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Click your way to Azmodan. Our Diablo 3 walkthrough will teach you the secrets of the classes, acts, and new allies.
Tales of Torment: Monk'in Around
By Kurtis Seid, 5/18/2012
Diablo III has been out for four days now, though that's questionable from the amount of server crashes and login queues. I've been sampling all of the classes, but settled on the Monk as my main character. He’s hard to kill, buffs and protects the party, and I can't pass up a chance to write about Tony Shalhoub. It is in fact a jungle out there.
I've steadily made it into act 3 at level 25. Now, I'm sure the die hard Diablo fanatics will be raising their hamfists towards the heavens and proclaiming "I got to Inferno day of release. Stop being bad at games, GameSpot". Due to other obligations and a need for luxuries such as sleep, I'd say my progression is adequate. Though I'm certainty not above plowing through levels, cumulating in keeling over dead in a Korean internet cafe, covered in Cheeto stains.
The term "walkthrough" is a little misplaced here. In fact it's an outright lie. This is more a journal of my adventures as a Monk, with tidbits of strategy regarding my own playstyle. You'll unlikely find useful information here if you want to know about Witch Doctors and Wizards. I also fundamentally play multiplayer with three other people if possible. The always on DRM is small proof that Blizzard doesn't want to you to be antisocial. In turn, this means I don't know much about using the three followers. Being a hypochondriac would make me likely to pick the healing Templar, even when paired with the already sturdy Monk.
Because I play with other people my skills aren't designed for pure soloing or amazing damage. Instead, I've come to mostly rely of protective skills, healing, and area of effect attacks. My build is based around two passive: Transcendence and Chant of Resonance. The first passive heals me every time I spend spirit (with my current level and skills it heals 6.8 life per every spirit spent). The second passive restores my spirit while a mantra is in use.
Now let's talk about my active skills and runes. First, I selected elective mode from the options menu. I quickly dismissed almost all of the Monk's secondary skills and found myself wanting to use several techniques and/or focuses at once. Because my character is about heavy spirit use, I'd need at least a primary to generate my resources.
I seem to change primaries with every new rune I get. For the most part I've settled on Way of the Hundred Fists and the Hands of Lightning rune. The damage is adequate and the spirit generate is suitable. Another nice skill I sometimes switch to is Crippling Wave with Mangle, mostly to hamper groups of enemies.
Via elective mode I've replaced my right mouse button with Dashing Strike and the Way of the Falling Star rune. This allows me to quickly close the distance with the enemy and give myself a quick speed bonus. The Flying Side Kick rune didn't seem like it would help much against most groups. Now for my main action bar attack I picked Cyclone Strike with Implosion. This hits many enemies at once for a fair amount of damage. It's true power comes from the fact that it has no cooldown and it's 50 spirit cost means that it heals me for 340 life.
The rest of my skills are defensive in nature. For my Mantra I'm using Mantra of Evasion with the Hard Target rune. I've coupled this with Mystic Ally (which doesn't have a rune until level 27) and a panic button in the form of Serenity with Peaceful Repose. All in all I'm a tough cookie to kill and can offer some handy crowd control and support to my team.
Now the biggest problem comes from damage output. I can take out bosses and champions from pure attrition. However, any enemy that flees away can be a problem, mainly those shadowy thieves that wandered out of Golden Axe. It could be from lackluster equipment. I've switched from dual wielding to a powerful daibo, but I can't say I care for the slower attack speed. So far I've only be using the magic and rare items I've found on my own.
Despite always being online I've yet to purchase any of the overpriced items on the auction house, though I've done my fair share of selling. Much like those illusive thieves, I've been hording gold for mostly myself while Haedrig remains a mere level three smith. I've trained Covetous as far as I can with pure gold, but now Lo Pan is requesting pages to advance further. Setting a perfect ruby into a weapon looks like it will add in great damage.
At present my gear isn't anything to write home about. I'm debating on trying a few Belial runs for possible drops, or just continuing on with the main story. For now, Fred Kwan will be waiting at the digital conveyer.
For those wondering if this game is good there is a free "starter" edition for download on blizzards website that goes through half of the first act. It lets you try all 5 classes and get a good feel for the game. Give it a download.
i havent bought this game and i really want to but im looking for some honest reviews out there...first off...a rating out of 10...in terms of graphics...game play..story...and any negative comments as well...this game cant be perfect..im sure there are some bad things to say. also..in comparison to D2..whats the difference and which is better? pls advise
@lilyrose if your PC sticks on Mayor's cart you have to exit the game to the menu your PC will be near the check point
@lilyrose i don't know whether to laugh or cry
they cant really do a walkthrough because the levels are randomly generated every time, which gives it good replay ability.
I am still waiting for the review of this game. Probably each portal is afraid to give a fair review of the game that everyone buys, but is worth not more than 5-6/10. No wonder they postponed the date of premiere being afraid of Dark Souls which is few times better. How is it possible to make such a lousy product for such a long time.
@wkociol If you already "know" what the score is going to be then why wait for the review? So you have something to complain about later because you have nothing better to do with your life?
@rommy25 Let's say that Diablo seems to benefit from the opposite of the "Final Fantasy Syndrome". Since they are FF games they get crappy reviews, while if they were called something else they would probably get in average a point more. And their technical execution is simply perfect. Diablo 3, just because it is Diablo, is getting all over around 9/10, when the game is plagued with issues and doesn't look so exciting either (yes, I am talking about the in-game graphics).
@rommy25 Or "doesn't look so exciting" as literally the look of it is pretty old and not much elaborated? And plagued with issues as in people couldn't (still can't?) play it continuously because of the online DRM in the single player game? All the issues the user reviews are reporting in Metacritic. Still, because it is Blizzard, all "professional" reviewers are giving out 9/10 as if it was raining. Probably they are afraid of losing their jobs, as it happened already to a reviewer here in Gamespot, Jeff Gerstmann.
@slainta "doesn't look so exciting" as in you haven't played it? If not then you obviously don't have the ethos to judge the title. You say it's "plagued" with issues yet only use the graphics as a point of attack. The graphics are fine and in no way affect the game-play or user experiences with the game.
The difficulty is lacking? What the hell are you talking about? Normal is obviously easy. Nightmare can produce a few challenging mobs here and there and you will likely die. With that said, very beatable.
But once you get to Hell, the difficulty significantly ramps up. And then inferno? Jesus...
@adamms1384 Pfft, wait until you get to the heavens, that's when it gets REALLY hard, I'm stuck on this boss...I forget his name, but he was Tyrael's first lieutenant at one time before he became corrupted, that boss is pretty frickin' hard.
@elancion eh, i tried a demo of dragons dogma, as i was very excited for it as well... but i hated it. absolutely hated it... horrible fighting system, odd controls... not good imo
Difficulty on inferno is quite high. People that watched live streams can confirm that (boss mobs one shotting barbs and monks with over 50k health anyone? ;D). My major gripe comes more from the game length ... it should be way longer ;)
Everyone who's complaining the game is too easy should be required by law to stream themselves playing Inferno difficulty so we can all have a good laugh.
@BornGamer Here here, Normal difficulty is meant to be easy enough for casual players to enjoy the storyline I don't know why most people find that so hard to comprehend.
@Naylord Indeed. I found normal to be just a little challenging at some points, but completely doable, even without multiplayer. I beat Diablo on my first try, solo. Now I'm on Nightmare... just the jump in difficulty there is staggering. After buying a few sweet things in the auction house, my lvl 34 barb has almost 4000 health, and I can totally crush diablo on normal, no problem. On nightmare, if I miss one strategic use a stun move, a swarm of like 4 or 5 scavengers will kill me in 3 seconds flat.
what site held the video marathon of d3? is it being replayed or available to be watched on that site?
It was last night on GS but you were sent to another site....i forget the name.
I've played about 6 hours so far, and this is coming from a guy who has CRAPPY wireless broadband, I love this game. I've only had a few lag times and that was when we had a storm blowing in. The graphics are fantastic, the story is pretty good and the gameplay is exactly what I expected. I swore I would never spend $60 on a game again, but I am glad I did~
Diablo 1 and Diablo 2 will be around wayyyy longer than Diablo 3. Because you can actually play the game from the game cd's without having to log onto some stupid server to play.
D3 needs a real summoner, I was very dissapointed with the WD's summons, I hope that maybe in the expansion (if it get's one) they will bring back the necromancer, and the lack of skill trees makes leveling pretty boring ... I hope 20 years from now in D4 they will bring it back.
I almost didn't buy this game, but damn I am sure glad I did. It is fast paced, intense, and surprisingly difficult! I've died so many times already, but it is much better than face rolling crap into oblivion which is what I first expected of this game. I hope to allah that people dont cry about the difficulty. It's perfect if you ask me and we dont need another watered down game because scrubs can't handle a challenge.
To the haters and naysayers, I just dont understand what you are looking for in gaming. This is as fun as it gets, especially playing multiplayer.
Simply put, this is the most fun I have had in gaming in years.
They say that in 30 years, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed human will be endangered. If PC gaming continues this way, there's another self-declared "master race" that's going to go extinct around the same time. ;)
@tadpole the pvp hasn't been released yet. they said it would be realesed as a patch or free expansion i don't remember after the game's launch. the single player on HARDCORE mode is amazing doh
@remiaw give it a bit. There's a lot of content, and it's only been playable for 3 days. And no, reviewers did not have advance access. I wouldn't expect a review until at least a week after release day. And I wouldn't trust one that came any sooner.
I'm expecting a 9.5 for the review. At the very least a 9. Brilliant game, congrats Blizz and thank you.
@Eggs-Benedict Thank you! You're one of the few who can see past the initial bumps in the road and appreciate the core game-play for what it is.
@rommy25 no game should get above 8.5 for an always online Single player that can LAG
@illegalChronic if your lagging you need a new computer...
Okay... I don't understand this as being an issue. Maybe I don't understand where your coming from but when I buy a game NOW I want to play it at this instance of time I don't care about 'someday'. Based on the popularity of this game I don't see the servers going down for quite some time.
without servers, your game DVDs are WORTHLESS. that is the major point of the argument. Servers are not infinate. They will close someday.
@illegalChronic Because???... I've only experienced lag and dc issues on the first day you have made no valid arguments about the core game-play whatsoever. You've basically brought nothing new to this issue and have not articulated any valid point to justifiably judge this game biased on it's, previously announced, DRM issues
Yet another terrible 'walkthrough' by Gamespot, that will go the way of every other 'walkthrough' it makes for games - inaccurate, incomplete, and soon enough abandoned. Just as an example - the Wizard skills. This information is near useless unless you're already PLAYING a wizard, in which case who cares about a skill list? He says 'arcane power regenerates quickly.' Ok, what the hell does quickly mean? How much arcane power does a level 1, level 5, level 10, level 15 wizard have, and how fast does it go empty - full (the work of about 30 seconds to test). He says there are 25 active and 15 passive skills - and lists a grand total of 15 skills.
If you want a REAL walkthrough, wait a week or two and go to gamefaqs.
This was posted on the 8th and only has stuff from the beta. Thats why its so limited.
@m072802 That all depends on your items. You can increase the max and have items that give you power back on hit plus your abilities. That's such a nebulous thing to ask for it would be ridiculous for any human being to map that out. Also it JUST went up. Why not wait a week or two like you're willing to do for gamefaqs?
It's not nebulous at all. You don't pick stat increases in Diablo III - it's like WoW where a level up gives you automatic stat ups. So once again, giving base stats at 1, 5, 10, 15, etc is a simple matter of stripping equipment and writing it down - and MAYBE doing a 10 second calculation if you picked passive ability that gives bonuses. The point is that it's not hard to do, and anybody writing a REAL faq would have done it.