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Diablo 4 Season 1 is almost here and players are expected to restart their grind with seasonal characters. From finding the Altar of Lilith statues to finishing the campaign, here’s everything you can do to be in a comfortable position before Diablo 4 Season 1 arrives.

The Diablo 4 community is eagerly awaiting the Season of the Malignant and there’s a ton of confusion regarding character progression, Malignant Hearts, and other mechanics floating around. While the official release on July 20 should answer these questions, the best thing players can do right now is prepare for the season.

There are some requirements that you must fulfill to access seasonal content. Moreover, some Renown progress will carry over to Season 1 and it is a must to identify and work on these Renown mechanics to get a kick start.

On that note, let’s take a look at everything you can do to make the most of Diablo 4 Season 1 (Season of the Malignant).

Official art work for Diablo 4 Season of the MalignantEvery Diablo 4 Season will have a new theme and gameplay mechanics.

What to do before Diablo 4 Season 1

Finish the Diablo 4 campaign & get a horse

You must complete the Diablo 4 campaign to unlock the seasonal content such as Malignant Enemies and Malignant Hearts. Therefore, completing the campaign is our first recommendation for players looking to prepare for Season 1.

If you’ve completed the campaign with any of your characters, you’ll have the option to skip it whenever you begin a new character. Act 4 of the campaign will also help you unlock a mount that every other character on your account can use. Considering how massive Sanctuary is, getting a mount should be a primary goal for everyone.

It is essential to clarify that you’ll still be able to play Diablo 4 Season 1 without completing the campaign. Playing the game, defeating monsters, clearing dungeons, and other tasks will contribute to your Battle Pass but your seasonal character won’t be able to access Malignant Enemies and Hearts.

Hence, for the best Diablo 4 Season 1 experience, the first thing you would want to do is finish the campaign.

Find all 160 Altar of Lilith Statues

Your progress related to finding the Altar of Lilith statues in Diablo 4 will carry over to Season 1. This means that if you find all 160 Altar of Lilith statues before Season 1, you won’t have to roam all over the map and find them again.

Upon finding the 160 statues, all your characters get the following stats by default:

  • 68 Strength
  • 68 Intelligence
  • 68 Willpower
  • 68 Dexterity
  • 100 Murmuring Obols capacity
  • 4 Paragon Points

Unlock all map areas

Diablo 4’s developers have confirmed that the fog you clear over the map carries over to alternate Eternal Realm and seasonal characters. As a result, the Renown you get from discovering these areas also carries over.

Having said that, you’ll only get waypoints for the major cities in Sanctuary and the seasonal grind will include finding the remaining waypoints. The Codex of Power is a handy tool to mark the dungeons as you can use its markers to find many undiscovered areas.

Cormond, the main character in Diablo 4 Season 1 questline

Your Diablo 4 seasonal progress will carry over to the Eternal Realm at the end of the season.

Note Codex of Aspects

In Diablo 4 Season 1, your Legendary Aspects from the Codex of Power won’t carry over. To avoid a repetitive grinding experience, it’s advised to note down the Legendary Aspects you want for your seasonal character and then grind the Dungeons best suited for your build.

How much Renown can you farm before Diablo 4 Season 1

If you discover the entire Diablo 4 map and find all 160 Altar of Lilith statues, here’s how much guaranteed Renown you’ll get ahead of Season 1:

Region Renown from Altar of Lilith statues Renown from map areas discovered Total Renown
Scosglen 340 (34 statues x 10 Renown) 350 (70 areas x 5 Renown) 690
Dry Steppes 330 (33 statues x 10 Renown) 255 (51 areas x 5 Renown) 585
Hawezar 340 (34 statues x 10 Renown) 280 (56 areas x 5 Renown) 620
Kehjistan 310 (31 statues x 10 Renown) 270 (54 areas x 5 Renown) 580
Fractured Peaks 280 (28 statues x 10 Renown) 380 (76 areas x 5 Renown) 660
Total Renown 1600 1535 3,135

Long story short, you can get 3135 Renown at the outset of Diablo 4 Season 1 which will ensure the following benefits for your seasonal character:

  • +5 Skill Points
  • +5 Potion Charges

Both Skill Points and Potion Charges are very important for any Diablo 4 character and you’ll have a massive advantage with these buffs early on.

A Druid in Diablo 4

Druid is one of the best classes for the Diablo 4 end game.

How to carry progress to Diablo 4 Season 1

After the July 18 update for Diablo 4 goes live, you must log in with the character with the most progress and this will ensure that your Altar of Lilith and map discovery progress carries over to all seasonal and alternate characters.

If you have regional progress across different characters, make sure to login with them all so that your seasonal characters do not miss out.

Clearly, preparing for Diablo 4 Season 1 by completing the campaign, finding all Altar of Lilith statues, uncovering the fog on the map, and short-listing Aspects are worth the effort. We hope this guide makes your seasonal journey a breeze, and here are a bunch of similar Diablo 4 guides you want to check out:

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