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1.10 Concentrator Guide by kristal

Version: Final | Updated: 04/02/04

The Concentrator
By Kristal

Table of Contents

I.	Introduction
II.	Attributes
III.	Skills
IV.	Equipment
V.	Gameplay
VI.	Mercenaries
VII.    Party Play
VIII.	Hotkeys
IX.	Disclaimer


Hi everyone. Welcome to Kristal's Guide to the Concentrator. Well, what is a
Concentrator? A Concentrator is a Barbarian who uses Concentrate as his main
attack. Not excited yet? That's because the Concentrator will really shine in
patch 1.10 of the Lord of Destruction with the addition of...synergies.
Synergies are basically the ability to raise another skill passively by
investing skill points into another skill.

Well why's the Concentrator so good? Quite simply, the "Concentrator" is the
character build that can deal the most melee damage in the game, survive
amazing amounts of incoming damage, and boast an incredible attack rating all
in one. He can deal amazing damage with a single Concentrate in the end game
through the use of synergies, attributes, masteries, and concentrate. Defense
is added to by maxed out Shout and Concentrate, along with a few points in Iron
Skin and life is increased with Battle Orders and incredible leech. And Attack
Rating is increased with masteries, Concentrate, and high dexterity. And you
can do all this WITH A SHIELD, so 75% less hits on you. The high-level
Concentrator is one of the closest character builds to invincibilty in Diablo
II. And there is no need to be able to juggle with a great number of skills,
making the Concentrator a good build for new players and experts alike. The
Concentrator is a versatile character who can deal with all kinds of enemies,
and also suited to the constraints of PvP and Hardcore. The Concentrator also
makes a great party member with his three warcries that can benefit the whole
party. To be a good Concentrator, you must first remember this:

"Deal as much damage as you can, while receiving as little as possible"

That is the philosophy of the Concentrator. Remember, however, that this guide
is in no way a strict one, and that you should adapt what is given here to fit
your needs and gameplay. If you have any questions, please contact me at
kristalsoul@hotmail.com, and be sure to include "Diablo II" in your subject.


Attributes serve the Concentrator to enable him to deal even more damage, make
sure his hits land, keep high his shield blocking, and to increase his life.
Your two major attributes will therefore be strength and dexterity, with
vitality a short distance away. Ideally, you want, out of the 5 points you get
every level, 1.5-2 points in Strength and Dexterity, and 1-1.5 points in
Vitality. As a side note, you need to invest exactly 2 points in dexterity per
level to maintain the same blocking percentage. The exact calculation is
ShieldBlock*(Dexterity-15)/(CharacterLevel*2). I chose to invest 2 each in
Dexterity and Strength and 1 in Vitality. Explanations:

Strength is used to equip better equipment and to increase melee damage. You
should at all times be able to put on whatever weapons or armors you may have,
so watch your strength for that. Strength more importantly increases your
damage by the percentage of your strength. For example, 250 strength would
increase your melee damage by 250%, so that adds one more ability to your
damage-dealing arsenal.

Dexterity increases your attack rating, your defense rating to a very small
extent, and your ability to block. All of these make Dexterity a very useful
attribute for the Concentrator. It's always good to have a high attack rating
and a few more defense points, which are amplified with the Concentrator's
skills. It's also great being able to block 75% of incoming attacks, which is
the maximum block rate, and which corresponds to an effective tripling of your
life with the small cost of a quick blocking animation that can be greatly
shortened by using increased block rate shields.

Vitality is also important, but to a lesser extent. You will win 4 maximum life
points for every point in Vitality. But when you think of it, the extra life
leech you would get by putting points into strength is probably a better use
for your stat points than increasing the maximum life you have at the beginning
of a battle. You will also be counting on battle orders and your high defense
to keep you out of danger.

You do not need to invest any point in Energy. It's as simple as that. None of
your moves take more than 11 mana, and your most used skills take much less
than that. You should have more than enough mana if you have even as much as 3%
mana leech. Save your stat points for the other attributes. Note that you get
one mana every level anyways.

You should start off the game pumping a fair amount of points into vitality so
you have a safety net for the first stages of the game. Towards level 22,
you're going to want to start putting a lot of points into strength as you'll
need to deal more damage, and you should have no problem landing your hits.
Dexterity should really be boosted in the end game, when blocking monsters
becomes even more important and it gets harder to get your hits to actually do
any damage.


Your typical skill build should look something like this. This build takes into
account all the skills you can gain through level ups and the various quests
that give you extra skill points. At the heart of the v1.10 Concentrator skill
point investment is the use of synergies. Shout increases the damage of
Berserk, while Battle Orders increases the damage of Concentration. Berserk
adds some magical damage to Concentration, and all the warcries add duration to
each other. These provide huge boosts to skills, as you can see in their
respective effects listed underneath.

Combat Masteries:

Sword Mastery		20		+123% Damage, +180% AR, 21% Critical Strike
Increased Stamina	1		+30% Stamina
Increased Speed		1		+13% Speed
Iron Skin		1		+30% Defense
Natural Resistance	3-13*		up to +60% Resistances


Shout			20		+290% Defense
Battle Orders		20		+92% Life, Mana, Stamina
Battle Command		1		+1 to all skills

Combat Skills:

Leap Attack		1		+100% Damage, +50% AR
Concentrate		20		Uninterruptible, +290% Defense, +250% AR, +370%               
                              Damage, +8% Magic Damage
Berserk			8		+205% AR, +455% Magic Damage


Bash			1
Stun			1
Leap			1
Howl			1

Total: 110 skillpoints

*depending on the resists you gain from items and charms

I will now proceed to detailed skill descriptions:

Sword Mastery- This is a no-brainer. More damage, more attack rating, more
critical hit percentage. Max it out. The bonus may not be as important as the
one for concentrate, but this bonus will apply not only to Concentrate, but
also to Leap Attack and Berserk. This skill ensures you'll land your hits, and
land them hard.

Increased Stamina- That little boost in 30% stamina is a good deal for one
skill point. It basically allows you to run 30% farther and rest 30% less. This
can also be handy in situations where you need to run away from a battle and
have little stamina to spare.

Increased Speed- Speed is relatively useful to a Barbarian since it allows him
to close the distance between himself and ranged attackers or magic users far
more efficiently. Once again, you can see that a 13% increased speed is a good
bargain for one skill point.

Iron Skin- While not as useful at later levels, the 30% increased defense for
the first skill point is a good boost to your defense, and should be enough of
a boost to your already high defense to keep you safe most of the time.

Natural Resistance- Probably the most valuable defensive skill the barbarian
has within his arsenal, Natural Resistance will add your resistance to all the
elements without the need for any charm or equipment. Even a few percentages in
resistance can be extremely useful when facing an enemy like Diablo or those
evil oblivion knights. If you think Iron Skin is better to pump, think of this:
would you rather have 8% more resistance which you get between level 12 and 13
of Natural Resistance or the 10% increase in defense you get with additional
points in Iron Skin ? Your defenses and life should be so high by the time
you've attained a high level that you'll probably find yourself more vulnerable
to magic. Maximum resistances are essential. If you already have max resists
without natural resistance, however, put in only the minimum three points,
which are always useful. Additional points can be used wherever you choose, but
remember that natural resistance will tkae off the burden off your items.

Shout- This warcry starts out with a great boost of 100% defense, and then goes
up by 10% for each additional level, which is the same rate as additional
points in Iron Skin. So why is Shout better? Quite simply, because it is
affected by and affects other skills through synergies, and it also helps all
your party members as well. Its only slight inconveniency is that you must
recast it approximately every 5 minutes with maxed out Shout and Battle Orders.
Its synergies include a big 10% magical damage boost to berserk per skill level
as well as augmenting the duration of Battle Orders and Battle Command. As a
defensive warcry, your melee party members will love you for that heightened
defense (without mentioning the the extra life, mana, and extra skill level).

Battle Orders- This warcry will essentially increase your maximum life, mana,
and stamina by almost twice the original amount. The additional life especially
will allow you to take much more damage, making the Concentrator very hard to
actually kill. Remember also that Battle Orders has a great synergy with
Concentrate and gives a longer duration at every skill level to Shout and
Battle Command. Fianlly, Battle Orders is a great skill for all party members
since who wouldn't rejoice at more life and mana.

Battle Command- You only need one point in Battle Command for a great effect.
Why? Well because extra points only add to the duration, and you should already
have a very long duration with maxed out duration synergies from shout and
battle orders, giving this warcry a similar duration of around four minutes.
This skill should be used before your other warcries because it'll boost them.
The reason battle command helps so much is with synergies. For example, think
of Concentrate. With one more point in all skills, Concentrate first gets the
bonus to itself with one point. It then gets a bonus to the mastery you've
chosen, so a few more damage and AR points there. You also get one more point
into Battle Orders which increases your max life/stamina/mana. You get bonus to
defense with Shout and Iron SKin. You get more speed, more endurance, more
resistance. And of course, this also provides a bonus to all your party
members, and they'll end up loving you for all those defensive warcries.

Leap Attack- This is a very useful skill with only one point because it allows
you to get from to any point of the screen without taking any damage, and for a
relatively low mana cost. The possibilities of this skill are almost endless.
You can cross rivers with it or attack an unraveller before tackling his
minions. You can also deal with spellcasters and ranged attackers without
taking any damage getting there. Leap Attack will also enable you to run away
when you're in trouble and surrounded by monsters or allow you to deal with
runaway PvP bowazons and sorceresses by allowing you to move without taking any
damage. All in all, Leap Attack is a great skill to have, and should be used in
difficult situations. Remember that if you hit Shift and use this skill, you
can leap attack without any monster to attack.

Concentrate- The heart of the Concentrator! Oh, I cannot praise this skill
enough. One of the biggest damage increases in the game, great synergies,
increased Defense Rating and Attack Rating make this THE skill to have for a
Barbarian. You'll be using this skill against 95% of the monsters you
encounter. Not much to say other than just use it all the time. Oh, one more
thing. It's uninterruptible, so bye bye the barbarian who can't even get one
blow in against fast-attacking enemies.

Berserk- Your skill of choice against physical immunes. Don't use this too
often since it'll bring down your defense to 0 for a short period of time,
although you can still use your shield for blocking. Use it against physical
immunes after having taken out all other monsters on the screen. Berserk does
great magical damage with the synergy from Shout so you should be able to bring
down most if not all physical immunes in one hit. You may also want to use this
from time to time in Hell mode since very few monsters even have resistance to
magical damage, while they all get 50% physical resistance in Hell difficulty.

In the early game, you'll want to pump up your damage with Sword Mastery, which
is available from the beginning. You may want to put a few early points in
Shout as well. As soon as you hit level 18, start pumping points into
Concentrate and mix that with Battle Orders when you hit level 24. Put in a few
points into Berserk and Natural Resistance when you hit level 30. Since you
usually won't have any physical immunes to deal with in Normal and Nightmare
difficulties, you don't have to worry too much about the Shout/Berserk Duo yet.
By level 60, you should be well on your way to having maxed out Sword Mastery,
Concentrate, Battle Orders, with a decent amount of points into Natural
Resistance to compensate for the big -100% blow to your resistances in Hell
difficulty. Shout and Berserk should be invested into for the late game to get
your magical damage up and your defense.


In this section, I will not comment on specific weapons except to mention a few
excellent items. I will, however, present the weapon and armor modifiers that
are most useful to the Concentrator and describe them, so that you may assess
yourself the quality of the items you wish to possess. Before that, several
things should be remembered about the Barbarian Concentrator. First of all, you
need a weapon that attacks relatively fast. Why? Well, the Concentrator doesn't
have the crowd-control skills of a bowazon or a whirlwinder so he must attack
one-on-one at a fast rate. For example, it's much better doing 1000 damage
quickly than 2000 damage slowly in an area where monsters have around 750
hitpoints. Fast attack rate is also important in order to be able to level up
at a reasonable rate. The other thing to remember is that the Concentrator can
be very vulnerable in melee range, and does much better with a shield. The
conclusion: the best use of hands for a Concentrator is a sword/shield
combination, since swords attack fast, and can be equipped on one hand for any
sword, and shields are there for increased protection. Shields also often offer
heightened resistances.

Here are the modifiers that you are most recommended to have on your equipment
without any particular order:

+ to Skills- This modifier is great because it boosts all your skills. This
includes the masteries which provide you with passive bonuses, as well as the
warcries and combat skills. When synergies are added in, we observe a chain
effect and a lot of skills get significantly boosted. You can really improve
your character with a few items with + to Skills (see the Skill Description for
Battle Command for an idea of what happens with extra skill points).

Magic Find- Some modifiers aren't must-haves, but really help you if you do
have them. Magic Find is one of them. Try to always have at least 100% Magic
Find at high character levels. A cheap way of achieving this is to socket
perfect topazes into your helm or armor. This increases significantly your
chance to get magic, rare, set, or unique items and even if you don't get the
item of your choice, you can sell these to get money which you can then use to
gamble or trade with another player. Magic Find means that, in the long run,
you will have better equipment, and that can never be a bad thing.

+ to Attributes- Attribute boosts are good additions to an item's modifiers.
Extra strength means you'll be damaging more. Extra dexterity means you'll be
blocking more and hitting more often. Extra vitality means you'll be getting
more life. And extra energy means you'll be getting a few more mana points. Of
these, you should most value boosts to strength and dexterity, consider those
to vitality, and disregard those to energy.

Damage- Damage is, quite simply, the most important thing on a weapon. Damage
is already the essential thing to think about for the Concentrator, and becomes
even more important with the various skills and attributes you employ. An
increase in one point in the damage of your weapon will end up meaning maybe 10
points of increase after having gone through all the damage enhancement a
Concentrator has at his disposal. Damage is all-mighty. A weapon may have all
the modifiers in the world, but if it doesn't do the damage you need, throw it
away. Learn to have the highest damage possible. And never forget the golden
rule of the Concentrator.

Defense- Just as damage is the number one characteristic for weapons, defense
will be the number one characteristic for body armor and to a lesser extent
helms and shields. The body armor should ideally have a DR of around 1500 and
500 each for the helm and shield. As far as modifiers and items go, your weapon
should be the main source of damage, your body armor should be the main source
of defense, your shield should be your main source of blocking, leaving rings,
amulets, helms, gloves, belts, and boots for all the other modifiers. While a
1500 DR body armor without other modifiers is better than a 500 DR body armor
with a few modifiers, the same DOES NOT APPLY to the other pieces of equipment.
For example, if you have the choice between gloves with 100% enhanced defense
and the same gloves with "Cannot be Frozen" and dual leech, take the second one
without hesitation. The reason for this is that the defense rating difference
isn't nearly as big on gloves, belts, or boots as on body armor. For example,
the highest DR you can get on a body armor without enhanced defense is 600,
while it's 71 for boots, gloves, and belts. Try to get the highest DR you can
get on your body armor, but remember that it's not as important for other
pieces of armor. With a high defense on your body armor, you can, however, get
great defenses that will last you well into hell, as they will be strongly
aided by bonuses from Iron Skin, Shout, and Concentrate.

Increased Attack Speed- This modifier is great when you can get it, but it's
not essential if you have a fast weapon. Think of it as a great bonus. More
attack speed=more hits=more damage. The actual bonus damage is roughly equal to
the increase in attack speed, so if you have a choice between a weapon with 20%
increased attack speed and the same weapon with 10% enhanced damage, definitely
take the first one.

Cold damage- While this is not necessary, cold damage is a very desirable
modifier. It serves two purposes. First of all, it will chill or freeze your
enemies, making them much more manageable. It really helps when you're fighting
a Prime Evil when he does anything twice more slowly. The second role of cold
damage is to get rid of undesirable corpses. You don't want any corpses hanging
around near Nihlathak or around Radament, now do you? So, you freeze them and
kill them, and no more corpses to be seen, just water. This doesn't always
work, but you have a good chance that a frozen corpse you attack will not leave
any corpse. Cold damage is another one of those useful modifiers.

Cannot be Frozen- One of the few ways to kill a good Concentrator is to freeze
him, making movement and attack rate much lower than their original values. The
Concentrator becomes a slow character that can't attack suitably and takes
damage without dealing any. This is especially crucial against bowazons and
sorceresses, who both have skills that allow them to freeze an enemy, run away,
rinse, and repeat.

Shield Block Percentage/Block Speed- In case you didn't get it yet, the main
reason of having a shield is for the extra blocking. A block percentage of 75%
really means your ability to endure attacks has been multiplied by 4. Think of
it as 4 times more life. That's enormous. It's crucial your blocking percentage
be way up there. The small cost of blocking is the time you take to actually
block incoming hits. This can be significantly reduced by getting increased
block speed. This ensures you'll block, and you'll block fast.

Resistances- Keep these always maxed. It's as simple as that. The Concentrator
should have no problem with melee damage thanks to his high defense and
blocking, but that's no good with magic. The Concentrator can only rely on his
Resistances to defend himself from the magic of the legions of hell. It is
therefore crucial to keep them always maxed. This is especially true for fire
and lightning, which deal the most damage. Incidentally, one of the greatest
challenges you'll face are lightning-enchanted monsters. The answer to these is
to kill them with as few hits as possible and to keep your lightning resistance
maxed. You should have no problem with these if you can kill them in one or two
hits with your great damage. A cheap way of boosting your resistances is to
socket some perfect diamonds into a shield with a good blocking rate.

Life and Mana Leech- Life and mana leech are two things the Concentrator CANNOT
GO WITHOUT. While you only need a few mana leech percentages (2-3%) to keep
your low-mana skills going, try to get as much life leech as you can (20%
should be fine and it's not too hard to get to). 20% life leech means that you
should be leeching A LOT of hitpoints per hit even in Hell difficulty where
leech is divided by four. Life leech is as important as maximum life and should
be considered as your ticket to free life. It will help a lot against any of
the act bosses, or against any risk you ever have of running out of life. While
mana leech will restore the mana you need to keep using your skills, life leech
will return your lost life to you at an incredible rate.

Damage Reduction-Damage Reduction comes in two forms. The first one is a fixed
reduction in damage taken and can be physical or magical. These can be useful
if they are in significant amounts. For example, -10 damage can be very useful
for Nightmare mode, cutting physical damage from regular monsters anywhere from
around 20% to 35% damage. The other form of damage reduction is a percentage on
the damage you get. For example, with a shield that reduces 20% of damage
received, you'll only get 40 damage from a normally 50 damage Blizzard. Damage
reduction can be extremely helpful because less damage sustained allows you to
live longer. A 35% damage reduction would be equivalent for example to 54% more
life and a 50% damage reduction would be equal to 100% more life. Look out for
the rare items with significant modifiers here.

Always remember the potential of socketed items since they can sometimes yield
great pieces of equipment. Also try improving valuable equipment you may
already have by socketing them with jewels/gems/runes that will give them
modifiers you need or prefer. Try not to waste good jewels/gems/runes on lousy
items and good weapons with lousy jewels/gems/runes since you won't be able to
hold on to jewels/gems/runes if you socket them. Runewords can also prove to be
great choices for a good item if they give you the right bonuses at all stages
of a game.

There are several items that the Concentrator should really strive to obtain.
These include, as of patch 1.09, The Grandfather sword, Stormshield shield,
Arreat's Face, and Gladiator's Bane. Why these items? Well they present some
great modifiers that aren't all available on magical or rare items. The
Grandfather gives you incredible weapon damage, being the most damaging sword.
It gives you a massive 50% bonus to your AR, which should already be very high.
More importantly, however, it gives you get a bonus of 80 hitpoints to your
life and you get a bonus of 20 to each of your attributes. This means you get
an additional 80 base maximum life from vitality, 20% more bonus from strength,
and better blocking and AR with dexterity. The Grandfather is THE sword for the
Concentrator. Stormshield is another great item. It gives you 72% block rate,
very close to the 75% maximum, as well as considerably faster block rate, great
defense for a shield, an INCREDIBLE damage reduction of 35%, which literally
means you will take 35% less damage, greatly increasing your survival
potential. You also get a few resistances to cold and lightning and the icing
on the cake, a bonus of 20 to strength for 20% more damage. Arreat's Face is a
barbarian helm with decent defense (363 DR), faster hit recovery, another bonus
to AR, life leech, +30% resist all, and +20 to both strength and dexterity,
which helps. But Arreat's Face's most valuable modifiers are a certain +2 to
Barbarian Skill Levels and +2 to Combat Skills. This means that Concentrate
goes up by 4 skill points, as well as Berserk. This also means all your passive
skills go up by two skill levels. The last piece of equipment I mentioned is
Gladiator's Bane, a piece of armor with very high defense and a few great
modifiers. This armor has great defense up to 1500 DR, and reduces both
physical and magic damage by 20 damage points. This is pretty significant
considering that even in Hell difficulty, regular monsters tend to deal at the
maximum an average of around 75 damage points, and most deal much less. Poison
length is also halved, in addition to faster hit recovery. Finally, the armor
boasts a "Cannot be Frozen" modifier, which is essential to the Concentrator
Barbarian, since he can be killed without it.


Your Barbarian should try to avoid open field battles as much as possible. In
other words, try to find a place where you won't get surrounded by the legions
of Hell. Ideally, your battles should take place in narrow corridors or even
doorways, where only a few monsters can it you at a time. War cries should be
kept up constantly: Shout, Battle Orders, and Battle Command. Cast Battle
Command first, and then cast the two others so that they benefit from the free
skill point given by Battle Command. But since they all last something like 5
minutes (!!), with the added durations of the synergies, you should have no
problem refreshing them. The main attack of the Concentrator is Concentrate, so
use that basically everywhere...except for two cases. The first one is a
physical immune. The only way to deal with this is berserk, which should get
most in one hit. Berserk can also be used in special situations, for example,
against Hell Diablo, knowing that he has a 50% physical resist and 0% magic
resist. Berserk is also the skill of choice when you are inflicted with iron
maiden, since it deals only magical damage. Another alternative to berserk
against physical immunes with low life is to use Concentrate, since the synergy
of Berserk adds to Concentrate 1% magical damage for every point in Berserk.
The other case is when you have a particularly nasty monster that is either
constantly running away, teleporting, or has lots of minions acting as meat
shields. In these cases, you use leap attack. This is, for example, the way to
deal with unravellers or the Summoner in Act 2. And that's about all you have
to know to play an awesome Concentrator.


The best mercenaries for a Concentrator is a Holy Freeze Desert Warrior, which
can be obtained in Nightmare mode as the Defense mercenary, and the Might
Desert Warrior, which can be obtained in Nightmare mode as the Offense
mercenary, both found in Act II. The Holy Freeze Mercenary's greatest boost to
a Concentrator is that he helps him greatly in crowd control, an area where the
Concentrator is kind of lacking. The Holy Freeze Aura at the maximum
effectiveness will slow down enemies by 54%. This means that most monsters
around you within a decent radius, will move 54% slower, and attack 54% slower.
Monsters become easy targets that can be picked off one by one. The Holy Freeze
Mercenary has a reasonable life, does excellent damage at a quick rate if
equipped with a spear (speed is always the same for any mercenary), and
benefits from the Barbarian warcries. He'll gain more defense as well as more
life. A Holy Freeze Mercenary makes the Concentrator's life just that much
simpler. The Might mercenary, on the other hand, increases your damage and
therefore also your life leech. This will enable you to add even more damage
enhancement to your Concentrator, allowing him even faster kills.

While waiting to get those two mercenaries, you should choose either a Cold
Rogue from Act I or an Ice Iron Wolf from Act III. Both will be able to slow
down your enemies, although not with the same effectiveness or damage as the
Holy Freeze Mercenary. They should help you get through Normal difficulty,

Party Play

Perhaps one of the Concentrator's most important attributes is that parties
love him. He may not deal the damage of a sorceress or have the range of a
bowazon, but the Concentrator can
a) Use Warcries
b) Serve as an Incredible Tank

Warcries will boost the skills of the entire party by one level through Battle
Command, which is great for all characters. Shout increases the defense of all
characters by a great amount, which is very helpful for melee characters. And
last but certainly not least, Battle Orders will raise the life, stamina, and
mana for all characters. Your party will love you for this one since it
essentially means you double how long your party can stand against monsters and
how often spellcasters can use their spells.

Barbarians can also be great tanks. With very high life and very high defense,
the rest of your party members can attack monsters as much as they want without
punishment, since the monsters will be missing their hits on your defense
relatively often (30% chance to hit in Hell approximately with 75% blocking
percentage makes only 7% of hits actually hit you). Werebear druids can also
serve this task, but they are not nearly as effective as you are for dealing
damage, and have other disadvantages generally.

In terms of who you should be pairing up with, here's a few hints. You'll want
at least someone who can deal damage that is not physical. Although you have
berserk, it never hurts to be able to respond to all situations. Summonancers
are awesome friends for the Concentrator because it's a mutual relationship.
The Concentrator's warcries boosts all summons, and the Summonancer can cast
Amplify Damage, which doubles the damage the Concentrator can deal and gets rid
of physical immunity. Awesome curse. It's also a good idea to join up with a
Hammerdin. Not only can these guys deal loads of damage, but they all use the
Concentrator aura, which boosts your damage as well. At least one of your party
members should have a might merc from Act 2 and another should have the holy
freeze merc from Act 2. Boosts for everyone again. Weredruids can be useful
with Oak Sage, for example, to add to everyone's life. Werewolfs are preferable
since they can deal with monsters trying to surround the Barbarian by using

A great party would therefore be:

Concentrator w/ Warcries
Werewolf     w/ Oak Sage
Summonancer  w/ Amplify Damage
Hammerdin    w/ Concentration Aura
 - Might Merc
 - Holy Freeze Merc

There are, of course, many other great combinations which can work out very


A good Diablo player will always have his hotkeys near him. Assign them to the
keys you want, but have them closer to the lower part of the keyboard so you
can hit them faster. Concentrate should always be assigned to your left-click,
since it will be by far your major attack during the game. The mana leech from
your damage should easily be able to compensate for the very small mana cost of
Concentrate (2 mana). Therefore, there is no need to assign any hotkey to
Concentrate. Your right-hand click should go into using berserk, leap attack,
and your warcry triumvirate. Assign a hotkey to each one of these, and switch
around when you need to. Finally, the most important use for hotkeys is the
ability to use a town portal in a flash. It may sometimes be deadly to waste
time opening your inventory and right-click on your town portal scrolls. So,
assign a hotkey, and in dire situations, be prepared to run a bit away, hit the
hotkey, right-click, and walk into the portal. While cases like this may not be
frequent, you're never safe enough.


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