What exactly is new about the Diablo II Expansion?
Two new character classes each with 30 unique skills/spells, the ability to play the new
character classes through the original four acts of Diablo II, new monster types (including
Bosses, Uniques and Subordinates), interactive environments (such as Siege Towers, Town Walls
and Fortified Battlements), thousands of new weapons, armor and magical items (including
class-specific Quest items), new recipes for the Horadric Cube, and increased storage space
in your Stash.
Have you changed the resolution from 640x480?
Yes. Diablo II Lord of Destruction supports 800x600 resolution.
Will the Expansion set have three difficulty levels?
Yes, we will maintain 3 difficulty levels throughout the Expansion set, as well. It is important to
understand that the Expansion is fundamentally an extension of the current storyline (Act V), meaning it
is more difficult than Act IV and ramps up accordingly with each difficulty level.
Will there be changes to Nightmare and Hell Difficulty?
Yes, we have improved the balance at higher difficulty levels to offer a greater challenge for high-level characters.
Will the expansion set be more difficult for advanced players?
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction begins where Act IV left off, so the difficulty will be greater. For the more
diligent Diablo II player, we have increased the challenges in both Nightmare and Hell difficulty levels, as
well as the rewards that can be gained there.
How many new music tracks and cinematic sequences will be in the Expansion set?
There will be 2 new cinematic sequences, as well as all new music for Act V. Although we do not have the exact
timing of these new pieces as of yet, we are sure that players will be happy with all aspects of the Expansion set.
Will players who do not have the Expansion set be able to see those new classes in their games?
People who only have Diablo II will be able to see the two new character classes represented in
their basic armor, much as the basic Warrior is used to represent the original Diablo in the chat
room. Expansion and standard characters will not be able to play in the same game, however, which
is similar to the restrictions between StarCraft and Brood War games.
Will players with the Expansion set be able to play in games with Diablo II players?
Players will be able to play in either Diablo II or Diablo II: Lord of Destruction games, as long as they have
characters appropriate for that game type. Basically, Diablo II characters can only play with other Diablo II characters,
and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction characters can only play with other Diablo II: Lord of Destruction characters.
How will character conversion work?
A character will be created either as a normal Diablo II character or as a Diablo II: Lord of Destruction character.
Existing Diablo II characters can also be converted into Diablo II: Lord of Destruction characters. It is important to
remember that Diablo II: Lord of Destruction characters cannot play in games or trade with Diablo II characters.
Finally, Diablo II players will not be able to play with the new character classes or use any of the new items
or abilities associated with Diablo II: Lord of Destruction unless they own the expansion set and use expansion characters.
When you take your Diablo II character into an Expansion game, is your character permanently converted?
Yes. Because your character may pick up Expansion-only items, you cannot interact with characters that do not have access
to that artwork. You will be required to "convert" your character prior to using him in the Expansion, however,
so your choice will be an informed one.
Will characters that are converted over to the Expansion show up on the ladder?
No. You will need to create a new Expansion character (after a certain date) to show up on the Expansion ladder. More
details will be available on www.battle.net when Diablo II: Lord of Destruction is released.
Will there be new quests, if so how many?
Yes, there are six (6) new quests in Act V.
How big is the new Stash?
The new Stash is currently twice the size of the Diablo II Stash. We have also increased the amount
of Gold you can carry in your Stash.
Will there be new Shrine types?
Will there be new "recipes" for the Horadric Cube?
Yes. We intend to make the Horadric Cube much more useful throughout the entire game in the Expansion set.
Will the level limit be increased?
The character level limit of 99 will remain the same for the expansion.
Will the Battle.net interface look different than in Diablo II?
The interface may undergo some cosmetic changes, but we expect the functionality to remain
Will the Diablo II Expansion be on separate servers?
Characters for Diablo II: Lord of Destruction will use the same database structure and will share space
on the existing Realms. Diablo II characters will not be able to play with the two new character classes,
however, or with original Diablo II character classes who have been created as Diablo II: Lord of Destruction characters.
Will the ladder system be changed or updated for the Expansion?
We will have specific ladders for Diablo II: Lord of Destruction characters.
Will the Expansion set introduce trading in the chat rooms?
We are not going to support chat room trading between characters. While it would be a great feature,
a host of problems and design challenges occur (such as what if you don't have enough space) that actually
make trading within the game the easiest means to exchange items.
Will there be any additions to Acts I-IV, such as new caves or dungeons?
Although Diablo II: Lord of Destruction will not alter the terrain of Acts I - IV, it will have both new wilderness and
interior areas in Act V.
Can you expand on the enhancements being made to Acts I-IV?
The two new characters start in Act I, so they will have a whole game's worth of new skills. For the other character
types, there will be new class-specific items; socketable rare, magic, and Unique items; new Sets; new Horadric Cube
recipes; new Jewels and Runes; and hundreds of new magic properties that combine to make thousands of new items.
Will I have to play through the game again to access the new Expansion Act?
No, you can take your existing character directly to Act V if you have already defeated Diablo.
This is true for each difficulty level you have completed.
What is the process for entering Act V?
After you kill Diablo, Tyreal will appear and, after setting the stage for the continuing storyline, will open
a Portal for your character.
How big is Act V in comparison to the rest of the game?
The fifth act is roughly the size of Act I or II (but not as big as Act III or as small as Act IV) from Diablo II.
Will there be new Hirelings in Act V?
Yes -- you will be able to hire Barbarians.
Will the Vendors in Act V sell new items?
While we are not creating any new basic item classes, the vendors in Act V will sell the best
equipment from Act III and IV.
Will there be falling snow in Act V?
Will Natalya be an NPC in Act V?
Although Natalya herself will not be an NPC in the game, we thought it would be nice to show you that Assassins
existed in our world concept even when Diablo II came out.
Will you be required to complete Act V before moving onto the Nightmare difficulty level?
Will converted characters still move onto Nightmare after Act IV, or will they now need to complete Act V?
Characters that can already adventure in Nightmare or Hell difficulties will still be able to do so after converting
to expansion characters. Any characters that are originally created as Diablo II: Lord of Destruction characters
(regardless of class) will need to complete Act V before moving on to the higher difficulty levels.
What happens when I use the Act V Quest Reward "Personalize"?
Personalize adds your character name an item, such as "Stormchaser's Frostburn Gauntlets."
Does Baal look the same in game as he does in the Teaser cinematic?
Yes and no. Baal is undergoing a metamorphosis, much as the Wanderer did in Diablo II, and this is represented
in his evolving look in the cinematic sequences and the game.