Diablo IV Launches Season 4 PTR with Immediate Boost to Level 100

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Blizzard has launched Diablo IV’s first-ever Public Test Realm (PTR), allowing Wanderers to test out some of the biggest planned additions for Season 4 ahead of its premiere next month on May, 14, 2024, including major changes to itemization, an improved Helltide, and much, much more. One highlight of the PTR is an NPC that can be found in Kyovashad; players who talk to them will be able to level up to 100 immediately and reap a number of other benefits, such as fully unlocked Paragon Glyphs for maximizing their builds. (PTR will be available from April 2–9 for players with a PC Battle.net account.)

Blizzard on what the PTR offers:

  • You will be able to instantly boost your character to Level 100.
    • Upon entering the PTR and arriving at Kyovashad, there will be an NPC named ‘PTR boost’. They will only have one dialogue option, which is Boost me to level 100’
  • Upon boosting, you will receive:
    • 100 million gold
    • 1,000 Obols
    • Two random sets of Ancestral gear at item power 920
    • Upgraded Potions
    • Fully unlocked Paragon Glyphs
    • Up to 10 Tempering Manuals (class specific)
    • Base amount of all consumable materials
      • Does not include materials for resources specifically earned for Masterworking, Scattered Prisms and Resplendent Sparks.
      • Materials to enter the Pit and Nightmare Dungeons are granted.
    • Completed Class system mechanics (eg: enchantments for Sorceress, etc).
    • Note: This boost can be repeated with new characters on the PTR, and you can trade between characters as needed.
  • Fog of War will be completely cleared.
  • Additionally, regardless of whether you choose to boost your character for the PTR, Legendary drop rates will be doubled.

How to install the PTR:

  • Open the Blizzard Battle.net App and select Diablo IV from your Games list.
  • In the selector above the Play button, there is a game version drop down menu.
  • Select the option ‘Public Test Realm’.
  • Click Install to Install the PTR client. This becomes a Play button when ready.
  • Click Play to log in to the PTR, and select any of the available Test Servers.
  • Create a new test character.
  • Enter the game and test Season 4!

Major changes that PTR players will find include:

  • New crafting system: Tempering
    • This new system will allow you to add affixes to your items at the Blacksmith through a new reusable item that can drop from most content in-game, called Temper Manuals!
  • Greater Affixes
    • Only appearing on Ancestral Legendary and Unique items, these are more powerful versions of normal affixes, with a 1.5x multiplier on the affix’s maximum roll.
  • Masterworking
    • A late-game crafting system to upgrade items, using materials gathered from The Pit.
  • Codex of Power updates
    • All Legendary Aspects now appear in the Codex of Power, so you can focus on chasing great items instead of managing your inventory.
    • Helltide Reborn
    • As you battle through Helltides, you will generate Threat – how much will be determined by the difficulty of monster and how often you’re securing Tortured Gifts within Helltide. Dying will reset your Threat.
  • The Pit of Artificers
    • Your goal will be to slay enough monsters before a 10-minute timer runs out. Each player death removes time from the clock: first death removes 30 seconds, second death removes 60 seconds, third and subsequent deaths will remove 90 seconds.
  • Boss Update
    • The Echo of Andariel joins the ladder in our Season 4 PTR, in the same bracket as her brother Duriel, with the same Uber Unique drop rate. With a mix of Shadow, Fire, Lightning, and her iconic Poison attack, Andariel stands ready to face all who dare fathom her demise.

Diablo IV | Campfire Chat – PTR Overview | March 2024:

Blizzard on how to provide feedback:

You can provide feedback through the in-game feedback tool or the Diablo IV PTR forums. Pressing the ‘Esc’ key while in the in-game menu will bring up the ‘Report a Bug’ menu. You can select the dropdown filter and select the ‘In-game feedback tool’ to provide feedback without leaving the game.


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