Diablo 4 Living Steel has become Sanctuary’s hottest commodity of late. An essential part of summoning new endgame boss Grigoire, The Galvanic Saint and, in turn, Uber Duriel, they’re only available during the time-gated Helltide events, and even then are pretty rare. In the wake of player feedback, Blizzard has unveiled a new Diablo 4 hotfix that increases their drops and solves issues with chests phasing.
The overarching issue with the original iteration of the Diablo 4 Living Steel drops was that there simply weren’t enough of them to go around. Given the RPG game‘s Helltide events only come around every two and a quarter hours, and you need 300 Aberrant Cinders to open the chests, trying to get enough Living Steel was proving an issue.
And, as I mentioned before, you need two Living Steel to summon Grigoire on World Tier 3, and five on World Tier 4, but more importantly you need two Shards of Agony from Grigoire to summon Uber Duriel. As you can probably tell, that’s an awful lot of grinding – especially when some players also reported issues with the Tortured Gifts of Living Steel chests phasing and bugging when opened.
As a result, Blizzard promised a hotfix, and they’ve delivered. On World Tier 3 drop rates have been increased from one Living Steel to two, with a chance of an additional one or two dropping. On World Tier 4 it’s been increased from three to five, with a chance drop of five. All other Helltide chests will also now drop one Living Steel on World Tier 4.
Additionally, if you were having issues with Living Steel Chests phasing as you opened them, this has now been fixed, with Blizzard noting “Part of this fix was to remove Living Steel Chest Guardian monsters. This improves the functionality of the chest for the time being, however we would like to bring the guardian back once we can ensure the interaction does not cause this issue.”
This, in my opinion, is exactly what we needed. It maintains the integrity of Grigoire as a boss, given you still need to beat him to claim Shards of Agony. It means that the endgame, Uber Duriel, remains a challenge to get to, but eases the general grind overall.
Speaking of grinding, it’s worth checking out our list of the best Diablo 4 builds to ensure that you’re perfectly primed to take down The Lord of Pain and his minions. Or, if your eyes are firmly set on the Lord of Hatred himself, here’s everything we know about the Diablo 4 Vessel of Hatred release date; the next chapter of the Diablo 4 saga.
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