Dragon (Part 1) – Combine the Runeword’s Holy Fire and Poisonous Venom to Make Attackers Think Twice


At first glance, the Dragon Runeword looks underwhelming compared to other Runewords, but there is a specific build that would use Dragon: those who stack the Holy Fire Aura from Dragon with the same aura from another item, specifically the Hand of Justice Runeword in weapon. A build that goes all out for Holy Fire Aura damage would be commonly referred to as Dragon Disciples. There are other builds out there, and most of them focus on doing the four elemental damages, as will be seen when we look at the stats of Dragon.

This Runeword only works for Ladder characters.


 Body Armor or a Shield with 3 sockets

 Runes: Sur + Lo + Sol

The Stats:

Level Required: 61

20% Chance to Cast Level 18 Venom When Struck

12% Chance To Cast Level 15 Hydra On Striking

Level 14 Holy Fire Aura When Equipped

+360 Defense

+230 Defense vs. Missile

+3-5 To All Attributes (varies)

+0.375-37.125 To Strength (Based on Character Level)

Increase Maximum Mana 5% (Armor Only)

+50 To Mana (Shields Only)

+5% To Maximum Lightning Resist

Damage Reduced by 7

20% Chance to Cast Level 18 Venom When Struck

Venom is an Assassin Skill that deals Poison damage. A Level 18 Venom does 375-395 Poison damage.

One thing to note about Venom is that it caps the poisoning duration to 0.4 seconds. That means that if your Skills and items do a total poison of damage of 700 over 10 seconds, but you use Venom, then you would now only do 28 damage over 0.4 seconds, and if you want to inflict more poison damage, you have to successfully hit the target again, and inflicting another 28 damager over the following 0.4 seconds. Therefore,  Venom prevents long term poisoning, and you would have to constantly hit the target every 0.4 seconds to get the full 700 over 10 seconds poison damage.

So while Venom does generally good poison damage, if you want your poison to last longer (and thus prevent monster regeneration rates from rising above 0 over a longer time frame) then you should try to avoid triggering Venom or just avoid items with Venom triggers.


Source by Dan Massicotte

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