Diablo II, Nightmare/Hell Mode, Undead Dolls

I’ve been playing Diablo II as I do every 6 months or so and have wanted to know this for a number of years now:

In Kurast; when playing nightmare or hell mode; whenever I kill an undead doll it takes 60-90% of my health. What is this? How can I avoid it? It only happens when I’m using melee attacks to kill them.

The undead doll out of all enemies is practically the only enemy in the entire game that gives me issues, because of this.

Answer

The dolls/bone fetishes do an explosion, similar to the necromancers “corpse explosion” skill. It deals a huge amount of physical damage.

If you’re a ranged player it should be easy to snipe them from the distance. If you’re a melee character, go for -% physical damage gear, like Stormshield, Rockstopper, Vampire Gaze or other to reduce the damage. Also try to aim for high health (obviously).

AFAIK assassins can also block the explosion when they have a high “Weapon Block” skill. Still not something I would try though (at least not in hardcore mode :))

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