6. How do I gear my followers ?6-1. Finding equipmentFinding
gear for follower may seems tricky in regard of the smart loot system. The Brighton side is that smart loot is not systematic so you do have a fair chance to find gear white is not for your class. An other source of gear would be IG trading in multiplayer games, (most of the time that would be donations instead of actual trading).Crafting
is a solution. Both blacksmith and jeweler have interesting items. You will need at least a lvl one character in each main stat class to fully use crafting. Note that the Brabarian is more effective to gear up templar since he can't use crusader's schield.Gambling Blood shards
with Kadala is a great way to obtain follower gear, yet it has a downside : you will need a lvl 70 character with the same mainstat than the follower you intendant to gear up. Again, Barbarian and Wizzard will be more effective than Crusadeŕs or WD.
Last but not least, some of the horadric caches
specific legendaries are just great for followers and fairly easy to obtain.6-2. Enchanting
Followers ChD are now capped at 150%, and got a notice 50% ChD That makes enchanting far more simple. Always look for near 100% ChD on follower token. That way ChD are not needed anymore. Amulets and second rings are now ChD free, wich leaves room for damage range or convenient reroll.
For weapons, some of them already have a native 35% ChD making this stats even easier to handle. When a weapon already have your follower main stat, always look for a socket. In some case, the stat to reroll into a socket will be very easy to choose.
Lvl 60 item are to be kept for followers : from a CC perpective and for some special procs they are still usefull at lvl. 70, and cost way more less to reroll (amys and rings).
For the Enchantress, you will need to have a lvl 1 Wizzard in order to reroll something into arcane dmg bonus.
With 2.3 and Kanai's Cube introduction, followers are quite easy to gear, since you can target specific items by upgrading rare to legendaries. Followers token can be obtain to the same process.6-3. Gems
For the reason exposed above, the 150 ChD cap, the only gem one will need for a weapon socket is ruby. Diamond can be use for a specific + élite dmg bonus stached weapon for boss fight (yes Malthaël, i'm looking at you).
Main stat gems are good way to add extra damage, amethysts are quite useless.
500k dps follower gearing how-to : http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/24shkc/how_to_gear_followers_to_over_500k_damage/
(Note that eDPS won't be as efficient as a 300k + %elemental + cdr follower)