Are you ready for the ultimate leveling experience in Diablo 4 Season 1? Whether you are a seasoned player or a casual gamer, we have got you covered. In this guide, we will walk you through the fastest and most effective leveling route to take your character from level 1 all the way to level 100. So, grab your gear, sharpen your skills, and get ready for an epic adventure!
1. Get The Most Altars & Map Uncovered For Your Season 1 Build (Before Season Start)
Before diving into Season 1, it’s essential to set a strong foundation for your character. Log into your existing characters that have the most altars and map discoveries. By doing so, you can transfer their progress to your new seasonal character. If this is your first time playing Diablo 4, don’t worry. You can uncover and unlock altars and maps as you progress through the game.
2. Pick Up Your Season 1 Leveling Build (0 Level)
Choosing the right class and build is crucial for a smooth leveling experience. Not all classes and builds are equal, so make sure to check out our Diablo 4 Season 1 tier list for the best leveling builds for each class.
3. Start Your Season 1 at World Tier 2 (0 Level)
Create a new seasonal character and select World Tier 1. Skip the campaign and progress directly to World Tier 2. However, if you are playing in a highly efficient group, you can start directly at World Tier 2.
4. Get Renown Rewards & Pick Up the Raising Spirits Side Quest (0 Level)
Claim the first two tier Renown rewards in all five zones. Then, head to Kyovashad and grab the Raising Spirits Side Quest. Use the emote wheel to cheer and turn it in for an Herb Cache. These rewards will give you a nice boost early on.
5. Do Outdoor Events for Upgrade Potions (1-15 Level)
Complete outdoor events in the designated areas to gather flowers for potion upgrades. Follow the recommended map routes provided in the leveling guide for levels 1-9 and levels 9-15. These routes will ensure maximum efficiency in gaining experience and upgrading your character.
6. Unlock Legendary Aspects for Your Build (1-15 Level)
As you progress towards level 15, focus on acquiring any codex powers you need from dungeons. These powers will greatly enhance your character’s strength. Consult the leveling guide to determine which dungeons to visit for specific legendary aspects. Make sure to pick up the corresponding quest for each dungeon to maximize your rewards.
7. Do Class Quests To Unlock Specific Unique Mechanic (15 Level)
At level 15, complete your class quest that automatically appears in your quest log. This quest will unlock specific unique mechanics for your character. Each class has its own specialization, such as Barb Technique Slot, Druid Spirit Boons, Sorcerer Enchantment Slots, Rogue Specialization, and Necro Book of the Dead (at level 25).
8. Clear Nostrava and Malnok Strongholds (15-17 Level)
Embark on a journey to clear Nostrava and Malnok Strongholds in the Fractured Peaks region. These strongholds provide a challenging experience, so be prepared for tough battles. Claim your Renown rewards for Level 3 Fractured Peaks.
9. Clear Onyx Watchtower Stronghold (17-27 Level)
Proceed to clear the Onyx Watchtower stronghold, but be cautious not to kill the boss or ring the bell. Click the caged beasts in the middle and leave the game after clearing to reset it. You will come back to this stronghold later for additional rewards.
10. Clear Kor Dragan Stronghold (27-32 Level)
Similar to the previous stronghold, clear Kor Dragan stronghold without killing the boss or ringing the bell. On your final run, complete the stronghold fully for extra experience points.
12. Clear Temple of Rot Stronghold (32-45 Level)
Head to the Temple of Rot Stronghold but refrain from killing the boss or ringing the bell. Open the chest northeast of the three elites before leaving. On your final run, complete the stronghold fully to maximize your experience gains.
13. Clear Onyx Watchtower Stronghold Again (45-47 Level)
Return to the Onyx Watchtower stronghold and clear it again without killing the boss or ringing the bell. On your final run, complete the stronghold fully for additional experience points.
14. Upgrade Main Weapons (45-47 Level)
Before proceeding further, make sure to upgrade your main weapons at the blacksmith for extra DPS. This will enhance your combat effectiveness and help you tackle higher-level challenges.
15. Unlock World Tier 3 (47 Level or Any Level You Can)
At level 47 or whenever you feel ready, swap to World Tier 2 and clear the Capstone Dungeon. Then, go to World Tier 3 at the statue in the center of Kyovashad. This will unlock new challenges and rewards as you progress in the game.
16. Setup Your Endgame Build (47 Level)
Before entering World Tier 3, take the time to set up your endgame build. Choose the skills, talents, and equipment that best suit your playstyle and desired role. This will ensure that you are ready for the tougher battles that lie ahead.
17. Chain Clear Nightmare Dungeons (48-67 Level)
Turn in Grim Favors to the Tree of Whispers to obtain a Nightmare Dungeon Sigil. Complete the Nightmare Dungeon Quests in Kyovashad and aim for Renown level 3 in all zones. Follow the recommended dungeons listed in the Season 1 Nightmare Dungeon Tier List for the best experience and rewards.
18. Run Some Helltide Events & Kill World Bosses (48-67 Level)
Participate in Helltide events and follow the mysterious chest strategy to obtain Forgotten Souls. Additionally, seek out and defeat world bosses for valuable loot and Shattering Prisms. These activities will provide you with additional resources and rewards to improve your character.
19. Unlock World Tier 4 & Upgrade Gear (47 Level or Any Level You Can)
When you reach level 67 or feel comfortable, clear the second Capstone Dungeon and unlock World Tier 4 at the statue in Kyovashad. Prioritize upgrading your weapons, armor, and jewelry to maximize your combat potential. Remember to equip an Elixir of Death Evasion if you are playing Hardcore mode.
20. Clear Nightmare Dungeons (68-100 Level)
In the endgame phase, focus on clearing Nightmare Dungeons to continue leveling your character. Craft the highest level gems, run Helltide events for Forgotten Souls, and reroll or upgrade your ancestral World Tier 4 gear. Additionally, kill world bosses for valuable loot and hunt Malignant monsters/tunnels for Caged Hearts. Consider reaching the final two tiers of Renown for extra paragon points.
With this comprehensive leveling guide, you are well-equipped to conquer Diablo 4 Season 1. Follow the strategies outlined here, adapt them to your playstyle, and embark on an unforgettable adventure in the world of Sanctuary. Good luck, Nephalem!