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Monster Generators

Monster Generator A few levels with predefined layouts contain a few monster generators dispersed throughout. These generators don't attack you, but if you stand close enough to them, they will periodically spawn a random monster that occasionally appears in that level. Every level with a boss (except Diablo) has a few of these monster generators, so make sure to either destroy them before engaging the act boss, or lure the boss away from them so you aren't suddenly surrounded by a horde of enemies. In later difficulties, some monster generators are immune to certain attacks, so if you use an elemental attack (such as a Sorceress), make sure you've got a few alternate attacks to rely on.

Kagero Dungeon


Kagero Dungeon You'll notice when playing through Act 1 that some of the indoor levels have fewer floors than you remember. For example, the Countess' Tower is now three stories instead of five. That's because these levels have been moved to a new area called Kagero Dungeon. Kagero Dungeon is one of three major challenge areas in Nezeramontias. The entrance to it is located in the Graveyard, but don't even attempt to progress through this dungeon early in the game. Most of the monsters there are much stronger than anything you'll meet in the later acts. The dungeon itself is entirely optional, but it's a good area to go to for gold, experience and some of the game's rarer items. Many monsters you'll face are unique to the dungeon. It's even got a few Super Unique monsters including two at the very end. As with the rest of the game, monsters here also have souls of their own, so if you can collect some from the stronger enemies, you'll be at a distinct advantage as you move through the later difficulties. The dungeon itself is six floors deep and contains no waypoints, so bring plenty of town portal scrolls.

The Infernal Pit


The Infernal Pit You might remember the Infernal Pit from the standard game; it's one of the many side areas containing monsters and a gold chest at the end. In Nezeramontias, this level is changed into one of the major challenge areas. Rather than the standard monsters you face throughout Act 5, The Infernal Pit is now populated by a few very powerful monsters that drop lots of set and unique items. Along with the monsters, there are also orbs that occasionally spawn. These orbs don't attack, but they contain auras that hinder characters within their radius of effect. One orb affects magic stats such as max mana and mana regeneration. The other orb affect various physical stats such as stamina. If possible, it's a good idea to either lure monsters away from the orbs or destroy them quickly.

The Gauntlet


The Gauntlet The Gauntlet is most unique of all the areas in Nezeramontias. This level works a bit differently than what you're used to dealing with in Diablo 2. With most levels, you progress by fighting off hordes of monsters and collecting the treasures they drop. But in the Gauntlet, rather than fighting a bunch of monsters, your goal is to navigate past a series of indestructible traps. None of the traps or monsters in this level can be attacked or killed. Furthermore, you'll be bombarded with aerial attacks from the moment you enter (similar to the bombs launched by the catapults in Act 5). Once you enter, your only option is to keep moving while dodging as many attacks as you can. Along with all the monsters attacking you, the Gauntlet also contains several orbs that will drop character stats such as stamina, mana, and speed. If you make it to the end of this level, you'll find a prize room containing rare items, some of which can't be found anywhere else. You can access this level in Act 2; it replaces the act's first side dungeon.

When preparing to enter the Gauntlet, remember that it's best to build a "defensive character." No matter how much damage your character may be able to do to monsters throughout the game, all attack skills are useless here. Your most important abilities or those that allow you to sustain the most damage and move through the level as quickly as possible. Stats like stamina, life, run/walk speed, defense, cast rate, hit recovery rate, and your damage resistances are the ones to focus on when preparing for the challenges in this level. If you've got some summon skills, summoned allies can help distract monsters from attacking you. Teleport and Leap can be useful for crossing tough sections of rooms. You can also try finding some items with war cries or defensive auras when assembling equipment for a Gauntlet run. Finally, stock up on town portal scrolls; they just might save you if you're suddenly bombarded by a series of attacks preventing your character from progressing.

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Area Levels

It may not be common knowledge to non-modders, but Diablo 2 maintains a "level" for every area in the game as well as all monsters, characters, and hirelings. Area levels mostly effect things like how much gold is dropped from objects like chests, but in Nightmare and Hell difficulties, it also controls the actual levels of the standard monsters populating those areas! Bosses and many Super Unique monsters are assigned levels separately, but if you're looking for a general level listing for the purpose of leveling up your characters in later difficulties, this chart should prove useful.

Level in Normal Level in Nightmare Level in Hell Act 1 Levels
1 54 117 Blood Moor
2 54 119 Cold Plains
3 56 120 Burial Grounds
3 56 120 Mausoleum
4 56 120 Stony Field
5 57 121 Dark Wood
6 57 121 Black Marsh
8 58 121 Tamoe Highland
1 54 117 Den of Evil
2 56 120 Cave Level 1
4 56 121 Underground Passage Level 1
4 56 121 Underground Passage Level 2
5 57 121 Hole Level 1
5 56 121 Hole Level 2
7 58 124 Pit Level 1
7 57 121 Pit Level 2
3 56 120 Forgotten Tower
7 58 122 Tower Cellar Level 1
7 58 122 Tower Cellar Level 2
13 58 122 Tower Cellar Level 3
8 60 122 Monastery Gate
9 60 122 Outer Cloister
9 60 122 The Barracks
10 62 124 Jail Level 1
10 62 124 Jail Level 2
10 62 124 Inner Cloister
11 63 126 Cathedral
11 63 126 Catacombs Level 1
11 63 126 Catacombs Level 2
12 64 128 Catacombs Level 3
6 57 121 Tristram
45 115 215 The Secret Cow Level
48 108 232 Kagero Dungeon Level 1
49 111 235 Kagero Dungeon Level 2
51 114 240 Kagero Dungeon Level 3
52 118 244 Kagero Dungeon Level 4
53 123 245 Kagero Dungeon Level 5
55 132 285 Kagero Dungeon Level 6
Level in Normal Level in Nightmare Level in Hell Act 2 Levels
14 64 131 Rocky Waste
15 66 133 Dry Hills
16 68 134 Far Oasis
17 69 135 Lost City
18 69 138 Valley of Snakes
19 72 140 Canyon of the Magi
13 64 130 Sewers Level 1
13 64 130 Sewers Level 2
14 64 130 Sewers Level 3
13 64 130 Harem Level 1
13 70 136 Harem Level 2
13 70 136 Palace Cellar Level 1
13 70 136 Palace Cellar Level 2
13 71 137 Palace Cellar Level 3
12 66 138 Halls of the Dead Level 1
13 66 138 Halls of the Dead Level 2
13 66 138 Halls of the Dead Level 3
14 69 138 Claw Viper Temple Level 1
14 69 138 Claw Viper Temple Level 2
17 68 133 Maggot Lair Level 1
17 68 133 Maggot Lair Level 2
17 68 133 Maggot Lair Level 3
17 69 135 Ancient Tunnels
20 74 140 Tal Rasha's Tomb
19 72 138 Arcane Sanctuary
17 74 140 Duriel's Lair
70 170 318 The Gauntlet
12 66 136 The Gauntlet Prize Room
Level in Normal Level in Nightmare Level in Hell Act 3 Levels
21 74 141 Spider Forest
21 74 141 Great Marsh
22 75 142 Flayer Jungle
22 77 144 Lower Kurast
22 78 145 Kurast Bazaar
23 80 146 Upper Kurast
24 80 146 Kurast Causeway
24 80 146 Travincal
21 74 141 Spider Cave
21 74 141 Spider Cavern
21 75 143 Swampy Pit Level 1
21 78 145 Swampy Pit Level 2
22 78 145 Flayer Dungeon Level 1
22 79 146 Flayer Dungeon Level 2
21 80 147 Swampy Pit Level 3
22 81 148 Flayer Dungeon Level 3
23 82 149 Sewers Level 1
24 83 150 Sewers Level 2
23 82 148 Ruined Temple
23 82 148 Disused Fane
23 82 148 Forgotten Reliquary
24 83 149 Forgotten Temple
24 83 149 Ruined Fane
24 83 149 Disused Reliquary
25 85 151 Durance of Hate Level 1
25 85 151 Durance of Hate Level 2
25 85 151 Durance of Hate Level 3
Level in Normal Level in Nightmare Level in Hell Act 4 Levels
26 85 153 Outer Steppes
26 86 154 Plains of Despair
27 87 155 City of the Damned
27 88 156 River of Flame
28 89 157 Chaos Sanctum
Level in Normal Level in Nightmare Level in Hell Act 5 Levels
25 90 158 Bloody Foothills
26 91 159 Frigid Highlands
27 92 160 Arreat Plateau
30 93 163 Crystalline Passage
30 93 163 Frozen River
30 93 163 Glacial Trail
30 93 163 Drifter Cavern
28 92 161 Frozen Tundra
30 93 163 The Ancients' Way
30 93 163 Icy Cellar
37 97 170 Arreat Summit
32 94 166 Nihlathak's Temple
33 94 166 Halls of Anguish
34 95 168 Halls of Pain
36 95 168 Halls of Vaught
39 100 172 Abaddon
39 100 172 Pit of Acheron
50 126 240 Infernal Pit
39 100 172 The Worldstone Keep Level 1
40 100 173 The Worldstone Keep Level 2
42 101 175 The Worldstone Keep Level 3
43 103 177 Throne of Destruction
44 105 180 The Worldstone Chamber

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