Median XL - Game Guide - Mercenaries

Mercenaries

MERCENARIES

Anyone desperate enough can put up a fight against the demons, but only the exceptionally strong and brave will follow plundering maniacs such as yourself into the pits of Hell.

Heroic Strength

Per 3 strength points: Enhanced Weapon Damage +1%
Per strength point: Regenerate Life +1
Per strength point: +0.17 Energy Factor to Spell Damage

Heroic Resistances

All Resists +70%


THE SISTERS

Weakened by the prolonged siege, the Sisters of the Sightless Eye may not be in fighting condition. But help them liberate the Monastery and watch them rise and shine.

Bonuses

Heroic Strength bonuses scale with dexterity
Starts with 30 energy, +6 energy per level
Defensive Harmony: slows attackers by 25%, +1% per 5 levels
Gains 1% Physical Resist per 4 levels
Gains 1% chance to avoid melee attacks per 40 dexterity. Up to 60% avoid.
Can equip Amazon class helms and bows

Ranger Skills

Lvl Name Effect

1BARRAGE Effect: shoots arrows at all nearby enemies
24DARK POWER Effect: buff nearby allies with crushing blow and attack speed
24BROADSIDE Effect: fires a massive stream of arrows at nearby enemies
90TRINITY ARROW Effect: lobs a multi-elemental arrow

Priestess Skills

Lvl Name Effect

1BARRAGE Effect: shoots arrows at all nearby enemies
24VINDICATE Curse effect: heals party and increases damage when victim dies
24ARROWSIDE Effect: mercenary shoots a flurry of arrows at a target
90HOMING NOVA SHOT Effect: shoots a nova which then homes onto enemies

THE TOWN GUARD

Many trade routes converge at Lut Gholein, the jewel of the East. When the demons blocked access over land and the kraken nested in the port, travelling paladins, mystics and warriors were forced to take up arms to defend the city.

Bonuses

Starts with 20 energy, +4 energy per level
Suppression: crushing blow 25%, +1% per 5 levels
Grit: damage reduced by 25%, +1% per 5 levels
Fighter Mage: gains 1% fire and cold spell damage per level
Can equip Paladin spears and helms

Exemplar Skills

Lvl Name Effect

1RETALIATE Effect: retaliates when struck with a damaging shockwave
1DRAGON HEART Effect: buff which increases the mercenary's melee combat effectiveness
6LIFEBLOOD Effect: heals
90COLOSSEUM Effect: collide into an enemy and weakens nearby enemies

Shapeshifter Skills

Lvl Name Effect

1WEREBEAR Effect: turn into a bear, increasing life and armour
1CLAW TORNADO Effect: melee attack that sends out spinning whirlwinds
6BLOODLUST Effect: increases all damage of the party
12POUNCE Effect: teleport onto an enemy, causing a powerful shockwave
90THORN FIELD Effect: melee attack that summons a ripple of spiked thorns

Fighter Mage Skills

Lvl Name Effect

1BLOOD THORNS Effect: melee attack that unleashes burning nails
6GLACIAL NOVA Effect: cast a gigantic nova that completely freezes enemies
12LEMURES Effect: spell which sends wraiths out from a point of impact
90CHRONOFIELD Effect: field that slows the movement speed of enemies

THE IRON WOLVES

Kehjistan is the wellspring of magic. This is where the first magically attuned hunter-gatherers settled at ley nodes and founded the primeval mage clans. Their distant sons of seventh sons will not give up the ley nodes to the forces of Hell without giving them hell first!

Bonuses

Starts with 200 energy, +20 energy per level
Unearthly Power: +250 Spell Focus to spell damage, +5 per level
Warp Armor: total defense +250%, +10% per level
Can equip Sorceress body armors and crystal swords

Bloodmage Skills

Lvl Name Effect

1FLAMEFRONT Effect: sends multiple fireballs in a direction
12GIFT OF INNER FIRE Effect: instantly regenerates the party's lost life
24PYROBLAST Effect: giant fireball that explodes in a pool of flame
90FIREDANCE Effect: buff which increases spell damage of party members within a radius

Necrolyte Skills

Lvl Name Effect

1FRIGID SPHERE Effect: casts a sphere which deals damage in an area around point of impact
12MIASMA Effect: field of living goo that poisons and weakens enemies
24HAILSTORM Effect: rains deadly cold on target enemy
90FORCE BLAST Effect: debuff that weakens all nearby enemies within a radius

Abjurer Skills

Lvl Name Effect

1FORKED LIGHTNING Effect: cast multiple forked lightning bolts
12THUNDERSTONE Effect: throws a stone which explodes into multiple bolts upon impact
24TEMPEST Effect: casts lightning in multiple directions
90SUPERBEAST Effect: morph into a demon, gain spell damage and speed

THE BARBARIANS

Considered uncivilised man-beasts by some, sons of the nephalem by others, the only reason why few outsiders from the south have reported their considerable shamanic prowess is because they were usually at the receiving end of it.

Bonuses

Starts with 10 energy, +2 energy per level
Mountain King: 20% bonus to strength and dexterity, +1% per 2 levels
Can equip Barbarian helmets

Skills

Lvl Name Effect

1SCREAMING EAGLE Effect: weakens enemies and strengthens elemental damage of the party
12THUNDER SLAM Effect: damages and stuns enemies in a radius
18WRAITHSWORD Effect: melee strike that explodes into ghostly blades
60ANCIENTS' HAND Effect: melee attack that unleashes a shockwave through the ground

KNOWN BUGS

My mercenary stands there and doesn't do anything!
This is a bug with mercenary AI in Diablo II. If you walk, the mercenary will also walk, and this occasionally causes it to freeze up. To cure this, jump into a town portal.