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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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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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 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 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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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?
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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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How can I see more detailed information about my skills?

In looking at the skills on my Barbarian, I can't really tell what effect they might have on damage. For instance, I understand that Bash generates 6 rage when I attack, but does the "brutal strike" ...
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How does aggro work in Diablo III?

How does aggro work in Diablo III? I'm a tank, so my job is to keep mobs coming after me, and not after my squishy dps partners, however I am not sure what the aggro/threat rules are I'm fairly sure ...
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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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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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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 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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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 is the most productive use of early game gold?

My first character, my first 10k of gold. What should I be doing with it? Bigger stash Level up the blacksmith Gamble Purchase key items when available Save for later Something I haven't seen yet ...
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How can I disable automatically joining the General chat when I log in?

This is stupid. I don't want to chat with other people. How can I disable auto-chat-join?
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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 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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How do you identify rare items?

I found a yellow Rare item, and it is unidentified. How do I reveal the properties of the weapon? I tried going to Deckard Cain (as you did in the previous 2 games), but he didn't have the option of ...
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What is the “Black Mushroom” item used for?

I got it in the Cathedral. Its description: The witch Adria seeks a black mushroom? I know as much about Black mushrooms as I do about red herrings! - Deckard Cain Is there a meaning behind ...
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Is combining gems worthwhile?

The upper tier gems are very desirable items to obtain for top tier players. Is it worth it to combine gems in the lower tiers to build up to them (obviously upper tier gems must be combined or ...
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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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Is there any way to check a recently sold item's stats?

I've been putting rares I've found on the auction house for cheap prices, which usually results in them being snatched up relatively quickly. Afterwards, I'd love to know what sold for the particular ...
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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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How can I view my FPS in Diablo 3?

So, my gameplay is a little bit pokey at the highest resolution/detail levels, and I'd like to tweak things to get better performance, but it's difficult without being able to objectively measure my ...
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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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How much XP does it take per Paragon level?

As of patch 2.0.1 paragon levels are no longer capped. How can I figure out how much xp it takes per level of paragon? Pre 2.0.1 patch: Blizzard announced that there would be 100 additional ...
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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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What does dropping your banner do?

When I press G on the keyboard, my character summons down my banner on the spot. It hangs around for a few seconds, then disappears. What is the purpose of this?
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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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What is “The Black Rock Ledger” good for?

I recently got a page of "The Black Rock Ledger". It cannot be sold and except reading its text it does not seem to have any other purpose (except wasting stash/inventory space). Should I keep this ...
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Should I socket my weapon with a Ruby or Emerald?

Currently I have a slow attack speed weapon for my Barb in D3. It has a socket. Should I add a Ruby or Emerald?
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How can I find the House of Curios?

... and what other secrets and achievement goodies are located in the zone? The House of Curios is one of the dungeons for the No Stone Unturned achievement, and also (according to DiabloWiki) the ...
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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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What happened to the heroes from Diablo 2?

I know that the warrior hero from first Diablo became the Dark Wanderer and Diablo himself in Diablo 2; the rogue became Blood Raven and the the Sorcerer became the Summoner impersonating Horazon, and ...
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What are the locations of the traveling merchants for the Market Research achievement?

The "Market Research" achievement requires that you meet the following traveling merchants: Wandering Tinker Rodger the Alchemist Vendel the Armorsmith Adenath the Curio Vendor Kyr 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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Can I critically hit a chicken?

I recently acquired the Hand of the Prophet relic for my Enchantress that enables all her skills. As a result she's now polymorphing enemies into chickens, an ability I had never previously used. ...
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How do I get higher difficulty Plan: Staff of Herding?

So I have made Staff of Herding and I wanted to get the plans for the Nightmarish version, but after killing Izual a couple of times on Nightmare and getting Plan: Staff of Herding two times I don't ...
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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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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 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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Where do I find Leah's journal?

I found Part 1 of Leah's journal in her room of the Slaughtered Calf Inn. Where do I find the remaining parts? And how many parts are there?
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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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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 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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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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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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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 will I miss out on if I play Diablo 3 without Reaper of Souls?

I own the base game of Diablo 3. I didn't really like the "post-Inferno" content of the game, so I stopped playing shortly after I curb-stomped the final boss for the n-th time. I understand now ...
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Does leveling up do damage?

The effect when leveling up has an "explosive" quality to it; and it seems like when I dinged near a mob it got thrown back, but I don't know if it was a (inanimate) corpse or still alive (or undead). ...