Has anyone tought about using a Cold-Ironwolf with the following set-up: Dual-Dream (Shield and Helm), Dragon (Armor), and Hand of Justice (Sword)?
With that you will get a level 30 Holy Shock, a level 30 Holy Fire, and a constant source of Glacial Spikes! What do you guys think, is it worth it?
Here are the Runewords if you do not know them:
Dream (Io + Jah + Pul)
10% chance to cast level 15 Confuse when struck
Level 15 Holy Shock aura when equipped
+20-30% Faster Hit Recovery
+30% Enhanced Defense
+10 to Vitality
5% increased maximum Life
+0.625 per character level to Mana
+5-20 to All Resistances
15-25% better chance of getting Magic Items
Dragon (Sur + Lo + Sol)
20% chance to cast level 18 Venom when struck
12% chance to cast level 15 Hydra on striking
Level 14 Holy Fire Aura when equipped
+360 to Defense
+230 Defense against missiles
+3-5 to all Attributes
+0.375 per character level to Strength
5% increased maximum Mana
+5% maximum Lightning Resist
Damage reduced by 7
Hand of Justice (Sur + Cham + Amn + Lo)
100% Chance To Cast Level 36 Blaze When You Level-Up
100% Chance To Cast Level 48 Meteor When You Die
Level 16 Holy Fire Aura When Equipped
+33% Increased Attack Speed
+280-330% Enhanced Damage
Ignore Target's Defense
7% Life Stolen Per Hit
-20% To Enemy Fire Resistance
20% Deadly Strike
Hit Blinds Target
+3 Freezes Target
The only way that this setup could have a certain efficiency is if your character is a paladin running a high level of conviction. I have tried an Iron wolf using a CM Sword + Griffon's eye and shield + armor loaded with lighting facet ( not all perfect ). He managed to do some decent damage at times when he did not cast the minimum damage with his lightning attack but all in all A-3 mercenaries are not that hot no matter what...
I seem to remember the light merc being bugged so that they don't do as much dmg as they should. Consequently you get better damage out of a fire or cold, and with the cold armor this makes the Cold version the best choice.
Does anyone remember exactly what was up with their dmg being bugged?