d2mxl wrote:So from what I learn so far, pounce is not a direct melee but a teleporting attack. According to MXLu vXVI v2.96 "Stun Attack" on items such as Toorc's Gift will not work attacks other than direct melee. So "Stun Attack" would not work with Pounce but should work with Great Hunt. Am I correct?
Correct. But don't rely too much on the old docs. M2017 changed a lot of things. In case you didn't know, up-to-date docs can be found here:https://docs.median-xl.com/
And the Wiki has some additional info not found in the docs, such as maps and stuff.http://median-xl.wikia.com/wiki/Median_XL_Wiki
I see "LL crafted jewels (Ber rune)" mentioned a couple times, the "LL" is just "Life Leech" right?
MXL's difficulty level (Terror and Destruction), is still pretty similar to the original Nightmare and Hell? I got rushed through Terror, and I noticed my resistance is decreased by about 40, same as in Nightmare. My merc still at 75. I plan to stay in Terror for awhile. This means I need 75(resist cap)+40(Terror)-30(from LC1 charm)=85 resist. I am level 58 now, so I plan to upgrade all my gear to Tier 6 except for deadfall belt which will be at tier 4. So I would have 20 sockets (excluding weapon), 20*20% resist from perfect gems / 4 types of resist is 100% resist per element, so I have more than enough sockets to reach resist cap and each perfect gem will give +2% max resist.
Sort of. Depending on your build and gear, it can be a smooth transition or a huge difficulty spike.
Getting rushed generally isn't a good idea, especially if you're new or playing a build you've never played before. One of the biggest benefits of playing through on your own is learning the ins-and-outs of the build you're playing, as well as increasing your player skill. This makes it easier to adapt to new situations when you get to the really hard stuff (Ubers). As a general progression guideline, you'll finish Hatred at clvl 50-54 with T3 gear, and Terror at clvl 102-114 with T6 gear.
As for res penalties, it's -50% in Terror and -100% in Destruction, so you need +125% and +175% res respectively to reach 75% res. Res gems+Elemental Prism will either res-cap you in Terror (depending on gear), or at least get you close. The rest you can get by putting res MOs on your jewelry. You only need about 70% all res when starting Destruction. The res bonus from the
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 105
Maximum Skill Level Increased by 1
Elemental Resists +(11 to 15)%
Charm will make up the rest (unless you're going for more res).
Mercs start with +100% res, and they suffer the same res penalties you do.
So here is the question, is it better to get a Honorific T1 gloves MO'd with +resist. At my level I get 6% to all resist per 4 levels, 58/4=14 MO's, or 84 resist, which is a little shy of max resist. There is no need to use perfect gems for resist, so no +2% max resist per gem. No "Stun Attack". I am using Visegrip right now but I am thinking of switching to Toorc's Gift. So also no "30% increased attack speed, no extra 200 cold damage, about 700 * my current TCD multiplier of defense, and 40% of cold resist. I can still MO Toorc's gift another 3 times before reaching level 58 (but no double bonus). But if I use the Honorific T1 gloves MO'd with +resist, I would have 17 empty sockets. If I upgrade everything to Tier 6, I will not be able to get "LL crafted jewels (Ber rune) with bonus to dex. and resists" any time soon, so I will put whatever gems or runes or random jewels I find in them.
It depends on your needs and how much you're using Great Hunt vs. Pounce. If you're mostly using Pounce and want TU gloves, I'd look at
Chain Gloves (4)
Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 38
Defense: (28-30) to (49-54)
5% Attack Speed
(21 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(6 to 10) to Dexterity
Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 56
Defense: (149-161) to (203-218)
15% Attack Speed
(81 to 110)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 20) to Dexterity
Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 118
Defense: (393-420) to (519-554)
25% Attack Speed
(141 to 170)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(26 to 30) to Dexterity
Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 244
Defense: (581-617) to (759-807)
30% Attack Speed
(171 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
. You get IAS, FR/W, AR, DEX and usable sockets. If you wanna go Honorifics, you won't be able to get the same mods as the pic in the guide, but they'll still be useful (things have changed a lot in the MO department since this guide was written). You can start with T1 Leather Gloves (lowest STR and lvl req) and orb them with all res. That will still leave you with plenty of space for other things such as DEX, FHR, TCD, MF, etc. Don't socket them with anything. When T6 items start to drop, you can make new Honorifics in T6 Leather Gloves (low STR req and lvl req of 21) and socket them with perfect res gems instead of orbing them with all res. It's also important to remember that you can only orb an item 5x with the same MO (except Unique Mystic Orbs). So you'll only get a maximum of 30% all res per item from MOs.
And you're still a long way off from having to worry about crafted jewels. Perfect res gems in your gear are fine, even through Destruction's early Ubers. The jewels you'll craft will have a lvl req of 60+ anyway, so they wouldn't do you any good at clvl 58. When you are ready to craft jewels, make sure you're using ilvl 99 jewels (found in Terror Uberlevels and anywhere past A4 Terror Chaos Sanctuary). That way, you have a higher chance of getting the mods you want. Also, don't craft a jewel more than 6 times. Crafting reduces the jewel's ilvl by 5% each time, thus reducing the chance of getting good mods. And you don't need Crafting Points. They're not a thing anymore.
Is Toorc's Gift's extra 200 cold damage just a flat extra 200 damage or does it get multiplied like the weapon damage? When I pounce, does it do cold damage and slow down all the monsters in the area?
It's just flat Cold damage. That type of damage isn't affected by damage multipliers such as EWD (Poison damage from Curare is different, though). TBH, I'm not 100% sure if the Pounce AoE nova would carry the flat Cold damage. I want to say it would, but again, I'm not 100% sure.
The Honorific T1 gloves in the guide has -18% enemy poison resistance, is that from MO as well? I don't see MO's with -% enemy poison resistance for sale from the merchants.
Elemental pierce MOs used to be a thing, but they're not anymore.