The new calculator lets you craft your Diablo 3 character at every stage of his or her career. Well, sort of.
Building your Diablo 3 is, as they say on the internet, serious business, and definitely not something that you want to leave until the last minute. Thankfully, Blizzard has given eager Diablo fans the chance to plan out their level progression months ahead of the game's release with the Diablo 3 skill calculator.
Using the calculator is easy: You choose a class, and then you chose six active skills and three passive skills. You can also modify your active skills by slotting one of the five runestone types. Players get two active skills at level one, another at level six, and another ever six levels after that until all six are unlocked. Passive skill slots are unlocked at levels 10, 20, and 30.
The skills themselves also unlock at different times, but all the mathematical heavy lifting is done for you as the calculator also works out what level you will need to be to achieve the build you've made. The calculator also notes that the level cap in the beta is 13, so if you're one of the lucky beta testers you can get a head start there as well.
It's not going to be the most accurate version of your character though, as Blizzard notes in an easily missed disclaimer at the bottom of the page that all the numbers are based on what a level 60 character can achieve with rank seven runestones. Still, it's interesting to see all the different abilities that the various classes get and how the runestones modify each one. You can try the calculator out for yourself here.