Leveling Guide When 1.10 arrived, leveling was re-written. In my opinion, for the best, but many will disagree. Whether you like the modifications or hate them, we are stuck with them, and should make the best of our stay. There have been so many threads asking the same question: Where is the best place to level up? The answers given have been all over the page. Below I offer my view on the fastest leveling method. Be warned that this is not a solo guide, a good friend is needed at some points. This is for those people that already have one character and are looking to have another quickly and easily. How Does Experience Work? Rather than repeating what has previously been said a thousand times, I will point you to a fairly thorough explanation of how experience penalties, experience sharing and other experience twibbles work. The Arreat Summit, the official Diablo II site has that thorough explanation here. Where to Level This is my method, I'm sure you've seen many others but this seems to work quickly and painlessly. I did it once solo on a ridiculously twinked out zealot, and once more as a un-twinked skellimancer in a full party of level 1s. Both tests were done in private, 8-player battle.net ladder games. The solo zealot played in SC, the partied skellimancer was HC. You will notice that the first 12 or so levels flow quite nicely, and those after take some abrupt turns. Stamina potions were very useful and helped the whole process move along quickly. Levels 1-3 Start on the path that heads out of town into the Blood Moor. Make your way down the path, and try not to stray too far off it. Kill every thing that comes within site on the path until you arrive at the Den of Evil. For me, i took the wrong split and ended up backtracking both times - this may account for the number of levels I got. Levels 3-5 Kill everything in the Den. If you are partied don't get more than 2 screens apart or no experience will be gained. Make your way out of the Den and travel to the cold plains. Grab the waypoint, head back to town and get the extra skill from Akara. Levels 5-7 Take the cold plains waypoint and take the path to the burial grounds. Remember to kill everything on and around the path. Clear out the burial grounds, then the mausoleum, then the crypt. Levels 7-9 Make your way back to where the path split to go to the burial grounds and head to the stoney field - again killing everything in sight. At this point, if you are not quite at the level, move off the path and kill everything in the cold plains and stoney field until you get close to level 9. Levels 9-11 Descend down into the Underground Passage. Clear out the first level, and the second if you feel you need more levels. You may then emerge in the dark wood. Get on the path and head to the Black Marsh. Still killing everything you come across, continue on the path until you reach the Forgotten Tower. Levels 11-12 Drop into the Forgotten Tower and start clearing. You only need to kill until you hit 12, but if you want to keep going feel free. At level 12 have a friend rush you to act 2. Levels 12-16 Go into the sewers and make your way to Radament, killing everything on the way. Repeat running the sewers until you hit 16 - it should not take many runs. Levels 16-20 Get rushed to the end of act 2 by a friend. Go to the Canyon of the Magi and clear out the tombs until you hit 20. Levels 20-24 At this point most will call in reinforcements. Create the cow level with a character who has beaten normal and have a high level friend clear it out a few times for you. You should reach 24 without a worry. Levels 24-25 Get rushed through to act 5 and kill the ancients, you will get a level. Levels 25-(45-50) At 25 start baal runs. Public games are usually fine as long as they have 8 players. Personally I find killing baal himself a waste of time as he gives significantly less xp than his minions and has such terrible drops in normal. The choice of (45-50) is yours, depending on how able you are to handle NM. Levels (45-50)-(70-80) Have a friend rush you when you decide you've had enough of normal baal. Start NM baal runs and again, the choice of when to move on is yours. Levels (70-80)+ Get rushed, or play though hell. If you are only level 70 you may want to run some of the easy level 85+ hell areas before going to all the way to baal. Start hell baal runs at the earliest convenience. When people reach level 90, many will do Hell Diablo and then Hell Baal one after the other to gain more experience. Questions, Comments, Additions are welcome.