~Enchantress Guide for Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction  V1.11
~By Stephen
~Version 1.2

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Table of Contents
I. Introduction and Version History.
II. Questions and Answers
III. Skill Point Placement 
IV. Types of Builds
V. Stat Point Placement
VI. Item Setups
VII. Charm/Inventory Setup
VIII. Mercenary Setup
IX. Things you should know 
X. Uses
XI. Contributors
XII. Contact Information and Final Thought


I. Introduction
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Alright to start off, this is my first attempt at a guide. I thought I 
would make one for an enchantress because it's honestly a very under 
appreciated build that is very helpful throughout the game.  There are 
many things you can do with an Enchantress, but I'll get into that 
later on in the guide.

Version History:
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V 1.0  Created the guide and posted in on the forum for review.
V 1.1  Added Contributors, Mercenary Setup, Charm/Inventory Setup, 
        Corrected numbering in Things you should know and added to this 
        section.
V 1.2 - Rejected! so, I sent it to kirbix for review

II. Questions and Answers
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Q: So what is an Enchantress anyway?
A: Basically, it is a sorceress class character that uses the skill 
   enchant to add melee fire damage to herself, her mercenary, her party 
   members, and their minions.

Q: How can I use my enchantress?
A: You can use it as a support only character, enchanting your party 
   members, or you can use it on yourself to become a solo fighting force.

Q: How much damage does it add?
A: It really depends on your level of enchant, or course it adds more 
   to you because you use fire mastery. A good Enchantress will add over 
   5000 melee fire damage to each party member.  I have broken 6000 with 
   mine. This is only to your party members though. I can enchant myself 
   and with fire mastery I break 30k melee damage GG!

Q: When can you use enchant?
A: You can enchant yourself, your mercenary and other player's minions 
   while standing in town. To enchant other players you must party with 
   them and step outside of town. If you attempt to enchant other players 
   while inside town it will cause you to initiate the trade window with 
   them.

Q: How long does enchant last?
A: Well again that depends on the level of enchant. A good enchant 
   should be over 20 minutes.

Q: So does enchant add to elemental or casters damage like hurricane or 
   fireball.
A: No only melee

Q: What types of melee will enchant work with.
A: Any attack that uses a weapon like a sword or axe. It also works 
   with bows, which is very useful. (I'll get into that later).

Q: What type of weapon should an enchantress use?
A: An enchantress can use a variety of weapons depending on her build, 
   I'll get into the weapons more in the items set up, but basically 
   depending on the build she can use any melee type weapon, or even a 
   bow. 

III. Skill Placement 
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Well honestly there are several routes you can go, because there are 
different types of enchantresses. I will type the setup for the three 
that I think are the most popular. But first I will go over your three 
main skills than you use in every one of the builds.

Here are your three main skills, in which every enchant build you 
should max these.

WARMTH
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This is enchants only true synergy.  It will regenerate your 
mana at a higher than normal rate, and is useful in so many ways.  It 
helps with the high cost of mana at high levels when enchanting 
multiple characters and minions. It also allows you to regenerate your 
mana from teleporting around quickly. Finally its helps tremendously on 
the Energy shield version of this build. . My warmth level was at 45 
with plus skills and it regenerated my mana at a 558 percent increase 
OMG :)  You need to max this

FIRE MASTERY  
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This isn't a true synergy to enchant but rather a 
passive bonus to any fire skill.  Points into this will increase the 
percent to fire damage. Again at level 45 my fire mastery was at around 
338 percent. The awesome thing about fire mastery is that the damage it 
adds to enchant sticks.  You need to max this as well.

ENCHANT  
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Here is the backbone of our build, Enchant. Of course were 
going to max this if we didn't we wouldn't be an enchantress now would 
we. 

The rest of your points depend on the type of Enchantress you are 
building, see below.

IV. Types of Builds
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Alright as stated above there are three main enchantress builds that I 
will go over.  All of these builds you will want to max the above 
skills as well as the ones I list belong depending on the build. 
Alright here we go.

CASTER ENCHANTRESS: 
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This is the build that I used for my first enchantress, and it turned 
out kind of bad lol. The reason was I didn't have a mercenary (I tend 
not to with any char because it's too much trouble keeping alive) and I 
had no way of dealing with fire immunes. If you get to hell look around 
and a good majority of your monster are fire immunes. So you're just 
out of luck without a mercenary. 

FIREBALL
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One of the most popular fire sorceress skills. Its fireball 
not explanation needed here. The idea of using fire ball is to add a 
ranged attack along with your melee one. It seems like good idea, but 
the damage your fire ball does isn't that great and you must deal with 
all of hell's fire immunes. MAX THIS SKILL

METEOR
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We've all seen meteor being spammed in Baal games, again no 
explanation needed. We put around 11 points into here because its 
synergy to fireball and again we already have fire mastery already 
maxed. Meteor is needed to give fireball enough damage to be decent. 
PUT AROUND 11 POINTS HERE or ALL REMAINING ONES.


ENERGY SHIELD / TELEKINESIS MELEE ENCHANTRESS
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I have never made one of these, but have considered it many times. With 
this build you use energy shield and telekinesis as a damage reducer. 
If you're not familiar with how these two skills work then consult a 
guide, because honestly it's really confusing. I will try to explain it 
more below. The beauty behind this build is that with energy shield on 
your damage gets taken from your mana. With high level warmth your mana 
is regenerated at high levels. This makes it so you're almost 
invincible.

TELEKINESIS
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You must put points into this skill first. You will need 
at least 16 into it. Basically, telekinesis is a hidden synergy to 
energy shield. It reduces the amount of mana you loose from being hit 
while having energy shield on. For example with 0 into telekinesis for 
every 1 point damage you take you loose 2 points from your mana, or 200 
percent. So at level 16 you're taking 1:1 damage. At level 20 for every 
1 point damage you only loose .75 mana. So it's like a 25 percent DR.

ENERGY SHIELD 
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This skill takes the damage you receive and reduces it 
from your mana instead of your health. With this build you'll want to 
put most points into energy because that's really your life line.  You 
should put 1 point to begin with, and after maxing or 16 into 
telekinesis put all remaining points into Energy Shield.


DUAL DREAM MELEE ENCHANTRESS: 
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I am about to rebuild my enchantress with this build, it seems the most 
fun and it creates a huge damage output. This build uses helm and 
shield runeword dream to stack Holy shock, and add lots of lightning 
damage. (I've heard of players hitting over 100k melee damage with this 
build)

LIGHTNING MASTERY  
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Same as fire mastery except with lightning. You max 
this because you're using two dreams whose holy shock aura's stack. 
Basically, you have a level 30 holy shock and lightning mastery greatly 
increase the damage added by holy shock.  You should max this skill.

With this build you will have points left over; you can choose to put 
points into Energy shield and Telekinesis, one of the cold armors, or 
lighting itself sort of like the fire caster build. It's really up to 
you but I recommend the additional points into Energy shield and 
Telekinesis.


IV. Stat Point Placement
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This should be pretty basic. This is the same for most builds. With 
energy shield you have a couple of various however, so I will list the 
variations as well.

NORMAL Build Stat Placement:

Strength: Enough for your gear, it shouldn't be too much because you'll 
have an anni and torch charm to boost your attributes.

Dexterity: Either none or enough for max block. I never use max block 
because I like more into vitality. If you're a support only character I 
wouldn't put any points here but if your melee I would consider it.

Vitality: Every extra point

Energy: None like most builds. With your high level warmth your mana 
will be regenerating at such a high level you won't need any.

+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~

ENERGY SHIELD Build Stat Placement:

Strength: Same as above enough for your gear.

Dexterity: Again same as above none or enough for max block.

Vitality: About a 100 more or less it's up to you. You want a little 
here because if you run out of mana your dead without it.

Energy: Everything you can spare since this is basically your health.


VI. Item Setups
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This will vary greatly depending on the build you choose from above. 
Also with an enchantress you will have an additional prebuff item 
setup. This is more than just your CTA and Lidless on switch. A good 
enchantress will have a whole additional setup to maximize her enchant 
damage. This is annoying sometimes changing out gear, but it's a must 
if you want to make your enchantress the best she can be.

PREBUFF Setup: I will list the best choice first and other choices 
afterwards.

Weapon 1
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Rare magic enchant orb with 6 to enchant, a 6 enchant leaf, 
Eschutas orb. (Note the first item is very rare I've only seen 2 on 
battle.net, I have one. The second leaf is fairly easy to get. I got 
one for two SOJS a couple of days ago. Last is easy to get).

Weapon 2
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CTA to cast battle orders

Shield 1 
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Either a spirit shield for the 2 to skills or a 5/5 faceted 
lidless

Shield 2
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Same as above without the facet. A spirit or a lidless if you 
can't get a spirit

Armor 
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Plus 3 enchant 5/5 faceted 20 fire skill damage Ormus

Helm 
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Plus 3 to fire skills circlet 2 open sockets with two 5/5 fire 
facets.

Gloves 
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Magefist is you're only choice and easy to get. Use these for 
the plus to fire skills.

Boots 
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You won't change these up I use Sandstorm treks, but you could 
use some rare duped boots with resist.

Belt 
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Arachnids for the plus skills.

Rings 
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Two sojs.

Amulet 
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Plus 3 to fire skills amulet.

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OPTIONAL Prebuff: You can also use a 9 energy shield staff if you're an 
Energy shield sorceress. Also you can use a beast to transform into a 
bear after your initial prebuff. A lot of enchantress use beast because 
in bear form you attack faster and have more life and defense.

Now that is for the prebuff. You will use this setup no matter what 
build you choose. After you prebuff throw this gear in your stash.


CASTER Item Setup:

Weapon
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Three to fire skills Eschutas 5/5 faceted

Shield 
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5/5 facet lidless or spirit.

Armor 
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You can keep the enchant ormus on or replace it with a COH for 
resist.

Helm
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Shako it your best bet in my opinion. You can experiment around 
with other helms but shako is the best.

Gloves
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Keep your magefist on.

Boots
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Same as above keep the treks on.

Belt 
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And again I'd just keep your arachnids on for faster cast rate 
and the plus to skills.

Rings 
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Two sojs are perfect here keep them on.

Amulet 
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Either a Mara's for resist or a rare duped amulet.


ENERGY SHIELD Item Setup
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With the energy shield setup you're more than likely going to be a 
melee enchantress so take that into mind with the following item 
placements.

Weapon 
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I use a 4x socketed Griswold's caddy. I use this because it 
will have 120 increase attack speed and in bear form reach the fourth 
frame. Another option is a 5 shaeled 1 eth phase blade.  This weapon 
will hit the same frame but also have -25 to target's defense with the 
eth. I use Gris because I don't like to get max block and put points 
into dexterity.  Another option is passion rune word is a phase or 
bezerker axe. This rune word gives you the skills zeal and berserker, 
nice but unfortunately you can't use while in bear form. 

Shield 
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I would use a storm shield here for the resist and most 
importantly the damage reduction. Put a -15 requirement jewel in here 
to reduce the strength requirement. I also think a Phoenix Monarch 
would work here as well. It adds a lot to your physical damage and has 
-23 to enemy fire resist. I have never tried it, so it's just a 
thought. 

Armor  
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For this build I'd probably wear a dusk Chains of Honor. It 
gives you plus two to skills and tons of resist; you really can't go 
wrong with it.

Helm  
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I'd probably again go with a Shako. Plus 2 to skills, life and 
mana you can't go wrong. Don't use a Crown of ages for the damage 
reduction because you'll have almost enough with a storm shield.

Gloves  
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Since you are melee I would go with dracul's grasp for the life 
leech and life tap. Also it adds a bonus to your strength which is a 
plus.

Boots  
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I'd just stock with treks, but you could put on some gore riders 
for the deadly strike, crushing blow etc. It would help your physical 
damage but the majority of your damage comes from fire so this is 
pretty useless.

Belt  
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Two options here, you could keep the arachnids or what I would do 
is switch it out with a Verdungo's. Dungo's gives you a lot of vitality 
which is good since most of your points are in energy. Also it has 
damage reduction which with storm shield will help you hit the 50 
percent damage cap.

Rings  
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You can go with sojs for the increase percent of mana, or B.K. 
rings for the life and life leech. I would go with the sojs because you 
already have them and you need as much mana as you can get since it is 
your life.

Amulet  
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Stay with your rare duped amulets or your Mara's here. High 
lord's is useless because deadly strike doesn't affect fire damage and 
you won't need the increase attack speed from it. 


DUAL DREAM Item Setup:
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Weapon  
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Again I would use either a Gris weapon or a 5 shaeled 1 eth phase 
blade. Another option is passion rune word is a phase or berserker axe. This 
rune word gives you the skills zeal and berserker, nice but unfortunately you 
can't use while in bear form..

Shield  
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Alright there is no choice here. You are a dual dream enchantress, so 
you're going to have to use a shield with the dream rune word.  I would 
recommend a monarch if your going for max block or a large shield if you're not 
because of its low strength.

Armor  
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I would choose chains of honor here as well. It's a great armor you 
can't go wrong.

Helm  
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Again you're a dream enchantress you must use the rune word dream in your 
helm.  I use a dream tiara, but you can use whatever. Some people use Diadems, 
bone helms, or Crowns.

Gloves  
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I would use Drac's here again for the reason stated above.

Boots  
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Treks are the way to go unless you can afford rare dupes.

Belt  
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I'd probably stay with arachnids here because you don't have the damage 
reduction from storm shield to make verdungo's worth it.

Rings  
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Either sojs or Bk's. You can use bk's here because you don't need the 
mana boost from sojs. This is because you're a vitality build, not an energy 
one. Either one is good, it doesn't make that much difference.

Amulet  
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Rare dupe or Mara's is your best choice again.

That concludes the item setup. Like I said depending on your build your setup 
will be slightly different. Your prebuff setup is always the same, and depends 
on how much you can afford.

VII. Charm/Inventory Setup:
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Your charms and what you have in your inventory is pretty standard, but can 
vary depending on your build. So again I will list what I think is the best 
inventory set up for each particular build.

CASTER Inventory Setup:
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You should have 9 fire grand charms. Some with life, faster hit recovery, or 
plain if that's all you can get. ( I use plain because I'm too lazy to care 
about breakpoints, bad on my part) 

Best Annilus Small charm you can afford

Best Torch you can afford.

The rest of your inventory is optional I would probably use 20 life 5 all 
resist small charms for the rest of your inventory.


ENERGY SHIELD Inventory Setup:
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For highest possible enchant you will want again 9 fire grand charms. For a 
higher level energy shield you would want to replace the fire grand charms with 
lightning grand charms.

Again Best anni and torch that you can afford.

The last piece of your inventory is vital to an energy shield sorceress or so I 
hear (Never made one).  You should use bugged 70 mana 15 life small charms. 
This is because your mana is like your life in this build. Be careful as most 
of these small charms are duped and unpermed. So be careful when trading.

DUAL DREAM Inventory Setup:
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The correct way for this build to work is to have 9 lightning grand charms in 
your inventory. This will add massive damage to holy shock and allow you to 
reach the insane damages that I talked about earlier. Personal I choose to keep 
my fire grand charms because I liked being more of a party player, and I loose 
enchant damage when I substitute lightning grand charms. My way is incorrect 
but that's what I like to do so oh well. For massive damage use the light grand 
charms.

HMM best anni and torch? Of course it's like this is every build.

As far as small charms its up to you, again I'd do 20/5's or 70/15's, but be 
careful and aware of dupes.

VIII. Mercenary Setup:
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Alright there are two main mercenary setups that I will discuss. The 
first one will probably be the best choice for someone wanting to fully 
utilize their enchantress.  The second is more for fun and what I'm 
planning to do on my remade enchantress.  Remember that eth items don't 
loose durability on your mercenary, so you should always use them.

First choice is a act 2 holy freeze Mercenary with the following gear:

Helm  
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Really it's up to you a lot of people use a dream helm, but there 
are so many choices here.  I like an eth Andy's for the life leech and 
other useful mods.

Weapon  
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The pretty obvious choice here is an eth infinity in some 
polearm. I think a cryptic axe is the best choice, but it's really up 
to you and what you can find.  The reason you should use this weapon is 
because of the conviction aura that it gives your mercenary.  This will 
lower all your enemy's resist and make your enchantress much more 
effective.

Armor  
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Again a few choices, but I think the best is an eth fortitude 
for the added damage. You could also use an eth stone, or other armor 
of your choice.

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Second Mercenary choice is a Act 1 Rogue mercenary.

You may ask why in the world you would want to use one of these. Well 
it's simple; enchant them and equip them with some nice gear, teleport 
around and watch the fire arrow flow.

Helm  
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I would use a 120 enhanced damage 40 increased attack speed 
tiara. It would be nice if you could get one with life or another good 
mod. This will add speed and physical damage to your Rogue.

Weapon  
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An 08 or regular wind force is the best choice here. Socket it 
with a 40/15 jewel. Remember a wind force is a better choice than a 
faith for your mercenary.

Armor  
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Again use an eth fortitude for the added damage and life.

This setup will give you a pretty godly bow mercenary that will spam 
tons of fire arrows at your opponent.


IX. Things you should know:
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I've included this section because honestly there are certain things 
about enchant that aren't obvious and you really should know them to 
full understand how enchant works.  Nothing really complicated but good 
stuff to know

1.  
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One confusing thing about enchant is that in the skill description 
it says that ranged attack or bows that are enchanted only do 1/3 the 
damaged of a regular sword melee weapon. Well this is false. A ranged 
bow enchanted will do the same damage as a Zeal paladin enchanted.

2.  
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This next piece of information is one of the most important and 
unknown things about enchant. Basically when an enchantress enchants 
herself and is using a melee weapon such as a sword or an axe, then her 
fire mastery is actually multiplied in twice instead of once. So to 
understand this, when an enchantress enchants herself the fire mastery 
is calculated at that time. It's again used after her enchant 
passively, so actually two times.  The damage show on the character 
screen is the actual damage she does. All of this damage can be 
calculated by the following formula.

Enchant base damage * Warmth synergy * Fire mastery at time of enchant 
* Fire mastery at time of striking or after enchant.

3.  
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This next part goes along with what was stated above.  The double 
fire mastery only works with melee weapons not ranged one such as bows.  
This is confusing because on the character screen it shows the damage 
as if it was multiplied by fire mastery twice but it's not.  So to put 
it simply the damage you see after enchant on the character screen when 
using a bow is wrong. To find the correct damage use the following 
formula.

Enchant base damage * Warmth synergy * Fire mastery at time of enchant

4.  
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Fire mastery affects the damage on charms. For example a small charm 
with 1-3 fire damage is multiplied by the percent of fire mastery and 
then incorporated into the damage done. So this actually makes fire 
small charms useful, or at least the ones with higher damage.

5.  
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Enchant is carried by explosive arrows and bolts, when fired by the 
enchantress or another character. This is not true when a mercenary 
fires an explosive arrow or bolt. This is useful because of bows that 
have an explosive arrow skill added on to them. Note that an explosion 
from an explosive arrow always hits, and if the arrow is physical and 
not magical it hits as well.  So basically you're hitting your target 
twice, cool huh?

6.  
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Although the character screen does not display the enchant damage 
for an assassins kick, enchant does work with them. If you don't 
believe me test it out yourself with a level 1 or so character and 
you'll see.

7.  
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One thing you should note about enchanting your party members. That 
is only one of you has to be outside the town so either the players 
have to be outside and the sorc can enchant, or the sorc can go outside 
and enchant the party... (Helpful if you are playing in hardcore.)

Well that's basically it for information you should know. I think this 
section will be very helpful to people new to the enchantress, and even 
people that have made them before.  A lot of this stuff I didn't know 
myself at first but learned from reading other enchantress guides.


X. Uses
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There are several things you can do with an enchantress that make them such 
useful characters.  I will list the main ones, if you have more ideas send them 
to me.

1.  
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First of all this is a great party character. An enchantress will add around 
5000 damage to her party as well as their minions.  I often go into Baal games 
just to enchant people and hear their reactions. My enchant is at level 55, and 
I just wait for them so say OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED, or awesome enchant.  It's 
really great.

2.  
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Like stated above you can enchant party members mercenaries and minions. For 
example a necromancer with 20 skeletons gets around 5k damage added to each of 
his army. That's a big help.

3. 
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One of the funniest things an enchantress can do is enchant low level 
characters. This is very helpful when they are trying to level in the tomb area 
and cows.  The low level character should buy a bow from a npc, and get 
enchanted.  You'll be amazed with a level 1 character doing 5000 damage, it's 
insane.

4.  
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Enchanting yourself duh.  What is awesome about an enchantress is that they 
are unique and not your cookie cutter sorceress build. You're a melee sorceress 
swinging your sword and doing a ton of damage.


XI. Credits
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The Gamefaqs community as a whole for the feedback and criticism 
Mike Archer
Lovefreakflonne
Kirbix- "fixing" the errors in my guides layout.

XII. Contact Information and Final Thought
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You can contact me at swp1983@charter.net if you have any suggestions or have 
found corrections that should be made.  If you have anything you would like to 
add to my guy please let me know and if I include it I will give you full 
credit.

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Let me finish by saying I hope you enjoy this guide and can put it to good use. 
Like I said before this is my first attempt at a guide, but I think it turned 
out pretty good.  The enchantress is a unique character that you don't see that 
often, and that's why I think it's such an appealing character to make. I 
challenge everyone who hasn't made one to try it out, and I guarantee you'll 
have fun. Sure it's not the best solo or pvp character in the game but its one 
great party character and really useful and fun in so many ways.

Right now my enchantress is a caster who I use now solely as a support 
character. When I finish my Diablo 2 run this time I intend to remake her into 
a dual dream enchantress. If you want to see my enchantress in action let me 
know, she is one of the top on battle.net having a Godly level 55 enchant and 
one of the Godliest enchant orb on battle.net If you want to see it let me 
know, I guarantee you won't find a better one. Well that's the end of my rant, 
again I hope you enjoyed the guide please send feedback.

Copyright 2005  Stephen (stephenp1983)