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                                  Billy Lee
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                                   11/29/3

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IMPORTANT  NOTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Synergies are a feature of Diablo 2 from patch v1.10 on.
They do not apply to earlier versions of the game.
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                                Disclaimer
This document (c)2001-2003 Billy Lee.  This FAQ may not be used or
distributed for commercial use.  Diablo II is (c)2000 Blizzard Entertainment,
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction is (c)2001 Blizzard Entertainment.  This guide
must be displayed in its entirety.  No pieces of it may be removed and/or
copied to another location for public display.
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UPDATES:
Version 1: Initial Release.

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Table of Contents
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1. Q&A
2. Synergies
 2-A. Amazon
 2-B. Assassin
 2-C. Barbarian
 2-D. Druid
 2-E. Necromancer
 2-F. Paladin
 2-G. Sorceress
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3. Acknowledgements
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1. Q&A

Q What is a synergy?
A According to dictionary.com, a synergy is the interaction of two or more
  agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of
  their individual effects.

Q Great.  So what does that have to do with Diablo 2?
A Starting in version 1.10, many skills will interact with each other in a
  way they had not in previous versions.  These interactions are called
  synergies.  Basically what it means is that by putting points into a skill,
  you're no longer just improving that skill alone, you're improving other
  skills that will benefit from it.

Q So, what does that mean for all of my current builds where I have "x" maxed
  but ignored all the other skills that now help it?
A It means that the skill you now have will continue to work similarly to the
  way they have in previous versions and will not have as much additional
  power as a skill that has been enhanced by the synergy effects of other
  skills.

Q Ok, so do all of my skills effect every other one?
A No.  Each skill is affected usually by up to three other skills.  Some only
  by one or two other skills.  Some by other skills.

Q How come when I look in game at skills like Summon Dire Wolf and such, they
  have synergies listed, but you didn't list them in here?
A That's simple.  It's because those bonuses already existed in the game
  before patch 1.10.  Granted they are still more or less synergies, but not
  the ones that came with v1.10 which is what this guide is for.

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2. Synergies

To make referencing easier, I'm gonna do 3 simple things.
 1 - All skills will be listed alphabetically under their appropriate skill
     tree.
 2 - If a skill does not have synergy skills (meaning nothing gives it
     bonuses) it will not be listed.
 3 - All skill listings will follow the same basic pattern of:
     [Skill]
       [Synergy Bonus 1]
       [Synergy Bonus 2]
       etc..

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2-A. Amazon

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Bow and Crossbow Skills

Cold Arrow
  Ice Arrow: +12% Cold Damage per level

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Exploding Arrow
  Fire Arrow: +12% Fire Damage per level

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Fire Arrow
  Exploding Arrow: +12% Fire Damage per level

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Freezing Arrow
  Cold Arrow: +12% Cold Damage per level
  Ice Arrow: +5% freeze time per level

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Ice Arrow
  Cold Arrow: +8% Cold Damage per level
  Freezing Arrow: +5% freeze time per level

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Immolation Arrow
  Fire Arrow: +5% Average Fire Damage per second per level
  Exploding Arrow: +10% Fire Damage per level

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Javelin and Spear Skills

Charged Strike
  Power Strike: +10% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Bolt: +10% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Strike: +10% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Fury: +10% Lightning Damage per level

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Lightning Bolt
  Power Strike: +3% Lightning Damage per level
  Charged Strike: +3% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Strike: +3% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Fury: +3% Lightning Damage per level

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Lightning Fury
  Power Strike: +1% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Bolt: +1% Lightning Damage per level
  Charged Strike: +1% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Strike: +1% Lightning Damage per level

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Lightning Strike
  Power Strike: +8% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Bolt: +8% Lightning Damage per level
  Charged Strike: +8% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Fury: +8% Lightning Damage per level

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Plague Javelin
  Poison Javelin: +10% Poison Damage per level

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Poison Javelin
  Plague Javelin: +12% Poison Damage per level

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Power Strike
  Lightning Bolt: +10% Lightning Damage per level
  Charged Strike: +10% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Strike: +10% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Fury: +10% Lightning Damage per level

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Passive and Magic Skills

Valkyrie
  Decoy: +20% Life bonus per level
  Penetrate: +40 to Attack Rating per level
  Critical Strike: Gains listed skill bonus
  Dodge: Gains listed skill bonus
  Evade: Gains listed skill bonus
  Avoid: Gains listed skill bonus

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2-B. Assassin

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Martial Arts Skills

Blades of Ice
  Phoenix Strike: +8% Cold Damage per level

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Claws of Thunder
  Phoenix Strike: +8% Lightning Damage per level

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Fists of Fire
  Phoenix Strike: +12% Fire Damage per level

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Phoenix Strike
  Fists of Fire: +10% Fire Damage per level
  Fists of Fire: +6% Fire Damage per second per level
  Claws of Thunder: +13% Lightning Damage per level
  Blades of Ice: +10% Cold Damage per level

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Trap Skills

Charged Bolt Sentry
  Fire Blast: +1 Bolt per 3 levels
  Lightning Sentry: +1 Shot per 4 levels
  Shock Web: +6% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning Sentry: +6% Lightning Damage per level
  Death Sentry: +6% Lightning Damage per level

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Death Sentry
  Fire Blast: +1 Shot per 3 levels
  Lightning Sentry: +12% Lightning Damage per level

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Fire Blast
  Shock Web: +9% Fire Damage per level
  Charged Bolt Sentry: +9% Fire Damage per level
  Wake of Fire: +9% Fire Damage per level
  Lightning Sentry: +9% Fire Damage per level
  Wake of Inferno: +9% Fire Damage per level
  Death Sentry: +9% Fire Damage per level

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Lightning Sentry
  Shock Web: +12% Lightning Damage per level
  Charged Bolt Sentry: +12% Lightning Damage per level
  Death Sentry: +12% Lightning Damage per level

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Shock Web
  Fire Blast: +1 Missile per 3 levels
  Charged Bolt: +11% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning: +11% Lightning Damage per level
  Death: +11% Lightning Damage per level

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Wake of Fire
  Fire Blast: +8% Fire Damage per level
  Wake of Inferno: +8% Fire Damage per level

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Wake of Inferno
  Wake of Fire: +.5 Yards per level
  Fire Blast: +10% Fire Damage per level
  Wake of Fire: +7% Fire Damage per level
  Death Sentry: +10% Fire Damage per level

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2-C. Barbarian

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Combat Skills

Bash
  Stun: +5% Damage per level
  Concentrate: +5% Attack Rating per level

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Berserk
  Howl: +10% Damage per level
  Shout: +10% Damage per level

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Concentrate
  Bash: +5% Damage per level
  Battle Orders: +10% Damage per level
  Berserk: +1% Magic Damage per level

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Double Swing
  Bash: +10% Damage per level

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Double Throw
  Double Swing: +8% Damage per level

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Frenzy
  Double Swing: +8% Damage per level
  Taunt: +8% Damage per level
  Berserk: +1% Magic Damage per level

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Leap Attack
  Leap: +10% Damage per level

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Stun
  Bash: +8% Damage per level
  Concentrate: +5% Attack Rating per level
  War Cry: +5% Duration per level

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War Cries

Battle Command
  Shout: +5 Seconds per level
  Battle Orders: +5 Seconds per level

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Battle Orders
  Shout: +5 Seconds per level
  Battle Command: +5 Seconds per level

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Shout
  Battle Orders: +5 Seconds per level
  Battle Command: +5 Seconds per level

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War Cry
  Howl: +6% Damage per level
  Taunt: +6% Damage per level
  Battle Cry: +6% Damage per level

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2-D. Druid

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Elemental Skills

Arctic Blast
  Hurricane: +15% Cold Damage per level
  Cyclone Armor: +15% Cold Damage per level

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Armageddon
  Fissure: +2 Second Duration per level
  Firestorm: +14% Fire Damage per level
  Molten Boulder: +14% Fire Damage per level
  Volcano: +14% Fire Damage per level

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Cyclone Armor
  Twister: +7% Damage per level
  Tornado: +7% Damage per level
  Hurricane: +7% Damage per level

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Firestorm
  Molten Boulder: +23% Fire Damage per level
  Fissure: +23% Fire Damage per level

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Fissure
  Firestorm: +12% Fire Damage per level
  Volcano: +12% Fire Damage per level

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Hurricane
  Cyclone Armor: +1 Second Duration per level
  Twister: +7% Damage per level
  Tornado: +7% Damage per level

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Molten Boulder
  Volcano: +10% Damage per level
  Firestorm: +8% Fire Damage per level

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Tornado
  Twister: +9% Damage per level
  Hurricane: +9% Damage per level

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Twister
  Hurricane: +10% Damage per level
  Tornado: +10% Damage per level
  
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Volcano
  Molten Boulder: +12% Damage per level
  Fissure: +12% Fire Damage per level
  Armageddon: +12% Fire Damage per level

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Shape-Shifting Skills

Fire Claws
  Firestorm: +22% Fire Damage per level
  Moulten Boulder: +22% Fire Damage per level
  Fissure: +22% Fire Damage per level
  Volcano: +22% Fire Damage per level

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Rabies
  Poison Creeper: +18% Poison Damage per level

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2-E. Necromancer
  
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Poison and Bone Spells

Bone Armor
  Bone Wall: +15% Damage Absorbed per level
  Bone Prison: +15% Damage Absorbed per level

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Bone Prison
  Bone Armor: +8% Life per level
  Bone Wall: +8% Life per level
  
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Bone Spear
  Teeth: +7% Magic Damage per level
  Bone Wall: +7% Magic Damage per level
  Bone Prison: +7% Magic Damage per level
  Bone Spirit: +7% Magic Damage per level

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Bone Spirit
  Teeth: +6% Magic Damage per level
  Bone Wall: +6% Magic Damage per level
  Bone Spear: +6% Magic Damage per level
  Bone Prison: +6% Magic Damage per level

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Bone Wall
  Bone Armor: +10% Life per level
  Bone Prison: +10% Life per level

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Poison Dagger
  Poison Explosion: +20% Poison Damage per level
  Poison Nova: +20% Poison Damage per level
  
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Poison Explosion
  Poison Dagger: +15% Poison Damage per level
  Poison Nova: +15% Poison Damage per level
  
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Poison Nova
  Poison Dagger: +10% Poison Damage per level
  Poison Explosion: +10% Poison Damage per level
  
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Teeth
  Bone Wall: +15% Magic Damage per level
  Bone Spear: +15% Magic Damage per level
  Bone Prison: +15% Magic Damage per level
  Bone Spirit: +15% Magic Damage per level

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Summoning Spells
  
Blood Golem
  Clay Golem: +20 Attack Rating per level
  Iron Golem: +35% Defense per level
  Fire Golem: +6% Damage per level

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Clay Golem
  Blood Golem: +5% Life per level
  Iron Golem: +35% Defense per level
  Fire Golem: +6% Damage per level

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Fire Golem
  Clay Golem: +20 Attack Rating per level
  Blood Golem: +5% Life per level
  Iron Golem: +35% Defense per level

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Iron Golem
  Clay Golem: +20 Attack Rating per level
  Blood Golem: +5% Life per level
  Fire Golem: +6% Damage per level

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2-F. Paladin

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Combat Skills

Blessed Hammer
  Blessed Aim: +14% Magic Damage per level
  Vigor: +14% Magic Damage per level

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Charge
  Vigor: +20% Damage per level
  Might: +20% Damage per level

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Fist of the Heavens
  Holy Bolt: +15% Holy Bolt Damage per level
  Holy Shock: +7% Lightning Damage per level

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Holy Bolt
  Blessed Hammer: +50% Magic Damage per level
  Fist of the Heavens: +50% Magic Damage per level
  Prayer: +15% Life Healed per level

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Holy Shield
  Defiance: +15% Defense per level

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Sacrifice
  Redemption: +15% Damage per level
  Fanaticism: +5% Damage per level
  
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Vengeance
  Resist Fire: +10% Elemental Damages per level
  Resist Cold: +10% Elemental Damages per level
  Resist Lightning: +10% Elemental Damages per level
  Salvation: +2% Elemental Damages per level

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Zeal
  Sacrifice: +12% Damage per level

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Defensive Auras

Cleansing
  Prayer: +X* Life Healed every 2 seconds

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Meditation
  Prayer: +X* Life Healed every 2 seconds

* X is the amount of life Prayer heals.  Basically these auras will now give
  you a bonus Prayer aura.

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Offensive Auras

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Holy Fire
  Might: +18% Fire Damage per level
  Salvation: +6% Fire Damage per level

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Holy Freeze
  Resist Cold: +15% Cold Damage per level
  Salvation: +7% Cold Damage per level

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Holy Shock
  Resist Fire: +12% Lightning Damage per level
  Salvation: +4% Lightning Damage per level

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Sanctuary
  Cleansing: +7% Magic Damage per level

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2-G. Sorceress

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Cold Spells

Blizzard
  Ice Bolt: +5% Cold Damage per level
  Ice Blast: +5% Cold Damage per level
  Glacial Spike: +5% Cold Damage per level

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Chilling Armor
  Shiver Armor: +10 Seconds per level
  Shiver Armor: +7% Cold Damage per level
  Frozen Armor: +10 Seconds per level
  Frozen Armor: +7% Cold Damage per level

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Frost Nova
  Blizzard: +10% Cold Damage per level
  Frozen Orb: +10% Cold Damage per level

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Frozen Armor
  Shiver Armor: +10 Seconds per level
  Shiver Armor: +5% Freeze Length per level
  Chilling Armor: +10 Seconds per level
  Chilling Armor: +5% Freeze Length per level

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Frozen Orb
  Ice Bolt: +2% Cold Damage per level

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Glacial Spike
  Ice Bolt: +5% Cold Damage per level
  Ice Blast: +5% Cold Damage per level
  Blizzard: +3% Freeze Length per level
  Frozen Orb: +5% Cold Damage per level

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Ice Blast
  Ice Bolt: +8% Cold Damage per level
  Glacial Spike: +10% Freeze Length per level
  Blizzard: +8% Cold Damage per level
  Frozen Orb: +8% Cold Damage per level

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Ice Bolt
  Frost Nova: +15% Cold Damage per level
  Ice Blast: +15% Cold Damage per level
  Glacial Spike: +15% Cold Damage per level
  Blizzard: +15% Cold Damage per level
  Frozen Orb: +15% Cold Damage per level

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Shiver Armor
  Frozen Armor: +10 Seconds per level
  Frozen Armor: +9% Cold Damage per level
  Chilling Armor: +10 Seconds per level
  Chilling Armor: +9% Cold Damage per level

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Fire Spells

Enchant
  Warmth: +9% Fire Damage per level

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Fire Bolt
  Fire Ball: +16% Fire Damage per level
  Meteor: +16% Fire Damage per level

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Fireball
  Fire Bolt: +14% Fire Damage per level
  Meteor: +14% Fire Damage per level
  
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Hydra
  Fire Bolt: +3% Fire Damage per level
  Fire Ball: +3% Fire Damage per level

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Inferno
  Warmth: +13% Fire Damage per level

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Meteor
  Fire Bolt: +5% Fire Damage per level
  Fire Ball: +5% Fire Damage per level
  Inferno: +3% Average Fire Damage per second per level

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Lightning Spells

Chain Lightning
  Charged Bolt: +4% Lightning Damage per level
  Nova: +4% Lightning Damage per level
  Lightning: +4% Lightning Damage per level

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Charged Bolt
  Lightning: +6% Lightning Damage per level

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Lightning
  Charged Bolt: +8% Lightning Damage per level
  Nova: +8% Lightning Damage per level
  Chain Lightning: +8% Lightning Damage per level

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3. Acknowledgements

Most recent version of this guide is always available at www.gamefaqs.com

If you need to contact me for some reason about this guide, my email address
is leeroy3825@hotmail.com.  Be forwarned though, I have a very bad habit of
checking my email once every few weeks and not responding.  Sorry.  Chances
are, I will read it though.  Eventually.

Mike, my best friend... aww...

Blizzard, still releasing major gameplay patches several years after a game's
  release.