Tips For Playing Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition

Tips For Playing Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition

Welcome new Diablo III players! You passed up the game on PC, held out for a more complete console edition, and your patience has paid off. You're ready to plunge headlong into the Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Feel Free To Skip The Older Games

Diablo III, as the Roman numeral indicates, is the third game in an action role-playing franchise that began nearly 16 years ago, so you're not going to want to begin without a basic understanding of the series' lore. Here's everything you need to know about Diablo lore in order to enjoy Diablo III: Evil is happening and you've got to kill it.

Tips For Playing Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition

In other words, despite the game being preceded by two award-winning games and various expansion packs, not knowing a single thing about the town of Tristram, the war between Heaven and Hell or heroes plunging evil crystals into their foreheads (ouch) will not be a problem. If you really must know, let Wikipedia be your guide.

Choose a Class — They're All Pretty Good

Now that you've been briefed on the backstory, it's time for a big decision. Which of Diablo III's six character classes should you play? Ultimately you'll want to give each of the six a try, but that's not very helpful advice. Why waste important levelling time on a class you'll be bored with a couple hours down the line?

We could argue all day long over which class is the best/strongest/sexiest (check out the Diablo forums, where that exact thing is happening constantly). Instead, here's a quick and dirty rundown of each class aimed at helping you decide for yourself.

Barbarian: Large agile warriors that thrive in the middle of a massive melee. The Barbarian is powered by Fury, a resource that builds as he or she is damaged by or damages enemies. Perfect for players who want to charge mindlessly from battle to battle, but lacking a certain finesse. You can get a pretty cool jumping attack that feels really good with a console controller.

Tips For Playing Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition

Crusader: Silver-shelled party animals. The Crusader is another wading-into-battle type, though unlike the Barbarian they're as at home chasing down a solo enemy as they are in large groups. They're a slightly more nuanced melee class. The newest of the six classes, the Crusader is considered by many to be overpowered. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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Demon Hunter: Do you consider yourself clever? Do you want to wield a crossbow in each hand and pepper the battlefield with traps and turrets? Do you want to be the sexiest person in any party? Here's your class.

Tips For Playing Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition

Monk: Monks are melee fighters, but with the ability to heal and protects allies and disorient the enemy, one could consider them the game's support class. Monks are all about mobility and speed, so if you gotta go fast…

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Witch Doctor: The choice of crazy people everywhere. The Witch Doctor's bag of tricks is very large, containing a score of pets, jars of spiders, pools of poison — they really are insane. They start off slow, but as their levels rise they grow more frightening and satisfying.

Tips For Playing Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition

Wizard: Do you want to feel powerful from afar? Shoot death rays out of your hands or lay down a field of freezing cold so powerful your enemies can't even touch you? The Wizard comes out of the gate with the awesome power of the universe at their fingertips, though in later levels its easy to fall into a repetitive routine.

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Or just pick the one you think looks the coolest.

Avoid Playing On Normal

Once you've chosen a character class another important decision awaits. Which difficulty level do you choose? Caution and unfamiliarity would suggest you start the game at "normal" difficulty. Do not do that.

The game's first difficulty level is mis-named. It should be called "laughably easy." Even "hard" difficulty is a cinch. Start on Expert, the highest difficulty that is initially available (there are plenty more that you can unlock later). You'll die a fair amount if you're not careful but that will help you learn how to play skillfully. If you're playing easier difficulty levels you might as well be mowing a lawn. Playing on tougher levels automatically gives you extra XP, so you'll likely level up faster for your troubles.

Note that you can change difficulty levels after you've started playing. You can bump the difficulty level up or down one notch while you're mid-game. If you quit to the game's main menu, you can switch to any difficulty level.

The game will be tougher if you play with friends, which can be a blessing since managing to defeat tougher enemies will let you level up faster — the game doesn't always bump the difficulty level back down after your friends leave, but you can ensure a proper reset by quitting out and jumping back in.

Once that decision is made, you're in the game. Congratulations! Welcome to the outskirts of scenic Tristam. Mind the smell of evil. Once you've acclimated yourself to the game's controls and the whole accepting a quest/completing a quest mechanic, the rest is so simple I can put it in a more structured format.

Enable Elective Mode To Customise Your Controls

In Diablo III's default mode, you'll have one button locked to one type of attack or ability. But if you'd like to map more than one ability from a group, or re-arrange your abilities so that they feel comfortable to you, you can do that - you'll just have to enable elective mode in the game's options menu. Go to options, then select gameplay, and then check the box next to "elective mode," and you'l be free to assign whatever ability you want to whatever controller button.

See the Map? See ALL of the Map

As you wander through the lands of Sanctuary the map is slowly revealed, marking the trail of your travels. Or it would mark the trail, but that's not how you want it to work. Use the map as a tool to ensure that you've visited every square inch of every area. Leave no stone unturned. Leave no log unshattered. Diablo III is full of secrets, treasures, and special events that are incredibly easy to miss if you just make a beeline for your current quest objective.

If You See a Door, Go Through It

Along the same lines as the map tip, the random dungeons scattered about the Sanctuary countryside are packed with unique creatures that have somehow ingested powerful magical weapons, armour, and gold. We've been doing this sort of thing so long we've stopped asking how this happens.

Even better than treasure, these random dungeons can also house special events outside of the main storyline. You might have to survive against hordes of enemies for a certain amount of time, or help lay a restless spirit to rest by killing whatever it is that's keeping it restless. These are rewarding encounters in more ways than one, and they're waiting for you behind those lovely optional doors.

Pick Up Everything

Evil creatures in Diablo III are magical life forms which, instead of flesh and blood, are composed of random items and coins. Collecting those things in order to make your character more powerful is what the game is all about. Your inventory is limited and you can only carry so many items, but you'll eventually learn a Town Portal spell that takes you back to your home base no matter how deep you are in a dungeon. Every time you fill up, portal home and sell, break down, or store your items. Don't worry. You can hop back into the portal and get right back to where you were.

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It may be tempting to sometimes leave the loot that drops from enemies where it dropped, maybe to avoid filling your inventory and having to head back to town — do not do that. Why would you do that? That's crazy.

As Soon as You Can, Start Crafting

Some of the most powerful equipment my characters are currently wearing did not come from monster guts, but rather from my own personal blacksmith. I bring him the items I don't want, he breaks them down into components, and uses them to fashion truly wondrous magical items.

As you increase in level and your challenges increase in difficulty, you'll begin to discover rare green crafting plans that can be used to create amazingly powerful items. You'll forget these are in your inventory until they're useless for your current character, but the next one will be so well dressed.

Play With Real Friends

While single-player is nice, Diablo III is a game meant to be played with other people. And who are our favourite other people? Our friends. Well, your friends. My friends are generally dicks.

But your friends? They are pretty great. And the wonderful thing about friends? The more you have in your party the tougher the game gets, and the tougher the game gets the better the rewards are.

Playing local co-op works well enough, though you'll have to stay fairly close to each other. If you play online, you can wander apart.

Play With Fake Friends

When you can't play with real friends, make sure you've got a fake friend by your side. Over the course of the game you'll unlock three followers: special characters with unique powers who are ready to follow you to the ends of the Earth, because they're programmed to.

There's the Templar, a healer/tank perfect for delicate casting classes. The Enchantress will turn your enemies into chickens, which is pretty handy. Finally there's the Scoundrel, who's a less-sexy Demon Hunter. Choose him if you like hanging out with sleezeball.

Your Followers will always be there for you, and as long as you remember to upgrade their equipment, they will always make a difference. Got that? They won't have their coolest gear or abilities activated by default. You need to pause the game, go to the Follower tab and set them up, just as you would your own character.

Most Importantly, Have Fun

I like to end all of my tips posts with this one, but in the case of the Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition I really mean it this time. Play this game long enough and hard enough and there may come a time when you care more about numbers and statistics than you do simply enjoying yourself. It's how the game is built — once you start moving into more extreme difficulty levels every point of resistance, every dollop of damage mitigation and every gem you socket will directly affect your ability to progress.

I'm not saying that's not fun. I'm just letting new players know to cherish the games earlier moments. Take in all the sights and sounds in your first couple of plays, because eventually you're going to be too busy surviving to enjoy it.


Now it's your turn. Well, the veteran players who've read this far to see what I've gotten wrong, not the new folks who wouldn't know any better. What advice would you give to our new Diablo III-playing friends?


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    As soon as you get a helm with a socket, get a red gem into it to speed up your XP gathering.

    even better, if you have friends that are ahead of you, get them to give you a high level red gem. Most of my alts are rocking 33% XP gain :)

      Wait you can trade gems in the console version????

        Yeah no account bound stuff with the console versions that I've noticed. I've been freely trading gems and gear found when solo to my wife.

        you can trade anything (equiped legendaries etc.) in the console version except for a few account bound items.

        You can do it in the PC version too, you don't trade them as such, you just drop them on the ground and your mates should be able to pick them up.

          Nope, there all account bound

            The red gem socket head hole thing was a must on PC before RoS came out. Bumping the difficulty increases XP bonus by a hell of a lot more than the 20-30% bonus you get from a red gem. Sure it all helps, but its not anywhere near as substantial as it used to be.

      All I ever use in helmets is topaz for the magic find. Extra xp doesn't phase me, I'll just kill a few more mobs lol

    I played it on normal haha. I'm nowhere near a great gamer, but even I felt like I had a trainer enabled.

    I'm using a witch doctor and have a lot of equipment with mana/health regen per kill/second. I basically use spirit barrage as my main attack and mana never runs out. That said, I'm close to finishing it on hard so I'm sure I'll be mushed in to pulp when I start again on the next difficulty level.

    What I like about the Crusader is the ability to - with the right powers - charge in from long distance, do substantial damage, then be able to quickly flee if things get hairy. Shield Bash gets you in, Steed Charge gets you out. Try and pick runes and gear which give you as much wrath as possible, even if it means sacrificing anything but strength, e.g. vitality - making you into a glass cannon. Also be sure to use the passive skill allowing two-handed weapons in one hand while still carrying a shield.

    I have to agree with not playing on normal. @aliasalpha and I did it on normal and the only time I died was with the very last boss and that was only because he was stuck in an attack pattern when we'd already taken all of his health. Silly me just kept smashing away within his area attack thinking that surely he should be dead and I wasn't paying attention to my health. During the whole game I usually only used health after a fight to regain the 1/4 I lost quickly instead of waiting a few seconds for it to regenerate.

      My crusader is an all in type. Once I engage I can't bac out

      I've got a Commander Stampede Crusader, I stand back while sending out a 6-horse barrage that destroys everything in its path, and turning enemies killed into up to 8 warrior melee phalanxes.

      Yeah.. commander seems OP at the moment, but then it takes a long time to build it up to that point, unlike how wizard and wd used to be.

      Im a holy shotgun build, 95% akkarats uptime, so no backing out once im committed :D

    Out of interest, and feel free to avoid spoilers, but where/when in the game do you learn this handy portal spell?

      Its story related, you can't miss it. Fairly early in Act 1.

        Right...okay, I'm in Act II now and I think I totally missed it?? I'll Google it.....It could be a case of me assuming it's something else and I'm subconsciously using the ability already. :-)

          "Press right on the D-pad"!? Damn...better late than never.

    Tips? for Diablo 3?? Here's the pro tip: Set difficulty to Expert/hardcode - hold down X button on ps4 with pull of the right trigger once every 5secs. Close eyes/watch movie/fall asleep. giving it 30hrs and you've finished the game and the addon. well done. now trade in that $89 game for $20 from EBgames and buy destiny/mordor/dragon age/fallen.

    Go back to hating Blizzard and EA for destroying our childhood.

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