Season 2 of Diablo 4 has changed several mechanics from the previous season as well as added a few, one of which is Malignant Rings–a unique drop that you will likely spend a great deal of time trying to acquire. This Diablo IV guide has some tips and recommendations for farming these Malignant Rings as efficiently as possible.
What Are Malignant Rings In Diablo 4 Season 2?
The Malignant Powers from Season of the Malignant have been reworked into Malignant Rings, one for each class. The rings are an exclusive drop from the Echo of Varshan boss, found only on World Tiers 3 and 4. The rings for each class are:
- Ring of Red Furor (Barbarian Unique Ring)
After spending 100 Fury within 3 seconds, your next cast of Hammer of the Ancients, Upheaval, or Death Blow is a guaranteed Critical Strike and deals 10—30% (multiplicative damage) [x] bonus Critical Strike Damage.
- Tal Rasha’s Iridescent Loop (Sorcerer Unique Ring)
For each type of Elemental damage you deal, gain 10—15%[x] increased damage for 4 seconds. Dealing Elemental damage refreshes all bonuses.
- Airidah’s Inexorable Will (Druid Unique Ring)
When casting an Ultimate Skill and again 5 seconds after, Pull in Distant enemies and deal 0.5-1.0 Physical damage to them. This damage is increased by 1%[x] per 1 point of Willpower you have.
- Writhing Band of Trickery (Rogue Unique Ring)
Casting a Subterfuge Skill leaves behind a Decoy Trap that continuously Taunts and lures enemies. The Decoy Trap explodes after 3 seconds dealing 2.0-3.0 Shadow damage. Can occur every 12 seconds.
- Ring of the Sacrilegious Soul (Necromancer Unique Ring)
Automatically activate the following equipped Skills on Corpses around you:
Raise Skeleton every 1-2 seconds.
Corpse Explosion every 1-2 seconds.
Corpse Tendrils every 8-16 seconds.
How to Summon Echo of Varshan In Diablo 4
Merely summoning Echo of Varshan requires first gathering three distinct Malignant Body Parts–Gurgling Head, Blackened Femur, and Trembling Hand, on World Tier 3. An additional malignant part in the form of the Malignant Heart is required to call forth Varshan on World Tier 4, but the Malignant Ring dropped will naturally have a correspondingly higher power level.
Due to the general scarcity of Malignant Body Parts, as well as the rarity of Malignant Ring drops themselves from Varshan kills, it is recommended that you farm for the rings exclusively on World Tier 4, so that your time and efforts benefit from that eventual drop’s higher power level, in comparison to drops from World Tier 3. Wherever possible, avoid refining Malignant Hearts at the Alchemist in exchange for a specific part that you require. If you are having exceptionally bad RNG with drops, a last resort would be to use the Malignant Body Cache exchange at the Alchemist instead. While still randomized, it will at least spare you the use of a Malignant Heart which is in a shared loot table with the three other body parts. Better yet, check out our guide for tips and tricks for efficiently farming both Malignant Hearts and Body Parts.
How To Beat Echo Of Varshan in D4
Echo of Varshan awaits you within the Malignant Burrow beneath The Tree of Whispers in Hawezar. Killing the minions in the Malignant Tunnel is unnecessary, so make a beeline straight for the Root of Malignance instead. With the World Tier relevant Malignant Body Parts in your possession, go ahead and interact with the Malignant Altar to summon Echo of Varshan.
Physical, Poison, and Shadow Resistance will come in handy here, with the former allowing you to stand your ground and whale away at Varshan with all the DPS you’ve got. The tentacle attacks can be mitigated with Shadow Resistance and by breaking away and keeping your distance until the boss settles down again. Varshan’s three breakpoints, as well as the three additional minions that spawn in at a time, will supply you with all the health potions you need to cut right through them inside of a few minutes. Do not allow Varshan to complete the absorption process on his summoned minions, as that will empower Varshan with a varying selection of abilities depending on minion type.
Once you’ve defeated and looted Varshan, hopefully getting some Malignant Rings, simply reset the dungeon and repeat the summoning if you have the required Malignant Body Parts. Check out our guides for another role-playing game that was released this November: Super Mario RPG.