Fast Paragon leveling in Diablo 3
Update February 2015:
With Reaper of Souls out, the Paragon system has changed significantly. There is little reason to focus on leveling Paragon since levels are totalled across characters.
Instead you should focus on running bounties and (Greater) Rifts to gear up and then paragon levels will follow by themselves.
I am working on a complete paragon/gearing guide, but until then follow this very rough guide:
- Run bounties until you have geared up sufficiently to run rifts at T1 at a good speed (2-4 shotting normal white thrash, able to easily kill elite packs).
- Run rifts to gear up more and gather Trial Key Stones.
- Once you have geared enough to run Greater Rifts at level 10 or over, then run a mix of rifts and greater rifts to continually gear up.
- Once you are able to run T6 solo easily, then start looking for public T6 groups and greater rifts.
If you are working from scratch on a new account, then follow this leveling guide for fast leveling.
Below is the old paragon leveling guide, which is a bit outdated!
Old paragon leveling guide ->
Patch and patch notes for patch 1.0.4 is out and what a patch!
The auction house was improved, elite packs got easier, loot got buffed, classes got buffed and most importantly: paragon levels were introduced!
The 100 paragon levels make sure, that even if your loot sucks at the end of a farming run, you will still have gained quite a bit of paragon XP, so you still have something to show for your time. But how do you level paragon levels fast?
Getting Paragonlevels as fast as possible….while not getting killed
The paragon levels won’t come easy, so first of all don’t focus blindly on getting them. While the benefits are great:
- You gain stats like a level
- You gain +3% MF and GF per level
They aren’t important enough to get yourself killed constantly, because you wear crappy +XP gear. Wearing experience gear WILL work on Paragon levels, but since you only gain a fixed amount of EXP from them, you won’t improve significantly on the experience gained from a level 63 mob. So don’t worry about experience gear right now. There has been talk about adding it a later stage, but not in the next few patches.
So first of all, stay alive to level paragon faster. Don’t forget your main stats, resist stats and DPS. Once you have your bases covered, you can start worrying about leveling. It’s a long walk under any circumstance, so getting yourself killed to get there is not beneficial!
Rubies for faster leveling – The obvious method
With your bases covered, you can start working on the best way to level. One obvious method is slotting a ruby on your helmet. This is an easy +25% (or more depending on your wallet) to experience gained from kills.
With rubies, you are cutting a significant chunk of your leveling time, and the beauty of them is, that they scale well with the experience you get from high level mobs. The more experience they give, the more you get, as opposed with the fixed number from +exp gear.
Nephalem Valor has also been changed to now give an XP bonus. So getting a full 5 stack will grant you 75% bonus to EXP. This means that farming runs, that focus on getting a full stack fast will also be the best for leveling paragon.
Digging deeper – new legendaries for faster leveling
With the loot buffs in this patch, new legendaries have been introduced. Some of them aren’t that great for the purpose of leveling paragon. This includes the crafted “Cain’s Fate” 3 piece set bonus, which grants +30% experience. The problem is that it is a level 22 set, and you need to give up 3 gear slots to get it. The only piece worth considering are the boots:
The rest of the pieces are good for their level (they are legendaries after all), but not at level 60. So steer clear of that one and focus on getting good gear instead, which will allow you to kill faster, netting you more XP…and money!
This leaves us with another new legendary, which is already a hot number in the AH:
Leoric’s Signet only needs you to give up a ring slot. While ring slots are a hard slot to give up, this one is worth it, even though it is iLvl 17. The 1% crit chance is still decent at level 60, since everything in percent scales with your level. This is the same for the +20-30% extra experience you gain with it on. With a 30% Leoric’s signet and a Radiant Star Ruby, you gain 61% extra EXP, effectively cutting your leveling time down by 61%. This also means that you will cover the gap left by the “missing” ring slot faster, so in due time you will be back to full power. However, do keep in mind, that you might only gain 3-5 of your main stat when you level up, so you do need a lot of paragon levels to cover the gap.
The downside to the signet, is that it is a dropped legendary, so it is going to be expensive as hell. To further add to this, it is low level, so not many people farm that specific level area of Diablo 3. So you won’t see a lot of them, since the majority of people farming are now in Inferno, especially with the new buffs to the classes and the debuffs to mobs. One has already dropped and is on the AH, but at a BO price of a billion, it is likely to stay there. If you see Leoric’s Signet going for anything below 100 million, you should consider buying it, but flip it fast, since the novelty value will wear off quickly.
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