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What Changes Will Helltide Rework Bring In Diablo 4 Season 4?

Apr 30 ,2024 Author: D4gold

In this guide, we’ll take a deep dive into the exciting changes coming to Helltide in Diablo 4 Season 4, which starts around May 14th. From dynamic gameplay events to improved drop mechanics, Helltide is becoming a game changer.

We’ve seen a few changes to Helltide in the past, but nothing quite like these, and here’s a quick overview of what’s coming soon.

Multiple new events make Helltide gameplay feel more dynamic, opening up helltide-specific drops to other areas and bringing outside drops into Helltide. All in all, Helltide is probably the best leveling place in Season 4. Let’s get right to the point.

What Changes Will Helltide Rework Bring In Diablo 4 Season 4?

How Does Helltide Work?

Helltide in Diablo 4 is a game feature unlocked after completing the story. You can tell Helltide is happening by the red appearance on the map. They will go up for 55 minutes, go down for 5 minutes, and then appear again in a new area.

When you enter Helltide, you’ll see new elements in the heads up display in the upper right corner, including your Aberrant Cinders, Baneful Heart, and the bar that determines your level of threat in Helltide.

All enemies in Helltide have a chance to drop Aberrant Cinders, which can be used to open special chests called Tortured Gifts. Tortured Gifts are located in fixed and random locations around Helltide. Their icons on the map determine the types of items you can get when you open them, and they cost between 50 and 275 Aberrant Cinders to open.

There are 2 unique chest types, and Gift of Mysteries chests provide a wide variety of crafting materials and Diablo 4 items. If you want to farm the endgame boss Grigoire, you need to target Tortured Gift of Living Steel. This boss has its own target farming loot table and is one of four bosses that can now be farmed for Uber Uniques.

Diablo 4: Aberrant Cinders Farming Guide

Keep in mind that when you’re defeated in Helltide, you lose half of your Aberrant Cinders, making targeting expensive Tortured Gifts very dangerous.

Sometimes you’ll encounter Doomsayer Pira, and interacting with Pira will cause random things to happen, such as spawning enemies, spawning Goblin, and even spawning new, cheaper Tortured Gifts.

Helltide Threat Meter

As you play Helltide, defeating enemies and opening Tortured Gifts will increase your Threat Meter. The higher the meter, the more ambushes you’ll encounter as you continue through Helltide. Your Threat Meter can be found in the upper right corner.

Maximizing the meter will start a new Helltide event where you will be constantly ambushed. The meter decreases as you approach the final ambush. The final ambush will include a new elite enemy called Hellborn, which will be harder to defeat than typical elite enemies.

New Accursed Ritual Event

Collecting Baneful Hearts mainly occurs when opening any Tortured Gifts in Helltide. You will see how many Baneful Hearts you have in the upper right corner. These can be spent at Accursed Ritual locations in Helltide, and finding these locations requires you to be within a certain distance of the event before you can see it on the map.

When you arrive at the event location, you’ll see 3 Accursed Altars, each of which requires a Baneful Heart to activate. It is worth mentioning that activating Accursed Altar can be done by different players.

Accursed Ritual - New Large Scale Event Boss Coming to Helltides in Diablo 4 Season 4

This event is very similar to Blood Lure Pedestals during Season 2 Blood Harvest. Once activated, the area will spawn waves of enemies, all of which help to free the boss in the center.

Eventually, Blood Maiden will appear. This enemy is powerful, can deal high damage, and has a large health pool similar to World Boss. During each phase of Blood Maiden, they will fire telegraph projectiles in random directions, which will also spawn 4 Hellborn enemies.

Throughout the battle, be careful when you become the target of a circle that stalks you. The best way to deal with this is to run in a circle, out of the path of nearby allies. Defeating Blood Maiden will drop loot, and will also drop Exquisite Blood, which is used to generate the endgame boss, Lord Zir.

Add New Whisper Objectives

Coming to Season 4 Helltide, you’ll also notice new Whisper Objectives exclusive to Helltide. This means that when you play Helltide, you also gain Grim Favors.

These Objectives are simple, like killing some demons, destroying Accursed Ritual, or defeating Hellborn. Most of these are easy to complete by playing Helltide and will be a great way to farm Varshan Body Parts for summoning the endgame boss Varshan.

Helltide Is No Longer The Only Way To Get Specific Items

Additionally, Forgotten Souls, Fiend Roses, and Grigoire summoning items are no longer locked behind Helltide. They are available outside of Helltide at a lower and possibly more unstable rate. Therefore, Helltide will probably remain the primary method for target farming these items.

Diablo 4: How to Farm Forgotten Souls?

To collect Forgotten Souls, you need to look for Screaming Hell Veins, which are rarely found in Helltide region. To collect Fiend Roses, be aware of Fiend Rose interactables. Don’t forget to collect 5 pieces of Living Steel immediately and open Living Steel Chest to get 275 Aberrant Cinders.

It’s worth mentioning that in Helltide, goblins and elite enemies appear to drop any endgame boss summoning items.

Structures From The Past Return

By the way, in Season 4 Helltide, we will also find some returning structures from past seasons.

You’ll find Sanguine Altars mini-event in Season 2, where you have to defeat endless waves of enemies while having less and less health over time. You’ll also find Trap Altar from Season 3, which is the same idea, but the altar itself emits a dodgeable telegraphed attack.

Helltide Will Become The Best Leveling Location

All of these new additions will be coming to Helltide, which has been available since World Tier 1, so this will probably be the best leveling location in Season 4.

Helltide itself has a hit or miss mob density. Threat Meter will help fill the monster density with ambush. Finding many people participating in Accursed Ritual will result in a huge XP boost, similar to Cursed Chests in Nightmare Dungeons. This will be the basis for Whisper Objectives you complete during Helltide to earn another boost in XP.

Best of all, opening Tortured Gifts will grant you more XP. The main thing you miss when leveling up from level 1 to 100 in Helltide is Glyph XP, so that’s the major drawback.

The above are all the changes in Helltide in Season 4 that we know so far, but we still have to look forward to the official launch in half a month for the specific content. Good luck and have fun.

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