Diablo 2 is one of the most beloved RPGs of all time, and has now made its awaited return with Diablo 2: Resurrected. This new release remasters the original game, revamping its visuals and tossing in some new features as well. If you’re jumping into Diablo 2: Resurrected - as either a new player or returning player - then we’ve got some tips to help you along the way.
Tips for getting ahead in Diablo 2: Resurrected
Here are six tips for you to keep in mind while making your way through Diablo 2: Resurrected:
Don't activate Gem Shrines as soon as you see them
Though it can be tempting, it's not always wise to activate a Gem Shrine as soon as you see it. These shrines randomly choose a gem in your inventory and upgrade it by one level. Choose a gem you want to upgrade, make sure it's the only gem in your inventory, and then activate the shrine.
Raise the XP you gain from killing monsters
You can increase the XP you gain from killing monsters by opening the console (press Enter on PC) and typing "/playersX," where X is a number from 1 to 8. The game will simulate being in a multiplayer game, which raises all players' XP gain, with that number of players. Be warned: monsters deal more damage and you take more punishment the higher you increase the difficulty. If you're having trouble getting through an area or defeating a boss on a higher "/playersX" difficulty, drop it back to 1, then raise it again when you're ready.
Bring monsters back to life to farm them
Quitting the game brings all monsters you've killed back to life. Use this to your advantage to farm areas with lots of unique monsters and shrines.
Take advantage of your mercenary
You get a mercenary for free after finishing the second quest of Act I. Don't forget to equip your mercenary with armor and a weapon! They can mean the difference between life and death, especially if you're playing solo.
Save every rune you find
Early in a playthrough, make sure to save any runes that drop, even if you come across duplicates. These items can be used in conjunction with the Horadric Cube (awarded to all players for completing the first part of the Horadric Staff quest in Act 2). When the correct runes are placed within the cube with the proper equipment, super-powerful gear can be crafted.
Additional item storage
If you are running short of space in your stash, you can store additional items within the Horadric Cube which can be placed into a stash slot. (This tip is less effective with the addition of multiple stash pages in D2:R).
Distribute your skill points wisely
When distributing attributes points from leveling, only add enough points to your main stat to equip the gear you have. Any surplus point should go into Vitality. Most endgame builds require a large pool of health for survival and make use of runes or set items to generate damage, making the main stat less useful. There are exceptions to this rule and in those cases, you should spec your character based on the build guide you are following.
Prioritize locating waypoints on the Normal playthrough with your new characters. Waypoint locations are randomized, but they are always placed on specific maps. Use the waypoint in town to see which waypoints you are missing and try to activate them all. This makes moving back through the game much easier once you enter Nightmare and Hell difficulties.
Those are our tips for making the most of your time in Diablo 2: Resurrected. If you’re interested in learning more about the game’s development, check out our interview with Blizzard’s Chris Lena and Dustin King.