Diablo 4: Paragon Board Guide (2024)

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  • What Is The Paragon Board?

  • Unlocking The Paragon System

  • Using And Upgrading Glyphs

  • Attaching Boards

  • Paragon Board Tips

Diablo 4's endgame features a unique progression system called the Paragon Board. Fans of Diablo might remember the Paragon system from the previous installment, but Blizzard has made some major change to the way Paragon works in Diablo 4.

Related: Diablo 4: Complete Beginner Guide

The Paragon Board serves as a custom passive tree, providing handy stat buffs and powerful bonuses to builds that can master this system. This guide will showcase everything you need to know about Diablo 4's Paragon Board, explaining how it works, how to unlock it, how Glyphs and Gates work, and provide some tips on how to maximize this progression system.

What Is The Paragon Board?

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The Paragon Board serves as Diablo 4's post-campaign progression system. Similar to Diablo 3's Paragon system, a Paragon Board's purpose is to increase your build's overall power in small increments over time. As you earn XP past level 50, you'll earn Paragon Points which can be spent to allocate passive bonuses on your Paragon Board. These range from stat increases to build-enabling passives that rival Legendary affixes.

Unlike Diablo 3, the Paragon system in Diablo 4 doesn't progress indefinitely. Builds can allocate up to 220 Paragon Board passives, earned by reaching level 100 and maximum renown across all regions. Paragon Boards are tied to specific characters, and each class gets unique boards to spec into. These boards can then be further augmented with Glyphs, socketable items that add or alter the passives provided by your board. In essence, the Paragon Board is a player-crafted passive tree that can be further augmented through Glyphs.

Unlocking The Paragon System

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The Paragon Board unlocks upon reaching level 50. You can access your Paragon Board at any time by opening your skill tree and selecting the "Paragon" tab. Similar to Skill Points, Paragon Points are earned by leveling your character and increasing your renown with each region of Sanctuary. Every quarter of a level you earn awards one Paragon Point. The final renown reward for each zone also grants four Paragon Points, totaling 20 points when all regions are completed. A maximum of 220 Paragon Points may be allocated on your Paragon Board.

Each point you earn may be allocated onto your current Paragon Board. All classes start with a fairly similar board. You'll immediately notice the different rarities of each node:

  • Common: Provides +5 in a stat (Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, or Willpower).
  • Magic: Provides a damage, defense, or utility bonus.
  • Rare: Provides two damage, defense, utility, or stat bonuses.

As you path upward, you'll come across magic and rare nodes that provide stronger, more noticeable bonuses than the default stat nodes. Reaching the end of your current board will unlock a Gate node, allowing you to attach another board to your current passive tree. The center of your starter board also comes with a Glyph socket, allowing you to add curated passive effects or modify the stats provided by nearby stat nodes.

Using And Upgrading Glyphs

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The center of your first Paragon Board will contain an empty Glyph socket. Glyphs are socketable passives that add or modify the stats of nearby Paragon nodes. Every Glyph you install will create an aura around itself, influencing everything within a three-node radius. Allocated nodes within this radius will either gain a secondary effect or become stronger. For example, a Glyph that buffs Intelligence will cause every nearby Intelligence node to provide a secondary, more potent effect in addition to granting Intelligence.

Glyphs can be generalized into three categories:

  1. Attribute Glyphs: Nodes that increase your base attributes also grant a secondary bonus.
  2. Rarity Glyphs: Magic or Rare nodes within the Glyph's radius are stronger.
  3. Stat Magnitude Glyphs: Nodes within range gain a bonus to X and Y modifiers.

Additionally, all Glyphs come with a secondary bonus that's gated behind an attribute requirement, such as allocating 40 Dexterity within the Glyph's radius or achieving a total Intelligence value of 400. These secondary bonuses tend to be quite powerful and worth unlocking for most builds.

Earning New Glyphs

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Most players will own a handful Glyphs by default, but those aren't the only Glyphs available in Diablo 4. Slain monsters have a rare chance of dropping unowned Glyphs. Activities with high enemy density, notably Nightmare Dungeons and Helltide, are your best farming spots for obtaining new Glyphs.

Upgrading Glyphs

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Every Glyph you'll obtain will start with a base level that can be increased, buffing the Glyph's stat magnitudes and even its effective radius on your Paragon Board. Glyphs may be upgraded at the end of every Nightmare Dungeon. Successfully completing a Nightmare Dungeon will spawn a unique altar used for upgrading Glyphs. Each Nightmare Dungeon you clear will grant Glyph XP which is used to level your Glyphs. The harder the dungeon, the more Glyph XP you'll earn.

Each Glyph upgrade will slightly buff its listed effects, and every 15 levels will increase the Glyph's effective radius by one node. Leveling a Glyph gets increasingly more expensive, so be sure you're upgrading Glyphs that benefit your build. You cannot respec Glyph XP.

Related: Diablo 4: Build Tier List

Attaching Boards

At the end of every Paragon Board is a Gate, a unique node that connects multiple board pieces together. Allocating a Gate node will allow you to install one of eight new boards onto your current Paragon Board. You'll be able to preview the board's contents, including node modifiers and pathing, before installation. Once a board is installed, you'll be able to allocate nodes within that board and unlock additional Gates.

Board Rotating

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While previewing a new Paragon Board, you can rotate the new board to change your starting Gate. This is particularly useful if you plan on allocating a specific Magic, Rare, or Legendary node on the new board.

Each class has access to eight unique boards. Every attached board comes with one Glyph socket and a unique Legendary Node, providing a potent effect that is comparable to a Legendary affix. Boards tend to be themed around specific skills or build archetypes, so consider picking boards that synergize with your current skills and passives. You cannot equip the same board twice.

Paragon Board Tips

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  • Focus on one attribute. Scaling a single attribute makes it easier to activate Glyph secondary bonuses.
  • Rotate your board. Some boards feature Legendary Nodes in corners or hard-to-reach places. Rotating your board can minimize the Paragon investment required to purchase these nodes.
  • Reaching max renown with a region of Sanctuary grants four Paragon Points. You can earn up to 20 Paragon Points this way.
  • Upgrade your Glyphs to level 15 as soon as possible. This increases the Glyph's effective radius on your Paragon Board.
  • You can respec Paragon nodes for a small Gold fee. If a Paragon Board has no allocated nodes, you can remove it and attach a new board type.

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