Hey there everyone , i just cleared hardcore inferno with my barb and it was my first time that i created a hardcore hero in diablo 3 and its a great thing that i didnt have to create a second one .So i wanted to share things that might be helpfull to any of you in the future(nothing very special )
Leveling was the easy part for me , at low levels i didn't have much life on hit to save me and i didn't want to trust in just 1-2 skill to heal my self (rend with heal and revenge) so i looked up items that have STR VIT and Life per Sec. Well that worked out great for me , if i found my self in a dangerous situation, i just run back for few sec's while rend was helping my health to regen back.After 40 level i just added gem sloted items to that formula to be safe ( ofc with vit items).I recommend do not use purple gem in your helm till 50ish level's cause being over leveled from the boss's level is extremly helpfull more than health % you get from purple so use red if you ask me.
Don't overkill thats all i can say much , having like 1000 resistance won't be a alot different from having 800 so instead of going tanky all the way , go alittle bit for damage.Think about arcane enchanted mobs , if you can kill them in 30 sec thats good and you can see like 3 and max 4 arcane's around you but if it takes like 60 sec, the amount of arcanes also doubles to handle.So i wouldnt recommend going tanky all the way .
In a senario like arcane enchanted frozen waller combo i suggest just run away don't go for it .You can kill them no problem but this is hardcore you have only 1 chance thing about does it worth it before you go in .Hardcore is not a race , be patient , if you doubt that you can actualy survive a pack , do not try it , go to nearest safe place / teleporter and log off and continue from the same quest with different mobs.
When you get too close to dying i know that feeling , the screen flashing in red and your pot is in CD and possible that all your skills are in cool down too, dont panic ! Panic kills heroes , try to think what you can do to avoid dying , practise some senario's in softcore to see what you can do to avoid things like that.And if you survive from a very very close death just teleport to town , log out for few minutes and try to calm yourself , overexcitement can cause the death of your hero in next pack .When you are calming yourself you can leave game and look for some upgrades to your gear in AH.
Places/Things to watch out
Act 1Easy , just check if your damage is enough for Butcher , you don't want to see a enraged Butcher=D
Act 2 Atm Maghda the 1st boss causes the FPS to get lower in some cases thats a bug, try to be more carefull in that fight and you are good to go.Also before of the mini boss before Maghda , that huge thing with hammer just before the entrace to place that you have to save 6-8 people from cages, that creature realy hits hard and his attack speed can surprise you.Also in sewers when you kill certain mobs they leave a green dot on the ground try to avoid that.And check if your damage is enough for Zoltun Kulle , he is very dangerous and anoying when he enrages.Belial is very easy if you learn to avoid green explosions.
Act 3 Burning floor's be very afraid of those =P Nothing very special in act 3 expect those anoying succubus mobs.Try to kill them ASAP, if they manage to damage you , you get a debuff that decreases your armor so becarefull with those nasty ladys.Practise Azmadon in softcore for couple of times , even in 0 monster power his fire ball can 1 shot you.I dont know but if i got it right, the fire balls damage is increasing for every inch it travels to get to you so dont use your head to block it if you are away from it, after black phase try to be away from boss and avoid its fireballs and when he uses his laser attack you can charge back in to him but still you need to be sure that he already used his fireball with exploded seconds ago and he is casting it again and didnt leave his hand.
Act 4 Everying is very dangerous at that point, its normal that you get nervous and its a good thing now you can be more concentrated.Avoid everything if possible ,you are very close to end ! Be very carefull of those subjugators and big crushers ( you know which ones ) Please avoid act 4 key warden , it hits like truck its not worth it to try , if you see him offscreen dont start fight or get his aggro , run around him, if you pull him run if possible and leave game , start a new one, most of my friends lost their hero to that warden at inferno act 4 so be very carefull.If you manage to come to Diablo just log off and practise in softcore atleast once its not a very hard fight you know , you should not be afraid of diablo himself , afraid of shadow of yourself and i suggest to get 12 sec cooldown stun that way you can stun him/her , try different things which they may seem to be most logical to you and try it out in softcore 1st to see if its realy working or not.
I said it multiple times but i will say it again , do not rush things, its hardcore you have only one chance, i created my 1st hardcore hero and managed to clear inferno with him ( never played hardcore before ) and im a average player so you can do it too ! Thanks for your time and i wish you best of luck! and if i have any misstakes please tell me so i can clear things up to help new people whos looking for some fun in hardcore action:) oh and here some stats of my barb when she killed diablo ( cat fight ! ) and some links if you are interested in