Thursday, June 16, 2011

Diablo 3 Thursday and Daily Deals

 Not a whole lot of news on Diablo 3 this week but here is Bashiok answering some questions about spirits, auras, and shouts.

Does spirit naturally deplete after not being used for some time?
Bashiok: No. Spirit is static. It doesn’t regenerate, and it doesn’t degenerate. Punching demons and using melee skills builds Spirit, and most monk skills spend it.

Is it true the Monk’s auras function more like the Barbarian‘s war cries now?
Bashiok: The barbarian shouts are powerful, limited duration buffs that you must re-cast once they wear off. Monk auras are very similar. [edit - corrected monk aura mechanic description to contain factual information]

Will the UI allow for keeping track of which combo you’re on? His combo skills are really exciting but I’m worried it’ll become too much of a chore playing the entire game counting out my attacks in sequences of 3. It would be unfortunate to unleash a 2nd tier hundred hand attack at range expecting to dash forward because you miscounted.
Bashiok: We don’t want tracking of combo stages to be so important that there needs to be a UI element to keep track. It should be that if you’re up on your game you’re tracking combo stages and it helps you get a slight edge, but if not you’re kicking ass anyway and will probably do fine. Also, we have made changes to skills so they’re consistent; such as making all stages capable of a dash. We don’t want the situation you’ve described to be an issue.

Do charges expire, or can I hold onto my level 3 charge until I want to unleash it?
Bashiok: It will reset after a time, but it’s a good amount of time.

I think what Bashiok means is that if the first part of 100Fists was a dash, then the second and third parts would also include a dash.
Bashiok: Right. The final stage on combo skills is still usually the powerful topper. I was specifically referring to a movement component not being tied to a specific stage of a combo skill (if it exists). There is some spreading out of mechanics to ensure really important pieces like movement and damage mitigation can’t be ‘missed’ because you counted wrong. But doing damage is doing damage, for the most part, so big combo finishers still very much exist on the third stage.

What about shouts and armors?
Bashiok: The Diablo III barbarian has only ever had one true shout, and a couple others which have similar limited duration buffs. But, multiply that by 5 for runes and we have 15 shouts, compared to Diablo II’s ... six? I think.

Granted every rune doesn’t change the mechanic of the shout, but most do. We’ve covered most if not all the Diablo II Warcry tree shout skills through rune effects. 

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  1. wow, thanks for letting us know!

  2. When Diablo 3 comes out I'm rolling barbarian, 15 shouts for the win!!! Sick deal on the ram, new egg always has the best deals!

  3. I'm glad to see that the Barbarian is making a return in 3. I just wish that the Necromancer was. Him and the Druid were my favorite characters in Diablo 2.

  4. Glad to hear that there's going to be a few more shouts.

  5. I can't wait to see this game in action, get my hands on it and kill some demons

  6. Never played a Diablo game... Should I have?
    Also, freaking sweet price for that RAM.

  7. Nice, that's a good deal on the RAM!

  8. Nice deal, also Diablo 3 is looking good

  9. I am going to have to try this game

  10. I can't wait for Diablo III, it's gonna be AWESOME

  11. Diablo III is gonnaaaa bee siiiccckkkk. Keep giving my information on it.

  12. I'm looking forward to that.

  13. I cannot wait for this game, I played 2 and it was awesome!!

  14. Nice deal, an still don't know which class I am going to play.

  15. Really craving to play some Diablo 3, been waiting for so long...

  16. You're right, that's another great price on the RAM

  17. Ooooooh ima have to check this out!