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Breakpoints

'Breakpoints' - what..?

When you play a Diablo II character, there are some things that aren't so obvious and Breakpoints are one of those things. You may have gotten hold of some good items with Faster Cast Rate (FCR) for example - but what you may not know is that not every FCR point added has an effect on your character!

When playing a Sorceress for example, and you've got items with a combined total of let's say 90 FCR - you're actually using too much FCR or too little - as you can see from the tables below, the Sorceress FCR Breakpoints are as follows: 0 - 9 - 20 - 37 - 63 - 105 - 200

What this means is that anything between 64 and 104 is either too much or too little. Let's say you have 63 FCR - that's pretty good. Now.. everything you add above that won't have any effect until you hit a total of 105. Your character won't cast faster until you reach 105, so everything from 64 to 104 is actually wasted.

Well, that's how it works. Might be good to know if you're the type that wants to make the most of your char. Below are some of the most commonly needed Breakpoint values. For further information including Mercenary Breakpoints, check this.

Character Weapon / Skill / Form Block Frames
17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Amazon 1H swinging weapon  0 4 6 11 15 23 29 40 56 80 120 200 480        
Other weapons                         0 13 32 86 600
Assassin all                         0 13 32 86 600
Barbarian all                     0 9 20 42 86 280  
Druid Human form             0 6 13 20 32 52 86 174 600    
Bear form           0 5 10 16 27 40 65 109 223      
Wolf form                 0 7 15 27 48 86 200    
Necromancer all             0 6 13 20 32 52 86 174 600    
Paladin normal                         0 13 32 86 600
with Holy Shield                               0 86
Sorceress all                 0 7 15 27 48 86 200    
Character Weapon / Skill / Form 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Block Frames


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Character Skill / Form Casting Frames
23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7
Amazon all         0 7 14 22 32 48 68 99 152        
Assassin all               0 8 16 27 42 65 102 174    
Barbarian all                     0 9 20 37 63 105 200
Druid Human           0 4 10 19 30 46 68 99 163      
Bear form               0 7 15 26 40 63 99 163    
Wolf form               0 6 14 26 40 60 95 157    
Necromancer Human                 0 9 18 30 48 75 125    
Vampire 0 6 11 18 24 35 48 65 86 120 180            
Paladin all                 0 9 18 30 48 75 125    
Sorceress Lightning / Chain Lightning         0 7 15 23 35 52 78 117 194        
other spells                     0 9 20 37 63 105 200
Merc Act 3 all             0 8 15 26 39 58 86 138      
Character Skill / Form 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7
Casting Frames


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Character Equipped weapon Hit Recovery Frames
17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Amazon all             0 6 13 20 32 52 86 174 600  
Assassin all                 0 7 15 27 48 86 200  
Barbarian all                 0 7 15 27 48 86 200  
Druid; Human form 1H swinging weapon       0 3 7 13 19 29 42 63 99 174 456    
Other weapons         0 5 10 16 26 39 56 86 152 377    
Druid; Bear form all         0 5 10 16 24 37 54 86 152 360    
Druid; Wolf form all                     0 9 20 42 86 280
Necromancer; Human form all         0 5 10 16 26 39 56 86 152 377    
Necromancer; Vampire form all     0 2 6 10 16 24 34 48 72 117 ? ? ? ?
Paladin Spears and staves         0 3 7 13 20 32 48 75 129 280    
Other weapons                 0 7 15 27 48 86 200  
Sorceress all     0 5 9 14 20 30 42 60 86 142 280      
Merc Act 1 all             0 6 13 20 32 52 86 174 600  
Merc Act 2 all     0 5 9 14 20 30 42 60 86 142 280      
Merc Act 3 all 0 5 8 13 18 24 32 46 63 86 133 232 600      
Merc Act 5 all                 0 7 15 27 48 86 200  
Character Equipped weapon 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Hit Recovery Frames