Diablo 4 treads Player-versus-Player (PvP) battles a bit differently than other online games. There are special PvP zones in Sanctuary called Fields of Hatred that allow players to fight each other for various rewards as well as bragging rights. What this means is that you cannot do PvP anywhere else on the map.
There is, however, more to PvP than just heading to the Fields of Hatred in Diablo 4. There are some special PvP-exclusive mechanics that you need to understand before challenging another player to a duel.
Where to find the Fields of Hatred in Diablo 4
There are two Fields of Hatred in two different regions of Diablo 4 where both PvP zones show up in a light red color on the map.
The first Fields of Hatred is located close to the western border of Dry Steppes. If you enter from its westernmost entrance in the north, you will unlock Alzudda as a waypoint. Unlocking Alzudda is important for two reasons.
Firstly, this is the only waypoint to fast-travel to in the entire area. Secondly, entering Alzudda starts a Priority Quest that takes you through the PvP mechanics of Diablo 4 and how the PvP zone works.
Newcomers are highly advised to enter the Dry Steppes Fields of Hatred first if they are thinking of dueling. Its PvP tutorial will help you get started.
The second Fields of Hatred can be found directly east of Omath’s Redoubt and the main town hub of Gea Kul in Kehjistan. Make sure to unlock Denshar as a waypoint because you are going to be using it a lot to access all the nearby dungeon locations.
The Denshar waypoint is located in the northwestern entrance of the Kehjistan Fields of Hatred as shown on the map below.
Something important to note here is that if you enter the Kehjistan Fields of Hatred first, you will not get the PvP Priority Quest. Even if you then head to Dry Steppes afterward, you will only unlock Alzudda, not its PvP quest.
How to do PvP in Diablo 4
Even though the Fields of Hatred are the only subregions where you can do PvP in Diablo 4, you cannot automatically start attacking another player and neither can another player attack you. Hence, you can enter the Fields of Hatred without worrying about dying to another player or players for that matter.
Mark for Blood (Bloodmarked) explained
If two players want to do PvP in Diablo 4, both of them must be Bloodmarked. Applying the Mark for Blood on your character enables the PvP mode, allowing you to attack other Bloodmarked players. This also means that you can be attacked in return as well. Make sure to watch your back at all times.
To Bloodmark your character, open the action wheel (also known as the emote wheel) and find the “Mark for Blood” option.
This should be there by default. If it has been removed, you can customize your action wheel to add the Bloodmarked option from the given list.
Bloodmarked players can be identified by a red ring or glow around their characters. You can freely attack these players. Do note that the Mark for Blood is only available inside the Fields of Hatred. If you leave the area, you will lose the Mark for Blood.
Removing the Mark for Blood
You can remove the Mark for Blood from your Diablo 4 character if you no longer want to do PvP in the Fields of Hatred. You have to just visit the Altar of Cleansing found in both Alzuuda and Denshar.
How to convert Seeds of Hatred into Red Dust
You will notice that all enemies and activities inside the Fields of Hatred drop or give Seeds of Hatred in Diablo 4. You get them from winning PvP duels, completing side quests, killing enemies, and slaying the Seething Abomination.
The number of Seeds of Hatred you have shows up next to your mini-map. When you have enough, it is time to convert them into Red Dust, a type of currency that lets you unlock various PvP-exclusive rewards in Diablo 4 such as skins, buffs, and gear.
The only way of farming Red Dust is to spend your Seeds of Hatred at an Altar of Extraction. There are four altars located in each Field of Hatred in Diablo 4. They show up on the map with a shard-like icon.
You can see the Altar of Extraction locations for both Dry Steppes and Kehjistan below.
Interacting with an Altar of Extraction will begin cleansing your Seeds of Hatred. It takes less than a minute for the cleansing ritual to complete. During this time, you will have to kill waves of enemies. You will get Red Dust after the event is over.
Take note that you have to wait 1 minute before you can interact with the Altar of Extraction again to cleanse more Seeds of Hatred.
Something else of importance that all players should know is that you drop all of your Seeds of Hatred on death. In addition, you lose all of your Seeds of Hatred after leaving the Fields of Hatred.
You, however, can safely keep Red Dust in your inventory as another currency type. This is the reason why you need to visit an Altar of Extraction to make use of all of your Seeds of Hatred.
How to get the Vessel of Hatred status in Diablo 4
One of the main mechanics your need to know before diving into PvP and farming Seeds of Hatred is the Vessel of Hatred status in Diablo 4.
This status is earned when you are killing many players without dying. The more players you slay, the bigger target you will become. Other players around you will be notified, and defeating you will offer a bigger reward.
Conversely, killing more players as the Vessel of Hatred will earn you better rewards. If you do not want to go too blood-hungry, you can also get the Vessel of Hatred status by simply staying alive in the Field of hatred while being Bloodmarked without leaving the area or using a portal in an attempt to escape.
From here, once you become the Vessel of Hatred, you can start fighting and earning rewards in Diablo 4.