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What’s the best way to speed to level 70 in Diablo III?

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Blizzard have perfected the Diablo III addiction cycle. It starts out like this: Play the game in a crazed manner for dozens of hours – levelling, looting, and having the constant feeling of progression and achievement. It then progresses to: “my work here is done, I don’t feel like playing another class, so let’s move on to another game.” Then, this is where the magic happens, Blizzard kick off a new season with some juicy additions and changes that draw people straight back to step one. It’s freaking genius, and I hate them for it! If you’re a sucker like I am, you probably spent most of this past weekend grinding out a new Season 3 character. Didn’t level as fast as you’d hoped? Here are some ways to hit that sweet level 70 cap in no time at all.

Find some high-level friends

This is easily the best way to reach level 70 as quickly as possible. All you need is a really patient, high levelled friend to hold your hand through these few hours.

It’s simple; you, as your level 1 (or low-level character) start a game on the hardest difficulty, Torment VI (1600% extra gold and XP is delicious). It is important that you start the game, as the creeps will then be tailored to your level.


This will allow your high levelled, super DPS friend to dispatch enemies in stupidly short amounts of time. You will be dinging so often that you probably won’t be able to keep up with all your new skills, runes, and passives. For this reason, I only recommend this method if you are levelling a class that you have played before. If you attempt one you’re unfamiliar with, you’ll be forced to take in too much, too quickly, possibly missing out on some neat nuances that class may have. This is unless you really couldn’t care less, and you plan on following some character build guide that another player has made.

As you start hitting higher levels , you may want to lower the difficulty accordingly. If an elite pack suddenly feels like it is taking too long to die, a lower level is probably required. Too many people get caught up in slogging through harder difficulties thanks to the promise of more XP and better loot. They forget that killing more enemies on a lower difficulty is just as efficient, and not nearly as painful and slow.

It should take you as little as 3-4 hours (maybe even less) to hit level 70. The only real downside to this method is that your friend stands to gain nothing of importance in their time played with you.


Follow a professional guide

If you feel that the above method borders on cheating, or you just want the traditional, fresh-from-the-beginning experience, you may want to follow a legit speed guide where a dedicated gamer has done some number crunching and tested out several builds on classes that results on optimal dinging. This is one that Blizzard themselves highlighted recently.

The author of the guide, Rhykker, makes use of the Wizard class. He has put together a spreadsheet that highlights everything from what abilities to take at what level, to a lengthy checklist on whether a new weapon or piece of gear is worth equipping or not. Here’s a video where he explains everything in more detail.

According to Rhykker, with this method, you can hit level 70 within 5-6 hours. That is stupidly fast when you consider that I myself sank about 9 hours into Diablo III this weekend, playing a mix of campaign, adventure, and rifts, and my Crusader is only level 54.

Have you tried any of the above methods, or do you have some other optimal way of reaching level 70? Leave your comments, tips, or advice below!

Last Updated: April 13, 2015


  1. Aries

    April 13, 2015 at 13:39

    I did this with @hammersteyn:disqus,well the get a friend part, joined in his game, because I needed money, though the difficulty wasn’t that high


    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      April 13, 2015 at 13:41

      I imagine a lot of people say that about joining Hammer’s game. “I needed the money” *run*


      • Aries

        April 13, 2015 at 13:42



      • Admiral Chief asked for this

        April 13, 2015 at 13:44



      • Hammersteyn

        April 13, 2015 at 14:10



    • Hammersteyn

      April 13, 2015 at 14:11

      If I didn’t haven’t backlog I’d jump into this again.


      • Admiral Chief asked for this

        April 13, 2015 at 14:13

        I have a backlog too, but I’m going to the loo soon, so that settles that then


        • Hammersteyn

          April 13, 2015 at 14:14

          That can only mean a new DX article is on the way.


          • Admiral Chief asked for this

            April 13, 2015 at 14:36

            You betcha

      • Aries

        April 13, 2015 at 14:15

        The only games I got left to finish is Borderlands 2 and the Witcher 2


        • Hammersteyn

          April 13, 2015 at 14:16

          I finished Bloodborne so that’s a big one out of the way 😀


          • Aries

            April 13, 2015 at 14:22

            I’m still thinking of buying it, I want too much things at once

          • Hammersteyn

            April 13, 2015 at 14:25

            Same here

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      April 13, 2015 at 20:39

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  2. Aries

    April 13, 2015 at 13:47

    Played with a wizard and these random guys joined who had paragon levels over 300+ and got my wizard to paragon 11 in no time, couldn’t keep up with there speed


    • Admiral Chief asked for this

      April 13, 2015 at 13:48



      • Matthew Holliday

        April 13, 2015 at 13:55

        *parogon *guise *wizzard


  3. Shaun De Hoog

    April 13, 2015 at 14:05

    Did this in season 2, had a friend with a DH “boost” my new toon at difficulty T6…took around 20 minutes from lvl 1-70 🙂


  4. schitsophrenic-toothbrush

    April 13, 2015 at 14:10

    Yeah my friends are paragon lvl 118 or something, you level super quick. For some reason adventure mode levels me up quite quick too.


  5. Methias

    April 13, 2015 at 14:10

    Ye, it takes 20-30 mins to boost a char from 1-70 with a well geared DH.

    Seasons however its a bit more tedious, 5-6 hours is possible if you have a good plan of gear and levelling (rhykkers guides are normally pretty good).

    It was annoying however seeing some people already getting 6 legendary gems to 40 or higher and completing lvl 40 GR’s in 3 full sets of set items. Its only been around 2 days and the guys are already clearing high level GR’s 🙁


  6. Methias

    April 13, 2015 at 14:20

    If anyone does want to come join there will be more levelling happening today (hopefully starting around 3:30pm). I’ve only spend about 2hrs so far in season 3 so I’m still low at around 30 or so, still time for some peeps to come join and get to 70 asap. Then we go on from there to torment 1 and farm legendaries. Once we have our set pieces we jump to T6 and GR’s.

    I’m playing either a zdps crusader or a full on dps crusader depending on what we have in the group.

    Outside of seasons I can help powerleveling anyone who needs a boost with my DH. He hits reasonably hard at the moment (can easily clear a GR35, I haven’t bother going higher, my PC suffers a bit too much in large groups of death) so I can easily run you through T6 bounties to get XP/items


  7. Lord Chaos

    April 13, 2015 at 14:21

    Did this for friends S1 and 2, Doing it again tonight. P59 so it shouldn’t be too bad.


    • Methias

      April 13, 2015 at 14:28

      Are you P59 in Season 3 already? Nice going!


      • Lord Chaos

        April 13, 2015 at 14:31

        Yea, could be higher, only did Friday night and Saturday morning.
        Need to get as high as possible before GTA V becomes a time sink.


  8. Scorpion V SubZero

    April 13, 2015 at 14:59

  9. ElNicko

    April 13, 2015 at 15:42

    Looking back at Diablo3 at launch and what a nightmare that was ,error 37 , and almost Zero Legendaries from 3 playthroughs, to what it is today, I can happily say they are getting it right finally.
    With regards to Rhykker and his guides, his stuff is top notch.
    Currently sitting around Paragon 20 with my new season 3 DH and loving it.
    Need Moar Lootz !!


  10. Kikmi

    April 13, 2015 at 16:51



  11. ReaperOfSquirrels

    April 14, 2015 at 09:43

    Easiest really is the first option, find someone that can survive Torment VI at your level, and go until they start dying too easily… drop level slightly, rinse and repeat.


  12. ReaperOfSquirrels

    April 14, 2015 at 09:44

    Missed an entire season… didn’t even know it had started, probably just gonna skip on Season 3 too.

    I have enough characters to level and gear outside of Seasons, thanks.


    • hairyknees

      April 14, 2015 at 13:37

      But seasons has awesome exclusive gear 😛


      • ReaperOfSquirrels

        April 14, 2015 at 13:46

        Which becomes available in normal at the end of the season! 😛


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