Stats; 3 STR, 2 DEX every level.
I have only toyed with a BM but I can see the advice about VIT pretty much stays the same as a Cleric or Archer. If you feel more comfortable with a few extra VIT, do it. Just make sure you keep you STR and DEX up to your weapon’s requirements FIRST! It is great to have extra HP but if you have to use a weapon that’s ten levels out of date, you’re just killing yourself.
See the Archer concerning MAG, ok?
Comments on the BM by TypoVampire
Although I play an archer, I played a BM for most of my PWI life, so I'm here to explain some things I learnt along the way. This applies for all weapon paths.
1. Jack of all trades
As a BM, Don’t hesitate to do what is necessary. Does the tank die? Take his job for as long as you can. DD is missing? Take his job. You can do a lot. Don’t hesitate because hesitation leads to disaster.
2. Stuns, Stuns and More Stuns
As a BM, Your stuns and you AoEs are your "Specialty". BMs are famous for their stun locks. Your stuns should always be leveled as a major priority. They DEFINATELY help. Stunning a mob to save a cleric can save a squad wipe.
3. AoEs are FUN!
Your AoEs are important too. You have a huge variety of ‘em. Axes are primarily 360 degree AoEs, while poles are Straight-Line AoEs. They are great for crowd control and will make it great for grinding.
4. You come LAST.
As a BM, You are important, But don't try and save yourself if it will cost you a cleric, a barb, or any other person. You don’t "Specialize", so the squad CAN get by without you. This doesn't mean you’re useless, It means you need to worry about other more than yourself.”
Comments on the BM by VextraFera
I'm an ultimately newbie level 31 BM but I thought I'd throw my 3 cents in here (yes 3, I'm just generous like that).
1. STUNNING MAKES YOU MORE THREATENING (to mobs) - starting out as a low level BM I was baffled why I couldn't seem to hold agro against my Cleric friend of the same level. It was only recently that I learned that instead of the Stream Strike which they SAY increases threat level, it works better if I just hit them with a DOT first and then stun them, suddenly huzzah cleric doesn't draw agro despite dealing almost double my damage.
2. Team up - BM's are extremely difficult to level. You level slowly, very, very slowly, spamming pots helps but be prepared to spend many a time staring at the scenery while meditating. So to help you along try to squad with people grinding the same mobs in your area, this will save you time and boredom, most people will be happy to squad up if you ask nicely.
3. Be stingy with your skills - I don't know about high levels but I am ALWAYS running out of MP, BM's just have too many skills and almost non-existent mag. To save on having to buy MAG pots I tend to stick with Draw Blood first which is DOT and then a lot of manual hack and slash with one or two Aeolian Blades thrown in. This will save you some MP as well as getting the job done without losing a chunk of your hp. Remember as a BM you'll have more points in VIT than you will likely ever have in MAG which means your health will recover fast while your MAG goes slower than a snail in slow mo.
As for jewelry? Get a set of both and hot swap them as the mob's attack warrants.