Diablo 2: Resurrected brings back the classic action-RPG for modern platforms, and while it’s gotten a visual overhaul and some other quality-of-life improvements, it’s a largely faithful remake of a two-decade-old game. As such, you can expect it to generally be less friendly to players than Diablo 3–if that’s your only exposure to the series thus far, prepare for Resurrected to tell you a whole lot less, kick your teeth in, and then make you walk–not run–away because you’ve run out of stamina.
Fortunately, this being largely faithful means there are plenty of existing resources to help guide you through the many complex elements of Diablo 2, be it the complexities of the Horadric Cube, Runewords, or character builds. Here, we’re taking a look at some essential tips that will help ease you into the world of Diablo 2 based on our experience with the original game and Resurrected’s beta–it should be useful whether you’re a first-time player or someone who just hasn’t picked up the game in years and forgot all about the joys of Scrolls of Identify, Baal runs, and those damn cows.
Pick a good starter class
Your first decision upon starting is choosing a class, and unfortunately, the game does about as little as possible to explain what it’s like to play as any of them. Aside from a brief description, you’re left to make your choice largely based on the look of each class. While you can always roll additional new characters, there’s no swapping classes once you make your choice, so any time you sink into a character will be for naught if you decide you’d actually rather play something else. (You can, thankfully, make use of the new shared loot box to move items between characters–no more starting a session, dropping everything you own in town, exiting, and then returning with another character to move items.)
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