Diablo 2 Resurrected | Online vs. Offline Difference

Diablo 2 Resurrected Online vs. Offline Characters

Ready to crush some heads – just like you used to – in Diablo 2 ResurrectedWell, there are some strings attached before you can really get down and dirty with it. The demons from hell need to either be fought with an online, or an offline character. What are the differences? Are there hard-locks for these characters? Why should you want to play an online vs. offline character in Diablo 2 Resurrected?

Online vs. Offline Characters | What’s The Difference?

Diablo 2 Resurrected Online vs. Offline Characters

In general, the only difference between online vs. offline characters in Diablo 2 is the amount of content you’re able to access. If you play offline, you’ll be limited in what you can do, but if you play online, you’ll have more options available to you.

Offline play is often preferred by Nintendo Switch players, as you may be playing on the go without a stable internet connection.

In general, online mode is basically “competitive.” Diablo 3 players might remember there being “seasonal” characters, which you would refresh each season. This seems to be the direction that Blizzard is taking in their online difficulty. The sad news, however, is that you must use this character for anything that connects to Battle.net. This character also has to connect to Battle.net. There’s no switching back and forth!

That means your offline character is your go-to for everything else! You can farm this guy to kingdom come, but they will never be able to join leaderboards. It might be fun for some build experimentation, but it’s really only useful if you plan on playing without internet for any amount of time.

It seems like you should have one offline character, just in case you get bored during an internet outage. That being said, since we might not get physical cartridges, you’ll need online connectivity to get the game in the first place! And since your offline character can’t play in co-op or anything else… Well, they didn’t exactly make offline characters super fun to compensate. Oh well! Just save them for a rainy day.

Jason Toro

Jason Toro

Jason Toro-McCue has committed his schooling to the study of the connection between game design and narrative. When he's not working on this bond through writing articles or guides, he's playing Dungeons & Dragons, or just playing games themselves and looking at the story there.