Is Diablo III actually fun again?
A handful of days ago, a rumor emerged on the internet. A rumor that Diablo III might actually be enjoyable to play again, as farming the later acts and higher difficulties was now less of a chore. Finally the process of getting the good gear was less of a chore of mindless clicking and more of a simple “group the enemies together and click them till they die” – like the game felt to many of the newer players at early levels before becoming ridiculously challenging on hell and inferno.
Finally there is a solution for those Diablo III players who simply couldn’t cut it playing the ‘proper way’, and this solution is a usable exploit for wizards (and now barbs) to have permanent invincibility.
That’s right. As of three days ago there exists a bug to allow the wizard class to obtain invulnerability (Isn’t this what true wizards want anyways?) followed by a similar bug discovered for Barbarians the day after. As of this writing, both of these exploits are still functioning fine despite Blizzards best efforts and can be found in the hands of Twitch streamers as they slaughter the same terrible demons they used to run from.
Now I know god-mode exploits are not uncommon to gamers – Many pc games have had the option to open the command console and toggle it freely,- but Diablo falls into the category of games managed by an outside party that does their best to prevent this exact thing. So with that said, how hard must this exploit be to pull off if it took 2 months to even be discovered? The answer is pretty surprising in its simplicity:
5 Simple steps to be godlike:
- Select Teleport – Fracture. Bind it to a key
- Select Archon, tested with Improved Archon
- Hover your mouse over or near your character
- Press Teleport
- QUICKLY(!) Press Archon
Congratulations, you are now invincible. Proceed to farm what to be difficult to your heart’s content.
Death machine v2?
The Barbarian exploit came out the day after the wizard exploit, and is not nearly as game-changing. It is not as streamlined to turn on, and is not guaranteed invincibility as the wizards. It is actually obtainable in game by people who have spent millions on gear designed for the specific build, as the barbarian exploit is an on-hit effect that returns 8% of total HP each attack.
This allows a barb to be windmill attacking his way into a group of enemies and have a pretty good chance of living, but does not make the player unkillable like with the wizard exploit. Another major fault with the barb exploit is that it is not guaranteed to toggle on, and can only be used in a very small area of the game. It is sometimes accomplished by:
Hulk smash puny demons!
- Have Furious Charge with Dreadnought Rune
- Charge into the Act III opening cinematic (before it begins)
Okay, so some players can’t die….
…why does this matter? There a couple of reasons I think this exploit actually affects the game in a noticeable manner. The first and most obvious is that it will let players farm the hardest areas of the game with relative ease, flooding the market with high-tier gear and lowering prices. While the thought of more gear at a lower price is a sweet one, it diminishes the over-all value of the pieces people farmed the hard way. Which is what a exploit tends to do anyway.
On the subject of a flooded market, it isn’t as if people could make real money off the gear that got via an exploit. You would almost need the exploitable game to have an option for players to buy gear with…real…money. Oh. Wait. Blizzard has that. Someone, somewhere is more than likely sitting on a nice chunk of real-world profit thanks to knowing of this exploit before the public did.
As of this piece of writing, players are on the fourth day of being able to use both of these. Blizzard, of course, claims to be working on it but I’m pretty sure the damage is already done to the game. In reality though, Diablo III has had problems with botting gear, quest farming exploit to level/get easy gold quick, and a multitude of other problems since it came out so this is merely another exploit players have access to.
GOD MODE – Be Totally Invulnerable Forever – Diablo 3 Wizard Exploit/Bug
Diablo 3 Insane Life on Hit Barb Glitch/Exploit (Furious Charge/Dreadnought)
Written by Eric Callahan “Kinowolf”