The Secret to Spiritual Salvation – Druid Skill Guide [ Oak Sage / Wolverine / Barbs ]
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I used to use Oak Sage all the time. But with time I aged and got more wisdom. I am happy to use the Heart of the wolverine with my (finally) full summoner druid.
I am in nightmare and, got bear and first wolves maxed and am now maxing the second wolves. Next is HoW and then crows. I am also using the might merc. I am semi casual and just have "basic gear" (spirit…) with +skills and resists but I am wondering what über runewords I could get to stack more auras.
i use full summoner druid build in HC and cant stress how important oak sage is for me lol.
The spirits are totally worth it. Just resummon them if they die, nbd. I tend toward Oak Sage on elemental and shifter druids, and Heart of the Wolverine on summoners. HOWEVER, spirit of barbs needs a big boost. Maybe a synergy or two?
Enigma would be BiS of course, but would def recommend a Naj staff to reposition the spirit and merc if needed, also other summons….
Hmmm… full Naj with a fire/summoner druid?? intersting… if only Naj didn't have that high lvl req, it would be great early on.
I don't think the spirit form is a disadvantage rather the opposite, it's always active doesn't take the right button slot, so what if you need to resummon it sometimes? Still much better than Paladin and his auras.
I've never liked how they're auras that can be (easily) killed. I wish the AI was better, I mean some self-preservation would be great. Either that, or just make them really hard to hit. The Nightmare pet in Titan Quest is similar, as it's a pet that mostly floats around handing out buffs to your pets and debuffs to your enemies….But within the TQ system, it's really hard to hit. It has a built in dodge (melee) and avoid projectiles (ranged) percentage that goes up with every point spent in the base skill. It's still a squishy pet, but that really helps to keep it alive at least longer than the cooldown for summoning another one.
Personally I would love for them to be physical immune. They are "Spirits" so it never sat well with me that a cow could cleave the little guy in half with his big axe, and it would really help with their survival.
Giving spirits full on physical immunity or a very, very high evasion % would go a long way to keeping them alive.
Personally I feel Spirit of Barbs needs to be removed from the game. Replace it with Spirit of Storms: +% Elemental Damage. Boom. Now Druids have a perfect triad. Do you want more life, more physical damage, or more elemental damage?
My favorite spirt is bourbon
Oak for the win! I tried wolverine hell single player full summons build with only plus 8 to summon skills, but my pets died way to easy. I prob need more summon skill charms to make wolverine viable.
With the changes to the summoning tree in 2.4 the survivability of the spirits is actually A LOT better due to the extra amount of meat shields in the form of wolves and bear.