I didn’t want to spoil my experience by reading much about the Diablo III gameplay beforehand. I played Diablo III in a sort of trial and error style to find my own way of successfully taking down Diablo. I have compiled a list of the best advice that I can give you to get the most out of Diablo III.
Be PatientYes friends, I was among you during all of those server crashes. I felt your pain when I was in the middle of defeating Belial when I received notification that the server would be taken down in 5 minutes. 5 minutes!? Though the first week of playing was pretty rough in terms of server failures, I think that they are getting a handle on the server volume. You can also keep track of scheduled server maintenance or server crashes by looking here.
Enable Elective ModeI went a day before I realized I could do this and I wish I had known sooner. Elective Mode is turned off by default, which means that your active skills are strictly bound to your left click, right click, 1, 2, 3, and 4 buttons. This means, once you choose a Primary skill, it is the only Primary skill you can use until you switch it out with another Primary skill. But what if you want to Poison Darts AND Corpse Spiders? Enabling Elective Mode allows you to assign skills to whichever slot you want, which gives you the freedom to mix your skills to match your personal fighting style. To enable Elective Mode, head to Options then Gameplay and click the button.
White Item Pick-UpsDon’t waste your time on white item pick-ups. I had my own internal struggle with this tip, but it holds true. While it might be awesome to gather all the gear you can, it really is not worth your storage space to grab non-magic items. When you get back into town, you can sell the gear you picked up but keep in mind that each item will only get you 1-5 gold. In my opinion, monster kills usually score you more gold than that, so why waste space with worthless gear?
Training Your BlacksmithI know that some will debate me on this, but unless you want to get the achievements, it’s not necessary for you to train your Blacksmith. I found myself dumping buckets of gold into my blacksmith only to craft the same helm 6 different times trying to score one with +intelligence. Then I realized, I could head over to the auction house and find what im looking for and probably for less gold than for what it would take to train and make the items. The same goes for your Gemologist, there are already tons of higher level gems in the auction house, for less than what it would cost to train and craft your own. And as you progress to harder difficulties, the higher level gems drop like candy.
Diablo III Auction HouseWe were first given a release date of one week after the Diablo III release for the real-money auction house, but the date has since been pushed back to May 29th. Though the real money auction house is not available, the gold-based one is up and running. Before heading to the auction house to purchase your gear, it would be wise to go over rules and figure out how purchases and sales are made. You can checkout the Diablo III auction house guidelines here.
Use the Battle.Net AuthenticatorWith the huge boom of players on Diablo III, of course there is bound to be some hacking going on. My last, and maybe most important tip I can give is downloading the Authenticator for your Battle.net account. If you’ve played WOW, chances are you’re already using it. If not, get it now, especially if you plan to utilize the real-money auction house. The authenticator is free on both iOS and Android and can easily be downloaded on to your smart phone. The app provides a random code that changes every 30 seconds that you type into your battle.net account upon logging in. This ensures that it is you accessing your account and not some evildoing hacker. You can grab more information on the Authenticator App here.
Whether or not you’re a hardcore gamer or just picked up Diablo III for some casual fun, these tips will help you make the most out of defeating Diablo. It’s probably time to give up on your social life anyway. What have you learned from playing Diablo III? Share in the comments.