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Diablo 4 World Tier Difficulty Levels, Requirements & Unlocks

Learn about the Diablo 4 difficulty levels (World Tiers), their requirements to unlock, and the bonuses/caveats for each one.
Diablo 4 World Tier Difficulty Levels, Requirements & Unlocks

The Mother of Sanctuary, Lilith, returns when Diablo 4 releases on 6 June 2023, and prospective Nephalem can already test the game in March with the Diablo 4 Open Beta weekends. One thing many players in the beta and full release might want to know about is the Diablo 4 World Tier difficulty levels. 

This guide explains the requirements for each World Tier in Diablo 4 and the effects these difficulty levels have both on the player, item drop rates, and the monsters of Sanctuary.

Update on 28 March 2023: This article has been updated with the latest information on Diablo 4's World Tier Difficulty levels.

The Diablo 4 Open Beta has now ended and we look towards the game's full launch on 6 June 2023, or 2 June for those with Early Access.

All Diablo 4 World Tier Difficulty Levels & Unlocks

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Unlock higher World Tiers in Diablo 4 for bonus XP and more. (Picture: Blizzard)

First and foremost, the Open Beta of Diablo 4 will have only the first two World Tiers available, as players are capped at level 25. On release, however, Diablo 4 will have a total of five World Tier difficulty levels. 

The first two World Tier difficulty levels are quite easy to explain. World Tier 1 is called "Adventurer" and is the default difficulty setting when you first play Diablo 4. Enemies are easier to defeat, and item drops are average.

Next up is World Tier 2, aka Veteran. This is meant for Diablo veterans and provides a nice challenge. There is no unlock requirement, and it can be selected even on a low level. This difficulty level has better drops than World Tier 1, and you get a nice 20% XP Bonus and more Gold drops from monsters.

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World bosses in Diablo 4, especially at higher difficulties, will require a whole lot of effort to defeat. (Picture: Blizzard)

Now we get to the World Tier difficulty levels in Diablo 4 that are not part of the Open Beta weekends but will be available when the game launches. These difficulty levels require specific actions to unlock and provide bonuses, additional item drops, monster spawns, and player resistance reduction.

Diablo 4 World Tier 3 Nightmare Difficulty:

  • How to unlock: Clear the Cathedral of Light dungeon in World Tier 2 (Level 50 recommended).
  • Non-physical resistance is reduced by 20% for the player.
  • Champion Monster spawns can now happen.
  • Low chance of Sacred items being dropped.
  • Players get a 100% XP Bonus.
  • Unlocks Nightmare Sigils, which you can use to unlock Nightmare Dungeons in Diablo 4.

Diablo 4 World Tier 4 Hell Difficulty:

  • How to unlock: Fully complete the Fallen Temple dungeon in World Tier 3 difficulty (Level 60 Recommended)
  • Non-physical resistance is reduced by 30% for the player.
  • More Sacred item drops.
  • Players get a 150% XP Bonus.
  • Get rare Nightmare Sigils for increasingly challenging Nightmare Dungeon runs.

Diablo 4 World Tier 5 Torment Difficulty:

  • How to unlock: Complete the Archives of Issalia dungeon in World Tier 4 difficulty (Level 70 Recommended).
  • You have a low chance of getting Ancestral item drops.
  • Players get a 250% XP Bonus
  • New Unique items have been added to the loot pool.
  • Non-physical resistance is reduced by 40% for the player.

So there you have it, all the World Tier difficulty levels in Diablo 4, how you can unlock them featuring requirement details, alongside the bonuses/caveats players need to be aware of. While you wait for Diablo 4's Open Beta to begin, check out the latest gameplay trailer below.

We might see more World Tier difficulty levels added in the new seasons of Diablo 4. To this end, we will endeavor to update this article as soon as new information about Diablo 4's difficulty levels becomes available. 


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