Iron Spiral Barbarian

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MUS01 wrote:With wolf stance, you can use fortress. Fortress is a Handy skill for many, many ubers where going melee is suicidal


Some boss fights are definitely suicidal as melee, like Quov Tsin. I used fortress to beat him. I only put 1 point into it. But I like the synergy that Wolf Companion adds - extended target seek range. I use fortress often for mobs that are spread out/move a lot like in K3K. But in higher ubers you're actually lowering your damage by taking the time to cast it.
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theidleone wrote:Put 15 into Wolf Companion so you can have a few around to tank for you and in case one gets lost

They are untargetable so no tanking, in my experience they are either all in or 1-pointer. With the speed of Wolf Stance you rarely be in their effect anyway. Just saying that those 14 points could be elsewhere. :)


I must be thinking of my reanimates. :)
But if you're running around, you don't need the wolves until you stop and fight things - and they either catch up or reappear. Either way you get the bonus when you need it.

I actually only put 10 into Wolf Companion during my most recent respec. Having three wolves around still seems enough to get the bonus, while only having one was often a problem and having five seemed overkill.
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GreyRook wrote:So, I figured that I'd try this build out, and while I haven't gotten out of Act 1 yet, I was wondering what stat spread you would favour? I've been focusing on Str and Dex with a 3/2 spread, but I don't know if that's good or not. Also, what mercenary do you use and with what gear? I'm curious about what I should keep in mind.


I have 0 points in Dex. Get gear with % bonus to AR (% to Dex won't help much). If you need to dump into Dex early on, go for it, but once you get enough gear and charms with AR bonus, you won't need to put any in Dex.

I have enough STR for equipment and the rest is in VIitality It's still a lot of STR because the requirement on my Ancients' Legacy is around 2000.
Getting % to STR and % to AR is easier than % to Life, and % to Vit helps the more points you have in it. 20k life is what allows me to tank Fauzt and Bremm in full games. I couldn't do it on only 15k or so.

For early-mid game I think all STR is fine. You don't need the extra Vit until 120 or later.
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theidleone wrote:I have 0 points in Dex. Get gear with % bonus to AR (% to Dex won't help much). If you need to dump into Dex early on, go for it, but once you get enough gear and charms with AR bonus, you won't need to put any in Dex.

I have enough STR for equipment and the rest is in VIitality It's still a lot of STR because the requirement on my Ancients' Legacy is around 2000.
Getting % to STR and % to AR is easier than % to Life, and % to Vit helps the more points you have in it. 20k life is what allows me to tank Fauzt and Bremm in full games. I couldn't do it on only 15k or so.

For early-mid game I think all STR is fine. You don't need the extra Vit until 120 or later.

Hm, I see. But, you need dex for shields, and the guide recommends using a shield. Also, what is GotW short for?

Sorry, I'm a scrub and don't actually know what I'm doing. But that's why I'm in this thread.
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theidleone wrote:I have 0 points in Dex. Get gear with % bonus to AR (% to Dex won't help much). If you need to dump into Dex early on, go for it, but once you get enough gear and charms with AR bonus, you won't need to put any in Dex.

I have enough STR for equipment and the rest is in VIitality It's still a lot of STR because the requirement on my Ancients' Legacy is around 2000.
Getting % to STR and % to AR is easier than % to Life, and % to Vit helps the more points you have in it. 20k life is what allows me to tank Fauzt and Bremm in full games. I couldn't do it on only 15k or so.

For early-mid game I think all STR is fine. You don't need the extra Vit until 120 or later.

Hm, I see. But, you need dex for shields, and the guide recommends using a shield. Also, what is GotW short for?

Sorry, I'm a scrub and don't actually know what I'm doing. But that's why I'm in this thread.


Dex requirements on shields are pretty low, and you're not going for chance to block.
GotW is Gift of the Wild - it's a buff that you can get on crafted barb axes (not swords as far as I know).
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theidleone wrote:Dex requirements on shields are pretty low, and you're not going for chance to block.

Okay, I think I get what you're saying: don't invest in dex because I won't use much of it anyway.
theidleone wrote:GotW is Gift of the Wild - it's a buff that you can get on crafted barb axes (not swords as far as I know).

Ah, I see. Like I said, I'm still new to this. Thanks.
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GreyRook wrote:
theidleone wrote:I have 0 points in Dex. Get gear with % bonus to AR (% to Dex won't help much). If you need to dump into Dex early on, go for it, but once you get enough gear and charms with AR bonus, you won't need to put any in Dex.

I have enough STR for equipment and the rest is in VIitality It's still a lot of STR because the requirement on my Ancients' Legacy is around 2000.
Getting % to STR and % to AR is easier than % to Life, and % to Vit helps the more points you have in it. 20k life is what allows me to tank Fauzt and Bremm in full games. I couldn't do it on only 15k or so.

For early-mid game I think all STR is fine. You don't need the extra Vit until 120 or later.

Hm, I see. But, you need dex for shields, and the guide recommends using a shield. Also, what is GotW short for?

Sorry, I'm a scrub and don't actually know what I'm doing. But that's why I'm in this thread.



idem and I am grateful for your update as it allowed me to do Duncraig and find a beautiful object that I have already sold. I do not understand this thing of dexterity, without those points the defense remains low
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antonius wrote:
GreyRook wrote:
theidleone wrote:I have 0 points in Dex. Get gear with % bonus to AR (% to Dex won't help much). If you need to dump into Dex early on, go for it, but once you get enough gear and charms with AR bonus, you won't need to put any in Dex.

I have enough STR for equipment and the rest is in VIitality It's still a lot of STR because the requirement on my Ancients' Legacy is around 2000.
Getting % to STR and % to AR is easier than % to Life, and % to Vit helps the more points you have in it. 20k life is what allows me to tank Fauzt and Bremm in full games. I couldn't do it on only 15k or so.

For early-mid game I think all STR is fine. You don't need the extra Vit until 120 or later.

Hm, I see. But, you need dex for shields, and the guide recommends using a shield. Also, what is GotW short for?

Sorry, I'm a scrub and don't actually know what I'm doing. But that's why I'm in this thread.



idem and I am grateful for your update as it allowed me to do Duncraig and find a beautiful object that I have already sold. I do not understand this thing of dexterity, without those points the defense remains low


You get defense from a few areas:
High def gear
% to total char def MO's
Enhanced Defense MO's (use these on high def gear, but know that you cannot exceed 200% ED on an item, so the MO's won't work after that-but runes still do)
Jah runes


I've used MO's on all my gear. Now every piece of armor adds 20% to my total char defense. Runemaster helps a lot too. I have almost 20 points into it, so I get about 18% def bonus for every rune in my gear. And if you need extra def, use Jah runes in all your sockets.
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let's say that to get certain results, we need the items you listed. Now with the sale of the grandfather, I can buy a few pieces, then turn and evaluate. Already now it's not bad anyway, I just need to improve eq. I have only a doubt about the returns, because if you put the jah you can not put the gems and then the maximum resistance is less ...
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antonius wrote:let's say that to get certain results, we need the items you listed. Now with the sale of the grandfather, I can buy a few pieces, then turn and evaluate. Already now it's not bad anyway, I just need to improve eq. I have only a doubt about the returns, because if you put the jah you can not put the gems and then the maximum resistance is less ...


Adrenaline Rush helps with max resistances. But I don't think you need to use gems to raise your max res unless it's specifically for Teganze or Quov Tsin (in which case use Topspin and Wheel of Fortune with gems and get all your res around 85).
If you're talking about overall res, yes make sure they're all 75+. But use MO's and other gear to do so, don't miss out on the stacked benefit of the rune bonus and the Runemaster bonus.