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At some point, Diablo 3 generates a map which may or may not have various random figures/events/dungeons. Does the Magic Find skill have anything to do with this? Specifically I'm wondering in regards to finding various parts of the Whimsyshire staff - should I load up on magic find gear before I go looking for things like black mushrooms and the mysterious cave?

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Very, very similar to: gaming.stackexchange.com/q/69021/13845 –  agent86 May 23 '12 at 18:15
    
True, but he asked it after me :) –  Palantar May 24 '12 at 18:39
    
nope, you're a day after him :) That question was asked on 5/22, this on 5/23. –  agent86 May 24 '12 at 18:43
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No, Magic Find % multiplies the drop rate on the item its self. If an item has a .0005% chance to drop, and you have 100% MF then the item now has a .0010% chance to drop. So you may find it harder to get items, but it's not because the map or difficulty, Just plain old chance. An item always has a potential to drop.

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No, magic find has nothing to do with map generation.

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