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Some players don’t like grinding in video games. They may find it repetitive and tedious. However, there are many others who enjoy grinding and find it to be a fun and relaxing activity. If you’re one of the latter, then this list of the best grinding games of all time is made for you.

10. Runescape

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Released in 2001, Runescape is a Java-based MMORPG that features an open world with a variety of skills to train and quests to complete. Although the graphics are dated, the game is still popular due to its unique mechanics and community. It’s also one of the few MMORPGs that doesn’t require a monthly subscription, making it more accessible to casual players.

9. Fallout Shelter

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Fallout Shelter is a great game to play if you’re looking for something that will keep you busy for a while. There are many things to do, and it can be very addicting. The goal of the game is to build up your shelter and protect your dwellers from the dangers of the wasteland. You’ll need to keep them fed, watered, and happy, or they’ll start to leave. There are also a variety of threats that you’ll need to defend against, including raiders, radroaches, and deathclaws.

8. Monster Hunter World

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There’s no doubt that Monster Hunter World is one of the best grinding games of all time. The game is absolutely massive, with tons of different monsters to hunt, and plenty of different weapons and armor sets to collect. The combat is extremely satisfying, particularly when taking down a huge monster after a long and difficult battle, and the online multiplayer makes it easy to find other hunters to team up with for even more fun.

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7. Elden Ring

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Elden Ring is described as an “open-world action RPG” set within the ruins of a cathedral. Players take on the role of a custom protagonist, choosing from one of FromSoftware’s signature classes: swordsman, bowman, or sorcerer.

6. Diablo III

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Diablo III is a dungeon crawler action RPG developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. The game takes place in Sanctuary, a dark fantasy world overrun by demons. Players take on the role of one of six character classes—Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Necromancer, or Wizard—and are tasked with defeating the Lord of Terror, Diablo.

Grinding in this game entails killing lots and lots of monsters to level up your character and gear them with the best possible equipment. The game is extremely rewarding, as each new level and piece of gear makes your character stronger and better able to take on tougher challenges.

5. Path of Exile

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Path of Exile is an online action RPG set in the dark world of Wraeclast. It is a free-to-play game for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One that supports microtransactions. The player controls a character through an overhead perspective and explores large outdoor areas and underground dungeons, fighting monsters and fulfilling quests from NPCs to gain experience points and equipment.

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4. Destiny 2

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Destiny 2 is a looter shooter with some of the best gunplay mechanics in any game. The grind for better weapons and armor is real, but it’s also very rewarding.

The thing that makes Destiny 2’s grind so great is that it never feels like a chore. The various activities you can do to get better gear are all fun and engaging. From raiding to simply playing through the campaign again on a higher difficulty, there’s always something to do.

And even if you don’t get the best gear right away, you’re still making progress toward your ultimate goal. Every piece of gear you get makes you a little bit stronger, and that’s what keeps players coming back for more.

3. Warframe

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This cooperative third-person shooter video game is set in an online world featuring elements of science fiction. As players progress through the game, they are able to upgrade their weapons, armor, and abilities by earning experience points. And one of the most unique aspects of Warframe is a parkour system that allows players to scale walls and other objects in the environment.

2. World of Warcraft

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World of Warcraft has a huge world with countless quests and objectives to keep players engaged for hours on end. While the game does have a subscription fee, this is offset by the fact that there is no need to purchase any additional content, as everything is included in the base game.

1. Minecraft

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Minecraft might not be the first game that comes to mind when you think of grinding, but there’s no denying that it’s a huge part of the experience. From gathering resources to building structures to farming, there’s a lot to do in Minecraft and most of it requires extra effort. The good news is that all that grinding is rewarded when you finally complete that massive project you’ve been working on for hours.

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