Guide to Diablo 4 Endgame Content
Diablo 4 offers a variety of endgame content, ranging from a variety of different activities to engage in. In this guide, loltank will look at features such as Whispers of the Dead, Hell Tides, World Bosses, Nightmare Dungeons, Codex of Power, Player vs. Player, Crafting, and Gathering.
Whispers of the Dead
Whispers of the Dead have timed objectives that appear on your world map. Completing them will reward players with gold, experience, and Grim Favors. These Grim Favors can then be exchanged at the Tree of Whispers for additional rewards.
Hell Tides are randomly occurring events in which one zone is attacked by a faction or group. During these events, players will be faced with unique quests, bosses, and world quests. Unlike the Whispers of the Dead, players will need to focus on survival as death will cause them to lose valuable currency.
World Bosses are another endgame activity in Diablo 4. So far, three world bosses have been announced, with two revealed. It remains to be seen whether these will be challenging enough to require coordinated groups or if they will feel like a chore.
Nightmare Dungeons offer players the chance to add special modifiers to a dungeon to make them more difficult and varied. This feature is likely inspired by Diablo 3’s Greater Rifts and World of Warcraft’s Mythic Plus Dungeons. With each new season, new modifiers will be added, allowing players to increase their character power and min-maxing.
Codex of Power
The Codex of Power incentivizes players to complete the multitude of dungeons. Upon completion of a dungeon, players will unlock a Legendary Aspect which grants a unique Legendary Power to imbue onto the gear.
Player vs. Player
Player vs. Player (PvP) is a welcome addition to Diablo 4. Primeval Mephisto has cursed certain areas of Sanctuary, transforming them into deadly fields of hatred. Here, players will battle each other to collect Seeds of Hatred, which can be exchanged for rewards such as cosmetics.
Crafting and Gathering
Crafting and Gathering are a continuation and iteration of Diablo 3’s systems, with some new features. There are four different types of crafters – the Alchemist, Blacksmith, Jeweler, and Occultist – that players can interact with to craft and gather items to aid in their endgame character progression.
The Alchemist allows players to upgrade the healing amount of their health potions and craft beneficial elixirs. These elixirs will grant an experience boost, so they can be extremely beneficial. The Alchemist also allows players to create instances, but it’s not yet clear what these are. All items crafted and upgraded at the Alchemist require reagents gathered from around Sanctuary.
The Blacksmith has a new addition for Diablo 4 – the ability to upgrade gear to increase its damage or the armor value/power of a piece of armor. This is a great way to increase your character’s power without relying solely on gear.
The Jeweler allows players to craft jewelry, which is likely rings and amulets. This feature hasn’t yet been officially revealed, but we do know that players will be able to craft and upgrade socket-able gems here, as well. This time around, the gems will look more balanced, which means the Emerald won’t be extremely dominant like in Diablo 3.
The Occultist is a new addition that serves several purposes. It can be used to reroll attributes on gear, imbue legendary aspects onto rare and legendary items, and craft Nightmare Sigils to customize and upgrade your Nightmare dungeons.
These crafting features will involve gold costs, and serve as a primary gold sink in the game. Gold will likely serve more as a secondary purpose, rather than a primary avenue for gating gear or wealth. Trading will also be limited, so gold may be useful for that as well.
Overall, this new crafting system in Diablo 4 looks to make the end game more engaging and exciting. With these new crafting options, you can upgrade your gear, craft beneficial elixirs, and customize your Nightmare dungeons.