Median XL is a popular mod for Diablo 2 that overhauls the game with new skills, items, quests and challenges. One of the most fun and versatile builds in Median XL is the bow druid, a hunter class that can use both regular and druid bows to unleash a barrage of arrows on enemies. In this article, we will show you how to play a bow druid in Median XL, from leveling to endgame.
Leveling as a Bow Druid
As a bow druid, you will start with the skill Steady Shot, which is a basic attack that deals physical damage and grants you a buff that allows you to use your more powerful skills: Cascade and Heartseeker. Cascade fires multiple arrows that bounce off walls and enemies, while Heartseeker fires a single arrow that pierces through enemies and deals fire damage. You will also have access to a bear companion that can tank and buff you, as well as some nature skills that can heal you, increase your defense and damage, and summon vines to entangle enemies.
For leveling, you will want to max out Steady Shot, Pathfinder (which increases your movement speed and attack rating), Bear (which improves your companion) and Harvest (which gives you life leech). You will also want to put one point in Cascade, Heartseeker, Barkskin (which increases your defense), Harvester (which increases your damage) and Vine (which is a reward skill that summons vines). You can also put some points in Symbiosis (which increases your maximum life based on your bear's life) and Faerie Fire (which reduces enemy fire resistance).
For items, you will want to look for druid bows or regular bows with high damage, attack speed, life leech, enhanced damage and fire damage. Some good runewords for leveling are Shark (which gives you bonus damage to Bloodlust), Vipercast (which gives you chance to cast Venomous Spirit on kill) and Locust Hive (which gives you chance to cast Pestilence on striking). You can also use some unique items like Serpent Bow (which gives you poison damage and slows enemies), Windforce (which gives you knockback and mana leech) and Eaglehorn (which gives you deadly strike and pierce).
Endgame as a Bow Druid
Once you reach level 120 and complete the main quests, you will be ready to tackle the endgame content of Median XL. This includes various uberquests that offer unique rewards, challenges that test your skills and luck, and farming areas that drop high-tier items. As a bow druid, you will have an easier time with some ubers than others, depending on your gear and playstyle.
For endgame skills, you will want to switch to a regular bow with high fire damage and dex scaling, such as Maple Bow or Natasha's Legacy. This will allow you to take advantage of the fire damage from Heartseeker and Faerie Fire. You will also want to max out Cascade, Heartseeker, Pathfinder, Barkskin and Symbiosis. You can put the rest of your points in Bear or Harvest, depending on whether you prefer more survivability or damage.
For endgame items, you will want to look for regular bows with high fire damage, dex scaling, attack speed, enhanced damage and fire pierce. Some good runewords for endgame are Knight's Grace (which gives you bonus fire damage and fire pierce), Flamefront (which gives you chance to cast Flamefront on striking) and Dragonheart (which gives you chance to cast Dragonheart on kill). You can also use some unique items like Windforce (which gives you knockback and mana leech), Eaglehorn (which gives you deadly strike and pierce) and Nature's Vigil (which is part of the druid set that gives you bonus skills and life).
For endgame charms, you will want to look for ones that increase your skills, fire damage, attack speed, life leech, defense and resistances. Some good charms for bow druids are Sunstone of the Twin Seas (which gives you bonus skills and fire damage), The Sleep (which gives you bonus attack speed and life leech), The Endless Light (which gives you 061ffe29dd