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Questions about Krakenstance/stormblast barb.

Post by pokerlifex@hotmail.com on Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:06 am

I'm in end game trying to outfit for ubers and I have some questions about stormblast/kraken stance.

I'm using:

Armor- Scales
Hat- ED, Replenish, 26 Kraken Stance
Gloves- 5% CB craft gloves with good stats
Boots- same as gloves
Belt- Ahriman
Rings- -enemy resist rings -unique MO for defense and -enemy res.
shield- 5%cb craft with high def and stats (gilded)
amulet- klaatu unique not lucky

What base weapon should I craft and use for stormblast? I saw a guide using throwing knives so I'm using a Crafted throwing knife with ctc throw knife. Is the a best item for attack speed? ( I use the speed calculator to hit my ias breakpoint and noticed throwing knives dont have a written speed on the xml documentation, why is this?)

For additional context my guy is:
1 runemaster, thunder god, immortal.
1 in each of stormblast and prereqs.
1 in the +max pumping skill ( immortal blood is it?), enough skills for 4 wolves, max snake and eagle stance, max spirit guide, rest in bear stance, 1 in wolf stance.

All runes in gear, lum in boots and gloves because my req level is too low for any useful runes and I wanted MO space, MO'd weapon for 30cb, MO'd armor for total character defense and then frw and enough fhr for BP. I have little to no DR%, roughly 180 to resist all to stack vs pierce and just under 1 mill def near a wolf, 540k not near. Got about 60CB inc the few charms I have. About -180 to all enemy resists, 10k life ish, maybe less after dex and str for gear.
*edit* My AR isn't amazing, +74% ar bonus on craft knives and enough dex for 406 requirement only bonuses. I could MO the knives for more AR bonus, how important is AR for sb?

I have some stash switch crafted boots and gloves with gems in them for max resists where needed although I havnt used them yet. Do I have too much resists stacked ( I have 15res all runes in some equipment that i could remove for +5% total character def runes-my default).

Any other advice? I don't have too many SU's to pick from yet but decent craft ingredients.
Also is there anything I should use on wep switch for Snake/stormblast? I was thinking about just using the blink charge javelin runeword (raid) because I do not have a source of blink or jitans gate.

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Re: Questions about Krakenstance/stormblast barb.

Post by RollsRoyce on Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:14 am

Theres quite a bit to change, ill give you one hint at a time.

For weapon you should try the secret scythe runeword ( additional lvl 35-40 to kraken stance) and reroll until you have decent reanimates ( mangler/trap rats/warforge shaman etc...)
this might take you lots of time though ^^


Spoiler:

Trendkill (Scythes):
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Earth Cold Light Magic Fire Poison

25% Reanimate as: (1256 to 1553)*
+(36 to 42) to Kraken Stance
(201 to 250)% Bonus to Attack Rating
-(21 to 30)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
-(21 to 30)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
-(21 to 30)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(6 to 11) Enhanced Stance Radius
-20% Faster Run/Walk
Requirements -50%

*Random elite or non-elite monster

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Re: Questions about Krakenstance/stormblast barb.

Post by evil_potato on Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:29 am

you know this was a thread about a barb, right?

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Re: Questions about Krakenstance/stormblast barb.

Post by powtek on Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:39 am

Why put points on Bear when you already have Kraken? I am not a fan of Stance switching but imo Smaxing Snake and Eagle is enough leaving Bear to 1 pt. You also need points to get 5 wolves and higher "Doom" damage.

On mobility, you can pick Spirit Walk instead of weapon switching. If you plan on getting RollsRoyce's weapon, stance sharing is awesome.

On weapons, an SU labrys on main and SSU mammen axe on switch are awesome. Double stormblast and switching to SSU mammen axe to spread snake stance poison and slow via Thunderslam pretty much sums up your gameplay.

Finally, -180 resists are a bit of overkill here. Might need to replace it with good MO's like CtC Thunder Hammer on rings and ED on armors.

(I'm not really good on advices especially on a barb)

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Re: Questions about Krakenstance/stormblast barb.

Post by powtek on Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:41 am

@evil_potato wrote:you know this was a thread about a barb, right?

There are scythes that can be equipped by any class.

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Re: Questions about Krakenstance/stormblast barb.

Post by RollsRoyce on Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:06 pm

that scythe adds your kraken to 10k -30k on each element, even without any pierce this is already godly. The numerous reanimates will make almost any place somewhat easy for you ( maybe except for sewers since there are no reanimates )


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Re: Questions about Krakenstance/stormblast barb.

Post by Goatmilk on Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:41 pm

If you want to play with Kraken stance, be sure to throw as many hard skill points as you can into the other stances. I know Kraken stance doesn't mention it on the skill, but it still recieves a nice bonus from "hard points in any other stance" and it's damage will easily skyrocket.

(And in case it's Stormblast you're in love with, it can easily work with lion/wolf/bear and tons of cb)

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Re: Questions about Krakenstance/stormblast barb.

Post by MUS01 on Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:01 am

If you're planning use Stormblast... then you need -180% ELR...

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Re: Questions about Krakenstance/stormblast barb.

Post by pokerlifex@hotmail.com on Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:36 am

- I have 180ish -enemy resists for all 3 kraken elements.
- I don't like spiritwalk, seems not worth 4 points when jitansgate+blink are usable long term.
- I'll try the scythe out but I'm more concerned for survivability than damage capability which is why I'm using a shield/throwing knife combo atm.

thanks for the responses guys.

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Re: Questions about Krakenstance/stormblast barb.

Post by pokerlifex@hotmail.com on Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:39 am

@RollsRoyce wrote:Theres quite a bit to change, ill give you one hint at a time.

For weapon you should try the secret scythe runeword ( additional lvl 35-40 to kraken stance) and reroll until you have decent reanimates ( mangler/trap rats/warforge shaman etc...)
this might take you lots of time though ^^


Spoiler:

Trendkill (Scythes):
--------------------
Earth Cold Light Magic Fire Poison

25% Reanimate as: (1256 to 1553)*
+(36 to 42) to Kraken Stance
(201 to 250)% Bonus to Attack Rating
-(21 to 30)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
-(21 to 30)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
-(21 to 30)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(6 to 11) Enhanced Stance Radius
-20% Faster Run/Walk
Requirements -50%

*Random elite or non-elite monster

I can't find the runeword in the documentation. What runes is it?

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