Hardcore mode is a Game Mode that can be chosen when creating a new character. There is no way to change a character from one game mode to another after creation. Hardcore characters are deleted upon Death and also have several penalties that apply while playing:
- Hitpoints do not passively regenerate
- The Bank is limited to a maximum of 100 slots - 12 slots are available initially and a further 88 can be purchased from the Shop. Players can gain additional slots to exceed this limit, either permanently through the use of Bank Slot Tokens, or temporarily while the Pillar of Generosity is active.
- The Combat Triangle penalties for using the combat style that is weak against the current enemy are increased.