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Diablo 4 PvP

Diablo players have been hankering for a solid PvP system in the franchise for a long time.  In Diablo 4, PvP features in the game and the game has been designed with PvP in mind via special PvP zones in the open world called Fields of Hatred.

Where can I PvP?

There are two PvP locations in Diablo 4, one in the Dry Steppes and another in Kehjistan. These are optional zones and are called Fields of Hatred.

Fields of Hatred Locations
Fields of Hatred Locations

How does PvP Work?

Players can collect Seeds of Hatred from PvP. These objects are redeemed at the Altar of Extraction and turned into Red Dust which can be redeemed at the PvP Cosmetic and Mount Vendors for ornamental rewards. Red Dust cannot be looted by other players once converted.

PvP Ear
PvP Ear

PvP areas have their own mounts and special items but these are not more powerful than mounts or items found outside the PvP zones.

What is Vessel of Hatred in PvP?

Players can become a Vessel of Hatred, or accomplished PvPers if you prefer. Other players in the world will then be alerted to their presence in the game and bounty will be placed on their head. Other players can then hunt down the prolific PvPer.

Like Diablo 2 PvP, Diablo 4 also features ears as a PvP trophy. These are only trophies and serve no other purpose in the game.

Party PvP

Players can party in PvP with up to 4 players per group which effectively means players can team battle in the PvP zones.

Hardcore PvP

Players can PvP with hardcore characters but should you die, it is permadeath. Your character is gone forever! Best to partake in HC PvP as a group to be safer.

History of PvP in Diablo

Diablo 2

PvP was most prevalent Diablo 2 where players could join games and partake in PvP duels which usually took place in Act 1. However, while you could PvP, it was never part of story and there were no dedicated PvP zones.

Diablo 3

Blizzard experimented with PvP in Diablo 3 and during development had created PvP arenas which were playable at BlizzCon 2010. According to Blizzard at the time, the PvP was being developed alongside the full game. The mode shown at BlizzCon 2010 was more a team deathmatch experience with a time limit and kill count.

As it transpired, the PvP mode never shipped with release of Diablo 3 leaving many fans disappointed. Instead small level with a brawling mode was added located at the Scorched Chapel via NPC Nek the Brawler.

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