Glad to hear that, nepeta. I've always rather liked the build as well. One thing I kinda disagree with is upgrading the wizendraw. The physical part of FA is nearly as unimportant as the physical damage on a sorc staff. Not quite, but nearly. If you'd socked anything into it, a 5/5 cold jewel would be thing to go with, probably.
But this is from someone who uses pots and/or insight for mana. YMMV. (Then again, I cannot see wizendraws physical damage maintain FA. I can't even do that with a windforce. Especially in the WS K where half the things I need FA against are unleechable.
Oh, the mana required to keep FA going couldn't be leeched even with a ranged grief ^^ I just upgraded the wizendraw in order to see if it would help, and it did a little, for on p1 the monsters are not very strong.
I found it hard to maintain resistances under the pressure of mana leech or mpk, in the end I ended up with 3 ml and 4 mpk, which is adequate for LF, but neither of which do very much for FA. I settled for some mana charms and playing on p1, the main consideration being having more fun from playing a fa/light zon on p1 than a carpet bombing character on p8. On p1 I manage not to run out of potions, most of the time
I am having fun with this build, my equipment is carp but it doesnt seem to matter much. At first I didn't understand the reason for not taking Valkyrie but (DUR!) the dodge skills are pre-reqs. And as I get into Act 5 NM I can see the point of that, standing around dodging and evading is not as practical as just mowing down everything in site.
Not being used to melee characters I had a hard time with Diablo until I realized "Hey dummy. stop running around and just tank the big lug". He went down pretty quick after that
1) I advertised her as such because the WS K has a lot of different (random) monsters and at the time of writing there were still a lot of people that considered the WS K too hard to run. This build is good at it because she can handle anything the game throws at her, quickly and safely. And she can wear a good amount of MF while doing so without cramping her kill speed. If you've got a plan for killing hordes of average monsters (FA, LF) as well as taking down bosses quickly (charged strike) and are able to handle immunities (lightning / cold) you'll be good at anything, including the ws k.
2) There isn't much that *cannot* do it. With respecs she'll be even easier to level untwinked because you can pump skills from lvl 1. But she's no Fishymancer.
3) If something can make it in the WS K, it can make it anywhere. Someone sang a song about that once, I think. Or was that New York? Personally I never saw a good reason to run the chaos sanctuary, though. But she can do it. For the rare LI / CI critter there's always the merc.
4) Kinda like 2), no? Personally, I'd rank her above average, but you gotta keep in mind that average for me may mean something radically different from average for other people (Jiasonz, for example :3 ) . I haven't found anything that outperforms my necromancer untwinked, and I dont think I ever will.
Alright! Perhaps I should make a fishyzon now... :P
1. Just a few more if you dont mind. People seem to say not to use valkyrie, why? Is decoy strong enough as a tank? And slow missile, do you use that skill?
EDIT: Oh, just found out. You....advise not to get D/A/E ? Is it really not needed? I mean, yeah, thousands of flayers shooting at you will put you into D/A/E animation and you basically cant do anything, but....should I really skip D/A/E? Feels weird lol first time using a zon without dodging skills. I should be better off putting spare points to decoy, yes?
2. I am lucky, I just checked that I have a Mosers. Is this good shield for fishyzon? What should I socket it with, 2 P diamonds for resists?
The D/A/E is pretty much covered in the guide. It's not part of the build which means it's nothing I would spend points on. In the spare points section I explain why I wouldn't drop points in it even if they were spare. It's not as bad on this build as on, say, strafe, but it's still pretty horrible. And totally unnecessary. Overall it does more harm than good.
Decoy: No tank is needed at all. There are times when casting decoy can be useful but honestly, even in HC, i almost never used it. The merc was more than enough.
Moser's is a neat shield. I think I used it a lot. Upgraded, too, because that increases chance to block by a fair bit which frees up points to dump into vit. On my fishyzon i dont use shields for resists because half them time I'm not using a shield, especially when i need resists the most (gloams). You should try to be at 75% LR without the shield.
Thanks for the great guide Nightfish, as well as to all who have contributed to it with good advice!
She really rocks! She'd just killed Ancients on Hell /p3 by mistake... It was the most epic battle I had in a while so I want to share for this build greatness can be seen!
I've read from people here that ancients are a tad difficult, so I wanted to reach the start of the next level (82) before I challenge the ancients, so switched to /p3 to gain exp more quickly. She (WSKnyuszko) was done at 81 (max CS, LF, FA, CA, 1 to pierce, decoy + prerequisites, with all quests), so she was ready to reach the "WS K" (tm Nightfish).
I've equipped her with her thunderstroke, put 8 full rejuvs in her belt and pushed the altar.
The first fight was really quick. 20 sec after the start my merc horribly died when she killed Korlic (cold enchanted) and since I've panicked pushed the wrong quick key and opened a portal as I wanted to cast a decoy. First I didn't even realize what had happened. Took me about 2-3 sec to realize my mistake and stop running around... OK, no problem, go to town, resurrect Jemali, restock full rejuvs, remove TP from hotkeys, rethink what happened, push the altar again.
Korlic spawned fire immune, Talic with fire and cold immunity, Madawc with fire and lightning stone skin. Well, she likes difficult but doable...
A quick decoy to distract Talic, Jemali engaged Madawc and WSKnyuszko started CS-ing Korlic. With one eye on Jemali's health pool, one eye on Madawc and one eye on her health pool(wait, that can't be mathematically right... ), Korlic went down quickly.
I was surprised to find the decoy still alive despite the numerous WhirlWinds it got from Talic. Before it poofed I even had time to reach Talic and start CS-ing him as well. Merc was still fighting Madawc. Brave man I have to give him that. By that time my healing potions were gone as well as 5 from my full rejuvs and 2 super mana potions. I've started to worry a bit and I could clearly see the panicking expression on Jemali's face. Madawc wasn't even sweaty. She switched to her Wizendraw and started spamming arrows like there is no tomorrow (and for a while it seemed so). The remaining 3 full rejuvs and 1 mana pots went bye-bye and Madawc was still around 45% , Jemali at 60%, WSKnyuszko at 75%. And then it happened... Jemali died again. Few sec later WSKnyuszko was around 18% with no mana pots, no Meditation aura, Madawc still around 30% and very pissed for being made to a hedgehog...
WSKnyuszko was running for her life. Again. At every 22 mana she shot one FA arrow, then turned around and started running like mad in zigzag keeping as low as she could and praying to all deities both of us could recall on the spot. She must have been very lucky (well, she will be a WSK mf runner so luck is a must in her job description), for none of Madawc's axes hit her in the back. The next 5 minutes felt like ages. Shoot (hit), run, shoot(hit), run, shoot(miss - darn!), run and so on until Madawc finally died, and she was granted passage to her workplace knowing the next workday will be a little bit easier.
It was then when I realized the settings were left on /p3... She killed ancients on /p3 without Lifetap, CB, Decrep with only the tools Nightfish suggested for everyday usage. I think she'll fulfill her role.
Her equipment were as follows (all self found):
Helm: Shako (15ias/14@)
Amu: rare with +1 Ama, +19 str, 14@, 29 light res, life regen +4
Armor: Skullder's Ire 190ed (shael)
Ring1: BKWB 3
Ring2: rare with +6@, 90 mana
Boots: War Traveller 47
Gloves: rare with +2 Java , 20 ias, 15 str
Wep: Titan's (upped for jab) 200ed/5ll, Thunderstoke 4/195ed
Shield: Stormshield (-15 req, +4 str, +9 dex)
Switch: Wizendraw -35 (shael)
In stash: Gheed 31, res charms, 1 Bow skiller (12 fhr), cube, TP thome, 4x2 empty, thunderstroke in cube
res in hell: 65,69,83,43 (bow)
She might be given Mara's, 1 SoJ, and a +3java/20 gloves when I find them, and test Melody for myself if a 3 sock Matriarchal bow drops.
Insight great poleaxe - 12 meditation, upped shaftstop (11@, +13max), Tal's helm. At 83 he'll get Andy(ral) and an eth CV insight
Last edited by korci; 01-05-2012 at 16:17.