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System/s: PC, PS3, PS4, X360
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Genre: Action/RPG
Players: 1+
GD Score: 94
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Release Date:
N. America: Sep. 3, 2013
Europe: Sep. 3, 2013
Australia: Sep. 3, 2013
Japan: Sep. 3, 2013
ESRB: Mature (Blood and Gore, Violence)

Diablo III - How / Where to Find the Secret Levels


Author: Nora Bartel  

Want to get the most out of your copy of Diablo III?  Try searching for these three secret levels hidden in the game.  Each secret level has a unique assortment of monsters or creatures, environment details, and rewards.  Use our guide to find them all!

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Quality Well

The Quality Well level can be found in Act 1, only on Nightmare difficulty.  This secret dungeon is random, and it can spawn after starting the quest “The Fallen Star: Rumford at the Gate”.    Once Rumford opens Old Tristan Road, you can look for it.  Travel along the road until you reach a well in the center of the area.  This is where the dungeon will be.  If the dungeon at the well is not the Quality Well, reset your game and try again.

When you go into the dungeon, all the monsters will have specific names.  These names all belong to members of the Diablo III quality assurance team.  Their description will list their specific job title.

Development Hell

Development Hell can be found in the Forsaken Cemetery in Act I, but only on Nightmare mode.  You can find it after you start the quest “A Shattered Crown”.  It will be in the cemetery as one of the four crypts.  If the dungeon isn’t there, reset the game and search again.

All the monsters in this dungeon are named after members of the Diablo III development team.  The description of the monster is their job title.  The game director, Jay Wilson, even appears as an Elite creature.  Defeating him gives you an achievement and a unique banner symbol.  


To reach this secret level, which is also known as the Secret Pony Level, you need to create a Staff of Herding.  To create the staff, follow these steps:

  • Kill Izual in Act IV during the Prime Evil quest.  He is the first boss in the Great Span.  This boss should drop the plans to create the Staff of Herding.  If he doesn’t, reset and try again.
  • Get a black mushroom from the cathedral in Act I.  It will be on the first level.
  • Find Leoric’s Shinbone at Leoric’s Manor in Act I.  The bone is in the fireplace.
  • Get the Liquid Rainbow from the Mysterious Cave at Dahlgur Oasis in Act II.  It will be in a Mysterious Chest.  If there is no chest, reset your game and try again.
  • Buy Wirt’s Bell at Caldeum Bazaar in Act II.  It is sold for 100,000 gold by Squirt the Peddler.  
  • Get the Gibbering Gemstone by killing the rare monster Chiltara on the second level of the Caverns of the Frost dungeon in Act III.  
  • Create the staff at a blacksmith for 50,000 gold.
  • Upgraded staffs can be created on Hell and Nightmare difficulties with gold.

To use the staff, go to the Act I Old Ruins waypoint.  Go southwest of Old Tristan Road to find a cow skeleton.  A Cow King ghost will spawn and you can talk to him to enter Whimsyshire.  The level is a place filled with rainbows, unicorns, cupcakes, and fluffy animals for the player to kill.  For entering the secret level, you get an achievement, a new banner pattern, and a sigil.

Posted on 09/10/2013 | ? COMMENTS
Nora Bartel

Nora has been writing for over a decade and playing video games for even longer. She has a special penchant for JRPGs, horror games, and Steam sales.

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