Demonbuddy, Hell Buddy and all the other bots – an overview
It is no secret that there are bots in Diablo 3. Diablo 2 was a botter’s paradise and Diablo 3 follows suit. And I can see why people and goldfarmers bot: it’s easy, it’s fast and you can get a lot of hours out of a bot before the account gets banned. If you are careful how you use the bot, you might not even get banned!
But what kinds of bots are there on the market currently?
Demonbuddy bot – the most advanced bot on the market
While I was waiting for Diablo 3 to release I tried my hand at botting in WoW with good results. I used Bossland’s Honorbuddy bot and while there was a learning curve, it wasn’t too steep. Bossland are still being sued by Blizzard in Germany, so the fate of the company is unknown. However, right now they are going strong.
Bossland recently released their Diablo 3 bot – Demonbuddy. As with Honorbuddy, it mimics human playing and doesn’t inject or alter memory, so it should be low-risk. They haven’t quite figured out the Warden algorithm for Diablo 3, so you aren’t totally safe. You can set it up however you feel like and it is very customizable. IT is a bit unstable in its current version, but that should change with later version.
Hellbuddy bot – less advanced, more stable
Hellbuddy have a more stable bot, when compared to Demonbuddy. You can’t fiddle around with it as much as Demonbuddy, but the things you can do are very simple to do. The whole interface is graphical and you can easily set up profiles just by clicking buttons. The routines it can do aren’t as advanced as Demonbuddy, but you can still use it to farm at a decent pace.
The great thing about Hellbuddy is that it can be monitored remotely. Setup your clients, run them and you can access them remotely. This is great, because then you can set them up and run them in the morning, head out and check in a few times during the day.
Immortal bot – the dark horse
Immortal is the high-risk, high pay-out bot of the bunch. There have been a lot reports of its users getting banned, the site for the bot is down and it circumvents gameplay mechanics. But when it is running, it is stable and easy to use. However, with the main site being down, you can’t get your hands on it and current users can’t re-assign their Immortal clients to other Battle.net accounts. Because it is a contender, I decided to include it here, because the main site might go back up at some point. Just be aware, that this bot is not as undercover or stealthy as Demonbuddy.
D3mimic – the odd one out
D3mimic has one thing going for it: it is extremely easy to run, since it runs on preset profiles and you don’t really have to do anything. It is a bit slower than the other bots, has less customization options and it is really expensive, compared to the other ones. 12 dollars a month to run a bot is way too much, for something that can get nuked instantly. Personally I would stay away until they alter their pricing structure to include a one-time-life-time fee, instead of their current pay-by-hour/month scheme.
D3 AH-bots – The dark side
As a trained economist, I don’t really have a problem with AH bots, since something like this happens millions of times a day on the real markets with algorithmical trading. Basically you define a set of search terms for your AH-bot and then it continually searches the AH by these search terms. Once it finds an item, that has been priced too cheap for the current market, it buys it out and relists it. Alternatively, it notes the time of auction end and snipes the auction if there is no buyout.
With as thin a market as the D3 AH market, the AH-bots can inflate it artificially or corner it completely. If you know this is happening and know roughly the search terms for the bot, then you can benefit from it, since you can list items just below the market and have the bot buy them. However, it does remove the chances of getting lucky and finding items for flipping and it forces AH-flippers to start using AH-bots themselves if they want to compete in the flipping market.
Blizzkrieg AH-bot – the newest kid on the block
This is the most recent AH-bot on the market. I was a bit on the fence about mentioning this, since Blizzard are really aware of AH bots and work hard on nuking them. So even though it is an AutoIT/AutoHotkey script, you are still very much at risk using this.
You can set 100 search parameters and it has built in randomization to avoid detection. As I said above, algo-trading is very common on the real markets, but this is a game and everyone should play with the same rules. Still, I like the idea of doing this and I might have to get a second account, just to give this a try. I know, I know…..*booooohhhh*
Don’t forget to swing by the Diablo3Farming Facebook group and let me know what a jerk I am for not hating botters with a passion. I just like to explore all facets of a game, including the grey/black ones!