Today we’ll continue on from yesterday’s post – How To Get The Most Diablo 3 Gold – and we’ll assume that a decent chunk of the Diablo 3 user base will opt for farming as a method for earning gold, cash and the best gear. But once a player makes that decision they then face other equally important choices. Choices that will help or hinder them in reaching their Diablo III earning potential.
For example there is the style of farming approach – such as being ‘thorough’ which I’m fond of. Smash everything, take everything, port to town to sell when your bags fill up. If you pick up everything surely it is the best way to earn, right?
I did some very rough time and earnings tests in the weeping hollow (Shattered Crown) and Cathedral levels 2 – 3 (Reign of the Black King) 4 runs each lasting a half hour. I did one run in each location in the ‘thorough’ style (porting back to town to sell white and grey items) and one focusing on going through as fast as possible (playing for the same amount of time – but killing more monsters/progressing faster).
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In the two runs where I picked all the items up and ported back to sell them, I only gained an extra ~400g (Battlenet$0.40) in total once I’d finished the 30 minutes. Porting and selling would cost me 3 or 4 minutes in total in that 30 minutes. On the runs where I was moving as fast as I could and abandoning small (5-10g) stacks of gold miles from my path I beat the thorough runs every time. This might be down to the fact that I was earning just under Battlenet$1 per minute. More specifically, over a 10 minute period, I was averaging 7 blue items (essence minimum price of $1) and 2,000g. Those minutes that I spent travelling and selling the junk were costly.
Obviously there would be slight discrepancies between monsters encountered and rate of blues gained in each run (the random element to the environment has an impact) but I made sure to use the same class and skill set up/gear (same GF and MF). I didn’t go into optional extra dungeons (like Den of the Fallen) on one run in case this dungeon didn’t appear in another.
Previously I’d been very keen to pick up every white and grey item I came across and to double back for 15 seconds to get stacks of gold no matter how small. Now I realise that this philosopy is inferior in terms of gold per minute played. In being thorough I feel I’m doing better when in fact I’m killing less, moving forward more slowly and not maximising my earning potential.
There are other choices to be made by the budding Diablo 3 farmer. Changes that can’t be fully measured yet. In the later game (where we know Inferno will contain the very best items), what kind of class and gear set up will earn the most gold/items/money per hour played?
Do you opt for maximum gold find on your gear; maximum magic find; or a balance of the two? With a complete focus on GF and MF gear you’ll no doubt be unable to solo higher difficulties. A balanced set might let you proceed into Nightmare, Hell or even Inferno but at a slower, cautious pace. Another choice might be to maximise your survivability and damage – you will kill faster and spend less time dead. Right now I don’t know which will be better because beta testers can only test normal difficulty where gear choice seems to matter little (other than the fact that you don’t need damage or survival stats).
There is a vast sea of permutations looming before us and we’ll be immersed in it when Diablo 3 releases. If we don’t want to drown, we’ll have to tread water until we find the best approach.
What will you opt for initially? Speeding through a profitable section of normal with ridiculous GF? Maybe MF? Will you aim to farm Inferno in your best survival/damage gear?
In the end, if you’re looking to have fun then you will do whatever you enjoy most. But if you want to make money in Diablo 3, it’s all about which method will turn out more profitable. Only time and testing will tell us which method is will help farmers dominate the Diablo 3 RMAH.