Read About Arachnid’s Mesh, Because You May Have Never Seen It’s Poison and Skill Damage in Diablo 2

Arachnid Mesh is a unique Spiderweb Sash (notice the wordplay going on there?). It is a popular belt for casters due to several of the mods on it.

The Stats:

Defense: 119-138

Minimum Strength: 50

Level Requirement: 80

+90-120% Enhanced Defense (varies)

Slows Target By 10%

+1 To All Skills

+20% Faster Cast Rate

Increases Maximum Mana 5%

Level 3 Venom (11 Charges)

Slows Target By 10%

This mod is supposed to reflect the belt’s relationship to spidewebs.

Although Arachnid Mesh is more of a caster’s belt, this mod only works when engaged in melee, or attacking with a ranged weapon, hence requiring a target.

+1 To All Skills

While +1 To All Skills is great for every class and every build, it benefits casters the most, because they have to rely on their Skills to do damage, as compared to melee characters who can depend on the strength and power of their weapons.

A +1 to All Skills not only increases the caster’s primary attacking Skill by 1 level,but may also improve any synergistic Skills, boosting the power of the primary attacking Skill even more.

+20% Faster Cast Rate

This is the mod that all casters want on their equipment. Being able to casts spells quicker makes a lot of difference in the world of Diablo 2, as the quicker you can cast your spells, the quicker your enemies die.

Increases Maximum Mana 5%

Yet another mod on the Arachnid Mesh that is attractive to casters. The more Mana you already have, the better this mod works.

Level 3 Venom (11 Charges)

Venom is an Assassin Skill that deals Poison damage. A Level 3 Venom does 90-110 Poison damage.

One thing to note about Venom is that it caps the poisoning duration to 0.4 seconds. That means that if your Skills and items do a total poison of damage of 700 over 10 seconds, but you use Venom, then you would now only do 28 damage over 0.4 seconds, and if you want to inflict more poison damage, you have to successfully hit the target again, and inflicting another 28 damager over the following 0.4 seconds. Therefore, Venom prevents long term poisoning, and you would have to constantly hit the target every 0.4 seconds to get the full 700 over 10 seconds poison damage.

So while Venom does generally good poison damage, if you want your poison to last longer (and thus prevent monster regeneration rates from rising above 0 over a longer time frame) then you should try to avoid triggering Venom or just avoid items with Venom triggers.

Summary:

Arachnid Mesh has one drawback: it lacks any bonuses to Resistances. Otherwise, it is a good caster belt. It is also has a very, very low drop rate, making it hard to find. There are Diablo 2 players who have never seen an Arachnid Mesh drop in the game. If you are really gung ho on getting an Arachnid Mesh for your caster, you might consider doing Mephisto Runs in Hell Difficulty over and over again, as it appears that Mephisto in Hell has a higher chance of dropping Arachnid Mesh (still very, very low though) compared to other Bosses and Uniques in the game.