Diablo 2: Resurrected takes the granddaddy of action RPGs and brings it into the modern era. New graphics, effects, and animations really make the experience of playing Diablo 2 something very special indeed.
While the mechanics of the game have remained loyal to the original in many ways, one important thing has changed. Character respecing is now easy to do and free for the first one.
To respec your character, all you need to do is visit Akara, the main NPC at the first area, talking with them, and you will have the option to respec your character. While this might be a negative for some old-school players, it is something they can simply not use if they do not want to. You will be able to do this once for free as long as you have finished the Den of Evil quest.
The respec doesn’t cost any gold, there are no strange hoops you need to jump through to get access to it, and it will reset all your skill and attribute points, allowing you to completely rebuild your character.
After that, you will need to get the Token of Absolution for further respecs. The bad news is that this item is only available in Hell difficulty, and you will need to beat the game on both Normal and Nightmare to unlock it.
After that, you need to farm drops from specific bosses, then combine them in the Horadric Cube to create the Token of Absolution.
- Twisted Essence of Sufferingn – Andariel in Act 1 or Duriel in Act 2
- Charged Essence of Hatred – Mephisto in Act 3
- Burning Essence of Terror – Diablo in Act 4
- Festering Essence of Destruction – Baal in Act 5
So, while the new Diablo 2 makes respeccing a little easier in places, you still really want to research your build and make smart choices as you level up your characters.
Diablo 2 is easily the most influential action-RPG of all time, and playing the remastered version is quite the experience. That said, the change to the respec has a pretty obvious reason. With both Diablo 4 and Diablo Immortals on the horizon, Blizzard is potentially giving players a low-cost way to experiment that doesn’t feel punishing, and will be more in line with the upcoming games.