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I've noticed streamers repeatedly farming inferno goblins. At first I just thought it was because it was faster than doing butcher runs, but I'm wondering now if goblins in early act 1 would drop loot at the same item level or better than butcher. Also would goblins drop more recipes or gems?

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They atleast seem to drop a bunch of gems every time, in contrast with the bosses. For me, anyways. –  Xeo Jun 5 '12 at 1:15
    
Goblin is much easier to kill than bosses or champions/rare monsters. –  Betty Jun 5 '12 at 3:40
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The thing is most of these streamers you are watching are probably on Hardcore Mode. Goblins are not a speed thing at all.In no way are the items dropped from a goblin any different than items dropped from any other mob in that Act. A 5 stack Nephalim Valor killing many packs would easily net more gold and items than goblins. This is just a SAFE strategy used to minimize chance of death while gearing up. Act 1 had the cellar that was normally filled with normal creatures and a goblin or an Elite or Rare pack. Act 2 has a goblin right before you cross the bridge to Alcarnus. Here there can be a few cultists,fallen, and bugs but nothing too scary as well as plenty of areas to trap a goblin against a wall.

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