Battle.net



BATTLE.NET

 

 

This section will deal with Battle.net, explaining things like commands available, what icons mean, what channels exists and how they may differ from each other, and about what games you can join.

 

 

CHANNELS

 

Below is a list of all Diablo related public channels, most will be listed when you press the "CHANNEL" button while on Battle.net. In addition to that list, the last channel you visited before entering a game or the starting channel when logging on, whether public or private, will appear at the bottom of the list. There are of course many other public channels related to other Blizzard games, but as this is a Diablo Guide, they will not be covered here.

 

CHANNEL1

INFORMATION

Blizzard Tech Support

Moderated channel. Only Blizzard can see any text that is not whispered.

Open Tech Support

 

Beginners Only

 

Town Square

 

Trading Post

 

Adventures Wanted

 

Bounty Hunters

 

Guild Recruitment

 

Guild Members

 

Warriors Arena

Only open for Warriors.

Rogues Gallery

Only open for Rogues.

Sorcerers Tower

Only open for Sorcerers.

Veterans lounge (L20+)

Only open for characters of clvl 20 and above.

The Black Lodge (L30+)

Only open for characters of clvl 30 and above.

Hell's Caretakers (L40+)

Only open for characters of clvl 40 and above.

The Void2

If you are kicked or banned from a channel, this is where you end up.

Diablo XXX-#2,3

Default starting channels, where XXX is a country code and # is a number.

Diablo Shareware #2

Default starting channels for the shareware version, where # is a number.

1In addition to the list above, any channel name starting with Diablo or Diablo Shareware will be treated as a public channel.

The same is of course true for all names that are considered public channels in other games on Battle.net.
2Will not show up on the list of public channels unless it was the last channel you visited before entering a game or logging on.
3For a list of country codes, see below.

 

 

COUNTRY CODES

 

A summary of some of the country codes (XXX in the table above) are given in the table below. The country code selected when you join Battle.net is determined by the language setting in your operating system and does not necessarily mean the country where the computer happens to be.

 

COUNTRY

CODE

COUNTRY

CODE

COUNTRY

CODE

Albania

ALB

France

FRA

Norway

NOR

Argentina

ARG

Germany

DEU

Panama

PAN

Albania

ALB

Great Britain

GBR

Paraguay

PRY

Australia

AUS

Greece

GRC

Peru

PER

Austria

AUT

Guatemala

GTM

Poland

POL

Belgium

BEL

Honduras

HND

Portugal

POR

Bolivia

BOL

Hungary

HUN

Puerto Rico

PRI

Brazil

BRA

Indonesia

IDN

Rumania

ROM

Bulgaria

BUL

Ireland

IRL

Russia

RUS

Byelorussia

BLR

Iceland

ISL

Serbia

SPB

Canada

CAN

Italy

ITA

Slovakia

SVK

Czech

CZE

Jamaica

JAM

South Africa

ZAF

China

CHN

Japan

JPN

Spain

ESP

Chile

CHL

Korea

KOR

Sweden

SWE

Colombia

COL

Liechtenstein

LIE

Switzerland

CHE

Costa Rica

CRI

Latvia

LVA

Taiwan

TWN

Croatia

HRV

Lithuania

LTU

Turkey

TUR

Denmark

DEN

Luxembourg

LUX

Ukraine

UKR

Dominican

DOM

Macedonia

MKD

United States

USA

Ecuador

ECU

Mexico

MEX

Uruguay

URY

El Salvador

SLV

The Netherlands

NDL

Venezuela

VEN

Estonia

EST

New Zealand

NZL

 

 

Finland

FIN

Nicaragua

NIC

 

 

 

 

COMMANDS AVAILABLE IN CHAT

 

Any command which accepts a username can also accept an account number instead. For example, instead of typing /whois NICKNAME, you can type /whois #995959. That way your commands work on a specific person regardless of which character or game he/she is using at the moment. The lists below are based on Blizzard's own list of commands, but have been completed and updated by myself. Also note that some commands may work slightly different in other games and there may also exists commands that do not apply to Diablo. This guide, however, only cover Diablo and its commands.

 

 

BASIC COMMANDS

 

These commands can be used by anyone in any channel or game.

 

COMMAND

EFFECT

UNIVERSAL CHAT COMMANDS

/help

 

Example: /help whisper

Displays usage help for chat topics.

/whois [user]

 

Example: /whois XY

Looks up some basic information on a user, including their account number and their current location. This is an excellent way to find your friends online. typing /whois #[number] (E.G. /whois #1).
Aliases for this command : /where /whereis

/whoami

 

Example: /whoami

Displays your information on Battle.net.

/w [user]

 

Example: /w XY

Sends a private message to a user online regardless of the channel they are in. This is an excellent way to let a friend know you are online.
Aliases for this command: /msg /whisper

/ignore [user]

 

Example: /ignore XY

Ignores any future messages from that user effectively muting that user to you.
Aliases for this command: /squelch

/unignore [user]

 

Example: /unignore XY

Allows a previously squelched user to talk to you normally.
Aliases for this command: /unsquelch

/away [text]

 

Example: /away eating dinner

Displays a message that you are away from your keyboard whenever someone whispers to you or does a /whois command on you. To disable this command, use the command again.

/dnd [text]

 

Example: /dnd sorry playing a game with XY

"Do Not Disturb" - prevents ALL whispers from displaying to your screen. Its use is similar to the /away command. To turn the DND mode off, just type /dnd without a reason. This will prevent people from sending whispers to you while in a game as well. You are still able to see all normal public channel messages.

/who [channel]

 

Example: /who Open Tech Support

Displays a list of all users in the given channel.

/stats [user] ID

 

STAR - StarCraft
SEXP - StarCraft Broodwar
W2BNE - Warcraft II

 

Example: /stats XY STAR

Displays the player's Win/Loss/Disconnect record for both normal and Ladder games.

/users

Displays the number of users currently on Battle.net.

/time

Displays the current Battle.net time.

CHAT ROOM COMMANDS

/join [channel name]

 

Example: /join Blizzard Tech Support

Switches to a channel without having to use the channel join screen. Aliases for this command: /channel

/resign

Step down as channel operator and become a normal user again.

/rejoin

 

Example: /rejoin

Makes you rejoin the channel you are currently in.

/kick [user]

 

Example: /kick XY

Kicks a user out of the channel. This is best used as a warning since a kicked user can return at their leisure.

/ban [user]

 

Example: /ban XY

Kicks a user out of the channel and prevents them from returning until the current operator steps down or leaves the channel. This is the most powerful command at an operator's disposal, use it wisely.

/unban [users]

 

Example /unban XY

Allows a banned user to return to the channel.

SHORT CUT COMMANDS

CTRL + X

Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft II BNE: Cuts the selected text

CTRL + C

Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft II BNE: Copies the selected text

CTRL + V

Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft II BNE: Pastes the selected text

CTRL + A

Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft II BNE: Select all text

CTRL + N

Diablo II: Pastes the name you have selected

ALT + N

Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft II BNE: Pastes the name you have selected

/d2notify

Diablo II: Toggle channel enter/leave notifications

ALT + V

Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft II BNE: Toggle channel enter/leave notifications

ALT + W with user selected

Diablo, StarCraft, Warcraft II BNE: Sends a private message to the selected user.
Aliases for this command: /w /msg /m /whisper

TAB

Diablo II: Cycles through the last 10 commands
StarCraft: Displays the last command then cycles through the users in the current channel.

CTRL + M

Diablo II: Toggles music on Battle.net and the main menus

ALT + R

Warcraft III: Allows users to respond to private messages. This will type "/w person'sname " allowing you to quickly respond without typing their name.

FRIENDS COMMANDS

/friends

 

The base command for all friends operations, on its own it prints out help about the friends commands. (alias /f)

/friends list

 

Displays you current friends list and has a summary of what each friend is doing at the moment on Battle.net. (alias: /friends l or /f l)

/friends add [accountname]

Adds the specified account name to your friends list. You will receive an error if the account name is an invalid account (contains naughty words etc) or if you have too many friends in your list.

(alias: /friends a)

/friends remove [accountname]

Removes the specified account name from your friends list. You will receive an error message if the account isn't in the list.

(alias: /friends r)

/friends msg [message]

Sends a message to all of your friends. 

(alias: /friends m)

/friends promote [accountname] <position>

Promotes the account name in your friends list. If no position is supplied (or is zero) then the friend will be promoted up one place in the list. If the position is supplied then the friend will be moved to that position from the top of the list with number 1 being the highest position.

(alias: /friends p)

friends demote [accountname] <position>

Demotes the account name in your friends list. If no position is supplied (or is zero) then the friend will be demoted one place in the list. If the position is supplied then the friend will be moved to that position from the bottom of the list with number 1 being the lowest position.

(alias: /friends d)

 

 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

There are a few other important keys that are worth knowing about while on Battle.net.

 

F1

Gives you basic help and information about Battle.net. If you press F1 while in a game you will instead be given important information about playing the game.

Disregard anything about choosing maps and about ladders as it does not apply to Diablo. Who knows why they have that information here.

ALT-N

Copies the name highlighted down to where you write.

ALT-V

Toggles on/off information about players entering and leaving a channel.

Tab

Command cycle.

Print Screen

Saves a PCX format file of the current screen. You will be prompted for the filename if you press it in a channel.

If you press it in a game it will have the default name of screen##.pcx where ## is a number starting at 0 and then increases for each picture (max 99).

All pictures are saved in your Diablo folder.

Double click

on name

Gives you the profile of the player. To enter an URL in the profile, simply type it in.

You will not see the link underscored and in blue on your own profile but other persons will.

 

 

COMMANDS AVAILABLE IN GAMES

 

 

The 1.05 patch introduced the possibility of issuing some commands from within a game to other persons not in the game. It is also possible to use those commands on a user in a game. The commands work the same way as in a chat channel, and are typed where you type messages for persons in the game. All commands available in chat with the exception of /channel, /me, are available. All aliases work as well.

Also note that you can use the mute buttons beside a persons name if you do not want that person to hear what you say while in a game. By default all other players in a game will hear what you say, and this is true for any version of Diablo or Hellfire. No one will hear your whispers, of course. For more game information, press F1 while in a game.

 

 

NON CHARACTER ICONS



When on Battle.net you will notice many different looks of the icon beside a player's name. Here is a short explanation of what all the different icons mean.

Non character icon

If you don't see an icon with a character on it but instead some text, the meaning is as follow:

 

The person is a representative of Blizzard.

The person is an official Battle.net administrator.

The person is logged on to Battle.net through a chat client (basically allows a text interface to Battle.net) and cannot play any games, only chat. Such a person will always have a plug.

The BRX (Big Red X) is shown on any person that you have issued a /squelch command on.

The person is logged on to Battle.net using the shareware or spawned version of the game.

The person is logged on to Battle.net using Diablo II.

The person is logged on to Battle.net using Diablo II - Lord of Destruction.

The person is logged on to Battle.net using Star Craft.

The person is logged on to Battle.net using the Japanese version of Star Craft.

The person is logged on to Battle.net using Star Craft Brood War.

The person is logged on to Battle.net using a shareware version of Star Craft.

The person is logged on to Battle.net using Warcraft II Battle.net Edition.

The person is logged on to Battle.net using Warcraft III.

 

The list above is only complete if you are using Diablo. Just as Diablo has specific icons for various characters, all other games have similar game specific icons. Such game specific icons are not shown to users of other games and thus are not explained above as this Guide only covers Diablo.

 

 

CHARACTER ICONS

 

The character icon tells you what character class that player is using. It also has the clvl of the character, and if it has killed Diablo it will have red dots representing what difficulty level the character has killed him on:

 


Diablo has been killed on normal difficulty.


Diablo has been killed on nightmare difficulty.


Diablo has been killed on hell difficulty.

 

You don't really have to participate in the killing of Diablo to get the dot(s). It is enough that you are on dlvl 16 when he dies. The color of the icon, or rather the frame unless gold or gray, has the following meaning:

 


Yellow

Warrior.


White

Rogue.


Red

Sorcerer.


Gold

Any character class with a character that has three dots.

 

 

LAG INDICATORS

 

 

To the right of the name, you will see the lag indicator of a person. Starting with the 1.05 patch the way the game measures and represents lag has changed compared to 1.04 and earlier. It will now represent the lag between the player's computer and the Battle.net server he/she is connected to. You "decode" them in the following way:

 

1 or 2 green bars

The player has very good lag and you should be able to play with him without much problem unless you have bad lag yourself.

3 or 4 yellow bars

The player has medium lag and you could experience some lag in a game with that person.

5 or 6 red bars

The player has much lag and you could expect to experience lots of lag in a game with that person and a time-out for either player is not unlikely.

Plug

The player can not play, only chat. The reason for this can be varied: very bad connection, connection through a chat client, being behind a fire wall, or using a proxy server that is not set up correctly.

If you ever get a plug suddenly although you have been able to play before, try rebooting your computer that normally helps.

 

Note that the game no longer measures the lag between you and the other players, only between each player and the Battle.net server. Thus, even if someone has bad lag to the server, he or she can have good lag to you. Of course, the reverse is also true. When pressing JOIN, the lag you see beside a game should be between you and the person that created the, game just as in 1.04 (not between the person that created the game and the Battle.net server he/she is using). There seem to be some problems though, so that the lags you see for games are often shown to be way higher than they actually are.

 

 

TEXT

 

The text you see while in a chat channel can have several different colors. Note that the actual text and the name of the person in the text (indicating who wrote it) can be different. Note, this is not about the character name to the right in the character list of people in the channel but in the chat window. Below is an explanation what the color of each of them mean.

 

CHARACTER NAME

Yellow

Standard color. This is the color other persons name will appear in unless they are Battle.net operator or Blizzard representative.

This is also the color your own name will have if you issue an emotion text with the /me command.

White

Operator color. This is the color the operators name will have for everyone except the operator himself.

Light blue

Your own and Blizzard's color. This is the color your own name will have whenever you say anything, even if you are the operator.

When you whisper to someone, that person's name instead of your own name will appear in light blue. The only exception is when you use the /me command, in which case your name will be yellow.

This is also the color the name of any Blizzard representative will have both here and to the right.

 

 

TEXT

White

Normal text. This is the color both your own and other persons text will have.

Yellow

Emotional text. You use the /me command (see above), to display this. If you are the operator, the text will be white though.

All informational text that is displayed by Battle.net, except for error and special messages, which are red and sent to everyone at once, are displayed in yellow as well.

Gray

Whisper. When you whisper to anyone or someone whispers to you, the text will be displayed in this color.

Note that on rare occasions when the different Battle.net servers have lost contact temporary with each other, there may be problems when they get contact with each other again.

This can, very rarely, lead to situations where others can see you but you can't see them, or vice versa.

If you whisper a person that can't see you or someone that you can't see whispers you, it will appear as if the whisper comes from yourself.

There is nothing to worry about, apart from the fact that some people can't see each other. A reconnection by the person that can't see some people normally cures the problem.

Green

Notification text. When you leave or enter a channel, or if you have activated enter/leave notification by pressing ALT-V, information will be displayed in green.

Light blue

Blizzard representative text. Any person representing Blizzard and thus having a Blizzard icon, will have all text that is not whispered displayed in cyan.

Red

Any errors when issuing any command or special messages from Battle.net which are seen by everyone at once, like notification that Battle.net will go down for service, will be displayed in red.

 

 

JOINING GAMES



When you press the JOIN button, you are presented with a list of games created by characters of the approximate same clvl as you have your self. The table below show what ranges of clvl will be matched together.

 

CLVL RANGE

CLVL RANGE

CLVL RANGE

1

10 - 14

30 - 34

2 - 3

15 - 19

35 - 39

4 - 5

20 - 24

40 - 44

6 - 9

25 - 29

45 - 50

 

Nothing prevents you from joining any game that you know the name of (and the password if it is private), as long as you fulfil the difficulty requirements. They will just not show up on the list.

 

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