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on: June 11, 2012, 05:41:57 AM

Wanted to get some input on anecdotal evidence. I have found five legendary and one set item in my many hours playing. However not one of these items has come from a boss or champion pack, despite those being the source of probably 98% of my rare items. Given this huge disparity my hypothesis is that champions and bosses are given some huge penalty lowering their chances of dropping legendary/set items, thus leading to their relative rarity. What are your thoughts and experiences?

Obviously sets and legendary items still suck. (Hopefully this changes) But the above annoys me nonetheless.

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Reply #1 on: June 11, 2012, 05:54:19 AM

Got one legendary off the skeleton king in Inferno.. lvl 50s chest piece with a full NV stack and no other MF gear on. Got my other one off a cloud in Whimsy. Other than those, it has been over 100hours on my barbie.

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Reply #2 on: June 11, 2012, 06:37:41 AM


As I mentioned in the gripes thread, I have about 130 hours played - I'd say about half those hours with 75%+ magic find, and a quarter with 150%+ (including NV). I actually got my third legendary drop just now, after the aforementioned post - in hardcore no less, off a champion mob. (It was the terrible-est level 15 chestpiece of all time.)

I don't remember where my first legendary dropped, but it certainly wasn't from a boss -- it may have been a weapon rack, actually. My second (and only decent) legendary dropped from the 'cocooned victim' that contains a Treasure Goblin (next to a purple spider) in the Aracnae Caverns. The goblin itself did not appear to drop it, unless opening the 'chest' counted as an initial hit on the goblin.
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Reply #3 on: June 11, 2012, 06:44:45 AM

0 in about 50-70 hours of play.  (I haven't checked my time since I was at ~30h.)

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Reply #4 on: June 11, 2012, 07:08:42 AM

I'm at zero legendaries or plans after 100ish hours. I haven't ever stacked MF though. I may make a MF set for Act I inferno and see if that turns anything up though. Seems like it is still more efficient to stack gold find and just buy things though, sadly.

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Reply #5 on: June 11, 2012, 07:17:21 AM

No MF stacked since getting my first character past about level 30.

I've had at least 7 legendaries, including two Arreat's Law, which both dropped this morning! Only a couple of them have been any use to me - a Thing of the Deep which I am still using on my level 50 WD because it's a squirming frog, and a Giant Skull which my barb wore for ages. He's also got a Blade of Prophecy in his bag for switching to for MF.

Not a single one of them has dropped from a boss, all from mobs out in the world, and none of them have dropped when I've had any NV stacks up. Not had a single set item drop anywhere.

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Reply #6 on: June 11, 2012, 08:16:49 AM

I don't know total hours (way too many!) but I have 2 level 60s (although haven't put more than 10 or so hours on each since hitting inferno), a 35 and a couple in the teens.

I have never stacked magic find. I have found 2 legendaries and 4 plans since hitting inferno (but without NV). All were found off trash mobs or stumps in act I. 2 of the plans were duplicates (4 stat helm and shield).

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Reply #7 on: June 11, 2012, 08:27:09 AM

80+ hours clocked (I'm now in inferno Act 1).

No additional MF except NV (because I don't see the need to push the ability to find even more useless crap 5 levels below me) and no legendary or set item at all.

Not even a single blue or legendary item I'd want to wear right away. It's either crap that's 5 levels below my level or stuff I don't need but at least can put in the AH.

Every item I wear I have bought from the AH with funds I got by putting crap I don't need into the AH. Not a single item drop was good enough so that I'd consider it a compelling upgrade.
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Reply #8 on: June 11, 2012, 08:59:19 AM

I've gotten 2 Legendary items in about 90 hours played.  Both came from weapon racks.  Both were 10+ levels below me.

The stats were horrible on them and I think I sold them both for under 80K.

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Reply #9 on: June 11, 2012, 09:54:26 AM

Never got one. Not sure how many hours but yeah, that's my luck.

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Reply #10 on: June 11, 2012, 10:01:56 AM

Sitting around 70 hours, I've had some legendary level 44 pants drop. They're shitty and won't sell on the AH.

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Reply #11 on: June 11, 2012, 10:21:22 AM

My strategy by the way was

Level 1 - 25: Craftables from the blacksmith
Level 26 and above: after I realized that both the crafted items and the drops were crap and usually 5 or more levels below hero level I sold and bought all stuff from the AH.
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Reply #12 on: June 11, 2012, 11:08:37 AM

Same, 70 hours, one underleveled legendary.
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Reply #13 on: June 11, 2012, 11:15:35 AM

I've got north of 180h in now and I've gotten 2 low level legendaries and 4-5 since hitting 60 and using the NV stacks.  Pretty much all of them from champ packs, none from bosses.  None of them any good for me or worth that much to sell.  For DH though a fair number of legendaries are decent.  They let you get some very nice stats (movement speed, attack speed, crit chance, on-hit procs) in more slots than you could otherwise.  Or so I'm told.  That shit is expensive.
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Reply #14 on: June 11, 2012, 11:58:17 AM

Three legendaries (normal/nightmare/inferno) and one set item (inferno). Found the first one on a dead guardsman, the rest are from elites/champions. No magic find, around 55 hours or so.
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Reply #15 on: June 11, 2012, 12:13:13 PM

I am at about 150 hours played, and I've found 10 legendaries. The first was some low level fist weapon in my first play-through.. I don't remember what it was off of. Everything else is from Inferno mode. I get a surprising amount of legendaries form weapon racks, dead beasts or other clickables, maybe 40% or so are from those, the rest are from champion packs and 5 NV boss kills.

Running through the game guide I've found Rabid Strike, Vile Ward, Goldskin, Strongarm Bracers, Gladiator Gauntlets, Inna's Blesing, Blackthorne's Breeches, Ivory Tower, The Tormentor, and Balefire Caster.

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Reply #16 on: June 11, 2012, 12:17:23 PM

Two legendaries now. Both in the span of an hour while Calapine and I were farming. One sold for 30k and was pretty crappy. The other sold for 2 million.

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Reply #17 on: June 11, 2012, 12:19:18 PM

I haven't been stacking MF at all.

I've found one legendary so far, from a plain chest just sitting out in one of the desert maps in Act II. It must have been NM mode.

Can you salvage legendary/set items?

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Reply #18 on: June 11, 2012, 12:22:26 PM

Yeah, you get a special mat for it, but that mat actually pops up randomly from salvaging rares...so I'm not sure it's really worth it.
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Reply #19 on: June 11, 2012, 12:36:57 PM

Got one legendary off Creampuff (rare purple-named pony spawn in Whimsyshire) and one legendary off a random elite pack.  Those are my only two so far.
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Reply #20 on: June 11, 2012, 12:45:07 PM

100+ hours, one wizard at 60, various alts in their 10s and one at 25.  I've found two legendaries, neither of which was any use to me.  No set items, but I haven't gotten that far into Hell Act IV as of yet.

One was a WD mask from around the Skeleton King in Normal.  The other is a 2H weapon found in Act IV Nightmare.  I should look into selling them, as I could use the money to buy a real weapon for my Wizard.   Ohhhhh, I see.
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Reply #21 on: June 11, 2012, 01:34:41 PM

Can you salvage legendary/set items?

Yes, but if it's below level 60 you don't get anything extra. If it's level 60 you get a Fiery Brimstone (used for making legendary crafted items), but Fiery Brimstones can be gotten from salvaging any level 60 item (very rarely, 1-2%) so they're only worth 20-30k gold or so. Unless you have a truly awful level 60 legendary you shouldn't salvage them.

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Reply #22 on: June 11, 2012, 02:12:23 PM

I've found a handful of legendaries, which is no different than my D2 experience really.

The massive change drops-wise in D3 is to set items, not legendaries, as far as I can tell.

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Reply #23 on: June 11, 2012, 02:53:41 PM

Two legendaries now. Both in the span of an hour while Calapine and I were farming. One sold for 30k and was pretty crappy. The other sold for 2 million.

So far I have seen about 8-9 legendaries drop, always for the people I played with though. Seriously considering sellling my presence as good luck charm for 20% of the sale proceeds. Also you have to put up with my inane blabblering!

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Reply #24 on: June 11, 2012, 02:54:01 PM

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Reply #25 on: June 11, 2012, 03:04:00 PM

Biggest issue I have with set items is the fact that the ones that drop are only level 60.  Th sub level 60 set items are all crafted, which in turn require finding the plans that as far as I know also only drop at 60.
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Reply #26 on: June 11, 2012, 03:49:08 PM

So I have a question... If you are trying for a set of "set equipment," what do you concentrate on? For example, if a set piece drops and I see that there are say 5 others set pieces, how would I go about successfully completing that set?

1. AH
2. RMTAH
3. Farm (and fight against the RNG)
4. Forget about it, you'll never see another piece to that set outside of the AHs

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Reply #27 on: June 11, 2012, 03:51:32 PM

Biggest issue I have with set items is the fact that the ones that drop are only level 60.  Th sub level 60 set items are all crafted, which in turn require finding the plans that as far as I know also only drop at 60.

Yeah, this is really the one thing about the loot system that makes me go  swamp poop.

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Reply #28 on: June 11, 2012, 07:44:18 PM

2 Legendaries in 90 hours of play on an Inferno Monk, nothing on my 56 Wizard in Hell
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Reply #29 on: June 12, 2012, 12:38:59 AM

So I have a question... If you are trying for a set of "set equipment," what do you concentrate on? For example, if a set piece drops and I see that there are say 5 others set pieces, how would I go about successfully completing that set?

1. AH
2. RMTAH
3. Farm (and fight against the RNG)
4. Forget about it, you'll never see another piece to that set outside of the AHs

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4. Why even ask :)
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Reply #30 on: June 12, 2012, 05:12:46 PM

Two legendaries after ~100 hours; one was a level 9 legendary found early off a champ pack in Normal.  The other was a level 53 Beckons Dale found in a chest in Act II Hell that sold for a couple million on the AH.  

I have not had any legnedaries, set items or crafting plans drop yet while in Inferno.

Thus far, I normally have a MF of 20-40 (not including NV buffs).
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Reply #31 on: June 12, 2012, 10:26:13 PM

206 hours played, not one legendary yet.  60 wizard on Act II Inferno.  MF has been over 100 for at least 80 hours of that play time.
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Reply #32 on: June 14, 2012, 09:59:37 AM

Found my first! (Act II Hell in Treasure Vault event, not at the vault itself) Looks like a lame Monk fist weapon, I didn't ID it in case the patch helps. I'm sure that's not how it works though :)

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Reply #33 on: June 14, 2012, 10:18:39 AM

I found a legendary helmet "broken crown" which was alright (vit, attack speed, mess of magic find, socket, 2 other things) on normal off of a random non-champ enemy in Act 2. That's about it.

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Reply #34 on: June 14, 2012, 10:33:08 AM

Ive pretty much concluded that money I make will have to come from farming up blues and golds and vendoring 98% of them combined with gold finds.  Most Ive made off of any 1 rare is 350K, typically most sell for under 10K gold.  Dont really care about legendaries anymore since they are so f*cked up anyhow.  I went through a ton yesterday looking for an upgrade and the majority are garbage I wouldnt wear over the rares I have on.
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