Are class-specific weapons better than other weapon?



  • While playing D3, I got some good Fist weapons with my monk, but even better swords, axes, etc.

    So I chose the one who give me more dps, even using dual-wield.

    But then I read this:

    Fist weapons allow monks to utilize their well-practiced hand-to-hand combat styles, but supplement them with knife blades, toughening hand wraps, or knuckle spikes.

    Source

    Here is a list that I found of unique class gear.

    Wizard

    • Wands
    • Orbs
    • Wizard Hats

    Demon Hunter

    • Hand Crossbows
    • Quivers
    • Cloaks

    Witch Doctor

    • Ceremonial Knives
    • Mojos
    • Voodoo Masks

    Barbarian

    • Mighty Weapons
    • Mighty Belts

    Monk

    • Fist Weapons
    • Daibo
    • Spirit Stones

    Should I pick Fist weapons even when they do a little less dps than, for example, a sword?



  • Class specific weapons can provide some class only enchantments that you cannot get on standard weapons. Whether or not this is worth a trade off for damage, that is entirely up to you to decide.

    For instance, you can find a demon hunter only 1 handed crossbow that provides hatred regeneration or a wand for mages that provides improved arcane pool.

    Like James mentioned in his answer, the demon hunter is the only class that has a unique situation where you MUST have a ranged weapon equipped or you can't use his ranged attack skills. And his one handed crossbow is the only ranged weapon you can dual wield.


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