Hello guys, this guide will be for my approach at the pvm singer barb. This build does very well in pvm, and with its high fcr rate and life, its also an excellent baal runner. What is a singer barb? A singer barb is a high fcr caster barb that utilizes the skill warcry to stun and damage its opponents. The stun from warcry and its extremely high life/defense/skill cries makes it a very useful character in baal runs and other team situations. My build heavily relies on its merc, so in essence, the build itself could be called a "team". Also, this is a fairly cheap build in comparison to other characters i have made.
Strength: None whatsoever. Your gear will provide you with enough strength to wear everything.
Dexterity: None/5-10 tops. You will need 60 total dex for dual hel'd wizardspikes. This can be achieved by adding no points, it just requires higher torch/anni, and/or warcry grand charms with dex mods. I went with none here as well.
Life: All your points if you can. As you will be dual weapon weilding, you will have no block, so a huge swimming pool of life is completely necessary.
Energy: None. Yes, none. You will be relying on your merc for regen, so you can leave this at base. My barb ended up with over 1k mana with my gear selection.
War Cry: Max this. It is your main attack
Battle Cry: Max this. Synergy to war cry.
Howl: Max this. Also a synergy to war cry.
Taunt: Max this. You guessed it, synergy. Max this last, as it is not very useful outside of being a synergy.
Battle Orders: Max. You are a barb. ;P
Shout/battle command/iron skin: 1 point each. Your gear will add more to these skills.
Leap: 1 point. I like leap a lot. Ive used it on every barb ive ever had. The knockback stun is helpful in some situations, plus it gave me something to use on my left click. ;P
Increase stamina/Increase speed: 1 point each. Totally not necessary, but you can do this if you level this guy beyond 92.
Faster Cast Rate(fcr): Barbs have the same fcr breakpoints as sorces, so they have to potential to hit insane cast speeds. We are aiming for the 105% fcr breakpoint with this build.
Faster Hit Recovery(fhr): As this build is pvm, hitting the 86% fhr breakpoint is way overkill, instead, we will aim for the 48% breapoint. It will be enough for any situation you will face.
Helm: Shako all the way. Skills, stats, mass life/mana, and damage reduction. This may look lame on a barb, but it is far superior to any other helm out there for this build. Your chances of finding a bo'ing helm that has better stats is slim to none. Besides, you can still achieve a level 49-50 battle orders while using shako anyways. Socket this with a cham, jah, or ber.
Ammy: I went cheap, and went with a low maras for the skills/stats. If you are on east nl, you can use a fiend sunder rare ammy(2barb, 10 faster run/walk, 19strength, 20dex, 59life, 57mana).
Armor: Low strength enigma. I went with breast plate, you could also go with mage plate or lite plate.
Weapons: 2 hel'd wizardspikes. Why not hotos? They do not provide you with nearly as much mana as wizzies, and you only lose a couple hundred damage. Besides, the extra fcr on wizzies will free up other gear for things other than fcr. If you are on east nl and using fiend sunder ammy, you would be better off socketing the wizzies with 15res/-15req jewels for resist stacking.
Gloves: Bloodfists all the way. 30fhr and 40 life.
Boots: Sandstorm treks. 20run/walk, 20 fhr, strength and life. I went with eth treks for the lower req.
Belt: Arachnid Mesh. 1 to skills, plus the fcr on it will put you over the 105 breakpoint when used in conjunction with 2 wizardspikes.
Rings: I went with 2 stones of jordan for the skills and massive mana boost.
Weapon switch for bo'ing: 2 weapons with +3 to warcries, 2 hotos, or 1 3bo cta and 1 hoto. I went with the cta/hoto combo because it provides +7 to battle orders. Life is more important than defense on this type of character.
Barb hellfire torch
Annihilus small charm
9 War Cry skill charms(preferably with life, but plain or with dex will work fine)
Fill the rest with 20 life small charms, or you can go with life/mana small charms. If you are on east nl and you really want to spend a lot on this character, you can go with bugged mana small charms(70mana/15life)
Act 2 might merc: I went with might to boost his damage. His damage is important, as you will be doing under 2k damage yourself. Holy freeze merc is not necessary with this build, as war cry at high levels has close to a 10 second stun length.
Weapon: Insight runeword elite polearm. This is irreplaceable. If you cannot get one of these, do not bother with my build.
Armor: I recommend any form of fortitude. The 300% enhanced damage is rediculously helpful to your merc's damage. I stress again that your merc needs to do good damage while you stun.
Helm: Ral'd andariel's visage. The ral rune negates the -30% to fire resist. I chose this helm over gaze, because it has better leech and has 20% increased attack speed. You will need ias on him, as insight has no ias on it.
With his might aura, my merc does close to 8k max damage, which is very formidable.
Basic pvm strategy
Very simple. Teleport ontop of groups of enemies, and begin spamming war cry. This will stun the entire group, so they cannot do anything. Your merc/teammates will then have very easy targets. Kind of like shooting fish in a barrel, as they say. The only problem i have run into with this character is physical immunes. These can either be skipped, or left for elemental teammates. Also its amusing to see peoples reaction to the rediculously high level of your battle orders.
Many thanks to:
Ataneruo for being the first person i met ingame who had a singer.
GSC for his pvm guide. It gave me starting ideas.
Adam(The_Sad_One) and Kevin(GTA1) for pushing me to write a guide on my singer.
Jeff(REP) for reading this over, and giving me his guide writing input.
Caleb(EldestElder) for rushing this character back in the day. ;D
Thanks again for taking the time to read this, I hope it is informative and inspires others to try this build.
Edited by progknowsys, 05 March 2006 - 03:16 PM.