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Recent Diablo 3 hotfixes address exploits, high-level item drop rates

Xav de Matos, @Xav

Blizzard Entertainment has been keeping busy, tweaking a number of aspects of its best-selling loot-hunting game, Diablo 3.

One of the hotfixes released today addresses an exploit used to circumvent the recent decreases in attack speed. Before the hotfix, players could "temporarily increase their attack speed or double-cast a skill" by repeatedly clicking the Town Portal option within the hot bar. A complete list of fixes can be found on the official game blog.

In changes made yesterday, Blizzard once again increased high-level item drops in Acts III and IV of Hell difficulty and all four acts in Inferno. The breakdown of increases can be found after the break. Not found after the break: those hundred hours you've spent clicking through Sanctuary.

The drop rates for high-end items (items level 61-63) have been increased for Acts III and IV of Hell difficulty and Acts I – IV of Inferno difficulty:
The new approximate drop rates are as follows:

Hell – Act III and Act IV
  • iLvl 61: 13.9%, up from 9%
  • iLvl 62: 3.45%, up from 1.9%
  • iLvl 63: 0% (no change)

Inferno – Act I
  • iLvl 61: 23.9%, up from 17.7%
  • iLvl 62: 12.6%, up from 7.9%
  • iLvl 63: 4.8%, up from 2.0%

Inferno – Act II
  • iLvl 61: 23.3%, up from 18.6%
  • iLvl 62: 18.6%, up from 12.4%
  • iLvl 63: 9.3%, up from 4.1%

Inferno – Act III and Act IV
  • iLvl 61: 27.1%, up from 24.1%
  • iLvl 62: 21.7%, up from 16.1%
  • iLvl 63: 16.3%, up from 8.0%

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