like a champ and responded by improving her efficiency, getting to an unheard of XP gain of 4 million XP/h. :eek: From then on, and after adjusting my routine a little bit in terms of better safety, things went smoothly all the way to the end, and she didn't get into any other truly dangerous situation whatsoever for the rest of the level. In particular, apart from the numerous great tips from the untwinked 99er crowd, running with a finger resting on Esc proved to be the most significant safety improvement, much more so than any damage reduction gear or other defensive stats.

    Around the 98.3 mark, she finally rolled 4 sockets into an eth Thresher and made another Infinity. Around this time she had some of her nicest drops with a Stormlash (grailer for me), a nicely rolled eth Death Cleaver and several other good drops and crafts, including two 2/20 amulets (P&B and Amazon).

    Another period of way too much work came my way early this year, followed by a rather long vacation and eventually @Grape hosting the RFL, which I had to participate in of course. This resulted in barely any progress at all from February to April. I found more time to run again after RFL round 2 ended, and hit 98.75 with her.

    In a Herculean effort, if I may say so, I then ran her all the way to the end, gaining ~95m XP in the last 10 days or so (and in the face of a ~60h work week ;)). In this stretch she also delivered her best run times, at least to the extent I timed her, getting up to ~4.4m per hour. :eek: :eek: Her incredible performance regarding pace of XP gain for the last level may be the aspect of her journey I'm most happy about. Recorded a batch of runs extrapolating to ~4.2m per hour (with exceptionally bad luck regarding XP shrines, i.e. none sticking around for the kill at all) in this video:



    Her final upgrade was a third skiller at 98.8. She can't complain about her overall drops, but had not been too lucky with Lightning skillers. Overall drops continued to be good until the end, when she hit 3.5b and 99 the following day, finding a couple of grailers for her during the last stretch.

    Things to come

    She will probably stay untwinked, and do whatever she wants without fear of dying. ;) I am planning a sept with characters using only items found by untwinked characters to make use of some of the cool stuff she found. She might also do a little bit of cheesy additional farming if a rune or two turns out to be required for that. :p

    As for me personally, I will finish the RFL currently taking place and start the abovementioned sept, but probably will play quite a bit less in the near future. ;) I did start another untwinked 99er a couple of months ago, to have something else to go to when I needed some variation from grinding with HelpYourself: A Fishymancer called Ric who is currently at 93 and has assembled his core gear as well. I might play him more going forward and see where he ends up!

    Thank you!

    There are many people to thank, first and foremost the whole untwinked 99er crowd - @Kitteh for starting the challenge in the first place, but really everyone being active in it (past and present) and thereby providing a great deal of crucial information and motivation. Special shout-outs to @PhineasB, @T72on1 and @NanoMist, I'm 100% sure I wouldn't be done by now without their really invaluable comments and tips for this task in numerous phases of the journey. Other active runners like @Yng and @Grape simultanously running with Sorcs need to be mentioned also, and of course @Pb_pal whose vids and posts (especially regarding Nihl running) were a great source of information as well. There are many more SPF members past and present whose posts I've consulted in different stages, can't single out anyone -- so I guess final massive thanks to the SPF in general! :)

    Thanks all, and thanks for reading, it has been a blast! :)

    ***

    EDIT: Way too many typos :) also removed pics (somehow formatting was ugly and not necessary anyway as screenshots are in linked posts) and added some more details/drops and information. Fixed incorrect links; added use of remaining HRs.
     
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    Fantastic write-up! #6 for the tournament, just awesome work. The speed of the runs is terrifying... I would never run it simply because I don't enjoy Nhilithak much, but holy crap, those runs! :D Another addition to be added to the Hall of Fame...

    ...take your place, HelpYourself!
     
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    Insane! Such a pleasure to read and watch!

    Congrat
     
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    I'll say it here also: congrats on the huge accomplishment! It was very fun to watch HelpYourself's journey, and especially marvel at the efficiency for that last level. And that is a great write up; thanks for taking the time on it!

    I'm glad I gave you that little nudge to go pure lightning :p If I hadn't already done level 98-99 on Nihl with a lightning sorc, I might even want to try it myself!
     
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    Major congrats ! Also big thumbs up for the very good write-up.

    Glad I could be of help. The inspiration definitely is mutual :).
     
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    Added some information to the write-up and made it look less ugly for when revisiting her journey some time in the future. ;)

    I'll add runewords made for the upcoming sept later on once I start making them (to the extent it's done with her stuff and not my Necro's of course).

    Thanks everyone, like I said she had the best support one could possibly hope for!
     
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    2x Infinity, CoH, 6x CtA and several HR's to spare. Yep, sounds totally untwinked to me. :rolleyes: Perhaps i'm too old, but i remember the days when even fully twinked chars didn't have that kinda runes to play with.

    That xp gain per hour is insane. Just wow. If i had that, or even something close to it, i would've finished my complete 99 sept before quitting.

    Anyhow, congrats ffs on a wonderful performance :). And don't forget to add her to the all time 99 list.
     
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    Thanks @Cyrax, and I totally should have mentioned you as well, the fact that someone insanely managed four 99ers was definitely huge in terms of motivation to tackle this at all. ;)

    Haha, yeah so do I -- maybe precisely because of that she has spent a lot of time in LK and took advantage of post-1.13 drop rates. In particular though, it was her bad luck with CtAs that made her go back to LK several times, which also explains the high amount of Surs. But admittedly her HR drops also from other areas have been above average, with a strong finish to top it off (Nihl dropped 2x Gul, 2x Sur and 1x Lo during her last week of running).

    Oh and given my second untwinked 99er entry is a Fishymancer, I've been meaning to ask you a couple of things for leveling. Been visiting Raising_dead's write-up a few times and might come back to you in that regard. ;)

    Totally forgot about the general 99 thread, will update her in there as well!
     
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    Congrats!! Love the write up, even though I recall most of it from the 99er thread, it's still great to read a big recap of it all. Great job with the final stretch, that speed is really something.
     
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    Let me say that this has been a great post to me.
    I feel that you really like the game. And this is something
    I care about. Thumbs up for a timeless statement for the
    love of the game!

    Regards, Tom
     
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    Big congtrats!! Another inspiring 99 thread!

    More threads like that and maybe one day I will manage to force myself too through all the endless runs and bring at least a twinked char to 99….

    Well done @ffs!
     
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    Well, for f***’s sake(maybe I am wrong, but I always said this in my mind when seeing one of your posts, and I am very dirty minded to boot). Congrats on the massive XP gain in the closing rounds and for reaching untwinked 99er status!!!
     
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    Doesn't everyone?

    @ffs Not sure why you'd mention me. Haven't helped a bit with your sorc. At least, not that i'm aware of. :D If you have questions about the necro, feel free to ask. Not sure if i can answer everything, but i'll try.
     
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    Not in a specific way, but when I read that someone had done four 99ers I thought "Well I guess it can't be that hard to at least get one..." It made it less daunting to go for this insanity, so basically I blame you for causing me to start wasting countless hours. ;) Probably your crazy 99er feat will trick others into doing the same -- well done! I fear for all of us if @PhineasB ever finishes his sept, and yes he is secretly going for it, don't fool yourselves! :)
     
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    Great write-up, awesome character and an epic last stretch! Congrats :)

    This will be an important benchmark for many future 99ers, especially those going full lightning for the last level.

    That's kind of an open seceret, isn't it :p
     
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    I think it might be because you've done this four times, contributed a fair amount to theorycrafting and those four 99ers inspire people a little bit? :p

    I also aimed for 99 with my summoner Malawi, so feel free to chuck questions my way for an alternative viewpoint, although I restarted before he reached 99, so Cyrax can better describe whether he got bored of it by 99 :p
     
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    Amazing! Huge congrats, and just an incredible assortment of gear. Was a very fun journey to follow, especially at the end there. Awesome vids, awesome stats, awesome char. Very well done. :)




    I'm still angry at you for your loading times.
     
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    That's allright. I think i already got blamed for Trump, Brexit and world hunger, so in that regard this isn't so bad. :p
     
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    Can I blame you for my generation being a bunch of wimps? I mean, it's only one more thing, right?
     
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    I think that's more in the "would be cool" category than a goal at this point, actually. Sure, I have a fifth potential entry in the untwinked 99er reboot as my Zon in the S/U tourney that @jiansonz is hosting. But I've also calculated that my pally (who would be *only* the third 99er) has about 125 hours to ping the final level. :eek: So I'll try to avoid getting too far out over my skis on talking about a sept ;)

    To avoid hijacking the thread entirely, congrats again to @ffs - I'm looking forward to Ric's continued progress!
     
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