Diablo 2 Blizzard/Orb Sorceress Walkthrough

Table of Contents


I. Update logs (D1.1)


1. Introduction (D2.1)

2. Objective of this guide (D2.12)

3. FAQs (D2.13) -Not complete-

2. Skill/Stat spread (D2.2)

2.1: Leveling Walkthrough (D2.21)

3. Recommended Setups (D2.3)

4. Zen and the art of dueling (D2.4)

4.1: Player-Killers (D2.41)

5. Magic Find and you (D2.5)

6. Legal mumbo-jumbo (D2.6)

7. Contact (CT1)

Note: Type Command+F or Crtl+F and enter the find code (The Dx.x in

parenthesis) to jump to a certain section.


---Update Logs---

*v1.2 -current-

-Rolled the reader insight into the guide, eliminating clutter.

-Added bit about PvP damage reduction in Dueling

-Added bit about what sorceress to build in the intro

-Adding some stuff about PK


-Added some info about the new ladder and possible update.

-All around cleanup of the guide, plus added some additional insight by Mr.

Patrick Gilsdorf. Thanks! It always helps to have a second opinion.

-As such, I have added (To the sections that needed it) a reader insight

section. If you wish for a second opinion or an alternate way of doing

things, look there. I'll integrate it with the guide in version 1.2 maybe,

but not right now.


-Complete rewrite. Some stuff C&P'd over, but a lot rewritten.

-Find codes implemented.

-The annoying bug that caused all ' characters to be changed to question

marks has been fixed. Rejoice.



So you have chosen or are interested in crafting your own blizzard

sorceress. Maybe you've seen one in action before, dueled against one, or

what have you. Nonetheless, you are likely reading this guide because you

have some interest in building one. Either way, welcome to the guide.

Before I begin, I'd like to mention that this guide will not help you one

iota if you happen to play Expansion. Why is this? Let me explain a few


1. Expansion has a ton of mana-boosting unique items so that putting points

into Energy is useless.

2. A lot of Classic rare equipment (90% of our sorceress's gear) is

rendered totally useless in Expansion.

3. A lot of stat-boosting items, making any stat other than Vitality pretty

much useless.

There are others, but not much more has to be said that this guide won't

help you in Expansion. If you wanted to try for an Expansion sorceress, you

could go here: http://www.gamefaqs.com/computer/doswin/game/370600.html

Now, the blizzard sorceress can deal insane amounts of damage. However,

there is one drawback you may or may not be aware of, which is the fact

that the blizzard sorceress can of course only do one element, which is

cold. The only other attack you will likely have at your disposal is Static

Field, which can shave off 25% of the enemy's HP per hit, but cannot kill.

In dueling, the blizzard sorceress packs a punch. But needless to say,

you'll need some help in PvM in Hell mode and even some parts of Nightmare.

If you still feel like building one of these powerhouses despite the

obvious drawbacks, feel free to keep on reading.

On the other hand, if you wish to build a Frozen Orb sorceress, I provide

little blurbs here and there on what steps you need to follow, because for

the most part, things are the same.


+++Which is right for you?+++

Figure I'd drop this in somewhere.

If you are just beginning the game and want to build a sorceress, I'd

highly suggest building an orber. They can hold their own in duels, not to

mention regular play. Orbers have very good crowd control, so that makes

them good support characters should the need arise.

Blizzard sorceresses, however, require a bit more skill to use. Blizzard

only concentrates on one area, rather then splitting off in a million

different directions. Therefore, you need to use Blizzard carefully. But

the additional hassle comes with a reward--Blizzard can do over 1,000

points of damage, allowing it to pack a punch.

If you are really advanced, have one or more sorceresses and are chomping

for more, I'd suggest going for a Lightning/Fire build.


+++Objective of the guide+++

The objective of this guide is quite simple, which is to help you make

yourself a lean, mean, blizzard-slinging machine. If for some reason you

follow this guide down to the last step and don't have such a sorceress as

the result, feel free to email me and complain, but I ask one thing: If you

want to complain, please provide constructive criticism to help me improve

the guide.

And lastly, thank you for taking the time to read this guide. Let's begin.



-Section in progress, will add questions as time goes on-


---Skill/Stat Spread---

NOTE: I will only list the skills you are putting points into. If it isn't

listed, don't bother with it.

-Skill Tree: Lightning-


Charged Bolt        1

Lightning           1

Telekinesis         1

Teleport            1

Energy Shield       1



IceBolt             Max

Frozen Armor        1

Frost Nova          1

Ice Blast           Max

Glacial Spike       Max

Blizzard            Max

Shiver Armor        1

Mastery             Max


You are putting points into the lightning tree for Teleport and energy

shield mostly, Teleport for it's ability to move you quickly in duels, and

Energy shield so you can take an increased number of hits. The ones that

need to be maxed in the cold tree are synergies of Blizzard and thus

increase its power. Mastery will cut your opponent's cold resists,

enhancing damage.

Orb Sorc notes:

In this case, you only want to max your Cold Mastery, Orb, and Ice Bolt. On

the lightning side of things, this build can go two ways: Max Teleport so

that it will only take 1 Mana per cast (And thus, your mana will recharge

AS you teleport, pretty good), OR you could max Energy Shield (And be a

fast-moving tank, but have LOTS of Mana potions on hand for this build). It

all depends on what you want.

-Stat Point Spread-

The most typical stat spread for Blizzard sorceresses:

Strength: As high as needed, but keep as low as possible. If you can get

away with keeping it around 40-50, that'll be excellent.

Dexterity: Like strength. Keep it as low as possible. 51 is good, as it

allows use of the Spectral Shard, the main weapon of choice for Duelists.

Vitality: Every point that isn't going into anything else should be put

into Vitality. By around Level 70, you should be edging close to 1,000 Life

(With +life equipment).

Energy: Try not to put ANY points whatsoever into this stat. AuralFire and

Anticitizen (Orb and Blizzard sorcs, respectively) both have 50-70 into

Energy because I think that's a pretty good comfort zone. It really depends

on where you are comfortable, but a common rule is no more than 70 at the


Orb sorceresses can follow this same stat spread. Nothing different between

the builds, though you *might* want to nudge the energy up a bit if you

decide on maxing Energy shield.

-Alternate Take- (Thanks Mr. Gilsdorf)

The Stat Spread---

Strength: Leave at 35. No more than that.

Dex: You should be able to boost this via equipment. I don't know the

equipment as well as I used to, so I cannot modify the equipment section as

such. Don't go over 35 (Without equipment).

Vitality: Same as above (Put as much as possible into this.)

Energy: None here. Unless you are going to nudge Energy Shield past Lv. 5.

The Skill Spread---

For the Blizzard Sorceresses (sorry, Orbers), you'll want to max your five

skills in this order.

Ice Blast, Blizzard, Cold Mastery, Ice Bolt, then lastly Cold Spike.


++Leveling Walkthrough++

All the planning in the world won't get you past the one, classic element

that is in every RPG known to man: The level grind.

Fortunately in Diablo II grinding isn't too hard--that is, if you have some

help out. There are different ways you can go about this.

1. You can grab a friend's sorceress with maxed Enchant, buy a Bow, and

just shoot down enemies in difficult places for massive XP.

2. Once at level 20, just find a good friend with a powerhouse Orb

sorceress and run the cow level with them. Once at 25, up the ante to

Nightmare cows.

3. Do Hell Chaos Sanctuary runs. Be aware that a Barbarian with Battle

Orders, and a Paladin with Blessed Hammer are pretty much required for


Pretty much following those in order will get you to the high levels just

fine. However, I'll give some more detail into following these steps.

-1 to 20-

You'll either be flying solo or having the assistance of a chanter for this

one. If you have a chanter assisting you, skip to Stony Field.

Otherwise, you'll be alone with Fire Bolt and not much in the way of

firepower. What you'll probably want to do is gain about 5 levels in Blood

Moor, then move to Cold Plains until Level 10, Then keep moving on until

you get to the Stony Field.

Chanted people joining us at this point should have a bow of sorts and a

newly-cast enchant.

At this point, you can kill things in this area, slowly working through Act

I until you get to Level 20. You can also get a rush through Act I and

level in Act 2, making it easier on you. Either way works fine, but if you

insist on sticking with Act 1, level in the Catacombs. Anything before that

and you'll be moving backwards.

By the time you hit 20, you should have an Ice Bolt that is pretty well

leveled, with one point each into Blizzard's prerequisites.

-20 to 50-

At this point, you'll want to join a Cow game--that is, someone running the

cow level. Here are some tips on joining a good cow game:

1. Find one that has a number attached to it. This means it's been running

for a while and is most likely a good run.

2. Pay attention to the game times. If the game's been running any longer

than 5-10 minutes, wait for them to start another game or find another run.

3. Try to stay in private games with tons of friends. More people = more

XP. Private runs work better because you don't have to worry about some

bozo wasting the cow king and ruining your character.

Once you get to 30-ish, you'll want to complete Normal and head for

Nightmare cow runs. After that, when you are around 45-50, Nightmare Chaos

Sanctuary is a good place to do some solo leveling.

By now, you should have a decently leveled Orb/Blizzard which should be

more than enough to carry you through easily. Just don't take too many


-50 to 70-

You should do Nightmare Chaos runs until around 60 or so. When you get

there, get to Hell Act 2 and run through the desert killing things (In full

games, preferably). You should be able to hit 70 easy doing this.


Once you hit 70, it's pretty straightforward from here. Just do Hell Chaos

runs until you hit your desired level. I stopped at 80, though it certainly

is possible to go further. May luck be with you.

The "Sora":

I figure I should cover this, since you are likely to be doing it a LOT,

especially if you happen to be the only sorceress and/or the highest level

sorceress of the Chaos run you happen to be in. It's a technique called the

"Sora", and what it means is to teleport very rapidly to the center of

Chaos Sanctuary, cast a Town Portal, and duck and cover while your team

clears the area.

Obviously, you'll want to keep some things in mind.

1. ALWAYS, ALWAYS make sure you have a MAXED tome of Town Portal on you. I

cannot count on two hands how many times I teleported, and lo and behold,

no town portals. Worst. Feeling. Ever.

2. Always have full rejuvenations on hand, if possible. If not, keep a

healthy dose of Mana/Health potions. Slots 1, 2 should be health, 3, 4



3. Most importantly, have a barbarian cast Battle Orders on you before you

begin. You'll get a skill boost, HP/MP boost, and Stamina boost. You can

certainly attempt to sora without, but it's very risky.

Orbers: Do the same thing as your blizzard brethren.


---Recommended Setups---

Obviously the skills and stats were the least of our problems. Now we have

to figure out what kind of equipment we are going to use. The good news is

that you'll likely get this stuff from some caring people as you build up

your levels. Don't trip too hard on this stuff until you get to level


Equipment note: "Priz" is the term used by many b.net players for an item

that has multiple resistances. Such items are usually purple in color, and

are worth a LOT in trades.

Note on armors: The same armor should be used across both builds (MF and


Also, on any rare stuff, you should try to keep the strength/dexterity

requirements as low as possible. Remember the golden rule of the Sorc:

DEFENSE DOESN'T MATTER. Because if some Barbarian Whirlwinds you, you are

likely not going to survive. Unless, of course, he only *grazes* you.

+Magic Find Gear+

Helm: Tarnhelm

Defense: 8-11

Required Level: 15

Required Strength: 15

Durability: 18

+1 To All Skill Levels

25-50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Item

75% Extra Gold From Monsters

NOTE: You'll want a 50% Tarnhelm, preferably.

Armor: Rare

10-24% Faster Hit Recovery

Cold Resists 9%+

Fire Resists 9%+

24-60 to Life

Shield: Priz*

20-30 to Cold, Fire, and Lightning resists

Faster Block Rate

Enhanced block rate

Weapon: Gull

One-Hand Damage: 2 To 19 

Required Level: 4

Durability: 16

Adds 1-15 damage

100% Better Chance of Getting Magic Item

-5 to Mana

Gloves: Chance Guard

Defense: 27-28

Required Level: 15

Required Strength: 25

Durability: 16

+20-30% Enhanced Defense

+15 Defense

+25 To Attack Rating

25-40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Item

200% Extra Gold From Monsters

+2 To Light Radius

Boots: Rare

% to Magic Find (Varies greatly)

% to Cold Resist and Fire resist

30% Faster Run/Walk

Belt: Goldwrap

Defense: 34-36

Required Level: 27

Required Strength: 45

Durability: 18

12 Boxes

+40-60% Enhanced Defense

+25 Defense

10% Increased Attack Speed

30% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items

50-80% Extra Gold From Monsters

+2 To Light Radius

Rings: 2x Nagelring

Magic Damage Reduced By 3

+50-75 To Attack Rating

Attacker Takes Damage of 3

15-30% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items

Amulet: Rare

% Magic Find

% to Cold and Fire resists

+ Life and Mana (Not needed but preferred)

---Dueling Build---

Helm: Rare helm

10% or 20 faster hit recovery

20+ to Life

Cold Resist 20%+

Fire Resist 20%+

Armor1: Hawkmail (For dueling Cold-based Sorceress)

Defense: 109-122 

Required Level: 15

Required Strength: 44

Durability: 36

+80-100% Enhanced Defense

10% Faster Run/Walk

15% To Max Cold Resist

Cold Resist +15%

Cannot Be Frozen

Armor2: Rare (For everything else)

24% Faster Hit Recovery

Cold Resist 20%

Fire Resist 20%

50+ to Life

Shield: Priz*

20-30 to Cold, Fire, and Lightning resists

Faster Block Rate

Enhanced block rate

Weapon: Spectral Shard

+10 to All Resistances

50 to Mana

50% Faster Cast Rate

55% to Attack Rating

Gloves: Frostburn

+10-20% Enhanced Defense

+30 Defense

+5% Enhanced Damage

Increase Maximum Mana 40%

Adds 1-6 Cold Damage

Alternate Gloves: Magefist

Boots: Rare

30% Faster Run/Walk

10% faster hit recovery

+20 to Mana

Cold resist and Fire resist

Belt: Rare

10% Faster Hit Recovery

30+ to Life

Cold Resist

Fire Resist


10% Faster Cast Rate

Cold resists and Fire resists

+Mana or +Life

Amulet: Rare

+1 or 2 to Sorceress Skill Levels

10-20% to all resists

+Life or +Mana

The reason I suggest two armors on hand for duel build is because the 

vast majority of Sorceresses out there are cold elemental. If you have 

Energy shield plus a Hawkmail, Frozen Orb sorceresses won't be able to 

even touch you while Blizzard sorceresses can't OHKO you unless you stand

in their blizzards.


---Zen and the art of Dueling---

Of course, once your build is near complete, you are going to want to 

make yourself known on battle.net. Quick way to do that is to win 


As far as the sorceress goes, you have one key skill in duels. 

Teleport. Never duel without it. A sorceress without teleport is a dead 


Unless of course you are trying to build a low-level dueler. But if that's

the case, you probably would'nt want to be reading this guide.

Another note I'd like to add: It helps TREMENDOUSLY if you remap your 

skill keys to other keys on your keyboard. For example, I have my F1-F4 

keys mapped to Q, W, E, and R, so I can switch skills quickly, while 

having my mana potions just a key away. The F-keys are the worst 

possible skill keys for the sorceress. Try dueling with them once, and 

you'll see how cumbersome it is to quickly switch between blizzard and 


You can also download a hack that will put blizzard on your left-click. 

But if you do that, it makes you a cheating scumbag, and if you did stuff 

like that, you probably wouldn't be reading this guide. Thus, I will 

NOT be posting the instructions on how to install or get this hack.

Again, another thanks to Patrick for this one:

The Frozen Orb break point. Orbers out there can get higher damage if they

are able to catch their opponent in the break point of the orb, or, right

at the final part of it, where it splits off. Anyone caught dead center in

this will take full damage.

-PvP Damage Reduction-

Another point I should mention is the fact that in PvP (Player vs. Player),

your skill damages are reduced by 75%. The reason is obvious why this is,

but in case you don't get it, it's because the skills are too tremendously

powerful for dueling. You'd be getting one hit kills as characters' life

rarely goes above 2000. Two hits with blizzard = instant death.

-Sorceress vs. Hammer-Paladin-

This will be a tough fight. You'll have to stay as far away from the 

'din as possible, since his hammers may not be in range, but he can be 

stepping on your heels in a matter of seconds. Hammerdins also make use 

of a glitch commonly known as sync, which will cause you to lag for a 

few seconds, giving him the perfect window of opportunity. Staying far 

away from him is a good way to avoid falling victim to this technique. 

Also, it should be known that those hammers do about 9,000 damage per 

hammer, so two will probably kill you if not one.

As far as offense, you'll just have to drop random blizzards and hope 

he walks into one. Getting close enough to drop a blizzard right on him 

might be too risky, unless he's reloading on mana.

Note: It would seem that having Diablo II in Direct3D mode will totally 

nerf the synch glitch. At least for me it did. If someone could confirm 

this, it would be helpful. See contact.

Orbers: You can just fire in their general direction and you'll likely

score some hits. Be careful still.

-Sorceress vs. Fist Of The Heavens-

Another variant of the paladin, this one attacks with a lightning bolt 

which homes in from the sky, making it nigh unavoidable. I myself would 

just avoid all fights with FoH dins. If you must, however, equip 

yourself with MAXIMUM lightning resists. FoH dins have Conviction, 

which weaken your resists quite a bit. You can try and stay away from 

the din, but his FoH is a surefire hit. Once he casts it, you are going 

to get hit, like it or not.

To kill it, you'll have to go kamikaze. His FoH has quite a range, so 

you'll have to kill him before he kills you.

Orbers: Just get close and start going nuts with Orb.

-Sorceress vs. Barbarian-

Very easy if the opponent has no Hawkmail. If he does, this is going to 

be a really long fight.

Most BvS types have a Hawkmail, some points in Natural Resistance, and 

are really speedy to catch up with you. Your most effective weapon 

against these types is already neutralized (freezing). So it's normally 

an uphill battle.

What you need to hope for is that the barbarian does something called a 

"WW lock". This means that the Barbarian is stuck in a whirlwind going 

towards you. This will give you speed advantage so you can blizzard him 

to death. However, even if you manage to reduce his life to zero, he'll 

still be spinning towards you. Be careful--he can still damage you. 

Just run until he stops and dies.

UPDATE: There is a glitch I discovered that would allow the Barbarian 

to "teleport", for lack of a better term, right onto your heels, 

causing you some pretty good damage. If you built your sorceress well 

though, you should be able to survive it and teleport safely away.

If he doesn't lock you, just use the houses and rocks in Blood Moor to 

try to slow him down a bit, dropping blizzards in the middle of these 

obstructions. He'll likely take some damage one way or another.

Orbers: Try to catch the barbarian in the Orb's break point if you can.

Also, don't bother dueling a Barbarian with hawkmail. It's almost an

instant loss.

-Sorceress vs. Amazon (Bow)/Necromancer-

I group the Necromancer and Bow Amazon because they are almost exactly 

alike. Both use attacks that will home in on your position, and you'll 

need to evade effectively while getting a good shot in.

You have to avoid their projectiles while trying to score a hit. 

Unfortunately, this isn't easy at all. You have to get right next to 

them, and hopefully drop a blizzard on them. Meanwhile, the 

Necromancer/Amazon is probably taking this window of opportunity to 

pump you full of Bone Spirits/Guided Arrows. If you are REALLY good, 

you can teleport; quickly hotkey to blizzard, cast it, and quickly 

switch back to teleport and run for it before you take too much damage.

And for dueling these types, FASTER HIT RECOVERY IS A MUST. Both 

attacks, when they connect, will cause you to flinch for a second, 

allowing a full army of arrows/spirits to bombard you, thus killing 

you. The trick here is to WALK AWAY from being hit, not TELEPORTING. 

Teleporting takes a fraction of a second to do, and in that small 

window of time, another arrow or spirit can connect, causing you to 

flinch again...and again...and again until you are dead.

One thing to note, however--The Amazon's Guided Arrow travels somewhat

faster than the Necromancer's Bone Spirit.

Orbers: You have it a bit easier. Just try to get close and let an orb fly

at them. Hopefully you'll hit.

-Sorceress Vs. Javelin Amazon-

NOTE: See the Hackers section of the dueling chapter for some important 

info on dueling Javelin Amazons. If, after checking that part out, you 

are SURE its OK, then read on.

First thing's first. Put a LOT of distance between you and the Zon. 

Because once that Javelin connects with your sorceress, I can guarantee 

an instant death, since like Bow Amazons, those javelins cause a 

massive flinch when they hit. And since Javelin Amazons have immense 

attack speed, your chances of survival are close to nothing--unless, of 

course, you have a 3-topaz shield and a Sparkling Mail.

Now most duelists aren't stupid. They know you are a blizzard 

sorceress, and they aren't going to run directly at you. Therefore, you 

are going to have to predict where they are going to be, and drop a 

blizzard and hope they run right into it.

Another strategy, if you are the kamikaze type, is run right up to her, 

blizzard her before she can jab you, then as she recovers, pump her 

full of ice blasts, and hope she dies. This assumes she has crappy hit 

recovery and has no Hawkmail on, of course.

-Sorceress vs. Sorceress-

This one has nothing to it, really. SvS mostly consists of teleporting 

around like mad trying to avoid getting hit. This warning deserves to 

be repeated twice--have LOTS of mana potions on hand.

Make sure you activate Energy Shield, and have a full belt of mana 

potions. This is going to be a long fight.

Mainly the thing to do is to teleport madly around the map and drop 

blizzards everywhere at random. Hope the sorceress manages to teleport 

right into one. This is pretty much your only hope against other 

blizzard sorceresses. Another thing to keep in mind with blizzard 

sorceresses is that you should ALWAYS stay away from any blizzards; 

even you think they are your own. The opposing sorceress may have 

dropped one in the EXACT same location.

Fire sorceresses are a different story. Keep away from their fireballs, 

as those are highly lethal. Teleport right past, drop a blizzard, run. 

Rinse and repeat as necessary. Also, those fireballs have splash damage. If

they even come CLOSE to you, you'll be severely injured, if not killed. So



Frozen Orb sorceresses are easy. If your sorceress is buff enough, you 

can take a load of frozen orbs before you actually come close to dying. 

Just run right into it, blizzard the hell out of her, and be done with 

it. Make sure you don't get caught in the Orb's break point, and you

should be fine.

Lastly, Lightning. This should be really easy for sorceresses with 

energy shield. Just have tons of mana on hand. Energy Shield absorbs

100% lightning damage; so all damage goes to mana. Isn't that nice?


You may come across some characters that are doing things not humanly 

possible. Such things include Sorceresses dropping blizzards at an 

alarming rate, some who have blizzards that drop automatically each 

time the sorceress teleports, and sometimes, when you are about to kill 

someone, their life refills automatically.

These can sometimes be attributed to hacks, or in the case of the 

latter, Rejuvenation potions.

One hack I described earlier is probably responsible for the fast 

casting of spells. Someone puts Blizzard on their left click and 

Teleport on their right. There isn't an easy to tell who's abusing this 

dirty trick; you'll have to be observant.

The next one is the chicken module, which has someone both open a 

portal and return to town when hostility is expressed, life gets too 

low, or some other condition. Instead of returning to town, the user 

can also choose to exit the game. This is clearly a way of the person 

covering their behind from a dueling loss. I would avoid dueling in 

this case.

Another one that I have seen in action is known as TMC/FC. FC stands 

for "far cast". I have no idea what TMC stands for.

What these hacks do is grant the user max cast speed and max hit 

recovery, in the case of TMC. In the case of FC (Which is used by 

almost all javelin amazons in hell), the user gets a far-ranged attack, 

even with close-range weapons. All the person needs is for your little 

blip to show up on the automap, and you are vulnerable to this hack.

What I'd do is refuse to duel with any javelin amazons. Most, if not 

all, exploit this trick.

Another trick I've seen takes advantage of Energy Shield. I've noticed 

that in town, sometimes, my energy shield will make that arcing effect 

that indicates you are taking damage. In effect, my mana would begin 

dropping at an alarming rate and not recover. My life, however, 

remained untouched. I don't see this one in widespread use yet, but if 

it does become used widely, beware.

Yet another one that i've seen, and even been accused of using is the 

aimer. This allows you to blizzard people two screens away, not even in 

your field of vision. There's a legitimate technique that looks like 

aimer, so you'll have to be observant.

Said technique is called the name lock. Try mousing over someone who's 

hostile to you. You notice how their life bar shows? Well, if you hold 

down the right mouse button (command-click for your Mac users out there), 

you'll lock them, or your blizzards, as long as you hold down the 

button, will continually cast over the person you locked until they 

move far away. its hard to explain it, but it exists, and it is a 

legitimate technique that is sometimes pegged as cheating. Don't 

get me wrong, there ARE actually aimer programs which require no effort 

to use.

The last and dirtiest trick I know of is the Baal Hack. This hack 

allows those who have Expansion installed (But choose to play Classic 

characters) to go to Act 5. This cannot be used directly against you, 

but it helps people get to unfair levels. Therefore, dueling in Hell is

highly discouraged.


Sometimes you may find yourself in a partied duel. These can get hairy 

pretty quick as there are usually two or even three sets of enemies 

against each other. Sometimes, two people may declare one person on 

your side to be dangerous, and focus all their efforts on one person. 

Sometimes, more than you'd like, that unlucky soul is you.

As far as putting together a good duel party, you will always want a 

barbarian on your side with Battle Orders. This will boost your 

health/mana, skills, and defense.

I can't predict what characters are in your roster, or the opponent's, 

so I will just offer some general tips on team duels.

-If things get too crazy for you to handle (Two people ganging up on 

you), try to lure them toward a teammate for them to take down. Or if 

you don't have any teammates alive, then try using the structures in 

Blood Moor to your advantage. An example is to use a house to take down 

a paladin in a Necro-Paladin vs. Sorc-Barbarian setup. The house will 

shield you from the hordes of bone spirits while you work on the 

paladin. Only when the Necro decides to move around a bit will he have 

a clear bead on you.

-An opportune time to grab a kill is when your opponent gets confused. 

Say your opponent just dodged your teammate's whirlwind. There will be 

some confusion on the opponent's part--a perfect time to pump a

Blizzard/Orb into them.

-If you have a Necromancer on your team, have him use his bone walls to 

choke up your opponents. Have him prison the other team and make them 

lambs to the slaughter for everyone else on your team.



People may use the acronym "PK" to refer to dueling. I use it, however, for

the act of killing someone who doesn't want to duel.

Pretty much, idiots are everywhere. Power-hungry idiots who have nothing

better to prove that they are more powerful than you, and therefore will

crash your game by hostiling your party and picking you off one-by-one.

Sometimes this happens in Hell Chaos runs. Sometimes it'll happen in

Normal. It doesn't matter. You need to be prepared.

So, PK. In Hardcore these idiots are especially feared, as death is

permanent. I'll offer some general advice in dealing with PK:

-If partied, stay together. Remember, "United they come, divided they

fall." If you stay apart, that enhances the chances of the PK being able to

pick off your party, one by one. Of course, this is all moot if you decide

to Town Portal and wait it out in town.

-If you have another, more powerful character, bring it in.

-Flood the entrance that you think the PK is going to enter the area from.

They'll likely lag majorly, giving you a chance to deal some massive

damage, or die from all the spellcasting. Either/or.

If you decide to take up a sword and fight back, read the dueling section.

However, most of the time, you aren't in a Blood Moor-type area, but rather

a cramped area like the catacombs.

Use this to your advantage if you should have Teleport handy. Especially

versus classes that cannot easily move from room to room, this will give

you a great vantage point.

I think, though, MFitz had the best advice ever in dealing with PKs. That

advice is always assume the PK knows your exact location. Either through a

double-agent in your party, or even a maphack. But always assume the worst

case scenario, and you'll be fine.


---Magic find and You---

Assuming you have your Magic find gear, we can go magic finding. This 

is the act of repeatedly killing bosses for Rare/unique items. The 

bosses you can kill are the big four: Andariel, Mephisto, Duriel and


Many only go for Andariel and Mephisto. In Nightmare and Normal, you 

are more than capable of taking Diablo as well.

In my experience, however, I notice that in Hell difficulties, Andariel 

gives significantly better finds than Mephisto does. Maybe its just 

me, but that's what i've seen.

Before we begin seriously MF-ing, there are some critical points that 

need to be taken into account:

1. Teleportation. When you Teleport, be careful of packs of enemies. 

Whenever you teleport into an enemy, walk away a bit, THEN Teleport. 

Otherwise they will continually hit you, causing you to flinch, and 

thus, die before you get a single teleport off.

2. Because of reason 1, I'd invest a point into shiver armor. This will 

causes enemies to flinch from hitting you instead of you flinching from 

being hit.

3. If you go to a populated game, I'd recommend staying unpartied and 

not using town portals. Why? Some people hate MF-ers and will hunt them 

down if they are discovered ruining their game.

4. In Populated games, difficulties are significantly higher because 

the more people in a game, the higher the monster difficulty. Be 

careful. Just because you could handle Diablo in your private game DOES 

NOT mean you can in a public game.

5. Have lots of patience and self-control. The first few times, you 

will likely botch the run and die. It happens. Sooner or later, it 

becomes natural, and you'll be magic finding like a pro.

6. It should go without saying, but be courteous. don't kill Andariel 

when someone else needs the quest as well. Only kill bosses if everyone 

is past that point, or its a dueling game.

7. This should also go without saying, but more people = better drops.

8. There's a myth going around that says if you get Baron/Baroness 

status, you will get lesser drops. Don't know if this is true, but it 

wouldn't hurt to exercise caution.

Let's begin with the individual strategies for the bosses. (These can 

also be applied somewhat to quest games, however, this guide assumes 

you are flying solo when you do this.)

PROTIP: If you are playing Single player, type /players x (where x is

numbers 1-8). This will increase enemy difficulty, AND net you better



In Normal and Nightmare, Andariel isn't much of a threat. She can be 

slowed with cold, giving you even more of an advantage. Her poison 

shouldn't hurt too badly, just be sure to stay out of her melee range.

Beware, however. The two poison attacks she has can stack, so you'll 

have two spells of poison, which will drag your life down pretty quick.

(In hell, Andariel cannot be frozen, and her poison hurts immensely. 

I'd recommend, as crappy as the item may be, holding on to a Venom Ward 

(Unique Breast plate) for Andariel runs.)

Before you run up and get Andariel to begin giving chase, however, I'd 

take care of all the riffraff in the area; The Dark Ones, Zombies, and 

Misshappen's (The latter can really ruin your day).

When Andariel is chasing you, the best thing to do is run away while 

spamming blizzards in her direction. You can also teleport around her 

so she stays in one place trying to draw a bead on you, thus taking 

more damage from your blizzard. Orbers can exploit this trick for some

MASSIVE damage.

In Normal, Andariel doesn't drop very good items. In Nightmare and 

Hell, it depends. Some days she drops a lot of rare/unique items, and 

some days she doesn't drop anything but gold.

NOTE: There's a new type of MF out there on battle.net that I should 

cover called the "virgin Andariel killer". In a nutshell, this build is 

rushed to Act 1 Hell, joins games that already have Andariel done, and 

kills her. The effect is that Andariel's quest is never done. People 

believe that if you don't do Andariel's quest and kill her, she drops 5 

rare items on a constant basis. I haven't tested this, but that's what 

I'm hearing.


Most people skip Duriel. On good days, though, Duriel drops some decent 

stuff. I've gotten a Spectral Shard and Frostburns off of him once.

Best way to tackle him is to keep a distance. His cold aura will drain 

your mana quick if you are using energy shield. If you aren't using a 

Hawkmail, you'll also have to deal with the effects of cold, so running 

by foot may not be an option. Use teleport when you can.*

(*- I should mention that while you are getting pummeled by the cold 

aura, Teleport is totally broken. don't try it if you are too close.)

Handle Duriel like you handled Andariel. Just don't get too close, as 

that aura is painful. By the way, Duriel has no ranged attacks. So keep 

your distance, and it'll be hard for him to hit you.


This fight is easy. That is, once the Council is out of the way.

First off, you'll want to go around to the left or right of the area. 

Take out all the council members in the area. If you decide to take the 

right path, beware, as that council member has mana burn.

Once that's done, here's what you do. You know that bloody river that 

separates you from the red portal in this room? You get Mephisto to 

give chase, and then you teleport to the other side of the bloody 

river. If you do it right, Mephisto will be struggling to get to you.

However, he still has ranged attacks. Move away until you can barely 

see him in the corner of your screen. At this point, he should just 

squirm in position, and cannot attack you or get you at all. From here 

on, it's an easy, safe kill.

Orbers have it tough. You guys actually have to get in there and dance with

Mephisto if you wish to kill him. Best of luck to you.


Before you get to fight Diablo, you have to deal with his three little 

buddies: The Grand Vizier of Chaos, Lord De Seis, and Infector of 

Souls. It goes without saying, but that's because I'm saying it: Don't 

attempt Diablo in Hell without a Paladin partied with you.

Lord De Seis should be your main worry. There's a chance in every game 

that he will be immune to cold, thus screwing you up. Unless you have a 

friend that can take care of him, you'll have to make a new game.

Once the Three are taken care of, Diablo pops out. Best way to pump 

some pre-emptive blizzards/orbs into him is to teleport back to the center 

of the arena once you activate the final seal. Keep spamming blizzards/orbs

over the center and you'll get a few hits in before he's able to move 


Diablo has three ranged attacks: a lightning inferno (hurts a lot, even 

in Nightmare), a fire wall (weak) and lastly, sends a ton of flames 

creeping towards you (also weak). Get too close and he'll backhand you, 

which will slow you unless you have Hawkmail equipped.

The rule of the thumb here is to just keep moving. You don't need to 

teleport. Just plain running should get you out of Diablo's ranged 

attacks. When you see a break in his pattern, stop and drop a blizzard/orb 

on him. The only reason you should get within melee range is to use 

static field on him.



Okay, here's the deal.

I don't mind if you use this guide on your website one iota. But I do 

ask that you at least email me and tell me where it is that it's going 

to be posted. That's all I ask.

I do ask also that you do not take sections of this guide out and mash 

them together with other guides. If you want a section, just take the 

whole thing.

And if you use this guide on your site, it is YOUR responsibility, not 

my own, to keep tabs on the updates. I will post my latest revision to 

GameFAQs, so that will be where you can get the latest and greatest. If 

I get complaints that a site is using an outdated version of my guide, 

I will just peg it on the Webmaster. Like I said, not my fault.

And lastly, I believe in credit where credit's due, meaning do not say 

you wrote this guide when you didn't. I am the original writer--please 

respect that.



If you wish to contact me about updates, corrections or anything, 

please do so at the following:

Email: itoilet9@gmail.com

AIM: itoilet9

Blog at http://phorium.wordpress.com.

Things I'd like to see are new dueling techniques I haven't discovered, 

weird glitches that should be exposed, or other tips of the sort.

And I ask that you email me with somewhat good grammar. I don't want 

messages that look like "hey u liek teh game lolz". I appreciate a 

well-typed-out message very much.

Also. Yes-I have GTalk. Don't message me unless you have something you need

to say. I appreciate "Your guide rules!" messages every so often. But I

don't really have time for small talk...sorry.

And I'd like to part with a nice thank you to you, the reader, for 

reading this guide, Death_Angel01, tiger_lotus, and a few others on 

battle.net for the experience it took to write this guide.

Also: Thanks again to Patrick Gilsdorf for some additional insight.</p>

Leon Hurley
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