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Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterWhat to Expect from the Game ____________________________________________...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started Faster Play Style _____________________________________________________________...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterWhat to Expect from the GameIf you go into Diablo 3 expecting a higher gr...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterUniversal Auction HouseYour entire realm will have access to the same Auc...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterWhether you are a relatively new player or a seasoned veteran; stop playi...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterFarmingAnyone familiar with the Diablo franchise will probably go into Di...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started Fasterwill be able to use either of these techniques you have to explore the wo...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterFarming TipsThere are a few ways to improve the items that you find in th...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterAuction HouseUnlike the previous versions of Diablo, Diablo 3 comes stand...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterSellingListing an item in the Auction House is nearly effortless, and it ...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterThis same technique can be used with a group of items if they are all lis...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterInfernoInferno is the last difficult of Diablo III and it is unlike any o...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterLoot ChangesUnlike in the first three difficulties where the best items a...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterHardcoreHardcore mode is for players who want the ultimate challenge in D...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterIf you die above level 10 your character can be added to the Hall of Fall...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterCreate a StockpileAfter you have been in the game for a little while on y...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterGem GuideWhile gems work differently in Diablo 3 than they did in Diablo ...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started Fasterenemies randomly, but you can purchase them off the Auction House if you ...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterOne of the best places to socket emeralds is in helmets because they boos...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterWhen used in a weapon you gain a thorns attribute that will deal damage t...
Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterConclusionDiablo 3 is an incredibly deep game that, while not exactly lik...
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  2. 2. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterWhat to Expect from the Game __________________________________________________ 4 No More Skill Tree _________________________________________________________________ 4 Reusable Gems ____________________________________________________________________ 4 Crafting __________________________________________________________________________ 4 Universal Auction House ____________________________________________________________ 5 Structured PVP ____________________________________________________________________ 5 Random Gear Drops ________________________________________________________________ 5 End Game Content _________________________________________________________________ 5 How to Use this Guide ______________________________________________________________ 5Farming _____________________________________________________________________ 7 Check Everything __________________________________________________________________ 7 Farming Techniques ________________________________________________________________ 7 Pack Hunting ______________________________________________________________________ 8 Container Farming _________________________________________________________________ 8 Combine the Two __________________________________________________________________ 8 Farming Tips ______________________________________________________________________ 9Auction House _______________________________________________________________ 10 How it Works ____________________________________________________________________ 10 Selling __________________________________________________________________________ 11 Buying __________________________________________________________________________ 11 Auction House Strategies ___________________________________________________________ 11 Buy Low Sell High ________________________________________________________________________11 Monopolize ____________________________________________________________________________12Inferno_____________________________________________________________________ 13 Preparation ______________________________________________________________________ 13 Skill Changes _____________________________________________________________________ 13 Loot Changes ____________________________________________________________________ 14 New AI _________________________________________________________________________ 14 Enrage Timers __________________________________________________________________________14Hardcore ___________________________________________________________________ 15 How it Works ____________________________________________________________________ 15 2
  3. 3. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started Faster Play Style _______________________________________________________________________ 16 Skill Selection ____________________________________________________________________ 16 Gear Selection ___________________________________________________________________ 16 Create a Stockpile _________________________________________________________________ 17Gem Guide _________________________________________________________________ 18 Upgrading _______________________________________________________________________ 18 Different Gem Types ______________________________________________________________ 19 Amethyst ______________________________________________________________________________19 Emerald _______________________________________________________________________________19 Ruby __________________________________________________________________________________20 Topaz _________________________________________________________________________________20Conclusion __________________________________________________________________ 22 3
  4. 4. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterWhat to Expect from the GameIf you go into Diablo 3 expecting a higher graphics version of the previous game you willbe sorely disappointed. Not only are you going to be working your way through acompletely different campaign (although many of the bosses should be pretty familiar)you’re also playing with different mechanics, different classes and a whole differentsystem.While the two games look similar on the surface there are very different mechanicsrunning in the background and you are in for a completely different experience.No More Skill TreeNo longer will you have to try and figure out which skills to take in a skill tree. Nowwhen you get new abilities you can switch them out on the fly and enhance them withskill runes that unlock later on. This makes it possible for a more dynamic type of playand you don’t have to worry about the impact of your skill choices nearly as much.Reusable GemsAll of the gems you get in the game can be used in item after item so you won’t bethrowing them away with each new upgrade. Instead they follow a path of progressionand they will level up with your character.CraftingThere is now a basic crafting system that allows you to create new weapons usingpatterns at the Blacksmith. You won’t be doing the crafting yourself, but you will have towork to help the blacksmith gain levels as the game progresses. 4
  5. 5. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterUniversal Auction HouseYour entire realm will have access to the same Auction House. This means getting betteritems will be easier early in the game, and getting rid of the stuff you don’t want is assimple as putting it up for sale and waiting for someone to buy it.Structured PVPNow you can challenge your fellow players in an actual PVP arena where it will feelmore like a competition and less like an ambush. Many players don’t like this change, butI think it will make for a more even playing field and more exciting matches.Random Gear DropsBoss farming isn’t going to be the main focus of Diablo 3 because it will do you no good(outside of Inferno). The game is setup so that bosses drop some decent items the firsttime they are killed and then they drop nearly ordinary items every other time they arekilled. Some of the best gear is going to come off normal enemies or even out of chests,your best chance at finding something good is to kill massive swarms of enemies, notfarm bosses.End Game ContentNow when you reach the level cap of the game (60) you have essentially only just begun.There is a fourth difficulty known as Inferno and it is structured to be so hard that it willtake months for the average player to complete if they are able to at all. You won’t beworking toward new levels here and instead will be doing everything to boost up yourgear to higher levels and get the most coveted items in the game.How to Use this GuideAs a new player you should use this guide as a guideline to get you started on the righttrack. With the information listed throughout you will understand the basic mechanics ofthe game and you can avoid simple mistakes made by uninformed players such as bossfarming, or throwing out perfectly good gems. 5
  6. 6. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterWhether you are a relatively new player or a seasoned veteran; stop playing the game fora minute, and flip through this guide. You should be able to pick up some useful tips andultimately improve your progress and overall experience with this game. If nothing elseyou will probably reaffirm some of your suspicions and build confidence that you areheading down the right path. 6
  7. 7. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterFarmingAnyone familiar with the Diablo franchise will probably go into Diablo 3 expecting thebosses to be the best way to gain rare items. While they often do drop a few rare items thefirst time you beat them, after that they aren’t much better than a standard enemy. Out ofeveryone playing the game all of the best items have come randomly from non-bossenemies so far.What this means is that instead of focusing on killing bosses in the game over and overagain, - like many of us did in Diablo 1 and 2 - you should be exploring the world andkilling as many packs of enemies as you can find. Since rare item drops are completelyrandom, the more enemies you kill the better chance you have of finding something ofworth.Check EverythingOne of the biggest mistakes you can make is skipping over those barrels or corpses asyou progress through the game. Anything can come out of those including rare and evenunique items. By checking every one of the barrels, chests, and any other containers inthe game you increase your chances of finding something of worth dramatically. Younever know - the next weapon rack may be holding the best item you will get your handson for the next 30 levels, it would be pretty horrible to miss out on that because youwanted to get to the next boss a few seconds faster.Farming TechniquesEven though rare item drops are completely random in the game, it doesn’t mean thatthere aren’t ways to improve your chances of finding something of worth. Before you 7
  8. 8. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started Fasterwill be able to use either of these techniques you have to explore the world to becomemore familiar with it. Of course you will never know where everything is because it’srandomized every time you play, but you can become familiar with different areas.While exploring, pay attention to how many enemies are in an area. Some sections of thegame will have thick packs of enemies, and other sections will be almost barren. Make anote of all the areas with high numbers of enemies as well as the areas with high numbersof containers and chests.Pack HuntingOne of the best ways to improve your gear is to go pack hunting. Find a section of thegame that is thick with packs of enemies. Now get your best AOE (area of effect) attacksready and tear through those groups as fast as you possibly can. Only focus on the largestgroups to save yourself time and effort. After you get through all the groups, restart thegame and tear through them again. Continue this process until you have either foundsomething of worth, or you want to move on to a new area.Container FarmingThe next type of farming is even easier and can also be done with great results. Forcontainer farming you want to find an area with a high number of containers and a lownumber of enemies. Now you simply run around opening every container that you seeand picking up anything of worth at the same time. When you are done opening them all,restart the game and do it all over again.Combine the TwoIf one method gets boring you can combine the two in an area with a high number ofcontainers and enemies. Now you can switch between mowing down swarms of demonsand picking through chests and barrels. This won’t necessarily improve your odds offinding random items over doing the two separately, but it is certainly more interesting. 8
  9. 9. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterFarming TipsThere are a few ways to improve the items that you find in the game dramatically. Thefirst way is to progress through the game as far as you can before you start farmingseriously. Basically, don’t bother with farming the same areas over and over again untilyou have made it past the Normal difficulty level and maybe even Nightmare difficulty.The farther you get in the game the more powerful the drops will typically be. Thismeans that unique item you find in Hell will probably be much more valuable than theunique you dug out of a chest in Normal.The other way to boost your odds is to utilize magic find gear. There are many magicalitems that come with an attribute that improves your ability to find magical gear.Whenever you can, keep the magic find gear on so that you increase your odds of findingsomething really good. When you are finally ready to farm for gear you should have asmuch magic find gear on as you can. 9
  10. 10. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterAuction HouseUnlike the previous versions of Diablo, Diablo 3 comes standard with an Auction House.Now instead of joining a trade game to barter with other players you can simply get ontothe universal auction house and list your items and search for items that you areinterested in. This not only saves time, but it also gives you access to a huge number ofitems that you never would have been able to get before.How it WorksWhen you sign into Diablo 3 there is a button that gives you access to the Auction House.By clicking that button you are taken into the universal gold auction house for your area.In the Auction House you can browse through all of the items you have listed on yourcharacter, and you can look at the items that all of your characters have in the stash.From the starting menu you have the ability to search through all of the items otherplayers have listed on the Auction House. You can also list any of your items if you wantto get rid of some things. It’s important to note that all of the gold held by all of yourcharacters will be added up and that is what you have access to at the Auction House.If you want to access items your other characters have in their inventory, you simply exitthe Auction House, switch characters and go back into the Auction House. 10
  11. 11. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterSellingListing an item in the Auction House is nearly effortless, and it won’t cost you a dimeuntil after it has sold. Simply go to the sell tab and select the item that you want to sell.From there it will suggest a starting price for the auction that you are free to change, andit will give you the option to add a buyout price. By adding a buyout price you may limitthe amount you get from the item, but you will also often sell your items faster.If your items sell within the two day time period you will get the gold from the auction,minus the 15 percent transaction fee taken for the Auction House services.BuyingEarly in the game you can get some very affordable upgrades using the Auction House.Simply select the type of item that you want using the browser options and you can getupgrades of the item quality and type that you desire. After you buy an item it’s added tothe completed tab in the Auction House. From there you can have the item sent straight toyour stash and you can pick it up with the desired character in the game.Auction House StrategiesAfter you understand how to use the Auction House effectively, and you have some goldto spare, you can start playing around with the Auction House and using it to makeyourself a profit in the game. There are a number of different techniques that you can useto make money in the Auction House. Most are fairly simple if you have a bit of capitalto get you going.Buy Low Sell HighThe simplest technique for making a profit in the Auction House doesn’t take muchmoney to start. You simply look through different items listed for sale and try to finditems that are listed way below the last 10 items sold. When you see an item that is goingfor much less than what people are willing to pay, you buy it out and resell it closer to theactual average price. Just make sure the price difference is large enough to make you aprofit after you subtract 15% for the transaction fee. 11
  12. 12. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterThis same technique can be used with a group of items if they are all listed at asignificantly lower price than yesterday’s average price. Even if the item is around theaverage for the last 10 items you can probably make a profit by raising the price if thereare only a few at that lower price.Save up your gold and keep an eye out for these opportunities to make yourself a tidyprofit in the Auction House.MonopolizeThe next technique takes a lot more gold to use effectively. Basically what you are doingis finding an item that people really want. Make sure it is an item that people need suchas a crafting material, gems, or some nice piece of gear that is popular. Buy up everysingle listing of that item that there is on the Auction House. Now that you own the entiresupply of that item you can resell it at a much higher price.In order for this to work effectively you have to be able to buy out the other items thatpeople list at a lower price. Since the Auction House doesn’t tell who the seller is you canmake your listing look more natural by pricing them at different amounts. Start off at thelowest price that you want to sell the item at and randomly increase the price of the itemsas you continue to list them on the house. Make sure to keep a few of the items at eachprice point with more sitting at the lower price and less at the higher. This will makepeople more likely to buy an item at the lower price because it will look like a bargain.Just make sure to watch the Auction House for any competition and don’t be afraid tomonopolize several different items as long as you have the gold and the time to keeptrack of them all. 12
  13. 13. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterInfernoInferno is the last difficult of Diablo III and it is unlike any of the other difficulties beforeit. You unlock Inferno when you have finished Hell and reached the level cap of 60.From there you can enter the most difficult part of the game and gain access to some ofthe best items and most terrifying enemies.PreparationThe first step in preparing for Inferno is getting your character up to level 60 andfinishing the Hell campaign. From there you should continue to run Hell until you getsome of the best gear available in the difficulty. When you are having a hard time gettingbetter gear from Hell it’s time to reassess your skills and move to Inferno.Skill ChangesIn all the other difficulties you probably focused on AOE damage more than anythingelse. In Inferno you need to put more focus on single target attacks because the powerfulsingle target enemies will take everything you’ve got to bring down.On top of altering your skills to favor single target attacks you should also switch to skillsthat improve your defense and resistances. Later on in Inferno you can switch to a higherattack build, but in the beginning it will take everything you’ve got just to stay alivewhile you collect your starting gear. 13
  14. 14. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterLoot ChangesUnlike in the first three difficulties where the best items available fall off of randommonsters in the game, in Inferno the best gear is going to come off of heroic enemies andbosses. This means that instead of running around killing large groups of enemies to findyour gear, you should be taking on all the bosses and as many heroics as you can find.In order to beat some of these bosses and gain access to the better loot you must build upyour gear first. This means taking on normal enemies for a while to gear up and thentackling some heroics to gear up further before facing your first boss.New AIOne of the most exciting things about Inferno is that you won’t know what to expectwhen facing a boss or heroic enemy for the first time. Even if you have faced the sameenemy in the other difficulties he isn’t going to act the same in Inferno. All of thepowerful enemies have been given new special moves that are designed to challenge youeven further. On top of that they will be much harder to kill and they will deal a whole lotmore damage.Whether you are a ranged class or a melee class, you can expect some abilities to targetyou specifically and make the fight harder until you understand how to deal with them.Enrage TimersIt’s important that you are capable of doing a decent amount of damage when you faceyour first boss because chances are good that you will be facing the wrath of enragetimers if you cannot. Blizzard has put in place enrage timers on many of the bosses thatwill make the boss more powerful after a certain period of time has passed.For instance, the Skeleton King may start hitting harder or summoning more minions fiveor six minutes into the battle. This was done to keep players from chipping away atbosses for hours with subpar gear. Instead you must get in there and start dealing thedamage before that enrage gets thrown into the mix. 14
  15. 15. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterHardcoreHardcore mode is for players who want the ultimate challenge in Diablo 3. Not only willyou have to face everything that your enemies throw at you through all the difficulties,but you will do it without dying at all. That’s the main feature of hardcore mode and it’spretty significant. As soon as you die you lose your character forever along with all thegear that they were holding at the time.How it WorksYou can’t create a character in Hardcore until you have made it to level 10 with one ofyour other characters. After you finally get one of your other characters up in levels,check the Hardcore box when creating your character to lock them in Hardcore.As a Hardcore character you won’t have access to items found by any characters thataren’t in Hardcore. That means the better items will be harder to come by. You also can’ttrade items between your other characters unless they are also in Hardcore which goeswithout saying.If your character dies they cannot be looted by any other players who are on the screen atthe time and your character changes to a ghost on the character screen. The ghost can beused to chat with players but cannot be played any longer. 15
  16. 16. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterIf you die above level 10 your character can be added to the Hall of Fallen Heroes whereyou can go back through and look at stats about them. Archived characters no longeroccupy your character slots.Play StyleAs a Hardcore player you should alter your play style quite a bit. You can’t afford to justrun into a room and start attacking huge groups of enemies carelessly. Instead you haveto think out your moves and make sure what you are doing won’t get you killed.You should take your time and play through a few areas a couple times before makingyour way to more difficult sections of the game. By being a little stronger than you feelyou actually need to be you lower the risk that you will die when facing bosses or eliteenemies.Skill SelectionWhen you pick out the skills for your character in Hardcore, survival should be thenumber one priority. This means that you have to pick the defensive skills that aredesigned to keep you alive over the power house damage skills.Focus on slowing abilities or stunning abilities and skill runes whenever you can. If youonly have to sacrifice a small amount of damage for increased survival you shouldprobably do so.Gear SelectionYour gear should follow the same general idea that your skills do. Pick items thatpromote survival over items that promote damage. As a Barbarian go with a shield andone handed weapon combination over a duel wield setup. Sure it will take you longer tokill your enemies, but you won’t have to worry as much about dying.Your gear should focus on Vitality and Defense and you should focus on Amethyst gemsmore than any other for their increase in life and life drain abilities. 16
  17. 17. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterCreate a StockpileAfter you have been in the game for a little while on your Hardcore character it’simportant to start building up a stockpile of gear and gems. You should do your best toget a powerful set of gear for each of the level ranges so that if you ever die you canquickly gain levels on your new character. Just be sure to put all of your item sets intothe shared stash so that you can quickly gain access to them with a new character.Another method to store gear is to create a separate Hardcore character just to hold youritems for any of your new characters. 17
  18. 18. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterGem GuideWhile gems work differently in Diablo 3 than they did in Diablo 2 they still remain anintegral part of the game and you must understand how to use them to get the most out ofyour character.Instead of throwing out gems when you switch to a different piece of equipment, you canbring all of your gems with you from item to item. You will have to pay a little gold toremove gems from your items, but after they are out they can be upgraded to the nextlevel.The Jeweler not only removes gems from sockets, but he also will upgrade your gems tohigher levels. The only catch is that you have to upgrade the jeweler before he canupgrade the gems very far. This means you have to pay money to the jeweler and collectmaterials to get him to the higher levels.UpgradingThere are 14 tiers of gems available in Diablo 3 and in order to progress from level tolevel you have to combine three of the same level gem. So in order to go from a ChippedTopaz to a Flawed Topaz you have to put three different Chipped Topazes together.When you get up to the perfect level and beyond also have to start collecting othermaterials besides gems to upgrade to higher levels. You will either need Page ofJewelcrafting, Tome of Jewelcrafting or Tome of Secrets when upgrading any farther aswell as having three of the same gems. Each of these three materials are dropped off 18
  19. 19. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started Fasterenemies randomly, but you can purchase them off the Auction House if you aren’t havingluck finding them.Different Gem TypesThere are four different types of gems in Diablo 3 and each of them enhances threedifferent properties depending on the gear in which they are placed.AmethystSummary – Boosts LifeAmethyst is the purple gem associated with the life of your character. When you add anamethyst gem to a helmet it boosts your total life by a percentage. When it is added to aweapon you will heal yourself with every attack that you make and when it is added toanything else your Vitality will receive a boost, raising your total life pool.If you are having problems staying alive you can use amethyst to boost your total life andlet you take a few more hits before dying.EmeraldSummary – Boosts Gold, Crit Hit and DexterityThe green gems that you come across are emeralds and they boost three differentattributes depending on what they are used in. 19
  20. 20. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterOne of the best places to socket emeralds is in helmets because they boost the amount ofgold you find from monsters by a percentage.If your build depends on a good critical hit chance you should place emeralds in yourweapon because it raises your chances of critically hitting.When placed in any other socket you will get a Dexterity boost from emeralds makingyou more likely to hit your target. This is the main attribute that Demon Hunters need.RubySummary – Boosts Damage, Experience, and StrengthRubies are all about damage and boosting your leveling speed. Anyone trying to powerlevel should put their best rubies in their helmet to give a nice experience boost for everykill you make. When placed in a weapon you will do more damage with rubies and ifthey are put into any other socket you will have enhanced Strength which also results inmore damage. Rubies are an important part of the game for characters in lower difficultylevels when survival is less important than speed leveling and raw power to take out largepacks of mobs.TopazSummary – Boosts Magic Find, Thorns, and IntelligenceAny yellow gems are known as Topaz and they give three different attribute boosts thataren’t related to each other. The most useful of the three is the helmet attribute thatincreases your chance of finding magical items. With good enough Topaz gems youshould find a significantly larger number of magical items than you did before. 20
  21. 21. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterWhen used in a weapon you gain a thorns attribute that will deal damage to any enemiesthat attack you. This is great for melee characters, but not very useful for the rangedclasses who won’t be getting hit much.When Topaz is set in any other gear type you gain Intelligence which will boost up yourpower pool. Intelligence is a great attribute for Wizards and it will increase the amount ofdamage your character deals while also boosting his resistance to elemental damage. 21
  22. 22. Diablo 3 Secrets - Tips to Getting Started FasterConclusionDiablo 3 is an incredibly deep game that, while not exactly like its predecessors, certainlytakes a number of cues from them to produce a fantastic random action hack and slashadventure with a heavy focus on finding the best possible loot and trying not to get killedover and over again.For those new to the Diablo universe, this is a fantastic game in which to get started; forveterans, make sure you adjust to the new mechanics and rules of gameplay. Sticking towhat worked in Diablo 2 is not going to serve you well in this case.And for everyone involved, enjoy the game!Do you want even more help getting started? Check out Diablo 3 Hero.The Diablo 3 Hero guide is a complete leveling guide for Diablo 3 - we are the onlyguide to feature leveling guides, a full strategy guide and also HD videos to go along withthe guide. 22

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