Diablo 3 Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Diablo 3 Guides RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Diablo 3 Guide: Top Demon Hunter Builds for Season 16 https://www.gameskinny.com/n1bmi/diablo-3-guide-top-demon-hunter-builds-for-season-16 https://www.gameskinny.com/n1bmi/diablo-3-guide-top-demon-hunter-builds-for-season-16 Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:56:01 -0500 Sergey_3847

The new Season 16 in Diablo 3 is now playing out in full force, and proves that the latest patch has really changed things for the better. We can see more and more classes delivering better results in solo play, which also inspired people to create new and more powerful builds for their characters.

Once Demon Hunter was completely thrown out of the competition, but the new season offers several amazing builds that will help this class get into the spotlight once again.

If you plan on using Demon Hunter in Season 16, and you are looking for a good build, then here you will find four top-tier builds that will surely make you a proud owner of this class.

N6M4 Build

Here's the fastest and most powerful build you can currently use in Season 16 as a Demon Hunter player.

The most significant feature of this build is the incredible speed of movement that will allow you to quickly deal with enemies and move forward on your path. But fast speed doesn't mean that your attacks will be weak. On the contrary, your critical hit chance will be at its highest.

The skills are primarily focused on AoE damage with a reduced cooldown. This means that you will be able to deal with huge numbers of enemies at once.

As for defensive abilities, the N6M4 build is universally protected from all types of damage, which is quite convenient, especially in cases when you move onto the undiscovered territories.

Active Skills
  • Cluster Arrow
  • Sentry
  • Vault
  • Companion
  • Evasive Fire
  • Rain of Vengeance
Passive Skills
  • Steady Aim
  • Cull the Weak
  • Custom Engineering
  • Single Out
Gear Items
  • Natalya's Sight
  • Marauder's Spines
  • The Traveler's Pledge
  • Natalya's Embrace
  • Wraps of Clarity
  • Marauders Gloves
  • Zoey's Secret
  • Marauder's Encasement
  • Natalya's Bloody Footprints
  • The Compass Rose
  • Natalya's Reflection
  • Natalya's Slayer
  • Bombardier's Rucksack
Legendary Gems
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Enforcer
  • Zei's Stone of Vengeance
Kanai's Cube
  • Manticore
  • Cindercoat
  • Convention of Elements

Impale Build

The Impale skill, which has become the basis of this build, strikes an enemy with a throwing knife for 750% of weapon damage. This means that we have another extremely powerful and fast build on our hands. It's not suprising, as fast builds have regularly popped up in the top-tier lists of Diablo 3 classes.

But there is one huge difference between the Impale and the N6M4 builds. Instead of the critical hit damage, Impale playstyle mainly focuses on cooldown and resource cost reduction.

Although this build doesn't focus on AoE damage as much as the previous one, you will have access to the Fan of Knives ability, which provides exactly that.

And when it comes to preserving life, you will have Shadow Power skill, which is capable of siphoning life out of your enemies. This neat trick will help you stay alive for a long time.

Active Skills
  • Impale
  • Vengeance
  • Vault
  • Companion
  • Fan of Knives
  • Shadow Power
Passive Skills
  • Cull the Weak
  • Numbing Traps
  • Ambush
  • Awareness
Gear Items
  • The Shadow's Mask
  • The Shadow's Burden
  • The Traveler's Pledge
  • Aquila Curiass
  • Strongarm Bracers
  • The Shadow's Grasp
  • The Witching Hour
  • The Shadow's Coil
  • The Shadow's Heels
  • The Compass Rose
  • Elusive Ring
  • Karlei's Point
  • Holy Point Shot
Legendary Gems
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Gogok of Swiftness
  • Pain Enhancer
Kanai's Cube
  • Dawn
  • Chain of Shadows
  • Convention of Elements

Marauder Build

  • Author of the build:  

The focal point of the Marauder build is to reduce the cooldown of the vengeance skill to such a degree that you can basically stay in the Vengeance form all the time.

Then, when you've achieved the optimal stat reroll, you can focus on critical hit damage, critical hit chance, and speed of attack. This is a really interesting build, if you're looking for something different yet effective.

Active Skills
  • Evasive Fire
  • Cluster Arrow
  • Vault
  • Sentry
  • Vengeance
  • Companion
Passive Skills
  • Awareness
  • Cull the Weak
  • Custom Engineering
  • Ballistics
Gear Items
  • Marauder's Visage
  • Marauder's Spines
  • Hellfire Amulet
  • Marauder's Carapace
  • Wraps of Clarity
  • Marauder's Gloves
  • Zoey's Secret
  • Marauder's Encasement
  • Marauder's Treads
  • Restraint
  • Focus
  • Manticore
  • Bombardier's Rucksack
Legendary Gems
  • Bane of the Stricken
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Zei's Stone of Vengeance
Kanai's Cube
  • Dawn
  • Hellcat Waistguard
  • Oculus Ring

Multishot Build

Multishot build is a well-established build in the Demon Hunter fan circles. This build combines the speed of the N6M4 build and the cooldown reduction tools of the Impale build.

Many players consider this to be the ultimate build for the Demon Hunter class, as it has the perfect balance of all the best skills, gear, and gems.

Active Skills
  • Vengeance
  • Multishot
  • Preparation
  • Companion
  • Vault
  • Evasive Fire
Passive Skills
  • Ambush
  • Cull the Weak
  • Thrill of the Hunt
  • Ballistics
Gear Items
  • Visage of Gunes
  • Unsanctified Shoulders
  • Hellfire Amulet
  • Cage of the Hellborn
  • Wraps of Clarity
  • Fiendish Grips
  • The Witching Hour
  • Unholy Plates
  • Hellwalkers
  • Focus
  • Restraint
  • Yang's Recurve
  • Dead Man's Legacy
Legendary Gems
  • Bane of the Powerful
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Zei's Stone of Vengeance
Kanai's Cube
  • Dawn
  • Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan
  • Convention of Elements

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Now you can start Season 16 in Diablo 3 in the best way possible using one of these four Demon Hunter builds, and don't forget to check back soon for more related guides here at GameSkinny!

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How to Get Map of the Stars in Diablo 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/du7no/how-to-get-map-of-the-stars-in-diablo-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/du7no/how-to-get-map-of-the-stars-in-diablo-3 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:35:44 -0500 Sergey_3847

The annual Darkening of Tristram event in Diablo 3 is taking place at this very moment, giving you the chance to go through the Tristram questline from the original Diablo game.

There have been a few bugs during the start of the event this year with the Map of the Stars not showing, but it looks like Blizzard fixed all the issues with this quest, so you can now go and craft the item as intended. If you want to find a quick way to do it, then follow this step-by-step guide below.

Step 1: Craft Wirt's Leg

Wirt's Leg is a craftable Legendary mace that can be salvaged to obtain the Map of the Stars. Here is the sequence of tasks you need to accomplish to be able to craft this mace:

  1. In the Labyrinth, you need to reach level 9, where you can collect Rotten Mushrooms.
  2. Then, return to Tristram and go down the road towards the cathedral; to the right, you will see an old hut.
  3. Inside the hut, activate Adria's Cauldron, which will produce Witch's Brew.
  4. After that, go to the entrance portal in the southern part of Tristram and search for Farnham's corpse, which will grant you Drunkard's Debt.
  5. In the same area, search for Ogden's corpse, which will grant you Garda's Letter.
  6. Then, search for Pepin's corpse to get Healer's Prescription.
  7. Lastly, search for Griswold's corpse, which will drop the crafting plan for Wirt's Leg.
  8. Go to Blacksmith and craft the mace using the plan, 10 Reusable Parts, and 1,000,000 Gold.

Step 2: Salvage Wirt's Leg

You can equip the newly crafted weapon and use it, but it's not very strong, so you won't be able to use it anyway. So, you will need to salvage it at the Blacksmith, which will give you the Map of the Stars in return.

With the help of this map, you will be able to find the Abandoned Farmstead -- a secret cow level, which contains Wirt's Stash and Royal Calf pet.

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That is all for the Map of the Stars guide. Just follow these simple steps and soon you will be able to finish the Tristram event in Diablo 3 with tons of new rewards!

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Diablo 3 Challenge Rifts: Explanation and Rewards https://www.gameskinny.com/f6wfm/diablo-3-challenge-rifts-explanation-and-rewards https://www.gameskinny.com/f6wfm/diablo-3-challenge-rifts-explanation-and-rewards Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:01:53 -0400 Joseph Rowe

It's been a while since Reaper of Souls came out, and fans have been wanting more content for a while. With the new Rise of the Necromancer character pack, Diablo 3 added in a new feature called the Challenge Rift to quench our thirst for new content.

This rift is similar to the Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts -- you go into dungeons, kill tons of enemies until you fill your bar, then defeat the rift guardian. So how are these Challenge Rifts different? In this short guide, we'll break down what makes them unique and what rewards you can reap for completing them.

How Challenge Rifts Work in Diablo 3

In CRs, you are given another player's character to use instead of one of your own. This character comes with their own build already pre-chosen, so you have to work with what you've got. The challenge then comes from trying to beat the original player's time for the rift.

If you succeed, you get a treasure chest full of rewards. If you fail, you have to try again until you get it right.

Challenge Rift Rewards in Diablo 3

Upon completing the rift by the given time, you will be able to claim a cache that has the following:

  • 8x each act's legendary crafting materials (Khanduran Runes, Arreat War Tapestries, etc.)
  • 300 Blood Crystals
  • ~80-250 of Reusable Parts, Arcane Dust, and Veiled Crystals

 As of right now, challenge rifts can only be done once a week. Some players have complained about that as they don't feel the rewards are significant enough for a weekly event, so perhaps this will change in further updates to Rise of the Necromancer.

Every week, a new character is picked for the rift. If you've only ever really played one or two classes, this is a great way to get a feel for other classes and their respective end-game builds.

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Have you completed a challenge rift yet? Which one was your favorite so far? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out the rest of our Diablo 3 guides for Rise of the Necromancer to get the most out of this season:

  • Diablo 3 Necromancer Build Guide
  • Diablo 3 Necromancer Power Leveling Guide
  • Complete List of Diablo 3 Pets and Their Locations
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Best Diablo 3 Monk Builds for Season 11 https://www.gameskinny.com/56p0r/best-diablo-3-monk-builds-for-season-11 https://www.gameskinny.com/56p0r/best-diablo-3-monk-builds-for-season-11 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:12:40 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Looking to play a monk in Season 11? Want to know which builds will help you clear greater rifts the fastest but don't want to have to sort through a bunch of them? Look no further than our guide on the best Diablo 3 monk builds this season! 

The ranking of these builds is based on Rhykker's tier list for season 11. As balance changes are made and more is learned about the Necromancer, the builds might go up or down a few pegs on the tier list -- but ultimately, they'll be the best monk builds this season (in the opinion of one of the community's most respected players).

Raiment Duo-Gen Monk Build

The Raiment Duo-Gen build is the best monk build this season. It places in A-tier and comes in at the fifth best build for all classes this season, according to Rhykker. It is great for solo play and is up there for group DPS.

Keep in mind, though, that this is a fragile build -- so you will need to be mobile to avoid dying and immobile to get the bonuses from your neck/ring set. 

In order to complete this build, you will need the following:

  • Head: Mask of the Searing Sky with a Flawless Royal Amethyst
  • Shoulders: Mantle of the Upside-Down Sinners
  • Neck: The Traveler's Pledge with Bane of the Trapped
  • Torso: Heart of the Crashing Wave with Flawless Royal Diamond x3 
  • Waist: The Witching Hour
  • Hands: Fists of Thunder
  • Wrists: Spirit Guards
  • Legs: Scales of the Dancing Serpent with Flawless Royal Diamond x2
  • Feet: Eight-Demon Boots
  • Left Finger: The Compass Rose with Bane of the Stricken
  • Right Finger: Convention of Elements with Simplicity's Strength 
  • Main-Hand: Shenlong's Fist of Legend with Flawless Royal Emerald
  • Off-Hand: Shenlong's Fist of Legend with Flawless Royal Emerald

You will want the following items in your Kanai's Cube:

  • Flying Dragon
  • Depth Diggers
  • Unity

DKTheos of DiabloFan recommends the following Paragon priorities for Raiment Duo-Gen builds:

  • Dexterity>Max Spirit>Movement Speed>Vitality
  • Crit Hit Damage>Crit Hit Chance>Attack Speed>Cooldown Reduction
  • Resist All>Armor>Life Regen>Life
  • Area Damage>Life on Hit>Resource Cost Reduction>Gold Find

This is the monk build that Rhykker suggests for Raiment Duo-Gen, but if you don't have all the necessary pieces, DKTheos swaps out the shoulders with Lefebvre's Soliloquy, the amulet with a Hellfire Amulet, the waist with String of Ears or Goldwrap, and recommends both Unity and Stone of Jordan over Convention of Elements. 

Inna EP Monk Build

This is Rhykker's second highest ranking monk build for this season. He places it in the B-tier -- but it is ranked 6, so it's fairly close to the Raiment Duo-Gen monk build. It utilizes the Inna set and Exploding Palm with the Impending Doom rune. Inna's will give you some sweet buffs to both your Mystic Allies and your Mantras, allowing you to use all of them simultaneously. Your allies will be doubled because of the boots! So many allies! You'll have more allies than the current political administration.

In order to successfully pull this build off, you will have to equip:

  • Head: Inna's Radiance with Flawless Royal Diamond
  • Shoulders: Lefebvre's Soliloquy
  • Neck: The Traveler's Pledge with Bane of the Trapped
  • Torso: Inna's Vast Expanse with Flawless Royal Diamond x3
  • Waist: Inna's Favor
  • Hands: Inna's Hold
  • Wrists: Gungdo Gear
  • Legs: Inna's Temperance with Flawless Royal Diamond x2
  • Feet: The Crudest Boots
  • Left Finger: The Compass Rose with Pain Enhancer
  • Right Finger: Convention of Elements with Bane of the Stricken
  • Main-Hand: Inna's Reach with Flawless Royal Emerald

Your Kanai's Cube should be like this:

  • The Fist of Az'Turrasq
  • Bindings of the Lesser Gods 
  • Unity

YouTube's Quin69 recommends the following Paragon priorites for an Inna's EP build:

  • Movement Speed>Dexterity>Max Spirit>Vitality
  • Cooldown Reduction>Crit Hit Damage>Crit Hit Chance>Attack Speed
  • Resist All>Armor>Life>Life Regen
  • Area Damage*>Resource Cost Reduction>Life on Hit>Gold Find

Note: Some players, like Reddit's How2Post in this thread for a returning player on the Monk subreddit, recommend removing area damage Paragon points if you're playing support in a group.

Inna's is high in demand for group play in the top of the leaderboards in general -- and as of the writing of this monk build guide, one of the top 4-man team monk players on the leaderboards uses a similar Inna's build with a few variations. S/he uses Leoric's Crown instead of Inna's Radiance, a Hellfire Amulet, an Occulus Ring with Esoteric Alteration and an Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac with Gem of the Efficacious Toxin, Illusory Boots, and dual wields the Slanderer and Little Rogue. 

LTK LoN Monk Build

This is one of the two Lashing Tail Kick monk builds in this guide and it is tied with its counterpart for 10 in D-tier on Rhykker's Diablo 3 tier list. Most players who use this build use it for soloing. It's a solid pushing build, so if you're looking to farm greater rifts without a group, this is a good option for you this season.

This monk build does some serious fire damage with Cindercoat and Magefist's bonuses matching LTK's Vulture Claw Kick rune. Not only that, but the LTK itself is amplified significantly by Scarbringer, Gyana Na Kashu, and Rivera Dancers. If you have ancient versions of these items, your ring set will give you 100% damage and give you a nice bit of damage reduction as well. 

To complete this bad boy of a build, you will need:

  • Head: Gyana Na Kashu with Flawless Royal Topaz
  • Shoulders: Lefebvre's Soliloquy
  • Neck: Hellfire Amulet with Bane of the Trapped
  • Torso: Cindercoat with Flawless Royal Diamond x3
  • Waist: The Witching Hour
  • Hands: Magefist
  • Wrists: Strongarm Bracers
  • Legs: Skelon's Deceit with Flawless Royal Diamond x2
  • Feet: Rivera Dancers
  • Left Finger: Litany of the Undaunted with Bane of the Stricken
  • Right Finger: The Wailing Host with Gogok of Swiftness
  • Main-Hand: Scarbringer with Flawless Royal Emerald
  • Off-Hand: Crystal Fist with Flawless Royal Emerald

Make your Kanai's Cube do that wild thing it does with these sons of guns:

  • Flying Dragon
  • The Laws of Seph
  • Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac

Your Paragon points should be arranged in this order for this monk build, as per IcyVeins' suggestions:

  • Movement Speed>Dexterity>Max Spirit>Vitality
  • Cooldown Reduction>Crit Hit Damage>Crit Hit Chance>Attack Speed
  • Resist All>Armor>Life>Life Regen
  • Resource Cost Reduction>Area Damage>Life on Hit>Gold Find

Sunwuko LTK

If the LoN LTK monk build wasn't your flavor, check out this variation. Rhykker places this in D-Tier, and it's tied with the LoN LTK and a few other builds for the tenth best this season.

You'll find some survivability in this monk build in the bonuses allotted by the Sunwuko set. Your Sweeping Wind will halve the damage you take while spawning decoys to take damage for you -- and on top of that, it synergizes wonderfully with your Scarbringer, Rivera Dancers, and Gyana Na Kashu to ensure that your LTKs do insane amounts of damage. You'll also keep your spirit up by utilizing your Blinding Flash with the effect of the Laws of Seph from your Cube.

This monk build requires:

  • Head: Gyana Na Kashu with Flawless Royal Diamond
  • Shoulders: Sunwuko's Balance
  • Neck: Sunwuko's Shines with Bane of the Trapped
  • Torso: Sunwuko's Soul with Flawless Royal Diamond x3
  • Waist: The Witching Hour
  • Hands: Sunwuko's Paws
  • Wrists: Spirit Guards
  • Legs: Sunwuko's Leggings with Flawless Royal Diamond x3
  • Feet: Rivera Dancers
  • Left Finger: Convention of Elements with Bane of the Stricken
  • Right Finger: Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac with Gogok of Swiftness
  • Main-Hand: Scarbringer with Flawless Royal Emerald
  • Off-Hand: Crystal Fist with Flawless Royal Emerald

Set your Kanai's Cube up like so:

  • Flying Dragon
  • The Laws of Seph
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur

For this monk build, your Paragon priorities are, according to DiabloFan's IveGottenSoLucky:

  • Movement Speed>Max Spirit>Dexterity>Vitality
  • Cooldown Reduction>Crit Hit Chance>Crit Hit Damage>Attack Speed
  • Resist All>Life>Armor>Life Regen
  • Area Damage>Resource Cost Reduction>Life on Hit>Gold Find

Inna/Uliana Monk Build

Lastly for this season, Rhykker places this monk build in his F-tier builds that don't have a numerical ranking. Like the builds in D-tier, it's still one of the best builds in the game -- but if you're looking for pure GR clearing potential, you will want to use Raiment's or the other Inna's build.

Rhykker recommends this mostly if you're a Seven Sided Strike fan or are still building up your full Inna's set for the build above. Seven Sided Strike is amplified by the 4-set bonus you get from the three Uliana's pieces, plus Ring of Royal Grandeur as well as Lion's Claw's additional seven strikes. Uliana's also gives you a nice extra Exploding Palm every third spirit gen attack. Your Exploding Palm will do even more damage thanks to the full 6-set bonuses you get from the 4-armor pieces and Two-Handed Inna's weapon plus Ring of Royal Grandeur. 

This monk build needs the following pieces:

  • Head: Inna's Radiance with Flawless Royal Diamond
  • Shoulders: Uliana's Strength
  • Neck: The Traveler's Pledge with Bane of the Trapped
  • Torso: Inna's Vast Expanse with Flawless Royal Diamond x3
  • Waist: Inna's Favor
  • Hands: Uliana's Fury
  • Wrists: Spirit Guards
  • Legs: Inna's Temperance with Flawless Royal Diamond x2
  • Feet: Uliana's Destiny
  • Left Finger: Convention of Elements with Esoteric Alteration
  • Right Finger: The Compass Rose with Bane of the Stricken
  • Main-Hand: Inna's Reach with Flawless Royal Emerald

Your Kanai's Cube should have the following items:

  • Lion's Claw
  • The Crudest Boots
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur

According to DiabloFan poster IveGottenSoLucky, the stat priorities for a similar Inna's/Uliana's build are:

  • Movement Speed>Max Spirit>Vitality>Dexterity
  • Cooldown Reduction>Attack Speed>Crit Hit Chance>Crit Hit Damage
  • Resist All>Life>Armor>Life Regen
  • Resource Cost Reduction>Life on Hit>Gold Find>Area Damage

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What build will you be running this season? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out the rest of our Diablo 3 guides for Rise of the Necromancer to get the most out of this season:

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The Complete List of Diablo 3 Pets and Their Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/u3dqq/the-complete-list-of-diablo-3-pets-and-their-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/u3dqq/the-complete-list-of-diablo-3-pets-and-their-locations Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:09:50 -0400 Joseph Rowe

While not every class uses combat pets in Diablo 3, every class can use non-combat pets to their heart's content. Whether it's a mini-version of the Lord of Terror or a murloc-treasure goblin hybrid, there's a Diablo 3 pet out there waiting for you to adopt it.

The following is a complete list of all Diablo 3 pets as of the release of Rise of the Necromancer (with many pictures courtesy of the Diablo wiki) . There are a variety of ways to get pets -- like buying collector's editions of specific Blizzard games or killing certain rare mobs in-game. Some pets are only available for a certain amount of time, so it's important to stay on top of events and new game releases. As more pets come out, this list will be updated, so stay tuned!

Pets That Are Available via Special Purchase in Diablo 3

Bones
  • Acquired via Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Collector's/Deluxe Edition Purchase

Not to be confused with the Fox show that stars Zooey Deschanel's sister. This little pup can be purchased as part of the bundle of extras that comes with the Collector's/Deluxe editions of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls

 

Half-Formed Golem
  • Acquired via Rise of the Necromancer Purchase

This beautiful boy can be purchased along with the new class in the Rise of the Necromancer pack. Gaudy necromancer in mismatched armor not included.

 

Probe
  • Acquired via Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void Collector's/Deluxe Edition Purchase

Some alien probes are uncomfortable, but not this one. You can get this Protoss unit as a Diablo 3 pet by purchasing the collector's/deluxe editions of Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void

 

Pets Available Via Menagerist Goblin Drops in Diablo 3

The menagerist goblin is one of the rarest varieties of treasure goblin and its spawn rate is unaffected by difficulty. It's rare because it's a guaranteed, random, unowned non-combat pet for each member in the party. You don't have to worry about duplicates! This mob is definitely high priority if you want to finish your Diablo 3 pet collection. 

Blaze

The perfect companion for a wizard, this flaming skull is likely an homage to Marvel's Ghost Rider. Rumor has it that if you idle long enough, Nicolas Cage's face briefly replaces Blaze's.

 

Buddy

While he's far from man's best friend, this pup is still your little Buddy. He'd appreciate tagging along with a necromancer to get in on some of that bone action.

 

The Bumble

This yeti is always ready to play Buck Bumble. How do you think this Diablo 3 pet got its name?

 

Charlotte

If you're into depressing children's literature about arachnids, this is definitely the pet for you.

 

Friendly Gauntlet

Perfect for snapping its fingers along to the Addams Family theme with you. Or for holding your hand on long walks through the cemetery.

 

Galthrak the Unhinged

You know this guy is down to party when he's got unhinged as a title. Or maybe he just unhinges his jaw when devouring prey.

 
Grunkk

Grunkk is a miniature version of the Siegebreaker from Act III. Keep him away from your mini-buildings!

 

Haunting Hannah

Hannah is hauntingly beautiful. Or maybe just hauntingly haunting. 

 

Humbart Wessel

While not as good as Blaze at riding motorcycles, Humbart is the champion of goofy names. Just don't let Zayl (Act V) know you took him.

 

Lady Morthanlu

Everyone's favorite lady goat since that one lady goat from Undertale, she's the perfect Diablo 3 pet for the adventurer with a taste for petting zoo animals with attitude.

 

Lamb

This non-combat pet is as cute as a mutton and also a human child. Whose child is this? Where are his parents?

 
Malfeasance

Although this Diablo 3 pet has an air of horror and death around it, if you bond with it over the latest season of New Girl, it'll soon become your palfeasance. 

 
The Mimic

How come mimics only ever mimic treasure chests? Why not mimes? Mime-ics, anyone?

 

Ms. Madeleine

She may look like a character from a Korn album cover, but the flavor text describes her as "a happy go-lucky gal!"

 

Overseer Lady Josephine

The teddy bears in our world are happy and cuddly, but in Sanctuary, they're vengeful and hellbent. Still cuddly, though.

 

Queen of the Succubi

 

Now's your chance to adventure with demonic royalty. She may even introduce you to her friend Morrigan Aensland.

 

The Stomach

The stomach is a great Diablo 3 pet to have if you never finish your plate. The lung is a better choice, though, if your character has asthma.

 

That Which Must Not Be Named

There's no pet here. I don't know what you're talking about.

 

Unihorn

This legendary beast has eluded humans in the real world for too long. Now you can finally own one as a pet in Diablo 3. Part horse. Part horn. All fury.

 

Pets Acquired Via Other Drops in Diablo 3

Liv Moore

  • Acquired via Ravi Lilywhite Drop (Weeping Hollow, Act I)

Based off of a character from the TV show iZombie, this knife-wielding zombie can be found as a guaranteed drop from the incredibly rare mob Ravi Lilywhite, Passionate Player in the Weeping Hollow in Act I.

 

Pets That Are No Longer Available in Diablo 3

Seasonal Pets

These pets could be gained by completing Chapter 4 in the seasonal journey of their respective seasons. They were only available during their given season, and thus can't be picked up if that season has passed. 

Dream of Piers
  • Acquired via completing Season 7 Chapter 4

This quarter-horse, quarter-Diablo, half-horn hybrid was only available in Season 7. 

 

Frost Hound
  • Acquired via completing Season 4 Chapter 4

This chill Diablo 3 pet was the very first non-combat pet seasonal reward back in Season 4.

 

Old Growth
  • Acquired via completing Season 5 Chapter 4

Disappointingly not voiced by Vin Diesel, you were able to get this pseudo-ent back in Season 5.

 

 Rocky
  • Acquired via completing Season 9 Chapter 4

He's the best damned boxer who's also made of stone I've ever seen and he was available in Season 9.

 

Blizzcon Pets
Classic Diablo
  • Acquired via Blizzcon 2016 Attendance/Virtual Ticket

Blizzard brought back the classic Lord of Terror in travel size for Blizzcon 2016 attendees and virtual ticket holders.

 

Murkoblin
  • Acquired via Blizzcon 2015 Attendance/Virtual Ticket

Blizzard keeps finding ways to make cosmetic pets out of murlocs, and I'm all for it. This pet was available to Blizzcon 2015 attendees and virtual ticket holders.

 

Event Pets
Royal Calf
  • Acquired via Wirt's Stash During Anniversary Event

To unlock this beautiful bovine, players had to craft Wirt's Leg, decipher a map, solve a puzzle involving cow carcasses, and raid Wirt's Stash during the anniversary event. 

 

The Butcher
  • Acquired via Level 1 Anniversary Event Dungeon Run

This meat is extra fresh and was only available during the anniversary event. Players had to enter the cathedral and run the dungeon starting off at level 1 to get this baby boy. 

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That's all the Diablo 3 pets in the game so far. As more seasons, collector's editions, expansion packs, etc. come out, there will definitely be more. Do you have a favorite? Least favorite? Frustrated that you missed out on one? Did we forget to list one? Tell us in the comments!

And be sure to check out the rest of our Diablo 3 guides for more tips and tricks to keep you ahead of the game. 

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Necromancer Power Leveling Guide and Leveling Builds for Diablo 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/st435/necromancer-power-leveling-guide-and-leveling-builds-for-diablo-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/st435/necromancer-power-leveling-guide-and-leveling-builds-for-diablo-3 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:55:31 -0400 Joseph Rowe

The Rise of the Necromancer expansion adds a lot of new features to Diablo 3, but the coolest and most obvious one is the Necromancer itself. This class is bad to the bone -- and nothing feels more rewarding than mowing down mobs of enemies with exploding corpses and hordes of skeletons.

Eventually you can even clone yourself and become temporarily invulnerable, but first you gotta grind. To save time, you should follow this necromancer power leveling guide, complete with the best builds for leveling this class up as fast as possible. (And if you want to see the best ways to build it when power leveling isn't your goal, check out our standard Necromancer build guide.)

This guide is split into two sections: a necromancer power leveling guide and a set of suggested necromancer leveling builds if you're playing seasonal or want to start from scratch.

Best Builds for Power Leveling the Necromancer in Diablo 3

Command Golem/Corpse Lance Solo Build

This early game necromancer leveling build is my favorite on the list because of the insane damage you can do with it at low levels. There's nothing like seeing an elite mob that gives you the run-around on another character go down in seconds flat from a few bone lances to the face with the Necromancer.

This build is based around using bone spikes and bone spear as your main filler spells, while you wait for command golem to come off cooldown for corpses so you can bone lance your enemies to death.

  • Bone Spikes with Sudden Impact: This is the skill you use to build essence for this Necromancer leveling build. Amazing range and an AoE stun make this a perfect skill for kiting enemies while keeping them grouped together.
  • Bone Spear with Blighted Marrow: Use this skill when you have essence. It, too, has amazing range -- and this rune causes the spears to get stronger with each consecutive enemy it hits so use it in tandem with bone spikes to line stunned enemies up for tons of damage.
  • Corpse Lance with Brittle Touch: Use this when you have corpses. This is going to be your biggest single-target damage dealer for this build. It is great for shredding low level bosses and gets a significant damage boost from the rune's critical chance increase.
  • Command Golem with Flesh Golem: Use this on cooldown. Stand behind your new buddy and let it take the damage as you safely corpse lance enemies from afar with the extra corpses generated by the flesh golem rune.
  • Decrepify with Dizzying Curse: Use this on all enemies. This skill is the most flexible of the bunch for this Necromancer leveling build, and you can substitute it with either leech or frailty -- but a slow with a chance of stun is the safest option for kiting mobs in larger areas.
  • Bone Armor with Vengeful Armaments: Try to use this in groups and keep it refreshed. Vengeful armaments increases the damage this skill does and is especially effective in large groups of mobs.
  • Fueled by Death (Passive): The constant barrage of corpse lances you'll be doing means you'll always have stacks of this passive to make sure you can keep a safe distance from enemies.
  • Stand Alone (Passive): Your only pet will be the golem with this Necromancer leveling build, so you can gain a pretty significant amount of survivability from this rune.
  • Commander of the Risen Dead (Passive): Command golem's cooldown being reduced by 30% means more corpses and more corpse lances.

Devour/Bone Spirit Solo Build

This is a fantastic mid-level Necromancer leveling build. Your skeletal mage will burn down enemies to provide you with corpses to devour so you can reduce your bone spirit cooldown and spam it on your main target.

Siphon Blood ensures that you stay alive long enough to do it and have a steady stream of damage when your main damage skill is on cooldown.

  • Siphon Blood with Power Shift: Use this to build up your essence. Try to keep this skill going as often and as long as you can to maintain the stacks provided by the runes for increased damage. You can easily shred through enemies with full stacks of siphon blood while regaining health using this necromancer leveling build.
  • Skeletal Mage with Singularity: Use this when your essence is full. This rune makes it so that you have one super powerful skeletal mage that, with the passive skills you'll take, lasts for a long time as you send bone spirits at your enemies while siphoning their blood.
  • Devour with Devouring Aura: Try to stay near corpses to make the most of this aura. Taking this rune makes it so you can more quickly devour corpses to lower bone spirit's cooldown. Not only that, but it will restore your essence so you can summon more powerful skeletal.
  • Army of the Dead with Frozen Army OR Command Skeletons with Enforcer: Use Army of the Dead on cooldown and use Command Skeletons sparingly with this Necromancer leveling build.
    • Army of the Dead makes the most sense in synergizing with this build as it does not have as much of an essence requirement that would eat into the essence needed for skeletal mages, but Command Skeletons can have its essence usage mitigated by the enforcer rune, and it will provide more survivability than Army of the Dead.
  • Leech with Transmittable OR Frailty with Scent of Blood: Use this when you first engage a group of enemies. Like the skill above and the curse slot for the previous build, this one's flexible -- but I found that Leech provided the most sustainability for the 30-50 range. Frailty will give you more damage if you find yourself having no problem staying alive.
  • Bone Spirit with Astral Projection: Use on cooldown. This is the big damage dealer skill in this Necromancer leveling build. It is perfect for using in large groups of enemies, as the more of them the spirit passes through, the more damage it ends up dealing to its target. Try to hit as many extra enemies as possible for more damage!
  • Fueled by Death: You can't die if your enemies can't catch you!
  • Overwhelming Essence: More maximum essence means more essence for skeletal mage damage.
  • Extended Servitude: More skeletal mage time means more skeletal mage damage.


Death Nova/Corpse Explosion Group Build

This is another fantastic mid-level Necromancer leveling build, but it is intended for group play and has less survivability than the previous two builds.

To take full advantage of this build, you must have a tank or someone else who can help keep you alive. You will want to gather enemies in front of you using Grim Scythe, blast them with damage and poison from Death Nova, use Frailty to build up close corpses, use Corpse Explosion to explode them, and use Land of the Dead to explode them even more.

  • Grim Scythe with Dual Scythe: Use this to build your essence. You will want to try and gather as many mobs together with the Dual Scythe rune to build up essence as quickly as possible to use death nova as much as possible with this necromancer leveling build.
  • Death Nova with Blight: Use this when you have essence. This skill is amazing. You can deal tons of AoE damage while slowing and weakening your enemies thanks to this rune! Your group will thank you for taking this.
  • Corpse Explosion with Close Quarters: Use this when you have corpses. Although you don't have as much control over where you can explode your corpses, you can deal more damage to the enemies that will likely already be in Grim Scythe range.
  • Land of the Dead with Frozen Lands: Use this on cooldown. It grants an unlimited amount of exploding corpses with the chance of freezing enemies caught in the messy blasts.
  • Frailty with Aura of Frailty: This is a passive aura. It will make sure that enemies who get close to you have a chance of dying, giving you more survivability. But it also ensures that your corpses stay nearby to synergize with corpse explosion.
  • Blood Rush with Potency: Use this when necessary. Since this is a Necromancer leveling build based around getting up close and personal, you will need an "oh crap" button -- and this is it with bonus armor. It's perfect for moments when you get caught in the middle of a group of powerful enemies.
  • Stand Alone: You have no pets in this build, so get some extra armor.
  • Rigor Mortis: This synergizes extremely well with Death Nova to debuff your enemies as much as possible.
  • Spreading Malediction: Goes well with your Frailty aura to give you a nice damage boost.

How to Power Level the Necromancer in Diablo 3

This necromancer power leveling guide (brought to us by YouTube user Anon Ymous) is only usable if you've played a ton of the game already and have the right gear. If you don't have the right gear, follow the power leveling builds above to ensure that you're specced properly. If you do have the right gear, then you better start planning your end-game build now -- because you'll hit 70 in no time.

In order to use advanced gear at a lower level, you will need to have access to Kanai's Cube and several rank 25+ Gems of Ease. Check out our noob's guide to Kanai's Cube for more information.

Necromancer Power Leveling Gear

Once you have the right gear equipped, turn the difficulty up to the highest that you can reasonably handle then go out and grind until you hit cap. The creator of the video went out into the outskirts of New Tristram and hit level 17 off of his first kill!

If you don't have the necessary gear and don't mind grouping up, you can still power level until your heart's content with power leveling communities. You might have to beg until you find someone nice enough to power level you, but the community is surprisingly less toxic than many other online games.

This necromancer power leveling guide and the leveling builds will get you started on the right path with your new favorite class. If you still need a little extra assistance with the game, check out the rest of our Diablo 3 guides

What's your favorite build so far? Favorite pet? Tell us in the comments, and stay tuned for more Rise of the Necromancer tips!

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5 Best Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Builds https://www.gameskinny.com/my1z8/5-best-diablo-3-demon-hunter-builds https://www.gameskinny.com/my1z8/5-best-diablo-3-demon-hunter-builds Thu, 11 May 2017 10:46:05 -0400 tofuslayer

The Demon Hunter is one of the most popular classes for Diablo 3, but you'll need a powerful build to maximize your potential. Whether you want to farm for gear or power through campaigns as the Demon Hunter, it's important to build your class according to your needs.

There are many builds and variations out there, so here at GameSkinny, we compiled a list of five of our favorite builds to meet all your needs.

1. Standard Support DH Build

This Demon Hunter build by wudijo is ideal for speed and pushing in group play. This particular construction doesn't have many required items, so you can really customize it to your specific play style.

Skills:
  • Elemental Arrow: Ball Lightning
  • Multishot: Wind Chill
  • Marked for Death: Contagion
  • Sentry: Guardian Turret
  • Vault: Action Shot
  • Companion: Wolf Companion
Passive Skills:
  • Awareness
  • Tactical Advantage
  • Blood Vengeance
  • Numbing Traps
Items:
  • Helm: Pride's Fall (adequate)
  • Shoulders: Corruption (recommended)
  • Amulet: Hellfire Amulet (recommended)
  • Wrists: Nemesis Bracers (recommended)
  • Waist: Krelm's Bluff Belt (recommended)
  • Legs: Skelon's Deceit (recommended)
  • Feet: Illusory Boots (required)
  • Primary Weapon: Calamity (required)
  • Off-Hand: Meticulous Bolts (required)

2. GR80+ LoN Fan of Knives & Strafe (HC/SC viable) Build

This Demon Hunter build by Desolacer is ideal for solo play, but not gear farming. If you're looking for a tank-like build to dominate solo campaigns, I recommend trying a solid LoN build like this one.

Skills:
  • Evasive Fire: Hardened
  • Strafe: Drifting Shadow
  • Vengeance: Seethe
  • Smoke Screen: Lingering Fog
  • Fan of Knives: Pinpoint Accuracy
  • Caltrops: Bait the Trap
Passive Skills:
  • Ambush
  • Awareness
  • Archery
  • Cull the Weak
Items:
  • Helm: Visage of Grunes (recommended)
  • Shoulders: Mantle of Channeling (recommended)
  • Amulet: Hellfire Amulet or Mara's Kaleidoscope (recommended)
  • Torso: Beckon Sail (recommended)
  • Wrists: Wraps of Clarity or Nemesis Bracers (recommended)
  • Waist: Thundergod's Vigor (recommended)
  • Legs: Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan (recommended)
  • Feet: Illusory Boots or Ice Climbers (recommended)
  • Rings: Litany of the Undaunted and The Wailing Host (required)
  • Primary Weapon: Fortress Ballista or Calamity (recommended)
Top 3 Legendary Gems (recommended for solo play):
  • Bane of the Stricken
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Taeguk

3. 2.4.3 UE Danetta's Grenades Fast and Furious Build

Just like the name implies, this Demon Hunter build by BigJohnasty does massive damage in a short amount of time. Check out the video below from the maker of this build.

Skills:
  • Grenade: Grenade Cache
  • Companion: Wolf Companion
  • Vengeance: Dark Heart
  • Fan of Knives: Bladed Armor
  • Vault: Action Shot
  • Preparation: Invigoration
Passive Skills:
  • Awareness
  • Grenadier
  • Numbing Traps
  • Ambush
Items:
  • Helm: Accursed Visage (required)
  • Shoulders: Unsanctified Shoulders (required)
  • Amulet: Hellfire Amulet, Countess Julia's Cameo, or the Star of Azkaranth (recommended)
  • Torso: Cage of the Hellborn (required)
  • Wrists: Wraps of Clarity, Nemesis Bracers, or Warzechian Armguards (recommended)
  • Hands: Fiendish Grips (required)
  • Waist: Hellcat Waistguard or Hunter's Wrath (required)
  • Legs: Depth Diggers (required)
  • Feet: Hell Walkers (required)
  • Rings: Focus and Restraint (required)
  • Primary Weapon: Danetta's Revenge (required)
  • Off-Hand: Danetta's Spite (recommended)
Top 3 Legendary Gems (recommended for solo play):
  • Simplicity's Strength
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Bane of the Powerful 

4. Ultimate End-Game M6 Build 

This Demon Hunter build by Tunafish is extremely thorough and can be modified for group or solo play, and it is one of the most popular available for the DH. This build uses a full Marauder's set and can be altered to utilize all cold skills.

Skills:
  • Evasive Fire: Focus
  • Cluster Arrow: Shooting Stars
  • Preparation: Punishment
  • Sentry: Polar Station
  • Vault: Tumble
  • Companion: Wolf Companion
Passive Skills:
  • Night Stalker
  • Ballistics
  • Custom Engineering
  • Awareness
Items:
  • Helm: Marauder's Visage (required)
  • Shoulders: Marauder's Spine (required)
  • Amulet: The Flavor of Time or Hunt of Vaxo (recommended)
  • Torso: Marauder's Carapace (required)
  • Wrists: Reaper's Wraps, Lacuni Prowlers, or Strongarm Bracers (recommended)
  • Hands: Marauder's Glove (required)
  • Waist: The Witching Hour (recommended)
  • Legs: Marauder's Encasement (required)
  • Feet: Marauder's Treads (required)
  • Rings: Focus and Restraint (recommended)
  • Primary Weapon: Arcane Barb or Kridershot (recommended)
  • Off-Hand: Bombardier's Rucksack (required)
Top 3 Legendary Gems (recommended for solo play):
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Enforcer
  • Bane of the Powerful

5. Advanced Natalya's 2.2 Build

This Demon Hunter build by Bonerfleximus is one of my personal favorites. You don't see a lot of builds focused on Rain of Vengeance, which is an insanely powerful skill. This construction is definitely not for beginners, but if you can get the timing with Strafe and Rain of Vengeance down, you can get the most out of RoV.

You can definitely play around with the recommended gear, but the entire point of this build is to have the full Natalya's set and Crashing Rain, so you really want to have all 6 items and the belt.

Skills:

  • Rain of Vengeance: Stampede
  • Evasive Fire: Focus
  • Strafe: Rocket Storm
  • Companion: Wolf Companion
  • Preparation: Focused Mind
  • Smoke Screen: Displacement
Passive Skills:
  • Cull of the Weak
  • Ambush
  • Awareness
  • Steady Aim
Items:
  • Helm: Natalya's Sight (required)
  • Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Skeleton King (required)
  • Amulet: Mara's Kaleidoscope or Hellfire Amulet (recommended)
  • Torso: Natalya's Embrace (required)
  • Wrists: Strongarm Bracers (required)
  • Hands: Natalya's Touch (required)
  • Waist: Crashing Rain (required)
  • Legs: Natalya's Leggings (required)
  • Feet: Natalya's Bloody Footprints (required)
  • Rings: Focus and Restraint (required)
  • Primary Weapon: Natalya's Slayer (required, but you can use Calamity if you don't have Natalya's Slayer)
Top 3 Legendary Gems (recommended for solo play):
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Zane's Stone of Vengeance
  • Taeguk

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Be sure to check out the provided links for Paragon priorities and other specifics to each build! Between these five Demon Hunter builds, there's a lot to work with and build on. Maybe try one of these during a Conquest, after you read this guide on how to beat Boss Mode for Season 10.

Do you play any of these builds? Let us know about any variations you use in the comments below!

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Diablo 3 Necromancer Build Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/rarcq/diablo-3-necromancer-build-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/rarcq/diablo-3-necromancer-build-guide Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:40:40 -0400 tofuslayer

The Necromancer class for Diablo III is currently available for beta players, and so far, there are no specific items for the class. However, we do know what skills and runes the class has so far. Though these may change as we move closer to the official release of "Rise of the Necromancer," we can get a feel for what kind of builds we can use with this class when we get the full release. 

We can most likely base the D3 Necromancer loosely off popular D2 builds, and there are a lot of new things to factor into that equation. The Witch Doctor class essentially replaced the Necromancer class in the transition from D2 to D3, and Blizzard has worked to make the new Necromancer class distinctive from the WD and its D2 predecessor. With these new abilities, there are so many new possibilities for powerful builds that bear no resemblance to the original Necromancer.

Let's take a look. 

Necromancer Armor and Weapons

Obviously, it's the players choice whether they want a more skill-dependent build or a gear-dependent build. However, since we don't have any Necromancer specific items just yet, all we can do is speculate, and base projections off past weapons we saw for the D2 Necromancer. While the items will undoubtedly be different, they will definitely have gear that boosts the major skills for the new class.

Ideally, we'd have gear that adds to the skills and runes we center our builds around. However, another factor to consider is that many skills for the new Necromancer class, such as Blood Nova and Blood Spear, use health as a resource. Having a solid set of armor, as well as ranged weapons (such as wands or staffs), will help preserve your health.

Necromancer Skills and Runes

You can get the full list of skills and runes from the official Diablo III blog here.

The post has a disclaimer that the "numbers and functionality may still be subject to substantial change" once the class is out of beta, so we won't get too specific about DPS and other nit-picky details just yet.

And despite the possibility of "substantial change" in the future, we can start to get a general idea of what kinds of skills we want to use for our builds. These "builds" aren't exact builds, but more of a guide to give you ideas for what kind of skills you can center your builds around.

Pet-Focused Necromancer Build

One of the really cool things about this new class is the ability to summon pets and have them fight for you. So far, the general consensus is that Command Skeletons is a must-have skill.

Active Skills:

  • If you use Command Skeletons, you can reduce your Essence by 30% with the Commander of the Dead passive skill.
  • The Revive Corpse ability also allows you to reanimate corpses and have them fight for you.
  • There are a lot of runes available for Revive Corpse, but Purgatory allows you to reanimate corpses that you've already used.
  • Skeleton Mage allows you to raise a skeleton from the ground that deals 400% weapon damage for six seconds.
  • The Skeleton Archer Rune for Skeleton Mage allows you to increase your attack speed every time for five seconds your archer deals damage for up to 10 stacks.

Passive Skills:

  • You can also boost your skeletons with the Frailty Curse by proxy of the Scent of Blood Rune so that your enemies take 15% increased damage from your pets.
  • You can gain 10% of your Life on Hit every time a minion hits an enemy with Grisly Tribute.

These are just a few base skills to center your build around. You can add more passive or active skills depending on your preferences. 

Blood Nova-Focused Necromancer Build

One interesting feature of the Necromancer is the ability to use health as a resource cost. Blood Nova is a rune for the Death Nova skill, which costs 10% of your health and deals 450% weapon damage to enemies within 25 yards. While this is a powerful skill, equipping it forces you to more fiercely preserve and restore your health.

Active Skills:

  • If you use Command Golem with the Blood Golem Rune, the Golem dies to heal you and then returns to deal 450% weapon damage to nearby enemies.
  • Leech allows you to curse everything in your target area (including allies), healing you every time they lose health.
  • Corpse explosion creates more corpses around you, use in conjunction with Devour to allow you to consume them to increase your Essence.

Passive Skills:

  • Draw Life allows you to increase your health regeneration by 10% for every enemy within 20 yards.
  • Life from Death gives you a 20% chance of spawning a health globe for every corpse consumed.
Freezing-Focus Necromancer Build

This is a cool idea from this review of the Necromancer beta. The idea is to equip cold skills to keep enemies at a distance, which is ideal for the Necromancer, who is less of a melee fighter. Since there are a lot of cold runes to work with, there's a lot of creative freedom you can take with this idea.

 Active Skills:

  • Frost Spikes is a rune for Bone Spikes, which creates an icy patch that reduces movement speed by 60% for two seconds.
  • The Suppress Rune for Siphon Blood slows your down enemies by 75%.
  • With the Command Golem Skill, you can use the Ice Golem Rune, which will freeze enemies for three seconds, as well as increase your critical hit chance by 10% for 10 seconds.
  • Use Corpse Explosion with the Dead Cold Rune to freeze any enemies in the radius of the explosion for two seconds.

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These are just a few ideas for potential builds you could use. One of the better ways to use the Necromancer is to focus on ranged attacks, generally by using your summoned minions to create distance or slow your enemies down. Between these three loose guides for Necromancer builds, you have three templates you could potentially base future builds off of.

You can use one or any combination of the three, or even try to pull off a more melee type build if you're the ambitious type.

If you're planning on purchasing the "Rise of the Necromancer" expansion pack, what kind of builds are you planning? Let us know in the comments below!

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Everything You Need to Know to Conquer Boss Mode in Diablo 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/z7x4y/everything-you-need-to-know-to-conquer-boss-mode-in-diablo-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/z7x4y/everything-you-need-to-know-to-conquer-boss-mode-in-diablo-3 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:59:25 -0400 tofuslayer

Season 10 of Diablo III is upon us, and Boss Mode is back. Many have avoided this Conquest because it seems "too hard." While the task of beating 16 bosses in 20 minutes or less may seem like a daunting task, it's very possible to do, even on your own. Whether you're playing in a group or solo, the two most important things to consider are timing and strategy. While it's easier said than done, it's a fairly straightforward Conquest to beat as long as you have the right plan in place. To show you just how easy it can be, here's a step-by-step guide to putting together the best plan to tackle Boss Mode.

1. Choose your class, gear, and skills

I'm not going to tell anyone what class/gear is best for this conquest, because I think that people know what works for them. That being said, I have my own personal preferences. Like many, I'm partial to the Demon Hunter with Vault, but I've heard good things about tackling this conquest with a Witch Doctor. Consider mobility and the amount of damage you can do. Each class has their strengths and weaknesses, but at the end of the day, it's best to pick what you're strongest with.

I will also say that whether you're playing solo or in a group, it's best to consider switching out your gear and skills for what you're doing. You can use a certain set up to get to the boss, then switch it out before the fight to optimize your strength and movement during the actual fight.

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2. Pick a team, or go it alone

Group: Playing in a group is definitely the easier route to go, especially if you have the right team. However, every player needs to know their roles and has to hit their mark at the right time. Set up your town portals where the bosses are and then use the map to return to town.

Communication is key in group play. Use the chat to signal each other when you've beaten a boss or if a boss starts taking longer than expected. Be prepared for the possibility that certain bosses may take longer than you had originally planned and know how you will make up for lost time.

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Solo: This conquest is definitely doable solo, but you need to consider what class/gear you want to chose. It may take a few more tries than with a group, but I firmly believe that this Conquest is possible with any class. However, I am still partial to my DH with vault. This is also a good time to break out all your gear that ups toughness.

 3. Decide an order to take on the bosses

If you're playing in a group, everyone needs to agree on the order. Regardless of how many players there are, you need to prepare a list of all the bosses and the order you plan to beat them. The general consensus is that it works best if you prioritize the hardest bosses with the longest cut scenes first, then work your way down to the shorter, easier bosses.

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These are the four bosses with animations:

  • Belial
  • Malthael
  • Urzael
  • Diablo

However, the animations are not the only thing you have to consider. The other factor when you're making your list is the ease of reaching each boss. For example, the Butcher is a relatively easy boss to beat, but takes longer to get to than Belial. Consider putting easier bosses that take longer to reach closer to the top of your list, but not above bosses like Diablo and Malthael.

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Don't be discouraged if this Conquest takes a few tries, even in a group. If the first four bosses take longer than 8 minutes, you may consider restarting, especially if you're playing alone. It may help to test how long certain bosses take you to beat before heading into Boss Mode. This will help you know how far along you need to be at what time. You also will want to know how much time you can afford to lose if you die unexpectedly or you get stuck at one boss longer than you planned.

Now, go forth and conquer!

You now have a step-by-step guide to creating your plan to beat Boss Mode. If you've shied away from this Conquest because it seems to hard, now you know that it's just about strategy. Make sure your plan is secure before you head into the Conquest, and test any Bosses or setups that you're unsure of beforehand. If you end up having to do multiple runs, change your plan accordingly based on what went wrong. Now you are ready, nephalem. Win your conquest and reap your rewards!

Have you beaten this Conquest? Let us know what build you used and any other tips you might have in the comments below!

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Top 10 amazing or fun Kanai's Cube powers! https://www.gameskinny.com/e4fee/top-10-amazing-or-fun-kanais-cube-powers https://www.gameskinny.com/e4fee/top-10-amazing-or-fun-kanais-cube-powers Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:48:43 -0400 David Fisher

Kanai's Cube can be a little box of wonders. In fact, its ability to extract legendary skills alone is perhaps one of the greatest features to hit Diablo III since launch! In this guide, we'll look at 10 powers that you might want to consider. Some are great for grinding, others for slaying hordes of monsters, and a few of them are just fun to play around with! So here's my personal 10 favorite legendary skills to equip!

Pro Tip: extracted skills always roll the highest possible stats for that item regardless of what the item itself had!

10. Bovine Bardiche (Weapon Slot)

  • Pros: Summons a herd of menacing armed cows to fight for you for a short period of time, which can greatly improve your damage output!
  • Cons: There are better (more consistent) ways to increase damage output

The Bovine Bardiche is one of the sillier weapons in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. This weapon was added to honor the Secret Cow Level, and was typically unused because there are numerous weapons that could summon much stronger allies to fight beside you. And the fact that they only had a chance of being summoned meant that it was not worth your time to equip. With Kanai's Cube, however, this weapon's legendary ability can see the light once more - provided you have nothing better to use...

9. Odyn Son (Weapon Slot)

  • Pros: I love lightning! It's the best invention since the rock! Also, the damage is always fun!
  • Cons: Chain lightning isn't actually that great...

There is a certain proverb I like to pass around:

Give a man a hammer, and he shall smash the skull of his enemies. Give a man a chain lightning hammer AND HE SHALL REIGN SUPREME WHILE SMITING ALL HIS ENEMIES WITH RIGHTEOUS THUNDER AND LAUGH AT THE PITIFUL CORPSES OF THE SLAIN!

The simple fact is: everyone loves chain lightning. If you don't, there's something seriously wrong with you. However, Diablo III's Odyn Son has such terrible damage that it was almost never a viable weapon in any build ever. While using the Kanai's Cube for other weapon abilities can certainly boost your damage output a lot better than this chain lightning effect can, wouldn't you just feel that much better if you had it anyway?

Yes... yes, you would.

8. In-geom (Weapon Slot)

  • Pros: Reduces your skill cooldowns for 10 seconds 15 seconds after killing an elite pack!
  • Cons: Very few classes can make proper use of this amazing skill...

In-geom is one of those niche weapons that needs to be equipped by the right character at the right time to make all the difference. That said, using a Monk with the Dashing Strike ability can be a fast and fun way of clearing Nephalem or Greater Rifts, provided you have this ability in tow. Since the weapon itself doesn't always have the greatest stats (seeing as it is a one-handed weapon), wouldn't you feel better if you had a two-handed weapon with this ability in tow? I would.

7. Custerian Wristguards (Armor Slot)

  • Pros: Gathering gold gives you 1:1 experience!
  • Cons: This isn't really useful without the Boon of the Hoarder legendary gem...


While getting free experience points while gathering gold sounds like a good deal, the Custerian Wristguards are not a good piece of armor to wear... ever. Their stats typically lie at the lower end of the spectrum, and the ability isn't really worth the sacrificed damage, toughness, or healing.

However, that's what Kanai's Cube is there for! Since this ability can be used with your newly made characters as well (provided you have already extracted the power) it can be really useful for getting to level 70 fast! With Boon of the Hoarder, you can even use this while power-leveling your Paragon Levels.

6. Leoric's Crown (Armor Slot)

  • Pros: Double gem buffs!
  • Cons: No real in-battle buffs...

Ever since the buff to Leoric's Crown it has become one of the most commonly used legendary powers in the game for leveling up characters. Why? Because it doubles the effect of any gem you have in your head slot. This means that your 41% bonus experience from your Flawless Royal Ruby helmet slot becomes 82%!

This can cause insane degrees of leveling up for your characters, or it can be used to double any other helmet gem you can think of. Once again, this isn't one of the best armor buffs you can use, but it can be very... very useful. I will use this if I don't have any better buffs to use, especially if you picked up this item for free at level 18 by killing the Skeleton King in Campaign mode. 

5. Death Watch Mantle (Armor Slot)

  • Pros: 35% chance to do 950% damage every time you get hit is no laughing matter... unless you're a sadist, then you can laugh at the corpses of your enemies! MUAHAHAHA!
  • Cons: Pretty much only useful for characters that can take a hit...

Death Watch Mantle is another fun, but situational item. While it does insane amounts of damage, the low chance is somewhat of an issue for frailer characters. However, don't let the 35% chance fool you: you will get hit a lot, and 1-in-3 chances is pretty darn good considering how many times you get hit without noticing. That 950% damage can also spell doom for many common spawns, so consider this if your character can take a few hits without a problem.

4. Elemental Damage Prevention Amulets (Jewelry Slot)

  • Pros: Don't take damage, and heal from specific elemental attacks from Elite groups of creatures!
  • Cons: None...

There's pretty much no legitimate reason to not use an amulet ability that heals you instead of damaging you when you encounter an Elite mob. Personally, I like to use an arcane damage prevention one since those tend to be the trickiest to deal with (at least in my opinion). However, any elemental damage prevention amulet will do. These include: Countess Julia's Cameo, Mara's Kaleidoscope, Talisman of Aranoch, The Star of Azkaranth, and the Xephirian Amulet.

Oh yeah, did I mention that the Kanai's Cube buff can stack with elemental immunities from other amulets? More reason to do it!

3. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac (Jewelry Slot)

  • Pros: Insane cooldown reduction for DPS characters!
  • Cons: Game gets easier...?

Once more, an item that has no real downside. The commonly known Zodiac Ring is one of the most useful rings in the game, and having it on a Kanai's Cube slot means you can use set rings instead of this legendary. There's almost no reason not to do so since it quite literally lowers your cooldowns for free! Just remember: this only reduces the cooldown of one skill at a time, so make sure you use it on a character that is constantly using a skill that spends your resources. This would be perfect for a strafe build on a Demon Hunter or a whirlwind build on a Barbarian.

2. Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan (Armor Slot)

  • Pros: As long as you keep moving you'll do 25% increased damage!
  • Cons: Virtually useless for spellcasters...

Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan is a strange item. It allows you to do an extra 25% damage whenever you are moving, but it lowers your damage by 20% if you stand still. This leaves it nearly completely useless for the two spellcaster classes since most of their abilities involve you planting your feet firmly into the ground. That said, the ability is extremely useful for Barbarians, Demon Hunters, and Monks who can take full advantage of this ability. I will certainly consider this if you want to do farming runs or just play with one hand for a while.

1. The Furnace (Weapon Slot)

  • Pros: Chance to deal 6% of the enemy's current health as fire damage!
  • Cons: Are you blind? 6% of their health... every time it procs!

The Furnace has been a favorite among high-level Greater Rift runners ever since it was discovered. By having a chance to take off a significant portion of the enemy's health each time it procs, there's virtually no build that cannot benefit from this item. That said, it's a tough item to come by.

However, if you use the "upgrade rare item" recipe that the Kanai's Cube offers on a Two-Handed Mace, you're almost guaranteed to get this item on the first few tries. Consider this at all times if possible, otherwise, opt for something you think would fit your personal build... Like chain lightning!

Honorable Mention - Ring of Royal Grandeur

  • Pros: You need one less item to get a set bonus, plus the item is kind of weak on its own, even if it's an ancient quality one.
  • Cons: You could be using anything else in this slot...

Another item that is often sought, but rarely wanted in a build is the Ring of Royal Grandeur. While its ability is amazing, its stats are generally terrible.

With Kanai's Cube you can bypass this weak item and just get its ability, but with so many other great options it's only really worth it if you're planning on mixing up the bonuses from several different sets. Consider this item with extreme prejudice. Some bonuses are just not worth the trouble...

That's all folks!

Do you have any personal favorites for the Kanai's Cube slots? Did I miss something you think should be on this list? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below!

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Gaming Simplified: A noob's guide to Kanai's Cube https://www.gameskinny.com/lrvtj/gaming-simplified-a-noobs-guide-to-kanais-cube https://www.gameskinny.com/lrvtj/gaming-simplified-a-noobs-guide-to-kanais-cube Sun, 20 Sep 2015 08:30:01 -0400 David Fisher

In Diablo III: Reaper of Souls patch 2.3.0, Blizzard added the Kanai's Cube to the game. While Blizzard drew many parallels between the item and its predecessor - the Horadric cube - there are more differences than similarities between the two items. While Kanai's Cube isn't the most difficult to understand item in gaming history, its functions can be a bit misleading.

As such, here's a guide to how you can acquire and use the Kanai's Cube in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls!

Acquiring the Cube

Finding Kanai's Cube is both simple and difficult at the same time. In order to find the elusive Kanai's Cube, players must travel through the Ruins of Sescheron. The ruins are not accessible via traditional means, as the only way to find them is by traveling through a Waypoint to Act III, where its own Waypoint can be found at the top-right corner of the map.

Once there, players must search the second area of the Ruins of Sescheron known as "The Elder Sanctum". Since Diablo III generates random maps each time you start a game, it can be somewhat difficult to pinpoint the exact location of the Kanai's Cube. This is further complicated by the lack of a quest marker on the mini-map.

The entrance to the Tomb of Kanai will always look like this. It is usually found in a smaller snowy area in the north-east part of the Elder Sanctum

Once located, enter the tomb and you will find Kanai's Cube waiting for you. Kanai's ghost will appear and open the barrier for you, and Zoltun Kulle will take the cube back to the base camp. At this point Kulle will act as an artisan (similar to the blacksmith, jeweler, or enchantress) where you can use the Kanai's Cube whenever you want.

Using the Kanai's Cube

Kanai's Cube is deceptively easy to understand. While it does provide you with a list of all possible recipies, what the cube is actually capable of is very poorly explained. Here's the basics:

Archive of Tal Rasha

This recipe extracts legendary powers from any weapon, armor, or jewelery players place within the cube. Players can then select any of these abilities at any time to gain their buffs without having to equip the item. However, you can only equip one ability at a time, and once you extract a legendary item's powers it is gone forever, so choose wisely.

Players can choose one power for the following classes: weapons, armor, and jewelery. This is particularly useful for amulet abilities that absorb damage from certain elements.

Law of Kulle

The Law of Kulle is a very useful ability. When this recipe is completed it will completely reset a legendary item as though the player had just picked it up. This means that you can analyze it again with the potential of awakening an "ancient" item that will have much higher stats than regular legendaries. However, the cost of this recipe is very high, so limit its uses to items you really want to upgrade.

Hope of Cain

This recipe turns any rare item into a legendary item of the same type. When I say "the same type" I mean it quite literally. If you place a rare mace, you'll get a legendary mace. If you place a rare amulet, you'll get a rare amulet. The list goes on...

This ability can be particularly useful for acquiring "The Furnace", a legendary two-handed mace which has an ability that can increase your damage output exponentially. Remember, if two-handed maces aren't your style you can alway use the Archive of Tal Rasha to turn it into a passive buff!

Skill of Nilfur

This is perhaps one of the least rewarding recipes in the list. While it is useful for turning one legendary set piece into another, it can never roll an ancient quality one. Not only that, but if you use on an ancient item it will turn into a plain set item. Only use this if you have multiple identical set pieces and you want the other ones. Otherwise, don't bother.

Work of Cathan

This recipe is one of the most expensive in the game, as it requires you to have a Gem of Ease that has reached level 25. This ability completely removes level restrictions on one item. That's it. While it can be useful for raising several characters to a higher level - handing down a level 70 item to a level 1 - it has relatively little use outside of this. I would recommend only using this once on an item like a 100% buff Leoric's Crown. Otherwise, pass this one as well.

Darkness of Radament

Ever have too many of a single gem? Have a bunch of useless diamonds and amethyst that you want to get rid of? Then look no further! This recipe will turn any of your gems into a single gem type. This can be really useful for farming rubies, topaz, or emeralds to buff your characters.

Anger of Iben Fahd

Similar to Darkness of Radament, this recipe will allow you to turn any crafting material into another one. To do so, you must place the material you want to change, and one piece of armor that matches the quality of material you need. Sadly this doesn't work for Death's Breath...

But there's more!

There are two unlisted recipes that need only 1 legendary item to use. The first requires the Puzzle Ring, which will open a portal to The Vault. The other needs the Bovine Bardiche to access...a level that is certainly Not The Cow Level.

What you are seeing above is Not The Cow Level, as clearly displayed in the top-right corner of the screen. Please disregard the abundance of cows as these are not characteristic of the cow level in any way, shape, or form...

I hope that this guide clears up a little bit of the lack of clarity the Kanai's Cube has. Remember, the Kanai's Cube is a very useful item that can change up your style of gameplay and open up various new builds that were otherwise useless before. So get out there and start crafting!

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5 Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Easter Eggs You Shouldn't Miss https://www.gameskinny.com/y89my/5-diablo-3-reaper-of-souls-easter-eggs-you-shouldnt-miss https://www.gameskinny.com/y89my/5-diablo-3-reaper-of-souls-easter-eggs-you-shouldnt-miss Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:53:52 -0400 Danielle Marie

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This popular achievement was discussed all over the forums during the closed beta for Reaper of Souls. Although it was very prominent, many players that were unaware of the achievement are giggling after beginning his/her journey through Reaper of Souls

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While the achievement is very straight forward, it's one of those that is incredibly easy to get, and most every player will receive it within the first hour playing the expansion. Considering Breaking Bad was one of the most popular shows of our time, winning multitudes of awards, it isn't too surprising that Blizzard included it in its new Diablo 3 expansion. 

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Whimsyshire!

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Diablo veterans will all remember the secret cow level from Diablo 2 that caused quite an uproar. After Diablo 3 was released, Blizzard developers decided to continue the trend with the secret rainbow unicorn level- Whimsyshire. During this level your character could run around hacking and slashing these rabid pink unicorns, and their fateful teddy bear companions.

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However, Blizzard took it up a notch in Diablo 3 expansion, Reaper of Souls, when it added the new feature- Adventure mode. In Adventure mode, players are thrown into random levels with random enemies, and you guessed it, the ponies and teddy bears from Whimsyshire are included. 

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Winter is Coming!

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This one is up for debate, but I don't believe anyone could deny the astounding comparability of the Defender of Westmarch shield and the symbol of the House of Stark from Game of Thrones. 

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Not only do the shields look exactly alike, but there is a rune called "Stark Winter" for the offensive, area of effect (AOE) wizard skill, Blizzard. Since a popular line from the show is "Winter is coming," and a main family in the show includes the Starks, it's a great possibility that these two are related. 

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There is also speculation that Act III: The Iron Wolves is a reference to the popular TV show. 

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The Kool-Aid Man! Oh Yeah!

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It would be hard not to get this reference, considering Blizzard decided to slap everyone in the face with it. Kulle-Aid, obviously a play on Kool-Aid, brings back nostalgic memories of a giant, smiling pitcher of red liquid ready to quench everyone's thirst. 

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Blizzard doesn't stop there. The legendary potion will also give your Diablo 3 character the ability to "burst through walls," a characteristic readily defined by the Kool-Aid Man himself. The item would also never be complete without the description to tie the entire experience together- "Oh Yeah!"

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A Deadmau5 Helm!

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Any fan of electronic music will understand this Deadmau5 reference as soon as he/she lays eyes on the picture. Modeling this helm after the well known DJ's mouse head, the resemblance to the real thing is actually a little scary.

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Other than the uncanny likeness, the helm continues to enforce the message by "causing your enemies to jump uncontrollably for 6 seconds." Attributing jumping up and down to popular EDM (electronic dance music) culture, Blizzard yet exemplifies its sense of humor. 

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The last reference comes with the quote "Raise your weapon... and it's over," taken directly from the Deadmau5 hit song, (you guessed it) Raise Your Weapon. 

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Blizzard has quite the reputation for cleverly placed Easter eggs throughout many of its games. These Easter eggs, an inside joke or hidden message placed subtlety throughout games, are normally aimed towards significant popular culture icons and can make even the most rigid gamer crack a smile. 

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While Diablo 3 has a multitude of Easter eggs, which isn't too surprising considering how much Blizzard seems to love them, the Reaper of Souls expansion created a whole new world of opportunities. Here's a list of 5 that have been going viral since the expansion's release. 

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Diablo III - Use New Difficulty Settings to Powerlevel For Reaper Of Souls https://www.gameskinny.com/vrsyy/diablo-iii-use-new-difficulty-settings-to-powerlevel-for-reaper-of-souls https://www.gameskinny.com/vrsyy/diablo-iii-use-new-difficulty-settings-to-powerlevel-for-reaper-of-souls Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:53:36 -0500 GabrielKross

Everyone knows the Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls expansion comes out on March 25th, so here are some quick tips on how to power level. With the new difficulty settings, it's quite easy to go from 1-60 in a matter of days, especially with the current +50% EXP buff.

Difficulties:

First I want to cover the new difficulty settings. Instead of the tier system it was on previously, where you have to beat the game to crank up the difficulty, now all difficulties besides Torment are open to players. With each increase added bonuses are granted to the player. I'll list the difficulties and bonuses below.

Normal:
  • No added bonuses for the basic setting.
Hard:
  • 75% Extra Gold Bonus
  • 75% EXP Bonus
Expert:
  • 100% Extra Gold Bonus
  • 100% EXP Bonus
  • Bounties give double Blood Shards.
Master:
  • 200% Extra Gold Bonus
  • 200% EXP Bonus
  • Bounties give double Blood Shards.
  • Imperial Gems can drop from level 61 or higher monsters.
Torment(I):
  • 300% Extra Gold Bonus
  • 300% EXP Bonus
  • Bounties give double Blood Shards.
  • Imperial Gems can drop from level 61 or higher monsters.
  • New Legendary items available at level 70.
  • *There are multiple levels of Torment EXP/Gold/and Legendary drop rate increases at each slider tier.*

Using The Difficulties:

You want to start at Hard or Expert and farm gear. Once you feel the difficulty is evening out, up the difficulty so that risk and reward balance out. Only accounts with a level 60 can utilize the Torment difficulty in solo play. If you have geared level 60 friends you can join them in Torment difficulty. Play at the difficulty you feel most comfortable with and play through the game to get your levels. 60s can carry you through levels in a few hours, or you can just go solo which may take a bit longer.

Utilize these tips with the ongoing +50% EXP bonus event going on right now to really speed level your Diablo III characters.

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