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Diablo 4 World Tier Guide: Which Should be Leveling Up on Tier One or Two?

Welcome back to the Diablo 4 article! One question we've been asked countless times is whether we recommend leveling up on World Tier One or Two. There have been debates around this topic, with some claiming that World Tier One is far better and World Tier Two is a trap. In this article, we'll share our opinion on the matter. However, it's important to note that your first playthrough should be about having fun and enjoying the game. No one can dictate how you should experience it. But if you're looking for efficiency, read on as we explore the differences between World Tier One and Two.

Diablo 4 World Tier Guide: Which Should be Leveling Up on Tier One or Two?


Switching World Tiers

Before we dive into the details, it's essential to know that you can switch between world tiers at any time. Whether you log out and switch or use a portal to go to the town hub, you have the flexibility to adjust the difficulty as you see fit. This means that unless you're playing Hardcore mode, where every decision is a matter of life and death, you can freely move back and forth between World Tier One and Two.


Experience and Gold

When it comes to Diablo 4 gold and experience rewards, World Tier One offers a 20% boost. While we initially stated it's 20%, the exact percentage may vary. Nevertheless, World Tier One provides a noticeable increase in both experiences and gold gains. This makes it the better option for leveling efficiently.


Item Drops

Now, let's address the question of item drops. Are the drops better on World Tier Two? From our understanding and conversations with others, the answer is no. The difference in drop quality between these two introductory levels, while there may be some level discrepancy that affects drops, isn't significant enough to favor World Tier Two. Therefore, if we consider efficiency, we can turn it into a simple math equation. If World Tier One is more than 20% faster than World Tier Two, then World Tier One is the superior choice.


Class and Difficulty

It's worth noting that specific classes may excel on different world tiers. Classes like barbarians and druids may find World Tier One more efficient due to their playstyle, while others like sorcerers or rogues may not notice a significant difference between the two. Understanding your class and how it performs at different difficulties can help you make an informed decision.


Monsters and Difficulty

In Diablo 4's development, the game has undergone adjustments to increase difficulty over time. Initially, the game was easier, but to ensure a satisfying progression, Blizzard has made balancing changes. Comparing World Tier One and Two, we find that monsters in World Tier Two are smarter and have more health. This increased aggression and durability can make World Tier Two more challenging and time-consuming. Therefore, unless you specifically enjoy the added difficulty, World Tier One is generally the better option.


Group Play

If you're leveling with friends or in a group, World Tier Two might be more viable. Group synergy and cooperation can compensate for the increased difficulty and provide a smoother experience. We recommend giving World Tier Two a try in a group setting and adjusting accordingly. Remember, you can always switch back to World Tier One if it proves too challenging.


Progression and End Game

Finally, it's important to consider the overall progression of the game. Diablo 4 becomes progressively harder, regardless of the chosen world tier. If you decide to stick with World Tier Two in Act 1, keep in mind that the difficulty will continue to increase. However, for players aiming for efficiency, reaching the capstone dungeon is crucial, and that can only be accomplished on World Tier Two. So, if you can comfortably clear the campaign on World Tier One, you'll be better equipped for the capstone dungeon.



In conclusion, for the vast majority of players, leveling up on World Tier One is the recommended choice. You'll experience faster progression, enjoy a more manageable difficulty, and still reap significant experience and gold rewards. However, the decision ultimately lies with you. If you prefer the added challenge, enjoy playing in a group, or want to test your skills against tougher foes, World Tier Two might be worth considering. Remember, Diablo 4 is a game meant to be enjoyed, so prioritize having fun above all else.

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