Melee Sorceress [1.1.3]

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For the alternate spec , u dont need to smax snow queen - only 25 points because after 25points u dont get max hp bonus. also nn to put all remaining points into frigid sphere. u can put the rest into tempest.
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vampyra wrote:For the alternate spec , u dont need to smax snow queen - only 25 points because after 25points u dont get max hp bonus. also nn to put all remaining points into frigid sphere. u can put the rest into tempest.


I've only ever used the alt spec for certain boss fights, so I've never paid much attention to Tempest. I just put leftovers into Frigid Sphere to increase Ice Elementals' life (I have poor character control and need decent meatshields to help keep me alive :lol: ) Also, I didn't know about the hp cap on Snow Queen. :-o

Thanks for the tips. I'll make adjustments accordingly.
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Damn! I thought there is a ceiling above the poor avatar bearing the weight of the room here.

But anyway, great job with the very comprehensive guide Solfege, really helpful with hints and tips.

I tried a melee sorc on single player before and I got stuck with finding the
Starhawk
Starhawk
Warp Blade (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 49 to 86
Required Dexterity: 331
Required Level: 100
(Sorceress Only)
Current Dexterity Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Dexterity)%
Area Effect Attack
25% Chance to cast level 29 Magic Missiles on Melee Attack
+(3 to 5) to Sorceress Skill Levels
50% Increased Attack Speed
Adds 625-1000 magic damage
Adds 625-1000 fire damage
Adds 625-1000 lightning damage
Adds 625-1000 cold damage
-(22 to 35)% to All Enemy Resistances
10% Chance to Avoid Damage
Socketed (6)

. I tried various crafted warpblade but it seems none of them would work. I got into a dilemma that "In order to get Starhawk, and it is really rare, you need to farm Duncgraid, but I don't have Starhawk, how can farm Duncgraid in the first place?" It was like melee sorc = starhawk to me. Do you have any recommendations?
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brackans wrote:Image
Damn! I thought there is a ceiling above the poor avatar bearing the weight of the room here.

But anyway, great job with the very comprehensive guide Solfege, really helpful with hints and tips.

I tried a melee sorc on single player before and I got stuck with finding the
Starhawk
Starhawk
Warp Blade (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 49 to 86
Required Dexterity: 331
Required Level: 100
(Sorceress Only)
Current Dexterity Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Dexterity)%
Area Effect Attack
25% Chance to cast level 29 Magic Missiles on Melee Attack
+(3 to 5) to Sorceress Skill Levels
50% Increased Attack Speed
Adds 625-1000 magic damage
Adds 625-1000 fire damage
Adds 625-1000 lightning damage
Adds 625-1000 cold damage
-(22 to 35)% to All Enemy Resistances
10% Chance to Avoid Damage
Socketed (6)

. I tried various crafted warpblade but it seems none of them would work. I got into a dilemma that "In order to get Starhawk, and it is really rare, you need to farm Duncgraid, but I don't have Starhawk, how can farm Duncgraid in the first place?" It was like melee sorc = starhawk to me. Do you have any recommendations?


You can try
Worldstone Shard
Worldstone Shard
Crystal Sword (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: (87-98) to (128-139)
Required Dexterity: 510
Required Level: 100
Current Dexterity Damage Bonus: (51/256 per Dexterity)%
50% Chance to cast level 39 Supernova on Melee Attack
5% Chance to cast level 8 Mana Sweep on Melee Attack
100% Chance to cast level 59 Static Trap when you Die
+(2 to 3) to All Skills
30% Increased Attack Speed
30% Faster Cast Rate
+(87 to 114)% Enhanced damage
Adds 13-50 damage
Adds 1-250 magic damage
Adds 1-250 lightning damage
-(15 to 21)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
Socketed (6)

as a cheaper (usually) option.

Some RW's that are possible:
Gehenna
Gehenna
Weapons

'Xar'
Runeword Level: 100
25% Chance to cast level 27 Frozen Crown on Melee Attack
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced damage
Adds 188-250 cold damage
Adds 750-1000 poison damage over 5 seconds
+25% to Cold Spell Damage
-25% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+25% to Poison Spell Damage
-25% to Enemy Cold Resistance
Increase Maximum Life and Mana 25%
Requirements -33%
or
Dark Exile


Dark Exile
Sorceress Crystal Swords

'CoCoCoCoCoCo'
Runeword Level: 100
5% Chance to cast level 23 Hailstorm on Melee Attack
+(0 to 4) to Sorceress Skill Levels
+(171 to 200)% Enhanced damage
Adds 63-125 damage
Adds 578-1156 cold damage
-60% to Enemy Cold Resistance
(30 to 35)% Life stolen per Hit
in sacred warp blades
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brackans wrote:I tried a melee sorc on single player before and I got stuck with finding the
Starhawk
Starhawk
Warp Blade (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 49 to 86
Required Dexterity: 331
Required Level: 100
(Sorceress Only)
Current Dexterity Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Dexterity)%
Area Effect Attack
25% Chance to cast level 29 Magic Missiles on Melee Attack
+(3 to 5) to Sorceress Skill Levels
50% Increased Attack Speed
Adds 625-1000 magic damage
Adds 625-1000 fire damage
Adds 625-1000 lightning damage
Adds 625-1000 cold damage
-(22 to 35)% to All Enemy Resistances
10% Chance to Avoid Damage
Socketed (6)

. I tried various crafted warpblade but it seems none of them would work. I got into a dilemma that "In order to get Starhawk, and it is really rare, you need to farm Duncgraid, but I don't have Starhawk, how can farm Duncgraid in the first place?" It was like melee sorc = starhawk to me. Do you have any recommendations?


Yeah, crafted Warp Blades aren't really worth it, IMO, because there's no access to good on-attack and/or on-striking procs.

Gear-wise,
Gehenna
Gehenna
Weapons

'Xar'
Runeword Level: 100
25% Chance to cast level 27 Frozen Crown on Melee Attack
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced damage
Adds 188-250 cold damage
Adds 750-1000 poison damage over 5 seconds
+25% to Cold Spell Damage
-25% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+25% to Poison Spell Damage
-25% to Enemy Cold Resistance
Increase Maximum Life and Mana 25%
Requirements -33%
and
Hellfire Plate


Hellfire Plate
Body Armor

'FiFiFiFiFiFi'
Runeword Level: 100
5% Chance to cast level 5 Blink when you Take Damage
+(0 to 2) to All Skills
Adds 245-317 fire damage
+(3 to 14) to Ancient Blood
+(171 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+1000 Defense
Damage Reduced by 10%
are generally good enough for early Dunc farming, but an A5 merc with max Magic res gear can help. He's not smart enough to dodge barrels, though, so even with max Magic res, he'll likely need to be revived often.

Strat-wise, use summons to keep mobs distracted and as far to the edge of the screen as possible so enemies can be dealt with one or two at a time--and since Blade Spirits are Magic immune, they can tank barrels without issue.

Spec-wise,
*For Fire: have one Firedance up in an open area and keep drawing enemies into it a few at a time rather than chasing them down and casting a new Firedance in each new location. This way, Whirlpool can be used more often, without worrying about it being locked out at a critical moment b/c of cross-skill timers.
*For Lightning: Whirlpool+Bladestorm--all day, erry day. Also, diverting extra skill points into Blade Spirits will beef them up a bit.
*For Poison: spam enemies with Miasma to slow, hit them with Whirlpool, then finish them off with Bladestorm.


You know what? I've changed my mind. Using
Khany
Khany
Sorceress Crystal Swords

'On'
Runeword Level: 100
5% Chance to cast level 29 Shuriken Flurry on Melee Attack
+(1 to 2) to Sorceress Skill Levels
50% Increased Attack Speed
50% Faster Cast Rate
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced damage
+(0.5 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(16 to 20)% to Spell Damage
+(8 to 17) to Stormblast
Total Character Defense Plus 5%
and
Hellfire Plate


Hellfire Plate
Body Armor

'FiFiFiFiFiFi'
Runeword Level: 100
5% Chance to cast level 5 Blink when you Take Damage
+(0 to 2) to All Skills
Adds 245-317 fire damage
+(3 to 14) to Ancient Blood
+(171 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+1000 Defense
Damage Reduced by 10%
with a Poison/Fire spec is the way to go. Miasma-->Thunderslam-->Bladestorm. Rinse and repeat.

Edit 1:
Edited comment for brevity+clarity.

Edit 2:
I reworked the end-game section so hopefully it's a bit easier for the player. Thanks for the advice Brackans.
Edited by Solfege 7 months.
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Finally got desktop recording software working properly, so gonna be making some tutorial videos. Will post them in the "Gameplay Tips" section of this guide (Toraja farming tutorial already up). Hopefully, videos will be more effective in demonstrating how to do certain things with a Melee Sorc.

Also, nn for endless replies about how I'm a suck player ty, I already know. :lol:

Edit: I've never made videos before, so if anyone has suggestions on how to make them better, please share.
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Are you considering Deadmans hand and rockslide to be better than craft gloves?
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Solfege wrote:Finally got desktop recording software working properly, so gonna be making some tutorial videos. Will post them in the "Gameplay Tips" section of this guide (Toraja farming tutorial already up). Hopefully, videos will be more effective in demonstrating how to do certain things with a Melee Sorc.

Also, nn for endless replies about how I'm a suck player ty, I already know. :lol:

Edit: I've never made videos before, so if anyone has suggestions on how to make them better, please share.


Yay! Tutorial video incoming :mrgreen:
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Liquid wrote:Are you considering Deadmans hand and rockslide to be better than craft gloves?


I actually like
Deadman's Hand
Deadman's Hand
Chain Gloves (Sacred)

Defense: (1107-1251) to (1214-1372)
Required Strength: 514
Required Level: 100
5% Chance to cast level 36 Doom on Melee Attack
+1 to All Skills
20% Faster Hit Recovery
(41 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
Slows Target by 5%
(11 to 15)% Bonus to Dexterity
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
Socketed (4)

, but you can get +skills, a proc, better def, and more total DEX on good crafts--plus double MO. And if you really want Doom, you can get that on an ammy.

As for
Rockslide
Rockslide
Mount Arreat Set
Gauntlets (Sacred)

Defense: (1361-1512) to (1593-1769)
Required Strength: 574
Required Level: 100
1% Chance to cast level 33 Tremor on Melee Attack
25% Increased Attack Speed
(3 to 5)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) to Vitality
Total Character Defense Plus (11 to 15)%
Socketed (4)
, the %CB is about the only thing that may make them worthwhile. Again, with the double MO of crafts, you can far surpass Rockslide's %TCD; the %IAS and +to Vitality won't do much for a Melee Sorc; and as much as I like Tremor (and I actually do like Tremor), I like Banish more (again, which you can get on an ammy).

If you really wanted to use them, I think either glove alternative could work, it just depends on whether your other gear can compensate for any deficiencies.

This is great, though. I love ppl trying out new and different things. Keep experimenting. :mrgreen:

brackans wrote:Yay! Tutorial video incoming :mrgreen:


Well, one is already posted. More to come, maybe... :D
Edited by Solfege 7 months.
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Thx! I love Writers who reply quickly ^^