Diablo III’s Greater Rifts embrace chaos – you never know what you’re going to find, from the setting to the foes. Not so, however, with the upcoming Challenge Rifts, which were announced last year and are finally making their way into the game with patch 2.6.0. Essentially, they’re static Rifts based on a snapshot of another player’s run, letting you go through the same challenges, with the same gear, to see if you can do better.
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So a Challenge Rift is an exact copy of someone’s Greater Rift run. Enemy placement, traps, bosses – it’s exactly what that other player experienced. And you’ll be playing with their character, too. Or at least a clone. The same equipment and abilities they used to take on the Greater Rift will be yours.
The idea is to beat the original player’s time, and if you manage it, you’ll be rewarded with bounty and crafting materials along with some blood shard.sRead Original