Before it literally rained Legendaries in the first expansion Reaper of Souls, there was 3 in the original Diablo (buy now for € 26.99) only one way to get the best items in the game: the infernoDegree of difficulty or, alternatively, inferno items from the real money auction house that was still active at the time.

Diablo 3: what is Inferno mode?

Inferno is the name of the highest difficulty level in Diablo 3. While Diablo 1 and Diablo 2 only included three increasingly difficult game modes (normal, nightmare and hell) for replayability purposes, Diablo 3 finally added Inferno – a fourth difficulty level that was much more challenging offered as the toughest parts of Diablo 2. Whoever wanted the best items in the game had to go to Inferno.

Inferno's difficulty and balancing have changed repeatedly since the release of Diablo 3. The players were initially quite positive about the prospect of a really challenging mode, and many were constantly pushing developers to make it more difficult. The team did it and ironically, the player consensus was soon that Inferno is too tough. The main complaint was that Inferno was so much "Gear Check" that significant progress without the real money auction house was almost impossible.

Inferno's initially almost impossible difficulty was deliberate. Before the release, Jay Wilson, Diablo 3's first game director, said Inferno was "very, very, very tough." His following commentary became the Diablo meme ("And the we doubled it"):

"Internally, we have this super hardcore test team that put Inferno through its paces, and we finally got to the point where they thought it was challenging enough. Then we doubled it (the difficulty) because we knew our players were getting better no matter how good we were. "

As a result of the initial problems, Blizzard has significantly improved the inferno mode in various patches, mainly 1.0.4 and 1.0.5. Patch 1.0.5 introduced the "Monster Power" system, allowing experienced players to turn up the difficulty themselves to increase the challenge and get better rewards. The Paragon system, which is still active today with step-by-step stat improvements, was introduced in Patch 1.0.4.

Diablo 3: Inferno mode in the video

Below you can see four selected videos that give a good impression of the difficulty of the inferno mode (in its original version before the first "Nerf" patch 1.0.3). You can see Kripparrian, who started his streamer career at the time, and his guild buddy "Krippi", who both gambled Diablo 3 in hardcore mode at the time.

It starts with a funny scene in which Krippi's witch doctor dies during the retreat. The reason: The arrow of a barbed rat (!) In Act 3. In the second video, Kripparrian's barbarian dies in the fight against the butcher, the final boss of Act 1. Video three and four finally show a victorious Kripparrian and the duo Kripparrian / Krippi at the Inferno Butcher and Diablo (at that time Hardcore World First).

Diablo 3: Inferno mode on screenshots

In the following gallery you can see some screenshots from 2012, when inferno mode was still the ultimate challenge.

Diablo 3: Presale in 2012 (1) (Source: Blizzard)

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