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Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Item Farming and Crafting Considerations

The new stuff that players can expect from Reaper of Souls and the pre-expansion patch are quite exciting, especially the ones regarding the Diablo 3 items. There are a few things to consider though before you consider it to be the most perfect thing you've ever seen in action RPGs. It's still pretty good though, even though there are limitations to what is possible in the game. Reaper of Souls does change the game for everyone, especially when it comes to item farming and crafting.

Item farming is a crucial part of crafting due to requirements for the process. You are able to create your own set and legendary items in Reaper of Souls, so long as you have the required materials. In most cases, materials for legendaries come from Purple bosses, which spawn semi-randomly throughout the game. You also need the right type of legendary material in order to make what you're aiming to craft. You also need white items of the right type, and not blue, yellow, orange, or green. With white items becoming a bit less common in the new Loot 2.0 system, you will have to farm for quite a while in order to get the right one.

As an overall experience, doing item runs can be quite a drag in the long run. You have to create game after game, with each one being exited after a 10-second delay or a 5-second town portal to instant exit. After getting out of the previous game, you then have to create a new game, wait for it to load, open the Waypoint menu, select the act and waypoint, run to find the Purple that may or may not appear in that game, and then rinse and repeat. It would be nice to have a one-click restart function in order to bypass all this inconvenience. However, such a feature will most likely get exploited by less scrupulous players out there, which is just unfortunate and sad.

Once you've farmed what you needed, you then get to crafting, which does have a note worth considering. While you can make set and legendary items, they won't have the special bonus properties in orange text that you'd see in found sets and legendaries. It does seem like crafted sets and legendaries are to fill the void between rares and legendaries, which is definitely not a bad thing as they themselves can do wonders for those who do find the complete sets. Full-on legendaries are meant to be rare, and they're now even more scarce to most players since the Auction House is about to be removed, so crafted legendaries being the next best thing is definitely not bad at all.

There are now lists of materials required for crafting set and legendary items available online, so you can consult those lists if you're looking to make items for your character. Do note though that it may be subject to change once the expansion is finally released and gets patches later on, but it's not likely that those changes would be that major.

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