Best Diablo 2 Season 5 Class Builds: Top Ladder & Late Game
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To access the Uber Tristram event, players need to collect three sets of keys: the Key of Terror, the Key of Hate, and the Key of Destruction. A specific boss drops each key on Hell difficulty: the Countess drops the Key of Terror, the Summoner drops the Key of Hate, and Nihlathak drops the Key of Destruction. The drop rate of each key is low, so players may need to farm them for a long time.
Among the three keys, the Key of Destruction is arguably the most difficult and dangerous. Nihlathak is a formidable foe who can cast powerful spells and summon deadly minions. Moreover, Nihlathak is located in the Halls of Vaught, a maze-like area full of traps and enemies. Therefore, players who want more destruction keys must prepare well and follow some tips and tricks.
Here are some suggestions on how to get more destruction keys in Diablo 2 Resurrected:
Choose a Suitable Character Class and Build
Some classes and builds are more effective than others in farming destruction keys. For example, a sorceress with teleport skills can quickly navigate through the Halls of Vaught and reach Nihlathak. A barbarian with find item skill can increase the chance of getting a key from Nihlathak's corpse. A necromancer with summoning skills can create an army of minions to distract and damage Nihlathak.
Equip Yourself with Proper Gear and Charms
Some items and charms can enhance your survivability and damage output against Nihlathak. For example, items with cold resistance can reduce the damage from Nihlathak's frost nova spell. Items with magic find can increase the chance of getting a key from Nihlathak. Charms with life or resistance can boost your health and defenses in D2R.
Use the Halls of Pain Waypoint
The Halls of Pain waypoint is the closest waypoint to Nihlathak's location. If you have this waypoint, you can save time and avoid unnecessary fights by using it to enter the Halls of Vaught directly. If you don't have this waypoint, you need to rescue Anya first and then use her portal to enter Nihlathak's Temple.
Learn the Layout of the Halls of Vaught
The Halls of Vaught is a randomly generated area with four possible paths leading to Nihlathak. However, there is a way to determine which approach is correct without exploring them all. The trick is to look at the shape of the entrance to each path. The correct path will always have an entrance that is shaped like a square or a rectangle. The other paths will have entrances that are shaped like a triangle or a pentagon.
Avoid or Deal with Nihlathak's Minions
Nihlathak can summon two types of minions: viper magi and death lords. The viper magi are snake-like creatures that can shoot lightning bolts and poison clouds. The Death Lords are large skeletons that can deal massive physical damage and knockback. Both types of minions can pose a threat to your character, especially if they surround you or block your escape route. Therefore, it is advisable to either avoid them or kill them quickly before engaging Nihlathak.
Beware of Nihlathak's Spells
Nihlathak can cast three spells: frost nova, corpse explosion, and decrepify. Frost nova is a cold-based spell that can freeze and damage you in a large radius. A corpse explosion is a fire-based spell that can detonate any nearby corpses and damage you. Decrepify is a curse that can slow down your movement speed, attack speed, and damage output. All three spells can be deadly if you are not careful or prepared.
Use Hit-and-Run Tactics Against Nihlathak
Nihlathak has a high amount of health and defense, so it may take some time to kill him. Moreover, he can heal himself by using potions or casting Life Tap on his minions. Therefore, it is recommended to use hit-and-run tactics against him, where you attack him briefly and then retreat to avoid his spells or heal yourself. You can also use ranged attacks or summons to damage him from a safe distance.
Trade Destruction Keys for Other Keys
If you have more destruction keys than you need or find it too hard or tedious to farm them, you can trade them for other keys with other players. Destruction keys are usually in high demand, as they are the rarest and most valuable of the three keys. You can use online platforms, such as forums or discord servers, to find other players who are willing to trade keys with you.
The Assassin class is extremely useful for beginner players, thanks to its easy-to-gasp skills and spam-friendly abilities, but also for the more seasoned players among us, thanks to its insane versatility. This makes the class a great pick for D2R Ladder Season 5, but with the new updates coming, there is something you need to take into consideration.
The most recent patch notes for the game delve into what we can expect for Season 5, and while there won't be much content added, there will be a massive change made to the No Hit Delay or NHD system. As a short TL;DR, the developers have given many skills in the game a set "delay value", and when enemies are hit with one of these attacks, they will become impervious to other sources of damage for the time reflected in the attack's "delay value." This affects a few of the Assassin's abilities for this build specifically, but don't fret as we'll point these abilities out and provide you with a solution that can alleviate the issue.
Best Martial Arts Phoenix Strike Build
For this build, we've gone with a mainline combo using Fists of Fire, Claws of Thunder, and Blades of Ice which all synergize and all have charge states. Then we have the hallmark of the build, Phoenix strike, which grants you insane damage elemental damage with finishing moves and is the main damage skill for the build.
Now it should be noted that Claws of Thunder and Phoenix Strike are both affected by the new NHD system, which means you'll need to move around some skills points to get the most out of them due to their delays. You could also swap them out for other abilities, but it would ultimately weaken the build. So to stick with it, below is the full showcase of the skills used in this build and with the best configuration of skill points to account for the NHD system patch and its delay drawbacks.
Which Mercenary To Use
Mercenaries are a vital aspect of your build as well since they can draw aggro, debuff enemies, and even buff your characters or heal them. In Act 2 of Nightmare difficulty, you have the option to recruit a Desert Guard Mercenary who can either specialize in defense (Holy Freeze) or offense (Might). This choice will determine whether you want to slow down monsters to increase your safety or enhance your Mercenary's overall damage.
Regardless of your choice, the best gear we've found to work with this mercenary build is listed below:
Weapon: Ethereal Infinity
Body Armor: Ethereal Fortitude
Helm: Ethereal Andariel's Visage socketed with a Ral Rune
If your Mercenary dies during battle, you can bring them back to life by speaking with a Mercenary NPC in any Act. But remember that the cost of reviving them increases each time they die, and if they die too frequently, the cost can be as high as 50,000 gold.
There is a team that is doing so that is called Project Diablo 2. Project Diablo 2 is a group of people that are passionate about the original Diablo 2 game and are adding mods so the game can run even better. One addition they recently made is that Diablo 2 will now run at 60 FPS. This will make Diablo 2 run a lot smoother during highly intense gameplay.
As we mentioned before, Diablo 2 running at 60 FPS is not official. Downloading the original Diablo 2 game through Blizzard will not get you a game that has 60 FPS. Players will have to download the game and follow the instructions provided by the Project Diablo 2 team. Project Diablo 2 gives players a pretty good reason to get back into the older game.
For starters, the Project Diablo 2 team wanted to make sure that all of the classes are balanced. If you play the original Diablo 2, there are some classes that are not that good, but with this new project, you can experience a much more balanced game. The Project Diablo 2 team plans on regularly updating their mods, so maybe more graphical mods are coming in the future.
Blizzard Entertainment has released Diablo 2 Resurrected update 1.26 (PS5 version 1.026), and it’s out on all platforms. This is an unannounced title update, which means it could house backend fixes, gameplay changes or secretly hide the Season 5 Ladder data somewhere or none at all.
We can confirm that Xbox, PlayStation and PC platforms. However, upon checking in on the official D2R forums, there’s nothing new there. Even the community is a bit perplexed what the patch is for.
We’re hoping Blizzard does relay what got changed in today’s update. We’ve contacted Blizzard and will update the article once we hear antyhing back about this update.
As for what’s new, Diablo 4 Season 2 will launch this October 17. You can read up on what’s incoming for it here.
The adjustments of features are an effort to ensure players enjoy the experience, and with each feature comes an upgrade. Here are all the changes made in this new season.
Addition of 4 more Character Slots that players can now play with. This is available on all the Online Modes.
In the new feature adjustments, a non-Ladder game featured Ladder characters used in former seasons in this new season. This allows you to perform Reset Stat and Skill Points at Akara. Note that Ladder Characters already used in previous non-Ladder games do not qualify to be used again.
Quality of Life Updates and Bug Fixes in Gameplay
The Next Hit Delay operation is strictly for missiles fired by casting the same skill.
The Next Hit Delay system considers every Assassin Martial Arts charge-up skill as a new cast.
From the adjustments made, there is no longer an issue of the Offline play crashing when an Assassin dies in Gameplay.
Assassin's traps now benefit from Offline play resistance reduction with the new adjustments.
There has been a removal of Knockback from the Bul Kathos' Sacred Charge 2-Handed Sword.
Shapeshifting directly from the Werebear to the Werewolf forms is now easier for Druids.
The adjustments removed the Terrorizing issue where Mephisto had to drop from lower-level treasure classes.