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Diablo 2 Best Class For Solo Players – Solo Class Guide
For the lone Diablo hero choosing the best class for solo players in Diablo 2 is a key initial decision to your battle ahead. While all classes in Diablo 2 and the remastered Diablo 2: Resurrected are capable of soloing all the way through Hell with the right build the difficulty, the farming required and enjoyment along the way can vary greatly.
With thousands of hours invested into the Diablo franchise and most of that spent in Diablo 2 I’ll detail the important considerations below for the new or intermediate player looking to start a solo playthrough (online or offline). I’ll also mention the specific class builds you’ll want to consider so you are well equipped with the Diablo 2 best solo builds. Thus, while this list is ranked worst to best you’ll still be equipped to solo Baal on Hell difficulty regardless of your choice.
While best can often be a subjective term the following factors have been considered in the design of this Diablo 2 solo tier list:
- You intend for your character is to beat Hell Baal with only solo play and be able to clear the majority of content along the way.
- You are playing “untwinked” which means different things to the community but generally accepted as using only self found items from your adventure and not supporting them with items you already have or accepting help from others.
- You want to minimise the time spent farming gear and prioritise advancing through game content. You aren’t required to farm for hundred of hours to have a Hell viable solo character.
- You are looking for the Diablo 2 best PvM class and don’t intend to do any PvP content.
- You are not an advanced player in general or for the specific character and possibly searching for the Diablo 2 best class for beginners for the upcoming solo playthrough.
- You are not playing hardcore.
7 – Barbarian
While the Barbarian was the first character I completed Diablo 2 with it took plenty of blood, sweat and tears to claim that Patriarch title. While the playstyle of the Barbarian can be lots of fun for the melee fanatic there is often a long path of faming items (or runes) on your path with the Barbarian needing some serious items to achieve a solo Hell playthrough.
This is most obvious in terms of weapons which significantly impact on your damage. The Barbarian also needs other important modifiers like life steal (life stolen per hit) and a strong armour to support it. The Barbarian also requires a significant understanding of hidden mechanics like dual wielding, whirlwind damage and balancing your attack rating. The simple Diablo 2 Barbarian builds also lack great area of effect potential that some may consider uninteresting gameplay.
For those that want to pick the Barbarian as their best solo class you’ll want to take advantage of builds like Whirlwind (WW), Frenzy and Concentrate (Conc).
6 – Druid
The first expansion character on this tier list of the Diablo 2 best class for solo players is the Druid despite his ability to decimate Normal and Nightmare without issue. While the Druid is no doubt viable like every character in Diablo 2 for a Hell playthrough with the right build the reason he isn’t ranked higher is the limited number builds available and their limitations.
For example the most popular option for the Druid is the Wind or Windy variant that makes use of the wind base elemental talents that deliver a deadly mix of cold and physical damage although require you to get close to enemies for max effect and the skills can be difficult to use without practice. Similarly the viable Fireclaws Werebear and Fury Werewolf will need some luck with weapon farming and never quite feel rewarding for your efforts until you get into top end gear where they are absolutely deadly.
5 – Amazon
Another character in Diablo 2 that struggles to reach maximum potential without significant time investment for the right items and further handicapped by popular builds lacking dual element potential is the Amazon. This lack of powerful dual element build options is a detriment in Hell due to monster immunities and makes it difficulty to tackle all content. Don’t underestimate the Amazon beyond your solo playthrough though with the right items (such as Infinity on a mercenary) she can be a devastating lightning wielding character.
Unlike the previous characters on this list though the powerful Valkyrie summon can save the day and once it reaches beyond level 17 is a significant ally in your fight against Hell as this gives her a deadly war pike although is primarily intended as a tank. Those wanting to take the Amazon from the Rogue Encampment to the Worldstone will want to take advantage of a Lightning Javazon skillset and pair it with Freezing or Exploding Arrow on weapon swap for a solo playthrough. This removes the risk of immunities and also means you’ll earn your damage from your skills rather than rely on the right weapon drop. Strafe or Multishot builds also have potential but do require a decent bow to be found along the way.
4 – Assassin
Ranking higher than their Lord of Destruction counterpart in the Druid the Assassin is a capable fighter which with the right build can consistently make their way through the minions of Hell and in safe manner. The Assassin can even do this with minimal farming for items with her best weapons being +skill claws without regard for actual damage.
Achieving this requires you to follow the strict Trapsin build that focuses on lightning traps but also gets a fire attack through a rare cross element synergy. Combined with the defensive powers of Cloak of Shadows (CoS) and Mind Blast (MB) the Assassin is a safe character that can quickly disrupt a group of enemies and deal hefty damage to them without significant effort. Solo builds beyond the Trapsin though are item dependent and require significant planning, game knowledge and skill to utilise for a solo playthrough though which is why she doesn’t feature higher.
3 – Paladin
Despite the perception of the party based character with their useful auras the Paladin is a deadly solo character with the right build and often an early ladder favourite for their ability to complete a significant amount of game content. In single player this is no exception with the Paladin also having the benefit of a straight forward playstyle that makes it one of the best PvM classes in Diablo 2 and ideal for a beginner
The most well known and recognised build in this regard is the Hammerdin build which takes the Blessed Hammer skill and spams it into the face of enemies while staying safe with Holy Shield. Note that a fully fledged Hammerdin requires an Enigma runeword or other method of teleport for magic find efficiency but as a single player Hell solo can do without this. Other Paladin builds such as the Smiter or Zealot can also be viable and while they might need a stronger weapon in the case of the Zealot the supporting skills of the Paladin make it less of a grind compared to the Barbarian’s weapon hunt.
2 – Sorceress
A popular Diablo 2 character that is another high tier PvM fighter and can make quick work of Nightmare difficulty when she has some high skill levels on her primary spells. While Hell is a little bit more work for the Sorceress her ability to have multiple hybrid elemental build paths means she is flexible and also not significantly item dependent.
The best mechanic that the Sorceress offers though is Teleport ensuring that when you do need to skip beyond a mob of monsters you’ll have no issues. For those wanting to command the Sorceress through Hell the Diablo 2 best Sorceress build solo is known as the Meteorb which utilises Meteor, Fireball and Frozen Orb for dual element strength alongside one point wonders like Telekinesis and Teleport. Alternatives include Firewall and Blizzard although pure lightning is best avoided due to the serious item requirements that are beyond most solo players.
1 – Necromancer
Offering the lowest item requirements for a successful Hell solo completion of any Diablo 2 class the Necromancer is famous for his ability to summon minions and golems. A number of players in the Diablo 2 community have even challenged themselves to complete the game with a naked Necromancer.
This is made possible by the Necromancers strong summoner skills and Corpse Explosion that can quickly chain one kill into an entire monster pack while protective bone spells and your summons keep you safe from harm. Commonly known as the Summonmancer or Fishymancer players can deck out their character from shop bought wands to maximise +skills and have no issues in their Hell advancement although unlike the Sorceress above is generally a slower experience.