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This Is How We Do It
From Beginner to Expert: The Ultimate Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Guide

CJ Miozzi | 28 Aug 2015 19:30
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Phase 3: The Hunt (Pre-End-Game)

Unrelenting Phalanx

You have your basic build, you have your best-in-slot rare items, and you are comfortably farming the early Torment difficulties. Now begins the hunt for the gear that will let you into the end-game.

Along this journey, you will begin replacing your Rares with Legendary and Set items, but don't be tempted to replace your Rares too soon. A Legendary item is not automatically superior to a Rare. In fact, a best-in-slot Rare is often better than a Legendary - the Legendary needs to roll the correct attributes, just like the Rare.

Of course, there are exceptions for Legendary items with special attributes that will help you significantly. Take the Unrelenting Phalanx shield, for instance, which causes a certain power to cast twice for the resource cost of once. This effectively doubles the damage of that particular attack, making an Unrelenting Phalanx with poorly-rolled attributes superior to any Rare shield. These examples are few and far between, however.

At this phase of the game, you want to set your eyes on a particular end-game build and begin hunting for the items that build requires. The vast majority of these builds, for instance, revolve around one of the class sets:

  • Barbarian: Raekor's
  • Crusader: Akkahn's
  • Demon Hunter: Marauder's
  • Monk: Sunwuko
  • Witch Doctor: Jade Harvester's
  • Wizard: Firebird's
  • As you find the pieces you need for your end-game build, do not equip them right away unless they are an upgrade to your current gear. End-game builds are designed with the assumption that you have all the required gear, and without specific gear pieces, it is generally better to stick with your starter build. Instead, keep the required gear pieces in your stash until you are ready to equip the full set.

    Once you do have all the gear you need to take advantage of your full set bonus, at this point you want to equip your gear pieces, even if they are - individually - downgrades relative to your current gear. In general, even the most suboptimally-rolled set items will be superior to the best-rolled Legendaries, because the end-game set bonuses are incredibly powerful and vastly overshadow the damage output of a character without one of these sets. Now, you can handle Torment 6.

    Check back in the future for more pre-end-game guides, including Legendary Gem farming, Ring of Royal Grandeur farming, and more.

    Phase 4: The Grind (End-Game)


    The last phase of the game is migrating into your best-in-slot end-game gear. You have the basic pieces you need to handle Torment 6 - but we're looking to go beyond that. We're looking to speed-clear T6 and make Rift Guardians weep at the sight of you. We're looking to climb the Greater Rift leaderboards and make Torment 6 feel like Normal.

    Upgrade your Legendary Gems in Greater Rifts. Run Uber bosses to craft Hellfire Amulets. Farm Act 1 Horadric Caches to get the perfect Ring of Royal Grandeur. Gamble at Kadala and Enchant at the Mystic over and over until you're fully decked out in perfect gear.

    Welcome to the grind.

    Check back in the future for end-game guides, including builds, Hellfire Amulet farming, and more.

    CJ Miozzi is a Senior Editor at The Escapist and is also known as Rhykker on Youtube. You can follow his livestreams on Twitch and Tweet to him @Rhykker.

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