Season 1 is here, and with it comes a bunch of new content that players can get their hands on as soon as they create a Seasonal character.
If you are looking to know more about season 1, then read further as this guide will cover the Season Quest, Theme, Journey, Blessings, and the Battle Pass.
The Season 1 quest contains 5 chapters. The purpose of this quest is to take you all over Sanctuary and introduce you to the entire season theme, which includes Malignant Hearts, Tunnels, and Invokers. The quest will also give players the chance to confront the seasonal boss, Varshan the Consumed for the first time.
As soon as you create your Seasonal character, Cormond will be waiting for you in Kyovashad. He can be seen with a green icon floating above his head. Interacting with him will begin the Malignant Journey where you will go all over Sanctuary trying to help Cormond, the former priest of the Cathedral of Light.
Season 1 Theme
The first season of Diablo 4 is named Season of the Malignant. The main concept behind this season is to defeat the new Malignant Monsters that fester Sanctuary. Slay those monsters to cage their hearts and use their powers for your own advantage.
Malignant & Caged Malignant Hearts
Malignant Hearts are items similar to gems that can only be equipped in Jewelry items. There are different colored hearts to match different colored Jewelry sockets. The colors that can be found on Malignant Hearts are blue, orange, pink, and grey signifying Brutal, Vicious, Devious, and Wrathful respectively.
There is a total of 32 Malignant Hearts in season 1, and some of them can be used by all classes, whereas others are exclusive to a given class. Malignant Hearts cannot be traded, and they are obtained by slaying Malignant Monsters and caging their hearts by using the Cage of Binding, which is an item that is obtained shortly after starting the seasonal quest.
- Find a Malignant Monster and slay him to expose his heart.
- Interact with the Malignant Heart to bring out a stronger Elite.
- Slay the second Malignant Monster to get their Caged Malignant Heart.
Place the Caged Malignant Heart in your Amulet and Rings to obtain build-changing powers.
Malignant Invokers are used inside Malignant Tunnels to summon Malignant Monsters. Take one of the Invokers to the end of a Malignant Tunnel and use it to Invoke an Outgrowth that matches the color of the Invoker. After you do that, a Malignant Monster will be summoned, and defeating it will reward you with a Caged Malignant Heart.
Varshan the Consumed
Varshan the Consumed is the new boss we get to encounter in Season 1. You fight her once with Cormond during the seasonal quest line. Players get to fight a more difficult version of this boss called Echo of Varshan which can be summoned by using an Invoker of Varshan on a Monstrous Outgrowth.
Defeating this boss will reward you with two Caged Malignant Hearts, and you can find her in a secret room located at the end of a Malignant Tunnel.
Season 1: Season Journey
Season Journey is a system that allows players to obtain rewards such as Legendary Aspects and Favor by completing objectives. In Season 1, there is a total of 7 chapters in the Season Journey, and each chapter has a specific number of objectives that have to be completed.
Season 1: Season Blessings
Season Blessings is a system that gives players bonus stats to all the seasonal characters within an account. To obtain those bonuses, players must earn Smoldering Ashes which is a currency that can only be obtained from the Free Tiers of the Battle Pass, and place them inside Urns that can be located in the Season Blessings menu.
The following Blessings are available in Season 1:
- Boost to experience earned from monster kills.
- Boost to the amount of gold earned from vendor sales.
- Boost to chance of rare materials from salvage.
- Boost to the duration of all Elixirs.
- Boost to the chance of Powerful Malignant Heart drops. Hearts drop after completing the campaign.
Every Blessing will have 4 ranks, and each one will require a specific number of Smoldering Ashes to upgrade.
Season 1: Battle Pass
The Battle Pass is a system that allows players to earn rewards as they complete chapters within the Season Journey and participate in day-to-day activities all around Sanctuary. In Season 1, there is a total of 90 Tiers in the Battle Pass, 27 of them being Free and the other 63 being locked behind the Premium Battle Pass.
To progress in the Battle Pass, players must collect Favor, which is a currency that can be obtained by completing Season Journey objectives and chapters.
Season 1 Battle Pass Rewards and Benefits
|1||Premium||Warded Mustang mount & Coldiron Barding||Mount armor|
|2||Free||Artisan’s Tunic||Chest transmog (All Classes)|
|3||Premium||Coldiron Vessel||Focus transmog (Sorcerer)|
|4||Premium||Heartglow Lantern||Mount trophy|
|5||Free||Balanced Sword||One-handed sword transmog (Barbarian, Rogue and Necromancers)|
|6||Premium||Strength Test||Emote (Barbarian)|
|7||Premium||Coldiron Sagaris||One-handed axe transmog (Druid and Barbarian)|
|8||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|9||Premium||Coldiron Aegis||Shield transmog (Necromancer)|
|10||Premium||Coldiron Hauberk||Chest transmog (All Classes)|
|11||Premium||Coldiron Jambiya||Dagger transmog (Sorcerer, Necromancer and Rogue)|
|12||Free||Artisan’s Knickers||Legs transmog (All Classes)|
|13||Premium||Lurking||Title prefix (All Classes)|
|15||Free||Balanced Axe||One-handed axe transmog (Barbarian and Druid)|
|17||Premium||Watch Those Fingers!||Emote (Druid)|
|18||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|19||Premium||Coldiron Shear||One-handed scythe transmog (Necromancer)|
|20||Premium||Colridon Breeches||Legs transmog (All Classes)|
|21||Premium||Coldiron Lamina||Totem transmog (Druid)|
|22||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|23||Free||Artisan’s Boots||Feet transmog (All Classes)|
|25||Free||Balanced Dagger||Dagger transmog (Necromancer, Rogue and Sorcerer)|
|26||Premium||Coldiron Headsman||Two-handed axe Transmog (Barbarian and Druid)|
|27||Premium||Karamat’s Bane||Mount trophy (All Classes)|
|28||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|29||Premium||Cage Puppetry||Emote (Necromancer)|
|30||Premium||Coldiron Bracers||Arms transmog (All Classes)|
|31||Premium||Coldiron Recurve||Bow transmog (Rogue)|
|32||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|33||Premium||Coldiron Greaves||Feet transmog (All Classes)|
|35||Free||Balanced Mace||One-handed club transmog (Barbarian and Druid)|
|36||Free||Artisan’s Bracers||Hands transmog (All Classes)|
|37||Premium||Dagger Tap||Emote (Rogue)|
|38||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|39||Premium||Coldiron Bastard Sword||Two-handed sword transmog (Barbarian and Necromancer)|
|40||Premium||Coldiron Casque||Head transmog (All Classes)|
|41||Premium||Thoughtful Examination||Emote (Sorcerer)|
|42||Free||Balanced Wand||Wand transmog (Necromancer and Sorcerer)|
|44||Premium||I Will End You!||Emote (Barbarian)|
|45||Free||Banner of the Malignant||Mount trophy|
|47||Premium||Talisman of the Cage||Mount trophy|
|48||Free||Smoldering Ashes (2x)||Currency|
|50||Premium||Awoken Coldiron Bracers||Hands transmog (All Classes)|
|51||Premium||Coldiron Estoc||One-handed sword transmog (Barbarian, Necromancer, and Rogue)|
|52||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|53||Premium||You Will Die!||Emote (Druid)|
|55||Premium||Malignant Censer||Mount trophy|
|57||Premium||Gilded Coldiron Pillar||Staff transmog (Sorcerer)|
|58||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|60||Premium||Awoken Coldiron Greaves||Feet transmog (All Classes)|
|61||Premium||Coldiron Simulacra||Focus transmog (Sorcerer)|
|62||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|65||Premium||Heartglow Brazier||Mount trophy|
|66||Premium||Gilded Coldiron Crozier||Staff transmog (Druid)|
|68||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|69||Premium||I Will Rip Your Soul Apart!||Emote (Necromancer)|
|70||Premium||Awoken Coldiron Breeches||Legs transmog (All classes)|
|71||Premium||Coldiron Maul||Two-handed hammer transmog (Barbarian, and Druid)|
|72||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|73||Premium||Hero Overwhelmed Headstone||All Classes|
|75||Premium||Artisan’s Headwrap||Head transmog (All classes)|
|76||Premium||Gilded Coldiron Guillotine||Two-handed scythe transmog (Necormancer)|
|77||Free||Smoldering Ashes (1x)||Currency|
|80||Premium||Awoken Coldiron Hauberk||Chest transmog (All classes)|
|81||Premium||Coldiron Cudgel||One-handed club transmog (Barbarian and Druid)|
|82||Free||Smoldering Ashes (2x)||Currency|
|83||Premium||Gilded Coldiron Arbalest||Crossbow transmog (Rogue)|
|85||Premium||Coldiron Rod||Wand transmog (Necromancer and Sorcerer)|
|86||Premium||Prepare For Oblivion!||Emote (Sorcerer)|
|87||Premium||Gilded Coldiron Poleaxe||Polearm transmog (Barbarian)|
|88||Free||Smoldering Ashes (3x)||Currency|
|89||Premium||Awoken Coldiron Casque||Head transmog (All Classes)|
|90||Premium||Awoken Warded Mustang and Awoken Coldiron Barding||Mount armor|
That’s all you need to know about Season 1 in Diablo 4. We will surely be adding a similar guide on Season 2 once it goes live.