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Need Help - How do you swap items between characters? ifra

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  1. Gomez Fiend

    Gomez Fiend IncGamers Member

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    Need Help - How do you swap items between characters?

    Hi all, I've played the game for a long time but never been on internet play before. Im starting to get some Lvl 80+ charatcers and finding some pretty cool items that would work well with my other characters. Is there any way of swapping them about? I have just tried to go via battle net but it is only letting me create a new player? Note: Im a complete novice when it comes to diablo + the net! You may have to explain slowly, using diagrams if possible :tongue:
     
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    Ax2Grind IncGamers Member

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    Other than a temporary trade to a second character, who must be in the game simultaneously, there is only the rejoin safety to use. If you don't have a second set of CD keys and some way to run multiple instances of Diablo 2, then you'd have to trust someone else or follow these rules:

    First, create a game using a difficult-to-guess name and password that you cannot forget.
    Second, hold that game for at least five minutes so the safety is activated (using B.ent's /time function means you'll have to watch it change to what appears to be six minutes, since you could create the game at the end of the minute and leave at the beginning of what amounts to fifth and it isn't safe at all).
    Third, if the items you're transferring are valuable, you need to drop them at the spawn position of act one, leave the game immediately, enter with the character who's storing them, pick them up the moment you enter, then leave immediately, again. Though the time restrictions will hurt you if you don't leave your next character in the game for another 5-6 minutes, it's better for expensive items than the alternative of waiting in the game for three minutes and having a gamekill before the autosave kicks in. If that were to happen, the last legitimate record of both characters is used, which means the first character's save after dropping the items and the second character's save long before even entering that game to pick them up, i.e. you lose the items. Make sure not to do this repeatedly or a realm down restriction will hit you. Most sudden and unexpected restrictions tend to only last three minutes, so don't panic should you follow this plan and randomly get nailed, just wait a few minutes and try logging in again.
    For less-than-necessary gear, say a bunch of stuff you just filled your stash with during leveling (gems, runes, jewels, etc.), you'll have to trust the stability of B.ent (did I just say that?) instead of going back to the dropping character every time. Just drop them all and bring in your gem mule, then your rune mule, then your jewel mule, and so on, waiting three minutes every time, and don't sweat it if you lose ten or so crafting jewels to a gamekill. Just make sure to reset each item by flipping them every so often so they don't vanish while you're waiting (this can make three minutes go by quickly if you're transferring a lot of items).

    Tips: don't let gold, mundanes, potions, keys, tomes, scrolls, and other white/gray-named items sit for more than five minutes without flipping them. They have the shortest limits and could disappear right before your eyes.
     
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    nicro tower Diablo: IncGamers Member

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    if you have your chars on single player/open you cant trade the items. you need a program that lets you do that eg. atma.
    if you're on bnet do what axe said.
    also you cant turn a single player char into realm char
     
  4. Dredd

    Dredd D3 Off Topic Moderator

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    Hi there, :smiley:

    I suspect that you have been playing Single Player ... is this the case?

    Single Player and Battle.Net play are completely different from one another. You cannot import characters or items between the two.

    Single Player characters can transfer items between each other with a simple utility called ATMA - information on this program can be found here. Questions about it should be asked in this thread. Good luck!

    EDIT: Also note that ATMA only works for Single Player mode. It cannot be used with Battle.Net characters.
     
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    Thanks for the help everyone. Im sure ill nail it from now on.

    Apologies to also to Thyiad. My 1st time in the forums and im just getting the hang at the mo.

    Dredd was the winner here by the way. Thanks again everyone though
     
  6. druliusCleaver

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    Although Axe's post is correct, you may not be familar enough with Bnet to understand his words. The process of passing items around among your characters is called muling. People do it all the time. The most secure way to mule is to have two cd keys installed on two computers (or winXP and have the two copies installed for separate users on the same computer). Then start a game with one char, and then bring a second char into that game. Now you can transfer items between the two chars through the trade screen or by dropping/picking up. A less secure way to mule is to pass the items to another Bnet player who holds them until you come back with your second char. This method is very likely to result in loss of your items unless you know and can harm the other Bnet player in real life. Sometimes you can ask a trusted forum member here to help you mule. Most people here are quite trustworthy, but they can be spoofed (i.e. someone claims to be someone they are not) so be careful even then.

    The other way is called "self-muling" and its main security threat is that Bnet can close the game while you are switching chars, or give you realm-down before you can get into the game with your second char to pick up the items. The 5 minute rule is that a game is not "permed" by Bnet until it has been open for at least 5 minutes, if you leave before that time has elapsed, the game will be gone as soon as you leave. The 3 minute rule is to ensure that you don't appear to be a bot to Bnet by switching games and chars too quickly. Self-muling in public games can be just as hazardous because if people in those games see you popping in and out with different chars, they will know what you are doing and the less-scrupulous among them will try to find and steal your items.

    Hope this helped.
     
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    What do you mean by 'flipping'?
     
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    Picking the item up, and dropping it again = flipping
     

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