Difficulty Modes in Diablo 2 affect a playthrough's challenge, this page covers a list of all difficulty settings that players can choose and information on the changes applied to the selected difficulty.

 

How to unlock?

In order to unlock the following difficulty, you have to complete the previous one. Once you complete Normal difficulty, you unlock Nightmare, and after you are done with it, Hell is unlocked. 

Hardcore Mode

Hardcore mode can be unlocked after finishing the game on Normal difficulty. After doing this, you can create a Hardcore Character, that in essence is the same as a normal character, with the only difference that if your character dies, the game ends and you can't reload your last save.

 

Difficulty Modes in Diablo 2

 

Normal

  • Summons and Hirelings deal 50% damage to Act Bosses.
  • You earn the Slayer title if you complete this difficulty on normal mode, and Destroyer if you do it on Hardcore.

 

Nightmare

  • Enemies levels and stats are increased.
  • Enemies resistances are often buffed.
  • Summons and Hirelings deal 35% damage to Act Bosses.
  • Player and Hirelings resistances are reduced by 40.
  • Death results in a loss of 5% of the experience required to reach the next level. By retrieving your corpse, you restore 75% of the lost experience.
  • Duration of Freezing and Chilling effects, as well as AI-affecting curses like Dim VisionConfuse and Attract, are reduced by 50%.
  • Life and Mana leech effects are reduced by 50%.
  • Static Field can't reduce a monster's health below 33%.
  • Most area maps are increased in size.
  • Enemies from other acts make an appearance during Act V.
  • You earn the Champion title if you complete Nightmare on normal mode, and Conqueror if you do it on Hardcore.

Hell

  • Further elevates Enemies levels and stats.
  • Nearly all Enemies have at least one immunity.
  • Player and Hireling resistances are reduced by an additional for a total of -100.
  • Death results in a loss of 10% of the experience required to reach the next level. By retrieving your corpse, you restore 75% of the lost experience.
  • Summon and Hirelings deal 25% damage to Act bosses.
  • Duration of Freezing and Chilling effects, as well as AI-affecting curses like Dim VisionConfuse and Attract, are reduced by 75%.
  • Life and Mana leech effects are reduced by 66%.
  • Static Field can't reduce a monster's health below 50%.
  • Most area maps are increased in size.
  • Enemies from other acts make an appearance during Act V.
  • You earn the Patriarch or Matriarch title if you complete Hell on normal mode, and Guardian if you do it on Hardcore.



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