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Inferno Butcher Witchdoctor Farming

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Inferno Butcher Witchdoctor Farming submitted by jammer292.

Build: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/witch-doctor#YfUdPT!ZVU!ZccZYZ

Here is my variation of the witch doctor zombie bear build that let's me easily solo the butcher in about 30 seconds, sometimes quicker.

I know it's not the most impressive time but it's pretty quick none-the-less. I can also kill nearly any champion mob hn act 1 to get my 5 stacks of Nephalem Valor.

Video of me doing it in ~35 seconds: 




I'll probably get criticized for having zombie dogs, but I find they distract the mobs just enough to get my bears going, and also the 1 minute cooldown makes it easy to always have 4 skills on cooldown for vision quest mana regen.

This lets me spam bears for longer. With decent gear, as my video shows, farming the butcher in inferno with your witch doctor can be very easy and rewarding. Hope this helps!

Here are is an album with screenshots of my stats and all my gear: http://imgur.com/a/McqRI#0

Monk Inferno Guide

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Monk Inferno Guide submitted by tong.

A few days ago I managed to solo all of Inferno and since then I have been getting spammed with with questions from fellow monk friends. Thus, I have decided to make a brief guide to help other monks through inferno.

Part 1 - Resists

Resists are the key to any monk build as most of you know. Melee in general have an extreme disadvantage right now because skilled ranged classes can kite all day and don't need near the amount of resist we do.

To put things into perspective, I had almost 1200 resist to all when soloing Diablo. Which leads to my next topic-how monks should gear and spec to maximize their resistance.

The key to resistances as a monk is using the passive One of Everything. This passive will allow you to get your resistances fairly high. The passive allows all your resistances to be equal to your highest one. Thus when gearing to abuse this passive, try to pick one element you want to stack (probably easiest if you pick the element you ar…

Wizard Inferno Guide

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Wizard Inferno Guide submitted by Arktem.

My experience includes Diablo 2 Hardcore for 5+ year. WoW Hardmode Raiding for 5+ Years, US 4th). And currently Act 4 Inferno on Diablo.

For those wanting a Video of how this works, or just want to chill and watch a stream, my stream page is located below.

www.twitch.tv/ArkD3/

Keep in mind as you are reading this that things CHANGE depending on if you are with a group or if you're solo. Many strategies, gear choices, and specs are far more viable in a group environment.

I wrote this all very quickly and probably missed a lot of stuff. I'll be happy to edit more/Fix some if people find it useful. If people get butthurt about "Mathcraft" for any of my recommendations below I will be happy to include numbers to support any of my claims.

Build

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/wizard#alQSOR!XYT!cYYZYb

Basic build, that is useful for any and all situations. Some people prefer to replace Blizzard with Arcane Orb + Temporal Flux. Both a…

Inferno Farming Tips / Guide

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Inferno Farming Tips / Guidesubmitted by mvtsc2.

This is my guide for Act I or II Inferno Farming. I myself run these as a Barbarian but these runs work for any class.

First some tips:

1) Get some MF gear and use it.

Obviously having +20% MF on every piece of gear you wear and fight with would be great, but the chances of it having great combat stats aren't exactly high. Instead make sure you have in your inventory at all times a helmet with +MF and a socket in it with a +MF gem, I have a perfect square, and along with that a 1 space item with +MF (amulet, belt, ring), I picked up a +23% MF amulet for 16k on the AH.

I have this in a nice little square with my potions and wearing them adds +60MF for 3 inventory slots, put them on when you get the elite mob or boss to low health for profit. If you can keep a full set of MF gear in your stash back home that's an extra bonus.

With 5 stacks of neph and the full gear I easily smash 200MF. MF on followers is nice but since any MF on them o…

Diablo III Patch 1.0.2a – v.1.0.2.9858 Notes

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Diablo III Patch 1.0.2a – v.1.0.2.9858 (5/31/2012)

General

Tooltips for the following class abilities have been updated to reflect changes made in patch 1.0.2 and previous hotfixes:

Demon Hunter

Smoke Screen (Skill Rune – Lingering Fog)

Monk

Fists of Thunder (Skill Rune – Quickening)

Mantra of Healing (Skill Rune – Boon of Inspiration)

Wizard

Energy Armor (Skill Rune – Force Armor)

Nigel Cutthroat has recently fallen on hard times and will now drop lower quality items when slain

Gold and quest experience rewards for replaying "Heart of Sin: Get the Soul of Azmodan" have been reduced

Gold and quest experience rewards for replaying "Heart of Sin: Go to the Keep" have been removed

Auction House

The maximum duration for posted auctions has been reduced from 48 hours to 36 hours

Core of Areat Gold Farming

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Diablo 3 Core of Areat Gold Farming Guide submitted by adalon.

So if you don't mind really repetitive easy fights, there's a decent farm for gold as a monk (you could easily do this as other class, but I did it as a monk). Pulls approximately 300k/H with potential for more (I only have 190 GF).

You do this on nightmare since you can clear it crazy fast and the difficulty:gold ratio doesn't scale that much better in Hell.

This is the build set-up I use: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/monk#aeXjik!abY!aZbbZc

It's all about stacking massive damage/AoE

You just start at the core and run to the end and you'll hit a checkpoint, but don't go into Azmodan's lair.
Stack GF and Pickup Radius as well as get some movespeed boots. If you can get your damage high enough, you basically 1hit everything in the area and 2 hit champs.

Start at one end, clear to the other end but don't pick up anything. The items that drop won't be good enough to justify it. Just keep r…

Diablo 3 Drop Rates Spreadsheet

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Treasure Goblin / Pygmy / Bandit / Seeker Drop Rate Spreadsheet Submitted by Pyrophobiac.

Over the past three days I've killed hundreds of treasure midgets, and discovered there are 4 types, Bandits which are black/white, Seekers which are red, Goblins which are gold, and Pygmys that are blue.

We noticed that the drops tended to be slightly different for each so we decided to get some data to confirm our suspicions.

Data for about 35 kills are below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnQSTGSAQofVdGhaM1pZQWQ5S0xRTy1FaW1mRnZJd3c#gid=0

Since the data sizes are relatively small, we can't draw too many conclusions, but two things that are obvious are this.

First, Seekers have a high tendency to drop gems, but as a result tend to drop slightly less gold and items.
Second, Bandits tend to drop more tomes, but as a result drop less gold and items.

In our data set, pygmys and Goblins are indistinguishable, but over the next day or so I'll take more data points.

TLDNR: Four types …

Wizard Gold Farming Guide

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Wizard Farming Guide submitted by UkiyaEJL.
Port to Royal Crypts, get +GF gear (200 is optimal) and use Ice Armor runed with Frozen Storm Rune, use said skill to break pots.  And also get +pickup radius.Video:



Witch Doctor Pet Scaling Beyond Nightmare

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Thanks to Breenns for submitting this small Witch Doctor tip on pets scaling beyond Nightmare.

For those who think the Witch Doctor pets don't scale well after Nightmare, I'm still using them super effectively in Hell and Inferno. It took some messing with stats.

Pets don't scale with vitality or dex. But they do scale with armor (str), physical resistance, and of course life regen with the right passive.

Shifting away from vitality towards those stats as well as getting an appropriate shield really made them worth while for me in hell.

As for Inferno, I Shifted to Res + Str in Act 1 Inferno and it's going alright...

Gargantuan is tanky enough to keep me alive.

Comprehensive Diablo 3 Barbarian Guide

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Comprehensive Diablo 3 Barbarian Guide submitted by Daith.

Note: Make sure to check out Version 2.0 of this guide as well.

I wrote this guide for all of the Barbarians out there who love the class, but are struggling through certain parts of the game. 

This guide is meant to carry you through Inferno and beyond! I will review the benefits and drawbacks of certain skills and I will also review the itemization system. Welcome, fellow Children of Arreat!

Most Importantly, I must stress that Barbarians are very gear-dependent! If you find yourself unable to progress through Inferno, don't hesitate to go back and farm Act IV of Hell for cash and a few item upgrades!

There is no shame in this and you must assume that the natural flow of the game is going to be repetition of each Act in Inferno until it is on farm status then you can progress to the next Act.

General Leveling as a Barbarian includes getting up close and personal with entire groups of enemies. One build I would recommend for le…

Login and Auction House Issues (5/30)

Blizzard Blue Tracker:

Auction House Error 31073
Players will sometimes receive "Error 31073" when attempting to create a new auction. This is an intentional measure to help improve auction house stability by throttling the number of auctions that can be created at any given time. To that end we plan on updating the messaging that accompanies this error in a future patch to better describe why players are receiving it. If you receive this error message when attempting to list an auction you should wait a few moments and try again. While we understand this is an inconvenience, our goal is to ensure a more stable auction house experience for everyone.