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Is loot quality affected by difficulty level (or challenges/strategy mode, etc…)? Are there better rewards based on any of these things? Is beating a level on hard going to give better items on average than on easy?

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Here are the things that I know for sure affect loot drop quality

  • Difficulty level. A map on hard is going to have better quality loot. Not just from the harder monsters but chests as well.
  • The Map (i.e. the later maps drops better stuff, glitterhelm on hard drops way better stuff than deepest depth on hard).

Here is what I think affects it (can't confirm for sure)

  • Maximum available character levels in the game. I.e. a game of all level 70s tend to see better loot than 1 level 70 and 3 newbies with level 10 characters.

The boss rewards do have a higher chance of dropping a better quality item on higher difficulties.

As for challenge maps, most challenges give different rewards based on difficulty level but those rewards are unaffected by character level.

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In addition to what yx mentioned, loot also seems to get better the map wave number is. A hard survival game in wave 1 will drop worse loot than that same game on wave 15.

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