Tackle the Abattoir of Zir for Diablo 4 endgame challenges, ending soon!
Announced during BlizzCon 2023, the Abattoir of Zir is a new, themed endgame event for Diablo 4 Season 2, described as a “grueling test” to provide an additional challenge for endgame players. This version of the dungeon is unique to the Season of Blood and finishes with the end of the season on January 23. Let’s review everything we know about the Abattoir of Zir, leaving soon (for now).
The Abattoir of Zir is a Seasonal trial of immense difficulty; it’s up to you and your skill to avoid being slaughtered by Zir’s superpowered vampiric hordes. Players will receive a new crafting recipe to use at the Occultist after completing the Seasonal Journey for Season of Blood. Craft the Tier 1 Bloodforged Sigil and use it like a Nightmare Dungeon sigil to open the Visceral Channel in Ked Bardu. The Abattoir sigils pick up where the Ancestral sigils leave off — a Tier 1 Abattoir is “similar in difficulty to a level 100 Nightmare Dungeon.”
Similar to Diablo 3‘s Greater Rifts, your goal in the Abattoir is to kill as many demons as possible to fill up the progress bar. Once you’ve filled your bar, the boss spawns to take down you and your comrades. Oh, and you have to complete all this in 10 minutes (down from D3‘s 15-minute timer). Good luck.
Why in the name of the Blessed Mother would you even enter this charnel floor? Well, as enjoyable as it is to tackle higher-difficulty challenges and ultimate endgame glory, let’s be real — we’re in this for the loot. And the Abattoir doesn’t disappoint! First, the event drops Uber Nightmare Dungeon totems, granting “a lot” of normal glyph XP. More importantly, you can earn the new Tears of Blood Paragon glyph, which empowers your damage based on Core Stats purchased within range while empowering all Rare nodes within; this new glyph has a cap “ten times bigger” than existing glyphs but requires “significantly more experience to upgrade.” Plus, you learn another recipe rank of Bloodforged Sigil (up to rank 25).
The Abattoir is D4’s first foray into a post-endgame challenge, where gear and talent optimization is essential. In response to community feedback, Community Director Adam Fletcher noted they would “have better rewards… with the final iteration for this in the future.” So while the Abattoir leaves with Season 2, this style of content remains on the development team’s radar, and we can expect additional challenging content in the future.
The Abattoir of Zir will be a literal killing field for all but the strongest players, adding a peak endgame challenge for the bravest to conquer. Finish farming your Ancient and Uber Unique13s and wrap up the Seasonal Journey so you can check out the Abattoir of Zir, which is available until the season’s end on January 23. See you in Sanctuary!
Originally published November 8, 2023, updated January 10, 2024.
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