I just leveled my first HC char, 1-60 and cleared inferno in <35h playtime. I had one hc char die on level 6 when I afked, other than that it's a first go-first success.http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/profile/Draugnim-2734/hero/24406852
I strongly recommend shieldusing barbarians. Stack vita, sell trade mats and socketed low level stuff on AH for gold. Spend it on red gems for helm+weapon, cain set and good weapons/vita gear (stack vita like there is no tomorrow, you don't need str for dmg while leveling).
- Sidearm/TriumphRevenge -
Vengeance (later provocation - this skill is a must if you stack vita)Leap
- Iron impact/launchBattle rage
- Marauder/Into the fray (can be substituted by ground stomp early levels)Ignore pain -
- Bloodlust (this skill is, as known by most, insanely OP with a good weapon)
Bosses, only needed in late nightmare/hell, normal bosses you just kill with any spec. I used this spec on all inferno bosses except diablo:Frenzy -
Smite (there really is no option, this is super OP on hc bosses, like playing with a cm wiz)Rend
- BloodlustCall of the ancients -
Duty to the clanQuake -
Call of the mountainWotb
- InsanityBattle rage -
*Caution on siegebreaker, without a life steal weapon/passive and rend bloodlust - don't go too heavy on damage skills. Inferno diablo I went super battle-tank with 57% block and a stormshield, full defense passives and Frenzy smite with Rend bloodlust as only healing skill. (Overkill, but i didn't want to gamble).
Passives are a matter of taste, good ones include:
-Nerves of steel -
stacking vita it's a must, I had well over 1000vita+ before i hit level 50 using purple gems, that's a ton of dmg red-Pound of flesh
- great <lvl 20-30-Relentless -
your get out of jail card, i don't think i benefited while leveling but it's a great investment-Bloodthirst -
great on normal->hell, life steal scales down to 40% effect but it's still a significant boost if you use rend/revenge spam as your main source of damage, in addition to the healing those skills do thery pack quite a bit of damage themselves.
I also found myself playing quite a bit with weapons master and ruthless, you can go for damage in many cases, especially on bosses (using a high damage cooldown based spec, maximizing uptime of Insanity in combination with life steal is a safe way to go).
This worked like a charm for me, I dropped below 35% health 2-3 times total when leveling at good speed. Things to watch out for: creep blocks and vortex. Hardest part for me was probably early hell, level 50-54 I had a few incidents in a2 vault of the assassin but the rest was a walk. Also, watch out for keywardens, they're relatively strong compared to other mobs on nightmare/hell. And combined with a bad vortex/frozen pack the a3 one can kill you quickly.