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Abaddon666
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Hi! I wonder about the attack speed breakpoints of a shapeshifter with a spetum. How exactly do ias in other items contribute to his fps? Does it work the same way as for a morphed druid or is it actually only ias of the weapon that counts for a shapeshifter?
I'm considering to use
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
rw helm for Miasma and
Void
Void
Weapons

'Lo'
Runeword Level: 59
+(58 to 72)% Enhanced Damage
Adds 7-13 damage
Slow Target 33%
Cold Resist +40%
Lightning Resist +30%
Physical Damage Reduced by (11 to 15)
+(11 to 13) Mana on Striking
2% Reanimate as: Banshee
as a weapon to get a lot of slow % on a necrobear.
Siosilvar
Balrog
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Abaddon666 wrote:Hi! I wonder about the attack speed breakpoints of a shapeshifter with a spetum. How exactly do ias in other items contribute to his fps? Does it work the same way as for a morphed druid or is it actually only ias of the weapon that counts for a shapeshifter?
I'm considering to use
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
rw helm for Miasma and
Void
Void
Weapons

'Lo'
Runeword Level: 59
+(58 to 72)% Enhanced Damage
Adds 7-13 damage
Slow Target 33%
Cold Resist +40%
Lightning Resist +30%
Physical Damage Reduced by (11 to 15)
+(11 to 13) Mana on Striking
2% Reanimate as: Banshee
as a weapon to get a lot of slow % on a necrobear.


Same as druid but the frames will be different because his AnimationSpeed is lower. The calculator has the right numbers.
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Abaddon666 wrote:How exactly do ias in other items contribute to his fps? Does it work the same way as for a morphed druid or is it actually only ias of the weapon that counts for a shapeshifter?

It's not only WIAS that counts, but it influences breakpoints for shapeshifter the most. See the Venom Sting example in section 2.6. The best way to have a feel for it is to just play with the speed calculator and you'll see how little IAS on other slots affect his breakpoints.
Abaddon666 wrote:I'm considering to use
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
rw helm for Miasma and
Void
Void
Weapons

'Lo'
Runeword Level: 59
+(58 to 72)% Enhanced Damage
Adds 7-13 damage
Slow Target 33%
Cold Resist +40%
Lightning Resist +30%
Physical Damage Reduced by (11 to 15)
+(11 to 13) Mana on Striking
2% Reanimate as: Banshee
as a weapon to get a lot of slow % on a necrobear.

Thats fine. Just make sure you use 5x 15% ias jewels for
Void
Void
Weapons

'Lo'
Runeword Level: 59
+(58 to 72)% Enhanced Damage
Adds 7-13 damage
Slow Target 33%
Cold Resist +40%
Lightning Resist +30%
Physical Damage Reduced by (11 to 15)
+(11 to 13) Mana on Striking
2% Reanimate as: Banshee
, and 5x IAS MOs on a Spetum (or any spear that's not a paladin spear or a Pike). That will set his atk spd at 12 fpa. You can add more in other slots for 113 total ias for 11 frames. With the same spear, the next breakpoint is 180 total ias for 10 fpa, which is pretty much impossible without completely changing his build.

Now compare all that work to a
Fangspear
Fangspear
Spetum (4)

Two-Hand Damage: (13 - 15) to (35 - 46)
Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 42
Required Dexterity: 63
Item Level: 10
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.15 per Dexterity)%
10% Chance to cast level 5 Miasma on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
+(30 to 46)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (8 to 10)-(21 to 30) damage
(61 to 100)% Bonus to Miasma Haunt Duration
+(1 to 3) to Daedalus (Barbarian Only)
+(11 to 15) Life after each Kill
Socketed (2)
Two-Hand Damage: (29 - 34) to (73 - 86)
Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 70
Required Dexterity: 97
Item Level: 28
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.15 per Dexterity)%
15% Chance to cast level 11 Miasma on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
+(64 to 80)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (11 to 15)-(31 to 40) damage
(141 to 180)% Bonus to Miasma Haunt Duration
+(4 to 8) to Daedalus (Barbarian Only)
+(21 to 25) Life after each Kill
Socketed (4)
Two-Hand Damage: (63 - 71) to (143 - 161)
Required Level: 44
Required Strength: 144
Required Dexterity: 193
Item Level: 48
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.15 per Dexterity)%
20% Chance to cast level 18 Miasma on Melee Attack
45% Attack Speed
+(98 to 114)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (16 to 20)-(41 to 50) damage
(221 to 260)% Bonus to Miasma Haunt Duration
+(9 to 13) to Daedalus (Barbarian Only)
+(31 to 35) Life after each Kill
Socketed (5)
Two-Hand Damage: (83 - 97) to (184 - 203)
Required Level: 53
Required Strength: 288
Required Dexterity: 382
Item Level: 83
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.15 per Dexterity)%
25% Chance to cast level 25 Miasma on Melee Attack
60% Attack Speed
+(115 to 132)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (21 to 30)-(51 to 60) damage
(261 to 300)% Bonus to Miasma Haunt Duration
+(14 to 18) to Daedalus (Barbarian Only)
+(36 to 40) Life after each Kill
Socketed (6)
, which can reach 6 fpa just by itself and you'll see how much weight weapon ias has.
Abaddon666
Cultist
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Thanks for a very helpful answer! And btw., thanks for a great guide! :)

It turns out I didn't really understand how the SpeedCalc works for this merc. But now that I do, I found out that it's possible to get to 9 fpa with Void, by just adding a
Marksman's Eye
Marksman's Eye
Mystic Orb

Cube Reagent
Cube with Item to Add Bonus
5% Attack Speed
+3 to Minimum Damage
10% Bonus to Attack Rating
2% Bonus to Dexterity
+10 Required Level
to the weapon (110 wias: 30 MOs, 75 jewels, 5 Marksman's) and adding 37 ias from gear (jewels?). It's still not 6 fpa, but I hope it's worth the added 33% slow. Anyway, I'm curious to test it out :)

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