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Project BotEars - A bot killing guide

Discussion in 'Diablo 2 Community Forum' started by HerrPall, May 26, 2011. | Replies: 58 | Views: 8919

  1. HerrPall

    HerrPall IncGamers Member

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    Project BotEars - A bot killing guide

    Meet BotEars, my mule which currently holds 88 ears, all from different bots.

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    I started this project a while ago this ladder, mainly because I wanted to see how the bots would react once you go hostile. Well over 100 bot kills and many angry whispers later, this is what I've learned.

    1. Different types of bots

    In general, the bots can be divided into three different groups:

    1. Chickens
    2. Passive
    3. Agressive

    1.1. Chickens
    These bots drop from the game instantly when you go hostile. This means that there is really nothing you can do to kill them yourself. However, there is a method which works for some of them. More about that later (section 3)

    1.2. Passive
    These guys won't even react to you going hostile. They continue to invite to party and will very rarely attack you. The only danger here is if you walk into some hammers flying around. Keep your distance and it will be fine.

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    1.3. Agressive
    My favorites. These bots usually say something directly to you, smack talk you a bit. The lines are usually "YourName is about to die" and "YourName REALLY, lol".

    This kind of bots will attack you as soon as you get close, often ignoring mobs and making you the priority target. If they are hammerdins, they will tele stomp you and spam hammers. As most people who have done pvp knows, this is possible to avoid, but can get dirty if your timing is off.

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    2. Killing the bots

    So, what do you need to be able to kill the bots? I say the two vital things are high damage output and fast teleport.

    The high damage is needed for one reason: all bots will chicken and leave the game when they have low health. You need the high damage to take them out before they do that.

    In order to reach the bots before it is time for the new game, it is also important to have a decent tele speed. However, you can always target Diablo runs instead, which will be faster to reach even with a slow teleport.

    2.1. Build suggestions

    Casters are the easiest, since they can keep distance from the hammers and often reach high damage output. I guess it is possible with a melee char also, but it will be much more difficult and have a lower success rate.

    You don't need super awesome PvP gear to get kills. Most of the time standard pvm gear will work like a charm.

    Some builds which will work well:
    • Lightning Sorc (what I use)
    • Blizzard sorc
    • Fire ball sorc
    • Trapper
    • (Your suggestion here)

    3. Mob kills
    There is another way of killing the bots. As Turbine posted in this thread, sometimes it is possible to "freeze" the bots by typing loads of dots ".........." in the chat window. This will cause many bots to just stand still and eventually drop to timeout.

    This is the way to handle the Chicken bots. Dot freeze them at one of the waves at Baal, or in the middle of mobs in any other place. Then just sit back and look. Sometimes they will stay in the game long enough to get killed by mobs, sometimes not. If they do die, they also loose loads of xp. The higher level of the bot, the more damage you do.

    This method can also be combined with you going hostile and "helping" the mobs. Good if your char doesn't have a high enough damage output.

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    And with that I conclude my little guide. Feel free to ask questions.

    How many mules full of ears can we get? :whistling:

    Have fun
    HerrPall
  2. Mad Lee

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    Re: Project BotEars - A bot killing guide

    Should be mighty fun, pity I have non-tele Javazon.
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    This is so much fun with doin the "............." thing, anyway nice one m8, thats a fine collection of ears right there hehe!
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    Herrpall the bounty hunter. With his deafening cut-ear approach no bot will ever be safe again. Or hear anything for that matter. :D
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    I'm on 50 ears right now, switching between magicfind runs and bot killing makes the game more fun :)
    M.
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    It is fun, and an awesome way of gold finding ;) Only takes a handful of games to fill your char and gamble away.

    Good job Marapper. Keep it going :D
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    Re: Project BotEars - A bot killing guide

    This thread brings back good memories; bot hunting was my preferred method of goldfinding a few ladders back.

    You could even add cs-'zons to the (your suggestion here) spot. They don't even need to be super expensively geared, I think my old ladder one was using a Vipermagi/Spirit/M'av's helm and belt/random T'strokes/shopped spearmaiden's gloves, I want to say Highlord's was her most expensive item. I'd usually find a bot in 'Hammachaos-90,' hostile it and beat it to the waypoint, throw down a valk and decoy, and poke away. Go to -91, -92, etc. until it ran out of coins (bots in the high nineties do drop a lot).

    Maybe I'll have to dust the old 'zon off. Happy hunting!
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    I love you. :loveblush:
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    This should be sticky, Ill try it, I only have 1 question I am confused as to why dots confuse the bots that much...
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    Re: Project BotEars - A bot killing guide

    Beating the bots to the wp is a great way, especially if you feel a bit lazy and want to do a minimal amount of work. Here they usually don't fight back as they enter some prebuff loop. Easy kill, easy gold :)

    You make me blush :flowers:

    It must be some sort of coding mistake behind this. Lack of try/catch in the code? Possibly they scan what people write and get a stack overflow? Maybe they confuse the dots with some sort of command and then can't make out what it means? I'm not sure, but it is a bug the botters can fix. And they probably will.



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    Re: Project BotEars - A bot killing guide

    This is awesome btw.
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    I don't mf anymore, my whole time goes to disrupting bots now :rolleyes: Too bad our /f msg plan doesn't work :( Nice guide though
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    Re: Project BotEars - A bot killing guide

    Sorry about your loss of mf:ing I-J, it's super addicting. Hope you gamble something fun for the gold instead ;)

    The /f m plan was a nice idea. A shame it didn't seem to work. (We filled a friendlist with bots and mass whispered dots, but no success. You can whisper if you're in the same game, but not otherwhise it would appear.)

    Just got a lvl 96 pala bot to die from a Hydra btw.
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    I got a 97 to Hydra earlier ;)

    Also not 100% sure of the /f msg, there was that one guy who said that he works from home and can restart it the whole day. Apparently they have to manually restart it (well some programs atleast) So the killing is not totally in vain

    They get an error like this which they have to manually click:

    http://imageshack.us/f/835/errorjh.jpg/



    Did some digging around and testing. You can crash them with any text as long as it is a screenful. Some bots have apparently blocked dots so you can potentially use any combination of characters. There are more ways of preventing the crash but I'm not going to tell :evil:

    They might scan the text for dclone message
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    :rolf::rolf::rolf::rolf::rolf::rolf::rolf::cloud9:
    It almost makes me want to go back to bnet.
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    Seriously, best thing ever. My MF sorc is meteororb and the sanctuary is a problem for me but diablo is cake. I let the bot clean chaos, wait for the bot to say diablo time, I freeze the bot, hostile, and if I get back to diablo in time I help kill the bot then take down big d. I get exp, a free ride to diablo, a ton of gold and some decent drops from time to time, plus I help the anti-botting movement.
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    Time to test this *Trollface on*

    I recommend Bone-Necromancer
    @Baal bot runs:
    If I joined early... I also PK @WP *With caution!*
    If I joined late... Party @Throne of Destruction, teleport back to Harrogath and hostile the bot!

    Use the Amp. & check bot's life!
    If W4/5 minions cannot handle the bot
    Finish with the Corpse Explosion :thumbup:


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    That's pretty darned awesome. Sounds like the highest level anyone's gotten so far; I manage to get the same lvl 92 sorc three runs in a row, and a lvl 96 hammerdunce, both from lister and co. I think the next little project will be to get a 98 if I can find one. :evil:



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    Re: Project BotEars - A bot killing guide

    :thumbup:

    I actually got a lvl 98 killed by Baal a couple of days ago. Didn't get a screenshot though :(


    New thing:
    There seems to be alot of leach bots around. After PKing the "runner bot" in a game today I made a tp and then said the exact same thing as the bot had said earlier. The leacher bot went straight trough the TP.

    Providing this works (only tested once), make a super hot, crowded TP, type the thing the bot says (for example: TP safe or whatever) and the leachers should be in for a surprise :whistling:



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    I've been bot killing today for the first time... and I'm giddy with laughter

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