In this guide, we will be taking an extensive look at the Mercenaries available for hire in Diablo 2 Resurrected. We will be discussing everything, including the different types of mercenaries available in D2R, the differences in their gear, and all the suitable roles for them.
Diablo 2 Resurrected Mercenaries
The Mercenaries have been changed a lot in Diablo II Resurrected when compared to the original game.
You can hire these mercenaries to aid you in battle by equipping them with decent gear like helmets, weapons, and other gear items. Mercs can also inherit the same character bonuses you have on your main character.
While playing the latest version of Diablo 2 Resurrected, any mercenaries you hire will be closer to your character’s level, and they can be leveled up further, which makes them even more useful.
There are 4 types of mercenaries available for hire, and we will be talking about all of them in detail.
The Rogue Scouts are mercenaries with bows that can help and provide artillery support as you fight on the front line.
These mercenaries can be hired from the Rogue Encampment if you go and talk to Kashya and complete the Blood Raven quest for her.
Rogue Scout mercenaries are not that good during fights and can die pretty easily if exposed to a lot of danger so, they will only be useful if they stay behind at a safe distance and cast the Inner Sight Amazon skill, which lowers the enemy’s overall defenses.
You can hire the Desert Mercenaries by talking to Greiz over at Lut Gholein. This mercenary class specializes in spear attacks and is a very popular choice among the players.
They can be acquired with a bunch of different aura options depending on the role you want them for and the difficulty you are playing on.
These are the different aura options available for the Desert mercenaries:
- Combat (Normal): Prayer
- Combat (Nightmare): Thorns
- Combat (Hell): Prayer
- Defense (Normal): Defiance
- Defense (Nightmare): Holy Freeze
- Defense (Hell): Defiance
- Offense (Normal): Blessed Aim
- Offense (Nightmare): Might
- Offense (Hell): Blessed Aim
The Desert Mercenaries can either be equipped with Javelins or Spears as they are a melee-focused class.
The Iron Wolves are the only magic-using mercenaries in Diablo 2 Resurrected. They are available for hire at Kurast Docks if you talk to Asheara there. The Iron Wolves specialize in elemental damage like Fire, Lightning and Cold focused attacks.
They have a high defense rating because of the shields and stay at a distance to provide support, just like the Rogue mercs.
Each iron wolf can use 2 spells from their respective elemental types. The spells available to each elemental type of Iron Wolf merc are mentioned below:
- Lightning: Charged / Lightning Bolt
- Fire: Inferno or Fireball
- Cold: Glacial Spike, Frozen Armor, and Ice Blast
The damage inflicted by all of the elemental types is the same, but the main differences lie in the debuffs caused by each elemental type.
Finish the Rescue the Barbarian’s quest and then go to Harrogath and talk to Qual-Kehk to recruit the Barbarian mercenaries in D2 Resurrected.
The barbarian mercs can be equipped with a single sword and class-specific helms. They specialize in frontline warfare based on their Bash and Stun abilities.
Barbarians are quite tough and are a good choice if you are looking to give your character some much-needed support on the frontlines.