Diablo 2 Resurrected Season 1 Ladder Starter Guide

Diablo 2 Resurrected Season 1 Ladder Starter Guide

Welcome to our Diablo 2 Resurrected Season 1 Ladder Guide. In this guide, we will be organizing information to help you prepare for Ladder Season 1.

What Class Should I Play?

When it comes to classes, all classes are a viable start. A good portion of people swears by Sorceress until you can get an enigma but every class has its good farms without it. You should pick a class that you enjoy and go hard at leveling and finding loot. The 7 classes to pick from are as follows:

  • Amazon
  • Sorceress
  • Paladin
  • Barbarian
  • Necromancer
  • Assassin
  • Druid

Once you have picked a class, look around at some builds to find one that looks interesting to you and follow it.

What’s the fastest way to level?

Leveling in Diablo 2 Resurrected can be done in a few ways. The first way is to just play through the game and enjoy the story. We recommend using these guides as references in case you get stuck.

d2r act 1 guide tgc complete
Complete Act 1 Guide
Diablo II Resurrected (D2R) Complete Act 2 Guide
Complete Act 2 Guide
Diablo II Resurrected Complete Act 3 Guide
Complete Act 3 Guide
Diablo II Resurrected (D2R) Complete Act 4 Guide
Complete Act 4 Guide
Diablo II Resurrected (D2R) Complete Act 5 Guide
Complete Act 5 Guide

The second way is to take the power leveling route that has been around for a long time.  That route is as follows:

No Rush Route

  • Regular leveling to unlock Tristram.
  • Up to level 15  – Tristram runs in public games
  • Finish the story of act 1 and 2.
  • Tomb Runs in Public Games to level 24
  • Finish the story through act 5
  • Ancients no earlier than 24
  • Up to level 40/45 – Chaos/Baal runs in public Games
  • Start and play through NM mode act 1-5
  • Chaos/Baal runs to 70/75
  • Hell act 1-5
  • Chaos/Baal runs – 99

Rush Available

  • Unlock Tristram
  • Up to level 15 – Tristram Runs
  • Act 1-2 Rush
  • Tomb runs to 24
  • Act 3-5 Rush
  • Ancients no earlier than 24 so you hit at least 25
  • Up to level 40/45 – Chaos/Baal Runs
  • Nightmare Act 1-5 Rush
  • Up to level 70/75 – Chaos/Baal Runs
  • Hell Act 1-5 Rush
  • Up to level 99 – Chaos/Baal Runs

If you follow any of these leveling options you will be level 70-80 in short order.

General Tips 

Character Quest Bonuses

The first and main tip that we have for you is to make sure you do the specific quests to get your permanent stat bonuses for your character. These include:

  • Act I  – Den of Evil for a skill point and a respec
  • Act II  – Radamant for the Skill point
  • Act III – Figurine Quest for the 20 Hp points
  • Act III – Lam Esen’s Tome for the free stat points
  • Act IV – Izual for the free 2 skill points
  • Act V – Freeing Anya for the 10 resistance to all

These quests can be completed in all 3 difficulties for a total of 60 Health points, 15 stat points, 30 resistance to all, and 12 skill points. If you do not know how to do any of these quests mentioned, please check out our complete Act I-V guides for help. 

Easy Starter Rune Words

While leveling there are a few Rune Words that will help you out immensely. Most of the runes for these can be found from the Countess in Normal/Nightmare. These Rune Words are as follows:

Stealth2Body Armor+17
Leaf2Staff(Not Orbs)+19
Ancient’s Pledge3Shield++21


(Note – In Patch 2.4 all types of act 2 mercenaries are available in Hell and Nightmare)

(Note – In Patch 2.4 Mercenaries received an overhaul to make all mercenaries viable. Once more testing is done we will update this section)

When it comes to Mercenary choices there really is only 1. The Act 2 Mercenary is the most popular choice do to its auras and stability. In Normal/Hell mode you can acquire a Prayer/Blessed aim/Defiance aura. In Nightmare you can acquire a Holy Freeze/Might/Thorns aura. In normal mode Prayer/Defiance is popular among casters, and Blessed aim on physical. Overall the Nightmare Holy Freeze or Might aura is the best of them all.

Items to make sure to hold on to while leveling

While leveling in Diablo 2 Resurrected there are some items that become sought after later in the game. Some of these are as follows:

Item NameSubtypeReason
GemsFlawless Skull/Ruby/Amethyst/
Topaz(at the start)
After Converting into Perfects, Skulls are used to reroll rare items like circlets and cornets, Rubies and Amethyst are used in endgame crafting for Rings/Amulets, and Topaz are used for early magic find sockets.
RunesSol/RalSol and Ral Runes are both used in endgame crafting to make Rings/Amulets.
JewelsAnyFor endgame crafting you need a random jewel. If you are lucky you may find a 40/15 ias jewel as well which is worth quite a bit.
Small CharmsLife 15 or higher
Magic Find 5% or higher
 All Resist 3% or higher,
Light/Cold/Fire resist 5% or higher,
High gold find 
High Attack Rating
Small charms are the most used charms. Even in normal difficulty you can find some profitable charms.
Large CharmsHigh ResistMost large charms are just used as filler if they have high resist
Grand CharmsPlus to a Skill(Skillers)
High Resist
Grand Charms with skill are highly sought after if it has the right skills on it. Even more so if it has plus to health. High resist can also be used as filler until more gear has been acquired.
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