Legendary 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 Urshi, 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 gems 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 PTR, 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.
|Bane of the Powerful|
|Bane of the Trapped|
|Boon of the Hoarder|
|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.|
|Gem of Efficacious Toxin|
|Gogok of Swiftness|
|Mirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver|
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!
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 Ironborn 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 Magic 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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Diablo 3 Patch Exteeeeeeeeended Maintanence ExplanationPosted 4 Mar 2014 by
Lylirra: When we first brought up the game servers this morning, we received immediate reports from players of critical issues affecting gameplay that did not manifest in our internal testing environment (there’s many why this can happen, but they’re moot at this point so I’ll just move on to your actual question). We received reports of a recurring game crash, for example, and of the constant character chat/follower chat following any XP gain — something, while minor, would still greatly impact the player experience if it we didn’t fix it right away. There was also a new bug that only affected certain characters, but allowed them to gain significant amounts of XP in very small period of times; this wasn’t an exploit, but an actual bug, and it was pretty meaty.
As a result, we made the decision to bring the game servers down ASAP rather than risk these issues to continue to affect gameplay and the game environment as a whole. It wasn’t an ideal situation, because we know that bringing down game servers without warning isn’t a good experience for our players, and certainly one not made lightly (it’s not something we like to do and actively try to avoid it whenever possible). We felt it was best course of action at the time, however, and genuinely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you or other players.
I sincerely hope your hero has survived to fight another day, though. If not, as a fellow HC player, I will raise my coffee mug in your character’s honor and hum a small dirge of remembrance. May his spirit live on through the deeds of those who rise in his wake.
Though painful for some, the bugs didn’t impact many players and there will not be a rollback. Click through for some more Blue detail on that.
Lylirra: No. We will not be performing a rollback. The number of characters online at the time was actually very minimal, so ideally the number of Hardcore deaths should be incredibly, incredibly small.
Now, that does not minimize the frustration of those affected by the shutdown (nor do I feel it should); however, it does provide context and scope. Game-wide rollbacks are a pretty significant endeavor and would affect all players, not just those who may have lost a hero; as a result, its something we typically reserve for game-breaking issues.
Yes, and it looks like taunting customers is how Blizzard rolls. “If we killed your character and wasted hours/days of your time, and therefore your money, oops. Sucks to be you.”
Lylirra: Not at all. I know it’s easy to vilify Blizzard employees and see us as heartless individuals who don’t care about or have the ability to relate to our players in any significant way, but that’s pretty darn far from the truth. I’m an avid Hardcore player, and I know the pang of loss that’s felt when one of my characters dies, be it at my own hand or to a situation that was out of my control. Those characters can often become an extension of who we are as players, particularly if it’s a character that’s lived through many challenging battles.
The salute I gave is one I give to each of my Hardcore friends when their heroes pass. I know it’s a little RP and probably more than a little nerdy, but I still like to commemorate HC deaths whenever one is brought to my attention. I feel it’s the very least I can do as a fellow defender of Sanctuary.
I like that last guy who pops in just to prove that there’s always someone somewhere (on Battle.net) who can (and will) bitch about anything. Don’t anyone point him to Blizzard North’s Diablo 2 era response to Hardcore death, or he’ll need to change his panties.