Diablo® III

Legendary Followers! DH

As a DH fan here's some things that every DH should know when doing solo farms.

With the current legendaries out, there have been a few items around that makes followers (Irena, Lyndon, Cormac?) viable! Aside from giving you buffs and the occasional fodder, these items seem to make them very nice to have around now!

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Scoundrel: Lyndon

Buriza-Do Kyanon http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/burizado-kyanon (Nitecore#744)
Best Scoundrel Weapon by a LARGE margin IMO. I've tried Windforce and Hellrack, and they're not even close. Piercing lets him shoot through mobs and freeze stuff all over the place. Don't have to worry about him knocking things in the wrong direction either. Buriza also come standard with cold damage.


Hellrack http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/hellrack
Been using this lately and having the bleed chance 6000-8000 is pretty nice. The root chance is around 20% and if you get one with stun as well, you get a nice crowd control buddy. Set him up with the 3rd skill that fires multiple arrows at the same time and he looks awesome. The best part is, you can buy it at under 500k! Root is really good for running goblins!

Windforce (Erebus#1686) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/windforce
The scoundrel's multishot seems to have roughly have a .50% coefficient, so the knockback chance is quite noticeable. I wouldn't give up a slow (cold damage) for the knockback though, so you need to get a cold damage amulet or ring to pair with the windforce since it doesn't have inherit cold damage (I used a legacy puzzle ring for this).

Pus Spitter http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/pus-spitter
Just bought one and this thing does really cool damage. It procs 50% of the time and the whatever steps on the acid blobs takes damage. It hits good enough for Lyndon to make normal mob kills just by himself. That is assuming that you let him fire on his own for a minute or two.

?Raven's Wing? (Wootytooty#1203)
Low DPS but procs seem interesting. Anybody had 1st hand experience on this?

Cluckeye (Luffy#1946) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/cluckeye
He can shoot chicks too! I often use it to shoot chicks at other players in multipler games....

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Templar: Cormac

Sunkeeper http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/sun-keeper
The legendary weap with 45% MF. Do I need to say more? Downside is, last time I looked this item is very pricey.

Earthshatter (Luffy#1946) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/artisan/blacksmith/recipe/earthshatter
It's cheap, and it rocks on him! Highly recommended!!!

?Sky Splitter? http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/sky-splitter
Smite anyone? How does damage work on this thing?

Skycutter http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/skycutter (Goorfang#6487)
Skycutter. Proc rate is quite good about 20% on the templar per hit Angel does about 10k per hit lasts for about 20secs. Only 1 can be summoned per Skycutter at a time.

Azurewrath (Luffy#1946) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/azurewrath
He can freeze the enemies with this blade. However, I didn't notice any knockback.

Stormshieldhttp://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/stormshield
Lots of block preferable and this will definitely make him a worthy(ish) tank.

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Enchantress: Eirena

Maximus http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/maximus (Goorfang#6487)
Proc rate on an enchantress is very good if you spec into the 1st knockback damage ability and the aoe ability. It seems the demon can proc off those too. Every bigger group of mobs i fight the demon will spawn and help out. Demon does about 36k damage per hit and if i see correctly the firechains does pretty substantial damage too. 10k per tick?

The Grand Vizier (Steak#1788) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/the-grand-vizier
Decent dps and up to 45% MF

Blade Of Prophecy (METATRON#1945)
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/blade-of-prophecy
great for the enchantress, 2hander sword with 35% GF/MF and auto rolls a socket.

Skorn (Anuhart#2131) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/skorn
The bleed procs and stacks from her AoE erosion DoT ticks. Her erosion is on a 15 sec cd, it ticks 5 times over 3 secs, the bleed proc ticks over 5 secs and will stack with itself getting stronger then weaker as bleeds stack from erosion then drop off as their individual 5 secs counts down. 7 secs after the last AoE bleed stops ticking, her erosion is off cd and cast again.

Maloth's Focus (Luffy#1946) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/maloths-focus
She is now just using a blade of prophecy and give me 15-20% MF. Low dmg...

Schaefers's hammer (Luffy#1946) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/schaeferss-hammer
This one works too but she doesn't get close to the enemies too often.

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Jewelries - Blings for ALL

Puzzle Ring v1.04 (Kadderly#1572) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/puzzle-ring
Goblin Pop Ups!!! Definitely viable for all followers. Negative scenario: Goblin pop's up while killing an elite pack and you mindlessly chase it leading to your death...

"I got a Tal Rasha belt from one of the gobbies from a Puzzle Ring. It only sold for 550k, but still it was pretty cool. ^^"


Puzzle Ring Legacy (Erebus#1686)
Add Cold damage on your attacks. Got to slow em all with that multishot. You can use this on other followers as well but seems best for scoundrel since his attacks are all ranged. See Windforce for nice combo vouch as well.

Band of Hollow Whispers http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/band-of-hollow-whispers
Used this on my wizard and a ghost thing haunts a random single enemy. It procs really often, at almost 90% I'd say. Damage is around 4k per pop though I've also seen around 3k and will have to investigate more on how damage works.

Leoric's Signet (Enveos#1991) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/leorics-signet
I just found a 25% leorics signet while lvling in act 2 normal and equipped it onto the follower and I gained a 5% bonus, so the same as mf and gf.

The Star of Azkaranth (TorpedoVegas#1991) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/the-star-of-azkaranth
One thing I can suggest is the Star of Azkaranth amulet... it has all sorts of procs, including fear, knockback, stun. Ranging up to 5%, and it comes with vitality, and it's cheap, you can get it for about 200k.

Eye Of The Etlich (Luffy#1946) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/eye-of-etlich
To add cold damage, I added the eye of Etlich amulet. The DPS went down abit (because he had a better amulet be4) but it's cool to see cold damage.

Bul-Kathos's Wedding Bandhttp://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/bulkathoss-wedding-band
Although I haven't tested this, Im pretty sure that this will proc well with a tanky Kormac

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Combo

Will mainly put here some of the top combos and class specific gear you can pimp your follower with. There's too many to list so up to you to mix and match. It goes without saying that a Leoric's Ring on one of them is a good boost (if you're rich that is).

Lyndon

Here's a set that will make Phasebeast pack kiting just a breeze. Works well with windforce as weapon.

Windforce
Legacy Puzzle Ring
Star of Azkaranth

Windforce
Eye of Etlich
Aspd Rings

Hellrack/Pus Spitter
Star of Azkaranth
Legacy Puzzle Ring

Buriza do Kyanon
Eye of Azkaranth
Aspd Rings

Eirena

IMO she has the most variety of builds among the followers. The guys are pretty much trumped up by this lady.

MF:
Grand Vizier
MF Ring and Amu
Puzzle Ring v1.04

DPS:
Skorn/Maximus
Legacy Puzzle Ring/Eye of the Etlich (cc)
Band of Hollow Whispers

Kormac

Sadly we dont have as much combos on this guy atm, I personally dont use him much, but I think having shields are the way to go for this guy. Put up some info people!

MF:
Sunkeeper
MF Ring and Amu
Puzzle Ring v1.04
Stormshield

Tanky DPS:
Skycutter/Earthshatter (sounds like earth pooper O_o)
Band of Hollow Whispers
Bul-Kathos Wedding Band
Storm Shield

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Thats only a few that I've heard or seen around, can you guys add more items that would help broaden this list? Im sure theres a buttload more and I'll try to keep updating the post to keep it on the toplist.

The one's with ?xxxx? needs vouches from players so if ever you've tried it yourself, why not give us a short feedback about your item and we can put it here on top ^^
Edited by Rev0#3777 on 9/25/2012 9:12 PM PDT
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The grand Vizier on enchantress decent dps and up to 50% MF
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bump!
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Maximus !! i... didnt tink of this.. i got a Maximus growing mold in my stash, but didnt have a char to test it out. shall let my enchantress play with it
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Templar

Sun*** watchamacallit
The legendary weap with 50% MF. Do I need to say more? Downside is, last time I looked this item is very pricey.

Enchantress

Maximus
This one, I've heard really awesome tales from players. Summon demon and firechains? Again downside is the cost, around 10m at ah?

The Grand Vizier (Steak#1788)
Decent dps and up to 50% MF


Both of those weapons only go to 45% MF. I have one, and I made sure it was the highest roll before I got it for my follower.
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Just saw that demon pop up from Maximus in a pub run earlier. He looks badass with that chain.

How long does the demon last?

Come to think of it, there's that 1hand weapon that summons angels right? Anybody? can be viable for templar
Edited by Rev0#3777 on 8/28/2012 1:38 AM PDT
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Anybody tried Windfore (40%+ knockback) + multishot on Lydon?
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I'm giving my templar the weapon that summons angels to fight by my side
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08/28/2012 06:36 AMPosted by proph21
I'm giving my templar the weapon that summons angels to fight by my side


What's the name of the weapon?

08/28/2012 01:50 AMPosted by Zephyranthes
Anybody tried Windfore (40%+ knockback) + multishot on Lydon?

was wondering about this too.
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bump
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I'd like to add, having your follower wear a puzzle ring is fun!
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08/28/2012 01:50 AMPosted by Zephyranthes
Anybody tried Windfore (40%+ knockback) + multishot on Lydon?


Just spent about 17 million gold on my scoundrel to test out a CC build on him.

Got a 42% chance to knockback Windforce that also has a 3.5% chance to stun, a legacy Puzzle ring with cold dmg and ias, a 2.9% chance to blind rare amulet with ias, and a Broken Promises ring with a 2.2% chance to fear.

Overall stats: 1.55 weapon speed, +11% ias from jewelry, +cold damage, 42% chance to knockback, 2.2% chance to fear, 2.9% chance to blind, and 3.5% chance to stun

The scoundrel's multishot seems to have roughly have a .50% coefficient, so the knockback chance is quite noticeable. I wouldn't give up a slow (cold damage) for the knockback though, so you need to get a cold damage amulet or ring to pair with the windforce since it doesn't have inherit cold damage (I used a legacy puzzle ring for this).

Overall, I don't regret spending the money on him (unless they nerf this of course). I definitely wouldn't spend the money on him if I was just progressing through inferno and needed the gold, but I only need about 2-3 upgrades and a couple million is a drop in the bucket compared to the price of these upgrades. Of course, you can get a much cheaper build if you get a cheap Windforce (ie. no stun %), but I would only get it if you could also get a cold damage amulet or ring to pair with it as I said above.

He's still pretty useless against ranged mobs, as 2 random projectiles can easily kill him, and he sometimes dies to ground effects. But he's pretty damn imba against melee mobs.
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list going up. Another plus about hellrack i noticed is for goblins! when the freakin thing was trying to get away with all sorts of mobs chasing me, that root proc just kicked in giving me enough time blast him with 2 cluster bombs/LfB.
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08/28/2012 07:13 PMPosted by Rev0
list going up. Another plus about hellrack i noticed is for goblins! when the freakin thing was trying to get away with all sorts of mobs chasing me, that root proc just kicked in giving me enough time blast him with 2 cluster bombs/LfB.


Rev0, to clarify, Erebus is talking about legacy puzzle rings which have a elemental damage built into them. Whereas I'm talking about the new puzzle ring which procs a chance at a goblin appearing when the person wearing it has it equipped. ^^
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Ohh thanks for that! will update the post. Goblin pop ups O_o
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08/28/2012 07:20 PMPosted by Rev0
Ohh thanks for that! will update the post. Goblin pop ups O_o


Yeah the base stats aren't very good so it's best to put it on a follower to spice up runs with a chance at a goblin every now and then.
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Blade of Prophecy is great for the enchantress, 2hander sword with 35% GF/MF and auto rolls a socket. Found one earlier in an Act 3 run
Edited by METATRON#1945 on 8/28/2012 8:49 PM PDT
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Updated, thanks for the inputs! looks healthy so far.
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bump
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i bought a hellrack with stun and chance to bleed for my scoundrel. with the root and also the scoundrel's slow.. crowd control is insane. mobs seem to go from regular speed to slow motion after a few shots. lol!
Edited by FuzzyLogic#1933 on 8/29/2012 11:35 AM PDT
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