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 does the Damage stat on the character sheet actually mean? How is DPS Calculated?

The Damage stat on the character sheet is... not very well explained. I have trouble understanding why some items make it go up or down. It says I do 184.52 damage, but my weapon only does 34 DPS ...
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How can I reach Whimsyshire, the secret level in Diablo III?

There's information that there's a secret level in Diablo III, similar to Diablo II's "Secret Cow Level". How can I reach that secret area in Diablo III?
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How is skill damage calculated based on weapon damage?

I understand that spell damage in based on weapon damage, but how? A weapon has both a damage attribute (e.g., 2-3 damage), and a damage-per-second attribute (e.g., 3.0 damage per second). Let's say ...
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Where are the key wardens and where are my keys to create a Hellfire Ring?

In order to obtain the Hellfire Ring, one has to work their way through the Uber Boss system of harvesting keys and organs to produce a legendary ring (official blog post). To create the infernal ...
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How does X% Chance of Finding Magical Items work for a party?

If I have an item with a X% increased chance to Finding Magical Items (3% in this case), does this apply only to me, or does that bonus apply to my party members as well? Could you end up stacking ...
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What is the maximum party size and the corresponding monster buffs?

What is the maximum party size (if there is one) in Diablo 3? Additionally, how much of a buff do monsters get when adding party members? "A new ally has joined, but the minions of Hell grow ...
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How is listed DPS calculated when dual-wielding weapons?

I was trying out the dual-wielding in Diablo 3, when I noticed really strange. When I equipped my off-hand, which has 0.5 less damage than my main-hand. My overall damage actually went down. So my ...
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What are the strengths and weaknesses of each follower?

I've been playing mostly multiplayer so far, so I haven't had much experience with using followers. But now that I started a new character that I will be playing solo, I will surely need a follower to ...
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Do I ever get xp for my party member's kills?

I've heard xp "Is not split" in D3 parties, but to whom is it given? If there are a dozen monsters on the screen worth 100xp each, and my partner kills them all with some nuke (while I idly watch) do ...
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What are the special abilities the unique/champion monsters can have?

Unique and champion monsters will have a combination of randomly determined affixes/abilities, such as "nightmarish" or "waller". What are all of the possible abilities?
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How does magic find work?

So I found some gear that has the stat "increased magic find". What is this "magic" that I can find? Gems? Potions? Some other form of loot? I need to know what it does before I can decide if it's a ...
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How do armor, resistances and missile/melee damage reduction interact?

How do damage reduction from armor, damage reduction from resistances, and missile/melee damage reduction interact? For example, let's say I have X armor which translates to x% damage reduction ...
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How do the different difficulty levels affect the gameplay?

In Diablo III there are four different levels of difficulty: Normal Nightmare Hell Inferno Obviously there will be more and stronger opponents, but apart from that: What exactly are the ...
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How does the Nephalem Valor buff work?

At level 60, the Nephalem Valor buff kicks in. Killing champion packs increase the effect, which gives a boost to gold and magic find, and increases the number of drops from bosses. How many stacks ...
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Do I earn less experience or items if I have a follower?

In Cathedral Level 3, I have the chance to either fight with or without the Templar. I thought the enemies would grow stronger relative to the size of my party, but typically this is announced by the ...
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Building Barbarian in Inferno

Up until now I have been building my barbarian with primarily strength and secondary vitality. So far it has been going good but now when I am in inferno it seems it's not a viable strategy. I am ...
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What factors should I use to price an item in the auction house?

I was always a big fan of playing the auction house in the early days of WoW, and you could make some money if you knew what you were doing. Then a bunch of mods came along and made it pretty easy to ...
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How do I set a mouse button to a regular attack?

I can't seem to find how to set a mouse button click to a regular attack. How is that done?
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How much gold does it take to unlock all crafting recipes?

How much gold does it take to level up each crafting NPC? If I want to unlock all recipes, how much gold will it cost me?
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How to collect all Diablo 3 conversation achievements? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the fastest way to complete “The Art of Conversation” achievement? I want to collect all the conversation achievements in one thread so it is easier ...
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What salvages into what?

What items turn into what when you salvage them?
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Does party size affect chance of better loot?

I know that it increases monster HP, and that experience and loot gained are separate from other party members, but do we have a higher chance of obtaining rare loot from having a larger party?
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How does experience work in groups of heroes with different levels?

While "XP is simply shared", when in a group with characters that are of wildly different levels (say 5 and 10), sometimes it seems like the high level character is quite effective in suppressing ...
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Do damage over time effects stack?

For example, the monk ability Exploding Palm applies a 3-second DoT effect. If I hit the same target with this rapidly, does the target gain multiple stacks of the effect that each wear off ...
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When can I get Covetous Shen's conversations for the Everybody Loves Shen achievement?

The achievement says to "Listen to all of the Jeweler's conversations." Because Shen's conversations seem to change quite frequently, it seems like it would be easy to miss a lot of these, so I'd ...
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Solo Wizard Builds?

I'm currently playing a Wizard in Diablo III. I'm in Nightmare and can solo with the rest of them, but I've heard Wizards are tough solo-ers in Hell/Inferno. Anybody knows of a solid Diablo III ...
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How does “elemental” damage on weapons work with elemental skills?

I have a weapon that adds Holy damage. How does this work with my skills that say "Does X% of weapon damage as INSERT ELEMENT damage and things of that nature"? Example: My wand does 8-14 damage at ...
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Are class-specific weapons better than other weapon?

While playing D3, I got some good Fist weapons with my monk, but even better swords, axes, etc. So I chose the one who give me more dps, even using dual-wield. But then I read this: Fist weapons ...
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How can I level up more quickly?

I have now had my first character at level 40 for a while and have started playing another, new, character. The problem is that progress feels awfully slow, and my "overall progress" (for the whole ...
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Buying Diablo 3 in a different region

I live in EU and my battle.net account is set in EU. I'm going to be on during some days in NY, so I was thinking in buying the game there (US). What happens when I go back to EU and I put the key ...
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What determines revive time?

I have noticed the more times I die in a game, the longer I must wait to revive. What is the formula for revive time and is there a cap?
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Does weapon speed affect animation speed?

I recently upgraded from a Dagger to a Javelin on my monk - and suddenly, it feels like it takes a lot longer to use my abilities. I checked, and found that the Dagger has 1.5 attacks per second ...
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What stats are best for casters (Wizard/Witch Doctor) doing Inferno?

Both my witch doctor & wizard are just about level 60 and I am preparing to go try out inferno. I like the casters so much I can't decide which one should be my main. My friends (all melee ...
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Where are all the random dungeons?

Depending on the zone, there may spawn a random dungeon - for example, Den of the Fallen can occasionally spawn in the Weeping Hollow, and the Scavenger's Den can spawn in the Fields of Misery. What ...
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What is the cap for equipment modifiers?

When judging equipment, whether a drop or in the Auction house, it's often best to know how far the item is from being "optimal." For example, a +intelligence +vitality ring may have +40 of each, but ...
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How does the massacre bonus work?

When running through the dungeon indiscriminately murdering everything that moves, I sometimes get a message that I've gotten a Massacre Bonus when I slaughter an impressive number of enemies in a ...
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How are attributes allocated?

Whenever a player levels up, they are granted points in 4 attributes: Dexterity, Strength, Intelligence, and Vitality. Are these stat allocations based on anything the player does or are they set ...
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Monks and the effectiveness of 2-handed weapons

I am just starting a Monk build in Diablo 3, and notice that a dual-wielding setup or a weapon/shield combo is far more favorable than using a Daibo, due to the ability to equip more prefixes and ...
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How do the Treasure Goblins work?

Every once in a while I'll come across the sneaky devils and they always flee. What determines when they flee (time, distance, etc.) and do I get better loot by killing them faster? Is there ...
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Can you access the secret level in Diablo 3 more than once per difficulty?

In the secret Cow level of Diablo 2, if you don't kill the Cow King, you can go back as many times as you want by creating the portal in a new game of that difficulty. Can you access/farm the secret ...
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How can I link an item in the chat?

If an Axe drops for my Monk and I want to link it to my party or Battle.net chat, how can I do this? Is there a shortcut like Wow?
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Is magical/enchanted damage more effective against certain types of monsters than others?

Presumably each monster has its own resistance stats to different types of damage, such as 5% lightning resistance and 10% holy resistance, much like how the player does, but is there a general ...
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How can I maximize my Magic Find?

What should I wear to maximize my Magic Find? What specific items are ideal for a Magic Find-optimized build? Does any one particular class have better class-specific items with increased Magic Find?
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How is the weapon damage on this weapon calculated?

A 2h mace damage range as shown in AH is 1405-1944. The weapon has +284 min damage +361 max damage 49% damage increase and no other stats. The Doomhammer damage range is approximately 655-720 per ...
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Do I need to own Diablo III to download and install the game?

When I purchased the digital version of Diablo III, I was given a passkey to download it. While I know I need a Battle.net account with Diablo III activated on it to play the game, does this passkey ...
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What is the most optimal way to build Monk to in Inferno?

As you need a lot of single target damage and health, but also AoE, what attributes have you guys been building to survive reliably in the harder difficulties? I'm thinking going 50%/%50 Dex/Vita. ...
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In what zone does each event occur in?

There are numerous achievements about completing special events (which are small side quests you can do without impeding on your current quest progress). Also, most if not all include some kind of ...
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Where can I find legendary crafting materials?

My boulder barbarian would love some Reaper's Wraps but they require Reaper's Fear. I've found various other crafting plans that require legendary materials. Where can I find Reaper's Fear and other ...
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Where are the Act 1 lore books?

What are the locations of the Act I lore books needed for the achievements A Quick Study, Taking Notes and Historian of Tristram?
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How do I respec a follower in Diablo 3?

I didn't like the skill I chosen for the first follower I found. Is it possible to respec his skill later on?