By now, thousands of players have experienced the Act 1 quests in Diablo 4 several times already. The two weekends of the beta plus the recent Server Slam have only contained quests and areas from Act 1, meaning players know exactly what happens in the main story to this point and likely know every square inch of Fractured Peaks.
Naturally, with the full version being released, players are wondering if they can simply skip Act 1 when they first load into Diablo 4.
When players complete the prologue and arrive in Kyovashad, they will be able to pull up their map and see that quests from Acts 1, 2, and 3 are all available. Previously, players couldn’t reach the starting quests for Acts 2 and 3 due to them being outside of Fractured Peaks.
However, with Diablo 4 being an open world, players have no restrictions on where they can go once they reach Kyovashad. So, it must be asked, can players go right to Act 2 or 3 in Diablo 4?
Skip Act 1 and go straight to Act 3 in Diablo 4
The simple answer to this question is yes, you are able to completely bypass Act 1 in Diablo 4 and head straight for either Scosglen or Dry Steppes to start Act 2 or 3.
I can confirm, however,that this won’t change the story or your experience in any way, though; regardless of where you start, you will go on the same quests, get the same ending, and still eventually have to complete all three Acts before moving onto Act 4. This is important because you can’t get a mount until Act 4.
So no matter if you want to first see Lorath in Dry Steppes, talk to Donan in Scoslgen, or go in order and find Neyrelle and Vigo in Fractured Peaks, your Diablo 4 experience will not change. The enemies in Sanctuary scale with your current level too, so you won’t face a harder challenge in any specific region of the map.
There you have it — you are fully able to skip Act 1 in Diablo 4, but you will need to complete it before getting access to Act 4.