Diablo 3 Challenge Rifts: Explanation and Rewards

Challenge rifts are a great new way to get crafting materials in Diablo 3.

Challenge rifts are a great new way to get crafting materials in Diablo 3.

It’s been a while since Reaper of Souls came out, and fans have been wanting more content for a while. With the new Rise of the Necromancer character pack, Diablo 3 added in a new feature called the Challenge Rift to quench our thirst for new content.

This rift is similar to the Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts — you go into dungeons, kill tons of enemies until you fill your bar, then defeat the rift guardian. So how are these Challenge Rifts different? In this short guide, we’ll break down what makes them unique and what rewards you can reap for completing them.

How Challenge Rifts Work in Diablo 3

In CRs, you are given another player’s character to use instead of one of your own. This character comes with their own build already pre-chosen, so you have to work with what you’ve got. The challenge then comes from trying to beat the original player’s time for the rift.

If you succeed, you get a treasure chest full of rewards. If you fail, you have to try again until you get it right.

Challenge Rift Rewards in Diablo 3

Upon completing the rift by the given time, you will be able to claim a cache that has the following:

  • 8x each act’s legendary crafting materials (Khanduran Runes, Arreat War Tapestries, etc.)
  • 300 Blood Crystals
  • ~80-250 of Reusable Parts, Arcane Dust, and Veiled Crystals

 As of right now, challenge rifts can only be done once a week. Some players have complained about that as they don’t feel the rewards are significant enough for a weekly event, so perhaps this will change in further updates to Rise of the Necromancer.

Every week, a new character is picked for the rift. If you’ve only ever really played one or two classes, this is a great way to get a feel for other classes and their respective end-game builds.

Have you completed a challenge rift yet? Which one was your favorite so far? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out the rest of our Diablo 3 guides for Rise of the Necromancer to get the most out of this season:

  • Diablo 3 Necromancer Build Guide
  • Diablo 3 Necromancer Power Leveling Guide
  • Complete List of Diablo 3 Pets and Their Locations

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Joseph Rowe

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