All right guys, we’re now counting down the hours to Diablo 4’s open beta. And if you haven’t checked your emails yet, you can already pre-install the beta client. We’ll go over how you can do that quickly on both PC and consoles, what times you can play, and what you should do to better get ready for the Early Access weekend.
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Beta Client Ready
Now, if you pre-purchase Diablo 4 digitally on the PC, your account is already flagged for the beta, so all you have to do is pick the beta client from the game versions menu. The PC version also lets you choose if you want the high resolution pack or not. For those with 4K monitors or who want to play on ultra settings and still want to take advantage of the higher quality assets, though do keep in mind that this almost doubles your install size as the pack is almost 43 gigs, about the same as the size of the base client.
As for console users and those who pre-purchase the physical edition, you should have already received an email with the codes. Amazon’s help page has already confirmed they sent out codes for PlayStation and Xbox since yesterday, March 16th, and a lot of users have already reported their codes coming in.
Now, I don’t have an Xbox, but for PlayStation, you can easily redeem the code by heading into the PlayStation Store, picking the options menu on the top right, and then choosing to redeem it. This will let you choose between a PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 version of Diablo 4, and in this case, the PS5 one occupied about 36 gigs in total, which was not too bad.
However, it also looks like the codes can work for the PC. At least some of the users have confirmed that, so do let me know down below if you can also do that on the PC version too.
Early Access Times
Moving on, though, we also have the early access times, which started at 9am PDT on March 17, or 5 PM CET for all my fellow European players out there. Blizzard also corrected the dates on the official beta page, which now mentions it runs up until the 19th. Then again, because of time zone differences, for some of you, that might mean the 20th of March, but again, it lasts the same time for everybody around the globe.
World Boss Event
But what I’m most excited for is the world boss encounter against the Shava the Pasty Land. Since world boss encounters give you tons of loot and XP during the Early Access and open Beta weekends, this boss will spawn at specific times starting yesterday, Saturday, March 18 at 10 A.M, 10 p.m, and then 12 p.m PDT respectively, and one more time on Sunday at 12 a.m PDT.
However, it’s worth noting that doing these boss encounters for the heaps of extra loot is going to be worth it because they drop tons of rares and especially legendaries that you get for your character. The fight also scales up the more players are around it, but that also means you can take it down slightly easier depending on the group. This boss also uses a class swipe kind of attack that can deal huge damage around it in a pretty large area, so you’ll have to stay away from it when it does that.
It also casts a lot of acid attacks that leave pools of poison on the ground for a pretty long duration, so this also means you have to navigate around them. And despite its size, it can also jump and do ground pounds, so you do have to stay up on your toes.
In the previous closed betas, this boss spawned very close to The Crucible, an area located in the bottom right of the map (I cannot show it to you right now, but you can basically find it quite easily). There’s also going to be an in-game timer which lets you know how much you have left to prepare before the boss fight even starts. And since it only starts the second day of the Early Access, you’ll have at least one character fully equipped by then, hopefully at level 25 and with a bunch of legendaries ready.
Good to know that these spawn timers are set this way only during the beta weekends likely for stress testing reasons but might be different in the final release.
Gear Sets Confirmed
Moving on, even at that stage, just level 25, the open Beta already includes a very wide selection of armors for each class. Between 15 to 20 sets for each one of them, as confirmed by woh head, which now gave us a few glimpses to the Barbarian and the Rogue sets. I can confirm that these, as well as many more, drops during the last betas too. Specifically, the higher end cooler looking ones that you can see right here. Not sure if any newer ones were added since then, but I remember distinctly that there was a lot of diversity when it came to these jobs.
The best part is that you can obviously repeat a lot of the content in the beta, such as Dungeons and bosses. If you found the really nice spots to farm higher grade loot, we also discussed about the Codex system previously and the legendary aspects that it provides that drop from specific dungeons for each class. So, those alone are a great incentive to take part in them. Also, do not forget that by reaching level 20 during any of these beta weekends will also give you two unique titles that carry over to the full game as well as a cosmetic wolf pup that you can carry on your back, looks pretty sweet. And this one also transfers to your account, which means you can use it in the full game too. But the progress that you have done with these characters will not carry over, as we previously discussed, as all of this will be reset, and you’ll have to start from the very beginning.
Finally, Blizzard also gave us a better preview at the pre-order.
Special Editions Rewards
And Ultimate Edition bonuses including the two mounts called Temptation and light bearer unfortunately these unlock only after level 30 I believe so we won’t have access to Mounds in the beta to test them out but they will be available in the final release or at least hopefully close to it.
Deluxe edition and up also get the carapass mount armor and Ultimate Edition also gets the wings of the Creator emote which looks pretty decent I guess.
I’ve said this before I’m not gonna lie and I don’t really care about the rewards that blizzard gave us for some of their other games even though I do play them but if you do you get some cool sets for Diablo 3 Diablo Immortal and the mount for World of Warcraft.
I will say this I kind of wish that they did a little bit more for those who don’t play these games and maybe get a different kind of advantage or maybe a way to switch up to something different personally I bought the ultimate edition but only because I’m a content creator so I do make videos about everything.
I made the case why digital Deluxe might be the best bang for its buck so maybe go for that one it still gives it the battle pass which is ten dollars extra and you get a few more things on top like the mounts and that armor but this is pretty much it.