Hercules - Barbarian

Character Intro and Overview

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 lost nearly three years ago when captured by Realm minions. She has escaped and is at this very moment nearing the outskirts of Harrogath. This is, of course, a turn of events only 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, 225 to the Strength displayed is possible.

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. Hercules will keep scouring the Realm for just such a weapon.

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Here is a list of Hercules equipment (view by seeing the 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: to "Seas" See my comment to you on Hall of Glory Hawkman page

King James: to "Farmer" There is no cloning 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. I do use the 14 for all my 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? Who put you on the Rules Committee? This is only a 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 at 2,000 hours per year 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. For the second time I suggest you note, on Hawkman's page, (under comments), I built Hawkman "to show what is possible." To create a Character with his gear Gem Melded and DStoned to the level that Hawkman or Hercules 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 suggest you create a Level 100 Character, from scratch, who does 960k Damage with 20,000 Life, (without using Battle Orders Barbarian Skill), using only the resources found in the Realm. Then come back with your critical remarks.

King James: to "Metro" 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%....hey, it's only a game. 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.....as far as I know.

King James: Item Enhancement Notes (Resources Required to Build Hawkman)

Helm: 285 Perfect Gems, 475 Dragon Stones, 710 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Rings (Total): 412 Dragon Stones, 808 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Amulet: 187 Dragon Stones, 374 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Belt: 522 Perfect Gems, 364 Dragon Stones, 1370 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Gloves: 832 Perfect Gems, 645 Dragon Stones, 2306 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Boots: 371 Perfect Gems, 192 Dragon Stones, 838 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Armor: 532 Perfect Gems, 377 Dragon Stones, 1238 Maple Leafs/SA Runes
Weapon: 636 Perfect Gems, 353 Dragon Stones, 1500 Maple Leafs/SA Runes

Sub Total (Nine Items): 3,178 Perfect Gems, 3005 Dragon Stones, 9,144 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 3809 Perfect Gems is 1,664,639,600, if purchased from Akara in Rogue Encampment. (You save 48,348 per Perfect Gem compared to Larzuk's price in Harrogath.)

Average Resources gained by Hawkman, per 40 hour gameplay week, 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)

120,000,000 Gold, 18 Perfect Gems, 180 Dragon Stones, 12 Maple Leafs, 12 SA Runes.

Therefore, in 50 Weeks or 2,000 hours:

6,000,000,000 Gold, 900 Perfect Gems, 9,000 Dragon Stones, 600 Maple Leafs, 600 SA Runes

If one purchased 13,500 Perfect Gems, then added the 900 found and subtracted the 3,809 needed for item enhancement; one would have 10,591 to use to make Maple Leafs. Subtracting the 3,005 Dragon Stones needed for item enhancement, one would have 5,995 to use to make Maple Leafs. 375 Maple leafs could be created resulting in an excess of 4,596 Perfect Gems for Rerolling or other uses. One would have only 975 Maple Leafs and 600 SA Runes of the 9,144 required for item enhancement at the end of one year. Therefore, statistically speaking, no one will ever replicate Hawkman using resources gained from gameplay. If one eliminates the two most expensive Gem Melds from the armor, belt, gloves and weapons, (elemental damage Absorbs and Elemental Damages), then one would save 1,914 Perfect Gems and 3,638 Maple Leafs and SA Runes. One would still be 10 years or 20,000 hours away from being able to item enhance even one Character or 18 years and 36,000 hours to do one Character and a Merc's gear. This is proof positive that Uber Characters are not in the realm of possibilty in the Eastern Sun mod if built from gameplay resources only. 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. 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 many more creative Character builds being available to all.

  • I can see investing a lot of resources in an "ultimate" character — as long as the outcome actually has usefulness. Pushing life to ridiculous levels — definitely useful. Getting damage to godly heights — oh, yeah. What I don't understand about KJ's characters is that the extent of some of the dstoning is such that it no longer serves a purpose other than KJ proudly showing off his work. But, depending on your point of view, a lot of the effort can be looked at as a complete waste of good Maple Leafs. For example, anything more than 130% Damage Reduction is a complete waste — that level of DR allows 50% DR (the cap) while being amp'd. And for the Hellfire sword to reach its fastest breakpoint you need 168% IAS. Anything more is a waste. And when I say "waste" of course I'm just offering up my opinion. When someone buys a 400hp sports car, they still have the option of driving fast on the freeway even though the speed limit may be 75mph. But, if the manufacturer actually installed a governor on the accelerator that prevented you from going over 75, what would be the point of buying a car with that much power? So, in a long-winded way — if the game had no caps or "governors", yeah, I could see blowing through Maples until the cows came home. But, caps DO exist. -- Metro? 07-24-2008 (Thu) 13:36:17
  • I don't really get your problem farmer. This is just a nice little example of an overpowered character to gawk over. You take this game too damn seriously. You accuse this guy (gal?) of not playing this game for real because he/she might dupe, but you realize that this game is not real life, right? -- twobit? 07-24-2008 (Thu) 01:22:46
  • another thing, this isnt how far player CAN come cause this kind of char requires cheats/sharedstash cloning, thats the only thing u show, u should try to make a damn REAL char whrer u need to get all items with ONLY that char, then i can be suprised, this is just boring chars imo......... -- farmer? 07-13-2008 (Sun) 18:34:13
  • he duped all charms from hawkman too i think....Hercules will keep scouring the Realm for just such a weapon.,haha BS lol, ur cloned gem can will make u a new weap -- farmer? 07-13-2008 (Sun) 18:29:14
  • isnt sp great ..stuff full forged with no +lvl req, how often u duped Maple Leafs ? -- seas? 07-13-2008 (Sun) 03:54:29

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