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    Which Golem for PvM?

    Which one should I mostly use, and should I invest points into it?

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    Re: Which Golem for PvM?

    Clay golem is awesome vs bosses. Due to its ability to slow them down a bit.

    But the higher lvl I get, and along with better gear. I always switch to iron golem at some point.
    But if I do, I always make the iron golem from an Insight runeword.

    Then I can put something meaner on my merc instead.

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    Re: Which Golem for PvM?

    Golems have managed to get themselves into an awkward place in Diablo II. I really like them, and they manage to make themselves useful enough that just about every necromancer has one, but they're not nearly as good as they could be...

    Clay: Cheap, durable, and slows enemies down. Pretty good with even one point invested into it (you'll also want a point into Golem Mastery). Most necromancers use Clay Golem for its capacity to tank monsters and for the slow, which (I think) stacks with Decrepify.

    Blood: Originally, Blood Golem's interaction with damage return, such as the necromancer's Iron Maiden, allowed for a fun experience in which monsters would surround the Blood Golem and their attacks would make them damage themselves while healing the Blood Golem and the necromancer. Ever since the patch that removed this (1.10 I think), Blood Golem has had a reputation as being useless. Patch 1.13 did away with Blood Golem damaging the necromancer when it takes damage, but Blood Golem is still generally the worst golem.

    Iron: Its properties are dependent on the item used, but the fact that it results in the permanent loss of the item should be enough to deter most people. The biggest exception to this is the runeword Insight. A golem made from an Insight weapon gives a Meditation aura, which is very nice. Golems can have other auras too, but those items require higher runes and can't be so easily replaced. Don't assume, "I'll just make sure my golem never dies" either, because sometimes they just vanish on their own. Other than the item expenditure issue, Iron Golems can be pretty useful. Insight Golems are great for bone necros. This is the only golem that can achieve appreciable damage against monsters, which isn't particularly relevant, since other damage sources surpass it by so much (the Obedience runeword seems to be the best performer as an attacking golem). The most powerful golem for PvM, if you have been hoarding runes for several years and need a way to get rid of that collection, is an Iron Golem made from the Pride runeword.

    Fire: Hefty mana cost and its damage output is still too low to be useful. Try taking a high-level Fire Golem into low-level areas of the game some time, to see what could have been if golems weren't so underpowered. Fire Golem does get somewhat better if paired with Lower Resist or Conviction, but necromancers have access to better sources of damage. As a tank, the appeal of Fire Golem is that its aura will irritate monsters, so they attack it. Fire Golem can be a fun alternative, but usually Clay is a better option.

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    Re: Which Golem for PvM?

    Quote Originally Posted by Archone View Post
    Clay golem is awesome vs bosses. Due to its ability to slow them down a bit.

    But the higher lvl I get, and along with better gear. I always switch to iron golem at some point.
    But if I do, I always make the iron golem from an Insight runeword.

    Then I can put something meaner on my merc instead.
    A little bit? They slow down enemies SO much, and it's activated if they're hit by the enemies, or if they hit the enemy.

    Yes, it does stack with decrep.

    I'm all for CG but also like IG if you keep the golem safe enough

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    Re: Which Golem for PvM?

    I'm a huge fan of the fire golem. The agro that he draws is really nice for pretty much every necro build. Of course CG is unbeatable for bosses.

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    Re: Which Golem for PvM?

    About IG, I've always wondered, when it is summoned at the start of a new game, is it summoned at your current skill level, or at the skill lvl it was created?

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    Re: Which Golem for PvM?

    Current skill level. That is to say the level of the skill with all the bonuses of the gear your character was wearing when you exited the game.

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    Re: Which Golem for PvM?

    Another option for IG if your necromancer is in need of a near-indestructible tank rather than a source of Meditation is to make it out of a Treachery runeword. Cheap runes, and you can put it in the highest defense armor that might be less useful regarding requirements.

    If I remember correctly, minions don't suffer resistance penalties. When the Golem's Fade triggers, he'll get a nice 60% resist all and 15% Damage Reduction. As long as your Summon Resist is above level 4 (44% resist) then he should be immune to everything except poison and physical damage, the ladder of which he is resistant to as well.

    Since Golems run faster and monsters seem to like to target them, a Golem running into a pack of Burning Souls or Venom Lords while being immune to their main ranged attacks is a fantastic way to keep that damage off of you and your minions.

    If I remember correctly of course. I believe Fade from Treachery will cast on an IG and give more than 100 resist with no penalties. Anyone want to confirm?

    Not only that, but this actually give him a small bit of damage. It isn't great or near using an Obedience, but he will attack pretty quickly, and with a Conviction/Fanaticism aura to give him a better chance to him, he'll cast Venom as well and deal some Poison damage pretty regularly. Again, nothing to write home about, but on the off chance you are broke with no merc, it is enough to get that first kill instead of taking forever with Attract and a Clay Golem + Backup attacks.

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    Re: Which Golem for PvM?

    Quote Originally Posted by Psychonautical View Post
    Not only that, but this actually give him a small bit of damage. It isn't great or near using an Obedience, but he will attack pretty quickly, and with a Conviction/Fanaticism aura to give him a better chance to him, he'll cast Venom as well and deal some Poison damage pretty regularly. Again, nothing to write home about, but on the off chance you are broke with no merc, it is enough to get that first kill instead of taking forever with Attract and a Clay Golem + Backup attacks.
    That's another fairly reasonable runeword. While it wouldn't match Obedience, it also might be more practical for a necromancer that isn't going all crazy in dedicating skills and equipment to improving the golem. I'll have to remember Treachery for if I do another round of Iron Golemancer testing.

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    Re: Which Golem for PvM?

    I invested in a blood golem with my melee necro. Synergized bone armor is almost always up so elemental damage is the only thing I worry about. I don't have to prioritize life tap over other curses to stay afloat.

    Too bad that's about the only build it's good for.......

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