The Hireling Handbook - A Guide to Mercenaries

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Does ranger barrage convert to ele damage? If so that totally sucks
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Semigloss wrote:Does ranger barrage convert to ele damage? If so that totally sucks

Yea her Barrage is converted to tri-ele dmg. Oddly enough, she clears very well with without investing in rainbow pierce, as you can see in the videos.

I'm trying out an elemental setup with
Athulua's Wrath
Athulua's Wrath
Stag Bow (Sacred)

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Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 557
Item Level: 120
Innate Tri-Elemental Damage:
(40.0% of Dexterity)
1% Chance to cast level 6 Life Spark on Striking
3% Chance to cast level 63 Sun Strike on Striking
Adds 400-950 fire damage
Adds 400-950 lightning damage
Adds 400-950 cold damage
-33% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
Elemental Resists -33%
1% Reanimate as: Skovos, Priestess of Karcheus
1% Reanimate as: Philios, Priestess of Hefaetrus
1% Reanimate as: Lycander, Priestess of Zerae
Socketed (6)
Quov Tsin's Talisman
Quov Tsin's Talisman
Amulet

Required Level: 110
Item Level: 110
15% Innate Elemental Damage
-(20 to 30)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
Asgardsreia
Asgardsreia
Spangenhelm (Sacred)

Defense: (2894 - 3192) to (3206 - 3537)
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Required Level: 100
Required Strength:
303
Item Level: 120
Indestructible
5% Chance to cast level 1 Arrow on Striking
-2% Base Block Chance
-(29 to 35)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
-(29 to 35)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
-(29 to 35)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
+(4 to 7) to Resurrect
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
(31 to 40)% to Dexterity
Requirements -50%
Socketed (4)
with ok results but it's hard to tell the difference in her kill speed.

Edit: Ok after a bit of testing I can say that an elemental setup clears slightly faster though the difference isn't significant.
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Hy, I have a question : which merc is the best for a neutral paladin? He's a caster but with physical/magic damage and he needs to go near the monsters. I would like to pick a necrolyte. It's a good choice? Thx
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nemmate wrote:Hy, I have a question : which merc is the best for a neutral paladin? He's a caster but with physical/magic damage and he needs to go near the monsters. I would like to pick a necrolyte. It's a good choice? Thx

Necrolyte if you need the crowd control and damage mitigation if offers. Otherwise Abjurer for lightning damage. Nice thing about nuetraldin is you can get high level Rapture or Euphoria to buff them with, really great for either Merc.
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Semigloss wrote:
nemmate wrote:Hy, I have a question : which merc is the best for a neutral paladin? He's a caster but with physical/magic damage and he needs to go near the monsters. I would like to pick a necrolyte. It's a good choice? Thx

Necrolyte if you need the crowd control and damage mitigation if offers. Otherwise Abjurer for lightning damage. Nice thing about nuetraldin is you can get high level Rapture or Euphoria to buff them with, really great for either Merc.


Thank you so much, I will have a try with a necrolyte.
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Hy, I have another question : what do you suggest for a summon necromancer? I can get Dark Power from unique grim wand, so I think about necrolyte or blood mage (as always). Thanks
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nemmate wrote:Hy, I have another question : what do you suggest for a summon necromancer? I can get Dark Power from unique grim wand, so I think about necrolyte or blood mage (as always). Thanks

That depends on which type of summonmancer you're playing. Hawk summoner is just a caster so go for shifter if you need a tank. For abyss knights, necrolyte should provide more effective hp for your entire party thanks to miasma+forceblast compared to bloodmage's rare heal so I'd go with necrolyte.
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nemmate wrote:Hy, I have another question : what do you suggest for a summon necromancer? I can get Dark Power from unique grim wand, so I think about necrolyte or blood mage (as always). Thanks

That depends on which type of summonmancer you're playing. Hawk summoner is just a caster so go for shifter if you need a tank. For abyss knights, necrolyte should provide more effective hp for your entire party thanks to miasma+forceblast compared to bloodmage's rare heal so I'd go with necrolyte.


Thank a lot, and I understand, why the necrolyte is your favourite. I tested with some of my fav builds, and it's awesome. I love to play with melee characters. This merc is awesome, even with elemental melee chars. I approve with melee necromancer, holy melee paladin, wildfire druid and thundercrack amazon.
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This is goddamn awesome dude good job !
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^ agreed. I honestly never played with a merc before reading this.