Get started in Diablo Immortal with these tips

Get started in Diablo Immortal with these tips

Diablo Immortal is now available on Android and iOS devices and in open beta on PC. The new game lets players fight against the legions of hell, whether on their own or in raids with up to eight players.

If you’ve played Diablo 3, Diablo Immortal will feel familiar. If you are new to the series, we will go through everything you need to know to get started as you tackle demons and other infernal beasts.

How to download Diablo Immortal

Diablo Immortal supports cross-play and cross-progression, which means you can play on your PC while at home and then download and play on your phone on the go.

On a mobile device, just find Diablo Immortal in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download. If you want to download PC open beta, you have a few extra steps.

1. Log in to your account on the Battle.net app

2. Go to Games> All Games and select Diablo Immortal

3. Meet Install to start the download

Note that on mobile devices you will be asked to download additional assets after the first download, although you will be able to jump in and start the intro without the extra downloads. The full download requires approximately 12 GB of space.

To play on both mobile and PC, you must log in with your Battle.net account. You will be able to log in by selecting the option in the upper left corner of the main menu.

Log in to Diablo's main menu

A Battle.net account is required for cross-progression.

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Which Diablo Immortal Class should I play?

Diablo Immortal offers players a choice of six different classes. Your class decides how you play the game, including what abilities you can learn, what stats matter to your character, and most importantly, what all that bad armor looks like at the end of the game.

Once you have started the game, your first step is to choose a class. Here is a quick summary of each class available at launch.

  • Barbarian: Buffy, bulky bruises, barbarians spend their time in the middle of battle and use their abilities to cut through enemies.
  • Crusader: Warriors of faith, crusaders wade into the front lines with heavy armor and sacred magic.
  • Demon hunter: Good-looking warriors, demon hunters use arrows, traps and high mobility to kill their enemies from a distance.
  • Monk: Masters of fist and spirit, monks use a combination of dodges and abilities that are powered by divine energy.
  • Necromancer: Magic callers who can awaken the dead and command them to fight, blurring the boundaries between life and death.
  • Wizard: Strong but squishy magical users who fight with a versatile mysterious arsenal.

You will be able to change class after starting the game, so that you are not locked into a specific class. Play around and see what feels fun to play – whether it’s a melee or distance fighter, a physical fighter or a magic user, or an undead puppet player.

Customize your Diablo character

Once you have chosen your class, you have the opportunity to choose what your character looks like. You can choose from a few pre-generated options, or dive deep into the character creator to choose your skin tone, hairstyle, hair color and a wide range of sliders for facial features. These adjustments are purely cosmetic and do not affect your play.

Necromancer character customization menu

You can start with one of the usual character appearances or customize your look.

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The basics of Diablo Immortal’s game

Diablo games use a third-person isometric view, with players using movement, basic attacks, and other abilities to mow down waves of hell’s subjects and demons. On your mobile phone, move by dragging a finger over a virtual joystick at the bottom left of the screen. Your attacks, abilities, and other interactions (such as picking up items and talking to other characters) are mapped to the bottom right of the screen. The essence of the game involves moving around a map and attacking enemies.

But if you want to take on the Lords of Hell, you need more than just moving and chopping. You must use objects and abilities to fight your way through the demonic legions.

Competence

Each class unlocks new skills as they level up. You can equip up to three skills in addition to your basic attack and ultimate ability. The abilities you equip determine how your character fights, whether it is with aggressive jumps, wide swings or long-range explosions of damage. Try different combinations of abilities to see what interactions you can find – it’s tempting to only use the skills you’ve recently unlocked, but you can find fun combinations by mixing and matching with older abilities.

Skill menu in Diablo Immortal

As you unlock more skills, you can change how your character plays.

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Equipment

When you fight enemies, you will find weapons and different types of armor that will increase your stats. All objects have one point, which tells you relatively how strong that object is – the higher the point, the greater the increase in your power. Some items can also offer bonuses for different stats, allowing you to further customize your character. Do you want to refuel more damage? Equip something that increases your vitality. Do you want to avoid it in the first place? Top up with dexterity increases. You can spread the statistics bonuses around or min-max according to what you want.

Equipment menu in Diablo Immortal

Equipment will change your character’s stats and appearance.

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Is Diablo Immortal free to play?

The biggest difference between Diablo Immortal and its predecessor? Microtransactions. The game is free to play, but at different times in the game you will have the opportunity to exchange money for items in the game. In fact, these microtransactions prevented the game from being released in Belgium and the Netherlands because it did not clear their anti-lootbox laws.

You do not have to pay to advance through the game, but these microtransactions are realistically necessary if you want to hone in for optimal playoff objects and PvP.

Diablo Immortal is out on Android, iOS and in open beta for PC.

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