Diablo 3 Archon Armor Farming Guide

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A new set of craftable armor has been added to the game and it seems to be worth making. Find out how to get it with this handy guide.

With patch 1.0.7 crafting changes we are now able to craft some pretty serious armor. In order to do this you’ll need some initial gold and a little free time.

The first thing to do is buy your chest plans from Squirt the Peddler in the Act II quest hub. Each set of plans is tied to a core main stat so choose appropriately for your character. This will set you back 1.5m. The chest piece isn’t so bad to craft, you’ll only need 2 Tomes of Secrets, 1 Demonic Essence, and 150,000 Gold.

The rest of the plans can be bought on the auction house for varying prices, never over a few million gold but where’s the fun in that? If you want to farm and sell these plans you’ll need to do some 5 Nephalem Valor stack boss farming. The plans will drop randomly in the world but the following bosses have a percentage based chance to drop plans when killed with 5 NV stacks:

  • Skeleton King
  • Spider Queen
  • Maghda
  • Zoltun Kulle
  • Ghom
  • Cydaea
  • Rakanoth
  • Izual

Now if you’re farming these plans you’re going to want to ignore most of the bosses and farm Ghom. The reason for this is that these runs take 5-10m to complete consistently. The other bosses can be done in under 5-10m as well but are usually closer to 15m. Speed is key here.

For Ghom:

Start up a new game: Act 3, Quest 3: Kill Ghom and port to Keep Depths Level 1. From here you just clear through to Ghom and kill his lard ass. Between the three levels you should easily get 5 NV stacks.

You do need to keep in mind the drop rates associated with the bosses for each MP level. If you can farm a higher monster power level efficiently then do it because the chances are obviously better there. Here is a list of drop rates for plans from the above bosses, while having 5 NV stacks, by monster power level:

  • MP 0: 20%
  • MP 1: 23.2%
  • MP 2: 26.912%
  • MP 3: 31.218%
  • MP 4: 36.213%
  • MP 5: 42.007%
  • MP 6: 48.728%
  • MP 7: 56.524%
  • MP 8: 65.568%
  • MP 9: 76.059%
  • MP 10: 88.228%

That’s all there is to it. Now go farm some Demonic Essence and craft your sexy new armor!