How much exp does slane give you when you kill him vs when you give him the wand? I would hate to do that as I don't want to do any "dick move" things just to hit level 8.
If you give the wand to Slane you get 120XP. If you refuse to give it to him you get 600XP. If you then kill his petrified form after you get another 3360 XP and usually some epic level 7 stuff. You can then use either of the wands or the helm to kill the shriekers.
Having played D2 I don't really like doing that but there you are. Evil pays sometimes.
Perhaps (hopefully) it will change next release as it was different in the last one although I forget how exactly. Certainly he was easier to kill before - I think only Marksmans Fang will do it now.
Ok, I got the dark door open after reading about casting bless on the lever. What a let down to only get a helm that wasn't nearly as good as what I already have.
Gives you source vampirism though and changes into something marginally better (but still cursed) after 5 uses.
I don't really like the Braccus' gear as not only is it rather weak for when you get it (except for the spear) the curses make it incompatible with Glass Cannon which is a very fun talent to play.
Is there any way to make the inert wands work ? The dragon came and killed all of the shriekers outside the gargoyle maze, but there's still the one outside the ruins with the dark door.
Don't think so. AFAIK you need to use the source vampirism skill from one of the 2 active purging wands or the helm. to kill that one. The others can either be killed by Slane or by yourself in the same way as you wish...