Where to find Diablo 4 Helltide events and how they work

Diablo 4 Helltide
(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Diablo 4 Helltides have been significantly reworked for the current season, making them much more accessible to players of all levels. Previously, you could only take on the Helltide at World Tier 3 and above, but thanks to changes in Diablo 4 Season 4 anyone can now participate in these events, whatever World Tier they're adventuring in. Not only do these events give you the opportunity to level up fast and grab premium equipment in Diablo 4, but they'll also earn you Diablo 4 Wolf's Honor to improve your standing with the new Iron Wolf mercenaries. If you want to try it out for yourself, then here's how Helltides in Diablo 4 work.

When is the Helltide in Diablo 4?

When is the Helltide in Diablo 4?

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

In a significant change for this season, the Diablo 4 Helltide starts on the hour every hour, and lasts for 55 minutes in every World Tier. That means there's a Helltide event running almost all of the time somewhere within Sanctuary, unless you're in the brief five minute window where the demons are at bay and everything resets, before the next instance starts up all over again.

How to find the Helltide in Diablo 4

How to find the Helltide in Diablo 4

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Once the Helltide in Diablo 4 begins, it will affect one of the five regions of Sanctuary. This will be represented by a blood-red hue appearing over that section of the map, and if you look around the area you should also spot an icon of a red sword surrounded by flames stating "The Helltide Rises" when you hover over it. This isn't too difficult to spot once you know what you're looking for, but if you're having any difficulty finding it or want a complete breakdown of the event in progress then the tracker on Helltides.com has got you covered.

How does the Diablo 4 Helltide work?

Diablo 4 Helltide

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Once you enter a Diablo 4 Helltide area, you'll be attacked by increasing waves of enemies and Elites. Keep an eye on the stats I've highlighted in the top right corner of the screen above, as these keep you up to date on your progress in the event. At the top is a timer showing how much time is remaining in the current Helltide, while the counters below show how many Aberrant Cinders (left) and Baneful Hearts (right) you've collected from fallen enemies, and the bottom bar represents your current Threat level.

Diablo 4 Aberrant Cinders

Diablo 4 Helltide Tortured Gift of Mysteries

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

100 Aberrant Cinders are used to open a Tortured Gift of Mysteries, which are special Helltide chests that can drop consumables, gear, Murmuring Obols, and Baneful Hearts. These look like large skeleton-covered chests, and you can find their locations marked on the map as chests with a question mark above them. Opening Tortured Gifts of Mysteries will also earn you 100 Wolf's Honor each time, which will significantly speed up progressing your reputation with the Iron Wolves clan and unlock reward items with them.

Aberrant Cinders will be lost at the end of each Helltide event, so make sure you spend them before the current timer expires.

Diablo 4 Baneful Hearts

Diablo 4 Helltide Accursed Altar

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Three Baneful Hearts can be used on an Accursed Altar to begin the Accursed Ritual, which will trigger a swarm of demonic enemies followed by a powerful Blood Maiden that drops significant rewards when defeated. The Accursed Altars are marked by three pillars surrounding three bodies arranged within a circle on the ground, and while you can deposit a Baneful Heart in one of the Altars at any time the ritual won't begin until all three have been offered up, so you're better off holding on to your Baneful Hearts until you have three unless you see an obvious opportunity to assist another player in completing their set.

Baneful Hearts carry over between Helltide events, so you don't have to rush to use them before the current timer expires.

Diablo 4 Threat Level

Diablo 4 Season 4

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Finally, keep an eye on your Threat meter, as this will gradually increase as you defeat enemies and move your through three Threat Levels, with each new level resulting in more regular and powerful ambushes to deal with. When the meter is full, you'll become Hell-Marked and will be swarmed by a large group of enemies. Survive that assault, and a Hellborn boss will spawn based on one of the five player classes, so you'll need to use all of your skills and abilities to send them back to Hell. 

This encounter can be tricky to reach, because if you die at any point during the Helltide then your Threat Level is completely reset, so you'll have to start building it up again from scratch. Your Threat Level also resets once the Hellborn ambush begins, so you only get one shot at this final boss and should approach the fight accordingly.

© GamesRadar+. Not to be reproduced without permission.

Iain Wilson
Guides Editor

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.