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How to Master the Median XL Bow Druid Build in 2021



Median XL Bow Druid: A Fun and Powerful Build for Diablo 2 Fans




If you are looking for a new way to play Diablo 2 with the Median XL mod, you might want to try the bow druid build. This build is based on using a druid bow or a regular bow with high dexterity and strength, and alternating between different skills to deal massive damage. You also have a loyal bear companion that helps you in combat and buffs your skills. In this article, we will explain what is Median XL bow druid, how to level up and gear up your character, and what are the pros and cons of this build.




Median Xl Bow Druid



What is Median XL Bow Druid?




Median XL is a popular mod for Diablo 2 that adds new skills, items, quests, monsters, and more to the game. It also changes some of the core mechanics and balances of the game, making it more challenging and rewarding. One of the classes that received a major overhaul in Median XL is the druid. The druid can now choose from five different skill trees: Hunter (bow skills), Nature (summons and buffs), Wolf (melee skills), Mage (elemental skills), and Venom (poison skills).


The bow druid build focuses on the Hunter skill tree, which offers a variety of bow skills that scale with dexterity and strength. The main skills are:


  • Steady Shot: A basic attack that gives you a buff that allows you to use your powerful skills.



  • Cascade: A skill that shoots multiple arrows that bounce off enemies and walls.



  • Heartseeker: A skill that shoots a piercing arrow that deals massive damage based on your life.



  • Pathfinder: A passive skill that increases your movement speed, attack speed, and damage.



  • Bear: A summon skill that creates a powerful bear that fights by your side and casts a buff that lets you spam your skills without restriction.



The gameplay of the bow druid revolves around alternating between Steady Shot and either Cascade or Heartseeker, depending on the situation. Cascade is good for clearing large groups of enemies, while Heartseeker is good for single targets and bosses. You also need to keep an eye on your bear, as it can provide you with a huge boost in damage when it casts its buff. The bear is also very tanky and can distract enemies from you.


How to Level Up and Gear Up Your Bow Druid?




Leveling up your bow druid can be a bit slow at first, but it gets easier as you get better items and skills. Here are some tips and tricks for leveling up:


  • Start with investing points in Steady Shot, Cascade, Heartseeker, Pathfinder, and Bear. These are your core skills that you will use throughout the game.



  • Use a druid bow or a regular bow with high dexterity and strength. You can find some good bows by using the cube recipes or by gambling at vendors.



  • Use runes and jewels to enhance your bows with more damage, attack speed, life leech, etc.



  • Use the Serpent Bow runeword (Shark Shark) for early game. It gives you bonus damage to Bloodlust, which is a skill that you can cast on kill with this runeword.



  • Use the Vipercast unique bow for mid game. It gives you bonus damage, life leech, and a chance to cast Venomous Spirit on kill, which is a powerful poison skill.



  • Use the Maple Bow unique bow for late game. It gives you bonus fire damage, fire pierce, dexterity scaling, and a chance to cast Flamefront on striking, which is an explosive fire skill.



  • Use the Nature set for late game. It gives you bonus damage, attack speed, life leech, defense, resistances, and some useful set bonuses.



Gearing up your bow druid can be very fun and rewarding, as there are many options and possibilities for different items and combinations. Here are some examples of good items for your bow druid:


  • Helm: Hawk Talons (unique cap), Spirit Walker (unique wolf head), Gehenna (set wolf head)



What are the Pros and Cons of the Bow Druid Build?




Like any other build in Median XL, the bow druid has its own strengths and weaknesses. Here are some of the pros and cons of this build:


Pros:




  • Very fun gameplay: The bow druid offers a dynamic and engaging playstyle that requires you to constantly switch between skills and pay attention to your bear. You can also experiment with different items and skills to suit your preferences.



  • Fast and easy farming: The bow druid can clear large areas of enemies very quickly with Cascade and Flamefront. You can also use Venomous Spirit and Bloodlust to deal extra damage and leech life. You can farm most of the content in the game with this build.



  • Broad item possibilities: The bow druid can use a variety of items to enhance its performance. You can use druid bows or regular bows, depending on your stats and damage type. You can also use different sets, runewords, uniques, and crafted items to boost your skills, damage, defense, resistances, etc.



Cons:




  • Slow single target killer: The bow druid struggles against bosses and enemies with high health and resistances. Heartseeker is your main single target skill, but it has a long cooldown and depends on your life. You might need to kite and use potions to survive against tough foes.



  • Slow early game compared to casters and traprat: The bow druid needs some good items and skills to start shining. In the early game, you might find yourself lacking damage, attack speed, attack rating, and survivability. You might need to rely on your bear and other skill trees to get through the first few acts.



  • Very item dependent: The bow druid relies heavily on its items to deal damage and stay alive. You need to constantly upgrade your gear and find items that suit your build. You also need to balance your stats between dexterity and strength, depending on your bow type. If you don't have good items, you might feel weak and frustrated.



These are some of the pros and cons of the bow druid build. Of course, you can always adjust your build according to your own playstyle and preferences. The bow druid is a versatile and fun build that can offer you a lot of enjoyment in Median XL.


Conclusion




In conclusion, the bow druid is a build that can offer you a lot of fun and challenge in Median XL. It is based on using a druid bow or a regular bow with high dexterity and strength, and alternating between different skills to deal massive damage. You also have a loyal bear companion that helps you in combat and buffs your skills. The bow druid has its own strengths and weaknesses, and it can be customized with different items and skills to suit your preferences. If you are looking for a new way to play Diablo 2 with the Median XL mod, you might want to try the bow druid build.


Bullet Points




Here are some bullet points for the article:


  • Median XL is a popular mod for Diablo 2 that adds new skills, items, quests, monsters, and more to the game.



  • The bow druid build focuses on the Hunter skill tree, which offers a variety of bow skills that scale with dexterity and strength.



  • The main skills are Steady Shot, Cascade, Heartseeker, Pathfinder, and Bear.



  • The gameplay of the bow druid revolves around alternating between Steady Shot and either Cascade or Heartseeker, depending on the situation.



  • The bear is a powerful summon that fights by your side and casts a buff that lets you spam your skills without restriction.



  • The bow druid can use a druid bow or a regular bow with high dexterity and strength.



  • The bow druid can use different sets, runewords, uniques, and crafted items to boost its skills, damage, defense, resistances, etc.



  • The bow druid has its own strengths and weaknesses. It is very fun, fast, and easy to farm with, but it struggles against bosses and enemies with high health and resistances. It is also very item dependent and slow in the early game.



  • The bow druid is a versatile and fun build that can offer you a lot of enjoyment in Median XL.



Questions




Here are some questions for the article:


  • What is Median XL and how does it change the druid class?



  • What are the main skills of the bow druid build and how do they work?



  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a druid bow or a regular bow?



  • What are some of the best items for the bow druid build and how do they enhance its performance?



  • What are the pros and cons of the bow druid build and how can it be customized to suit your preferences?



Answers




Here are some possible answers for the questions:


  • Median XL is a popular mod for Diablo 2 that adds new skills, items, quests, monsters, and more to the game. It also changes some of the core mechanics and balances of the game, making it more challenging and rewarding. One of the classes that received a major overhaul in Median XL is the druid. The druid can now choose from five different skill trees: Hunter (bow skills), Nature (summons and buffs), Wolf (melee skills), Mage (elemental skills), and Venom (poison skills).



  • The main skills of the bow druid build are Steady Shot, Cascade, Heartseeker, Pathfinder, and Bear. Steady Shot is a basic attack that gives you a buff that allows you to use your powerful skills. Cascade is a skill that shoots multiple arrows that bounce off enemies and walls. Heartseeker is a skill that shoots a piercing arrow that deals massive damage based on your life. Pathfinder is a passive skill that increases your movement speed, attack speed, and damage. Bear is a summon skill that creates a powerful bear that fights by your side and casts a buff that lets you spam your skills without restriction.



  • The advantages and disadvantages of using a druid bow or a regular bow depend on your stats and damage type. A druid bow scales with strength and deals physical damage. A regular bow scales with dexterity and can deal different types of damage depending on the item. A druid bow can benefit from the strength bonuses of the Hunter skill tree and deal more damage to enemies with low physical resistance. A regular bow can benefit from the dexterity bonuses of the Nature skill tree and deal more damage to enemies with high physical resistance or immunity.



  • Some of the best items for the bow druid build are the Maple Bow unique bow, the Nature set, the Serpent Bow runeword, and the Vipercast unique bow. The Maple Bow gives you bonus fire damage, fire pierce, dexterity scaling, and a chance to cast Flamefront on striking, which is an explosive fire skill. The Nature set gives you bonus damage, attack speed, life leech, defense, resistances, and some useful set bonuses. The Serpent Bow runeword gives you bonus damage to Bloodlust, which is a skill that you can cast on kill with this runeword. The Vipercast unique bow gives you bonus damage, life leech, and a chance to cast Venomous Spirit on kill, which is a powerful poison skill.



  • The pros and cons of the bow druid build are as follows: Pros: Very fun gameplay: The bow druid offers a dynamic and engaging playstyle that requires you to constantly switch between skills and pay attention to your bear. You can also experiment with different items and skills to suit your preferences. Fast and easy farming: The bow druid can clear large areas of enemies very quickly with Cascade and Flamefront. You can also use Venomous Spirit and Bloodlust to deal extra damage and leech life. You can farm most of the content in the game with this build. Broad item possibilities: The bow druid can use a variety of items to enhance its performance. You can use druid bows or regular bows, depending on your stats and damage type. You can also use different sets, runewords, uniques, and crafted items to boost your skills, damage, defense, resistances, etc. Cons: Slow single target killer: The bow druid struggles against bosses and enemies with high health and resistances. Heartseeker is your main single target skill, but it has a long cooldown and depends on your life. You might need to kite and use potions to survive against tough foes. Slow early game compared to casters and traprat: The bow druid needs some good items and skills to start shining. In the early game, you might find yourself lacking damage, attack speed, attack rating, and survivability. You might need to rely on your bear and other skill trees to get through the first few acts. Very item dependent: The bow druid relies heavily on its items to deal damage and stay alive. You need to constantly upgrade your gear and find items that suit your build. You also need to balance your stats between dexterity and strength, depending on your bow type. If you don't have good items, you might feel weak and frustrated.



Conclusion




In conclusion, the bow druid is a build that can offer you a lot of fun and challenge in Median XL. It is based on using a druid bow or a regular bow with high dexterity and strength, and alternating between different skills to deal massive damage. You also have a loyal bear companion that helps you in combat and buffs your skills. The bow druid has its own strengths and weaknesses, and it can be customized with different items and skills to suit your preferences. If you are looking for a new way to play Diablo 2 with the Median XL mod, you might want to try the bow druid build. a27c54c0b2


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