Hercules - Barbarian

Character Intro and Overview

Character Build Strategy:

1) Above all else, find the secret of accumulating gold.

2) Refrain from Gem Melding and DStoning (except Extra Gold From Monsters), until all Quests have been completed in Hell mode.

3) Learn about the types of armor and weapons desired for long term use along the way.

4) Gamble for each piece of long term armor and weapon(s) that you are in need of after completing all the quests in Hell Mode.

5) Use Secret Recipe 37 to add Self Repair to all five armor items, shields, and non-ethereal weapons which eliminates repair cost and the need to do so.

6) Complete the Gem Melding and DStoning of all pieces that can give one 400% Extra Gold From Monsters and 400% Magic Find to a minimum of 1200%.

7) Gem Meld first because a) it requires less Dragon Stones and Ancient Decipherers than DStoning; b) many attributes gained are basically unique to Gem Melding; and c) two and three desirable attributes are added and/or increased with each Gem Meld.

8) DStone as resources permit.

9) Use the gold to purchase more Perfect Gems for Gem Melding and creating Maple Leafs.

10) Use the recipes provided to convert higher and lower level runes into SA runes for use with Maple Leafs and Secret Recipe 50 to reduce Level Requirements on Gem Melded and DStoned pieces.

11) Farm for Dragon Stones, Ancient Decipherers, gold, gems, runes, set items, and unique items (convert to Ancient Decipherers) to enable further Gem Melding and DStoning.

12) When satisfied with your warrior, create a new one and begin again.

Hercules is the younger brother of Hawkman the Invincible Barbarian. For two years he has relentlessly journeyed toward Harrogath, answering the call of Hawkman for a union of forces to combat the coming of the "One". Hercules gladened Hawkman's heart with news of their sister Hawkmana who was captured nearly seven years ago by the Realm's Evil Minions. She has escaped and is at this very moment nearing the outskirts of Harrogath. This is, of course, a turn of events beyond fortunate. Hercules and Hawkmana were trained by Hawkman, but he has new lessons for their betterment. From his birth, Hercules has ever built his body for strength. He is, without a doubt, the strongest Barbarian ever to walk the face of the Earth. Once reunited with Hawkman and sister Hawkmana, will the Prime Evils in this Realm even dare to show their faces? Bring to the realm what you will Tsuru, we are prepared.

Stats and Attributes

Hercules: Master of Sword and Shield

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A secret will be told, Hercules is mute and unable to practice the Ancient Skill of Warcries. He has learned to increase his defense using a shield because he cannot Warcry Shout. While this reduces his attack somewhat, his powerful blows still do neary 900k damage. When he ventures into the Realm without his shield, he can do 1280k damage. The most notable attribute, the one he is most proud of, is his 5,000 plus Strength. Hercules Forged his Gauntlets with He Runes to increase damage. He forged his Sword with Wo Runes to make it Indestructible. Two Ruby Carnage Jewels were used in the Sword,(+1 Combat Skills, 59% Enhanced Damage, 24 Maximum Damage), instead of Nickel Werewolf jewels forged for Strength. Thus, an additional 225 to the Strength displayed was sacrificed.

Hercules is neither proud, nor is he a braggert. Therefore, he will not give a detailed description of his attributes. One can say that he is basically immune to Elemental attacks. His offensive attributes make his enemies quake in fear. His defensive attributes have frustrated multitudes of the Realm's most powerful Minions. By carefully studying Hercules' individual pieces of Armor, jewelry, sword and shield; one can uncover his powerful build.


Hawkman has given Hercules:

1 Lesson in Close Combat Masteries
28 Lessons in Strength of the Ancients
31 Lessons in Stun
31 Lessons in Concentrate
26 Lessons in Bash
6 Lessons in Beserk


Plague Hew Helfire Dual Max Rare Ethereal Sword: If one must have a sword, this one may be it. However, one that Self Repairs would be the ultimate sword.

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Here is a list of Hercules equipment (view by seeing attachments below):

Berserker's Slayer Guard of Power(+50 to Strength Based on Character Level)3 Sockets
Jewlers Chaos Armor of Power (+50 to Strength Based on Character Level) 4 Sockets
Godly War Gauntlets of Greed 2 Sockets
Vigorous War Belt of Equilibrium 2 Sockets
Bahamut's Greaves of Greed 2 Sockets
Barbed Shield of Equilibrium 3 Sockets

All 14 Grand Charms and the square charm have sockets. Both rings and the amulet are socketed. The jewels used in the sockets for all items add Strength, Maximum Damage or both.

Merc and Merc Equipment

Hercules has no Merc. With but a few exceptions, Merc's are often nothing more than shields or damage aborbers.


King James: See my comments on Hall of Glory Hawkman page.

There is no dupliction of any of the equipment or jewelry either Hawkman or Hercules wears. There are no duped charms, these are the 14 best grand charms that I have found or rerolled and I do use them for all Characters. Since you can only play one character at a time, why would you not use the best jewelry and charms that you have? Who laid down the rule that each character must suffer through thousands and thousands of hours of game play to find the desirable items over and over again for each new character (and find the resources to Gem Meld and DStone each item)? Why have a Shared Stash for solo players if they cannot share items in it with other Characters? Is there a Rules Committee for solo gameplay? Remember, this is only a fantasy game!

By the way, I did make a real character, who did 960K Damage and had 20,000 Life, who was created with only items found in the Realm. All DStoning was done with DStones, Maple Leafs and SA Runes from only his Stash, no duping. This was my first Eastern Sun Character. It took me four years to make him. I did not wish to spend thousands of hours to improve him to where you see he now is, and to create Hercules, and Hawkmana and the Mercs. To create a Character with his gear Gem Melded and DStoned to the level that Hawkman, Hercules, or Hawkmana display would take a minimum of 5 years per Character. If you have that much of your life to devote to creating even one Uber Character, then go ahead, have at it. As for me, I'll keep displaying the "possible" to give others a goal to measure their progress by. I may study further as to how I can reduce or eliminate mods to Hercules's gear in order to reduce the cost of his Character build.

Note: The Gem Melding formula, One Perfect Skull + 3 Ancient Decipherers + Belt or Body Armor gives +20 Defense, Damage Reduction 1%, +1 Magic Damage Reduction. Applying this to both items to get at least +80 Magic Damage Reduction gives 80% Damage Reduction. To combat evil minions who have Amplified Damage, I doubled it to 160% Damage Reduction which I simply rounded up, thus going to 200%. I know the weapon breakpoints for Increased Attack Speed. But, please note that Hawkman has neither Half Freeze Duration nor Cannot Be Frozen. In addition, evil minions have the Slows Target mod. He can be slowed dramatically. Therefore, 168% IAS is inadequate. While 360% IAS may be too much, no one can really knows that for sure.

Character Build: Hawkman (round numbers)

Helm: 285 Perfect Gems, 475 Dragon Stones, 710 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Rings (Total): 410 Dragon Stones, 810 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Amulet: 185 Dragon Stones, 375 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Belt: 520 Perfect Gems, 365 Dragon Stones, 1370 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Gloves: 830 Perfect Gems, 645 Dragon Stones, 2305 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Boots: 370 Perfect Gems, 190 Dragon Stones, 840 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Armor: 530 Perfect Gems, 375 Dragon Stones, 1235 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Weapon: 635 Perfect Gems, 355 Dragon Stones, 1500 Maple Leafs/SA Runes

Sub Total (Nine Items): 2,885 Perfect Gems, 3000 Dragon Stones, 9,145 Maple Leafs/SA Runes

Add an estimated 1200 Perfect Gems to Reroll a Rare Ethereal weapon to get Dual Max: 300% Enhanced Damage (Based On Character Level) and 250 Max Damage (Based On Character Level).

Cost to Purchase 1000 Perfect Gems is 437,000,000 if purchased from Akara in Rogue Encampment. (You save 48,348 per Perfect Gem compared to Larzuk's price in Harrogath.)

I may do an accurate study of average resources gained by Hawkman, per 40 hours of gameplay, with 2,000 Magic Find and 2,000 Extra Gold From Monsters, playing in the 17 Uber Areas only and using the Cube Recipes to convert items found to Dragon Stones, Maple Leafs, and SA Runes. I do not believe anyone can ever replicate Hawkman using resources gained from gameplay. Hawkman, Hercules and Hawkmana are able to impose their will on all Evil Minions without fear of failure. While overcoming foes is ultimately our goal, doing so with no chance whatsoever of being defeated is not conducive to enjoyable gameplay. However, this trio, in addition to being built as Ultimate Characters, were built to withstand future assaults by new Uber Evil Minions created by Tsuru. I will say only this, since it is possible to enhance our foes to balance against our ability to enhance our Characters, would it not be enjoyable to substantially increase our abilty to find/create Maple Leafs and Sa Runes? This would certainly result in ma