Diablo 2 Experience FAQ
                          Version 1.4, 06/05/2001
                     by Brian Kern <wingchild@home.com>

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Table of Contents

1. Revision History
2. Introduction

     2.1. Things I'm still missing!

3. Monster Chart

     3.1. Super Unique Monsters
     3.2. Experience modifiers

4. Experience Calculations

     4.1. Solo experience for characters under Level 25
     4.2. Solo experience for characters over Level 25
     4.3. Experience for characters over Level 75
     4.4. Multiplayer experience
     4.5. Party experience
     4.6. Full example calculation

5. Leveling Techniques

     5.1. Solo Parties
     5.2. The 'classic' solo method
     5.3. Maximum party experience
     5.4. Final example

6. Credits and Contact Info


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  1. Revision History
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v1.4, 06/05/2001, 1:30pm
 Why would anyone update a FAQ nine months after it's been posted in it's
 "final" form? Because I re-read it and found some omissions, that's why. :)
 Added info on Champions and Uniques, clarified the leveling examples with a
 large party, reworded a few things, and revised my "what's missing" section.

v1.3, 09/14/2000, 2:10pm
 Work got a lot more satisifying when I realized I could write FAQs and still
 get paid for being here. Changed the format a couple of times, added another
 extra subsection, and now we're ready for posting.

v1.2, 09/14/2000, 1:40pm
 Getting close to finishing; reformatting text.

v1.1, 09/14/2000, 12:45pm
 Redesigned the layout, included more information; so much for it just being
 a good chart, eh.

v1.0, 09/14/2000, 11:30am
 Finished compiling all the data and porting it to Excel; dumped a text
 version sorted by act and then by level. Assembled the FAQ.


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  2. Introduction
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Welcome to the Diablo 2 Experience FAQ. Here you'll find a nice long list
with all of the monsters on it, listed by act and then by level. This is the
main feature; you can tell what gives the best exp in the area you're fighting
in.

Further down, you'll find the experience mathematics from D2. I highly
recommend becoming at least a little familiar with them, because they control
how much experience you will earn in-game.

And last, but hardly least, I go into my favorite leveling practices,
to help everyone get on the right track.


This FAQ will go through an update when the Diablo II Expansion Pack is
released - time to add all those glorious new Act 5 beasties.. :)


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| 2.1: Things I'm still missing!                                             |
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I'm still hunting data for other Named monsters - like Bishbosh, Blood Raven,
that kinda thing. The more I can add, the better.

D2 Expansion data, as it comes in. :)


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  3. Monster Chart
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This chart is organized by act, then by level, then by type. It should be
trivial to compare a Nightmare Act 4 Abyss Knight's level and exp against
that for a Vile Lancer in Hell Act 1 - and that's the sort of info that
becomes most important when deciding where you want to level. ;)

                              - Notice -

The Monster Chart is oversized, and takes up 97 columns. While this should
pose no problem in web browsers, or even for normal viewing in most
resolutions, your text editor of choice may truncate the lines. I recommend
turning word wrap -off- for this FAQ. Need a text editor? Try out UltraEdit,
findable at http://www.ultraedit.com . It's what I use. :)


       Name                  Level                 Experience              Type         Acts
                   Normal    Night     Hell   Normal  Night    Hell
Fallen               1        26        51      18     299     1621       Fallen         1
Dark Shaman          1        36        61     104     795     3927    Fallen Shaman     1
Quill Rat            1        26        51      21     352     1911     Spike Fiend      1
Zombie               1        26        51      33     547     2969       Zombie         1
Fallen Shaman        2        27        52      32     432     2324    Fallen Shaman     1
Dark Hunter          2        27        52      31     419     2252        Rogue         1
Dark Spearwoman      2        27        52      36     483     2596  Rogue Spearwoman    1
Gargantuan Beast     2        27        52      48     646     3473       Wendigo        1
Hungry Dead          2        27        52      44     585     3147       Zombie         1
Foul Crow Nest       3        28        53      88     1017    5416      Hawk Nest       1
Foul Crow            4        29        54      22     221     1169     Blood Hawk       1
Moon Clan            4        29        54      54     553     2916       Goatman        1
Dark Ranger          4        29        54      54     557     2937    Rogue Archer      1
Carver               5        30        55      42     392     2047       Fallen         1
Vile Hunter          5        30        55      54     513     2682        Rogue         1
Vile Archer          5        30        55      63     596     3113    Rogue Archer      1
Vile Lancer          5        30        55      63     591     3091  Rogue Spearwoman    1
Skeleton Archer      5        30        55      62     587     3070   Skeletal Archer    1
Spike Fiend          5        30        55      49     462     2413     Spike Fiend      1
Misshapen            5        30        55      56     530     2768       Tainted        1
Brute                5        30        55      84     791     4136       Wendigo        1
Blood Hawk           6        31        56      29     254     1313     Blood Hawk       1
Carver Shaman        6        31        56      64     567     2934    Fallen Shaman     1
Night Clan           6        31        56      72     633     3277       Goatman        1
Devilkin             7        32        57      53     448     2300       Fallen         1
Blood Clan           7        32        57      81     677     3474       Goatman        1
Dark Archer          7        32        57      81     682     3498    Rogue Archer      1
Ghost                7        32        57      83     694     3558       Wraith         1
Blood Hawk Nest      8        33        58     177     1426    7248      Hawk Nest       1
Dark Stalker         8        33        58      78     629     3194        Rogue         1
Dark Lancer          8        33        58      90     724     3682  Rogue Spearwoman    1
Returned Archer      8        33        58      89     719     3656   Skeletal Archer    1
Thorn Beast          8        33        58      70     565     2874     Spike Fiend      1
Devilkin Shaman      9        34        59      88     694     3495    Fallen Shaman     1
Black Rogue          9        34        59      86     673     3386        Rogue         1
Black Lancer         9        34        59      99     775     3903  Rogue Spearwoman    1
Razor Spine          9        34        59      77     605     3046     Spike Fiend      1
Yeti                 9        34        59     132     1037    5222       Wendigo        1
Dark One             10       35        60      71     549     2739       Fallen         1
Ratman               10       35        60      91     702     3503       Fetish         1
Death Clan           10       35        60     108     829     4137       Goatman        1
Black Archer         10       35        60     108     835     4166    Rogue Archer      1
Wraith               10       35        60     110     850     4238       Wraith         1
Arach                11       36        61     147     1116    5516    Giant Spider      1
Tainted              11       36        61     104     795     3927       Tainted        1
Afflicted            12       37        62     112     850     4162       Tainted        1
Banished             12       37        62     154     1161    5685       Vampire        1
Ghoul                12       37        62     152     1151    5636       Zombie         1
Gargoyle Trap        15       40        65     197     1374    6539      Furniture       1
Bone Warrior Archer  9        34        59      98     770     3876   Skeletal Archer    1
Skeleton             2        27        52      34     454     2442      Skeleton       1, 2
Returned             6        31        56      68     595     3083      Skeleton       1, 2
Bone Warrior         7        32        57      76     637     3268      Skeleton       1, 2
Flying Scimitar      12       37        62     116     880     4308   Flying Scimitar 1, 2, 3, 4
Fire Tower           1        26        51     283     4752   25792      Furniture       2
Lightning Spire      1        26        51     283     4752   25792      Furniture       2
Returned Mage        8        33        58      55     442     2245    Skeletal Mage     2
Disfigured           8        33        58      80     649     3297       Tainted        2
Bone Mage            10       35        60      66     506     2523    Skeletal Mage     2
Tomb Viper           11       36        61     101     767     3789     Claw Viper       2
Sand Maggot          11       36        61     173     1317    6509     Sand Maggot      2
Dried Corpse         13       38        63     132     974     4721        Mummy         2
Sand Raider          13       38        63     179     1314    6369     Sand Raider      2
Sand Leaper          14       39        64     158     1133    5441       Leaper         2
Huntress             14       39        64     119     849     4076      Sabre Cat       2
Rock Worm            14       39        64     226     1614    7752     Sand Maggot      2
Dung Soldier         14       39        64     140     1004    4823    Scarab Demon      2
Burning Dead Mage    14       39        64      93     663     3185    Skeletal Mage     2
Slinger              14       39        64     113     807     3876       Slinger        2
Carrion Bird         14       39        64     140     1000    4804    Vulture Demon     2
Claw Viper           15       40        65     144     1005    4784     Claw Viper       2
Mummy Sarcophagus    15       40        65     608     4232   20139      Furniture       2
Hollow One           15       40        65     252     1755    8353    Greater Mummy     2
Black Raptor Nest    15       40        65     329     2290   10899      Hawk Nest       2
Cave Leaper          15       40        65     174     1212    5768       Leaper         2
Decayed              15       40        65     160     1115    5305        Mummy         2
Sabre Cat            15       40        65     130     908     4321      Sabre Cat       2
Spear Cat            15       40        65     124     863     4109       Slinger        2
Undead Scavenger     15       40        65     154     1070    5093    Vulture Demon     2
Black Raptor         16       41        66      74     499     2351     Blood Hawk       2
Death Beetle         16       41        66     170     1149    5419    Scarab Demon      2
Itches               16       41        66     124     837     3946        Swarm         2
Tomb Lurker          17       42        67     211     1388    6481       Leaper         2
Night Tiger          17       42        67     158     1040    4855      Sabre Cat       2
Devourer             17       42        67     300     1977    9233     Sand Maggot      2
Marauder             17       42        67     261     1722    8041     Sand Raider      2
Scarab               17       42        67     187     1230    5744    Scarab Demon      2
Horror Mage          17       42        67     123     812     3793    Skeletal Mage     2
Night Slinger        17       42        67     150     989     4617       Slinger        2
Black Locusts        17       42        67     136     896     4183        Swarm         2
Plague Bearer        17       42        67     245     1615    7543       Zombie         2
Dune Beast           18       43        68     238     1524    7053    Baboon Demon      2
Desert Wing          18       43        68     222     1381    6332      Bat Demon       2
Blunderbore          18       43        68     282     1808    8363     Blunderbore      2
Salamander           18       43        68     192     1231    5698     Claw Viper       2
Guardian             18       43        68     336     2150    9948    Greater Mummy     2
Embalmbed            18       43        68     213     1366    6318        Mummy         2
Invader              18       43        68     288     1842    8524     Sand Raider      2
Horror Archer        18       43        68     221     1415    6548   Skeletal Archer    2
Hell Clan            19       44        69     245     1525    6989       Goatman        2
Hell Cat             19       44        69     191     1190    5455      Sabre Cat       2
Steel Scarab         19       44        69     226     1408    6454    Scarab Demon      2
Hell Slinger         19       44        69     182     1132    5187       Slinger        2
Ghoul Lord           19       44        69     299     1865    8548       Vampire        2
Crusher              19       44        69     327     2040    9352       Wendigo        2
Spector              19       44        69     251     1562    7160       Wraith         2
Gorebelly            20       45        70     341     2069    9396     Blunderbore      2
Unraveler            20       45        70     406     2462   11178    Greater Mummy     2
Apparition           20       45        70     276     1671    7589       Wraith         2
Plague Bugs          21       46        71     199     1174    5281        Swarm         2
Pit Viper            22       47        72     281     1614    7193     Claw Viper       2
Bone Scarab          24       49        74     364     1975    8636    Scarab Demon      2
Mauler               25       50        75     550     2902   12575     Blunderbore      2
Burning Dead Archer  13       38        63     137     1009    4893   Skeletal Archer    2
Burning Dead         13       38        63     130     956     4635      Skeleton       2, 3
Horror               14       39        64     143     1023    4914      Skeleton       2, 3
Horadrim Ancient     23       48        73     540     3016   13313    Greater Mummy    2, 3
Preserved Dead       23       48        73     343     1915    8455        Mummy        2, 3
Jungle Urchin        18       43        68     174     1112    5146     Spike Fiend      3
Water Watcher        18       43        68     263     1683    7788   Tentacle Beast     3
Fiend                19       44        69     238     1524    7053      Bat Demon       3
River Stalker        20       45        70     318     1927    8751   Tentacle Beast     3
Zakarumite           20       45        70     297     1802    8183   Zakarum Zealot     3
Jungle Hunter        21       46        71     317     1868    8401    Baboon Demon      3
Gloom Bat            21       46        71     317     1868    8401      Bat Demon       3
Fetish               21       46        71     214     1259    5664       Fetish         3
Swamp Dweller        21       46        71     360     2123    9550     Frog Demon       3
Sucker               21       46        71     243     1436    6458   Giant Mosquito     3
Poison Spinner       21       46        71     372     2196    9878    Giant Spider      3
Giant Lamprey        21       46        71     439     2591   11657     Sand Maggot      3
Thorned Hulk         21       46        71     403     2379   10699    Thorned Hulk      3
Gloam                21       46        71     241     1423    6403      Willowisp       3
Doom Ape             22       47        72     348     1998    8905    Baboon Demon      3
Blood Diver          22       47        72     348     1998    8905      Bat Demon       3
Cloud Stalker        22       47        72     130     749     3336     Blood Hawk       3
Undead Flayer        22       47        72     286     1640    7309     Bone Fetish      3
Flayer               22       47        72     235     1347    6004       Fetish         3
Fetish Shaman        22       47        72     276     1582    7048    Fetish Shaman     3
Bog Creature         22       47        72     396     2272   10123     Frog Demon       3
Flame Spider         22       47        72     410     2350   10471    Giant Spider      3
Cloud Stalker Nest   22       47        72     641     3678   16388      Hawk Nest       3
Tree Creeper         22       47        72     339     1946    8673       Leaper         3
Hell Swarm           22       47        72     219     1256    5598        Swarm         3
Stygian Watcher      22       47        72     385     2207    9833   Tentacle Beast     3
Bramble Hulk         22       47        72     444     2545   11341    Thorned Hulk      3
Hell Buzzard         22       47        72     300     1718    7657    Vulture Demon     3
Dark Shape           22       47        72     334     1914    8528       Wraith         3
Sexton               22       47        72     381     2187    9746   Zakarum Priest     3
Faithful             22       47        72     360     2063    9195   Zakarum Zealot     3
Drowned Carcass      22       47        72     395     2265   10094       Zombie         3
Undead Soulkiller    23       48        73     315     1755    7748     Bone Fetish      3
Soul Killer          23       48        73     258     1442    6364       Fetish         3
Flayer Shaman        23       48        73     303     1692    7471    Fetish Shaman     3
Feeder               23       48        73     295     1644    7256   Giant Mosquito     3
Spider Magnus        23       48        73     451     2514   11099    Giant Spider      3
Flesh Hunter         23       48        73     311     1734    7656        Rogue         3
Thrasher             23       48        73     488     2723   12021    Thorned Hulk      3
Night Lord           23       48        73     438     2445   10792       Vampire        3
Winged Nightmare     23       48        73     330     1839    8117    Vulture Demon     3
Wailing Beast        23       48        73     479     2674   11806       Wendigo        3
Cantor               23       48        73     419     2340   10330   Zakarum Priest     3
Temple Guard         24       49        74     422     2288   10005    Baboon Demon      3
Serpent Magus        24       49        74     341     1848    8082     Claw Viper       3
Stygian Doll         24       49        74     284     1543    6746       Fetish         3
Soul Killer Shaman   24       49        74     334     1811    7919    Fetish Shaman     3
Slime Prince         24       49        74     479     2601   11374     Frog Demon       3
Flesh Archer         24       49        74     397     2154    9419    Rogue Archer      3
Flesh Lancer         24       49        74     394     2139    9353  Rogue Spearwoman    3
Infidel              24       49        74     509     2765   12091     Sand Raider      3
Dark Lord            24       49        74     482     2616   11439       Vampire        3
Heirophant           24       49        74     461     2504   10950   Zakarum Priest     3
Zealot               24       49        74     435     2362   10331   Zakarum Zealot     3
Council Member       25       50        75     696     3676   15926    High Council      3
Cadaver              25       50        75     415     2193    9500        Mummy         3
Blood Lord           25       50        75     530     2799   12126       Vampire        3
Warped One           26       51        76     316     1621    6957       Fallen         3
Assailant            26       51        76     616     3165   13585     Sand Raider      3
Warped Shaman        27       52        77     470     2346    9976    Fallen Shaman     3
Undead Stygian Doll  24       49        74     346     1878    8213     Bone Fetish      3
Dark Familiar        24       49        74     422     2288   10005      Bat Demon       4
Groper               24       49        74     482     2616   11439     Finger Mage      4
Balrog               24       49        74     474     2571   11244     Mega Demon       4
Doom Knight          24       49        74     486     2638   11537   Oblivion Knight    4
Corpulent            24       49        74     604     3279   14340    Regurgitator      4
Flesh Spawner        24       49        74     622     3376   14763     Vile Mother      4
Cliff Lurker         26       51        76     497     2551   10949       Leaper         4
Burning Soul         26       51        76     389     1996    8569      Willowisp       4
Strangler            27       52        77     641     3204   13624     Finger Mage      4
Pit Lord             27       52        77     631     3150   13391     Mega Demon       4
Abyss Knight         27       52        77     647     3232   13741   Oblivion Knight    4
Corpse Spitter       27       52        77     804     4017   17079    Regurgitator      4
Damned               27       52        77     470     2346    9976       Tainted        4
Spikefist            27       52        77     715     3570   15177    Thorned Hulk      4
Stygian Hag          27       52        77     828     4136   17583     Vile Mother      4
Blood Maggot         29       54        79     942     4453   18579     Sand Maggot      4
Storm Caster         30       55        80     854     3925   16277     Finger Mage      4
Venom Lord           30       55        80     839     3858   15949     Mega Demon       4
Oblivion Knight      30       55        80     861     3959   16365   Oblivion Knight    4
Maw Fiend            30       55        80     1070    4921   20341    Regurgitator      4
Grotesque            30       55        80     1102    5066   20942     Vile Mother      4
Urdar                32       57        82     1071    4661   18908     Blunderbore      4
Windows              ?         ?        ?       ?       ?       ?        Furniture       4


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| 3.1: Super Unique Monsters                                                 |
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Here are the values I know for Super Unique Monsters.

       Name                  Level                 Experience          Act
                   Normal    Night     Hell   Normal  Night    Hell
Griswold             5        30        55     191    1797     9393     1
The Smith            10       35        60     181    1393     6948     1
Andariel             12       37        62    1281    9692    47439     1

The Summoner         18       43        68     305    1956     9052     2
Duriel               22       47        72    6005   34446   153495     2

Mephisto             26       51        76   10714   55023   236152     3

Izual                29       54        79   22759  107573   448866     4
Hephasto             25       50        75    1593    8412    36446     4
Diablo               40       65        90   43420  151405   569765     4


And keep in mind that while Big D is still the most profitable monster to
kill, experience-wise, that dying five or six times is likely to erase any
gains you might have made.. :)


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| 3.2: Experience Modifiers - Champions and Uniques                          |
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Champion and Unique monsters naturally give more experience than the their
normal counterparts. As such, the experience for these types of creatures
is multiplied.


   Champions    ==>   Exp x3
   Uniques      ==>   Exp x5


The base experience is what gets multipled. Modifications for the number of
players and party divisions happen afterwards.


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  4. Experience Calculations
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D2 uses a variety of different experience formulae to determine how many
points you actually get. No matter what formula you're working with, a few
key points of information are necessary:

     - Your level
     - The monster's level
     - The monster's base experience

Two of the three required bits of info are contained on the monster chart,
and your level is easy enough to check.


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| 4.1: Solo experience for characters under Level 25                         |
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Calculate the difference in levels between you and the monster. At this stage,
it doesn't matter whether a monster is above or below you.

   Difference     |     % of exp
---------------------------------------
0 to 5 levels     -       100%
6 levels          -        80%
7 levels          -        60%
8 levels          -        40%
9 levels          -        20%
10 or more levels -         5%


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| 4.2: Solo experience for characters over Level 25                          |
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Once you break level 25, it isn't a straight level calculation anymore.


If a monster is of equal or lower level than you, use this chart to find the
amount of experience you'll get.


  Monster Level   |     % of exp
---------------------------------------
Higher than yours - * Ratio applies *
Equal to yours    -       100%
5 under or less   -       100%
6 under           -        80%
7 under           -        60%
8 under           -        40%
9 under           -        20%
10 or more under  -         5%


If the monster is higher level than you, a ratio applies. This ratio is ..

         Experience * (Player level/Monster level)

The experience you get determines which percentage of the monster's level
you currently are. For example, if you're Level 30 and fighting a Level 40
monster, you will get 75% of the experience that monster is worth.

     Exp gained = Base Exp * (30 / 40)
                = Base Exp * (.75)
                = Base Exp * (75%)      [to think of it another way]


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| 4.3: Experience for characters over Level 75                               |
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When you reach Level 75, experience penalties start getting used.


          Penalty Listing
----------------------------------
Level 75  -  experience cut to 1/2.
Level 80  -  experience cut to 1/3.
Level 85  -  experience cut to 1/4.
Level 90  -  experience cut to 1/5.


These penalties are applied at the end of the experience calculation. These
aren't cumulative; reaching Level 80 doesn't mean your exp gets cut by half,
then by a full third more. You'll simply make one third of the experience
that you used to.

Thanks, Blizzard. :)


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| 4.4: Multiplayer experience                                                |
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Monster experience and life will increase when more people are in the game.
The Exp and Hp are generated when a monster is activated - when you wander
into it's area and it starts coming after you. If a lot of people are in,
and you activate 20 monsters, and then everyone leaves, the monsters stay
just as strong as they used to be.


    Monster Life = HP * (# of players in game)


So, with two people in, the monster has twice as much life; three people,
and it gets three times as much life; etc.

Multiplayer also has fun effects on the experience value of a monster.
Monster experience values don't just multiply for the number of players
involved. Experience follows this formula:


    Monster exp  = Base Exp + (# of players - 1)*((2/3)*Base Exp)


An Example -
With a five man game going, assume a monster has a base exp of 1000.

     Monster exp = 1000 + (5 - 1) * ((2/3) * 1000)
                 = 1000 + (4) * (666.67)
                 = 1000 + (2666.67)
                 = 3666.67
                 = 3667 experience.


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| 4.5: Party experience                                                      |
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When you're in a party, and other members of the party are in the same area,
you share experience with them. By 'same area' I mean 'same named area if you
were to hit Tab and check where you're at'.

The amount that you get after sharing is determiend by a party experience
calculation.


Exp gained = Monster's Exp * Exp fraction
Exp fraction = Your level / (total of all party member levels)


An Example -

A Level 40 character is playing with a Level 25, Level 35, Level 15, and a
Level 37. All of them are in the same area, so the formula applies.

    Exp fraction = 40/(40 + 25 + 35 + 15 + 37)
                 = 40/(152)
                 = 26.315% = 26.32%              [after rounding up]


    Exp gained = Monster's Exp * 26.32%

.. you get a little more than one-fourth what the monster itself is worth.


Next, Experience is multiplied by another percentage that's on a sliding
scale, which is based on the difference between your levels - like single
player exp.

   Difference     |     % of exp
---------------------------------------
0 to 5 levels     -       100%
6 levels          -        80%
7 levels          -        60%
8 levels          -        40%
9 levels          -        20%
10 or more levels -         5%


Lastly, when you're in a party, the player who delivers the final blow
receives an experience bonus of 10% for that kill.


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Taking our five-man game, let's assume that all members are partied, and
that they are all in the same named area. The party comes across a single
monster with a base exp of 1000, and our Level 40 character gets the
killing blow. This monster will be Level 40 in order to make sure we get
100% of its experience.


First, get your exp fraction.

    Exp fraction = 40/(40 + 25 + 35 + 15 + 37)
                 = 40/(152)
                 = 26.315% = 26.32%

Next, figure out what the monster's full experience is.

    Monster exp  = 1000 + (5 - 1) * ((2/3) * 1000)
                 = 1000 + (4) * (666.67)
                 = 1000 + (2666.67)
                 = 3666.67
                 = 3667 experience.

Calculate how much real experience you get for the kill by applying your
experience fraction to it.

    Real exp     = 26.32% * 3667 experience
                 = 965.14
                 = 965 experience.

Apply the 10% kill bonus.

    With bonus   = 965 + (10% * 3667)
                 = 965 + (367)
                 = 1332 experience.

And keep in mind that being more than five levels out puts you on the
sliding scale. :)


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  5. Leveling Techniques
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Everyone wants to know what the best way to level is, but there's no
definitive method. The reason for this is because of the variable experience
gain.

If you really want to make your life better, you'll sit down with the chart,
do some of the exp calculations, and figure out what Act (and what area in
that Act) gives you the best return for your time.

Another great way to learn where to level is to compare and contrast. Go to,
say, Act 4 in Nightmare difficulty, hop on down to the River of Flame, and
kill for five minutes. Write down the exp you've gained. Next, go to Act 1
in Hell difficulty, skip over to the Cold Plains or Dark Wood, and go wild
for another five minutes. Write down your exp. See what the results are.

Keep in mind that how often you die in a given Act at a given difficulty is
very important when figuring out where to level; at anything over Normal, it's
better to fight a little bit longer in a lower Act than to risk a 5% or 10%
experience drop due to an untimely death.

That said, here are some leveling techniques that help you make the best use
of your time. :)


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| 5.1: Solo parties                                                          |
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Get into a large public game or a large private game, and party up with at
least one person - and then go to different named areas. When you kill
something, you'll get full points, since the rest of your party isn't
around for the calculation to occur. Plus, being in a party lets you see
where everybody's at, so that you don't step on anyone's toes.

Unfortunately, you don't get the 10% exp bonus unless the other party members
are in the same named area as you. In addition, this system has a big
downside - you have to watch monster levels more closely due to the sliding
exp scale you're on. If you fight something too far out of compliance, you'll
get pathetic experience as a result.


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| 5.2: The 'classic' solo method                                             |
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To get the max exp per kill, go into a large public multiplayer game. Fight
monsters that are your level or higher. Higher level monsters will subject
you to the experience fraction calculation, but it's better than fighting
below your level, and getting 40% exp or less.

By staying solo, you get all the benefits of multiplayer exp (+ two thirds
experience per player) without having to share any of it. Also, killing high
level monsters may not be as much of an expeirence drain; the ratio is based
only off your level, instead of the base always being the same but you only
getting a portion of the total experience value.


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| 5.3: Maximum party experience                                              |
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Partying *seems* to have serious drawbacks - the percentage of exp being
based off what part of the total party level you represent being the biggest.
However, if parties are used properly, they can be the fastest way to level.

Form a big game (lots of people are always a necessity!) and form a party
with several other people. Have everyone go to the same named area, and then
have everybody split up in a different direction.

This is more fair when everyone's around the same level, since party
exp is distributed according to what percentage of the total levels you
contribute. However, even when the levels aren't near one another, there
are still benefits.

First, there's the 10% exp bonus for making a killing hit. This rocks the
house on big monsters, especially in 8 player games, where the monster's base
exp is cranked up.

Second, you get free exp from everyone else who's killing in your area.
While you may only get a percentage of the exp for what you kill, everyone
else is also giving up that same percentage of their kills to you.

Third, this is speedy - four people can rock an area much faster than one
can.

While one player in an 8 player game can max his exp by being solo, it takes
a relatively long time to clear, say, all of Lower Kurast on through
Travincal. By comparison, four people sweeping across the city can clear it in
a single pass, pooling exp and sharing it, and netting 10% bonuses on every
kill they make. Party members should only gang up when a monster is too strong
to take solo.

While the total experience gain is lower than that for the classic solo
method, you can clear things three to four times as rapidly. If you run out of
things to kill, start a new game. The net result is that while classic soloing
gets you the full experience for your kills, a distributed in-area party can
reach that same experience value in one third or one fourth the time, by
mass-clearing large areas in short order.


Example.

Say that a warrior is able to clear all of Act IV in two and a half hours,
dueling with each separate monster individually. The total experience comes
out to, for sake of argument, two million.

A party of six people of similar levels starts clearing Hell. Due to the there
being six people in the game, all of the monsters are worth 3.3x as much as
normal:  (6 - 1) x (2/3) exp == 3.3 x exp = 330%

Each of these six people is of a similar level, and will pull in approximately
1.1mil per sweep of Hell. However, the six people can clear Hell in an hour,
instead of two and a half.

Assume that the party, and the single player, just do Hell over and over and
over.


==
After one hour ..
==

Single player: 400,000 exp

Six man party: 1,100,000 exp each



==
After three hours..
==

Single player: 2,200,000 exp

Six man party: 3,300,000 exp each


This is also inaccurate: Each person will have *more* exp than that, because
they'll be getting +10% off anything they kill.

Partied killing is the absolute fastest way to level, when it's done right.
I utilized this system to go from Level 45 to Level 48 (9.7mil exp) in five
hours time. That's enough experience to go from Level 1 to 30.


How do you get a party together that's of a similar level than you? Easy.
Create a game with level restrictions.

This also helps to keep high leveling duelers from invading your lower level
game.


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Assume our five man party runs into a pack of 1000 base exp creatures, all of
which are Level 40 (as above), and everyone engages one seperately for a kill.
All members are partied.

Experience   = (Your monster, with bonus xp) + (pooled exp from the others)
             = (1332) + (4 * 965)
             = 1332 + 3860
             = 5192 experience in the time it takes to kill one each.


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  6. Credits and Contact Info
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- Credits

Blizzard Entertainment, for some of the finest games around. A part of my
life has been devoted to Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo.

GameFAQs.com, for providing the best online gaming resource that I've ever
encountered. Without that site, where would we all be?

Daniel Meyer, for pointing out that I was missing information on Champions
and Uniques.



- Contact Info

Do you have something to add? A correction that needs to be made? A question
that wasn't answered? Send it over to <wingchild@home.com>. I'll try to get an
answer back in short order, and, if appropriate, I'll incorporate the change
into the next version of the FAQ, with full credit to the author.



                         (c) 2001, by Brian Kern
                     Limited reproduction rights as assigned.