Act IV Complete

Having completed Act III earlier today I was game to see how hard Act IV was. It really did seem very short as you’re exploring Heaven which isn’t really a big place.

Before too long I was fighting Rakanoth, a servant of Azmodan. He was actually quite tough to me as I died the first time.

Thoughout this Act, Imperius – the Archangel of Valour kicks up a stink as he doesn’t trust humans and considers me a threat, especially in Heaven. Never-the-less he lets me pass and I find myself before Diablo himself. This is only after I find that my follower can’t follow me any further.

Ah, Diablo we meet again. It may have been nine or so years since we last met and you had the better of me then but I’ve had a lot of gaming experience since then :P

I will admit that even today he had the better of me for a while. I died on the first part and then managed to get to the second phase – the Realm of Terror (where you fight your own shadow as well as Diablo’s). I was all excited when I managed to kill him in this realm, only to find that I was teleported again back to my normal realm. Sigh…

This is where I had the most difficulty. You’ll find that whatever health you had going into the other realm is what you have for the next phase of the fight. On one particular try, I was very low which ended up being my downfall on that attempt. So watch your health at all times.

I did use a fair amount of potions as well as several defensive abilities. In the normal realm there were two healing wells, one mid left and the other mid right. In the Shadow realm, my shadows often dropped a health globe which came in very handy as well.

So after a few tries, I decided to take a break, get something to eat and repair before I attempted to try this again. Coolidge even had another weapon for me to use so I was all set to go again. I’m happy to say that I’ve now completed the game on Normal Difficulty! I was determined to do this alone – for myself (with the exception of Act I so I could get the gist of who to play, objectives and all that – so thanks Cool for getting me through the start. You don’t know how good it feels to say that I kicked Diablo’s arse FINALLY!

Coolidge did say he knew I could do it. I did too, it was just a matter of time and some perserverence!

Unfortunately, I didn’t really get anything useful from the drops but this is what she looks like at the end of Normal Difficulty. I forgot to take a screenshot while I was in Act IV so I don’t have a cool Heaven background. Hopefully I can get one the next time around.

Wizard - Level 32

I have to say though, one of the most satisfying screenshots I’ve taken in the game is this one…

Now to start collecting those Pages of Jewelcrafting and Tomes of Jewelcrafting.

See you in Nightmare :D

Act III Complete

As the game goes on the Acts do seem to take less and less time. When I first saw Ghom, the first boss in Act III, all I could think of was Jabba the Hutt.

He didn’t pose too much of a problem though. So I continued on until I worked my way to the Siegebreaker Assault Beast. Boy does he love to get nice and close to you, as he’s not afraid to pull you to him pretty frequently.

But this one had a happy ending too without too much trouble. Next came a creepy looking spider lady who was half succubus / half arachnid. She turned out to be a bit of a tease letting me fight her and then disappearing soon after.

Eventually, I managed to fight her too. But she was anti-climactic to say the least. The fight was over in ~10secs flat.

When you’re like me and tend to explore every last inch of the place before you proceed to other areas, it can be fairly time consuming but you can also find some nice bonuses like Treasure Goblins and lots of rare mobs. Those books are a nice XP bonus too :)

Eventually, I worked my way to the last boss, Azmodan. As expected he proved to be more of a challenge but with quite a lot of kiting around I managed to add him to my kill list.

The most interesting thing in this Act was actually the part that came after the last boss, once you’ve added the last soul to the soulstone. Without going into too much detail, I’ll just leave you with some pictures. Let me just say it was pretty awesome.

Wizard - Level 30

So my dear readers, it appears I have an open engagement with Heaven.

See you on the other side :)

Stonetalon Mountains Rares

I remember being on my Alliance toon years ago trying to get Sun Rock Retreat on my map but the guards chased me down and pawned my ass. Ah memories. Streams of lava now flow into the Charred Vale. The Venture Co. goblins at Windshear Crag have cut through the mountain creating a passage into Ashenvale – a result of logging the entire area and Stonetalon Peak is now full of invading tentacles and Corrupted Sentinels.

He used to patrol Windshire Crag but has since been removed from the game.

This rare has been removed since the Cataclysm

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