Diablo 4: World Tier 1 or Tier 2? All Differences to XP & Loot

Published: Jun. 02, 2023
Updated: Jan. 29, 2024

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Diablo 4 has been released and right at the start you have to decide whether you want to start in world level 1 or world level 2. We explain the differences in detail & what you can expect in each level.

What is this about? Directly after the character creation, you have to decide on which world level you want to play Diablo 4. There are four levels in total, but at the beginning you only have the choice between Adventurer and Veteran. In this guide, we will explain the following aspects about world levels:

  • How do the world levels differ?
  • Which world level is best for leveling?
  • Does world level 2 have better loot?
  • Can I change the world level in the current game?
  • Final decision: This is your level!

Click here for our complete guide overview of Diablo 4!

Differences between world level 1 and world level 2 in Diablo 4

I've created my character "Spotted Dwarf" - a hunter with a focus on melee combat - and promptly the first major decision of my stellar Hell career pops up: Which world level do you want to choose?

  • World Level 1 "Adventurer " - Recommended for players playing Diablo for the first time.
  • World Level 2 "Veteran " - Recommended for Diablo veterans looking for a greater challenge.

Honestly, neither of these quite apply to me, and I'm sure it does to some of our readers, so let's clear this up in detail:

World level 1 isn't just for Diablo 4 beginners, and level 2 isn't just for pros. It depends much more on what you expect from Diablo 4. Do you rather want a calm game in which you progress at a good pace and meet hordes of opponents at eye level? Then choose level 1. However, do you want to emerge as an underdog and kick the horns off the demon skulls of the opponents despite being outnumbered and smash a puzzle into the glasses of the deadliest blood priests? Then choose level 2.

At level 2, you'll take longer to beat up enemies, but you'll get compensation for it. This extra reward from world level 2 comes in the form of gold and experience:

  • +20% more experience from enemies.
  • +15% more gold from enemies.

Still can't decide? In the following paragraphs we will go into more detail to answer the question of which world level is the most suitable for you.

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When do I unlock world levels 3 and 4?

To unlock additional world levels, you must have completed the main story of Diablo 4. You also need to have completed the "Cathedral of Light Capstone" mission on the end-game content checklist. Only then will you gain access to the two higher world levels:

  • World Level 3 "Nightmare"
  • World level 4 "Torture
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Here you get asked which difficulty you want to play in Diablo 4.

Which world level is the fastest to level up in Diablo 4?

We simply claimed above that you get more experience points on world level 2. Sure, that means you level faster, right? Not quite! Yes, you get more experience from individual enemies, but you also kill them much slower.

At world level 1, you can kill a lot more enemies in a certain amount of time than at level 2, so which level you level faster at depends on your skill again! If you already have the hang of Diablo games and know the current class meta, you might slap enemies on world level 2 faster than a beginner on level 1.

Especially in a group of players, we therefore recommend choosing world level 2 to level up faster. As experienced players, you'll be able to coordinate your group to glide rapidly through the early regions of the game and the bellies of your enemies.

On the other hand, if you play alone a lot and are not an absolute pro, you will level up much faster on world level 1 than on level 2. As the level increases, it becomes increasingly difficult for solo players to defeat hordes of enemies and clear dungeons unscathed anyway. That's when you need Top-Loot. And speaking of...

Are loot drops better on world level 2?

No, loot drops are neither better nor more frequent on world level 2 in Diablo 4. You will only notice a difference when you reach world level 3, from here on there are more rare items. On level 1 as well as on level 2 you get the real big chunks only after level 50, which is why you should level up quickly.

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How can I change the world level in Diablo 4?

You have chosen world level 2 despite our warning and are stuck? Don't worry, you can adjust the world level in Diablo 4 at any time and it goes like this:

  • Go to the character selector from the main menu.
  • Select the character whose world level you want to change.
  • On the right side of the screen you will find the option "Change world level".
  • Click on it and select the desired level.

In groups, always make sure that all players have the same world level selected. If this is not the case, you will not be able to create a group and play together.

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Even though it is in german, here you find the option to change your world tier!

Conclusion: This is the world level you should choose in Diablo 4

  • This speaks for world level 1: On this level, fights are balanced, and you can try out a lot with a new build. Solo players and beginners should choose this level to avoid being stuck in one place for an unnecessarily long time.
  • This speaks for world level 2: We recommend this level for true Diablo veterans and groups. The bonuses to experience points and gold are all well and good, but only prove efficient with skill on the part of the player.

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The interest in digging deep into the gaming industry stems from the DayZ Mod for Arma 2 in 2012. Kevin started working in the gaming industry in 2016. First as a trainee at Survivethis, the biggest German Survival-Games-Site at that time. Only half a year later, he got accepted at Gamestar and later MeinMMO. Now, on Guided.news he implements all his Knowledge to deliver comprehensive news, guides, interviews and more unique topics.
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