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Quick Tips For New Diablo 3 Players

Published by admin on June 24th, 2012 - in Guides

For those of you who are new to Diablo 3 I decided to put together a few basic tips and tricks to hopefully help you sell items, make gold or spend less gold. Many of these are surely common knowledge already but perhaps one or two can help you.

1. You can buy Mythic Health Potions for 310g

Rodger the Alchemist

Meet Rodger the Alchemist, a rare vendor with cheap potions

If you’re trying to progress through inferno you’re probably chugging through health potions more than they drop. I’ve had to purchase potions from a vendor several times already, and while it’s not a huge deal, 100 Mythic Health Potions normally cost 61,000 gold, so it’s not the amount you want to throw away regardless of how rich you are. You can get Mythic pots from a vendor just after you cross the bridge from Wortham and before you enter Caverns of Araneae (Act I: Trailing The Coven): the vendor isn’t there always so you might have to check a few of times to find him.


2. Enable Elective Mode

Elective Mode

Options > Gameplay > enable Elective Mode

While Blizzard generally did a good job at placing abilities in the right categories, it’s extremely rarely that you will want to use them as they designed. On my Demon Hunter for example, I use three or even four abilities all from the defensive category, and I do the same on my Monk. In case you still didn’t figure it out, Elective Mode can be enabled by going to Options, then Gameplay and marking the “Elective Mode” checkbox.


3. Don’t buy expensive items while leveling

Buying Legendary Items

I know it's tempting, but don't!

And by expensive I mean anything over 10,000 gold is too much. You’ll surely want to upgrade your items as often as you can but wasting gold on something you’ll throw after a couple of hours of playing is not worth it. I recommend investing your gold into decent weapons every 5 or 6 levels, since they will increase your damage more than any other items. Also, you might want to find a headpiece with a socket: you can put in a gem with 19% extra experience gain from monsters and it costs only 1,000 gold or so (Flawless Square Ruby).


4. Don’t level up your jeweler and blacksmith


You killed his wife and you expect him to give you good items?

You’ll want to do it eventually, but there’s no reason to spend half a million gold on leveling the blacksmith and jewelcrafter since it’s so damn useless. Gems are cheaper on the auction house than combined yourself, and blacksmithing is just awful unless you can craft iLvl 62 items with 6 stats (which requires a substantial gold investment). While leveling you can find any item you want for 10,000g or less with great stats, and since blacksmith-created items have random stats in most cases you won’t get those you want.


5. Always check auction house prices before you sell


Slight differences in stats can skyrocket the prices. Especially important for rings and amulets since those sell for highest amounts.

I have a friend who is too lazy to check the item prices, so just a couple of days ago he sold an amazing ring for 2 million gold. He was pretty happy about it, until I told him he could’ve easily gotten over 10 mil (I’d buy it in a heartbeat). Don’t be lazy and don’t be an idiot: check exactly how much an item is worth before you just throw it on the AH. In most cases I undercut other people by 5-10% since I always have tons of stuff to sell. I’m currently sitting at just over 3000 items sold, meaning I sold over 70 items per day in the last month.

Even a 10,000 gold difference can mean a lot in the long run, especially with newly increased repair costs. That, and you can never have enough gold.


6. Treasure Goblin Types

Treasure Bandit

That bag may hold wonders regardless of which Goblin type it is.

Since patch 1.0.3 farming treasure goblins in Act II inferno has gotten even more profitable, but they don’t all drop the same. In case you hadn’t noticed it, there are four types: Treasure Goblin has a higher chance for extra items, Treasure Pygmy drops extra gold, Treasure Seeker drops gems and Treasure Bandits drop extra Tomes of Secrets.


All goblins drop equipment though so regardless of the type you should kill them when you get the chance. You’d never guess if I didn’t tell you, right?


7. View sold item stats on the auction house

Viewing sold item stats

Shift+click this icon and link it to chat like any other item.

One of the (in my opinion) most important things Blizzard “forgot” to implement is viewing the stats of items you sold on the auction house. You’ll want to know exactly what you sold and for how much in almost every case so you can determine future prices, and fortunately thanks to a small bug you can:

When you’re viewing the “Completed” tab in the auction house, if you shift+click on the small gold icon next to the amount of gold you got (just under the “send to stash” button) you’ll be able to link the item to chat and view its properties. Blizzard removed the ability to link like this in /party chat in the latest patch, but you can still whisper to your friends.


8. Always salvage items

Blacksmithing Essences

You are looking at over 5 million gold. I think it's time I do some crafting!

This might not be profitable for lower-quality essences, but Exquisite Essences (inferno items) currently sells for 1600-2000 gold each, and they are extremely easy and quick to sell on the auction house. For most items vendors won’t even give you that much. You can also occasionally get Fiery Brimstones which sell for 40,000g a piece. I feel it’s obvious but I’ll say it anyway, if an item is worth over 20,000g, don’t salvage it, use the auction house.


9. Expand your inventory


You can never have enough inventory space for all the crap you'll never need.

And I don’t mean buy more slots, in fact you can even save money if you don’t buy additional stash tabs. Get a banker alt: a level 1 character for the sole purpose of holding on to your items. You can fortunately sell items directly from character’s inventory on the AH which is another upside. Another trick you can use is to put up an item for sale on the auction house, then immediately cancel it and leave it in the completed tab, outside of your stash or character inventory: you can store up to 50 additional items this way.



If you have any of your own tips that you think are useful to know, be sure to post them in the comments below. Thanks!

Making Gold With Jewelcrafting & Gems: Is It Profitable?

Published by admin on June 12th, 2012 - in Guides

Making gold with Jewelcrafting

Since I’ve been farming the Act II goblin for over a week now I’ve collected quite a lot of Flawless Square gems, up to the point where it took almost an entire tab or my stash just to store them. Additionally, a recipe to create a Perfect Star Topaz dropped from the goblin so I finally decided to run some calculations to see whether combining lower quality gems into better ones was worth it.

My stash used to be full of gems, but then I took an arrow to the knee

My stash used to be full of gems, but then I took an arrow to the knee

First things first: Flawless Square gems sell for 900g – 3000g on the auction house, with Emeralds being the most expensive ones. So the first thing you need to keep in mind is that every gem with lesser stats than Flawless Square isn’t worth combining into a better one. For example, if you were to combine three Square Emeralds into a Flawless Square one (next one on the quality), it would cost you 1 Tome of Jewelcrafting and 7,500 gold. Basically you’d have to spend almost 8,000g to make a gem worth 3,000 at most.


Flawless Square gems are the best ones you can get from monster drops, and anything with higher stats (Perfect Square, Radiant Square, Star, Flawless Star, Perfect Star and Radiant Star) can only be obtained by combining lower quality gems with the jeweler or by buying them from the auction house.

For this example I’ll only use Topaz gems. Here are the average prices of each Topaz on the AH currently:

  • Flawless Square Topaz: 1,170 g
  • Perfect Square Topaz: 40,000 g
  • Radiant Square Topaz: 175,000 g
  • Star Topaz: 560,000 g
  • Flawless Star Topaz: 1,900,000 g
  • Perfect Star Topaz: 6,500,000 g
  • Radiant Star Topaz: unknown

Each gem will require 3 gems of previous quality to make, plus an additional amount of gold and a number of Tomes of Secrets (currently sitting at around 220g on the auction house). The table below shows the average prices required to craft each gem and how much you can potentially earn by selling them:

Gem quality Price on AH Jeweler fee Tome of Secrets Cost to craft* Profit Profit after AH fee
Perfect Square Topaz 40,000 30,000 3 34,000 6,000 0
Radiant Square Topaz 175,000 50,000 6 153,000 22,000 -4250
Star Topaz 560,000 80,000 9


19,000 -65,000
Flawless Star Topaz 1,900,000 100,000 12 1,726,000 174,000 -111,000
Perfect Star Topaz 6,500,000 200,000 15 5,382,000 1,118,000 167,700

* cost to craft includes 3 required gems of lesser quality, jeweler fee and Tome of Secrets.

You should remember that prices I used are current averages and can easily fluctuate even 20% for a variety of reasons. I just checked the price of Perfect Star Topaz 20 minutes later and it’s sitting at 5,5 million gold, although I’m sure it will rise soon.

What isn’t calculated so far are prices for recipes required to craft these gems:

  • Flawless Star Topaz design: 400,000g
  • Perfect Star Topaz: 340,000g
  • Radiant Star Topaz: 1,300,000g

Total cost to level up your jeweler to 10 is less than 200,000g so it’s pretty negligible: I recommend you wait until level 60 for that and not waste gold before. Assuming you can consistently sell Perfect Star Topaz gems which are basically the only ones you can make profit with, you’d have to sell about 5 of them to return your investment into recipes. If you could sell even one a day, that’s an “easy” 200,000g or more, depending on the current prices. I’m guessing you could perhaps earn more by creating Radiant Star Topaz gems but I’m currently unable to find out the price for those (obviously we can assume it’s around 20 million gold).

Gems sold on auction house

Selling your gems on the Auction House is truly not outrageous

I haven’t done any calculations on Ruby, Amethyst or Emerald gems, but all of those typically sell more frequently, but from my initial impressions the profit margins are currently lower due to higher supply and demand. Another thing you should note is that Blizzard is reducing some combine fees in the next game patch which will impact the gem prices, and quite likely reduce profits for those who sell them.


  1. I don’t recommend leveling up your jeweler until you’re level 60 and have plenty of gold. In fact, if you don’t intend to combine and resell gems for profit, you don’t have to spend gold on gemcrafting at all, as the profit margins are almost nonexistent unless you can craft the best gems possible, which requires you to have at least 4 million gold at your disposal to invest (81 Perfect Square Topaz to make 1 Perfect Star Topaz, plus 2 recipes).
  2. Make sure to watch the market closely. If the current prices on gems will lose you money, don’t sell them. Be patient and wait for the prices to rise.
  3. Don’t wait too long though, as in the next patch the prices of gems may drop significantly.
  4. If you don’t want to bother with any of this the best advice I can give you is to sell every single gem you have: leave about 10 Flawless Square gems of each color for your own characters and sell everything else. For lower quality gems it might be best to simply vendor them.

I do hope you found this post at least a bit useful. If you intend to flip gems I strongly recommend you to double-check prices and crunch the numbers yourself before you invest too much gold into jewelcrafting, since it may not be profitable for you.

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