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What's the best gear setup for an act 3 iron wolf hireling? I would want to build him to optimize his ability to support a party rather than maximize his own damage.

Yes I know that act 3 mercenaries may not be as "meta" as the others, but I still want to use one.

How does
Sanctuary Aura
from items work on a mercenary? Will it allow player characters to bypass physical resistance on undead if sanctuary is coming from a merc? Does it allow you to bypass all physical resistances > 0, or does it only work on undead with complete physical immunity (>=100% resistance)?
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Sean 34

Barbarian Americas PC
What's the best gear setup for an act 3 iron wolf hireling? I would want to build him to optimize his ability to support a party rather than maximize his own damage.

Yes I know that act 3 mercenaries may not be as "meta" as the others, but I still want to use one.

How does
Sanctuary Aura
from items work on a mercenary? Will it allow player characters to bypass physical resistance on undead if sanctuary is coming from a merc? Does it allow you to bypass all physical resistances > 0, or does it only work on undead with complete physical immunity (>=100% resistance)?

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Sanctuary is an aura. It will work even if the item is on your merc.
It will remove the Physical Resistances (immunity or not) of only Undead Monsters.

Relax and have fun!
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Sean wrote: 1 year ago
act 3 iron wolf hireling
more like 'act 3 braindead hireling' :D

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As far as I know, there is no gear combo that is able to keep those mercs alive. Since they are casters and dont benefit from Life steal - they cannot keep themselves alive and there are hardly any players willing to make it a job for themselves.

I could be very wrong, but have never seen anybody sport an Act 3 merc in all my years in D2. ( will not share how many they are cuz its depressing)

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Sean 34

Barbarian Americas PC
chokapyy wrote: 1 year ago
As far as I know, there is no gear combo that is able to keep those mercs alive. Since they are casters and dont benefit from Life steal - they cannot keep themselves alive and there are hardly any players willing to make it a job for themselves.

I could be very wrong, but have never seen anybody sport an Act 3 merc in all my years in D2. ( will not share how many they are cuz its depressing)
You're right about them not being able to keep themselves alive. Even with 4k max health from
Battle Orders
. Poison damage is particularly bad, because there's not much to do other than keep feeding him potions.

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About gear.

I used to use an Act 3 Fire as support.
The
Enchant
was useful and Lawbringer helped me againt mana burn undead minions from Uber Baals.
But he was almost always killed by Venom Lord from
Über Diablo
.

A setup that could work is :
+
Eth
Griffon and -5 facet
+ Crescent Moon
+
Eth
Monarch
Spirit
+
Eth
Skin of the Vipermagi
and -5 facet
You will have 60-65 to Enemy Lightning Resistance.

I have an perfect 35 AllRes
Eth
SotV and HolyFire Paladin on ladder.
But giffon is on non-ladder.
Maybe I could do a test once season 1 is ended.

Relax and have fun!
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Sean 34

Barbarian Americas PC
mockingbirdreal wrote: 1 year ago
I used to use an Act 3 Fire as support.
The
Enchant
was useful and Lawbringer helped me againt mana burn undead minions from Uber Baals.
But he was almost always killed by Venom Lord from
Über Diablo
.

A setup that could work is :
+
Eth
Griffon and -5 facet
+ Crescent Moon
+
Eth
Monarch
Spirit
+
Eth
Skin of the Vipermagi
and -5 facet
You will have 60-65 to Enemy Lightning Resistance.

I have an perfect 35 AllRes
Eth
SotV and HolyFire Paladin on ladder.
But giffon is on non-ladder.
Maybe I could do a test once season 1 is ended.
Act 3 fire for
Enchant
was exactly what I was thinking, with either Lawbringer or
Azurewrath
to give him Sanctuary.
Azurewrath
might require too much dexterity though.

The reason why I like act 1 and 3 mercs is that the ai generally tries to avoid enemies. I've had trouble keeping act 2 and 5 mercs alive in the past, because they will usually engage anything they see in melee combat.

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Sean wrote: 1 year ago
Act 3 fire for
Enchant
was exactly what I was thinking, with either Lawbringer or
Azurewrath
to give him Sanctuary.
Azurewrath
might require too much dexterity though.

The reason why I like act 1 and 3 mercs is that the ai generally tries to avoid enemies. I've had trouble keeping act 2 and 5 mercs alive in the past, because they will usually engage anything they see in melee combat.
You can give
The Reaper's Toll
or Lawbringer to them.
Decrepify
makes them hard to die.

Relax and have fun!
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I saw the following build on Reddit, to pair with a horker running
Travincal
:

Act 3 Mercenary (Fire)
Flickering Flame
Plague
Upped, ethereal
Guardian Angel
w/
Hel
rune
Stormshield
w/
Hel
rune

What do you guys think?

I play both ladder and non-ladder.
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louner 209

Europe PC
Ikarugamesh wrote: 1 year ago
I saw the following build on Reddit, to pair with a horker running
Travincal
:

Act 3 Mercenary (Fire)
Flickering Flame
Plague
Upped, ethereal
Guardian Angel
w/
Hel
rune
Stormshield
w/
Hel
rune

What do you guys think?
I don't see how it would help in
Travincal
. This setup seems to be designed to just keep the merc alive (or just give him a chance to stay alive), but I can't see how that merc would contribute anything to a trav run other than just staying not dead somewhere behind you.

IMO act3 mercs are useless at the moment. The ones with Static - before they actually use Static usually the boss is below 50% HP already.
Enchant
- you can substitute them with a
Demon Limb
and use better merc instead. :P Lawbringer ? Act 5 merc can use those also and can have Grief +
Frenzy
+ life leech also.

The only thing I am curious about with Act 3 merc is giving them Phoenix shield to check if that would help with
Nihlathak
runs (to remove bodies). But even this I doubt :D Just
Nature's Peace
seems like a better option here?

If they were reworked had inherent effect of some kind of unique "minus to enemy res" aura (kind of like having an Infinity, but weaker, getting better with levels - not
Conviction
, just for the element they are using) I think they would be ok to consider. :D I think that would perfectly match their sorc/support role. Just an idea

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My ACT 3 Mercenary build for my Lightning Assa:
Weapon is
Lightsabre

Shield is either Spirit or
Lidless Wall
or
Wall of the Eyeless

Helmet is either
Griffon's Eye
(Ethereal is cheap in comparison) or
Kira's Guardian

And finally Body Armor is an
Ormus
' Robe with either +3
Charged Bolt
or +3 Lightning (is added) and 15% Lightning Skill DMG.
This for ACT 3 Lightning (
Static Field
) Mercenary.
Altogether not a Tank or Supporter but additional Lightning Damager for the
Lightning Sentry
Assassin.
If Dexterity is too low add Runes with +Dex to the Uniques...
Spirit is actually Impossible.
If you are rich enough you can try Dual Dream Runeword as an alternative. But is useless for Assassin.
When using Enigma the +3
Charged Bolt
Bonus of
Ormus
' Robe is better than a +3 Lightning one Imho.

I am still working on a solution.
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Lightsabre
? Why? Almost all of its affixes, except lightning absorb, work with weapon attacks only. Give him Spirit in a
Crystal Sword
instead. Or maybe Crescent Moon, but remember that -enemy res works only for the wearer, your sin won't inherit that.
Dual Dream is useless without synergies. It works only on a Paladin (with
Resist Lightning
and
Salvation
) or a Sorceress (with
Lightning Mastery
).
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I Like it as overall weapon. It has Mana Leech +1-200 Lightning Damage and 5% Chance to cast
Chain Lightning
.
Dream is useless I agree.
Maybe a six socketed
Phase Blade
with Lightning Damage Jewels could Work?
I mean 6 Rainbows with +5% Lightning Damage
Edit: True Mana Leech does no effect.
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apsus 29

Europe PC
Phalanx wrote: 1 year ago
I Like it as overall weapon. It has Mana Leech +1-200 Lightning Damage and 5% Chance to cast
Chain Lightning
.
Dream is useless I agree.
Maybe a six socketed
Phase Blade
with Lightning Damage Jewels could Work?
I mean 6 Rainbows with +5% Lightning Damage
its a caster can use mana leech the act 3 merc doesnt hit only cast like a sorc so he benefits from fcr etc attack sped life mana leech Attack rating are useless to him Crescent Moon Spirit sword Lawbringer azurwrath are good option

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I don't like Sanctuary because I want to give good damage in Duels. I know it dies but still...
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Nate 561

Switch
If your looking for party support we played around with the fire guy a while back: forums/act-3-fire-merc-actually-amazing-t1013134.html

Might be worth a read
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