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Should Diablo 3 Followers Share Gear?

Posted 19 Apr 2014 by

I’ve seen the issue come up in clan chat, and today it got a Blue reply on the B.net forums.

wouldn’t it make sense that the followers gear carry over from each character that you are playing? Why do I have to regear all of my followers for each character that I play? I know I can painstakingly transfer the gear each time I play a different character, but wouldn’t this be much easier? Just a thought, I would like to hear what you all think about this?
Grimiku: I think this is solid feedback, and I’d be happy to pass it along. A lot has changed with the followers since Reaper of Souls was released, and it might be a good time to take another look at them. We don’t have any current plans to alter how followers are equipped, but I’d still like to hear your thoughts about it.

  • Do you currently share follower gear between your characters?
  • How often do you swap follower gear around?
  • Would you use a feature that allowed your max level characters to share follower gear?
  • Just posting from the hardcore perspective…it would be nice, but I still think this should just be allowed on softcore, sure it sucks to die on HC and lose the gear that you had on your follower, but with that said…thats kinda the point of Hard Core.
    Grimiku: Thanks for sharing your perspective on this, and it’s definitely a good point that would need to be addressed if a system like this was ever implemented.

    Also, Grimiku, please deliver this feedback:

    – when you die an are about to respawn, your follower respawned seconds before you did, instantly dying, then you revive -> no follower there.

    Fix: give him the same “ghost time” that you have.
    Grimiku: I’ll put this on my list of things to talk about at our next meeting. It’s something I certainly notice when I’m playing my normal mode characters, and the followers would probably like it if they took less dirt naps, too.

    No, I do not share item between class because each class has different requirement and the specific follower that best suit that build. I may switch follower for a character but the item are different between classes. Even if I have 2 class of the same, I will have different builds and require different follow setups.

    No. Please don’t force it on everyone if it must be added. I would like to keep each of my follower different. If they are all the same, the fun of gearing these “pets” will be removed.
    Grimiku: It’s certainly true that there are plenty of situations where a player would not want to share follower items, and that would need to be considered if a feature like this was implemented. Personally, I know that equipping my Scoundrel with a Windforce is fine on my Demon Hunter, but a pain when I’m trying to keep monsters stuck in a Piranhado.

    And then there were three...

    And then there were three…

    Obviously Character A could just take items off her Follower and stick them in the stash for Character B to retrieve and put on his Follower, so any request for shared Follower gear is purely a convenience. That said, conveniences are… convenient. There would be issues changing between types of Followers, with their unique items class-specific and the same mostly true of their weapons, but for most players, the Eirena running behind their Monk is indistinguishable from the one running behind their Wiz, or Barb, or Crusader, etc. So you’d seldom want to change what a given Follower was using, no matter which char you were playing.

    How about this approach — all the Followers on your account would work like two-legged stashes, so whatever gear you put on them is what they have for all the chars on your account. Basically there’s only one of each follower for your account, rather than as many different versions of them as you have characters. If you wanted to change the weapon your Scoundrel was using when with your WD vs. your Barb, that would be easily done, but you wouldn’t have to stock 2 versions of Lyndon with rings, amulet, and unique item. And you would never have to change which char you were logged on with to fetch item X from a different char’s follower. (Plus the Followers could share gossip and insults between your characters! Lyndon: “I was running with a female Monk yesterday and she was much faster killing than you are.”

    Convenient! Cheesy and wrong?


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