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Azeroth in Sanctuary: WoW References in Diablo III
2012/05/19 at 11:47 AM
With Diablo III out this week, we suspect you haven't totally be focusing on WoW these past few days. We've been having a blast in Sanctuary too, and noticed little details that reminded us of Azeroth along the way, like constantly killing Community Manager Zarhym.
Finding little details like that is a ton of fun, so we put together a list of references between the two games: both references to WoW found in Diablo III, and references to Diablo I and II found in WoW. The Diablo items listed are from our sister site,
: in addition to a database, the site has awesome tools such as a
, all the
datamined lore journals
know about elective mode, right?).
WoW References in Diablo III
Murlocs make an appearance in this amulet:
. It even has a murloc icon and the flavor text references the distinctive murloc grumble:
Dredged from the murky shores of Lake Chu, this disturbing amulet emits strange sounds when held to one's ear.
In the Mountains
: This Act I achievement for exploring the Highlands references the popular
meme from his dialogue at the start of the encounter.
The achievement for acquiring follower tokens,
I Got What You Need
has always been one of the money-loving Goblin NPC quotes.
from Molten Core is the namesake for these pants with fire resistance:
, a quill elite found in an Act I cellar, is a joke on
, one of the first mobs Horde players face.
The Lich King's helm
is found in an Ice Cave in Act III.
Several of WoW's expansions make appearances as weapons:
Wrath of the Bone King
. The name is fairly generic, but the flavor text relates to the expansion:
A weapon of myth and legend. Some say that to use it is folly—that it will rip the land asunder and boil the oceans.
WoW encourages you to stand in the fire (
Stood in the Fire
), while Diablo III does not (
Don't Stand in the Fire
in Gundrak and
in Act II share the same achievement inspired by
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Snakes. Why'd It Have To Be Snakes?
Why'd It Have To Be Snakes?
Autographed Picture of Foror & Tigule
in Alterac Valley and completing Act IV on Normal difficulty with a Barbarian reward these similar-sounding achievements, named after a popular political phrase:
To the Looter Go the Spoils
To The Victor Go The Spoils
Many crafted weapons share similar names in Diablo and WoW. They're not the most distinctive names, but there could be intentional references. For example:
, a crafted tanking epic weapon with insane mats back in vanilla:
, a legendary weapon with defensive stats.
Helm of Command
, a crafted rare dps helm:
The Helm of Command
, legendary helm taught by trainer.
, a 2H sword in Diablo III, has an icon that resembles the model of
in WoW, a wide rectangular sword with a red center.
During beta on battle.net, the entry for
used to be about a legendary weapon called
, with flavor text mentioning Al'Akir.
Ashelia looted a fist weapon called
while leveling--it's for monks-only too.
, the community lead for Diablo III, is a rare with his own achievement:
. This achievement requires the player to damage Bashiok with
, found after completing the
Shrine of Rakanishu
event in the Act II Oasis, which is a similarly tricky encounter. Diablo II players will remember Rakanishu also as the first Lightning Enchanted boss in the game, showing how resistance gear is useful.
Not to be outdone, World of Warcraft community manager
has a popular spawn, and there's even a
thread about it
: Someone got frustrated by the banhammer too much at
and named an achievement dedicated to killing elites after the popular theorycrafting site.
It's not specifically a Warcraft reference, but a neat community Easter Egg is
, a dungeon that has
all the Diablo III staff wandering about as zombies
, the Game Director of Diablo III, rewards the Feat of Strength
Smash! Jay, Smash!
There's also the
, which features the undead QA team. WoW has done some similar staff tributes with
in Feralas and
in Stormwind, a ship filled with members of the Burning Crusade Testing and QA teams.
For the achievement
, you'll need to kill the
Dataminer <Unearths Spoils>
, a reference to what we do every patch :)
Diablo I and II References in WoW
was a reward for participating in WoW's Annual Pass, which also rewarded players who signed up for 12 months of WoW with free Diablo III and beta access. This item is no longer available.
Fetish Shaman's Spear
looks like a Fetish Shaman from Diablo II. It is obtained by purchasing Diablo III: Collector's Edition. He's got some neat animations--constantly babbling, bouncing around, and occasionally breathing the Diablo III trademark.
, summoning mini-Tyrael, was a gift inside the Paris Worldwide Invitation 2008 goody bag. It was made in limited quantities and the code can still fetch quite a bit of cash.
summons Mini Diablo, <Lord of Terror> as a reward from the Collector's Edition of WoW's launch. The pet will occasionally levitate and spit fire into the air.
is a WoW-Diablo hybrid--a merlon from a corrupt soulstone. He likes to breathe a lot of fire and smoke, as well as make typical murloc grunts with a demonic accent.
pays tribute to
in Diablo II, a unique ring known for its large boost to magic find. They both share the bizarre feature of having the attacker take 3 damage.
Polished Jazeraint Armor
is a reference to the
items players could craft in Diablo II.
Band of the Hierophant
references a legendary ring, the
in Diablo II.
references one of the cults in Sanctuary, which posed as a peaceful organization yet served the Prime Evils. It's fitting that this item drops from Scarlet Monastery, another example of religion gone bad.
Many base armor types from Diablo II are referenced in WoW BoE sets, such as
Embossed Plate Armor
Field Plate Armor
Gothic Plate Armor
Eaglehorn Long Bow
: named after
, a unique bow from both Diablo I and II.
Staff of Jordan
Sash of Jordan
Grand Staff of Jordan
: References to the
Stone of Jordan
, one of the most important items in Diablo II, which was used to socket items when no quests were available. They were collected in stacks and used as a form of currency.
Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge
Dal'Rend's Tribal Guardian
: Best known to players now as the namesake for the heirloom
Venerable Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge
, it's a tribute to a weapon set in Diablo II: LoD,
, which also consists of a Sacred Charge and Tribal Guardian.
from Shadowfang Keep's
Razorclaw the Butcher
has the exact same name and weapon type as the loot drop from Diablo I's Butcher.
: it's lacking good stats, but it's named after
, a two-handed sword with great stats in all three Diablo games.
: this low-level BoE dagger references
from Diablo II: LoD, a dirk effective in early levels too.
could be a reference to the Halo weapon or
from Diablo I.
: named after
from Diablo II, one of two unique Mighty Scepters in the game.
: named after
war scythe from Diablo II: LoD, which also was a weapon that was best at lower levels with a damage proc.
is a low-level BoE with additional armor, named after
from Diablo II, a winged harpoon with life leech.
Stone Cairn Lake
is a lake with an island at the center that has five stones arranged around a memorial. This is most likely a reference to the
Five Cairn Stones
, an area in Diablo II where you open a portal to Tristram in Act I.
Cow King's Hide
is a reference to the Secret Cow Level, the Moo Moo Farm, in Diablo II, which contained
One of the loading screens for WoW has "There is no cow level" as a tip.
is named after
, one of the most important locations in all Diablo games.
, a kobold in Borean Tundra, is a play on
from Diablo II. Similar to the Diablo boss, the nearby NPCs will scream out his name in all caps in combat.
Razorclaw the Butcher
in Shadowfang Keep references the iconic early boss of the same name in Diablo I, brought back as the Act I boss in Diablo III:
is an General Goods vendor at the Shattered Sun Offensive.
, formerly used by rogues to brew poison, references Andariel, the Maiden of Anguish. She was the first act boss in Diablo II and had a nasty Poison Spray ability.
Wirt's Third Leg
is named after
, an annoying vendor in Diablo I who would only sell you one expensive item--after you paid 50g to view it. His leg was amputated and replaced with a wooden leg after an attack on his village. In Diablo II, Wirt is dead and his corpse has a ton of gold (for taking all that money in Diablo I) as well as his leg, which is used to open the Secret Cow Level. In Diablo III, you'll need to buy
as one of the steps to access the new secret level,
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Introducing Wowhead for Diablo: D3DB
2012/05/11 at 10:20 AM
Diablo III is in less than a week and we're getting
excited here at Wowhead. It's been a long time coming. Of course, as release date nears, we've been getting a lot of questions about Wowhead's plans for D3 since it's so closely linked to World of Warcraft.
We figured it's a good time to remind everyone that there is a Wowhead for Diablo III:
our very own D3DB
. A site built by Wowhead fans, it was acquired a few months ago by the Wowhead team and we've been thrilled to have these guys join our team. As launch day inches closer, their site keeps growing and there's loads of stuff to show everyone.
better known features are:
A really awesome character planner
A skill calculator
A database full of
, and everything else you've come to expect from a site in the Wowhead family!
Brand new forums
A Diablo III bluetracker
Diablo III news coverage
We hope you join us in bookmarking
for your Diablo III needs and giving them a warm welcome to the Wowhead family. We'll see you guys in Sanctuary next week!
And hey, I think it'd be fun to say what class we're going to be playing in D3... so feel free to chime in as a reply to this thread!
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News Round Up: 4.3.2, Darkmoon Faire, and D3DB
2012/01/04 at 1:41 PM
Due to yesterday's downtime, we were a little slow on announcing our contest winners and getting the new PTR information out. However, we should make that up with some exciting news today that has to do with Sanctuary!
I have some awesome news that I've been holding in for a few weeks:
D3DB has joined the ZAM Network
! These guys were heavily inspired by Wowhead when they launched their database years ago and have become the best Diablo III resource around, so it's great to see it come full circle and get to team up with them in an official capacity. We'll be working closely with them as they are a fellow Blizzard fansite. (And it's Diablo III, I mean, do you know how awesome that is?)
On the WoW front, there were some difficulties this month with the Darkmoon Faire; dailies were not resetting, some monthly quests didn't either. Blizzard has patched it up, though, last night.
Make sure to check out our guide to how to get the most tickets
A hotfix was deployed last night in order to solve the issue and the monthly quests should now be available again. However, if your character had already encountered a bug with some of the monthly quests, then you will need to wait until the next Darkmoon Faire starting on February 5 in order to complete those quests and the related achievements.
Once again we apologise for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
Turtle Beach Contest Winners
here are the Turtle Beach contest winners
. They will be emailed later this week or early next week for prize details. Thanks for your patience, guys!
December 21st, 2011
December 22nd, 2011
December 23rd, 2011
December 24th, 2011
December 25th, 2011
December 26th, 2011
December 27th, 2011
The PTR hit and we have the spell differences plus the new model for the Feldrake, a mount that was included. No other items were, so it's a fairly minor patch; the biggest were a lot of nerfs to Dragon Soul encounters, as well as significant changes for some classes.
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