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     Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction (PC) FAQ/Character Guide
              Version 1.2 (Last updated 06 Jun 2002)
                       by Chris Brennan
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0. Contents:
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0. Contents

1. The boring but necessary stuff...
1.1 E-Mail info
1.2 Copyright stuff
1.3 Version history
1.31 Future plans
1.4 A little about the game...
1.5 A little about this guide...

2. The Amazon
2.1 The "Bowazon"
2.2 The "Javazon"
2.3 The "Hybridzon"
2.4 The "Spearazon"

3. The Assassin
3.1 The "Martial Arts Assassin"
3.1.1 Claw/shield
3.1.2 Claw/claw
3.2 The "Trapassin"

4. The Barbarian
4.1 The "Whirlwinder"
4.2 The "Frenzy Barbarian"
4.3 The "Berserker"
4.4 The "Magic Find Barbarian"

5. The Druid
5.1 The Werewolf/Summon Druid
5.2 The Werebear/Summon Druid
5.3 The Elemental/Summon Druid
5.4 The Pure Elemental Druid

6. The Necromancer
6.1 The "Golemancer"
6.1.1 Using Iron Golem
6.1.2 Using Fire Golem
6.1.3 Using Blood Golem

7. The Paladin
7.1 The "Zealot"
7.2 The "Avenger"
7.3 The "Charger"
7.4 The "Smiter"
7.5 The Zealot/Avenger Hybrid

8. The Sorceress
8.1 The Fire/Ice Sorceress
8.2 The Fire/Lightning Sorceress
8.3 The Ice/Lightning Sorceress
8.4 The "Tri-Sorc"

9. Skill statistics
9.1 Amazon
9.2 Assassin
9.3 Barbarian
9.4 Druid
9.5 Necromancer
9.6 Paladin
9.7 Sorceress

10. Mercenaries
10.1 Information
10.2 Which mercenary should I choose?

11. FAQs

12. Miscellaneous info

13. Known bugs

14. Short Walkthrough
14.1 Act I
14.2 Act II
14.3 Act III
14.4 Act IV
14.5 Act V

15. Credits

16. Copyright and random info again





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1. The boring but necessary stuff...
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1.1 E-Mail:
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My e-mail address for everything concerning my FAQs is 
christojb2001@yahoo.co.uk. I usually check my e-mail every other day at 
least, unless I'm overly busy. During holidays though (Easter, Xmas, 
Summer) I may not always have Net access, so don't be surprised if you 
don't get a reply for a while at these times. Any recommendations, praise, 
(constructive) criticism, and corrections to this walkthrough are welcome. 
Finally, no I don't play online anymore, so don't e-mail me asking for my 
account details or suchlike.

I can also be reached on AIM as Darksyde XVIII, but my AIM appearances are 
rare, so don't hold your breath...

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1.2 Copyright stuff:
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This work is Copyright © 2001/2002 Chris Brennan 
(christojb2001@yahoo.co.uk). It is for personal use only, and may not be 
reproduced without the author's permission, and if for some warped reason 
you do want to put this on your site, you must e-mail me first and get my 
permission! And everyone, plagiarism is baaaaad, so don't do it or nasty 
things will happen...

The following sites have permission to use this FAQ:

www.gamefaqs.com
www.neoseeker.com

The latest version of this FAQ can always be found at www.gamefaqs.com.

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1.3 Version History:
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0.1 - Started guide. Provisional contents list drawn up, most of section 1 
completed. Started Amazon guides.

0.2 - Amazon section complete. I've had to play with a Spearazon for a few 
hours, last time I'd played as one was probably a year ago and a lot has 
changed since then (they've got worse, in case you were wondering). Started 
Assassin section, revised contents list (added "Claw/Shield" and "Claw/Claw" 
subsections for Martial Arts Assassin, I also intend to add a brief 
"mercenaries" section later). Scrapped equipment section for each character 
subclass (I was repeating myself far too often). Thinking about adding a 
more generalised and separate equipment section later.

0.3 - Contents list amended again (added "Hardcore mode" section, added 
"Magic Find Barbarian" section). Edited section 1.5 a little. Martial Arts 
Assassin and Whirlwind Barbarian section complete.

0.4 - Barbarian section complete, Druid section half-finished, contents list 
revised again (Necromancer subclasses changed, added subsections 6.1.1, 6.1.2 
and 6.1.3). Modified complete stat plans.

0.7 - Most Necromancer sections complete. Added and completed "Known bugs" 
section. Started "Miscellaneous info" section. Modified Barbarian sections 
(I forgot to mention Leap Attack in the Barbarian subsections - oops...). 
Added and started "Skill statistics" section, Amazon skills complete. Added 
Mercenary subsections to contents list, completed "Mercenaries" section.

0.8 - Reformatted the guide (changed paragraphing). Paladin guides complete 
up to section 7.3. Assassin skills section complete. Couple more things 
added to section 12.

0.9 - All character guides complete bar a few which will need a bit of 
experimenting with first but will all be done in v1.0. Guide has been fully 
spellchecked and proofread. A few sections are now left to be completed or 
scrapped, depending on how bothered I can be... :)

1.0 - *First release* (24 April 2002) - All character guides done, most skill 
stats done, some sections revised, some scrapped (for now at least..) Renamed
document. Added "FAQs" section.

1.1 - (7 May 2002) - All skill stats complete, couple more miscellaneous tips 
added, some subclass guides (slightly) revised. Added "Short Walkthrough". 
Added more FAQs. Credits updated.

1.2 - (6 June 2002) - Hurrah! More character subclass guide thingys done, the 
"Smiter", the "Trapassin" and the Zealot/Avenger hybrid. A few silly errors 
in the guide have been corrected too.

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1.31 Future plans:
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By the next version (v1.3) I should have...

- Yet more character subclass guides... if I can think of any!
- Implemented any good suggestions I get from you, my wonderful readers. ^_^
- More detail in the "Mercenaries" section.
- Anything else I can think of.

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1.4 A little about the game:
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Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction (henceforth D2:LoD) is an action-orientated RPG.
Or is it an RPG-orientated action game? Bah, who knows... or cares? What 
matters is it is good, very good, and lethally addictive. Be warned, if you 
haven't bought it yet, only buy it if you've got a lot of time to spare and 
if your friends and family won't mind you going mysteriously "missing" for a 
couple of months. Seven character classes, five acts and three difficulty 
levels contribute to this addictiveness, as does the item-hunting part of the 
game. And one of the great things about D2:LoD is that you can make it as 
easy or as difficult as you want to by the way you choose to build up your 
characters out of the many possibilities available.

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1.5 A little about this guide:
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One of the most frequently asked questions by people new and old to D2:LoD 
is "How should I build up my character?". This guide is a product of a heck 
of a lot of (wasted?) time playing D2:LoD both on and off-line. In short, 
it is based around the many ways of building up characters. It is essentially 
based on PvM (player versus monster, as opposed to dueling human opponents), 
although some dueling-related things will probably be thrown in. I will also 
assume you are playing non-hardcore games with the latest patch (v1.09 at the 
time of writing). If you're looking for a dueling/PvP guide, a walkthrough 
of the game or anything else related to D2, I'd advise you to look elsewhere. 

That said, if you want drawn-out character plans, complete with pros, cons, 
and an effectiveness rating, stay here! Also, don't feel you have to stick 
rigidly to the stat and skill plans, nothing would ever have been discovered 
in D2:LoD without some experimentation. Finally, the effectiveness ratings 
represent my opinion on how effective the character is overall at getting 
through the game, from level 1 to level 99 (heh, like I've ever had a 
character at level 99...). Your opinions may differ, and that's fine by me, 
but just remember I'm a stubborn guy... :P

The guide assumes you have a limited knowledge of D2:LoD, amounting to at 
least having skimmed through the manual and having played it for a few 
hours. A few terms I use may be unfamiliar to you, so if you're unsure of 
the meaning of something, e-mail me and I'll either clarify it to you (if 
it isn't a common problem) or rephrase/explain it in a future version of 
this guide (if it is). I may accidentally use "Diablo 2 slang" at some 
points, and I want to make this guide as beginner friendly as I can.

The skill plans below don't take any +skill modifiers from items into 
account, but the stat plans do take +<stat> modifiers into account, so 
you can raise then to the suggested amount using items and you'll be 
fine, and if items take the stat even further than I've suggested stat 
point-wise, then that's great!

Finally, a little disclaimer. This guide probably contains a few (albeit 
minor) spoilers, so you're reading on at your own risk!

Anyway, on with what you all (hopefully) came here for, the guide!





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2. The Amazon:
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Skilled in use of the bow, the spear, and javelins, the Amazon is one of the 
more versatile characters in D2:LoD. The Amazon's subclasses focus on 
specialisation in one or two of the aforementioned weapons.

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2.1 The "Bowazon":
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Have a guess why the "Bowazon" is called what it's called. Yep, it's pretty 
simple - these nicknames weren't just pulled out of a hat you know! The 
bowazon is the variant of choice for many duelers, but that doesn't mean she 
can't hold her own in PvM though. Guided Arrow and Strafe and/or Multiple 
Shot will be the staple of your arsenal, with skills like Valkyrie, Decoy, 
Critical Strike, Dodge, Evade and Avoid to help out. Physical immune monsters 
in Hell are best dealt with by high-level Freezing Arrow. Typically, a 
bowazon skill plan will look like this...

20 Guided Arrow
20 Freezing Arrow
10+ Strafe and/or 10+ Multiple Shot (if you're not using one of them, put 
more skill points into the one you *are* using)
~10 Penetrate
10 Critical Strike
5-8 Dodge
5-8 Avoid
5 Valkyrie
1 Evade
1 in all prerequisites

A few notes on the above. Freezing Arrow doesn't need to be pumped 
significantly until you reach Hell difficulty, where Physical Immunes become 
more abundant. I only have it maxed because at higher character levels there 
is little else worth putting skill points into. Valkyrie may be worth putting 
a few more points into if you're playing single player, as the Valk's life 
scales up with more players in the game (in a 3 player game her life would 
be roughly three times what it is in a single player game, for example).

You may decide you need less or more than 10 in penetrate, depending on how 
many stat points you put in dexterity, and how many items with +Attack Rating 
you have. As a general guide, try and keep your chance to hit enemies in the 
70-75% range. Strafe and Multishot are both effective, but in different ways. 
I'd recommend putting points in both, experimenting with them, and using them 
situationally as you become more familiar with the skill's individual 
strengths and weaknesses. Just because you only have 1 point in Decoy and 
Inner Sight doesn't mean you shouldn't use them every now and then - they can 
be very useful at times. Finally, as with all the skill and stat plans in this 
guide, feel free to experiment a little - you may discover a plan you find 
more effective!

Now for the stats of a typical Bowazon.

Strength - 140
Dexterity - 220+
Vitality - 180
Energy - 15

This is a pretty basic outline of what you need to do. Strength should be 
pumped early on so you can equip decent armour, but should be stopped at ~140.
Dexterity should consistently be pumped, and at high levels should exceed 220 
(it affects the damage bows do as well as your chance to hit). Vitality is not 
as important for the bowazon as for many other character variants (in PvP this 
isn't so true), but if you don't put a little into it you'll find that in Hell 
one or two hits can kill you... unpleasant. Vitality should be concentrated on 
at higher levels, when strength has been capped. Energy is unimportant, as 
mana leech takes care of any mana troubles you might have.

So, how good is the Bowazon?

Pros: Good crowd control with Strafe/Multiple Shot. Can kill 
Mephisto/Diablo/Baal with less difficulty than many other classes with Guided 
Arrow (although it takes a while...).

Cons: No good party-aiding skills, even with a good bow damage can be 
unimpressive. Difficulty with physical immune monsters in Hell.

Overall effectiveness rating: 7.5/10. Versatile, but a little weak on the 
raw damage front.

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2.2 The "Javazon":
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Another self-explanitory name. Lightning Fury is the main attack for this 
variant, and it can kill large groups of enemies in seconds when coupled 
with pierce, as will be explained later. Again, Valkyrie, Decoy, Dodge, 
Evade and Avoid are the backup skills of choice, with Plague Javelin as a 
backup attack skill for enemies with high lightning resistance or immunity. 
Here is a sample Javazon skill point plan...

20 Lightning Fury
20 Plague Javelin
10+ Pierce
10 Dodge
10 Avoid
10 Valkyrie
1 Evade
1 in all prerequisites

Get 20/10 Lightning Fury/Pierce as soon as possible (unfortunately both have 
a character level 30 requirement), then focus on the other skills. The 
Javazon has more in Dodge, Avoid and Valkyrie than the Bowazon simply because 
she has more skill points free to spend. Plague Javelin actually doesn't do 
much damage under most circumstances, but get a lot of enemies under the 
cloud and the damage mounts up. The poison also prevents monster life 
regeneration, which is an added bonus. You don't need points in Critical 
Strike as the lightning from Lightning Fury will be dealing 99% of your 
damage, and Critical strike does diddly squat to that. Penetrate isn't needed 
as Lightning Fury and Plague Javelin always hit.

Now a quick stat point guide.

Strength - 100
Dexterity - 175+
Vitality - 200+
Energy - 15

Pump strength early to meet armour/weapon requirements (stop at ~100), 
continually pump dexterity at about +2/level, and pump vitality when done 
with strength. Only put points into energy if you're having severe mana 
problems, and energy should never go above 45. Why don't you need energy? The 
item modifier "+mana after each kill" takes care of that, as does mana leech 
from items.

So, how good is the Javazon?

Pros: Best character for crowd control. Can clear the most rewarding area in 
the game (Hell Cow Level) with ease and speed. Not overly reliant on 
equipment.

Cons: Dreadfully weak against bosses if unaccompanied. No good party-friendly 
skills, weak against lightning immune monsters (which are quite common in 
Hell difficulty)

Overall effectiveness rating: 7/10. Leveling up without high level Lightning 
Fury/Pierce can be a pain, as can bosses due to your lack of powerful 1v1 
skills, but when you hit the higher levels you'll be almost unstoppable...

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2.3 The "Hybridzon":
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What could be better than combining the best bits of the Bowazon with the 
best bits of the Javazon? Well, not much actually. You get the unrivalled 
crowd control of Lightning Fury/Pierce coupled with one of the best skills 
for fighting lone enemies, Guided Arrow. The usual backup skills are still 
used, Valkyrie, Decoy, Dodge, Evade and Critical Strike. Here's a typical 
skill plan...

20 Lightning Fury
20 Guided Arrow
10+ Pierce
8 Critical Strike
8 Dodge
8 Avoid
5 Valkyrie
1 Evade
1 in all prerequisites

Work on Guided Arrow until you can pump Lightning Fury and Pierce, then 
leave it alone until done with them. The passive skills can be largely 
ignored save for one or two skill points until late Nightmare difficulty 
while you concentrate on the aforementioned attack skills. Mid-level Critical 
Strike helps Guided Arrow's average damage out a lot, but you don't need 
points in Penetrate as Guided Arrow and Lightning Fury always hit (yay!).

Stat points should be something like as follows...

Strength - 110
Dexterity - 220+
Vitality - 150+
Energy - 15

As always, strength should be your main concern at lower levels, dexterity 
should be consistently increased, and vitality becomes important at mid/high 
levels. Strength should be stopped at 110 or so, dexterity at 220+, then 
vitality should be focused on at more length.

So, how good is the Hybridzon?

Pros: Great crowd control and can cope well with strong single enemies. Very, 
very versatile. Hell Cow Level is easy and quick to clear with Lightning 
Fury.

Cons: Weak against large groups of lightning immune enemies, or single strong 
physical immunes.

Overall effectiveness rating: 9/10. One of the most effective character 
variants in the game. 'Nuff said.

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2.4 The "Spearazon":
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An Amazon who, amazingly, uses spears. You'd never have guessed, would you? 
This variant is strikingly different from the other Amazon variants as she 
specializes in close-quarters combat. Either Fend or Jab will be your main 
attack, and as usual Critical Strike, Valkyrie, Decoy, Dodge, Evade and Avoid 
will be helpful to you. The standard skill plan looks like this.

20 Jab OR 20 Fend (it really doesn't matter, there's little between them)
12+ Dodge
10+ Critical Strike
10+ Avoid
10 Penetrate
10 Valkyrie
1 Evade
1 in all prerequisites

The passives (dodge, critical strike, avoid) get more points than in all 
other Zon variants for two reasons. Firstly, the Spearazon is more likely 
to get hit that any other Amazon subclass as she will be engaged in 
close-quarter combat more often. Secondly, there are no other skills that 
are worth heavily investing in, so you'll have free skill points to spend on 
whatever you want at higher levels. For the same reason, Jab or Fend is maxed. 
You can leave the skills at 10 points or so until you have nothing better to 
spend skill points on, then max them. As you may have guessed, physical 
immunes are hard to deal with. Your best bet is to carry +elemental damage 
charms with you and keep a fast weapon with high elemental damage in your 
secondary weapon slot. Either that or ignore physical immunes wherever 
possible.

Stat points should look something like this...

Strength - 170+
Dexterity - 160
Vitality - 180+
Energy - 15

Get strength up early on to let you equip good weapons/armour. Don't 
seriously invest in vitality until strength is about 170 (then you can 
leave strength alone). Dexterity should be constantly increased at about 
+1.5 points/level, and energy is useless (mana leech anyone?).

So, how good is the Spearazon?

Pros: Errr, good question. She's challenging to play, if you like that 
sort of thing. Decent at handling single stronger enemies.

Cons: Physical immune monsters are a nightmare, as are large groups of 
monsters. No good party-friendly skills. Jab/Fend can be dreadfully slow 
and/or weak unless you get a very fast high damage weapon.

Overall effectiveness rating: 3/10. Not one for the beginner, then. In 
fact, not the type of character for anyone who doesn't have sadistic 
tendencies - she tends to die a lot in Hell difficulty. My advice – 
leave well alone...





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3. The Assassin:
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Skilled in the use of "Claw"-type weapons, the Assassin's specialities include 
stealth and blisteringly fast attack speed. There are only two well-recognised 
main Assassin subclasses, but there is room for a little variation within 
them, as will be shown.

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3.1 The "Martial Arts Assassin":
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An Assassin who specialises in Martial Arts skill tree, strangely enough. 
That doesn't mean that the other two trees don't come in very useful though. 
As far as Martial Arts are concerned, Tiger Strike is a must-have, as is one 
of the finishing moves (Dragon Talon/Claw/Tail/Flight). The Shadow 
Disciplines skill tree contains another must-have skill, Burst of Speed, as 
well as weapon block for claw/claw Assassins. To deal with physical immune 
monsters, Assassins either use Phoenix Strike (which is a great 
crowd-control skill anyway) or one of the traps (usually Wake of Inferno). 
Death Sentry is a great trap, and is effective with only a few skill points 
invested (although it has a lot of prerequisites).

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3.1.1 Claw/Shield:
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The more defensively sound of the two Martial Arts Assassin types. There is 
room for variation with these skills, as you'll see. Here's a plan...

20 Tiger Strike
20 Phoenix Strike OR 20 Wake of Inferno (I recommend Phoenix)
20 Dragon Tail OR 20 Dragon Flight (see below)
20 Claw Mastery
10 Death Sentry
6 Burst of Speed
5+ Shadow Master
1 Mind Blast
1 Cobra Strike (it'll be a prerequisite if you're using Phoenix Strike, be 
sure to put a point in it if you're not though)
1 in all prerequisites

Right, there's a lot to deal with here. Tiger Strike is essential, and should 
be pumped whenever possible. Dragon Tail is better at dealing with crowds than 
Dragon Flight, but Flight can handle single stronger enemies more effectively. 
If you're going to use Phoenix Strike, I'd recommend using Flight, as Phoenix 
is a good crowd control skill. If not using Phoenix, I recommend Dragon Tail. 
If you are using Phoenix Strike, charge up and release the charge(s) as 
quickly as you can and repeat. For example, with the Meteor charge it is 
possible to get a couple of meteors a second raining down on your enemies, 
which is nice. The same applies to the lightning charge. The freezing charge 
is usually used to slow groups of enemies down - it has little offensive use.
          
Whichever finishing move you go with, put ~5 skill points in it initially, 
then only increase it further at higher levels when you have little else to 
do with your skill points. Burst of Speed is very, very useful, so try and 
keep it active at all times. Deth Sentry is great in crowd-control. You may 
only have one point in Mind Blast, Cobra Strike, and Cloak of Shadows, but that
doesn't mean they're not going to be very useful to you. Mind Blast can stun 
and convert enemies, which is obviously useful in controlling crowds of 
monsters. Cobra Strike leeches a huge amount of life and mana, even at skill 
level 1. Finally, Cloak of Shadows decreases enemy defense, making it easier 
to hit them. Right, now for a stat plan...

Strength - 120
Dexterity - 200+
Vitality - 180+
Energy - 25

Strength and dexterity should always be roughly equal until 120 or so, when 
strength can be ignored and vitality should be concentrated on instead. Energy 
isn't needed, as you have mana leech and the wonderful Cobra Strike.

So, how good is the claw/shield martial arts assassin?

Pros: Versatility. One of the best character subclasses against lone strong 
enemies, but can still handle crowds with Phoenix Strike or Dragon Tail. Fast 
attacker.

Cons: Weakness against physical immune monsters. Charge-up system can be 
annoying at times (like when you're trying to spam the meteor charge of 
Phoenix Strike). Few party-friendly skills. Perhaps not the best choice if 
this is your first time playing D2:LoD, as she takes some skill to master.

Overall effectiveness rating: 8/10. A strong, well-rounded character subclass 
who in the right hands is pretty unstoppable. To be honest, I was nitpicking 
a little in the "cons" section above... ;)

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3.1.2 Claw/Claw:
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Two claws basically corresponds to great attacking power, and it looks very 
cool, but unfortunately there are sacrifices that come with the loss of a 
shield. Here is a skill plan...

20 Tiger Strike
20 Claw Mastery
20 Phoenix Strike or 20 Wake of Inferno (I recommend Phoenix)
10 Weapon Block
10 Dragon Claw
10 Death Sentry
6 Burst of Speed
5+ Shadow Master
5 Fade (optional - you may have to take the skill points out of other places 
if you want to use it, see below)
1 Mind Blast
1 Cobra Strike (it'll be a prerequisite if you're using Phoenix Strike, be 
sure to put a point in it if you're not though)
1 in all prerequisites

Much of the above is similar to the claw/shield assassin guide above, so 
I'd suggest you also read that section as I will only explain the different 
skill choices here. Dragon Claw is your only feasible choice of finishing 
move. It's cheap on the ol' Mana Orb, and can be very damaging. Leave it at 
~5 skill points until you get to the point where there's nothing else worth 
putting skill points into, then pump it a little more. 

As you have no shield, weapon block is quite essential. Also, because you 
don't have a shield, your elemental resists will almost certainly suffer, 
so Fade may be a wise investment for use in some situations (Chaos Sanctuary, 
anyone?). However, if you have Fade active, you can't have Burst of Speed 
active at the same time, and you may not have enough skill points to go 
around if you do opt to put points into it, so it isn't as useful as it 
first sounds. I'll leave it up to you whether you want to bother with it or 
not, but I've never felt the need to. Some people swear by it though...

As far as stat point distribution is concerned, the same applies to the 
claw/claw assassin as to the claw/shield assassin, so read the skill plan 
in the claw/shield section above for advice.

So, how good is the claw/claw martial arts assassin?

Pros: Great damage-dealing potential and fast attack speed. The best 
character subclass for combating lone strong enemies, but she can deal with 
groups effectively too.

Cons: Defensively weaker than claw/shield assassin. Few party-aiding skills. 
Weak against physical immune monsters. Takes a bit of skill to master.

Overall effectiveness rating: 8.5/10. Whether she is better or worse than 
the claw/shield assassin has been the subject of extended debate in the 
D2:LoD world, but I've played both extensively and found the claw/claw 
assassin to be slightly more effective (and more fun too).

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3.2 The "Trapassin":
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An assassin who specializes in the "Traps" skill tree, although is also backed
up by both other skill trees - skills such as Shadow Master and Cobra Strike 
are important here, but your main source of damage will be from Traps, namely
Death Sentry, Lightning Sentry, and Wake of Inferno. Burst of Speed and Weapon
Block (Trapassins should dual-wield to enable them to get more +skills..) will
be your other two support skills of choice. The sample skill point 
distribution looks like this...

20 Lightning Sentry
20 Wake of Inferno
20 Shadow Master
7 Weapon Block
7 Burst of Speed
5 Death Sentry
1 Cobra Strike
1 in all prerequisites

Try and save some skill points at lower levels so that for a while you can 
level both Lightning Sentry and Wake of Inferno up at the same time for a 
while. You may want to use melee quite extensively up until, say, the mid/high
20s level-wise, but after that you should limit yourself to just using Cobra 
Strike to leech back mana when you need to. Shadow Master's Slvl can be raised
up to 5 or so early on, then you should leave it for a while as you focus on
your attacking skills. Get the 5 Death Sentry Points sa soon as the skill 
becomes available, and you'll have to fit at least some of the points you'll
be investing into Weapon Block and Burst of Speed in at lower levels too - 
they are very useful supporting skills. Cobra Strike is only worth putting one
point into - the mana leech it gives you is more than enough at this point.
Okay, here's what the stats should be looking like...

Strength - 100
Dexterity - 80
Vitality - 220+
Energy - 25

Strength and dexterity need to be raised to some extent because of equipment
requirements - ideally you'll want to find a claw with reasonable damage
(only so you leech more back with Cobra Strike..), lots of +skills, and ITD,
and if you find a rare claw like this but withhigh requirements and you 
haven't invested enough into strength and exterity to make it usable you're
going to be kicking yourself. Vitality is important - the Trapassin needs
lots of life to be able to survive in Hell. Energy is unimportant, +mana
equipment is easy to come by and you can leech mana back with Cobra Strike, 
of course. One note though, +mana after each kill items DON'T work with
traps, so don't go down that route... :P

So, how good is the Trapassin?

Pros: Two elemental attacks and a physical attack, all with reasonable power
mean immune monsters won't cause you any trouble. Death Sentry is great for
large groups of enemies.

Cons: Damage of traps other than Death Sentry (the corpse explosion bit) is
far too low - killing in late Nightmare and throughout Hell is a somewhat 
slow, arduous process

Overall effectiveness rating - 5/10. You're better off sticking to PvP with a
trapassin - we can just hope that the damage of traps will be increased in a
later patch... (hint hint Blizzard... ;) )





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4. The Barbarian:
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RRRAGGGGH! ME BARBARIAN! ME BIG STRONG! Yep, that sums up the Barbarian 
pretty well. He specialises in melee combat, and can specialise in 5 types 
of melee weapon, as well as throwing mastery, which is a bit of a joke really. 
Your weapon class of choice will largely depend on which Barbarian subclass 
you choose.

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4.1 The "Whirlwinder":
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Guess which combat skill this guy specialises in? Yep, Whirlwind. He is the 
best crowd-controller among the Barbarian subclasses. Whirlwind and 
Concentration will be your two attack skills of choice, and Berserk is the 
physical immune monster killer. Battle Orders is an immensely useful skill 
to invest in, even if you're not playing multiplayer. A weapon mastery, 
Natural Resistance and maybe Increased Speed provide you with passive skill 
backup. Here is a rough skill guide...

20 Whirlwind
20 Sword/Spear/Polearm/Axe/Mace Mastery
20 Battle Orders
1-8 Natural Resistance
~5 Berserk
1+ Increased Speed
1 Leap Attack
1 in all prerequisites

Max out Whirlwind as soon as you can, the extra damage/skill level really 
helps. The mastery you choose really makes less difference than some people 
would have you believe. As a rough guide, high-end swords are fast but less 
damaging, high-end maces and spears have huge damage but are quite slow, and 
axes and polearms lie somewhere between these two extremes. Whatever mastery 
you choose, pump points into it until you get the chance to invest in 
Whirlwind (level 30), then leave any further investment until there is little 
else useful to put your skill points into. 

Battle Orders shouldn't be heavily invested in until Whirlwind is maxed. 
Natural Resistance is important, especially if you don't have immediate access
to very good equipment. How many points you choose to put in it should depend 
on the resists you get from your equipment - if you find yourself low on 
resists don't hesitate to putanother point or two into it - but never go higher 
than about 8 as that's where diminishing returns start to take effect. You can 
get away with only one point in Berserk, but 5 or so gives you the optimum 
balance between skill point investment and ease of killing physical immune 
monsters. Concentration only has one point, but should be your left-click 
attack, to be used when you don't have enough mana to use Whirlwind. Use Leap 
Attack to escape trouble (i.e. if surrounded by enemies and low on life) or to 
jump gaps in the terrain. Below is a stat guide...

Strength - 200/225 (see below)
Dexterity - 150+
Vitality - 180+
Energy - 10

Strength should be constantly increased at ~2.5 per level until it is at 200 
or so (~225 if using maces), then strength points can be replaced by points 
in vitality. Dexterity isn't incredibly important if you have a high level 
mastery, and needs ultimately to reach ~150.

So, how good is the Whirlwind Barbarian?

Pros: Good damage dealer, good crowd control, Battle Orders is great for 
party play and even for lone players. No significant weakness against 
physical immunes.

Cons: Killing single strong enemies (e.g. bosses) can be a painfully slow 
process. Weak defensively due to lack of shield. Whirlwind is based on weapon 
speed, so you need a fast weapon. May have mana problems as Whirlwind's mana 
cost is high.

Overall effectiveness rating: 7/10. I still remember the old days of 
pre-expansion D2 where these guys were unstoppable. Alas, times have changed 
a little since Whirlwind was modified a few patches ago. That doesn't make 
him overly weak though - it's quite easily possible to play through the game 
(and not get bored to death) with a Whirlwind Barbarian.

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4.2 The "Frenzy Barbarian":
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You'll never believe me, but he uses Frenzy as his main attack skill. 
Unbelievable, eh? Dual-wielding Barbarians are great - they look cool and 
can deal out some pretty nasty punishment too. Again, Berserk takes care of 
physical immune monsters, Battle Orders is very useful, and passives like 
Sword Mastery and Natural Resistance will help you out. The Frenzy Barbarian 
is also helped out by War Cry, a very underrated skill. All will be revealed 
soon, but here's a skill plan...

20 Frenzy
20 War Cry
20 Battle Orders
10+ Sword Mastery
1-8 Natural Resistance
~5 Berserk
1 Leap Attack
1 in all prerequisites

Concentrate on Sword Mastery first. I say Sword Mastery specifically for a 
couple of reasons. Firstly, high-end swords have a longer range than 
one-handed axes or maces, and secondly Barbarians dual-wielding swords just 
look a lot cooler. There is little variation in the damage of high-end 
one-handed swords, axes, and maces, so I'd go with swords. Once Frenzy 
becomes available (level 24), keep increasing it until War Cry becomes 
available (level 30), then get War Cry to ~level 10 before re-focusing on 
Frenzy again. War Cry is incredibly useful when you're confronted with 
groups of enemies. 
          
Unlike Whirlwind, Frenzy isn't an incredibly useful crowd-control skill, so 
you need backup. War Cry's actual damage is pathetic, but you're not using 
it for the damage, you're using it for the stun effect (which, unlike 
freeze duration is unmodified in Hell difficulty). You run up to a group 
of monsters, cast War Cry, then Frenzy away to leech mana back before 
repeating the process if necessary. Mastery helps out with damage and 
attack rating, which is obviously useful.

Natural Resistance is useful again in boosting your resists if necessary - 
again the number of skill points you put in should vary according to the 
amount of resists you are getting from your equipment. 5 points in Berserk is 
enough to make physical immune monsters easily defeatable. A useful tip is to 
charge up frenzy a little, then switch to berserk (perhaps while also 
equipping a high-damage two-handed weapon in your secondary weapon slot) to 
increase the attack speed of berserk greatly (unfortunately, berserk's damage 
is unmodified by this though). Finally, use Leap Attack to escape trouble or 
to jump over gaps in the terrain.  Stats should go something like this...

Strength - 200
Dexterity - 150+
Vitality - 180+
Energy - 10

For notes on stat development, see the "Whirlwind Barbarian" section above, as 
the same applies here.

So, how good is the Frenzy Barbarian?

Pros: Good against lone powerful enemies. Frenzy's attack speed can get very, 
very fast. War Cry means that ordinary (non-unique) enemies need never pose 
a problem. No weakness against physical immunes.

Cons: The run/walk speed bonus from Frenzy is a little on the ridiculous side, 
and I wish Blizzard would cut it a little - it can make your character very 
hard to control at times. No scope for equipping a shield, so no %to block 
and (usually) less elemental resists.

Overall effectiveness rating: 8/10. As long as you can get two good swords to 
equip him with, he'll cruise through the game. Just be careful with that 
run/walk speed bonus, it can and will annoy you...

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4.3 The "Berserker":
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A Barbarian who specialises in Berserk, a very very powerful skill. Equipped 
with a good weapon this guy can take down normal enemies in a 2-player game 
in Hell Act 5 in ONE HIT. Ouch. Physical immune monsters are of no concern, 
and any "Magic Immune" (i.e. immune to Berserk, which is classified as a 
"Magic" attack by the game) enemies can be taken care of by using 
Concentrate, which will also be a useful general skill. Battle Orders, as 
always, is useful, as are Natural Resistance, a Weapon Mastery, and War Cry 
again. So, on to the skill plan...

20 Berserk
20 Battle Orders
20 War Cry
10+ Sword/Mace Mastery
1-8 Natural Resistance
1 Leap Attack
1 in all prerequisites

Increase the Mastery early on. Swords are faster weapons, and leave scope for 
equipping a shield (though I wouldn't recommend it, the penalty to your damage 
is too high), whereas maces generally do more damage. and have the deceptively 
useful and often ignored 150% damage to undead modifier. The choice is yours. 
Get 10/10 Berserk/War Cry by level 55 or so, then concentrate on Berserk until 
it is maxed, at which point you can continue to focus on the passive skills 
(Mastery, Natural Resistance if needed) and War Cry again. Like Frenzy, Berserk is quite 
weak against mobs of enemies, so War Cry (the stun from it, not the crappy 
damage) helps a lot. For "Magic Immune" monsters (of which there are very few) 
just switch to Concentration, a skill which you can also use to leech life 
and mana back if you're short. Use Leap Attack to escape from trouble or to 
leap over gaps in the terrain. Here is a stat guide...

For notes on stat development, see the "Whirlwind Barbarian" section earlier, 
as the same again applies here.

So, how good is the Berserker?

Pros: Capable of dealing huge damage with each individual blow. Offensively 
superb. Eats physical immune monsters for breakfast. War Cry renders all 
normal enemies helpless.

Cons: Defensively very weak. No shield for %to block, and Berserk lowers your 
defense rating to 0, which means essentially that every enemy attack will 
hit you - nasty.

Overall effectiveness rating: 7.5/10. If it wasn't for the defensive 
weaknesses, the Berserker would probably be the best individual subclass in 
the game. As it is, attack power comes at a price. Still, the feeling of 
one-hit killing enemies in Act 5 Hell is very nice... :)

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4.4 The "Magic Find Barbarian":
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...and now for something completely different! The Magic Find (MF) Barbarian 
is essentially a character created to find good items for yourself. The 
Barbarian is the best character for doing this because (a) he can dual wield 
weapons, and (b) Find Item is a useful skill if looking for items. 
Understandably, the guy is a little weak at killing monsters, but not so 
weak as to be useless (hey, if he couldn't kill monsters he wouldn't be able 
to find any items and the whole idea of a MF Barbarian would be completely 
useless, right?). Here's a skill plan...

20 Frenzy
20 Battle Orders
15+ War Cry
10+ Sword Mastery
~8 Find Item
8 Natural Resistance
~5 Berserk
1 Leap Attack
1 in all prerequisites

This skill plan is very similar to that of the Frenzy Barbarian, so I'd 
recommend you read the notes in that section for more detailed skill info. 
Find Item is great. If the %chance to find an item rolls up good, it's 
essentially like you're killing the same enemy again, and of course getting 
another item drop. Find Item is affected by Magic Find % as well, which only 
makes it better. You'll want to equip this guy with as much equipment giving 
+xx% Magic Find as possible (a total of 400+% MF is good, although over 1200% 
is actually possible but not desirable - you'd be too weak to kill 
anything...), while still keeping your equipment good enough to ensure that 
you can kill monsters at a respectable speed. Again, Leap Attack is very 
useful as a defensive skill and to jump over gaps in the terrain.

For notes on stat development, see the "Whirlwind Barbarian" section earlier, 
as the same applies here (yet again).

So, how good is the Magic Find Barbarian?

Pros: Well, he has a better chance than any other class of finding good 
magical/rare/set/unique items.

Cons: A lot of +xx% Magic Find items have a negative effect on useful 
things like your elemental resists and your damage, leaving you a little 
less strong both offensively and defensively than other Barbarian types. 
Points in Find Item could have gone into more useful combat skills.

Overall effectiveness rating: 5/10. Okay, this is difficult to call. The 
rating is based on his general effectiveness at killing monsters (hence 
it is low, as he isn't amazingly good at this), but he is a very useful 
character to build - he serves his purpose well. I'd only recommend trying 
a Magic Find Barbarian once you have several other characters at level 
60+, as otherwise you won't have any characters to give the best equipment 
you may find to. You also need a bit of experience at playing D2:LoD to 
make the MF Barbarian work well.





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5. The Druid:
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Now this guy is versatile. He can shapeshift into a Werewolf and a Werebear, 
and can roll off some impressive elemental spells. The Druid's subclasses are 
generally quite different to each other, as you might expect having read the 
above. Some are more impressive than others though, as is always the case...

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5.1 The Werewolf/Summoner Druid:
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Speed and power are the basis of the Werewolf/Summoner Druid. He should 
always be shifted into his Werewolf form when monsters are around, and Fury 
is your attack of choice as it is very, very powerful. Lycanthropy and 
Werewolf (the skill) provide passive backup, and Oak Sage is a very useful 
summon. Here comes the skill plan...

20 Fury
20 Oak Sage
20 Lycanthropy
~10 Werewolf
4-5 Feral Rage
1 Carrion Vine
1 in all prerequisites

Fury is a no-brainer to max ASAP. More damage, more attack rating and no 
diminishing returns as skill points are added. Oak Sage's life bonus is great, 
and any party members you have with you (especially Barbarians) will love you 
for using high-level Oak Sage. Even if you're playing single-player it should 
be maxed - 1000+ extra life can't hurt you now, can it? Lycanthropy should be 
left at ~8 until very high levels at which point there is little else to be 
invested in. 

Werewolf suffers from diminishing returns per skill point invested past skill 
level 10. Get 4-5 in Feral Rage as soon as you can, it's a great skill that's 
underestimated by many. Once you have Feral Rage and Fury, charge up Feral 
Rage to its maximum, then switch to Fury. The damage bonus from Feral doesn't 
carry over when you switch to Fury, but the leech bonus does. Be sure to use 
Feral again before the charge wears out - you only need to hit an enemy once 
with Feral once it is fully charged to reset the 20-second timer on it before 
it wears off.

Carrion Vine is a pretty lousy skill in truth, but can be useful 
situationally (fighting Nihlathak and Radament) and having another meat 
shield to take a hit or two for you is never a bad thing. For physical immune 
monsters, all you can really do is equip a high elemental damage weapon along 
with a few elemental damage charms, as Rabies and Fire Claws are pathetic 
skills not worth the investment. Failing that, just ignore physical immunes 
if you can. All righty then, here comes a skill plan...

Strength - 230+
Dexterity - 65+
Vitality - 170+
Energy - 20

This may strike you as a little odd. You don't need to put many points in 
dexterity for a couple of reasons. Firstly, most Werewolf/Summoner Druids use 
high-end Mauls or Axes. Mauls have no dexterity requirement, and the dex 
requirement on high-end Axes is invariably very low. Add to this the fact that 
the Druid has several skills that give him a bonus to attack rating, and you 
should begin to see why more than about 75 dexterity for a Werewolf Druid is 
a bit of a waste. As usual, focus on strength early on (stop at ~230) and 
vitality later on in your character's life. Mana leech means energy is yet 
again useless...

So, how good is the Werewolf/Summoner Druid?
 
Pros: Admirable power and speed make him a great attacking character. Feral 
Rage/Fury is a lethal combination. Potential for huge amount of life with Oak 
Sage and high vitality means defensive weaknesses are less important than they 
would be otherwise. Oak is a great party skill too.


Cons: Weak defensively, no shield for blocking and resists. Has major, major 
problems dealing with physical immune monsters in Hell.

Overall effectiveness rating: 8.5/10. If it wasn't for physical immunes this 
would be closer to 10/10, but it's so damn annoying trying to kill them. 
Nonetheless, a fun and powerful character subclass to play, arguably the most 
powerful melee-orientated subclass in the game.

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5.2 The Werebear/Summoner Druid:
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If you haven't seen the Druid shifted into Werebear form before, you're in for 
a treat. He's huge! That should tell you something about the Werebear/Summoner 
Druid - he's a little cumbersome and slow, but very, very powerful. Maul is 
your attack of choice, backed up by Shockwave, another very useful skill for 
reasons that will soon be explained. Lycanthropy and Werebear (the skill) 
provide passive backup, and Heart of Wolverine is invaluable. Now for the 
skill plan...

20 Maul
20 Shockwave
20 Heart of Wolverine
15+ Lycanthropy
~10 Werebear
1 Carrion Vine
1 in all prerequisites

As you can probably tell, you won't have many spare skill points floating 
about with this particular subclass. Get Maul/Shockwave to 10/10 as soon as 
you can. Pump Lycanthropy and Werebear early on while there's nothing else 
worth investing in available, but leave them both at 7 or so while you 
concentrate on Maul and Shockwave, only increasing them further when the 
attack skills are maxed. You've also got to fit in points in Heart of 
Wolverine somewhere as well, although you should also save investing heavily 
in it until you reach a high level. 

Maul is a decent attack, although it is nowhere near as good as the main 
Werewolf attack, Fury. Maul is slow, and so groups of enemies will be a 
problem. But to combat that problem, you have Shockwave. This skill is great. 
Much like War Cry for the Barbarian, it's damage is pathetic, but the stun is 
what you're using it for. At high skill levels the stun length is ridiculous, 
and it isn't cut in Hell difficulty (like freeze duration is) at all! So you 
can go up to a group of enemies, stun them, then take your time bringing them 
down one by one with Maul, easy.

Heart of Wolverine is used here because the Werebear, unlike the 
Werewolf/Summoner Druid, needs the attack rating bonus that it gives, as 
Werebears have fewer sources of +attack rating. Carrion Vine is only useful 
in so much that it provides another meat shield for you, and can dispose of 
corpses (so Radament and Nihlathak are easier to beat). Physical immune 
monsters are even more annoying for the Werebear than the Werewolf, as the 
Bear attacks more slowly. Just equip a high elemental damage weapon, attack, 
and sit back and wait for a while. Now for a stat plan...

Strength - 225+
Dexterity - 160
Vitality - 150+
Energy - 20

Get strength and dexterity up early on, and only really focus on vitality once 
they have been finished with. Werebear gives you a nice life bonus anyway, you 
see. Mana leech, as always, renders energy useless.

So, how good is the Werebear/Summoner Druid?

Pros: Immense power makes one-on-one battles relatively easy. Shockwave is a 
good crowd control skill. Heart of Wolverine is useful in parties.

Cons: Painfully slow when attacking without lots of Increased Attack Speed 
equipment. Physical immunes are a big, BIG pain. Generally uses 2-handed 
weapons, so no shield for blocking and +resists.

Overall effectiveness rating: 6/10. A decidedly average character subclass. 
The Werebear may be cool to look at, but you'll be sick of him if you ever 
reach Act 5 Hell - he's just too cumbersome and sloooooooooow. And as for 
physical immune enemies, well, don't get me started... 

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5.3: The Elemental/Summon Druid:
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The Druid isn't all about brute power, you know! The spellcasting version of 
the Druid doesn't have the mass killing power of either of the 
Shapeshift-based Druid subclasses mentioned above, but he is certainly capable 
of holding his own with help from various elemental skills. Armageddon, while 
not quite living up to its name, is a good attacking skill. Backup will come 
from Arctic Blast and either Tornado or Volcano, as well as Dire Wolves and/or 
a Grizzly. Oak Sage is the Spirit of choice for this class. Your skills will 
need to look something like this...

20 Armageddon
20 Tornado or 20 Volcano
15+ Oak Sage
10+ Arctic Blast
5+ Summon Dire Wolf
5+ Summon Grizzly
1 Carrion Vine
1 in all prerequisites

Right, there's a lot to deal with here. Armageddon is one of the more obvious 
skills to max - do so as soon as you can. As for Volcano, or Tornado, the 
choice is yours. Tornado will help you against Fire Immune enemies in Hell 
difficulty (of which there are many), and its damage, although it looks low 
isn't so low in practice as it can hit the same enemy multiple times and it 
has no spell timer. Volcano is more reliable (try aiming Tornado at a distant 
enemy...) and is a very useful skill against bosses. Again, its damage may 
seem low, but the damage display is deceptive due to the way the skill 
actually works. To get volcano to work best, cast it directly under a static 
enemy (use your mercenary or other party members to keep him still). Without 
Volcano, killing Mephisto, Diablo and Baal in the higher difficulty levels 
will be a slow and painful process. I'd lean towards Volcano over Tornado, 
but there's little between them. 

Oak Sage gets as many points as you can afford to give it, but at least 15 
by higher character levels. Arctic Blast is a great support skill. It's 
actual damage is rather, well, crappy, as is it's mana cost, but it's 
chilling effect is invaluable, especially when you consider you'll have to 
get close to enemies so that Armageddon can hit. It helps a great deal in 
keeping your mercenary and summons alive as well. 

5 points or so should be put into Dire Wolves and Grizzly, whichever one 
you plan on using (the passive bonuses of the Grizzly apply to the Wolves 
and vice versa). From my experience it is usually better to use Dire 
Wolves against groups of enemies, and Grizzly against stronger, lone 
enemies or small groups. As is the case for Werewolf/Werebear Druids, 
Carrion Vine is situationally useful when fighting Radament and Nihlathak, 
and is another meat shield to take a hit or two for you. Right, as for 
stat points...

Strength - 80
Dexterity - 20
Vitality - 220+
Energy - 150+

Strength can be increased early on and stopped at 80, which is all you really 
need. Dexterity is not needed at all, as you're not going to be using this guy 
in melee combat. Vitality is your lifeblood, in even more literal a sense than 
usual. You need as much life as possible as you'll need to get close to 
enemies for Armageddon to hit, and at the same time you won't have life leech 
to leech life back (so your potion hotkeys might be a little busy). You may 
need more than 150 energy if you're using Tornado and/or if you don't have 
or can't trade for good +mana equipment. I would never go over 200 energy 
though, as that would be excessive.

So, how good is the Elemental/Summoner Druid?

Pros: Little weakness to monster immunities. Good defensive character, will 
invariably have lots of life from high vitality and Oak Sage, and can (and 
should) equip a shield. Decent damage-dealer to groups. Party members will 
like you for using Oak Sage.

Cons: A relatively slow monster killer. Relies heavily on +skill items to 
maintain effectiveness in Hell difficulty. Weakness against bosses 
(especially without Volcano) and unique enemies. Spell timers weaken Volcano 
and Armageddon significantly.

Overall effectiveness rating: 6/10. If you can't "twink" (equip via items 
found by other characters) him with lots of +skill equipment, don't bother 
unless you don't mind him becoming ineffective in Hell difficulty. A fun 
character to play for sure, but not a particularly effective one.

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5.4 The Pure Elemental Druid:
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So... a Druid who has to get by without the aid of summons, eh? He's the 
closest to the Sorceress you can get without actually playing as a Sorceress. 
The "Big Four"; Volcano, Tornado, Hurricane and Armageddon are your attack 
skills, and, well that's almost it except for that useful backup skill Arctic 
Blast. Here is a skill plan...

20 Armageddon
20 Hurricane
20 Volcano
20 Tornado
10+ Arctic Blast
1 in all prerequisites

At lower levels, you'll slowly build up a lot of skill points. Save them 
until you get Tornado and Volcano, then put them there. By saving your 
skill points, you can put one point pre level into both skills. When 
Armageddon and Hurricane become available, put a few in Hurricane (the 
chill is useful), then max Armageddon. After that, proceed to max the other 
skills in order of preference (I'd go Armageddon ---> Volcano ---> Tornado 
---> Hurricane). The points in Arctic Blast can be invested at lower levels 
while you have the aforementioned surplus of skill points.

Which attack skill you use is down to what sort of situation you're in. 
Hurricane, for example, is very useful against Lightning Enchanted enemies, 
as it doesn't trigger the deadly charged bolts that they normally release. 
Hurricane/Tornado is the way to deal with  fire immune monsters, and Tornado 
is useful because it has no spell timer. 

Armageddon is your attack against mobs (once they've been slowed by Arctic 
Blast of course), and Volcano is useful against stronger enemies and bosses, 
where you need to keep your distance. Arctic Blast is actually more useful 
than Hurricane in chilling enemies in most cases as it has no spell timer, 
meaning you can chill  a group of enemies with Arctic Blast, then switch 
straight to Armageddon and cast it immediately, which you couldn't do if you 
were using Hurricane. Now for the stats...

Strength - 80
Dexterity - 20
Vitality - ~200
Energy - ~200

As usual, raise strength early on, but 80 is where you can stop. Energy is 
essential if you want to keep spamming Tornado and Arctic Blast, and Vitality 
shouldn't be neglected, especially considering that you don't have Oak Sage 
to help you out in the life department.

So, how good is the Pure Elemental Druid?

Pros: No weakness to immunities. Possesses many situationally useful skills. 
Can equip shield for blocking and resists.

Cons: No party-friendly skills. Relies heavily on +skills to be effective in 
Hell difficulty. Spell timers on Hurricane, Armageddon and Volcano WILL annoy 
you. A lot.

Overall effectiveness rating: 5/10. Like the Elemental/Summon Druid, except 
many of the problems with that subclass are even more evident here. You NEED 
items with +skills, and lots of them. Really not recommended at all for 
beginners. Still, I found the guy strangely fun to play though... o_O





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6. The Necromancer:
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He may look like your Granddad, but the Necromancer is probably just a little 
bit more powerful than the old guy. I bet Grandpa can't raise the dead, can 
he? His summons are also backed up with a fair degree of magic ability, and 
the unique ability to curse enemies, causing them all kinds of undesirable 
status effects. Sounds good... doesn't it?

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6.1 The "Golemancer":
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He makes extensive use of one of the summonable Golems available to him, 
generally either Fire Golem, Blood Golem, or Iron Golem. He uses Bone Spirit 
and Corpse Explosion as attack spells. The other skills used depend on which 
of the Golems you choose...

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6.1.1 Using Iron Golem:
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The Iron Golem looks cool - very cool. The strange thing about the Iron Golem 
based Necromancer is that you'll want enemies to hit the Golem. Why? Because 
they'll end up hurting themselves a lot more if they do. Here's the skill 
plan...

20 Iron Golem
20 Golem Mastery
20 Bone Spirit
10+ Corpse Explosion
10 Lower Resist
5+ Amplify Damage
1 Summon Resist
1 in all prerequisites

Okay, Iron Golem is maxed eventually because it's Thorns aura damage 
increases as more skill points get put into it. Golem Mastery increases Golem 
life and speed, which are both handy, but you can save maxing it out until 
higher levels (get it to ~8 early on though). Bone Spirit is your attack of 
choice against bosses and physical immune monsters, whereas Corpse Explosion, 
which should be pumped to at least 5 points early on is very handy in dealing 
with groups. Just kill one monster with your Golem or Bone Spirit, then cast 
Corpse Explosion a few times to clear the crowd. Amplify Damage is great, it 
helps Corpse Explosion's damage out a lot, and is very useful in increasing 
the damage returned by your Iron Golem's Thorns aura. Pump it at lower levels 
before other skills become available. Lower Resist is used to raise Bone 
Spirit's damage - although not essential, it helps.

Before the stat guide, a quick tip on Iron Golem. If you make him from an 
item with very high resists (e.g. a Paladin shield with 4 Perfect Diamonds 
socketed), then he will be almost invulnerable, especially with help from 
the one point you have in Summon Resist. Iron Golems travel from Act to Act 
and game to game with you too, so as long as you keep him alive you won't 
need to find another good item to recast the Iron Golem from. Anyway, after 
that little aside, stat point distribution needs to look something like 
this...

Strength - 80
Dexterity - 25*
Vitality - 200+
Energy - 200+

Pump Energy and Strength early on, with slightly more emphasis on strength. 
Then, once strength has reached a high enough level, replace strength points 
with Vitality points. Dexterity doesn't need to be touched as you don't need 
it for weapon requirements.*

So, how good is the Iron Golem-based Golemancer?

Pros: No significant weakness to any monster immunity. 
Corpse Explosion/Amplify Damage is a great attacking combination, and bosses 
are reasonably easy to kill with Bone Spirit. Can cruise through Hell Cow 
Level. Iron Golem can be made almost invulnerable using a high elemental 
resist item. Curses are useful in parties (e.g Barbarians will thank you for 
using Life Tap or Amp Damage).

Cons: Your Iron Golem needs to get hit to do significant damage, which isn't 
really nice. Generally weak and a slow monster-killer (pre-Hell Cow level, 
that is...). Over-reliant on +skills equipment.

Overall effectiveness rating: 6.5/10. If you can bear to get the guy as far 
as the Cow Level in Hell, then he'll be great from there until you retire 
him. It's just getting that far that poses a problem...

* - Wizardspike is a very good spellcaster item, and requires 75 dexterity. 
If you have it or can trade for it, dexterity may be worth the investment – 
take the points out of energy and vitality.

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6.1.2 Using Fire Golem:
-----------------------

A Golem made entirely of fire? Heck, if that isn't cool I don't know what is. 
Left alone, the Fire Golem is the strongest of the summonable Golems, and he 
absorbs any fire damage he takes as well, which is very nice in certain 
situations. Your skills will need to look something like this...

20 Bone Spirit
20 Golem Mastery
10+ Corpse Explosion
10+ Fire Golem
10 Lower Resist
5 Amplify Damage
5 Revive
1 Skeleton Mastery
1 in all prerequisites

To be honest, Fire Golem only really needs 1 point along with some +skills 
from equipment, but I have 10+ points in it as when you get to high levels 
there's not much else you can do with your skill points. Bone Spirit is your 
attack of choice against unique enemies and bosses, and should be maxed as 
soon as possible. Golem Mastery isn't an urgent concern, but you'll want to 
have it maxed by the time you reach high levels - the speed and life bonuses 
are both very useful. Corpse Explosion is best used along with Amplify Damage 
to deal with groups of enemies. 

As you're not spending as many skill points on the Golem skill as the Iron 
Golem based Necromancer, you can afford to get 5 points in Revive, as more 
summons to fight and take hits for you are never bad. The point in Skeleton 
Mastery, along with a few +skills from items will help your Revives out a 
lot. Having said that, concentrate on the more important skills before 
thinking about getting Revive/Skeleton Mastery. Lower Resist is very useful 
in this case as it increases both the damage of your Bone Spirit and the 
damage of Fire Golem.

Stat points should be distributed in a manner identical to the Iron Golem 
based Golemancer, so read section 6.1.1 for stat info.

So, how good is the Fire Golem-based Golemancer?

Pros: No significant weakness to any monster immunity. 
Corpse Explosion/Amplify Damage is a great attacking combination, and bosses 
are reasonably easy to kill with Bone Spirit. Can cruise through Hell Cow 
Level. Fire Golem's fire absorbing is very useful in some situations. Curses 
are useful in parties (e.g Barbarians will thank you for using Life Tap or 
Amp Damage).

Cons: Fire Golem's damage is too low, even when helped by Lower Resist. A 
generally weak character who kills far too slowly pre-Hell Cow Level. Very 
reliant on +skills equipment. Revive's AI can be horrible in places.

Overall effectiveness rating: 6/10. A little less effective that the Iron 
Golem-based Necromancer, as Fire Golem's damage is too low, even if you were 
to put 20 skill points into the skill (at which point the mana cost becomes 
totally ridiculous). If you have the patience to get him through the game and 
into the Hell Cow Level, your patience will be rewarded though...

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6.1.3 Using Blood Golem:
------------------------

This subclass relies heavily on a "feature" commonly known as "BG/IM" (Blood 
Golem/Iron Maiden). Blood Golems heal themselves and you when they hit an 
enemy, but if you cast Iron Maiden on an enemy and it hits the Blood Golem, 
the game registers that as a hit for the Blood Golem, and he (and you) are 
healed accordingly. This feature is not nearly as powerful as it was in the 
past though, as the two skills have been modified to lessen the effectiveness 
of BG/IM. Still, it's nice to know. Oh, and the Blood Golem looks very ugly, 
in case you were wondering. Errr, anyway, here's a skill plan...

20 Bone Spirit
20 Golem Mastery
20 Iron Maiden
10+ Corpse Explosion
6 Lower Resist
5 Amplify Damage
5 Revive
1 Skeleton Mastery
1 Blood Golem
1 in all prerequisites

I'd suggest you read the skills notes from section 6.1.2 first, as much of 
the same applies here. The only differences are you'll want to max Iron 
Maiden to make best use of the BG/IM trick, Lower REsist only needs about 
6 points as it is less useful here (it only affects Bone Spirit damage and 
not the damage of your Golem). Blood Golem only needs one point, as extra 
skill points give it pretty useless bonuses, and you're better off putting 
your skill points elsewhere.

Stats are the same as in section 6.1.1, so read that section for more info.

So, how good is the Blood Golem-based Golemancer?

Pros: BG/IM is useful, particularly against monsters reliant on strong melee 
attacks (Hephasto, anyone?). Immunities are easy to combat. 
Corpse Explosion/Amp Damage is good vs. crowds, and Bone Spirit helps 
against bosses. The Cow Level in Hell is a breeze. Curses are useful in 
parties (e.g Barbarians will thank you for using Life Tap or Amp Damage).

Cons: BG/IM is nowhere near as strong as it used to be, and Blood Golems can 
actually die to physical attacks now (they used to be invulnerable as long as 
monsters had IM cast on them). Link between Blood Golem's life and your life 
can work against you - if he gets hit by a barrage of powerful elemental 
attacks and dies, you may die too. Generally a weak character, kills too 
slowly pre-Hell Cow Level. Revive's AI is horrible at times. Reliant on 
+skill items.

Overall effectiveness rating: 5/10. The least effecive of the Golemancers, as 
BG/IM has only limited power over most enemies nowadays. Still, if you are 
prepared slum it through to the Hell Cow Level, then you'll be able to kill 
at a quite alarming rate. It's just a case of if you can be bothered doing 
so...





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7. The Paladin:
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A self-styled "Holy Warrior". He is the type of character that you'd link 
with "the hero" in classic RPGs - and for that reason a lot of people choose 
him as a first character to play. In multiplayer games his "Auras" will prove 
to be invaluable, both offensively and defensively. He is a quite versatile 
character, although his subclasses all focus primarily on melee combat. The 
combat skills and auras you'll be using depend heavily on which Paladin 
subclass you choose.

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7.1 The "Zealot":
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He relies mainly on the speed of his attacking. With some Increased Attack 
Speed equipment, Fanaticism and Zeal it's possible to get many attacks per 
second in. Apart from the aforementioned skills, the Zealot also uses Holy 
Shock as a backup aura to deal with physical immune monsters, Holy Freeze, 
which is a good crowd-control skill, as well as several other auras which 
while they won't be heavily invested in skill point-wise will prove very 
useful in certain situations. Here comes the skill plan...

20 Fanaticism
20 Holy Shock
10+ Holy Freeze
10 Holy Shield
5 Zeal
5 Redemption
5 Salvation
1 in all prerequisites

Fanaticism should be maxed as soon as you possibly can. Holy Shock isn't 
needed until Hell, where physical immune monsters make their first widespread 
appearance. Zeal when coupled with Fanaticism is lethal, but only 5 points 
are needed, as skill points past 5 only add to Zeal's AR. Feel free to add 
more points if you're having difficulty hitting enemies though - the Zealot 
tends to have a lot of free skill points as he gets to high levels.

Holy Freeze is one of the best defensive skills out there. At 10 skill points 
both the radius and the %enemy speed cut is enough, but again you may want to 
add more to it, as you'll have free skill points later on. The same applies 
to Holy Shield. Redemption is another great defensive skill, but only needs 5 
points to be effective enough, as does Salvation, which is very useful if you 
need a quick elemental resist boost in places like the Chaos Sanctuary, where 
elemental attacks will be pounding you.

You will have skill points to spare at higher levels, so feel free to 
experiment with these points - either put them into a backup skill like 
charge, or put them into another aura, for example if you have a friend 
who's playing as a sorceress, investing a few points in Meditation is a 
smart move, or if you'll be partying with another Paladin who's using 
Fanaticism, then points in Concentration may be a good idea (2 Fanaticism 
Auras don't stack damage bonuses. Anyway, now for a stat plan...

Strength - 165
Dexterity - 120
Vitality - 180+
Energy - 15

As usual, Strength is the stat to raise at lower levels along with a bit of 
Dexterity and Vitality if your life is too low. Only really focus on Vitality 
when you get to mid/high levels when you have enough strength to get by on. 
Mana leech and the low mana cost of Zeal mean that Energy is useless.

So, how good is the Zealot?

Pros: Fast attacker. Good at dealing with lone enemies and small groups. Very 
party-friendly character (Holy Freeze, Fanaticism...).

Cons: Weakness against physical immunes and large groups of monsters. Quite 
ineffective in general in Hell difficulty.

Overall effectiveness rating: 7/10. A good solid build who's effectiveness 
does tend to wane a little as you go into Hell difficulty. Nonetheless, 
even a beginner should have a relatively easy time getting through the game 
with this subclass.

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7.2 The "Avenger":
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Vengeance is the skill of choice for this character, backed up with the very 
useful aura of Conviction. The backup skills used are very similar to the 
skills used by the Zealot, although you might want to use Fist of the Heavens 
as a backup attack skill. The stat plan is as follows...

20 Vengeance
20 Conviction
20 Fist of the Heavens (optional, see below)
10+ Holy Freeze
10 Holy Shield
5 Redemption
5 Salvation

1 in all prerequisites

Vengeance/Conviction is your main attacking combination, and both should be 
pumped extensively as soon as they become available. Fist of the Heavens can 
be maxed as a backup skill to use if you come across any nasty enemies who 
you don't want to risk meleeing (if helped with Conviction, FotH's damage is 
quite respectable). If you choose not to use it, put the skill points wherever 
you like. Holy Freeze is useful in crowd-control but 10 points is enough 
unless you want a higher radius, and Holy Shield is a good defensive skill, 
and means you don't need to pump dexterity to keep your %chance to block up. 
Redemption and Salvation are situationally very useful defensive skills too, 
but only worth of 5 points apiece.

Stats are as they are for the Zealot, so see that section for info. You may 
need to put some points in energy here though (especially if you're using 
Fist of the Heavens), as the Avenger can be somewhat mana-intensive at times. 
Still, I'd never put more than 50 in Energy, as any more takes away from the 
other, more important stats.

So, how good is the Avenger?

Pros: No weakness to monster immunities. Powerful attack. Very party-friendly 
(sorceresses will fall in love with you for using high-level Conviction).

Cons: Slow attack. Reliant on lots of life/mana leech as Vengeance only has a 
small physical element to it. Poor crowd-killing capabilities.

Overall effectiveness rating: 6.5/10. A decent character, but the "cons" 
section above sums up his weaknesses perfectly. He is too slow and lacking 
in crowd-control, but still maintains a little effectiveness in Hell. Not 
quite as strong as the Zealot though, unfortunately...

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7.3 The "Charger":
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He uses... wait for it... Charge! This is coupled with Fanaticism to make a 
very powerful attack. He is backed up by the usual suspects as far as Paladins 
are concerned, Holy Freeze, Salvation and Redemption, although Holy Shield is 
not used this time. A few points in Vigor also help charge out a little in 
certain situations. Mid-level Vengeance/Conviction helps out against physical 
immune enemies. Here's the skill plan...

20 Charge
20 Fanaticism
10 Holy Freeze
10 Vengeance
5 Conviction
5 Salvation
5 Redemption
5 Vigor
1 in all prerequisites

Obviously, you need 20/20 Charge/Fanaticism as soon as possible as this is 
your main attack. Vengeance/Conviction isn't a concern until Hell difficulty 
and the regular appearance of physical immune monsters. Invest more in both 
skills if you find yourself having trouble with physical immunes, but 10/5 
should be enough. Chargers generally tend to use powerful 2-handed weapons, 
so Holy Shield is out of the question. Holy Freeze remains useful in slowing 
large groups of enemies though, and Salvation is a useful skill to have a 
few points in in some situations. Redemption recovers life/mana at a speedy 
rate, which isn't bad, and Vigor gives you a speed boost which may be useful 
in some circumstances (especially if you plan on duelling at some point). 
Leftover skill points at higher levels can go wherever you want them to go 
(see section 7.1 for a little more advice on this). Here's a stat plan...

Strength - 230
Dexterity - 100+
Vitality - 150+
Energy - 15

Strength needs to be higher than for the other Paladin subclasses here as the 
high-end 2-handed weapons you'll be using have a generally higher strength 
requirement than the 1 handed weapons you tend to use with the other 
subclasses. Dexterity doesn't need to be too high as both Charge and 
Fanaticism grant bonuses to AR. Any remaining skill points can be dumped 
into Vitality at higher levels, as Energy is again pretty useless because of 
mana leech.

So, how good is the Charger?

Pros: Insane damage bonuses from Charge and Fanaticism combined give you a 
very powerful attack. Very good against small groups of enemies and bosses. 
Very party-friendly.

Cons: No offensive crowd-controlling skills. Charge requires you to be a 
certain distance from the enemy or else it won't work. Slight weakness 
against physical immune enemies.

Overall effectiveness rating: 6/10. One of the most powerful attacks in the 
game, but lacking in a few areas. Some places in the game (mainly those with 
large groups of enemies around) can be somewhat painful to play through with a 
Charger, but other areas (generally outside areas with wide open spaces) are a 
breeze to run through.

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7.4 The "Smiter:
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The Paladin doesn't just rely on his weapon and magic to deal damage - he can
deal out death with his shield too! Smite coupled with Fanticism is a 
dangerous combination, and is especially effective against bigger, stronger 
enemies. As usual you will need a backup attack skill, Zeal is good here as it
has a low mana cost - thus allowing you to leech back mana with ease (one
downside to Smite is you can't leech life or mana with it). Support skills
here include Holy Freeze and Holy Shield, as usual. Here is a typical sample
skill plan...

20 Smite
20 Fanaticism
20 Holy Shield
15 Holy Freeze
5 Zeal
5 Salvation
1 in all prerequisites

At low levels you can build Smite up freely, as most of the other skills that
require investment in this build have a level requirement of 18 or greater.
Smite is great as a boss killer, if a little slow - you can for example
stun-lock Diablo into oblivion with the aid of a few mana potions or mana
leech with Zeal, although as Smite's damage (even when boosted by Holy 
Shield) is quite low, you'll be smiting him for quite a while. Smite never 
misses too, which is a nice touch. One final note on Smite, it's speed is 
dependent on the attack speed of your weapon, so make sure you have a fast one
equipped! 

Be sure to pump up Fanaticism as soon as it becomes available, this
helps out both the speed and damage of your Smite attack a lot. Holy Shield
should be raised to 5 or so early on, then left until higher levels, and the
other skills, Holy Freeze and Salvation are pure support skills, so don't
raise their levels extensively until you have the aforemantioned skills at a
high enough level. Now, as far as stats are concerned, here's a sample plan...

Strength - 160
Dexterity - 120
Vitality - 170
Energy - 15

As usual, strength is improtant in meeting weapon/armor requirements, and
dexterity, although it doesn't affect your chance to hit with Smite, still
affects your blocking % and chance to hit with Zeal, which you will be using
to leech mana back, so it's important not to neglect it too much, but 120 or 
so will be enough to keep your block % high with max Holy Sheild on. No energy
is needed, as Smite has a very low mana cost (2!), and if you do run low on 
mana that's what Zeal is there for - to leech it back.

So, how good is the Smiter?

Pros: Very "safe" character to play, as he can kill bosses and stronger 
enemies by knockback/stunlocking them. Maxed Holy Shield and high level Holy 
Freeze also aid the defensive ability of the Smiter.

Cons: Very, very slow monster killer if you use Smite most of the time, as its
damage is generally quite low. Lacks any great crowd-damaging skills and 
crowd-control aside from Holy Shield - it's okay you stunning one strong enemy
with Smite but if there are 10 others around you you aren't going to live for 
very long...

Overall effectiveness rating: 5/10. Best described by the phrase, "Slow but
steady". Has it easy through normal and most of nightmare difficulty, but
suffers more because of the low damage issues in Hell.

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7.5 The Zealot/Avenger Hybrid:
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Combinining the bast bits of the Zealot with the best bits of the Avenger
sounds good, doesn't it? Well... it is. You get the speed of Zeal/Fanaticism 
coupled with the elemental power of Vengeance/Conviction, as well as help from
Holy Shield and Holy Freeze. Here are your skills...

Fanaticism - 20
Conviction - 20
Vengeance - 20
Holy Shield - 10
Holy Freeze - 8
Zeal - 5
1 in all prerequisites

Save as many skill points as you can at lower levels, so you can put points 
into multiple skills when they become available. I usually concentrate on 
Zeal/Fanaticism first, when Zeal is at 5 and Fanaticism is reasonably high
then you should concentrate on Vengeance/Conviction for a while (be sure to do
so before entering Hell, because of physical immune monsters..) as well as not
neglecting the support skills Holy Shield and Holy Freeze. Stats should be as
follows...

Strength - 165
Dexterity - 120
Vitality - 180+
Energy - 15

Strength is obviously important for damage and equipment requirements. 
Dexterity doesn't need to be raised too high as Fanaticism adds an AR bonus 
and Conviction lowers enemy defense, so around 120 will be fine in the 
long-run. Vitality becomes more and more important at higher levels and as you
progress through the game - you'll be adding a lot to it at higher levels once
you're done with strength and dexterity. Although Vengeance is mana-intensive,
you still don't need points in energy as you can leech with Zeal if you run
low on mana.

So, how good is the Zealot/Avenger hybrid?

Pros: The speed of Zeal coupled with the raw power of Vengeance makes for a
powerful offensive combination damage-wise. Holy Shield and Holy Freeze are
great defensive skills too, making this a really well-balanced subclass.

Cons: Like most Paladin subclasses, lacks effectiveness when dealing with 
large groups of enemies.

Overall effectiveness rating: 8/10. Probably the best Paladin subclass 
available in terms of how easily it will get you through the game.





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8. The Sorceress:
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The master (or mistress) of elemental magic, the Sorceress uses Cold, 
Lightning and Fire magic to crush her foes. Her subclasses are separated by 
which of the skill trees are chosen to be heavily invested in. Generally, 
Sorceresses use 2 main attack skills from separate skill trees to counter 
monster immunity in Hell, although some Sorceresses use attack skills from 
all 3 skill trees.

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8.1 The Fire/Ice Sorceress:
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So, you'll be using attack spells from the fire and from the Cold skill tree 
then. Most Sorceresses will choose to master one or two attack skill(s) with a 
spell timer and one without, but the skills in both the Fire and the Cold tree 
without spell timers are somewhat weak - forcing you to use Frozen Orb and 
Firewall, two skills which are very powerful, but, annoyingly, both have spell 
timers. The Lightning tree isn't totally neglected as it contains some very 
useful backup skills, namely Teleport and Energy Shield. Here's a skill plan 
for you to look over...

Frozen Orb - 20
Firewall - 20
Fire Mastery - 20
Energy Shield - 15
Static Field - 5+
Cold Mastery - 5
1 in all prerequisites

Sorceress skill plans tend to be very simple - you pick the right skills and 
max them. 20/20 Firewall/Mastery is a must to maximise Firewall damage. A few 
notes on Firewall - it is the most insanely damaging skill in the game as long 
as you use it correctly. Use either a mercenary or another player to keep 
enemies still before planting a Firewall under them, or use Frozen Orb so 
slow them as they move through the Firewall. For best effect, try and teleport 
(or run) yourself into a position where your Firewall hits most enemies. 

Frozen Orb is another good skill, although it's Mastery only needs 5 points as 
it has little effect past that. Cold Mastery reduces the enemy's resistance to 
cold by the % level shown, but anything past 5 points is only really necessary 
in duelling other players. Energy Shield is great as many Sorceresses don't 
have the luxury of lots of life. Finally, use Teleport freely, despite the 
one point investment you have in it. More points only decrease the mana cost, 
which isn’t all that useful. Static Field loses quite a bit of effectiveness 
in Hell difficulty, but it remains a good backup skill, just a little less 
cheesy than it was previously. Stats need to look something like the below...

Strength - 90
Dexterity - 20*
Vitality - 200+
Energy - 180+

Get Strength up early as normal. Dexterity isn't needed for equipment 
requirements* or chance to hit, so leave it at 20. Life and mana are both 
important, so most of your points logically go into Vitality and Energy. 
Vary the plan if you find yourself either dying too often (add to Vitality) 
or running out of mana too often (add to Energy). Equipment has a large 
bearing on how much Vitality and Energy you'll need as well.

So, how good is the Fire/Ice Sorceress?

Pros: No weakness to monster immunities. Two very powerful attacking spells.

Cons: Both attack spells have relatively long spell timers, which will annoy 
you and can cause play to get a little monotonous at times. Can cause lag in 
multiplayer games, with Firewalls and Orbs flying around.

Overall effectiveness rating: 8.5/10. A good character variant that will see 
you through from Act 1 normal to Act 5 Hell with relative ease as long as you 
can cope with the annoyance of the spell timers.

* - Wizardspike is a very good spellcaster item, and requires 75 dexterity. 
If you have it or can trade for it, dexterity may be worth the investment – 
take the points out of energy and vitality.

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8.2 The Fire/Lightning Sorceress:
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She uses attack spells from the Fire and Lightning skill trees, namely 
Firewall and Nova, the latter being very useful as it doesn't have a spell 
timer. Energy Shield, Static Field and Teleport provide good backup. The Cold 
tree is completely neglected. A skill plan follows...

20 Firewall
20 Nova
20 Lightning Mastery
20 Fire Mastery
10+ Energy Shield
5 Static Field
1 in all prerequisites

This skill point plan takes very little explaining. 20/20 Firewall/Mastery and 
20/20 Nova/Mastery maximise the attack power or the character, and Energy 
Shield takes the left over skill points - simple. Static Field only need 5 
points along with a few +skills to make it's radius large enough. Again, 
Teleport only needs a prerequisite point, but that doesn't make it a bad 
skill - use it often.

Stats are very similar to the Fire/Ice Sorceress above, so read that section 
for details.

So, how good is the Fire/Lightning Sorceress?

Pros: Two good attacking skills, one with timer, one without. No great 
weakness to monster immunity.

Cons: Problems (more than many classes) with Lightning Enchanted Bosses as 
neither attack skill is good for dealing with them, and Sorceresses 
generally have low life. Nova's range is low, which can leave you in trouble.

Overall effectiveness rating: 7/10. Despite the fact that Nova has no timer, 
it strangely doesn't seem to complement Firewall as well as Frozen Orb does. 
This will leave you struggling in some places in Hell difficulty - especially 
areas with groups of faster enemies (leapers, anyone?). Still, reasonably 
effective, and certainly can be played through to Act 5 Hell with only a few 
problems along the way.

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8.3 The Ice/Lightning Sorceress:
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She uses attack skills from the Cold and Lightning skill trees, 
unsurprisingly. The choices are Nova and Frozen Orb, a surprisingly effective 
combination. Again, Energy Shield, Static Field and Teleport provide good 
backup, and this time the Fire tree is totally ignored. Here's a skill 
plan...


20 Frozen Orb
20 Nova
20 Lightning Mastery
15 Energy Shield
10 Static Field
5 Cold Mastery
1 in all prerequisites

Again this is a pretty simple skill plan. Frozen Orb gets maxed for the 
damage, as does Nova/Mastery. Cold Mastery only needs 5 points to be 
effective PvM, as monsters in Hell generally either have low Cold resistance 
to start with or are totally Cold immune (in both cases, Cold Mastery's effect 
is very limited. Energy Shield gets 15 because of the spare points left over 
from Cold Mastery, and you can afford to put more points than usual in Static 
Field too. Again, Teleport is great - use it often.

Stats are very similar to the Fire/Ice Sorceress, so scroll up two sections 
to read all about them.

So, how good is the Ice/Lightning Sorceress?

Pros: 2 relatively powerful attack skills, one with a timer, one without. No 
weakness to monster immunities. Orb and Nova complement each other well (Orb 
can chill making it safer to use Nova, among other things).

Cons: Very little. Maybe a little reliant on having good +skills, +cast rate 
equipment, but I'm being fussy...

Overall effectiveness rating: 9/10. Easy to use, easy to kill with, easy to 
complete the game with, easy to get to level 99 with... Well, maybe not the 
last one, but you get the idea. Quite fun to play too - highly recommended 
for old and new players alike.

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8.4 The "Tri-Sorc":
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Specialises in attack spells from all three skill trees. "But where will all 
the skill points come from?" I hear you cry. Here, take a look...

20 Firewall
20 Frozen Orb
20 Thunderstorm
20 Fire Mastery
10 Lightning Mastery
5 Energy Shield
5 Static Field
1 Cold Mastery
1 in all prerequisites

That's just about enough skill points. Firewall/Mastery is so damaging it's 
irresistible to get it to 20/20. Your two other attack skills, Frozen Orb and 
Thunderstorm are maxed too. Lightning Mastery can only afford to be given 10 
points (this is why you've chosen Thunderstorm as opposed to Nova, as Nova 
requires maxed Mastery to be effective - Thunderstorm does not). Energy 
Shield only gets 5 points here because that's all that can be spared here. 
Static is good enough radius-wise at 5 points with some +skills from 
equipment. Cold Mastery only gets 1 point, with bonuses from +skills equipment 
it will be enough...

Stats are (again) the same as they are for the Fire/Ice Sorceress mentioned 
all that time ago. Scroll back up to section 8.1 to get the info.

So, how good is the "Tri-Sorc"?

Pros: No weakness to monster immunity. Very versatile character, obviously. 
Attack power of Firewall is unrivalled, Frozen Orb is powerful, and 
Thunderstorm is a useful, almost passive attack skill.

Cons: No "true" attack skill without a timer - which will annoy. Needs lots 
of +skills to be effective. Only really becomes effective at very high 
character levels.

Overall effectiveness rating: 6.5/10. Levelling up in low-mid levels is a 
pain, and even the end product isn't as good as a two-tree Sorc. Versatility 
is the only real advantage she has over the other Sorceress subclasses. 
Shame.





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9. Skill Statistics:
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Basically, this is a list of the skills in D2:LoD and their stats from skill 
level 1-20 at regular intervals (I couldn't be bothered listing the info for 
all skill levels from 1-20, and it isn't really necessary - you'll get the 
general idea of how the skills will look as you put points into them from the 
tables below).

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9.1 Amazon:
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Bow + Crossbow Skills:
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Magic Arrow:
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Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Magical
Description: Fires a magical arrow made entirely of spiritual energy.
Notes: None

Skill level     Magical damage     Mana cost

     1                +0              1.5
     5                +4               1
    10                +9              0.3
    15               +14               0
    20               +19               0

Fire Arrow:
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Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Adds Fire damage to an arrow
Notes: Has a 100% Hit Rate

Skill level     Fire damage     Mana cost

     1              1-4             3           
     5              9-12            4
    10             19-22           5.2   
    15             29-32           6.5
    20             39-42           7.7

Cold Arrow:
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Required Level: 6
Damage Type: Adds Cold to Physical
Description: Adds Cold damage to an arrow, slows enemies
Notes: Has a 100% Hit Rate

Skill level     Cold damage     Cold length (secs)     Mana cost

     1               3                  4                  3
     5               11                8.8                 4         
    10               21               14.8                5.2          
    15               31               20.8                6.5
    20               41               26.8                7.7

Multiple Shot:
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Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Magic Arrow
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Splits one arrow into several
Notes: Only hits for 75% of standard attack damage

Skill level     No. of arrows     Mana cost

     1                2               4      
     5                6               8           
    10                11              13
    15                16              18
    20                21              23

Exploding Arrow:
----------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Magic Arrow, Fire Arrow, Multiple Shot
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Causes an arrow to explode on impact
Notes: 100% Hit Rate, fixed radius of splash damage

Skill level     Fire Damage     Mana cost

     1              2-4             5
     5             22-24            7
    10             47-49           9.5  
    15             72-74            12  
    20             97-99            14

Ice Arrow:
----------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Cold Arrow
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Arrow freezes target
Notes: 100% Hit Rate

Skill level     Cold damage     Freeze duration (secs)     Mana cost

     1             6-10                   2                    4
     5            30-34                  2.8                   5        
    10            72-76                  3.8                  6.2  
    15           132-136                 4.8                  7.5    
    20           216-220                 5.8                  8.7

Guided Arrow:
-------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Magic Arrow, Cold Arrow, Multiple Shot
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Arrow seeks your target, or finds one of its own
Notes: 100% Hit Rate

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)     Mana cost

     1                 0                 8
     5                 20                7
    10                 45               5.7
    15                 70               4.5
    20                 95               3.2              
                 
Strafe:
-------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Magic Arrow, Multiple Shot, Cold Arrow, Guided Arrow
Damage Type: Physical              
Description: Splits one arrow into a barrage of several.
Notes: Mana cost fixed at 11

Skill level     Max no. of targets     Damage bonus (%)

     1                  5                     5   
     5                  9                     25 
    10                  10                    50
    15                  10                    75
    20                  10                    100

Immolation Arrow:
-----------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Magic Arrow, Fire Arrow, Multiple Shot, Exploding Arrow
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Arrows explode on impact and set the ground alight.
Notes: 100% Hit Rate, fixed fire duration of 3 secs, 1 sec casting delay

Skill     Explosion     Avg. fire damage    Mana cost                             
level      damage           (per sec)

  1        10-20               8-10             6
  5        50-60              31-33             10
 10       120-130             60-62             15 
 15       223-230             90-92             20
 20       360-370            110-121            25

Freezing Arrow:
---------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Cold Arrow, Ice Arrow
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Arrows do splash cold damage, and freeze enemies
Notes: 100% Hit Rate, fixed freeze duration of 2 secs, fixed radius of 3.3 
yards

Skill level     Cold damage     Mana cost

     1             40-50            9     
     5             80-90            13    
    10            140-150           18   
    15            215-225           23   
    20            310-320           28

-----------------------
Javelin + Spear skills:
-----------------------

Jab:
----

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Multiple rapid thrusting attacks
Notes: Hits an enemy 3 times

Skill level     Attack rating      Damage bonus (%)     Mana cost
                  bonus (%)
  
     1               10                  -15                2
     5               30                  -3                 3
    10               55                   12               4.2
    15               80                   27               5.5
    20               105                  42               6.7

Power Strike:
-------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Jab
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Adds Lightning damage to attacks
Notes: None

Skill level     Attack rating     Lightning damage     Mana cost
                  bonus (%)
  
     1               10                 1-16               2
     5               30                25-40               3 
    10               55                59-74              4.2
    15               80                99-114             5.5
    20               105              147-162             6.7

Poison Javelin:
---------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Poison
Description: Thrown Javelins leave a trail of poison clouds and add poison 
damage to attack
Notes: Fixed poison duration of 3 seconds              
              
Skill level     Poison damage     Mana cost

     1               9-14             4
     5              28-32             5    
    10              51-56            6.2 
    15              75-79            7.5 
    20              98-103           8.7

Impale:
-------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Jab
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Attack damage is increased, but at the cost of durability loss
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 3

Skill level     Damage bonus     Attack rating     Chance to lose
                     (%)           bonus (%)       durability (%)

     1               300               25               46
     5               320               53               35       
    10               345               88               30   
    15               370              123               27
    20               395              158               25

Lightning Bolt:
---------------


Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Poison Javelin
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Thrown Javelin becomes a Lightning Bolt
Notes: None

Skill level     Lightning damage     Mana cost

     1                1-40               6
     5                1-72               7
    10                1-112             8.2
    15                1-152             9.5
    20                1-192             10.7

Charged Strike:
---------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Jab, Poison Javelin, Power Strike, Lightning Bolt
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Adds Lightning damage to attack and releases Charged Bolts on 
impact
Notes: 3 charged bolts released

Skill level     Lightning damage     Mana cost

     1                1-30               4
     5               41-70               5          
    10               95-124             6.2
    15              155-184             7.5
    20              223-252             8.7               

Plague Javelin:
---------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Poison Javelin, Lightning Bolt
Damage Type: Poison
Description: Upon impact, a thrown javelin explodes into a huge poison cloud
Notes: 4 sec casting delay, fixed 3 second poison duration, poison cloud gets 
larger as skill level goes up.


Skill level     Poison damage     Mana cost

     1              23-37             7    
     5              51-65             11          
    10              96-110            16 
    15             154-168            21     
    20             241-255            26         
              
Fend:
-----

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Jab, Impale
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Attacks multiple close targets with a speed bonus
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 5

Skill level     Attack rating     Damage bonus (%)
                  bonus (%)
    
     1                40                70  
     5                80                110        
    10               130                160 
    15               190                220
    20               230                260

Lightning Strike:
-----------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Jab, Poison Javelin, Power Strike, Lightning Bolt, Charged Strike
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Adds Lightning damage to attack and releases Chain Lightning on 
impact.
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 9

Skill level     Lightning damage     Max. possible hits

     1                5-25                   2
     5               45-65                   6        
    10               95-115                  11
    15              145-165                  16
    20              195-215                  21

Lightning Fury:
---------------                 
                
Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Poison Javelin, Lightning Bolt, Plague Javelin

Damage Type: Lightning    
Description: Thrown Javelin turns into a Lightning Bolt and releases multiple 
bolts on impact.
Notes: Works best with mid-high level Pierce

Skill level     Lightning damage     Bolts released     Mana cost

     1                1-40                  2               10
     5               41-80                  6               12
    10               97-136                11               14
    15              162-201                16               17
    20              239-278                21               19           
                  
-------------------------
Passive and Magic Skills:
-------------------------

Inner Sight:
------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Makes monsters easier to see and hit
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 5, fixed radius of 13.3 yards around character.

Skill level     Duration (secs)     Enemy defense penalty (%)

     1                 8                      -46
     5                24                      -60       
    10                44                      -67
    15                64                      -71
    20                84                      -73

Critical Strike:
----------------         

Required Level: 1

Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, attacks have a chance to do double (physical) damage
Notes: Doesn't affect elemental damage.

Skill level     Chance to do double
                    damage (%)

     1                  16
     5                  42      
    10                  56
    15                  63
    20                  68

Dodge:
------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, gives a chance to dodge melee attacks while not moving
Notes: Works while attacking although animation isn't shown

Skill level     Chance to dodge (%)

     1                  18
     5                  37      
    10                  47
    15                  52
    20                  56

Slow Missiles:
--------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Inner Sight
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Slows enemies ranged attacks
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 5, fixed radius of 13.3 yards around character, 
missiles slowed by 33%, works with magical projectiles as well as 
arrows/bolts.

Skill level     Duration (secs)

     1                12
     5                36        
    10                66
    15                96
    20                126

Avoid:
------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Dodge
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, gives a chance to dodge missile attacks
Notes: Doesn't work against elemental or magical missiles

Skill level     Chance to dodge (%)

     1                  24
     5                  45      
    10                  55
    15                  61
    20                  65

Penetrate:
----------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Critical Strike
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, gives bonus to attack rating
Notes: None

Skill level     Attack rating
                  bonus (%)

     1               35
     5               75         
    10               125
    15               175
    20               225

Decoy:
------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Inner Sight, Slow Missiles
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Summons a duplicate of yourself to distract enemies
Notes: Decoy has same life as your Amazon

Skill level     Duration (secs)     Mana cost

     1                10                19
     5                30                16       
    10                55                12
    15                80               8.5
    20                105              4.7

Evade:
------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Dodge, Avoid
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, grants a chance to dodge an attack while moving
Notes: None

Skill level     Chance to dodge (%)

     1                  18
     5                  37      
    10                  47
    15                  52
    20                  56

Valkyrie:
---------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Inner Sight, Dodge, Slow Missiles, Avoid, Decoy, Evade
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Summons a Valkyrie warrior
Notes: Valkyrie life scales up with more players in a game, and her life also 
scales up with difficulty level (her base life is higher in Hell difficulty 
than Nightmare difficulty, for example).

Skill level   Life    Damage     Attack rating    Defense     Mana                            
                      bonus (%)    bonus (%)     bonus (%)    cost

     1        362        0             0             0         25
     5        604        80           20            20         41                
    10        906       180           45            45         61
    15        1208      280           70            70         81
    20        1510      380           95            95         101

Pierce:
-------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Critical Strike, Penetrate
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, chance for missile attack to travel through target
Notes: None

Skill level     Chance to pierce (%)

     1                  23
     5                  55      
    10                  71
    15                  80
    20                  85

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9.2 Assassin:
-------------

-------------
Martial Arts:
-------------

Tiger Strike:
-------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Give a damage bonus to finishing moves
Notes: Charge 2 damage bonus = Charge 1 damage bonus x 2, Charge 3 damage 
bonus = Charge 1 damage bonus x 3. Fixed mana cost of 1

Skill level     Charge 1 damage bonus (%)     Attack rating bonus (%)

     1                    100                           40
     5                    180                           80
    10                    280                          130
    15                    380                          180
    20                    480                          230
 
Dragon Talon:
-------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Kicks the enemy
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 6

Skill level     Kick damage     Attack rating     No. of kicks
                 bonus (%)        bonus (%)

     1               0               40                1
     5               28              88                1        
    10               63              148               2   
    15               98              208               3   
    20              133              268               3

Fists of Fire:
--------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Adds fire damage to finishing moves
Notes: Charge 2 adds fire damage radius of 2 yards, Charge 3 adds burning 
duration of 2.5 seconds. Fixed mana cost of 2

Skill level     Fire damage     Attack rating bonus (%)

     1             6-10                  50
     5             26-30                 90          
    10             61-65                 140     
    15            111-115                190      
    20            201-205                240

Dragon Claw:
------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Dragon Talon
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Quick double-claw attack
Notes: Two claws must be equipped. Fixed mana cost of 2

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)     Attack rating bonus (%)

     1                50                      50
     5                70                      90       
    10                95                      140  
    15                120                     190  
    20                145                     240

Cobra Strike:
-------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Tiger Strike
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Finishing moves leech life and mana
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 2.


Skill level     Charge 1      Charge 2       Charge 3       Attack
                  life     life and mana   life and mana    rating
                steal (%)     steal (%)      steal (%)     bonus (%)

     1             40           40              80            60
     5             60           60             120            120          
    10             85           85             170            195     
    15            110           110            220            270      
    20            135           135            270            345

Claws of Thunder:
-----------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Fists of Fire
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Adds lightning damage to finishing moves
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 2. Charge 2 releases Nova, Charge 3 releases 
Charged Bolts. Charge 1 damage is included in Charges 2 and 3

Skill level     Charge 1    Charge 2     Charge 3     Attack rating
                 damage      damage       damage        bonus (%)

     1            1-80        1-20         1-40            80         
     5           41-120       1-80         1-120           140            
    10          111-190       1-175        1-260           215        
    15          211-290       1-300        1-460           290        
    20          351-430       1-465        1-740           365

Dragon Tail:
------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Dragon Talon, Dragon Claw
Damage Type: Physical to target, Fire to area
Description: An explosive kick
Notes: Fixed Fire damage radius of 4 yards, fixed mana cost of 10

Skill level     Fire damage bonus (%)     Attack rating bonus (%)

     1                   50                        40      
     5                   90                        68    
    10                  140                        103
    15                  190                        138
    20                  240                        173

Blades of Ice:
--------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Fists of Fire, Claws of Thunder

Damage Type: Cold
Description: Adds cold damage to finishing move
Notes: Charge 2 adds cold damage radius of 3.3 yards, Charge 3 adds freeze 
duration of 4 seconds. Fixed mana cost of 3

Skill level     Cold damage     Attack rating bonus (%)

     1             15-35                 70    
     5             47-67                 110          
    10             91-111                160     
    15            141-161                210     
    20            231-251                260

Dragon Flight:
--------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Dragon Talon, Dragon Claw, Dragon Tail
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Teleports to target and kicks it
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 15

Skill level     Kick damage bonus (%)     Attack rating bonus (%)

     1                  100                        100  
     5                  200                        180     
    10                  325                        280
    15                  450                        380
    20                  575                        480

Phoenix Strike:
---------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Tiger Strike, Fists of Fire, Cobra Strike, Claws of Thunder, Blades 
of Ice
Damage Type: Fire (Charge 1), Lightning (Charge 2), Cold (Charge 3)
Description: Adds elemntal area attacks to finishing moves.
Notes: Charge 1 is a Meteor, Charge 2 is 4 bolts of Chain Lightning, Charge 3 
is not dissimilar to Frozen Orb, and freezes enemies for a few seconds. Fixed 
mana cost of 4
       
Skill level     Charge 1    Charge 2     Charge 3     Attack rating
                 damage      damage       damage        bonus (%)

     1           20-40        1-40        16-32            70         
     5           60-80        1-84        32-48           140

    10          130-150       1-151       60-76           205      
    15          230-250       1-236      100-116          280      
    20          370-390       1-353      156-172          355

------
Traps:
------

Fire Blast:
-----------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Throws a bomb at enemies
Notes: Fixed radius of 4.6 yards
      
Skill level     Fire damage     Mana cost

     1              3-4             3      
     5             11-12           3.5       
    10             25-26           4.1     
    15             45-46           4.7     
    20             69-70           5.3

Shock Web:
----------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Fire Blast
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Sets a trap which electrocutes enemies
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 6

Skill level     Lightning damage     No. of spikes

     1                 5-6                 6
     5                9-10                 7
    10                17-18                8
    15                29-30                9
    20                46-47               10

Blade Sentinel:
---------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Throws a sharp device that travels between yourself and target, 
damaging anything in its path
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 7, fixed duration of 4 seconds. Casting delay of 2 
seconds

Skill level     Damage

     1           6-10    
     5          18-22   
    10          35-39     
    15          55-59     
    20          79-83

Charged Bolt Sentry:
--------------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Fire Blast, Shock Web
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Sets a trap that releases Charged Bolts
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 13, 5 charged bolts released

Skill level     Damage (per bolt)

     1                1-7
     5                7-13
    10               15-21
    15               25-31
    20               39-45

Wake of Fire:
-------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Fire Blast
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Sets a trap that emits waves of fire
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 13, shoots 5 times
            
Skill level     Fire damage

     1             5-10 
     5             13-18
    10             25-30  
    15             40-45  
    20             59-64

Blade Fury:
-----------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Fire Blast, Blade Sentinel, Wake of Fire
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Throws small blades at target
Notes: Need 3 mana to cast

Skill level     Damage/Blade     Mana cost/Blade

     1              8-10                1
     5              20-22               3
    10              39-41               5 
    15              64-66               7 
    20             101-103              8


Lightning Sentry:
-----------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Fire Blast, Shock Web, Charged Bolt Sentry
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Sets a trap that releases Lightning Bolts
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 20, shoots 10 times

Skill level     Lightning damage

     1               10-20
     5               30-40
    10               59-69
    15               94-104
    20              141-151

Wake of Inferno:
----------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Fire Blast, Wake of Fire
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Sets a trap that emits a barrage of flame
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 20, shoots 10 times

Skill level     Fire damage

     1              8-21 
     5             40-53
    10             83-96  
    15            131-144   
    20            189-203

Death Sentry:
-------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Fire Blast, Shock Web, Charged Bolt Sentry, Lightning Sentry
Damage Type: Lightning, Fire, Physical
Description: Sets a trap that explodes nearby corpses as well as emitting 
Lightning Bolts
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 20. Corpse Explosion damage is 40-80% of corpse 
life, shoots 5 times

Skill level     Lightning damage     Corpse Explosion
                                      radius (yards)

     1               20-30                 3.3
     5               36-46                 4.6
    10               58-68                 6.3
    15               83-93                  8
    20              120-130                9.6

-------------------
Shadow Disciplines: 
-------------------

Claw Mastery:
-------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Adds damage and attack rating to claw attacks
Notes: Passive

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)    Attack rating bonus (%)

     1                30                     35        
     5                70                     51
    10                110                    67
    15                170                    91
    20                220                    111

Psychic Hammer:
---------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: none
Damage Type: Magic
Description: Knocks back and damages target
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     Mana cost

     1           2-5           4    
     5           6-9           5  
    10          12-15         6.2      
    15          19-22         7.5     
    20          29-32         8.7

Burst of Speed:
---------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Claw Mastery
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Increases attack and movement speed for a short period of time
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 10

Skill level     Attack speed     Run/Walk speed     Duration (secs)
                  bonus (%)         bonus (%)

     1               21                23                120 
     5               37                42                168
    10               45                52                228
    15               51                57                288
    20               52                61                348

Cloak of Shadows:
-----------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Psychic Hammer
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Blinds nearby enemies and lowers their defense
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 13, fixed range of 20 yards, fixed duration of 8 
seconds

Skill level     Enemy defense penalty (%)

     1                     21
     5                     37
    10                     45
    15                     50
    20                     52

Weapon Block:
-------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Claw Mastery
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Grants a blocking % to dual-claw wielding Assassins
Notes: Passive

Skill level     Blocking bonus (%)

     1                 26
     5                 42
    10                 50
    15                 55
    20                 57

Fade:
-----

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Claw Mastery, Burst of Speed
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Raises elemental resists and lowers curse duration for a short 
while
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 10

Skill level     Resists bonus      Curse duration     Duration (secs)
                     (%)            reduction (%)

     1               19                  47                120
     5               42                  65                168
    10               54                  74                228
    15               60                  79                288
    20               64                  82                348

Shadow Warrior:
---------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Claw Mastery, Psychic Hammer, Weapon Block, Cloak of Shadows
Damage Type: Various, primarily physical
Description: Summons a duplicate of yourself who uses your selected skills
Notes: Shadow Warrior life scales up with difficulty level and number of 
players in the game

Skill level     Life     Attack rating     Defense bonus     Mana
                           bonus (%)            (%)          cost

     1          124            0                 0            27   
     5          183           60                48            35   
    10          257           135               108           45     
    15          332           210               168           55     
    20          406           285               228           65

Mind Blast:

-----------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Psychic Hammer, Cloak of Shadows
Damage Type: Magical
Description: Damages enemies and grants a chance to stun and convert enemies 
for a while
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 15

Skill level     Damage     Chance to convert (%)
 
     1          10-20              18
     5          18-28              27   
    10          34-44              32     
    15          59-69              34     
    20          96-106             36

Venom:
------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Claw Mastery, Burst of Speed, Fade
Damage Type: Poison
Description: Adds poison damage to attack
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 12, fixed poison duration of 2 secs

Skill level     Poison damage     Duration (secs)

     1              37-78              120  
     5              87-128             136   
    10             162-203             156
    15             256-296             176  
    20             375-415             196

Shadow Master:
--------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Claw Mastery, Psychic Hammer, Weapon Block, Cloak of Shadows, Shadow 
Warrior
Damage Type: Various
Description: Summons a duplicate of yourself who has access to use all 
Assassin skills
Notes: Shadow Master life scales up wih difficulty level and number of players 
in the game, fixed mana cost of 40

Skill level     Life     Attack rating     Resist bonus (%)    
                           bonus (%)           
    
     1          186            0                 15
     5          300           60                 38            
    10          441           135                54    
    15          582           210                62   
    20          723           285                67

--------------
9.3 Barbarian:
--------------

--------------
Combat Skills:
--------------

Bash:
-----

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Adds damage and knockback to attack
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 2

Skill level     Damage bonus     Damage bonus (%)     Attack Rating 
                                                        bonus (%)

     1              +1                 50                  20
     5              +5                 70                  40
    10              +10                95                  65
    15              +15                120                 90
    20              +20                145                 115

Double Swing:
-------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Bash
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Quick attack with two weapons
Notes: Requires 2 weapons to be equipped. Fixed mana cost of 2

Skill level     Attack Rating bonus (%)

     1                   15
     5                   35
    10                   60
    15                   85
    20                   110

Leap:
-----

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Jumps and knocks back enemies on impact
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 2

Skill level     Radius (yards)
     
     1               4.6
     5               11.3
    10               14
    15               16
    20               16.6

Double Throw:
-------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Double Swing
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Quick attack with two thrown weapons
Notes: Requires two throwing weapons to be equipped. Fixed mana cost of 2

Skill level     Attack Rating bonus (%)

     1                    20
     5                    60
    10                   110
    15                   160
    20                   210

Stun:
-----

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Bash
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Enemy is stunned by attack
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 2

Skill level     Stun length (secs)     Attack Rating bonus (%)

     1                 1.2                       15 
     5                  2                        35 
    10                  3                        60
    15                  4                        85
    20                  5                       110

Leap Attack:
------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Leap
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Jumps and attacks target
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 9

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)     Attack Rating bonus (%)

     1                100                      50  
     5                220                     110  
    10                370                     185 
    15                520                     260
    20                335                     670

Concentrate:
------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Bash, Stun
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Attack is uninterruptible and boosts defense
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 2

Skill level     Defense bonus (%)     Attack Rating     Damage bonus (%)
                                        bonus (%)

     1                100                  60                 70
     5                140                  100                90
    10                190                  150                115 
    15                240                  200                140
    20                290                  250                165

Frenzy:
-------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Double Swing, Double Throw  
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Successful attacks boost attack and run/walk speed
Notes: Requires 2 weapons to be equipped. Fixed mana cost of 3

Skill level     Damage      Attack rating    Attack speed    Run/walk speed
               bonus (%)      bonus (%)       bonus (%)         bonus (%)

     1            90             100              7                47        
     5           110             128             7-25            47-110 
    10           135             163             7-34            47-142      
    15           160             198             7-39            47-160     
    20           185             233             7-42            47-171

Whirlwind:       
----------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Bash, Leap, Stun, Concentrate, Leap Attack
Damage Type: Physical
Description: A whirling attack that cuts through enemies
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)     Attack Rating bonus (%)     Mana cost

     1                -50                       0                   25  
     5                -18                      20                   27  
    10                 22                      45                   29 
    15                 62                      70                   32
    20                102                      95                   34

Berserk:  
--------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Bash, Stun, Concentrate
Damage Type: Magical
Description: Powerful attack that reduces defense to 0
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 4

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)     Attack Rating     Duration (secs)
                                       bonus (%)

     1                150                 100                2.7
     5                210                 160                 2   
    10                285                 235                1.6 
    15                360                 310                1.4
    20                454                 385                1.3

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Warcries:
---------

Howl:
-----

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Causes nearby enemies to flee
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 4

Skill level     Enemy runs (yards)     Enemy runs for... (seconds)

     1                 16                          3
     5                29.3                         7
    10                 46                          12
    15                62.6                         17            
    20                79.3                         22

Find Potion:
------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Chance to find a potion on a corpse
Notes: 2 in 5 chance of Healing Potion, 3 in 10 chance of Mana Potion, 1 in 10
chance of Rejuvenation Potion (assuming a potion is found on the corpse). 
Fixed mana cost of 2

Skill level     Chance to find potion (%)

     1                    15 
     5                    50
    10                    68
    15                    78
    20                    84

Shout:
------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Howl
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Gives allies a defense bonus
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 6

Skill level     Defense bonus (%)     Duration (secs)

     1                 100                  16
     5                 140                  24
    10                 190                  34
    15                 240                  44
    20                 290                  54

Taunt:
------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Howl
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Taunts an enemy to attack
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 3

Skill level     Damage penalty     Attack rating penalty
                to target (%)          to target (%)

     1                5                      5  
     5                13                    13
    10                23                    23
    15                33                    33
    20                43                    43

Find Item:
----------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Find Potion
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Chance to find an item on corpses
Notes: Works with monster's chance for each item to drop, fixed mana cost of 7

Skill level     Chance to find item (%)

     1                   13
     5                   32
    10                   42
    15                   47
    20                   51

Battle Cry:
-----------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Howl, Taunt
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Weakens nearby enemies
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 5

Skill level     Target defense     Target damage     Duration (secs)
                 penalty (%)        penalty (%)

     1                50                25                 12
     5                58                29                21.6
    10                68                34                33.6
    15                78                39                45.6
    20                88                44                57.6

Battle Orders:
--------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Howl, Shout
Damage Type: N/A
Description: boosts max life, mana and stamina of allies
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 7

Skill level     Max life/mana/stamina     Duration (secs)  
                      bonus (%)

     1                   35                     30
     5                   47                     54
    10                   62                     84
    15                   77                     114
    20                   92                     144

Grim Ward:
----------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Find Potion, Find Item
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Creates a totem to ward off enemies
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 4, fixed duration of 40 secs. Enemy always runs up
to 6.6 yards for 2.4 seconds

Skill level     Radius (yards)
                                        

     1                2                   
     5               4.6 
    10                8
    15               11.3 
    20               14.6

War Cry:
--------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Howl, Taunt, Shout, Battle Cry, Battle Orders
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Damages and stuns surrounding enemies
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     Stun length (secs)     Mana cost

     1           20-30             1                 10       
     5           44-54            1.8                14
    10           76-86            2.8                19
    15          111-121           3.8                24 
    20          150-160           4.8                29

Battle Command:
---------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Howl, Shout, Battle Orders
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Raises the skill levels of allies
Notes: Skill levels raised by 1. Fixed mana cost of 11

Skill level     Duration (secs)

     1                12
     5                28
    10                48
    15                68
    20                88

-----------------
Combat Masteries:
-----------------

Sword/Axe/Mace Mastery:
-----------------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, boosts damage and attack rating of weapon type
Notes: None

Skill level     Attack rating     Damage bonus (%)     Critical strike
                  bonus (%)                              chance (%)

     1               28                 28                   3    
     5               60                 48                   12
    10               100                73                   17
    15               148                103                  20
    20               180                123                  21

Polearm/Spear/Throwing Mastery:
-------------------------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, boosts damage and attack rating of weapon type
Notes: None

Skill level     Attack rating     Damage bonus (%)     Critical strike
                  bonus (%)                              chance (%)

     1               30                 30                   3
     5               62                 50                   12
    10               102                75                   17
    15               142                100                  19
    20               182                125                  21

Increased Stamina:
------------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, boosts stamina
Notes: None

Skill level     Stamina bonus (%)

     1                 30
     5                 90 
    10                165
    15                240
    20                315

Increased Speed:
----------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Increased Stamina
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, boosts run/walk speed
Notes: None

Skill level     Walk/Run speed bonus (%)

     1                    13
     5                    28 
    10                    36
    15                    40
    20                    43

Iron Skin:
----------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, boosts defense rating
Notes: None

Skill level     Defense bonus (%)

     1                 30
     5                 70
    10                 120
    15                 170
    20                 220

Natural Resistance:
-------------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Iron Skin
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, boosts elemental resistances
Notes: None

Skill level     Resist bonus (%)

     1                12
     5                40
    10                54
    15                62
    20                67

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9.4 Druid:
----------

-----------------
Summoning Skills:
-----------------

Raven:
------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Summons a raven
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 6

Skill level     No. of ravens     Damage     Hits

     1                1            2-4        12
     5                5            6-8        16
    10                5           11-13       21
    15                5           16-18       26
    20                5           21-23       31

Poison Creeper:
---------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Poison
Description: Summons a vine that poisons enemies
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 8. Life scales up in Nightmare/Hell difficulty 
levels. Poison damage is done over 4 seconds

Skill level     Damage     Life

     1           4-6        15
     5          15-17       27 
    10          33-34       42
    15          56-58       57
    20          84-86       72

Oak Sage:
---------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Summons a spirit that boosts life of allies
Notes: Life scales up in Nightmare/Hell difficulty, fixed area of effect of
20 yards

Skill level     Life     Life bonus (%)     Mana cost

     1           30           30               15
     5           66           50               19 
    10           111          75               24
    15           156          100              29
    20           201          125              34

Summon Spirit Wolf:
-------------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Raven
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Summons a wolf to fight by your side
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 15, attack rating and defense bonuses are passive
and apply only to that Druid's summons.

Skill level     Wolves     Damage     Attack rating/defense
                                            bonus (%)    

     1            1         2-6                50
     5            5         7-10               90
    10            5         15-19              140
    15            5         27-31              190
    20            5         49-52              240

Carrion Vine:
-------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Poison Creeper
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Summons a vine that eats enemy corpses to boost your life
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 10, life scales up in Nightmare/Hell difficulty

Skill level     Healing per corpse (%)     Life

     1                   4                  47
     5                   7                  84
    10                   9                  131
    15                   10                 178
    20                   10                 225

Heart of Wolverine:
-------------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Oak Sage
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Summons a spirit that boosts attack ability of allies
Notes: Life scales up in Nightmare/Hell difficulty, fixed area of effect of 20
yards

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)     Attack rating     Life     Mana cost
                                       bonus (%)      

     1                20                  25            68          20
     5                48                  53           122          24
    10                83                  88           190          29
    15                118                 123          258          34
    20                153                 158          326          39

Summon Dire Wolf:
-----------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Raven, Oak Sage, Summon Spirit Wolf
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Summons a more powerful wolf ally
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 20, life bonus is passive and applies only to that 
Druid's summons

Skill level     Max wolves     Life     Life bonus (%)     Damage

     1               1          85           50             8-14
     5               3          108          90            18-24
    10               3          136          140           32-38     
    15               3          165          190           50-56
    20               3          193          240           82-88

Solar Creeper:
--------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Poison Creeper, Carrion Vine
Damage Type: N/A
Description. Summons a vine that eats corpses for a mana bonus
Notes: Life scales up in Nightmare/Hell difficulty

Skill level     Life     Mana regen bonus (%)     Mana cost

     1           82               2                   14
     5           147              4                   18
    10           229              5                   23
    15           311              6                   28 
    20           393              6                   33

Spirit of Barbs:
----------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Oak Sage, Heart of Wolverine
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Summons a spirit that returns damage to enemies who attack allies
Notes: Life scales up in Nightmare/Hell difficulty, fixed area of effect of 20 
yards

Skill level     Life     Damage returned (%)     Mana cost

     1          106             50                   25 
     5          190             90                   29
    10          296             140                  34
    15          402             190                  39
    20          508             240                  44

Summon Grizzly:
---------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Raven, Oak Sage, Summon Spirit Wolf, Summon Dire Wolf
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Summons a powerful grizzly bear to fight with you
Notes: Damage bonus is passive and applies only to that Druid's summons. Fixed
mana cost of 40, fixed base life of 213, casting timer of 1 second

Skill level     Damage     Damage bonus (%)
     
     1           37-75           25
     5          101-145          45 
    10          221-272          70
    15          399-458          95
    20          660-726          120

-----------------
Elemental Skills:
-----------------

Firestorm:
----------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Releases waves of flames
Notes: Casting delay of 0.6 secs, fixed mana cost of 4

Skill level     Damage/sec

     1             3-7
     5            17-21
    10            37-41
    15            60-64
    20            89-92

Molten Boulder:
---------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Firestorm
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Releases a huge magma ball
Notes: Casting delay of 2 seconds

Skill level     Damage/sec     Mana cost

     1            11-16           10
     5            44-49           12
    10            90-94           14
    15           142-147          17
    20           205-209          19

Arctic Blast:
-------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Releases a jet of ice
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage/sec     Chill length     Range (yards)     Mana cost 
                                  (secs)    

     1             8-15             4               5.3               4  
     5            33-40            6.6              6.6               7 
    10            65-72            7.6              8.6              11
    15            98-105           9.6               10              15
    20           133-140           11.6              12              19


Fissure:
--------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Firestorm, Molten Boulder
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Causes the earth to open up, releasing jets of heat
Notes: Casting delay of 2 seconds, fixed mana cost of 15, fixed duration of
3.2 seconds

Skill level     Damage

     1           15-21
     5           39-49
    10           81-91
    15          141-151 
    20          217-227

Cyclone Armor:
--------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Arctic Blast
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Creates a barrier that absorbs elemental attacks.
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage absorbed     Mana cost

     1                 40               5
     5                 88               9
    10                148               14
    15                196               18
    20                268               24

Twister:
--------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Arctic Blast, Cyclone Armor
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Creates several small whirlwinds that can stun enemies
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 7, fixed stun length of 0.4 seconds

Skill level     Damage

     1            6-8
     5           14-16
    10           27-29 
    15           44-46
    20           66-68

Volcano:
--------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Firestorm, Molten Boulder, Fissure
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Creates a volcano which releases balls of lava
Notes: Casting delay of 4 seconds, fixed mana cost of 25

Skill level     Damage

     1           15-20
     5           31-36
    10           59-64
    15          99-104 
    20          155-160

Tornado:
--------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Arctic Blast, Cyclone Armor, Twister
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Suumons a large, unpredictable tornado.
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 10

Skill level     Damage

     1           25-35
     5           57-67
    10          109-119
    15          179-189
    20          273-283

Hurricane:
----------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Arctic Blast, Cyclon Armor, Twister, Tornado
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Druid surrounds himself with chilling winds
Notes: Casting delay of 6 seconds, fixed mana cost of 30, fixed radius of
5.3 yards

Skill level     Damage

     1           25-50  
     5           53-78
    10          94-119 
    15          144-169
    20          202-227

Armageddon:
-----------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Firestorm, Molten Boulder, Arctic Blast, Fissure, Cyclone Armor,
Twister, Tornado, Volcano, Hurricane
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Rains chaotic fire around the Druid
Notes: Casting timer of 6 seconds, fixed mana cost of 35, fixed duration of
10 seconds, fixed radius of 5.3 yards

Skill level     Damage

     1          25-75
     5          85-135
    10          170-220
    15          270-320
    20          390-440

---------------------
Shapeshifting Skills:
---------------------

Werewolf:
---------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Shift into Werewolf form
Notes: Casting delay of 1 second, fixed mana cost of 15, fixed duration of
40 secs, fixed life/stamina bonus of 25%

Skill level     Attack speed bonus (%)     Attack rating bonus (%)

     1                   20                          50
     5                   45                          110
    10                   57                          185
    15                   64                          260
    20                   68                          335

Lycanthropy:
------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: Werewolf
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, adds life and duration to Were-forms
Notes: None

Skill level     Life bonus (%)     Duration bonus (secs)

     1                20                    40
     5                40                   120
    10                65                   220
    15                90                   320
    20               115                   420

Werebear:
---------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Shifts into a huge Werebear
Notes: Casting delay of 1 second, fixed mana cost of 15, fixed life bonus 
of 50%

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)     Defense bonus (%)

     1                50                    25
     5                78                    45
    10                113                   70
    15                148                   95
    20                183                   120

Maul:
-----

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Werebear
Damage Type: Physical
Description: A concentrated, powerful attack on an enemy
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 3, fixed duration of 20 seconds

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)     Attack rating     Stun length (secs) 
                                       bonus (%)  

     1               20-60                20                0.9-1.6
     5               20-100               60                0.9-2.2
    10               20-160               110               0.9-2.6
    15               20-200               160               0.9-2.8
    20               20-260               210               0.9-3.0

Feral Rage:
-----------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Werewolf
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Adds run/walk and attack bonuses to Werewolf attack
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 3, fixed duration of 20 seconds.

Skill level     Damage bonus     Attack rating     Life steal     Walk/run
                     (%)           bonus (%)          (%)         bonus (%)

     1               50               20              4-12         19-31       
     5               70               60              4-20         19-40
    10               95               110             4-32         19-47
    15               120              160             4-40         19-50
    20               145              210             4-52         19-55

Fire Claws:
-----------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Werewolf, Werebear, Feral Rage, Maul
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Adds fire damage to were-form attack
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 4

Skill level     Damage     Attack rating bonus (%)

     1          15-20               50
     5          39-44               110
    10          81-86               185
    15         141-146              260
    20         233-238              335

Rabies:
-------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Werewolf, Feral Rage
Damage Type: Poison
Description: Adds spreadable poison element to Werewolf attacks
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 10, fixed poison duration of 4 seconds

Skill level     Damage     Attack rating bonus (%)
     
     1          18-43               50
     5          68-93               78
    10         121-146              106 
    15         215-240              148
    20         306-331              183

Shock Wave:
-----------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Werebear, Maul
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Stuns nearby enemies with huge roar in Werebear form
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 7

Skill level     Damage     Stun duration (secs)

     1          10-20             1.6
     5          22-32             4.0
    10          41-51             7.0
    15          66-76             10.0
    20          99-109            13.0

Hunger:
-------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Werewolf, Werebear, Feral Rage, Maul, Fire Claws
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Leeches life and mana in were-form, but at the cost of lower 
damage
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 3, fixed damage penalty of 75%

Skill level     Life/Mana Steal (%)     Attack rating bonus (%)

     1                 72                        50
     5                 125                       90
    10                 152                       140
    15                 167                       190
    20                 176                       240

Fury:
-----

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Werewolf, Feral Rage, Rabies
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Rapid, multiple attacks on nearby enemies while in Werewolf form
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 4

Skill level     Attack rating bonus (%)     Damage bonus (%)     No. of hits

     1                   50                       100                 2
     5                   78                       168                 5
    10                   113                      253                 5
    15                   148                      338                 5
    20                   183                      423                 5

----------------
9.5 Necromancer:
----------------

-----------------------
Poison and Bone Spells:
-----------------------

Teeth:
------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Magical
Description: Multiple magic "teeth" strike enemies
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     No. of teeth     Mana cost

     1           2-4            2               3
     5           6-8            6              4.5
    10          11-13           11             7.5 
    15          16-18           16              10
    20          21-23           21              12

Bone Armor:
-----------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Summons a whirling barrier of bones to protect you
Notes: Only affects physical melee damage

Skill level     Damage absorbed     Mana cost

     1                 20               11      
     5                 60               15
    10                110               20
    15                160               25
    20                210               30

Poison Dagger:
--------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Poison
Description: Adds poison element to a melee dagger attack
Notes: Fixed poison duration of 2 seconds

Skill level     Poison damage     Attack rating bonus (%)     Mana cost

     1               7-15                   15                    3 
     5              22-31                   55                    4
    10              46-54                   105                  5.2
    15              75-83                   155                  6.5
    20             112-121                  205                  7.7

Corpse Explosion:
-----------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Teeth
Damage Type: Half fire, half physical
Description: Causes a corpse to explode violently, damaging nearby enemies
Notes: Fixed damage of 60-100% of corpse life (doesn't scale up with monster 
life in multiplayer games)

Skill level     Damage radius (yards)     Mana cost

     1                   2.6                  15
     5                    4                   19
    10                   5.6                  24
    15                   7.3                  29
    20                    9                   34

Bone Wall:
----------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Bone Armour
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Summons a wall of bone to block off enemies
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 17, fixed duration of 48 seconds

Skill level     Wall life

     1              19
     5              38
    10              61
    15              85
    20             109

Poison Explosion:
-----------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Teetth, Corpse Explosion, Poison Dagger
Damage Type: Poison
Description: Creates a poison cloud from a target corpse
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 8, fixed poison duration of 2 seconds

Skill level     Poison damage

     1              25-50
     5              50-75
    10              93-118
    15             156-181
    20             243-268

Bone Spear:
-----------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Teeth, Corpse Explosion
Damage Type: Magical
Description: Fires a missile made of bone at the target
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     Mana cost

     1           16-24         7
     5           46-56         8
    10           88-96        9.2
    15          128-136       10.5 
    20          168-176       11.7

Bone Prison:
------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Teeth, Bone Armour, Corpse Exlposion
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Summons a prison of bone which surrounds your target
Notes: Fixed duration of 48 seconds

Skill level     Wall life     Mana cost

     1             19            27
     5             38            23
    10             61            18
    15             85            13
    20             109            8

Poison Nova:
------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Teeth, Poison Dagger, Corpse Explosion, Poison Explosion
Damage Type: Poison
Description: Emits a circle of lethal poison
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 25, fixed poison duration of 2 seconds

Skill level     Poison damage

     1              43-78
     5              93-128
    10             162-196
    15             240-275
    20             356-390

Bone Spirit:
------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Teeth, Corpse Explosion, Bone Spear
Damage Type: Magical
Description: Summons an undead spirit who homes in on a target
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     Mana cost

     1          20-30         12
     5          84-94         14
    10         166-176        16 
    15         251-261        19
    20         340-350        21

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Curses:
-------

Amplify Damage:
---------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Lowers physical resist of target(s) by 100%
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 4

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Duration (secs)

     1                2                   8
     5               4.6                 20
    10               7.3                 32
    15              10.6                 47
    20              14.6                 65

Dim Vision:
-----------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Blinds the enemy
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 9

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Duration (secs)

     1               2.6                 7
     5               5.3                 15
    10               8.6                 25
    15              12.0                 35
    20              15.3                 45

Weaken:
-------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Reduces target's damage
Notes: Damage penalty of 33% to target, fixed mana cost of 4

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Duration (secs)

     1                6                  14
     5               9.3                 26 
    10              12.0                35.6
    15              15.3                47.6
    20              18.6                59.6

Iron Maiden:
------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Amplify Damage
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Target hurts self with each successful melee attack
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 5, fixed radius of 4.6 yards

Skill level     Damage returned (%)     Duration (secs)

     1                  200                   12
     5                  300                  21.6
    10                  425                  33.6
    15                  550                  45.6
    20                  675                  57.6

Terror:
-------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Weaken
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Target(s) flee in fear
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 7, fixed radius of 2.6 yards

Skill level     Duration (secs)

     1                 8
     5                12
    10                17
    15                22
    20                27

Confuse:
--------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Dim Vision
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Target(s) attack randomly
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 13

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Duration (secs)

     1                4                  10
     5               6.6                 18 
    10              10.0                 28
    15              13.3                 38
    20              16.6                 48

Life Tap:
---------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Amplify Damage, Iron Maiden
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Target's give life when attacked
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 9, fixed life steal of 50% attack damage

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Duration (secs)

     1               2.6                 16
     5               5.3                25.6
    10               8.6                37.6
    15               12.0               49.6
    20               15.3               61.6

Attract:
--------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Dim Vision, Confuse
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Target is targeted by nearby enemies
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 17, fixed radius of 6 yards

Skill level     Duration (secs)

     1               12.0
     5               26.4
    10               44.4
    15               62.4
    20               80.4

Decrepify:
----------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Weaken, Terror
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Slows and weakens enemy
Notes: Fixed penalty to damage, physical resistance and speed of 50%

Skill level     Duration (secs)

     1               4.0
     5               6.4
    10               9.4
    15               12.4
    20               15.4

Lower Resist:
-------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Weaken, Amplify Damage, Terror, Iron Maiden, Life Tap, Decrepify
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Lowers target(s) resistance to elementals, poison, and magic
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 22

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Duration (seconds)     Resists lowered (%)

     1               4.6                  20                     31
     5               7.3                  28                     47
    10               10.6                 38                     55
    15               14.0                 48                     60
    20               17.3                 58                     62

-----------------
Summoning Skills:
-----------------

Raise Skeleton:
---------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Summons a skeleton from a target corpse to fight for you
Notes: Fixed damage of 1-2, fixed life of 21 (scales up in nightmare/hell
difficulty)

Skill level     No. of skeletons     Mana cost

     1                 1                 6
     5                 5                 10
    10                 10                15
    15                 15                20
    20                 20                25

Skeleton Mastery:
-----------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: Raise Skeleton
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, improves ability of raised skeletons, skeletal mages,
and revives
Notes: Improves Skeletal Mage missile damage past level 2, exact stats unknown

Skill level     Skel/Revive life bonus     Skel/Revive damage bonus

     1                  7/7%                         2/2%
     5                 35/35%                       10/10% 
    10                 70/70%                       20/20%
    15                105/105%                      30/30% 
    20                140/140%                      40/40%

Clay Golem:
-----------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Summons a Golem from the earth around you
Notes: Damage and life scale up in Nightmare/Hell difficulty

Skill level     Damage     Life     Mana cost

     1           2-5       100         15
     5           4-12      240         27
    10           8-20      415         42
    15           11-29     590         57
    20           15-38     765         72

Golem Mastery:
--------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Clay Golem
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, boosts Golems speed and life
Notes: None

Skill level     Life bonus (%)     Speed bonus (%)

     1               20                  6
     5               100                 20
    10               200                 27
    15               300                 31
    20               400                 33

Skeletal Mage:
--------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Raise Skeleton
Damage Type: Varies
Description: Summons a skeletal mage from a target corpse
Notes: Fixed life of 61 (scales up in nightmare/hell difficulty)

Skill level     No. of skel mages     Mana cost

     1                  1                 8
     5                  5                 12
    10                 10                 17
    15                 15                 22
    20                 20                 27

Blood Golem:
------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Clay Golem
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Summons a Golem with a link to your health
Notes: As the golem hits, both he and you gain life. As he gets hit, you both
lose life. Fixed life of 201 (life and damage scale up in Nightmare/Hell 
difficulty).

Skill level     Damage     Life leech (%)     Mana cost

     1           6-16           86                25       
     5          14-38           112               41        
    10          24-66           126               61       
    15          35-94           133               81       
    20          45-122          138              101

Summon Resist:
--------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Clay Golem, Golem Mastery
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, boosts elemental resists of your summons
Notes: Works only on your summons, not on the necromancer or party members or 
their summons.     

Skill level     Resist all bonus (%)

     1                  28
     5                  47
    10                  57
    15                  62
    20                  66

Iron Golem:
-----------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Clay Golem, Golem Mastery, Blood Golem
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Summons a Golem from a metallic item
Notes: Many item properties can transfer on to the Golem. Fixed mana cost 
of 35, fixed damage of 7-19, fixed life of 306 (damage and life scale up
in Nightmare/Hell difficulty)

Skill level     Damage returned (thorns) %

     1                     0
     5                    195
    10                    270
    15                    345
    20                    420

Fire Golem:
-----------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Clay Golem, Iron Golem, Blood Golem
Damage Type: Fire/Physical
Description: Summons a Golem made entirely of Flame
Notes: Is healed by fire damage. Fixed life of 313 (scales up in 
Nightmare/Hell difficulty)

Skill level     Damage     Fire absorb (%)     Mana cost

     1          20-54           36                 50
     5          34-91           62                 90
    10          51-139          76                140
    15          69-186          83                190 
    20          86-233          88                240

Revive:
-------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Raise Skeleton, Clay Golem, Skeletal Mage, Blood Golem, Iron Golem
Damage Type: Varies
Description: Raises a slain enemy from the dead to fight for you
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 45, fixed life of 2x original creature's life,
fixed duration of 180 seconds

Skill level     Max. no. of revives

     1                  1
     5                  5
    10                  10
    15                  15
    20                  20

------------
9.6 Paladin:
------------

----------------
Defensive Auras:
----------------

Prayer:
-------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Heals all allies within radius
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Replenish life     Mana cost

     1               7.3                 +2               1
     5               12.6                +6              1.7
    10               19.3               +11              2.6 
    15               26.0                 +16              3.6
    20               32.6               +21              4.5

Resist Fire:
------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Increases fire resistance of nearby allies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Fire resist (+%)

     1               7.3                  52
     5               12.6                 92
    10               19.3                113
    15               26.0                124
    20               32.6                131

Resist Cold:
------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Increases cold resistance of nearby allies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Cold resist (+%)

     1               7.3                  52
     5               12.6                 92
    10               19.3                113
    15               26.0                124
    20               32.6                131

Resist Lightning:
-----------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Increases lightning resistance of nearby allies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Lit resist (+%)

     1               7.3                 52
     5               12.6                92
    10               19.3               113
    15               26.0               124
    20               32.6               131

Defiance:
---------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Raises the defense of nearby allies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Defense bonus (%)

     1               7.3                 70
     5               12.6                110
    10               19.3                160
    15               26.0                210
    20               32.6                260

Cleansing:
----------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Prayer
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Reduces curse/poison duration for all nearby allies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Curse/Poison duration (-%)

     1               7.3                      39
     5               12.6                     60
    10               19.3                     70
    15               26.0                     76
    20               32.6                     80

Vigor:
------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Prayer, Cleansing, Defiance
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Boosts speed and stamina of nearby allies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Walk/Run speed     Stamina bonus (%) 
                                      bonus (%)

     1               10                  13                 50
     5               18                  28                 150
    10               28                  36                 275
    15               38                  40                 400
    20               48                  43                 525

Meditation:
-----------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Prayer, Cleansing
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Increases mana regen rate for all nearby allies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Mana regen (+%)

     1               7.3                300
     5               12.6               400
    10               19.3               525
    15               26.0               650
    20               32.6               775

Redemption:
-----------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Prayer, Cleansing, Defiance, Vigor
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Redeems enemy corpses, boosting your mana and life
Notes: Only works on the player, not on any allies. Fixed radius of 7.3 yards

Skill level     Redeem chance (%)     Life/Mana recovery

     1                 23                     25
     5                 55                     45
    10                 71                     70
    15                 80                     95
    20                 85                     120

Salvation:
----------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: None (!)
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Boosts all elemental resists of nearby allies
Notes: Doesn't raise poison resistance

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Elemental resists (+%)

     1               7.3                   60
     5               12.6                  85
    10               19.3                  97
    15               26.0                  104
    20               32.6                  108

----------------
Offensive Auras:
----------------

Might:
------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Increases the damage done by nearby allies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Damage bonus (%)

     1               7.3                 40
     5               12.6                80
    10               19.3                130
    15               26.0                180
    20               32.6                230

Holy Fire:
----------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Does fire damage to nearby enemies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Fire damage

     1               4.0               1-3
     5               6.6               4-6
    10               10.0            8.5-10.5
    15               13.3             13-15
    20               16.6             19-21

Thorns:
-------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Enemies who hit you will recieve damage
Notes: 1/10th effectiveness in PvP

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Damage returned (%)

     1               7.3                 250
     5               12.6                410
    10               19.3                610
    15               26.0                810
    20               32.6                1010

Blessed Aim:
------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Might
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Increases attack rating of nearby allies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Attack rating (+%)

     1               7.3                  75
     5               12.6                 135
    10               19.3                 210
    15               26.0                 285
    20               32.6                 360

Concentration:
--------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Might, Blessed Aim
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Attack gains a chance to become uninterruptible. Adds to damage
Notes: Fixed chance of 20% for uninterruptible attack

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Damage bonus (%)

     1               7.3                 60
     5               12.6                120
    10               19.3                195
    15               26.0                270
    20               32.6                345

Holy Freeze:
------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Might, Holy Fire
Damage Type: Chills, but does no actual damage
Description: Slows all nearby enemies
Notes: Will slow cold immune monsters

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Enemy speed (-%)

     1               4.0                 30
     5               6.6                 42
    10               10.0                48
    15               13.3                52
    20               16.6                54

Holy Shock:
-----------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Might, Holy Fire, Holy Freeze
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Does lightning damage to nearby enemies and adds lightning damage
to physical attacks
Notes: Fixed radius of 7.3 yards

Skill level      +Lightning damage      Lightning damage to
                to physical attacks        nearby enemies

     1                 1-50                    1-10 
     5                 1-190                   13-22
    10                 1-365                   30-39
    15                 1-540                   54-63
    20                 1-715                   74-83

Sanctuary:
----------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Might, Thorns, Holy Fire, Holy Freeze
Damage Type: Magic (I think)
Description: Damages and repels nearby undead enemies
Notes: None

Skill level     Radius (yards)     Damage to undead      Damage bonus to
                                    within radius         melee attacks 
                                                        against undead (%)

     1               3.3                8-16                   150
     5               6.0                24-32                  270
    10               9.3                44-52                  420
    15               12.6               64-72                  570
    20               16.0               84-92                  720

Fanaticism:
-----------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Might, Blessed Aim, Concentration
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Boosts attack damage and attack speed of nearby allies
Notes: Fixed radius of 7.3 yards

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)     Attack rating (+%)     Attack speed (+%)

     1                50                    40                    14
     5                118                   60                    25
    10                203                   85                    30
    15                288                   110                   33
    20                373                   135                   35

Conviction:
-----------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Might, Thorns, Holy Fire, Holy Freeze, Sanctuary
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Lowers resistances and defence of nearby enemies
Notes: Fixed radius of 13.3 yards

Skill level     Enemy defense (-%)     Enemy resists (-%)

     1                 49                     30
     5                 70                     50
    10                 80                     75
    15                 86                     100
    20                 90                     125

--------------
Combat Skills:
--------------

Sacrifice:
----------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Boosts damage but reduces your life with each hit you make
Notes: Fixed damage/hit to self of 8% physical damage

Skill level     Attack rating (+%)     Damage (+%)

     1                 20                 180
     5                 40                 228
    10                 65                 288
    15                 90                 348
    20                 115                408

Smite:
------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Hits enemy with your shield, causing knockback and stun
Notes: Always hits, smite speed is dependent on weapon speed, doesn't leech 
life/mana. Fixed mana cost of 2. Smite damage is displayed on shields.

Skill level     Damage bonus (%)     Stun length (secs)

     1                15                   0.6
     5                75                   1.4
    10                150                  2.4
    15                225                  3.4
    20                300                  4.4

Holy Bolt:
----------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Magical
Description: Invokes a bolt of energy that damages the undead and heals 
party members
Notes: Heals party members and most friendly summons. Damages undead enemies. Has no
effect on undead friendly summons and non-undead enemies.

Skill level     Damage     Heals     Mana cost

     1           8-16       1-6          4
     5          32-40      9-14          5  
    10          62-70      19-24        6.2
    15          92-100     29-34        7.5
    20         122-130     39-44        8.7

Zeal:
-----

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Sacrifice
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Several quick successive attacks to nearby enemies
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 2

Skill level     Attack rating (+%)     Max. hits

     1                  10                 2
     5                  50                 5
    10                 100                 5
    15                 150                 5
    20                 200                 5

Charge:
-------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Smite
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Runs up to emeny and delivers a powerful blow
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 9

Skill level     Attack rating (+%)     Damage (+%)

     1                  50                100
     5                 110                200
    10                 185                325
    15                 260                450
    20                 335                575

Vengeance:
----------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Sacrifice, Zeal
Damage Type: Fire, Cold, Lightning
Description: Adds all elements to your standard attack
Notes: None

Skill level      Elemental      Attack rating     Cold length     Mana cost
                damage (+%)         (+%)            (secs)
  
     1              70               20               1.2             4
     5              94               60               3.6             5
    10              124              110              6.6            6.2
    15              154              160              9.6            7.5
    20              184              210              12.6           8.7

Blessed Hammer:
---------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Holy Bolt
Damage Type: Magical
Description: Summons a magical hammer that spirals away from you, damaging 
enemies
Notes: Does 150% damage to undead enemies

Skill level     Damage     Mana cost

     1          12-16          5
     5          44-48          6
    10          84-88         7.2
    15         124-128        8.5 
    20         164-168        9.7

Conversion:
-----------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Sacrifice, Zeal, Vengeance
Damage Type: Physical
Description: Each hit has a chance to convert the enemy
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 4. Fixed conversion duration of 16 seconds

Skill level     Chance to convert (%)

     1                   7
     5                   25
    10                   34
    15                   39
    20                   42

Holy Shield:
------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Smite, Holy Bolt, Charge, Blessed Hammer
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Boost shield defense and block %
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 35

Skill level     Duration     Defense (+%)     Blocking (+%)     Smite damage   
                 (secs)     
  
     1             30            25                14               +3-6
     5             70            85                25              +11-14
    10             120           160               30              +23-26
    15             170           235               33              +38-41
    20             220           310               35              +57-60

Fist of the Heavens:
--------------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Sacrifice, Holy Bolt, Zeal, Vengeance, Blessed Hammer, Conversion
Damage Type: Lightning and Magical
Description: Summons a lightning bolt that splits into Holy Bolts on impact
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 25. Holy bolts only damage undead, and don't heal
party members. Casting timer of 1 second.

Skill level     Lightning damage     Holy Bolt damage

     1              150-200               40-50
     5              210-260               64-74
    10              315-365              102-112
    15              465-515              152-162
    20              675-725              226-236

--------------
9.7 Sorceress:
--------------

------------
Cold Spells:
------------

Ice Bolt:
---------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Cold
Description: A bolt of ice that damages and slows its target
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 3

Skill level     Damage     Cold duration (secs)

     1           3-5               6
     5           7-9              11.6
    10          12-14             18.6 
    15          17-19             25.6
    20          23-24             32.6

Frozen Armor:
-------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Increases defense and freezes attacker after a successful hit
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 7

Skill level     Defense (+%)     Duration (secs)     Freeze duration (secs)

     1              30                120                    1.2
     5              50                168                    1.6
    10              75                228                    2.2
    15              100               288                    2.8
    20              125               348                    3.4

Frost Nova:
-----------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Summons a ring of ice that surrounds you, damaging and slowing 
nearby enemies
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     Cold duration (secs)     Mana cost

     1           2-4               8                    9
     5          10-12              12                  17
    10          20-22              17                  27
    15          30-32              22                  37
    20          40-42              27                  47

Ice Blast:
----------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: Ice Bolt
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Conjures an ice bolt that freezes its target
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     Freeze duration (secs)     Mana cost

     1            10                3                     6
     5            38               3.8                    8
    10            87               4.8                  10.5
    15            157              5.8                   13
    20            255              6.8                   15

Shiver Armor:
-------------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Ice Bolt, Frozen Armor, Ice Blast
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Grants a defense bonus while slowing and damaging attackers
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 11, fixed cold duration of 4 seconds

Skill level     Defense (+%)     Damage     Duration (secs)

     1              45            6-8            120
     5              69           14-16           168
    10              99           24-26           228
    15              129          34-36           288
    20              159          44-46           348

Glacial Spike:
--------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Ice Bolt, Ice Blast
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Fires a shard of ice that freezes enemies close to the point 
of impact
Notes: Fixed freeze radius of 2.6 yards

Skill level     Damage     Freeze duration (secs)     Mana cost

     1          16-24                2                   10 
     5          44-52               2.4                  12
    10          81-89                3                   14
    15         121-129              3.6                  17 
    20         165-173              4.2                  29

Blizzard:
---------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Ice Bolt, Ice Blast, Frost Nova, Glacial Spike
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Shards of ice fall from the sky onto enemies
Notes: Fixed storm duration of 4 seconds, casting timer of 1.8 seconds

Skill level     Damage     Mana cost

     1          45-75         23
     5         105-135        27    
    10         210-140        32
    15         360-390        37
    20         570-600        42

Chilling Armor:
---------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Ice Bolt, Frozen Armor, Ice Blast, Shiver Armor
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Grants a defense bonus and retaliates with Ice Bolts against
ranged attackers
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 17

Skill level     Defense (+%)     Damage     Duration (secs)

     1               45           4-6           144
     5               65           8-10          168
    10               90          13-15          198
    15              115          18-20          228 
    20              140          23-25          258

Frozen Orb:
-----------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Ice Bolt, Ice Blast, Frost Nova, Glacial Spike, Blizzard
Damage Type: Cold
Description: Fires an Orb that shoots out a heck of a lot of Ice Bolts
Notes: Casting timer of 1 second

Skill level     Damage     Cold duration (secs)     Mana cost

     1          40-45              8                   25
     5          80-85              12                  27
    10         134-139             17                  29
    15         194-199             22                  32
    20         262-267             27                  34

Cold Mastery:
-------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, lowers enemy's cold resistance
Notes: Will not cause negative cold resistance

Skill level     Enemy cold resist (-%)

     1                   23
     5                   55
    10                   71
    15                   80
    20                   85

-----------------
Lightning Spells:
-----------------

Charged Bolt:
-------------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Fires many small lightning sparks at enemies
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     No. of bolts     Mana cost

     1           2-4            3               3
     5           4-6            7               5
    10           6-8            12             7.5
    15           9-11           17             10
    20          13-15           22             12

Telekinesis:
------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Don't know, physical, lightning, or magical. Anyone know for 
sure?
Description: Activates distant objects and harms/knocks back enemies
Notes: Many items can't be picked up by telekinesis. Fixed mana cost of 7

Skill level     Damage

     1           1-2
     5           5-6
    10          10-11
    15          15-16
    20          20-21

Static Field:
-------------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Damages nearby enemies by 1/4 of their current life
Notes: Works only up to 1/3 life in Nightmare difficulty and 1/2 life in Hell.
Fixed mana cost of 9 

Skill level     Radius (yards)

     1               3.3
     5               6.0
    10               9.3
    15              12.6
    20              16.0

Lightning:
----------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Charged Bolt
Damage Type: Lightning (duh!)
Description: Invokes a bolt of lightning that can pass through enemies
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     Mana cost

     1           1-40          8
     5           1-72         10
    10           1-120        12
    15           1-180        15
    20           1-272        17

Nova:
-----

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Static Field
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: A field of lightning expands around you, damaging all nearby 
enemies
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     Mana cost

     1           1-20         15
     5           29-48        19
    10           66-85        24
    15           106-125      29
    20           150-169      34

Chain Lightning:
----------------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Charged Bolt, Lightning
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Summons a lightning bolt that seeks targets on impact
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     No. of targets     Mana cost

     1           1-40            5                9
     5           1-84            6               13
    10           1-143           7               18
    15           1-208           8               23
    20           1-281           9               28

Teleport:
---------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Telekinesis
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Err, you teleport. Go look it up... :P
Notes: None

Skill level     Mana cost

     1             24
     5             20
    10             15
    15             10
    20              5

Thunderstorm:
-------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Charged Bolt, Static Field, Lightning, Nova, Chain Lightning
Damage Type: Lightning
Description: Periodically hits a random enemy with a thunderbolt
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 19. Duration between thunderbolts lessens with more 
skill points, but no exact numbers are available.

Skill level     Damage     Duration (secs)

     1           1-100          32
     5          41-140          64
    10          91-190          104
    15          141-240         144
    20          195-294         184

Energy Shield:
--------------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Charged Bolt, Telekinesis, Lightning, teleport, Chain Lightning
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Some elemental damage is absorbed to mana instead of life
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 5

Skill level     Damage absorb (%)     Duration (secs)

     1                 15                  144
     5                 40                  336
    10                 52                  576
    15                 59                  816
    20                 63                  1056

Lightning Mastery:
------------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, increases damage of lighning spells
Notes: None

Skill level     Lightning damage bonus (%)

     1                    50
     5                    98
    10                    158
    15                    218
    20                    278

------------
Fire Spells:
------------

Fire Bolt:
----------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Conjures a bolt of flame
Notes: Fixed mana cost of 2.5

Skill level     Damage

     1           3-6
     5           9-12
    10          18-21
    15          31-34
    20          47-50

Warmth:
-------

Required Level: 1
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, increases mana regeneration rate
Notes: None

Skill level     Mana regen (+%)

     1                30
     5                78
    10               138
    15               198
    20               258

Inferno:
--------

Required Level: 6
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Invokes a jet of flame that constantly burns enemies
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage/second     Range (yards)     Mana cost

     1              12-25             3.3               7
     5              50-62             5.3              10
    10              98-110            7.3              14
    15             149-161             10              17
    20             203-215            12.6             21

Blaze:
------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Inferno
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Ignites your walking path
Notes: None

Skill level     Damage     Duration (secs)     Mana cost

     1          18-37           4.6               11
     5          56-75           8.6               13
    10         112-131          13.6              15 
    15         182-201          18.6              18
    20         271-290          23.6              20

Fireball:
---------

Required Level: 12
Prereqs: Fire Bolt
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Casts a fireball that explodes on impact, damaging nearby 
enemies
Notes: Fixed explosion radius of 2 yards

Skill level     Damage     Mana cost

     1           6-14          5
     5           34-42         7
    10           79-87        9.5
    15          139-147       12 
    20          207-215       14

Firewall:
---------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Inferno, Blaze
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Creates a wall of flames
Notes: Casting timer, length unkown. Fixed duration of 3.6 seconds

Skill level     Damage/second     Wall radius (yards)     Mana cost

     1              70-93                  4                 22
     5             239-262                10                 26
    10             496-520                16                 31
    15             825-848                23                 36
    20            1284-1307               30                 41

Enchant:
--------

Required Level: 18
Prereqs: Fire Bolt, Warmth, Fireball
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Adds fire damage to melee attacks
Notes: Can be cast on any party member or summon

Skill level     Damage     Duration (secs)     Mana cost

     1           8-10           144               25
     5          16-18           240               33
    10          30-32           360               43
    15          50-52           480               53
    20          78-80           600               63

Meteor:
-------

Required Level: 24
Prereqs: Fire Bolt, Inferno, Blaze, Fireball, Firewall
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Summons a meteor which explodes into flames on impact
Notes: Casting timer of 1.2 seconds, fixed impact radius of 4 yards

Skill level     Impact damage      Fire damage/sec     Mana cost

     1              80-100              35-58             17
     5             176-196              72-96             19
    10             328-348             124-147            21
    15             528-548             182-206            24
    20             888-908             250-274            26

Hydra:
------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: Fire Bolt, Warmth, Fireball, Enchant
Damage Type: Fire
Description: Summons a tri-headed beast who spits fire at your enemies
Notes: Fixed summon duration of 10 seconds

Skill level     Damage/bolt     Mana cost

     1             12-17           20
     5             32-37           22
    10             61-66           24
    15            103-108          27 
    20            139-144          29

Fire Mastery:
-------------

Required Level: 30
Prereqs: None
Damage Type: N/A
Description: Passive, increases damage of your fire spells
Notes: None

Skill level     Fire spell damage (+%)

     1                   30
     5                   58
    10                  100
    15                  128
    20                  163





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10. Mercenaries:
----------------                                           

The choice of mercenary is an important one if you want to maximise your 
character's effectiveness. Before going into more details, here is some
miscellaneous (but important) information on the mercenaries available to 
you...

-----------------
10.1 Information:
-----------------

The following is a list of the mercenaries available to you, along with a list
of special skills they can use.

Act 1 Rogue:
------------

Cold - Uses Cold Arrow, Inner Sight, "Lightning Hose"*
Fire - Uses Fire Arrow, Inner Sight, "Lightning Hose"*

* - For info on "Lightning Hose", see section 13 - "Known Bugs"

Act 2 Desert Person: (okay, so I've forgotten what they're called...)
--------------------

Offensive (hired in Normal/Hell difficulty) - Uses Jab, Blessed Aim
Offensive (hired in Nightmare difficulty) - Uses Jab, Might aura

Defensive (hired in Normal/Hell difficulty) - Uses Jab, Defiance
Defensive (hired in Nightmare difficulty) - Uses Jab, Holy Freeze

Combat (hired in Normal/Hell difficulty) - Uses Jab, Prayer
Combat (hired in Nightmare difficulty) - Uses Jab, Thorns

Act 3 Iron Wolf: (I think that's what they're called...)
----------------

Cold - Uses Ice Blast, Glacial Spike, Frozen Armour
Fire - Uses Inferno, Fire Ball
Lightning - Uses Charged Bolt, Lightning

Act 5 Barbarians:
-----------------

Uses Bash, Stun

-------------------------------------
10.2 Which Mercenary should I choose?
-------------------------------------

Your choice of mercenary will largely depend on the type of character you're 
playing. Here though is a general list of advantages and disadvantages of each 
mercenary...

Act 1 Rogue:
------------

Pros: Ranged attack, less likely to be hit. Inner Sight helps chance to hit. 
"Lightning Hose" is pretty funky to watch and does decent damage.

Cons: Low life, weak standard attack.

Act 2 Desert Thingy:
--------------------

Pros: Very fast and powerful attack. Auras are very useful. Highest base 
defense of all mercenaries. Fairly high life.

Cons: Likely to be hit and can be very hard to keep alive in places.

Act 3 Iron Wolf:
----------------

Pros: Ranged attack, less likely to be hit. Elemental attacks can help melee 
classes against physical resistant/immune monsters.

Cons: Low life, attacks are generally weak.

Act 5 Barbarian:
----------------

Pros: Powerful attack. Highest base life of all mercenaries.

Cons: Attack is quite slow without Increased Attack Speed equipment. Despite 
high life he can be killed easily in some places.

Now, for my recommendations on which mercenary to use for each specific 
character subclass mentioned in this guide...

Amazon:
-------

Bowazon - Act 2 Blessed Aim or Act 2 Might 
Javazon - Act 5 Barbarian
Hybridzon - Act 5 Barbarian
Spearazon - Act 2 Might or Act 2 Holy Freeze

Assassin:
---------

Martial Arts Assassin (both types) - Act 2 Might or Act 2 Holy Freeze
Trapassin - Act 2 Holy Freeze or Act 5 Barbarian

Barbarian:
----------

All types - Act 2 Might

Druid:
------

Werewolf/Summoner - Act 2 Might
Werebear/Summoner - Act 2 Might
Elemental/Summoner - Act 5 Barbarian
Pure Elemental - Act 5 Barbarian

Necromancer:
------------

Golemancer (Blood, Fire Golem) - Act 2 Holy Freeze
Golemancer (Iron Golem) - Act 5 Barbarian

Paladin:
--------

Zealot - Act 2 Might
Avenger - Act 2 Might or Act 3 Cold/Fire
Smiter - Act 2 Might
Charger - Act 2 Might
Zealot/Avenger Hybrid - Act 2 Might

Sorceress:
----------

All types - Act 2 Holy Freeze (it stacks with the chilling effect of cold 
spells!) or Act 5 Barbarian





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11. FAQs:
---------

Which character is the best?
----------------------------

It's all a matter of personal opinion. My particular order of preference would
be Assassin, Paladin, Barbarian, Amazon, Druid, Sorceress, Necromancer, but
of course that's just my opinion. If this is your first time playing LoD, pick
the character YOU think YOU'LL have the most fun with, don't waste your time 
listening to others.

What is Hardcore Mode?
----------------------

It's a special setting that you unlock once you've completed the game in 
normal difficulty. To all extents and purposes it is exactly the same as
the standard game, except when you die, you die for good, losing your
character and all equipment. Not one for the faint-hearted then...

What does the little purple gem in the chat screen do?
------------------------------------------------------

Nothing. It's been openly admitted by Blizzard that they put the Gem in solely
for the purpose of their own entertainment. It actually does nothing, but
there were (and still are in places) funny rumours about it's use.

What is an "SoJ"? How can I get one?
------------------------------------

SoJ = Stone of Jordan, a unique ring with the modifiers +1 all skills, +20% 
max mana, +25 mana, +1-8 lightning damage. It's common currency on Bnet due
mainly to a large supply (there are several reasons why..). The easiest and
most painless way of getting one is to trade a good item of yours for 
them - finding SoJs from monster drops is very unlikely.

What's the best way to get good items?
--------------------------------------

It's generally accepted that killing Mephisto in Nightmare or Hell difficulty 
(depending on your level) is the best method for getting good items. He can 
drop most items in the game, and has a high chance to drop sets/uniques. Add 
to this the fact that he's relatively quick and easy to get to and kill, and
you have a good, quick source of items. If you're feeling brave you can kill
the Council Members in Mephisto's chamber too (they have fairly decent drop 
rates, but can be harder to kill), otherwise you can just teleport (either 
using the skill, a charged item, or Leap/Leap Attack) over the "river" in his 
chamber, thus bypassing the Council Mambers, and just concentrate on killing 
Mephisto

What is a Casting Delay/Casting Timer?
--------------------------------------

It's the amount of time you must wait after casting a spell before you can 
cast either that spell again or any other spell with a timer. For example, if 
you cast Hurricane, which has a 6-second timer, you must wait for 6 seconds
before you can cast any skills with a timer (Hurricane, Armageddon etc..),
but you can still spells that DON'T have a timer (Arctic Blast, Tornado 
etc..).

What are Deadly Strike, Crushing Blow and Open Wounds?
------------------------------------------------------

Deadly Strike grants a chance to do double (physical) damage with an attack.
Of course, as it only affects physical damage it is useless if you're a pure 
spellcaster. Crushing blow grants a chance to halve the enemies *remaining*
life, but doesn't work on unique, super-unique, or boss enemies. Open Wounds 
does a sort of poison damage (I don't know what damage type it's classified
as though) by the following formula:

(Level*9+40)/256*25*4

Essentially it's damage is very low though, so you don't really need to bother
with it.






-----------------------
12. Miscellaneous info:
-----------------------

Just a few things you may or may not know that aren't mentioned in the manual 
or readme file...

- The Secret Cow Level (no, this isn't a joke!). To get there, you first
need to complete the game in any difficulty level. Once you've done this, 
start/join a game in the same difficulty level with the same character, and 
go to Act 1. You need to get Wirt's Leg, which is found on Wirt's Body in 
Tristram (towards the north-west if you didn't know/can't remember). Once you 
have this, head to the Rogue Encampment and buy a Tome of Town Portal from 
Akara. Now, using the Horadric Cube, transmute Wirt's Leg and the Tome (it 
doesn't matter how many scrolls are in it), and if all has gone well, a red 
portal to the cow level should appear! Good luck, you'll need it!

- Recommended character levels for certain points in the game (assuming 
you aren't getting high-level players to "rush" you toAct 5/Hell). These will 
vary from character to character, but not too greatly from the figures given...

Kill Andariel (normal) - ~Level 14
Kill Duriel (normal) - ~Level 22
Kill Mephisto (normal) - ~Level 25
Kill Diablo (normal) - ~Level 28
Kill Baal (normal) - ~Level 37
Leave normal difficulty - Level 40+
Leave nightmare difficulty - Level 55+
Kill Ancients and Baal (hell) - Level 80+

- If you're playing online, beware of scammers! Among the most used 
scams are the "Drop your item and we'll trade, the trade window won't work 
for me" scam (of course, once your items are dropped they use Telekinesis to 
steal them...) and the granddaddy of them all, the "Message *_________ with 
your account name and password, and win a prize from Blizzard!" scam. 
Nowadays though there are a whole book-full of new scams out there, 
unfortunately. Generally, if someone you don't know or trust asks you to do 
something you're not sure about, don't do it. And of course, remember that 
Blizzard will NEVER ask for your password...

- In single-player or Open Bnet games (NOT in closed Bnet!), typing 
"Players x", where x is an integer from 1-8 sets the simulated number of 
players in that game to x. For example, if you type, "Players 6", the game 
will assume that 6 players are playing, and monster life, experience given 
and item drops will scale accordingly. This won't work if you're on open bnet 
and you set a value of x that is lower to the number of players in the game 
(e.g. typing "players 2" in a 6-player Open Bnet game will do nothing, but 
typing "players 7" will).

- All monsters in Hell difficulty have a basic 50% resistance to physical 
attacks. Not nice for melee classes. In Hell, most monsters also have at 
least one immunity (from Cold, Fire, Lightning, Physical, Magical). Immunity 
means just that, for example using Cold attacks on a Cold Immune monster will 
do it NO damage whatsoever. So don't bother trying.

- Gambling odds are as follows...

Chance to gamble a Magical item (blue text) - 90% (9 in 10)
Chance to gamble a Rare item (yellow text) - 9.989% (~1 in 10)
Chance to gamble a Set item (green text) - 0.01 (1 in 10,000)
Chance to gamble a Unique item (gold text) - 0.001 (1 in 100,000)

Your chance of gambling an Exceptional or Elite item are dependant on your 
character level (the chance goes up as your level goes up). Gambling prices 
for all items except Rings and Amulets increase as your character level 
increases. Any Magic Find equipment you are wearing has NO effect on gambling 
odds whatsoever.

- Your chance to be hit and your chance to hit enemies are both capped at 95% 
(i.e. it cannot go higher than 95%). Chance to block (from shields) is capped 
at 75%, as are Elemental resists. There are items available that raise the cap 
on Elemental resists though, but they can never be higher than 95%. Physical 
damage reduction (a special modifier found only on unique items) is capped at 
75%.

- Life and Mana Leech is cut in half in Nightmare difficulty, and in half 
again in Hell difficulty. Also, you cannot leech life or mana from 
Skeleton-type enemies or inanimate objects (e.g. Lightning Spires and 
Catapults).

- "Aura flshing" is an effective skill used by Paladins while fighting 
monsters. Basically, you first activate an aura that affects nearby monsters
(Holy Freeze and Conviction are the best examples), then once the monsters
are under the effect of the aura you switch to an immediately activated aura
that affects the Paladin (Fanaticism is most widely used. As auras that affect
monsters stay active for a few seconds even once they've been switched off,
you can happily (for example) zeal away with the help of Fanaticism at 
monsters who have been slowed by Holy Freeze! It's kinda hard to explain, but 
I hope you understand... :)

- The socketing quest allows you to put a socket in any item that can have 
sockets. The number of sockets you will get is determined as follows...

"Normal" (white) items - The most sockets possible in the item. Cannot go
above 6, and cannot go above 4 in normal difficulty.
Magical (blue) items - One or two sockets. There is a 50% chance of both.
Rare (yellow) items - One socket.
Set (green) items - One socket.
Unique (gold) items - One socket.

Sockets cannot be added to already socketed items. Throwing weapons cannot be
socketed, neither can more obviously unsocketablt items such as jewelry.





-------------------------------
13. Known Bugs: (D2:LoD v1.09):
-------------------------------

A few bugs I have encountered while playing D2...

- The "Double Damage Mastery" bug. Points in any weapon mastery (including
the Assassin's Claw Mastery) seem to have the effect of causing all your hits
to do double (physical) damage, with the actual bonus from the mastery added 
on to this. Hence, even only one point in a mastery is a great investment, 
unless Blizzard decide to fix the bug of course...

- The "Double Casting" bug. It is occasionally possible to cast some 
spells with timers twice in quick succession by quickly clicking again after 
the spell has been cast for the first time. I've had this happen with Frozen 
Orb and Hydra before, but am led to believe that it is possible to pull off 
with most spells. Any more info would be appreciated.

- Bugged items. Closed bnet is full of bugged items, displaying modifiers 
ranging from the undesirable -32 Strength to the wonderfully strange +17 to 
Necromancer Skills. Keep a look out, but beware - some of the modifiers on 
these items don't work as advertised, and there's no guarantee that they won't 
screw your character up or be deleted in the future.

- Bugs with "Players x". Try experimenting with high values of "Players x" 
It seems that the game will set the simulated number of players to 64 if a 
number greater than 64 is entered, and that values of x between 9 and 63 also 
set the simulated number of players to x, despite the fact that it should only 
work for x values up to 8. Hey, if you want a challenge, you know what to 
do...

- The "Rogue Mercenary +skills" bug. If you equip a Rogue Mercenary 
with items totalling +3 to all skills (no more, no less, +Amazon skills will 
do, but +specific Amazon skill tree skills will not), then the mercenary gains 
a new attack - a lightning hose type of attack. It's weird - but quite 
powerful.

- Disappearing character/NPCs. I've had my character become invisible 
before, along with some of the NPCs (this was in Act III). I'm not sure if 
this is a game issue or an issue with my graphics card screwing up (I'm sure 
it wasn't a lag issue, so don't e-mail me suggesting that), but I thought I'd 
let you all know anyway in case you've had something similar happen to you.





----------------------
14. Short Walkthrough:
----------------------

***This section will contain SPOILERS, obviously, so read on at your peril!***

-----------
14.1 Act I:
-----------

Quest 1 - Den of Evil
---------------------

You get this quest by talking to Akara in the Rogue Encampment. To find the 
Den, head out into the Blood Moor and follow the path. At some point it should
split in two - one of these paths leads to the Den and the other leads to the
Cold Plains (if you end up in the Cold Plains just backtrack). Once in the Den
proceed through it carefully - making sure you kill all the monsters you meet.
Once you have only a few monsters left to kill a prompt will appear in your
Quest Log telling you how many monsters are left (it counts down from 5). Once 
you're done, light will shine into the Den as an indicator of your triumph.
Now go back to the Rogue Encampoment and talk to Akara to get a free skill
point and complete the quest.

Quest 2 - Sister's Burial Grounds
---------------------------------

Now go and talk to Kashya, who gives you this quest. Now you need to go back 
to the Cold Plains and find an exit out of there that leads to the Cemetery.
There are two exits from the Cold Plains, one leads to the Cemetery and the
other leads to the Stony Field, so if you end up there then go back. Once in 
the Cemetery you'll find Blood Raven in the centre of the area - you can 
either charge staright at her or kill the surrounding enemies first - the 
latter method makes life easier for you but takes longer. Once you've killed 
Blood Raven, go back to the Rogue Encampment and talk to Kashya who will give
you a free Rogue Mercenary as a reward.

Quest 3 - Rescue Cain
---------------------

Talk to Akara again and she will give you this quest. First you need to go to 
the Stony Field, and from there find an exit to the Underground Passage. The 
exit from the Underground Tunnel to the Dark Woods is on the first floor of 
the Passage, but you can visit the second floor if you want some treasure 
(there is a gold treasure chest there). Once in the Dark Woods you need to 
find the Tree of Inifuss. Activating the Tree will cause the Scroll of 
Inifuss to drop, which you need to take to Akara. She will translate the 
Scroll, and now you must go back to the Stony Field and find the Cairn Stones 
if you haven't done so already. Now look at the scroll carefully, and activate
the Cairn Stones in the same order that they were activated on the scroll to
open up the portal to Tristram. Deckard Cain is found towards the centre of 
this area, so you have the choice of clearing the area (Griswold the 
blacksmith from D1 makes an appearance here), or just rushing in, saving Cain
and rushing back out again. Select Cain's cage to free him and he will 
automatically transport himself back to the Rogue Encampment. Now follow him 
back and talk to him - as a reward he will identify items for you at no cost.
Then talk to Akara who gives you a magical/rare ring (depending on difficulty 
level) as another reward.

Quest 4 - The Forgotten Tower
-----------------------------

Go back to the Stony Field and find the Moldy Tome if you haven't done so 
already. Click on it to activate this quest. Now find the Forgotten Tower, 
which is located in the Black Marsh, an area next to the Dark Woods. The 
"Tower" (strange seeing as it is underground..) has 5 floors, with lots of
treasure on the bottom floor. Killing the Countess on the fifth floor opens
her treasure chest which is full of goodies and completes this quest.

Quest 5 - Tools of the Trade:
-----------------------------

Go back to the Rogue Encampment and talk to Charsi to activate this quest. Now
proceed to the Black Marsh to the Monastery, then to the Barracks. The Horadric
Malus which Charsi asked you to retrieve is here, in a small room which is 
guarded by the Smith, who is quite powerful. You can either take him on or just
swipe the hammer and run - it's up to you. Return to the Rogue Encampment and
return the Horadric Malus to Charsi and she will give you an "imbue" - 
essentially the ability to turn a normal item into a rare item with random 
enchantments.

Quest 6 - Sisters to the Slaughter
----------------------------------

Talking to Deckard Cain now will start this quest up - the final quest of Act
I. From the barracks you should be able to find stairs that lead to the Jail,
which has a few levels and leads to the Inner Cloister. From there proceed to 
the Cathedral, then to the Catacombs. There are four levels of the Catacombs, 
and once you reache the fourth level you'll be in Andariel's chamber. Kill all
the monsters you can see around you - then go hunting for Andariel - she's 
hard enough to take on without other monsters hassling you. Andariel is in the 
third room of the area, to the north of your starting point. Once you defeat
her you can return to the Rogue Encampment (a town portal automatically opens)
and talk to Warriv, who will take you with him on his caravan to Act II!

------------
14.2 Act II:
------------

Quest 1 - Radament's Lair
-------------------------

Upon arriving in Lut Gholein, talk to Warriv, then Jerhyn, then Atma, who will
give you this quest. To get into the sewers, look for entrances in either the 
north or the south end of town - there are two ways in. Proceed through the 
sewers and after scouting the third level for a while you should come across
Radament, surrounded by a lot of undead minions, which he can resurrect, so be
careful. Once you've defeated Radament, you will get both a Book of Skills
(free skill point) and a Horadric Scroll (don't forget to pick it up, you need
it to activate the next quest!). Talk to Atma again once you're done and
you'll get another reward of cheaper vendor prices in town.

Quest 2 - The Horadric Staff
----------------------------

When you give the Horadric Scroll to Deckard Cain you will activate this quest
which spans most od Act 2. You will also be completing several other quests at
the same time as this one, so you'll just have to try and keep track. Anyway,
you need to obtain the Horadric Staff, which is a rather more long-winded
process than you might expect. Firstly, you need to find the Horadric Cube
(not in nightmare or Hell difficulty, as you'll most likely already have it..)
which is found in the Halls of the Dead, underneath the Dry Hills. The Cube is
on the bottom (third) floor. Next you need to find the Staff of Kings, which 
is located on the third floor of the Maggot Lair - under the Far Oasis and 
guarded by a huge Sand Maggot - "Coldworm the Burrower". Then finally you need
the Viper Amulet, which you can get from the second level of the Claw Viper
Temple, which is in an area beside the Lost City. Now you put both the Staff 
and the Amulet in the Cube and click "Transmute", and lo and behold you should
have the Horadric Staff! Now go and talk to Deckard Cain, and he'll tell you
what you need to do with the Staff - which is taken up in Quest 6...

Quest 3 - Tainted Sun
---------------------

Shortly after entering the Lost City, everything gets dark. What the Hell is 
going on? Go talk to Drognan, who will explain. You need to find the Claw 
Viper Temple, located in the Valley of Snakes, a small area beside the Lost
City. Once you've made your way through to the second floor of the temple,
activate the altar, but be careful of Fangskin, the super-unique who resides
down there. Once the altar is activated, you can go back to town and talk to 
Drognana again to finish the quest.

Quest 4 - Arcane Sanctuary
--------------------------

Once you have the Horadric Staff from Quest 2, go and talk to Jerhyn. He'll
now allow you into his Palace. Proceed through the Palace, then the Palace
Cellar, and on the third floor of the Palace Cellar, in the centre of the
area, is a Portal. Click on it, then enter it and you'll be in the Arcane
Sanctuary. And... well, that's it.

Quest 5 - The Summoner
----------------------

From the Arcane Sanctuary, leave via the waypoint by the entrance and go talk
to Deckard Cain, who will tell you about the Summoner. Now return to the
Arcane Sanctuary and explore (there are 4 distinct "paths" to follow) the 
area. At the end of one of these paths should be The Summoner, surrounded by
other monsters. Kill him (he has powerful spells but very little life), and
read Horazon's Journal once you have done so. Returning to town and talking
to any of the townsfolk after this completes the quest and allows you to
proceed with Quest 6!

Quest 6 - The Seven Tombs
-------------------------

In the Canyon of the Magi (a portal to there opens up once you've killed The
Summoner) there are seven tombs, each with a small symbol displayed outside 
them. If you check your Quest Log the symbol of the tomb you need to enter 
is displayed there, so go into it and proceed. After some exploration (the 
true tomb has only one floor, but it is quite large) you should see an 
orifice. Click on it and choose to put the Horadric Staff into it to open up
an entrance to Tal Rasha's Tomb. There you will meet Duriel, a lesser (!) evil
who you will have to defeat. Once he is defeated go through the doorway that 
opens up to the top-left and talk to Tyrael, who will tell you Diablo and Baal
have escaped and wuill open up a Town Portal for you. Go back to town and talk
to Jerhyn, then talk to Meshif and you'll be able to leave for Act III!

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14.3 Act III: 
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Quest 1 - The Golden Bird
-------------------------

Talk to whoever you want in town - you can't get any quests at the momnet.
Now, proceed out of town and into the Spider Forest. As you proceed keep a 
look out for any unique monsters (the ones with unique names). The first one
you kill *should* drop a "Jade Figurine" (note: it may not be the first
unique you kill, if not just keep going - a unique monster will drop it 
eventually). Once you've picked this up go back to town and talk to Cain. He
says that Meshif may be interested in the Figurine, so go and talk to him.
He will take the Figurine and give you the "Golden Bird" in return. Talk to
Cain again and he will tell you of the valuse ot this relic, then give the 
Golden Bird to Alkor and talk to him again to get a "Potion of Life" as a 
quest reward. The Potion increases your maximum life by 20 permanently.

Quest 2 - Blade of the Old Religion
-----------------------------------

Once Quest 1 is completed, talk to Ormus, who will give you this quest to find
the Gidbinn, a blade with magical powers that can help keep the town 
protected. Find the Flayer Jungle, and in this area there should be a small
village-like place heavily populated with flayers. Here you will find a small
statue-like thing that you can select. Select it and a unique flayer should 
appear nearby - kill him and he will drop the Gidbinn. Now you can return it
to Ormus, who will give you a rare ring as a reward.

Quest 3 - Khalim's Will
-----------------------

This quest spans the whole of Act III in a similar way to Quest 2 in Act II.
Once you have completed Quest 1, talk to Cain, who will start this quest off
for you. You must find four artifacts which can be transmuted in the Horadric
Cube to make Khalim's Will, a magical flail that will allow you to access the
Durance of Hate later on. The first item, Khalim's Eye, is in a gold treasure
chest in the Spider Cavern (NOT the Arachnid Lair), a cave area in the Spider
Forest. Khalim's Heart is in a gold chest at the bottom (third level) of the 
Flayer Dungeon, which is located in the Flayer Jungle. Khalim's Brain (this is
getting pretty gruesome, don't you think?) is in another gold chest at the 
bottom (level two) of the Sewers which can be accessed through both Upper and
Lower Kurast. Finally (phew!) Khalim's Flail is in the hands of one of the
members of the High Council in Travincal - you need to kill him to get it.
Now you have all the "ingredients", place them all in the Horadric Cube and
hit "Transmute" to get Khalim's Will. Now go to the Compelling Orb (near where
you fought the Council Members) and smash it with Khalim's Will to open up the
entrance to Mephisto's Durance of Hate. Talk to Cain again to complete the
quest.

Quest 4 - Lam Esen's Tome
-------------------------

After you've completed quest 2, talk to Alkor and you will receive this quest.
You will always find Lam Esen's Tome in the Ruined Temple in the Kurast 
Bazaar, despite what the Quest Log says. Be careful, it's probable that as 
soon as you enter the Ruined Temple you'll be set upon by monsters. Once you
have the book, give it to Alkor and he will give you 5 free stat points as a 
reward. Yay!

Quest 5 - The Blackened Temple
------------------------------

Upon completing Quest 4, if you talk to Ormus he will give you this quest to
kill the High Council, who reside in Travincal. Killing them and gaining 
access to the Durance of Hate (see Quest 3), then talking to Deckard Cain 
completes this quest. Simple stuff, the Council Members can be hard to defeat
though - especially on Hell difficulty.

Quest 6 - The Guardian
----------------------

Once you enter the Durance of Hate this quest will automatically be triggered.
Mephisto lies in wait on the third level of the Durance of Hate, which is also
occupied by 3 more Council Members who can be just as dangerous as Mephisto, 
if not more so. Once Mephisto is killed he will drop his Soulstone, which you 
should pick up (you'll need it later), and a passage to the Portal in the 
middle of the area will be raised, so go through it to enter Act IV!

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14.4 Act IV:
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Quest 1 - The Fallen Angel
--------------------------

Upon entering Act IV, talk to Tyrael who will give you this quest to find 
Izual in the Plains of Despair. The Plains of Despair is an area next to the 
Outer Steppes - the area directly outside town. Go there and wander around 
until you are near Izual (your Quest Log will be updated saying you have to 
kill him, as he has been possessed). Kill Izual, then talk to his spirit and
then talk to Tyrael again to finish the quest and get 2 free skill points as a
very nice reward.

Quest 2 - The Hellforge
-----------------------

Talk to Deckard Cain after entering Act IV to get this quest - to smash 
Mephisto's Soulstone (note that if you didn't pick up Mephisto's Soulstone
earlier Cain will give you one now..). From the Plains of Despair, you need to
go to the City of the Damned, then down to the River of Flame, where the 
Hellforge is situated. You'll know you're near it when a big, fast, 
hard-hitting bad guy Hephasto the Armorer appears. You need to kill him to get
the Hellforge Hammer, which you then use on the Hellforge (it will be nearby).
Mephisto's Soulstone will shatter into lots of high-quality gems. Talk to Cain
again to end the quest.

Quest 3 - Terror's End
----------------------

Once Quest 2 has been completed, talk to Tyrael, who will say it is time you 
took on Diablo. Now from the River of Flame head up into the Chaos Sanctuary.
This area is annoying, but work your way through and you will soon come to a
pentagram. From here there are three paths, and a total of 5 seals you must 
activate before Diablo appears. Three of the seals will release super-unique
enemies and their minions to battle you - so be prepared. Once all 5 seals
are lifted, and all the seal-spawned enemies are defeated, Diablo will
appear. Once you defeat him, loot him for any worthwhile items and then
return to town and talk to Tyrael again to complete this quest and open up a
portal to Act V!

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14.5 Act V:
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Quest 1 - Stop the Siege
------------------------

Talk to any of the townsfolk, then go and talk to Larzuk, who will tell you
that the town is under siege and give you this quest to stop it by killing 
Shenk the Overseer, who resides at the top of the Bloody Foothills. Proceed
through the area (it is very large, so don't be out off) until you meet Shenk,
who will be surrounded by minions. Kill him and return to Larzuk and as a
reward he will socket an item of your choice (see section 12 for more info on
the socketing quest), and the quest will be complete.

Quest 2 - Rescue on Mt. Arreat
------------------------------

When you have completed Quest 1, talk to Qual-Kehk who will give you this
quest to rescue his men in the Frigid Highlands. This area is next to the
Bloody Foothills, so you should have no trouble finding it. Explore the area
and soon you will come across a cage-like structire with some Barbarians
locked inside. There are three of these cages in all - and you need to open 
the doors on all three to free all fifteen of the Barbarians. Then you can go
back to Quahl-Kehk, who will give you "Ral" "Ort" and "Tal" runes, and will 
now allow you to hire Barbarian mercenaries from him.

Quest 3 - Prison of Ice
-----------------------

Once Quest 2 is done with, go to town and talk to Malah. She gives you this
quest to find Anya, who has been missing for some time. From the Frigid
Highlands you need to travel to the Crystalline Passage, then to the Frozen
River. Explore this area and after defeating a super-unique enemy wittily 
named "Frozenstein", you should see Anya. Talk to her, then use a Town
Portal and talk to Malah, who will give you the Potion of Thawing needed to
free Anya, then go and talk to Anya again to free her. Now go back to town
again and talk first to Malah, who gives you a scroll of resistance, and then
to Anya, who gives you a rare class-specific item.

Quest 4 - Betrayal of Harrogath
-------------------------------

Talking to Anya at the end of Quest 3 also starts up this quest. Anya will
open up a portal to Nihlathak's Temple, which you should go through when
ready. From Nihlathak's Temple (be careful in this area - enemies will rise
and surround you at one point) proceed through the Halls of Anguish and the 
Halls of Pain to the Halls of Vaught. At one of the 4 corners of this + shaped
room you will find Nihlathak, surrounded by minions. He is a dangerous enemy,
so approach him with care - although he has low life, so should be disposed
of quite quickly if you can stay alive. Once he is dead, return to Anya who
will offer to personalize an item for you as a quest reward (pretty crappy
really...).

Quest 5 - Rite of Passage
-------------------------

After completing Quest 4 talk to Qual-Kehk who will tell you about the
Ancients on the Arreat Summit, and that you must defeat them in order to
gain access to the Worldstone Keep where Baal awaits. From the Crystalline
Passage, which you should have the waypoint for, you need to proceed through
to the Glacial Trail, then to the Frozen Tundra, then the Ancient's Way, and
finally up to the Arreat Summit, where you will find the Ancients, in the
form of statues. Activate the Altar in the middle of the Ancients and they
will speak with you, then attack. Note that if you use a Town Portal during
the fight, the Ancients will revert to statue form and you will have to start
battling them all over again. Once they are defeated you get a huge experience
point bonus as a quest reward, and you gain access to the Worldstone Keep.

Quest 6 - Eve of Destruction
----------------------------

Now proceed into the Worlstone Keep. There are 3 levels to it, and on the 
third level will be an exit to the Throne of Destruction. Towards the top-left
of this area you will see Baal, but you cannot fight him yet. Instead he sends
some monsters to fight you. There are 5 waves in all - increasing in 
difficulty, and after one set is killed the next will be sent. All the waves
consist of one super-unique enemy, and the last one, Lister the Tormentor, can
be very awkward to deal with. Once all Baal's minions have been destroyed you
will see him disappear through a Portal behind his Throne. Make any last
preparations before going through the Portal - Baal lies in wait for you. Once
you have defeated him you can sit back and relax - you've completed Diablo II!
Go through the Portal that appears and enjoy the ending cinematic.





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15. Credits:
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Huge thanks go out to the following (in no particular order of importance or 
anything...)

Sean Evetts - For proof-reading the guide and helping with several of the 
stat and skill plans, and for being a great friend and a quality D2 player. 
Top bloke!

Dallas Scott and AstroBlue - For their great FAQ writing guide. Go see it at 
www.dallasmac.com/faqwarp/ - it's a must for any prospective FAQ writers who 
want to know how to get started.

All the good guys from the D2 boards at GFAQs, HoG, RPGD and other assorted 
places. - You know who you are, or you should anyway!

CJayC (GameFAQs webmaster - www.gamefaqs.com) - For making probably the best 
game resource site out there and for putting this guide up.

Entity (Neoseeker webmaster - www.neoseeker.com) - For also putting this 
guide up.

The good people who I've played with on Bnet - Again, you know who you are 
(if you have a half-decent memory, that is...), thanks for the fun times
and fond memories...

GFrazier (Arreat Summit webmaster - www.battle.net/diablo2exp) - For a lot 
of the skill info and making a good D2 site.

Blizzard - I may have sent them a few angry ranting e-mails in the past, 
but I have to admit that they do make great games.

Iyedol - For a suggestion regarding Barbarian skill point allocation.

Clash (Clash529@yahoo.com) - For telling me that the Act 3 Iron Wolves use 
Frozen Armour, for spotting an error in the Paladin skills section 
(Sanctuary), as well as for some more general advice about the guide and 
encouragement.

Slyce - For correcting a silly typo I made in the Paladin skills section 
(Zeal).

Toasty Goat - For spotting an error in the Werewolf/Summoner Druid section
(Feral Rage).





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16. Copyright and random info again:
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This work is Copyright © 2001/2002 Chris Brennan 
(christojb2001@yahoo.co.uk). It is for personal use only, and may not be 
reproduced without the author's permission, and if for some warped reason 
you do want to put this on your site, you must e-mail me first and get my 
permission! And everyone, plagiarism is baaaaad, so don't do it or nasty 
things will happen...

The following sites have permission to use this FAQ:

www.gamefaqs.com
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The latest version of this FAQ can always be found at www.gamefaqs.com.

Contact me via e-mail (christojb2001@yahoo.co.uk) or AIM (Darksyde XVIII) if
you have any questions/suggestions/comments.





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