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Belarathon
#1 Feb 28 2017 11:06pm
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Hello all

Diablo 2 pvm has pulled me in once again. This time I'll be making a druid who largely focuses on summons/merc for his main DPS. The druid himself will be playing more of a support role, using Shockwave for crowd control and a weak Fireclaws as a slow PI solution once I have the gear for it. I will also be able to speed up boss kills with Fireclaws by equipping some CB.

Rules:
-Hardcore
-All areas and bosses must first be played through on /players 8. Any re-runs of bosses or areas can be done on any player setting. This is simply because I hate long/slow MF runs, and I can imagine act boss runs being slow on a summon druid /players 8.
-Must complete all quests
-Must acquire all waypoints
-Ladder runewords enabled but normal size stash.

Goals:

-Kill hell Baal
-Find Jalal's Mane
-Get Fireclaws to a point that it can take care of most PI monsters.

Plan:
I plan to start Normal as a melee druid, saving my points for Dire wolf/Heart of Wolverine when I become level 18. I will remain in melee gear helping my wolves along for most of normal until I can make Spirit and Insight runewords. At this point I plan to take the backseat and simply play as support, shockwaving crowds for my summons for pretty much all of NM. By the time I get to hell I will start to pump into Fireclaws. It will likely be low damage and barely even help vs PIs until I can find a decent amount of +skills gear. I don't expect to be able to put Fireclaws to much use until the middle-end of hell.
I plan to max Dire Wolf, Summon Grizzly, Heart of the Wolverine, Fireclaws, 1 to Shockwave/Lycan and the rest to Firestorm as a Fireclaws synergy.

He's already been through act 1 and I'll be uploading the first pics shortly!
3500HD
#2 Feb 28 2017 11:12pm
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Good luck!
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#3 Feb 28 2017 11:23pm
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Belarathon
#4 Mar 1 2017 12:04am
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Quote (3500HD @ 1 Mar 2017 00:12)
Good luck!


Quote (VTMatt4960 @ 1 Mar 2017 00:23)
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ty!





I forgot to take a pic of Den, but here's an action shot vs Blood Raven!

Belarathon
#5 Mar 1 2017 12:06am
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This helm should be good for leveling through act 1. I am only putting 1 to Spirit Wolf so this +2 should really help at low levels.


Tristram portal


Interesting barb helm in trist

Belarathon
#6 Mar 1 2017 12:10am
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Will use this on my a2 merc


All WPs in A1 norm collected... I guess I didn't take very many screenshots from act 1! Oh well, it's boring anyways.


Random action shot in Catacombs of bear swipe
Belarathon
#7 Mar 1 2017 12:13am
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Dire Wolf reached the critical '3 Wolves' level right in Catacombs 4 before I reached Andy, so that was really cool.


One of the nicer Andariel booty shots I've seen


Speaking of booty
Belarathon
#8 Mar 1 2017 12:16am
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All quests in a1 finished (will imbue a pelt later)


Was on my way to get the cube quickly so I could do some crafting with the chipped gems from act 1/upgrade runes and I found this El rune. Goes well with the Tir I found whilst doing Countess earlier.


Now with Tir and El both, I can make a weapon with some ias for the poky bear.
ExShane
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Hmm if you won't add any points into spirit wolves so they won't add any AR as synergy to other summons. Do you think hotw will be enough to reach enough AR to hit monsters in hell?
Belarathon
#10 Mar 1 2017 12:20am
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Got the cube. I typically save all chipped gems in a1 and then use the cube to transmute $200 wands into $10,000 wands with the 3 chipped gem + magical weapon recipe just to have some gold to play with in A2


While transmuting wands I came across this one which I will hold onto for now for the charges. May come in handy in some of the boss battles.


Ran Countess a few more times to make this helm and now I'm ready to take on Act 2!
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