ATTENTION NEW PLAYERS: It is recommended you turn Elective Mode on.

#1LordTwilightPosted 5/15/2012 12:21:15 PM(edited)
I keep seeing people being surprised about this option, so I thought I would make a topic on it. Please request stickies so people will see it right away. If you see any errors, please tell me and I'll edit them out if it's within the hour.


What is elective mode (Short version)

Elective mode is an option that is turned off by default. It is highly recommended that you toggle it on as soon as possible.

Elective mode allows the player to place multiple skills from the same category to their key bindings.

What is elective mode (Long version)

By default, the attack buttons in Diablo 3 are bound to the following: Left mouse button, right mouse button, and the 1, 2, 3, and 4 keys on the keyboard.

The skills in Diablo 3 fall into six categories. These categories vary by class, but every class has six. For the sake of simplicity, we'll be using the wizard as an example. The wizards six categories are: primary, secondary, defensive, force, conjuration, and mastery.

With elective mode off, a wizards primary skill must be bound to the left mouse button, a secondary skill must be bound to the right mouse button, a defensive skill skill must be bound to the 1 key, a force skill must be bound to the 2 key, a conjuration skill must be bound to the 3 key, and a mastery skill must be bound to the 4 key.

By extension, it means the player can only use one skill from each category when selecting which six skills to use. Once they choose a primary skill, that is the only primary skill they can use until they switch it out with another primary skill.

With elective mode on, the player is allowed to place multiple skills from the same category on their bindings. A player could use four primary skills if they so desired. For example:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/wizard#UZXlQk!WcX!YbZcZY

A basic ice wizard build with elective mode on. The player has selected both two defensive and two force skills. With elective mode off, this would not be possible since the player would be forbidden from using multiple skills from the same category.

In essence, elective mode being off greatly limits your skill choice, and by extension, customization. It is highly recommended that you turn it on as soon as possible.

How do you turn elective mode on?

Once you join a game, simply hit escape, go to options, go to gameplay, and toggle the elective mode box.
#2LordTwilight(Topic Creator)Posted 5/15/2012 11:54:20 AM
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#3Reik0uPosted 5/15/2012 11:56:38 AM
I guess my question is, how DO you turn it on?
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#4KuoxPosted 5/15/2012 11:56:41 AM
Yes good advice, I really don't understand why this is turned off. You can have not only a completely different button layout, but a completely different build.
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#5coachrochePosted 5/15/2012 11:57:54 AM
Kuox posted...
Yes good advice, I really don't understand why this is turned off. You can have not only a completely different button layout, but a completely different build.

Because the standard mode forces you to pick a reasonable build. It's just a training wheel for new players so they can understand how the system works before changing to elective mode.
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#6ClarkyMalarkyPosted 5/15/2012 11:58:04 AM
If you don't know how to press esc ingame, then you should uninstall.
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#7MightyAimetti87Posted 5/15/2012 11:58:39 AM
thank you very much

this was bothering me.
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#8OutPhasePosted 5/15/2012 11:58:42 AM
Reik0u posted...
I guess my question is, how DO you turn it on?

It's in the options menu. Not hidden but also not immediately obvious.
#9Bigj089Posted 5/15/2012 11:59:01 AM
Reik0u posted...
I guess my question is, how DO you turn it on?

Esc->Options->Gameplay
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#10NE_PatriotsFanPosted 5/15/2012 11:59:40 AM
This is really good info, this should get sticky
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