Diablo 3 gets 50% XP boost until April 7

With over 1.5 million Diablo 3 players having braved the forces of Death, Blizzard is rewarding the entire community with a special +50% XP weekend through Monday, April 7 at 5AM PDT.

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Over 1.5 million Diablo 3 players have bravely journeyed through Reaper of Souls to stare down Death himself, since the expansion released on March 25. Blizzard is celebrating this milestone by offering Diablo 3 players a bonus XP weekend.

According to Battle.net, anyone that logs into Diablo 3 from today at 5PM PDT through Monday, April 7 at 5AM PDT will get a +50% XP bonus. Now that the Paragon level cap has been removed, it's a good time to take on the forces of Death repeatedly and try to snag any loot along the way.

As has been the case with Diablo 3's other bonus XP weekends, the boost will only apply to PC and Mac players.

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    April 4, 2014 2:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Diablo 3 gets 50% XP boost until April 7.

    With over 1.5 million Diablo 3 players having braved the forces of Death, Blizzard is rewarding the entire community with a special +50% XP weekend through Monday, April 7 at 5AM PDT.

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      April 4, 2014 2:02 PM

      I guess I can get a wd to 70 tonight so that I can clear out my stash of int items.

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      April 4, 2014 2:18 PM

      I just picked up Diablo 3 and am unfamiliar with this kind of stuff, but can I choose not to have this? I wanted to play and enjoy the game, not just get to an expansion.

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        April 4, 2014 2:27 PM

        It doesn't really matter, the monsters level with you. If you are level 70 and in ACT 2 then so be it.

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        April 4, 2014 2:29 PM

        The monsters level up with you so you won't get to content any faster with this. You'll just hit a higher level faster.

        This is really for people who already have 70 and are farming paragon levels or people who want to level their ults.

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        April 4, 2014 2:29 PM

        I don't think this'll affect your experience all that much. Monsters now scale with your character level, so there won't be a disparity between your level and wherever you are in the story. You'll level up and thus unlock skills/runes faster while the buff is active, but otherwise I don't think you'll really notice it.

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          April 4, 2014 3:26 PM

          Yeah, but that's what I am concerned with, maybe unwarranted because it's been forever since I've played a Diablo game, I was just worried to having access to items and powers before they were intended.

          But then I realized, there isn't that kind of expectation for this type of game (or is there?) because I could theoretically grind the first area until capped, so shouldn't be a big deal I guess.

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          April 4, 2014 9:35 PM

          It somewhat ruined my experience. I was able to play through the game solo with ease as a wizard with absolute ease. Laying waste to mobs, never even giving the enemy a chance to attack. Sometimes I had no idea what I was killing. There were just gibs and bits of table flying all-over.

          I bought D3 when it went on-sale. With absolute hatred I just had to try the game, and it is exactly what I was expecting.

          It plays like a parody of past Diablo games. It was obviously made by people who never enjoyed Diablo. They had no idea what the experience was all about and fundamentally changed the way the game functions.

          Teleporting, checkpoints, skill system, matchmaking, no chat. People don't even say hello when they enter a game!

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            April 4, 2014 10:06 PM

            Yeahhh, we're talking about things that have changed with patch 2.0. Things have changed drastically since D3's launch, especially with the patch and the expansion. I dunno about people saying hello though; I think that's people, not the game.

            I'm not even sure I'm addressing what you're talking about... your post seems to be talking about your past experience...? I'm not sure how that applies to a current XP boost promotion.

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              April 4, 2014 11:07 PM

              Just purchased game during sale. Played through the story predominantly with 50 xp boost, not by choice. It is my experience.

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                April 4, 2014 11:12 PM

                Diablo 3 has been a major let-down for me. Everything about it just quantifies, for me , what we have become as a society: pussies.

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                  April 4, 2014 11:16 PM

                  And that is why I emphasize "for me". For you it may be something else. But me? It makes me want to fucking destroy cities.

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                    April 4, 2014 11:41 PM

                    Did you try a harder difficulty?

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                      April 4, 2014 11:44 PM

                      Don't even get me started about the implementation of difficulty levels into Diablo.

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                        April 4, 2014 11:46 PM

                        okay

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                        April 4, 2014 11:47 PM

                        Go on.

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                          April 5, 2014 12:13 AM

                          It is just another unneeded addition which detracts from the final product. The separation and difficulty in D2, the tiers: normal, nightmare and hell, worked so well. The new system causes confusion, uncertainty, and a useless division of the players.

                          The tone of Diablo 3 was how can we cater to the casual player. In this they forgot about the gamer.

                          Now, we can make things a little easier to dull the pain or you can rise up and conquer. We have chosen the former.

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                            April 5, 2014 12:17 AM

                            Diablo was all too hard of a game. Far too unforgiving to actually be fun. Someone will always grab the unique before i get it. Act two was way too hard. I am always away from the group. And if there was an auction house where I could find great deals on cool gear I wouldn't even have to play this fucking game.

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                              April 5, 2014 12:44 AM

                              you complain about how the game was too easy, then refuse to up the difficulty ?

                              you claim the difficulty is confusing ? it honestly, couldn't be simpler. You don't have to beat the game on easy mode in order to start playing somewhat more difficult mode. You just.. select the difficulty you want.

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                            April 5, 2014 12:37 AM

                            The "gamer" chooses Expert or higher. It's not really that confusing or uncertain.

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                            April 5, 2014 2:58 AM

                            This is, without a doubt, one of the most absurd comments I've ever read. I don't even know where to start, or how to brekekfefaef4f334yt5445

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                              April 5, 2014 6:03 AM

                              I'm convinced the dude is trolling. D2's level-up experience was far easier than D3's. I used to have to play on "/players 8" to feel any sense of danger up until Hell difficulty. That's assuming you're not playing D3 on the easiest difficulty using the easiest class, which produces a similarly simple experience.

                              Yes, "Normal" is for casuals. You can skip it from day one and be rewarded accordingly. If you choose to play on an inappropriate difficulty then it's your fault -- don't blame Blizzard for giving you options.

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                                April 5, 2014 7:48 AM

                                Diablo 3 is a parody of the past games.

                                The ease, hand-holding, cut-scene after cut scene, teleporting, cutscenes, no pvp, no trading, matchmaking, simplified skill tree, no attribute points, everyone gets their own drops, matchmaking, nice and shiny, diablo screaming "I am legion".

                                Made by people who hated Diablo.

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                              April 5, 2014 7:52 AM

                              Oh. I get it now. It was a frontpage story. Makes more sense.

                              Wait I got it, this guys posts are a parody of insightful commentary. Parody. Parody parody parody parody parody parody parody.

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                              April 5, 2014 7:53 AM

                              Yeah, this guy's comment is ridiculous. I have no idea how anyone can think the current system is a step backwards. It's a terrible opinion.

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                        April 5, 2014 1:00 AM

                        No, let's do exactly that.

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      April 4, 2014 6:47 PM

      Paragon 9001 !!!

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        April 4, 2014 9:07 PM

        It's over 9000!..... I'm drunk, I'll show myself out.

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      April 4, 2014 10:28 PM

      What's the shacker clan for West Coast? I want to join :D

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      April 5, 2014 7:39 AM

      I was going to try this... but I just spent 30 minutes trying to resetup my mobile authenticator and login to battle.net. I'm now completely locked out of my account so.... fuck this thing.

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        April 6, 2014 3:30 PM

        Call their support line. It'll take like 5 minutes and you'll be all set.

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      April 5, 2014 7:49 AM

      Gonna use this to up the paragon levels on my barb. I'm lvl70/p35 and still find it hard to kill stuff on Expert. Is it my gear?? :(