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Diablo 4 Season 2 - Season of Blood

Diablo 4 Season 2, the Season of Blood, brought a new character to Sanctuary, with a beloved actor behind her, and a new story to explore.

Diablo 4 Season 2 release date: A frightening vampire in Diablo 4 Season 2 Season of Blood

What is Diablo 4 Season 2? Having cleared up the malignance spreading across Sanctuary in season one, the second chapter in D4’s hellish, blood-soaked story included vampires, vampire hunters (naturally), and an inspirational sidekick voiced by Marvel actor Gemma Chan.

If you’re wondering what the latest of the Diablo 4 seasons is all about, that info has its own guide, but here’s everything you need to know about the second chapter in D4’s seasonal history, including details about the gameplay, events, and a new seasonal-exclusive Diablo 4 bosses giving players a new challenge.

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Diablo 4 Season 2 release date and time

The Diablo 4 Season 2 release date was Tuesday, October 17, 2023, and it launched at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST.

Diablo 4 Season 2, more colorfully known as Season of Blood, introduced five new endgame bosses, as well as updates to renown rewards, changes to status and resistance effects, and an overhaul to gem storage, in that they no longer take up valuable inventory space.

An infographic revealing some of the details of Diablo 4 Season 2, Season of Blood.

Diablo 4 Season of Blood gameplay

The blood shed during the events of the D4 campaign has awoken vampires deep below Sanctuary, led by Lord Zir, who you must try and defeat once and for all. Accompanied by vampire hunter Erys (voiced by Chan), embark on a whole new journey through Sanctuary, battling the blood-drinking undead through a selection of additional quests and boss battles.

You’ve been infected but are slow to give in to your new vampiric desires. Erys has no doubt that this will happen eventually, though, making you a potentially disposable ally to her. Before the powers take over, you can use them to your advantage, as defeating blood seekers and other minions of Lord Zir provides you with potent blood, which is used to unlock and level up your vampiric powers.

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Blood pact armor

Each new Diablo 4 season brings new mechanics and features, and the Season of Blood introduces the pact system. These pacts can be applied to armor in season 2 to imbue them with new vampiric bonuses, applied via the Sanguine Circle. Combine the right pacts to unlock your required powers.

Blood Harvest event

One of the best ways to acquire new seasonal items and potent blood is during new Blood Harvest events, in which large swarms of vampire foes take over an area of the map in an effort to turn more of the living into vampires. Head into these areas to take down some high-risk, high-reward enemies.

A figure in white armor points a staff at a cloaked vampire in D4 Season of Blood.

Season of Blood bosses

In World Tiers III and IV, you have the chance to go up against five new endgame bosses in the Season of Blood. In order to summon these bosses, you must complete a Whispers and D4 Helltide events. These new bosses have some powerful elemental resistances and attacks, so you must seek out and equip the right armor and weapons to best counter these new enemies, making these boss fights more tactical than ever.

Naturally, there has to be a pretty good reason to make you go head-to-head with these powerful vampiric bosses, and the Diablo 4 Uniques that can drop this season are better than ever, plus you have a chance to earn exclusive cosmetic items, too.

Three of the five D4 Season of Blood bosses: Grigoire, The Best in Ice, Duriel.

The five Season of Blood endgame bosses are:

  • Grigoire
  • The Beast in Ice
  • Duriel
  • Varshan
  • Lord Zir

With Diablo 4 Season 2, the Season of Blood out the way, your other Seasonal characters will have moved to the Eternal Realm. This is a great opportunity to try out another of the Diablo 4 classes, and some of the best D4 builds you might not have tried yet. In a recent developer update, the Blizzard team confirm that new vampiric powers and Uniques have been balanced to include all classes, so there’s nothing limiting your choice this season.

Additional contributions by Anja Koselke and Dave Irwin.