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D2R 2.4 Ladder ACT 5 Mercenary Gear Setup Guide | Best Budget Frenzy Mec Builds In Diablo 2 Resurrected 2.4

5/23/2022 4:11:03 PM

With some easy and cheap gear setups, ACT 5 frenzy merc has become the phenomenal budget mercenary with life leach, movement speed, crowd control, damage reduction, and insane survivability! In this guide, we get into some overlooked D2R ACT 5 budget mercenary builds, definitely slept on some of the changes for set items in particular for Diablo 2 Resurrected patch 2.4!

D2R 2.4 Ladder ACT 5 Merc Build Guide - Diablo 2 Resurrected 2.4 Best Frenzy Mercenary Gear (Weapon & Armor) Setups

We are you have the same experience that when you're running with an ACT 2 merc with just low budget gear like Insight, Treachery, and Tal's helmet, he just keeps dying to everything and you go back to town and pay 50k gold over and over again. In Diablo 2, most of the players love to play this game with the mercenary. Still, the gaming experience is so bad if you always have to stare at the left top of your screen and feed potions to prevent him from dying, now the frenzy merc could be your lovely teammate because he has excellent survivability even with just low budget gear. In this guide, we'll focus on the budget ACT 5 Mercenary builds that can help to keep your frenzy merc alive and high DPS. 

Best ACT 5 Merc Build Gear Setup 1 

  • Helm: Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest

  • Main Hand: Headstriker

  • Off Hand: Lawbringer Phase Blade

  • Armor: Treachery Hellforge Plate


20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Decrepify On Striking
Level 16-18 Sanctuary Aura When Equipped (varies)
-50% Target Defense
Adds 150-210 Fire Damage
Adds 130-180 Cold Damage
7% Life Stolen Per Hit
Slain Monsters Rest In Peace
+200-250 Defense Vs. Missile (varies)
+10 To Dexterity
75% Extra Gold From Monsters

Treachery (Assassin)

5% Chance To Cast Level 15 Fade When Struck
25% Chance To Cast level 15 Venom On Striking
+2 To Assassin Skills
+45% Increased Attack Speed
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
Cold Resist +30%
50% Extra Gold From Monsters

The most expensive Diablo 2 items of the setup are the 2 Lem runes you need for Lawbringer and Treachery, and the Pul rune to upgrade the Headstriker. Headstriker (Conquest Sword) has over a 100% deadly strike means he deals two times damage every time he swings with him, it's actually an excellent budget weapon for the frenzy mercenary. Lawbringer for the Sanctuary aura and chance to proc decertify, though it's got no ED on this runeword with Sanctuary aura, he can shred all undead in the game with no problem. The stun and knockback effect make you and him much safer when fighting undead and your benefit by the decertify if you are playing physical builds because it lowers the physical resistance by 50%. Treachery combined with the level 15 phase, this armor provides 60 all res, 15% DR, 45% IAS and reduce curse duration. Tal's helmet for life steal, all res, and the life, replace this with Arreat's Face or Andariel's Visage if you have one. With the setup, your frenzy merc needs an average of 17 x Rejuvenation Potions to clear the whole Chaos Sanctuary, you may be not impressed by the result but please keep in mind the whole job is done by himself, you don't need to give him any help just feed potions.

Best ACT 5 Merc Build Gear Setup 2

Helm: Arreat's Face

Main Hand: Headstriker (Upped, Amn Rune)

Off Hand: Lawbringer Phase Blade

Armor: Gladiator's Bane

Arreat's Face

Arreat's FaceDefense: 302-363 (varies)(Base Defense: 121)
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 118
Durability: 55
(Barbarian Only)
+150-200% Enhanced Defense (varies)
30% Faster Hit Recovery
20% Bonus To Attack Rating
+2 To Barbarian Skill Levels
3-6% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies)
All Resistances +30
+20 To Strength
+20 To Dexterity
+2 To Combat Skills (Barbarian Only)
(Only Spawns In Patch 1.09 or later)

Gladiator's Bane for high defense, DR, MDR and cannot be frozen. considering this is a low-budget gear setup we do not use an ethereal one Arreat's Face for plus skills, all res, and life leech. With this setup, he needs an average of 14 x Rejuvenation Potions to clear the whole Chaos sanctuary.

Best ACT 5 Merc Build Gear Setup 3

  • Helm: Sazabi (15% IAS)

  • Main Hand: Sazabi (Shael)

  • Off Hand: Lawbringer Phase Blade

  • Armor: Sazabi (Ral)

The set bonus is so good plus 1 to all skills, faster run walk, 15% life steal,  27% max life, 30 all res, 16% DR, and you get over 300 ed to demons from the weapon itself. Combined with the Lawbringer, he deals great amount of damage to both demons, and the undead. With the setup, he needs an average of 18 x Rejuvenation Potions to clear the whole Chaos sanctuary. It should not be hard to get these set pieces, maybe the cryptic sword and balrog chest are rare if you are playing SSF offline. But if you are playing online, buying these D2R items should not cost you a lot. 

Best ACT 5 Merc Build Gear Setup 4

  • Helm: Guillaume's Face

  • Main Hand: Headstriker (Upped, Amn Rune)

  • Off Hand: Oath Ethereal Sword

  • Armor: Fortitude 

Guillaume's Face

Guillaume's FaceDefense: 217 (Base Defense: 85-98)
Required Level: 34
Required Strength: 115
Durability: 40
+120% Enhanced Defense
+30% Faster Hit Recovery
15% Deadly Strike
35% Chance of Crushing Blow
+15 To Strength


30% Chance To Cast Level 20 Bone Spirit On Striking
+50% Increased Attack Speed
+210-340% Enhanced Damage (varies)
+75% Damage To Demons
+100 To Attack Rating Against Demons
Prevent Monster Heal
+10 To Energy
+10-15 Magic Absorb (varies)
Level 16 Heart Of Wolverine (20 Charges)
Level 17 Iron Golem (14 Charges)


20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Chilling Armor when Struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
+300% Enhanced Damage
+9 To Minimum Damage
+50 To Attack Rating
20% Deadly Strike
Hit Causes Monster To Flee 25%
+200% Enhanced Defense
+X To Life (Based on Character Level)*
All Resistances +25-30 (varies)
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 To Light Radius

Body Armor
20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Chilling Armor when Struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
+300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+X To Life (Based on Character Level)*
Replenish Life +7
+5% To Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +25-30 (varies)
Damage Reduced By 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 To Light Radius

For the main weapon, you'll need this Headstriker to be ethereal but also upgraded to an allied version of it, after that you can put a rune inside for example Amn rune for the life leash or shell for the attack speed or you can also put. For the second weapon, use Oath which is a great rune word on a base ethereal sword. For the armor of course Fortitude will help your mercenaries damage and you can also use treachery with the Pre-buff if you need. for the helm, use Guillaume's Face if you want to have the crushing blow in order to kill either the boss or simply put on Arreat's Face because now you have the bonus of the skill for your mercenary at the actify, so it's a great helm with great statistics. 

This mercenary can be played with any class as long as you don't need an error for example Insight or Infinity to have conviction and meditation, but otherwise, it's a very strong mercenary and it will be again better if you use the above for example from your smiter with fanatism or your hammerdin (just take care of your mana if you are playing hammerdin), you can also think of the shapeshift grid in order to have the buff from the invocations.

Get Frenzy Merc Enchant to Fix The Low Hit Chance

The biggest issue of frenzy merc is the hit chance, he misses a lot, especially on bosses. We tried to buff him with 1 hardpoint enchant and guess what his survivability was improved instantly, he needs only 3 or 3 potions and sometimes 0 potion a run with the same gear we just mentioned. So if you are playing a  sorc, you can either put one hardpoint into enchant or get a plus to enchant weapon on the swap.

When using low budget gear ann ACT 5 frenzy merc has much better survivability than an ACT 2 merc. If your builds don't need that aura from an ACT 2 merc that much for example a fohdin running redemption aura or a hydra/enchant sorc who's pretty good without meditation aura, then it's good to have a frenzy merc with you. When using high-end gear, both ACT 2 and ACT 5 merc can be quite tanky, an ACT 2 with Infinity is still indispensable for mostelemental builds.

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