Diablo 3 exploit creates invincible wizards

A new exploit found in Diablo 3 allows wizards to become invulnerable, at the cost of a few effects that are rendered useless.

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If you're a wizard in Diablo 3 with a tendency to die horribly and repeatedly, take heart. All you need is a few simple tricks and a comfort with ethical gray areas, and you can cheat your way to victory. A newly discovered game exploit turns the wizard class invulnerable.

A thread on the Blizzard forums (via Kotaku) detailed the exploit, although Blizzard has since nuked the how-to of the exploit. The thread warns that some effects like Frozen won't work, and it might take a few tries, but several other players have confirmed it by trying themselves. According to the users, the process is as follows:

  • Select Teleport - Fracture. Bind it to a key

  • Select Archon, tested with Improved Archon

  • Hover your mouse over or near your charcter

  • Press Teleport

  • QUICKLY(!) Press Archon

Some forum-goers have claimed they plan to breeze their way through tough dungeons in Hardcore using the exploit, which is probably exactly what Blizzard doesn't want considering the implications for the auction house. Still, as of the time of writing Blizzard hasn't patched the exploit or addressed it on its forums, so it's still active for now.

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    July 23, 2012 11:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Diablo 3 exploit creates invincible wizards.

    A new exploit found in Diablo 3 allows wizards to become invulnerable, at the cost of a few effects that are rendered useless.

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      July 23, 2012 11:08 AM

      Wait, why are we posting the steps for the exploit ?

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      July 23, 2012 11:18 AM

      Haha, more fail.

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      July 23, 2012 11:37 AM

      lol, the fact that you guys posted this and the steps and it still isn't hotfixed makes it more hilarious

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      July 23, 2012 11:41 AM

      Steve Watts is KaBoom22 or whats his name?

      Are we linking bots and mapshacks next and a step by step guide?

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      July 23, 2012 11:48 AM

      Why not link it? Let people do it and then get their accounts banned later so we can hear their cries of despair and laugh at them.

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        July 23, 2012 2:15 PM

        They'd never ban people for using this.

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          July 23, 2012 2:34 PM

          You are so cute!

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            July 23, 2012 2:53 PM

            he's right though. At most you might catch a 72 hour ban for exploiting a bug. Certainly not a perma

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              July 23, 2012 3:05 PM

              No he's not right. Blizz has perm banned for far less. But hey, it's your game right?

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                July 23, 2012 3:26 PM

                No, it's blizzard's game.

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                July 23, 2012 3:28 PM

                Ensidia only got temp banned for glitching a world first Lich King kill. I hardly think invulnerable wizards will be worth a perma.

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                July 23, 2012 3:37 PM

                What "less" have they perma'd for?

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                July 23, 2012 3:43 PM

                Where do people come up with this shit?

              • Ebu
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                July 23, 2012 4:28 PM

                Their forced online requirement ensures that it is, in fact, never your game.

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      July 23, 2012 12:05 PM

      Seems like Blizzard has won themselves alot of bad press over some poor choices in D3....

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      July 23, 2012 12:28 PM

      I believe this belongs in the cheats section. We have a page for the you know.

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      July 23, 2012 12:34 PM

      If my account gets banned I'm holding all of shackjews responsible

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      July 23, 2012 12:35 PM

      This is what happens when people in suits who like money rush game developers to finish their game.
      Right now I feel sorry for Jay Wilson and others who worked on the game. Its really good but they did not get to finish their product. Looking back Id have rather waited than got the game on may 15th
      On the other hand if they had a larger beta alot of this stuff would have been caught alot sooner.

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        July 23, 2012 3:49 PM

        I have to disagree-Blizzard needs to go back to scratch in a lot of ways to fix this game (not happening). If you're implying 6 more months of time would have plopped out a real gem, I'm not so sure. The suits didn't design the core mechanics and systems that make this game the shame of the Diablo franchise. I'm sure there was a lot of push for the RMAH by bean counters, but not nearly are dire and romanticized as most folks assume. I find it pretty stunning just how devolved this game is in a lot of ways from Diablo 2. Blizzard could have easily added some shine, story, and a few new features and left the rest alone and it would have been so much better received (and popular I would wager).

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      July 23, 2012 12:35 PM

      Sounds like a new Chris Remo song

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      July 23, 2012 1:09 PM

      Maybe post some scripts and links to some good gold-finding BOTs while you're at it.

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        July 23, 2012 3:40 PM

        With a name like cap n KRUNCH you shouldn't need scripts.

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      July 23, 2012 1:22 PM

      Online only. Still working like a charm.

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        July 23, 2012 1:55 PM

        This is a bug, not a hack. Has nothing to do with being online or offline.

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        July 23, 2012 2:04 PM

        haha wtf does that have to do with this bug?

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      July 23, 2012 1:26 PM

      Just confirmed this works with the Monk as well if you use Mantra of Healing with Serenity + T.

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      July 23, 2012 1:33 PM

      Some forum-goers have claimed they plan to breeze their way through tough dungeons in Hardcore using the exploit, which is probably exactly what Blizzard doesn't want considering the implications for the auction house.

      Hardcore you farm goblins toward the beginning of Act 1 or 2 because they're the safest areas. Both of those are relatively easy to get to if you have a 60 character. At most you can bum-rush your level 43 wizard through to 60 w/o much risk, but you're pretty screwed if you can't make it to either of those points before the fix.

      Softcore it's basically irrelevant. At most you'll save some coin from not dying, but that's it.

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        July 23, 2012 1:45 PM

        why even play hardcore? there isnt a ream money auction house in that mode anyway, so the point in the article doesnt apply to it.

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          July 23, 2012 4:31 PM

          you really think the only way to buy D3 goods with real money is via the RMAH ?

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        July 23, 2012 1:56 PM

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          July 23, 2012 2:03 PM

          At most you have a handful of people now able to complete Inferno and grab the achievement -- something that hasn't mattered since the Inferno nerf. Post Inferno nerf, if you really cared, you could just pay any of the twitch streamers to carry you through for a kill (if they wouldn't do it randomly for free).

          They can also temporarily farm Act 3 w/o worrying about death, but if they weren't able to do it before it'll still be less efficient (due to kill rates) than simply farming Act 1.

          I can't say that anyone has given a shit about hardcore Diablo kills since the Inferno nerf, either. Doesn't help that Kripp & Krippi have sold a hc Azmodan & Diablo kill to at least two people.

          Aside from generating outrage from people who like to rage, this doesn't seem like a big deal.

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      July 23, 2012 1:43 PM

      "security through obscurity!" - shacknews posters

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        July 23, 2012 1:47 PM

        What? This is a bug. That's it. No one is hacking Blizzard's servers to do this.

        Seems like teleport applies some immunity effect to the character. Activating archon interrupts teleport's animations w/o clearing the immunity effect. The character is then immune.

        This isn't a security issue, at all.

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          July 23, 2012 2:08 PM

          Not saying it's a "security" issue. Just that the response here is very similar to people bitching when details of a security exploit are released. What I am seeing is a bunch of people saying "don't post about the bug!"

          Expose it, force attention on it, it gets fixed.

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            July 23, 2012 2:12 PM

            In general or specific to Diablo 3?

            The Diablo 3 "security exploits" were all along the lines of "I don't know if this works, but this is my guess as to what the hackers are doing" bullshit that blogs picked up without the part that admitted it was baseless conjecture. At first the backlash may have taken the forum of what you describe, but later the backlash was because these blogs kept running with obvious hoaxes as if they were legit.

            In general, I don't think what you say applies at all. Usually there's a curiosity about it, but not much more than that.

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              July 23, 2012 6:34 PM

              I did not have the earlier hoaxes / exploits in mind when I posted, just the reaction I was seeing to this one, and its parallels to "security by obscurity" proponents in operating systems and such. I wasn't commenting on the pancakehumper/kaboom stuff at all. I think you are reading too much into it

      • Zek
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        July 23, 2012 2:03 PM

        The bug is extremely well known already on the official forums, there was no purpose in ShackNews posting a whole story about it except as another sensationalist "Blizzard fucked up again!" article.

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          July 23, 2012 2:10 PM

          no it's not dont lie blizzard.

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          July 23, 2012 3:13 PM

          A lot of us don't visit the Blizzard forums, Shacknews is my only source of gaming info other than some random crap that bubbles to the top at reddit.

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            July 23, 2012 3:25 PM

            I'd say this doesn't qualify as "gaming news" though. It's just a bug.

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              July 23, 2012 3:27 PM

              It was news to me!

            • Ebu
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              July 23, 2012 4:28 PM

              It's news. About a bug. In a game.

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                July 23, 2012 5:21 PM

                "Dungeon Defenders crashes on startup after latest patch!"
                "Punkbuster updated again!"
                "One NPC in Skyrim has mixed voice actors!"

                My examples are probably lacking, I just don't think this kind of thing is a newsworthy piece of information. I completely agree with Zek about the sensationalism.

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                  July 23, 2012 5:42 PM

                  in an online rpg a bug such as this one is important enough to be news. Imagine if there was something similar in WoW and anyone could finish the entire content available in the game without dying...

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                    July 23, 2012 5:55 PM

                    I want to say similar bugs have been introduced in WoW during the major class redesigns (usually around expansions), but don't have any specific examples. When new raid content is introduced, there's generally one or two encounters that have some exploitable mechanic that results in a portion of the raid group becoming invulnerable and/or hitting for millions of points in damage. Atramedes was one I remember, but Sinestra was another that was widely reported as being hot fixed as Paragon was attempting the content.

                    This is software, and software has bugs. It's not news. The reason it's news is because anything Diablo attracts page hits.

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              July 23, 2012 6:14 PM

              it generated traffic!

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      July 23, 2012 3:13 PM

      Shouldn't this go under the 'cheats' section?

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      July 23, 2012 5:56 PM

      Snooze. Blizzard wake me when you make the game worth playing again for end game.

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      July 23, 2012 8:08 PM

      It's also 1 month old lol

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBB093Pkw2Y

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        July 23, 2012 8:15 PM

        well damn son. I need to get on this gravy train