Hardcore Philosophy[ edit ] Playing Hardcore requires a different mindset and approach to the game. The monsters, items, skills, drop ratios, and everything else are just the same as always, but the penalty for death is absolute. Most Hardcore characters play a bit more cautiously, and this care is incorporated into the character build and equipment. Hardcore characters generally have many more hit points, worry more about their resistances, and have to sacrifice some killing power as a trade off. Playing styles must be modified as well.