To help you out with completing the Elder Rifts in Diablo Immortal, we’ve prepared this guide where we’ll be walking you through all the information you need to know about them, including how to start, modify and finish Elder Rifts.
How to Unlock Elder Rifts in Diablo Immortal
To unlock Elder Rifts in Diablo Immortal, you need to play through the main questline until you’ve completed the first two chapters of the story, which are Wortham and Ashwold Cemetery. You will then reach a new location called in the game called “Westmarch”.
Once there, head to the Palace Courtyard and you’ll find two obelisks. To unlock the Elder Rift, interact with the obelisk on the left. You don’t have to worry about finding them though as Charsi the blacksmith will introduce you to Elder Rifts as part of the story when you first arrive in Westmarch.
How to Enter Elder Rifts In Diablo Immortal
To enter an Elder Rift, head to the Palace Courtyard in Westmarch and interact with the obelisk on the left. This will bring up the Elder Rift menu, where you will have the option to enter an Elder Rift by simply pressing the “Enter” button at the bottom-right of the menu.
But before you hastily enter an Elder Rift, there are many things you need to know. Let’s first go over the mechanics of the Elder Rifts in Diablo Immortal.
How Do Elder Rifts Work in Diablo Immortal
Elder Rifts are randomized dungeons in Diablo Immortal where you can complete a simple objective to gain great rewards. They usually take around 5 minutes to complete and they grant amazing rewards, which can even be improved through some items (more about that later).
Elder Rifts are completely free to enter and can be attempted as many times as the player wants. This makes them the perfect place to farm resources.
The core concept of Elder Rifts is similar to Rifts from previous Diablo games. When you enter an Elder Rift, your objective is to fill up your progress bar. To do that, you will need to kill all of the monsters in the area. These monsters drop progress orbs when you kill them. And as the name suggests, they help fill up your progress bar quicker when you pick them up.
When you manage to completely fill up your progress bar, all of the monsters present in the Elder Rift will despawn and a Rift Guardian boss will spawn in their place. Your final objective will be to kill the Guardian boss.
A timer will start running when the Guardian boss spawns, but it’s not absolutely necessary to kill him before the timer runs out. However, killing the boss before the time ends will grant you extra rewards, so you should always try to kill him as soon as possible.
The map, types of monsters and Guardian boss in the Elder Rifts are completely randomized.
Elder Rifts can be attempted both solo and in a group of up to 4 players. If you attempt an Elder Rift with a group, the difficulty of the Elder Rift will scale according to the Combat Rating of the most powerful party member. And if you attempt it solo, it will simply scale according to your own Combat Rating.
It’s better to run Elder Rifts in a group where the Combat Rating of other members is slightly above yours, as it’ll allow you to get much better rewards from the rift. However, don’t party up with someone who is significantly more powerful than you as the dungeon will become too hard for you to clear.
When you finish an Elder Rift, you will have 5 minutes to collect your loot before you’re kicked out of the rift.
What Do Crests Do to Elder Rifts in Diablo Immortal
When you open up the Elder Rift menu, you’ll notice that there are 3 slots for Crests. Crests are a type of currency in Diablo Immortal that can be added to Elder Rifts to modify them.
And when you add Crests to an Elder Rift, they significantly increase the quantity and quality of the rewards you gain from the rift.
Each player in a party can add 3 Crests to the Elder Rift. Aside from the Normal Crests in Diablo Immortal, there are also Legendary Crests. The game gives you the option to add 10 Legendary Crests to a rift instead of only adding 3.
A Normal Crest adds 1 modifier to the Elder Rift, which can be positive or negative. When you add a normal Crest, it guarantees that the Elder Rift will drop Runes and grants a chance for you to obtain a Legendary Item.
A Legendary Crest adds 2 modifiers to the Elder Rift (one positive and one negative) and guarantees that the Elder Rift drops at least one Legendary Item.
Adding Legendary Crests to an Elder Rift is also one of the main ways of getting Legendary Gems in the game.
A very important mechanic to note is that if you are in a party, you need to empower the Elder Rift with your own Crests to be able to receive Runes and Legendary Items from it. If your party members add Crests but you don’t, you will only receive the normal rewards from the Elder Rift.
Adding Crests to an Elder Rift also rewards players with more Fading Ember. The amount of bonus Fading Ember you receive from the Elder Rift depends upon the number of Crests the entire party adds to the rift.
Diablo Immortal Elder Rift Rewards
Elder Rifts are one of the best ways to farm Runes and Legendary Gems in Diablo Immortal, but only if you’re empowering your Elder Rifts with Crests. Without Crests, Elder Rifts drop some gold, experience, Fading Ember and they have a small chance to drop a high-level item.
Elder Rift Modifiers
As stated previously, when you add a Crest to an Elder Rift, it modifies the rift in a positive or negative way. When you add a normal Crest, you will add one positive or negative modifier to the rift and when you add a Legendary Crest, you will add two modifiers, which are generally one positive and one negative.
When you fill-up all three Crest slots for a rift, at least one of those Crests will give a positive modifier. The other two modifiers are up to chance.
The number of modifiers that are added to an Elder Rift is only based on the Crests that were added by the party member that added the highest quality and the most Crests. The Crests added by other party members will not apply any modifiers.
The modifiers are of three types. A Crest can add either a Common, Uncommon or Rare modifier to the rift. The chance of it adding a Common modifier is 65%, that of an Uncommon Modifier is 34% and a Rare modifier has only a 2% chance of being added.
When you begin an Elder Rift, the first thing you need to do is take a close look at the modifiers. If the modifiers seem way too annoying to handle, you and your allies should leave the Elder Rift immediately.
If you leave without attacking any mobs, your Crests will not be used up. You will then be able to start the Elder Rift again with the same Crests, and hope that you get better modifiers this time around.
Positive Modifier Effects
The effects added to Elder Rift by some Positive Modifiers are listed below.
- Beat The Clock: Grants additional rewards for beating the clock
- Chain Lightning: Attacks from the player summon chain lightning
- Extra Legendary Affix: Adds an extra Legendary Affix to the rift
- Fleet Footed: Increases player movement speed by 20%
- Holy Vengeance: Gives player the ability to inflict Holy Vengeance
- More Shrines: Increases chances of finding Shrines
- Shockwave: Grants players the ability to cause shockwaves with their attacks
- Ultimates Charge Faster: Ultimate skills of the player charge faster
- Will To Survive: Every time the player loses 5% of Life, they take 5% less damage.
Negative Modifier Effects
- Elite Monsters: Guarantees every monster in the rift to be Elite
- Ambushing Monsters: If the player is struck by a monster from behind, the attack is guaranteed to be a Critical hit
- Deadly Elites: Increases the strength of Elite monsters but also increases rewards
- Fast Monsters: Increases the movement speed of monsters by 20%
- Lava: Lava spawns under the player periodically
- Resurrection: Allows monsters to have a chance of being revived
- No Standing: If the player stands for 1 second, they become temporarily immobilized
- Terrified: If a monster is below 50% health, it will run away
- Wild Hunt: Increases aggro range of monsters