Elder Rifts Overview

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Elder Rifts allow you to quickly tear through hordes of monsters for a chance at big rewards. They are randomized dungeons where all the loot is presented at the end. The entrance is in the northwest corner of Westmarch between the Challenge Rift obelisk and the Bounty board. Although free to enter, they are not worth running unless you enhance them with Rare or Legendary Crests to earn Legendary Gems and Runes. This Elder Rift guide covers when to do them, what you can earn, how to clear them efficiently, and more. Let's get started!

Elder Rift Mechanics

Elder Rift Modifiers in action
  • They're free to enter. You can complete as many as you want without restriction.
  • There is no time limit. The progress bar fills as you slay enemies and collect globes from Elites.
  • All loot is dropped at the end upon killing the Rift Guardian.
  • The map, mob type, Rift Guardian and pylons are randomly generated.
  • The monster's Offense and Defense Ratings (ORDR) scale with yours, giving Elder Rifts consistent difficulty as you become stronger.
  • Rare and Legendary Crests add modifiers to Elder Rifts that increase (or guarantee) the chance of getting a Legendary Gem and Fading Ember.
  • You cannot get a Legendary Gem if you do not put in a crest (other players putting one in doesn't count for you).
  • You earn 15 Fading Ember from every Crest used, including those from your teammates.
  • They take between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.
  • Sadly they are one of the worst sources of Experience, Scrap Materials, Enchanted ust, Glowing Shards and Gold in the game.
  • Daedessa's Blessing (which is earned after the Immortal's clear Kion's Ordeal) gives Immortals 3 chests per day for completing Elder Rifts that contain Scrap Material and a chance for a Rare Crest. The Shadows and Adventurers then get the buff 24 hours later.
  • When a Crest is added to an Elder Rift, Beneficial or Harmful modifiers change the rift as shown below.

Beneficial Rift Modifiers

The entire list will be completed during the next BETA.

Harmful Rift Modifiers

The entire list will be completed during the next BETA.

Rewards in Elder Rifts

Rewards displayed without any Crests being used.
Rewards displayed for using three Legendary Crests.

Elder Rifts are the primary way of obtaining Legendary Gems and Runes, but are poor for earning XP and crafting materials. The power increase that the best gems give your build is colossal. If you're lucky enough to drop a Howler's Call, all of a sudden wolves erupt from your attacks, detonating everything in front of you. Or maybe you'll get a Seeping Bile, spreading deadly poison everywhere clearing entire rooms of enemies. They are absolutely worth hunting for and acquiring. Check out our Legendary Gem full guide for more details.

How exactly does running Elder Rifts gain us Legendary Gems? There are several ways:

  1. They can drop if you enhance them with a Rare or Legendary Crest. A Rare Crest gives approximately a 10% chance while a Legendary Crest guarantees one drops. If you use multiple crests you get the additional rewards for them, so there's no benefit or need to stagnate using them in multiple runs.
  2. The second way is to spend Fading Embers at the Fading Ember Merchant in Westmarch to buy Legendary Gems. Remember that you receive Fading Ember rewards for the crests that others spend, so it's worthwhile to team up and share the wealth.
  3. The final way is to obtain Runes to craft Legendary Gems. This is a longer, more tedious process, but it allows you to target a specific Legendary Gem you're after.

Strategies for Elder Rifts

Elder Rifts are laid back and easy to clear. Monsters are always at your ORDR and your Legendary Gems, Normal Gems, Paragon points, and intelligent gameplay guarantee victory. Still, there are strategies that help make things smoother discussed below.

  • Play in Groups Whenever Possible. Group play not only speeds up clear times, but it allows you to share Fading Ember drops. Everyone wins!
  • Split Up. Going different ways makes the progress bar fill up faster. You can also have someone leading the charge and leaving monsters partially dead as they press forward. While other classes come in from behind, clean them up, and gather the orbs. This allows you to spawn pylons quicker and find the Elites. Speaking of which...
  • Hunt Elites. You don't have to kill every living organism in Elder Rifts (and you shouldn't). Pressing forward through trash for larger density and Elites improves clear times.
  • Act Quickly, Not Tactically. Remember that teammate in video games that always charges in blindly, thirsting for blood with no preparation or consideration of the consequences? Well you want that person on your team in Elder Rifts, because we have no time for thinking. The best strategy is to click pylons instantly, have fun, and blast! Warning: This strategy does NOT work in Challenge Rift pushes as they are much more difficult and require brain power.

Bosses in Elder Rifts

Elder and Challenge Rifts share the same bosses (although the versions you fight in Challenge Rift pushes are much, much harder). We have a Our Boss Mechanics Guide here teaches you all about them!

Video Guide

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Elder Rift Summary

  • Elder Rifts are quick, laid back, easy-to-clear dungeons similar to Diablo 3 Speed Greater Rifts.
  • They are the only way to acquire Legendary Gems, and a one of the least efficient ways to gain Experience and Crafting Materials.
  • Doing Elder Rifts in groups is not only faster, but more rewarding due to the increased amount of Fading Embers everyone gets (15 from every Crest).
  • Hunting Elites and moving quickly are the top priorities.
  • Have fun hunting powerful Legendary Gems and don't hesitate to show them off in chat when they drop!

We're expecting Blizzard to buff Elder Rifts before the game launches. When/if that happens, this guide will be promptly updated. Stay tuned!

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Written by Raxxanterax
Contributions by Dredscythe
Reviewed by Dredscythe, echohack, Facefoot