Diablo 4 offers new players two World Tiers to choose from at any time – but should you be playing Adventurer or Veteran right out of the gate?

If you’ve never played a game like Diablo, you may be confused by the term World Tier. Effectively, your chosen Tier simply acts as your game’s difficulty level, with higher tiers leading to a tougher experience.

But dialing up the difficulty doesn’t just make the game harder, it also increases the amount of Experience and Gold that a player receives from combat encounters.

So is there a true answer to the Adventurer vs Veteran World Tier debate? Here’s everything you need to know!

Should You Pick Adventurer or Veteran World Tier in Diablo 4

Should You Pick Adventurer or Veteran World Tier in Diablo 4?

Adventurer – World Tier 1

  • Recommended for players who are new to Diablo or want a light challenge
  • Enemies are easy to defeat

If you’re new to Diablo 4 and want to jump in without too much difficulty, there’s very little downside to picking Adventurer – the easiest World Tier.

Not only can you choose to dial up the difficulty after testing the waters a little, but you also won’t miss that early game XP and Gold too much.

It’s important to note that a great deal of your XP won’t come from combat but instead from quest completions in the game’s early stages. And Adventurer mode gives just as much quest XP as Veteran!

Diablo 4 co-op

When you get into Diablo 4’s endgame at Level 50+, you’ll be incentivized to head to World Tier 3 & 4, but by then any initial gains you missed out on will be inconsequential.

Speaking of endgame, if you’re looking to rush through the Diablo 4 Campaign to get to the fun grind, playing on Adventurer will help you get there faster.

With combat being easier (and bosses reportedly having less HP too), you’ll be able to power through the game significantly quicker than you would in Veteran.

Veteran – World Tier 2

  • Enemies are more challenging
  • Monsters give 20% increased Experience
  • Monsters drop 15% more Gold

On the other hand, Diablo 4 is a hard game at times and opting for Veteran (World Tier 2) will help prepare you for what’s to come.

When Diablo tells you that enemies are more challenging, it’s about more than just damage numbers. Not only will foes hit harder, but they’ll also play smarter, and sometimes even attack in new ways to trip you up.

If you’re playing as one of the lower-tier Diablo classes (or one that has a slow power creep such as Druid) it might not be a bad idea to get as much XP as possible in early-game by taking advantage of a higher World Tier.

Sorcerer with flame snakes around her in Diablo 4

Bear in mind, however, that while the additional experience is nice, the added Gold is a relatively minor perk. Enemies near the start of the game will drop very little Gold regardless of the boost, especially when compared to your endgame grinding.

Veteran might be the way to go when starting any future characters however, as you won’t need to complete the Campaign on your second run-through! Without the quest XP, you may be better off relying on the 20% increased Experience offering in World Tier 2 when grinding a second character to endgame.

How to Change World Tier in Diablo 4

The most important thing to note when debating between World Tier choices in Diablo 4 is that you can change your mind at any time.

By simply visiting the World Tier Statue in Kyovashad, or returning to the Character Select Screen, users can change their World Tier at will.

Therefore, whatever choice you make isn’t set in stone. Have fun switching between the two freely! However, bear in mind that if you’re playing co-op in Diablo 4, both players must be on the same World Tier to party up.

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