Unfortunately, players are experiencing an uncharacteristically large amount of lag and rubberbanding when attempting to play through Season 2 of Diablo 4.
It’s a shame, as the new Season of Blood has received a lot of praise from the community, with some believing its balancing and quality-of-life changes have saved the game.
However, it seems that a disproportionate amount of players are experiencing lag. Below we go into why this may be the case and how to troubleshoot and potentially fix any lag issues in Diablo 4 Season 2.
How to Fix Lag in Diablo 4
As this is most likely a serverside problem, you may have to simply wait until Blizzard smooths out these issues before the lag and rubberbanding improve in Diablo 4.
However, there are a few things to check first to see if the issue isn’t on your end:
- Turn off crossplay
- Some users are reporting that it has improved lag and latency issues, particularly in the game’s cities and towns
- Lower your graphics settings
- Reducing Texture Quality to Medium may help
- Update graphics drivers
- Repair Diablo 4 game files
- Reset your Router
- Use a wired connection
- Reduce Internet strain
For more detail on the steps above, be sure to check out our guide on how to fix stutter and lag in Diablo 4!
As mentioned, if you’ve done and checked all of the above, there’s not really much you can do to fix the lag until Blizzard works to fix and smooth things out on their end.
Diablo 4 Season 2 Lag & Rubber Banding Explained
The most likely reason for lag and rubberbanding in Diablo 4 is because of the recent increase in players with the release of Season 2.
Season 2 also brought with it a variety of balance additions, new content, and quality-of-life updates that were likely not tested on such a wide scale.
The culprit for all the lag seems to be down to Diablo 4’s servers not being able to handle all of those new additions alongside the recent uptick in returning and newer players.
What Happens When There’s Lag & Rubberbanding in Diablo 4?
When players experience lag in Diablo 4, they will often see the game ‘pause’ and respond to their actions at a later point, almost as a way of catching up to their inputs.
For example, when battling a group of enemies out in the open world, they might stop on the spot mid-battle and not respond to any of your attacks. Then, when you’ve already moved on, you stutter forward as the game clumsily tries to catch up to your actions.
Many are also experiencing lots of rubberbanding in Diablo 4. Rubberbanding is another latency issue which involves your character being ‘pulled’ in a different (often the opposite) direction than you intended, causing traversal to feel sluggish.
It makes getting from point A to point B an absolute drag.
To see just how frustrating all that lag and rubberbanding can be, check out FootyMcRage’s video compilation below:
Diablo 4 Season 2 Lag: Fan Response
For obvious reasons, it’s safe to say that players are not happy about the higher frequency of lag and rubberbanding in Diablo 4 Season 2.
Many players have flocked to Reddit to express their frustration at all that Diablo 4 lag after the recent update:
Many have also expressed their disappointment on Blizzard’s forums, including this disgruntled player who can’t even leave the town they spawn in:
Hopefully, Blizzard will take in all of this feedback and sort out these problems so players can get back to enjoying Season 2!