What’s the interest in gold farming in Diablo 3? Surely farming items is the best approach? Well that’s a double edged sword. Check out my first legendary Diablo 3 item:
Look at that, I’m comparing it to my regular run of the mill magic helm I’ve equipped. No bonuses where it counts. You are wholly at the mercy of luck when you farm for magic items. Gold is a more reliable, if less interesting income. So how to go about it?
First up – gearing for farming gold. What gear to use for gold farming? Gold farming requires a high GF%. Always include it. Given that with zero +GF you can still get hundreds of gold from a mob or barrel it’s worth converting each pile into much more. At the same time you get more gold on higher difficulties. Shouldn’t you just strap on your best survivability and dps gear and head to Inferno? (This is the kind of thing I love writing about in the guild.)
Well not really. If you can farm Inferno without dying then sure – few are in that boat though. The majority will find Inferno (or even Hell) too high a cost in repair bills. There’d be no point farming for gold if you are spending 25% or more on repairs.
Next – choosing a location to farm gold. This is the clever bit – remember back in beta, everyone raved about the Royal Crypts because of it’s high density of smashable pots and lack of mobs? It’s still good. Better yet if you can quest that far in Inferno you’ll get even more gold and the first couple of chambers (before the event) have no mobs (any time I’ve tried). You can go all out with +GF gear in inferno and not die regularly.
There are other locations like this but most often you’ll be mixing scenery and mobs so you’ll need to drop difficulties or swap gear out.
Next up – choosing a gold farming class. What’s a good Diablo 3 farming class? I’m sure no one picked a class based on how fast it would smash barrels but the good news is that every class has the capacity to AoE large areas of furniture and gold containing barrels in a short space of time, cheaply.
The concern for those of us who want to farm the most gold, is how each class handles the higher difficulties and killing mobs there. Now Diablo 3 is a pretty balanced game but some classes (*cough* Demon Hunter – I should keep my mouth shut as I love mine) get a few advantages when surviving those higher areas. If you want to learn more about those kinds of advantages, gold farming, and higher difficulties then I think you should check out the Diablo 3 Gold Guild & Guide -> Click Here <-
More importantly, not all classes have an even distribution of that boost the chance that treasure and gold will drop. That’s a definite advantage (for example a DH can use Companion Ferret for a direct GF boost).
Really though, if you check the boards and other places where the community hangs out, there’s a fair distribution of threads like: ‘Barbarians CAN’T solo HEll zomg‘ and ‘Barbarians are FINE I’m in Act IV Inferno No Sweat BRo‘. Whichever the case may be (for each class) I’m sure balancing passes by the devs will leave classes largely balanced. The class specific farming skills aren’t going to kill anyone either – or force those of us happy with our 60′s to reroll just yet.
For me, farming gold isn’t impacted too much by class choice.
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