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any tricks for knowing which one is the real belial? i'm struggling, also i changed to the physical build and still having trouble staying alive, do i just suck?
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Tbh, there's so much stuff on screen druing the Belial fight that I never know what's going on. I personally can't tell which one is the real Belial, but supposedly, he's a different color (purple, or something). There's also something about him turning into a rat. Idk. I always end up killing him by accident. I just run around, dodge spells, Fusillade stuff, Bladestorm stuff when I can, and retreat to regen when necessary.

More generally, part of staying alive is knowing which playstyle to use at what time. Sometimes, you can get away with playing cautiously. But sometimes, you need to be super aggressive to make sure you're leeching as much as possible to supplement your regen. And make sure you're not forgetting about Force Blast. It can be a life saver.

You can also try a different spec. If Fire/Lightning doesn't fit your desired playstyle, maybe you'd like Poison/Lightning. It's a comparable spec that some ppl actually like better. Gear choices are basically the same, you're just changing up your defensive passives (i.e. swapping out regen for Phys Res). And since you'll have extra Skill Points with Poison/Lightning, I'd recommend at least 5 points into Symbol of Esu. Also, Miasma is one of the few spells you can cast with Baneblade active.
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lazyknob wrote:BREAKPOINTS

IAS:
10/37/92 (5 fpa) - Crystal Sword (-20 WSM)
6/23/56/129 (5 fpa) - Warp Blade (-10 WSM)
FBR:
3/7/13/20/32/48/75/129/280 (4 fpa)
FHR:
5/11/20/35/60/109/280 (3 fpa)

When crafting jewels, there are three Rune options to consider for this build:

Ber
+(1 to 2)% Life Stolen per Hit and +(1 to 2)% Mana Stolen per Hit
Nih
+(2 to 8) Life on Attack and +(2 to 8) Mana on Attack
On
+(2 to 4) Life after each Kill and +(2 to 4) Mana after each Kill


All three of these options serve to replenish your Life and Mana, but in different ways.

Life/Mana Leech (Ber) replenishes your resources by returning a certain percentage of the Physical weapon damage you deal as Life/Mana. Works best with Wraithsword and Fusillade since 100% of their damage is Physical.
Pros: Both direct melee hits and the missiles from Wraithsword, Fusillade, and Bladestorm will trigger the effect (though in Bladestorm's case, the effect will be significantly less due to the Physical-to-Magic damage conversion).
Cons: Resources cannot be leeched from anything that's Physical-immune. Also, there are penalties to leech in Terror and Destruction.
Life/Mana on Attack (Nih)Returns a certain number of flat Life/Mana points every time you strike a monster with a melee hit.
Pros: A more utilitarian option, since the amount of Physical damage dealt has no effect on the amount of resources returned and monster immunities are irrelevant. As long as a monster is struck with a melee hit, resources will be replenished.
Cons: LoA only applies to direct melee hits. Wraithsword's and Bladestorm's missiles will not trigger LoA, nor will Fusillade.
Life/Mana after each Kill (On)Returns a certain number of flat Life/Mana points for every monster you kill.
Pros: Does not discriminate when it comes to how you kill a monster, as long as you're the one doing the actual killing. Spells, procs, and missiles from Wraithsword, Bladestorm, and Fusillade can all trigger LaeK/MaeK.
Cons: You actually have to kill a monster for it to work--which means, in some places and during certain fights, all resource regeneration will need to come from other sources.


Here's what you'll need to craft a jewel, as well as what stats to look for:

Base components:

ilvl 99 Jewel (found anywhere in Hell)
Acrane Shards/Arcane Crystals
Rune of your choice
Oil of Craft


Stats to look for:

+2% DEX or +1% All Attributes (required*)
+%IAS/HR/FBR (required, listed in order of priority)
+%AR (highly recommended)
+Life (recommended)
+Poison/Fire Resistance (recommended)
+Lightning/Cold Resistance (nice to have)
+DEX (nice to have)


*Either mod is fine for non-Xis RWs, but only use Jewels with +2% DEX Xis RWs.

To craft a jewel, simply cube a jewel with an Arcane Shard/Arcane Crystal, an Oil of Craft, and the appropriate Rune. This will return a crafted jewel (-%ilvl), Arcane Shards (-1 qty.), and the rune. If the jewel is satisfactory, cube it again with an Oil of Luck to potentially add flat stat mods.

Note:
Because the crafting process reduces a jewel's ilvl by 5%, it's recommended you not craft the same jewel more than 6 times, otherwise the jewel's ilvl will be too low to spawn the necessary mods.

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Copy pasted from the guide.



didnt answered my question at all -_-
i saw that section in the guide..
read my question and than think again
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Tialda wrote:Hey there, i've a newbie question :)

i just started this game last week and decided to try your guide. so far its quite nice :)
managed to get the eng game gear (physical)
there you recommended the sockets for each equipment piece

my question:
do i unsock your recommendation in the armor and shield and use crafted jewels with 2% dex insted?
i'll loose a lot of dmg compared to the 5% dex from Io Rune i think ?
im at 130 ias / 197 fhr / 260 fbr


I mostly just use crafted Jewels for RWs and to meet breakpoint needs. Otherwise, I stick with P-Amethysts/Io Runes as socket fillers (and P-Res Gems when needed).
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lazyknob
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Tialda wrote:didnt answered my question at all -_-
i saw that section in the guide..
read my question and than think again


You asked if you should replace 5% dex sockets for 2% dex jewel crafts.
You are not trading 5% for 2%.
You trading 5% for 2% WITH stats to meet your breakpoints. Not just plain 2% dex jewels with random stats just for the heck of it.
Meeting your breakpoints is important enough to trade off a negligible amount of damage. Meeting your breakpoints is important until you are just farming/outlevel/outgear the map.

That's all in the guide. If that still doesn't answer your question, rephrase your question or engage a mind reader. The former is recommended.

On a sidenote:

BLOODY ERROR 522s!
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Tialda
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Solfege wrote:
Tialda wrote:Hey there, i've a newbie question :)

i just started this game last week and decided to try your guide. so far its quite nice :)
managed to get the eng game gear (physical)
there you recommended the sockets for each equipment piece

my question:
do i unsock your recommendation in the armor and shield and use crafted jewels with 2% dex insted?
i'll loose a lot of dmg compared to the 5% dex from Io Rune i think ?
im at 130 ias / 197 fhr / 260 fbr


I mostly just use crafted Jewels for RWs and to meet breakpoint needs. Otherwise, I stick with P-Amethysts/Io Runes as socket fillers (and P-Res Gems when needed).


thats what i was looking for - thank you :)
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Solfege wrote:Tbh, there's so much stuff on screen druing the Belial fight that I never know what's going on. I personally can't tell which one is the real Belial, but supposedly, he's a different color (purple, or something). There's also something about him turning into a rat. Idk. I always end up killing him by accident. I just run around, dodge spells, Fusillade stuff, Bladestorm stuff when I can, and retreat to regen when necessary.

More generally, part of staying alive is knowing which playstyle to use at what time. Sometimes, you can get away with playing cautiously. But sometimes, you need to be super aggressive to make sure you're leeching as much as possible to supplement your regen. And make sure you're not forgetting about Force Blast. It can be a life saver.

You can also try a different spec. If Fire/Lightning doesn't fit your desired playstyle, maybe you'd like Poison/Lightning. It's a comparable spec that some ppl actually like better. Gear choices are basically the same, you're just changing up your defensive passives (i.e. swapping out regen for Phys Res). And since you'll have extra Skill Points with Poison/Lightning, I'd recommend at least 5 points into Symbol of Esu. Also, Miasma is one of the few spells you can cast with Baneblade active.


can't take him down yet but I can farm fautz? lmao i did switch to poison and i think that more my style I enjoy charging in a killing things XD
skrig
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Solfege wrote:Tbh, there's so much stuff on screen druing the Belial fight that I never know what's going on. I personally can't tell which one is the real Belial, but supposedly, he's a different color (purple, or something). There's also something about him turning into a rat. Idk. I always end up killing him by accident. I just run around, dodge spells, Fusillade stuff, Bladestorm stuff when I can, and retreat to regen when necessary.

You can namelock the purple-glowing rat, only re-locking if it teleports :D
sacredwow
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Hi,

TS, can you please provide more info about this sentence:

"Use Bladestorm for general questing and Wraithsword for specific situations.

In which situations I should use Wraithsword?

Thanks.
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lazyknob
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sacredwow wrote:Hi,

TS, can you please provide more info about this sentence:

"Use Bladestorm for general questing and Wraithsword for specific situations.

In which situations I should use Wraithsword?

Thanks.


Personally...
Mostly never. I'd keep a lookout for charged strike (it's 100% wdm) on amulet for your Astrogha kill and whichever situation you feel a little more lifesteal would keep you alive.

Otherwise, unless a more experienced player would answer, I'm still perturbed by how terrible the skill is. Even Bladestorm ends up leeching better despite lower WDM and magic conversion.