The new Paragon levels added to Diablo 3 have caused many players to go all out when it comes to grinding. And who can blame them when at level 100 Paragon you get the following:
- 300% Magic Find
- 300% Gold Find
- 300 Main Stat
- 200 Vitality
In case you forgot, 300% is the new cap when it comes to MF and GF. At level 100 Paragon, you will be free to fight in your combat gear all the time and not worry about switching to your Magic Find gear before each Elite.
The amount of experience needed to get to 100 is HUGE, so much so in fact that it is about 400 times the amount you need to get from 1 - 60. If you are having trouble visualizing this, take a look at this chart for a graphical representation.
So now that we got that out of the way, what tips and tricks can good old Clive give you for Paragon leveling?
Let's get started!
Patch 1.0.4 brought a new type of affix to the game, percentage based experience boost. This differs from the previous static experience boost in that it scales, ie. the higher the amount of experience you get, the higher the bonus will be. As far as I know there are 2 ways to get this bonus, from Leoric's Signet or from Cain's Fate.
The only possible way to get this affix pre 1.0.4 was through a Ruby gem socketed in a helm, which you should still do btw.
Nephalem Valor has always been useful, but even more so now that it gives a 75% bonus experience from full stack. This makes it a wonderful (and free) boost for Paragon leveling so make sure you get this as early as possible in the run.
Elites do not only give wonderful drops but also a lot more experience than their normal counterparts, making them valuable for both farming and grinding.
You may have ran into these while leveling from 1-60. Every time you kill a mass of monsters at the same time, or score a big crit, you get this splash on your screen like so:
While the experience you get is not a lot, it does add up when done in bulk.
As per the previous point, the best way to rack up kills in Diablo 3 and thus get the most experience bonuses is by pulling a bunch of monsters and mowing them down together. No build does a better job at this than an AOE build, so make sure you get the appropriate one for your class.
Level 63 Monsters
Each level 63 monster you kill will award you with 25% bonus experience. While level 63 monsters are found in both Act 3 and Act 4 Inferno, I recommend Act 3 for a variety of reasons. IUt is easier, doesn't have off-screen rushing mobs, and is much more packed when it comes to monster density. Quests you should consider for Act 3 are the Ghom quest, the Machines of War quest, and the Siegebreaker quest.
If Act 3 is not possible for you (due to gear reasons or whatever), Act 2's Desolate Sands as well as the Zultun Kulle quest provide a nice place to grind experience. If you are going for the Zultun Kulle route, make sure you start out at the part where you need to get his blood, and stop right before the boss fight. Unless you really need the drops, skip the bosses as they severely limit your experience/hour.
Let me finish off this guide by giving you some interesting tidbits:
- All Inferno monsters have had their experience increased by 60%.
- The current leading player for Paragon leveling is Alkalizer (who is currently at the 86th level!)
I wrote a more detailed guide on the subject over at Diabo 3 Paragon Leveling guide if you guys are interested, as well as reviewed a commercial leveling guide over at Diablo 3 Speed review.
As always, leave any questions you may have in the comments below and I will answer you as quickly as possible.