D2 Endgame details for newcomers

I've seen posts coming in from new people asking if there's a "D2 Endgame" and what that entails. Below is a quick run-down of the things that would be considered D2 endgame. There's the Pandemonium Event, reaching 99, crafting, PVP, Holy Grail Farming & Diablo Clone Hunting. I personally like Theory-crafting with dozens of build & gear combos.

  1. The Pandemonium Event: (https://diablo2.diablowiki.net/Pandemonium_Event)

In which you gather keys to open portals to fight the "uber" versions of the Act bosses to obtain the Hellfire Torch, which is a large charm that has x3 to skills and various other attributes (https://diablo.fandom.com/wiki/Hellfire_Torch) .

*Note: You must open all the portals in the same game otherwise you may re-open a previously completed portal and have to farm more keys.

  1. Reaching 99: (https://diablo2.diablowiki.net/Guide:Diablo_2_Level_Up_Guide_v1.10)

The level cap in this game is 99. But its not like WoW, it literally takes hundreds of hours of farming experience in order to reach this level and many race for it at the start of each ladder to immortalize their player names. People also like to compete for 'world firsts' when it comes to killing baal or other act bosses in all 3 difficulties.

3. Crafting: (https://diablo2.diablowiki.net/Crafting_Recipes)

You can spend thousands of hours crafting or gambling various rare items to use for hundreds of possible build combinations since in D2 the "best" items in the game for a lot of builds are actually random rares not the uniques (or "legendaries" in D3).

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4. PVP:

Many players love to min/max their PVP gear and fight other players. I've spent many years with many fun PVP builds for each class. Druid being my favorite.

  1. Holy Grail Farming: (mostly for single player, but with the new shared stash, will be easy on Bnet for D2R)

Simply finding every item in the game. This can take many months or longer depending on your luck. Some items are so rare that its essentially winning the actual lottery when it drops for you. (tyraels might, mang-songs)

-Runeword farming: maybe a sub-category? Finding any high runes are extremely rare, so finding enough high runes to create high-level runewords like Enigma, Infinity and BOTD can take months of farming by itself. (http://classic.battle.net/diablo2exp/items/runewords-original.shtml)

  1. Diablo Clone Hunting: (https://diablo2.diablowiki.net/Guide:_Diablo_Clone_Hunting_v1.10,_by_Camintoi)

You sell SOJs to summon Diablo's clone who drops the Annihilus small charm that has similar stats to the Hellfire Torch with a bonus to experience gained of 5-10%. You summon him by selling a specific number of a unique ring called the Stone of Jordan or "SOJ". Diablo's Clone will spawn in a random public game on certain servers only when a specific number of SOJS are sold on that specific server. (this dynamic may change in D2R)

I hope this helps. There's technically no "Official Endgame" for D2 so Feel free to add anything i missed below. 🙂

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