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Diablo 3 Party Experience Stealth Buffed?

Discussion in 'Diablo 3 General Discussion' started by Flux, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. Flux

    Flux Administrator

    Jun 22, 2003
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    Diablo 3 Party Experience Stealth Buffed?

    [caption id="attachment_381330" align="alignright" width="205"][​IMG] The way it was...[/caption]Over the past couple of weeks, many players have noticed an undocumented change in the way party experience works in Diablo 3. Formerly you had to be within a screen or two of other players, in the same zone, to share in the experience gained from killing monsters. You can see the way it worked in that handy illustration from our article.

    This is not how it works anymore. Sometime recently (on purpose or by accident?) the devs changed the sharing system in a couple of ways. Diablo 3 Party Experience Stealth Buffed:

    1) There's a "stickiness" now so that when characters are all together in the same area for some time, they will continue to share exp (for a short duration?) if they move apart. There are conflicting player anecdotes on just how long the stickiness lasts, but many people have noticed they continue to gain exp while in town if everyone else remains in the dungeon they just left. The stickiness seems to be Act-wide (so you're still sticky in Tristram if others are in Fields of Misery), but not from Rifts back to town. More testing on this is required.

    2) Whether sticky or not, EXP shares throughout entire zones, not just within ~100 yards, as previously. (Zone = same level, e.g. Fields of Misery, or Halls of Agony lvl 2, or a single level of a rift, etc) That's why that chart at the top isn't true anymore, and this has prompted some changes in player activity. For instance, party clears of large areas, like the Fields of Misery, are now a very good (arguably the best) way to earn big EXP. (Though it requires coordination on joining and leaving the game and patience to to D2-style same level grinding over and over again.)

    Previously you had to be close together to share exp in big zones, but now you can all go different directions and still gain exp for what other players kill, and doing that in large areas with a ton of enemies, so all 3 or 4 people in the game are killing non-stop, racks up giant exp gains. This can be combined with key farming or bounty farming, if players coordinate to spread out through the same large areas at the same time.

    3) Cursed Chests and other event exp gains are global, so everyone in the game gets them no matter what act or area they're in. This was always the case if you were in the same act, but seems to be newly expanded to anywhere so long as you're in the same game.

    All these observations are fairly new and anecdotal, and there are some conflicting players reports, so more experimentation and data-gathering will help.

    Click through for video evidenceof four players coordinating a Fields of Misery/Halls of Agony 3 one-hour marathon for massive exp gain during the Halloween Community Buff.

    Thanks to EmperianGaming for uploading a video of this technique. The vid's gameplay is boring, but it does document the shared massive exp. Note that doing this instead of Rifts will net you far fewer legendary items, so it's really just an exp farming technique.
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  2. kinzaru

    kinzaru IncGamers Member

    Jul 14, 2012
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    I believe this has been the case for a long time. I've been leveling SC characters by sitting in town during a T6 rift for a while now.
  3. UnicronV

    UnicronV IncGamers Member

    Aug 30, 2013
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    Hey, I wanted to post on the 152 podcast, but the box doesn't show up. So I'll post here.

    Get rid of realm of trials.
    Each player goes through GR1 2 3 etc.
    But now there is a line in the middle of the 15min bar. If you've completed the rift under 7 1/2minutes it "saves" and from now on this is the rift you can start from. This would allow most people to start 3 tufts below their max. But also they could select to start from lower rifts of they're trying new builds.
    Each character would have to go through this but now only one time per gr.


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