All Helltide changes in Diablo 4 Season 4: New elixir, Accursed Rituals, more

Souhardya Choudhury
Enemies in Diablo 4 Season 4 Helltides

Helltides have suffered one of the greatest changes of all systems in Diablo 4 Season 4. Here’s everything new you need to know to summon and fight a Helltide in Diablo 4 Season 4.

Diablo 4 Season 4 will finally see the long-awaited Helltide changes, which have been requested by fans ever since Season of Blood. With a massive focus on loot and rewards, Helltide is set to be revamped massively in Season 4: Loot Reborn.

On that note, here’s every Helltide change in Diablo 4 Season 4.

Every Helltide change in Diablo 4 Season 4

With “loot” being in the name of Diablo 4 Season 4 itself, Blizzard have made it clear that they will be massively focussing on the rewarding aspect of the game this season.

Here are all the changes in Season of Loot Reborn’s Helltides:

Inspiration from Blood Harvest

In the official early patch notes, Blizzard have confirmed that Helltides in Diablo 4 Season 4 will be inspired by S2’s much-celebrated seasonal activity, the Blood Harvest. This means that as you progress through Helltides and continue killing enemies, you will be attracting more and more enemies, with the challenge getting gradually harder each time.

Threat Level and being Hell-Marked

As you get to kill hordes of enemies in Diablo 4 Season 4’s Helltides, you will gradually generate Threat. a new mechanic in S4. Threat is earned based on the difficulty of the monsters you kill and how often you open Tortured Gifts while running the Helltide.

There are three Threat Levels, a bar that will gradually increase as you generate Threat. Once it reaches Level 3, you will become Hell-Marked, which means that you’ll be an attractor to some of the most difficult enemies in Diablo 4.

Once you have become Hell-Marked, be prepared as you will be bombarded with a horde of enemies. If you manage to kill all of them, a Hellborn will spawn, an extremely formidable enemy known as one of the powerful agents of Hell. There are five variants of Hellborne spawns, which represent each Class in Diablo 4.

You can reset your Threat level after activating the Hellborne ambush, or simply by dying.

Diablo 4 Accursed Ritual
Accursed Rituals in Diablo 4 are the sources to summon Blood Maidens.

Accursed Rituals

Accursed Rituals are new areas within the Helltide map in Diablo 4 Season 4 where players can summon a Blood Maiden, one of the most powerful entities of Sanctuary. These posts are cultist ritual spots where three dead beheaded dead bodies are lined up in the form of a triangle, forming a summoning circle.

You can initiate the Accursed Ritual yourself by depositing three Baneful Hearts, resources that can be earned by opening Tortured Gifts, defeating Hellborne demons, or Doomsayers. Once you deposit them, a massive swarm of enemies will spawn around you and will be presided over by the Blood Maiden.

Of course, defeating the Blood Maiden guarantees great rewards, while you also earn passive or better drops from enemies after initiating the Accursed Ritual.

Availability in World Tiers 1 & 2

Finally, one of the biggest changes in Helltides in Diablo 4 Season 4 is that they will now be available even in World Tier 1 & 2. Previously it was only available for players in World Tier 3 and above, as it was unlocked after completing the Cathedral of Light Capstone Dungeon.

Naturally, the overall difficulty of Helltides will be balanced according to your World Tier as well, and no roaming bosses or fatal meteors will surprise you randomly.

Profane Mindcage elixir

For players who want to increase the difficulty of Diablo 4 Season 4 Helltides even more, they can use a new elixir known as Profane Mindcage. This will increase the levels of each and every monster by 10, and also boost the Cinder drop rate massively.

You can acquire this elixir every time you defeat a Hellborn during Helltides, and can even stack them to create extremely powerful monsters for farming XP. However, keep in mind that this elixir will only be available in Season 4, and will not be continued in further seasons.

That was everything you had to know about the Helltide changes in Diablo 4 Season 4. For more on the game, check out our other guides:

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