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 Post subject: A3 Poison and Bone mercs - which element?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:22 am 
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Trying one of these guys out for the first time and wondering which dmg is stronger for them - Poison or Bone? Just wondering whether I should gear them towards boosting their magic dmg to make the teeth/spear stronger or rely on their poison based attack instead.

my inclination is to focus on their magic dmg skill

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 Post subject: Re: A3 Poison and Bone mercs - which element?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:55 pm 
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bone, imo, the prime poisonnova (gas cloud) seems ok against fallens and stuff, but useless against anything else. Also the bone skills synergise each other and have less immunes to contend with

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:18 pm 
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go bone east to hit -100 with him


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for a total of -116


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the conclusion i am drawing from this thread is that hiring them past normal is a bad decision since they gain p nova? which would take away from them using more bone attacks.

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good point.

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Zikur wrote:
the conclusion i am drawing from this thread is that hiring them past normal is a bad decision since they gain p nova? which would take away from them using more bone attacks.
That was the case a few patches ago, but at some point they were changed to gain BoneSpirit instead of PNova. I verified that in v1.21z in NM that they gained BoneSpirit. I didn't play the char too much though, so I didn't pay attention to whether their damage improved a lot due to the added skill synergizing. I'm sure it did (should have been upwards of 90% for teeth and 80% for BoneSpear), but it wouldn't have been as significant as it could have been because with BoneSpirit my NM merc would choose to lob a slow moving single-target "BoneSpear" rather than a less synergized but multi-target Teeth or BoneSpear cast by my Norm merc.

The purpose of these mercs in NM and Hell is their -PoisRes aura, not their damage, they suffer the same damage drop-off as Bone Necros, but without the gear to bring them up again.


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