How to start a new season (season 4)
In this guide I will discuss every topic you could imagine for
getting started and getting started FAST most importantly in a new
season. I will be covering how to prepare for the season start,
different strategies for leveling from 1-70 plus my own strategy for
leveling, level 70 gearing strategies, and paragon farming.
TLDR/TLDW : Prepare by writing down skills for 1-70,
Level by Cursed Chest bounties, Halls of Agony Level 3 and Rifts,
collect Kanai’s cube mats while gearing to gear faster, gear pool to
gear even faster(read the post if you wanna know what that means), 2-3
xp/leech builds most efficient for farming paragon levels.
Video Guide: https://youtu.be/HZuJ6OftFbU
Bounty Map: http://imgur.com/j08EaYG
DH notes/cheatsheet: http://imgur.com/Zgjsv61
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preparing for the Season
1-70 Leveling Strategies
Level 70 Gearing Strategies
Paragon Leveling Strategy
I realize many of you may have heard some of these tips before and
while I will be combining ideas and information that has been spread out
into one place. I will also be providing my own insight on existing
ideas and providing to my knowledge "original" tips, tricks, and
strategies or at least ones that have been kept somewhat secret. For
those interested in reading something (I hope) you have read no where
else before skip to Hybrid leveling strategy and gear pooling.
Preparing for the season is mostly about cutting out the time you
would normally spend in game wondering what to do next, you might think
it is not important but that time will start to add up if you don’t
prepare. So to prepare for the new season I suggest doing a few things.
First of all knowing when the season will start. Season 4 starts Friday
August 28th at 5:00 p.m. PDT for North America. Europe and Asia start
times can be find here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/19842943/season-3-ending-soon-8-7-2015
. Next you will want to figure out what class you will be playing and
who you will be grouping with whether it be friends, clanmates, or
random players. I highly advise forming a 4 man group for fastest
leveling (sorry solo players), because of the group xp buff. Knowing
what class and who you will be partying with ahead of time will allow
you to get started on your journey from 1 to 70 the second the season
goes live, instead of fiddling around with that once it has already
begun. Additionally you may want to form a party or pick your characters
based around group synergy as well. Having a person dedicated to
bunching up mobs will be nice, could be a monk, crusader, or witch
doctor (however wd pull comes very late into leveling). Probably the
most important thing you can do to prepare though is to write out a
detailed list of what skills and keys tasks you will be doing and at the
levels you need to assign those skills or do those tasks. This will
help cut down a lot of time wasted checking your “new” skills every 5
levels and wasting time deciding what skills to change. You can check my
DH notes/cheatsheet http://imgur.com/Zgjsv61.
I list out every skill and rune I will take, what level I will take
them at, and which key they will go on. I also have other key tasks in
that list which I will discuss later. Two finals things to do for the
season is to know what difficulty you should be playing on and what
leveling strategy you want to do, doesn’t matter too much which strategy
as long you know what you are going to do once you enter the game. As
for the difficulty you should be on a difficulty where you 2-3 shot most
white mobs and also note that expert is the least efficient difficulty
so its advised to either bump it up one above or drop one below.
1 to 70 leveling strategies
There are 3 fairly well known strategies to level from 1-70 at the
beginning of a season. I will explain all of the strategies and my own
hybrid strategy that involves using all 3 of the strategies. I will also
include the “Key tasks” that are on my list that I mentioned early when
I explain my hybrid strategy.
Pros: High Density, Completion Reward(chest, handin xp & gold)
Cons: Inconsistent (don’t always spawn)
This method involves doing cursed chest bounties over and over until
you reach level 70. The reasoning for this strategy is that the cursed
chests you will be looking for provide a lot of easy to kill mobs and
are generally harmless and you get the resplendent chest, and bounty xp
and gold. The cursed chests you will be looking for include: Cursed
Chapel act IV, Cursed Bellows act I, Cursed Cellar act I, Cursed Court
act I, Cursed Grove act I, Cursed Hatchery act I, and one that most
people don’t mention but I really like it Cursed Peat act V - Paths of
the Drowned. All the waypoint locations can be seen in the Bounty Map http://imgur.com/j08EaYG.
So you look for the corresponding bounty(ies) in each act (only one
should spawn per act as a bounty). If they spawned go complete the
bounty if not remake the game and look again. Repeat until level 70.
Halls of Agony
Pros: Consistent, High Density, Low threat.
Cons: Boring, No guaranteed bonus rewards.
This strategy is to go to Halls of Agony level 3 in act I and clear
out the entire floor leave the game and repeat. This is claimed by many
to be the fastest although I think it is very debatable I think all 3
strategies are nearly equal each having its pros and cons. Pros to this
strategy is its consistency since it is always there and the high
density low threat mobs that Halls of Agony level 3 provides. Its packed
with mostly slow moving skeletons.The con to this strategy is that it
becomes boring as hell when done repeatedly for hours. So once again you
just clear the entire floor back out and remake. Some people choose to
do Halls of Agony levels 1 and 2 as well but they tend to have lower
Pros: Increased Legendary droprate, Bloodshards, Hand in Bonus.
Cons: Random Density, Random Mobs.
This strategy explains itself fairly well you just do rifts until you
hit level 70. Since you no longer needs keys to enter rifts you can now
just do rifts back to back until 70. Reason behind doing rifts is for
the increased legendary drop rate in rifts so you can upgrade your gear
faster than you normally would, which can make a big difference. If you
have ever gone for a couple levels without finding any major upgrades
you know that feeling of the monsters becoming increasingly difficult to
kill. Doing rifts should help prevent that from happening. However the
drawback to rifts is the random mob types and random density which can
slow things down.
Pros: Somewhat Consistent, Bloodshards, Hand in Bonuses.
Cons: A lot of teleporting around.
Ok so I am going give a brief overview of the rotation and reasoning
behind the strategy then go into detail of the exact plan and key points
I’m going to hit while leveling from 1-70. So the rotation will be go
into a Rift and start clearing as normal. Once 1 or 2 people find big
upgrade getting a big power spike we will then teleport back to town.
I’m sure someone will ask for me to define a “big upgrade/power spike”
while it all depends on how you and your group feels so adjust the
following example to something that feels right. Here is an example: If
your progression is <25% look for 75% dmg increase combined among
members (ie 3 people each find weapons increasing damage by 25%),
progression <50% 50% dmg inc, <75% 30-40% dmg inc, <100% 20%dmg
inc, if you find no dmg increase proceed to the next step after
finishing the rift. From there we will look for the cursed bounties I
listed in the cursed bounty strategy and clear any of them if any
spawned, once we do that we will also go clear halls of agony level 3.
Then we will head back into the rift finish it hand it in and reset the
game. Philosophy behind this strategy is that you gain the benefits of
getting increased drop rates and once you hit a power spike you can take
advantage of the guaranteed easy xp of Halls of Agony and easy xp and
loot of potential cursed chest bounties. Only downsides are the extra
time spent teleporting around and again the uncertainty of rift mobs and
density. Here are the exact steps I will be doing while trying this
LVL 1: Steal Follower Weapons & Find Cursed Chest Bounty or Easy Boss Bounty.
Why?: The chests rewarded at the end will provide initial blues/yellows to get you started.
LVL 1-12: Do cursed chest bounties and halls of agony.
Why?: Guaranteed easy mobs to get through the first few levels.
LVL 6-7: Check Fence Merchants in Act I and Act II for rings.
LVL 10-12: Check Fence Merchants in Act I and Act II for amulets.
LVL 10 -14: Switch to Campaign go through until you can kill Skeleton king.
LVL 18: Kill Skeleton King.
Why?: First time killing SK guarantees a Leoric's Crown being lvl 18 ensures socket. Put ruby in the socket.
LVL 18-70: Run Hybrid Strategy rotation.
LVL 45: Craft lvl 60 Weapon roll reduced lvl req on it.
LVL 60: Craft lvl 70 Weapon roll reduced lvl req on it.
General Tips for All Strategies
Keep an eye out for the following items.
Leoric’s Signet: %xp roll.
Puzzle Ring: save for lvl 70 put into cube for greed’s realm.
Bovine Bardiche: save for lvl 70 cow level.
Nagel Ring: Provide huge burst dmg while lvling.
Craft lvl 60 Weapon roll reduced lvl req on it.
Craft lvl 70 Weapon roll reduced lvl req on it.
Craft and wear Cains if you find the recipe for %xp.
Level 70 Gearing Strategies
Bounties First Strategy
So this first strategy for gearing up is definitely up for debate
since I have not tested it. So once you have hit 70 spend your blood
shards and go get Kanai’s cube. Use up your puzzle rings and Bovine
Bardiches if you found any. The reason you may want to start bounties
first depends on what items you found while leveling up 1-70. If you
found something worth extracting right away you can start doing bounties
otherwise doing rifts and greater rifts first will be the best to gear
up. So do bounties until you have the item or items you want extracted
early in the cube then switch over to rifts asap because they will give
much more reward until you are ready to farm mats again at t6+.(Thank
you to mhgd3 for replying and correcting me here).
Rifts First Strategy
Alternatively you could start doing rifts right away and start
looking for a weapon and set pieces that way since there is the
increased chance of finding legendaries in rifts and you get more blood
shards. After obtaining sets and once you can do about t6 or higher you
can start farming bounties for the mats to reroll legendaries and
This is a strategy that I almost never hear people talk about which
surprises me because it is so strong. Maybe I am out of the loop or
maybe people are just too greedy and that is why it has not caught on
yet but here it is. Note that this strategy will work with either of the
ones previously mentioned. So what you will do is get in a party with 2
or more players of the same class as you that you trust(clanmates or
friends, usually best). Determine who is going to carry (I recommend
whichever person will be playing the most) then everyone will pool all
of their important set pieces to the carry. For example if it were DH’s
the three people being carried would give the person who is carrying
EVERY piece of Marauders, Natalya’s, and Unhallowed Essence. Pool set
pieces into the carry until he has finished one then bump up the
difficulty as high as you can, which will most likely be t6 to start and
then ease your way up. The carry then carries (hence the name) the
other 3 through t6 until they finish their sets. The carry should also
be handing set pieces out to the group that he finds since he obviously
already has a set. To restate the person carrying should be the one who
plays the most incase people leave before they finish their sets the
carry will hopefully be online when you regroup. This is a super
effective method for gearing up fast if you have trustworthy people to
do it with because even if just one person has a set finished it will be
enough to crank up the difficulty and the entire party will find gear
faster and level up faster.
Paragon Leveling Strategy
So as many of you may know %xp has changed from Season 3 to Season 4.
The xp is now shared with the entire party instead of just the one
person wearing xp gear. They also changed Greater Rift keys so you can
no longer recycle keys. This means the paragon farming meta is going to
shift. Now when you are running greater rifts you will want 2-3 people
wearing “leech” setup even though now it would be more appropriate to
call it xp build or something since they are no longer leeching but
helping the entire party gain more xp. So the builds for an xp build
will essentially be the same as they were last season give or take a few
skills due to the cc changes. I have a feeling running 2 people with
full xp gear and 2 dps (maybe with a few pieces of xp gear on them) will
be the most efficient way to farm xp but it is still up in the air as
things will shift once the season pans out. Also since keys were changed
there will also need to be some experimenting with exactly which
greater rift level will be the most efficient for most groups. Now that
it takes longer to get greater rift keys, since you can’t recycle
anymore, you have to find the sweet spot between doing grifts fast but
also doing one of high enough level so you get the full value out of
your greater rift keystone. I imagine having times between 7-10 minutes
will end up being the sweet spot but it needs to be tested further.