Diablo 3 Farming Exploits: Irrelevant Come Reaper of Souls


In the ever-changing answer to the question of “what’s the best Diablo 3 farming exploits?” has a new reply. Crypt of the Ancients (CotA) for EXP and The Core of Arreat (Core) for items.

The Crypt of the Ancients is the dungeon on the right side in the Festering Woods in Act One. It’s packed full of skeletons with several skeleton summoners and always one Yellow boss. The Core of Arreat is the last level in Act Three, a straight line layout with lots of chests and 2-3 Elites. Both areas are quickly reached via waypoints and there are decent odds of DiabloWikiYELLOW WATER spawning to keep your +exp topped off.

So having tested and having spoken with a lot of the people in game who consider themselves competitive players I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two locations worth doing.

For leveling it’s CotA nothing else even comes close to comparing the experience you get in here from killing the white mobs. For legendary items, Core of Arreat chest farming.
NERF ALL THE THINGSVaneras: NERF ALL THE THINGS!!!

No but seriously though, this is a nice thread and it is cool to see you guys sharing your opinions on this.

The CotA runs or Core runs that many people are doing right now is something that we believe to be mostly a temporary thing during this transition period between the expansion pre-patch and the expansion itself. We expect that bounties and rifts will be where people will go to farm gear and XP once Reaper of Souls is out, and if it turns out that this is not the case, well then we will likely step in to change that.

Both rifts and bounties read like something which will reward everyone.. farming and “adventure seeker” likewise.
Vaneras: That is pretty much what Adventure Mode is all about 🙂

The OP offered a bunch of possible fixes to CotA and Core farming, and there were some good solutions but I was shaking my head after just a few words. The Blue is completely correct. Any little 10% more profitable whatever whatever in the game today is not worth noticing, since nothing anyone does now can compare in the slightest to the profits and fun of DiabloWikiAdventure Mode.

That mode allows you to farm the best areas, adds Purple target monsters worth huge exp and gold and Blood Shards to them, and varies them every game. Plus there are special rewards for doing all 5 per act, which discourages game skimming to just farm the best one or two bounties in each random assortment. (I did a fair amount of that in the Beta, once I learned which the best/quickest were in each act.)

I’m sure players will get scientific about Adventure Mode farming once Reaper of Souls is live and really zero in on the ones that offer the best return for time played, and perhaps the devs will need to tweak their reward tables a bit. This happened repeatedly during the Beta, with the easiest/quickest bounties made harder/longer, lowered in value, and/or removed entirely. That said, DiabloWikiCursed Chests and side quests are much more common in Reaper than they are in Diablo 3, and those are often worth more exp for 30 seconds of work than the entire 3-5 minute bounty you’re running in the first place.

However that all shakes out, nothing like the various D3v2 exploits of DiabloWikiMira runs or Core runs or etc… can compare to DiabloWikiBounties for sheer gold/exp/item gains. And then you’ve got DiabloWikiNephalem Rifts as well which add a whole different experience and challenge to the play. After all, not everyone spends their gaming time with a stopwatch and a spread sheet to track what they *should* be doing to boost their gains by 2% per hour. Just doing X because you really enjoy it is still allowed, I think.

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  1. The news headline is exactly what came to my mind when I saw the hotfix for the first XP “exploit” in story mode in patch 2.0.1.

  2. Well, to be perfectly fair, Mira was a little bit out of hand, even for a temporary exploit.

  3. you know when i saw that message i figured sure, what the hell why not. so i whitelist the site, hit F5 and bam, some f**cking video starts playing.

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  4. I’ve wondered about how effective playing is now with the release of RoS getting closer and closer. Wouldn’t the paragon lvl requirement go by faster with lvl 70 end game exp gain? Also with items (gems and gear) about to be replaced with better, is lvling to 60 the most effective use of our game time?

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  7. “However that all shakes out, nothing like the various D3v2 exploits of DiabloWikiMira runs or Core runs or etc… can compare to DiabloWikiBounties for sheer gold/exp/item gains. And then you’ve got DiabloWikiNephalem Rifts as well which add a whole different experience and challenge to the play. After all, not everyone spends their gaming time with a stopwatch and a spread sheet to track what they *should* be doing to boost their gains by 2% per hour. Just doing X because you really enjoy it is still allowed, I think.”

    Does this means the complete end of campaign mode?

  8. Since when has the term “most efficient” start to mean “exploitative?”

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    Since when has the term "most efficient" start to mean "exploitative?"

    Since the “drag everyone better than you down” otherwise known as crab bucket mentality became prevalent.

    Seriously. The game’s been about AoE spamming hordes since the beginning. First it was scorpions, then zombies, now skeletons. It could easily be chickens next, or former US presidents, or disembodied penises. If it’s packed up enough to make it the best place to kill things and take their stuff that’s what we’re gonna do because we’re adventurers, **** YEAH!

    You could argue the thing with saving refugees is exploitative because you’re intentionally avoiding combat. There was some bug, not sure on the details that awarded far more xp than intended, that is a bug. Combat, even combat vs easy targets is not a bug.

  10. If you think COTA gives you 2% more experience, you haven’t played in a good group. Ya, ya RoS xp, etc etc. I think 3-4B xp/hr is pretty amazing and if you wanna play 2.0 it’s probably the best use of time at the moment.

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