Zero to Hero - Bobo, the untwinked barbarian, reaches level 99

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Bobo spawned for the first time sometime around November of 2019. Having only the most basic and mundane battling equipment and no memory of how he got there, Bobo started his journey from the Rogue Encampment to his city of origin, Harrogath. Through many adverse situations he persevered finally reaching his destination, where he learnt what his destiny was: to reach the highest status any mortal can wish for, that of a Hero; which he did today, on the 13th of December.

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Through sheer willpower and perseverance he made his way to fame and is now waiting for Harrogath's officials to decide if he decerves a place as the 4th Ancient guarding the Arreat Summit. We'll see if that ever happens as we all know how tedious bureaucracy can be ;)

On a serious note, I really don't remember in detail how the journey developed but, long story short: I kind of used speedrun strats untill Hell LK (lvl 80-ish) and there I farmed almost every rune I needed and then from there I respec'd to WW and started running Mephisto for the rest of the gear I'd need to kill Baal and his minions over and over again. By the time I reached Baal I was already lvl 90 from all the Mephisto/Council/Andariel/Others kills and the only thing left to do was to start the real grind. By the time I reached lvl98 I had hoped I'd drop a Ber rune to roll a Beast, respec to Conc and start Nihlarunning, but that didn't happen so I went back to LK to farm some more. The Nihla thing doesn't need much of a description, but I had never done it before, so I had at least that going for me haha.
Extra info I have been remembering: In the 8 levels I spent visiting Baal I died 5 or 6 times, once per level for the first 5 or 6 levels and during the Nihla grind I died only once, about two ticks into the level and I didn't recover my body. Thankfully that never happened again. Also between those two visits to LK I had to do during this project I spent over a month just opening chests, which led me to find the gear you'll see below.

Last runs:

Name: Bobo
Class: Barbarian
Experience: 3520485254
Level: 99

Naked/Gear
Strength: 55/133
Dexterity: 117/146
Vitality: 408/447
Energy: 10/10
HP: 1843/2252
Mana: 108/201
Stamina: 573/696
Defense: 29/1395
AR: 570/1813

Fire: 72/32/-28
Cold: 96/56/-4
Lightning: 72/32/-28
Poison: 72/32/-28

MF: 139 Block: 16
GF: 145
FR/W: 75
FHR: 10
IAS: 0
FCR: 110

Bash: 20/26
Leap: 1/7
Double Swing: 0/0
Stun: 1/7
Double Throw: 0/0
Leap Attack: 0/0
Concentrate: 20/26
Frenzy: 0/0
Whirlwind: 0/0
Berserk: 1/7

Sword Mastery: 20/26
Axe Mastery: 0/0
Mace Mastery: 0/0
Pole Arm Mastery: 0/0
Throwing Mastery: 0/0
Spear Mastery: 0/0
Increased Stamina: 1/7
Iron Skin: 1/7
Increased Speed: 1/7
Natural Resistance: 1/7

Howl: 20/28
Find Potion: 0/0
Taunt: 0/0
Shout: 1/9
Find Item: 0/0
Battle Cry: 0/0
Battle Orders: 20/28
Grim Ward: 0/0
War Cry: 0/0
Battle Command: 1/9

Resonant Amulet of Life Everlasting
Amulet
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0x2c70d42
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
Damage Reduced by 25

Order Hold
Ring
Required Level: 65
Fingerprint: 0x82c2abdd
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+63 to Attack Rating
5% Mana stolen per hit
8% Life stolen per hit
Replenish Life +4
+9 to Mana
Cold Resist +24%

Raven Frost
Ring
Required Level: 45
Fingerprint: 0x13b1112b
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+238 to Attack Rating
Adds 15 - 45 Cold Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
+19 to Dexterity
+40 to Mana
Cold Absorb 20%
Cannot Be Frozen

Verdungo's Hearty Cord
Mithril Coil
Defense: 126
Durability: 16 of 16
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 106
Fingerprint: 0x4531237d
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Hit Recovery
+91% Enhanced Defense
+39 to Vitality
Replenish Life +13
+103 Maximum Stamina
Damage Reduced by 14%

Magefist
Light Gauntlets
Defense: 25
Durability: 18 of 18
Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 45
Fingerprint: 0xfc18ce2b
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
+27% Enhanced Defense
+10 Defense
Regenerate Mana 25%

Sharp Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 53
Fingerprint: 0xdca22469
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+9 to Maximum Damage
+64 to Attack Rating
+31 to Life

Gore Rider
War Boots
Defense: 158
Durability: 34 of 34
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 94
Fingerprint: 0x73100d6f
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30% Faster Run/Walk
15% Chance of Crushing Blow
15% Deadly Strike
10% Chance of Open Wounds
+193% Enhanced Defense
+20 Maximum Stamina
Requirements -25%
+10 Maximum Durability

Wyrm's Circlet of Life Everlasting
Circlet
Defense: 24
Durability: 35 of 35
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0xba80d821
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+44 to Mana
Damage Reduced by 24

Enigma
Mage Plate
JahIthBer
Defense: 1026
Durability: 60 of 60
Required Level: 65
Required Strength: 55
Fingerprint: 0x794aba2b
Item Level: 1
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+45% Faster Run/Walk
+1 to Teleport
+772 Defense
+74 to Strength (Based on Character Level)
Increase Maximum Life 5%
Damage Reduced by 8%
+14 Life after each Kill
15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based on Character Level)

Steel Large Charm of Vita
Large Charm
Required Level: 50
Fingerprint: 0x8300ca50
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+76 to Attack Rating
+27 to Life

Steel Large Charm of Vita
Large Charm
Required Level: 66
Fingerprint: 0x521343bb
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+55 to Attack Rating
+33 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 53
Fingerprint: 0xb986de4a
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10 to Maximum Damage
+53 to Attack Rating
+35 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0xbe7becf4
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+9 to Maximum Damage
+61 to Attack Rating
+26 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0xa7f55a33
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+7 to Maximum Damage
+60 to Attack Rating
+30 to Life

Fine Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 53
Fingerprint: 0x1e8a6eed
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+5 to Maximum Damage
+48 to Attack Rating
+31 to Life

Steel Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 41
Fingerprint: 0x35498e18
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+123 to Attack Rating
+28 to Life

Iron Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0xb4258fb8
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+74 to Attack Rating
+40 to Life

Gheed's Fortune
Grand Charm
Required Level: 62
Fingerprint: 0xd6464790
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
145% Extra Gold from Monsters
Reduces all Vendor Prices 10%
40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Fine Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0xac9b7767
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Maximum Damage
+19 to Attack Rating
+15 to Life

Fine Small Charm of Strength
Small Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0xe20d850a
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to Maximum Damage
+20 to Attack Rating
+2 to Strength

Fine Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x8fb04630
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to Maximum Damage
+18 to Attack Rating
+16 to Life

Fine Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0xf26d4157
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Maximum Damage
+12 to Attack Rating
+14 to Life

Fine Small Charm of Life
Small Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0xc32f4fae
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Maximum Damage
+18 to Attack Rating
+8 to Life

Steel Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0x55e3702b
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+35 to Attack Rating
+15 to Life

Steel Small Charm of Strength
Small Charm
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0xbbfcf0e0
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+36 to Attack Rating
+2 to Strength

Steel Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0x5c28928d
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+25 to Attack Rating
+20 to Life

Grief
Phase Blade
EthTirLoMalRal
One Hand Damage: 31 - 35
Indestructible
Required Level: 59
Required Strength: 25
Required Dexterity: 136
Fingerprint: 0xf52253ed
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
35% Chance to cast level 15 Venom on striking
+32% Increased Attack Speed
Damage +389
Ignore Target's Defense
-25% Target Defense
+185% Damage to Demons (Based on Character Level)
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
-21% to Enemy Poison Resistance
20% Deadly Strike
Prevent Monster Heal
+2 to Mana after each Kill
+12 Life after each Kill

Beast
War Scepter
BerTirUmMalLum
One Hand Damage: 35 - 59
Durability: 70 of 70
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 55
Fingerprint: 0xa15ff5e0
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Level 9 Fanaticism Aura When Equipped
+40% Increased Attack Speed
250% Enhanced Damage
+150% Damage to Undead
20% Chance of Crushing Blow
25% Chance of Open Wounds
Prevent Monster Heal
+3 to Werebear
+3 to Lycanthropy
+28 to Strength
+10 to Energy
+2 to Mana after each Kill
Level 13 Summon Grizzly (5/5 Charges)

Suicide Branch
Burnt Wand
One Hand Damage: 8 - 18
Durability: 15 of 15
Required Level: 33
Required Strength: 25
Fingerprint: 0x740940f0
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+50% Faster Cast Rate
+40 to Life
Increase Maximum Mana 10%
All Resistances +10
Attacker Takes Damage of 25

Heart of the Oak
Flail
KoVexPulThul
One Hand Damage: 1 - 24
Durability: 30 of 30
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 41
Required Dexterity: 35
Fingerprint: 0xf37b4f31
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to All Skills
+40% Faster Cast Rate
+75% Damage to Demons
+100 to Attack Rating against Demons
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
7% Mana stolen per hit
+10 to Dexterity
Replenish Life +20
Increase Maximum Mana 15%
All Resistances +32
Level 4 Oak Sage (25/25 Charges)
Level 14 Raven (60/60 Charges)

Mercenary:

Name: Azrael
Race: Desert Mercenary
Type: Off-Nightmare
Experience: 114098622
Level: 98
Dead?: false

Naked/Gear
Strength: 209/209
Dexterity: 169/169
HP: 2287/2287
Defense: 1671/3657
AR: 2066/2066

Fire: 162/122/62
Cold: 162/122/62
Lightning: 162/122/62
Poison: 162/122/62

Delirium
Spired Helm
LemIstIo
Defense: 553
Durability: 21 of 21
Required Level: 59
Required Strength: 182
Fingerprint: 0x37f32e6f
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
1% Chance to cast level 50 Delirium when struck
6% Chance to cast level 14 Mind Blast when struck
14% Chance to cast level 13 Terror when struck
11% Chance to cast level 18 Confuse on striking
+2 to All Skills
+261 Defense
+10 to Vitality
50% Extra Gold from Monsters
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Level 17 Attract (60/60 Charges)
Ethereal

The Gladiator's Bane
Wire Fleece
Defense: 1433
Durability: 135 of 135
Required Level: 85
Required Strength: 111
Fingerprint: 0xf0ae6697
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30% Faster Hit Recovery
+187% Enhanced Defense
+50 Defense
Damage Reduced by 20
Magic Damage Reduced by 20
Cannot Be Frozen
Poison Length Reduced by 50%
Attacker Takes Damage of 20
+103 Maximum Durability

The Reaper's Toll
Thresher
Two Hand Damage: 67 - 787
Durability: 33 of 33
Required Level: 75
Required Strength: 107
Required Dexterity: 81
Fingerprint: 0x934ca9d
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
33% Chance to cast level 1 Decrepify on striking
+15% Increased Attack Speed
273% Enhanced Damage
Ignore Target's Defense
Adds 4 - 44 Cold Damage Over 0 Secs (4 Frames)
14% Life stolen per hit
33% Deadly Strike
Requirements -25%
Ethereal
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Ruby Jewel of Fervor

Ruby Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0xbdd34ca3
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
40% Enhanced Damage

I'm not going to post a million images, but I'll discribe some of the most eventful drops this character left me:
- x2 /p1 Cham runes (Cows and Throne... emphasis on /p1 haha)
- x4 Ist, x12 Gul (I think there were like 3 extra Guls here which I didn't screen), x4 Vex, x2 Ohm, x3 Lo, x5 Sur, Ber, 15/40 and 15/37 Ruby Jewels of Fervor (LK)
- Some TC3s, Gul, x3 Ohm, Sur, x2 Jah (Travincal)
- Lots of TC3s, Schaefer's, Azurewrath, 3/20 Light dmg Eschuta's, Eth Darkforce Spawn and some other non important TC87 (Baal and waves)
- Some TC3s, Stormlash, Ghostflame, Wisp, Metalgrid, 3/20 Fire dmg Eschuta's, Eth Steel Carapache, Nat's Claw, Gul, Vex, Ohm, Jah (Nihlathak)
- Other: Lots and lots of crafting materials, 182 ilvl 90+ GCs to reroll.


What happens next? I'll craft some stuff with everything I've found, gamble some things with all the gold I collected and then I'll start rolling for AT maps to turn him into a non-Pits MF barbarian. I don't know how that will go, but that's what I've wanted to turn Bobo into since I started this challenge :)

Acknowledgments: I want to convey my gratitude to everyone who followed this little project, specialy @Luhkoh , @Bewitch , @ResTTe and Glenn who inspired me to join the SPF and also some people outside the forums who also gave me lots of support like hellojoe, unsullied13 and Jymnasium. Love you all! ❤️

I don't want to make this any longer. If I think of anything else I'll edit this opening post.

Thank you very much for reading!!!

Kinkara.

EDIT: added some info to the journey description.
 
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PhineasB

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I will repeat the congrats here . . . Congrats! That time in LK paid off: quite a charm collection on Bobo! I was wondering how his vita is so high, but then got to the readouts and was, like, oh. Quite the feat, and I'll just say it, definitely time to start the necro ;)
 
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Kinkara

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@PhineasB Thank you! And I forgot to add it, but I spent a month in LK until I dropped that last Sur for Enigma, so that netted me a considerable ammount of nice charms haha

@saracen85 Thank you! The drops look impressive now that they're compiled alltogether, but they sure don't feel that amazing considering all the hours I put in haha although they might be above average, I really don't know :)
 
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d2lover

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On what did you spend your socket quests and how did you farm a 5s Phaseblade?
 

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@d2lover The grief bases I farmed them in the Cow lvl on /p1 with two oaths (one in an axe and one in a sword lol)
The quests were used for Ruby Jewel of Fervor in a Reaper's and a Cham in a Guilliame's for the merc. The GFace wasn't really used since I decided that Kira's was much better for Baal runs. I still have one socket quest left to use.
 

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@Ohomemgrande Thank you very much! I knew it was gonna be long from the start, but I never expected it to be that long. I took a lot of breaks as well, specially during the last lvl.

@d2lover For some reason I don't think running CS with WW Barb is a goos idea. I feel I'd encounter difficult situations more often than what I did with Baal and that alone would have made the leveling process much harder since it was really difficult to stack resistaces on this guy. And also it was my first time doing something like this so I just wanted to go for the most secure strat. But if it ended up being viable to do seal runs or something, it'd have been really nice to have the Ancients quest ready for those last 40mil exp :D

@Albatross Thank you :) Lookign back at the video I don't think they would have been able to kill me, but since I don't record any gameplay ever, I wasn't about to start by recording a death in the supposed last run... better safe than sorry, as they say. Also the 8% leech I had on the ring saved many many runs for me taking me back to full life in 2 or 3 hits so I usually felt comfortable dealing with vipers most of the time.

Here is the Reaper's drop... Reaper's and a little bonus double drop haha (one if the best drops I've had, if I'm being honest):
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The long awaited day has come! You are now a man Kinkara ^^
Huge congrants on finishing this project and on the drops you got! That reaper's is sweet and that 40/15 was well-spent imo. I like that 2 shrine setup you got at nihla and how you were executing it.
Also that 5,2k life after putting the last points into vita, so satisfying XD
 

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@Pb_pal Thanks :D I don't know when the next one will be!!! I need to seriously think how much I want to do this again XD

@ResTTe Yeeesss!!! And it was an extra long wait for those like yourself who were there from the start haha! There was a third shrine a little bit out of the way so I had to teleport a bit to the left and then straight to the entrance of HoV if I wanted to check it. I was checking all three shrines but I stopped for the last 2-3% of the level because I didn't care any more haha, but that also meant I was still not really used to the simpler route. You can see it in the second run of the video where my mouse just goes all over the place and I got lost for a second.
 
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maxicek

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Congratulations. Just over a year for the journey is very impressive.
 
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Still waiting for that nice signature :p. Also I remember you mentioning AT barb simulator, and I said talk to me when you get 99... Ummm... need a new excuse... 😅.
 

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@Luhkoh I was just thinking about that. I respec'd following some posts from @ffs in the Finding the Balance Tournament and made some gear choices. I'm just learning to play the char and the skill rotation is a little annoying, but it's so much fun I think I can master him. It'd be very interesting to find the best way to distribute the skills for this build. I definitelly want to discuss this with you.

On another subject, I haven't spent any time on the signature yet haha
 
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