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What is Hardcore Mode in Diablo 4?

Challenge yourself to survive harsher gameplay with our guide explaining everything you need to know about Hardcore mode in Diablo 4.
What is Hardcore Mode in Diablo 4?

Diablo 4 features tons of new mechanics and gameplay aspects that will challenge and push players further than ever before. From a brutal and harsh world filled with enemies out to end your life, to the return of Hardcore mode that will have your heart racing during every enemy encounter. 

Now, if you don't know what Hardcore mode is and how it differs from Softcore mode, then we have you covered. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about Hardcore mode in Diablo 4 and how it works.

Update on 19 July 2023: We've updated this article with the latest information about Diablo 4's Hardcore Mode.

What is Hardcore Mode in Diablo 4?

To put it simply, Hardcore mode in Diablo 4 is a type of "perma-death" mechanic that means when a character dies, the character is gone forever, and the player must begin anew with a fresh character. This is especially punishing if you've made it far into the game and get caught out, losing all your gear and stats you've built up on the run.

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Hardcore mode is perma-death, meaning you lose your entire character and progress once you die. (Picture: Blizzard)

This mechanic isn't wholely new for the Diablo franchise, as it's been used in past games such as Diablo 2, but Diablo 4 is bringing it back to its harsh and oppressive world. Seeing that this new game will feature more mechanics, more abilities, more skills, and more things that can kill you, it goes without saying that this Hardcore mode will be more punishing than ever when it comes to losing your progress. 

If you need a clear example of this, then we can take a look at the recent early access beta for Diablo 4, in which many players tried out the mode for the first time, and were crushed when they lost all their progress to monsters and bosses such as the Butcher. But as hardcore (excuse the pun) as this mode is, it's not without its upsides and rewards. 

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Aside from getting more valuable drops, playing Hardcore mode with friends is also fun. (Picture: Blizzard)

Aside from getting more unique and lucrative rewards when playing in Hardcore mode, players can also dive into the mode with a team for an even greater experience. Having to look out for each other and see how long you can survive as a team makes this mode extremely enjoyable, albeit still challenging.

You can of course still run Hardcore mode solo, but you'll need to be way more careful in your approach. So you need to plan your engagements with enemies more meticulously, you'll need to focus your stats on survivability more than DPS and of course, you'll need to be fully familiar with your class to be able to think on your feet when things get sweaty. That said, Hardcore mode in Diablo 4 will be a challenge for all players, but still, one worth doing if you're looking for a new way to experience Diablo 4. 

For more Diablo 4, be sure to check out our dedicated section or some of our Guides & Tutorials just below:

Diablo 4 Season 2 Guides
Class Builds & Tier Lists


Tech Guides & Fixes
World, Maps & Locations
Diablo 4 Items & Slots
Legendary Aspects
Gameplay Systems
The Story, Lore & Characters
Diablo 4 Season Guides

Our section keeps growing, so check for new guides daily! Don't forget to pick up one of the Diablo 4 Editions and join the fight to save Sanctuary soon.