>>> Median XL ---- 2012 v005
for Diablo II Lord of Destruction 1.10 and later
Mods by Brother Laz
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22.nov.2008: Median XL released!
25.feb.2012: Median XL 2012 v005 available (latest patch)
05.nov.2013: Hi, good to see this mod is still going strong -Laz
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The main attraction of Median XL is the brand new skill trees, 30 skills per class, providing a whole new experience. The mod also offers a new base item setup with 7 quality tiers, 480 uniques, 310 runewords, a new affix pool and gem/jewel stats, honorific items and many new and powerful crafting recipes.

All this would be for nothing without the monster AI modifications and new abilities, elite and heroic monsters with even more powerful skills, and for advanced players there are 30 new uberquests based on Diablo lore and the challenges, which reward you for killing bosses at a low level or two of them at once.

A bullet list of all changes would take up most allowed space in this description, so please consult the official site.

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List of features

Skills

The 210 new skills (25+5 per class) give rise to very different build strategies. Ever wanted to build a throw barb, poison sorceress or bloodwitch amazon?

Amazon - archer, spearmaiden, huntress or bloodwitch, choose your devotion!
Assassin - adept at physical and elemental melee and can throw knives and place time bombs.
Barbarian - powerful warrior, but can also throw axes and summon ancient spirits.
Druid - elementalist, bow hunter, and shapeshifter in a giant tree or angry giant quill rat.
Necromancer - minions, corpse totems, melee and crossbow attacks. Join the army!
Paladin - choose between the holy path of Auriel or the shadow dogmas of Imperius.
Sorceress - pagan elementalist or poison witch. It's witch hunt payback time.

Monsters

What would new skills be without new monsters to pulverise? The focus here is on AI and skill changes. From hammer-throwing clerics and quill rats with homing spikes to corpse exploding goatman priests and frogs that turn into a prince when killed, the new monsters are more than a match for the new skill set. There are a few brand new monsters here and there too - fear the mushroom people.

Elite monsters
Much more powerful than regular monsters and with new and improved skills, these rare encounters send you running for the hills.
Heroic monsters
Even more powerful than elites, these are thankfully restricted to their own special dungeons... mostly.
Veteran monsters
Rare and very powerful, you gain a reward for killing all of them...

Uberquests

These are special dungeons, levels or player-summoned bosses that should only be attempted by the skilled and powerful. Median XL offers 17+1 uberbosses, 8 uberlevels and 4 separate bosses, most based on Diablo lore. The uberquests range from the invasion of Toraja by the edyrem to the cursed city of Ureh (from the Diablo novel 'Kingdom of Shadow') and an uberquest that recreates the capture of Baal by Tal Rasha and the Horadrim... with you as Baal.

Challenges

Completing difficult tasks and encounters at a low level or performing tricks like dodging witches or shattering stained glass windows may earn you big rewards... from powerful charms to additional new skills.

Items

While some people play the game to defeat the denizens of Hell (haha), for most others TEH L00T and the bragging rights that come with it are more important. Median XL does away with normal, exceptional and elite items, instead providing six 'tiers' of item quality. Baal may drop a cap, but it will be a cap with 600 defense on it. Median XL also features many new class-specific items to augment the new skills, from necromantic crossbows to the assassin naginata with a built-in multitarget sweep attack. A huge collection of new uniques, sets and runewords is a given, of course, as well as some much more powerful crafting recipes.

Multiplayer

Median XL supports single player, tcp/ip and open battle.net. Closed battle.net ('realms') obviously won't work, but certain third parties have provided alternatives...

The forum

Due to the failure of Forumer, the official forum has died in 2012 after five years of faithful service. In its place is a third party forum here! And yes, it's still pretty active (05.nov.2013) and is also home to the Ultimative line of third party Median XL patches in case you can't get enough of it. Median never dies!

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What are you waiting for? Download it now!
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New skill trees with 210 new skills, new base items, gems, runes, uniques, runewords, sets, crafting improved monster AI and new monster types, elite and heroic monsters, 28 uberquests for advanced characters, 5 challenges. Compatible with Diablo II Lord of Destruction 1.10/1.11/1.12/1.13 (PC/Mac).

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Median XL 1.F9d released!

Median XL 1.F9d released!

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Median XL 1.F9d --- the latest patch of the popular D2 mod --- lots of new items --- minor annoyances fixed

Median XL 1.F9b released!

Median XL 1.F9b released!

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Median XL 1.F9b --- the best and latest patch --- necromancer tree revamp --- balance changes

Median XL 1.E9 released!

Median XL 1.E9 released!

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Median XL 1.E9 --- new Terror difficulty challenges --- various additional new skills --- rebalancing

Median XL 1.D9c out!

Median XL 1.D9c out!

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Median XL 1.D9c --- various additional new skills --- new uniques and runewords --- major rebalancing

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Median XL Ultimative II released! A version with a lot of bugfixes, new content, and MORE! New uberquest: The Void. Mysterious things happen.

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netmanx
netmanx

i didn't understand much of that.......anyways i reinstalled it now it's fine. i'll install it properly now. but what readme file are oyu talking about? the only readme i see is the one after i unzipped the file into my d2 folder

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BrotherLaz Creator
BrotherLaz

The mod is not in any way related to cdrom checks, it isn't even accessed by D2 until game.exe has passed the cdrom check.

1/ Read the readme. Installation requires replacing *1* file. Also, the readme tells you to make a backup of the original patch_d2.mpq. I hope you did, instead of just unzipping everything into your D2 directory and overwriting the original, otherwise you're stuck with the mod forever.

2/ Did you extract the contents of the optional download packs into your D2 directory, without reading the readme which tells you not to do that? If so, then you overwrote your perfectly good storm.dll with a totally different one. The storm.dll in the optional packs is only to make the patcher work, and is otherwise not a valid file. This could very well cause the game to throw a cdrom check error or just crash with no message. Time to reinstall...

3/ If it's not that, then maybe... your cdrom drive has issues?

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netmanx
netmanx

i downloaded it then extracted in my c/programfiles/diablo II file but then i couldn't find where to launch median from so i tried the regular diablo link but now it won't recognize my cd help!!!

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BrotherLaz Creator
BrotherLaz

'I've played diablo for probably 10 years now, diablo, and diablo ii. I know how the game works'

Well, I still have no idea what you're talking about when you 'pick the middle difficulty level'. Screenshot plz? :)

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BlackAlpha7
BlackAlpha7

Oh my, thats why I'm asking the question, because its not normal...

I've played diablo for probably 10 years now, diablo, and diablo ii. I know how the game works. :)

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BrotherLaz Creator
BrotherLaz

@BlackAlpha7: that doesn't sound like Diablo 2. In Diablo 2, you can't choose a difficulty when you 'first start the game', only when you've beaten Normal difficulty. Wrong game, mmh?

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BlackAlpha7
BlackAlpha7

When I first started the game I just chose the middle difficulty on the first character i selected, how can you actually and go back and change the difficuity for each different character?

Other than that, looks like a good mod, very impressed.

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crofranck
crofranck

thanks, all clear! i think this is the best mod i ever played! keep going! :thumbup:

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BrotherLaz Creator
BrotherLaz

'i've found a little bug... when i use feral strike while i'm chilled: i'm not able to hit any monster for the duration of the ice! check out...'

I'm aware of that. If you use a too fast weapon, you miss. If you get chilled, you miss.The Blizzard programmer who made 1.10 actually told me that a skill like this would be entirely impossible, so I'm not surprised there are a few 'features' here and there.

'another thing is that raven flight still hit the level walls... like the first phalanx (now works fine!)'

Phalanx actually still hits walls. Phalanx and Raven Flight are outdoors skills (and Phantom Shot and Eagle Flight are indoors skills). If they were capable of going through level walls, you could use them to kill monsters in other rooms with no effort, which would be a bit cheap.

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crofranck
crofranck

i've found a little bug... when i use feral strike while i'm chilled: i'm not able to hit any monster for the duration of the ice! check out...
another thing is that raven flight still hit the level walls... like the first phalanx (now works fine!)

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a very very good diablo 2 mod but a little bit hard playng on single player to playng online.

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