Diablo IV Season 1 – Season of the Malignant Starts July 20th

July 8, 2023

In their latest Developer Update Livestream, Blizzard has announced that Diablo IV’s first Season will start in roughly two weeks, on July 20th, 2023!

Blizzard has explained that the “Malignant” Mechanic allows every Elite to spawn as this, allowing them to drop Malignant Hearts that can be socketed into your equipment. These hearts will grant players powerful effects which will allow for many new builds to arise during this Season!

  • New Questline will introduce the Malignant and explore their story.
  • Malignant Hearts will drop from Elite enemies with the Malignant affix. Any Elite can spawn as “Malignant”.
  • There are 32 different Malignant powers associated with the Malignant Hearts in total that are “Aspect-like” in terms of power.
  • Malignant Hearts powers will lead to new powerful builds for all classes.
  • Malignant Hearts can be socketed into any Jewelry with “Infested” sockets.
  • All sockets on Jewelry will be “Infested” during Season 1, even those that are added by the Jeweler.
  • Infested sockets come in 3 different colors. Malignant Hearts come in 4 different types—one for each socket color and one that fits in any socket.
  • Wrathful Malignant Hearts, which fit into any color socket, are extremely powerful and very rare.
  • Malignant Hearts get destroyed when they are removed from a socket.
  • Malignant Hearts can be salvaged for new crafting materials to craft items, including Invokers which can be used at the end of Malignant Tunnels to get specific Malignant Hearts in return.
  • Malignant Tunnels are new dungeons throughout Sanctuary where players will be able to target-farm specific Malignant Hearts.
  • Malignant Tunnels have a higher chance to spawn Malignant Elites.
  • New Boss Battle against “Varshan the Consumed” in the Malignant Tunnels.

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