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Diablo 4 Abattoir of Zir Nerfs Detailed


Diablo 4’s new end-end-endgame activity, Abattoir of Zir, has only been available for two days, but the developers have already issued a mea culpa regarding its insane difficulty. Adjustments are coming this week – read on for more.

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Abattoir of Zir Hotfix 12/8 Patch Notes

The following changes are coming to the Abattoir of Zir in a hotfix deploying on December 8, as posted on the Blizzard Forums:

  • Glyph Experience Rewards
    We are going to adjust glyph experience rewards starting from Tier 2 upward to be significantly more as you progress through higher tiers of Abattoir of Zir. This should help with feedback we’ve been seeing from players on the amount of time it would take to level up your Tears of Blood glyphs and also benefit other Glyphs you may want to level up as well.
  • Problematic Affixes
    We are planning on disabling the Vampiric and Suppressor Affixes from Bloodseekers across the game. We understand the difficulty these were providing players while running through Abattoir of Zir.
  • Difficulty and Damage Reductions
    We will be scaling the earlier Abattoir of Zir tiers to be a bit easier for players who are onboarding into this new end game feature. We have seen players note that the difficulty ramp is pretty excessive even on the first tier for those who were able to complete Level 100 Nightmare Dungeons before. These changes will allow for more opportunities for players to experience the earlier tiers and grow as they progress through them. Players can expect that Tier 10 and beyond will be at the same difficulty as they were before the hotfix.
  • Separately, we plan on reducing incoming damage by up to ~20% throughout all tiers of Abattoir of Zir.”

The Abattoir is basically designed for players who can consistently clear Tier 100 Nightmare Dungeons. It’s an uber-endgame activity for the most minmax’d of minmax’d builds; don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t quite in the market for such a trying activity. The reward is the Tears of Blood Glyph, which, while very powerful, takes quite a while to level up and is.. really only useful for clearing more Abattoir tiers.

If you’re looking forward to something everyone can enjoy, remember that the Midwinter Blight event begins next Tuesday, December 12! This event brings new cosmetics, enemies, and a new activity which will take place in the Fractured Peaks.

If you haven’t yet tackled the Abattoir but want to get your feet wet, check out our Abattoir of Zir Sigil crafting guide!

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David is a pediatric asthma researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital by day, and Prima Freelancer by night. He always finds time for the games he loves, and then some more to tell you all about them.