The Hireling Handbook - A Guide to Mercenaries

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Splargh wrote:is maxing the rogues avoid (requires 2400 dex) a priority for her survival in labs?
The rogue lab gear section doesn't make it look like it is

Seikun wrote:Because avoid is not 100% reliable. There's a reason why character class with highest avoid (asa) is considered the squishiest.

Instead of maxing avoid, prioritize making sure your rogue won't go down in one hit, should avoid fail her.

Yea this. Also Rogue's avoid is melee avoid, doesn't work for ranged attacks, so while it certainly is useful, resists and life are more important for survivability.
altoiddealer
Pit Knight
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For my lab merc, which survives most situations up to and including T15... I followed Cube’s guide, with these comments:
-All available armor sockets are filled with P gems
-She’s using a lotteried
Niradyahk
Niradyahk
Amulet

Required Level: 80
Item Level: 105
2% Chance to cast level 50 Psionic Storm on Melee Attack
+2 to All Skills
20% Cast Speed
(31 to 40)% Bonus to Buff/Debuff/Cold Skill Duration
+250 to Life
+125 to Mana
3% Reanimate as: Dark Templar
for +2 max elem res. Can’t seem to get lucky with a Death Ward or Teganze Pendant, but it’s doing the trick.
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Witchhunter’s Hood
with Hellfire Aura scroll for the +3 Max elem res. The hood is also lotteried - this item falls often enough that it’s feasible to lotto one. MOd with
Essence of Itherael
Essence of Itherael
Mystic Orb

Cube Reagent
Cube with Any Armor to Add Bonus
Enhanced Weapon Damage +9%
Total Character Defense +15%
+10 Required Level

-I lotto’d the suggested TU armor as well. Just reroll it until lotto success. Enchanted with the 5% all attributes scroll.
-Used poison res enchant scroll on belt, for benefit of +2 max psn res rather than +1 of any other.
Ruubel
Heretic
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Testament of the Apes
Testament of the Apes
(Ape Set)

Apeshoot
Apeskin
Apeskull
Apehand
Apefoot

Set Bonus with 2 or more set items:
250% Bonus to Attack Rating
+50 to Strength

Set Bonus with 3 or more set items:
Enhanced Weapon Damage +120%
+75 to Strength

Set Bonus with complete set:
5% Chance to cast level 3 Thunder Slam on Kill
10% Chance to cast level 18 Tainted Blood when Struck by a Missile
25% Chance of Crushing Blow
+10 to Silver Dart
+18 to Deathstrike
50% to All Attributes
Physical Resist 20%

except for xbow, all the rest are very useful for any merc.
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how do you get enough dex on the bear to wear viz spear?
Ruubel
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WasagaBanaga wrote:how do you get enough dex on the bear to wear viz spear?


ort rune crafted -14 req jewels
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WasagaBanaga wrote:how do you get enough dex on the bear to wear viz spear?

-req jewels like ruubel said above, or Qor runes. Then IIRC you'll need some dex on other parts to boost it to the point where he can wear it.
Celestia's Wings
Celestia's Wings
Gothic Plate (Sacred)

Defense: (7708 - 8628) to (9275 - 10391)
Required Level: 90
Required Strength: 614
Item Level: 1
+1 to Amazon Skill Levels
Adds 25-38 damage
+(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
(21 to 25)% to Strength
(21 to 25)% to Vitality
+350 Defense
+(31 to 50) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (6)

Celestia's Myth
(Amazon Spear Set)
, 2% dex Lem crafted jewels, dex mystic orbs etc. are some sources. You can also just use Fangspear or Gehenna and save yourself the headache.
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Victor
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NotCube wrote:
WasagaBanaga wrote:how do you get enough dex on the bear to wear viz spear?

-req jewels like ruubel said above, or Qor runes. Then IIRC you'll need some dex on other parts to boost it to the point where he can wear it.
Celestia's Wings
Celestia's Wings
Gothic Plate (Sacred)

Defense: (7708 - 8628) to (9275 - 10391)
Required Level: 90
Required Strength: 614
Item Level: 1
+1 to Amazon Skill Levels
Adds 25-38 damage
+(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
(21 to 25)% to Strength
(21 to 25)% to Vitality
+350 Defense
+(31 to 50) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (6)

Celestia's Myth
(Amazon Spear Set)
, 2% dex Lem crafted jewels, dex mystic orbs etc. are some sources. You can also just use Fangspear or Gehenna and save yourself the headache.


Vizjerei Fury
Vizjerei Fury
Short Spear (Sacred)

Throw Damage: 69 to 80
One-Hand Damage: 45 to 50
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity:
1386
Item Level: 120
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Dexterity)%
You may Only use Melee, Summon and Support Skills
25% Chance to cast level 60 Trinity Beam on Melee Attack
Ignore Target's Defense
-33% to Enemy Fire Resistance
-33% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
-33% to Enemy Cold Resistance
(20 to 25)% to Dexterity
(20 to 25)% to Vitality
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Physical Resist 10%
+(60 to 100) Life after each Kill
Requirements +200%
Socketed (3)
itself has +%25 Dexterity, so I managed to prebuff my Shapeshifter with +Dex gear such as
Beads of the Snake Queen
Beads of the Snake Queen
Amulet

Required Level: 100
Item Level: 120
4% Chance to cast level 33 Scorpion Blade on Kill
Adds 5-10 damage
Stun Attack
(20 to 25)% to Strength
(20 to 25)% to Dexterity
+(200 to 500) Defense
+100 Life after each Kill
before equipping. Somehow I didn't need to do it again after every login.