Indie Genre RSS Feed | Indie on GameSkinny en Launch Media Network Resident Evil 4 Remake Treasury Sword Puzzle Solution Guide Sun, 26 Mar 2023 15:02:41 -0400 Miguel Burkett

The Treasury Sword Puzzle in Resident Evil 4 Remake is found in the castle during Chapter 7. It can be one of the harder puzzles to solve in the game if you don't know what to look for. Involving four murals and four related blades, you'll have to know where each sword goes to tell the proper story and open the gate and the path further into the area. 

How to Solve The Treasury Sword Puzzle in RE4 Remake

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While traversing the castle, you'll come to a locked path next to four stone murals in the Treasury. To solve this puzzle and open the path, you'll need to place 4 replica swords in the correct positions on the nearby murals.

Treausruy Puzzle Sword Locations

Three of the murals already have swords, but they're in the wrong positions. Take those swords off the murals. 

The fourth sword is behind the large gate to the left. To open that, shoot two of the signs in the back: one that has a bird and one that has a snake. Grab the sword from inside when the gate opens. 

Where to Put Each Sword

Now go back to the murals and look at the pictures to decide which sword belongs where. They each tell a story.

  • Iron Sword: The mural of a proud knight.
  • Golden Sword: The mural of the Squire being knighted.
  • Bloody Sword: The third mural, which signifies struggle and battle.
  • Rusty Sword: The fourth mural, signifying death and age. 

After putting in the last sword, the small gate opens and lets you go deeper into the castle.

And that's how to solve the Tresury Sword Puzzle in RE4 Remake. If you're looking for more information on Resident Evil 4 Remake, check out our dedicated page.

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Resident Evil 4 Remake Stone Pedestal Puzzle Solution Sun, 26 Mar 2023 12:01:37 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

The Stone Pedestal Puzzle first appears in Chapter 3 of Resident Evil 4 Remake, where you'll start finding stone hexagons that can be used to solve it. However, you'll have to find the final piece in Chapter 4. This optional treasure hunt will reward you with a rare valuable that the merchant will pay a pretty penny for, so it's worth solving. 

Where to Find the Stone Hexagon Pieces

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The first two stone hexagons for the Stone Pedestal Puzzle are found in Chapter 3 of RE4 Remake.

  • Stone Hexagon 1 is in a chest near the Merchant in the Quarry.
  • Stone Hexagon 2 is near the Fish Farm in a chest underneath one of the bridges.

In Chapter 4, you are set free to explore the lake.

  • Stone Hexagon 3: In the Small Cave Shrine in the northern corner of the map. Once you have solved the Cave Shrine puzzle here ,go inside and look to your right and find a chest with the final piece of the Stone Pedestal Puzzle in it. 

How to Solve the Stone Pedestal Puzzle

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You can return to the location of the Stone Pedestal easily now that you're traveling by boat. It's located on the platform between the Quarry Merchant and the Fish Farm, now accessible via the lake.

Now that you have all three Stone Hexagon pieces, place them on the Stone Pedestal. It doesn't matter in which order you place them; they'll each fall into their set places.

Once you've placed the pieces, you'll be able to rotate all nine pieces in a set direction by selecting three at a time. The goal is to make them form one image. The fastest way to solve the puzzle is as follows

  • Select the trio of hexagons in the lower-left segment of the puzzle. Rotate that segment once. 
  • Next, select the trio of hexagons on the top-right segment. Rotate them once.

Now that you know how to solve Resident Evil 4 Remake's Stone Pedestal Puzzle, you'll get the Depraved Idol, which you can sell to the Merchant for a lot of money. For more guides on the survival horror remake, visit our Resident Evil 4 Remake guides hub.

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Resident Evil 4 Remake: All Blue Medallions at the Farm Sat, 25 Mar 2023 12:08:45 -0400 Aric Pun

The Resident Evil 4 remake features side quests in the form of requests that can be completed and turned in to the fan-favorite Merchant for rewards. The first request can be found early on in the game, tasking you with finding five Blue Medallions hidden around the farm. Here’s are all Blue Medallion farm locations.

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After surviving the heart-pumping attack in village square, you’ll make your way to the next location simply known as the farm. Once you’ve entered the area, continue heading up and you’ll see a blue note attached to the wall in front of the locked gate. Interact with the note to activate the request. 

All Blue Medallion Locations 

If you’ve picked up the request, opening up your map will reveal the locations of all the Blue Medallions scattered around the farm. Although the map highlights where the medallions are, some of them may be tricky to spot. We've got you covered.

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Blue Medallion 1

From where you picked up the note, turn around, and look into the opening of the barn to find the first Blue Medallion hanging on the ceiling. Aim your crosshairs on the medallion and shoot it to collect your first medallion. 

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Blue Medallion 2

Head west of where you found the first medallion and you’ll find a locked wayshrine. Run to the right side of the wayshrine and look behind it to find the second Blue Medallion hanging off the wooden walkway. 

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Blue Medallion 3

From the first medallion, run to the right of the barn and then make another right to find a small shack. Look towards the brick walls of the shack to find the third Blue Medallion partially covered by the branches of a tree. 

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Blue Medallion 4

To the right of the small shack is an open stable. You’ll find the fourth Blue Medallion hidden behind the second wooden pillar on the left side of the stable. Use your knife to break the medallion if you’re having trouble shooting it with your gun. 

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Blue Medallion 5

The final medallion can be found in the small shack past the stables. Walk into the shack and look towards the middle of the roof to find the final Blue Medallion. 

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After finding the five medallions at the farm, continue through the main story to meet the Merchant. Speak with him to turn in the Request and you’ll be rewarded with three Spinels that can be exchanged to unlock special items.

For more Resident Evil 4 remake tips, check out our other RE4 remake guides hub for the latest on side quests, puzzles, and more!

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Diablo 4: How to Change and Increase World Tiers Sat, 25 Mar 2023 11:25:05 -0400 Serhii Patskan

The level of difficulty in Diablo 4 depends on the World Tier of your choice. While the full release of the game scheduled for summer 2023 will have four World Tiers, the open beta that caps at level 25 has only two of them. Our guide will show you how to change and increase World Tiers in Diablo 4.

The two available World Tiers or difficulty settings in Diablo 4 are the following:

  • Adventurer (World Tier 1) is a traditional easy mode that will suit most players, especially the ones who are not familiar with the Diablo franchise and its mechanics.
  • Veteran (World Tier 2) is a traditional normal mode for players who already know how to play a Diablo game, and thus can opt for a harder challenge within the game.

Note that World Tier 2 also provides all players with a 20% boost to XP and 15% increase to gold. Typically, players select one of the two World Tiers at the start of the game.

If you wish to change the World Tier during gameplay, making it easier or harder for yourself, then follow these steps:

  1. Approach and interact with the statue of Inarius in Kyovashad.
  2. Select a World Tier you wish to switch to in the new menu.
  3. Confirm your choice by pressing "Confirm" button.

You may notice that Nightmare and Torment World Tiers are locked until the full release of the game.

That's everything you need to know on how to change and increase World Tiers in Diablo 4, and be sure to check out more Diablo 4 tips and tricks articles right here.

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Resident Evil 4 Remake: Where to Find the Gold Chicken Egg Sat, 25 Mar 2023 11:54:08 -0400 Aric Pun

With the release of the Resident Evil 4 remake, we’re reintroduced to the lovely but shady Merchant fans so love, and he now provides us with requests. These side quests can be completed and turned in to the Merchant for rewards. One such request is called “Egg Hunt” and requires you to retrieve a Gold Chicken Egg.

Since the request doesn’t specify an area to search, the golden egg can be hard to find if you’re unsure of where to look. Here's where you can find the Gold Chicken Egg in the RE4 remake.

RE4 Gold Chicken Egg Location

First and foremost, you’ll need to be in Chapter 4 in order to find the Gold Chicken Egg. This is where you’ll get a motorboat that allows you to traverse freely around the lake.

Open up your map and look for a small area of land to the east of the Lake. It’s fairly easy to find since it's the only piece of explorable land in the area. Once you’ve reached the location, dock your boat.

From here, you’ll notice the area is filled with chickens laying tons of white and brown eggs. You can go ahead and pick up all the eggs you see if you have enough space in your inventory. There aren’t any enemies here either, so feel free to explore the area in peace as you’ll find a few crates worth breaking for that sweet loot. 

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To find the Gold Chicken Egg, head to the back portion of the area behind the bushes and you’ll find the golden egg on the ground. Pick it up and get back on your motorboat to head back to the Merchant.

Sell the Gold Chicken Egg to the Merchant for 9,000 Pesetas to complete the Request and you’ll be rewarded with three Spinels. Collect enough Spinels to exchange them with the Merchant for some useful items.

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For more Resident Evil 4 remake guides, check out our other RE4 guides for the latest on side quests, puzzles, and more!

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Resident Evil 4 Remake: How to Get the Bolt Thrower Sat, 25 Mar 2023 12:15:06 -0400 Samuel Moreno

The Resident Evil 4 remake offers many different weapons for players to use, most of which will be fondly remembered by fans of the original 2004 title. One weapon that will be new to everyone is the Bolt Thrower. It certainly has some ties to another old favorite, but the primary way it’s used is unlike anything else. Here’s what you need to know about how to get the Bolt Thrower in the Resident Evil 4 remake.

What is the Bolt Thrower in RE4?

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Stealth is a viable option in the remake and the new Bolt Thrower can complement the play style well. This crossbow-like weapon shoots physical bolts, allowing for quiet kills. Although it’s on the weaker side and has a slow fire rate, everything is balanced out by the versatility it brings to the table.

The most unique aspect about it is that the bolts can be picked back up after they’re shot. Any bolts you shoot at an enemy can be retrieved once they’ve died and any that make contact with the environment can be recovered at the same spot. As long as they’re not sent to a place far out of your reach, you can enjoy reusing the same ammunition repeatedly.

Another way to use it is with attachable mines. Acting like proximity explosives and understandably making them unrecoverable, these bolts can be directly shot at enemies or placed in the environment as traps.

Fans might put two and two together with this knowledge as the original Resident Evil 4 featured a weapon called the Mine Thrower. That weapon has essentially been compiled into the new Bolt Thrower. Whether you’re looking to go quiet or cause some explosions, nothing else is as adaptable.

How to Get the Bolt Thrower in the Resident Evil 4 Remake

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The Bolt Thrower needs to be bought from the Merchant. It's one of the first items he offers and he’ll already have one in stock when you initially meet him in at the beginning of Chapter 2. He’s hard to miss since there’s a small cutscene briefly showing him and his first shop is right outside the Abandoned Factory you’ll be exiting from.

Not to mention, he’s not going to take it out of his offerings until it's yours. Even if you don’t buy the Bolt Thrower now, you’ll still have a chance to every time you visit his shop.

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It will take up a 2x4 space in your Attaché Case and typically costs 10,000 Pesetas. Unless you’ve been actively avoiding and running past as many enemies as possible, there’s a good chance you’ll have enough to buy it. Any treasures you have can likely make up the difference too.

If you want to save a bit of money or just want to check out the SR M1903 rifle first, waiting might just be the best idea. The Merchant will offer the Bolt Thrower as the limited-time sale item for Chapter 3. Purchasing it then will only cost you 8,000 Pesetas instead.

That’s everything you need to know about how to get the Bolt Thrower in the Resident Evil 4 remake. If you’re interested in how to acquire other weapons, such as the potentially free Red9 Handgun, or just need some help with the many puzzles, you can find the answers with our Resident Evil 4 remake guides.

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Is the Monk Class in Diablo 4? — Answered Sat, 25 Mar 2023 11:23:17 -0400 Melissa Sarnowski

Diablo 3 features a Monk class that can bolster allies and recover health while continuing to deal melee damage, but is the Monk class returning in Diablo 4? Read on to find out.

Is the Monk Class in Diablo 4? — Answered

As of right now, the Monk class isn’t part of Diablo 4. While it could be added in future content — similar to how the Crusader class was added with the release of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls — the classes that will be in Diablo 4 at launch will be the Barbarian, Rogue, Sorcerer, Necromancer, and Druid.

During the open beta weekend, you can try the available five classes that will be included at launch and find which one suits your preferences. You won’t be able to carry the progress over from the beta to the full game, but being able to test the classes can help you decide how you want to face the forces of Hell when Diablo 4 launches in June.

As the beta goes on until March 27, we’ll be adding to our Diablo 4 guide hub as we explore the available content, which could be useful to check out now for information about Error Code 34202 and how to get Whispering Keys or to use when the game releases. Then, we’ll work to continue updating our content — and adding to it — for the full version of Diablo 4.

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Destiny 2: Autumn Wind Pulse Rifle God Roll Guide Sun, 26 Mar 2023 14:17:11 -0400 John Schutt

Getting the right Autumn Wind Pulse Rifle god rolls might not change how you play Destiny 2 PvE, but it can be useful in PvP. Long out of rotation, it's easy to forget this is a reissue of the same weapon from the Curse of Osiris DLC in Year 1. In the current competitive Pulse Rifle meta, you'll want this in your armory, especially considering it's a fantastic primary option fo mid-to-long ranges. 

Autumn Wind Pulse Rifle God Rolls in Destiny 2

Don’t expect the Autumn Wind to take PvE by storm. Pulse Rifles are notoriously sub-par when fighting the enemies of humanity, even in the base Vanguard Ops or Seasonal playlists. They certainly serve a purpose in this part of Destiny 2, but Autumn Wind is outclassed in most ways by more specialized options.

PvP is a different story entirely. While Autumn Wind might not exceed the likes of No Time to Explain (and what can?), it's comparable with the right god roll, and being that it’s a Legendary, your Exotic slot is open for something else.

Autumn Wind PvP God Roll

  • Barrel: Arrowhead Brake, Chambered Compensator
  • Magazine: Ricochet Rounds, Alloy Magazine, Extended Magazine
  • Trait 1: Rangefinder, Killing Wind
  • Trait 2: Headseeker, Moving Target, Rampage

You’ll want to focus on two main stats when looking for Autumn Wind god rolls when focusing on PvP: Weapon controllability and optimizing your precision damage. Luckily, you can get the best of both worlds with some combination of the above perks. Weapon uptime is also a priority, and Autumn Wind provides there.

Which perks you pick ultimately depends on how you want your weapon to feel. A slower, beefier Autumn Wind might use Extended Magazine and Rampage; a more mobile version of this Pulse Rifle god roll could be Alloy Mag and Moving Target.

Autumn Wind PvE God Roll

  • Barrel: Arrowhead Brake, Chambered Compensator
  • Magazine: Extended Magazine, Ricochet Rounds, Armor-Piercing Rounds
  • Trait 1: Demolitionist, Perpetual Motion
  • Trait 2: Rampage, Frenzy

In most circumstances, we don’t recommend using the Pulse Rifle weapon class in PvE, but Bungie might update things down the line and make them absolute monsters. 

As good as some of the PvE options are in the Autumn Wind perk pool (Demo/Frenzy, for instance) because it’s a Pulse Rifle, it’s not worth using in the current Destiny 2 sandbox. You never know if that will change down the line.

Those are your Autumn Wind god rolls for both PvE and PvP. Almost nothing can compete with the right setup, provided your aim is good, and they aren’t using the possibly broken options like No Time to Explain or a sniper rifle from a long distance. For more god roll guides, like The Immortal, Bump in the Night, and Imperial Decree, stay tuned to our Destiny 2 guides hub.

Diablo 4 Overpower Damage Explained Fri, 24 Mar 2023 22:29:49 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

Diablo 4 Overpower Damage is just one of the numerous combat mechanics you'll need to learn in the action RPG from Blizzard. With countless monsters for you to fight, you'll need every weapon and skill at your disposal. This mechanic works a bit under the hood but leads to brutal damage. Here's the key to understanding it.

How Overpower Damage Works in Diablo 4

Diablo 4 Overpower Damage isn't a standalone mechanic. Rather, it works in tandem with another feature, albeit one that's used for survival: Fortify.

Basically, Fortify acts like an overshield or pool of bonus HP. There are certain abilities and items that trigger the mechanic, which uses a portion of your base/current HP and turns it into a Fortify value.

When the Fortify value is higher than your current HP, you gain the Fortified buff, which lessens the damage you take by 10%.

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So, what is Overpower Damage, then? Generally speaking, Overpower is procced or triggered by certain abilities. When Overpower occurs, you'll see light blue floating damage numbers, with orange signifying critical hits.

As for how it's computed, there are a variety of factors. Chief among these is the sum of your Fortified life and base life. For instance, if you have 50 Fortify and 50 HP, then the bonus damage from Overpower is 100.

Apart from the above, there are also other factors to consider, such as:

  • Skill synergies and focused builds: For example, the Barbarian Combat Bash will make critical strikes with two-handed weapons lead to an Overpower proc if you use a Core or Weapon Mastery skill. Likewise, if you use the Violent Hammer of the Ancients, causing an Overpower will grant bonus damage.
  • Gear pieces: Some of your items may roll with a bonus to Overpower Damage, which will boost the nominal sum. Others, meanwhile, may guarantee an Overpower hit depending on usage.

But now that you know how Overpower Damage works in Diablo 4, you'll be able to weave that knowledge into your strategies and builds, using it to your advantage to purge hellspawn from Sanctuary. For more tips and tricks, head to our guides hub for Blizzard's action RPG.

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Diablo 4 Fortify Stat Explained Fri, 24 Mar 2023 22:37:56 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

Diablo 4 Fortify is an important mechanic to understand and take advantage of. With numerous different systems at your disposal, there are those that are necessary for survival, such as potions to provide quick healing or defensive abilities. Likewise, there are others that work a bit more passively. Here's what you need to know about Fortify.

How the Fortify Stat Works in Diablo 4

The Diablo 4 Fortify stat or mechanic is akin to an overshield or extra pool of HP. Basically, your character has max life (total) and base life (current). Obviously, losing all your life/HP leads to death. However, there's Fortify, which is essentially bonus HP on top of what you currently have. Keep in mind that Fortify will drain over time once it's been procced. 

So, how exactly does Fortify work in Diablo 4? Well, that depends on the skills or items you use. If you mouse over certain skills or talents, you'll notice that some of them have a certain Fortify-related effect.

  • Barbarian: The Iron Skin ability creates a barrier that absorbs part of your missing HP. If you pick the Strategic perk, Iron Skin will make a percentage of your base/current life as Fortify. And, if you're below 50% HP, this percentage is doubled.
  • Necromancer: The Hemorrhage basic skill, if you pick the Initiate's variant, grants a chance to turn part of your base life into Fortify, with an even higher chance to earn a bonus amount.

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Depending on your playstyle or build, you'll gradually accumulate Fortify value. The goal is for that value to be higher than your base/current life. When this happens, your character gains the Fortified buff, which causes you to take 10% reduced damage.

This is also denoted by a green glow that surrounds your character's model. Last but not least, Fortify is also directly tied to another combat mechanic: Overpower.

And with that, we've explained the Fortify stat so that you can use it to its full potential. Alongside Overpower, it's an important tool that can keep you alive. To survive even longer in Sanctuary, find solace in our guides hub for Diablo 4.

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Diablo 4: Secret of the Spring Solution Guide Fri, 24 Mar 2023 22:12:26 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

Diablo 4 has numerous sidequests that you can do. Some are provided by NPCs in towns or hamlets, while others are discovered as you explore the game world. One of these is called Secret of the Spring, which presents you with a riddle. And if you're here, you're wondering how to solve it.

How to Solve the Riddle in Secret of the Spring

The Diablo 4 Secret of the Spring sidequest can be started by reading a note found in a cliffside work area north of Kyovashad. Go north of the city until you see a narrow path that leads to the Forsaken Quarry dungeon.

The note is in the area overlooking the entrance to the dungeon itself. We've marked it with a star on the image below.

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When you interact with the note, you'll read a riddle that says:

Beacon of warmth in winter's embrace, patience rewarded by nature's own grace.

This will allow the Secret of the Spring quest to be tracked in your journal. From there, head to the marked location. Upon arriving, you'll see a quaint spring.

To solve the Diablo 4 Secret of the Spring riddle, you'll want to think of the keyword: patience. That means using the "Wait" emote. Go ahead and open your action wheel (hold "E" on your keyboard).

When you switch to the emotes wheel, you'll notice that the "Wait" command isn't there. Don't worry. If you click on the Customize option, you should see it among the list of other emotes.

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Equip the "Wait" emote on the action wheel and use it. This will cause a chest to magically appear near you.

This will complete the Diablo 4 Secret of the Spring sidequest, and you'll earn some XP and gold for your efforts. Lastly, don't forget that there are other quests out there with context clues, and they might also require you to use emotes. For more, check out our Diablo 4 guides page.

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Diablo 4 Rite of Passage Guide: What to Inscribe on the Holy Cedar Tablets Fri, 24 Mar 2023 23:03:40 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

The Rite of Passage quest is essentially your introduction to the Diablo 4 storyline, which tells of the return of Lilith. Your character, a lone wanderer, reaches the wilderness of the Fractured Peaks, eventually stumbling upon the demoness' machinations. Soon thereafter, you'll arrive at the city of Kyovashad, where you're asked to choose your sin and inscribe it on the Holy Cedar Tablets. But what should you choose?

How to Complete Rite of Passage in Diablo 4

In Rite of Passage, you find yourself in the wilderness near the hamlet of Nevesk. You learn from the villagers about a rambling man, and you enter a small dungeon to face a demon. Once you return, you'll realize that the townsfolk have been corrupted by Lilith.

After picking up a key from one of their corpses, you'll visit the church, as well as a hermit's hut, to find out more about your character's role in all this.

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From there, you'll head to Kyovashad, the capital of the Fractured Peaks. Your NPC companion, Lorath Nahr, tells you a guard that you need to pass. However, you have to complete a ritual. This is the Rite of Passage quest step that will have you inscribe your sin on the Holy Cedar Tablet.

What Should You Inscribe on the Holy Cedar Tablets? 

Here are the options:

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Pride
  • Greed
  • Nothing but scribbles

So what should you choose to inscribe on the Holy Cedar Tablets? Ultimately, your choice here won't necessarily affect your campaign, at least at this stage we've seen in the open beta.

The guard will still let you pass, and you'll earn XP for completing the Diablo 4 Rite of Passage quest. It's possible Blizzard could make tweaks eventually, one where a particular demon will continue to stalk the player based on their ultimate sin. Until then, head over to our guides hub for more on the action RPG.

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Diablo 4: How to Get Whispering Keys Fri, 24 Mar 2023 22:50:44 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

Diablo 4 Whispering Keys will allow you to pick up more loot and gear across the world of Sanctuary. As you scrounge around in its darkest depths for treasure, most gear pieces and gems come from regular enemy drops or chests that easily open. However, you'll find you can't open some. Here's how to access them with easy-to-find keys. 

Where to Find Whispering Keys in Diablo 4

To get Whispering Keys in Diablo 4, all you need to do is find a Purveyor of Curiosities. These merchant NPCs have a moneybag icon, and there's one that can be found in the city of Kyovashad.

The Purveyor of Curiosities primarily sells gear pieces for your chosen character. These items cost Murmuring Obols, a currency obtained whenever you complete events (e.g.: one successful completion nets you 35 Murmuring Obols).

However, since these gear pieces are totally randomized, including their rarities and stats, the mechanic is more akin to Kadala and her Blood Shards from Diablo 3.

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As for Whispering Keys, they can also be purchased from the Purveyor of Curiosities by checking the bottom of the vendor's list. Each Whispering Key costs 20 Murmuring Obols, and you can buy as many of them as you want as long as you have the required currency.

Diablo 4 Whispering Keys are important to carry with you because they are the only items that can open Silent Chests. Unlike regular chests, Silent Chests are locked by default. 

While we can't confirm it during our time in the Diablo 4 beta, Silent Chest spawn locations seem to be random — or not fully known yet. Moreover, although you still get rewards, RNG still plays a part, which means you might obtain something you don't need.

Still, if ever you've amassed a lot of Murmuring Obols and have no plans of gambling them away on a merchant, you could just purchase Whispering Keys so you have at least one whenever you spot a Silent Chest. For more Diablo 4 guides, go here

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Diablo 4: How to Use Emotes Fri, 24 Mar 2023 22:00:35 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

Diablo 4 emotes let you communicate with other players in your party or those you come across in the world when playing the action RPG. Because the game is fully online, you'll have plenty of opportunities to use the emote wheel or emote button to get their attention or even cheer them on. But if you don't know how to use them, they aren't of any use. Here's what you need to know. 

How Do You Emote in Diablo 4?

For PC players, Diablo 4 has text chat available, allowing you to type a message that can be read by nearby players or those in the realm. However, Diablo 4 emotes allow for quicker animated responses when you want to convey something that you don't want to type out, such as a cheer or a taunt.

To use emotes in Diablo 4, simply open your action wheel (the "E" key or relevant prompt on controller). This will bring up several commands and, if you check another panel, you'll see a list of saved actions.

Examples include animations like Sorry, Help, Cheer, Bye, Follow, and others. Some are already part of the emote wheel, but you can make changes by clicking on the Customize option. This will bring up the remaining options that you can assign to the wheel.

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These functions, while limited, should help you enjoy the world of Sanctuary more, especially with numerous players also exploring. Perhaps you might want to do the Point emote if you see a boss or rare enemy, or use the Cheer emote to express excitement. Likewise, some side quests require you to use these actions, such as the Secret of the Spring.

Apart from the above, the action wheel also allows you to assign other commands and functions.

  • The Miscellaneous tab lets you open the chat, report a bug, report content violations, or leave the dungeon.
  • The Social tab, meanwhile, has shortcuts like adding someone as a friend or joining a party.

And that's what you need to know about Diablo 4 emotes. Now get out there and cheer someone on. Or don't. It's up to you. For more guides and tips, head here.

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Diablo 4: How to Respec Skills Fri, 24 Mar 2023 22:21:25 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

You'll want to know how to respec skills in Diablo 4 since the game allows you to select from various classes, such as the brutal Barbarian, element-infused Sorcerer, agile Rogue, shapeshifting Druid, and undead-raising Necromancer. Each one has its own unique capabilities and kit, making for some dazzling builds and combinations. Here's what you need to know about resetting skills. 

Diablo 4 Skill Respec (Skill Reset) Explained

The Diablo 4 skill respec system is very straightforward. All you need to do is open your abilities/skills panel and select the prompt to refund your skill points. There are two methods:

  • If you click on the "Refund All" button, all your points will be reset, and you can allocate them freely once more.
  • However, if you mouse over any skill and right-click on it, it will simply refund that point. As such, you won't need to redo your entire build.

Likewise, it should be noted that the Diablo 4 skill respec system is free only until Level 15. You'll be able to change your character's abilities often, without any costs, early in the game. However, once you reach Level 15, respeccing and resetting skills will cost gold. The more points you refund, the higher the cost.

For instance, when refunding everything on a Level 25 character during the open beta, this process would cost 2,860 gold.

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Last but not least, it bears mentioning that you earn one skill point per level up, enough to mix and match abilities that would suit your playstyle until you hit the level cap. However, there are also challenges that can be completed while you're playing, such as earning more renown. These and others will also reward you with an extra skill point, one that's account-bound and active on all succeeding characters that you create.

But that's how Diablo 4 respec works. Now that you know how to reset skills, you can try some of the best builds in the game. For more, our Diablo 4 tips hub has you covered.

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What is the Max Level in Diablo 4? Fri, 24 Mar 2023 20:20:15 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

The Diablo 4 open beta is in full swing, and if you're playing, you may be wondering what the max level is. Naturally, you're looking to progress further by exploring the world, uncovering secrets, and slaying every demonic denizen you see. Still, you might be wondering if there's an end to the grind. 

Diablo 4 Max Level and Level Cap Explained

The max level in Diablo 4, at least for the full game, is Level 100. That will likely be a time-consuming grind, which involves maxing out various class abilities, interacting with unique mechanics, applying synergies, discovering legendaries and unique items, and working toward in-depth builds. There are also Paragon levels unlocked at Level 50, though we've yet to see them in action.

Generally speaking, you'll want to maximize your experience point (XP) earnings by increasing the World Tier difficulty. Likewise, being in a party adds a +10% XP boost to help with leveling.

However, for the current open beta, which runs until March 27, 2023, at 3 p.m. EST, the max level cap will only be up to Level 25. This is likely because only a select portion of the game is available (i.e., a part of the Fractured Peaks in Act 1). As such, any XP you earn once you hit Level 25 won't be tallied anymore.

It also bears mentioning that there's no related achievement if you hit the max level during the beta, but there's one particular tidbit that provides rewards. According to Blizzard, those playing the open beta can attempt to reach Level 20 at least. In turn, this milestone will be saved on your account.

By the time the game launches on June 6, 2023, you should be able to claim some neat rewards, including the "Early Voyager" title and the Beta Wolf Pack Cosmetic Item. As such, we can technically consider this as an ideal progression point to reach.

But that's the answer to what's the max level in Diablo 4. Go ahead and delve deeper into those dungeons to slay more demons, especially if you want to receive these rewards once the game is officially out. For more, check out our guides hub

What is the Max Diablo 4 Party Size? Sat, 25 Mar 2023 11:40:30 -0400 Ashley Erickson

Diablo 4 is a multiplayer game like almost all of its ARPG brethren. If you want to play the beta or even the full game with friends, though, you may be wondering what the max party size is in Diablo 4. Let's go right into it.

Diablo 4 Max Party Size 

In multiplayer, you can play with up to three others for a max team size of four, as in previous Diablo games. If you are playing co-op, your duo can join multiplayer and acquire two more party members. The only requirement you need to have completed is finishing the prologue quest "Rite of Passage" in order to access multiplayer. 

Diablo 4 makes it easy to game with others once you have multiplayer available. While wandering around Sanctuary you may come across other players, such as when completing world events. You will be able to invite these players to your team then and there or you can add them to your friends list to play with later. For those on your friends list you want to play with, you just need to click their name and select "Invite to Play." 

With a max team size of four in Diablo 4, you will be able to take down swathes of enemies, earn XP easier and make it through various areas faster. For more information on the game or quest help, check out our growing Diablo 4 guides page

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Diablo 4: Does Open Beta Progress Carry Over? Sat, 25 Mar 2023 10:29:35 -0400 Melissa Sarnowski

The Diablo 4 open beta is underway, letting you try your hand at the first 25 levels of five of the game's classes. You may be wondering whether open beta progress will carry over to full release, especially if you've found a class and build combo you particularly click with. Will Diablo 4 open beta progress carry over? Let's find out.

Does Open Beta Progress Carry Over for Diablo 4?

While progress from the Early Access weekend transferred to the open beta weekend, that's the extent of carry over. Your characters ad progress will be wiped after the open beta. You won’t be able to carry over your open beta progress to the full release of Diablo 4.

This gives you the chance to find which class suits your play style and experience the game up to level 25 so you'll know what you want to do at launch, but might be disappointing if you were hoping to hold onto what you've done so far.

The Diablo 4 open beta closes on March 27, and we have a growing catalog of content on our Diablo 4 guide page to help you throughout the weekend with tasks such as dealing with the Error Code 34202 and with the Ashava World Boss spawn times. After that, we’ll see you on June 6 for the full Diablo 4 release.

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Diablo 4 Error Code 34202 Explained Fri, 24 Mar 2023 15:01:50 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Diablo 4 Error Code 34202 is yet another error message that pops up for players trying to cut through the minions of Hell in the game's open beta period. This string of numbers also kicks you from the waiting queue and the game when it appears, undoubtedly causing a bit of frustration now matter how long you've been waiting or playing. You may be wondering what causes it and if there's a fix. Here's what you need to know. 

What is Error Code 34202 in the Diablo 4 Beta? 

Similar in nature to the plethora of other error codes wracking the Diablo 4 open beta — such as 317619, 300202, 300008, and 315306 — error message 34202 can seemingly happen at complete random and is agnostic of player level. It can happen at any moment, whether you're in the waiting queue or killing demons. Hopefully, it doesn't happen when fighting Ashava, though.  

RelatedWhat does the "This Game Cannot be Played Yet" message mean?

What Causes Error Code 34202?

As with most other error messages in the Diablo 4 open beta period, Code 34202 is related to server issues with the game, something Blizzard has been very vocal about fixing and working on since the initial beta weekend. 

It all boils down to server instability and too many players rushing to the game and its waiting queues at a single time. Since Diablo 4 is an always-online game, the servers can be stressed at any time, even if you're out of queue and playing. You'll be hit with the message "Server Not Available" and be kicked from the game. 

This error message can appear on PC and PlayStation, and though I haven't seen mention of it appearing on Xbox when looking through the Diablo 4 forums, it's conceivably possible it could pop up there, too. 

It's also possible that you may be trying to play outside of the designated beta dates. The original closed beta ran from March 17 to March 18, 2023, and the open beta dates run from March 24 to March 27. Here are the times: 

  • 12 p.m. EST
  • 4 p.m. GMT
  • 5 p.m. CET
  • 3 a.m. (March 25) ACT

Is There a Fix for the Server Not Available Error?

As with many of the other server-related error messages in Diablo 4, there is no surefire fix for Error 34202. Primarily, it is a server-side issue relating to game's servers being overloaded, and you'll simply have to wait for players to log off, unfortunately. 

As always, it's a good idea to check your Internet connection and router status when these types of things occur. It's possible that you've lost connection on your end or that your router needs to be refreshed. Try those two things, then log out of and log back in. 

For now, that's the gist of the Diablo 4 Error Code 34202. Unfortunately, there's not a better answer for getting around it if you run into it. If you're stuck waiting in queue yet again, consider checking out our Diablo 4 guides hub for more tips. 

Diablo 4 Ashava World Boss Spawn Times Fri, 24 Mar 2023 14:20:32 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

Diablo 4's world boss spawn times are few and far between in the game's open beta. Ashava is just one of the numerous foes spawning from the depths of Hell that you'll have to dispatch to save Sanctuary, and it's the only world boss in the beta right now.

The monstrous behemoth only appears at specific intervals, so you're not guaranteed to encounter it. Here are the Diablo 4 world boss spawn times to help you get prepared for Ashava during the beta.

What are the World Boss Spawn Times in Diablo 4?

The Diablo 4 Ashava world boss has specific spawn times during the open beta, which have been released by Blizzard. Specifically, Ashave will appear at the following times:

  • March 25 at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m. EST.
  • March 26 at 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. EST.

Where to Find Ashava in Diablo 4

Go to The Crucible location to find Ashava during the world boss spawn times, which is in the southeastern portion of the Fractured Peaks. This is a Level 25 zone, which means you'll want to reach the beta's level cap to stand a fighting chance. If you're below this level, and wearing sub-optimal gear, you might have a tougher time.

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The good news is that regardless of the Diablo 4 Ashava spawn time, players that are online will be notified via a quest marker just 30 minutes before the world boss appears. Because of this, you can buddy up with friends in a four-person party or keep your fingers crossed that other players will be there (which should be a given due to the limited-time nature of this encounter).

Once Ashava has arrived, you'll want to watch out for its massive claws, as these are used for its basic swipe and ground-stabbing attacks. Moreover, since Ashava is considered a plaguebearer, it will also use poison-based abilities that will afflict you with a debuff if you get hit.

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Battling Ashava during the world bosses spawn times in the Diablo 4 open beta is primarily just for bragging rights, similar to encountering and defeating The Butcher, which is a random encounter.

While you do receive some nifty loot for taking out Ashava, you don't get to keep anything since all progress will be wiped once the beta period ends. The next time you'll have a shot at fighting it would be when the game officially launches on June 6.

And that's what you need to know about the Diablo 4 world boss spawn times and Ashava. For more, including help with various error codes, head over to our guides hub for Diablo 4