How to do Conquests for the Season’s Journey in Diablo 3 Season 29
Welcome to Diablo 3 Season 29, Watchers! Season 29 starts Friday, September 15, and a beautiful purple raven named Quoth is just waiting for us at the end of the journey. But you’ll have to knock out the full Seasonal Journey through Guardian to earn Quoth, which means… Conquests.
Conquests can be painful if you haven’t tackled them in a while (or ever) — Season 29’s Conquests especially so. But don’t let these daunting goals fool you — they’re called achievements for a reason. And we’re here to help you get those achievements completed! Here’s what you should know going into Conquests in Diablo 3 Season 29.
What are Conquests?
Conquests are uniquely Seasonal achievements; leaderboards exist specifically for Conquests and reset every season. The last three chapters (Destroyer, Conqueror, and Guardian) require completing a Conquest each to progress in the season’s journey. The Conquests aren’t assigned; the goals involve completing 1 / 2 / 3 (depending on the chapter) Conquest-type achievements out of the pool of five available in the season.
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. Let’s review what’s available for Season 29.
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.
- Masters of the Universe / Masters of Sets — Master eight Set Dungeons.
- Sprinter / Speed Racer — Complete Acts I through V at max level in under one hour.
- The Thrill / Super Human — Reach Greater Rift Level 45 Solo without any Set items equipped.
- Years of War / Dynasty — Reach Greater Rift Level 55 Solo with the full bonuses of six different Class sets.
What Conquests should you complete in Season 29?
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.
The Thrill / Super Human
We actually have a tie for the easiest to complete in Season 29. Our first — The Thrill / Super Human — requires a bit of effort in gearing and legendary gem leveling. 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 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. While the LOD gem normally allows for individual set items, having them equipped will keep you from completing this conquest.
Every legendary item equipped contributes to the increase, but try to get the gem to rank 25 so you unlock the double 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.
Avarice / Avarita
Tied with The Thrill / Super Human for the “easiest Conquest” title is Avarice / Avarita. It only requires a few specific gear pieces to be a real “easy mode” achievement, but more gem leveling, which is why it is second:
- Goldwrap belt — grants armor equal to the amount of gold picked up.
- Boon of the Hoarder legendary gem, (leveled as close to rank 50 as you can manage in running Greater Rifts)– causes an explosion of gold when you kill an enemy.
- Avarice Band ring — increases pickup radius.
If you want sme extra help, you can equip (or load in Kanai’s Cube) a Leoric’s Crown and socket a Flawless Royal Emerald; the world won’t end if you don’t have a top-tier emerald. Now, make sure you have a (cosmetic) pet selected. Open up the highest Nephalem rift you can easily manage — Torment 13 or higher is ideal. With the increased gold find percentage on progressively higher Torment levels and the right rift map, this honestly becomes quite fun. Running around a Nephalem Rift while effectively immortal is a great feeling.
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.
Years of War / Dynasty
Years of War / Dynasty is not the hardest to conquer this season but can take a lot of time. This conquest’s expanded in-game description lists class sets and requires completing a GR55 Solo for each. Set gear drops all over the darn place, but since each character has a max of five sets allocated to it, you’ll need to have at least two level 70 characters in Seasonal play. A second 70 is easily achieved with a Gem of Ease (especially important for Hardcore and Solo Self Found players) or a ping in the Seasonal Powerleveling Community in-game for some T6 rift speedruns.
For players on the new Solo Self Found setting, I strongly recommend considering this for your third conquest. If you’re blasting with a group, you may want to consider Sprinter / Speed Racer, but even then you’re potentially facing many runthroughs before successful completion.
Masters of the Universe / Masters of Sets
Masters of the Universe / Masters of Sets is considered one of the most frustrating Conquests to complete. Heck, they even removed the requirement to master one set dungeon from the season’s journey in favor of Echoing Nightmares. 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 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. Still, 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 29 when playing 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, this conquest 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; however, you’re on your own if you’re playing in the new Solo Self Found mode. Frankly, I would completely bypass this in SSF mode. If you do want to go for it — more power to you.
If you’re tackling this as a group — keep the communication lines open (voice chat is a boon here). Otherwise, my advice is the same regardless of solo play or group: 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.
Season 29’s journey is will take some effort to complete, especially with the thematic paragon cap. Go tackle the Conquest achievements before Season 29 ends; your amaranthine raven pet awaits you!
Updated September 11, 2023.
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