This last weekend I was doing an experiment, but unfortunately was thwarted by my son.
I wondered how high could you get a Diablo 2 character without ever leaving act 1 Normal. Never stepping foot into Act 2.
I was able to get as high as level 37, but when I was AFK my 5 year old son happened to pop on and delete my toon…
It felt like I could probably grind to 40 without too much of a problem. However, doing some research suggests that the xp I was getting at lvl 37 was going to flatline at lvl 38.
Character lvl difference /// exp %
6 /// 81%
7 /// 62%
8 /// 43%
9 /// 24%
10 /// 5%
Greater Than 10 /// 5%
I have found that Normal Cows are level 28(*), which means after hitting level 38, my xp gains would be at 5%. While it would make grinding longer, I still believe level 40 is definitely obtainable. I don’t think I personally would strive to push further then that.
The sad thing of it all, is that while being level 37. I was still having difficulty killing cows since I was a poison necro build.
- 15 into Poison Dagger
- 5 into Poison Explosion
- 8 into Poison Nova
- 1 into Lower Resist
- 8 into Prerequisites
And my level 1 Corpse Explosion decimated, even though it had small range. I was excited that I would reach level 38 and would be able to equip Black Blackbog’s Sharp. If I ever could trade for it. But alas… it wasn’t ment to be.
(*) Cow monster level obtained from: