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How to farm Blood Shards in Diablo 3

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Diablo 3 Season 25 comes on the heels of the launch of Diablo 2 Resurrected, so the franchise is enjoying a bunch of renewed attention from fans. And adding in the Diablo franchise’s 25th anniversary, you’ve got a recipe for a lot of returning players. As part of the push to bring people back, things are getting very interesting. A new augmentation system that’s very similar to the gamble mechanic from the previous game has been added. Blood Shards in Diablo 3 have been added to allow players to get more power on their gear.

What are Blood Shards?

Blood Shards are a currency unique to Adventure Mode, and you trade them to the new NPC, Kadala. She was added to allow players to turn in Blood Shards to get randomly rolled items. Each class of items has a set cost.

Amulets cost 100 Shards, while rings will run you 50. Armor, off-hand items and other accessories are all 25 shards each. Finally, the weapons of each class are all 75 apiece.

It’s important to know that you’re limited to just 500 shards when you first start Season 25. You will be able to increase the cap by 10 shards everytime you complete 1 Greater Rift. So if you want to hold more Shards, you need to complete a lot of Greater Rifts.

The question remains, where do you farm Blood Shards in Diablo 3?

Methods to farm Blood Shards in Diablo 3

In fact, the Rifts are the best sources of Blood Shards. There are three ways to get them, though, and each one offers good loot.

  • Rift Guardians will drop some Blood Shards and other loot when killed.
  • Completing Adventure Mode runs will give you Horadric Caches. These are the best source of seasonal rewards, including Shards.
  • Loot Goblins and their bloody equivalent Blood Thieves will randomly spawn, take them out to get some loot and shards.
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The latter methods are a bit too random for good farming. Sure, you can get plenty of loot and other rewards randomly, but it’s not always consistent. This means that the best thing you can do is farm higher-level Greater Rifts. You can always guarantee a good amount of loot from farming Greater Rift Guardians.

You will want to have a fairly strong build for this, as you want to target the highest difficulty that your build can handle. Torment has a ton of good loot, so farming this mode is best. The reason for this is that the amount of Blood Shards in Diablo 3 dropped from Normal to Torment I is the same. So if you’re spending time farming blood shards, why not try to farm for better loot on Torment I compared to Normal.

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