How to Play Diablo 4 With Friends
While “Diablo 4” is enjoyable solo, multiplayer is where the game gets to show off its fun factor. Gather up your social circle of Hell and sink into the depths of the game. You can share misfortunes with up to four players who join forces in a quest for ultimate power. But before you start, here is what you need to know about playing “Diablo 4” with friends.
How to Get Started Playing With Friends
If you and your friends have decided to take a plunge into the demon-infested abyss, here’s what you need to do to start slaying together or challenge each other in PvP:
- Load the game and hit the pause button to open the game menu and click on the Social tab.
- To add a friend to your Friends List, select “Add a Friend.” You’ll need to enter their BattleTag or an email that is linked to their account.
- Click on “Send Request” and wait for them to approve it.
- Select their name and click on “Invite to Party” to start playing together.
If you enable “Quick Join,” your friends can also join your party without an invitation. This is optional but convenient for people who want to jump into the fray quickly and know that their friends feel the same.
Note that you can’t dive into multiplayer immediately when you first launch the game. Instead, you’ll have to complete the “Diablo 4” Prologue and reach the Fractured Peaks’ capital city, Kyovashad. Once you do, you can hop online and battle it out.
Your friends have entered the game, and you might be wondering where to go next. While “Diablo 4” has its share of slicing and dicing, victory also requires serious teamwork, strategic skill, and a deep understanding of the game mechanics. So it’s worth knowing how this game handles multiplayer.
Open World and Dungeons
Unlike previous “Diablo” games, “Diablo 4” has a shared open world. You and your friends can traverse five regions within Sanctuary and meet other fellow adventurers along the way. This adds a layer of dynamism that encourages co-op in towns, world bosses, and even in PvP zones.
Still, while the open world is shared, dungeons remain instances and exclusive to your party, as in previous games. This was done so that players who aren’t in your party won’t get in the way of your dungeon crawling.
“Diablo 4” also introduces dynamic world events in the open world that any passerby player can join. Players can hop into and out of each other’s games at will, even during world events.
Quest Progress and Shared Rewards
Group questing is a great way to socialize and progress in the game. But if you’re an eager adventurer who likes to race ahead of the pack, remember that everyone else needs to keep up. Progress and rewards will only be shared if every party member is at the same step in the quest. Slowing down encourages teamwork and ensures no one gets left behind or gets ahead of their party too much.
In “Diablo 4,” how far your party goes in the open world and quest progression depends on who’s leading it. That means your progress sets the standard for everyone else if you’re the leader. So, you’ll be in charge of completing Strongholds and other important advances.
Note, however, that side quests will not be shared. So, this is the one point where you’ll need to test your strengths to progress on your own.
Death and Respawn
If one of your team falls in battle, they transform into a spirit-like state and have two choices: respawn at the last safe spot with the “Revive at Checkpoint” button or be brought back to life by another group member by clicking on their gravestone.
Reviving takes around three seconds but can be instant if multiple party members restore the same player simultaneously. An enemy monster can interrupt reviving with a second attack – and all following strikes.
Once somebody is revived, they are temporarily invulnerable until they take action or cast a skill.
Crossplay to Unite the Tribe
“Diablo 4” offers a really cool opportunity to unify players from different consoles. Your friends could be playing on Xbox, PlayStation, or PC, and you can all still join forces and participate in the adventure together. There are no arbitrary restrictions or boundaries. The experience is basically equivalent in each system.
The Strength in Numbers Buff
In “Diablo 4,” a group effort also gives you an actual benefit in the game beyond the implicit help of teamwork. The “Strength in Numbers” buff is the game’s way of acknowledging your collaborative play by elevating your team’s effectiveness in battle. This could mean increased damage or better defense against enemy assaults. While the challenge increases in co-op, the game keeps it balanced and fair by giving you a little gift for bringing your mates along.
Players longing for the days when multiplayer meant hanging out with a friend on the couch can still get that experience in “Diablo 4” — but only on consoles. The console ports feature two-player local co-op, so you can recreate those old-school memories and vibes while facing new-school demons.
The Clan’s the Plan
For those who want a more organized way to play with friends, “Diablo 4” lets you join or create clans, as you would in an MMO. Clans make dungeon runs, world events, and PvP battles more convenient in a group. It’s your little community within the game where everyone shares the same goals.
Creating and Joining a Clan
To start a clan, it’s pretty straightforward:
- Go to the “Clan” tab in the “Social” menu.
- Look for a public clan or create your own.
- If you find a clan that’s to your liking, click it to see more details and click “Join.”
- To make your own, enter the name, tag, and description.
There are no level requirements to make one, and it’s free.
Clan Size and Management
A clan can have a maximum of 150 members (including the founder), so they can include whole communities, not just a small group of friends. As a leader, you can send invites, promote or demote members, or ban the bad apples if the situation calls for it. You can also change the clan’s labels and logos to make it more recognizable.
Better Together (in Hell)
Now you know the best ways to conquer “Diablo 4” with your friends. Many activities and strategies make demon-slaying fun and engaging for a group of friends or even a broader community of like-minded gamers. With the dynamic shared open world that any player can join whenever, traditional instance dungeons, excellent crossplay, and even couch co-op on consoles, there’s always something to do. “Diablo 4” has just enough of the old and the new in its multiplayer to make it heart-pounding and engaging from start to finish.
What is your preferred way to play multiplayer – cooperative or PvP? Do you like your video games as a solo endeavor, a social activity, or a bit of both? Tell us in the comment box below.