To be honest... That never occured to me.
If the Bow is already at T3, you definitely have a lvl 30 merc already, so her being underleveled isn't an option.... And if you maxed your totems, they should be able to survive a couple of hits...
Did you try teleporting half a screen away from mephisto? That should be far away enough to not let your merc and totems get hit. tbh I got through hatred without my merc having any armor at all. I only gave her the Black Dame bow and easily got through hatred.
Say, do you revive your merc and then continue? Or do you revive your merc, rejoin the game and then continue? Because mercs in Median XL have a buff in order to make them viable (insane damage bonus & better defensive stats for example). That buff will only apply after re-entering the game. So if you revive your merc and then continue walking, it makes sense that the merc can't take much damage.
And the only thing you can do in order to make your totems tankier is upgrading your weapon (don't forget the rune when you uptier the unique in order to reroll the stats for a better amount of +necromancer skills) (EDIT at this point: You can also keep using
Runeword Level: 15
+1 to All Skills
-(3 to 8)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
-(3 to 8)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
-(3 to 8)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
-(3 to 8)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+(28 to 45)% Enhanced Defense
+2 to Light Radius
for another +1 skills)
If everything fails, make a TP just before you go to Mephisto. Since the corpse spawns in town next to you ever since the latest patch, you can go ahead and try all you want if you just have enough TP's.
Yeah, my strategy has thus far to be a half a screen away or so, but as I (apparently like bradr) have the reaction speed of a potato, if he comes near and does the ice explosion or (I think he casts) singularity, totems die in one hit, sometimes two. If my Merc dies, usually I just rely on Frostclaw totems to finish him off, as it's not worth resurrecting her to have her die again unless I start a NG. Although, I didn't know about the buff issue. Usually if I res it's after a NG, so I'll keep that in mind and see if it makes a difference next time. Still, with their current survivability, I think it's still faster to farm Andariel or maybe just continue through A4..
Also, I'm not forgetting the rune when I uptier. No worries about that.
bradr wrote:you know mephisto in hatered didnt give me problems i followed the guide and did meph was lvl 35?? merc same ish i had merc gear improved to max that you can wear at lvl 30 something.....and socket everything with perfect skulls and ith runes for bonus damg and for bonus def...give merc an amult the uniq recommended for early game merc .. you can 2 crystal and oil of enchant to make a non uniq amulet unique..if you dont get the unique amulet listed for the merc angel heart was it??? then. cyrstal and rune...to re roll it.. lather rinse repeat... when you do get it.... oil of luck for the extra skill lvl if you dont get the +1 all skills.. then 2 crystal and oil of enchant to redo start the process again...
as for you max your items to the lvl you are....obviously not TU6...perfect bloodstones in your staff i found using queen of glass armour better than faunt visage since it has much lower reqs and some good bonuses.. so its not hard to get the str to max lvl and have points left for vit and energy .. make a felblood amulet same as you made the merc one.. get it with the +2 minions.. and the bonus +1 skill from luck...oil... 2 rings with minion life or all resist and orb them with minion life and the 4 types of resist... for all armour socket with ith crafted jewels for resist hopefully with minion life bonues or ort crafted you cant use ist crafted yet but ort crafted lowers reqs.. and often youll get resist or minion life affixs or take a jewel and make it unique and try to get katamari jewels that have minion life and dam and resist on em its a unique jewel you can make em just like you kept re rolling for the amulets... (.they are only useful until you get to lvl 51+ where you can make and start to use ist crafted jewels.... ) use sockets to boost minion life and your resist and if you have lvl space on the rings and amulet orb em for the same things..
for my orther equip i used queen of glass armour body armour /tu marrow staff/toorlocs gift the tu heavy leather gloves/lionspaw tu chain boots/the umbrau'sjinx mask tu mask ./aerin orbiter the heavy belt tu ..and somewhere in there socket 1 or 2 perfect diamonds in one of them just to add a 10% str bonus again this will ma the max 320str needed for tu6 body armor and umaru's jinx mask tu6 (which youll hit eventually )everything easy to reach and give you points to add to energy and vitality
you should have 240% + minion life 170%+minion dmg 20%+cold dmg and resist to all should be above 100%
howling totem dft and 2 frostclaw..
he died almost out of screen... once you get into terror can start finding better rares with +skills etc and crafting shrines .. but for early game i found the tu items listed work well to get me to the point where i was able to make and use honourifics... and focus my items specificlly followwhat HH said to me .. when you get to shrenk and farm 4 marks of infusion .. at lvl 50ish? TP to charsi act 1 blacksmith buy grey or supiror or magic boots/gloves/cap/sash upgrade em to magic with oil of enchants.. make sure they have no listed lvl reqs.. otherwise keep re rolling em til they have no listed level reqs.. then make em into base honourific items.. oil of luck em...too then. add 5 minion life orbs 5 all resist orbs and 5 minion resist orbs so each ho9nourific requires lvl 60 .. so youll wear them once you start terror do baalruns til you get to lvl 60... and then switch to your honorificis for your non body armour stuff and start terror diff
I'm investing somewhat heavily into strength, so the T3 Visage I have isn't as much a problem at the moment. Your gear suggestions are pretty good, and I'm missing a lot of pieces of it, but now that I think of it I really should look into maxing my minion resists. I think they're fairly low at the moment, and given his ice spell usually slaughters my totems, that might be the real problem. And as minion resists are something I should be focusing on anyway...
I think I'll just try and clear A4 next time I play. If I can start to make honorifics for resists and life, that seems like something that will benefit me more than just unique farming.