In this Diablo 3 Inferno mode guide and FAQ, you are going to get a quick introduction to Inferno mode and discover exactly what it is and what the most common questions for this new game difficulty are.
Inferno mode is a new game difficulty mode for Diablo 3 that was not present in Diablo 2. The way it worked in Diablo 2 was that there were three game difficulty modes. In the each mode, you played through the same game but each increase in difficulty mode meant that there was higher level monsters.
The increases in monster difficulty were linear. This means that in Act I of normal mode the monsters would take you from level 1 to about level 15, Act 2 took you to about level 25, and by the end of the game you were at around level 40 in normal mode. Once you reached went to the next difficulty mode, Nightmare, you could then get up to around level 65 or 70 before proceeding to the last difficulty level, Hell, which took you to the level cap.
Inferno represents a new increase in difficulty not seen in any of the other Diablo games. The reason is you will hit the max level in the game before you get to level 60 (Diablo 3's level cap). This means that when you get to Inferno mode, you literally only fight level 60+ monsters and you will already be at max level.
Originally, the difficulty mode in Inferno mode was set to be equal difficulty across the board, but this since has been changed in order to accommodate more players. The developers essentially decided that they wanted Inferno mode to be challenging even for the best of players and they wanted it to have a long replay value.
The end result is that the first two acts of Inferno mode are easier than the rest of the final 2 acts. Act 2 is a little bit harder than Act 1, and Acts 3 and 4 will be much harder than both Act 1 and 2. The idea is that it players will have to hit level 60 first in Hell mode (the game's third highest difficulty level) and get some gear from that difficulty level to attempt Inferno mode.
Once you get access to Inferno mode, players who are at the level cap and have some of the good Hell-mode equipment will be able to handle Act 1. The idea behind Inferno is that Act 1 and 2 will have good gear but any of the further acts will be too hard for most players to get through. The players with less-skill may eventually get through Act 3 and 4 but not before collecting gear upgrades from Acts 1 and 2.
Once you get gear from Acts 1 and 2, you will then be able to start chipping away at Act 3 and 4. The game's developers, Blizzard Entertainment, are hoping that the game will take 3-4 months before all but the most elite players start taking down the final bosses. Of course, the people who play 80 hours a week will take the final bosses down earlier, but even then it should present them with a nice challenge.
If you are looking for some more specific tips to dominate Inferno mode, check out this Diablo 3 guide for more specific D3 strategies. There you will find specific guides like this Diablo 3 Barbarian guide to give you class-specific tips that you can use to run through Inferno mode in no time!
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