When it come to respeccing your character in a Diablo game, it’s safe to say that the community is pretty divided.
Some love the approach that Diablo 2 takes, where respeccing is possible but you can’t simply do it willy-nilly. It makes spending the skill and stat points you earn after every level up something to be considered, lest you mess up your build and end up not being able to defeat powerful adversaries at a later stage. For the more casual crowd, however, Diablo 3‘s approach of letting players change their skills and stats freely is preferred.
Like in most areas, it would seem, Diablo 4 strikes a compromise between the two. You don’t need to complete quests or hunt down items to respec your character, but it’s also not entirely free. Instead, all of the points you’ve invested into skills can be returned for a sum of gold. And in some cases you can even refund just a single skill point to keep the cost down. Overall, we think it’s pretty neat.
The cost of respeccing you character at higher levels in Diablo 4, however, has had some players concerned. Some have wondered if it might it be so expensive that it’s easier to simply build a new character. Thankfully it seems that won’t be the case, with Diablo General Manager Rod Fergusson stating that “it’s not prohibitively expensive”. Of course, until the game launches we won’t really know how much it costs, but it’s good to hear that it isn’t intended to be too punishing.