Last week a player shocked the world by beating Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls end boss Malthael on the highest difficulty level possible. However, now someone else has accomplished the same feat with a level 1 character.
The key to the kill is the Hellfire Ring. There are four different varieties of the Legendary ring, each of which provides an enormous boost to a core attribute (Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence or Vitality). The player in the video (via DiabloFans) is using the Dexterity ring, which gives a 100% dodge chance. Malthael can't even hit him.
The fight doesn't take all that long, either. Blizzard reworked the difficulty for the game with Patch 2.0 so that monsters scale to your level. The level 1 Barbarian here is able to kill Malthael on Torment 6 difficulty in a matter of minutes. He's rewarded with an instant jump to level 10 and a slew of nice loot.
I imagine it's only a matter of time before Blizzard fixes this loophole. The Hellfire Ring has no level requirement at the moment but perhaps that will change. Alternately, Blizzard could switch up the Malthael encounter so that you can't dodge every single attack he throws at the player. I have trouble believing that they intended, or want, level 1 characters to be able to kill the final boss of their expansion pack.
If you want to get a Hellfire Ring of your own, you'll have to complete the Infernal Machine added in Patch 1.0.5. This lengthy quest involves finding keys and plans throughout the game's various Acts and using them to create a portal to a realm with a double boss fight. After beating all three of these realms, you buy the Hellfire ring schematic from Squirt the Peddler in Act 2 and then ask the Jeweler at your camp to construct it. Consult our in-depth guide for more details on the quest.
The Torment 6 Malthael kill from last week required its own sort of trickery. The player bulked up his character's Toughness at the expense of his Damage and then chipped away at Malthael's health over the course of three hours. Some players argued that Blizzard should have added a timer to the fight to discourage this sort of strategy. Nonetheless, that kill required more skill than this Hellfire Ring trick. The level 1 player with the Hellfire was able to just stand in place the whole fight.
Reaper of Souls launched on March 25th worldwide. The expansion pack adds a brand-new Act to the campaign along with a Crusader class. Once they've finished Act V, players can try their luck in randomized quests and dungeons in Adventure Mode.