Rishab The Venomancer - Caster Druid

Kenzo
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ryunp wrote:I've been playing Poison Caster Dudu this season. Although I'm still sucking ass at MXL in general, I see a few improvements to be had. The two main concerns are not using Elvensong and not prioritizing Poison Duration.


My Setup
My stats are pretty solid with basic on TU6 + Runewords (no crafts/SU); for those completely new to the game, this setup is easy to attain. My stats include all the easy and most of the medium boss charms.

Gear:
Dubhdroiacht
Dubhdroiacht
Gnarled Staff (4)

Required Level: 4
Required Dexterity: 17
Two-Hand Damage: 8 to 10
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (10/256 per Dexterity)%
+(36 to 60) Energy Factor to Spell Damage
+1 to All Skills
+(20 to 40)% Bonus to Poison Skill Duration
+50% Damage to Undead
+3% to Poison Spell Damage
-(6 to 8)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+(11 to 15)% to Summoned Minion Life
Maximum Life (3 to 5)%
Total Character Defense (11 to 15)%
Poison Length Reduced by (21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 23
Required Dexterity: 29
Two-Hand Damage: 16 to 20
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (10/256 per Dexterity)%
+(86 to 110) Energy Factor to Spell Damage
+(2 to 3) to All Skills
+(41 to 60)% Bonus to Poison Skill Duration
+50% Damage to Undead
+6% to Poison Spell Damage
-(11 to 13)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+(21 to 25)% to Summoned Minion Life
Maximum Life (9 to 11)%
Total Character Defense (21 to 25)%
Poison Length Reduced by (31 to 35)%
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 42
Required Dexterity: 62
Two-Hand Damage: 26 to 33
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (10/256 per Dexterity)%
+(136 to 160) Energy Factor to Spell Damage
+(4 to 5) to All Skills
+(61 to 80)% Bonus to Poison Skill Duration
+50% Damage to Undead
+9% to Poison Spell Damage
-(16 to 18)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+(31 to 35)% to Summoned Minion Life
Maximum Life (15 to 17)%
Total Character Defense (31 to 35)%
Poison Length Reduced by (41 to 45)%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 50
Required Dexterity: 126
Two-Hand Damage: 32 to 39
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (10/256 per Dexterity)%
+(161 to 185) Energy Factor to Spell Damage
+(5 to 6) to All Skills
+(81 to 100)% Bonus to Poison Skill Duration
+50% Damage to Undead
+12% to Poison Spell Damage
-(18 to 20)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+(36 to 40)% to Summoned Minion Life
Maximum Life (18 to 20)%
Total Character Defense (36 to 40)%
Poison Length Reduced by (46 to 50)%
Socketed (4)

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Earth Song
Earth Song
Hawk Helm (4)

(Druid Only)
Required Level: 4
Required Strength: 37
Defense: (54-63) to (79-92)
5% Cast Speed
+(11 to 15)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(11 to 15)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(11 to 15)% to Poison Spell Damage
+(21 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(11 to 15)%
Fire Resist +(11 to 15)%
Poison Resist +(11 to 15)%
+(16 to 25) Mana after each Kill
Socketed (2)

(Druid Only)
Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 55
Defense: (211-238) to (276-311)
10% Cast Speed
+(16 to 20)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(16 to 20)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(16 to 20)% to Poison Spell Damage
+(51 to 70)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(21 to 25)%
Fire Resist +(21 to 25)%
Poison Resist +(21 to 25)%
+(36 to 45) Mana after each Kill
Socketed (2)

(Druid Only)
Required Level: 39
Required Strength: 114
Defense: (513-570) to (658-731)
15% Cast Speed
+(21 to 25)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(21 to 25)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(21 to 25)% to Poison Spell Damage
+(71 to 90)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(31 to 35)%
Fire Resist +(31 to 35)%
Poison Resist +(31 to 35)%
+(56 to 65) Mana after each Kill
Socketed (3)

(Druid Only)
Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 238
Defense: (788-908) to (1004-1157)
20% Cast Speed
+(26 to 30)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(26 to 30)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(26 to 30)% to Poison Spell Damage
+(91 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
Cold Resist +(36 to 40)%
Fire Resist +(36 to 40)%
Poison Resist +(36 to 40)%
+(66 to 75) Mana after each Kill
Socketed (4)

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Cathedral
Cathedral
Body Armor

'Gul'
Runeword Level: 53
+(101 to 150)% Bonus to Poison Skill Duration
+(16 to 20)% to Poison Spell Damage
+(87 to 114)% Enhanced Defense
+1311 Defense
+(0.1 per level) Life Regenerated per Second (Based on Character Level)
Cold Resist -10%
Level 20 Plague Avatar (50 Charges)
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Kali
Kali
Gloves

'Pul'
Runeword Level: 45
15% Chance to cast level 13 Fire Splash on Kill
+2 to All Skills
-214 Defense
Maximum Fire Resist +4%
Fire Resist +21%
Level 2 Possess (124 Charges)
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Aerin Orbiter
Aerin Orbiter
Belt (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 45
Defense: (88-96) to (121-132)
5% Cast Speed
+(4 to 5)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(4 to 5)% to Lightning Spell Damage
+(4 to 5)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(11 to 15) to Energy
Elemental Resists +(3 to 5)%
Elemental/Magic Damage Reduced by (3 to 5)
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 67
Defense: (310-334) to (389-419)
15% Cast Speed
+(8 to 9)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(8 to 9)% to Lightning Spell Damage
+(8 to 9)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(21 to 25) to Energy
Elemental Resists +(9 to 11)%
Elemental/Magic Damage Reduced by (9 to 11)
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 139
Defense: (754-805) to (938-1001)
25% Cast Speed
+(12 to 13)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(12 to 13)% to Lightning Spell Damage
+(12 to 13)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Energy
Elemental Resists +(15 to 17)%
Elemental/Magic Damage Reduced by (15 to 17)
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 288
Defense: (1104-1173) to (1358-1443)
30% Cast Speed
+(14 to 15)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(14 to 15)% to Lightning Spell Damage
+(14 to 15)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(36 to 40) to Energy
Elemental Resists +(18 to 20)%
Elemental/Magic Damage Reduced by (18 to 20)
Socketed (2)

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Megalith
Megalith
Boots

'Ath'
Runeword Level: 90
+1 to All Skills
25% Cast Speed
15% Hit Recovery
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) to Strength
Regenerate Mana +30%
Physical Resist 5%

Plague Avatar Damage: 28k-58k
Damage w/Koth Bloodlust: 28k-65k
Energy: 1425


I'd be happy to hear some criticism on my thoughts; I'm still learning. So far psn dudu is my strongest character, which isn't saying much.

Can you show me your Runeword, what amour, gloves,... you choose to do this? and your def, my def about 13k and just 12k Pleague. Too weak to farm K3K and Faut Terror
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Kenzo wrote:Can you show me your Runeword, what amour, gloves,... you choose to do this? and your def, my def about 13k and just 12k Pleague. Too weak to farm K3K and Faut Terror


Here is a breakdown of what I have managed so far. This is a really nice starter build; scales extremely well despite the basic gear choices. This is the double multiplier from +Dura and -%Res doing work.

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As you can see my gear is not very well optimized. Elvensong has pretty much carried my lazy ass. The next step for me would be replacing gloves/boots with more optimized crafted gear and SUs, then eventually improved RWs at 121.
Kenzo
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ryunp wrote:Here is a breakdown of what I have managed so far. This is a really nice starter build; scales extremely well despite the basic gear choices. This is the double multiplier from +Dura and -%Res doing work.

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As you can see my gear is not very well optimized. Elvensong has pretty much carried my lazy ass. The next step for me would be replacing gloves/boots with more optimized crafted gear and SUs, then eventually improved RWs at 121.

Thank you so much! It realy useful for me!
Grasshopper
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I started a druid on this guide as one of my first characters then I stopped and left it in early Destruction at about level 117 waiting for the guide to be finished. It says the author is still working on the guide, but it has been a long time now so I guess he is not doing it now.

It is actually quite powerful and easy to play. Mine is level 118 presently and not really trying very hard on upgrading gear (belt and boots are still T5, others T6 and armour, helm, belt and boots have nothing in the sockets) but it seems to cut through the content easily enough - up to Act 2 Destruction so far and all but Tran Athulua done for the Black Road challenge.

I think it could be a very good character if I put some effort into it but the patch changes look bad for this build on paper (-20% to Rain of Fire for example). Is Freezing Gale now a better option? It seems to burn a lot of mana though when I try to use it.

I hope someone will update this guide one day. Caster druid seems a good build. Plague Avatar is very good, it just needs a skill for poison immunes.

Has anyone else noticed that whatever damage types you choose, the game seems to suddenly choose to create mostly monsters with those immunities? When I play this character I get mainly fire and poison immunes. When I play cold/lightning, I get mostly those immunities. A bit annoying.
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I really would like to try a poison build for druid if this ever comes back to life but looks abandoned sadly...
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Grasshopper wrote:Has anyone else noticed that whatever damage types you choose, the game seems to suddenly choose to create mostly monsters with those immunities? When I play this character I get mainly fire and poison immunes. When I play cold/lightning, I get mostly those immunities. A bit annoying.

That's because you destroy everything not immune to your elements in a blink of an eye. :)

Freezing Gale is crap imo, I have always hated spells that makes you immobile especially in a game like Median where not moving usually means death. Rain of Fire nerf ain't that bad considering it has been op as hell for years.
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And what about Hunting Banshee? Is it a good idea to use this skill as 2nd source of dmg?
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Hey guys,

I have been away from Median for the past 2 patches so I haven't been able to update the guide in accordance with the new changes. If someone out there has some suggestions for improvements, please post them here and I will link to them in the main post!

Cheers
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Hello,

I just started to play this mod for the first time yesterday and I was trying this character. Pretty good so far (didn't play so much, just reached act 2 in hatred mode). It is outdated by any chance? I did read it's good for a starting newbie (okay, been playing LoD for years but this is my first time with Median XL).

Thanks! :)
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enanoakd wrote:Hello,

I just started to play this mod for the first time yesterday and I was trying this character. Pretty good so far (didn't play so much, just reached act 2 in hatred mode). It is outdated by any chance? I did read it's good for a starting newbie (okay, been playing LoD for years but this is my first time with Median XL).

Thanks! :)


Well it was posted 10 months ago, so it's seen almost three full patches now. It can still work fine, but be aware some things might not be accurate (for example, the black road challenge skill)