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When I start from the beginning, I don't seem to ever get any - am I just getting unlucky? Does their drop rate change from the beginning of the act to the end?

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Per Blizzard:

The chances of getting an item of each item level are even throughout an entire Act. The hotfix note provides "approximate" rates because there are minor variances based on item type, and the % listed is an approximate aggregate across all item types (for the item level in a specific Act).

In an effort to make the answer more general, I'll include the updated drop rates for all zones. From the patch notes posted here, the approximate drop rates for all zones are:

Hell - Act III and Act IV

  • iLvl 61: 9%
  • iLvl 62: 1.9%
  • iLvl 63: 0%

Inferno - Act I

  • iLvl 61: 17.7%
  • iLvl 62: 7.9%
  • iLvl 63: 2.0% (This answers your specific question)

Inferno - Act II

  • iLvl 61: 18.6%
  • iLvl 62: 12.4%
  • iLvl 63: 4.1%

Inferno - Act III and Act IV

  • iLvl 61: 24.1%
  • iLvl 62: 16.1%
  • iLvl 63: 8.0%

Given a 2% drop rate for Act I, you are probably just unlucky - or rather, you'd be very lucky if you got one.

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There is no mention of any specific areas right. that is what we all already know. I'm looking for verification of this, specifically. The patch notes even use the word approximate, which is why my question is more specific –  fcrick Jun 23 '12 at 19:34
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They use "approximate" because there are still random numbers at work (the 2% drop chance). You're reading too much into the word. –  Raven Dreamer Jun 23 '12 at 20:02
    
I'm not reading anything into it - that's the point. I'm looking for evidence-based answers, not ones based on assumptions or interpretation. –  fcrick Jun 23 '12 at 20:05
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@fcrick Read the link in my comment, Blizzard want you to farm entire acts, thus entire acts will have a reasonably similar drop rate throughout. If you want to go through the process of generating a suitable sample size based on tens of thousands of drops then by all means feel free, it will be a useful resource. If not, then go on the information that is available. –  kalina Jun 28 '12 at 4:42
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@Fcrick Maybe something like this will suffice? Blizzard CM: "The chances of getting an item of each item level are even throughout an entire Act." us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5967657367?page=4#74 –  bwarner Jun 29 '12 at 0:31
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I have found 2 Ilevel 63 items in Act 1 Inferno.

1 in The Weeping Hollow and 1 in in a Defiled Crypt under the Cemetery of the forsaken

Both found during Skeleton King runs

and ofc not during the same run I did many runs before they dropped

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The entirety of Act 1 Inferno has a 2% chance of dropping items with an ilvl of 63. In fact, the drop rate of items with ilvls of 61, 62, and 63 are constant through the whole of each act.

See the patch notes for more information.

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That is incorrect...take another look at the patch notes you just linked to. Items of ilvl 63 in Act 1 Inferno have a 2% chance of dropping. –  Kotsu Jun 23 '12 at 18:40
    
the drop rate of items with ilvls of 61, 62, and 63 are constant through the whole of each act - any source of that claim? Maybe they are implying that, but I've never seen it articulated. –  fcrick Jun 23 '12 at 18:56
    
@Kotsu: You're right, must have been looking at Act 3/4 Hell. Updated the answer –  MBraedley Jun 23 '12 at 21:08
    
@crick: That's a fair comment, but it also seems logical to me. Not that acts are all that long if all you're doing is farming. –  MBraedley Jun 23 '12 at 21:11
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From my experience, Act 1 inferno can drop item level 63 from the start to the end of the act. I have received 11 item level 63 items since the change, playing the entire act a few times.

I've gotten one off of the trash right in front of New Tristram, before even going in the town. I've gotten a few from the quest's that come before the blacksmith. I've also gotten a few off of the Halls of Agony.

Note, I've never gotten one from the Warden or the Butcher, but I'm pretty sure that's just luck/bad luck. All except for one has come from champ/elite packs (most recent one came off of a white mob in front of New Tristram).

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After the patch 1.04 update i went through all act I inferno 2 times with a solo demon hunter + mf/gf follower (templar), warded 450k gold per run (101% gf, 156% mf) and got some AH sales, making 1,2kk gold at all. I have droped a good yellow bow level 63 with 1090 dps + DEX + socket, in a elite pack on cemetery that turned into my primary weapon and the best bow i had ever droped. Also got some decent hand crossbows >770 dps with good stats and some armor level 61-63 that turned into my primary armor. It was very profitable. Only recoreded 2 deaths for some elite pack combinations. However that were no legendaries. Each run got about 4 hours.

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