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                              S Y N E R G Y   G U I D E                        
                                         b y
                                      Billy Lee
                                      Version 1
                                       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.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    
    *****************************************************************************
                                    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.
    *****************************************************************************
    
    UPDATES:
    Version 1: Initial Release.
    
    ========================
    Table of Contents
    ------------------------
    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
    ------------------------
    3. Acknowledgements
    ========================
    
    =============================================================================
    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.
    
    =============================================================================
    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
    
    ----------------------------
    Bow and Crossbow Skills
    
    Cold Arrow
      Ice Arrow: +12% Cold Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Exploding Arrow
      Fire Arrow: +12% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Fire Arrow
      Exploding Arrow: +12% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Freezing Arrow
      Cold Arrow: +12% Cold Damage per level
      Ice Arrow: +5% freeze time per level
    
    ------------------
    Ice Arrow
      Cold Arrow: +8% Cold Damage per level
      Freezing Arrow: +5% freeze time per level
    
    ------------------
    Immolation Arrow
      Fire Arrow: +5% Average Fire Damage per second per level
      Exploding Arrow: +10% Fire Damage per level
    
    ----------------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    Plague Javelin
      Poison Javelin: +10% Poison Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Poison Javelin
      Plague Javelin: +12% Poison Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ----------------------------
    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
    
    ----------------------------
    Martial Arts Skills
    
    Blades of Ice
      Phoenix Strike: +8% Cold Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Claws of Thunder
      Phoenix Strike: +8% Lightning Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Fists of Fire
      Phoenix Strike: +12% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ----------------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    Death Sentry
      Fire Blast: +1 Shot per 3 levels
      Lightning Sentry: +12% Lightning Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    Lightning Sentry
      Shock Web: +12% Lightning Damage per level
      Charged Bolt Sentry: +12% Lightning Damage per level
      Death Sentry: +12% Lightning Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    Wake of Fire
      Fire Blast: +8% Fire Damage per level
      Wake of Inferno: +8% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    2-C. Barbarian
    
    ----------------------------
    Combat Skills
    
    Bash
      Stun: +5% Damage per level
      Concentrate: +5% Attack Rating per level
    
    ------------------
    Berserk
      Howl: +10% Damage per level
      Shout: +10% Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Concentrate
      Bash: +5% Damage per level
      Battle Orders: +10% Damage per level
      Berserk: +1% Magic Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Double Swing
      Bash: +10% Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Double Throw
      Double Swing: +8% Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Frenzy
      Double Swing: +8% Damage per level
      Taunt: +8% Damage per level
      Berserk: +1% Magic Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Leap Attack
      Leap: +10% Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Stun
      Bash: +8% Damage per level
      Concentrate: +5% Attack Rating per level
      War Cry: +5% Duration per level
    
    ----------------------------
    War Cries
    
    Battle Command
      Shout: +5 Seconds per level
      Battle Orders: +5 Seconds per level
    
    ------------------
    Battle Orders
      Shout: +5 Seconds per level
      Battle Command: +5 Seconds per level
    
    ------------------
    Shout
      Battle Orders: +5 Seconds per level
      Battle Command: +5 Seconds per level
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ----------------------------
    Elemental Skills
    
    Arctic Blast
      Hurricane: +15% Cold Damage per level
      Cyclone Armor: +15% Cold Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    Cyclone Armor
      Twister: +7% Damage per level
      Tornado: +7% Damage per level
      Hurricane: +7% Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Firestorm
      Molten Boulder: +23% Fire Damage per level
      Fissure: +23% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Fissure
      Firestorm: +12% Fire Damage per level
      Volcano: +12% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Hurricane
      Cyclone Armor: +1 Second Duration per level
      Twister: +7% Damage per level
      Tornado: +7% Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Molten Boulder
      Volcano: +10% Damage per level
      Firestorm: +8% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Tornado
      Twister: +9% Damage per level
      Hurricane: +9% Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Twister
      Hurricane: +10% Damage per level
      Tornado: +10% Damage per level
      
    ------------------
    Volcano
      Molten Boulder: +12% Damage per level
      Fissure: +12% Fire Damage per level
      Armageddon: +12% Fire Damage per level
    
    ----------------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    Rabies
      Poison Creeper: +18% Poison Damage per level
    
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    2-E. Necromancer
      
    ----------------------------
    Poison and Bone Spells
    
    Bone Armor
      Bone Wall: +15% Damage Absorbed per level
      Bone Prison: +15% Damage Absorbed per level
    
    ------------------
    Bone Prison
      Bone Armor: +8% Life per level
      Bone Wall: +8% Life per level
      
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    Bone Wall
      Bone Armor: +10% Life per level
      Bone Prison: +10% Life per level
    
    ------------------
    Poison Dagger
      Poison Explosion: +20% Poison Damage per level
      Poison Nova: +20% Poison Damage per level
      
    ------------------
    Poison Explosion
      Poison Dagger: +15% Poison Damage per level
      Poison Nova: +15% Poison Damage per level
      
    ------------------
    Poison Nova
      Poison Dagger: +10% Poison Damage per level
      Poison Explosion: +10% Poison Damage per level
      
    ------------------
    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
    
    ----------------------------
    Summoning Spells
      
    Blood Golem
      Clay Golem: +20 Attack Rating per level
      Iron Golem: +35% Defense per level
      Fire Golem: +6% Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Clay Golem
      Blood Golem: +5% Life per level
      Iron Golem: +35% Defense per level
      Fire Golem: +6% Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Fire Golem
      Clay Golem: +20 Attack Rating per level
      Blood Golem: +5% Life per level
      Iron Golem: +35% Defense per level
    
    ------------------
    Iron Golem
      Clay Golem: +20 Attack Rating per level
      Blood Golem: +5% Life per level
      Fire Golem: +6% Damage per level
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    2-F. Paladin
    
    ----------------------------
    Combat Skills
    
    Blessed Hammer
      Blessed Aim: +14% Magic Damage per level
      Vigor: +14% Magic Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Charge
      Vigor: +20% Damage per level
      Might: +20% Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Fist of the Heavens
      Holy Bolt: +15% Holy Bolt Damage per level
      Holy Shock: +7% Lightning Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Holy Bolt
      Blessed Hammer: +50% Magic Damage per level
      Fist of the Heavens: +50% Magic Damage per level
      Prayer: +15% Life Healed per level
    
    ------------------
    Holy Shield
      Defiance: +15% Defense per level
    
    ------------------
    Sacrifice
      Redemption: +15% Damage per level
      Fanaticism: +5% Damage per level
      
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    Zeal
      Sacrifice: +12% Damage per level
    
    ----------------------------
    Defensive Auras
    
    Cleansing
      Prayer: +X* Life Healed every 2 seconds
    
    ------------------
    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.
    
    ----------------------------
    Offensive Auras
    
    ------------------
    Holy Fire
      Might: +18% Fire Damage per level
      Salvation: +6% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Holy Freeze
      Resist Cold: +15% Cold Damage per level
      Salvation: +7% Cold Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Holy Shock
      Resist Fire: +12% Lightning Damage per level
      Salvation: +4% Lightning Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Sanctuary
      Cleansing: +7% Magic Damage per level
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    2-G. Sorceress
    
    ----------------------------
    Cold Spells
    
    Blizzard
      Ice Bolt: +5% Cold Damage per level
      Ice Blast: +5% Cold Damage per level
      Glacial Spike: +5% Cold Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    Frost Nova
      Blizzard: +10% Cold Damage per level
      Frozen Orb: +10% Cold Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    Frozen Orb
      Ice Bolt: +2% Cold Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ------------------
    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
    
    ----------------------------
    Fire Spells
    
    Enchant
      Warmth: +9% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Fire Bolt
      Fire Ball: +16% Fire Damage per level
      Meteor: +16% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Fireball
      Fire Bolt: +14% Fire Damage per level
      Meteor: +14% Fire Damage per level
      
    ------------------
    Hydra
      Fire Bolt: +3% Fire Damage per level
      Fire Ball: +3% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Inferno
      Warmth: +13% Fire Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Meteor
      Fire Bolt: +5% Fire Damage per level
      Fire Ball: +5% Fire Damage per level
      Inferno: +3% Average Fire Damage per second per level
    
    ----------------------------
    Lightning Spells
    
    Chain Lightning
      Charged Bolt: +4% Lightning Damage per level
      Nova: +4% Lightning Damage per level
      Lightning: +4% Lightning Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    Charged Bolt
      Lightning: +6% Lightning Damage per level
    
    ------------------
    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.

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