Here’s a general leveling path if you’re leveling up from scratch! Useful for any class!
PLEASE BE ADVISED – This guide is meant to be used
alongside the class leveling guides:
To Grind or not to Grind?
Okay… since the dawn of Massacre Bonus, grinding has become a thing. Grinding is defined as “repeating the same few high density maps, getting as many and as high a massacre bonus as you can get”. The question is, is grinding really worth it? Grinding pros and cons?
My stance on grinding is firm: I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT exclusively, but I acknowledge its speed. Does it matter though, since free sets require SJ chapters??
Keep in mind you don’t have to EXCLUSIVELY grind! You can try it every few levels! I mean the leveling process is fluid, and each method has its ups and downs! In the end Grinding is viable at any point in the game, so feel free to try it every now and then!
Don’t wanna grind exclusively? Read on.
The Million Ways of Level
Here we will talk about the value moves you can do in the various phases of leveling!
The early levels
I just spawned! In adventure mode, I hope! Steal the Templar’s weapon. It sounds like a tiny boost but it actually matters quite a bit.
Out of the gate BONUS: Starting out in adventure mode, and check out if any of the “easy to get to” bosses are on bounty. If so, rush to and kill ’em for an easy chest with yellows. You can proceed to clear every other bounty in this ACT for the seasonal journey entry.
Crafted Weapons – Always bet on AXE: Crafted 2H axes are your best friend for leveling up. This starts at Level 8, and every few levels thereafter. For this reason ALWAYS UPGRADE your blacksmith as you go along! No money? You grinded didn’t you…
Whenever you’re catchin’ a breather, always check on the Blacksmith for a new 2H axe!
Gaining Value while leveling
Ok so while you’re technically in the early game, there’s a lot of value moves you can do to have a more impactful leveling phase. How? The Seasonal Journey.
Kill boss? Go there WHILE massacre bonusing! Value gained! Chapter 1 has two of these, and Chapter 2 has another pair of these which require L60… so why wait till 70!?
You can also go to Ruins of Sescheron ACT III to unlock Kanai’s Cube. It’s a high density map! Massacre bonus it up while you’re on your way! why wait till 70!?
Nephs: Why I like ’em, and the ‘Neph Breakpoint’
My personal recommendation past the “early phase”? Nephalem Rifts. Why?
- HIGHER Legendary chance, better loot overall.
- Materials! Gems! Money! Rift guardians!
- Conduit? Power? Speed? Channeling? FREE LEVELS
- I dare say, personally, “more fun”.
PYLONS are an underestimated quality of nephs. Those pylons (with the exception of shield) will give you at least 1 level in the aftermath! VALUE. I once got 2 levels off a Conduit!
Even with zero luck, the very fact you have crafting mats will make re-rolling and setting up your Fresh 70 character much easier than just going in raw. If you happen to bag 1 or 2 useful powers to cube? You gucci son.
The Neph Breakpoint: Every class has a “neph breakpoint” usually at L21+ when they unlock their second or third passive slot. Nephing past this point is a lot safer and easier simply because you can kill elites and RG’s a lot easier. All the builds posted in the links above are easily capable of ripping nephs apart.
So just man up, do nephs and adjust difficulty as needed. It’s smooth sailing from here!
During the leveling process – bounties are notably poor. The chance for low density maps, and extremely tough purple bosses are enough of a turn off to go this route.
Fresh 70 Onward
Well, I guess you’re going to need some Fresh 70 guides for each class, and getting the free set. Note that any GR20 notes we have are as bare bones as possible, and I’ve rarely seen any guide attempt to cobble up a build together that will clear GR20 literally ASAP.
The above guides have info for characters WITH or WITHOUT the free set.
Good luck leveling up and always remember this for the seasons to come! Hopefully you learned something about the D3 leveling process! Head on to our D3 Directory Guide for other related info.