In short this is Diablo II vastly enhanced with many new surprises, challenges and features! Diablo as it was meant to be! This mod is focused towards group multiplayer in a manner of which a group of friends or players can start fresh new characters and fight through the forces of hell side by side, although there is a solo edition available.
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HELL UNLEASHED 1.21
In short this is Diablo II vastly enhanced with many new surprises, challenges and features! Diablo as it was meant to be!
This mod is focused towards group multiplayer in a manner of which a group of friends or players can start fresh new characters and fight through the forces of hell side by side, although there is a solo edition available.
Difficulty has been increased greatly for normal, nightmare and hell, which will appeal toward new players as well as veteran players.
Character level range across all 3 difficulties is intended to be, normal 1-60, nightmare 60-80, hell 80-100 ... Experience gain, monster levels, dungeon levels and item levels have been adjusted accordingly.
Improved enemy AI
Many of the dungeons have "vastly" increased in size and altered to better compensate for multi-player adventures and also focused more towards going through a dungeon once rather then the same dungeon numerous times for additional experience and items. "Although your still welcome too"
Many existing skills and items have been re-balanced, some more effective, some less effective. In my opinion, much needed changes. These balancing changes have been based on constant community feedback over the numerous previous versions of Hell Unleashed to ensure the most balanced HU to date!
A few brand new class skills and many new monster and boss skills.
New optional side quests and rewards. Many additional and altered music tracks including a slew of new dungeon musics as well as boss musics, each Act final boss has it's own unique boss music. The loudness of music has also been increased. The new music ranges from more intense fast paced tunes as well as the dark, traditional music, which greatly adds to the feel of Hell Unleashed.
Many new additional bosses and superunique monsters have been added, each new boss with their own unique vocal taunts; all bearing strategic elements having and different AI styles with numerous and new spells/skills, auras, abilities and counter attacks.
The existing bosses have all been greatly improved with additional spells, abilities and counters of their own and all stronger, faster and more terrifying then ever, each with their own strengths, weaknesses and strategies. Each of the 47 bosses will provide you with an intense and challenging showdown, where death or retreat is harshly punished.
Numerous additional monster graphics/animations from Baldur's Gate II, Icewind Dale II and Planescape Torment curtosy of Infinitum. The majority of these graphics are used for most of the additional new bosses like the, Hellforge Dragon, Beholder, and the Chimera to name a small few.
If the bosses are not harmed in anyway or left idle for roughly 20 seconds they will recover and return to full HP, this is to prevent retreating, restocking, dying and resuming where the fight left off...
New area's have been added such as the Haunted Morgue in Act I, The Collapsed Escape Tunnel under the Harem in Act II, The Arcane Observatory (2nd part to the Sanctuary) and Izual's Isolated Purgatory (A hellish cave beneath the plains of despair) and a new and terrible Hell Only difficulty dungeon.
Some area's use expanded tilesets new graphics. The tower entrance of the Countess's keep for example uses a brand new tileset and the Arcane Observatory uses an expanded tileset!
Elite monsters have been added and randomly spawn in certain areas, they're similar to Champions but more powerful and most of them use new graphics, such as the Berserks, Wyrms, and Mariliths.
Adjusted character hp/mana growth and altered how stats effect these and other attributes. Characters also start with low base stats, but are given 60 stat points to allocate where they want at level 1, as well as a starting skill point.
Strength and Dexterity play a much larger role in damage bonus on weapons.
Stat requirements for weapons have been altered to reflect the stat(s) they depend on for their damage bonus.
Strength: Swords, Axes, Polearms, Maces, Hammers, Scepters, Staves
Dexterity: Bows, Xbows
Half str, half dex: Javelins, Throwing, Wands, Daggers, Claws, Spears
Repair costs have been reduced and repair runes have been added.
Shops and Gambling have been greatly improved offering better equipment in the later acts and offering nightmare and hell equipment in nightmare and hell difficulties, gems and runes are also sold in the shops, but very costly prices.
Item drops for rare, unique and set items has been increased slightly and the treasure drop system has been revamped.
Bosses and superuniques now drop better items, most superunique monsters will drop yellow items, bosses will drop unique's and set items quite commonly for better boss rewards and to compensate for more players.
Inventory size, stash size and cube have been increased by 50%
Players start with Cube.
Quest requirements have been added to certain portals. "For example to enter Andariel's Chamber, the Countess quest must be completed" If you cannot enter a red portal, changes are you have failed to meet the quest requirement.
Durability of all weapons and armor has been doubled.
Throwing Weapons and Javelins spawn in stacks of 300 and can now have sockets.
All unique items and set items have had changes made to them
Magic and rare items have had their customization and properties improved.
Crafted items have all been revised and improved upon as well as new crafting sets for Topaz(Elemental), Skulls(Death) and Diamonds(Holy) and also higher level crafting recipes for exceptional and elite weapons and armor.
Many new unique items and new rare and magic properties
All official runewords enabled including the 1.11 runewords as well as numerous new and altered runewords!
Life or mana cannot be drained from any undead.
Many n ew cube recipes including the ability to add sockets to weapons and armor via new items simply called sockets, which spawn about the same frequency as gems do.
1 single socket + one magic item or non magic item = add's one socket to that item
You get the deal. Here are additional cube recipes below.
3 Single Sockets = Dual Socket
3 perfect gems will now make a starstone gem (Next level above perfect)
3 moonstones will now make the highest level of gem
Upgrading runes has also changed beyond a certain level of rune.
Mithril and Adamant's Glyph's have been added and can be used with weapons and armor.
Mithril Glyph + One magic item = new magic item of the same type with enchantments based on the items level, the higher level the better enchantments can spawn, destroys sockets and gems if there are any.
Mithirl and Adamant hammers have been added in and are used in upgrading and crafting recipes
Color dye's have also been added, which will permanently dye any weapon, shield, helmet or armor and these dye's will make quite an intense color shift to whatever you dye... You can create dyes with a gem of any color of the dye you want and a potion of any color of the dye you want placed in your cube together. You cannot re-dye in all cases, sometimes it lets you, sometimes it doesn't, so it's best to pick a color your planning on sticking with.
1 chipped ruby + 1 heal potion = red dye
New and u pgraded Mercenaries. Merc's will no longer gain resistances based on level. But can now equip belts, gloves, boots, rings and amulets and also have a larger range of equipment to select from... For example, rogue's can use crossbow class weapons. They also have access to new and improved skills, mostly on the higher difficulty settings. There are 4 new mercenary types!
Level requirements of all equipment is now equal to the equipments level... Though this will not really be noticed, as by the time you find or buy these items you'll already be in the proper level. This is mainly to curb hand-me-downs to prevent extremely new characters for using high-level equipment given to them. The level req though really isn't anything steep though.
Gold loss from the stash in multiplayer games has been removed.
You can carry twice as much gold, as the stash can also hold twice as much.
Bosses have special Hitpoint Bars different from normal enemies and much bigger.
Town Portal has been removed "I know what your thinking, please read the rest". This mainly due to it being easily exploitable on multiplayer games and I also wanted to give players the feel of a more ruthless wilderness/deep dungeon atmosphere, besides that waypoints are often never to far away. Most visits to town are done for repairs, stocking up and selling or dumping equipment... With the increased inventory size and extra durability, visits to town wont be required as often.
As normal, there are numerous possabilities for character templates and party combinations, the bare minimum assential is for your party to have atleast one primary tank, one means of long range support and one means of party support... How you wish to achieve that and beyond that will be whatever party your group wants to put together.
That about sums it up. There are other subtle changes and additions I haven't mentioned but you get the theme of it by now.
1.) Save resistance items for when you go up against bosses who focus more in specific elementals. Example, if you have low poison resistance against a poison oriented boss, you can expect to feel the consequences.
SOLO EDDITION SPECIFICS:
For the solo edition, certain hardcore aspects of Hell Unleashed have been tonned down to allow single player for those who have no interest, time, or opportunity for multiplayer. These changes include...
Monsters have less HP
Monsters do less damage
Monsters have decreased skill levels 0/+5/+10 rather then +1/+7/+12
Monsters have decreased AC and Attack Rating.
Town Portal scrolls spawn once again.
Full Rejuv potions will spawn once again, rarely.
Rejuv potions spawn more frequently.
Heal and Mana potions slightly stronger.
Experience gain is increased.
Resist Penalty per difficulty is -45/-90 rather then -60/-120
Freeze and Curse penalty versus monsters is restored to default.
Life/Mana leech from the prime evils is possible in Hell difficulty again.
Immunities are less frequent and easier to break.
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