Diablo 4 Season 1 - Release Date, Feature, Battle Pass

Diablo 4 Season 1 is finally here after a lot of waiting. The Diablo 4 Season 1 release date was said to be July 20. This season is known as the “Season of the Malignant” based on the main events of the campaign of Diablo 4, where corruption begins to take place amongst the beings that infect everything it touches and is spreading rapidly.
Your goal is to fight the corrupt alongside a character known as “Cormond,” who is the only one who knows how to tackle the corrupt. The season will mostly base around you playing with Cormond as the season is all about fighting “Malignance,” which is the corruption spreading.
However, it is required that you play the Diablo 4 campaign before diving into the Diablo 4 Season 1.
Blizzard has made sure that the Diablo 4 is not totally a continuation of the Diablo IV campaign but rather a side-quest based in the open realm originating from the campaign. Diablo 4 Season 1 is all about you, along with some other heroes embarking on a journey to save the Sanctuary from the threatening dangers of the Plague.

When does Diablo 4 Season 1 Start

Many gamers would be curious as to when Diablo 4 Season 1 would start. The season went live on July 20, bringing along a whole new gameplay experience, a wide range of loot and items to be discovered, new and exciting quests, and a rewarding battle pass. According to Blizzard, The Diablo IV Season of the Malignant is meant to last for about 12 weeks, teasing the release of Season 2 somewhere around October.
● 2 a.m. JST on July 21 for Tokyo
● 6 p.m. BST for the U.K.
● 10 a.m. PDT for the west coast of NA
● 7 p.m. CEST for Western Europe / Paris
● 1 p.m. EDT for the east coast of North America

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What does the Diablo 4 Season 1 feature

The Diablo IV Season 1 features a new “Malignant Heart” dynamic which allows elite enemies to summon Malignant beings, which will aid them in killing you. These Malignant creatures will rise when you interact with the corpse of the enemy, which will start a whole new event where the enemy will return as a stronger version of itself, along with many creatures with the pure ambition to kill you.
After you kill the elite creature, they will drop a Malignant Heart that you can carry with you, which will act as gems that you can use as jewelry pieces throughout the game. Every Malignant Heart will feature a unique power-up which is said to be extremely powerful. These Malignant power-ups will get progressively stronger as you move further ahead in the game.
In Diablo IV, Players will also encounter alternate dungeons widespread all over the map known as “Malignant Tunnels,” where they will find an outgrowth at the end. 

An Elite Malignant enemy will be summoned by using a crafted invoker on this outgrowth. By killing this enemy, players will receive a colored Malignant Heart. These farms can also be targeted by crafting an invoker that matches the color set of the Malignant Heart.
Apart from that, players will also receive many exciting rewards throughout the game as they progress in the seasonal pass, like mastery titles, A scroll of Amnesia that allows players to reset their stats, XP for the battle pass, with seven new and thrilling Legendary aspects that are confirmed by Blizzard alongside six new and distinctive items to use which will also be available in the Eternal Realm.

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How to Play the Diablo 4 Season 1

In order to play Diablo IV Season 1, you will first have to complete the main campaign; after that, you will start seeing Malignant enemies around you in the open world. If you want to play in the Season Realm, you will have to create a Seasonal Character and head to Kyovashad, which will start the in-game quest. After creating your character, you will have to simply log in using that character to sync your progress with the Seasonal Realm, and you can enjoy Diablo IV Season 1 with ease.
Blizzard stated that much progress will be transferred from the Eternal Realm to the Seasonal Realm when playing Diablo 4 Season 1. It is crucial that you discover as many locations as you can and collect a lot of Altar of Lilith statues, as all of the renown you carry in the Eternal Realm will also transfer to the Seasonal Realm.

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Diablo 4 Season 1 Battle Pass

Diablo 4 Season 1 includes a 90-tier battle pass that packs exciting rewards that are a treat for many Diablo players. In order to rank up the tiers, all you have to do is earn XP simply by completing quests, slaying creatures, and finishing seasonal challenges. 

However, most of these battle pass rewards could only be enjoyed if you purchase the battle pass, as battle passes are the core of Diablo 4’s monetization. Items like Season Boosts and Smoldering Ashes will be available on the free rewards track as these items help players progress in the game.

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