Diablo 4 lag, rubber banding, and stutter explained

Diablo 4 lag comes with the unfortunate side effects of rubber banding and stutter, so you should rule out hardware issues to ensure the issue is server-side.

Artwork of Diablo 4's horned demon Lilith with a red background.

How do I fix Diablo 4 lag? With so many players rushing to play Blizzard’s latest, we’re seeing some reports of rubber banding and stuttering, which some might mistake for hardware issues. That said, we’re here to help you rule out your own rig as the culprit to give you confidence that the issue is indeed server-side.

While you wait for your Diablo 4 connection to stabilize, we have expert guides for every Diablo 4 class and the best Diablo 4 builds. Be sure to check out the dungeon, stronghold, and world boss locations to expedite your progress too. Now, let’s talk Diablo 4 rubber banding and lag.

What is Diablo 4 lag?

Diablo 4 lag is the unfortunate result of a poor server connection and high latency, and it has the side effect of rubber banding, random stutters, and occasional disconnections.

While you can sometimes attribute Diablo 4 stutter and what some might term as ‘lag’ to hardware issues, most reported rubber banding cases are almost certainly because of server-side issues.

Diablo 4 lag: artwork of Inarius with angry googly eyes.

How do I fix Diablo 4 lag?

Here are some steps you can take to fix Diablo 4 lag:

  • Is Diablo 4 down? Make sure the servers are live first.
  • Check your internet connection is stable.
  • Check your server ping – a high ping can result in instability.
  • Disconnect and reconnect your rig to the internet.
  • Reboot the game.
  • Use a wired connection, as these are more stable than wireless.
  • Turn off Diablo 4 crossplay.
  • Play outside of peak hours.
  • If none of the above works, you can rule out hardware issues.

With so many players jumping online to play Diablo 4 at once, it’s no surprise that some technical hiccups have arisen. We’re hopeful that as we get further from the game’s launch, fewer players will be logging on, and, as a result, lag and rubberbanding will become less common.

That said, you can still use our Diablo 4 best settings guide, check out the Diablo 4 system requirements, and see which options most affect your FPS to rule out any potential hardware issues. At this point, you might be left wishing for a Diablo 4 offline mode or at least a way to play Diablo 4 solo until the servers stabilize. We wouldn’t blame you.