Diablo 4 S2 Changes Make Farming Living Steel Easier
- The Big Change: More Living Steel
- How to Optimize Your Chest Runs
- Strategic chest opening
- Making the most of HellTide and Alts
- Final thoughts
↖ The Big Change: More Living Steel
When you opened the World Tier 4, 300 chest previously, it dropped three Living Steel, maybe five if you got lucky. But now, the base drop is five with the chance to crit for an extra five!
Mathematically, this means an increase in steel hauls. Now, it's much easier to gather the steel for one Duriel attempt versus earlier.
↖ How to Optimize Your Chest Runs
In terms of HellTide chests, all of them grant Living Steel, but you are more likely to encounter Living Steel in the 75 and 300 chests than in the 250 mystery chest.
In the past, critting for extra steel felt like finding a needle in a haystack. But now, with increased crit rates and drops, it feels like it is Christmas every run with the improved rate of crits.
↖ Strategic chest opening
The difference between before and after: Imagine you're hitting three 300 chests in a row. You would have averaged 9.6 steel per run before (thanks to Blizzard math). But now, you're averaging a whopping 18.75 steel each time.
There is a secret sauce behind this improvement, and it has to do with the buffed base drop and a juicier crit chance. In actuality, we are talking about an improvement from about 10% to an estimated 25%.
↖ Making the most of HellTide and Alts
If you can keep track of the timings (they reset at the top of the hour), you can nail at least two Duriel attempts in a single tide, a big improvement over barely scraping one.
When you login to alts, the Cinders stay around. So you can farm even more chests per tide so long as you're juggling characters.
↖ Final thoughts
If you're chasing Duriel or those yummy Uber Uniques, this update is a major boost. You're effectively doubling your farming efficiency.
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