Wolfbarb and Beast I built a wolfbarb a while ago for council running. (Aside: I actually built a WW barb, but discovered halfway through hell that I hate WW, so I respeced to a wolfbarb and had way more fun.) With Grief, Fortitude, LoH, Goreriders and Highlords he pretty much just mows through non-bosses, but I still haven't entirely settled on an offhand weapon. I started off using a shield, but his block animation was aggravatingly slow. I suspect that wolves should never use shields (well, maybe if they have low block % and base dex). Anyways, I then tried Heart of the Oak. The resists and skills are quite nice, but my HotO is in an ethereal flail and I kept getting paranoid that I'd accidentally swing with it instead of the Grief. I finally settled on a Silence BA. It has massive resists, which aren't terribly necessary but free up some charm space, and +2 skills to pump up the Feral Rage and various passives a bit. I like this option a lot, but I've been looking for a more powerful offensive option (since he's already built like a brick). So here's my question: Will Beast be useful? I have three Sur's (from 1.12 and 1.13 LK) that I was saving for Enigma, but this guy is a pretty good rune finder, so I wouldn't mind terribly if I spent two on him. Obviously, the ED from Fanaticism will be good, and I think the AR will just about cancel out the charms I have to spend on resists (although I haven't really checked too carefully). I still can't tell, though, if Fanaticism will change my attack speed at all in wereform. I understand how WIAS and OIAS work, but I've never used Fanaticism before. (In fact, as far as my searches can tell, not many people have ever used it with wolves before. Maybe that's a clue.) Does the SIAS from Fanaticism have a noticeable effect on wereform attack rates? In particular, if anyone knows how to calculate it, will it change my attack rate (37% Grief if it matters, and I'd love to know how you calculate it)? It would also help my merc, but that's mostly just important when Vilehand (or whatever his name is) is PI. Otherwise, I tend to move so much faster than the merc that he gets left behind. (I suppose it might be better to pop in and out of the durance to collect him.) Tl;Dr: Will Beast make a big difference for the wolfbarb? Will it make a big difference for the merc? In your opinion, is this (plus some cool random new classes) worth delaying Enigma for a while? Thanks for your help.