Bow Druid - WIP

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ImageThis is a bow druid reference and guide targeted at newer players. It is a very fun build that is viable from start to end game. Different item and skill combinations lead to endless possibilities for both farming and utility. This guide is in its infancy stages but should still be able to help newer players bring up their own bow druid. The other bow druid guides are outdated and on the old forum as well. The guide starts off with character creation and ends at the end of 'mid game'. Some builds may complete certain tasks easier but they will not be listed since this is a bow druid guide. I will still be suggesting advice on different Uberquests. I will not be providing the next list of end-game items like
Natasha's Legacy (Xis)


Natasha's Legacy
Body Armor

'XisXisXisXisXisXis'
Runeword Level: 121
+(1 to 4) to All Skills
50% Faster Run/Walk
-(3 to 30)% to All Enemy Resistances
+1 to SkillnameUltimative
+(352 to 380)% Enhanced Defense
+(0 to 5)% to All Maximum Resistances
Damage Reduced by (5 to 20)%
and
Knight's Grace
Knight's Grace
Greaves (Sacred)

Defense: (2249-2481) to (2537-2799)
Required Strength: 714
Required Level: 100
3% Chance to cast level 35 Arrow on Striking
+1 to All Skills
25% Increased Attack Speed
Adds 9-17 damage
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+(21 to 25) to all Attributes
Damage Reduced by 5%
10% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Requirements +20%
Socketed (4)

. If you can obtain these items then you should start writing your own guide to help others attain godliness. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the guide!

Pros:
- Very fun gameplay
- Fast and easy farming
- Broad item possibilities

Cons:
- Slow single target killer
- Slow early game compared to casters and traprat
- Very item dependent

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* * * * * Read over the documentation HERE if you haven't already! * * * * *

Reading the documentation is critical to be a successful Median XL player. The docs (documentation) cover changes between new versions, cube recipes, uniques, runewords, questing information, and basic concepts like how defense works. This guide assumes that you have read the documentation and will not cover topics such as how to make unique items or runewords.



ImagePlease note that these aren't my videos and from earlier game versions. The same general build mechanics are still the same! Credits are located at the bottom of the guide. I will be replacing these videos with my own in time.



ImageReward & Starter Skills:
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Bow:
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Wolf:
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Mage:
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Venom:
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O-Skill:
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Average Skillpoint Planner - Bow druids typically have a very straight forward setup.


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Your stat placement is going to differ from other's based on what items you currently have equipped.

Strength: The more strength you invest, the more damage you will do with druid bows.

Dexterity: The more dexterity you invest, the more damage you will do with regular bows. Keep an eye on your dexterity even if you have a druid bow because your attack rating still needs to be high enough to hit monsters.

Vitality: Investing points in Goodberry should give us enough life to not need any vitality points.

Energy: No.


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Getting started with a bow druid can be a little bit slower than other builds but that ends as soon as we get a couple good items.

Tips and Tricks:
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Leveling:
Adventuring through the game from start to finish is the best way to play Median. Sometimes its hard to get through the initial start of a bow druid though. If you are having difficulties then proceed to Tristram. Tristram can be replayed for Griswald's boxes which drop up to Tier 2 unique bows, boots, and a special helm. Level 17 can be reached while farming boxes in just a few minutes. Then adventure to act 2 and replay sewers until level 26, if your still having trouble. Then proceed to adventure throughout Hatred normally. This will help you gain an advantage over the rest of the difficulty. If you don't find enough unique items to create the items listed below, the act bosses can be slain each game for unique items.

Items:
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ImageWelcome to Terror difficulty. Before proceeding, it would be wise to have at least the following:
  • 1500 Attack Rating
  • Around 15,000 Defense
  • 1000 Damage
  • Character Level 50
  • 80 Resistances

Gear
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Mercenaries
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ImageLevel Challenge 1
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Level Challenge 2
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Ennead Challenge
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Black Road Challenge
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Minigames and Monster Tokens
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ImageWelcome to Destruction difficulty. Before proceeding, it would be wise to have at least the following, if not more:
  • 50,000 defense
  • Enough attack rating to hit 90% of the time
  • Character level 120
  • 80 to all resistances
  • 86% faster hit recovery
  • 5,000 life
  • Challenges other than BRC

You can use Speed Calculator to accurately read breakpoints.
You can use D2Stats Reader to calculate where you are in your quest to achieve the above numbers.

Items:
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Dungeon Uberquests
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Summoning Uberquests
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Uber Levels
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Heroic Levels
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ImageMXL Team
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Thanks to those providing criticism and information to make this guide better.
Please let me know if I missed anything in the sections I've already written. More to come soon.
Edited by Loremaster 2 weeks.
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First. AWESOME GUIDE!!!!!!
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Loremaster
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Thanks. I want to add a lot more stuff but I needed to start somewhere!
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You might want to fix the Deadfall part.

Also , gj on giving props to laughing ghost. i though i was the only one who really liked that skill rather than just seeing it as a starter skill only.
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Prime_Evil wrote:You might want to fix the Deadfall part.

Also , gj on giving props to laughing ghost. i though i was the only one who really liked that skill rather than just seeing it as a starter skill only.


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I think your comment on Faerie Fire wants to say "your dmg is high, but survivability is low"

But I wouldnt put points into vita, with berries your pool should be enough, you ain't no tank anyway
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The addition of werewolf is completely unnecessary, you have a few naming issues as well. You also don't need vit as Necro has already said, no need to get @45 res before sewers in A2 either, it's just pointless farming for a small area, the amount of time it takes to get some gold for mystic orbs or even getting the right gems would surpass the amount of time you even spend in a2 + 3; you shouldn't have a problem with resistances until A5, at the minimum a4.

You should probably add which base items you should use for runewords and crafting, along with what to put in sockets if this guide is meant to be aimed at newer players.
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Get some more work into this and preferably your own videos from the current patch compared to videos done by other players x years ago. This is a start to what may become a very popular guide I'd like to see it through. Add some content, work on some formatting. More images are appealing to help breakup text walls. Keep it up and we could be looking at a very popular guide here. Nice job so far. Cookie'd now, but would like to see more added.
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as far as i know the werewolf passive doenst work anymore if you arent morphed. correct me if im wrong about mxl 2017
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You can add eth rw in belt for +10-15 all resist in early game.