Best Merc for WW Barb?

  • #1
    Hi

    Just looked around and most people are saying that the Act 2 Nightmare Offensive Merc is the best for a WW barb

    What do you guys think?

    And what kind of weapon should he have?
  • #2
    Definitely use the nightmare offensive merc. Give him a Pride cryptic axe for the 285-345% bonus damage from the concentration aura.

    One of the guides on here suggests Infinity, presumably for the 83% defense reduction, which could also be handy. I still prefer Pride because you ought to have a pretty good chance to hit anyway. On my single player 85 barb that I used to test my build, he's only got 8.8k attack rating which still give him an 81% chance to hit WSK monsters. That's with relatively low end gear.
  • #3
    Quote from MallowOni

    Definitely use the nightmare offensive merc. Give him a Pride cryptic axe for the 285-345% bonus damage from the concentration aura.

    One of the guides on here suggests Infinity, presumably for the 83% defense reduction, which could also be handy. I still prefer Pride because you ought to have a pretty good chance to hit anyway. On my single player 85 barb that I used to test my build, he's only got 8.8k attack rating which still give him an 81% chance to hit WSK monsters. That's with relatively low end gear.


    Thanks you!

    Just need to try make or get 1 of those 2 weapons now
  • #4
    Both are ladder only runewords, and the ladder resets the 28th of this month, so you'd better hurry.
  • #5
    Quote from MallowOni

    Both are ladder only runewords, and the ladder resets the 28th of this month, so you'd better hurry.


    Cool might try make pride then

    Sorry for a nub question, but do these weapons still work after the ladder has been reset?
  • #6
    The weapons will still work as normal, but since the character will have become non-ladder you cannot make any new ones.
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  • #7
    i got a nightmare act 2 offensive merc and made the Pride, but I cant use it till level 98 ; \

    His got only 162 strength atm, and he needs 210 to use the weapon, I calculated he would have about 210 at level 98

    I prob wont even reach that far untill diablo 3 comes out, is there any other way I can get him to use it earlier or something?

    Bit of a D2 Nub here
  • #8
    Ethereal cryptic axe ftw.
  • #9
    Quote from MallowOni

    Ethereal cryptic axe ftw.


    lol

    yeh my friend actually gave me a non-etheral cryptic axe last night, I didnt know polearms needed that much strength, hopefully I can make something for my merc to use while he levels to be able to use the pride

    Any suggestions on what would be good with this 5 socket cryptic axe for my offensive barb's merc? Looked around and cant really determine what would benefit
  • #10
    I'd say go with Doom or Obedience.
  • #11
    Quote from MallowOni

    I'd say go with Doom or Obedience.


    Or you could give your merc +str armor. Mine, for example, has an eth Colossus Voulge that needs 210 str, so I just threw a pAmy in his Shaftstop. The weapon was then usable at, I believe, level 84.
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