General

  • In LoD, hirelings hired in higher difficulties have less stats (life, def, etc.). In ES, the difficulty doesn't matter and hirelings of the same act always have the same stats.
  • In addition to that, the level cap of hirelings in Hell is raised to level 85, so you don't have to hesitate to change your hireling. You can test multiple hirelings as many times as you want, or you may like to change the hireling from time to time, which refreshes your play and costs only 50000 gold. (The only exceptions are Act 2 mercenaries in normal and NM. If you need one of their aura, changing hirelings isn't a good idea.)
  • In LoD, Act 2 mercenaries are much prefered. In ES, all hirelings are well balanced, so you are recommended to hire multiple mercs to see the difference for yourself. A full equipable hireling is strengthened wearing the 'Mercenary Set' combined with 'Waves of Ascension'.
HirelingLvlHPHP
/Lvl
DefDef
/Lvl
StrStr
/Lvl
DexDex
/Lvl
ARAR
/Lvl
ResRes
/Lvl
Life
Regen
Rogue Scout10-39110149020401.5502.2550122024
Rogue Scout40-845302869022851.51172.2541024801.5
Rogue Scout851790421680241521.52182.251490361471.25
Desert Mercenary20-491701627024652451.75180124025
Desert Mercenary50-8465032990261252971.75540241001.5
Desert Mercenary8517704819002819521581.751380361521.25
Eastern Sorceror25-542301418018501.75402120124526
Eastern Sorceror55-8465028720201021.751002480241051.5
Eastern Sorceror851490421320221541.7516021200361501.25
Barbarian30-642601823026882.25621.517515771.510
Barbarian65-84890361140281672.251151.5700301301.25
Barbarian851610541700302122.251451.51300451551.25

Act 1 Rogue Scout

  • Can't equip Amazon specific items.
  • +X To All Skill Levels works.
  • +X To Amazon Skills/Tabs does not work.
  • +X To Each Skill (Magic Arrow, etc.) works.
  • Oskill bonuses of their inherent skills are capped at +3 per character.
  • Their inherent skills work as a synergy for an aura item.

Fire Rogue

  • Uses Inner Sight, Magic Arrow, Slow Missiles, Exploding Arrow, Immolation Arrow, Poison Arrow and Strafe.
  • No aura or warcries, but Inner Sight now reduces monster's Defense by percent, and also reduces monster's Physical Resist (works on top of the curse Amplify Damage, etc.).
  • Slow Missile also helps a lot, especially in Act 5 and Andariel's Dressing Room.
  • Strafe is also good for triggering CtC Skills.

Cold Rogue

  • Uses Inner Sight, Magic Arrow, Slow Missiles, Ice Arrow, Freezing Arrow, Lightning Arrow and Legendary Arrow.
  • No aura or warcries, but Inner Sight now reduces monster's Defense by percent, and also reduces monster's Physical Resist (works on top of the curse Amplify Damage, etc.).
  • Slow Missile also helps a lot, especially in Act 5 and Andariel's Dressing Room.
  • Ice Arrow chills and Freezing Arrow freezes non CI monsters.
  • Once she got a good amount of Pierce, Lightning Arrow and Legendary Arrow exert an awesome effect.
  • Legendary Arrow with a good amount of Pierce is also good for triggering CtC Skills.

Act 2 Desert Mercenary

  • Can't equip Paladin specific items.
  • +X To All Skill Levels works.
  • +X To Paladin Skills/Tabs does not work.
  • +X To Each Skill (Might, etc.) works.
  • Oskill bonuses of their inherent skills are capped at +3 per character.
  • Their inherent skills work as a synergy for an aura item.

All Mercenaries

  • Uses Jab, Lightning Strike, Vengeance and an Aura.
  • Vengence and Lightning Strike can kill some PIs and still can leech if the target isn't PI.
  • Have less life regeneration than Barbarian hirelings. To make up for this, they need better equipment (more Max Life, Life Leech and DR%).

Auras

  • Sometimes it takes some minutes that they activate the Aura.
  • I'm not saying that Act 2 Mercenaries are weak, but their aura level is generally nerfed in ES. This is because the aura made them better than the other hirelings in LoD. Auras are not so strong when they are naked, but you can boost the aura level with +Skill items.
  • Might and Fanaticism are good for physical attacking characters.
  • Conviction is of course the best aura for the casters. Offensive Barbarian is another good option for casters, especially when you can use Conviction by an item.
  • Normal – Combat: Defiance
  • Normal – Defense: Prayer
  • Normal – Offense: Holy Fire
  • Nightmare – Combat: Might
  • Nightmare – Defense: Meditation
  • Nightmare – Offense: Thorns
  • Hell – Combat: Conviction
  • Hell – Defense: Concentration
  • Hell – Offense: Fanaticism

Act 3 Eastern Sorcerer

  • Can't equip Sorceress specific items.
  • +X To All Skill Levels works.
  • +X To Sorceress Skills/Tabs does not work.
  • +X To Each Skill (Fire Ball, etc.) works.
  • Oskill bonuses of their inherent skills are capped at +3 per character.
  • Their inherent skills work as a synergy for an aura item.

Fire Sorcerer

  • Uses Protection From Fire, Shock Wave, Fire Ball, Fissure, Immolation and Creeping Doom.
  • Shock Wave and Creeping Doom stuns monsters.
  • Perhaps the least characteristic one, but deals the largest damage of the three.

Cold Sorcerer

  • Uses Protection From Cold, Tornado, Glacial Spike, Ice Nova, Winter Fury and Frozen Orb.
  • Ice Nova, Winter Fury and Frozen Orb chills and Glacial Spike freezes non CI monsters.
  • Cannot Be Frozen from Protection From Cold incredibly benefits summoners, even if some corpses are destroyed by Cold Spells.

Lightning Sorcerer

  • Uses Protection From Lightning, Static Field, Lightning, Chain Lightning, Lightning Hydra, Bone Spirit and Time Stop.
  • Protection From Lightning is the most popular protection aura because of the nasty Black Souls.
  • They cast Time Stop only from time to time, but it reduces the threat of monsters like Holy Freeze.
  • They don't cast Static Field frequently either, but it's nice gravy.

Act 5 Barbarian

  • Can equip Barbarian specific items.
  • +X To All Skill Levels works.
  • +X To Barbarian Skills/Tabs does not work.
  • +X To Each Skill (Shout, etc.) works.
  • Oskill bonuses of their inherent skills are capped at +3 per character.
  • Their inherent skills work as a synergy for an aura item.

Defensive Barbarian

  • Uses Stun, Concentrate, Battle Orders, Shout and Battle Command
  • Battle Orders and Shout combo is useful for all classes, especially melee characters.
  • Not only BO and Shout but also Stun and Concentrate make them the toughest hirelings in the game. They can stay alive with relatively cheap gears.
  • Battle Command gives not a single but a few skill boosts. This makes them also good for casters.

Offensive Barbarian

  • Uses Bash, Concentrate, Waycry, Ancient's Call and Battle Command
  • Has no life boost or def boost, but Warcry effectively stuns nearby monsters to attack safely.
  • Ancient's Call works like a curse, but it amazingly reduces all kinds of resistance, including Poison and Magic.
  • Bash has the highest damage bonus in the game.
  • Battle Command gives not a single but a few skill boosts. This makes them also good for casters.

Hireling Skills

HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Rogue (Fire)10-39110Normal Attack----
10Inner Sight30.3125
55Magic Arrow30.3125
5Slow Missiles30.1875
70Exploding Arrow30.4375
40-8460Normal Attack----
10Inner Sight120.3125
45Magic Arrow120.3125
5Slow Missiles80.1875
80Immolation Arrow160.4375
25Poison Arrow160.4375
25Strafe160.4375
85-10Normal Attack----
10Inner Sight250.3125
35Magic Arrow250.3125
5Slow Missiles160.1875
90Immolation Arrow350.4375
50Poison Arrow350.4375
50Strafe350.4375
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Rogue (Cold)10-39110Normal Attack----
10Inner Sight30.3125
55Magic Arrow30.3125
5Slow Missiles30.1875
70Cold Arrow30.25
40-8460Normal Attack----
10Inner Sight120.3125
45Magic Arrow120.3125
5Slow Missiles80.1875
80Freezing Arrow100.25
25Lightning Arrow110.3125
25Legendary Arrow100.25
85-10Normal Attack----
10Inner Sight250.3125
35Magic Arrow250.3125
5Slow Missiles160.1875
90Freezing Arrow210.25
50Lightning Arrow250.3125
50Legendary Arrow210.25
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Desert Mercenary (Normal - Combat)20-4985Normal Attack----
50Jab80.3125
20Defiance80.3125
25Lightning Strike30.1875
25Vengeance50.3125
50-8450Normal Attack----
40Jab170.3125
20Defiance170.3125
50Lightning Strike80.1875
50Vengeance140.3125
85-10Normal Attack----
30Jab270.3125
20Defiance270.3125
75Lightning Strike140.1875
75Vengeance240.3125
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Desert Mercenary (Normal - Defense)20-4985Normal Attack----
50Jab80.3125
20Prayer80.3125
25Lightning Strike30.1875
25Vengeance50.3125
50-8450Normal Attack----
40Jab170.3125
20Prayer170.3125
50Lightning Strike80.1875
50Vengeance140.3125
85-10Normal Attack----
30Jab270.3125
20Prayer270.3125
75Lightning Strike140.1875
75Vengeance240.3125
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Desert Mercenary (Normal - Offense)20-4985Normal Attack----
50Jab80.3125
20Holy Fire80.3125
25Lightning Strike30.1875
25Vengeance50.3125
50-8450Normal Attack----
40Jab170.3125
20Holy Fire170.3125
50Lightning Strike80.1875
50Vengeance140.3125
85-10Normal Attack----
30Jab270.3125
20Holy Fire270.3125
75Lightning Strike140.1875
75Vengeance240.3125
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Desert Mercenary (Nightmare - Combat)50-8450Normal Attack----
40Jab170.3125
20Might40.1875
50Lightning Strike80.1875
50Vengeance140.3125
85-10Normal Attack----
30Jab270.3125
20Might100.1875
75Lightning Strike140.1875
75Vengeance240.3125
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Desert Mercenary (Nightmare - Defense)50-8450Normal Attack----
40Jab170.3125
20Meditation170.3125
50Lightning Strike80.1875
50Vengeance140.3125
85-10Normal Attack----
30Jab270.3125
20Meditation270.3125
75Lightning Strike140.1875
75Vengeance240.3125
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Desert Mercenary (Nightmare - Offense)50-8450Normal Attack----
40Jab170.3125
20Thorns170.3125
50Lightning Strike80.1875
50Vengeance140.3125
85-10Normal Attack----
30Jab270.3125
20Thorns270.3125
75Lightning Strike140.1875
75Vengeance240.3125
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Desert Mercenary (Hell - Combat)85-10Normal Attack----
30Jab270.3125
20Conviction30.1875
75Lightning Strike140.1875
75Vengeance240.3125
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Desert Mercenary (Hell - Defense)85-10Normal Attack----
30Jab270.3125
20Concentration70.1875
75Lightning Strike140.1875
75Vengeance240.3125
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Desert Mercenary (Hell - Offense)85-10Normal Attack----
30Jab270.3125
20Fanaticism40.1875
75Lightning Strike140.1875
75Vengeance240.3125
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Eastern Sorcerer (Fire)25-5410Normal Attack----
10Protection From Fire40.1875
70Shock Wave60.375
120Fire Ball100.375
40Fissure60.375
55-8410Normal Attack----
10Protection From Fire90.1875
30Shock Wave170.375
80Fire Ball210.375
40Fissure170.375
40Immolation190.4375
40Creeping Doom190.4375
85-10Normal Attack----
10Protection From Fire140.1875
30Shock Wave280.375
50Fire Ball320.375
50Fissure280.375
50Immolation320.4375
50Creeping Doom320.4375
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Eastern Sorcerer (Cold)25-5410Normal Attack----
10Protection From Cold40.1875
100Tornado140.4375
100Glacial Spike100.25
30Ice Nova20.375
55-8410Normal Attack----
10Protection From Cold90.1875
75Tornado270.4375
75Glacial Spike170.25
35Ice Nova130.375
10Winter Fury60.1875
35Frozen Orb110.3125
85-10Normal Attack----
10Protection From Cold140.1875
50Tornado400.4375
50Glacial Spike240.25
60Ice Nova240.375
10Winter Fury110.1875
60Frozen Orb200.3125
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Eastern Sorcerer (Lightning)25-5410Normal Attack----
10Protection From Lightning40.1875
30Static Field60.25
200Lightning130.4375
30Lightning Hydra60.4375
55-8410Normal Attack----
10Protection From Lightning90.1875
40Static Field130.25
90Chain Lightning210.375
30Lightning Hydra190.4375
40Bone Spirit230.4375
30Time Stop100.25
85-10Normal Attack----
10Protection From Lightning140.1875
50Static Field200.25
60Chain Lightning320.375
30Lightning Hydra320.4375
50Bone Spirit360.4375
40Time Stop170.25
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Barbarian (Defense)30-64140Normal Attack----
25Stun80.4375
25Concentrate40.3125
20Battle Orders10.1875
20Shout10.1875
20Battle Command10.1875
65-84105Normal Attack----
50Stun210.4375
50Concentrate130.3125
15Battle Orders70.1875
15Shout70.1875
15Battle Command70.1875
85-70Normal Attack----
75Stun290.4375
75Concentrate190.3125
10Battle Orders100.1875
10Shout100.1875
10Battle Command100.1875
HirelingsLevelFreqSkillsSlvlSlvl
/Lvl
Barbarian (Offense)30-64130Normal Attack----
25Bash80.4375
25Concentrate40.3125
25Ancient's Call80.25
25War Cry80.25
20Battle Command10.1875
65-8480Normal Attack----
50Bash210.4375
50Concentrate130.3125
25Ancient's Call150.25
25War Cry150.25
15Battle Command70.1875
85-30Normal Attack----
75Bash290.4375
75Concentrate190.3125
25Ancient's Call200.25
25War Cry200.25
10Battle Command100.1875

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