D2R Build – Trap Assassin Build Guide

Introduction


This build is for Assassin focusing on the Traps skill tree, which is one of the most iconic skill trees in Diablo II Resurrected. Let’s find out why this build is used in almost every ladder reset of Diablo II.

Stat


Level 40

Stats Points Notes
Strength

60

Just need enough points to wear your Gear.
Dexterity

50

Same as Strength. If you want Max Block chance, some more points in this will be needed

Vitality

90

All your remaining points should go here to increase your Life

Energy

0

Unless you use Energy Shield, there are not much use to put point in Energy

Level 99

Stats Points Notes
Strength

~130

Enough to wear your gears. Keep the same approach as level 40

Dexterity

~110

Enough to wear your gears. Keep the same approach as level 40. You will need 130-150 if you want to maximize your block chance. This is depend on your gears as well

Vitality

~240

You will need around 230 in Vitality for an optimal end-game experience

Energy

0

By this stage, your gear already provide enough recovery and Mana increase, so Energy is no longer needed

Skills Distribution


Lightning Sentry 20 points. At level 24 you will unlock this skill. This is your main bread and butter for this build, so max it out as soon as possible
Death Sentry 20 points This is unlocked at level 30, and should be maxed out right after Lighting Sentry
Shock Web 20 points Provide synergy to Lightning Sentry
Charged Bolt Sentry 20 points, Another synergy for Lightning Sentry, and can be used for early leveling
Fire Blast 20 points The very first skills in the Trap Skill tree, you will need this to unlock all the main skills of this Assassin build. This provides synergy to all the skills mentioned in the Trap Skill tree.
Burst of Speed 1 point – A quick boosts to speed
Fade Provide resistance and a defensive layer
Mind Blast Good for dealing with group of monster
Cloak of Shadows 1 point. Add a defensive layer to this build. This skill helps reducing monster’s defense and increase yours

Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
assassin Lightning Sentry image
Lightning Sentry
Fire Blast : +9% Fire damage per level
Shock Web : +11% Lightning damage per level
Charged Bolt Sentry : +6% Lightning damage per level
Death Sentry : +12% Lightning damage per leve l
Shock Web : +12% Lightning damage per level
Charged Bolt Sentry : +12% Lightning damage per level
Death Sentry : +12% Lightning damage per level
  • A trap that shoots lightning to scorch passing enemies.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Lightning Damage: 1-24


Lvl: 20
Lightning Damage: 1-389
Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
assassin Death Sentry image
Death Sentry
Fire Blast : + 1 Shot per 3 levels
Lightning Sentry : +12% Lighting damage per level
Fire Blast : +9% Fire damage per level
Shock Web : +11% Lightning damage per leve l
Charged Bolt Sentry : +6% Lightning damage per level
Lightning Sentry : +12% Lighting damage per level
Wake of Inferno : +10% Fire damage per level
  • Trap that shoots lightning at your enemies or explodes nearby corpses laying waste to more enemies.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Lightning Damage: 1-56
Corpse Explosion Range: 3.3 Yards


Lvl: 20
Lightning Damage: 1-342
Corpse Explosion Range: 9.6 Yards
Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
assassin Shock Web image
Shock Web
Fire Blast : + 1 Missile Per 3 Levels
Charged Bolt Sentry : +11% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning Sentry : +11% Lightning Damage Per Level
Death Sentry : +11% Lightning Damage Per Level
Provides Synergy to:
  • Throw a Web of Lightning to shock your enemies to bits.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Spikes: 6
Lightning Damage: 1-10


Lvl: 20
Spikes: 11
Lightning Damage: 1-119
Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
assassin Mind Blast image
Mind Blast
No synergies No synergies
  • Using the power of your mind stun a group of enemies and convert the Feedle-minded.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Duration: 10-20
Damage: 10-20
Chance To Convert: 18
Stun Duration: 2


Lvl: 20
Duration: 96-106
Damage: 96-106
Chance To Convert: 36
Stun Duration: 5.8
Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
assassin Charged Bolt Sentry image
Charged Bolt Sentry
Shock Web : +1 Bolt per 3 levels
Lightning Sentry : +1 Shot per 4 levels
Fire Blast : +6% Lightning damage per level
Lightning Sentry : +6% Lightning damage per level
Death Sentry : +6% Lightning damage per level
Provides Synergy to:
  • A trap that emits charged bolts at enemies that pass near.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Damage: 1-7


Lvl: 20
Damage: 1-89
Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
assassin Fire Blast image
Fire Blast
Shock Web : +9% Fire Damage Per Level
Charged Bolt Sentry : +9% Fire Damage Per Level
Wake of Fire : +9% Fire Damage Per Level
Lightning Sentry : +9% Fire Damage Per Level
Wake of Inferno : +9% Fire Damage Per Level
Death Sentry : +9% Fire Damage Per Level
Shock Web : + 1 Missile per 3 levels
Charged Bolt Sentry : +6% Lighting damage per level
Wake of Fire : +8% Fire damage per level
Wake of Inferno : +10% Fire damage per level
Death Sentry : + 1 Shot per 3 level
  • Throw a Fire Bomb to blast your enemies to bits.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 3
Fire Damage: 3-4


Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 5.3
Fire Damage: 85-113
Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
assassin Burst of Speed image
Burst of Speed
No synergies No synergies
  • Increases Attack And Movement Speed For A Period Of Time
  • Cast Delay: None
  • Burst of Speed and Fade will not work at the same time.
Lvl: 1
Increased Attack Speed: 21%
Run/Walk Speed Bonus: 23%
Duration: 120 Sec.


Lvl: 20
Increased Attack Speed: 52%
Run/Walk Speed Bonus: 61%
Duration: 348 Sec.
Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
assassin Fade image
Fade
No synergies No synergies
  • Raise all resistances and resist curses for a period of time.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Curse Duration Reduction: 47%
Resist All: 19%
Duration: 120
Physical Resist: 1%


Lvl: 20
Curse Duration Reduction: 82%
Resist All: 64%
Duration: 348
Physical Resist: 20%
Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
assassin Mind Blast image
Mind Blast
No synergies No synergies
  • Using the power of your mind stun a group of enemies and convert the Feedle-minded.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Duration: 10-20
Damage: 10-20
Chance To Convert: 18
Stun Duration: 2


Lvl: 20
Duration: 96-106
Damage: 96-106
Chance To Convert: 36
Stun Duration: 5.8
Name Receive Synergy From Provide Synergy To Effect Skill Level Stat
assassin Cloak of Shadows image
Cloak of Shadows
No synergies No synergies
  • Cast a Shadow to Blind nearby enemies lowering their defenses for a period of time.
  • Cast Delay: None
  • Darkness covers the area, forcing all monsters to stop their attacks and casts unless they are in melee range. Also lowers monsters’ defense and increases your defense.
Lvl: 1
Defense Bonus: 10%
Enemy Defense: -15%
Duration: 8


Lvl: 20
Defense Bonus: 67%
Enemy Defense: -72%
Duration: 27

Recommended Runewords

Heart of the Oak +3 All SKills and provide a huge 40% FCR (Faster Cast Rate) This also provides a well-rounded resistance bonus and Mana
Call to Arms This is good for a Magic find Assassin build, but I personally don’t prefer the 5 slots require for a weapon
Spirit A mid game pick for both your weapon and Shield
Lore A cheap pick early on for your Helm
Enigma Your end-game goal. This is by far the best runeword in Diablo II: Resurrected


Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Heart of the Oak 55 Ko image
Ko
Vex image
Vex
Pul image
Pul
Thul image
Thul
4 Socket Staves / 4 Socket Maces
  • +3 To AllSkills
  • +40%Faster Cast Rate
  • +75% Damage To Demons
  • +100 ToAttack RatingAgainst Demons
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage, 3 sec. Duration
  • 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit
  • +10 To Dexterity
  • ReplenishLife+20
  • Increase MaximumMana15%
  • All Resistances +30-40
  • Level 4 Oak Sage(25 Charges)
  • Level 14 Raven(60 Charges)
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Call to Arms 57 Amn image
Amn
Ral image
Ral
Mal image
Mal
Ist image
Ist
Ohm image
Ohm
5 Socket Weapons
  • +1 To AllSkills
  • +40% Increased Attack Speed
  • +250-290% Enhanced Damage
  • Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
  • 7% Life Stolen Per Hit
  • +2-6 To Battle Command
  • Battle Orders
  • Battle Cry
  • Prevent Monster Heal
  • Replenish Life +12
  • 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Spirit 25 Tal image
Tal
Thul image
Thul
Ort image
Ort
Amn image
Amn
4 Socket Swords 4 Socket Shields Weapons

  • +2 ToAll Skills
  • +25-35%Faster Cast Rate
  • +55%Faster Hit Recovery
  • Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage3 Second Duration
  • +7 Poison DamageOver 5 Seconds
  • 7%LifeStolen Per Hit
  • +250 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +22 To Vitality
  • +89-112 To Mana
  • +3-8 Magic Absorb

Shields

  • +2 To AllSkills
  • +25-35% Faster Cast Rate
  • +55% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +250 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +22 To Vitality
  • +89-112 To Mana
  • Cold Resistance+35%
  • Lightning Resistance+35%
  • Poison Resistance+35%
  • +3-8 Magic Absorb
  • Attacker Takes Damage of 14
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Lore 27 Ort image
Ort
Sol image
Sol
2 Socket Helms
  • +1 To AllSkillLevels
  • +10 ToEnergy
  • +2 ToManaAfter Each Kill
  • Lightning Resistance+30%
  • Damage Reduced By 7
  • +2 To Light Radius
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Enigma 65 Jah image
Jah
Ith image
Ith
Ber image
Ber
3 Socket Chest Armor
  • +2 To AllSkills
  • +45% Faster Run Walk
  • +1 To Teleport
  • +750-775 Defense
  • + (0.75 Per Character Level) +0-74 To Strength(Based On Character Level)
  • Increase MaximumLife5%
  • Damage Reduced By 8%
  • +14LifeAfter Each Kill
  • 15% Damage Taken Goes T Mana
  • + (1 Per Character Level) +1-99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level)

Recommended Equipment

Helms

Harlequin Crest
Generally the best helm for Magic Find build Rockstopper A safe pick that provide all resistance and some nice boosts to Vitality and defense
Lore Best runewords for early progression

Name Base Stats Modifiers
Harlequin Crest
Harlequin Crest
Unique Shako
  • Defense: 98-141
  • Required Level: 62
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 12
  • +2 To All Skills
  • + (1.5 Per Character Level) 1-148 To Life(Based On Character Level)
  • + (1.5 Per Character Level) 1-148 To Mana(Based On Character Level)
  • Damage Reduced By 10%
  • 50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
  • +2 To All Attributes
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Rockstopper
Rockstopper
Unique Sallet
  • Defense: 163-201 (Base Defense: 52-62)
  • Required Level: 31
  • Required Strength: 43
  • Durability: 18
  • +160-220% Enhanced Defense
  • Damage Reduced By 10%
  • 30% Faster Hit Recovery
  • Cold Resistance+20-40%
  • Fire Resistance+20-50%
  • Lightning Resistance+20-40%
  • +15 To Vitality
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Ort image
Ort
Sol image
Sol
Lore
  • Depends on base model
  • +1 To All SkillLevels
  • +10 To Energy
  • +2 To ManaAfter Each Kill
  • Lightning Resistance+30%
  • Damage Reduced By 7
  • +2 To Light Radius

Body Armor

Skin of the Vipermagi Take this for FCR increment
Que-Hegan’s Wisdom FCR & Defense

Name Base Stats Modifiers
Skin of the Vipermagi
Skin of the Vipermagi
Unique Serpentskin Armor
  • Defense: 279 (Base Defense: 111-126)
  • Required Level: 29
  • Required Strength: 43
  • Durability: 24
  • +120% Enhanced Defense
  • +1 To All Skills
  • 30% Faster Cast Rate
  • Magic Damage Reduced By 9-13 (varies)
  • All Resistances +20-35
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Que-Hegan's Wisdom
Que-Hegan’s Wisdom
Unique Mage Plate
  • Defense: 628-681(varies)(Base Defense: 225-261)
  • Required Level: 51
  • Required Strength: 55
  • Durability: 60
  • +140-160% Enhanced Defense
  • +1 To All SkillLevels
  • +3 To ManaAfter Each Kill
  • 20% Faster Cast Rate
  • 20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • Magic DamageReduced By 6-10
  • +15 To Energy

Belts

Verdungo’s Hearty Cord Nice bonus to Life and Stamina. This also has a nice bonus to Damage Reduction
String of Ears A budget belt for this build
Goldwrap Nice belt for any Magic Find builds in D2R

Name Base Stats Modifiers
Verdungo's Hearty Cord
Verdungo’s Hearty Cord
Unique Mithril Coil
  • Defense: 125-158 (varies)(Defense: 58-65)
  • Required Level: 63
  • Required Strength: 106
  • Durability: 16
  • 16 Boxes
  • +90-140% Enhanced Defense
  • 10% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +30-40 To Vitality
  • Replenish Life+10-13
  • +100-120 Maximum Stamina
  • Damage Reduced By 10-15%
Name Base Stats Modifiers
String of Ears
String of Ears
Unique Demonhide Sash
  • Defense: 102-113(varies)(Base Defense: 29-34)
  • Required Level: 29
  • Required Strength: 20
  • Durability: 22
  • 16 Boxes
  • +150-180% Enhanced Defense
  • +15 Defense
  • 6-8% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • Damage Reduced By 10-15%
  • Magic DamageReduced 10-15
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Goldwrap
Goldwrap
Unique Heavy Belt
  • Defense: 34-36(varies)(Base Defense: 6)
  • Required Level: 27
  • Required Strength: 45
  • Durability: 18
  • 12 Boxes
  • +40-60% Enhanced Defense
  • +25 Defense
  • 10% Increased Attack Speed
  • 30% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items
  • 50-80% Extra Gold From Monsters
  • +2 To Light Radius

Gloves

Laying of Hands Nice bonus to attack speed and provide huge amount of Fire Resistance
Bloodfist A budget option for this build

Name Base Stats Modifiers
Laying of Hands
Laying of Hands
Set Bramble Mitts
  • Defense: 79-87(varies)(Base Defense: 54-62)
  • Required Level: 63
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 12
  • +25 Defense
  • +20% Increased Attack Speed
  • +350% Damage To Demons
  • Fire Resistance+50%
  • 10% Chance To Cast Level 3 Holy BoltOn Striking
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Bloodfist
Bloodfist
Unique Heavy Gloves
  • Defense: 17-18(varies)(Base Defense: 5-6)
  • Required Level: 9
  • Durability: 14
  • +10-20% Enhanced Defense
  • +10 Defense
  • +10% Increased Attack Speed
  • +30% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +40 To Life
  • +5 To Min Damage

Boots

Waterwalk A budget boot that provides very straightforward to your stat
Infernostride Good for farming some gold
Hsarus’ Iron Heel It’s generally a good boot to use early on, but should not be your main boot
Sandstorm Trek This should be your end-game unique boot for this build
War Traveler An alternative to Sandstorm Trek

Name Base Stats Modifiers
Waterwalk
Waterwalk
Unique Sharkskin Boots
  • Defense: 112-124(varies)(Base Defense: 33-39)
  • Required Level: 32
  • Required Strength: 47
  • Durability: 14
  • Assassin Kick Damage: 28-50
  • +180-210% Enhanced Defense
  • 20% Faster Run Walk
  • +100 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +15 To Dexterity
  • +5% Maximum Fire Resistance
  • Heal StaminaPlus 50%
  • +40 Max Stamina
  • +45-65 To Life
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Infernostride
Infernostride
Unique Demonhide Boots
  • Defense: 94-105(varies)(Base Defense: 28-35)
  • Required Level: 29
  • Required Strength: 20
  • Durability: 12
  • Assassin Kick Damage: 26-46
  • 5% Chance To Cast Level 8 BlazeWhen Struck
  • 20% Faster Run Walk
  • Adds 12-33 Fire Damage
  • +120-150% Enhanced Defense
  • +15 Defense
  • 10% To Maximum Fire Resistance
  • Fire Resistance+30%
  • 40-70% Extra Gold From Monsters
  • +2 To Light Radius
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Hsarus' Iron Heel
Hsarus’ Iron Heel
Set Chain Boots
  • Defense: 8-9 (varies)
  • Required Level: 3
  • Required Strength: 30
  • Durability: 16
  • Assassin Kick Damage: 6-12
  • + (10 Per Character Level) 10-990 Attack Rating(Based On Character Level)
Name Base Stats Modifiers
Sandstorm Trek
Sandstorm Trek
Unique Scarabshell Boots
  • Defense: 158-178(varies)(Base Defense 56-65)
  • Required Level: 64
  • Required Strength: 91
  • Durability: 14
  • Assassin Kick Damage: 60-110
  • +140-170% Enhanced Defense
  • +20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +20% Faster Run Walk
  • + (1 Per Character Level) +1-99 Maximum Stamina(Based On Character Level)
  • +10-15 To Strength
  • +10-15 To Vitality
  • 50% Slower StaminaDrain
  • Poison Resistance+40-70%
  • Repairs 1 Durability In 20 Seconds
Name Base Stats Modifiers
War Traveler
War Traveler
Unique Battle Boots
  • Defense: 120-139(varies)(Base Defense: 39-47)
  • Required Level: 42
  • Required Strength: 95
  • Durability: 48
  • Assassin Kick Damage: 37-64
  • +150-190% Enhanced Defense
  • 25% Faster Run Walk
  • +10 To Vitality
  • +10 To Strength
  • Adds 15-25 Damage
  • 40% Slower StaminaDrain
  • Attacker Takes Damage Of 5-10
  • 30-50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Shields

Spirit

Name Base Stats Modifiers
Tal image
Tal
Thul image
Thul
Ort image
Ort
Amn image
Amn
Spirit
Runewords
  • Depends on base model
  • +2 To All Skills
  • +25-35% Faster Cast Rate
  • +55% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +250 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +22 To Vitality
  • +89-112 To Mana
  • Cold Resistance+35%
  • Lightning Resistance+35%
  • Poison Resistance+35%
  • +3-8 Magic Absorb
  • Attacker Takes Damage of 14

Rings & Amulet


Dwarf Star Good for gold farming
The Eye of Etlich A generally budget option
Highlord’s Wrath Good pick for this build.

If you require some Mana for your build, 2x Stone of Jordan will solve the problem.
It is also provides +1 to All Skills, which generally preferable in almost any D2R Builds

Name Required Level Modifiers
Stone of Jordan
Stone of Jordan
29
  • +1 To All Skills
  • Increase Maximum Mana25%*
  • Adds 1-12 Lightning Damage
  • +20 To Mana

The Bul-Kathos’ Wedding Band is another powerul end game rings that is univerally needed for any D2R Builds
Aside from the usual +1 to all skills, this rings also provide a bonus to Life & Stamina

Name Required Level Modifiers
Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Bul-Kathos’ Wedding Band
58
  • +1 To All Skills
  • + (0.5 Per Character Level) 0-49 To Life(Based On Character Level)
  • 3-5% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • +50 Maximum Stamina

This should be your end-game target. as it provide superb stats and +2 to All Skills
Before this amulet, you can use any Rare amulet that has a good amount of resistance or + to All Skills

Name Required Level Modifiers
Mara's Kaleidoscope
Mara’s Kaleidoscope
67
  • +2 To All Skills
  • All Resistances +20-30
  • +5 To All Attributes
Name Required Level Modifiers
Dwarf Star
Dwarf Star
45
  • +40 To Life
  • +40 Maximum Stamina
  • Heal StaminaPlus 15%
  • Fire Absorb 15%
  • Magic DamageReduced By 12-15
  • 100% Extra Gold From Monsters
Name Required Level Modifiers
The Eye of Etlich
The Eye of Etlich
15
  • +1-5 To Light Radius
  • +1 To All Skills
  • 3-7% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • Adds (1-2) to (3-5) Cold Damage
  • Cold Duration: 2-10 Seconds
  • +10-40 Defense vs. Missile
Name Required Level Modifiers
Highlord's Wrath
Highlord’s Wrath
65
  • +1 To All Skills
  • +20% Increased Attack Speed
  • + (0.375 Per Character Level) 0-37 % Deadly Strike(Based On Character Level)
  • Lightning Resistance+35%
  • Adds 1-30 Lightning Damage
  • Attacker Takes Lightning DamageOf 15

Jewels, Gems & Charms


 

Charms

As for charms, any +1 to all Skills Charms is good for this build. If you don’t have it yet, simply put on any Life/Mana/ Res Charms for more survivalbility
In Diablo II Endgame, you will need to lookout for a well-roll Hellfire’s Torch and an Annihilus.

Recommended Weapons

Bartuc’s Cut-Throat The Martial Art skill does not benefit this build, but the overall stat is good enough
Spirit A well-rounded runewords that can be used on both your weapon and armors. It is generally easy to farm for
Heart of the Oak Your end-game runeword.

Name Stats Modifiers
Bartuc's Cut-Throat
Bartuc’s Cut-Throat
Unique Greater Talons
  • Damage:
  • (77-88) To (137-155)
  • Required Level: 42
  • RequiredStrength: 79
  • RequiredDexterity: 79
  • Durability: 69
  • Weapon Speed: [-30]
  • (Assassin Only)
  • +150-200% Enhanced Damage
  • Adds 25-50 Damage
  • 30% Faster Hit Recovery
  • 20% Bonus To Attack Rating
  • 5-9% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • +20 To Strenght
  • +20 To Dexterity
  • +2 To Assassin SkillLevels
  • +1 To Martial ArtsSkills ( AssassinOnly)
Name Stats Modifiers
Tal image
Tal
Thul image
Thul
Ort image
Ort
Amn image
Amn
Spirit
  • Depends on base model Weapon
  • Weapons
  • +2 To All Skills
  • +25-35% Faster Cast Rate
  • +55% Faster Hit Recovery
  • Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage3 Second Duration (Normal)
  • +75 Poison DamageOver 5 Seconds
  • 7% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • +250 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +22 To Vitality
  • +89-112 To Mana
  • +3-8 Magic Absorb
Name Stats Modifiers
Ko image
Ko
Vex image
Vex
Pul image
Pul
Thul image
Thul
Heart of the Oak
  • Depends on base Weapons model
  • +3 To All Skills
  • +40% Faster Cast Rate
  • +75% Damage To Demons
  • +100 To Attack RatingAgainst Demons
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage, 3 sec. Duration (Normal)
  • 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit
  • +10 To Dexterity
  • Replenish Life +20
  • Increase Maximum Mana 15%
  • All Resistances +30-40 (varies)
  • Level 4 Oak Sage(25 Charges)
  • Level 14 Raven(60 Charges)

Mercenary Guide


 

Mercenary play a huge part in your D2R Build, this is thanks to
the fact that they can equip three pieces of equipments – Helm, Body Armor and Weapon.
Mercenary is often used as a second source of damage and a shield to attract the monsters while you
stay in safe place and cast your skill.
In some D2R Builds, players also try to equip Magic Find + Gold Find
gears on them to increase the amount and quality of gear dropped.
Universally the best Mercenary is the ones from Act II, as they use Polearms – the weapon type that has the most sockets.
With this, you can use powerful runeword to further enhance the power of your bodyguard.

Mercenary Helm

For your Mercenary The best helm is Andariel’s Visage. This is quite hard to find
If you don’t have it yet, simply use a Helm Runeword like Lore to give your Merc
some defense

Name Base Stats Modifiers
Andariel's Visage
Andariel’s Visage
Unique Demonhead
  • Defense: 310-387 (Base Defense: 101-154)
  • Required Level: 83
  • Required Strength: 102
  • Durability: 20
  • +100-150% Enhanced Defense
  • +2 To All Skills
  • 20% Increased Attack Speed
  • 8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit
  • +25-30 To Strength
  • +10% To Maximum Poison Resist
  • Fire Resistance-30%
  • Poison Resistance+70%
  • 15% Chance To Cast Level 15 Poison Nova When Struck
  • Level 3 Venom (20 charges)
  • (Ladder Only)

For your Mercenary The best helm is Andariel’s Visage. This is quite hard to find
If you don’t have it yet, simply use a Helm Runeword like Lore to give your Merc
some defense

Name Base Stats Modifiers
Ort image
Ort
Sol image
Sol
Lore
  • Depends on base model
  • +1 To All SkillLevels
  • +10 To Energy
  • +2 To ManaAfter Each Kill
  • Lightning Resistance+30%
  • Damage Reduced By 7
  • +2 To Light Radius

Mercenary Weapons

Best option is the Insight Runeword. This runeword provide a bonus to Mana Recovery and
a huge amount of damage for your Mercenary. This runeword can solve most of the problem with Mana on a build

The bonus is all the runes for this runeword (Ral, Tir, Tal & Sol) are pretty easy to farm in
early Nightmare difficulty. Just remember to perform a couple of runs on the Countess for this runeword

Name Stats Modifiers
Ral image
Ral
Tir image
Tir
Tal image
Tal
Sol image
Sol
Insight
  • Depends on base weapon model
  • Level 12-17 MeditationAura When Equipped
  • +35% Faster Cast Rate
  • +200-260% Enhanced Damage
  • +9 To Minimum Damage
  • 180-250% Bonus to Attack Rating
  • Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
  • +75 Poison DamageOver 5 Seconds
  • +1-6 To Critical Strike
  • +5 To All Attributes
  • +2 To ManaAfter Each Kill
  • 23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Another solid option for Mercenary Weapon is Obedience runeword. This has a more focus on damage
and doesn’t have the aura to provide you with the mana recovery

Name Stats Modifiers
Hel image
Hel
Ko image
Ko
Thul image
Thul
Eth image
Eth
Fal image
Fal
Obedience
  • Depends on base weapon model
  • 30% Chance To Cast Level 21 EnchantWhen You Kill An Enemy
  • 40% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +370% Enhanced Damage
  • -25% Target Defense
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage3 Second Duration (Normal)
  • -25% To Enemy Fire Resistance
  • 40% Chance of Crushing Blow
  • +200-300 Defense
  • +10 To Strength
  • +10 To Dexterity
  • All Resistances +20-30
  • Requirements -20%

Mercenary Armor

For D2R Mercenary Armor, you should always go for Fortitude. This runeword straight up increase Defense by
a huge amount and can help your Mercenary to become a Reliable shield for you

Name Base Stats Modifiers
El image
El
Sol image
Sol
Dol image
Dol
Lo image
Lo
Fortitude
  • Depends on base model
  • 20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Chilling Armorwhen Struck
  • +25% Faster Cast Rate
  • +300% Enhanced Damage
  • +200% Enhanced Defense
  • +15 Defense
  • +X To Life(Based on Character Level)*
  • Replenish Life+7
  • +5% To Maximum Lightning Resistance
  • All Resistances +25-30
  • Damage Reduced By 7
  • 12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
  • +1 To Light Radius

Another alternative if you don’t have enough Runes for Fortitude is the Treachery runewords. While the
+2 to Assassin skills is useless, the bonus to Attack Speed and Gold bonus can give you some nice bonus during
your farming

Name Base Stats Modifiers
Shael image
Shael
Thul image
Thul
Lem image
Lem
Treachery
Runewords
  • Depends on base model
  • 5% Chance To Cast Level 15 FadeWhen Struck
  • 25% Chance To Cast level 15 VenomOn Striking
  • +2 To Assassin Skills
  • +45% Increased Attack Speed
  • +20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • Cold Resistance+30%
  • 50% Extra Gold From Monsters

Gameplay and Tip

Gameplay Guide & Tips
Trap Assassin build is generally super friendly to new players. This is because many of the main skills of the Trap Skill tree provide synergy to each other, making almost all the skills have more damage. Your increment to Faster Cast Rate will allow you to cast more traps in a shorter time, dealing damage while dodging and evading enemy attacks with your Burst of Speed buff.
As for general gameplay, you will need to lay some Lightning Sentry before throwing out a Death Sentry. The synergy from other skills in the Trap skill tree makes Lightning Sentry much more effective, while Death Sentry provides a boost to the area of effect.
As your Mercenary get stronger in end-game, playing this build is even easier and can become one of the best farming build in Diablo II: Resurrected.

Check out other Diablo II: Resurrected Builds

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