I currently have a fishymancer on useast and i feel id rather use the Darkforce than the Homoc. I know 99% of people use the homoc but want to know why everyone thinks its so special? I mean id rather Um the Darkforce for FCR Skills And res(Um). If anyone has opinions on what they use and why it would be greatly asppreciated!
At 59% res all (w/PDiamond), only the Wizard Spike and 4PDiamond shield (IIRC) will give more resists in a single item. So if you need resists, then Homu is the only choice.
Or, if you’re going max block, and want a “no-switch” setup, then Homu is the only choice.
Other than that, it depends on how the rest of the item’s skills (basically just +Curses and Mana/Energy), and strenght/level requirements fit into your build.
The +Curses is not important for a Fishy. And with an Insight merc, all the Mana/Energy is redundant.
The critical factor for me is the strength req. DarkF requires 48 more strength than Homu. Which equates to 96 life. And that is the main reason I wouldn't build around a DarkF. (I play HC only and have never built a Fishy with more than 58 strength.)
Homu also has some helpful mana regen and +2 necro skills and +2 to curses, +40 all rez, FBR, good block and decent defence. This makes this shield better than any other necro head. Too bad it hasnt FCR
I play a 0dex vitamancer in some half decent gear and you'd be suprised how often I block anyways. Granted, I tele everywhere, but still! I think I've got like 54 dex total from items and I hear that little clanking noise all the time!