Challenge Rift Guide NA/EU Walk-through

Introduction

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Challenge Rifts are weekly activities that refresh on Monday at 1 pm Pacific Standard Time for NA and Tuesday at 4 am Central European Time for EU. They place the player into a pre-set dungeon with pre-determined skills and items that cannot be changed. You can move skills around to accommodate keybindings but other than that you're at the mercy of the Challenge. The first thing you might wonder is, "Who is deciding these Challenge Rifts?!" These are based off actual Greater Rift Clears that players have done, the Greater Rift as well as the character are mirrored exactly, you feel the pain they must have felt! The difficulty of a Challenge rift will vary widely from across regions and from week to week, if you run into trouble and need assistance check out the guides below that will be updated weekly for North America and Europe!


Challenge Rift 214 Guide - North America

  • This week you have Firebird's Finery and basically none of its supporting items. Luckily the set is strong enough to still get your through this one with ease. Toughness won't be super high so make sure to use Teleport to evade enemies and play defensive in this one!
  • Start off by casting Ice Armor and Magic Weapon and make sure these are active throughout the rift. Cast Disintegrate right away and let some stacks build up before you Teleport forward.
  • You'll be able to Teleport as much as you want as long as you keep casting Disintegrate the entire time. There's no reason to stop casting so just keep that beam going the entire time.
  • When you get to large packs of enemies or Elites put down some Hydras for extra damage. Save Black Hole for Elites since it has quite a long cooldown.
  • The 1st floor has Power Pylon.
  • The 2nd floor has a Channeling Pylon and a Speed Pylon.
  • If you wanna really blast check out the Firebird Mirror Image Wizard Guide.
NA Setup

NA Video Guide

Challenge Rift 213 Guide - Europe **Don't Complete Until Friday!**

  • This week you have the Wrath of the Wastes set and Lamentation which together will make your Whirlwind and Rend get the job done!. Band of Might is also equipped so don't forget to use Furious Charge every time it's up to keep that buff!
  • Whirlwind won't be applying Rend automatically, but will still be plenty to take out all the trash mobs. When you get to Elites use Rend and Earthquake to take them down quickly.
  • This build doesn't have amazing Cooldown Reduction so save Wrath of the Berserker for when you get to Elites.
  • Really nothing to this one, just use Furious Charge to keep up the Band of Might buff and Whirlwind on through!
  • The 2nd floor has a Power Pylon and Channeling Pylon.
  • If you want to kick it up a notch like Emeril Lagasse take a look at our Waste Whirlwind Rend Guide.
EU Setup

EU Video Guide


Leaderboard

In order to participate in the Challenge Rift the player must have reached level 70 as well as have completed a Greater Rift, once this has been accomplished the Challenge Rift area can be accessed through the Game Settings Menu. The Challenge Rift comes with it's own clear speed based Leaderboard that you'll compete on server wide until the following week when the next one begins. These are regional with one on North America, Europe as well as the Asia server. They can be done Solo, 2-Player, 3-Player or 4-Player, all with their own Leaderboard and with everyone playing the same exact character regardless of group size. Every week the Class will change completing a full rotation of them all before repeating.

Challenge Rift Leaderboard
Challenge Rift Leaderboard

Challenge Rift Cache

Aside from having a weekly Leaderboard to compete on a Challenge Rift also comes with a weekly reward in the form of a Challenge Rift Cache, this is rewarded at the end of the Challenge Rift if you complete it in the required time limit. This Cache has quite the assortment of materials and a decent amount of them, so doing this weekly throughout the Season is well worth the time it takes to complete. This Cache is also pivotal for a Season start as it can provide your level 1 character with a tremendous starting advantage. NEVER complete a Challenge Rift the week a Season is about to begin, if you wait until the season starts you can open the Cache on your brand new seasonal Character! Below are the materials you'll receive when opening up your Cache:

Challenge Rift  Materials
  • Gold 5,100,000
  • Blood Shard (475)
  • Death's Breath (35)
  • Veiled Crystal (125)
  • Arcane Dust (350)
  • Reusable Parts (370)
  • Westmarch Holy Water (15)
  • Corrupted Angel Flesh (15)
  • Arreat War Tapestry (15)
  • Caldeum Nightshade (15)
  • Khanduran Rune (15)

What About Next Week?

Come back next week and we'll have the guides for North America and Europe updated shortly after the Challenge Rift going live!

Guide and Updates by Facefoot and Raxxanterax