The best farmplaces post-patch. Pretty similar to before, just more loot!
Previously I talked about the changes to iLvl 63 loot in patch 1.0.3b, which was hotfixed and the drop rate sfor iLVl 63 gear doubled or more. That is great news for farming act 1 and that is also why we revisit this act for the shot at some sweet, sweet loot.
As you may recall, I drew out a farming run to some of the best spots for act 1 farming. This run still works, although your mileage may vary. The watch tower at the beginning of the run has not not spawned for some and it might be nerfed. So this is an update or alternative to the previous act 1 run.
30-35 elites, 250k gold per hour and lots of iLvl 63 gear
These farm places should net you around 200-250k per hour in money and vendor thrash alone. On top of this you get gems, essences and iLvl 63 gear, so the gold per hour is pretty good!
As always the more GF and MF you have, the better it is. This is more of an item farming run, so if you have to choose between GF and MF on an item, go for the MF to improve your chances of getting yellows. MF won’t give you more items, it will however, give you better items in that drop-slot. Imagine you have a 5% base chance to get rares when ever an item drops. With 200% MF you have a 15% chance to get an yellow instead of a normal blue.
If you prefer gold instead, I suggest using the D3 gold farming guide I released a few weeks ago, where you run Arreat craters on NM. You don’t need that great gear and you can just mow mobs down. Easy-mode gold. But if it is iLvl gear you want, running act 1 is an option worth considering.
The act 1 goldfarming route
The run starts off with “the imprisoned angel” like a normal Warden/Butcher run. While we won’t kill the Warden and the Butcher at first, we will revisit them, when we have a full NV stack.
You start in Tristram and you need to move the west gate and head out towards “The Weeping Hollow” just outside the gates. Clear this entire area, where you can find 1-3 packs of elites.
Then head to the “Cemetery of the Forsaken”, where there might be an elite on the cemetery grounds where you spawn in. Then head to the three crypts and clear these and will encounter anything from 3-10 elite packs all in all.
After the cemetery, WP to the “Old Ruins” and check for a dark cellar to south west in the ruined town. The Dark cellar spawns similar to the Sarkoth Dank Cellar about 50%.
Be aware that the Dark Cellar is not very big, so you can’t kite in it as a ranged class. However, if you are there you might as well check the cellar for chests and to see if there is a treasure goblin in there. And while you are at it, run a bit north and check to see if the Dank Cellar has spawned for a chance to farm Sarkoth for easy iLvl 63 gear. You should have a full NV stack here, so you should get decent drops from Sarkoth.
Then head to the “Festering Woods”, where there is a chance for 1-4 elite packs and an event. There is also 2-3 dungeons with 1-2 elite packs in each and a chance at resplendent chests. While chests have been nerfed and are no longer affected by magic find, you do get a decent amount of gold from them and that’s always nice!
After “Festering Woods” head to “Highland crossing” and move across the map up to the WP for Northern Highlands”. There are spawn points for elites on the map itself and also for several caves. If a cave contain two levels, there is always a resplendent chest on level 2. So find that chest and show it who is boss! Clear both zones and then TP and WP to Leoric’s Courtyard.
In Leoric’s Manor there is always a unique mob in the courtyard, so kill this and TP back to town and WP to Leoric’s Manor. This saves you clearing the mobs inside the manor and now it is just a question of running a normal Warden/Butcher run. After you kill the Butcher, head back to town and enjoy your ill-gotten gains!
A quick rundown of the farm route
This route makes your around 200k per hour in pure gold. You also get a good amount of gems, which are starting to be worth something on the AH now. With a good set of MF gear, you get a fair amount of rares. Anything but iLvl 63 gear is just vendored and sucky iLvl 63 gear can be salvaged for essences, which are also selling pretty well. Great iLvl 63 gear should be AHed. Do a price check for the stats and set a competitive price to get a quick sale. You don’t want to end up locking in your auction slots too much!
The below video gives a rundown of the method. It even has a monk in it!:
It is a very good farming run and it is a bit more fun than running Dank Cellar over and over. If you aren’t geared enough to do a fast enough run to make this worthwhile, use the gold guide and farm arreat craters and gear up a bit. Then run act 1.
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Now get farming, ya lazy bum!