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How do I know which damage type monsters inflict?

I'm wondering if there is a way to tell what kind of damage a regular enemy deals (physical, arcane, fire, etc). I know elites have their affixes present below their name but I don't see anything like that on regular enemies.

There are a few enemies who one-hit me (currently, vile swarms in Act 2). I'm wondering if I need to boost some of my resistances but it would be nice to know which ones.

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Just play as a Monk! –  user9983 Aug 22 '12 at 22:55
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@OrigamiRobot No! –  spugsley Aug 22 '12 at 22:55
    
I'm pretty sure that vile swarms do physical damage. However, I don't think that stacking one specific resistance is such a good idea (although with physical resistance it makes more sense that with others) –  Dyppl Aug 23 '12 at 5:24
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If you're stacking a single resistance, I'd recommend armor. It acts as straight up all resist. –  Frank Aug 23 '12 at 12:29

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Talking about those Swarms, I know they are Physical damage.

However, for most others, you can usually tell by the color of the spell that is being used:

Green - poison Blue - ice/frost Red - fire Purple - arcane

Although this is not always 100% true, you can usually guess.

Armor would help all of these stats, but then again it'd take a lot to raise all of these resistances drastically.

What I'm trying to say in a nut shell is: Are you farming, or making progression? If your farming, boost the resistances you need (i.e. Fire / Physical if you were farming Diablo). Typically I try to balance all of my resistances so I can progress.

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