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I have a friend I'd like to play with who has Diablo 3 with the Reaper of Souls expansion. I don't have the expansion myself.

Will my friend and I be able to play together?

Further, when we hit level 60, I'm pretty sure I won't be able to keep levelling up - but will they keep going on past level 60? (That would be problematic, because of the power level difference!)

Will there be any significant differences in our experience that might be disruptive to play due to only one of us having the expansion?

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You will be able to play together under certain circumstances. Essentially, you must make the game, and in that situation, you will always be able to play together. While in the same game, there will be no difference in the experience of the play.

You will not be able to go to Act V nor will you be able to join in adventure mode.

If you make a game where you are 60 and your friend is 60, you will be capped. Your friend will not, and will continue leveling. As your friend levels, the monsters and items will become higher than level 60. This will mean you end up salvaging into expansion account bound materials for crafting, however you will not be able to use them because you are still level 60 and your blacksmith is capped at level 10.

So, yes you can play together, but really, there is so much more to the expansion you will have much more fun just giving in and getting it.

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  • I believe if you create a game level (60) the game is capped at 60 at the mosnter wont increase in difficulty as the other person goes above 60. The game level scale to the host level always. The other guy (past 60) will just have an easier time
    – WizLiz
    Sep 4 '14 at 7:16
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    @WizLiz Not in all cases. It's weird, but sometimes an non-host ally within a few levels of the host can bump up the game difficulty, and then it continues to level with them. So, a 60 and a 62 will play a 62 game, but if you start with a 60 and 64, it'll still be a 60 game.
    – Troyen
    Sep 4 '14 at 9:17
  • I'm pretty sure he will still get lvl 60 items. I remember levelling a mate who had no RoS, we played in a lvl 70 game, but he said he didn't get any Marquise/Imperial gems and only loot of his level
    – Novarg
    Sep 4 '14 at 16:56
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    I know for a fact you get higher than level 60 items in the case where someone with you levels past 60. I have been there and seen it multiple times. When the expansion first came out, I did not get it for months.
    – Travis J
    Sep 4 '14 at 18:26
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Yes you can still play together. As stated by this blue post on the forum :

If you have Reaper of Souls, then you can join in games that have been created by players that do not have the expansion. However, players that don’t have the expansion won’t be able to join games that were created by accounts that have been upgraded to Reaper of Souls.

However (as its not precised) If you own Reaper of Souls and create a game that does not require the expansion (below level 60 and not at act V) people without Reaper of Souls will be able to join you.

Your friend won't cap at 60 and will keep on leveling up until 70.

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    Not sure that this information is correct, unless they changed it in the most recent patch. I played games with a friend who doesn't have RoS and they were able to join my game fine (this was about 3 or 4 weeks ago).
    – TZHX
    Sep 4 '14 at 7:40
  • @TZHX I can confirm this! I guess the more precise things to say is if you have a normal story game and not level 61 or more, player without the expansion can join your game.
    – Marc-Andre
    Sep 9 '14 at 2:37
  • @TZHX I did'nt know that, edited my answer
    – WizLiz
    Sep 9 '14 at 6:24
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You will be able to play together in the original game. That is, if you invite him to your game, you will both play the original 4 Acts, and both be capped at 60. (I don't believe) it will work the other way though.

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    There were only four Acts originally, not five.
    – Brythan
    Sep 4 '14 at 5:28
  • Point. Match conceded.
    – Ben
    Sep 4 '14 at 5:31
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If you are playing on the 360 you will not be able to play with each other. Because thet are seen as 2 separate games.

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