Diablo 3 Hardcore Diary – Level 50June 20, 2012
*** Warning – Contains spoilers ***
Confidence levels are getting dangerously high as Rollins, my hardcore Barbarian character in Diablo 3, reaches level 50 during the early stages of Act 3 in Nightmare difficulty. Since level 40 I’ve taken my time in Act 2, repeating various quests such as City Of Blood and grinding/farming some of the busier map areas. No screenshots of that stuff, sorry, but here are some of Act 3.
By the time I reached Belial at the end of Act 2 Rollins had about 15000 Life at level 46. The first two areas of Act 3 are great for mindlessly slaughtering hundreds (probably thousands) of enemies in large groups. I went through levels 47 to 49 doing just this until I got just a tiny bit bored of it!
Champion packs always need a bit more caution and thought than the swarms of normal enemies. My personal favourites for inducing a prompt “run away!” are the Arcane ones that drop rotating pink laser beams. If they also have any kind of immobilising ability, they can pose a serious threat. The depths underneath Stonefort also include exploding lunatics who run up to you before detonating; these can strip away a considerable amount of health and need to be taken down very quickly, particularly if they appear in groups. I always like to keep Furious Charge ready, as hitting them head-on while they’re running towards you is much better than standing there waiting for them to arrive and explode.
More by luck than any kind of planning, Rollins reached level 50 at the end of the fight with Ghom, the mini-boss in the larder underneath Stonefort.
At this point, level 60 doesn’t seem quite the distant dream that it was way back at the start of Act 1 in Normal difficulty; all I need to do, as always, is stay alive. It sounds so simple when you say it like that…