Try to get as many slotted items as possible, and slot for Vitality using, at bare minium, Flawless Square Amethyst for +34 Vitality bonuses.
Life on Kill, Life on Hit, or Life Regeneration.
Another attribute you need in nearly any slot is the following. Ideally do this while still in Hell mode, When you reach level 60 any item you are wearing before jumping into Inferno mode. You must also focus on getting Rare items in nearly any slot, as these items are substantially better than Blues. Now look.
Using this tactic I’m able to effectively solo in Inferno even when my gear is pretty noobish. Normally, so that’s crucial for the build my Fury no longer degenerates since, as you look for to build up Fury before engaging large groups of mobs can’t do so by using a Fury generator like Cleave, Passives Animosity and Unforgiving.
While walking around you’ll generate Fury from Unforgiving and clicking Warcry when it refreshes.
This guide shan’t be a detailed ‘step by step’ leveling walkthrough.
The reason is being that while many MMOs leave the player running around attempting to define what to do next, Diablo II is well designed so the player knows exactly where to go and what to do anytime. The build I’m currently using is a modification of the Hell Mode build. Actually, using Strength of the Earth for Seismic Slam allows me to spam it to beat down large groups of mobs. Enemies are pulled into me for Rend spamming, Ground Stomp with Wrenching Smash. However, it is since I was striving to level as fast as possible, and it’s fastest to level up in multiplayer mode. Note that for later difficulty modes I didn’t attempt to solo Diablo, Actually I just played in multiplayer mode. Use Bash with Clobber to interrupt his skills, Diablo can be stunned during Normal mode.
You can make powerful gems for your sockets and smith some really good gears, you should keep in mind that you DO need the Blacksmith and Artisan when you reach level 60. Their armor / DPS tend to be very consistent, the items a Blacksmith makes have random enchantment rolls just like dropped gear. To increase my health regeneration I use Battle Rage and Warcry with the passive Inspiring Presence. As long as Warcry generates enough fury to cast it, You should always be able to keep Battle Rage up. That said, this even works on bosses during my AoE also stunned the monsters because Hell mode, Seismic Slam with Rumble. Notice, the first Follower you receive is the Templar, and he should remain your Follower until Inferno mode.
Personally I find that using this build I generate Fury more quickly than I can spend it I switch Wrath of the Berserker to rune Slaughter and trade Weapon Master out for Berserker Rage for a 25percent more damage bonus while at max Fury,.
This is the build I chose to start out with.
You may be roughly level 30 by the time you reach Nightmare mode. Generally, and you can dual wield instead of using a shield, right after you have gained quite a few more elite armor gears you can trade your itality gems for Strength ones. During Normal mode, defense was not a big deal. Nearly any slot should have an item with this attribute, What you need to focus on is Experience increasing items. Strength and Vitality are also important stats to have for the latter difficulty modes but are not crucial to focus on during Normal mode. Later during Inferno mode the Enchantress is better as she has higher DPS than the Templar and you’ll have loads of ‘selfhealing’ from gear while the Templar will never get very high DPS due to his lack of special attacks.
The basic idea of this build is to generate most of Fury with Cleave, and after that spam Rend. You must use Ground Stomp as often as possible to stun them, whenever you come across an elite mob pack or a boss. You don’t deal as much damage as a Wizard will using similar AoE skills but the advantage of this build is you don’t get hit as often as you might using other skills. Around level 41 I switched to a build of my own creation that focused on Seismic Slam as the fury spender. This skill makes it easy to deal AoE damage to a wide radius in front of you and knock enemies backward. When gold is a lot more plentiful, Do it at level 60.
Use the Preferred stats search parameter Reduced Level Requirement, when looking for weapons. This will allow you to find items that were intended for higher level characters but have had their level requirement reduced by anywhere from 1 to 10 levels! My last bit of advice is for you to dual wield through Normal mode, and after that switch to a shield for the latter difficulty modes.