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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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A Guide to Diablo: IncGamers site changes – Here’s what we’ve done

Regular readers will have noticed quite a few changes on Diablo: IncGamers since the launch of Reaper of Souls which was the motivation for us to make some of the changes we had been thinking about for a while.

When RoS launched we pushed the first stage of front page layout changes live. We know everyone likes to read their content in different ways so the site was changed to a similar layout to the main IncGamers site. Of course not every one will love that format so in the past week we set to work on the second phase which was giving you the option to read the content in the old format if you so desired.

In case you hadn’t spotted it, there are a couple of buttons above the news that allow you to switch to your preferred format.

change view

Probably the toughest job we had to undertake was the forums. We have used the same forum system for around a decade and there were millions of posts to port over. It was important to us to make sure that threads from the old forum were not lost, we’d have hell to pay from you guys if they went missing :) Remember the great forum crash of 2003? That was not pretty.

So why the change? There were numerous reasons, the next version of the same forum was bloated with features that were useless to the community here. Spammers were also a consideration and the previous software was starting to struggle with the rise in spammers over the last couple of years. We needed a system that could pro- actively catch them and then make life easier for IncGamers moderators to deal with anything that managed to slip through.

The end results once we switched were good. The forums are now easier to use, faster and more robust. It’s taken some time to iron out issues with posts moved over from the old system but I would say we are 95% there with most things now. The forum is now easier to use and has more features to track new content additions.

One of the main issues we had during the change was with your logins. We have a custom login system that ties your forum account to the main site. When we moved forums that obviously broke down and had to be recreated. One of the issues we came up against was the inability for guests to post in the news and members who were logged in seeing a captcha. This was not acceptable so it took a few days for me to sort out but thankfully it now all works.

Regarding commenting on news, originally we had the news post into the community forum but as things move quite quickly here as far as content is concerned, we thought it best to create a separate forum for the news discussions. This reorganisation prevents any community forum discussion being lost in a pile of news. Your discussions are important after all.



Regarding accounts. Some of you have been registered here for over a decade and we have been helping members who have had login issues since the switch because they no longer have access to the email they originally registered with. If there are any of you still caught in that trap then we can sort it for you. Send an email here and we will deal with it.

With the new forums came new features, and something we’ve wanted to do for some time is highlight pro-active members and also award trophies for actions by the community. Elly sat down over a few days to come up with the points and reward system. You may have spotted the icons on threads but so you know how it works I have posted all of the trophies below for reference.

There are still a few things to do but the core updates are now in place. Your feedback on anything we do is much appreciated and a special thanks to the PALS who have helped make all the changes possible with their contributions.


Thread StarterThread Starter -Points: 15 -You have started 5 Threads
Topic RaiserTopic Raiser – Points: 45 -You have started 20 Threads
Town CryerTown Cryer – Points: 90 -You have started 50 Threads
ConfabulatorConfabulator – Points: 91 -You have started 80 Threads

Setting the Agenda Setting the Agenda – Points: 120 -You have started 120 Threads


Primary Source Primary Source – Points: 1 – Somebody out there liked one of your posts.

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How to Prepare Diablo 3 Loot for Reaper of Souls

Posted 8 Mar 2014 by

As the previous post said, there’s an always-question from players about what they should prepare Diablo 3 loot for Reaper of Souls. Everyone’s got opinions, and you know what they say about things that everyone has. The only obvious for sure thing is “gain experience for paragon points,” but… what else, man?

So what now? What do should I do to prepare for RoS? I know Paragon leveling is one of them but what else? Are there any particular items to save up etc?
Grimiku: There’s already some great suggestions in this thread on how to prepare for Reaper of Souls, like farming Paragon experience, and stockpiling crafting materials and gold, but some of it depends on what you want to do early on in Reaper of Souls, too. For instance, you might want to consider getting a Hellfire Ring of Strength if you plan on starting a Crusader, and possibly a Cain’s Fate set. Personally, I’ve been doing all of the above, and having a blast while doing it.

Are there any specific crafting materials that are definitely used at level 70 that you can acquire now? I don’t plan on crafting until I hit level 70 and only the highest-tier recipes.
Grimiku: You should definitely hang on to any of the Legendary crafting materials that you find, but for the most part crafting level 70 gear will require materials that are only found in Reaper of Souls. Personally, though, I try to hang on to all of the mats I find since you never know what the future holds.

As the blue said, none of the current crafting materials is used for DiabloWikiend game stuff in RoS. You find a whole higher tier of materials once you start killing level 61+ monsters and salvaging their item drops, which means all the DiabloWikiBrimstones and DiabloWikiEssences and DiabloWikiTears you’ve got now are used for crafting above level 60 in Reaper. You still find the current materials, but they’re only used for level 1-60 activities.

What to do with those mats now? Well, you can use them to gear up your characters with the much-improved D3v2 crafting plans, but realize that all your lvl 60 gear will be quickly obsolete in RoS. The other option is to take advantage of the last few weeks of the Auction House by selling all the crafting mats you can gather while they still hold value. It’s *much* harder to build up gold in RoS than in D3, so I’d advise you to build up some bankroll now while you can easily do so via selling materials and gems.

D3v2 and RoS non-legendary materials

D3v2 and RoS crafting materials

Incidentally, there are some item generation bugs in the game now that occasionally spawn a level 61 blue or yellow item. If you salvage them you will get one of the higher tier materials coming in RoS. I never notice the item level before I salvage it, but every now and then after clearing out my inventory I notice a blue (Arcane Dust) or yellow (Veiled Crystal) sitting there. They’ve got no function now and you’ll quickly amass hundreds of them in RoS, so it’s just a novelty at this point.

The larger issue about RoS preparation is making the transition from current gear to Reaper lvl 70 gear. That’s an interesting question, since the answer is much different today (in the Loot 2.0 version of Diablo 3) than it was 2 or 3 months ago, when RoS beta testers made the transition. You won’t be immediately adding 300 vit in half a dozen item slots, for instance, since most good armor now has 200/200 stats, rather than the 140/80 type mainstat/vit we saw in D3 before version 2. More on that topic later, as Reaper of Souls approaches.