Worth Upgrading This Rare?

bigdogadm

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Worth Upgrading This Rare?

Found a rather nice rare hammer. It was just a normal hammer when I found it, but it was cheap and easy enough to upgrade to this exceptional version.

Battle Hammer
One hand damage: 134 to 259
+274% Enhanced damage
Adds 4-17 damage
+62 to maximum damage (based on character level)
+1200 to Attack rating
+27 to life
+50% damage to undead

I have two questions for you D2 gurus out there:

1. Is this worth a Fal and an Um rune to upgrade it to elite?

2. If so, is it worth trading for a really good jewel (say a 40/15 jewel) to put in it, or would just a shael do?

I know rares can go up to 450%ed now, but with 274% and nice max damage/AR bonuses, this hammer seems pretty nice still, probably at least as good as the unique ones like Shaeffer's. I think the damage would be something like 191-303 without anything socketed. Thanks!
 

Wuhan_Clan

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It all depends on what other items you have to substitute it and what kind of character you would be putting this thing on. I would not upgrade the weapon, nor would I use this weapon if was already a legendary mallet. Yeah, the damage is great and nice Fool's prefix but I can approach that with other means and as always, dmg isn't everything. What I see missing that would make it a top rare are leeching and IAS. No one likes to swing a slow weapon do they?
 

Omikron8

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Wuhan_Clan said:
It all depends on what other items you have to substitute it and what kind of character you would be putting this thing on. I would not upgrade the weapon, nor would I use this weapon if was already a legendary mallet. Yeah, the damage is great and nice Fool's prefix but I can approach that with other means and as always, dmg isn't everything. What I see missing that would make it a top rare are leeching and IAS. No one likes to swing a slow weapon do they?
Perhaps, but it would make one hell of a charging weapon for those who don't have access to schaffer's (yes such people exist). The minimum damage is nice and the max damage along with the enormous AR would do great with charge where attack speed means nothing.
 

Ryshenron

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if u have teh access to fal and um runes to upgrade it to elite u should have a way of gettin ur hands on a shaeffers
 

ThereIsNoSpoon

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I'd say upgade it if you have spare fal's or um's, but i would never put a legit 40/15 in this weapon. So runes - worth it if you're not spending fortune to get them, 40/15 - definetly not worth socketing.
 

YomoKimyata

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what about this rare?

rare broad axe (normal)
328% ED
40% IAS
+1 barb skills
+5 strength
few minor mods, cold resist I think

I am wrestling with whether or not to upgrade it to elite (silver edged axe, I believe) on ladder, but have no idea if a 2-hand barb is even viable or if it is a good enough weapon...
 

Omikron8

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YomoKimyata said:
what about this rare?

rare broad axe (normal)
328% ED
40% IAS
+1 barb skills
+5 strength
few minor mods, cold resist I think

I am wrestling with whether or not to upgrade it to elite (silver edged axe, I believe) on ladder, but have no idea if a 2-hand barb is even viable or if it is a good enough weapon...
A Silver-Edge Axe has a base speed of 0. If you upgraded it and put a shael in you would hit -60 which is the last whirlwind breakpoint. A barb could do well with that weapon (whirlwind) if you had some serious sources of attack rating such as ik pieces combo, AR charms, ravenfrost, etc.
 

YomoKimyata

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Omikron8 said:
A Silver-Edge Axe has a base speed of 0. If you upgraded it and put a shael in you would hit -60 which is the last whirlwind breakpoint. A barb could do well with that weapon (whirlwind) if you had some serious sources of attack rating such as ik pieces combo, AR charms, ravenfrost, etc.
i guess my question is whether or not this is worth the runes to upgrade to elite on ladder (east)
 

Fearox

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YomoKimyata said:
i guess my question is whether or not this is worth the runes to upgrade to elite on ladder (east)
I would upgrade it if I were you. Nice ed AND ias AND +1 skills.
 
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