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Diablo Immortal Beginner's Guide: Classes, Equipment and More

Here's what you need to know about the Diablo mobile game.

Diablo Immortal art features a collage of demons and warriors against a smokey background
Diablo meets mobile gaming in Diablo Immortal.
Blizzard

Diablo Immortal is here! It's now available on Android and iOS devices and in open beta on PC. The new game lets players fight against the legions of hell, whether that's on your own or in raids of up to eight players. 

If you've played Diablo 3, Diablo Immortal will feel familiar. If you're new to the series, we'll walk you through everything you need to know to get started as you take on demons and other infernal beasts. 

How to Download Diablo Immortal

Diablo Immortal supports cross-play and cross-progression, which means you can play on PC while you're at home and then pick up and play on your phone when you're on the go. 

On a mobile device, just find Diablo Immortal in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download it. If you want to download the PC open beta, you'll have a few extra steps.

1. Log into your account on the Battle.net app.

2. Go to Games > All Games and select Diablo Immortal.

3. Hit Install to begin the download.

Note that, on mobile devices, you'll be asked to download additional assets after the initial download, though you'll be able to jump in and start the intro without the extra downloads. The full download requires about 12GB of space.

If you want to play on both mobile and PC, you'll need to sign in with your Battle.net account. You'll be able to sign in by selecting the option in the top-left corner of the main menu.

Sign in prompt on Diablo main menu

A Battle.net account is required for cross-progression.

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Which Diablo Immortal Class should I play?

Diablo Immortal offers players their choice of six different classes. Your class determines how you'll play the game, including which abilities you can learn, which stats matter to your character and, most importantly, what all that badass armor looks like by the end of the game. 

Once you start the game, your first step is choosing a class. Here's a quick breakdown of each class available at launch.

  • Barbarian: Buff, bulky bruisers, barbarians spend their time in the thick of battle, using their abilities to carve through enemies.
  • Crusader: Warriors of faith, crusaders wade into the frontlines with heavy armor and holy magic.
  • Demon Hunter: Nimble fighters, demon hunters use arrows, traps and high mobility to slay their foes from a distance.
  • Monk: Masters of fist and spirit, monks use a combination of dodges and abilities fueled with divine energy.
  • Necromancer: Magical summoners who can raise the dead and command them to fight, blurring the lines between life and death.
  • Wizard: Strong but squishy magic users who fight with a versatile arcane arsenal. 

You'll be able to change your class after you start the game, so you aren't locked into one specific class. Play around and see what feels fun to play -- whether that's a melee or ranged fighter, a physical fighter or a magical user, or an undead puppeteer. 

Customize your Diablo character

Once you choose your class, you'll have the option to select the way your character looks. You can choose from a few pregenerated options, or dive deep into the character creator to choose your skin tone, hair style, hair color and a wide range of facial feature sliders. These customizations are purely cosmetic and don't affect your gameplay.

Necromancer character customization menu

You can start with one of the default character appearances or customize your appearance.

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Diablo Immortal gameplay basics

The Diablo games use a third-person isometric view, with players using movement, basic attacks and other abilities to mow down waves of hellish minions and demons. On mobile, you'll move by dragging a finger across a virtual joystick in the bottom left of the screen. Your attacks, abilities and other interactions (like picking up items and talking to other characters) are mapped out on the bottom right side of the screen. The core gameplay involves moving around a map and attacking enemies.

But if you want to take on the Lords of Hell, you'll need more than just moving and slashing. You'll need to make use of items and abilities to fight your way through the demonic legions.

Skills

Each class unlocks new skills as it levels up. You can equip up to three skills in addition to your basic attack and ultimate ability. The abilities you equip determine how your character fights, whether that's with aggressive leaps, wide swings or long-range blasts of damage. Try out different combinations of abilities to see what interactions you can find -- it's tempting to just use whichever skills you've most recently unlocked, but you may find fun combos by mixing and matching with older abilities.

Skills menu in Diablo Immortal

As you unlock more skills, you can change the way your character plays.

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Equipment

As you battle enemies, you'll find weapons and various types of armor that will increase your stats. All items have a score, which tells you relatively how strong that item is -- the higher the score, the bigger the boost to your power. Some items may also offer bonuses to different stats, allowing you to further customize your character. Want to tank more damage? Equip something that boosts your vitality. Want to avoid it in the first place? Stock up on dexterity boosts. You can spread the stats bonuses around or min-max to your heart's content.

Equipment menu in Diablo Immortal

Equipment will change your character's stats and appearance.

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Is Diablo Immortal free to play?

The biggest difference between Diablo Immortal and its predecessors? Microtransactions. The game is free to play, but at various points in the game, you'll be prompted with the opportunity to trade money for in-game items. In fact, these microtransactions kept the game from being released in Belgium and the Netherlands because it didn't clear their anti-loot box laws.

You don't need to pay to progress through the game, but those microtransactions are realistically necessary if you want to grind for the optimal endgame items and PvP. 

Diablo Immortal is out on Android, iOS and in open beta for PC.