Passive and Magic Skills

Decoy

Difference from the LoD version
Pros
Cons
Synergies
Valkurie: +5% of caster's life per hard point
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Percentage of caster's life55%
Resist all4%+4% (capped at 85 at slvl 22)
Duration (seconds)10+5
Mana Cost19-0.75 (reaches 0 at slvl 27)

Inner Sight

Difference from the LoD version
Reduces enemy physical resistance and breaks physical immunities.
Pros
Stacks together with Necromancer curses, may be used with amplify/decrepify to lower physical resists further, and more break physical immunes, with lifetap for better leeching, with Confuse for better crowd control, or any other curse you may wish to try.
Cons
Quickly diminishing returns make large investments in Inner Sight of little value (though investing in its synergies is quite effective). Overwrites and is overwritten by Slow Missiles.
Synergies
Slow Missiles gives both -1% enemy physical resistance and -1% enemy defense (up to -25%)
Critical Strike gives -1% enemy physical resistance (up to -30%)
Penetrate gives -1% enemy defense (up to -25%)
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Enemy defense reduction formula[(slvl * 5060)/(100*(slvl+6))] + 4
Enemy resistance reduction formula(slvl * 3850)/(100*(slvl+6)
Duration (seconds)32+4
Mana Cost5 mana
slvl**123456789101112
Enemy physical resistance-5%-9%-12%-15%-17%-19%-20%-21%*-23%-23%*-24%-25%
Enemy defense-10%*-16%-20%-24%-27%-29%-31%-32%-34%-35%-36%-37%
1315161922253036466087148465
-26%-27%-28%-29%-30%-31%-32%-33%-34%-35%-36%-37%-38%
-38%-39%*-40%-42%-43%-44%-46%-47%-48%-50%-51%-52%-53%
*The formula used predicts 1% more effectiveness (after rounding down) than the skill description shows at the marked levels. The calculation used inside D2 seems to be slightly different than that used by a calculator, perhaps due to optimization for speed instead of accuracy. It is, however, possible (though unlikely) that the amount of effect is indeed 1% higher than listed in the skill description at the marked levels.
**Only slvls where the physical resistance value changes are listed. Slvls above 19 are predicted using the formula, a slightly higher level may be required to reach the listed resistance breakpoints, due to the irregularities in how D2 calculates diminishing returns.

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