How to access & use The Pit of the Artificer in Diablo 4 Season 4

How to access & use The Pit of the Artificer in Diablo 4 Season 4
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


10th May 2024 16:10


  • Pit of the Artificer is a new endgame dungeon-style activity
  • Clear waves of enemies and defeat bosses within a time limit
  • Earn resources to use in Masterworking your weapons

The Pit of the Artificer is coming to Diablo 4 in Season 4, Loot Reborn, and will play a pivotal role in endgame play. Diablo 4 is seeing a massive overhaul to loot and progression in the new season, with massive changes coming to the ways we upgrade our gear.

The Pit of the Aritifcer, or just The Pit, is a new endgame activity that provides a constant challenge, but also some of the most valuable crafting materials in the game. Here is what you need to know.

What is The Pit of the Artificer?

The Pit is similar to a dungeon in that the goal is to enter a location, clear out all of the enemies, and defeat the boss at the end. That said, almost everything else about The Pit is different from your standard dungeon.

A player clearing out pit of the artificer in Diablo 4
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First of all, The Pit has many levels of increasing difficulty to work through. You'll start by taking on hordes of regular enemies. As you kill them, a progress meter will fill up. Once it is full, a portal will appear to bring you to the boss room. Defeat the boss, then repeat the process on the next, more difficult level.

If that wasn't enough, you also have a timer to contend with. You will have fifteen minutes to clear enemies, fill the meter, and then kill the boss. There are time penalties for death, starting at 30 seconds for your first death, 60 for your second, and 90 seconds for each death beyond three.

The Pit is brutal, but it serves a very valuable purpose in the late game.

What rewards do you get in The Pit?

Masterworking a weapon in Diablo 4
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The Pit grants many of the rewards you would expect, like weapons and armour, but most importantly it is your primary source for Masterwork materials. Starting in Season 4, Diablo players will be able to upgrade their weapons in strategic ways to dramatically increase their power.

Masterworking gets the most out of your affixes, but you need materials only available in The Pit of the Artificer to do so. As such, The Pit is going to be a vital part of crafting endgame builds going forward in Season 4 and all of Diablo 4.

How to access The Pit

Runeshards, the currency used to access pit of the artificer
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There are a couple of prerequisites to entering The Pit. First of all, you'll need to get to World Tier 4 and complete a Tier 46 Nightmare Dungeon. This will unlock a quest directing you to The Pit in Cerrigar. However, you will need Runeshards in order to gain access.

This is a new resource spent on entering The Pit, and they can be found in Whisper Caches, Helltide Chests, Nightmare Dungeons, and generally any endgame activities. You'll need to stock up on these if you plan to grind The Pit for any period of time.

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That is it for our guide on the Pit of the Artificer. For more, head to our Diablo 4 homepage where we have guides on mounts, player count, Helltide Commanders and the Battle Pass.

Dave McAdam
About the author
Dave McAdam
Dave is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon, after several years of freelancing across the industry. He covers a wide range of games, with particular focus on shooters like Destiny 2, RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and fighting games like Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.
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