Maybe you guys can help me a little.
My fanatzealot is in act2 nm. Im playing at /p8. He has around 800 life,
400 dmg, 1k def, and 3k ar. My merc has about 900 life , 2k def , 500 dmg.
Whenever I run into a pack of cursed monsters I instantly die. Whenever I run into normal monsters that shoot elemental attacks I die in a few of them. My res are all around +40. When I run into boss packs of elemental attacks I instantly fall. Im not sure what to do. It is a struggle to get through any thing. My gear is as follows:
helm: Crown with 69 def...........
wepn: King's grace long sword.
Shield: ancients pledge kite shield
ring: 7ml manald
ring: rare with ar.
ammy: 20 cold res 20 mf
charms: all res and max dmg.
Im not really sure what to do im having such a hard time getting through act1 and 2. Its only nm to. That really discourages me from playing through to hell. Any advice on where/how/what to do about me gear upgrades?
I dont mind running places for items but cant go out of act1 nm. I can also
still make cows if that matters. So basicly im looking for what to do for gear upgrades.
Also my skills are basic
5x holy shield
1x pre req
I think im lvl 53. Level doesn't seem to be to important in this situation as it doesn't seem like itll help much. My dmg output just isn't enough..
Any input is appreciated. :innocent:
Edit: Maybe I should of added this. I play self found. Also im untwinked right now after a recent restart this is my first character. I dont want to start a character to farm boss's yet. Is there any places I can run or any items I can make or anything??
Change your weapon definitely, a long sword can't do much in NM, you need exceptional weapons to do enough damage Butcher's pupil will do the job very well.
Use sigon's combo (glove+belt/boots) for 30%IAS and 10%LL. That's almost a must for twinking all melee characters.
Where are the points in sacrifice? That will increase your damage output. Also, there is really no need to play on /p8. I would bring that down to /p3 or maybe /p5. I don't know what kind of merc you are using but a holy freeze merc is very good. I would try going back and running NM andy for a while until you can get some better gear. Once you get some basic gear to get you into act 3, run meph until you are blue in the face. Errr, maybe just until he gives you a nice shield HoZ is great, but a shield with sockets and maybe a little bit of increased blocking would be good, socket with pdiamonds.
Your life and AR look okay for that stage of the game, but your resists are horrible. You'll be constantly dying to poison and elemental attacks, and remember that in v1.10 and later, many normal monsters have elemental or poison damage added to their attacks. You also need a better weapon, as has been pointed out. Some exceptional uniques that are good and not too hard to get are Butcher's Pupil, Coldsteel Eye, Ginther's Rift, Headstriker, and The Atlantean. If you're lucky, you might be able to get your paws on The Fetid Sprinkler (but it seems holy water sprinklers drop very seldom). This has chance to cast for Confuse and Decrepify, so offers you a good measure of crowd control.
You really ought to pump Sacrifice too, as people say. Max it out, and you'll have +240% damage from the synergy.
A final option is to look at your merc. Might and Holy Freeze mercs are good choices (Normal Act2 Offensive and Defensive, respectively). You might also consider a Prayer merc (Normal Act2 Combat, if I remember right) and slapping an Insight polearm on the guy, if you're playing the runeword mod. You'll need to level him, but with the Prayer from him, and the Meditation from Insight with the synergy, you'll get pretty fast healing. You also won't need any mana potions or mana leech as long as your merc's alive.
I would second the motion for an exceptional base weapon. NM cows should yield you a decent base exceptional weapon to make 'Honor' or some other decent, easy to make runeword in. That would help a lot, as would picking up some life leech - gamble for LL rare rings and/or amulets, or just hope a Cathan's drops while doing cow runs (they seem to be the grass of Sanctuary - green and absolutely everwhere).
For the rest of your equipment, gamble rares or use easy to make runewords like 'Lore'. I'd also recommend that you remake the shield in a pally shield with some +resists in it - it'll carry you further and probably have a higher block rate. If you haven't been paying attention to that you should.. try to keep it at at least 50% at this point of the game, and once you're final gear is decided shoot for the full 75%.
My merc is a defiance one. I can grab a mite merc and I guess im going to have to. My only options of running areas for items is nm andy and all of normal including normal cows. I guess ill check the drop rate of some places and run a little. I was pumping hs before sacrafice becuase my defence with my defiance merc was only 400's. Even with lvl 5 hs and defiance merc I cant hit 1k yet. Looks like ill grab a mite merc and toss to sacrafice. I have absolutely no magic find. Will it still be worth running these places for items?
Normal Baal may be a good option. He drops fairly well, up to mid-level exceptional items if I remember correctly.
Some exceptional-class weapons will drop in Act 5 normal so you may have a chance to find a Gladius/Cutlass/Shamshir/Tulwar/Dimensional Blade/Battle Sword/Rune Sword/Ancient Sword to make a better King's Grace.
Might merc would add a bit more damage but you still need a better weapon.