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Whimsyshire - The Secret Level Guide - Diablo 3

Updated on July 9, 2012
Whimsyshire, the secret level in Diablo 3.
Whimsyshire, the secret level in Diablo 3.

This area and walkthrough guide will cover Whimsyshire in Diablo 3, otherwise known as Secret Pony Level, providing all the details on how to collect the base ingredients for the Staff of Herding and how to use it to enter the pony level itself, along with additional relevant information.

Contents:

  • What is Whimsyshire?
  • How do you enter the Secret Level?
  • Assembling the Staff of Herding
    • Black Mushroom
    • Leoric's Shinbone
    • Liquid Rainbow
    • Wirt's Bell
    • Gibbering Gemstone
    • Staff of Herding Plans
  • Reaching The Entrance
  • Arrival at Whimsyshire
  • In the Land of the Killer Unicorns - Feat of Strength
  • Frequently Asked Questions

More Diablo 3 Secret Levels:

Contribution Credits

Upgrading the Staff of Herding: Kevin, Bright, Dham
Cow Level History: Pentekont, D-fan
Chiltara: Azrafael

Updated: 7/9/2012

What is Whimsyshire?

Whimsyshire is the special secret level of Diablo 3, which is pretty hidden and requires a significant amount of effort to reach, let alone stumble upon without knowing about it beforehand. The story of how the level came to creation is actually quite similar to the Secret Cow Level from Diablo II, not to mention even references it (we'll get to that later).

To give some back-story to the the secret level's connection with each other, I will first explain the cow level for those who don't already know. A long time ago there was a rumor that clicking on the cows in the original Diablo could possibly send you to a secret cow level. This amused the developers to the point where it became a cheat code in Starcraft, then finally an actual secret level in Diablo 2, reached by combining Wirt's Leg with a Tome of Town Portal in the Horadric Cube.

With Diablo 3, there were some early development screenshots featuring a more cartoony color pallete than it's present day iterartion. Tons of fans got up in arms over the style of graphics, complaining it might as well be filled with ponies and rainbows. You can pretty much guess what happened from there...

Thus the magical faraway land of Whimsyshire was born into existence, in a realm separate from Sanctuary, the High Heavens or the Burning Hells, where both angel and demon fear to tread, but the hero alone can purge this land of the horrors which inhabit it and threaten to spill over all known existence, forever corrupting it.

How do you enter the Secret Level?

There are two main tasks one must accomplish to reach Whimsyshire Diablo 3, which will be grouped into sub-steps to make things easier. Keep in mind that his is not meant to be an easy undertaking, and it is also best and pretty much necessary that you beat the game on normal before attempting this (much the same as the Cow Level in Diablo 2).

The first will be assembling the Staff of Herding, which requires retrieving a Blacksmith plan and 5 unique ingredients that are used only for the staff, located in remote, random locations or on special monsters. While otherwise useless and unimpressive looking besides it's flavor text, the Staff of Herding is the key you will need, much like the old Wirt's Leg.

The second and far easier step (with this guide's help anyway) is to find the entrance to Whimsyshire and it's legendary gatekeeper, for whom the staff is to be crafted.

**Note: The staff is not consumed upon use or entering Whimsyshire, thus you can travel to the secret level as many times as you'd like, with all of your characters, with just the one staff. Just pop it back in your stash for another character to take out and use.

The Staff of Herding
The Staff of Herding

Assembling the Staff of Herding

Only one bovine in all of Sanctuary could possibly have a use for this.

The Staff of Herding consists of 5 ingredients and the recipe as mentioned above. However, before we even get started with where to find everything, you should start saving all your gold ASAP and trying to earn as much as possible during your searches, as if you are starting out from scratch, you will need a total of 150,000 gold to make this staff, which is a hefty price tag, but well worth it. Specifically you will need 100k for one of the 5 ingredients and 50k to craft the staff itself with your Blacksmith.

The 5 ingredients are; Black Mushroom, Leoric's Shinbone, Liquid Rainbow, Wirt's Bell and Gibbering Gemstone.

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The mushrooms growing out of the floor in the cathedral.The Black Mushroom
The mushrooms growing out of the floor in the cathedral.
The mushrooms growing out of the floor in the cathedral.
The Black Mushroom
The Black Mushroom

Black Mushroom

"The witch Adria seeks a black mushroom? I know as much about black mushrooms as I do about red herrings." -Deckard Cain

The Black Mushroom is found as a random chance interactable object, just laying on the ground for you to pick up. You will need to search in the Cathedral level 1, which is during the quest, The Legacy of Cain. You may have to run the dungeon several times before running into it, as each time you start a new game there is a chance it will spawn here.

Just scour the entire area, looking for the faintly glowing mushrooms growing out of the floor, usually somewhere a bit off the beaten path. If you run the length of the level, just exit your game and try again. If you do find the Black Mushroom however, just click on it to make one that you can put in your inventory pop out. If you are in multiplayer game, everyone will have a chance to retrieve their own.

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The Burnt Logs in the manor fireplace.Leoric's Shinbone falls out.
The Burnt Logs in the manor fireplace.
The Burnt Logs in the manor fireplace.
Leoric's Shinbone falls out.
Leoric's Shinbone falls out.

Leoric's Shinbone

This charred piece of Leoric was clearly once connected to his ankle and knee.

You will find Leoric's Shinbone also as a random chance interactable item in the game. The particular location where this item can spawn, is inside Leoric's Manor. The quickest way to run this area and look for the item, is to start the quest The Imprisone Angel (or any after it in Act I), then use the waypoint to travel to the manor. You will have to backtrack, going from the waypoint at the back of the Manor, towards the fireplace room which is at the front of the manor. You can see the room in the picture to the right (it's the same general layout each time) in the northeast corner of the map.

In the fireplace room, the object you will be looking for is the Burning Logs. If those are in the fireplace, you have succeeded, just click on the logs to make Leoric's Shinbone pop out onto the floor for you to pick up. If there are no logs there, just leave the game and try again. The run for this item is one of the fastest.

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Zaven the Alchemist opening up the Mysterious Cave.The Mysterious Crate.The Liquid Rainbow falls out of the chest.
Zaven the Alchemist opening up the Mysterious Cave.
Zaven the Alchemist opening up the Mysterious Cave.
The Mysterious Crate.
The Mysterious Crate.
The Liquid Rainbow falls out of the chest.
The Liquid Rainbow falls out of the chest.

Liquid Rainbow

The colors swirl and twist in hypnotic patterns.

The Liquid Rainbow piece is found inside of a chest which may spawn inside of a dungeon, which itself is a rare chance/special event that occurs in Act II. During the quest Betrayer of the Horadrim (or afterwards with waypoints) you will travel to the Dahlgur Oasis. Search the area to the south for a man who needs saving, standing in some shallow water named Zaven the Alchemist. He always shows up in the same location and when encountered, will offer the Mysterious Cave dungeon, and the treasures within it, to you as he no longer wishes to explore it. If you can't find him, just do the same as before, making a new game and exploring again until he shows.

Head into the Mysterious Cave once its opened and search the first level of it thoroughly, as this is where the Mysterious Chest spawns which houses the Liquid Rainbow and nothing else. The chest may be anywhere within the first level, so it may take some exploring, but once it is in your possession you are free to the head for the next ingredient (if you've saved enough money for it by now). If you still need money, consider finishing your run of the cave for the loot you'll find on the second level.

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Squirt the Peddler in the Caldeum BazaarWirt's Bell
Squirt the Peddler in the Caldeum Bazaar
Squirt the Peddler in the Caldeum Bazaar
Wirt's Bell
Wirt's Bell

Wirt's Bell

"When the demons come, close your eyes and ring this... it takes you far, far away..." -Unknown

Wirt's Bell has probably the most direct method of attainment of all the pieces you need to grab for the staff, however not by any means easy. This is where you will need that 100,000 gold mentioned earlier, as you will have to buy it for that much from a merchant.

Travel to Act II, it doesen't matter which point as long as you have access to the Caldeum Bazaar and all hell hasn't broken loose yet in the city towards the end of the act. From there, head to the bazaar and find Squirt the Peddler in the southwest section of the map. Start a conversation and open the miscellaneous items tab to find Wirt's Cowbell for sale. Even though expensive, as mentioned previously, it is really worth it.

This is the only piece without a random chance to be found.

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Fighting Chiltara in the Caverns of Frost.The Gibbering Gemstone drops from her corpse.
Fighting Chiltara in the Caverns of Frost.
Fighting Chiltara in the Caverns of Frost.
The Gibbering Gemstone drops from her corpse.
The Gibbering Gemstone drops from her corpse.

Gibbering Gemstone

It seems to be active but it's difficult to tell.

This was the longest grind personally, taking about 10+ runs, and has the potential to be for you as well since there are two random chances involved with this item, plus it can be somewhat hidden when it does show. To find the Gibbering Gemstone, you will need to travel to Act III, during the quest Machines of War and head to the Fields of Slaughter where you are tasked with destroying the 3 Ballistae and Demonic Trebuchet.

Now for the tricky parts. The item we need is found inside a dungeon called Caverns of Frost that has a chance to spawn in the Fields of Slaughter, about 50%, since there will either be this dungeon or another one called Icefall Caves. There is always one of these two in the fields, so search until you find one of them, if it is Icefall, quit and remake the game to try again, since there will never be both. If you find the Caverns of Frost, head inside and make your way to level 2.

Now Gibbering Gemstone is a guaranteed drop from a unique mob named Chiltara, however Chiltara only sometimes spawns on the second level of the Caverns of Frost. You will need to run the dungeon until you find her, which brings the final complication, she likes to hide. Specifically, she can often spawn burrowed, which means you may have to walk near her to get her to pop out. This means literally stepping all over the place, however try to prioritize small out of the way corners or other tight spaces, since she seems to prefer these points. This is where it can be helpful to have a party, since each member will have their own drop anyway, it means more people potentially triggering her attack if she is there.

If you are lucky, she can spawn as other enemy types that occupy the cavern, thus making your life a little easier in terms of locating her.

Fun Fact: Look at the white item type name and closely at the picture of the item itself. Does this look familiar? It's the mystical purple gemstone which puzzled players for over a decade, sitting in the middle of the lobby chat window in Diablo 2. Even the description mentions the puzzling nature of the gem, which when clicked would change colors, seemingly 'turning on' and displaying text that the gem had been activated, but never actually doing anything. A great tribute to one of the greatest trolling moments in video game history.

Plans: Staff of Herding

This is where things get a little simpler. The plans for the staff are a random drop off of Izual, the fallen angel/ex-lieutenant you face before fighting Diablo in Act IV. For this you will need to start the final quest Prime Evil and fight your way through a few minutes of enemies and such until reaching Izual. It may take several runs to get the plans to drop from his corpse, however at least you know exactly where to find him every time.

Once you have the plans you can train Haedrig to make it by right clicking the recipe when you have the craft window open. There seems to be no level requirement for his training in order to produce the staff, which is one nice benefit.

Finally you will need to make sure you have another 50,000 gold along with the 5 ingredients. If so, go ahead and hit the craft button and hold the key to magical lands that await you with awe my friend.

Upgrading the Staff of Herding

You will have to upgrade the staff for higher difficulties of secret level, with the base staff unlocking the secret level in normal only. Gorell the Quartermaster in Bastion's Keep sells the upgrade plans for 1 gold each, however you must currently be in the Prime Evil quest of Act IV for them to show up. In addition, the upgrade plans will only show up for the difficulty you are on, for example the nightmare upgrade plans, are only there during Nightmare difficulty of the Prime Evil quest.

There are no additional materials, besides the previous difficulties staff and the gold cost to craft the next level up. Finally, each level of staff can open it's own difficulty's secret level and those prior, meaning an Inferno staff can open up all four difficulties of pony level.

The upgrades are:

  • 200,000 Gold for Nightmare
  • 500,000 Gold for Hell
  • 1,000,000 for Inferno

Credit and thanks goes to Kevin for this information.

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The Ghost of the Cow King appears.The disco lights mean the entrance to Whimsyshire is open!
The Ghost of the Cow King appears.
The Ghost of the Cow King appears.
The disco lights mean the entrance to Whimsyshire is open!
The disco lights mean the entrance to Whimsyshire is open!

Reaching the Entrance of Whimsyshire

Note: The staff is never consumed and you can enter the secret pony level as many times as you'd like without fear of ever losing access.

If you have made it to this step, you are in the home stretch with all the difficult parts behind you. Make sure before continuing into this magical realm, that you are at least level 30(ish) as the difficulty of the monsters here seem to be on par/a bit higher than Act IV of the same difficulty.

Travel back to Act I now with your staff and go to any quest where you have easy access to Old Tristram road (pretty much any besides the very beginning of the first quest). Have the staff in your inventory and walk through the section of Old Tristram Road that is between New Tristram and The Old Ruins. You can take The Old Ruins waypoint and backtrack to save some time.

Check the picture to the right for exact details on the entrance, the waypoint on the map being the Old Ruin's. This entrance is in the same exact place every time. Look for the red glowing light coming from the depths which can be seen over the southern cliff edge. When you approach this spot, the Ghost of the Cow King (the ex-leader of the secret cow level) should appear to you with an exclamation mark over his head. Talk to him and make sure to listen to the amusing conversation that ensues, rife with references. Once the convo is finished, the glow will change colors to a more multicolor spectrum and the entrance to Whimsyshire will be open! Click on the glowing portal and behold what awaits you.

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Your Arrival

Congrats! You have now entered the secret pony level, Whimsyshire!

Sights to See on Your Glorious Journey:
No more fighting Hell's Demons. Be prepared to carve your way through onslaughts of pink teddy bears, massive pony unicorns and hordes of living pink flowers. Yes, there are elite and rare type mobs to be found to. Pretty much everything is replaced with cute versions of themselves.

Fighting the monsters here is mainly difficult due to their step up level wise from the Act IV monsters of the difficulty you are playing the secret level in, but one thing that makes your life a bit easier, is save for the elites and champions, the monsters here do not have any special attacks or abilities. All you need to watch out for are various melee swings, which can still hit pretty hard.

Monster Types

Twinkleroot - The weakest of the enemies, these pink flowers run around and whip at you with their stems. Kind of like the fallen as they always come in hordes and hit fall pretty quick.

Cuddle Bear - These pink walking teddy bears bounce around quite amusingly, with a jaunted run, and try to run up and headbut/hug you. Slightly more health than Twinkleroots and hit a bit harder too, but not by much. Think the Risen equivalent. Definitely the most adoringly demented of the three monsters considering kill animations. Usually found in smaller groups but occasionally in hordes.

Pink Rainbow Unicorn and Chubby Purple Unicorns - A big step up from the bears and flowers, with much more health and much stronger hits from their hove kicks while also far less common and in smaller groups. The chubby versions seem to have a bit more health, but the difference between the two stat wise seems to be minimal. Hey, ever wondered what a unicorn looks like split down the middle? The Elite and Champions will kick your ass if not prepared. These are also the fastest monsters which make can make them pretty deadly at times.

Some Info On Loot in Whimsyshire

The secret level can be a pretty decent source of loot for several reasons. First off, there are tons of sources of loot in the secret level, which means you'll get a lot of chances to find some good items. The monsters can be kind of squishy with a decent set up and the layout makes for a well enough size to be worth clearing out for the time and effort spent getting there. A few runs of Whimsyshire after beating a difficulty can help you gear up or earn some money for doing so for the next step up. If you are level 60, make sure you grab a 5 stack of nephalem valor before entering.

With the 1.0.3 patch change, you will now find items up to ilvl 63 since the loot will technically fall in the same table of percentages as Act I inferno. Although you can now find items of a higher quality, it should be noted that the overall potential to find magical items has been nerfed momentarily at the same time. See below for more information.

Loot is still as good, if not slightly better in general to whatever can be dropped in the Act IV of the difficulty you are in.

Update - Patch 1.0.3:

Since the patch nerfing magic find and thus also nephalem valor in relation to objects like chests and such, the potential value of doing Whimsyshire runs has taken a significant hit considering the sheer amount of happy clouds and so forth which presented a large portion of the loot previously. Hopefully this will be changed again in the future, but for the time being this is something worth keeping in mind. For now this information will stay as a footnote until the changes to MF level out. New changes affecting drops for the secret level will be posted here.

Container Types
Lovely Presents - About the equivalent of jars or barrels that pop up and explode with a cheer and confetti when broken open. Relatively plentiful.
Happy Cloud - Equivalent to normal chests and they are EVERYWHERE. This is one of the biggest sources of loot here. Almost always connected to another via a rainbow. Make an :D face and bounce around a lot more when "opened".
Pots of Gold - Better chests that kind of squeeze out a shower of gold when activated. Pretty uncommon but there's usually a couple in each instance.
Pinata - Only one will spawn and the chance of it even being in the secret level is random, thus you're not guaranteed to find one every time. These are equivalent to Resplendent Chests, firing out a stream of loot when broken open.

In the Land of the Killer Unicorns - Feat of Strength

Find the hidden level.
Unlocks the Stars banner pattern and the Unicorn banner sigil.

For reaching the secret level and stepping inside to behold it's glory, you will receive a feat of strength achievement, which is otherwise hidden until received.

In the Land of the Killer Unicorns
In the Land of the Killer Unicorns

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can the Staff be reused or does it get consumed?
A: The Staff can be used indefinitely and never gets used up.

Q: Can you share the Secret Level?
A: Yes, you only need one player with the staff to open the portal to Whimsyshire, from there everyone in the game can enter regardless of their act progression and if they crafted the staff themselves yet. You can not however trade the staff as it and all the materials bind to your account. You can share the staff between your own characters through the shared stash. Since the stash is not thread between hardcore and softcore or the different world region servers, you will need to make a separate staff in those instances,

Q: Can i get the materials on normal difficulty?
A: Yes and this is suggested since it makes farming the locations you need to get the base mats for the basic staff much easier. The only thing you need to find at higher difficulties are the upgrade plans, which are sold by a vendor. (see upgrading the staff)

Q: Does an upgraded staff still unlock lower difficulties?
A: Yes it does, each level of staff can open it's associated difficulty portal and those below it, A nightmare staff opens nightmare and normal difficulty portals and an Inferno staff will open all of them.

Footnotes

Well, that about covers the Secret Pony Level of Diablo 3. If there are any corrections that need to be made, or info you feel I should add, please leave a comment. Suggestions and requests are always welcome. I am working on getting a video up of Whimsyshire and reaching the entrance.

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      Steve 2 years ago

      I didn't know about this until I stumbled across a goblin that opened up the portal to Whimsydale... I had 2 pinatas and it was a massive surprise.

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      Sam 3 years ago from Australia

      Love Diablo 3 Easter Eggs! I love running into this level when I'm running rifts as well, always has really good mob density.

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      Slaaving 3 years ago

      "Now Gibbering Gemstone is a guaranteed drop from a unique mob named Chiltara,"

      NO! i killed him/her/it 2 times and did not drop :S

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      ramzi 3 years ago

      Zrateh - Don't waist you time scouring every last inch. She is one of the elites that pops in the normal places. If you have cleared the map then you have not missed her. She sometimes likes to be and the end of one of the corridors but she is not hard to find.

      The description of her being hard to find or liking to hide it little nooks and corners is complete bs. Just like the description of the gemstone being a guaranteed drop is bs.

      I have now killed her close to 20 times and I am still waiting for her to drop the gemstone. Good Luck!

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      ramzi 3 years ago

      I have been farming Chiltara for about a week now. During that time I've killed her about 10 or 15 times. She has never dropped the gemstone. Only thing she has dropped is frozen blood.

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      Zrateh 3 years ago

      Are all of these drop locations cnfimed after 2.0?

      I've gone through every inch of the stupid Caves of Frost lvl 2 about 20 times now, and without Chiltara making an appearance at all.

      How close will one have to go to make her pop up anyway?

      I'm feeling a Little like I'm wasting my time running across every Little bit of ground and all the way into every single corner...

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      Mathias 3 years ago

      Gibbering Gemstone Is NOT 100% drop chance. I have ran 2 runs where i found Chiltara AND it still haven't dropped for me :/

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      Akutros 3 years ago

      After reading all these comments abiut how hard it was to find the items, I feel a bit sorry for you guys, because I got everything for first try ( I was on Nightmare with a witch doctor, expect for the Gemstone which was Normal with wizard), expect for the liquid rainbow, which I had to try 6 times.

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      LennyP 4 years ago from Iowa

      Wimsyshire is my favorite zone in Diablo III. I just wished that it also benefited from the monster density improvements acts I, II, and III did.

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      SOE 4 years ago

      @wizard1894 the maps are generated randomly and the room, if it is there, doesn't always spawn in the same location. On top of that, the mushroom itself won't always spawn. In fact all of these items are supposed to spawn with a fair bit of rarity, as many people have reported and experienced myself, it can take many runs of a specific area to find them.

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      wizard1894 4 years ago

      Hey i run that quest over and over but the screenshot of with the mushroom isn't there when i do the quest. i searched for the same map location but i don't have a room in a corner like that. help?

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      ickis 4 years ago

      I have run through the Oasis roughly 50 times, but only once the alchemist was there and the Mysterious chest was not in the cave anyway... really frustrating :-/

      On the other hand, i got the Gibering Gemstone on second try..

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      Apgoodspeed 4 years ago

      What level of the blacksmith needed to make the staff.. My bs is lvl 8 and i can't find the staff

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      me 4 years ago

      ty, this helped me so much!

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      THURTON1 5 years ago

      Omg i was just with someone in here! i want a staff! i didn't know what he was doing at first but it's awesome.. not much more gold than a usual level and inferno is really hard but very cool!

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      SOE 5 years ago

      @cjderby the normal mode recipe drops from Izual, all the "upgrade" plans are sold by the merchant in each respective difficulty at the end of Act 4. The plans are separate and even having the plan known already doesn't keep it from dropping again so you should be able to find it from Izual anyway.

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      gfary 5 years ago

      does work this is a lie

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      mrjoe 5 years ago

      10x a lot :D works great!!!!

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      8OSIIX 5 years ago

      You can buy the plans off Gorell the quartermaster in act 3 after you slayed Izual.

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      80.6 5 years ago

      The plans does not drop from Azuel but are bought from Gorell the quartermaster for 20k gold(might depend on difficulty) in the Bastion's keep stronghold in act 3.

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      jc 5 years ago

      So I made the staff and have played a couple of pony runs, I started a new character and I'm able to pick up the pieces needed to make the staff again, is this normal, so far I've picked up the shin and the plans from izual, this again is after crafting the staff

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      Ranger14 5 years ago

      Nice guide! Someone may have already commented on this, but you will encounter special attacks and abilities with the elites in Whimsyshire.

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      cjderby 5 years ago

      Help please! I taught Haedrig the recipe in Nightmare mode, and the Nightmare version of the staff shows up for crafting. But it requires the normal mode Staff of Herding to get it. I changed to a Normal mode quest hoping the normal mode staff would show up - but it doesn't! How do I get the normal mode staff now???

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      Gjuroo 5 years ago

      Zaven the Alchemist can also appear on northern part of the map. Location itself looks same as the one on the south, near the entrance to Oasis.

      Here is the pic of the Map:

      http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/5121/zavenii.jp...

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      Glorfindel 5 years ago

      The oposite to me, 15+ times in hell, just 2 in normal

      fordy 3 days ago

      You must farm on last difficult which u have open . For me this speed up cavern of frost farm. I have try it 15 time on normal, and than it drop from first time on hell.

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      fordy 5 years ago

      You must farm on last difficult which u have open . For me this speed up cavern of frost farm. I have try it 15 time on normal, and than it drop from first time on hell.

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      JustMixo 5 years ago

      !!! NOTE : The plan (recepie) for the staff can only be dropped on Normal Mode !

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      Vegeta 5 years ago

      Chiltara can spawn in level 1, that is where I found her at in my game on Normal. As for the plans they do have a single digit percent of dropping I think it is close to 6-8% chance, just keep farming, not only are you getting some loot, but experience as well, I went on Normal to get all the items, the Shinbone gave me the most trouble getting, followed by the Mushroom, then the Plans.

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      anon 5 years ago

      inferno plans only come available i think after izual in inferno act 4, i dont think you have to kill him just be on a quest after him. but might as well kill him cause he is cake. after that the plan is available on the merchant.

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      SOE 5 years ago

      @naruto that seems odd, perhaps a bug? I've noticed at the rate hotfixes (not even the notable ones) are introduced on an almost daily basis, some minor things seem to shift into being broken and fixed again with little to no mention of them. It may be worth trying again in a few hours, as that would there is no place to go for the Inferno plan if that were true.

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      naruto 5 years ago

      Thanks for the guide, its very helpful..

      Yesterday i tried to make the staff. And i did with your guide. I found the pieces in Hell difficulty. Then i went the related merhcant for upgrade plan. Bu he just selling nightmare plan in the hell difficulty. Then i bought and upgraded staff to nihgtmarish staff. In hell difficulty staff was useless. When i gone to nightmare difficulty it worked.

      I think hells upgrade in infernos act 4. whats your opinion?

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      SOE 5 years ago

      Just wanted to mention I went through and also updated the tooltip pictures to their new versions, which were changed in patch 1.0.3 to have legendary color text.

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      SOE 5 years ago

      @Esch: Yes you can.

      Updated the Q&A to reflect some more commonly asked questions about sharing the staff (in particular between characters on the same account) and opening multiple difficulties with an upgraded staff.

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      Esch 5 years ago

      If I upgrade the staff, can I still open the portal on normal?

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      SOE 5 years ago

      @Question: Just put the staff in your shared stash where your other heroes can access it and swap it between them. You only need one. The only situations you cant transfer it over is from softcore to hardcore or across realm servers, like EU to Americas.

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      Question 5 years ago

      How can i open the ponylvl on my other heros? do i need to get the staff on all my heroes ?

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      Knecht 5 years ago

      Tip for the recipe; Join a pub game or a mate who already has the recipe.. check the vendor in act 3/4 next to the healer (East), big chance you can just buy it there.

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      chipstacker 5 years ago

      I found chiltara after just 4 runs. and for all the tards saying the upgrades are 20000 and 50000... well thats just untrue. The recipes for the upgrades are 20 and 50k. when you go to the artisan to actually craft the upgrade its 200 and 500k.

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      sssssssss 5 years ago

      the plans never drop.. 33 going up..........................................

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      sssssssssss 5 years ago

      anyone got tips on getting the f plans?

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      ssssssssssssss 5 years ago

      8 times in cavern of frost.. no chilltara ever

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      Cocopander 5 years ago

      He will not drop the plans! :*(

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      Locks 5 years ago

      The 5 base items took less than an hour to get... the recipe though is proving to be rather evasive lol =/

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      jamie 5 years ago

      i was doing the normal version and the pages for jewelery and blacksmithing for nitemare level was droping

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      d3 5 years ago

      The upgrades are:

      •20,000 Gold for Nightmare

      •50,000 Gold for Hell

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      Anonymoose 5 years ago

      Info here is correct. Thanks!

      The problem with Chiltara is there are usually 2 named creature spawns on level 2 of the Caverns of Frost. Several potential enemy types can show up there. You need hers to be selected, and it's very random.

      So, random to see the cavern, random to spawn Chiltara. Get ready to love Act 3.

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      Medatron 5 years ago

      Gibbering Gemstone took me almost 20 tries... the only time I was able to get Chiltara to spawn was when I had destroyed the three war machines and found the bridge. When my quest bar said 'Talk to Tyrael' I headed back to the beginning of the field, found that Cavers of Frost, and there she was in Level 2.

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      Marinus 5 years ago

      Hey Belgarion thats a load of crap, you don't have to re-find the materials for the staff :)

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      Belgarion 5 years ago

      Make sure you wait to craft until you are in Inferno or the highest difficulty you thing you will EVER reach or you need to find ALL OF THE PIECES AGAIN to get the staff for a higher difficulty! This should be a note on the walkthrough

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      stimpleton 5 years ago

      cheers for all the help, was extremely helpful. i did however get some pages of blacksmithing on normal difficulty

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      Joker 5 years ago

      The Plans cost 20kgold for nightmare and 50k gold of hell, then still had to pay for the crafting

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      Sirine 5 years ago

      gibbering gemstone in 6 hrs ... 30+ try.

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      Barry Groganaka 5 years ago

      The gibbering gem only took 5 goes as did mushroom and rainbow was left other 2 were random flukes. Take scoundrel thats i guess were i got my luck. Jus need coin now

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      Sidartha 5 years ago

      MF% has nothing to do with the random item drops for the staff, I have 226% MF and it still took me a long time for the gemstone. and the rainbow. So far I have yet to find anything good out of the land of faries.

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      Rumo 5 years ago

      Got all of the ingredients on 1st or 2nd try. Staff is totally useless now, since going there in the gear that I pwned act 2 inferno solo with costs me 200k+ per run in repairs. Spent a nice 1,8M on the staff, totally useless now :(

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      Lee 5 years ago

      THANK YOU CHRISTIAN!!

      I tried at least 50 times today and yesterday and no luck. After reading your comment I took Tyrael with me (start the next quest after the catapult) and when I got the right cave, the mob was at the end by the TP! Make sure to have Tyrael with you!

      I also had Liquid Rainbow, Black Mushroom and Leoric's Bone in my inventory (not my chest) at that time.

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      DCJerboa 5 years ago

      "...at least with regards to the Hell difficulty, is that there does not seem to be much if any level 60 items dropping as loot here, capping off at 59, which can be a little disappointing at times (please comment if you do find something 60)"

      My first visit to Whimsyshire and I got a level 60 rare amulet and a rare level 61 mace, amongst a few other rare items of lesser levels. Neither are upgrades for me but I might actually be able to get more than 2000g at the Auction House for once. :D So... just confirming, it isn't capped at level 59. Maybe this was changed and not noted in a recent patch, or maybe I got super lucky. Got the crap hoofed out of me enough for them, fo' sho'. lolz Hey, great page. Thanks for the help in locating items. :)

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      Shyss 5 years ago

      Nightmare upgrade costs 20k, not 200

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      stomper77 5 years ago

      That stupid gibbering freaking gem took at least 30+ run throughs to find, thought i was doing something wrong, never doing that again

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      stomper77 5 years ago

      That stupid gibbering freaking gem took at least 30+ run throughs to find, thought i was doing something wrong, never doing that again

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      Reclaimer 5 years ago

      btw i did find a page of blacksmithing on normal pony lvl run so there are at least some pages for next difficulty to find out there

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      krazymormon 5 years ago

      I got the gibbering gemstone on the first try! Freak yeah!....But I have tried about....30 times and still have yet to get the freaking mushroom. Dear mushroom: I HATE YOU!

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      Keknath 5 years ago

      Gibbering Gemstone in 4 tries :P

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      Leesh 5 years ago

      Great post! I'm now convinced hunting down cuddly ponies is going to be better fun than going after Diablo! Just btw, if I can see the staff listed in Haedrig's repertoire, it means he is already trained right? I don't know how I missed this but I seem to remember maybe picking up the plan and maybe using it - no solid recollections of for some reason!

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      jeni 5 years ago

      thanks for the help...took only like 4hrs to do everything..perfect(: love the pony level

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      Addicted 5 years ago

      thx for great info :D

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      Ghostalker 5 years ago

      For those who are trying to get the gibbering gemstone farming the same level endlessly I have an advice: before trying to farm it, put all the other ingredients inside your bag, I know it doesn't make sense but inexplicably it works!!! After I tried 35 times I saw this tip on a forum and tried... BINGO I found Chiltara on the very 1st try, however isn't guaranteed to get it in the 1st shot, It seems to boost your chances . Good Luck All.

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      alex 5 years ago

      That gem activated meant you were guranteed a magic find increased bless :D

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      Sup 5 years ago

      I got all the ingredients on teh first try :):):)

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      pallidorus 5 years ago

      Looks like I will never get to see this level. Trying to farm the items but now there is a stupid game creation limit so now this will take about 100x longer, I quit.

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      Legolas 5 years ago

      Guys, I hope this can help but try to increase your Magic Find so far I got the Black Mushroom on the 2nd run and the Liquid Rainbow on the 5th, I have 59% MF on Level 45. Hope to get more luck on Act 3 and Act 4, it's effin down right at the moment.

      I know that the spawn is at random, especially the Liquid Rainbow found the Mysterious Cave at first without the Mysterious chest.

      Lastly, BE PATIENT.

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      tabby 5 years ago

      believe it or not ha a friend who was currently at inferno while im still in hell with me when i went in for the rainbow and he got not only the rainbow but ALSO the gibbering gemstone. a glitch maybe but something to think about. (we went in for the rainbow in regular)

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      Christian 5 years ago

      Great job, but I have advice for the gibbering gemstone. I ran the Caverns about 25 times with no luck, and then and grabbed Tyrael to start the next mission (I started looking for this item in quest order). Grabbing Tyrael and taking him into the caverns, I found the gemstone on my first try. Try it out, let me know!

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      joka 5 years ago

      got the Gibbering Gemstone in my 9th try, keep running along the edges of the dungeon

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      Demidoug 5 years ago

      Someone else asked as well. I thought the staff was not supposed to be consumed. I went in on Normal and I don't have it anymore. Anyone have any ideas?

      Thanks.

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      MandyPants 5 years ago

      Is it possible to find the mushroom after completing the Cain quest?

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      Fastest farm for the rainbow:

      Take the checkpoint at Path of the Oasis waypoint. From now on you'll be here on every new game you make.

      Run to the closest possible location 1. It's always very close to the waypoint, just a few screens into the 'wilderness'. If not there, TP and take the waypoint to Dalghur's. Open the map and observe how close to the already discovered area from a minute ago you are. If you're far far away, just directly south and look for the second possible location, if you're close, start walking east then south.

      Thanks for the guide. I seem to have gotten two gibbering stones during the leveling process of two characters so with this guide it took me about one hour to enter pony land.

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      5 years ago

      For the liquid rainbow, there seems to be always to instances of the watery area on the map, is it the west one or the east one? The one more south, or the one further north?

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      Mustaffa 5 years ago

      Naffu, keep trying he does show up. Now here is the disappointing thing, there are two spawns here. The guy and the chest. The guy showing up does not mean the chest will be there. It is not a guarantee that when he is there and lets you in, that the chest will spawn as well but keep trying. It took me about three hours to do just that one part. Chitara it took 4 hours. I recommend doing chitara on normal level. Look only for the cave of frost. She does not spawn in the icefall cave.

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      Dredi 5 years ago

      I've done 25+ runs for the Gibbering Gemstone now :/ Made about 1.5m gold in process of trying to get this sunovabitch!

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      hlruther 5 years ago from USA

      This may be more epic than the secret cow level of D2! :O

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      DM 5 years ago

      Spent 3 hours 20 minutes to finaly craft it.

      3 hours to find this bloody Chiltara

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      phoenix 5 years ago

      hey!! you said the staff is not consumed. i entered in normal difficulty and it is gone. i have to make it all over again now?

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      Chase 5 years ago

      Ok, first of all, I got all on one try except the liquid rainbow and the shinbone second, once you upgrade it, can you upgrade it a SECOND time, as in, I do nightmare, then decide oh, I want to do hell and under too! can I upgrade to hell after I have nightmare?

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      Anthony 5 years ago

      I saw an error in my post, first I said west of the waypoint, then I said east, to clarify, it is east, not west :-)

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      Anthony 5 years ago

      the gibberish stone might take a while to get, cause Chiltara sometimes spawns underground. I've read around and you actually have to walk all over the place for her to spawn at times. Now don't go running around for ages in 1 game, but at least walk along the sides of the dungeon. It took me 30 runs before I finally found her.

      For the liquid rainbow, there are 2 possible spawnpoints for the NPC. one is as explained in this text, the other however is easier reached by using the oasis waypoint. it is approximitly to the west of that waypoint. Do note that this spawnpoint changes it's location, but it's always to the east of the waypoint.

      the other items are quite easy to get, it's just the two explained that can be a pain to get.

      Hope this helps.

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      Anon 5 years ago

      There are mushrooms in Whimsyshire too that are about the same as the presents

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      zohar 5 years ago

      We got it in like 30 min of farming. It was in second or third Cavern that spawned. Just make sure you explore the 2nd floor and do it on easiest difficulty for ease of farming.

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      xduckiee 5 years ago

      cant even get the damn plan... did about 200 runs.. haha no luck for me.. smh

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      Naffu 5 years ago

      i tried at least 20+ time for the liquid rainbow and i can't even get the guy to be there to open the god damn trapdoor.

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      Qazman 5 years ago

      I have been grinding the Gemstone for a combined total of about 6 hours. I have gone into the cave approx. 60-80 times and never once found this bitch (sorry for the language).

      If there is a Champion (yellow boss) in there that is NOT her, can she still be in there? Have been wondering for hours.

      Also, to sum up how much time this has really been... That 6 hours has made me around 200,000 gold on normal mode just farming the gemstone. Hopefully no one else has had this HUGE problem like me. I talk about it in the forums. Its mainly about my time spent on everything else and how it could be revamped for us "unfortunate" ones.

      Check out my post on the forums!

      http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5575469914?...

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      Aever 5 years ago

      Great Post thanks a ton! On act two the Alchemist can be found in lower left or upper, two different locations that look identical, and if a ghost fly's out you know he is there. Also this gibbering gem is a pain in the ass ran 30+ and haven't even seen the mob. Lastly the shin bone fireplace was not light for me either but the bone was there so look closely.

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      insertrandomnamehere 5 years ago

      You can still acquire Wirt's Cowbell in Act II after all hell has broken loose in the city. Squirt the Peddler and the other vendors from the commons area move to the Hidden Camp.

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      Adam M. Hanson 5 years ago from Mankato, MN

      this is just awesome haha I love the weird stuff Blizzard puts in games

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      I cant get the Gibberish Gemstone.I went there for ages in Nightmare. Still cant get it. Any help?

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      jdbeastin 5 years ago

      haha this should be legit cant wait to smash some teddy bears. ps got the plans from izual first time :p

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      giraffe 5 years ago

      its actually quicker to get the liquid rainbow if you take the path to the oasis waypoint

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      5 years ago

      lets say u make an staff of herding for hell, is it still possible to open nightmare level with it, or do you have to make a new one?

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      Phobetor 5 years ago

      "Whimsyshire occasionally contains a purple boss monster named Princess Stardust - a large unicorn with spotted coloration" - I can verify this. I have also once experienced a horde of small unicorns (about the size of the flowers) that swarm you. Not sure of the name. The materials can be found on any difficulty verified through hell.

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      Hungry 5 years ago

      I managed to assemble everything on normal difficulty in about 2-3 hours. Not that difficult really. The plans took the longest. Had to kill Izual about 10 times.