Improved Diablo 3 Farming: v1.08 Levels


A fan brought up an issue I’ve been talking about with friends of late; the best Diablo 3 Farming spots in Act One (and Two) in v1.08.

Fields of Misery Caves

Make sure you guys are clearing out them caves, Scavengers Den, The Lost Mines etc. It is packed with mobs.
Grimiku: I was in the habit of skipping these as well, but a couple of group members suggested we clear them out the other day. I was pleasantly surprised with the results, and now I try not to miss them. I like the variety, and exploration aspect they add. I’ve got to agree with some of the other posters in this thread, though, the Decaying Crypt in the Fields of Misery is particularly awesome.

Anyone have a fun farming route that incorporates side dungeons? What about a favorite side dungeon you’re always on the lookout for?

I’m becoming more and more of a sucker for the Act 4 Hell Rifts. Talk about packed with mobs!
Grimiku: I keep hearing that these are a lot of fun, but I haven’t been to them since patch 1.0.8. Maybe I’ll try to do an Act IV run tonight, and see for myself.

Yeah give us back the watch tower please. Always full of packs (3-7). Very sad it got nerfed to the groud because we were having so much fun in there.
Grimiku: We’ll pass along the feedback, thanks!

I’ll expand on the OP… almost *all* the caves in Act One/Two are worth doing now. The other surface areas in Act One that have like, Goat caves and such. Go in. They are wall-to-wall with dudes. This was especially true of Act Two caves/dungeons when v1.08 was early on the DiabloWikiPTR, and I exulted over the Act Two potential since the surface deserts were pretty good, but the dungeons below them, and elsewhere in the act, were off the proverbial hook.

Something for you, I am making.

Something for you, I am making.

Sadly, I’ve come to realize over the past week+ of v1.08 being live… that those Act Two dungeons were all nerfed in monster density. They’re still pretty good, but the density is far less than it was early in the PTR. As a result I think Act One is better than Act Two (at this point) in terms of having more fun areas with high monster density that can be profitably farmed.

Another related issue… the (arguably) best area in Act One and in Act Two, is the area with the Keywarden in it. (Imagine if DiabloWikiXah’Rith the Keywarden was in say, the Fields of Slaughter, or the Keep Level 2?) These v1.08 Act One and Act Two keywarden area buffs are awesome if you went to DiabloWikiStonefort enough to store up a bunch of DiabloWikiKeys of Terror back in the “farm Act Three endlessly” days of v1.07, since now you can accumulate DiabloWikiKeys of Hate and DiabloWikiKeys of Destruction almost by accident. Even if you’re doing it on a low DiabloWikiMP level. And that’s cool since after all… can you ever really have too many DiabloWikiHellfire Rings? (Not in Hardcore, you can’t.)

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  1. Glad to see as during normal play aka normal-hell I tend to hit all side areas I come across. So I am glad I can continue to do that well into infernal If i ever get back on to get that high. I nromally play with my brother but he has not played in forever so I haven’t either been busy and he doesnt have dedicated home internet either so he plays on a laptop tethered to his phone.

  2. I run a1 in HC just because of how easy/safe it is. The only thing that even remotely scary are the trees and to a lesser extent the bulls but they are easily avoidable and don’t have a lot of HP. Compare that to a3 mobs and a1 is a cake walk so it allows me to push mp with little recourse. I have yet to even attempt a2 because I am having such a good time in a1 and the amount of side stuff in a1 keeps me busy. Maybe once I get bored in a1 I will head to a2 but I don’t see that happening for awhile.

  3. So I reaaly like the density increase of act 1 BUT I hate the fact that the other acts exp level sucks now. SO I was used to running act3 and now Im forced to run act1 to gain any exp. Why cant they make all 4 levels the same on MP1 or higher ?? I hated having to run act3 all the time just for EXP but it was the best and now its act1??? SIGH – Im really frustrated with D3 lately …

    • I haven’t actually compared exp per minute pre and post v1.08, but I am certainly enjoying it more now. Didn’t realize how sick I was of Act 3 until other options appeared.

      Playing a new Demon Hunter this week and when I got to Act 3 in normal diff… ugh. I used to look forward to A3 with a new char since it was so fat with enemies, but reaching it now I was just like, “Oh god this again?”

      • So Flux, am I reading this right? Does that mean you are giving the HC DH another shot? Been dying to make one and actually get her all the way to 60 for a while, but it’s without a doubt the squishiest char to play in HC mode.

        If so, what build are you thinking of?

    • Dude, you’re wrong. You can run Act 1 or Act 2 and get comparable EXP. and in fact, we’ve been running test routes and the “best” route is in Act 2. So just relax and have fun and play whatever Act/area you want to. EXP is far too easy to come by these days no matter where you are.

  4. It’s really nice to just go into public games, choose any act/any quest, and GO, without worrying about gimping yourself on EXP because you’re not running the Act 3 EXP farming route. I’ve been running all acts this way, and so far I never get the feeling I’m short-changing myself, or at least not as much as I used to.

  5. Decaying Crypt is beyond sick. I’m not sure but it feels the exp there is comparable to Fields of Misery itself…

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