Seasons in Diablo 4 can be complicated for newcomers. Seasonal content has been around since Diablo 2, and the seasonal servers of Diablo 4 follow in that tradition. Playing through the Battle Pass to earn new cosmetics is done very differently than other on-going games like Destiny 2, Fortnite, Warzone and more. Let’s rip the band-aid off right now. To play and earn in Seasonal Content you’ll need to make a new character and join a new server.
Because this is so strange, we’ll discuss how seasonal content works in the full guide below. We’re breaking down Seasons to share only what you really, really need to know. For info straight from the devs on Seasons and the Battle Pass, check out the official Blizzard post here.
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Seasons FAQ | What You Need To Know
Seasons limited-time events that take place over a set period and include a Free or Premium Battle Pass — when a Season begins, a new Seasonal Server will open. To enjoy the new content, you’ll have to join the server with a new character. The Premium Battle Pass is for cosmetics only. After the season is over, all gear will be transported to a limited-time chest where a character on the Eternal Server can claim the items you’ve earned. That’s the most basic explanation for Seasons.
- When Does Season 1 Begin?: Season 1 will is projected to begin anywhere from July 11th-18th. The exact date for Season 1 has not been announced.
Once the Season begins, you’ll need to join. Here’s a rundown on beginning a season.
Will I Lose My Characters When The Season Starts?
No. You’ll keep your current characters in the Eternal Realm. This is a separate server that will always remain open for new characters and campaigning. Your current characters will be unable to join a separate server (realm) — so this requires you to start a new character.
- Characters in the Eternal Realm and Seasonal Server cannot interact. You can’t trade items or join teams together.
- Characters on the Eternal Realm can NOT participate in Seasons at all and cannot progress the Battle Pass. Only new characters made on specific Seasonal Servers can participate.
- Characters on the Eternal Realm are not affected by Seasons, and players can continue to play with these characters forever. No characters are deleted or replaced.
How Can I Participate In Seasonal Content?
Seasons content and Battle Pass content are limited to the Seasonal Server. To join this server, create a new character.
- New Seasonal Server characters cannot access gear from the Eternal Realm.
- New characters can skip the campaign but must level up again from the beginning.
- Only some content is carried over between servers. Regional Progression is NOT SHARED between servers.
- Characters made on the Seasonal Server will transfer to the Eternal Realm when the Season is over.
Will I Lose My Battle Pass Items When The Season Is Over?
At the end of a Season, the items obtained in the Seasonal Server will revert back to your Eternal Realm characters. You’ll be able to access a special Temporal Stash to share items from the Seasonal Server to the Eternal Realm (Standard Server) so they can keep any gear you’ve unlocked.
Cosmetics will also be unlocked account wide. Characters in a Seasonal Server will also be transferred to the Eternal Realm so they aren’t lost.
Why Are Seasons On A Separate Server?
As part of Diablo 2 and Diablo 3, Seasonal Servers existed to give players a chance to reset and replay the story from scratch with a different character. Because Diablo 4 is similarly limited in scope, the best way to enjoy the new content and theme of the season is with a brand new character. Many players have already reached Level 100 and totally maximized their builds in Diablo 4. The developers want to give you new challenges, and one of the oldest ways for players to experience new challenges in the Diablo series was by playing new characters and starting from scratch.
- Seasonal Servers are based on themes, and include new cosmetics, gear, mechanics, events and more.
- Some Seasonal Content may also come to the Eternal Realm after or during a Season. New dungeons, mechanics, powers, events and features might be permanently added to the Eternal Realm — any major changes will inevitably come to the Eternal Realm.
- Seasons last for 3-4 months (quarterly) and have unique Battle Pass tiers, separate Regional Progression, and their own Leaderboards.
What Is The Battle Pass For?
Battle Passes are a current trend that you’ll also find in Diablo 4. As part of the Seasonal Server, you’ll find a Free and Premium Battle Pass. By completing activities and objectives listed in the Battle Pass, you’ll unlock tiers — each tier has a reward. These include new cosmetics or even useful Season Boosts.
- Leveling Up The Battle Pass: By earning EXP and leveling up, you’ll unlock rewards on the Free Battle Pass on the Seasonal Server.
- Free Battle Pass Rewards: Unlocking tiers on the Free Battle Pass can earn you Seasonal Boosts. These give you a boost for the duration of the season and can contribute toward helping multiple characters level up faster.
- Premium Battle Pass Rewards: The Premium Battle Pass must be purchased and unlocking tiers will reward you with Exclusive Battle Pass cosmetic gear.
The Battle Pass can also reward Premium Currency. Premium Currency cannot be used to purchase items that give you an advantage — but it can be used to instantly skip tiers on the Premium Battle Pass. During a Season, the in-game Premium Shop will also sell exclusive cosmetic items for each class.
That’s a simplified rundown of how Seasons work in Diablo 4. It’s a lot different (and more complicated) than other games just like it. You’ll have to get used to the weird ways Blizzard wants to run things — who knows, you might create your new favorite character.