Diablo 3 Console Bonus Items Buffed

Blizzard took fan criticism of the generally-lame pre-order Diablo 3 Console Bonus Items to heart and gave them buffs, as well as fixing the erroneous level requirement displays. See the previous post to see the stats they had ago; the updates images can be seen below.

Note that DiabloWikiDiablo console pre-orders still get bonus dyes and glowing wings and such, these are just the bonus items that have changed:

I just wanted to jump in to let you know what we’ve spent some time re-evaluating these items and have updated the Diablo III Console Preorder Bonuses and Exclusives blog with some corrected tooltips.

The required levels on these items are now as follows:

“Infernal Helm,” “The Hero’s Journey,” “Drake’s Amulet,” and “Leah’s Ring” – Required level: 1
“Leoric’s Gauntlets” – Required level: 30

The level reqs dropping from 57 (which was an error) down to 1 is obviously a big change, and the others are improved, but I have to shed a tear for Leah’s Ring. The original was 25% MF/GF, with faster run, faster attack, res all, and vit. This new one is more appropriate for level 1, but it lost the res all, movement speed, and gold find, and no longer looks like a worthwhile Follower ring.

It remains an odd grab bag of bonus items, though. The Infernal Helm is a good design for low levels (though it really needs a socket to remain viable past level 15), but the others seem like the devs threw darts at a board with items and stats and stuck them together at random. They’re not terrible items (anymore) but what makes them bonus items?

That said, I’m not sure what I’d want instead. What would you select, for special bonus items for the console? What’s game changing in the early going and gives a preview of the fun of having a well equipped end game character, but isn’t totally unbalancing? (Which is what twinked socketed weapons + rubies are for, after all?) Huge MF/GF bonus? Movement Speed and +%Experience?

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  1. They are still giant piles of crap.

    Flux, just walk into Blizzard HQ and take a crap on the floor. Walk away, and see if they have cleaned it up by next year.

    • Sounds like every other pre-order bonus to any game, ever.

      But who knows.

      • But with a so-called “itemization patch” in the works (going on many months?! 6+ or more) this doesn’t bode well.

        • What on earth does this have to do with itemization?

          • What on earth this has to do with itemization? Wait a minute here.

            1) We’re talking about, uh,… item stats.
            2) They used to be horrible.
            3) They buffed them.
            4) They’re still horrible.
            5) They’re supposedly working on itemization to make more items useful.
            6) Read 2), 3) and 4).
            7) We conclude that they are clueless, and will make a horrible job. AGAIN.

    • Especially fitting since the legendaries are BROWN. Now I know why they picked that color.

      Blizzard, please go back to call them Unique, and make them GOLD again.

  2. damn man, items continue to be uninspired…
    These people suck at making cool items.

    The items are useless because they don’t have any main/max stat like the game was designed. This dev team continues to be completely clueless about how to do things right…

    I remember in Diablo 2 you had these items that would give you additional stats as you level up. There was just so much depth to Diablo 2…

    They went 10 steps backwards with this game… These guys need to quit and get new jobs, they’re not game designers at all.

  3. This is acceptable amount of P2W.

  4. I wanted to go P100 but I am on a break now, not really missing it. I still have hope though.

  5. Those Gauntlets would be pretty sweet probably all the way through Hell.

  6. “but the others seem like the devs threw darts at a board with items and stats and stuck them together at random.”

    Hello, welcome to Diablo. I see this is your first time playing.

  7. These items are for console version with no AH? Why is it so hard for Blizzard to give console players decent gear. I kinda feel they sabatoged the console goodies to please PC gamers. My understanding is the drop rates are basically the same for console as PC, but the chances of good stat/affix rolls are slightly better. Either way, console players are going to spend 1000’s of hours and not get good enough gear to get past Act 1 Inferno. Blizzard knows this yet they aren’t budging on the pre-order bonus’s. Those items are garbage and need to be 10x better IMHO to make it worthwhile. Sadly those bonus’s are probably the best in-slot items players are going to get for 5 years lmao This is looking disastorous. I am anxious to play D3 on the console and see how bad/good it will be.

    Until then, Diablo 2 will fill my void for finding loot. D3 for PC was a horrid experience for me, so being back to the 13 year old game brings me immense pleasure and reminds me of what D3 should be.


    • Another dumbass who expects to get a 10billion gold item with their preorder.


      “Either way, console players are going to spend 1000?s of hours and not get good enough gear to get past Act 1 Inferno.”

      You can spend MAYBE 50 hours playing the game and easily clear act 1 on the PC VERSION, and the console is going to include improvements to itemization. So, naturally, you would assume it would take 20x as long for someone to clear something that’s going to be easier.


      • There’s a difference between “decent items that make for a fun addition” and “items that make us question whether or not you play and understand your own fucking game”. These fall in the… drumroll… latter category.

  8. I think that the healthy balance for preorder items is to make them early game op, and end game unviable. Perhaps make each item fit a sepecific attribute well so you don’t have a whole inventory of BIS early gear. This encourages preorders and at the same time no one can complain that console gamers “have it easier” because they already have a ton of BIS gear.

    They should be that extra bump that a noob needs.

  9. Pay to win or pay to play?


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