This guide may not be the most strategically sound as of now (6/9/08). It was written years ago, before the advent of new strategies and popular new dupes/rare items. There may now exist better alternatives to the gear listed. Any questions? Contact me via EMAIL at firstname.lastname@example.org - it is the ONLY thing that I check regularly. AIM: not so much, Realmgaming: only when I have time, JSP: only when I'm in a D2 mood.
The 1.11B guide to the PvP Melee Concentrate Barb, by: REP
1. Introduction: Why use the Concentrate Barb?
The Concentration Barb is a fun character to use in 1v1 GM Melee Dueling. It utilizes a strong attack, Concentration, which deals a huge amount of damage to the opponent, while also having very high life and mana.
Strength: Try to go with Base Strength, remember, your items should add quite a bit of Strength, don’t add any extra, unnecessary points in here
Dexterity: Enough for Max Block, at level 99, you only need 225 points total on a Barb w/ SS
Vitality: Rest of points go in here
Stun, Berserk, Increased Stamina, Increased Speed, Natural Resistance, Iron Skin, Howl, Battle Command
Recommendation: 1 point in each of these skills
Why? Because these skills are prereqs to your main skills that you will need, and they are very useful Passive skills
Why? Because this is your main skill that you use to attack people.
Why? Because this is a synergy to your main attack, Concentrate, it will greatly increase your damage (10% damage per level), while also increasing you and your party’s life/mana/stamina.
Why? Defensive bonus for you and your party.
Why? Because it will increase your Damage, AR, and chance of Critical Strike with a weapon.
Recommendation: Rest of your points
Why? Because this is a synergy to your main attack, Concentrate, it will greatly increase your damage (5% damage per level).
4. IAS/FHR Breapoints:
13 Frames: 0
12.5 Frames: 9
12 Frames: 11
11.5 Frames: 18
10 Frames: 26
9.5 Frames: 30
9 Frames: 48
8.5 Frames: 75
8 Frames: 86
7.5 Frames: 125
Our goal is to get from 48-75 IAS, and it is easily obtainable with the items I have suggested below
9 Frames: 0
8 Frames: 7
7 Frames: 15
6 Frames: 27
5 Frames: 48
4 Frames: 86
3 Frames: 200
2 Frames: 4680 (impossible though)
Our goal is to get 48 FHR, and it is easily obtainable with the items I have suggested below
Why? Because of the Damage, AR, Attributes, IAS, and L/M SPH
Why? Because of the high Defense, Enhanced Damage, Life, and Res
Why? Because of FHR, Skills, AR, LSPH, Str, Dex, and Res (40 ED/15 IAS Jewel)
Ammy: Why? Because of Skills, Str, Dex, Life, and Mana, you don’t need Angelics because your Charms / +Skills give you enough AR already
Ring: Why? Because of Dex, Cannot Be Frozen, and AR (use 2x)
Why? Because of easily obtainable Max Block, DR, Res, and Str (40 ED/15 IAS Jewel)
Why? Because of FHR, DR, Vita, and Replenish Life, aka: The best Melee belt out there
Why? Because of Strength, CB, and Enhanced Damage
Why? Because of FHR, Strength, and Res
Why? Because of Damage, AR, and Life (use 37x)
Make sure you also have a Torch and an Anni (obvious reasons: Skills, Attributes, and Res) and 2x 3 BO or higher CTAs for BO
6. PvP Strategies:
This won’t be uber uber detailed, because strategy is basically the same. Before you start dueling however, understand that this is a MELEE KILLING CHARACTER, DO NOT DUEL AGAINST CASTERS.
Melee Characters (WW Barbs, Melee Druids, WW Sins, etc): Just get a name lock, and kill them. Simple as that.
7. The End
Well, that’s my guide. Any comments/suggestions can be PM’d to me, posted, or you can contact me via AIM on “Chinese Druggy”. I accept criticism, but just not too much. Thank you guys for taking the time to read this, and be on the lookout for future guides by me.
Edited by REP, 09 June 2008 - 03:30 AM.