Diablo IV will feature a brand-new endgame progression system called the Paragon Board, which is just one aspect of the upcoming action-RPG that will increase character power outside of simply acquiring more powerful items. Details on the Paragon Board system, along with information on itemization and visual effects, come via a new Diablo IV quarterly update.
As detailed in the blog, Blizzard writes that the upcoming next entry in the legendary ARPG franchise will place more of an emphasis on character power earned from player decisions while leveling up, rather than a character’s strength largely only coming from whatever gear they have equipped.
Introducing The Paragon Board
That’s where the new Paragon Board system comes in. Once reaching level 50 on a character, players will earn Paragon points as they continue to play and earn experience. Players can then begin unlocking various tiles on the Paragon Board with those points, with each tile granting various passive bonuses. Some tiles found on the board, like Normal and Magic tiles, will grant small stat bonuses. Other tiles, like Rare tiles, can grant bonuses to specific skills and increase in potency once certain requirements are met. Last but not least, each Paragon Board after the first contains a Legendary tile at its center that, once unlocked, grants a powerful new legendary ability. There are also tiles that can be equipped with Glyphs, which are items discovered through play that allow for further customization.