Being a good tank isn't all fun and games, you know! It's also pew pew.
Diep.io is ever-growing and more people are playing than ever now that the game has a few new classes--with the new Necromancer class being released just today.
Unlike Agar.io and Slither.io, Diep.io has some RPG elements that can cause confusion for new players. Not only do you get stat points as you level but you also get to change classes as you progress, which is a far cry from the bare bones progression seen in the other two games.
So what is there to know about the game? Not a ton aside from the classes, what the stats do, and general strategic tips to stay alive. And I do have a few of those for you!
Take these tips as some friendly advice, from one player who started when the game was brand new and only had about 20 people on it, to you.
You know what's just as bad as a tank with bad stats for its class? A tank with stats that barely do it justice. Know what you want to do when you start so you can use your stat points well.
I personally recommend Reload first and foremost for any class but those going for Necromancer because of the increased rate of fire and movement effects Reload has, but in the end it's up to you. Just have a stat plan when you start to avoid building a tank that doesn't really do anything well at all.
It's tempting to want to go in and whomp on other players, but unless you've got at least a couple points in Maximum Health it's probably best to avoid them until your second class change.
Since the leaderboards are score-based larger players aren't all going to go after low level players, but some do and it's best to stay safe until you have two class changes and invested all those stat points you accumulate while leveling.
Everyone pumps at least a few points into Reload, but did you know it's the most important stat in the game for nearly every class sans Necromancer?
Reload not only affects how fast you shoot with most classes, but also how fast you can go when running away. Your weapon recoil affects your speed--for instance most classes will go slower when firing forward, but faster when firing backward. You can see how Reload affects your speed with any class, and it has a huge effect.
Overlord/Overseer players may not feel like they need Reload because it doesn't make them shoot faster (and by proxy does not make them go faster). It's essentially useless for Necromancers since they get their minions by destroying squares.
Blue hexagons are the biggest source of EXP you can get aside from killing a higher level player, especially the massive ones. But clusters of several blue hexagons are protected by aggressive pink triangles, which are a huge pain to deal with if you're already having to dodge other players' bullets.
The EXP is generally worth it to stick around blue hexagon clusters but if there are a lot of other players in the area, it's best to find your farm elsewhere and hope you come across some stray hexagons among squares and triangles.
This is pretty obvious but it's worth a mention. In addition, your score goes up not only by killing other players but also farming. Each shape you can destroy nets you additional score, meaning it is definitely possible to get up onto the leaderboard just by farming.
Getting to level 15 is easy enough but it can be hard to get to level 30 when the map is bustling, even more so to get to level 45. Choose your stats according to the classes you want to go otherwise you could reach max level and find your build to kind of suck.
Here's a rundown of each stat if you're confused about what their exact effects are:
These tips are by no means the end-all-be-all, but they'll get you started on the right foot. Diep.io is tough--really tough--and you need all the help and advice you can get early on to get better at the game and decimate other players regularly.