Honestly, who's getting bored of these? It's one thing to post a matriarch/patriarch thread that is an unconventional build, but do any of us really care about the cookie-cutters anymore? I personally am becoming increasingly apathetic about my own achievements. But maybe that's just me.
Not even fanfic this time, like I usually write. The shame.
Anyhow, this is my second sorceress. The first was Tracy, a meteorber with full Tal Rasha's set. This one is a pure blizzard sorceress.
Despite the boredom I feel lately with posting matriarch threads, I'm very proud of her. She was a lot of fun and had some relatively decent finds.
Decent finds, you say? Well, Pul from NM Hellforge and Gul from Hell Hellforge top the cake. But there were others.
Strength: 140 (157)
Dexterity: 170 (177)*
Vitality: 175 (234)
Energy: 35 (62)
*I prefer a balanced stat point allocation between vitality and dexterity, instead of just pumping one. Enough vitality for decent life, and yet enough dexterity for good block chance.
Ice Bolt: 20 (32)
Ice Blast: 20 (32)
Glacial Spike: 20 (35)
Blizzard: 20 (34)
Cold Mastery: 12 (24)*
Static field, teleport, telekenesis: 1 (11)
Warmth: 1 (12)
*I'll be maxing this next.
Code:Harlequin Crest - socketed with perfect topaz Mara's Kaleidoscope Skin of the Vipermagi - socketed with perfect topaz The Oculus - socketed with Ist rune "Spirit" Monarch Magefist War Traveler Snowclash Nagelring Rare ring with resists, 10% FCR CHARMS: Chilling Grand Charm Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus Required Level: 42 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 86 Fingerprint: 0xd761f0cf +1 to Cold Skills (Sorceress Only) Chilling Grand Charm Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus Required Level: 42 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 50 Fingerprint: 0xac3b3590 +1 to Cold Skills (Sorceress Only) Gheed's Fortune Grand Charm Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus Required Level: 62 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 85 Fingerprint: 0x1aff4fcb 113% Extra Gold from Monsters 39% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items Reduces All Vendor Prices 10% Shimmering Grand Charm of Balance Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus Required Level: 27 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 44 Fingerprint: 0xa81b7c71 All Resistances +13 12% Faster Hit Recovery Ruby Grand Charm of Sustenance Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus Required Level: 37 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 69 Fingerprint: 0xe46b0d20 +29 to Life Fire Resist +30% 2 x Small Charm of Vita 4 x Small Charm of Good Luck
Ilzan, the Act II Defiance Merc
Code:Andariel's Visage Demonhead 'Ral' Defense: 339 Durability: 20 of 20 Required Strength: 102 Required Level: 83 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 99 Fingerprint: 0x50c8a276 +28 to Strength +119% Enhanced Defense Fire Resist +0% Poison Resist +70% +10% to Maximum Poison Resist 10% Life stolen per hit 20% Increased Attack Speed +2 to All Skill Levels 15% Chance to cast Level 15 Poison Nova when struck Level 3 Venom (20/20 Charges) Socketed (1: 1 used) Insight Superior Colossus Voulge 'RalTirTalSol' Two-Hand Damage: 94 to 842 Durability: 26 of 26 Required Dexterity: 45 Required Strength: 200 Required Level: 48 Polearm Class - Slow Attack Speed Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 83 Fingerprint: 0xc29614c +5 to Strength +5 to Energy +5 to Dexterity +5 to Vitality +228% Enhanced Damage +13% Enhanced Damage +3 to Attack Rating +9 to Minimum Damage Adds 5-30 fire damage +75 poison damage over 5 seconds 23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items +1 to Critical Strike 35% Faster Cast Rate 189% Bonus to Attack Rating +2 to Mana After Each Kill Level 16 Meditation Aura When Equipped Ethereal (Cannot be Repaired), Socketed (4: 4 used) Duriel's Shell Cuirass Defense: 703 Durability: 150 of 150 Required Strength: 65 Required Level: 41 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 59 Fingerprint: 0x6919ac2a +15 to Strength +194% Enhanced Defense Fire Resist +20% Lightning Resist +20% Cold Resist +50% Poison Resist +20% +100 Maximum Durability 15% Increased Attack Speed Cannot Be Frozen +107 to Defense (Based on Character Level) +86 to Life (Based on Character Level) Socketed (1: 1 used)
Freckles was far more fragile than Tracy, but I expected that. The good news is that it doesn't really matter. Blizzard (around 5500 - 5700 damage) just wipes out everything. As long as I was able to drop a blizzard or two in time, everything was demolished before being able to mount much of an offensive.
I specifically tried to make the mercenary more lethal than the usual walking Meditation aura, (hence the particularly nasty "Insight", coupled with 20 IAS on the helm and 15 on the armor to reach the next breakpoint), because I wanted somebody who could take down the pesky cold immunes. And he did exactly that. As long as they didn't swarm him, he killed them with a little help from static field.
Never the less, I did a lot of teleporting through some areas, especially the ice caves in Act IV.
Final note: Although she has less MF than my current Meph runner, she's quite a bit faster, so I think I'll use her for the rest of the Mephathon. And after that, it's leveling in the Ancient Tunnels and Pindleskin.
Thanks for reading about Matriarch Freckles, everybody!