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Power Leveling (Diablo II)

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Power Leveling is the act of leveling one's character in the quickest, most efficient manner possible. By knowing which locations give the most experience and the mechanics involved in gaining experience, players can level very quickly without cheating or exploiting bugs. These guidelines should be suitable for most classes and builds:

General Guidelines:

  • Players should always try to accomplish these steps in full games since the amount of experience increases per player in the game.
  • Asking a higher level character to help clear areas may be better if their speed makes up for the level penalty.
  • Melee players may get their weapons (and mercenary's weapons) Enchanted by a Sorceress to provide a dps boost.
  • Gain access to areas by having higher level characters share waypoints. Some areas will require the completion of quests to advance.
  • Don't put yourself at risk of death in Nightmare and Hell since the penalty on death is 5% and 10% respectively. This is particularly important for Hardcore players as well, for obvious reasons.
  • Hunt for Experience Shrines in different Acts (act 1 usually is the easiest) as you get 50% more experience while it is active, but be careful not to get too close to any monster that can curse you such as unique monsters with the "Cursed" status, Oblivion Knights, or Baal himself as curses override any active shrine bonus.