How to do Conquests for the Season’s Journey in Diablo 3 Season 23
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. The last three chapters (Destroyer, Conqueror, and Guardian) each require a Conquest 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.
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.
- Boss Mode / Worlds Apart — Kill listed bosses in 20 minutes from starting the game.
- Divinity / Lionhearted — Complete a Greater Rift 75 Solo.
- Masters of the Universe / Masters of Sets — Master eight Set Dungeons.
- Speed Demon / Need for Speed — Complete a Nephalem Rift at max level on Torment X or higher within 2 minutes.
What Conquests should you complete in Season 23?
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, impacting my ordering.
Avarice / Avarita
The easiest Conquest is Avarice / Avarita. It requires a few specific gear pieces 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.
Speed Demon / Need for Speed
The next in my difficulty ranking from a solo perspective is actually tied; first, let’s look at Speed Demon / Need for Speed. 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). Good news — you can slap this on your follower now, and they will emanate the legendary power! 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!
Divinity / Lionhearted
The other tied for “second place” in difficulty is Divinity / Lionhearted. If you’re working on completing the full Season Journey (or just looking to push the leaderboards), this is a natural step! If you’re more casual of a player, completing a GR75 solo might sound insurmountable.
But trust me, you can do this, and here’s why. A GR75 is the equivalent of Torment 16. Yes, that’s the highest Torment difficulty. However, the combination of your Haedrig’s gift set, some paragon points under your belt, and leveling your legendary gems for the Season’s Journey makes this a natural next step. Having some difficulty knocking it out without dying excessively and burning up your timer? Consider swapping in a Unity ring on yourself and your follower and leveling up a defensive legendary gem, such as Esoteric Alteration, Molten Wildebeest’s Gizard, or Mutilation Guard.
Boss Mode / Worlds Apart
Boss Mode / Worlds Apart is this season’s Conquest that is much easier to achieve with a group. At level 70, killing the listed bosses is next to no effort. Kill them all in 20 minutes? Now it’s a challenge!
If you’re working on this solo, your greatest effort will be in getting to the bosses. Some of them, like The Butcher and Adria, take quite the jog to get to. Like Belial and Malthael, others have two phases to their fights, so you can’t one-shot them and continue onward. And a few (Diablo and Urzael) are the worst combination of both — slow to find and slow to fight. Queue up as much mobility between your active and passive skills, paragon points, and gear bonuses. Don’t get me wrong, this will be difficult, but you can achieve this Conquest as a solo player.
If you’re tackling this with a group, it’s critical to remember that all party members must be present to get credit for the kills. Taking the portal to town before accepting the boss fight will save where you were on your current map. No loss of run progress is required.
Masters of the Universe / Masters of Sets
Masters of the Universe / Masters of Sets is considered one of the most frustrating Conquests to complete. Many solid players don’t bother with the season’s journey because of the requirement to master ONE set dungeon; now you want us to do eight?! Insanity. But that’s why these are considered Conquests.
The challenge here is two-fold — first, you need to gather eight sets (each class has four with associated dungeons) but the associated gear to do a set dungeon run. This means having at least two level 70 characters in Seasonal play.
The second half of the challenge is in the very name of the conquest — you have to master eight set dungeons. Set dungeons have two sets of objectives — basic and mastery — that you need to knock out within the time limit. Set dungeons do not follow whatever difficulty your game is set to, so you don’t need to worry if you’ve forgotten to drop it down to Normal. Regardless, I highly recommend doing your homework first if you’re going to attempt this Conquest. Research the set dungeons, plan optimized routes, take the time to gather the right gear, and practice with the build. It’s not impossible to complete this, but the time investment will serve you well.
Sprinter / Speed Racer
Sprinter / Speed Racer is the most challenging conquest to complete in Season 23 when solo. 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 other than working with friends who know the game. 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 23 ends, with an adorable little cub pet waiting for you!
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