The best D3 farming guide to fast and easy gold farming
Update August 2012: I have heard this run has been nerfed, but haven’t had time to test it out myself extensively. If you aren’t getting much gold, try running Act 3 Siegebreaker on NM/Hell instead and see if it pays off better.
This is the area I have been goldfarming for the last few weeks and anybody can really do it. It doesn’t take any super awesome gear, you don’t need a high DPS and you don’t really need to be any specific class to do this. In the recent patch 1.0.3 chest loot was nerfed, so MF no longer affected the drops from the chest. This was done in an effort to hit botting of chests. Instead of getting Warden to work properly, Blizzard instead worsens everyone’s gameplay. Not the best way of doing it, but it does look like it has stabilized the economy a bit. However, with this MF nerf, gold find is looking really good as a way to farm the fastest and easiest gold.
This is a guide to do just that: the best spot for fast and easy farming of D3 gold! I usually get around 500k gold an hour doing this, but if you get lucky, you can get almost a million an hour!
Nightmare Arreat crater is where you want to be
Forget about farming Inferno. It takes too long and with the new repair costs, repairs have become 6 times as expensive, so you can’t afford to die. So you really have to find a spot, that lets you faceroll through mobs. This leaves some of the lower difficulties for us.
We also want to get fast Nephalem Valor, so we need lots of elite and champion packs. Once we have our full 5 stack of Nephalem, then we need lots and lots of mobs and high chances of chests, treasure goblins and more elite packs.
Finally we need all of this in as compact an area as we can get, so we can do fast runs, and we need to be able to easily repeat these runs.
There is one spot in Diablo 3 that fits the bill perfectly for fast and easy goldfarming and that is in Arreat Crater level 1 and 2. You can zone in to the Core of Arreat, run to the WP and teleport to Arreat crater level 1 and then level 2, finish up in the two towers for some easy elite spawns, then TP and sell and easily repeat this.
For the best and easiest gold farming run, this is the gear you might want
Because we are running nightmare, you don’t really need that much gear. As long as you keep your DPS over 10k, then you can breeze through the zone. This leaves us with the choice to focus on finding cheap gold find gear on the AH. You can pretty easily get to 200% gold find, by getting level 55-60 pieces that have 15-17% gold find on them. Don’t be afraid to get pieces that don’t have your main stat on them, as long as they have gold find and are cheap.
You will have a problem getting cheap gold find amulets and rings, but keep looking and you will find those bargains.
Get at least one piece with increased pickup radius. Even +6 to radius makes a huge difference in your overall speed.
Make sure your boots have +movement on them as well. If a run takes 1 minutes less with runspeed on, you have effectively increased your gold/hour by 10-15%. These can be a bit expensive as well, since movement speed is also really nice to have in Inferno due to increased micro being needed.
Your offhand needs to have gold find as well, so you will need a decent main hand to maintain your DPS. This shouldn’t be a problem, since 700-750 DPS mainhands have come down in price significantly.
Your follower needs to be decked out in gold find gear as well, seeing as you get 20% of his gold find. I use the templar, because he can wear a shield and you can get cheap gold find shields. If you can’t find a decent gold find offhand for yourself, you can also run with a shield.
In short, the more gold find you have, the more gold you will get!
The best D3 Wizard build for gold farming
I run this with my wizard and it works really well. You have a huge advantage as ranged, since you don’t have to run to the mobs. It can be done as melee with no problems, but you will do some more running and that will detract from your overall gold/hour.
This is the wizard build I run for this type of goldfarming. You don’t need any single target damage, you don’t need any survival as such, you want all your damage to be alpha, up front damage and you want it to AOE if possible.
My main damage dealers are venom hydra and the wide disintegration beam. The venom hydra works really well, because you can drop it at the edge of the screen and it starts doing its magic, shooting beyond your line of sight, as you run up to it. Since we are in an area with waves of mobs, it is really beneficial to use, that the venom hydra leaves pools of venom that do damage as the mobs run over it. If you manage to set up venom pools in choke points on the map, you don’t have to do much yourself.
The disintegration beam is nice, because it punches through mobs and covers a large area of the screen. It’s fast and you only really need to touch thrash mobs to explode them in gooey delightness. this means you can rake waves with it and the venom hydra does the rest.
I use storm armor and have increased damage on it. Even with a one hander, ranged mobs almost one-shot themselves when they hit me.
Blizzard is when you have really huge piles of mobs, and you can’t really see what is dead and alive. Cover the area in Blizzards and collect the loot.
Diamond skin isn’t really needed, but you can get unlucky and pull two elite packs at once and have some bad affixes to them, so you get chain stunned. Diamond skin usually gets you out most sticky situations.
The best spots for the best gold farming in D3
This farming guide starts in Act 3-7-“Kill azmodan”. You start in Bastion, so WP to “The Core of Arreat”.
Then run all the way to the end of the map to get the checkpoint right before Azmodan’s lair. This way, you start at his lair on subsequent runs and you can run straight to the WP and WP to Arreat Crater level 1.
In the core, there are spawn points for 3 elites and 2 treasure goblins, so on later runs you could end up with 3 Nephalem Valor stacks from running through the core alone.
WP to “Arreat Crater level 1″ and run through the map. If you hit a dead end and it takes too long to run back to unexplored parts of the map, then TP and WP to the next part of the farming guide. By minimizing the time spent running around doing nothing, you really knock up the gold/hour farmed. If you don’t have a full Nephalem Valor stack before you have to move on, don’t worry. This is only one run out of many, and later runs will give you better luck!
The key to getting the most gold per hour lies in getting your Nephalem Valor fast and then mowing down waves of mobs and elite packs you run in to. A typical wave of Stygian Crawlers drops a few thousand gold and these are the most prevalent type of mobs.
You only want to kill large groups of mobs, so don’t bother with the underground worms, runners or loners. “Piles of bones” don’t drop anything, so forget those. “Infernal Cocoons” and chests should always be opened, since they drop gold. The recent chest nerf only hit magic find, so gold find still works on chests and it is not uncommen to get 2000 gold from a chest or 1000 gold from a cocoon.
I vendor everything except yellow +experience weapons. You really don’t want to mess around with selling stuff for 500 gold on the AH, when you could use that time to farm. In the time it takes you to pricecheck and AH 10 items worth 5000 gold, you could do almost a full gold farming run worth 50,000 gold. The key is optimizing your time! The yellow +experience you have a shot at selling for more than 1000 gold, so if I feel it can be done, then I AH it. However, lately I have just been selling everything, because time taken to make a decision whether to AH it or not, could be better spent farming. Speed, speed, speed! This is also why +movement on boots is so important!
Don’t bother checking every nook and cranny of a map. Just do a quick run through, pick up the large easy groups of mobs, then move on! If you miss a chest, you will hit it the next time around.
After having done both Arreat Craters, I hit the two towers: Tower of the Damned, level 1 and Tower of the Cursed, level 1. In Tower of the damned, I head to the right, just down the stairs. This short passage has spawn points for 2 or 3 elite packs and 2 treasure goblins and with a full Nephalem Valor stack, this is time extremely well spent. I don’t see other guides recommending this, but it works really well.
In Tower of the Cursed, I head to the left and down the stairs. The same applies here: 2 elite packs and 2 treasure goblins can spawn in here, so time well spent!
Finally I TP out and vendor everything. Don’t forget to check the supply chest by the vendor. I get anything from 1 gold to 1000 gold from the chest, so sometimes a nice little surprise!
The whole run takes anything between 6-12 minutes and gives anything between 40k gold and 90k gold after selling. Best case scenario with fast run times and high loot could give you upwards of 900,000 gold per hour. It’s not very likely, but half of that is doable, once you get the run down and know when to TP out and head to the next step in the farming guide.
So there you have it! My farming guide to fast and easy Diablo 3 gold in one of the best farming spots in D3. Get farming, ya lazy bum!
If you prefer working the auction house, be sure to read my Diablo 3 AH strategy guide to flipping and pricing items.
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