Once you have defeated the game on Normal Difficulty only Nightmare Difficulty games will appear on the
games list for Realm Characters.
How do I start or join a Nightmare Game?
You must first defeat Baal on Normal Difficulty.
When you die in a Nightmare Difficulty game you will lose 5% of your experience.
The experience loss (5% in Nightmare and 10% in Hell) is applied to the experience difference
from the current level to the next level. So, if you achieved level X at experience 1,000,000 and
you would achieve level X+1 at experience 2,000,000, then the
penalty is 5% or 10% of (2,000,000-1,000,000), that is, 5% or 10% of 1,000,000.
Retrieving your corpse where you died in Nightmare and Hell restores 75% of any experience lost at death.
Players will level up faster (from levels 26-50ish) in Nightmare.
Players will have a better chance of getting magic enhanced
items. Monsters will also have a slim chance (10%) to drop
an Exceptional Piece of Armor or Weapon with an increased
chance for special Monsters (20%).
Elite items will start to drop toward the end of Nightmare.
and Champion Monsters
and Champion Monsters gain a 75% damage bonus in Nightmare.
Player and Hireling resistances are lowered by 40 in Nightmare.
Damage vs Act Bosses
Hirelings and Summons do 35% damage to Act Bosses in Nightmare.
Freezing, Life/Mana Stealing, Chilling, AI affecting
Curses (Confuse, Attract, Dim Vision)
Are cut in 1/2 in Nightmare.
Static Field cannot bring a monster's life lower than 33%
Monsters are more difficult in Act V and Nightmare Difficulties than Normal Difficulty by improving the monsters
stats (hit points, defense) and by boosting their AI/behavior. They make decisions more often and move faster. Monster
damages generally increase also.
The hit points of Barbarian Soldiers in Act 5 are reduced.
Monster levels, hit points, Armor Class, Experience, Damage,
Chance to Hit, and Resistances all go up.
Monster skill levels go up +3.
You will start to see more and more monsters with immunities.
Unique Monsters gain one bonus ability.
Nihlathak's Corpse Explosion deals 35% damage in Nightmare.
Monsters populations are more randomized including guest monsters from other acts.
Many areas will now have much larger maps. The Forgotten Tower, The Catacombs, The Durance of Hate and the Worldstone keep are a few examples of these areas.
Rewards for defeating Nightmare Difficulty
You can now create and join Hell Difficulty games. You will now see Hell
Games on the games list for Realm Characters.
Normal Mode: Nightmare Difficulty: Champion
Hardcore Mode: Nightmare Difficulty: Conqueror