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Diablo 3 Strategy: Gearing Up for the New and Poor

One day soon, you will be penniless.

One day soon, you will be penniless.

A forum question from VeeSe spurred an interesting forum discussion; what’s the best way to gear up for a new player in Reaper of Souls? It’s largely a hypothetical question for most of us now, but that’ll change when Patch 2.1 goes live and and Ladder Seasons begin. If you create a seasonal character you start with nothing; no gold, no materials, no gems, no gear, paragon points, no leveled up artisans… you’ll even be scrounging for gold to buy your stash tabs!

Here’s the question from VeSee in our Diablo 3 community forum. Diablo 3 Strategy: Gearing Up for the New and Poor?

I was just wondering what the best way to build wealth was for someone who was new and didn’t have great items yet. I read a lot of these threads and guides and the recommended items are just so far out of reach, like I don’t have any of them pretty much. I have one character up to 70 but he’s not strong enough to really do anything besides Normal bounties and rifts.

Is the best way of building wealth just to keep grinding bounties and the occasional rifting in Normal? I’m at the point now where if I try to enchant a legendary I have, I better get it in 2-3 tries because I don’t have the materials to keep going after that and I have to grind for awhile to get enough to try again a couple times, and that doesn’t seem too productive. I’m still expecting the answer to be just to keep grinding bounties since they are the most rewards per time spent and at some point it will exponentially get better once I am able to get to do Torment rifts or something.

So what’s the best way to go about it? Where are the fastest places to level, what are the best ways to find gear, and where can you earn the most gold?

RoS =/= D3v

Considering the question made me to realize how much different the answer is in the current version of the game, whether Reaper of Souls or D3v2. Back in D3v the best way to gear up was via the Auction House (though that would have been different if we’d had seasons then). I spent my first couple months of D3 playing softcore, and when I switched over to Hardcore the best way to gear up was… to grind Act One Inferno on MP0 and collect gems and Tomes of Secret, which sold for very large amounts of gold in the Auction House. I could play a dozen hours like that and find 1 or 2 good items, while earning enough gold to buy good items for all my other inventory slots. (Which is why going DiabloWikiIronborn in D3v was such a bold commitment.)

That economic model is entirely gone in the game today. Not only is the Auction House gone, but everything you find that might be worth selling is BoA. Hell, even the gold itself is BoA. On the other hand, you find good gear about 50x as often as we did in D3v, which was the whole point in Blizzard making those changes. Because it’s more fun to farm your own gear and use only what you find yourself, than it is (was) to find gear and sell it for the gear you really wanted. (At least that’s the theory.)

Reaper of Souls Gear-Up Tips

So for the OP’s question… there’s no simple, obvious answer, but it’s interesting to consider. The overall key to gearing up in RoS is difficulty level. In D3v players needed a lot of DiabloWikiMagic Find to start finding a decent amount of legendary items, and characters could boost their MF by raising the difficulty level, and/or via Paragon Levels + gear. In the current game, MF is pretty much irrelevant, and almost all increased gear benefits come from higher difficulty level. Thus the question, “how do I gear up past level 70?” is really asking, “how do I survive on higher difficulty levels past level 70?”

Some question suggestions:

Stick to one Character
Smart Loot means that most of the gear you find will be themed for your class. That means regular upgrades, and also more Souls, since you’ll be salvaging redundant gear, rather than spreading legendaries around to multiple different characters. Plus with all the game rewards tied to difficulty level, you can get one character up in Torment and build wealth quickly… then your alts can gear up very quickly with plenty of Souls and Shards at their disposal.

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Guide: Legendary Gems

legendary gems guideLegendary Gems were first officially revealed in the Patch 2.1 preview blog back in June of this year.   They will be added to Reaper of Souls in Patch 2.1, and are currently undergoing testing on the PTR.

The gems add special bonuses when socketed in rings and amulets (only on Characters and not on Followers), and can be upgraded in power via DiabloWikiUrshi, the NPC who appears after Greater Rifts are cleared.

While the developers are calling them “legendary gems” these socketables have nothing in common with regular DiabloWikigems in stats or appearance, and are more analogous to the Rainbow Facet unique jewels of Diablo 2. The main difference in Diablo 3 is that these gems can only be socketed in jewelry, and the way the gems can be upgraded to improve their functions over time.

Legendary Gems Listing

While the Legendary Gems are still undergoing development on the DiabloWikiPTR, their stats and bonuses are changing constantly. A major revision was created on July 15, 2014 with new or upgraded stats for almost every gem. The following are the most current details about Legendary Gems.


DiabloWikiBane of the Powerful
bane of the powerful
  • Gain 30% increased damage for 20 seconds after killing an elite pack.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1 second buff duration.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 20% bonus damage to elites.
DiabloWikiBane of the Trapped
bane of the trapped
  • Increase damage against enemies under control-impairing effects by 20%.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +0.5% damage.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain an aura that reduces the movement speed of enemies within 15 yards by 30%.
DiabloWikiBoon of the Hoarder
  • 30% chance on killing an enemy to cause an explosion of gold.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1% chance on kill.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 30% increased movement speed for 3 seconds after picking up gold.
  • Increase the Critical Hit Chance of your pets by 20%.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +0.4% Critical Hit Chance. Max +20% upgrade (+40% total).
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Your pets are unkillable.
Bliz Note: As was discussed in another thread, allowing this this gem to rank up to +100% pet Crit would likely cause undesired gearing issues and probably be a little out of line.
DiabloWikiGem of Efficacious Toxin
gem of efficacious toxin
  • Poison all enemies hit for 1000% weapon damage over 10 seconds.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +20% weapon damage over 10 seconds.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: All enemies you poison take 10% increased damage from all sources.
DiabloWikiGogok of Swiftness
 gogok of swiftness
  • 50% chance on hit to gain Swiftness, increasing your Attack Speed by 2% for 3 seconds. This effect stacks up to 10 times.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1% chance.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 2% Cooldown Reduction per stack of Swiftness.
 DiabloWikiInvigorating Gemstone
 invigorating gemstone
  • While under any control-impairing effects, reduce all damage taken by 30%.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1%. Maximum +50% upgrade (80% total).
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Heal for 20% of maximum life when hit by control-impairing effect.
 DiabloWikiMirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver
 Mirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver
  • 15% chance on hit to smite a nearby enemy for 1000% weapon damage as Holy.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +20% weapon damage.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Smite a nearby enemy every 5 seconds.
  • 30% of all damage taken is instead staggered and dealt to you over 3 seconds.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +0.1 second to the stagger duration.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: 10% chance on kill to clear all staggered damage.
 DiabloWikiPain Enhancer
 Pain Enhancer
  • Critical hits cause the enemy to bleed for 500% weapon damage as Physical over 3 seconds.
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Diablo 3 Gold Duping Ban Victims Plead Innocence

Posted 14 May 2013 by

If you’re the sort of person who likes to read despairing forum posts from Diablo 3 Gold Duping
people who were banned for cheating at Diablo 3, then you’ve come to the right place. There are lots of such posts in the forums of late, all boldly proclaiming their innocence and the injustice of their bans.

To be clear, I don’t know if these guys are guilty of anything, and none of them seem to be amongst the infamous “415″ gold dupers. They all say they’re innocent, that they only sold some gems, etc. Maybe that’s true, but if you’re anti-duping and you want to scrape some of the digital tears off the screen to savor them in your leisure, I’m not going to stop you. All the following are partial quotes because TLDR, and they all got form letter Blue replies.

This is not a reasonable banned on my account, Blizzard company has not stated by receiving gold from others players is against violation, if it does then please banned all players out there that has also done so ( which i believe you won’t have anymore players left by then )

This account has not done any sort of duping/gems selling and violate to Auction House and i have the transactions logs to proof it, My friend trade me free gold for 30bill before he quits and i didn’t realized until the trade is completed that i have received 300bill instead I have played diablo since the very first day and there were no commas on trade menu and i have suggest this issue but none of the blues ever reply so i don’t think i should take the blame.

Got rolled back since I sold radiant star gems at GAH when I saw high prices… Now all my gear is BOA. I have very high end gear on my char. What am I suppose to do with it now?? If I wanna upgrade a 1b piece for 2b one? just throw it away? I got screwed without even knowing there was a dupe bug at that time.. Im pissed off at point I might just stop playing now. Anyone experience similar situation? Sent a ticket 3 days ago and never got answer, blizzard really cares about customers apparently
Hi all, I just wanted to jump in the thread here and let you know that we’re still in the process of reviewing some aspects of the RMAH issues for accounts that were affected by the audit. If you have any specific questions or concerns about where we’re at with an auction on your account, or why a specific course of action was taken, please feel free to message us. Please keep in mind that due to the high volume of inquiries surrounding this issue, we may not be able to immediately respond. During the normal phone hours for our various support regions, we do offer live web chat which you can use to chat with us directly.

Thank you for your patience and for your understanding :)

Blizzard Customer Support

Click through for more schadenfreude-dripping tales of woe, if that’s the sort of thing you enjoy.

When Tuesday happened, I had 122 dollars in my bnet balance. I saw gem prices were high, bought gems on the rmah and then sold them on the gold ah (this was when they were selling for like 45 million).

On wed, I get the email saying my account is locked. Try and log in today (haven’t gotten an email back yet) and everything I own is account bound and I am short $122 dollars out of my bnet balance. How is that possible or even legal?

There were people who accidentally duped gold who were banned. I know not all dupers did it by mistake. I never duped gold but I have done the actions required to dupe gold before the patch. All you have to do is cancel a gold stack option. I never cancelled a 2b+ gold stack sure but I don’t see the difference. If you ever cancelled an auction you deserve to be banned. Oh no wait you don’t.

What the hell is this? After four days of “investigations” Blizzard has banned my diablo 3 account.

And I can tell you here and now that I have in fact not participated in this scandal, I have not used the RMAH and I have not had any interactions with dupers/cheaters. I have however sold my gems on the auction house at a whopping 35m each. That’s right I have sold my radiant star gems ( acquired prior patch 1.0.8) at 35m each because hey! I just logged on and the floor cap of gold dropped 10 fold so it’s only natural for me to assume that the prices of gems would go up. But what I did no expect is to get a suspension and NOW I am completely banned….Why!?
Hi all, through reading the posts here I see that while some of you have had the accounts reviewed, others may have not yet asked for our assistance. As ever, we do encourage you to let us know if you have any questions. Although we’re not always able to go into specific detail about why an account action may have happened, we’ll do our best to provide as much detail as possible and/or address any further concerns in regards to the account.

If you have an account that you would like us to review, please submit the ticket here, and we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Are you guys breaking out the world’s smallest violins, or do you love to hear people who were (allegedly) cheating despairing at the doom and ruin that’s come to all they knew and loved?

Also, this is a great chance for some haters to wade in and assign blame like a bonobo on a bad day. Clearly this is all Blizzard’s fault. They probably put the bug into v1.08 on purpose to allow players to cheat and dupe gold! Then they were slow to shut down the realms, which allowed more players to cheat, just since they wanted to ban them and get an extra $60. Plus then Bli$$ard didn’t rollback so the Auction House downtime would be longer. Clearly, JW/Bashy/console/RMAH is to blame.

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