At the time I am writing this blog, Season 3 in Diablo III isn’t quite over yet. It ends on August 23, 2015. I spent a few hours today trying to make progress with my Seasonal Crusader. It seems I’ve hit a wall, and cannot accomplish what it takes to earn the last few Seasonal Achievement points that I need in order to earn the special portrait.

Instead of grinding through the remaining hours left in Season 3, I’m going to put my energy into a blog that summarizes where I ended up this Season. Overall, I’d have to say that I found this Season to be more frustrating than the previous two.

For whatever reason, the majority of the Seasonal Achievements in Season 3 focused on Rifts. My goal for this Season was to focus on Rifts, so this should have worked out just fine. Overall, I feel like I wasn’t able to get my softcore Crusader to where she needed to be to earn the more difficult Achievements.

I ended up with 330 Seasonal Achievement points.

After thinking about it, I decided to go ahead and post the Season 3 Achievements that I was able to earn.  There aren’t that many to begin with, and I certainly wasn’t able to earn all of them.

Upper Body Work: Reach level 70 in the Season.

This Achievement wasn’t difficult to earn.  Keep playing, and you will get there, eventually.  It is a significant one, though.  Players who got a Seasonal character to Level 70 unlocked two transmog rewards: one for gloves, and one for the chest piece.  Those transmogs were the last two pieces in the “set” that players had the opportunity to earn pieces of during Season 2 and Season 1.

I’ve managed to unlock all the transmogs for the entire “set”.  I can use those transmogs on any of my characters, in both softcore and hardcore.  Season 4 will start over on the transmog “set”, for players who didn’t get a chance to earn them the first time around.

A Penchant for Pennants: Get 100 Season Achievement Points in Season 3.

The above screenshot shows what the Season 3 Pennant looks like.  To me, it resembles parts of “femme Diablo’s” head.  One of the cool things about this pennant is that it makes it really easy to pick your character out of a mob of monsters.  Just look for the pennant!

My Seasonal Crusader is wearing the entire transmog armor “set”, from all three Seasons, in that screenshot.  I didn’t dye them, so it shows what color they naturally are.  (It is, of course, entirely possible to purchase dye if you would like them to be a different color.)

Riftomania: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift.

Rift And Roll: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment I difficulty or higher.

Rift Raff: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment II difficulty or higher.

Riftacular: Finish a level 70 Nephalam Rift on Torment III difficulty or higher.

A Rifting Yarn: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment IV difficulty or higher.

Rifticulous: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment V difficulty or higher.

Maximum Riftness: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment VI difficulty.

I will freely admit that I had help earning the Maximum Riftness Achievement.  I struggled through the Torment V Nephalem Rift.  There was no way I’d be able to do a Torment VI on my own.  I tried and failed.  It’s nice that this Achievement does not require a player to do it solo.

Kick Out The Gems: Level one Legendary Gem to level 5.

Gemming Up the Works: Level one Legendary Gem to level 15.

Stonesmith: Level three Legendary Gems to level 5.

I managed to earn quite a few of the Boss Achievements in Season 3.  The first couple weren’t too bad, but I found the rest to be difficult.  Try as I might, I couldn’t manage to kill Malthael on Torment V (or higher).

Butchering The Butcher: Kill the Butcher at level 70 on Torment I difficulty or higher.

Lord of Losing: Kill Belial at level 70 on Torment II difficulty or higher.

Sin-Cerely Sorry: Kill Azmodan at level 70 on Torment III difficulty or higher.

Prime Cut: Kill Diablo at level 70 on Torment IV difficulty or higher.

For me, hitting Paragon 100 in a Season is an Achievement.  I managed to do it during Season 1, on a Barbarian.  Now, I’ve done it on a Crusader.  Both of them were softcore characters.

The best I was able to do with solo Greater Nephalem Rifts was Tier 14.  I finished it at 10:27:133.  This increased my blood shard carrying capacity to 630.  I only managed to get into a Greater Nephalem Rift Tier 15 one time (earlier today – at the tail end of Season 3).  I failed to complete it in time.

I ended Season 3 with a total of 115 Paragon Points.  For me, this was pretty good!  I’m interested to see how that works out in “Share-a-gon” after my Seasonal Crusader gets put with my regular softcore characters a few days from now.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about Season 3.  Part of me wonders if I could have done better if I’d immediately started putting a ton of time into the Season, and somehow continued to do that all the way through without burning out.  Chances are, doing that would have given me more Paragon points, which could have made a difference in the amount of Achievements it was possible for me to earn.

My goal for Season 3 was to focus on Rifts.  It just so happened to work out that the majority of the Seasonal Achievements offered had to do with Nephalem Rifts and Greater Nephalem Rifts.  That was an interesting coincidence.  Right now, as I finish this wrap of of Season 3, I’m burned out on Rifting.  I’ve no desire to put effort into Rifts now.  I’m sure that will change, over time.

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