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    RW-Barb: questions

    Hi, all
    Here's the thing. First I was thinking: »Due to some bad choices in the past I need to save some soc quests«. That brought me to: »If I make a fun character with runewords in helm, armor and weapon(s) …«

    This idea of strictly runeword driven char brought me of course to barbarian. Frenzy barb to be exact.

    So this is what I have in plan:



    Weapon 1: eth cryptic sword ‘Oath’.
    Weapon 2: eth colossus sword/blade ‘Death’.
    Armor: ‘Fortitude’ (nor sure about the base)

    Helm: ‘Delirium’ in a 3 soc barb helm with some nice mods.

    Since this is more or less themed char, I’d really like to use act 1 or 5 merc. Rather act 1. Plan is: ‘Delirium(?)’, ‘Fortitude’ and ‘no idea about the weapon yet’.

    The rest of equipment is not a big problem; I can try and test different unique/rare items as I go.



    Oh, I won’t use phase blades (/dimensional blades). I don’t want to use them on anything but on paladin and sorc.



    Since I have no experience with frenzy barb, would somebody please stop me if I’m missing anything or about to do something very stupid?

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    Re: RW-Barb: questions

    I've not used Oath/Death, but it seems like a sensible combo. Is the Delirium just there because it's a helm runeword?

    As for the merc, I have a sorceress that used a barbarian merc with Last Wish. He made an incredible tank and boss-killer, although for a frenzier that's not as important.

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    Re: RW-Barb: questions

    Last Wish is a 'bit' out of my league.
    And yes, you are right about Delirium. It's like the-best-of-the-worst choice. Well, I guess there is Dream, but I doubt I'll use my future Jah for that. I'm very sceptical about Delirium's morphing to be honest.

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    Re: RW-Barb: questions

    Yeah, I've used Delirium in the past, but usually not on melee fighters. If you're getting hit a lot, it's more likely to trigger the transformation. While it's not usually dangerous, it could happen at an inopportune time and you wouldn't be able to use your skills. Curiously, the rogue mercenaries seem unaffected by this. If they get transformed, they continue shooting their arrows, blissfully unaware that it doesn't seem anatomically possible.

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    Re: RW-Barb: questions

    Really? That's nice to know.
    I've never played with Delirium. It is a bit expensive to make just for fooling around.

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    Re: RW-Barb: questions

    I dont think Delirium is a wise choice for a frenzy barb:

    14% Chance to Cast Level 13 Terror when Struck
    6% Chance to Cast Level 14 Mind Blast when Struck
    1% Chance to Cast Level 50 Delirium when Struck
    11% Chance to Cast Level 18 Confuse on Striking
    +2 to All Skills
    +261 Defense
    +10 to Vitality
    Extra Gold from Monsters 50%
    Better Chance of Getting Magic Items 25%
    Level 17 Attract (60 Charges)

    If you go for a runeword helmet, then Dream is a nice option:

    10% Chance to Cast Level 15 Confuse when Struck
    Level 15 Holy Shock Aura When Equipped
    +20-30% Faster Hit Recovery
    +30% Enhanced Defense
    +150-220 Defense
    +10 to Vitality
    Increase Maximum Life 5%
    +0.63-62.37 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
    +5-20% All Resistances
    Better Chance of Getting Magic Items 12-25%


    (Mind that Dream is a ladder only runeword, although the runeword mod is legit here iirc)

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    Re: RW-Barb: questions

    RWM is not a problem; Jah is.
    It's strange how there are no mid-level helm runewords. Some very low and one very high. And Delirium somewhere in the middle ...

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    Re: RW-Barb: questions

    Yeah! That sucks!

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    Re: RW-Barb: questions

    Again and again I see that eth Balrog Blade is very popular base for Oath. Is there any particular reason to go for BB and not Cryptic sword in my case?
    Since I plan to use 2 handed weapon in an offhand Death, I was looking for a fast 1 handed 4 soc weapon for Oath - thus Cryptic sword.

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    Re: RW-Barb: questions

    Maybe because of the relative high base dmg and BAS.

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