I just hit power level 900 rather quickly after playing D2 for the last 3 days. However, it seems now that my power level goes up rather slowly, by at least 1-2 every few hours.

It doesn't seem level is tied to the power level -- in fact for some reason, when I started playing, I was already at max level, with all the skill trees unlocked.

What is the max power level in D2, and how do I get there?


Caps are increased now: I'm PL 980 already, and the soft cap is 950 and the hard cap is 1020.

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The soft light cap is 900, which appears to already be reached for you.

For gaining light levels after 900, you need to complete activities that reward "Powerful Gear". These activities can be redone every week after the reset to get even more powerful gear.

There are three tiers of powerful gear. Tier 1, 2 and 3. The higher the tier, the more powerful gear you will receive.

You can find all activities in Shadowkeep that reward powerful gear here.

A lot of people don't know this, but you get 3 times the amount of drops per week by having three characters, one of each class. Having multiple characters of the same class won't drop more gear, as it is class based.

Once you hit 950, which is the hard light level cap, you will need to pick up "Pinnacle Gear" to continue your journey to the Pinnacle level cap (960). This is the highest current light level possible in Shadowkeep.

Pinnacle gear is dropped from the raid (Garden of Salvation), high level nightfalls, and other end-game activities.

Edit: I forgot to mention this initially, but there is a new seasonal leveling system in place.

At the start of every season, you will be given a seasonal artifact. As you level up the artifact with EXP gained, you will gain an additional bonus power level up to +12 power. This technically makes the max possible light level in Shadowkeep 972 power (960 max for gear, plus the +12 bonus light level with the seasonal artifact at max level).

The only downside to this, is that your power level bonus will expire and have to be re-leveled with your new seasonal artifact whenever a new season starts.

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    I'm fairly sure the power level increase from leveling the seasonal artifact is uncapped. It just gets exponentially slower. "12" comes from the amount of modification unlocks you can choose as you level it (out of 25). Right now mine is giving +7 power, with 10 mods unlocked. – Kommissar Oct 8 '19 at 14:51
  • Top tier with the artifact is 980. 960+20 as @Demon says – David Yell Oct 17 '19 at 9:20
  • What do you mean by "A lot of people don't know this, but you get 3 times the amount of drops per week by having three characters, one of each class." ? 3X the drops regardless of the character currently in play or ? – Иво Недев Nov 11 '19 at 11:16

Actually the hard cap is 960 plus 20 for your artifact for a total of 980 (hence the most difficult nightfall recommended power of 980). There is a triumph called "Season 8: Power Bonus" which clearly shows a total of 20 points as I'm currently at 13/20.

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According to a Kotaku article from yesterday, 960. And to get there, you need every bit of your gear to be Power Level 960.

Because the stated Power Level is an average across all your equipped gear.

And seems the only gear with that Power Level is Powerful Gear, which seems to be an in-game term.

To get that gear, the article says:

Powerful Gear currently will only come from the latest raid, Garden of Salvation, which opens this weekend.

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  • "And you get there after a lot of effort" is pretty broad. You can greatly improve your answer by providing ways to obtain the gear that will get them to the maximum light – Wondercricket Oct 5 '19 at 14:25
  • @Wondercricket - How's it now? – Malady Oct 5 '19 at 14:33
  • This doesn't really answer my question -- how do I get 960 gear? I mean it's obvious that your power level is the aggregate of all your gear, but how do you get 960 gear to drop? I'm not entirely positive it just drops like that, after all, I ran a few 920 strikes and they still dropped gear in accordance with my aggregate power level. – senpai Oct 5 '19 at 18:55
  • @Senpai - What rarity / color were your drops? I don't play, but I'm assuming that the most Powerful stuff would be pretty rare. If they're scaled, then I guess you just go slow like 920 to 921 to 922, etc. – Malady Oct 5 '19 at 19:28
  • The quote is wrong as well, powerful gear has plenty more sources. Pinnacle gear drops from the raid and high tier nightfall. – VanBuzzKill Oct 6 '19 at 19:13

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