Season 16 – Wizard Levelling

This post is a collection of advices from various sources (Icy Veins & TeamBRG). The tables show where to equip the skills if you play Diablo 3 on a Nintendo Switch, but the build can also be use for any version of the game.

A few tips

  • Start the game on Hard difficulty;
  • Don’t use an off-hand. Instead, equip a two-handed weapon with the highest damage;
  • Use a red gem in your head slot and in your weapon, use yellow gems in everything else;
  • Get Leoric’s Crown, but not before level 23. It means that you shouldn’t kill him at all before you reach that level. Once you have the crown, slot it with the highest red gem you can combine and use it until level 70;
  • Regularly craft a new two-handed axe, for the highest flat damage;
  • Use the Templar as follower as soon as possible;
  • The best skills of the Templar are all the skills on the left.

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Season 16 Witch Doctor Levelling

This post is a collection of advices from various sources (Icy Veins & TeamBRG). The tables show where to equip the skills if you play Diablo 3 on a Nintendo Switch, but the build can also be use for any version of the game.

A few tips

  • Start the game on Hard difficulty;
  • Don’t use an off-hand. Instead, equip a two-handed weapon with the highest damage;
  • Use a red gem in your head slot and in your weapon, use yellow gems in everything else;
  • Get Leoric’s Crown, but not before level 23. It means that you shouldn’t kill him at all before you reach that level. Once you have the crown, slot it with the highest red gem you can combine and use it until level 70;
  • Regularly craft a new two-handed axe, for the highest flat damage;
  • Use the Templar as follower as soon as possible;
  • The best skills of the Templar are all the skills on the left.
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Diablo 3: The Darkening of Tristram

The anniversary event, The darkening of Tristram, has returned this year. I’ve already completed the Diablo 1 inspired dungeon on my PC, but I also wanted to run the event on my Switch. This time, I rolled a Necromancer. It was good fun exploring the labyrinth once again.

I’ve made some notes for the future since some things are easily forgotten:

When you start, make sure you start a fresh level 1 character. Run straight from the Old Ruins waypoint to the portal for The Darkening of Tristram without killing any mobs on the way. Once passed through the portal, you run straight to the Labyrinth without clicking anything. Clicking the cows, dead bodies,… will come later when you have obtained the necessary items. They are important for getting certain achievements, pets,… during the event.

The Butcher pet was the first one I got by clearing the dungeon with a fresh level 1 character solo. This will grant you the ‘An Eerie Red Glow Blurs Your Vision’ achievement and the Butcher pet at the end.

The Ogden’s Sign, and Ogden’s Brew (both banners), Red Soul Shard (legendary headslot gem), and The Butcher’s Cleaver (transmog) are easily obtainable since they are guaranteed rewards from killing bosses in the labyrinth. You clear the entire dungeon once and you have all of these for sure.

The next one is more tricky since it was bugged once again. How to get the plans for The Wirt’s Leg (transmog) and The Royal Calf (pet):

  • In Level 9 of the dungeon, you will find the Black Mushroom, click on it to obtain a Rotten Mushroom;
  • Go back to Old Tristram and find Adria’s Hut. Throw the Rotten Mushroom inside the cauldron to obtain Witch’s Brew;
  • Click the four corpses in town in this order: Farnham, Ogden, Pepin, and Griswold. The last corpse will drop the plan for Wirt’s Leg;
  • Then you can teleport back to town and teach it to the Blacksmith. You’ll find the plans under the Maces section. Now here’s where you have to pay attention since it was bugged 2 years in a row: If the plan is blue in stead of orange (legendary) don’t craft it! It costs 1 million gold to craft and a blue one (the bug) won’t do it. It has to be orange! They fixed the bug a few days later, but the damage was already done, I had lost a few million trying to craft the right Wirt’s Leg. I also had to first log into another character and then go back to my necromancer before the plan appeared legendary.
  • After you’ve crafted the legendary Wirt’s Leg, you have to salvage it so it offers up the Map of the Stars, which reads 2-1-3;
  • Go back to Adria’s Hut and click on the cow corpses in this order: middle (2), left (1), then right (3). This will open the Abandoned Farmstead portal;
  • Head through the portal and find Wirt’s Stash. Open the chest to get the Cow Pet Trinket and right-click it to earn the Royal Calf.

The Classic Demon Portrait is a reward for killing 40 unique classic monsters in the Anniversary dungeon, gaining you ‘The Protector of Tristram’ achievement. The full list of unique monsters:

  • Level 2: Rotfeast the Hungry, Shadowbite
  • Level 3: Brokenhead Bangshield, Madeye the Dead
  • Level 4: Blacklash the Burning, Gharbad the Weak, Snotspill
  • Level 5: Bloodskin Darkbow, Foulwing, Shadowcrow
  • Level 6: Bilefroth the Pit Master, Bloodgutter, Deathshade Fleshmaul
  • Level 7: Blighthorn Steelmace, Gorestone, Nightwing the Cold
  • Level 8: Baron Sludge, Firewound the Grim, Zhar the Mad
  • Level 9: Breakspine, Brokenstorm, Oozedrool
  • Level 10: Blackstorm, Goldblight of the Flame, The Flayer
  • Level 11: Bluehorn, Fangspeir
  • Level 12: Lionskull the Bent, Viletouch, Viperflame
  • Level 13: Rustweaver, Warlord of Blood, Witchmoon
  • Level 14: Graywar the Slayer, Steelskull the Hunter, Stareye the Witch
  • Level 15: The Vizier
  • Unholy Altar: Blackjade, Red Vex
  • Level 16: Sir Gorash

The Classic Angel portrait is awarded from the ‘I Sense a Soul in Search of Answers’ achievement. You can get this achievement by collecting all 7 Cultist’s Page items which are dropped by Temporal Priests. They can be found in the following locations:

  • Act I: The Weeping Hollow, Festering Woods, Cathedral levels 1, 2 and 4, Halls of Agony levels 1, 2 and 3;
  • Act II: Dahlgur Oasis, Desolate Sands;
  • Act III: Keep Depths 1, 2 and 3, Stonefort, Rakkis Crossing, Arreat Crater 1, Tower of the Damned 1, The Core of Arreat;
  • Act IV: Gardens of Hope 1, 2 and 3, Silver Spire 1 and 2, Hell Rift 1;
  • Act V: Westmarch Commons, Westmarch Heights, Paths of the Drowned, Battlefields of Eternity.

There can only be one Temporal Priest per location, which may drop duplicate pages so, be ready for several runs. They also drop while doing bounties so, you don’t necessarily need to complete this achievement with the same character you started the event with. Beware that you can’t trade these pages with a seasonal character!

I just finished the event for the second time, and I hope that everybody had as much fun as I had. Meanwhile, season 16 has started, and I’m experimenting with a new Witch Doctor build. But, more about that later!

Season 15 Fresh Crusader

You’ve just hit level 70 with your Crusader? Your next step should be to get this season’s free set. Once you have the 6 pieces of the set, you can switch to the second build. Even if the skills are mapped for the Nintendo Switch, you can use these builds with any version of the game.

No free set yet

Use this build to farm all the seasonal challenges required to get the 6 pieces of the free set.

Slot Skill
A Punish – Retaliate
ZR Blessed Shield – Shattering Throw
Y Condemn
X Steed Charge – Rejuvination
B Laws of Valor – Unstoppable Force
ZL Provoke – Hit Me!
Passive 1 Heavenly Strength
Passive 2 Holy Cause
Passive 3 Hold your ground
Passive 4 Insurmountable

6 piece free set build

You finally have equipped the 6 pieces of the free set? Congratulations! Now, you can use this build.

Slot Skill
A Punish – Fury
ZR Sweep Attack – Holy Shock / Blazing Sweep
Y Iron Skin – Steel Skin
X Steed Charge – Endurance / Rejuvination
B Laws of Valor – Unstoppable Force
ZL Provoke – Too Scared / Hit Me!
Passive 1 Heavenly Strength/Fervor
Passive 2 Wrathful
Passive 3 Long Arm of the Law
Passive 4 Finery

Season 15 Crusader Levelling

This post is a collection of advices to help you level a Crusader during the season 15 of Diablo 3. The tables show where to equip the skills if you play Diablo 3 on a Nintendo Switch, but the build can also be use for every version of the game.

A few tips

  • Start the game on Hard difficulty;
  • Don’t use a shield. Instead, equip a two-handed weapon with the highest damage;
  • Use as many red gems as you can;
  • Regularly craft a new two-handed axe, for the highest flat damage;
  • Use the Templar as follower as soon as possible;
  • The best skills of the Templar are all the skills on the left.

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My side of the portal

Diablo 1 was the first time that I’ve truly been passionate about a game. From the moment that Diablo was installed on my PC, all I could think about was going to Tristram and fight the legions of evil. At that time, I had just entered university and I completely failed my first year. Even if it delayed my professional life for a year, it was worth it because it gave me one of my best gaming remembrances.

When Diablo 2 came out, I got infected with the same virus. The sequel was even better and, for many years, I’ve been living in click heaven.

Unfortunately, even if they managed to make something enjoyable out of Diablo 3, Blizzard didn’t succeed at recreating the ambiance from the first two episodes. They made jokes about the excessive use of flashy colors, but they failed to provide the sequel I was waiting for.
I long believed that such a task was impossible, that my expectations were simply too high. The Darkening of Tristram proved me wrong. The retro graphics, the character animations and the old music really did the trick for me.

Blizzard gave us an awesome way to celebrate and, for a month, I probably had more fun in Diablo 3 than I had since the game was released.

More treasure goblins!

We’re slowly getting back to a normal gaming schedule. Actually, this week-end is our first real gaming week-end since we’ve moved to Brussels, and it’s Blizzcon week-end… Exactly what we needed to get us back to our geeky selves after this horribly long period of real life crap.

For the second time in a row, the panel that got me the most excited is the one about Diablo 3. Of course, I’m baffled about the idea of Blizzard making an FPS (I love FPSs), and I’m super excited about the WoW movie, but little things like more treasure goblins and quality of life improvements in Sanctuary really get me hyped for the patches to come.

Blizzcon isn’t over, there is still so many things to watch (including Metallica) that this 4 days week-end at home is turning into pure heaven for Sisqi and me…