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The Untwinked HC Fury Druid Guide: The Edge You Need for Hell Survival

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Introduction

Hey everyone,

Fury druid is one of my favorite builds in the game. I think it is a powerful melee class, that can succeed with little gear. It's been a build I've been playing pretty consistently over the years as early as patch 1.08. It's been a ladder starter of mine multiple times, and I want to share how you can survive in hell with minimal gear. If you like melee but hesitate at the gear requirements then please read on.

I'm writing this with one goal in mind. I want to dispel the myth that a fury druid requires "end game" gear to be successful. I decided a few weeks ago to do a single player play through on HC using the plugY mod so I could write this guide.

Untwinked I was able to kill Baal on hell difficulty playing hardcore. The weapons that got me through nightmare, and hell were an Edge, Insight, and Obedience runewords.

The Insight was used to fight through Worldstone level 2, level 3, I cleared the entire throne room plus all of Baal's minions before finally killing Baal.

So here is the disclaimer: This guide isn't going to come close to addressing best in slot. At times you will see my gear and think "What the hell is this guy doing?". You may think of a hundred ways that you can be better geared at a certain level. Great! That means your play through will be even better than mine.

The goal here is to show you what is possible with a fury druid on a budget of nothing, and how you can survive in Hell. If we can get you into Act 1 hell killing things and not dying, then in my eyes this guide was a success.

Skills

Fury
20 Points (Maxed)
As soon as you get to level 30 this is your priority to max. This is your main source of damage, and a big boost to attack rating. When you hit level 29, save your skill point for level 30. This way you can put a point in both Summon Grizzly, and Fury at the same time.

Oak Sage
20 Points (Maxed)
Oak Sage gives you, your minions, and your mercenary more life. You will really lean on them a lot so you want them as tanky as possible.

Lycanthropy
20 Points (Maxed)
This is next to max after Oak Sage. This will get you more life, and an increased werewolf duration per level. This means those sloppy moments when you come out of werewolf form happen less often. Get points into this early before level 30 so you get a comfortable duration length. If it is a matter of increasing your health Oak Sage is better, you need your mercenary, and minions strong.

Dire Wolf
20 Points (Maxed)
Points were put here after Lycanthropy. I just got this to level 20 by the time my play through finished. For anything that isn't an act boss these wolfs are great tanks. So why use dire wolfs when you have a tanky grizzly? There is value to having 3 separate targets for your enemy versus one big one. Less of a chance that you are getting targeted, in my opinion the more minions out the safer you can be. If one wolf dies you can quickly resummon and the flow of the fight won't be disrupted. If you lose your grizzly you may need to pull back. I found them just as useful as my grizzly depending on the situation, points in dire wolf also increase the health of your grizzly.

I want to be clear. These wolfs are not for damage, they are there to take hits in place of you, & your mercenary. Also it makes your grizzly a better damage sponge. Fights such as hell Duriel became very smooth.


Werewolf
20 Points (Maxed)
When I killed Baal on Hell there was only 9 points here. If this were ladder and I wanted to keep progressing my character I would put the rest of my points here. Even though we are maxing this last, it will get some of your first points early. Level 9 is a great place to leave it, anything after that and the increased attack speed bonus hits hard diminishing returns. Of course if you are hurting for attack rating, and fury is maxed put some more in this.

Grizzly
1 Point Wonder
Beautiful one point wonder. We don't need more than 1 point as he is a tank. He gets his extra health from Dire Wolf, and Oak Sage. Great for tanking act bosses instead of you. When it comes to things like ranged damage packs such as dark archers, cast your bear at them, he will soak up the damage.

Feral Rage
1 Point Wonder
Nice source of life leech, and the movement speed is a nice perk.

Prerequisites: Rabies, Summon Raven, Spirit Wolf. 1 point only in each. Your spirit wolf will be useful at low levels so use him while you can. Rabies, and the ravens I don't care about. Sorry rabies druids.


Honorable Mention: Carrion Vine. This will become a rant so I will put it behind this spoiler, if you don't care just skip it. It isn't necessary for the guide.
The Carrion Rant

Dire Wolf was a new one for me, its normally always been 20 points into Carrion Vine. It always was, and is still a solid skill for me. As you will see in the play through later in this guide I tried to make it work here, but it kind of fell apart, and I switched out to dire wolf instead. I want to explain why, and explain why this skill does have a place in a fury druid.

If you ever played a werewolf druid before, and you go to use a regular red life potion, you know how useless those potions are. For all of new werewolf players out there you will start noticing this near the end of act 1 normal. By the time you are hitting nightmare/hell, if it isn’t a super health potion it is nearly useless, and what you really need are rejuvenation potions.
You will have to consume several super health potions, only to sit and wait for what seems like an eternity for your health orb to fill back up.

Carrion vine solves this, every corpse it consumes it will heal back a portion of your life instantly. It will eat corpses pretty quickly, and every time it does it acts like a mini Rejuvenation Potion filling you up. Great QOL skill especially in public games like chaos sanctuary or baal runs where there are corpses everywhere.

During this run I put a few points in normal, but then didn’t have the spare points to add more, Fury, Oak Sage, and Lycanthropy are far more important. By the time I was progressing through nightmare this thing is getting killed instantly.

Now think about why this is. You enter a room, there are some demons, you run in and your minions/mercenary follow behind. You use fury, and the first demon drops dead at your feet. What does your carrion vine do? It does its fucking job, and eats that corpse, which is right in front of you in melee range of everything you are fighting. In nightmare/hell with only a few points in this it will instantly die.

This is a much better skill if you are geared out with a lot of +to all skills on gear. Jalah’s Mane, a good amulet, Tomb Reaver etc. This is what I experienced in the past on battle.net, if you are geared out, its end game, carrion vine is a great QOL skill. If you are progressing/leveling and your gear is trash it doesn’t work out.

So if you one day find yourself with a geared fury druid, and you have a spare respec, I would give it a shot. At level 20 every corpse your Carrion vine eats gets you back 10% of your life, and he eats these corpses pretty quickly so it like you are using rejuvenation potions. You will love this skill if you give it a chance. You should have enough +skills that your bear will be able to stand on his own without the hard points into dire wolf.

I love that little worm, but I'm biased.

So then my skills would be Werewolf, Lycanthropy, Oak Sage, Fury, Carrion Vine. All 5 maxed. 1 point in the others.

Fury Druid Strengths & Weaknesses


Strengths
  • Insanely high HP
  • High single target damage with fury.
  • Helpful summons to take hits instead of you
  • People will love you for the Oak Sage Buff
  • High movement speed thanks to feral rage + life leech built into the build!
  • High attack rating from skills. Of all the possible melee builds you can make the combination of fury & werewolf gets you a very high attack rating bonus compared to most others. Lets look at our Paladin friends. A level 20 zeal, & fanaticism gets you 210% & 135% attack rating bonus respectively. Werewolf at level 20 comes in at a whopping 335% attack rating bonus, and Fury grants 183% at level 20.
    Paladins can block better, but werewolf druids have the accuracy.
  • Faster base attack speed with Axes, and polearms. If you look at something like a Decapitator, it will show that druids are faster with it than any other class.

Weaknesses
  • Bad blocking speed. A druid needs +200% increased blocking speed just so they can block just as well as a paladin with +32% from gear This isn't even factoring in holy shield.
  • Your HP will get so freakishly high that red health potions will become nearly useless. You will start noticing this with minor potions near the end of act 1 into act 2. Give it enough time you will suck down 5 super health potions, and you have to wait for what seems like forever for your health globe to refill. You need to have rejuvenation potions
  • Mana Burn & Drain are a direct counter to your entire build, its worse than what casters go through. Casters don't need to be in melee range, you do. If you are out of mana and you try to use fury your druid will just complain "Not enough mana" and do nothing. Mana burn stops you dead in your tracks.

    My advice: Try to position so your minions & mercenary are getting most of the hits not you. Suck down mana potions, and use feral rage. When you are out of mana with feral rage you will do a normal attack so that is something.
  • The werewolf skill has a time duration, and there is no timer on screen. At some point in your career you will without warning go into human form at the worst possible times losing your health bonus from Lycanthropy. Some of mine include but aren't limited to..
    -While eating Diablo's red lightning hose attack
    -While getting manaburned so now you don't have the mana to get back into werewolf form quickly
    -Finally building up the courage to run at that doll to kill it.
    I honestly don't know how this shit didn't kill me, but you get used to it.

    My Advice: Before any big encounter, Diablo, dolls, Entering a hot TP, etc, cast in and out of werewolf form real fast. This will almost become second nature.
  • People hold weird myths about werewolf druids. Like that they are super gear dependent. We will cover that one with this guide.

    Another weird myth is that Increased Attack Speed only matters on your weapon. Not True.
Lets go ahead and bust that myth now. Join me in this spoiler if you want to nerd out with me on some frame rate tables.
Busting The Attack Speed Only Matters On Weapons Myth
IAS = Increased Attack Speed. Here is the Calculator used: https://d2.lc/IAS//

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This table is generated for a hypothetical druid that has a level 4 werewolf, is using a Large Axe, and has feral rage. This is a typical werewolf for act 1-2 normal.

The attack speed frame is 11, it is highlighted in grey in the picture above.

Let's pretend that this druid that I created a table for finds the absolute god drop early on that is Twitchthroe a unique armor. That is +20% increased IAS on body armor.

Many people will say that IAS is useless to a werewolf druid. But this table above shows what happens if we increase our non-weapon IAS by 20%. We attack faster at 10 frames.

As you increase IAS from non-weapon sources you just move to the right, so our new attack speed frame would be 10. Shown below is an updated chart showing the same druid now wearing a Twitchthroe.

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How about we look at another example.

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This druid is holding a Thresher, has zero +IAS anywhere, and werewolf is level 9. He would have an attack speed of 9 frames. You can look to the right of the number highlighted, if we were to add some IAS to a non equipment slot, it would increase our attack speed slightly to 8 frames.

This is exactly my druid set up currently, if I were to find lets say attack speed gloves, I would want to use them using an Obedience built in a Thresher.

So where is this Myth coming from? I have my opinions.

When you Google something like “Druid werewolf guide” every item section has things like Breath of the Dying, The Reaper’s Toll, Jalah’s Mane, Vampire Gaze, Fortitude runeword, Dracul's Grasp, etc. If you aren’t familiar with Diablo 2 this expensive stuff that is hard to come by.

In all of these guides they set up for you what your perfect gear should be, and then they tell you somewhere that IAS only matters on your weapon. If you are reading this far I’m sure you’re wondering; are they lying to me?

Well no, they aren’t, they are just keeping things as simple as possible. Werewolf IAS is complex, your IAS attack frames chart is based on your werewolf level, your weapon IAS, Equipment IAS, did you take a shit this morning before or after your coffee? All of these factors are combined to create the complex tables you see above.

If a guide spells out all your end game gear, then the guide author can say "Yes only +IAS on your weapon matters if using this specific gear loadout that I've spelled out for you in this guide."

At some point that transformed into "IAS only matters on the weapon."

Lets look at a possible attack speed table for a geared, end game druid. This following table will show a druid using a Tomb Reaver with 2 shaels socketed in it.

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What an absolute monster to aspire to! 100 + IAS on weapon, level 28 werewolf, this character has werewolf maxed and is getting +8 skills from gear somewhere.

We get 4.4 frames, if we move our finger to the right from the highlighted number, that shows what happens if we add non-weapon IAS. Nothing.

The point of all of this is that most werewolf players will read a guide meant for the end game, and take away that non-weapon IAS does nothing for the entire play through. So they may pass on decent gear especially early in a play through where it could really make a difference.

A good rule of thumb is that weapon IAS overrules equipment IAS.

If you are using an Obedience or Insight built in a Thresher, gloves with say +20% attack speed will be good for you, anymore maybe not.



Weapons

We need to lean towards our strengths and away from our weaknesses. Our blocking is horrible, and our speed with certain weapon bases such as axes and polearms can be the best in the game depending on the exact base.

Here is the most heretical thing you will ever hear on d2. We aren't using shields on this Hardcore Play through. 2 handed weapons most of the run. We won't worry about blocking, and using two-handers will give us access to higher damage that we need. This is going to open up some interesting weapon choices.

What follows are the three weapons that I used to progress through the Hell difficulty.

Edge Runeword (Tir-Tal-Amn)
Yes its is a runeword for missile weapons. YES DRUIDS CAN USE BOWS AND CROSSBOWS IN WEREWOLF FORM!!!

Honestly this entire class of items is the most slept on by werewolf druids at large, especially Edge. Later on in this guide I cover my play through, and this runeword got me through most of nightmare, and into hell where I was using it to farm successfully in act 1 hell. It is by far my favorite early game weapon for a fury druid, and I think this is hands down one of the best early game weapons any werewolf can get his hands on.
  • IAS on weapon
  • Insane increased damage vs demons & undead. Act 1 Hell mausoleum farming becomes accessible with this.
  • Life leech
  • Prevent Monster heal
  • Thorns Aura for your summons & merc. Hey every little bit helps.
  • 15% reduced vendor prices!! Amazing for gambling
One of my goals is to get a hold of a Faith to see what it can do. I really hope there will be an inspect feature on d2r, this would be such a conversation starter. "Oh hey nice Beast you got ther...Oh what the fuck are you doing?!" I can't wait.

Just be sure to equip Bolts/Arrows or it won't work.

Obedience Runeword (Hel-Ko-thul-Eth-Fal)

This is the most expensive item in this entire guide. You will need to divorce Jeff Bezos so you can afford the Ko, and Fal rune, but its an incredible weapon. This is the best weapon any person can realistically get, and it will take you through all of hell. I got Fal from nightmare forge, and the Ko dropped in cold plains on Hell.
  • level 21 enchant. Damage bonus, and a big attack rating boost
  • Crushing Blow
  • Resist all 20-25%! See! Who needs a shield?
  • -20% requirements. Less points in STR/DEX means more in VIT for a higher health pool.
  • 370% enhanced damage with no RNG on the rolls. Every single roll is 370%
  • Hit recovery is amazing
  • The largest perk is that the enchant will allow you to damage & kill physical immunes.
The largest downside here is the lack of attack speed on the weapon. Try and build this in a Thresher, and based on the spoiler earlier you will get some benefit from attack speed somewhere else on your gear.


Insight Runeword (Ral-Tir-Tal-Sol)
For the same reasons that millions of casters make these for their act 2 mercenaries is exactly why we would want to hold one as well. To drive the point home of how good this runeword is for us, this was the weapon I used to kill Baal on hell difficulty. This includes clearing worldstone levels 2, 3, the entire throne room, and all of baal's minions. A full Baal run on hardcore with a Insight in hand.
  • I'll start with the least obvious, meditation aura is fucking amazing. If you don't use this yourself put it on your mercenary ASAP.

    Remember earlier in this guide when I was bitching and moaning about mana burn? This solves that entirely.

    Imagine you get hit by a mana burn minion, and now your mana is zero. If you don’t have a Mana Potion you need to disengage as you can no longer fury.
    Let’s assume you have some mana leech somewhere in your gear. All you need is 4 mana. 4 Mana means you can do 1 Fury attack, and hopefully leech more mana back to Fury again. So when you get mana drained to zero, meditation will get you to that 4 mana you need quickly. This item will negate that entire downside of this build
  • Here is another not obvious bonus, the faster cast rate. As a fury werewolf we are a summoning hybrid. You will need to recast minions quickly in the heat of battle in between fury attacks. This helps you do that slightly faster. Not necessary, but this mod isn't wasted on us.
  • Enchanced damage is not as high as Obedience, but it comes with critical strike
  • A nice Attack rating boost
Largest draw back here is the lack of IAS on weapon, but that can be helped with the correct base. If you don't use this definitely put it on your mercenary.


The Play Through

Normal

For normal difficulty, and nightmare players were set to 3, by the time I entered Hell I set it to players 1

Put your skill points into Werewolf, and Lycanthropy. For now only put 9 points in werewolf, the rest go to Lycanthropy, Oak Sage, and filling out raven, spirit wolf, dire wolf, rabies, feral rage with one point.

Once you hit level 30 fury is the highest priority. It should get every point until maxed. Then Oak Sage, & Lycanthropy, then Dire Wolf, then in the late game werewolf last.

Starting out you will have a 1 handed weapon, and may even pick up other better one handed weapons, can’t help that.

Get your strength up so you can use a Large Axe. A socketed Large Axe with some chipped gems is all you need to get you through act 1. Remember Druids have better attack speed with two handed axes than other classes. It will surprise you how quickly you are swinging.

Once you get to level 21 you will be able to gamble for poleaxes. This is what I did; I gambled pole axes, large axes, battle axes until I came across something useful.

Large axes will be faster than poleaxes, but the damage on poleaxes will be higher. It just depends on what you find.
If you get a Tir + El, make a Steel runeword in a 2 socket Battle Axe base.

One of the best parts of the normal difficulty druid play through is act 2. As soon as you craft the Horadric Staff, USE IT. This is literally the best weapon you can get your hands on at the time. Have fun with it until you have to give it up to get to Duriel. The striking sound effect is best in slot for a weapon, so enjoy that. This is a gateway drug for a Ribcracker one day, but don’t worry! You will see later in this guide I made out really well with a different staff weapon. Bonus points if you know the staff weapon I'm talking about, it was mentioned earlier in this guide.

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I will focus mainly on the weapons, that is what is important. Though I got the god drop of an Hotspur early on, that is what you see there. Everyhing else is of a similar level to the Poleaxe: crappy. I got this Poleaxe from gambling back when I was in act 2, it killed Duriel, and Mephisto as well.

I started the pictures with Diablo as this was the first time I felt any real sense of danger in the game, that red lightning is no joke, avoid it.
Chance to hit & your level
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after a level up

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Two pictures at once so I figured it would better to throw in a spoiler. Your chance to hit is calculated from several factors only one of them is your attack rating. One factor is your level vs the level of the thing you are trying to hit. The point is even leveling can help, though I will be honest, I wish I went with the blessed aim mercenary instead.


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Ancients was pretty straightforward, your grizzly will easily tank 2 while you handle a 3rd.

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For the 3rd, 4th, and 5th waves kite the minions back. Wave 3 you don't want to fight in the middle of hydras. I like to clear the entire throne room before fighting the minions if I'm playing by myself. It allows me to use the whole map to kite them around so they can be separated. Once 1-2 break away kill them. Never try to take on the entire Lister pack by yourself, that will get you killed on any difficulty. Lister and Diablo were really the only things that made my health globe move in uncomfortable ways.

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If you can kill the minions of destruction, then baal shouldn't be a concern, tedious, but safer. My Poleaxe is now rare! I found this from gambling of course. With a few points in fury it gives you the idea of what you need by the time you get to Baal. (Yes I have a gambling problem)

I want to point out that I would do one thing differently, that is making an Edge if I could, though I lacked an Amn rune at the time.

Nightmare Difficulty

Before moving on to nightmare you need to improve two things.
Your level, and your resistances. The resistances are far more important, you could be lvl 45, but if your resistances are negative in nightmare you aren't ready.

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Yes I'm level 36. With my resists being what they are I'm fine in act 1 nightmare at this level. Instead of running worldstone keep over and over, I will be better served just moving on into nightmare. This only isn't true if you are online and have access to back to back baal runs with a sorc teleing, then sure get to lvl 40 something. Otherwise we can continue.

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I forgot to get screen of the andariel whoops, I used the same weapon I did for baal.

More importantly this beauty I'm holding!! I came across a Siege Crossbow in act 2 nightmare, I can't remember if I cubed the three sockets or if I found it this way. Either way I turned it into an Edge right away.

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Took out Duriel no problem.

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I'm trying to keep this weapon focused but it is worth pointing this out. Mephisto is a resistance check. Before I was okay with my resists being positive, by now I need them as high as possible.

Keep an eye out for a 3-4 socket armor you like so you can do this. Fill it full of Thuls, Orts, Whatever you need to get your resists higher. This armor never changed the rest of the play through, I was wearing this on the Hell Baal kill.

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Mephisto and the entire council & Durance of hate experience was smoother than I thought it would be. Those areas are full of undead, and demons. I have the Edge against them ;) Sorry. I couldn't help it. Give me just one.

The game got slower at the kurast bazaar because it is a lot of living non demon enemies and many of them just tend to run from you. It was annoying more than anything else.

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Diablo took time just by the nature of how I fight him. Hit and run with feral rage. More on that in the advice section later on.



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Baal took time, but I just hate the fight, but I never felt unsafe. Just tedious. If you can handle Lister you can handle Baal, just be patient.

Entering Hell Difficutly

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Upon killing baal on nightmare this is what my druid looks like in hell. Before entering nightmare we don't care if we are 36 or 43. I tend to get bored of normal and move on diving into nightmare just fine as long as my resistances are right.

Hell is different. You. Will. Die.

You need to stay in nightmare farming worldstone keep levels 2,3 and even the throne room. I didn't bother with baal's minion waves. I was more interested in items.

Aim for the low 70s, 72 is a good target. If you are on battle.net please drop out of the telebaals a few levels early at around 65. We need more than just experience that the tele sorc is working overtime getting for you, we need gear. Worldstone level 2, 3, & the throneroom is a good place to do that, and you will get decent exp. You are giving up solely on experience gain so you can focus on both that and item collection at the same time.

Another large red flag is that -5 fire resist. Trying to push hell with that will get you killed.

Being a guide all about showing what is possible with the worst gear, I still attempted to push hell with the stats above, and it didn't go well. I couldn't even clear The Den of Evil. I was taking too much damage, and my Edge which was the golden ticket to power me through nightmare is now no longer enough damage. Back to nightmare we go.

Once I finished farming nightmare worldstone I had the following gear, and I was ready for act 1 hell. Its all in the spoiler below. It's a lot of pictures so I put them in this spoiler and cropped them to be smaller.
Act 1 Hell Ready Druid

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The biggest gear change is my Edge runeword. The damage wasn’t enough for hell so I replaced it with another Edge runeword! The main theme for most things was my resists. I did find an angelics amulet, and a ring, they dropped back in nightmare I got lucky. Though even without the bonus my chance to hit Fallen in hell is 81%

This is an Edge runeword in a Pellet Bow base, which is an elite version of the Light Crossbow.
Aside from your resists, and level, another big reason we are farming nightmare Worldstone keep is for gear.
Elite bases drop there, useful ones. You need to keep your eyes peeled for things that you can turn into a new Edge or even an Insight. The base damage on the Pellet Bow is almost doubled from what I was using.

Keep a look out for resist charms of any size as well. All the charms you see in those pictures are either life or resistance charms of various types.
The Circlet I gambled for, the main reason I’m wearing it is the resistances. There are great things to be found by clearing world Stone keep levels 2, and 3. You will be well served doing Baal walks clearing worldstone level 2 & 3.
With the gear pictured above I was able to clear den, and start progressing through act 1 hell!!!

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Just a reminder to please check out the HC advice section of this guide, one of those strategies is being executed in the picture above.

Now if you make it to this point where you are comfortably killing different parts of Act 1 hell. Effectively I feel like I’ve done my job. At this point you have access to areas that can drop anything in the game, you can level and collect gear until you feel comfortable progressing.


Early Hell Progression

The absolute best place to farm is going to be the mausoleum. This is a level 85 area, this means anything in the game can drop, even better is that it is only full of skeletons and zombies, while still dangerous it is safer than the pit by a mile. With an Edge this is where we want to be.

The actual run is easy, you start at cold plains. Kill shit, have fun, show some Fallen who is boss. Build feral rage charges while doing so and follow the road right to blood raven where the mausoleum is.

All we need from here are what we have always needed, good bases.

Theshers - Try for either 4 sockets or 5 sockets. If 4 you have a good Insight, if 5 you have amazing base for the Obedience runeword.

Colossus Voulge – This is a great base for one reason. It only gets 4 max sockets. This is a great candidate for one of your Larzuk socket quest rewards. When you use that quest reward on a white base it always gives max sockets possible for that item’s level. If you get a Colossus Voulge from hell it will always be 4 sockets. This will be an easy Insight runeword in an elite base giving you very high damage. (4.4k fury at level 83), though it will be slower than the other options.

This is a terrible base for your mercenary because he will need to be level 90+ to even use it due to the high strength requirement.

Elder Staff – Yes a staff. Max 4 sockets, This is the base I used for the Insight that I killed Baal on hell with. One of the incredible things about this base is the low stat requirements, one of the things that helped with hell Baal is all the extra points I could dump into vitality. With this weapon I went into the fight with 4.5k hp.


Shillelagh – I will add this on here because it can also get 4 sockets, I would make an Insight out of this in a heartbeat. Though from what I understand this base is quite rare. The Elder Staff Insight was and is better than expected, so this must be good too?

These bases are absolutely necessary to your progression. Anything else you find is gravy. During my time grinding I found a Ko rune in cold plains, Aldur's Advance which you will see me wearing, arreats which I mentioned before, and some skill grand charms that I vendored.

This is also mentioned in the advice section, but STAY OUT OF THE PITS. That is a dangerous area that will get you killed. I will also add the forgotten tower where you find The Countess as well, I’m of the opinion that place is a death trap.

Dark archers in hell difficulty are among some of the most dangerous enemies you encounter in the game, if they roll the wrong combination of mods you will be staring in disbelief at your corpse.

When you google “easy places to MF in hell”, you will see people that say the pit is easy. Those are absolutely softcore players saying that. Don’t listen to them. (Sorry no offense my softcore friends.)

Even progressing through the rest of act 1 and even into act 2 is a much safer adventure than walking into the deadly abyss that is the pit. This is what I did, if I got bored of the mausoleum I pushed into the catacombs and act 2 just fine.




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As I said before you can progress through Act 1 into Act 2 at any point. I was able to take out Andy with the Edge Pellet Bow. Though.. we run into issues with act 2.

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Act 2 & 3 will become slow with all of the creatures that have immune to physical. If you go with a holy freeze merc, that means that they have a lot of elemental cold damage on their melee attack. It is Azrael not me that is bringing down these black locusts. So why the fuck am I attacking it you ask?
Well, one of the dangerous and beautiful things about fury is that it attacks random targets around you. Even though I’m targeting the Black locust, the other 4 fury attacks are wiping out those baby maggots allowing Azrael to focus on the Black Locusts. A beautiful example of teamwork.

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The mausoleum dropped this 5 socket Thresher. I already had a Fal rune from nightmare forge, and the Ko dropped from cold plains in a1 hell. This is the most expensive item in this entire guide, and god it is good.

Even more impressive than the item, Azrael is alive no reviving him in town. Once I kill hell baal you will see how bad his gear is. The only reason he lives is due to the grizzly. Summon Grizzly makes this fight relatively safe for hell.


Not much to say about act 3 & 4. The Obedience cleared both act 3 & 4
Mephisto & Diablo both cleared using Obedience
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So I hear you, you are probably wondering, when we are going to see that Insight.
Funny story about that, I was determined to get an Insight on my druid all the way back at the beginning of nightmare, believe it or not the Edge runeword was a happy accident born out of desperation because I couldn’t find any Insight base, not for me or my mercenary. I just thought it was weird RNG, and I would have to be happy writing a guide just shilling Edge, and Obedience.

I was in the worldstone keep killing and pushing my way for that Baal kill, when all of a sudden as if the skies parted, and RNGESUS himself laid down a white Elder Staff base in front of me. As soon as that staff rattled on the ground I knew what I was going to do, I brought that staff straight to larzuk. That beautiful bastard drilled 4 sockets into the Elder Staff, and I had my first Insight the entire play through ready to go.

I restarted the game, began with the Elder Staff in hand, and progressed through world Stone level 2 & level 3.
Yes Obedience is strictly a better weapon, but I was determined to showcase what a fury druid can do.

Hell ancients was done with the Obedience because I didn’t have the elderstaff until Worldstone level 1 or 2.


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Honestly, better than expected, there were a few moments where I thought I was going to die. The damage Lister can put out is scary, but my grizzly can take it. You can’t see the Insight aura, but the only reason my health is 4514 is because of the low stat requirements of the Elder Staff Insight.

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Baal took longer than I'm willing to admit, but overall a fun weapon. The Elder Staff base is quite fast, if I can use it on Baal, then please keep an open mind on Insight in general if you are hurting for a weapon.

Here is my mercenary gear as of killing Baal
Mercenary Gear
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I don’t even remember when I got the The Tannr Gorerod. What really helped my merc shine was the max level oak sage, along with strong minions. This shows how hard of a time I had finding an Insight base.

I learned a neat trick mentioned in the advice section. Partizans drop in normal cows, and if you use your Larzuk socket quest on one THAT YOU FIND FROM NORMAL COWS, it will be a guaranteed 4 socket base.
When D2r ladder hits, I will farm normal cows when I think it is safe.

If this was D2R and I were to keep grinding for levels, runes and items, my next goals for this character would be an Oath Runeword in a Feral Axe. As far this guide is concerned it is too expensive but save any Feral Axe bases you find for this runeword you won’t regret it.

The following isn't my picture, I googled it but I want you to see it.
Oath Runeword in a Feral Axe
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I also enjoy the Rain runeword, personally I enjoy the twister on striking effect. You might be better served with a Smoke runeword. To each their own though, just make sure your resists are right.

Lastly another thing to keep an eye out for are good two socket druid helms that are white with useful +skills. You can make really good Lore runewords out of them, and they will keep whatever +skills they have.

Boss Strategies

Andariel & Duriel - I lump these two in the same category because your strategy to kill them will be relatively the same. Your grizzly summon is the star of the fight here. When you cast grizzly these bosses at least for me always seem to prioritize killing the grizzly first, so much so that you can see that even my mercenary is surviving the fights in hell difficulty.

When your grizzly is about to die resummon it, and the boss will more than likely go back to wailing on the poor thing. If not just step away a few yards, and it definitely will. There will be times when you are casting your grizzly often weaving casting it in between fury.

Sometimes the grizzly will die often, there was one encounter where the bear could only handle 3-4 hits. I feel like this was still in nightmare, I just kept consistently recasting.

Use antidote potions for Andy, not only does it cure the poison but it gives you a temporary poison resistance buff. Thawing potions does the same to your resistances for cold damage, great for duriel.

Mephisto – Make sure your resists are high for Mephisto. Before fighting him on nightmare is a good time to socket an armor with thul, Ort, and anything else you need.

Dodge his lightning attack, and a cold orb known as “skull missile”. Both are high damage, you may want to be light on your paws similar to Diablo.

There are pillars near the moat where I will always try to fight him. Just in case I take too much damage I can back off, and those pillars will help protect me as I run to heal/tp/cry in a corner etc.

Your grizzly will be helpful, just please if your health drops below say 70% back off and heal somehow. You don’t want to be hit with one of his spell attacks with low hp. I see players die this way all the time, a single spell can wipe you out if you aren't prepared.

Diablo - On all 3 difficulties I didn’t even bother using fury at all if I had it. Honestly Fury, and zeal will get you killed on Diablo for the same reasons.

Let’s say you commit to a fury attack. That is 5 quick attacks, now I could be wrong, but as far as I understand the instant you click fury, there is nothing you can do. Your druid can’t move until you complete those 5 attacks. If Diablo decides to cast his lightning while you fury, you could be killed before you even complete those 5 attacks, and you can’t move. This is a common way I see zealot paladins die online.

We will, at least I will always use feral rage instead. It is less damage, and I may hit less but this is not a fight that we want to go toe to toe with the big red guy. The absolute safest thing you can do is run around him in a circle until he casts his red lightning attack. As soon as he completes it that will be an opening to get in a quick feral rage strike or two. Then run back out repeat. Pretend you are playing dark souls. You will get good at timing this; watch out for successive red lightning hose attacks. This will be slow, but it is your highest chance of coming out alive. To my zealot paladin friends consider putting aside zeal and using sacrifice instead for the fight.

Oh yea pull him out of that central pentagram. You need him in an open area to pull this off.

Remember Float like a butterfly, bite like a werewolf.

Ancients


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Hell Difficulty was the only time this fight was scary. Ancients roll with random mods on higher difficulties. The first thing you need to do is do not engage, look at their mods. You will have to make a split second judgment on if you think you can take them or not.

I had two out of the three with physical immune, so that was an easy choice. Remake the game.
With my gear the Obedience will allow for 1 physical immue, but I don’t think I want to deal with two.

If you decide you are happy with the immunities, consider their damage. By this point of the game you should have a good feel for judging incoming damage via your minions/mercenary. Even with my mercenaries’ gear which was posted earlier he was able to hold his own, he was able to handle tanking one of the ancients while I dealt with one. By the time I killed one my mercenary died too, yea he was jugging health potions.

If your mercenary drops, and your grizzly is melting away there might be some combination of extra strong/spectral hit/extra fast that we just don’t want to deal with.

On nightmare, and hell they get random modifiers 1 on nightmare, and two in hell. Remember on hell be sure to judge if you even want to engage them based on the mods, otherwise back out and remake the game rerolling the mods.

Finally drop potions on the ground, put them everywhere so you can pick them up as you or your mercenary needs them. I like to put a town portal scroll in my belt for this fight, so if I’m running low on potions I can make a fast town portal.

Baal’s Minions & Act 3 council
I lump these together because the idea is the same for the lister pack as it is for the council.

Pull them out, and separate them.

Clear some of Travincal or all of it first so you have room to pull out the council members, run near them, then run away. Some will follow, and you can kill a few 1 by 1 this way.

You want to do the same with Baal’s minions particularly the Lister pack. Playing on your own without a group I would personally clear the entire Throne of destruction map. This gives you plenty of space to kite Lister along, sometimes you will be running in circles, but you need to separate them.

This was one of the more dangerous encounters on any difficulty.

As the minions of destruction chase you, 1-3 will eventually break away. Take those out first. Spreading out, and separating the pack is the key to victory here.

I know you can park them in a corner then go on and fight Baal, but I feel like killing Lister even though hard is an important benchmark. If you can survive Lister you have nothing to worry about fighting Baal.

Minion wave 1 & 2 are the only two waves I would attempt to engage head on without trying to pull a few away first.

Baal
Tedious fight, his moveset is not a good time for a fury druid. You’ve got his cold attack that knocks you back across the screen. You’ve got a mana drain attack he will consistently hit you with. If not that he is cloning himself, and you aren’t sure which is which because you were knocked a screen away.

I’ve never felt unsafe in terms of dying, just very tedious on all difficulties. Honestly if you can clear the Lister pack then Baal is a slam dunk just be patient.

Use his tentacles to build feral rage charges, they are very easy to hit.

I’ve learned that if you town portal to town, and run to Malah crying his clone will disappear when you go back to the fight.


Useful Cube Recipes

You will notice that we really care about white weapon bases here. We want those to drop more than anything else. (Save for like a Jalal’s Mane, Tomb Reaver :D)

1 Ral + 1 Amn + 1 Perfect Amethyst + normal white base weapon = sockets on that white base item.

The number of sockets are random and capped by the level of the weapon. Between this recipe, and all the Edge runewords you will make you will be hurting for Amn runes. Horde them.

If you aren’t finding 3 socket bows/crossbows or 4-5 socket polearms/staves on your own this great to do.

Crafting is more for your merc, but you may be able to make a useful blood axe. I didn’t this play through, but if you have the mats and a base it is worth a gamble.

My favorite bases for axes are the Large Axe/Military Axe/Feral Axe or the Battle Axe/Tabar/Decapitator

The Blood Helm, or armor will give your mercenary useful life leech mods.

The hitpower helm or armor will give your mercenary the chance to cast frost nova when struck. I love this mod on a mercenary if you aren’t running holy freeze.

Mercenaries

It’s honestly up to you, I will list out my three favorites.

Normal Act 2 offensive – Blessed Aim.
This is going to be a great source of attack rating. There were times I wish I had this instead of prayer. In retrospect I wish I went with this at the start, on d2r this is what I will do, then load him up with chance to cast frost nova on being struck.

Normal Act 2 Combat – Prayer.
So why not defiance aura? I like the healing, plus with my gear being utter garbage I feel like the defense bonus wouldn’t be helpful as much as if I was twinked out with Sigons set. If your mercenary has an Insight prayer aura's heal is boosted.

Nightmare Act 2 Defensive – Holy Freeze Aura.
Slows everything around your mercenary, also it adds cold damage to your mercenaries’ melee attack making them useful for taking out physical immunes. My favorite by far.


General Hardcore Advice

  • If you have never played or it’s been a few years, give Diablo 1 a play through. Even if just the first few levels. It is a fantastic game; I personally believe it aged like the finest wine. The survival skills you need to even beat the first 5 levels I think translates really well into Diablo 2 HC. Slow paced, don’t let yourself get surrounded, use doors to funnel demons for easy kills. The last one is what made the Barracks, Jail, Catacombs, and the mausoleum a safer place to farm in hell, those doorways are really useful.
  • Let your mercenary/minions go in first, they should be taking the majority of hits not you. If you are getting hit, take a few steps back, maybe 5 yards or so, and your enemies should quickly engage your summons. Move back in, and Fury something. This is a great way to handle mana burn too.
  • Sometimes you don’t want to use fury, you can’t control what targets near you are hit. Sometimes you might want to be surgical with feral rage. Such as lightning enchanted, dolls, etc.
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  • My mercenary killed 90% of all dolls in the play through. Don’t be a hero, let Azrael/Waheed/et al. earn their pay.
  • Actively cast your grizzly at dangerous ranged attackers. There will be times you can’t avoid ranged packs. Cast your summon grizzly near them. Most of them will attack the grizzly. The damage will be high, and you may need to resummon a few times. But you can pick off the ranged attackers safely while they hit the grizzly.
  • Judge how dangerous an encounter is by how your summons handle the damage. Thinking about taking out that pack of dark archers? Cast your grizzly at them first, if your grizzly’s health melts faster than wax in the Arizona summer then consider backing off.
  • Evaluate threats. When you approach unique monsters mouse over them, and read their mods. This will be important in hell. There will be combinations that will kill you quickly if not careful, and others you may just want to walk away from.
  • If you cast a town portal from your belt or inventory it will not cause your character to go through a cast animation. For some fights having a TP in your belt will be useful so when you run out of potions you can quickly get out of a bad situation.
  • When in doubt ESC out.
  • Slow the fuck down. With feral rage it will be easy to just speed through the game, fury something and die. Take your time, smell the roses, kill some Fallen, nothing worse than a lvl 1 walk of shame back to Warriv.
  • If there are too many monsters to handle at once, get their attention and run away. Some will follow, spreading them out so you can kill a few at a time.
  • Speaking of evaluating threats, if a creature has something like fire enchanted, take a few steps back and let your Mercenary deal the finishing blow.
  • % Chance to cast frost nova on being struck is a great mod for your Mercenary. Keep an eye out for it on helms or armor.
  • Hell Difficulty is brutal. While progressing there will be times when your mercenary is dying a lot. If you run out of gold in hell, go back to Nightmare kill Pindle/Shenk a few times. Vendor whatever find you will build back up some gold fast.
  • Listen. Some of the most dangerous creatures you can hear before you see them. Dolls are a great example. If you listen you will hear their footsteps, it is very faint but it is there. If you pay attention for this you will almost always hear them coming before seen in places like durance of hate.
  • In places that are known to have dolls, fish them out. Don’t run into a room blindly, cast one of your summons in there first. If you are playing in a group, this is a great thing to do to help your party on Baal runs in Baal’s throne room. Spam your summons down a long hallway. When dolls Swarm your summon, let the sorceresses in your group nuke them from orbit.
  • Werewolf Druid is top tier for doing Lower Kurast runs. I didn’t bother this time around because my goal was to go as budget as possible. All I needed was a Fal, Ko, or an Insight apparently. If I’m farming for high runes for endgame gear it is one of my favorite spots. Feral rage lets you speed through the map, a Harmony runeword on switch will grant vigor for extra speed. The Harmony does require a Ko rune, make sure you have your Obedience first.

    Though an unpopular opinion I’ve done this on b.net ladders as well, just watch out for the timer that will ban you if make games too quickly. One of my best geared druids came from this. When I make a game online I will just do something like Mausoleum, Chaos, Lower Kurast. Thus avoiding any timer issues, I like popping every single thing I find in Lower Kurast anyway so I take my time. Keep an eye out for Thresher racks.
  • I didn’t learn this until after the fact, but Partizans will drop in normal cows. This is the exceptional version of a Poleaxe.

    Partizans that drop in normal cows will always get 4 sockets from the Larzuk socket quest reward.

    This is a good way to get your hands on a good Insight base early for you or your mercenary.
  • Treat everything you kill in Hell Difficulty as a victory. You are gaining experience to level, and you are getting chances for reasonable things to drop. You can do this!
Good luck out there, and stay safe.

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Introduction

Hey everyone,

Fury druid is one of my favorite builds in the game. I think it is a powerful melee class, that can succeed with little gear. It's been a build I've been playing pretty consistently over the years as early as patch 1.08. It's been a ladder starter of mine multiple times, and I want to share how you can survive in hell with minimal gear. If you like melee but hesitate at the gear requirements then please read on.

I'm writing this with one goal in mind. I want to dispel the myth that a fury druid requires "end game" gear to be successful. I decided a few weeks ago to do a single player play through on HC using the plugY mod so I could write this guide.

Untwinked I was able to kill Baal on hell difficulty playing hardcore. The weapons that got me through nightmare, and hell were an Edge, Insight, and Obedience runewords.

The Insight was used to fight through Worldstone level 2, level 3, I cleared the entire throne room plus all of Baal's minions before finally killing Baal.

So here is the disclaimer: This guide isn't going to come close to addressing best in slot. At times you will see my gear and think "What the hell is this guy doing?". You may think of a hundred ways that you can be better geared at a certain level. Great! That means your play through will be even better than mine.

The goal here is to show you what is possible with a fury druid on a budget of nothing, and how you can survive in Hell. If we can get you into Act 1 hell killing things and not dying, then in my eyes this guide was a success.

Skills

Fury
20 Points (Maxed)
As soon as you get to level 30 this is your priority to max. This is your main source of damage, and a big boost to attack rating. When you hit level 29, save your skill point for level 30. This way you can put a point in both Summon Grizzly, and Fury at the same time.

Oak Sage
20 Points (Maxed)
Oak Sage gives you, your minions, and your mercenary more life. You will really lean on them a lot so you want them as tanky as possible.

Lycanthropy
20 Points (Maxed)
This is next to max after Oak Sage. This will get you more life, and an increased werewolf duration per level. This means those sloppy moments when you come out of werewolf form happen less often. Get points into this early before level 30 so you get a comfortable duration length. If it is a matter of increasing your health Oak Sage is better, you need your mercenary, and minions strong.

Dire Wolf
20 Points (Maxed)
Points were put here after Lycanthropy. I just got this to level 20 by the time my play through finished. For anything that isn't an act boss these wolfs are great tanks. So why use dire wolfs when you have a tanky grizzly? There is value to having 3 separate targets for your enemy versus one big one. Less of a chance that you are getting targeted, in my opinion the more minions out the safer you can be. If one wolf dies you can quickly resummon and the flow of the fight won't be disrupted. If you lose your grizzly you may need to pull back. I found them just as useful as my grizzly depending on the situation, points in dire wolf also increase the health of your grizzly.

I want to be clear. These wolfs are not for damage, they are there to take hits in place of you, & your mercenary. Also it makes your grizzly a better damage sponge. Fights such as hell Duriel became very smooth.


Werewolf
20 Points (Maxed)
When I killed Baal on Hell there was only 9 points here. If this were ladder and I wanted to keep progressing my character I would put the rest of my points here. Even though we are maxing this last, it will get some of your first points early. Level 9 is a great place to leave it, anything after that and the increased attack speed bonus hits hard diminishing returns. Of course if you are hurting for attack rating, and fury is maxed put some more in this.

Grizzly
1 Point Wonder
Beautiful one point wonder. We don't need more than 1 point as he is a tank. He gets his extra health from Dire Wolf, and Oak Sage. Great for tanking act bosses instead of you. When it comes to things like ranged damage packs such as dark archers, cast your bear at them, he will soak up the damage.

Feral Rage
1 Point Wonder
Nice source of life leech, and the movement speed is a nice perk.

Prerequisites: Rabies, Summon Raven, Spirit Wolf. 1 point only in each. Your spirit wolf will be useful at low levels so use him while you can. Rabies, and the ravens I don't care about. Sorry rabies druids.


Honorable Mention: Carrion Vine. This will become a rant so I will put it behind this spoiler, if you don't care just skip it. It isn't necessary for the guide.
The Carrion Rant

Dire Wolf was a new one for me, its normally always been 20 points into Carrion Vine. It always was, and is still a solid skill for me. As you will see in the play through later in this guide I tried to make it work here, but it kind of fell apart, and I switched out to dire wolf instead. I want to explain why, and explain why this skill does have a place in a fury druid.

If you ever played a werewolf druid before, and you go to use a regular red life potion, you know how useless those potions are. For all of new werewolf players out there you will start noticing this near the end of act 1 normal. By the time you are hitting nightmare/hell, if it isn’t a super health potion it is nearly useless, and what you really need are rejuvenation potions.
You will have to consume several super health potions, only to sit and wait for what seems like an eternity for your health orb to fill back up.

Carrion vine solves this, every corpse it consumes it will heal back a portion of your life instantly. It will eat corpses pretty quickly, and every time it does it acts like a mini Rejuvenation Potion filling you up. Great QOL skill especially in public games like chaos sanctuary or baal runs where there are corpses everywhere.

During this run I put a few points in normal, but then didn’t have the spare points to add more, Fury, Oak Sage, and Lycanthropy are far more important. By the time I was progressing through nightmare this thing is getting killed instantly.

Now think about why this is. You enter a room, there are some demons, you run in and your minions/mercenary follow behind. You use fury, and the first demon drops dead at your feet. What does your carrion vine do? It does its fucking job, and eats that corpse, which is right in front of you in melee range of everything you are fighting. In nightmare/hell with only a few points in this it will instantly die.

This is a much better skill if you are geared out with a lot of +to all skills on gear. Jalah’s Mane, a good amulet, Tomb Reaver etc. This is what I experienced in the past on battle.net, if you are geared out, its end game, carrion vine is a great QOL skill. If you are progressing/leveling and your gear is trash it doesn’t work out.

So if you one day find yourself with a geared fury druid, and you have a spare respec, I would give it a shot. At level 20 every corpse your Carrion vine eats gets you back 10% of your life, and he eats these corpses pretty quickly so it like you are using rejuvenation potions. You will love this skill if you give it a chance. You should have enough +skills that your bear will be able to stand on his own without the hard points into dire wolf.

I love that little worm, but I'm biased.

So then my skills would be Werewolf, Lycanthropy, Oak Sage, Fury, Carrion Vine. All 5 maxed. 1 point in the others.

Fury Druid Strengths & Weaknesses


Strengths
  • Insanely high HP
  • High single target damage with fury.
  • Helpful summons to take hits instead of you
  • People will love you for the Oak Sage Buff
  • High movement speed thanks to feral rage + life leech built into the build!
  • High attack rating from skills. Of all the possible melee builds you can make the combination of fury & werewolf gets you a very high attack rating bonus compared to most others. Lets look at our Paladin friends. A level 20 zeal, & fanaticism gets you 210% & 135% attack rating bonus respectively. Werewolf at level 20 comes in at a whopping 335% attack rating bonus, and Fury grants 183% at level 20.
    Paladins can block better, but werewolf druids have the accuracy.
  • Faster base attack speed with Axes, and polearms. If you look at something like a Decapitator, it will show that druids are faster with it than any other class.

Weaknesses
  • Bad blocking speed. A druid needs +200% increased blocking speed just so they can block just as well as a paladin with +32% from gear This isn't even factoring in holy shield.
  • Your HP will get so freakishly high that red health potions will become nearly useless. You will start noticing this with minor potions near the end of act 1 into act 2. Give it enough time you will suck down 5 super health potions, and you have to wait for what seems like forever for your health globe to refill. You need to have rejuvenation potions
  • Mana Burn & Drain are a direct counter to your entire build, its worse than what casters go through. Casters don't need to be in melee range, you do. If you are out of mana and you try to use fury your druid will just complain "Not enough mana" and do nothing. Mana burn stops you dead in your tracks.

    My advice: Try to position so your minions & mercenary are getting most of the hits not you. Suck down mana potions, and use feral rage. When you are out of mana with feral rage you will do a normal attack so that is something.
  • The werewolf skill has a time duration, and there is no timer on screen. At some point in your career you will without warning go into human form at the worst possible times losing your health bonus from Lycanthropy. Some of mine include but aren't limited to..
    -While eating Diablo's red lightning hose attack
    -While getting manaburned so now you don't have the mana to get back into werewolf form quickly
    -Finally building up the courage to run at that doll to kill it.
    I honestly don't know how this shit didn't kill me, but you get used to it.

    My Advice: Before any big encounter, Diablo, dolls, Entering a hot TP, etc, cast in and out of werewolf form real fast. This will almost become second nature.
  • People hold weird myths about werewolf druids. Like that they are super gear dependent. We will cover that one with this guide.

    Another weird myth is that Increased Attack Speed only matters on your weapon. Not True.
Lets go ahead and bust that myth now. Join me in this spoiler if you want to nerd out with me on some frame rate tables.
Busting The Attack Speed Only Matters On Weapons Myth
IAS = Increased Attack Speed. Here is the Calculator used: https://d2.lc/IAS//

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This table is generated for a hypothetical druid that has a level 4 werewolf, is using a Large Axe, and has feral rage. This is a typical werewolf for act 1-2 normal.

The attack speed frame is 11, it is highlighted in grey in the picture above.

Let's pretend that this druid that I created a table for finds the absolute god drop early on that is Twitchthroe a unique armor. That is +20% increased IAS on body armor.

Many people will say that IAS is useless to a werewolf druid. But this table above shows what happens if we increase our non-weapon IAS by 20%. We attack faster at 10 frames.

As you increase IAS from non-weapon sources you just move to the right, so our new attack speed frame would be 10. Shown below is an updated chart showing the same druid now wearing a Twitchthroe.

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How about we look at another example.

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This druid is holding a Thresher, has zero +IAS anywhere, and werewolf is level 9. He would have an attack speed of 9 frames. You can look to the right of the number highlighted, if we were to add some IAS to a non equipment slot, it would increase our attack speed slightly to 8 frames.

This is exactly my druid set up currently, if I were to find lets say attack speed gloves, I would want to use them using an Obedience built in a Thresher.

So where is this Myth coming from? I have my opinions.

When you Google something like “Druid werewolf guide” every item section has things like Breath of the Dying, The Reaper’s Toll, Jalah’s Mane, Vampire Gaze, Fortitude runeword, Dracul's Grasp, etc. If you aren’t familiar with Diablo 2 this expensive stuff that is hard to come by.

In all of these guides they set up for you what your perfect gear should be, and then they tell you somewhere that IAS only matters on your weapon. If you are reading this far I’m sure you’re wondering; are they lying to me?

Well no, they aren’t, they are just keeping things as simple as possible. Werewolf IAS is complex, your IAS attack frames chart is based on your werewolf level, your weapon IAS, Equipment IAS, did you take a shit this morning before or after your coffee? All of these factors are combined to create the complex tables you see above.

If a guide spells out all your end game gear, then the guide author can say "Yes only +IAS on your weapon matters if using this specific gear loadout that I've spelled out for you in this guide."

At some point that transformed into "IAS only matters on the weapon."

Lets look at a possible attack speed table for a geared, end game druid. This following table will show a druid using a Tomb Reaver with 2 shaels socketed in it.

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What an absolute monster to aspire to! 100 + IAS on weapon, level 28 werewolf, this character has werewolf maxed and is getting +8 skills from gear somewhere.

We get 4.4 frames, if we move our finger to the right from the highlighted number, that shows what happens if we add non-weapon IAS. Nothing.

The point of all of this is that most werewolf players will read a guide meant for the end game, and take away that non-weapon IAS does nothing for the entire play through. So they may pass on decent gear especially early in a play through where it could really make a difference.

A good rule of thumb is that weapon IAS overrules equipment IAS.

If you are using an Obedience or Insight built in a Thresher, gloves with say +20% attack speed will be good for you, anymore maybe not.



Weapons

We need to lean towards our strengths and away from our weaknesses. Our blocking is horrible, and our speed with certain weapon bases such as axes and polearms can be the best in the game depending on the exact base.

Here is the most heretical thing you will ever hear on d2. We aren't using shields on this Hardcore Play through. 2 handed weapons most of the run. We won't worry about blocking, and using two-handers will give us access to higher damage that we need. This is going to open up some interesting weapon choices.

What follows are the three weapons that I used to progress through the Hell difficulty.

Edge Runeword (Tir-Tal-Amn)
Yes its is a runeword for missile weapons. YES DRUIDS CAN USE BOWS AND CROSSBOWS IN WEREWOLF FORM!!!

Honestly this entire class of items is the most slept on by werewolf druids at large, especially Edge. Later on in this guide I cover my play through, and this runeword got me through most of nightmare, and into hell where I was using it to farm successfully in act 1 hell. It is by far my favorite early game weapon for a fury druid, and I think this is hands down one of the best early game weapons any werewolf can get his hands on.
  • IAS on weapon
  • Insane increased damage vs demons & undead. Act 1 Hell mausoleum farming becomes accessible with this.
  • Life leech
  • Prevent Monster heal
  • Thorns Aura for your summons & merc. Hey every little bit helps.
  • 15% reduced vendor prices!! Amazing for gambling
One of my goals is to get a hold of a Faith to see what it can do. I really hope there will be an inspect feature on d2r, this would be such a conversation starter. "Oh hey nice Beast you got ther...Oh what the fuck are you doing?!" I can't wait.

Just be sure to equip Bolts/Arrows or it won't work.

Obedience Runeword (Hel-Ko-thul-Eth-Fal)

This is the most expensive item in this entire guide. You will need to divorce Jeff Bezos so you can afford the Ko, and Fal rune, but its an incredible weapon. This is the best weapon any person can realistically get, and it will take you through all of hell. I got Fal from nightmare forge, and the Ko dropped in cold plains on Hell.
  • level 21 enchant. Damage bonus, and a big attack rating boost
  • Crushing Blow
  • Resist all 20-25%! See! Who needs a shield?
  • -20% requirements. Less points in STR/DEX means more in VIT for a higher health pool.
  • 370% enhanced damage with no RNG on the rolls. Every single roll is 370%
  • Hit recovery is amazing
  • The largest perk is that the enchant will allow you to damage & kill physical immunes.
The largest downside here is the lack of attack speed on the weapon. Try and build this in a Thresher, and based on the spoiler earlier you will get some benefit from attack speed somewhere else on your gear.


Insight Runeword (Ral-Tir-Tal-Sol)
For the same reasons that millions of casters make these for their act 2 mercenaries is exactly why we would want to hold one as well. To drive the point home of how good this runeword is for us, this was the weapon I used to kill Baal on hell difficulty. This includes clearing worldstone levels 2, 3, the entire throne room, and all of baal's minions. A full Baal run on hardcore with a Insight in hand.
  • I'll start with the least obvious, meditation aura is fucking amazing. If you don't use this yourself put it on your mercenary ASAP.

    Remember earlier in this guide when I was bitching and moaning about mana burn? This solves that entirely.

    Imagine you get hit by a mana burn minion, and now your mana is zero. If you don’t have a Mana Potion you need to disengage as you can no longer fury.
    Let’s assume you have some mana leech somewhere in your gear. All you need is 4 mana. 4 Mana means you can do 1 Fury attack, and hopefully leech more mana back to Fury again. So when you get mana drained to zero, meditation will get you to that 4 mana you need quickly. This item will negate that entire downside of this build
  • Here is another not obvious bonus, the faster cast rate. As a fury werewolf we are a summoning hybrid. You will need to recast minions quickly in the heat of battle in between fury attacks. This helps you do that slightly faster. Not necessary, but this mod isn't wasted on us.
  • Enchanced damage is not as high as Obedience, but it comes with critical strike
  • A nice Attack rating boost
Largest draw back here is the lack of IAS on weapon, but that can be helped with the correct base. If you don't use this definitely put it on your mercenary.


The Play Through

Normal

For normal difficulty, and nightmare players were set to 3, by the time I entered Hell I set it to players 1

Put your skill points into Werewolf, and Lycanthropy. For now only put 9 points in werewolf, the rest go to Lycanthropy, Oak Sage, and filling out raven, spirit wolf, dire wolf, rabies, feral rage with one point.

Once you hit level 30 fury is the highest priority. It should get every point until maxed. Then Oak Sage, & Lycanthropy, then Dire Wolf, then in the late game werewolf last.

Starting out you will have a 1 handed weapon, and may even pick up other better one handed weapons, can’t help that.

Get your strength up so you can use a Large Axe. A socketed Large Axe with some chipped gems is all you need to get you through act 1. Remember Druids have better attack speed with two handed axes than other classes. It will surprise you how quickly you are swinging.

Once you get to level 21 you will be able to gamble for poleaxes. This is what I did; I gambled pole axes, large axes, battle axes until I came across something useful.

Large axes will be faster than poleaxes, but the damage on poleaxes will be higher. It just depends on what you find.
If you get a Tir + El, make a Steel runeword in a 2 socket Battle Axe base.

One of the best parts of the normal difficulty druid play through is act 2. As soon as you craft the Horadric Staff, USE IT. This is literally the best weapon you can get your hands on at the time. Have fun with it until you have to give it up to get to Duriel. The striking sound effect is best in slot for a weapon, so enjoy that. This is a gateway drug for a Ribcracker one day, but don’t worry! You will see later in this guide I made out really well with a different staff weapon. Bonus points if you know the staff weapon I'm talking about, it was mentioned earlier in this guide.

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I will focus mainly on the weapons, that is what is important. Though I got the god drop of an Hotspur early on, that is what you see there. Everyhing else is of a similar level to the Poleaxe: crappy. I got this Poleaxe from gambling back when I was in act 2, it killed Duriel, and Mephisto as well.

I started the pictures with Diablo as this was the first time I felt any real sense of danger in the game, that red lightning is no joke, avoid it.
Chance to hit & your level
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after a level up

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Two pictures at once so I figured it would better to throw in a spoiler. Your chance to hit is calculated from several factors only one of them is your attack rating. One factor is your level vs the level of the thing you are trying to hit. The point is even leveling can help, though I will be honest, I wish I went with the blessed aim mercenary instead.


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Ancients was pretty straightforward, your grizzly will easily tank 2 while you handle a 3rd.

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For the 3rd, 4th, and 5th waves kite the minions back. Wave 3 you don't want to fight in the middle of hydras. I like to clear the entire throne room before fighting the minions if I'm playing by myself. It allows me to use the whole map to kite them around so they can be separated. Once 1-2 break away kill them. Never try to take on the entire Lister pack by yourself, that will get you killed on any difficulty. Lister and Diablo were really the only things that made my health globe move in uncomfortable ways.

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If you can kill the minions of destruction, then baal shouldn't be a concern, tedious, but safer. My Poleaxe is now rare! I found this from gambling of course. With a few points in fury it gives you the idea of what you need by the time you get to Baal. (Yes I have a gambling problem)

I want to point out that I would do one thing differently, that is making an Edge if I could, though I lacked an Amn rune at the time.

Nightmare Difficulty

Before moving on to nightmare you need to improve two things.
Your level, and your resistances. The resistances are far more important, you could be lvl 45, but if your resistances are negative in nightmare you aren't ready.

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Yes I'm level 36. With my resists being what they are I'm fine in act 1 nightmare at this level. Instead of running worldstone keep over and over, I will be better served just moving on into nightmare. This only isn't true if you are online and have access to back to back baal runs with a sorc teleing, then sure get to lvl 40 something. Otherwise we can continue.

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I forgot to get screen of the andariel whoops, I used the same weapon I did for baal.

More importantly this beauty I'm holding!! I came across a Siege Crossbow in act 2 nightmare, I can't remember if I cubed the three sockets or if I found it this way. Either way I turned it into an Edge right away.

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Took out Duriel no problem.

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I'm trying to keep this weapon focused but it is worth pointing this out. Mephisto is a resistance check. Before I was okay with my resists being positive, by now I need them as high as possible.

Keep an eye out for a 3-4 socket armor you like so you can do this. Fill it full of Thuls, Orts, Whatever you need to get your resists higher. This armor never changed the rest of the play through, I was wearing this on the Hell Baal kill.

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Mephisto and the entire council & Durance of hate experience was smoother than I thought it would be. Those areas are full of undead, and demons. I have the Edge against them ;) Sorry. I couldn't help it. Give me just one.

The game got slower at the kurast bazaar because it is a lot of living non demon enemies and many of them just tend to run from you. It was annoying more than anything else.

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Diablo took time just by the nature of how I fight him. Hit and run with feral rage. More on that in the advice section later on.



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Baal took time, but I just hate the fight, but I never felt unsafe. Just tedious. If you can handle Lister you can handle Baal, just be patient.

Entering Hell Difficutly

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Upon killing baal on nightmare this is what my druid looks like in hell. Before entering nightmare we don't care if we are 36 or 43. I tend to get bored of normal and move on diving into nightmare just fine as long as my resistances are right.

Hell is different. You. Will. Die.

You need to stay in nightmare farming worldstone keep levels 2,3 and even the throne room. I didn't bother with baal's minion waves. I was more interested in items.

Aim for the low 70s, 72 is a good target. If you are on battle.net please drop out of the telebaals a few levels early at around 65. We need more than just experience that the tele sorc is working overtime getting for you, we need gear. Worldstone level 2, 3, & the throneroom is a good place to do that, and you will get decent exp. You are giving up solely on experience gain so you can focus on both that and item collection at the same time.

Another large red flag is that -5 fire resist. Trying to push hell with that will get you killed.

Being a guide all about showing what is possible with the worst gear, I still attempted to push hell with the stats above, and it didn't go well. I couldn't even clear The Den of Evil. I was taking too much damage, and my Edge which was the golden ticket to power me through nightmare is now no longer enough damage. Back to nightmare we go.

Once I finished farming nightmare worldstone I had the following gear, and I was ready for act 1 hell. Its all in the spoiler below. It's a lot of pictures so I put them in this spoiler and cropped them to be smaller.
Act 1 Hell Ready Druid

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The biggest gear change is my Edge runeword. The damage wasn’t enough for hell so I replaced it with another Edge runeword! The main theme for most things was my resists. I did find an angelics amulet, and a ring, they dropped back in nightmare I got lucky. Though even without the bonus my chance to hit Fallen in hell is 81%

This is an Edge runeword in a Pellet Bow base, which is an elite version of the Light Crossbow.
Aside from your resists, and level, another big reason we are farming nightmare Worldstone keep is for gear.
Elite bases drop there, useful ones. You need to keep your eyes peeled for things that you can turn into a new Edge or even an Insight. The base damage on the Pellet Bow is almost doubled from what I was using.

Keep a look out for resist charms of any size as well. All the charms you see in those pictures are either life or resistance charms of various types.
The Circlet I gambled for, the main reason I’m wearing it is the resistances. There are great things to be found by clearing world Stone keep levels 2, and 3. You will be well served doing Baal walks clearing worldstone level 2 & 3.
With the gear pictured above I was able to clear den, and start progressing through act 1 hell!!!

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Just a reminder to please check out the HC advice section of this guide, one of those strategies is being executed in the picture above.

Now if you make it to this point where you are comfortably killing different parts of Act 1 hell. Effectively I feel like I’ve done my job. At this point you have access to areas that can drop anything in the game, you can level and collect gear until you feel comfortable progressing.


Early Hell Progression

The absolute best place to farm is going to be the mausoleum. This is a level 85 area, this means anything in the game can drop, even better is that it is only full of skeletons and zombies, while still dangerous it is safer than the pit by a mile. With an Edge this is where we want to be.

The actual run is easy, you start at cold plains. Kill shit, have fun, show some Fallen who is boss. Build feral rage charges while doing so and follow the road right to blood raven where the mausoleum is.

All we need from here are what we have always needed, good bases.

Theshers - Try for either 4 sockets or 5 sockets. If 4 you have a good Insight, if 5 you have amazing base for the Obedience runeword.

Colossus Voulge – This is a great base for one reason. It only gets 4 max sockets. This is a great candidate for one of your Larzuk socket quest rewards. When you use that quest reward on a white base it always gives max sockets possible for that item’s level. If you get a Colossus Voulge from hell it will always be 4 sockets. This will be an easy Insight runeword in an elite base giving you very high damage. (4.4k fury at level 83), though it will be slower than the other options.

This is a terrible base for your mercenary because he will need to be level 90+ to even use it due to the high strength requirement.

Elder Staff – Yes a staff. Max 4 sockets, This is the base I used for the Insight that I killed Baal on hell with. One of the incredible things about this base is the low stat requirements, one of the things that helped with hell Baal is all the extra points I could dump into vitality. With this weapon I went into the fight with 4.5k hp.


Shillelagh – I will add this on here because it can also get 4 sockets, I would make an Insight out of this in a heartbeat. Though from what I understand this base is quite rare. The Elder Staff Insight was and is better than expected, so this must be good too?

These bases are absolutely necessary to your progression. Anything else you find is gravy. During my time grinding I found a Ko rune in cold plains, Aldur's Advance which you will see me wearing, arreats which I mentioned before, and some skill grand charms that I vendored.

This is also mentioned in the advice section, but STAY OUT OF THE PITS. That is a dangerous area that will get you killed. I will also add the forgotten tower where you find The Countess as well, I’m of the opinion that place is a death trap.

Dark archers in hell difficulty are among some of the most dangerous enemies you encounter in the game, if they roll the wrong combination of mods you will be staring in disbelief at your corpse.

When you google “easy places to MF in hell”, you will see people that say the pit is easy. Those are absolutely softcore players saying that. Don’t listen to them. (Sorry no offense my softcore friends.)

Even progressing through the rest of act 1 and even into act 2 is a much safer adventure than walking into the deadly abyss that is the pit. This is what I did, if I got bored of the mausoleum I pushed into the catacombs and act 2 just fine.




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As I said before you can progress through Act 1 into Act 2 at any point. I was able to take out Andy with the Edge Pellet Bow. Though.. we run into issues with act 2.

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Act 2 & 3 will become slow with all of the creatures that have immune to physical. If you go with a holy freeze merc, that means that they have a lot of elemental cold damage on their melee attack. It is Azrael not me that is bringing down these black locusts. So why the fuck am I attacking it you ask?
Well, one of the dangerous and beautiful things about fury is that it attacks random targets around you. Even though I’m targeting the Black locust, the other 4 fury attacks are wiping out those baby maggots allowing Azrael to focus on the Black Locusts. A beautiful example of teamwork.

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The mausoleum dropped this 5 socket Thresher. I already had a Fal rune from nightmare forge, and the Ko dropped from cold plains in a1 hell. This is the most expensive item in this entire guide, and god it is good.

Even more impressive than the item, Azrael is alive no reviving him in town. Once I kill hell baal you will see how bad his gear is. The only reason he lives is due to the grizzly. Summon Grizzly makes this fight relatively safe for hell.


Not much to say about act 3 & 4. The Obedience cleared both act 3 & 4
Mephisto & Diablo both cleared using Obedience
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So I hear you, you are probably wondering, when we are going to see that Insight.
Funny story about that, I was determined to get an Insight on my druid all the way back at the beginning of nightmare, believe it or not the Edge runeword was a happy accident born out of desperation because I couldn’t find any Insight base, not for me or my mercenary. I just thought it was weird RNG, and I would have to be happy writing a guide just shilling Edge, and Obedience.

I was in the worldstone keep killing and pushing my way for that Baal kill, when all of a sudden as if the skies parted, and RNGESUS himself laid down a white Elder Staff base in front of me. As soon as that staff rattled on the ground I knew what I was going to do, I brought that staff straight to larzuk. That beautiful bastard drilled 4 sockets into the Elder Staff, and I had my first Insight the entire play through ready to go.

I restarted the game, began with the Elder Staff in hand, and progressed through world Stone level 2 & level 3.
Yes Obedience is strictly a better weapon, but I was determined to showcase what a fury druid can do.

Hell ancients was done with the Obedience because I didn’t have the elderstaff until Worldstone level 1 or 2.


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Honestly, better than expected, there were a few moments where I thought I was going to die. The damage Lister can put out is scary, but my grizzly can take it. You can’t see the Insight aura, but the only reason my health is 4514 is because of the low stat requirements of the Elder Staff Insight.

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Baal took longer than I'm willing to admit, but overall a fun weapon. The Elder Staff base is quite fast, if I can use it on Baal, then please keep an open mind on Insight in general if you are hurting for a weapon.

Here is my mercenary gear as of killing Baal
Mercenary Gear
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I don’t even remember when I got the The Tannr Gorerod. What really helped my merc shine was the max level oak sage, along with strong minions. This shows how hard of a time I had finding an Insight base.

I learned a neat trick mentioned in the advice section. Partizans drop in normal cows, and if you use your Larzuk socket quest on one THAT YOU FIND FROM NORMAL COWS, it will be a guaranteed 4 socket base.
When D2r ladder hits, I will farm normal cows when I think it is safe.

If this was D2R and I were to keep grinding for levels, runes and items, my next goals for this character would be an Oath Runeword in a Feral Axe. As far this guide is concerned it is too expensive but save any Feral Axe bases you find for this runeword you won’t regret it.

The following isn't my picture, I googled it but I want you to see it.
Oath Runeword in a Feral Axe
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I also enjoy the Rain runeword, personally I enjoy the twister on striking effect. You might be better served with a Smoke runeword. To each their own though, just make sure your resists are right.

Lastly another thing to keep an eye out for are good two socket druid helms that are white with useful +skills. You can make really good Lore runewords out of them, and they will keep whatever +skills they have.

Boss Strategies

Andariel & Duriel - I lump these two in the same category because your strategy to kill them will be relatively the same. Your grizzly summon is the star of the fight here. When you cast grizzly these bosses at least for me always seem to prioritize killing the grizzly first, so much so that you can see that even my mercenary is surviving the fights in hell difficulty.

When your grizzly is about to die resummon it, and the boss will more than likely go back to wailing on the poor thing. If not just step away a few yards, and it definitely will. There will be times when you are casting your grizzly often weaving casting it in between fury.

Sometimes the grizzly will die often, there was one encounter where the bear could only handle 3-4 hits. I feel like this was still in nightmare, I just kept consistently recasting.

Use antidote potions for Andy, not only does it cure the poison but it gives you a temporary poison resistance buff. Thawing potions does the same to your resistances for cold damage, great for duriel.

Mephisto – Make sure your resists are high for Mephisto. Before fighting him on nightmare is a good time to socket an armor with thul, Ort, and anything else you need.

Dodge his lightning attack, and a cold orb known as “skull missile”. Both are high damage, you may want to be light on your paws similar to Diablo.

There are pillars near the moat where I will always try to fight him. Just in case I take too much damage I can back off, and those pillars will help protect me as I run to heal/tp/cry in a corner etc.

Your grizzly will be helpful, just please if your health drops below say 70% back off and heal somehow. You don’t want to be hit with one of his spell attacks with low hp. I see players die this way all the time, a single spell can wipe you out if you aren't prepared.

Diablo - On all 3 difficulties I didn’t even bother using fury at all if I had it. Honestly Fury, and zeal will get you killed on Diablo for the same reasons.

Let’s say you commit to a fury attack. That is 5 quick attacks, now I could be wrong, but as far as I understand the instant you click fury, there is nothing you can do. Your druid can’t move until you complete those 5 attacks. If Diablo decides to cast his lightning while you fury, you could be killed before you even complete those 5 attacks, and you can’t move. This is a common way I see zealot paladins die online.

We will, at least I will always use feral rage instead. It is less damage, and I may hit less but this is not a fight that we want to go toe to toe with the big red guy. The absolute safest thing you can do is run around him in a circle until he casts his red lightning attack. As soon as he completes it that will be an opening to get in a quick feral rage strike or two. Then run back out repeat. Pretend you are playing dark souls. You will get good at timing this; watch out for successive red lightning hose attacks. This will be slow, but it is your highest chance of coming out alive. To my zealot paladin friends consider putting aside zeal and using sacrifice instead for the fight.

Oh yea pull him out of that central pentagram. You need him in an open area to pull this off.

Remember Float like a butterfly, bite like a werewolf.

Ancients


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Hell Difficulty was the only time this fight was scary. Ancients roll with random mods on higher difficulties. The first thing you need to do is do not engage, look at their mods. You will have to make a split second judgment on if you think you can take them or not.

I had two out of the three with physical immune, so that was an easy choice. Remake the game.
With my gear the Obedience will allow for 1 physical immue, but I don’t think I want to deal with two.

If you decide you are happy with the immunities, consider their damage. By this point of the game you should have a good feel for judging incoming damage via your minions/mercenary. Even with my mercenaries’ gear which was posted earlier he was able to hold his own, he was able to handle tanking one of the ancients while I dealt with one. By the time I killed one my mercenary died too, yea he was jugging health potions.

If your mercenary drops, and your grizzly is melting away there might be some combination of extra strong/spectral hit/extra fast that we just don’t want to deal with.

On nightmare, and hell they get random modifiers 1 on nightmare, and two in hell. Remember on hell be sure to judge if you even want to engage them based on the mods, otherwise back out and remake the game rerolling the mods.

Finally drop potions on the ground, put them everywhere so you can pick them up as you or your mercenary needs them. I like to put a town portal scroll in my belt for this fight, so if I’m running low on potions I can make a fast town portal.

Baal’s Minions & Act 3 council
I lump these together because the idea is the same for the lister pack as it is for the council.

Pull them out, and separate them.

Clear some of Travincal or all of it first so you have room to pull out the council members, run near them, then run away. Some will follow, and you can kill a few 1 by 1 this way.

You want to do the same with Baal’s minions particularly the Lister pack. Playing on your own without a group I would personally clear the entire Throne of destruction map. This gives you plenty of space to kite Lister along, sometimes you will be running in circles, but you need to separate them.

This was one of the more dangerous encounters on any difficulty.

As the minions of destruction chase you, 1-3 will eventually break away. Take those out first. Spreading out, and separating the pack is the key to victory here.

I know you can park them in a corner then go on and fight Baal, but I feel like killing Lister even though hard is an important benchmark. If you can survive Lister you have nothing to worry about fighting Baal.

Minion wave 1 & 2 are the only two waves I would attempt to engage head on without trying to pull a few away first.

Baal
Tedious fight, his moveset is not a good time for a fury druid. You’ve got his cold attack that knocks you back across the screen. You’ve got a mana drain attack he will consistently hit you with. If not that he is cloning himself, and you aren’t sure which is which because you were knocked a screen away.

I’ve never felt unsafe in terms of dying, just very tedious on all difficulties. Honestly if you can clear the Lister pack then Baal is a slam dunk just be patient.

Use his tentacles to build feral rage charges, they are very easy to hit.

I’ve learned that if you town portal to town, and run to Malah crying his clone will disappear when you go back to the fight.


Useful Cube Recipes

You will notice that we really care about white weapon bases here. We want those to drop more than anything else. (Save for like a Jalal’s Mane, Tomb Reaver :D)

1 Ral + 1 Amn + 1 Perfect Amethyst + normal white base weapon = sockets on that white base item.

The number of sockets are random and capped by the level of the weapon. Between this recipe, and all the Edge runewords you will make you will be hurting for Amn runes. Horde them.

If you aren’t finding 3 socket bows/crossbows or 4-5 socket polearms/staves on your own this great to do.

Crafting is more for your merc, but you may be able to make a useful blood axe. I didn’t this play through, but if you have the mats and a base it is worth a gamble.

My favorite bases for axes are the Large Axe/Military Axe/Feral Axe or the Battle Axe/Tabar/Decapitator

The Blood Helm, or armor will give your mercenary useful life leech mods.

The hitpower helm or armor will give your mercenary the chance to cast frost nova when struck. I love this mod on a mercenary if you aren’t running holy freeze.

Mercenaries

It’s honestly up to you, I will list out my three favorites.

Normal Act 2 offensive – Blessed Aim.
This is going to be a great source of attack rating. There were times I wish I had this instead of prayer. In retrospect I wish I went with this at the start, on d2r this is what I will do, then load him up with chance to cast frost nova on being struck.

Normal Act 2 Combat – Prayer.
So why not defiance aura? I like the healing, plus with my gear being utter garbage I feel like the defense bonus wouldn’t be helpful as much as if I was twinked out with Sigons set. If your mercenary has an Insight prayer aura's heal is boosted.

Nightmare Act 2 Defensive – Holy Freeze Aura.
Slows everything around your mercenary, also it adds cold damage to your mercenaries’ melee attack making them useful for taking out physical immunes. My favorite by far.


General Hardcore Advice

  • If you have never played or it’s been a few years, give Diablo 1 a play through. Even if just the first few levels. It is a fantastic game; I personally believe it aged like the finest wine. The survival skills you need to even beat the first 5 levels I think translates really well into Diablo 2 HC. Slow paced, don’t let yourself get surrounded, use doors to funnel demons for easy kills. The last one is what made the Barracks, Jail, Catacombs, and the mausoleum a safer place to farm in hell, those doorways are really useful.
  • Let your mercenary/minions go in first, they should be taking the majority of hits not you. If you are getting hit, take a few steps back, maybe 5 yards or so, and your enemies should quickly engage your summons. Move back in, and Fury something. This is a great way to handle mana burn too.
  • Sometimes you don’t want to use fury, you can’t control what targets near you are hit. Sometimes you might want to be surgical with feral rage. Such as lightning enchanted, dolls, etc.
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  • My mercenary killed 90% of all dolls in the play through. Don’t be a hero, let Azrael/Waheed/et al. earn their pay.
  • Actively cast your grizzly at dangerous ranged attackers. There will be times you can’t avoid ranged packs. Cast your summon grizzly near them. Most of them will attack the grizzly. The damage will be high, and you may need to resummon a few times. But you can pick off the ranged attackers safely while they hit the grizzly.
  • Judge how dangerous an encounter is by how your summons handle the damage. Thinking about taking out that pack of dark archers? Cast your grizzly at them first, if your grizzly’s health melts faster than wax in the Arizona summer then consider backing off.
  • Evaluate threats. When you approach unique monsters mouse over them, and read their mods. This will be important in hell. There will be combinations that will kill you quickly if not careful, and others you may just want to walk away from.
  • If you cast a town portal from your belt or inventory it will not cause your character to go through a cast animation. For some fights having a TP in your belt will be useful so when you run out of potions you can quickly get out of a bad situation.
  • When in doubt ESC out.
  • Slow the fuck down. With feral rage it will be easy to just speed through the game, fury something and die. Take your time, smell the roses, kill some Fallen, nothing worse than a lvl 1 walk of shame back to Warriv.
  • If there are too many monsters to handle at once, get their attention and run away. Some will follow, spreading them out so you can kill a few at a time.
  • Speaking of evaluating threats, if a creature has something like fire enchanted, take a few steps back and let your Mercenary deal the finishing blow.
  • % Chance to cast frost nova on being struck is a great mod for your Mercenary. Keep an eye out for it on helms or armor.
  • Hell Difficulty is brutal. While progressing there will be times when your mercenary is dying a lot. If you run out of gold in hell, go back to Nightmare kill Pindle/Shenk a few times. Vendor whatever find you will build back up some gold fast.
  • Listen. Some of the most dangerous creatures you can hear before you see them. Dolls are a great example. If you listen you will hear their footsteps, it is very faint but it is there. If you pay attention for this you will almost always hear them coming before seen in places like durance of hate.
  • In places that are known to have dolls, fish them out. Don’t run into a room blindly, cast one of your summons in there first. If you are playing in a group, this is a great thing to do to help your party on Baal runs in Baal’s throne room. Spam your summons down a long hallway. When dolls Swarm your summon, let the sorceresses in your group nuke them from orbit.
  • Werewolf Druid is top tier for doing Lower Kurast runs. I didn’t bother this time around because my goal was to go as budget as possible. All I needed was a Fal, Ko, or an Insight apparently. If I’m farming for high runes for endgame gear it is one of my favorite spots. Feral rage lets you speed through the map, a Harmony runeword on switch will grant vigor for extra speed. The Harmony does require a Ko rune, make sure you have your Obedience first.

    Though an unpopular opinion I’ve done this on b.net ladders as well, just watch out for the timer that will ban you if make games too quickly. One of my best geared druids came from this. When I make a game online I will just do something like Mausoleum, Chaos, Lower Kurast. Thus avoiding any timer issues, I like popping every single thing I find in Lower Kurast anyway so I take my time. Keep an eye out for Thresher racks.
  • I didn’t learn this until after the fact, but Partizans will drop in normal cows. This is the exceptional version of a Poleaxe.

    Partizans that drop in normal cows will always get 4 sockets from the Larzuk socket quest reward.

    This is a good way to get your hands on a good Insight base early for you or your mercenary.
  • Treat everything you kill in Hell Difficulty as a victory. You are gaining experience to level, and you are getting chances for reasonable things to drop. You can do this!
Good luck out there, and stay safe.

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What a well formatted and insightful guide you've made here @havelox! Really impressed - this must have taken a while to put together.

I'm sure this will be a great help to HC newbs and experts alike.


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@havelox This guide is LEGENDARY! Just read through the entire thing and you have convinced me to start a HC Fury druid right freaking now.

I've been a SC player my entire D2 career, but as a 32 year old man I'm finally ready to dip my toes into the HC pond...

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Thank you so much for this guide! It is just awesome! This will be my build for D2R. I've usually run windys on all my druid but now I want to try this.

Quick question. How do I use Feral Rage along with Fury on normal mobs? Do I build up Feral Rage then attack Fury or just use Fury off the bat? Also, do I only use Feral Rage when I'm low on life? Thanks again @havelox for this awesome guide!

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crimson912 wrote: 2 months ago
Thank you so much for this guide! It is just awesome! This will be my build for D2R. I've usually run windys on all my druid but now I want to try this.

Quick question. How do I use Feral Rage along with Fury on normal mobs? Do I build up Feral Rage then attack Fury or just use Fury off the bat? Also, do I only use Feral Rage when I'm low on life? Thanks again @havelox for this awesome guide!
Thank you!

Generally build up Feral Rage first, then Fury. If you are low on life on HC the best thing to do is step back and drink health potions. The problem is that can take forever, often I just tp back back to town for a quick visit to Akara/Malah/etc for a quick refill. That will be faster than waiting on potions sometimes.


If you can reposition so that your minions are getting hit instead of you then yes use Feral Rage.

If you are using Carrion Vine, I like to cast it at a pile of corpses away from me, it will eat those corpses first. Once it gets close to where you are fighting it will die pretty quickly.

It’s funny, I’m the reverse, I never tried Wind Druid. Twister is a great skill though, I love it on items with the % to cast on striking.

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I like this guide :)
Currently playing on HC with this build. Lvl 21, in the beginning of Act 3.

Gambled this polearm <3

big problem with resists :D 500 hp in wolf form with oak, can't stop drink potions to get full globe :D

oh, forgot to say, in AHK I created little script what every 100 seconds notify me to refresh Werewolf form. Timer refreshes every time when I use Werewolf form.
I'm not very familiar with AHK, and if it was be Javascript I'd created real timer. Maybe later, now I like this simple solution :)

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Wow, so much work went into this guide. Amazing job!


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excellent write up ... thank you for taking the time to share!

it has been a long while since ive played d2 -- had many runs on the ladder in d3 on HC & super excited to pick d2 back up on release & never look back at that red headed step child again.

one question i have for you, as i am planning to start off with a druid, is how do you feel the Fury druid compares to the fire into the Wind respec path for HC? Wind druid was my favorite build back in the day, but I did not get into playing hardcore until d3 came around so i have no experience running it in HC. from what i remember, Wind druid seems fairly well suited with Cyclone Armor & the multiple types of damage. curious as to why you choose to run the seemingly riskier melee route.

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Shroomy wrote: 1 month ago

one question i have for you, as i am planning to start off with a druid, is how do you feel the Fury druid compares to the fire into the Wind respec path for HC? Wind druid was my favorite build back in the day, but I did not get into playing hardcore until d3 came around so i have no experience running it in HC. from what i remember, Wind druid seems fairly well suited with Cyclone Armor & the multiple types of damage. curious as to why you choose to run the seemingly riskier melee route.
Objectively, if I remove my own bias. Fire into Wind is going to be the best way to play druid. It is faster, gear is easy with a Lore & a spirit will take you far, multiple types of damage, and it can be pretty safe. Yea any new player to HC or d2 in general would be well served going that route instead.

Now bringing back my bias to the discussion, I believe a person on HC will have more success playing the build/class they are the most comfortable playing, not the theoretical best. There will be aaaalllllooott of dead blizz sorcs/hammerdins next week but I digress.. You mention Wind was your favorite, then you should definitely do Wind, you will excel at it I'm sure.

But for me I just don't like a lot of the elemental skills, except for Twister & Hurricane. Most of them have some kind of quirk such as Fissure only having the best damage if the targets are mobile, and moving across the fissures a certain way. Tornado requires a certain finesse to target correctly.

Personally I've lost way more elemental druids than I have werewolfs on HC. This has nothing to do with which is better on paper, this is clearly a "me" issue(mostly poor positioning with Tornado). Werewolfs are just second nature to me, and it is something I'm extremely comfortable playing so it doesn't feel risky to me. The sheer amount of life, the minions, and a good merc it just feels very safe to me. There are variations of Werewolf that put points into Cyclone Armor, but I like Rain a ton so eventually I do have a high level Cyclone Armor along with Twister, but that was too expensive for this guide.


With how diablo 2 is balanced most caster classes are going to better than melee out of the gate, but I wrote this guide targeting those that would gravitate towards melee regardless by showing a gearing path I think is achievable by anyone.

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Gotcha! Thank you for your response! I played a wolf and a bear and enjoyed those as well so I understand where you’re coming from… I just never fully fleshed them out with gg as I did the windy so my experiences were limited. You’ve definitely got me thinking about running Fury for another try though. The big thing I am considering here is the possibility of grinding ubers without having to make a smiter right after finishing 1st play through… and gearing said smiter with the Wind Druid’s sluggish MF. Anyhoo, great write up, thank you for sharing!

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Fantastic in-depth guide for new players. Kudos!

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This is great I'm currently level 20 with a Steel Battle Axe.

Do you think Chu Ko nu with Edge would work better than Siege Crossbow?

This is the best guide I have found so far!

Thanks again!

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Crabbymodo wrote: 2 weeks ago
This is great I'm currently level 20 with a Steel Battle Axe.

Do you think Chu Ko nu with Edge would work better than Siege Crossbow?

This is the best guide I have found so far!

Thanks again!
Not sure.

If I had a 3 socket Chu-Ko-Nu drop for me in early nightmare I would definitely try it. The beauty about Edge being so cheap, you can try a bunch of different bases to see what works for you.

Man I've been trying to hold off but this is making me want to start my druid before ladder launch!

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I rolled an amazing savage Poleaxe (120 upper damage with 80% enhanced) in the cube but didn't realize the socket recipe rerolls the effects and wrecked it.

Is something like this a better way Vs gambling?

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Crabbymodo wrote: 2 weeks ago
I rolled an amazing savage Poleaxe (120 upper damage with 80% enhanced) in the cube but didn't realize the socket recipe rerolls the effects and wrecked it.

Is something like this a better way Vs gambling?
I'm sorry you lost that weapon. There is a cube recipe to create a savage Poleaxe. Were you doing this already is that what you meant by "roll?"

Anyways the recipe is here: http://www.d2tomb.com/horadric_cube.shtml or Recipe: Savage Polearm Class Weapon

You will find it in the weapons section. About 4 down from the top.

1 Diamond, a staff, a Kris Dagger, and a Belt.

Some google-fu and I found this analysis someone did 3 years ago. They did this recipe 30 times and showed all the results.
https://www.reddit.com/r/diablo2/commen ... _crafting/

If you were trying to get sockets on a blue item just know that those can't be used for runewords.

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havelox wrote: 2 months ago
The Insight was used to fight through Worldstone level 2
duuuude. I cant believe i never thought of equipping my Fury druid with Insight. its stats are GG. 280% ED, 250% AR.

I use Nightsmoke Belt for 50% dmg to mana and its like having a super OP Energy Shield on the druid its so good.

I play SC but ive been following your guide and its fantastic. thanks man.


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Hey Haveloc, thanks for the inspiring guide! I was inspired to and did start my first D2R as a Fury druid and am loving it so far.

but I kinda hit a snag. I'm at Act 5 normal so far at lvl 26, and I'm hitting only 67% of the time, my dmg sits at around 40-90 per hit even after giving up some attack speed. It's really slow going and kind of demoralising next to a Fireball sorc.

Any idea what I could do better? My gear is untwinked since this druid is my first char.

Would be very grateful for any kind of advice!

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Gwynnbleid wrote: 2 weeks ago
Hey Haveloc, thanks for the inspiring guide! I was inspired to and did start my first D2R as a Fury druid and am loving it so far.

but I kinda hit a snag. I'm at Act 5 normal so far at lvl 26, and I'm hitting only 67% of the time, my dmg sits at around 40-90 per hit even after giving up some attack speed. It's really slow going and kind of demoralising next to a Fireball sorc.

Any idea what I could do better? My gear is untwinked since this druid is my first char.

Would be very grateful for any kind of advice!
Yea hang in there, melee is never going to be as fast as a sorc. If melee is something you enjoy then don't try and compare yourself to their speed too much. If that is a pure fire sorc it will have its own issues with fire immunes before long anyway. You won't be clearing screens at a time, but as long as you are killing things as melee even if 1 by 1 that is just the melee life.

Those levels before 30 is also one of the slower parts of the experience because you are leaning on a base level 1 Feral Rage. Once you can start pumping Fury it will get better.

My initial thought would be that you could level a bit more for a better chance to hit, your level vs what you are hitting is one of the factors. I was a higher level in act 4, but I was playing by myself clearing everything in a high /players count.

Are you playing online? Depending on where you are in the game, Baal runs could be on the table for quick experience gain.

If you don't have access to Baal runs refer to this chart: https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comment ... eneral_xp/

Your level is on the top. Along the side is all of the acts + Difficulties. No4 means "Normal act 4". The higher the percentage in the center the better the experience you personally get killing monsters. If you are playing by yourself this is great to show you where to fight if you're looking for levels if you can't do Baal runs.

At 26 you might be better served going back to act 4 and clearing some zones out.

At your level I would be gambling for poleaxes until I got something decent. That is what I used to clear act 5 normal.

You can also try crafting a savage polearm using the following cube recipe I mentioned in another comment: Belt + Long Staff + Kris + Diamond of any quality = savage polearm. If you have the diamonds, you can buy the other ingredients from a vendor. It may take a few tries but you can get something decent for your level from this.

What is your gem situation like? If normal forge gave you a Perfect Ruby, you can craft Blood Gloves getting some crushing blow.

Once you get into nightmare siege crossbows & Chu-Ko-Nu should drop for you to make an Edge out of, also Insight bases become available which will take you far.

I would like to see your gear to help give you better advice. Post some screens here, or you can message me on discord @Havelox0443

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Hey Haveloc,

Thanks so much for the detailed reply! Absorbing everything :) And yes, agreed about what you said about the life of a melee. I think hearing from you takes off my worry that I'm doing something entirely stupid with my poor char.

I did see your comment above about the Savage recipe and got a sweet Locaber Axe with 80ED and LL, and I'll work towards lvl 30 (Fury) and hope that ameliorates the sluggish att speed at the moment.

I'll use the table faithfully to maximum my exp towards 30 and after!

I have been doggedly picking up gems whether chipped or otherwise but at this point I don't have enough for a P Ruby.

Will be posting a screen or two once I get home!

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I would like to see your gear to help give you better advice. Post some screens here, or you can message me on discord
I just added you! Easier to send my gear screens to you than to find a way to upload them. Gonna do some act4 runs now to hit 30.

In any case thanks again for your advice!

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Awesome guide! I've been using it for my first character in D2R.

one thing to note, though, is that most of the skills are fire and forget - you can weapon swap after casting your Summons, and after transforming to wolf. That means your second weapon slot can be + skill items and you can gain several extra levels.

I accidently figured this out when I found a sigon's shield. Now I'm using Sigons and a spirit Crystal Sword in my weapon slot, and a Eth War Club with Repair Durability as my primary weapon. (yeah, I'm still looking for a better weapon)

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I found a Bonesnap Maul, you think it's worth a socket from the act V quest to add Shael? High damage Hoping it will carry me through nightmare until I find a better Crossbow for Edge.

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I found a Bonesnap Maul, you think it's worth a socket from the act V quest to add Shael? High damage Hoping it will carry me through nightmare until I find a better Crossbow for Edge.
I would absolutely. Also be sure to up it as well, you can increase it to it's exceptional version. You can get a big damage increase this way just with a Ral + Sol, a Perfect Emerald + the weapon.

Solid weapon you have there. Honestly you might not even need the Edge with that upped to a War Club. Just watch out, when you do this you increase Bonesnap's stat requirements to the exceptional version. Make sure you have 124 str first

Just a warning for you and anyone else reading this regarding Edge Runeword. The Thorns aura that Edge gives off is bugged on D2R, it is constantly making that Thorns aura activation noise every few seconds. It was driving me crazy.

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havelox wrote: 4 days ago
Crabbymodo wrote: 1 week ago
I found a Bonesnap Maul, you think it's worth a socket from the act V quest to add Shael? High damage Hoping it will carry me through nightmare until I find a better Crossbow for Edge.
I would absolutely. Also be sure to up it as well, you can increase it to it's exceptional version. You can get a big damage increase this way just with a Ral + Sol, a Perfect Emerald + the weapon.

Solid weapon you have there. Honestly you might not even need the Edge with that upped to a War Club. Just watch out, when you do this you increase Bonesnap's stat requirements to the exceptional version. Make sure you have 124 str first

Just a warning for you and anyone else reading this regarding Edge Runeword. The Thorns aura that Edge gives off is bugged on D2R, it is constantly making that Thorns aura activation noise every few seconds. It was driving me crazy.
That is a lot of strength to be fair that could be in vitality. Thanks for the info, I'm hoping. A Steel driver or Ribcracker drops for me soon which would be faster but I guess you have to go with what you have 😀

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An excellent read for new players and old alike, loved the presentation and how approachable you made the entire journey sound. I'll definitely consider making a Fury druid once ladder starts; maybe even in HC, if the servers get stable enough until then.

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That is a lot of strength to be fair that could be in vitality. Thanks for the info, I'm hoping. A Steel driver or Ribcracker drops for me soon which would be faster but I guess you have to go with what you have 😀

Oh yes, any of those options will be good. Going with what you have is the whole theme of this guide. People don't really realize they can use a lot of these items in hell. They get so focused on the absolute best in slot, but with a little bit of creativity they can get by with a lot of different items.

All this talk about Bonesnap got me thinking, I acquired one, and upped it to it's War Club version.

It is really good! I cut a quick clip of my druid. It is able to put out enough damage to kill in worldstone keep on hell.

My druid is still a work in progress, don't mind my chance to hit.





https://imgur.com/a/SvA2eAo

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