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Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Official Strategy Guide [Paperback]

Bart G. Farkas
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June 26 2001
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BradyGames Diablo II- Lord of Destruction Official Strategy Guide will include complete coverage of ALL character classes.
Includes a detailed walkthrough for the fifth and final Diablo II act!
Features explicit instructions for completing every new quest and defeating all of the brutal new enemies. BradyGames Diablo II- Lord of Destruction Official Strategy Guide will include complete coverage of ALL character classes - including the two new characters - their skills, strengths and weaknesses. Also featured are- a complete bestiary, items list, weapons, armor and spells listing for all playable characters, as well as updated game stats on all character classes--from the original game as well as the new ones!

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BradyGames Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Official Strategy Guide includes complete coverage of ALL character classes-including the two new characters-their skills, strengths and weaknesses. A detailed walkthrough for the fifth and final Diablo II act is provided including explicit instructions for completing every new quest and defeating all of the brutal new enemies! A complete bestiary, items list, weapons, armor and spells listing for all playable characters. Plus, updated game stats on all character classes from the original game as well as the new ones!


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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a good book you will use often. May 23 2004
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In the back of the book, you have a guide for all skills and what their characteristics are up to lvl 20, thats worth the price right there.
This means you can guestimate damage and strategize your skill investment and get an idea of what you max out or put 1 point into as well as where skills start to level off. i.e. you can compare the differences in the Sorc's cold shields. The second one has more defense bonus than the first and third. And we all know the "retaliate" thing is useless.
And how many times have you asked the question, which merc does holy freeze? or thorns? The book lists the mercs of act 2 norm, nightmare and hell. How about this question, how much strength does a shako need? Its in the book.
Granted it is not a 1.10 guide, but, if you play a lot like my friends and I, it is great to imagine a new character setup without looking at a website and getting their warped perception of what is an uber character. PLUS, you can look at the book during gameplay, I hate minimizing the screen to look at a website, doing that slows down gameplay.
Anyway, yes, it is old, but it is very good for understanding how some of the spells work and what benefit's they have to others. Pally auras, what are they? Does the radius grow when points are added? Granted 1.10 messed with this too :(
Newbies don't need the book, only old school, but if you've been around awhile, you know some skills go up and up and up and others level off, (like mana shield), it's nice to have the book around for experimenting. It lowers the anxiety of deciding skill point allocation (the most stressful part in the game).
I liked the book, and use it a lot, even though 1.10 kinda made things outdated. Still useful. I bought a second copy, and my brother uses it constantly.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated Jan. 15 2003
To begin with, I believe that static, hardcopy guides to Diablo 2 are all useless, because the game is constantly being patched and changed. Monsters are given new abilities, the characteristics of certain levels are changed, and items are introduced, changed, or deleted altogether.
Therefore, the primary failing of this guide is that it is hopelessly out of date. The character building strategies are also hopelessly newbie-material - they provide the player with a 'balanced playing experience' but will give you a character that is much, much weaker than the best configurations.
This site has all of the up-to-date information, written by veteran players, that you could ever want to know, along with a forum populated by highly experienced and skilled players to help you. There is no reason to buy a guide when you can get much, much better for free.
Grading it on the basis of a hard-copy guide (that you can have open in front of you while playing, the sole advantage it has over diabloii.net), I suppose it isn't bad, which is why it got 2 stars instead of 1. While some of the information (such as items) is out of date, most of its tables are accurate and useful references. The strategies for using certain skills are also good to know - but keep in mind that these may not be the best, most efficient strategies.
I would only consider buying this book if you are absolutely, 100% new to the game.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated Jan. 15 2003
To begin with, I believe that static, hardcopy guides to Diablo 2 are all useless, because the game is constantly being patched and changed. Monsters are given new abilities, the characteristics of certain levels are changed, and items are introduced, changed, or deleted altogether.
Therefore, the primary failing of this guide is that it is hopelessly out of date. The character building strategies are also hopelessly newbie-material - they provide the player with a 'balanced playing experience' but will give you a character that is much, much weaker than the best configurations.
This site has all of the up-to-date information, written by veteran players, that you could ever want to know, along with a forum populated by highly experienced and skilled players to help you. There is no reason to buy a guide when you can get much, much better for free.
Grading it on the basis of a hard-copy guide (that you can have open in front of you while playing, the sole advantage it has over diabloii.net), I suppose it isn't bad, which is why it got 2 stars instead of 1. While some of the information (such as items) is out of date, most of its tables are accurate and useful references. The strategies for using certain skills are also good to know - but keep in mind that these may not be the best, most efficient strategies.
I would only consider buying this book if you are absolutely, 100% new to the game.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hopelessly Out of Date... May 25 2002
...Warning! This guide will be of use to those who only want a very general overview of the new Druid and Assassin character classes.... HOWEVER, the rest of the book is hopelesss outdated, seeing as it was written for the 1.07 version of D2 and the game is currently in its 1.09d patch...with promises of another ( 1.10 version ) patch sometime in June/July of 2002. This guide went in the trash when Blizzard released their 1.08 patch a mere three weeks into LoD's public release. Since then everything has changed vastly. Character skills have been altered so the tables are totally wrong. Sets and Uniques....well just about all of them have been changed, some beyond recognition. For example the unique round shield orginally a + skills necro item is now a sorcess skills item with total different mod's. As for the unique Archon staff ( an elite weapon), well it no longer exsists; instead it's name has been assigned to the unique Giant Thresher, which has totally different mod's and is used by a totally diffent kind of character! Most of the Runewords and Crafted items spells ( advertized as new for LoD ) have either been blocked or changed... about 90% of them weren't even in the guide to begin with! Just about everything is changed so completely that this guide would have to be TOTALLY rewritten ( perferably by someone who has actually played the game, not just read the fact sheets Blizzard passed down to them ). Even nearly a year later I see this guide in various stores and have to warn off people who want to get it... Don't get me wrong, LoD is a great game to try ( I play about 20-25 hrs per week on Realms ), but this guide is very outdated. Hopefully, someone will wake up at Brady and rewrite this book so it reflects the true picture of what D2LoD is now like on the Realms. Well, off to kill Diablo and his brothers... *evil chuckle* ...bye...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another dissapointment
This book (supposedly) provides info on the new features of the expansion set. The only really useful parts of it are the tables in the last part, and this does not work to those... Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2001 by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE GUIDE
An awesome guide! If you dont have the D2 one, get this one for your expansion pack!
Published on Aug. 20 2001 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't knock it - it's not that bad after all.
I would have to agree with the other reviewers when it comes to getting statistics and table-style information from this book. It's probably more useful to go to DiabloII. Read more
Published on July 26 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Very few useful pages.
Most of this book is just a rehash of the Diablo II guide... did I really need 80 pages on the Diablo 2 classes, which everyone is already familiar with? Read more
Published on July 13 2001 by "mbison"
2.0 out of 5 stars I have to agree with the others. Don't bother.
Most of the things told in the guide is easily found on other free sites. Also, you don't need this to easily figure out where to go and what to do in the game next. Read more
Published on July 9 2001 by Huntress Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars MOOSE
This guide is like any guide to a game, it has information about the 2 new classes and about the classes pros and cons and a lot more of course. Read more
Published on July 2 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...Not vital, but not bad.
Call me a completist. I've tried to collect everything I can get my hands on related to the Diablo series of games, so I HAD to get this book. Read more
Published on July 2 2001 by Bookdragon
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Diablo II LoD then BUY THIS!
I completely disagree with the review above. Sure you can get it all on internet sites, but this book has everything all together in one neat little book. Read more
Published on June 29 2001 by George Manso
1.0 out of 5 stars Erroneous and vastly incomplete
"The Strafe skill now begins with a -40% modifier to damage as opposed to +10%." Or so says the strategy guide. Read more
Published on June 27 2001 by Dog Welder
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