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With the current server issues still affecting EU players, we've put together a quick tutorial on how to start Diablo 3 without ever needing to open the Battle.net client!

As many of you have most likely already noticed, with barely any time left to go until the start of Season 20 in Diablo 3 for EU players, there are currently issues with the Battle.net app for a large number of players, regardless of which game they are hoping to play.

While WoW players can simply boot up using the .exe file in their program files, things are slightly more difficult for Diablo players, as the .exe file will normally just start up the Battle.net app.

To avoid this problem and log into Diablo despite the ongoing issues, follow the steps below:

  1. Create a shortcut to your Diablo .exe file (not the launcher .exe). You should use the 64-bit version in /x64 if you normally use this version.
  2. Go into the properties of the shortcut and edit the shortcut target.
  3. Add " -launch" to the end of it, including the space at the start, but without quotation marks.
  4. Save your changes and use the shortcut - Diablo 3 will start up shortly afterwards.
  5. You will need to log in with your account details and, if you have an Authenticator, you will need to enter the code manually.
  6. Make sure to double check the region you are logging into with the options menu on the log-in screen.

While this method is not perfect, it should get you into the game in time for the new season! There are a few issues that you may run into, which can be solved as follows:

  • My game is taking too long to load.
    • This is completely normal when booting in this manner, just let the game load up. If it is taking a really long time, you may be trying to start up the wrong version of Diablo (32-bit vs. 64-bit). The 64-bit version can be found in /x64.
  • My game stopped responding.
    • Go into Task Manager and end any Battle.net or Diablo 3 launcher tasks. These cause it to stop working/stop loading.
  • I never downloaded the latest patch.
    • Unfortunately, this method only works if your game is up-to-date. It will not let you into the game if you need to download a patch.

Once your game is up and running, make sure to check out our updated class guides for Season 20!

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