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Paragon Levels to Extend Diablo 3

There will be scheduled maintenance on the Diablo 3 servers tonight in order to deploy the 1.0.4 patch.

The new patch will be introducing a number of changes, the most important of which will be the Paragon Levels (PL). The new PL’s will be a way for characters to go beyond 60. While their character level will still remain at 60, gamers can go from 1 – 100 in Paragon Levels and killing monsters and completing combat challenge streaks will award experience towards the levels.

Each PL will grant players an increase in the core stats, Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence and Vitality in similar amounts to what they would gain from a normal level. In addition to that, players will be granted with an additional three percent Magic and Gold find.

In addition to this update, those beyond level 60 will grant an additional 15 percent bonus experience per Nephalem Valor stack. A Nephalem Valor stack will be granted when killing an Elite mob of enemies. In terms of the actual magic and gold being earned with the introduction of Paragon Levels, the magic find will be capped at 300 percent but Nephalem Valor will stack beyond the cap.

This is also the patch that will change some of the items to be more useful at the later levels. Things like Legendary weapons will now have a set roll to ensure that the damage per second is actually decent. With that, the monsters in Inferno have been nerfed again. In Act One, the health has been reduced of elite monsters while in Act Two, the health has been increased for normal monsters but reduced for elite monsters while the overall damage done has been decreased. Act Three and Four sees another reduction for damage done by monsters with elite monster health reduced and normal monster health increased.

The changelog for the 1.0.4 patch for Diablo 3 is definitely a long one and while many of the changes are quite small and minimalistic, there are some important ones. Gamers who still play Diablo 3 are advised to go through the patch notes quite carefully which can be found here.

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