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DiabloSep 18, 2020 4:00 pm CT

How to do Conquests for the Season’s Journey in Diablo 3 Season 21

Diablo 3 Season 21 Chapter Rewards

Happy Diablo 3 Season, friend! Do you have your delightful Stupendous Contraption pet from Season 21 yet? You don’t? Well, why on Earth Sanctuary not? Oh, Conquests.

Yes, Conquests can be painful if you haven’t had to tackle them in a while (or ever). But don’t let the daunting goals fool you — they’re called achievements for a reason. But we’re here to help you get those achievements completed! Here’s what you should know going into Conquests in Diablo 3.

What are Conquests?

Conquests are unique Seasonal achievements; leaderboards exist specifically for Conquests and reset every season. They are required to complete the last three chapters (Destroyer, Conqueror, and Guardian) in the season’s journey. The Conquests aren’t assigned; the goals involve completing 1 / 2 / 3 (depending on the chapter) Conquest-type achievements — one Conquest for each chapter.

While Conquests are more difficult than the average achievement, they also scale in difficulty. Some are extremely hard to achieve with solo play, and some only require level 70 and the right gear.

Diablo 3 Season 21

What are the current Season’s Conquests?

Each Conquest achievement has a normal mode version and a hardcore mode version, so the names below are listed as Normal Name / Hardcore Name.

  • Avarice / Avarita — Complete a 50,000,000 gold streak while outside of The Vault and The Inner Sanctum.
  • Curses! / Stars Align — Kill 350 or more monsters in a Cursed Chest event at level 70 on Torment X difficulty or higher.
  • Speed Demon / Need for Speed — Complete a Nephalem Rift at max level on Torment X or higher within 2 minutes.
  • Sprinter / Speed Racer — Complete Acts I through V at max level in under 1 hour.
  • The Thrill / Super Human — Reach Greater Rift Level 45 Solo without any Set items equipped.

What Conquest should you do in Season 21?

Now, what should you tackle first? That’s a pretty good question. Let’s walk through these one at a time; please note that I’m going through these from a solo perspective, which has an impact on the ordering.

Avarice / Avarita

The easiest Conquest is Avarice / Avarita. It requires a few specific pieces of gear to be a real “easy mode” achievement — get yourself a Goldwrap belt, a Boon of the Hoarder legendary gem (leveled as close to rank 50 as you can manage in running Greater Rifts), and an Avarice Band ring. Equip (or load in Kanai’s Cube) a Leoric’s Crown and socket a Flawless Royal Emerald to make this even easier, but the world won’t end if you don’t have a top tier emerald.

Now, open up the highest Nephalem rift you can easily manage. Torment 13 or higher is ideal. The Boon of the Hoarder gem causes an explosion of gold when you kill an enemy, Goldwrap grants you armor equal to the amount of gold picked up, and Avarice Band increases your pickup radius. With the increased gold find percentage on progressively higher Torment levels and the right rift map, this honestly becomes quite fun. There’s a great feeling when running around effectively immortal in a Nephalem Rift.

You can also try tackling Fields of Misery in Act 1 or the Cow Level if you have a Bovine Bardiche handy to cube. While there’s no time limiter on this one, be sure to keep an eye on your gold tally in the bottom-right corner of the game window. If it disappears for too long, you lose your gold streak.

Greater Rift selection screen

 

The Thrill / Super Human

The next easiest requires a bit more effort in gearing and paragon levels — The Thrill / Super Human. With the introduction of the Legacy of Dreams legendary gem, this Conquest has become significantly simpler for almost every class, as most have a solid LoD build that can be mostly thrown together with low effort. Similar to the Legacy of Nightmares ring set, the Legacy of Dreams gem increases damage dealt and reduces damage taken, but requires no set bonuses equipped on the player. Individual set items, no problem.

Every legendary item equipped contributes to the increase, but try to get the gem to rank 25 so you unlock the doubled bonus for Ancient items. The Rank 25 LOD is not essential; in Season 21, I completed Speed Demon with the majority of the gear necessary for the Demon Hunter Legacy of Dreams build (but not all) and a Rank 15 gem. Sadly, not every class has a solid build that can take advantage of Legacy of Dreams, making it a bit frustrating for some of the player base. This Conquest is also the only one that requires solo play.

Speed Demon / Need for Speed

Speed Demon / Need for Speed is a little more complicated than The Thrill / Super Human. Both are theoretically the same enemy difficulty (Greater Rift 45 = Torment 12); however, instead of having the full 15 minutes to complete your GR 45, you’re now trying to achieve this in two minutes. Now, a few things can make this much more manageable. Remember our setup for Avarice / Avarita? The rank 25 bonus for Boon of the Hoarder adds a 30% increase to movement speed on gold pickup, plus the combo of gear and gems will make surviving the two minutes successfully a good deal easier.

Another essential piece of equipment for success is a pair of Nemesis Bracers wrists, which cause an enemy champion to spawn at Shrines and Pylons when clicked (adding 3-4 ‘free’ bosses to your rift map for more orb drops). This Conquest also benefits from you gaining paragon levels, as you can max out your movement speed by Paragon 200. The critical thing to understand with this Conquest is how the timer works. The clock starts when you open your T10 Nephalem rift, and it’s ticking until you turn in to Orek. Time to hustle!

Cursed Chest bounty

 

The Curses! / Stars Align

The Curses! / Stars Align Conquest is honestly quite fun in a full four-person party but can be done solo with the right class. The bulk of the effort is front-loaded.  First, you’ll want to look for a build that’s going to put out a good deal of Area or AOE damage because you’re racing against a clock where the standard goal is 100 enemies killed, not 350+. Multishot Demon Hunters, this is your time to shine!

Next, try to hunt for these two specific Cursed events that have a better spawn rate: the Cursed Peat event in Act 5’s Paths of the Drowned or the Cursed Bellows event in Act 1’s Halls of Agony Level 3. Once the stars and planets align, kill your little heart out (but not literally, because ouch).

Sprinter / Speed Racer

Sprinter / Speed Racer is the most challenging conquest to complete in Season 21. The leaderboards for this Conquest still have many an open slot in the ranks, and we’re about two months into the season. The Conquest requires going through the entire story mode, Acts 1 through 5, with all the associated story and boss kills in under an hour. Knocking this out involves a lot of prep time and requires an excellent team working together.

In theory, Sprinter / Speed Racer is doable while soloing, but ouch. I don’t have a ton of good advice for this one. As a team, keep the communication lines open (voice chat is a boon here). Within the game, set your difficulty to Normal, enable the “Skip Cut Scenes” option in the Gameplay settings, and skip through all optional NPC dialog with the spacebar. Stack movement speed boosts through gear and gems, and good luck to you.

So what is holding you back? There are Conquest achievements out there to tackle before Season 21 ends. There’s an adorable little science experiment of a pet waiting for you!

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