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 Post subject: Boss questions with my bonemancer (Single player)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:37 am 

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Hey guys,

My new bonemancer is coming along nicely, just entered act 5 normal level 56.

Bonemancers seem great at clearing trash and all and i think i may be able to take him into hell (first char) with some patience!

Having some problems on bosses, i was wondering if anyone has any exp using a bonemancer on bosses? My golems die pretty fast which i expected anyway in hell unleased! even with decrep they catch up quite fast with me

skill wise atm im at

20 teeth
20 bone spear
10 golem mastery

and 1 in all golems/bone spirit

Thinking that maybe i should have maxed bone spirit first?

Also, what merc do you think would be best for a bonemancer?

Thanks for any help, i love the challenge of this game haha ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Boss questions with my bonemancer (Single player)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:11 pm 
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I ould sink all points into your bone synergies now and think about getting an act 5 merc with a butt loada lifeleech. He will be able to hold sub bosses, but for major bosses you are on your own. Spam clay as often as you can and decrep to slow as much as possible

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 Post subject: Re: Boss questions with my bonemancer (Single player)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:21 pm 

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Cheers kevin,

Ill start pumping bone spirit from now on, instead of golem mastery... yea i thought that might be the case for bosses! but hey... if a BM killed trash this easy and held really well on bosses it would be too good to be true :p

Any tips on gear choice dude?

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 Post subject: Re: Boss questions with my bonemancer (Single player)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:24 pm 
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bone armor if you can get hold of 2 um runes. Viper if not. just the usual caster gear. a 3 pnb circlet would be good with 4 ss diamonds. You should be able to take a real beating from the elemental stuff on baals minions with that.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:43 am 

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Ive got a few UM's on my NM pally, so ill use those! Thanks man..

In the interest of mercs.. i was thinking of focusing on a solid tank merc now anyway considering clearing trash is not needed (my act 1 phys merc was just assisting the speed of clearing and nothing else)

Whats your thoughts on act 2 vs act 5 mercs for tanks? i see that barb mercs get battle cry and i dont want that to interfere with decrepify/amp at all! + act 2 mercs can have prayer which could be handy!

But the main point of a merc for this build seems to be able to stand and bang for as long as possible with sub/bosses

What dya recon?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:37 am 
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act 2 mercs attack faster than act 5 but they have slightly retarded AI sometimes. That can be a benefit for bosses however as you want to keep the aura for as long as possible.

The mercs dont get warcry/battlecry till nm and hell. The wolf and bear merc both get warcry IIRC anyway so it won't effect curses, just stun mobs for you.

A2 mercs take a little more gearing to be solid tanking machines but they can tank just as well as an act 5. Act 5 isn't as dependant on equip as act 2 for survival.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:17 pm 

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I went with the werebear act 5 merc in the end due to my memory of the act 2 merc (fragile dumbass) on my zealer!

Im much prefering this to act 2 mercs.. much more life and tanks better.. hes smothered in %LL and MDR/PDR.

I was thinking about golems a bit earlier when i was playing... basically i find them to weak to even be arsed to cast all 4 all the time....

Wouldnt it be more effective in terms of tanking to pump remaining points into a chosen golem after

60 Bone skills
20 Golem Mastery

i was thinking if the rest are whacked into Iron or Force... you'll have a bit more of a sturdy golem to help tank on bosses?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:39 am 
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yeh max a golem after the mastery IMO, you are best off spamming blades on bosses but with a maxed mastery, claw will be able to get a hit in before it dies.

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