How to hunt and pk people in hardcore How to hunt and pk people in hardcore. This article is about the art of pk-ing, and does not contain build information. Rather, it is a summarized version of my mental hunting routines and experiences. Its not a fool-proof method, in fact, its not a method at all, because you are dealing with human beings and they respond differently to situations. 1) Prepare Before you go hunting you prepare yourself. This means that your gear is fixed, as in 100% repaired, and you have enough fat purple potions to fill your belt. These are the most basic preparations. However, in order to do a good â€œrunâ€ you need to be stocked up to your own specific and exact needs. I cannot give a perfect receipe for that, only some general things to think about_:1 space in the inventory for the ear, and 2 more spaces for a full tome of TP. If you manage to get more than 1 ear in single run, or in a single area, simply open a tp and run to and fro. Apart from that and the purple potions you need to look at your mana usage and your stamina amounts. Since youâ€™re hunting youâ€™ll spend a lot of time running, and a few stamina potions used at the right time can keep you running an fast beyond what the prey suspects. Using fat purples to recoup mana is quick but very dumb. Instead, buy some +200 mana potions and use those. In a melee char they will refill the mana like mad anyway, but you donâ€™t waste a purple on that. In heavy fights mana is never an issue, but when on the hunt more mana is better. In light of the running issue it is also very important to have as many wpâ€™s as possible in the acts that you want to pk in, and preferably all wpâ€™s in the entire difficulty. This enables you to attack from any given point in the game and get into non-wp areas as fast as possible. If you have to run from the city entrance to the far oasis in act 2, youâ€™ll be too late. If you only have the most neccisary quests you can sometimes spot people by means of â€œquest activationâ€. If the gidbin suddenly activates you know they are in the Flayer Jungle for example, without even looking at the party screen. Last but most certainly not least: Turn off the DII music and put on something more fitting. My personal preference is speedmetal, but if you like Bach, put that on. PK-ing is very frustrating sometimes, people insult you, annoy you and act like sobs. Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with their behaviour, itâ€™s a kind of natural response, but its still frustrating . Why canâ€™t they all just die with a smile? Be sure to leave the DII sounds on. 2) Look for good games Yeah I know, â€œrunsâ€ are the prime targets for any attacking pk-er, and they are filled with them. The advantage is that there you can hit on your fellow pkâ€™s and get into really messy fights. These are the first and most obvious games to hunt and kill people in. However, as you are a pk you are certainly able to attack higher levels. So try to enter games where players are higher levels than you. Other good games are â€œdiablokillsâ€ and other specific, quest-related games. Killing Diablo is dangerous and people arenâ€™t always paying attention to what happens. Diablo himself is pretty close to the WP and the way is always the same, so once you spot a party, theyâ€™re either gone or dead. Eventually you will get the feel for games, and instinctively know what games are more likely to yield a fight. PK-ing and duelling games are often a waste of your time when on the hunt. The people in there are either armed to the teeth and more likely to draw against you, spectators or lamers with some kind of cheat or 40 extra levels. You can spend an hour in a dualling game and not get a single fight despite having 7 others in the game. Good games are hard to find. Games with only a single player are for the desperate pkâ€™s. 3) Declare hostility All people do this different. Some people call everyone â€œnoobsâ€ and then attack. Others simply hostile without a warning. Ideally, your hostility warning is fun, or causes some response. Iâ€™ve sometimes started an argument and then hostiled people to lure them into thinking that I am actually not a nasty pk but a normal guy whoâ€™s being dumb, but in the end this method isnâ€™t as gratifying as my simple â€œDeath comes for all, and I come for you.â€. â€œDie plzâ€ was another one of my favorites if my temper had suffered. People will laugh, people will scoff, but thatâ€™s the fate of the pk-er. Expect insults, threaths and much random stupidness from people. If someone threathens to hack your pc, well, tell him to line up. Numerous people have slung that at my head and to date my pc is still working, and nobody ever nicked my accounts. 4) Start hunting Of course, with a tad of luck you were invited to the party and have already checked their location. If you want to pass the WP fast, i.e. without the 10 second timer then please bust your modem with a hammer and eat it ok? Give them a chance to run. My kills were always 100% legit, and Iâ€™ve made plenty. Now, count to ten, impatiently click the wp and then on to the hunt! Really smart people will pre-load the wp, as this reduces lag and vulnerability at the WP. This will however also set off any potential prey with half a brain. At least, when I see someone popping up at the WP, I am prepared for the hostile and scram upon hearing. Still, if the entire party is at the WP and ready to do battle against a pk-er, you will die without the preload. You can also preload art by popping in a wp with the same art as the area you want to jump to. I once came out a WP with no preloaded art with only 30 out of 650 life left. I recouped and killed some party members, but it was really close. Faster pcâ€™s have the advantage here. What if the prey isnâ€™t at the WP and not visible on the screen? If you have Maphack then you already know what to do, yes, thatâ€™s right, bust your modem with a hammer and eat it. Most of us donâ€™t however. What I do is pick up trails. I start running in a likely direction (whatever my brain tells me to do), and press Alt. I then follow the trail of scattered items and debris until I either run into 4-5 tpâ€™s or into the party. Following the debris and leftovers is a sure way of finding the party, but if they did a full clean of an area youâ€™re screwed. If you are running in the arcane and meet monsters, turn around. Thereâ€™s nobody there. Only follow trails that have breadcrumbs. When inside follow the trail and only go through doors that are already open, unless thereâ€™s no trail to follow yet (Cata 2, taking the WP when the party came through the stairs). Opened doors and items are the ideal follow-ups. However, tracking isnâ€™t always the best idea. If the party knows youâ€™re coming they will expect to see you from behind, and will watch their maps in that area intensively. When given an opportunity you will take a WP in advance of the party (taking Halls of the Dead 2 when the party is still on Halls 1) and attack them full frontal. This works remarkably well. You will usually suddenly â€œpop upâ€ in an area filled with monsters. People with MH will be less likely to see you as only the areas they have cleaned are empty. Youâ€™re just another, although fast moving dot, and they know that there are dots up front. Ironically only those that do not use cheats are more likely to spot you. Still, attacking from the front takes people off guard and leaves them open to the kill. So, youâ€™ve chased them down, killed one, and the rest has fled or left the game entirely. You take your ear, and then notice the leering crowd in town. What to do with those? You can exchange some insults. Fun, cute, and pointless. You can dare them but if you have already killed a member of the party they most likely wont bite. You can leave the game. But! But but but! But half of the fun is getting those insulting nitwits in town and killing them as soon as they step over the edge of town. What sometimes helps is simply walking outside. Someone might follow. What also helps is missing deliberately, or start running after getting hit once or twice. Pretend to be a jackass. Its unbelievable how gullible some people are. If people start running in and out of town, start counting. As soon as you detect a pattern count and attack on the second before they should come outside. This works remarkably well with chargers, as it takes time to reach the enemy. If you attack the instant they click they wont have the time to stop themselves and will get hit and possibly die. Youâ€™ll get insulted and called a cheater, but it is worth it just to wipe that annoying smile of their face. Always count the tpâ€™s in town, make sure whom you are missing and check them. Run through all the wpâ€™s, and if you see something â€œoffâ€ like dead monsters, investigate. Iâ€™ve surprised a great many players that way who thought they had outsmarted me. People who think â€œcome and get meâ€ do not count on a 30% faster run//walk char with 4 stamina potions and inherent knowledge of what is placed where in an area. Run, do not hesitate, attack and keep attacking. PK-ing is about outsmarting your enemies and killing them. It is about hunting them down. Donâ€™t count on getting ears anytime soon. PK-ing is having patience, cunning and outwitting the prey. As long as you stay below level 15, donâ€™t feel afraid to prey on anything that crosses your path. If you want dignity and a fair fight go to a duelling game. Be ruthless! Youâ€™re a mean, lean killing machsjeen, and youâ€™re here to kill anyting you hostile. Always back up your threats and attempts. Oh yes, before I forget, thereâ€™s always a bigger fish (or bear) so be prepared to die. You will! As soon as my pk-ers stash is nearly full I usually get less defensive and pretty much attack anyone and anything I run across, leading in an untimely demise. Remember: Death comes for all, and Iâ€™ll be coming for you!