christmas buff 2014Blizzard has fired out a present to all players, with a +100% experience buff from Dec 25th through Sunday the 29th.

    Get ready to deck the hells with a few extra experience points.

    That’s right! All nephalem who log into Diablo III this weekend on any platform* will receive a +100% bonus to experience gain. As with previous buffs, the bonus provided will stack multiplicatively with other existing bonuses, including those provided by items, shrines, Pools of Reflection, and Paragon points.

    Doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice! This festive in-game boost begins for console and PC players alike in the Americas region on Thursday, December 25 at 12:00 a.m. PST and ends on Monday, December 29 at 11:59 p.m. PST.**

    Whether you’re in Sanctuary, Azeroth, Mar Sara, the Nexus, or your local Hearthstone tavern, we hope that you and yours share in the warmth of the season. Happy holidays, heroes, and have a very merry new year!

    *Please note that this buff will only be available on console for Ultimate Evil Edition.

    **For PC, the buff will start and end at the noted times in each gameplay region according to its local time zone (PST for the Americas, CST for Europe, and KST for Asia). For console, the buff will start and end in all regions at the same time, listed above. For time zone assistance, click here.

    As always with these sorts of Experience or Gold Find buffs, note that the buff adds on at the start and then gets exponentially boosted by your gear and the difficulty level. So on Torment 6 instead of the standard +1600% GF/EXP, you’ll get +3300% EXP. (Because double, plus 100%. At least 3300% is how it’s gone in the past with double exp buffs. I’m out of town visiting relatives over Xmas and can’t run D3 on my old laptop, so if it’s different this time someone please correct in comments.)

    Not to complain about prezzies, since it’s the thought that counts, but… shouldn’t this be a buff to legendary drop rate, or double leg drops + goblins? After all, Xmas is largely about special presents that you get to unwrap, and what simulates that better in the Diablo 3 universe than unidentified legendary items? And what looks more like SANTA with his sack of loot than a DiabloWikiTreasure Goblins?

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