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How Does Hardcore Mode Work in Diablo IV

Diablo IV Hardcore Mode
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Diablo IV, much like its predecessors, offers players two different game modes upon immediately starting the game: Normal and Hardcore. Those unfamiliar with the series may be wondering just what Hardcore mode is and what it entails. This is a more permanent game mode that will test players abilities to stay alive in the most harrowing of circumstances. Hardcore mode in Diablo IV is a challenge mode that will permanently kill a player’s character if they die. Naturally, if you are playing Diablo IV for the first time, I wouldn’t advise you play on Hardcore. But you totally can, and you could even beat the game this way.

There are no additional rewards for beating the game with a Hardcore character, only achievements. This means that Hardcore characters do not get increased Legendary drops, as this is tied to World Tiers. Hardcore also doesn’t make the game significantly harder, outside of it’s perma-death penalty. If your character dies, they are gone forever, including their gear, aspects, and anything else they may have unlocked outside of cosmetics. This mode is truly for those just looking for the extra added challenge of not dying.

Normal mode, on the other hand, is exactly what you would expect. Players can die indefinitely, with only their gear slowly breaking as a penalty. This is the general way to play the game, and definitely advised for those looking to play Diablo for the very first time.

Diablo IV is available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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