Elder Shaman - Summon Barbarian Guide [1.3]

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I've hit the wall in destruction got a few easy charms but I am SO squishy and minions take 20 years to kill anything. Diablo is just laughing at my pathetic struggle. I am so sad right now.
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Unbreakable wrote:I've hit the wall in destruction got a few easy charms but I am SO squishy and minions take 20 years to kill anything. Diablo is just laughing at my pathetic struggle. I am so sad right now.


And thats the general problem with all those summoner types at this median game - summons are mostly meatshields, regardless of their "attack" stats. I'd say from my summoner barb xp from SP: most of damage is done by merc, summons are buffs and protect him from enemies. Of courseit is possible to efficiently kill with summons but for this you really need top notch equipement+ jewels with summon stats.
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Ruubel wrote:
Unbreakable wrote:I've hit the wall in destruction got a few easy charms but I am SO squishy and minions take 20 years to kill anything. Diablo is just laughing at my pathetic struggle. I am so sad right now.


And thats the general problem with all those summoner types at this median game - summons are mostly meatshields, regardless of their "attack" stats. I'd say from my summoner barb xp from SP: most of damage is done by merc, summons are buffs and protect him from enemies. Of courseit is possible to efficiently kill with summons but for this you really need top notch equipement+ jewels with summon stats.


Crafts are enough to farm and kill with summons alone.
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Unbreakable wrote:I've hit the wall in destruction got a few easy charms but I am SO squishy and minions take 20 years to kill anything. Diablo is just laughing at my pathetic struggle. I am so sad right now.


I had a hard time with Diablo too, but I beat him slowly and surely. While fighting him, I was paying more attention to my summon count than his hitpoints. Even so I found myself having to retreat because he sometimes just wipes out my entire party. I beat him using T6/Honorific gear though.

Later on you might want to farm Tainted and Magical shrines. Right now I'm mostly sporting Tainted craft + Magical blessing gear and farming has been super easy. Always try to get a high ED roll on your crafts when you can. Defense helps a lot in survivability in my experience.

I want to ask: Is the +2 all skills in Kali worth it? Right now I think my Kali gloves are the "weakest" in my gear, and thinking about changing it up. Does the +2 to all skills offset the stats from a good tainted/magical craft?
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SinClaire wrote:I want to ask: Is the +2 all skills in Kali worth it? Right now I think my Kali gloves are the "weakest" in my gear, and thinking about changing it up. Does the +2 to all skills offset the stats from a good tainted/magical craft?


ScarletEdge wrote:As for
Kali
Kali
Gloves

'Pul'
Runeword Level: 45
33% Chance to cast level 6 Fire Splash on Kill
+2 to All Skills
-214 Defense
+10% to Maximum Fire Resist
Fire Resist +31%
Level 2 Possess (124 Charges)
, while I admit that it's mostly meant as a placeholder, it also stands as a reasonable end game equipment. It give a cheap +2 to all skills which is a very important stat since it not only boosts the minions but also the passives and synergies. The low level requirement leaves you with a fair amount of MO space as well.

To give you a clearer image, my order of priority for minion stats are as follows: +Skills > Minion HP > Minion Damage > Minion Resists > Minion AR
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Does max Spirit Guide really help the summon ?
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rapcior wrote:Without damage reduction on bear stance this guide witch kraken stance is shi***...u die so fast -_-


The guide does not recommend kraken stance, or any other stance for a reason. With a good merc, you don't need more damage.

Unbreakable wrote:I've hit the wall in destruction got a few easy charms but I am SO squishy and minions take 20 years to kill anything. Diablo is just laughing at my pathetic struggle. I am so sad right now.


Gear up a merc. Abjurer or Ranger/Priestess work. The nature of summons means they stack on top of each other after teleporting, and take a while to spread out + do damage, they don't attack fast either. Better to just beef them up and let something better suited to attacks do the work.
foolishforty
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Hello.
I've recently just discovered median xl.
Question about merc.:
Does any of the mystic orbs with damage mods worth it for the abjurer merc? I'm trying to decide what to put on a honorific sword.
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foolishforty wrote:Hello.
I've recently just discovered median xl.
Question about merc.:
Does any of the mystic orbs with damage mods worth it for the abjurer merc? I'm trying to decide what to put on a honorific sword.


lightning spell damage. abjurer uses lightning spells and a physical spell (singularity), but mostly lightning spell damage. life after kill and faster cast rate might be good for him (probably don't need FCR if you have spirit guide though)
foolishforty
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Thanks.
Regarding honorific items: I tried putting more MO in one that had some already but won't let me do it. How come?