Ghast's Grotto

Welcome to my Diablo multiplayer fanpage.

- Ghast

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Superlatives June 06, 2021

Here are the items I consider worth a special note.

Most Expensive:

A King's War Staff Of Blood Star with a 175% damage prefix and 60 charges is the most expensive item in the game. It sells for 228,000 gold. This is more gold than you can carry. If you could purchase it from Adria, it would cost 912,800 gold!

Most Powerful:

DreamFlange is by far the most powerful item in the game. With +30 to magic, +50 to mana, +1 to each spell level, and +50% magic resistance you can use this on any character class. In fact, the most efficient way to get to clvl 50 is by using magic, even with a warrior. Since magic is more powerful than physical, and this item gives you the most ability to utilize magic, it is the most powerful.

Most Rare:

The affix combination Emerald and Slaying has the lowest rate of dropping. This is because Dreadjudge is the only monster that can drop it. He does not appear in every game.

There are 25 different base items that can have this affix combination. Emerald has ten variations(Resist All: +41 - +50), while Slaying has three(Damage: +6 - +8). There are 750 different permutations when you multiply these all together.

Emerald and Slaying only drop together once in every 113,600 games. Each base item individually drops once in every 2,840,000 games. Any permutation of an Emerald Slaying item only drops once in every 85,200,000 games.

Diablo uses a 32bit seed that is generated based on your system time when the game is started. 32bit integers are limited to 4,294,967,296. Because only a single monster is able to drop this combination and no one in town can sell it, we can divide 4,294,967,296 by 85,200,000 to get ~50. Multiply 50 by 3(the number of difficulties) and we arrive at only 150 possible legit versions of each permutation of any Emerald Slaying item. Theoretically there are only 113,423 legit Emerald Slaying items.

Most Useless:

The affixes Useless and Corruption combine to make any one of the 25 possbile base items the least usable item in the game. Useless modifies damage by -100%. This removes the damage even from an equipped shield. You can still do damage, but it will not be modified beyond the base provided by your strength(+dex for rogue) and clvl.

Corruption removes all of your mana. Need I say more?

- Ghast

Blizzard FTP March 25, 2021

Blizzard used to have an FTP site that you could go to and download all the patches for Diablo. It was I could have sworn it was a true FTP site, but I cannot find a historical link with the "ftp://" scheme. Maybe I just put that instead of "http://" because I assumed it was necessary and it just worked. It was a pretty simple layout, which I appreciated.

The site still exists. It no longer displays in the manner typical of FTP sites. It is almost non functional. You can see the original at As you can see in this support article, Patching Classic Games,(Blizzard scrubbed this page. Link is now to the archive) the links still function properly. All you need is to know what link to use. You can browse the archive, copy the link for the file you want, paste it into your address bar, then remove the portion of the address preceding the "http://".

- Ghast

Shrine Hunting January 30, 2021

There are two shrines which are commonly saught for improving a character or items; Hidden and Enchanted. Which attribute these shrines affect is supposed to be random, but it is not. You can see more details at The DSF Buglist and the bottom of the Shrines page(Chapter 7) at JG Online.

To maximize the potential for getting the desired effect, you need to get these two shrines as soon as possible when you start a new game. My preferred method is to start a game, check Gris for items, and then enter the catacombs. Once there I look around the open area that I am in to see if there are shrines. If there are none, I start a new game.

The benefits of this method include getting to check Gris for items, avoiding black deaths(beware: they do exist on dlvl 5) which permanently reduce your life when they hit you, and the higher frequency that this particular spot in the dungeon produces shrines.

Tip: If you randomly come across a Hidden Shrine while traipsing about the dungeon, have another character join the game and come down via town portal. The new character should have the bugged shrine. If it is a Hidden Shrine, give the new character the items and hit the shrine.

Happy hunting!

- Ghast

The Horadrim Server/Discord January 5, 2021

If you are looking for the most active community of Diablo players, The Horadrim is it! Lothar hosts a PvPGN server. You can play with the original retail version of the game(CD) or with the GoG classic version. If you cannot host games on and are tired of trying to figure out how to forward ports, no worries! Lothar has you covered. You can install ZeroTier and connect with other ZeorTier players just like you would on In The Horadrim Discord you will find a tutorial for getting everything up and running, as well as other friendly players who are more than willing to assist in troubleshooting any problems that might arise. One benefit of playing there is the ability to use quality of life mods online without issue.

I look forward to seeing you there. GL HF DD!

- Ghast

Some Notes on Shopping for Items June 28, 2020

I have calculated some commonly sought after items that can be shopped in town. I do not know the probabilities of shopping items in town. Therefore, some of these might be easier to find in the dungeon. Others can only be found in shops. Some of these represent the assumed ideal level and others the lowest possible level. With Gris I am aiming for the maximum amount of slot availability at the lowest character level, and the minimum clvl at Wirt or Adria(except bountiful table). These may or may not be the most probable character level to find the items.

Most other sought after items not on this list are found in d15. This list is not exhaustive(yet!).

Ideal character levels for Bountiful staff shopping:

Spell Max Charges Clvl
Charged Bolt 240 1-9
Elemental 180 1-9
Fire Wall 48 1-9
Firebolt 240 1-9
Flash 120 1-9
Heal Other 120 1-9
Healing 120 1-9
Holy Bolt 240 1-9
Inferno 120 1-9
Lightning 180 1-9
Mana Shield 30 1-9
Phasing 240 1-9
Resurrect 30 1-9
Stone Curse 48 1-9
Telekinesis 120 1-9
Town Portal 36 1-9
Bone Spirit 180 10-11
Chain Lightning 180 10-11
Fireball 240 10-11
Flame Wave 120 12-13
Guardian 96 12-13
Golem 96 14-15
Nova 96 16-17
Teleport 96 20-21
Blood Star 180 22-23
Apocalypse 36 26-50
Various items from all vendors:

Item Vendor Clvl
Crimson Buckler of Blocking Wirt 5
Flaming Dagger of Swiftness Wirt 7
Garnet Buckler of Brilliance Wirt 10
Obsidian Chain Mail of the Mammoth Wirt 18
Champion's Bastard Sword of Haste Wirt 20
Emerald Shield of the Tiger
(up to 44/Tower/50 - $$$)
Wirt 20
Holy Tower Shield of the Tiger Wirt 20
Lightning Sword of Speed Gris 20
Obsidian Great Helm of the Mammoth Wirt 20
Massive LWB of Swiftness Gris 21
Garnet Shield of Brilliance
(Small Shield and above)
Gris 21
Arch-Angel's Staff of Wizardry Adria 22
Obsidian Helm/Armor of the Stars Gris 25
Obsidian Bow of the Heavens Gris 27
Lightning Bastard sword of Haste Gris 28
King's Bastard Sword of Haste Gris 29
Godly Chain Mail of the Whale Wirt 30
Merciless LWB of Burning Wirt 30
Merciless LWB of Thunder Wirt 30
Strange Sword of Haste/Heavens Wirt 30
Some dungeon drop probabilities(using Calculators):

Flaming Dagger of Swiftness
- n7 (weapon rack/brokenhead bangshield)
Gold jewel of Heavens
- n14 (Fangspier)(some monsters can drop in hell levels)
Garnet Buckler of Brilliance
- n11
Massive LWB of Swiftness
- n11
Savage LWB of the Heavens
- n15
Emerald LWB of the Heavens
- n15
Spiders Ring of Balance
- N1
Crimson Buckler of Blocking
- N5 (brokenhead bangshield)

- Ghast

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