Diablo IV - A Return To Darkness

I had to do it a few times until I found a Rogue build online that was focused on Twisting Blades with Shadow Inbue and using positional movement skills to cause the blades to return to you through groups of mobs (Dash, Shadow Step). It actually demanded more skill than I’m used to in Diablo, and felt a lot like playing Hades to me. I won’t be reusing that particular build again, and the base skill for rebuilding Energy (Puncture) never really could keep up. I think it would need a lot of energy regen available in the later game to actually be easy mode.

Check it out if you’re curious:

Are you guys playing on Vet or Normal?

Veteran for me. I was worried I wouldn’t play enough to get to level 20 for the cosmetics and I wanted the faster experience gain.

I needn’t have worried. I ended up playing a ton. Veteran didn’t seem too hard, and I’m no expert gamer.

Interesting. I played Sorc on Vet (up to 23) but I found everything so spongy it was putting me to sleep and that’s not anything I’d thought I’d say from a Diablo game. I was wondering if it was that setting that was the problem.

Maybe HP gets too bloated in a party or something? I should try it more today solo before shutting the door on this, but if I wasnt using Chain Lightning or Hydra I’d have to unload a globe of mana or two just taking down a skeleton archer. I really like the idea of a slower pace of combat, but it wasn’t slow so much as a slog. My friends and I were sticking around and assisting each other of course, so I would have thought that would have balanced out any increase in HP monsters receive, but who knows. Anyone else playing Vet in a group?

Enemies got notably spongier after level 20 on World Tier 2. I mostly dissolved groups on my barb up until then. They can probably afford to up the challenge through 20 and pull back a bit on 20+.

I’m playing solo and tried the (Fortress?) featuring the ice clan and I don’t see myself doing that solo at level 25.

Ugh so much this for me. Please don’t put Lost Ark in my Diablo. Maybe this iteration just won’t be for me. My wife wants to try to refund already based on first impressions.

I will try to give it a chance and hope it doesn’t bother me too much.

I just realized that ever since I got teleport I haven’t been using evade. I’m using mouse and keyboard and I’m not used to using space bar as a command, I should look into remapping that .
Overall I’m pretty happy with the game so far. Not sure how long I will stick with it after release but definitely enough to be happy with the purchase. Unfortunately I won’t be able to play next weekend, Druid and necro are my 2 favorite classes in D2

Ahh, I had that happen once but I figured I tripped over a script when leaving on the other side of a lilith altar. Man, those guys must have respawned in like 20 seconds. Hopefully that was a bug. I really don’t want respawning in my Diablo at all, unless I leave a game and come back.

You can make Teleport a passive and then evade becomes Teleport!

Okay, maybe this is my problem of why everything is spongy? I’m L23, looking through my gear, my highest item requires L12 and it goes down from there to L6. Is that normal for that point in the game?

that’s pretty much the tactic I used on stream from start to finish. felt pretty solid and dealt with both groups and bosses just fine.

I used Blade Shift (2) with Fundamental upgrade
Twisting Blades (5) with the Improved upgrade
Shadow Step (1) with Methodical
Concealment (1)
Agile (1) + Mending Obscurity (3)
Shadow Imbuement (3)
Shadow Crash (1) + Consuming Shadows (2)
Shadow Clone

with this mobs are often dazed or stunned until dead and anything that dies to the shadow damage gives me energy back. The Momentum keystone at the end of the tree could make this even stronger later.

Oh sweet! Thanks

Where can you see your characters resistances? I have a choice of increasing one resistance to another and I realize I have no idea what they are now.

I reached level 16. I finished the unique sorcerer quest.
This area is just massive. So many side quests. So much voice acting! I don’t think enemies respawn in the dungeons, though they do seem to on the giant overworld. Hopefully they will tune that so that you’ll never encounter respawning if you keep moving. Like in Far Cry 2.

I’m impressed overall, but likely won’t be able to play the rest of the day unless I get super lucky somehow. Still, I hear in this thread I need to get to level 20 to unlock some kind of cosmetic. I guess if I do get lucky and my son allows me to get away for a few minutes at a time, it might be worth giving it a shot.

Anyone else stumble across The Butcher? I rounded a corner in a dungeon and he was standing there. I think he two shot me (wasn’t much room to evade). When I went back through that room after the respawn he wasn’t there.

I killed him in my first dungeon (the Light) with the Denmother. He was more difficult than any other encounter in the game. I thought everyone had to fight him until I spoke to a friend of mine. He will chase you through the entire dungeon if you keep running though at the level I fought him he only had the hook special attack that he used very sparingly, but his wide chops are difficult not to get hit by.

Yep, just playing my sorc, hit level 20 in Veteran, and encountered the Butcher while doing a dungeon (with the Blood Bishop). He was extremely fast and, even though I was dropping Hydras, I couldn’t tackle him. So I ran through mobs and mobs of lesser bosses and creatures slaughtering them while he chased. Then he vanished and I finished up the dungeon. It was very unexpected and no way was I going to manage it.

On the subject of the sorc with Chain Lightning and Hydras, she was a force, to be sure. Far and above easier than my barb was. This will certainly be nerfed come release, if the barb isn’t enhanced.

And oh my, I can’t get over how pretty the models are. This game…

Even at an early level:

Absolutely outstanding detail.

I had a brilliant bug where I was totally invisible for an entire dungeon. Sadly the mobs could still see me.

That’s happened twice to me, super annoying. Both times it was after I respawned from dying.

Happened to me as well. Fun for a moment, until I realized I couldn’t see where I was standing.

This dropped for me yesterday. Been fun for my whirlwind Barb: