General Tips For All
- Honestly I love DPS. But DPS is not everything here. I
noticed in this fight I had low health and I was under
leveled by 2 levels. SO VITALITY Is a huge factor in
this fight! I suggest getting beefy. (At least
1500Health). If you can mange to get your vitality up
really high, then this fight becomes SO MUCH EASIER!
-When he puts his Arms into the ground start running
around and avoid the green spots (Dodge all the green
circle whirlpool things.)
- Bring plenty of Health Potions and pick up the health
orbs he drops when your heath is low. (Make sure your at
full health before he begins K.O Move.. Green Whirlpool
- Use health pots strategically - try to keep life above
80% at all times (or whatever won't get you one/two
shotted by the whirlpools if you do get hit).
-Enable Elective Mode (Options>Gameplay>Elective Mode) I
think it cripples your potential, and less customization
with your skills if disabled.
-A lot of players have reported that a high latency can
affect the fight with Belial, so try to get your latency
down as much as you can. I recommend below 300 for an
- Items that give + to movement speed really helps with
this fight to help you avoid the green circles.
-One critical thing that helped me out a lot, was to
bind the middle mouse button to "move". So when the
green swirls started coming, I could use that button to
move out of the way without accidentally clicking on
part of Belial instead.
General playing strategies:
near the right side of the platform. dodge the green
circles, run back to the right side.
You're guaranteed to dodge his poison spray attack,
which hits you anywhere else (except the far left side,
but you can't really see anything and end up misclicking
on belial all the time). I've also found that less green
circles appear at the far edge, making those easier to
The whirlpool avoidance is really the only hard part
about this boss on normal. I think a good tip on
avoiding them is to watch/plot/time your movement to
coincide with the whirlpool/nuke finishing. There are 3
stages to each whirlpool. Stage 1 is appearing and you
don't have much time if any to get out of the pool
before it starts ticking on you, which is stage two.
Stage 3 is the nuke explosion. All together, I think the
pools last for 2-3 seconds before they disappear. What I
do is I'll try and plot a path through the whirlpools
and keep running a safe direction and double back on
those pools that are now disappearing. You can time it
and cross back over the pools that have disappeared for
safety. The other stuff he does require just small
movements to avoid. Except for the breath sweep which
hits like a little schoolgirl much of the time.
Barbarian specific tips:
- I basically focused on survivability through skills
like revenge for additional heals, nerves of steel,
ignore etc and fairly vitality focused and ran around
the room dodging all the whirlpools, was not that
- I also used the 3 barbarians - this move itself took
out about 1/3 of his life (I saved it for near the end
as a finishing move to decrease the time he's in his
crazy whirlpool stage). I'd be interested to see if
anyone used earthquake and whether this was comparable
to the barbarians
- Frenzy seemed like the choice for single-target damage
- I also used threatening shout (not even sure if this
works with the whirlpool damage - think Battle Cry
might've been better for additional damage, but mainly
used this with inspiring presence for the heals).
Belial summons bunch of lizards at you - easy job, save
your cool downs this stage ends quickly.
Belial teleports down and is fairly easy to beat at this
stage, throws a few poison shots at you, a few lizard
buddies to back him up - shouldn't be any trouble. At
around 10 or 20% life, he goes into stage 3 - his real
Belial becomes a gigantic demon at this stage. Here are
his moves (if memory serves correct).
1) Breath of poison sweeping across the screen - this
did not seem like it hit very hard, most of the time I
just took the hit. There's an animation that preludes
this move so I'm guessing in nightmare+ if this starts
hitting hard, if you see this coming, you basically have
to run ASAP to the other side of the room from where he
starts breathing it
2) Poison gas whirlpools - first 50% of his life or so,
this move is not THAT bad. You can still hit him a few
times as there's still plenty of space on the ground
(you do need to move initially as he almost always puts
a whirlpool where you are standing at the start of the
move). You have about half a second from when the
initial graphics appear to get off which shouldn't be a
problem. Once he hits around 50% or lower life, he goes
hardcore iwth this, and there is literally 2-3 spaces
you can stand without getting horribly murdered.
3) Fist smash - for some reason these never hit me
(lucky?) but it seems like the whirlpool move comes
right after this, so maybe it's just a graphic to show
the whirlpool move is coming. could someone verify?
Wizard Specific Tips
Took him down on first try, solo, wizard 24.
My skill setup were:
-Diamond skin with crystal shell rune
-Force push (I should've change that one but forgot)
-Magic weapon for the damage boost
-Magic missile with split rune
-Arcane torrent with disruption rune
On phase 3, hit him with
magic missile until he is about to smash you, when he
does, teleport out of the way, spam arcane torrent,
couple of hits with magic missile.
Another Wizard Build:
All shorter range attacks are dangerous for Wizards so use
frozen ray or arcane orb. Hydras barely cost any archon
power so it is a good choice and chain lightning for
primary attack works well.
The first phase is easy. Dodge the spells he throws at
you and kill his summons.
This is the skills to use for the second phase.
Use a Templar companion to help heal you.
Fairly easy fight: keep hydras up while dodging his
various attacks and throwing an arcane orb or two if you
have the chance to stop for a second. The hydras keep
constant damage on him while you're constantly moving.
And the Templar never seemed to take too much damage and
was smacking his feet the entire fight. Went down pretty
Another Wizard Build:
This is another good alternative
Wizard build to use on Belial!
Another Wizard Build for Nightmare:
I'm playing a wizard (lvl 45), so I specced dps. After
dying like 10 times, I decided
to optimize towards vitality by changing out rings,
pants, and boots that I was using for intelligence
boosts and attack speed. I just checked the 'fence'
vendor for the act and found a decent selection. This
put me from about 1600 dps with all buffs and approx.
4500 hp to 10500 hp and about 950 dps.
This was my build, used Galvanizing Ward for hp regen. I
actually apparently forgot to use a rune for Energy
Barrier 'cause I'm eyeing Energy Tap, but I'd go with
Pinpoint Barrier, Diamond Skin + Prism and Astral
Presence basically regens Arcane Power faster than
Disintegrate can consume it. Keep Hydra active as much
as possible, particularly while you're dodging and
unable to deal damage. Using Diamond Skin you can also
shrug off any two blows of Belial's Left, Right, Center
smash attack, giving a good opportunity to pour on the
damage. Make sure not to get caught with it on cooldown.
The trick to dodging this attack entirely is to go right
to dodge the left fist, then run left to dodge the right
fist then KEEP GOING LEFT. The center smash will leave
him open to attack. The poison nova field (poison meteor
if you prefer) attack is what was killing me, really. It
has two parts, the explosion, and then the spread. The
spread animation is harmless, the explosion hurts. So
the thing is to be where they WERE, not where they're
GOING to be. Obviously, be where there's none also
works. His breath attack never really posed a problem
for me, just stay on the extreme left and right edges of
the arena and it generally misses. For this battle, I
found it simplest to run between the center and
lower/right edge of the arena. Remember to get the
health orbs, too.
As I said, the thing that was killing me was the poison
nova field, now that I've figured out that pattern I
think I could probably take Belial down with my dps gear
on. That being the case, I would probably change out
Galvanizing Ward and Energy Armor, to Cold Blooded and
Blizzard, or maybe Ice Armor. I'm not sure if Belial is
particularly freeze resistant though.
Demon Hunter Specific
Belial is one of those bosses which is extremely easy
with a DH because he doesn't chase you down or stun you.
I was able to beat him at just lvl 21 as well with my DH
because all I had to do with kite him (very easy with
all the DH speed buffs) then spam DPS on him.
The later on bosses (particularly in Nightmare and Hell)
are way harder because they will stun. And a DH that
isn't running away is as good as dead...
But since this is an online game, just jump into a game
with some tanks and let them get hit for you :P
Monk Specific Tips
Solo'd it about an hour ago and it was Super easy with a
monk, beat him first try using Mantra of Evasion, it
helps you dodge for 7 minutes, and then using breath of
heaven + rune and Serenity + rune you can heal yourself
and your follower. I use seven sided strike + rune and
way of hundred fists + rune and lashing tail kick + tune
The key is watching your health and making sure you heal
yourself as needed.
Witch Doctor Specific
To all struggling witchdoctors (on this fight of course)
- I died twice before realizing the key to this was
Spirit Walking. Just activate the skill the moment he
goes into berserk mode and blows the floor up with green
explosives, and stick to the edges. Let your gargantuan
and templar pummel away as you do this. Once back to
normal form, hit him with firebombs and spirit barrage.
Hope that helps!
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bosses in Diablo 3, I would definitely check out
Diablo 3 Gold Secrets By Peng Joon, there's a small fee for it, but worth