Blizzard's 2012 hack-and-slash dark fantasy/horror action RPG 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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Which bosses have an enrage timer and what are their effects?

We already know that the Butcher sets the whole room on fire if you fail to kill him in 3 minutes. Are just the end-of-act bosses that possess an enrage timer? What are their effects? Is the timing ...
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How do I know which damage type monsters inflict?

For some sources of damage it is pretty easy to guess what damage type it is. For example, if a monster hits you with a huge ass axe, it's probably physical damage. The burning floors at the butcher ...
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Empty spots in the last 2 cities

I just remarked that there is an empty spot in the last 2 cities of the game. I have ended the game on normal, and no crafters took that space. Is it used? or is it just there because something got ...
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How do I get more rare crafting ingredients?

When I salvage a magic item, sometimes I get a rare crafting ingredient. What are the chances that this will happen? Are there certain items which have an increased chance of this? How can I ...
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How many characters can I have and do they expire?

In Diablo II, you could have any number of characters in offline play. On closed Battle.net, characters could expire if you didn't play them. How does Diablo III limit the number of characters I can ...
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How do I know what progress will be lost by changing my quest?

I am currently stuck in Act II Inferno and sometimes I try to get further in the story. Recently I killed Zoltun Kulle and talked to everybody quest related afterwards. Then a friend asked me if I ...
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Where is the Ancient Device for “Wheel of Misfortune”?

What is the Ancient Device? Where can it be found and how it is used in the Desolate Sands (Act 2)? Can it be used multiple times? (How else can I experience its possibilities?)
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Where and when can Treasure Goblin rifts appear?

Can you only find a Goblin Rift in Adventure Mode? Similarly, can treasure goblins found within Nephalem Rifts open up a Goblin Rift portal, or can only goblins found outside of Rifts open portals? I ...
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How/where can I farm gems?

Are there any areas and/or monsters that have a better chance of dropping gems and what is the highest possible gem quality that can be dropped? How can I maximize my gem farming procedures?
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What determines the glow color/particle effects of a weapon?

How are the particle effects (green glow, dark-reddish cloud, dripping blood, lightning, etc.) on weapons in Diablo III determined? Right now I have 2 one-handed weapons equipped, and both have a red ...
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Is it intentional that the last blue monster to die carries most of the loot?

After killing many, many packs of "blue" monsters, I've noticed that the last monster in a group usually seems to drop far more loot than his other blue brethren. I can't say that it's always, but it ...
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How many different dyes exist and are they permanent?

How many different dyes colors exist? Can they be all bought at the merchants or are there any specials/rare that could be obtained differently? And finally, which equipment categories can be ...
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Does +percent damage-type increase a percentage of your weapon-damage, or only damage of that type?

For example, the item Tal Rasha's Adjudication randomly has one of the following stats: Adds 5-6% to Arcane Damage Adds 5-6% to Poison Damage Adds 5-6% to Lightning Damage Adds 5-6% ...
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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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What do the Skull and Crossbones icons over the heads mean?

We have run across this skull and crossbones icon over a few enemies in Hell difficulty and we don't really know what it is. It doesn't appear to be consistent with effect names on elites. I did ...
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How can I gear my follower post 2.0?

I'm a little confused as to how I'm supposed to gear up my follower since the installation of smart loot in Loot 2.0. My follower still has most pre loot 2.0 items because I have yet to find ...
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Is there PvP in Diablo 3? How does it work?

From my very limited experience during the open beta weekend I couldn't figure out a way to attack other players during the beta campaign. Is this possible in the release or will multiplayer only ...
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What weapon effects are useless for Wizards or Witch Doctors?

Beyond the general buffs (intelligence, vitality, mana/arcane power), are the elemental damage bonuses (fire/cold/holy/etc.) tacked on to spells? Are any weapon effects flat-out useless for certain ...
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What is the optimal monster power to play at? [closed]

With the introduction of monster power in patch 1.05 and a nonlinear rate of xp/mf/gf/bonus item vs monster health/damage, what is the optimal monster power to play at?
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My Blizzard downloader is stuck

So I decided to pre-download Diablo 3 for the release date. My downloader is at 100% and has been for some time. Any idea's on how to unstick it? I tried running the now-complete installer.exe that ...
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How much higher is the legendary drop rate in the Torment difficulties?

The ingame explanation of the different difficulty levels states that the Torment difficulties increase the drop rate of legendaries. But they don't state exactly how large this increase is. I've ...
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Is it possible to transfer items between my characters in Diablo III?

Background I've found a "legendary dagger" for a Witch Doctor in my wizard account. I was going to try out the Demon Hunter as my second character, but now I'm thinking I can try Witch Doctor ...
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How does increased Magic Find work with chests?

I have some equipment that I can swap in as-needed to boost magic find instead of more useful mods. Normally I end up not using the MF pieces much, as I'd rather focus on killing mobs instead. However,...
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Can followers (templar, enchantress, scoundrel) die?

They are supposed to leave battle when they are low on health, but what qualifies as low health, or can they TP out? Will they die if they're trapped in a mob and can't escape? If so, what happens? ...
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Do Barbarian shouts stack for party members?

Do Barbarian shouts, such as War Cry, stack? If two barbarians cast War Cry, does the armor bonus stack or does it remain constant at increasing armor 20% for 60 seconds? What if each Barbarian has a ...
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Why does extracting legendary power from Halycon's Ascent fail?

I need to extract the legendary power from Halycon's Ascent and it won't let me, it always says "Transmute failed", even though I do have the correct amount of materials. The item was enchanted to ...
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How does the automatic monster level adjustment work in Diablo 3?

Starting with the 2.0.1 patch, monsters now level up with your characters. When does this level adjustment take effect? If I level up in the middle of fighting a pack of monsters, do they all level ...
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Do the glowing pillars in The Storm Halls do anything?

I've noticed that occasionally if I shoot at (or near) the glowing red pillars they will kind of explode a bit for a second and then reform. Does this affect my attacks in any way? What about nearby ...
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Why does it say “that player is offline” when that player is most certainly online?

Every now and then, I try to be social when playing Diablo 3. I like to send friendly messages to friends in an attempt to solicit a reaction that I will find humorous. However, very recently, I ...
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How do followers' attributes increase from item bonuses?

I've noticed something interesting with the stats of followers. If I give my Templar this amulet, his stats increase unexpectedly: He goes from his original 55 Vitality: All the way up to 118 ...
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How to donate gold in Diablo 3?

I play with friends but I also play more than them and consequently I have better stuff and more gold. Since I'm the friendly kind of guy, I want to donate gold to my friends so they can buy better ...
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Are weapons and armor damaged by anything other than death?

I've noticed that my weapon and armor durability has remained at max throughout my play time. Are they damaged through use as well as by death after level 10, or just from dying?
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Can Barbarians use 2 two-handed weapons in Diablo 3?

Can barbarians dual wield two-handed weapons? My barbarian character is only a level 50 now, but I'm not sure if I can dual wield two-handed weapons at a later level or not - or is there a special ...
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Is there a faster way to swap skills than the fullscreen menu?

I know that Blizzard removed item sets from Diablo III to prevent shenanigans like swapping into a Magic Find set just before landing the last hit on a boss. However, the same reasoning doesn't apply ...
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How do I defeat Fuad the Cannibal?

While exploring the Howling Plateau I encountered Fuad the Cannibal in his very small cellar. I can get the fight going well but when he hits me he gets a massive healing bonus. Is the strategy ...
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Are there any tricks to completing the Crumbling Vault?

Last night I came across the Crumbling Vault event while playing my level 19 Witch Doctor solo, (well, the Templar was with me, but yeah...) and I failed it, hard. For the first 30 seconds or so, I ...
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Do I have to stick around to get co-op loot?

I dropped in on a couple co-op games in the beta today and the first thing I noticed was that everyone wasn't running for loot. This is a thing of the past, apparently, as any loot that you can see is ...
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How is the Protection stat calculated?

I've noticed a stat called Protection in the "Stats changed if equipped" tooltip that comes up when you hover over a piece of gear you aren't wearing I know it's not just based on Armor value, since ...
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Can I manually activate my follower's skills?

My Templar follower has a skill that lets him heal me, which I was hoping would be good in extended fights against strong enemies. However, he doesn't seem to care that I'm taking damage, and only ...
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Do Blizzards from multiple Wizards stack?

The description of Blizzard states "Multiple casts in the same area do not stack." What if there are two Wizards in my party? Will each of their Blizzards deal damage, or only one?
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How Do Cursed Chests Work?

With the new 2.0 update, Blizzard introduced Cursed Chests into Diablo 3. I don't really understand how they work. When I opened the cursed chest I found it triggered an event. A timer started and I ...
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In a party with more than one monk, how do mantras work together?

Monk Mantra descriptions say "Only one Mantra can be active at a single time". But if we build a party with more than one monk: Is it possible get the effect of more Mantras? If two monks use the ...
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Why does Diablo stop attacking at extremely low life?

I noticed that when Diablo's life gets really low (not sure the exact %, but it's below 5%) during the final stage of fighting him, he will simply stop attacking and sit there, usually in some strange ...
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Does the Wizard's Electrocute gain the effects of Prodigy for every monster hit in the chain?

The Wizard's signature spell Electrocute reads Lightning arcs from your fingertips, dealing 80% weapon damage as Lightning. The lightning can jump, hitting up to 2 additional enemies. I use it ...
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How do I visit previous acts?

In Diablo II, it was possible to visit previous acts via the waypoint system. It appears that is impossible in Diablo III - how do I go back to previous Acts, so that I can get achievements and such ...
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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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How do +Dodge skills and passives stack in Diablo 3?

I have a Monk with 25% dodge if I use nothing by my Dex score. If I add a passive that gives +15% dodge, the final dodge chance only increases to 36.2; with Mantra of Evasion active (which gives ...
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Is it possible to get your loot from the Public Test Realm?

Blizzard allows Characters copy from one of your account (EU, US etc.) to the PTR in order to test the latest patch but is it possible the other way arround. My biggest concern is : if I loot an ...
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How can I change the difficulty?

Is there a way to change the difficulty back to normal after you've started a game on nightmare?
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What does durability do?

With Hell mode, I have grown accustomed the yellow icon signifying breaking or broken gear. Durability appears as a stat on almost all items, but what is its effect? Are the item's stats reduced as ...