Blizzard has added an Encounters page to the official Diablo III website. It’s good page for the DiabloWikiBasics type of info, with general discussion about monster battles and some specifics about the variety of monsters you’ll find in the Act II deserts. There are a 9 nice new screenshots as well, and though none of them show any new monsters/areas, they’re certainly worth a click. A quote:

    …we’ve categorized every monster in Diablo III, regardless of type, by its behaviors. By behaviors, we mean how it emerges onto the battlefield and how it engages you in the moments before you send it to a bloody grave. For example, “big hit” is the internal name for an interesting, classic monster behavior that you’ll encounter in various forms. “Big hit” monsters make very telegraphed, obvious, and often slow attacks that do a great deal of damage if they hit you. These attacks can be simple to avoid, but when dealing with tight quarters or other mobility-affecting variables, avoidance isn’t always easy.

    “Frenzied” monsters enter a temporary state where their damage, hit points, defense, or other attributes are increased. It’s in your best interest to avoid engaging them while they’re frenzied—but they also pose a greater threat in this state, meaning that if they’re left unchecked, they can dish out swift, fatal blows. As you grow increasingly familiar with the timing and scope of straightforward behaviors, you’ll learn to avoid and counter them—only to run into new, increasingly complex monsters as you progress through Diablo III’s acts.

    Thanks to HorseRotovator and Belial for the tip.

    We’ve added all new screenshots to the Act One and Act Two screenshot galleries. None of the shots show off new monsters (unless you count this Cultist boss) or areas, but there is a never-before seen Monk skill (DiabloWikiInner Sanctuary), and some nice views of other monsters. Here are four of the shots, click through for thumbs of the other six; all nine have informative, link-filled captions, so click through and read the words if you want more info on what’s depicted in the images.



    The new Act Two shots are a treat, after nothing but nothing but Act One and the Arena, in screenshots and the Blizzcon demo. The last Act Two shots were released in March! Perhaps we’ll finally see some new areas, Act Three even, next year as the beta approaches?




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