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Joshuaoz
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hello, anyone could sugges a merc guide for this build? mine dies rly fast
Diaco
Gravedigger
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Joshuaoz wrote:hello, anyone could sugges a merc guide for this build? mine dies rly fast


act 5 merc.
Bogspitter
Bogspitter
Helms

'Yul'
Runeword Level: 100
20% Chance to cast level 11 Miasma on Melee Attack
+1 to All Skills
Adds 60-179 poison damage over 1 seconds
-3% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
Qarak's Will
Qarak's Will
Giant Sword (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: (150 - 163) to (233 - 246)
Two-Hand Damage: (206 - 225) to (285 - 305)
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 480
Item Level: 105
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.26 per Strength)%
6% Chance to cast level 40 Pentagram on Melee Attack
15% Chance to cast level 34 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
10% Chance to cast level 36 Bloodlust on Kill
+(50 to 100)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(140 to 170)% Enhanced Damage
Adds 50-125 damage
Adds 167-334 fire damage
+(26 to 38)% to Fire Spell Damage
5% Reanimate as: Flesh Clan
+(100 to 250) Life after each Kill
Socketed (4)
Steppe Sleeper
Steppe Sleeper
Tundra Walker Set
Boots (Sacred)

Defense: 651 to 671
Required Level: 80
Required Strength:
0
+1 to Barbarian Skill Levels
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
-(11 to 15)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
+(3 to 7) to Blood Hatred (Barbarian Only)
(31 to 40)% to Strength
Requirements -100%
Socketed (4)
rest either creepy crafts or whatever other gear that provides decent str bonuses. witchhunters hood is a solid option for helm if you don't care for miasma
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Ericksonius
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edit: handled
kolyeah8
Core Lord
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Ericksonius wrote:edit: handled


imho just the usual. you need %block speed from jewels anyway, and %fhr, too if you go for 174%.
so best case: 15 fhr + 15 fbr + min dmg + dex + life.

but you need probably 500 crystals to craft something like that :)

edit: what did you use? :)
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Ericksonius
Lava Lord
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kolyeah8 wrote:
Ericksonius wrote:edit: handled


imho just the usual. you need %block speed from jewels anyway, and %fhr, too if you go for 174%.
so best case: 15 fhr + 15 fbr + min dmg + dex + life.

but you need probably 500 crystals to craft something like that :)

edit: what did you use? :)


I don't like my rng, so just settled for fbr, dex and life.

Since there's no endgame gear section, i'm guessing that royal circlet replaces witchhunters eventually, right?
kolyeah8
Core Lord
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Ericksonius wrote:
Since there's no endgame gear section, i'm guessing that royal circlet replaces witchhunters eventually, right?


Indeed, royal circlet is BIS.

and btw, i dont see any reason to switch from
Topspin
Topspin
Skull Cap (4)

Defense: (76 - 83) to (115 - 125)
Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 25
Item Level: 4
5% Attack Speed
+(31 to 50)% Enhanced Defense
(3 to 5)% to Dexterity
(3 to 5)% to Energy
+(31 to 50) Defense
Maximum Elemental Resists +1%
Total Character Defense 10%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (277 - 301) to (365 - 397)
Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 37
Item Level: 23
15% Attack Speed
+(61 to 80)% Enhanced Defense
(6 to 8)% to Dexterity
(6 to 8)% to Energy
+(71 to 100) Defense
Maximum Elemental Resists +1%
Total Character Defense 20%
Socketed (3)
Defense: (704 - 760) to (876 - 943)
Required Level: 37
Required Strength: 78
Item Level: 43
25% Attack Speed
+(91 to 110)% Enhanced Defense
(9 to 11)% to Dexterity
(9 to 11)% to Energy
+(151 to 200) Defense
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Total Character Defense 30%
Socketed (4)
Defense: (1182 - 1258) to (1471 - 1564)
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 160
Item Level: 78
30% Attack Speed
+(121 to 140)% Enhanced Defense
(12 to 14)% to Dexterity
(12 to 14)% to Energy
+(301 to 400) Defense
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Total Character Defense 40%
Socketed (4)
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Witchhunter's Hood
Witchhunter's Hood
Witchhunter's Attire Set
Cap (Sacred)

Defense: (2136 - 2611) to (2161 - 2642)
Required Level: 90
Required Strength:
228
+(80 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
10% to Strength
10% to Dexterity
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Elemental Resists +(31 to 40)%
Physical Resist 5%
Total Character Defense (16 to 20)%
Requirements -50%
Socketed (4)
.. you dont have armor, it gives more dex and some ias and physical resist you get from shadow refuge.. + 5 more levels to use MOs

edit: negative vote for this ? :o im hurt
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Ericksonius
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kolyeah8 wrote:edit: negative vote for this ? :o im hurt

Wasn't me! I'd give you an upvote if I could vote. :p Are there any obvious upgrades from the crafts? Rogue Foresight looks good but it's rare as hell. Currently using Royal circ, 16% dex crafted gloves and boots, Beads of the snake queen, an empyrean glory and an empyrean band, endless loop, and hexward. Have had terrible luck on the chest craft, so still using leather of aut. Thinking there may be a better option for the belt too.

Edit: just switched to zerae's armor for the extra dex for the time being.
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Ericksonius wrote:Since there's no endgame gear section, i'm guessing that royal circlet replaces witchhunters eventually, right?


Well, that is mostly because midgame gear is actually what you use till the end. The only thing i can say is better crafts, and yeah, royal circlet if the res is not needed for some specific fights. You could go for combat speeds on crafts in addition to big dex rolls to replace endless loop with a craft, but thats not easy. Also
Stareye's Claws
Stareye's Claws
Henchmen Trophies Set
Gauntlets (Sacred)

Defense: 1674 to 1959
Required Level: 110
Required Strength: 574
Orb Effects Applied to this Item are Doubled
+25% to Cold Spell Damage
-15% to Enemy Cold Resistance
+200% Enhanced Defense
15% to Dexterity
+50 to Dexterity
Maximum Cold Resist +2%
Socketed (4)
Cold Resist +30% (2 Items)
Adds 200-300 cold damage (3 Items)
+5 Cold Absorb (4 Items)

is pretty good, 100 flat (with dex mos) and 15% dex.

kolyeah8 wrote:Indeed, royal circlet is BIS.

and btw, i dont see any reason to switch from
Topspin
Topspin
Skull Cap (4)

Defense: (76 - 83) to (115 - 125)
Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 25
Item Level: 4
5% Attack Speed
+(31 to 50)% Enhanced Defense
(3 to 5)% to Dexterity
(3 to 5)% to Energy
+(31 to 50) Defense
Maximum Elemental Resists +1%
Total Character Defense 10%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (277 - 301) to (365 - 397)
Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 37
Item Level: 23
15% Attack Speed
+(61 to 80)% Enhanced Defense
(6 to 8)% to Dexterity
(6 to 8)% to Energy
+(71 to 100) Defense
Maximum Elemental Resists +1%
Total Character Defense 20%
Socketed (3)
Defense: (704 - 760) to (876 - 943)
Required Level: 37
Required Strength: 78
Item Level: 43
25% Attack Speed
+(91 to 110)% Enhanced Defense
(9 to 11)% to Dexterity
(9 to 11)% to Energy
+(151 to 200) Defense
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Total Character Defense 30%
Socketed (4)
Defense: (1182 - 1258) to (1471 - 1564)
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 160
Item Level: 78
30% Attack Speed
+(121 to 140)% Enhanced Defense
(12 to 14)% to Dexterity
(12 to 14)% to Energy
+(301 to 400) Defense
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Total Character Defense 40%
Socketed (4)
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Witchhunter's Hood
Witchhunter's Hood
Witchhunter's Attire Set
Cap (Sacred)

Defense: (2136 - 2611) to (2161 - 2642)
Required Level: 90
Required Strength:
228
+(80 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
10% to Strength
10% to Dexterity
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Elemental Resists +(31 to 40)%
Physical Resist 5%
Total Character Defense (16 to 20)%
Requirements -50%
Socketed (4)
.. you dont have armor, it gives more dex and some ias and physical resist you get from shadow refuge.. + 5 more levels to use MOs


You actually have a point there, you could use Topspin to replace endless loop. With endless loop, you dont really need the ias. Given how cheap (and how easy it is to find) witchhuters hood is, it is a very solid choice when you still need resists from gear, and if you dont have that many skill levels from charms for more phys res from shadow refuge. Also when i wrote this,the helm rolled up to 20% dex/str.

Ericksonius wrote:Are there any obvious upgrades from the crafts? Rogue Foresight looks good but it's rare as hell. Currently using Royal circ, 16% dex crafted gloves and boots, Beads of the snake queen, an empyrean glory and an empyrean band, endless loop, and hexward. Have had terrible luck on the chest craft, so still using leather of aut. Thinking there may be a better option for the belt too.

Edit: just switched to zerae's armor for the extra dex for the time being.


Nah, crafts are the best.
Rogue Foresight
Rogue Foresight
Heavy Gloves (Sacred)

Defense: 492 to 522
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 484
Item Level: 120
+1 to All Skills
5% Deadly Strike
+(3 to 9) to War Spirit
-10% to Strength
20% to Dexterity
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (4)
doesnt have any flat dex, so a craft is way superior in my opinion (Or
Stareye's Claws
Stareye's Claws
Henchmen Trophies Set
Gauntlets (Sacred)

Defense: 1674 to 1959
Required Level: 110
Required Strength: 574
Orb Effects Applied to this Item are Doubled
+25% to Cold Spell Damage
-15% to Enemy Cold Resistance
+200% Enhanced Defense
15% to Dexterity
+50 to Dexterity
Maximum Cold Resist +2%
Socketed (4)
Cold Resist +30% (2 Items)
Adds 200-300 cold damage (3 Items)
+5 Cold Absorb (4 Items)

, as mentioned above). Also we are using endless loop, because of no jewels. Most builds get their combat speeds from jewels, because that is the easiest way without sacraficing mo space, so it is just a very convenient that one item takes care a lot of that. But if you can get combat speeds otherwise, then sure, a craft is much better.
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Ericksonius
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Alright, one last question. How good of a wormhole/treasure chest should I be aiming for? I'm playing singleplayer so farming only medium/large cycles could take forever.
kolyeah8
Core Lord
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What i wrote in another thread:

kolyeah8 wrote:not entirely correct. usually yes, the %attriute is worth more. But if you want to max a stat you need a ratio of +flat att and +%att.
for example: if you have +500% dex but you have 1000 dex you get +5000
if you have +400% dex but you have 2000 dex you get +8000

So if your equip has more of +%attribute you may want to look for a wormhole with +flat attribute to max. And smal cycle give more flat attribute per level added.


So you can actually make a good wormhole with high flat dex with small cycles. Theoretically 320 dex are possible ^^