Which Difficulty is Best for Leveling in Diablo 4?

Are you wondering which difficulty to choose for your first Diablo 4 playthrough?

Diablo games always have a variety of difficulties players can choose from to adjust the gameplay experience and keep things challenging. The tougher difficulties reward players with better items, more experience, and lots of Gold. However, crank up the difficulty too much, and you might find it tough to survive. If you’re wondering whether you should choose Adventurer or Veteran difficulty for your first Diablo 4 playthrough, this guide will help you answer your question.

Which Difficulty is Best for Leveling in Diablo 4?

The best difficulty for leveling a new character quickly in Diablo 4 is World Tier 1: Adventurer. The main story quest gives the most experience out of any in-game activity, and putting the difficulty on World Tier 1 will help you complete the story as quickly as possible, thereby making it the most efficient difficulty.

After completing the main story quest, the best difficulty for leveling depends on your character’s power level. You will want to maintain a balance between how quickly you can kill monsters while still staying alive. For most players, it makes sense to turn the difficulty up to World Tier 2: Veteran after completing the main story quest.

There are four World Tiers in Diablo 4, and each subsequent tier gives more experience per monster kill. Here’s a breakdown of experience bonuses by World Tier:

  • World Tier 1: Adventurer – 0% Bonus Experience
  • World Tier 2: Veteran – 20% Bonus Experience
  • World Tier 3: Nightmare – 100% Bonus Experience
  • World Tier 4: Torment – 200% Bonus Experience
Which Difficulty is Best for Leveling in Diablo 4?

The answer to which difficulty is best will always come down to how quickly and efficiently you can kill monsters. The bonus experience of each World Tier makes up for killing monsters more slowly, but you don’t want to set the game to a difficulty where you have trouble staying alive. 

Refer to our guides on how to unlock World Tier 3 and how to unlock World Tier 4 if you’re unsure how to go about it. You can also check out more guides in our Diablo 4 section.