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Diablo II: Lord of Destruction v1.11 Commander Necro Guide v1.4 by Ishaan Sahdev ================== Version History ================== v1.4 Started Nightmare Boss Strategies, and wrote about Andariel and Duriel. v1.3 Added Fire Golem and Decrepify to the Skills section. Removed Amplify Damage. Thanks to Jehutysgurl. Added Credits section. v1.2 Added runeword SANCTUARY. v1.1 Added Necromancer runeword "Bone" to the Equipment section. Added a little more detail to the kills and Merc section. Also added the "Boss strategies" section with strategies outlined to defeat the act bosses in Normal. v1.0 Started the guide, and finished touching upon all sections. CONTENTS --------- 1. A brief introduction to the Commander Necro 2. Stat distribution 3. Skill Distribution and Discussion 4. Equipment 5. Mercenary 6. Boss strategies 7. Contact information 8. Credits ============================================ 1. A brief introduction to the Commander Necro ============================================ Okay first off, this isn't meant to be a complete analytical guide detailing every single aspect of the Necromancer and developing his abilities. It's more a compilation of my observations during my gameplay as a Commander Necro. The reason we call this build the commander Necro, is that it involves handling a moderately sized army, which is useful for offense as well as defense. This isn't one of those Golemancer builds which involves developing your hireling and your Golem and ignoring all your summons, and neither is it a Skelemancer, where you pump your Skellies and Mages to the max and have like 40 tanks at a time. If you're using this build, you'll end up taking advantage of all your summons. Also, this build calls for tactical decisions from time to time. For instance, there will be times when you will just unsummon all your skeletons and only let your golem and hireling do all the work, or times when you think mages are in order and anything else would just make things harder. Moving/Cycling your minions around is an important part of strategy. And finally, the Commander Necro involves finding the right balance between your skills, stats and items. If you manage to do that, you'll end up with an overall powerful character and wouldn't have wasted any skill points. More on this in the skills section. ============================================== 2. Stat Distribution ============================================== To put it simply: Strength: Around 100 to 105. Trang-Oul's helm takes 106 strength, so if you plan on using that, put points into this stat accordingly. However, I doubt most of you will find Trang-Oul's set that easily, so if you're willing to settle for cheaper yet formidable items, keep your strength around 90. Dexterity: Pretty much useless if you have a good army at your service, but just to be safe, put a few points into it in Hell difficulty. Not too many though...a block rate around 20-25% should suffice. Vitality: Pump it up. Thats all I can say. Every single point you can possibly spare should go into Vitality. I won't specify how many. Suffice it to say, the more the better. Energy: Base. There are plenty of mana boosting items in the game later anyway. Also, your summoning skills are the only ones that really take up any mana. The mana cost for Amplify Damage is negligible. And besides, all through the game, mana potions are availble in abundance while killing monsters. If you find you're REALLY having problems, even after level 15 or 16 or so, put 7 or 8 points into this stat, but not more. =============================================== 3. Skill Distribution and Discussion =============================================== Like I said earlier, this isn't a detailed guide, so I'm only going to be listing the skills that you'll be using here. Feel free to experiment with different variants of the build though...you never know, there might be some skills I've overlooked that would be better suited for the Commander Necro. a. Raise Skeleton: Max it. Skeletons will be your main damage dealers, and also, their habit of crowding around monsters and making it hard for them to move comes in very handy. They move fast, have a decent number of hitpoints, and can dish out loads of damage. Also, skeletons seem to have high dexterity, as I've never quite seen one miss. Since the 1.10 patch, skeletons have gained the respect of a lot of Necromancer players. b. Raise Skeletal Mage: 3 points here. Yea, that's right. Just 3. The Commander Necro relies heavily on +skill items, so by the end of it all, you should have around 7 or 8 mages, which is more than enough. Also, Skeleton Mastery affects both Skeletons and Mages, so your mages will turn out quite strong. Mages are especially useful for fights against bosses or uniques. I found defeating Diablo to be much much easier with 3 cold mages added to my army. c. Skeleton Mastery: Max it. This affects your skeletons, mages and revives as well, so needless to say, maxing this skill is of utmost importance. d. Iron Golem: Put 15 points into this skill. With all the +skill equipment you'll have later, this skill will end up getting max points, and most of the time, even above that! Don't expect the Iron Golem to perform as well as your skeletons though. They seem to end up missing their target quite a few times, and even the damage done isn't significant when compared to skeletons. By using the Iron Golem, it's like taking a sort of gamble. If you find a good item to create them from, they'll likely make a difference in the long run. However, if you find that you don't have much use for them, you might want to substitute them for a Blood or a Fire golem. Like I said, there's no need to pump up every skill, if you know how to create a good balance between your skills and your items. e. Golem Mastery: 10 points here. It should reach around 15 points or more with your +skill equipment. People might argue that it's good to max out golem mastery, but the truth is, you won't be using your Golem as much as your Skeletons, and even when you do use him, it's more for dishing out additional damage than serving as a tank. As long as you find a nice item to create the Iron Golem from, it's all good. Something with Cold Damage, Knockback, %chance to cast Static field should do fine. f. Revive: 10 points here as well. I'd suggest more, but the sad truth of the matter is, revives are dumb as hell. Unless by some miracle of the heavens, you find that your revives actually behave like they have some sense, don't put any more points into this skill. Sure revives do good damage, but they suck as tanks, and they suck at following you around. Often you'll notice your revives disappearing from your side and walking in the opposite direction for no apparent reason, while you and your skelllies get clobbered by hell's minions. Why put points into this skill then, you say? Because, when I said revives do good damage, I wasn't kidding. Some revives like Urdars, and Doom Knights do great against bosses like Diablo and Baal. And the Skeleton Archers and Spear cats from Lut Gholein rock when it comes to dealing damage. Note: Good revives should either be able to do good damage, have a "stun" ability, or do cold damage. These are the most useful attributes monsters in Diablo II have to offer. g. Summon resist: 5 points here. And with your equips, again, this skill should reach around 10 points or more. It's not all that important if you think about it. After all, you'll always have enough corpses to raise new minions from if your current ones get killed by elemental damage. Oh, and putting a few points here in the start REALLY helps agains the lightning enchanted scarabs in Act 2. Also, not to mention, there are a LOT of lightning enchanted baddies in Nightmare and Hell. h. Corpse Explosion: Another 10 points here. It'll reach 15 with the equips, which is more than enough to deal out damage in a fairly large radius. You'll notice a significant increase in the rate at which you dispose of crowds once you start using CE. Jehutysgurl also says that she found "Decrepify" to be a lot of help on bosses and also stated that the Fire Golem works really well for her. I assume both these do, infact, work well since I have used both skills myself extensively in other Necromancer builds. I have replaced "Amplify Damage" in this section with Decrepify. So, without further ado: i. Fire Golem: Fire Golems do Fire damage and have their own Holy Fire aura. They're very useful when faced with enemies that do Fire Damage. Fire Golems have fire absorb, and heal from fire attacks that hit them. Also, when a Fire Golem dies, or a cast the spell again, your current Golem goes up in an explosion of flames that damages enemies within melee range of the Golem. Very useful, and the damage dealt is considerabely high. Use this is place of Iron Golem if you think it works better for you. A point to note is that the Fire Golem doesn't require an item for you to create it. j. Decrepify: Works extremely well against bosses, and other monsters as well. It combines the effects of Amplify Damage, Weaken and decreases the targets' speed. Very very useful......it's definitely a must use. Just put a couple of points in Amplify Damage to last you until you hit level 30, then switch to this. Put 5 points into this skill, and with your equipment, it should go up to about 10 or 12 atleast. That's more than enough to last you through the entire game, Nightmare and Hell included. As stated before, finding the right balance between items and skills is very important, and I've found the above mentioned skill distrbution to work very well for me. At first, the Necro will seem extremely weak to a lot of you, but trust me, by the time you reach level 30, you'll find a significant change in his crowd control abilities. In this aspect, the Necromancer isn't too different from the Sorceress, who also starts out really weak and has huge mana problems until she reaches level 15 or so. Also, like I said, this skill point distribution isn't necessarily the best. You might want to alter a few things. Like, sacrificing points in Decrepify, and putting them in Summon Resist, or putting the extra points into Lower Resists. =============================================== 4. Equipment =============================================== Okay, in this section, i'll outline some of the equipment your Neccy should definitely wear. Don't worry, I'm not about to go around suggesting the Homunculus, or Trang Oul's grand set of pwning and stuff. Those are virtually impossible to come across, unless you have lots of time, patience and l33t trading skillz. Nope, what you'll see here are items that are relatively easier to obtain. And they depend mostly on one thing. Runewords. These are available throughout the game and the ones listed here are relatively easier to find than entire item sets and/or a specific set of unique items. Also, if you ever use Battle.net (Open or Closed, doesn't matter which), there are runewords floating around everywhere in trade games. Beware of Open Bnet though...the number of haxored items is overwhelming. So, lets get on with the item descriptions, copied and pasted straight from Blizzard's very own Arreat Summit, and coupled with my own grand insights into the pros and cons! Helm ---- LORE 2 Socket Helms: Ort + Sol +1 To All Skill Levels +10 To Energy +2 To Mana After Each Kill Lightning Resist +30% Damage Reduced By 7 +2 To Light Radius +1 to all skills, 30% lightning resist and +10 to energy? What's not to like? This helm will stay with you throughout the game. A word of advice though; once you find a better helm than the one you have in the initial stages of development, put Ort+Sol into that and replace your old Lore Helm with the new one. There's no need for this before mid-Nightmare though. DELIRIUM 3 Socket Helms Lem + Ist + Io 1% Chance To Cast Level 50 Delirium* (morph) When Struck 6% Chance To Cast Level 14 Mind Blast When Struck 14% Chance To Cast Level 13 Terror When Struck 11% Chance To Cast Level 18 Confuse On Striking +2 To All Skills +261 Defense +10 To Vitality 50% Extra Gold From Monsters 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items Level 17 Attract (60 Charges) Best helm you could use in my opinion. Though it would do better on a Merc in my opinion. Ofcourse, the +2 to all skills makes that highly debatable. *Delirium: this ability morphs your character into a Bone Fetish for a period of about 1 minute. You can also do normal attacks in the form of a headbutt. Bone Fetish (Undead) Undead Flayer, Undead Soul Killer, Undead Stygian Doll Although the fetish Shaman has the power to bring back fallen Fetish from the grave, not every casting of this spell returns them as their former selves. Corpses that are too old to be fully restored often rise again as undead shades of the Fetish. While still useful, the form of a Bone Fetish is also quite unstable, causing it to explode violently when destroyed. Shield ----- RHYME 2 Socket Shields Shael + Eth 20% Increased Chance of Blocking 40% Faster Block Rate All Resistances +25 Regenerate Mana 15% Cannot Be Frozen 50% Extra Gold From Monsters 25% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items Another item that you'll want to keep with you throughout the game because of the +25% to resistances and the "Cannot be frozen" attributes. And ofcourse, there's the 25% to magic find. :) Once again, once you get a better socketed shield in Nightmare or Hell, make a new RHYME shield to replace your old one. SPLENDOR 2 Socket Shields Eth + Lum +1 To All Skills +10% Faster Cast Rate +20% Faster Block Rate +60-100% Enhanced Defense (varies) +10 To Energy Regenerate Mana 15% 50% Extra Gold From Monsters 20% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items +3 To Light Radius This is another shield you might want to consider. However, considering how hard it is to find Lum runes, and also the lack of resists in the shield, RHYME might be better in the long run. The enhanced defense and +1 to all skills is really tempting though. SANCTUARY 3 Socket Shields Ko + Ko + Mal +20% Faster Hit Recovery +20% Faster Block Rate 20% Increased Chance of Blocking +130-160% Enhanced Defense (varies) +250 Defense vs. Missile +20 To Dexterity All Resistances +50-70 (varies) Magic Damage Reduced By 7 Level 12 Slow Missiles (60 Charges) One of the nicest shields you could make in my opinion. The resistances are a big help, and even though there's no Magic Find, it's well made up for with the increased block rate, and the points in dexterity. Also, the enhanced defense, especially defense vs missiles rocks. Armor ----- PRUDENCE 2 Socket Body Armor Mal + Tir +25% Faster Hit Recovery +140-170% Enhanced Defense (varies) All Resistances +25-35 (varies) Damage Reduced by 3 Magic Damage Reduced by 17 +2 To Mana After Each Kill +1 To Light Radius Repairs Durability In 4 Seconds A nice armor for characters till Mid-Nightmare. It helps to have the additional resists and the enhanced defense. Also, the self repair attribute may not be important, but it'll save you a lot of money. Because, there will be times that bosses get hard to handle, and the cost of resurrecting your hireling isn't exactly small. More on this in the "Mercenary" section. ENIGMA 3 Socket Body Armor Jah + Ith + Ber +2 To All Skills +45% Faster Run/Walk +1 To Teleport +750-775 Defense (varies) + (0.75 Per Character Level) +0-74 To Strength (Based On Character Level) Increase Maximum Life 5% Damage Reduced By 8% +14 Life After Each Kill 15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana + (1 Per Character Level) +1-99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level) Now, this is the real deal! +2 to all skills, muchos enhanced defense, AND amazing magic find. This is the shit. Seriously, I have a VERY hard time choosing between this armor and the one I usually wear (Chains of Honour). This is just amazing for Baal runs, when you're looking for items. Seriously, it rocks. The runes are a bit hard to find, but it's definitely worth getting them. Also, the additional strength helps a hell of a lot if you want to wear Trang Oul's helm in place of the LORE helm. BONE (Necromancer only) 3 Socket Body Armor Sol + Um + Um 15% Chance To Cast level 10 Bone Armor When Struck 15% Chance To Cast level 10 Bone Spear On Striking +2 To Necromancer Skill Levels +100-150 To Mana (varies) All Resistances +30 Damage Reduced By 7 With the release of the 1.11 patch, specific runewords were made for each of the classes. This one isn't hard to put together, and it has some very useful attributes such as +30 to all resistances, +2 to all skills and also, the tremendous increase in mana. Very good for players in late-Nightmare, but you'll probably want something with better resists in hell. Also, the absence of Magic Find would put players off. CHAINS OF HONOUR 4 Socket Body Armor Dol + Um + Ber + Ist +2 To All Skills +200% Damage To Demons +100% Damage To Undead 8% Life Stolen Per Hit +70% Enhanced Defense +20 To Strength Replenish Life +7 All Resistances +65 Damage Reduced By 8% 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items Another amazing armor. Chains of Honour has lower defense than Enigma, but the resists more than make up for that. In Hell, where your resists are cut down by like a 100 points, Chains of Honour really helps get your resistances back in order. It also gives +20 to strength, which again is invaluable for a Necromancer who has better items to wear. Again, this points mainly at helms like the Harlequin Crest. Weapons ------- GRAVENSPINE Bone Wand One-Hand Damage: 3 To 7 (5 Avg) Required Level: 20 Durability: 15 Base Weapon Speed: [-20] +50% Damage To Undead +2 To Necromancer Skill Levels Adds 4-8 Cold Damage, Cold Duration: 3 seconds 5% Mana Stolen Per Hit +25-50 Mana(varies) +10 To Dexterity +10 To Strength A very useful toy for the Necromancer, especially taking into considering the +2 to skills. If there's a better unique than this, it's the Blackhand Key. BLACKHAND KEY Grave Wand One-Hand Damage: 13 To 29 (21 Avg) Required Level: 41 Required Strength: 25 Durability: 15 Base Weapon Speed:  +50% Damage To Undead +2 To Necromancer Skill Levels +1 To Curses (Necromancer Only) 20% Damage Taken Goes To Mana 30% Faster Cast Rate Fire Resist +37% +50 To Life Level 13 Grim Ward (30 Charges) -2 To Light Radius An amazing weapon that gives +2 to skills, another +1 to curses. The additional fire resistance really helps, especially in Acts 3 and 4 where a lot of monsters do fire damage. The faster cast rate also helps the Necromancer cast his curses faster, and makes it possible to recreate you entire army in a matter of a few seconds if you need to. Definitely worth using if you happen to come across one. HEART OF THE OAK 4 Socket Staves/Maces Ko + Vex + Pul + Thul +3 To All Skills +40% Faster Cast Rate +75% Damage To Demons +100 To Attack Rating Against Demons Adds 3-14 Cold Damage, 3 sec. Duration (Normal) 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit +10 To Dexterity Replenish Life +20 Increase Maximum Mana 15% All Resistances +30-40 (varies) Level 4 Oak Sage (25 Charges) Level 14 Raven (60 Charges) +50% Damage To Undead *By maces, it means Morning stars, Maces or Flails. As far as I know, flails are the only mace class weapons that can hold 4 or more sockets. By far the best weapon you could hope for, apart from The arm of King Leoric, which is bloody impossible to find. +3 to all skills, and 40% faster cast rate. Needless to say, the resistances help a lot. But that's not the reason I like this armor. My main reason for using this is the Oak Sage. Sure, its just level 4, but it's still a lot of help when it comes to keeping your army alive. Especially since most Necromancers would change from using Prayer Mercs to Might Mercs in Nightmare, the Oak Sage is a welcome skill. The ravens aren't all that great, but they do help with bosses and generally add to the chaos while dealing with large crowds. :) Other items --------- Gloves ----- CHANCE GUARDS Chain Gloves Defense: 27-28 (varies)(Base Defense: 8-9) Required Level: 15 Required Strength: 25 Durability: 16 +20-30% Enhanced Defense (varies) +15 Defense +25 To Attack Rating 25-40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Item (varies) 200% Extra Gold From Monsters +2 To Light Radius 200% extra gold, and 25-40% better MF. What's not to like? The enhanced defense and +2 to light radius are nice too. AND it's not very hard to find at all. :) FROSTBURN Gauntlets Defense: 47-49 (varies)(Base Defense: 12-15) Required Level: 29 Required Strength: 60 Durability: 24 +10-20% Enhanced Defense (varies) +30 Defense +5% Enhanced Damage Maximum Mana 40% Adds 1-6 Cold Damage, Cold Duration: 2 Seconds Some prefer these because of the 40% Maximum Mana, but since I love Magic Find, I prefer the Chance Guards. Also, Frostburns are harder to find. Boots ---- GOREFOOT Heavy Boots Defense: 20-21 (varies)(Base Defense: 5-6) Required Level: 9 Required Strength: 18 Durability: 14 Assassin Kick Damage: 4-10 +20-30% Enhanced Defense (varies) 20% Faster Run/Walk 2% Mana Stolen Per Hit Attacker Takes Damage of 2 +12 Defense +2 To Leap (Barbarian Only) Sure, they aren't all that great. But honestly, I like the 20% faster walk, and they're REALLY easy to find. I've had these dropped by monsters loads of times! GOBLIN TOE Light plated boots Defense: 33-34 (varies)(Base Defense: 9-11) Required Level: 22 Required Strength: 50 Durability: 18 Assassin Kick Damage: 8-16 +50-60% Enhanced Defense (varies) 25% Chance of a Crushing Blow -1 To Light Radius Damage Reduced By 1 Magic Damage Reduced By 1 +15 Defense Again, not amazing boots, but not hard to find. I've seen them being dropped twice in Normal so far. SILKWEAVE Mesh Boots Defense: 112-130 (varies)(Base Defense: 37-44) Required Level: 36 Required Strength: 65 Durability: 16 Assassin Kick Damage: 23-52 +150-190% Enhanced Defense (varies) 30% Faster Run/Walk +5 To Mana After Each Kill Increase Maximum Mana 10% +200 Defense VS. Missile Note that none of these boots are outstanding or anything. Like I said, this is a build which focuses on items that can actually be obtained with relative ease. Amulet ------ THE EYE OF ETLICH Required Level: 15 +1-5 To Light Radius (varies) +1 To All Skill Levels 3-7% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies) Adds (1-2) to (3-5) Cold Damage (varies) Cold Duration: 2-10 Seconds (varies) +10-40 Defense vs. Missile (varies) +1 to all skills, additional light radius, and some missile defense. Sounds good to me. Also, this amulet is pretty easily available on Nightmare. It's the one i'm currently using. If you use an amulet other than this, it'll be the one below. MARA'S KALEIDOSCOPE Required Level: 67 +2 To All Skill Levels All Resistances +20-30 (varies) +5 To All Attributes Hard to find, but well worth the hunt. I haven't actually found it myself yet, but it sounds like it would do wonders for the build. Rings ---- Don't expect to see SOJs listed here. It's virtually impossible to find those, and even if someone on Battle.net has one, I very much doubt he or she would want to part with it. MANALD HEAL Required Level: 15 4-7% Mana Stolen Per Hit (varies) Replenish Life +5-8 (varies) Regenerate Mana 20% +20 To Life For the lower level characters, the mana regeneration comes in handy. And the additional life is nice too. BUL-KATHOS' WEDDING BAND Required Level: 58 +1 To All Skill Levels + (0.5 Per Character Level) 0-49 To Life (Based On Character Level) 3-5% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies) +50 Maximum Stamina The +1 to skills is ofcourse, very tempting, but this ring is a little hard to find. Not as bad as SOJs though. Apart from these, you'll come across plenty of Magic and Rare rings. Ideally, something with +to skills, resistances, or magic find would be fine. Belts ---- NIGHTSMOKE Defense: 22-24 (varies)(Base Defense: 5) Required Level: 20 Required Strength: 25 Durability: 16 12 Boxes +30-50% Enhanced Defense (varies) +15 Defense 50% Damage Taken Goes to Mana* Damage Reduced By 2 All Resistances +10 +20 To Mana Not bad for an item that should be available in Normal. I didn't actually find this one...I traded for it on Bnet. GOLDWRAP Defense: 34-36 (varies)(Base Defense: 6) Required Level: 27 Required Strength: 45 Durability: 18 12 Boxes +40-60% Enhanced Defense (varies) +25 Defense 10% Increased Attack Speed 30% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items 50-80% Extra Gold From Monsters (varies) +2 To Light Radius Amazing belt, which is available fairly easily. I got it during a Baal run in Normal. The Magic Find rocks on this one. =============================================== 5. Mercenary =============================================== Needless to say, the Act 2 mercs with their auras work best for the Necromancer. For Normal, you'll want a Combat Merc with Prayer. Since, in the initial stages, your Skeleton Mastery isn't all that high, you'll find some uniques dispose of your skeletons fairly easily. Especially if they're lightning enchanted or cold enchanted. The Prayer Merc helps even the odds by replenishing the life of you and your army. For Nightmare and Hell however, you'll want to switch to a Merc with Thorns or Might. Might really helps your minions pack a punch. And also, if you've assembled the HEART OF THE OAK runeword by then, you won't need Prayer anymore, since you'll have an Oak Sage. A word of advice though; Act 2 mercs are dumb as hell and just don't know when to back off or run. After playing a Sorceress with a Rogue sister hireling for so long, it took me a while to get used to watching out for my mercs while playing as the Necromancer. There will be times you have to retreat yourself so that the bugger follows you and hopefully manages to save his own life in the process. Keep Rejuvination potions handy in your belt. Chances are, you won't need them very often with so many minions, but your Merc will. Especially in boss fights. While fighting a crowd, it's best to let your Merc take the lead if he isn't taking too much of a beating. He does tremendous damage if given the right weapon, and sometimes, in places where it's hard to walk with so many minions, I just call off my skellies and use just the Iron golem and the Merc. Needless to say, good equps help keep the Mercs alive and more importantly, increase the damage they deal. So, Merc equipment is just as important as your own. I suggest giving them items with +to skills, open wounds, and life steal if possible. For armor, Chains of Honour or Enigma should do fine. If you can't afford another, just give them Prudence. For the helm, you'll want to use Delirium again. And last but not least, comes the weapon. I've got a couple of nice runewords listed here for the Act 2 mercs. MALICE 3 Socket Melee Weapons Ith + El + Eth +33% Enhanced Damage +9 To Maximum Damage 100% Chance Of Open Wounds -25% Target Defense -100 To Monster Defense Per Hit Prevent Monster Heal +50 To Attack Rating Drain Life -5 Very easy to make, and very nice for low level Mercs. It worked wonders for me all throughout Normal. You'll have to replace it with something that packs a bit more punch in Nighmare though. CRESCENT MOON 3 Socket Axes/Swords/Polearms Shael + Um + Tir 10% Chance To Cast Level 17 Chain Lightning On Striking 7% Chance To Cast Level 13 Static Field On Striking +20% Increased Attack Speed +180-220% Enhanced Damage (varies) Ignore Target's Defense -35% To Enemy Lightning Resistance 25% Chance of Open Wounds +9-11 Magic Absorb (varies) +2 To Mana After Each Kill Level 18 Summon Spirit Wolf (30 Charges) Hohoho. I love this. It's got style. Sometimes, I even give it to my Necromancer to use, so he can call out Spirit wolves and have an even bigger army! Seriously, this helps when you take on bosses. The Spirit wolves do good damage and don't die easily. And ofcourse, it does amazingly well on a Merc. 10% chance to cast Chain lightning is very useful. Also, if you use Lightning Skeletal Mages with this, they do decent damage when coupled with the chain lightning. It helps a LOT in crowded areas. And ofcourse, open wounds and Ignore target's defense are to die for. :) DOOM 5 Socket Axes/Polearms/Hammers Hel + Ohm + Um + Lo + Cham 5% Chance To Cast Level 18 Volcano On Striking Level 12 Holy Freeze Aura When Equipped +2 To All Skills +45% Increased Attack Speed +330-370% Enhanced Damage (varies) -(40-60)% To Enemy Cold Resistance (varies) 20% Deadly Strike 25% Chance of Open Wounds Prevent Monster Heal Freezes Target +3 Requirements -20% Needless to say, this looks REALLY promising. And if you can get Cold Skeletal Mages, well, even better! The damage on this is tremendous. Not really needed for Nightmare, but it would definitely make Hell easier. ============================================ 8. Boss strategies ============================================ Here, I'll outline general strategies on how to defeat the end of act bosses in Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction. For now, I've just added the strategies for norma, since I'm still experimenting different ways in Nightmare and Hell. There will be an update with Nightmare and Hell added soon enough, so don't worry on that count. Normal ------ a. Andariel: Take on Andariel at around level 18 once you have your Blood Golem and atleast 2 Skeletal Mages with you. Before you decide to go head to head with her, confjure up 2 fire mages. By now, you should have around 5 or 6 Skeletons at your disposal, 2 mages and a Blood Golem. After clearing out Catacombs level 4, step up to Andariel and she'll come after you. Sick your skellies and golem on her, and keep casting Amplify Damage every few seconds. Andariel is weak to fire, so the Fire Mages should be hurting her a bit too. She'll swing her large arms around and poison your minions, but not to worry. The Blood Golem regains health everytime he hits someone, and if his health is full, then the life goes to the Necromancer instead. As for the skeletons, they should be doing fine keeping her in one place and bashing the crap out of her. This one's an easy kill. If you have a hard time with her, lure her out in the second room on this level (the largest one), and use Corpse Explosion on all the dead bodies. She'll go down in no time. b. Duriel: Another relatively easy kill. Take him on at level 24 or 25, and there should be no problems. 6 or 7 skeletons by now, and 3 mages would do fine. Also, make sure you have atleast 5 points in Skeleton Mastery, and 1 point in Golem Mastery. You should also have a Prayer Merc by now with a decent weapon. It doesn't have to be any of the ones listed above, as you most likely wouldn't have found them yet. (With th