The Diablo forums have always been a hotbed for discussion within its community, more so since the Diablo 3 announcements at this year’s Blizzcon. Recently, players of the Blizzard RPG have been debating rewards for Paragons once hitting Paragon 1000 in the game.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Paragons Levels are a system within Diablo that allows players to continue to level up their character beyond the implemented level cap. Once level 70 is reached, a first Paragon level is introduced, offering further bonuses and a sense of progression for the player after reaching the original level cap. There is no limit to what Paragon level can be reached, though a significant amount of XP is required in order to level up.
A post by DarkLegion on the Diablo forums raised the point of rewards on offer, since he hit Paragon level 1000. The post reads: “I hit Paragon 1000 earlier this week. There was a pop up on my screen that said You’ve reached Paragon 1000 and that was it. After all this time seems like there should be some kind of reward. Something like a new set only paragon 1000 characters can have.”
However, other players have made the point that having to reach level 1000 seems unfair for the sake of getting their hands on a unique item only available to those who have reached Paragon 1000. SteLitY replied: “No. I don’t want to be forced to farm p1000 before I can get good items. I also don’t want to be forced to play seasons so I can farm p1000 and get that good item.” A response from jtcdgroup reiterated the same point, stating: “No. I don’t want to be forced to farm p1000 before I can get good items. I also don’t want to be forced to play seasons so I can farm p1000 and get that good item.”
Within a handful of negative responses, the user akse put forward an interesting point, after expressing disappointment in the rewards for Paragons themselves. The comment puts forward a suggestion that the Paragon system should too have a level cap: “Make a CAP for paragon levels.. Lets say 100. Each level you gain will award you 10x points, but will also take 10x longer. Getting to 80 would be about the same as getting to 800 now. Getting to 90 would be about the same as 1000. Getting to 100 would be about the same as 1500 or so.”
To reach level 1000 would require time to commit to the game, but there are methods to speed up the lengthy process. Pools of Reflection for example offer a 25% buff to XP gain rates, or adding a high tier ruby to a socketed helm can also help you reach higher levels faster. Reaching these levels will take long hours of constant grinding to achieve, but they also present an opportunity to continue to improve your playing character further beyond the confines of the level cap.
Whether you feel that the rewards are unfair, or think that reaching Paragon 1000 is too much of a grind to reach for a bonus item, check out the continued discussion here.