When you start playing Diablo 4, one of the first things that you need to pick is the world tier that you will play the game on. This acts as a difficulty settings that change multiple factors, such as enemy health, XP gained, and gold earned. With that in mind, getting the right world tier setting is pretty important. In this Diablo 4 guide, we go over everything that you need to know about world tiers and which world tier you should play the game on.
|Recommended Level And Modifiers
|World Tier 1 – Adventurer
|Recommended level: 1-50
Enemies are easier to defeat
|World Tier 2 – Veteran
|Recommended level: 1-50
|World Tier 3 – Nightmare
|Recommended level: 50-70
Monsters overcome 20% resistance
Sacred and Unique Items will drop from enemies
|World Tier 4 – Torment
|Recommended level: 70+
Monsters overcome 40% resistance
Ancestral and new Unique items may drop
World Tier 1 Or 2: Which Should You Pick In Diablo 4?
World Tier 1 is the default option for players that are new to the Diablo franchise. World Tier 2 is recommended for veterans of the franchise that have played the previous games. At World Tier 1, enemies are much easier to defeat, which is the reason why this is the recommended setting for new players from levels 1-30. World Tier 2 enemies are more aggressive, but defeating them will give you 20% more experience and 15% more gold.
It is also worth mentioning that the drops do not get better when switching from World Tier 1 to 2. They are the same, and the drops only change significantly once you move to World Tier 3.
In my experience, the difficulty does not increase much when you move from World Tier 1 to 2. So if you are looking for faster progression and earning more gold, then you can play on World Tier 2 even if you are new to the franchise and have not played the previous games. I myself have not played the previous Diablo games and am playing Diablo 4 at World Tier 2 without issues.
It is also worth mentioning that you need to complete the campaign on World Tier 2 to unlock World Tier 3, so it might be best to go with World Tier 2, to begin with. This is going to save you a lot of time.
How To Change World Tier In Diablo 4
Even if you go with a higher World Tier and are stuck, you can change it to get through a tricky part of the game. You can change your World Tier in Diablo 4 from the main menu or by heading over to a World Tier statue.
How To Unlock World Tier 3 (Nightmare)
World Tier 3 is where you get better loot or drops. To unlock World Tier 3 or Nightmare, you need to complete the Campaign and Cathedral of Light Capstone Dungeon in Kyovashad on Veteran difficulty (World Tier 2). It is recommended that your character is at level 50 before you move to World Tier 3. Otherwise, things are going to be very challenging, and survival will be an issue.
World Tier 3 is where things get really interesting as you get access to Sacreds and Uniques. You will also unlock higher-level content such as Nightmare Dungeons, Helltides, and Champion monsters. Since the monsters in this World Tier are more challenging, killing them will reward you with 100% more experience and 15% more gold.
How To Unlock World Tier 4 (Torment)
This is the last of the World Tiers in Diablo 4 and is the most challenging but also the most rewarding. You can access World Tier 4 or Torment in Diablo 4 by completing the Fallen Temple Capstone Dungeon in Northeastern Dry Steppes on Nightmare (World Tier 3). Your character will need to be level 70+ in order to survive.
Since monsters at this difficulty are the most challenging, killing them rewards you with +200% experience and +15% gold. Monsters will also drop the best loot in the game, called Ancestrals.
This is everything that you need to know about World Tiers in Diablo 4. If you want to learn more, then you can check out our guide on how to open Silent Chests. You can also check out our guide on how you can pet dogs. For more content, check out our Diablo 4 guides hub.