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Azeroth in Sanctuary: WoW References in Diablo III
19.05.2012 um 11:47
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,
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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 (
Im Feuer gebadet
), 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
Schlangen, ich hasse Schlangen!
Why'd It Have To Be Snakes?
Autogramm von 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:
Der Plünderer erhält die Beute
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 des Befehls
, 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.
Speer des Fetischschamanen
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.
is a reference to the
items players could craft in Diablo II.
references a legendary ring, the
in Diablo II.
Amulett der Dreieinigkeit
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
: named after
, a unique bow from both Diablo I and II.
Stab des Jordan
Schärpe des Jordan
Großstab des 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'Rends hochheilige Attacke
: Best known to players now as the namesake for the heirloom
Des ehrwürdigen Dal'Rends hochheilige Attacke
, 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
Klingenklaue der Metzger
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
Wald von Elwynn
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.
Balg des Kuhkönigs
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.
Klingenklaue der Metzger
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.
Wirts drittes Bein
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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