Ladder Season 1: Jumpstart your New Ladder Character

Ladder Season 1: Jumpstart your New Ladder Character

I play mostly on Single Player and do tournaments such as in my recent article that gave way to introducing forum rewards on this site.  I know where to level effectively and using that knowledge of the game these tips hopefully can help you maximize your playing time when ladder season 1 hits.  This is mainly written for people playing by themselves or with another friend or two. Ideally, the fastest way to power your way to the top is:  Get a group of 7 others, Discord it up, and Baal, Baal, Baal!

New beginnings, Ladder Season 1

Ladder season 1 is coming up soon and depending on your goal for the start of the season this is your chance to maximize your wealth margin by exceeding when prices have not normalized.

So how do you get a head start?  With a little Energon and a Lot of Luck you can be rolling in wealth to get your build rolling.

The first question is what build?  A build not requiring physical damage will be the fastest as +skills of 5-10 of your main skill is rather easy to shop or gamble easily.  If still unsure, check out the guides here and pick the one you’d like to start with. Now that you got that down, you’re ready to roll.  Hop in the first full game you can get in, and you’ll want to hit level 8 or kill blood raven to hire your Rogue that will help you through Act 1 (or if you dropped in a game kill Andy and you got the quest completed hop to Act 2 to group your Act 2 with Defiance or Prayer).

Normal Questing and Leveling

When questing and leveling in normal: try to stay in full groups to maximize your time. Ancients can’t be done before 20, and little experience is granted doing Baal below 30-35.

Hop in the first full game you can get in, and you’ll want to hit level 8 or kill blood raven to hire your Rogue that will help you through Act 1 (or if you dropped in a game call kill Andy and you got the quest completed hop to Act 2 to group your Act 2 with Defiance or Prayer).

Good ranges to level up to on commonly farmed areas in normal are:

  • Tristram: 15
  • False Tombs: 25
  • Baal: 45-55 depending on speed and class

Increasing your magic find to get better drops:

  • Topaz in socketed Helm/Chest.  2 socket helms and 3 socket armors can be bought early on. Ideally, I generally try initially for topaz, then go flawless, and finally P.Topaz to maximize my MF.
  • Gloves and Boots can be shopped with up to 35 MF (Level 26 modifier so 22 or higher to be gambled) and can be dropped in Act 4 or higher in normal.
  • Amulet, rings, and Circlets also can drop with modifiers and you could use a socket quest on a Circlet of luck.
  • The higher your magic find is, usually the lower your damage output is so finding the sweet spot varies.  Here are the maximums.

Nightmare Questing and Leveling

First and foremost! Bug Andariel! Once bugged she provides the best drop rate of an SOJ once your magic find is up to snuff and you’re ready to endlessly run her.

Good character levels to be at for each act if your not not doing Baal runs out the gate:

  • Act 2 questing 50-57 is best ranges.
  • Act 3 questing or Mephisto farming 55-62
  • Act 4 questing 60+ as no good farming like in Hell.
  • act 5 leveling and questing until 75-80 depending on your taste (I usually leave at 76) 

The best farm target is usually Mephisto or Baal in NM unless your SOJ hunting, then bugged Andariel.

Hell Questing and Leveling

Once here you have a few options.  Hell provides a great deal of options, and this really boils down to what are your goals for the season on how you proceed.

Act 1:

  • The Pits in Act 1 provide a good farm area and you can level here rather effectively and any item in the game can drop here.
  • Andariel is great to run for many items, better than NM Baal and NM Mephisto.
  • The countess for runes or key farming
  • Crypt and Mausoleum are also options as level 85 areas.
  • Cow Level after you have defeated Baal is also a good option for fast rune farming.

Act 2:

  • The Ancient Tunnels in the Lost City
  • Arcane Sanctuary for runes and key farming
  • Occasionally people farm the Tombs or Maggot Lair for good chest.

Act 3:

  • Hell Mephisto
  • Hell Council (Best with Horking Barbarian)
  • Lower Kurast for rune farming
  • New Level 85 areas (Not sure whether these will be a thing)

Act 4:

  • Chaos Sanctuary

Act 5:

  • Pindleskin
  • Nihlathak for experience and key farming
  • Baal Runs
  • New Level 85 areas (Some of these will be good for some classes)

With what Hell options you have you can formulate your plan with your first character.  Is it someone who is going to item farm or rune farm?  Key farming can be lucrative too as you can get a torch rather quickly from other players.  Whatever your goal for the season is, remember to have fun and a deeds is just another reason to pull an all-nighter after an untimely death.



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