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The Talisman

The Talisman was a feature cut from Diablo III.


The initial idea was to use the Talisman as a sort of mini-game within Diablo III.[1]

Players would not start the game with the Talisman.[2] It existed as a circle in the middle of the inventory screen, and was a means of providing additional character customization.[3]

The Talisman was removed as it "didn't sit well alongside the 200MPH action" of the game. In playtesting, no-one wanted to stop and use the Talisman system. It was repeatedly simplified in a bid to get the playtesters to use it, until it got to a point where "it finally reached a point where it was so simple that the originally envisioned fun mini-game was gone, yet it still added tons of math complexity." Thus, it was removed.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 2017-01-26, Diablo 3 Post-mortem with Jay Wilson Part 4. Diablo.net, accessed on 2017-02-19
  2. 2011-02-04, @Diablo on This and That. Diablo.net, accessed on 2017-02-19
  3. 2008-10-16, BlizzCon Press Conference with Jay Wilson. Diablo.net, accessed on 201-7-02-19