50+ Useful Tips and Tricks for Diablo 3

Hey again my fellow nerds, here is a great list of useful tips and tricks for Diablo 3. 

Most Veteran players will know most of this, but I’m sure there are still multiple things everyone can get out of this post.  This is a repost from Reddit, and the names in ( *** ) is the contributors name on Reddit. 

The Original post can be found HERE. 

Enjoy and improve your PWN!

1 – CTRL + Mousing over and item on the ground (outside of inventory) shows stats so you aren’t forced it up. (kallell)

Doing this while having your inventory open should compare the item on the ground to what you currently are wearing as well. (broken1000)

2- There is a “force move” (labeled “Move” and is unbound by default) button that is unbound by default. This is helpful for running through packs of monsters and not accidentally clicking and attacking one. (need to manually bind) (kallell)

3- You can link items by bringing up the chat text box and shift + clicking an item, making it easier to show items to people to see if they need them or if you’re in different areas. (twincannon)

4- If you think you have an upgrade for someone you’re playing with, instead of asking him you can inspect him by right clicking his icon on the top-left. (twincannon)

5- Whites/grays sell for next to nothing and really aren’t worth the inventory space outside of the first act, just toss that junk for less town trips (make sure to check the prices in nightmare mode and beyond though, who knows if this will change later on). (twincannon)

6- Buy +2-4 damage magic rings ASAP, they’re pretty overpowered when they become equip able at level 6. Restart the game a few times if they don’t show up, or if they give a poor secondary bonus. (twincannon). Buy @ Radek the Fence: http://i.imgur.com/C0VXGh.jpg (Sf4tt)

7- Never sell magic items to a vendor as the crafting mats will probably sell for more in most cases (will change in retail but in beta, magic stuff sold for 50-75 usually and the essence sold for 150). Also rumors that you can trade the essence upwards, i.e. 10 normal mode essence for 1 nightmare mode one. (twincannon)

8- Don’t waste money on bigger stash early on, make mules to hold items, (twincannon)

9- If leveling up with a friend, designate one of you for leveling up the jeweler artisan (JC is MUCH cheaper) and one for blacksmith artisan, saving half the money required. (twincannon)

Although I don’t remember the exact numbers, the Blacksmith will require about ~700,000 gold to level up to max, while the jeweler will only take about ~45,000. (tolvinar)

10- You can hold left click to run around and simply tap shift to “stutter walk” fire instead of clicking the mouse (holding shift and casting will make you cast the ability in place,), works well for ranged characters to give your clicking finger a bit of a break. (twincannon)

11- If you’ve got a big friends list and don’t want people to join your game without your permission, or just want to play alone, there’s an option to disallow “Quick Join” under social options which is what makes your game show up with a “Join” button for friends (twincannon)

12-If you open your inventory (C or I), and THEN hold ctrl while mousing over the ground loot, it will pop out the compare box instead of just the item’s own stat box. (similar to when mousing over an item in your inventory — shows dps changes, etc.) (exuled)

13- And if you hold ALT it will compare to your off-hand/equip to your off-hand, while in inventory of course. Handy for dual-wielders. Also works on rings. (Nyctalgia)

14- You need to activate lecterns yourself. It is different than a chest as only you can activate your lecterns. If they don’t drop lore they can still drop gold. (rec916)

15- When you are leaving a game and the timer is counting down because you are not in town, your mouse does not work but your keyboard does. You may be frozen and getting beat up while waiting to leave the game but you can still fire off those skills with 1-4. (rec916)

16-Lore books give EXP, make sure to pick up all you can. (Only works on lore books you have not already picked up!) (ethereal4k)

17- Elective mode (off by default). Gives MUCH more customization on where to stick your skills on your bar. (KroBa)

18 – Advanced tool tips (off by default). Shows advanced skill information such as % damage increase and what the skill does (KroBa)

19- While each player gets their own loot and gold drops, the health globes you pick up are shared and will heal other players if they are nearby. (Tolvinar)

20- Hitting “g” will make your banner fly down wherever your mouse is pointing at. Shows off your achievements as well. (Tolvinar)

21- Hitting “f” will bring up your follower’s (templar’s) inventory. Don’t forget to choose his skills and give him equipment! (Tolvinar)

22- Once you begin the fight with Jondar, use town portal and then wait in town for about 2 minutes. Once you go back through the portal Jondar will have summoned about 50 skeletons. They will most likely be in a tight group so you can get big massacre bonuses from this.( Tolvinar) That tip with Jondar will be great if they still have the achievement to kill 20 monsters in a single hit. I never managed that in the beta. (Oneironaut2)

23- Pressing “alt” will make items on the ground show their names for 10 seconds. The time can be adjusted in the options menu. (Tolvinar)

24- Intead of playing with your pinky on the shift key and the rest of your appendages on numbers 1-4 try this. switch the hold key from shift (default) to the spacebar. I felt it more comfortable if I played spacebar instead of shift. (spaceboundmonkeys)

25- Pressing ‘Z’ zooms in on your character until you press it again. (nathanstratton2010)

26- Checking the advanced tooltips option in the game play menus will show additional item information in your inventory while holding CTRL key. (snhender)

27- Numpad 0-9 will make your character say in game phrases (both audible and to chat). (kallell)

28- When hovering over a weapon in your inventory or a merchant it will bring up your currently equipped item to compare. However if you’re dual wielding it will only bring up your primary hand. To quick view the other hand just hold alt. (dextini)

29 -You must be level 10 to do hardcore. (kallell)

30 – Your battletag is what is going to show up in game to your friends. As of now, character names really do not matter outside of the character select screen and in game dialog with NPCs. Pick a battletag that’s easily remembered and that you wouldn’t mind others seeing! (kallell)

31- Patch 1.0.1. bug – Running programs that put an overlay over Diablo III (such as Mumble, Xfire, and MSI Afterburner) can cause Diablo III to crash. Use these overlays at your own risk. (kallell)

32- Treasure goblins will disappear if they are not killed fast enough. Make sure once you see them they become a priority as they can drop vast amounts of gold and loot. (kallell)

33- Gems in game drop up to rank 8 now, ranks 9-14 need to be crafted. (kallell)

34 – Magic find is averaged across group members. IE: if player a has 300 mf, and player B has 100, the MF rate for the group is 200. You get 20% of companion MF(kallell)

35- There is no “procs” for new recipes in crafting. All recipes become available on a rank by rank basis. (kallell)

36- Monster scaling (damage and HP) depends on the difficulty (norm, nightmare, hell, inferno) and players in game. Details can be seen here – http://goo.gl/BBKPU. (kallell) You WILL NOT get more exp per monsters the more players you have in the game. You do however, gain killing speed – theoretically farming monsters faster which in turn gives more exp and loot. (kallell)

37- If you fall behind or wander off away from your party, use your town portal and click their banner to quickly catch up.

38- Make sure to delete your D3 beta entirely (including files in programdata/battlenet) ortherwise your D3 install may not work correctly. (kallell)

39- MAKE SURE TO UPDATE GRAPHIC CARD DRIVERS (and sound card drivers if you have non-integrated ones)! This can have vast improvements on FPS. (kallell)

41- There will be two types of auction houses. RMAH and Gold AH. Gold sounds exactly like what it is. Sell and buy items off the AH with in game gold. With RMAH, you have two options. Send money straight to paypal or use “battle bucks”. If you choose to use battle bucks, the money will reside in your bnet account and can be used for other AH purchases, or blizzard merchandise. YOU CANNOT cash this out. If you intend on getting cash for items, be sure to go the paypal route.(kallell)

42- RMAH will not be available for the first week after launch. (kallell)

43-RMAH: – Blizzard charges $1 + 15% transfer fee to paypal for items.

-For commodities Blizzard charges 15% for the item itself, and another 15% transfer fee to paypal.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL $0.30 + 2.9% paypal fee Formulas:

Items

(Sale Price – 1)*(1-Blizzard to Paypal Transfer Fee) = Profit

(Sale Price – 1)*(1-.15) = Profit

Commodities

(Sale Price)(1-Blizzard Commodities Fee)(1-Blizzard to Paypal Transfer Fee) = Profit

(Sale Price)(1-.15)(1-.15) = Profit

What are commodities? Crafting materials (from salvaging items), gems, and gold.

Additional info and calculation tables – http://tinyurl.com/bnfmwfg (kallell)

44-The official authenticator should be out today (May 14th) for 6.50 + S. However, you can always get the mobile app for free on any smartphone. (kallell) **Furthermore at the very least, make sure you sign up for mobile alerts. That way you get texted if anything is changed on your account (password, personal info, etc) Info and signup is here – http://tinyurl.com/7mu68rz (kallell)

45 – Dual wielding gives 15% attack speed bonus. (riraito)

46- The best magic finding will be from killing rares around the world rather than simply boss farming (unlike d2). Every rare pack you kill, you gain a (stacking) Nephalem valor buff which increases your gold and magic find. Dying or switching runes removes this buff. Only kicks in after level 60(kallell)

47-You can re-assign the 1234 keys to QWER (good for MOBA players)(riraito)

48 – Bosses have enrage timers. Inferno only? (kallell)

49 – Press X to show hp bars of every individual monster (altzan)

50- each vendor sells specific types of items that are generated when the game is created. If you want different items then remake the game.(riraito)

51-Unless they changed it from beta, magic (blue) items sold by vendors have unlimited stock. A cheap blue item can be a useful source of crafting materials if the auction house is too expensive.(tolana)

52-EXP chart basics:

If the level difference is less than 5, there is no penalty

if the level difference is between 5-10, there is a small penalty (10%, 20%, 30%,…)

If the level difference is more than 10, you’ll only receive 5% experience (95% penalty)

You only get “bonus” exp from monsters 6 levels below you. You gain increased (over 100% by default) exp by killing monsters up to 3 levels above you.

53- Activating ‘Letterbox’ mode in options will allow you to play in 16:10 if you have a 16:9 monitor. This means you will have more horizontal visibility. (Space-Dementia)

54 – Not as much of a tip as just personal preference…Remap my skills to , W,.A, D and potion to Q and/or E.

This way I can keep my hand in standard wasd position and have easy access to shift, alt, ctrl, skills and pots. No, need to reach for number keys.

I usually put my “oh shit” skill on space bar since my first instinct near death is to press every button. (hsmith711)

 

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Good Inferno Monk Guide and Strats for Act 1 & 2 Inferno

ACT 1
For Starters and Noobs- When you first reach Act 1 inferno you have noticed how hard it is(mainly by how hard they hit) compared to Hell difficulty. The reason this is so hard for a monk is because through the whole game, normal-hell, all a monk had to do was go into a group of mobs and face roll. In inferno you cannot do that, well until you’re geared that is. So you have to use this thing call skill to be able to start farming in Act 1.

Act 1 Inferno Monk Stats
32,746 Hp
616 Strength
1165 Dex
193 intel
759 Vit

6935.80 Damage (was using a weapon that had 450 damage and 400+ LOH)
5976(66.58%) Armor
189 All Resistance
41% Dodge

us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/monk#bYXgjh!XYU!Zabaca

As you can see these stats are very poor at best. But i was still doing runs through Act 1 with little problem. The one problem i did have at this point was that i could not kill the butcher and that was because my damage output was too little. I’d say you should be able to kill him if you have somewhere around 10k damage.

Skills-

So the skill i mentioned above is what made it possible for me to make it in Act 1 inferno and made it farm-able. What you do is basically have your earth ally and Templar tank for you while you stay behind them attacking with deadly reach. To make this the most efficient way I would bring the elite group to a choke point(a narrow passing like a bridge). This would block the elite group from touching me and would allow me to just put out the most damage i could.

Do realize that death is main part of inferno. You will die all the time. But the deaths are well worth the item drops and gold, so keep coming back for more and they will soon pop into a million rares :) .

Best Areas to Farm in Act 1 Inferno-

The best area to farm in act 1 would be from the beginning of Imprisoned Angle quest to the end of the quest(killing the warden). You do want 5 stacks of Nephilim Valor before you reach the Warden. So in the rare occasions where you do not have the 5 stacks just take a way point to a earlier part of the act to find a champion pack. With 5 stacks of Nephilim Valor the Warden should drop 2-4 rares and like 5-10 blues.

Once you start start getting more resistance and damage you can start trying more damage dealing builds. You can also change up from using a templar and start using the enchantress for her CC abilities.

Act 2
I just started to be able to farm act 2 with little to no problem. Although there are those times you get a champion pack you just have to skip. I would suggest not farming act 2 until you are geared for it.

These are the stats i have right now in act 2(unbuffed).

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us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/monk#bYXgjh!XZU!Zcbaca

Skill-

I basically use the same skill technique as i did when i first hit act 1 inferno. The difference here is that i use the enchantress over the Templar due to the sole fact that she has crowd controlling abilities. What you do is basically have your earth ally tank for you while you stay behind them attacking with deadly reach. To make this the most efficient way I would bring the elite group to a choke point(a narrow passing like a bridge). This would block the elite group from touching me and would allow me to just put out the most damage i could.

Enchantress skills- The skills i use with the enchantress are, charm, Powered Armor, Disorient, and mass control.

Area of Farm for Act 2-The most farmed area in Act 2 is the the start of the quest City of Blood to the killing of Magdha. Make sure when you get to her you have 5 stacks of NV. If you do not have five stacks just go back and try to find some more packs.

Where did i get my gold/ items????

Well the easy answer to this is by farming(mostly act 1 inferno and some gold from act 3 hell).
What gave me gold, i can sum this up to about two to three items that drop from act 1 inferno. Sold each of these items for over a million each.

PRO – TIPS
1. Make sure your buffs are always up this includes your earth ally.

2. Its good to clear out an area of the map so that you have room to kite. This reduces the chance of other mobs being pulled.

3. Keep a set of pure MF gear in your inventory. When killing a pack or boss and the last monster you have to kill is below 100k hp switch out for your MF gear and kill the monster. This gives you a much higher chance of an epic item dropping.

4. Knowing all other classes and what they look for in items. This will make it so you know what items will sell to the AH and what items you should charsi(sell to vendor).

5. You should read this. Every class should. Explains the amount of effective hp you have from resistance and armor.

http://armadagaming.com/showthread.php?459-Armor-Resistances-and-Effective-Health

(Also to keep in mind about using the Mantra of Healing with +20% resistance rune vs. Mantra of Evasion with +20% armor rune. Your armor should be ten times the amount of your resistance, or your resistance should be 1/10 the amount of your armor. Resistence is ten times more effective then armor but you want to keep these numbers close and always chase the one that needs a bigger boost. For example, if you had 200 to all resistance, and had 3000 armor, you should use the Mantra of Healing with +20% resistance rune. But lets say you had 2000 armor and 300 resistance to all, you should be using the Mantra of Evasion with +20% armor rune.)

6.To know how to make it so you can use more then one defensive ability, Go to Options > Gameplay > Check “Elective Mode

7.(Will add more tips when i can think of more. Also if you have any please leave a comment)

Most of the Guide was Written by Scotty from D3 Forums

How to know if A Diablo 3 Item is worth selling on the Auction House

A extremely difficult thing to do in Diablo 3 is to learn the market, aka Auction House.

The game of Diablo 3 is so new that most prices have not stabilized yet, hence, the market is fluctuating and constantly dropping for mediocre or mid/low level legendary gear. (6-5-12 is the date of this posting

In this article I will tell you a few tips on how to tell if a piece of gear is any good! I am still not a pro at the market, but when I see an item I usually can tell after 5 seconds of looking at it if it’s going to be used, sold(vendored), or thrown on the Auction House.

 

Nerd Tip # 1Don’t try to learn the entire market! Learn your class and the gear you are using, this will naturally allow you to learn the market of the gear set you use, and as you browse the auction house at level 60, you will see, and learn, what the max stats are for the stats you need on certain pieces of gear.  This will then roll over into other gear sets because it all uses the same formulas.

Nerd Tip # 2 - Wasted stats! Does the item you want to sell have wasted stats? What are wasted stats you ask? Let me give you an example.  If you find a level 60 belt, and it has, 150 strength, 100 vitality, +88 life on hit, a socket, and + 120 dex.  First thing to see is that it would be best for a barbarian, a monk or demon hunter could use it, but the wasted stat would be the +120 dex because it doesn’t benefit the barb as well as another stat.  So for this item I would rate it 8/10, if it had a better stat, say +5% life instead of dex, it would be 9/10.  This is just an example but you see where I am going.  People who are paying millions of gold are looking for improvements on their gear, and while this is a good belt, it isn’t worth dropping millions on, because it has the unwanted stat of dex, and will soon be replaced again by the buyer.

Nerd Tip # 3Weapons! Weapons are slightly different, but not really.  Weapon’s main stat is obviously the DPS(damage per second), but always take into account that IAS(increased attack speed), an open socket, or similar stats increase DPS too!So while say a Demon Hunter bow that has 1000 dmg and +20 ias with an open socket seems inferior to an 1100 bow with not as much IAS and no socket, you may actually LOSE DPS with the 1100 because of the stats.

Here an example price range, to demonstrate how at the higher level, a few stats mean the difference from 1 million and 15 million on the auction house.

500-700 blue bow – Average price 20-50k

700-800 rare bow – 650-1 million

800-1000 rare bow – 1 million to 2 million

1000-1050 rare bow -  2-5 million

1050-1200 rare / blue bow – 2.5 – 25 million (WOAH bro!)

It can go higher than this, but that is just an example of how much it jumps at the higher levels when people are trying to maximize their damage output.  A wasted stat on a 1200 dps bow could mean the difference from 2 million to 25 million.

Nerd Tip # 4Legendary rolls and how to price them!  Legendary items can be tricky to price, but if you study the item for about 5 minutes you can understand how much it’s worth.  I’ll give you an example.

String of Ears- This is one of the best barb belts, and I recently purchased one , but spent 45 minutes studying the auction house pages (40+ page of them) and after I learned what made the belt expensive, I knew what I was looking for.  As a barb I wanted strength, vitality, good+ life on hit, and 18-20% dmg reduction(20 being perfect).  I saw that the near perfect ones were 25 million, but low end ones were 1 million.   I had a price range of 3 million.   I looked at over 150 different belts, comparing stats, but i would just mouse over them looking for 1 thing that was the deal breaker that I didn’t , or did want that belt to have, DMG reduction, if it was 17% or less, i moved on, if it didn’t have strength and vitality, I moved on.  Finally I found one with 60 strength 30 vitality and 18% dmg reduction for 2 million.  I remembered what page it was on, doubled checked a few more belts, and decided on it.  I am glad I did, but the research I did was totally worth it because if not I would just want to upgrade it later on, and would have a hard time trying to sell a crappy rolled one that i “settled on”.  I can now flip this belt for maybe 3 million, and then use that to upgrade and do the same process for a slight upgrade.

The same wall of text explanation I just gave you above can relate to any other legendary that you are trying to sell, or buy.  I hope this was all atleast semi-helpful, to the new players atleast, because almost every day a friend or two asks me if this is worth something, so I figured their were others out there that could use a Price Guide 101 read!

Be easy my fellow nerds ! EZ PZ! -  Your Nerd Brother, Boot Danger

 

The Best Diablo 3 Magic Find Guide

Hey Friends of The Little, Diablo 3 Pwning, Nerd!

 

I’m guessing you came here to learn how to magic find in the most proficient way, so, let TLN assist you!

 

If you are trying to find The Best Diablo 3 Magic Find Guide, Your at the right place…

 

I’m about to pwn you noobs up with some hard facts about magic finding!

1. Always kill everything!

2. Don’t solo kill everything, kite em, group em, aoe em!

3. Harder the difficulty the better, duh!

4. If you see a good chest, DONT OPEN IT! Clear the area, then put on max magic find gear, with the max stacks from boss kills, then open it! Cha-Ching! (Remember if you reset your skills your magic find boss stacks reset) If you find a chest in Inferno, you can spam general chat, or a forum, and make people pay 10-25k just to join in and collect on loots from it.  Make sure they have some Magic find though as it gets averaged out between the group.  (if you have 200 magic find, and someone joins with 0, it drops to 100% magic find)

5.  Places that you have to go out of your way for, like hidden caverns, will have the most rare yellow spawns, which are great for magic finding!

6. Magic find gear isn’t everything, but try to get enough magic find to get good items in hell/inferno while still maintaining adequate stats to stay healthy, and alive.

7. Use the Auction house! Don’t pay crazy prices, set a gold maximum and get the gearz! You would be surprised how cheap some rare items, and even legendaries are.

That’s all the tips I have, but if you want more detailed information on spots, builds, and percentages of what drops where, so you can get the most out of your time, please check out The Best Diablo 3 Magic Find Guide!  I have receive a review copy from T-DUB himself and out of the other guides I have reviewed I honestly rate this one the best, and it’s the most affordable.

A great thing about purchasing his guide is that it’s worry free, 60 days and you can request a refund very simply.

You definitely don’t need a gold guide, but if you are looking to become rich, and/or sell on the Real Money Auction House, you will want to get one.

If you don’t want to spend any money, check back often as I am always doing research and posting great methods I come across them!

Hope this help my fellow little nerds out, please comment if you have any questions!