The discussion sparked by Cormallon has reached it's culmination (at least for me) in this character. For those that missed the threads, the idea was to get a character to the hellforge as fast as possible without rushing him with outside help. Tried that, took me 4 hours 4 minutes. Okay, now, the next logical step is to test how fast I can get to guardian if I really put some effort into this. The answer is: 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Yes folks, I did indeed do it and on my first try at that. Technically project 3 hours is still a failure as I missed the time by 20 minutes. But I had some very bad mapseeds, got horribly lost in act 3 once and had to go back for a bodypart when I had picked up a potion instead. (olo. nub)
Still, I count this a success for several reasons. First of all, this was f*ing hard in hell. I also improved my time substantially from the last try. And the biggest reason is probably that she managed to beat the ancients with just a single element at lvl 63 *tanking* for her mercenary because he would die in two hits. More on that later.
Anyway, here's her log:
Act 1: 30 minutes, lvl 18
Act 2: 25 minutes, lvl 24
Act 3: 15 minutes, lvl 26
Act 4: 7 minutes, lvl 27
Act 5: 25 minutes, lvl 40 (incl. 2 Baal runs)
Act 1: 6 minutes, lvl 42
Act 2: 12 minutes, lvl 48
Act 3: 12 min, lvl 52
Act 4: 5 minutes, lvl 52 (HF: Fal)
Act 5: 18 minutes, lvl 63 (incl 2 Baal runs)
Act 1: 4 minutes, lvl 63
Act 2: 7 minutes, lvl 63
Act 3: 9 minutes, lvl 63
Act 4: 10 minutes, lvl 63 (HF: to do)
Act 5: 15 minutes, lvl 65
Total time elapsed: 3:20
This is the time spent in game, not twinking. With twinking it's probably something like 3:30.
Skillwise there are no surprises here. Blizzard & synergies, CM for 100%, 1 teleport, 1 static. Damage was 4k in the end. Stat wise she went for 118 str and max block.
When I hit lvl 9 I hired a rogue and outfitted her with some basic items, 2-42 light damage bow, +max armour / helm. Helped early levelling a bit. Worthwhile investment for the time it took to hier / outfit. She died at andariel and wasn't resurrected.
At lvl 29 I hired a lvl 27 defensive desert merc to carry insight for me.
At lvl 63 I ditched the orignial def merc who was only lvl 51 in favor of one 10 levels higher. Same aura. He alternated between Insight and Obedience for weapons and wore Vamp gaze + shaftstop (Um). For some reason he still dies to everything in 2 hits.
So, here we are at lvl 1 in normal. Initial weapon is a +3 firebolt staff. At lvl 2 a hunters bow with 4 jewels of envy took over. 1 hit kills everything on p8, at least until I had 23 str for a mask with 3 jewels of envy and 30 for a breastplate with 3 jewels of envy. This totals a poison damage of 200 over 20 seconds. At hunter bow speed which is pretty sweet. First boots were Hsarus. The plan was basically to set the game to p8 and fight her way through the act as fast as possible without bypassing too many enemies. She did the den of evil quest.
At lvl 6 she got to wear the partial death's set, lvl 12 brings another +115 life from angelic jewelry. Around lvl 15 the poison was starting to kill more slowly. This looks like a job for... Buggy .09 raven claw! Yeah, this is where it's it at, that's the good ****. Oooh yeah. Here, doggy. Bow lasted until around lvl 25-26. At lvl 15 she also got to wear the complete iratha's set which boosts resis and running speed and is generally pimpin. She kept that until act 1 hell. Also at 15 she changed her boots for treads. At lvl 18 her breastplate was replaced by a ringmail with 3 perfect sapphires for +114 mana and put a spire of lazurus on switch. This concludes act 1.
In act 2 she did radament for lvls & the extra skill point. Next big change in items came continuously from lvl 25 onwards. Spirit sword, Nat's soul, Visceratuant, Vipermagi. She had 2 charms with about 30% resistance to each of the elements and some +life/mana charms at that time.
Did the 2 optional stat quests in act 3 as the items dropped right in front of my feet. Didn't do anything quests in act4. Anya rescued in act 5.
At the end of normal I made the mistake of doing 2 baal runs from lvl 36 to 40. This cost her about 6-7 minutes and was unnecessary.
At this point I realised that I had already spent more than half of my time and I was just out of normal. Meh. Probably not going to make it.
As she was already lvl 40 I chose to skip act 1 completely. I still killed quite a bit in act 2 as I can just cast blizz - move - cast blizz and she has half a level. All in all nightmare was very easy, as it always is for twinked chars. I did some of the optional quests, mainly because I thought I would need some boost or the quest happened to be on my way from A to B. Quests done were: Bird + Tome, Izual, Anya. Not done: Den of evil, radament.
I don't think I've ever been in hell with a lvl 63 char. Let alone a sorc with around 700-800 life depending on charms. Anyway, her final gear change included: Shako (Ruby), Guardian Angel (11% Res all), Snowclash, Glacial Amulet, Bloodfist (seriously), Upp'd Visceratuant / Occy, Wspike / Lidless, 2 x SoJ.
Anyway, I noticed I had about 5 minutes per act so I decided to just port through everything I could and not do anything I did not have to do. This worked okay in act 1 but from act 2 onwards there were about a dozen NDEs per act. I have a good reju-reflex, though, and saw her through some horrible boss packs (might, fana, curse beetles, 200 might, curse flayers, conviction gloams, etc).
So she zipped through, picking up the staff and the amulet, god the maggot lair and the temple were scary. TPing into the dark when three sucessful hits will kill you... Not fun. Arcane sanctuary... Of course in every difficulty the summoner was on the 3rd or 4th branch I tried. Sure, why not... At least I know where each of the tombs are so I made up for a bit of lost time there. Duriel was a wuss although I had to tank him myself. Merc just vaporised. Was beginning to worry about the ancients then.
Act3... Love of my life. Nah, actually I don't think it's so bad but I got horribly lost which normally never happens to me. Again dozens of NDEs porting through like mad. Council was very fun. Merc disintegrated again and in the end I had to do it myself. Somehow managed to run around dodging attacks (conviction rules with hydras and a bunch of hierophants -.-) until I had some of them down and the flail dropped. Cubed it, ported in, smashed the thing and down I went. Zipped through the durance like bugs bunny on steriods but somehow managed to not get killed. Mephisto killed my merc with one withering look thrown his way "Lvl 63? olo! Who's your daddy? Who's your daddy?"
Sorc was all like
"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Don't see nobody else here so you must be talkin' to me"
*Ice Orb of Doom*
*Ice Orb of Doom*
*Ice Orb of Doom*
*out of rejuvs! ... oh wait, that's not good! runs around in panic*
and somehow meph went down before the sorc did. Again, I was beginning to worry about the ancients as I didn't really see how mr.merc was gonna do it if he kept dying all the time.
Still, on to:
Act4: Well, zipping through to the chaos sanctuary was easy enough. But my merc kept getting vaporised again. Oh well, at least there's only OKs that are cold immune. So I zipped through the grand visier and spawned him with TK while tanking whatever else was there. Snipe'd him out and went on to de Seis. Hm, problem. He's CI and there's 6 OKs around. Time to revive mr universe. And he's down again! Sweet. So in the end I had to split up de Seis and the other OKs and stunlock them with TK after staticing them to 50%. Somehow the merc managed to kill them. Of course Infector spawned CI too. Would have been too easy otherwise.
Act 5: Again, zipping through like crazy. Not too dangerous in the first 3 areas but underground it was close a few times. Went straight for mount arreat. Rerolled ancients until only 1 was CI. The other 2 were LI. Managed to kill an extra strong whirler pretty fast and the thrower ended up getting stuck somehow so that left me and the CI leapfrog and Mr Moron. Well, one hit from the leaper took about 95% of my merc's life so I decided to tank him myself while the merc chipped away with obedience. 75% block ftw. Somehow it worked, too. The last one was just a formality then, as were baal and his minions. The throneroom was full of surprises, though. Stygian dolls and succubi. Wouldn't be so bad but a succubus also kills my merc in 2 hits. Is there anything that doesn't kill him in 2 hits? Ida know.
So, there you have it. Guardian in 3 hours 20 minutes. I think with a bit of luck I could actually do it in 3 hours but now I've got 7 sorcs through hell and 1 parked in front of the chaos sanctuary in hell so i think it's enough with the sorcs for now.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I gotta go back to Nightmare to level her to 69...
Also: 29 down, 20 to go for the sept.
edit: Did the hellforge in hell:
GUL RUNE!!! Good return for 3 hours spent getting there?
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18-05-2006, 15:24 #1
Guardian #29 - Speedy_II (Project 3 hours)
18-05-2006, 15:33 #2
- Join Date
- Oct 2005
- The Mausoleum.
I'm getting palpitations just from reading this.
18-05-2006, 15:46 #3
Congratulations! Very well done.
Originally Posted by Nightfish
18-05-2006, 16:07 #4
Very well done ! Congratulations.
I seriously doubted you could do that, in such a short time. I have to apologize.
And finally a GUL... nice reward!
I'm still stuck with my SPUMF char, can't save&exit or I'd risk redoing areas (my own rule, I even don't want xp from redoing something just to get to the next area). But as soon as meph is done, I'll do some equip runs (bow, jewels...) and test how fast I can do normal, without a ravenclaw....
18-05-2006, 16:11 #5
Nice work as always NF. Pretty soon when you open the game and click the "create new character" button, the "Congratulations Guardian X" screen will automatically appear. It will be the games' way of admitting defeat. :grin:
18-05-2006, 16:24 #6
- Join Date
- Mar 2006
sorry for my n00bish comment
either you did not mention it or its just me
what did you have on weapon swap?
life tap wand can be found within seconds in any shop
and that would keep mr. universe.. errr... a bit more alive)
ohhh, now i see! you teh messenger from Diablo II godz ^____^
just another thought.
some day nightfish will open his eyes early in the morning
and find himself holding a bardiche and yelling
'I AM TEH SPIRIT OF NEPHALEM! DIE, N00B!'
18-05-2006, 16:43 #7
& Single Player & SP Trading
- Join Date
- Mar 2006
- Shooting from the lip since 1970
18-05-2006, 16:53 #8
Good job, NF! Impressive.
18-05-2006, 17:14 #9
- Join Date
- Jun 2003
Yippee for teh fish! Good job. I think I got to A3 NM once in 3 hours....
18-05-2006, 17:32 #10
- Join Date
- Mar 2006
- On the edge of sanity.
Congrats, fishy! That's fast. Nice bonus on the Gul too! o_0
Post was a good read. Roflmaolol @ the Meph scene... ^^
So, what's your next Guardian gonna be?