Blizzard's 2012 hack-and-slash dark fantasy/horror action RPG. It is the third release in the Diablo series, and a sequel to Diablo II in both story and style. Use this tag for questions related to the PC release of Diablo 3, or for questions where the version doesn't matter.

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What happens when you die?

Diablo's first and second installments handled death differently, both in terms of exp\gold penalties and also in if you respawned or not or instead had to reload from an earlier point. In Diablo III ...
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What level is recommended before starting Nightmare/Hell/Inferno?

In Diablo 2 it was very possible to speed run through the acts and end up on a harder difficulty with a lower than anticipated level. This is quite achievable in Diablo 3 as well, whether bypassing ...
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Should I sell my magic items, or salvage them?

So far (I just started Act 2), grey items sell for almost nothing: usually 3-6 gold pieces. Magic items can sell for considerably more at this level. 150 gold may not seem like a lot in the big ...
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Is there a way to tell the AH not to take Gems into account when searching?

It drives me crazy that Auction House search results include gems. For example, if I am looking for a hat with 10+ Magic Find on it and at least 1 socket, I get a ton of results for socketted helmets ...
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How does life on hit work?

I have a witch doctor with +10 life on hit and no other means of restoring life. I had thought that this was self-explanatory, but I am not getting +10 life per hit -- I'm getting +20! So if the flat ...
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Where do recipes drop in Diablo 3?

Where, or from which monsters, do unique/rare plans for rare/legendary/set items and gem designs drop in Diablo 3?
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Differences between Hardcore and Normal heroes

In the question Are you rewarded for playing Diablo II in hardcore mode? you can see that in Diablo 2 the difference is not that great. Apart from the one life aspect of HC, the game is exactly ...
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What are all the status effects and what do they mean?

I've seen numerous different status effects pop out of enemies. Some are somewhat self explanatory, but others are not. A few of the effects I have seen: Snared Rooted Block Attack Slowed Frozen ...
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What skills from other party members affect witch doctor summons?

There are a number of skills that provide benefits to a player "and their allies". Do any of these include creatures summoned by a witch doctor? Examples: Does a Monk heal affect summons? Do ...
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How do I get the “Jar of Souls” and “Matriarch's Bones” achievements?

I cleared the beta (killed the Skeleton King) twice with my Demon Hunter, and didn't get either of these achievements. I've searched in the open map and cathedral. Is it in a crypt? Where can I go ...
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How do “on hit” effects work with channeled / DoT skills?

How do "on hit" effects, such as +life on hit or chance of fear per hit, work with channeled skills, such as Disintegrate or Rapid Fire? And how do they work with damage-over-time skills, such as ...
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Are there any benefits to blowing everything up?

I'm noticing that the environment is heavily destructible. Is there any benefit for me to blowing everything up? (beside looting gold)
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Is it possible to quickly switch between attack types?

Is there any way for me to rapidly swap left click attacks? For instance, I want to use fist of thunder for the first 2 attacks then switch to crippling wave for the third effect.
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What do those different symbols on achievements mean?

When I look at achievements, some of them have additional symbols next to the "achievement points". I know the 10 is the number of "points" (though I have no idea what those points are for). But ...
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Can you rotate or otherwise change your viewpoint in Diablo 3?

The title says it all. Stuff's in my way. I can't see. Can I fix this?
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Do guest pass characters carry through an upgrade to the full game?

If a player starts playing Diablo 3 with a guest pass, and later purchase the full game, do the character(s) created with guest pass remain playable with full access to content?
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Does a Diablo 3 guest pass let you play with regular players?

Can people using guest passes interact with people with the standard game? Specifically, if I give one to a friend, can we add each other as friends, and play a game together (up to the Skeleton King ...
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How can I change regions?

Where in the interface is the option to switch regions in Diablo 3? As I understand it, you have to start with fresh characters. Does this mean you log in to a region or can you switch while in-game? ...
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When can I get Eirena's conversations for the Secret of Ages achievement?

Is there a complete list of Eirena's talk options needed for the achievement, and the most convenient time to do each?
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How can a monk tank effectively for a group?

I've recently decided to switch up my monk build to be more of a tank than a damage dealer. But I'm struggling to do so effectively. I know I need a good balance of mobility, survivability, awareness, ...
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How far is a yard on screen?

Some skills, such as the Acid Rain version of Acid Cloud, reference ranges that are specified in yards. How can I figure out what this translates to on my screen?
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Inferno Act 1 Gold Farming, Skeleton King vs. Butcher

I farm act one a lot with my friends, act 2 is slow going and takes forever to kill all the mobs that run, but my question is, do you guys get a lot more cash from doing Butcher runs than Skeleton ...
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What are the pros and cons to Elective Mode in Diablo 3?

What are the pros and cons to elective mode in Diablo 3? The smack you in the face pro is you put any skill available into any slot on your hotkey bar instead of being forced into 1 of each category. ...
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What abilities allow you to break control impairing effects and other conditions?

Occasionally, I've encountered opponents with the "Jailer" suffix, and some bosses seem to have attacks that hold you still (though you aren't frozen). I've discovered the Wizard's Mirror Image, if ...
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Is resource cost adjusted with weapon speed in diablo 3?

Is is now clear that spell damage AND casting speed are both based on weapon damage and speed. Let's take an example: Suppose I have a wizard and I want to calculate how much damage I can do with, ...
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What determines the quality of loot in horadric caches?

Ofcourse your character's level and the random factor affect what you get in the caches, but is there anything else that has influence on the loot from a cache? For example, does it matter on what ...
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What do the different colors of enemies' names mean?

In the land of Diablo III, enemies come in a few different colors. Normal, weak mobs are white, then there are those of color: I've seen blue, purple, and yellow. What do the different colors mean? ...
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How should I level up Hardcore heroes?

I'm starting a Hardcore hero and I'm wondering, what should I do and what should I avoid? I never played Hardcore in Diablo2 so, there is a "hardcore for basics tips" that I'm not aware of, or is just ...
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Optimal Ratio for Crit Chance/Dmg

I am wondering what is the optimal crit chance/damage ratio? After plugging in numbers into the equation below, I noticed that the magic value appears to be around 1:3. Is my math flawed? Equation: ...
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Is there a way to quick compare items on the ground with what you have equiped?

With the items that drop from monsters in Diablo 3 being pretty regular, is there an easy way to compare the item on the ground with the gear you have equipped without picking it up first and manually ...
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Is there a list of the 'levels allowed' range for joining public games of a particular quest and difficulty?

As I've progressed through nightmare, I've noticed that public quests past a certain point are not available for me to join despite being well beyond that quest(currently I am able to join only up to ...
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What is the highest critical chance and critical damage that is possible through items alone?

Is it possible to get 100% critical chance through items and how high can my critical damage get? Please explain the gear needed. i.e. Bow with 100% critical damage with socket 100% critical damage = ...
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Wheel of Misfortune

What are the 10 possibilities for Wheel of Misfortune? And what is the best way to farm them?
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What skills/runes can I use to maximize my monk's single/AOE DPS?

I'm trying to focus my monk on dealing out as much damage as quickly as possible to plow through the more difficult enemies. Ignoring equipment and the bonuses they grant, what combination of skills ...
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Enchant Weapon Property: Favor Attack Speed or % Damage?

So I got this new weapon: However, it lacks a socket, so I need to replace a primary attribute with a socket. My question is which primary property should I replace? It comes down to increased ...
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What determines the health of Witch Doctor minions?

I've seen comments in the forums that minions like the Zombie Dogs will scale with gear, allowing them to be competitive. I certainly hope this is the case, however I was not able to find any ...
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How does my choice of weapon matter?

Since normal attacks seem to be right out in this game, I'm not sure if it matters what weapons I'm using. I understand that the damage of my weapon affects the damage of my skills (for some bizarre ...
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How do I take a screenshot?

I've tried using print screen, but it seems to grab the window behind Diablo rather than the game. Is there some in-game hotkey to take a screenshot, or some other method that will work?
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Do stat boosts affect DoT effects already in play?

I'm playing Witch Doctor and making use of several of the wonderful Intelligence boosts they can get (Gruesome Feast, Soul Harvest...). I need to know when to time these boosts, however, to get the ...
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How much experience is required for each level?

I looked around and I could not find a table of how much experience is required for each level. Various other questions and answers relate experience based on the number of levels gained - but it is ...
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How can I click to walk to a mob, instead of attacking it?

I started a wizard last night instead of sleeping and found something quite irritating in terms of usability. When I wanted to walk into a mob of enemies, I clicked (left or right) and attacked with ...
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What skills only use the main-hand for damage calculations?

What skill and rune combinations only use the main-hand for damage calculation? An example is the Sprint / Run like the wind combination. I'm interested in all dual-wielding characters: Barbarian, ...
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Is there a way to get an authenticator without a smartphone and without paying?

I don't have a smartphone (I have a symbian with access to the Internet), or iPod/iPad. Are there any other ways for me to get an authenticator from Blizzard without paying $6 for the physical ...
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Can I abuse the Auction House to “increase” my stash size?

Can I put everything in my stash up for sale then quick cancel it before it lands on the block to give me more space in my stash? It's not as convenient (though exiting while in-town and logging back ...
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What benefits are there in giving your followers better [magical] weapons? Should I craft them weapons?

Every time I get a weapon I can't use and it's better than what they currently have I pass it along to them even if it's rare. Does this help that much, how much are they actually helping out?
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When can I get The Stranger/Tyreal conversations for the It's Just Us achievement?

I just realized the achievement title was a pun on "Justice." The achievement says to "Listen to all of the Tyrael's conversations." Because Tyrael is always running off and disappearing, making it ...
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Best farming place to get ready for Inferno

Recently I've unlocked Inferno and I was uber happy. Until I encountered first group of elites. Now I'm at A1Q3 when I have to go out of the New Tristram from the north exit. And there are always ...
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Why do some items that increase attack speed work, and others don't?

I have three items that increase my attack speed. One is a one handed weapon. The tooltip reads Increases Attack Speed by 7%. The weapons attack speed is in fact 7% faster than a normal weapon of it's ...
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Are +maximum damage and +minimum damage enchantments factored into weapon DPS?

For weapons that have +x minimum damage and/or +x maximum damage such as the Longshot, is the increase in damage already factored into the DPS that's displayed for the weapon? As an example: Weapon ...
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Which parts of Inferno Act 1 actually drop ilvl 63 items?

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?