Travincal (Act 3) Farming Guide - Diablo 2
How to Reach: Travincal (WP)
Zone Level: Nightmare: 54 -- Hell: 82
Golden Chest: Yes
Boss/Champ Packs: 3 - 7
Hell Immunities: Fire (Council Member, Ismail Vilehand & Toorc Icefist), Cold (Hierophant, Night Lord), Lightning (Zealot, Geleb Flamefinger & Council Member)
Travincal is one of the final zones of Act 3 and is involved in the quests Act 3 Quest 3: Khalim's Will as well as Act 3 Quest 5: The Blackened Temple. Both of these quests require you to defeat all 3 of the Super Unique enemies that guard the entrance to the Durance of Hate these guys are also (for the most part) what you'll be farming when you farm Travincal.
When players farm Travincal they typically always add in the Ruined Fane and Disused Reliquary dungeons into their farming rotation (shown in the screenshot above). They're neighbor zones to Travincal since their entrances are in the Kurast Causeway (just one zone south of Travincal) and what is even better is both of these zones are level 85 areas. This means that they have the potential of dropping the rarest items in the game. For more information about level 85 zones and what that all means check out my Magic Find Guide.
Builds that use mostly Physical, Magic or Poison damage will have the easiest time farming Travincal since none of the enemies are immune to the spells you have. Those of you who use Cold spells will do fine on the Super Unique enemies but many of the other trash enemies in Travincal will be immune. Lightning and Fire users will have the hardest time with the Super Uniques since half of them will always be immune to your main form of damage.
It's up to you how much of the Travincal you'd like to do; I find this zone really annoying since the Zealots and Hierophants like to run from your character... but other people may like the zone for that reason since there is less threat of death when enemies run from you and don't attack.
Typically you will see at least one or two additional Champ/Boss packs ontop of the Super Unique High Council members in Travincal. I often see the Champ/Boss packs in the large buildings on each side of the central building with the High Council or in the central open areas leading up to the High Council. Occasionally you'll also get a Champ/Boss pack that spawns behind the High Council's building too.
Before you decide to challenge the High Council it's recommended you clear out the area just south of their building; basically the entire central platform and around it. This will allow you to easily kite at least one of the Super Unique enemies away from the other two so you can fight them one at a time and ensure that no other enemies bother you while you do it.
You will always find the Travincal High Council just outside of the Durance of Hate entrance at the northeastern most portion of the zone. It's recommended that you try to break the High Council up even when you are higher level than them and have max resistances since they can still really hurt (and take you down quick if you aren't careful).
Even if you can't break all three of them up, it's typically easy to pull at least one of them away from the other two.