In Season 14, I decided to play a Hardcore Barbarian as part of the Solo Self Found League. I did a Season Rebirth on Zena, a Barbarian that I’ve had for a very long time.

Unfortunately, she didn’t make it all the way through Chapter IV. So, this blog post shows what happened at what turned out to be the end of my Season 14.

My overall goal for Season 14, with my Hardcore Barbarian, is to see how far I can get through the Season Journey. I’m playing as part of the Solo Self Found League, which means I’ve given myself an additional challenge.

The first video I streamed while working on Chapter IV had some seriously bad sound issues.  I’m not sure if it was the way my audio was set up on OBS, but changing it did not improve the problem. There was a whole lot of lag happening in Diablo III, so I figure that may have had something to do with it.  Maybe.

Anyway, the point is that the video ended up with horrible audio quality, and I’m not willing to post it here (or on Twitch). Screenshots of this part will have to do.

Here’s what I accomplished on the “night of too much lag”:

  • Let’s Get Started: Learn 5 Blacksmith Recipes
  • Exquisiteness: Reforge a weapon property to a socket at the Mystic
  • Rift and Roll: Complete a Nephalem Rift on Torment I difficulty or higher.

Completed Greater Rift Level 2 at 6:40.816

Completed a Greater Rift Level 4 at 7:07.033

Completed a Greater Rift Level 6 at 7:29.400

I also leveled Bane of the Powerful Legendary Gem to Level 6

Watch Diablo III – HC Barbarian SSF Season 14 Chapter IV.mp4 from Queenofhaiku on www.twitch.tv

I completed another Nephalem Rift on Torment I difficulty – as a warm up.

Completed a Greater Rift Level 9 at 9:18.116

I decided to take a screenshot of my Hardcore Barbarian because I’d unintentionally gave her armor that color coordinated.

Completed Greater Rift Level 10 at 6:21.616

Tier 10 – 6:21.616 – 8/12/18 – 11:52 PM

Lord of Sin: Kill Azmodon on Torment II difficulty or higher.

Completed Greater Rift 11 at 7:49.916

Tier 11 – 7:49.916 – 8/12/916 – 4:46:13 PM

  • Leveled Bane of the Powerful Legendary Gem some more – Now Level 11
  • Started leveling Esoteric Alteration Legendary Gem – Now Level 2
  • Completed a Nephalem Rift on Torment II difficulty

Watch Diablo III Season 14 Hardcore Barbarian SSF Working through Chapter IV from Queenofhaiku on www.twitch.tv

Here’s what I did in the video above:

  • Ran some Bounties in the hopes of receiving Plans for the Jeweler (in order to complete the Chapter IV objective)
  • …Is Another Man’s Treasure: Use Kanai’s Cube to upgrade a rare item to legendary quality.

  • Die Well: Kill Maghda at max Level in under 30 seconds on Torment difficulty or higher in Hardcore mode. 
  • Ran some more Bounties in the hopes of getting recipes for the Jeweler
  • Ran a Nephalem Rift on Torment II – in the hopes of gathering enough gold to buy one more Jeweler recipe
  • Gave Kadala some more Blood Shards, and she gave my Hardcore Barbarian an Ancient Spires of the Earth. I now have two pieces of that set (the other piece is Spirit of the Earth).  I’m also using an Immortal Kings set weapon.
  • Ran a Greater Rift Level 12

Greater Rift Level 12 at – 6:32.566

  • Raised Esoteric Alteration Legendary Gem to Rank 5
  • Just Look at You: Learn 5 Jewelcrafting Recipes

Watch Diablo III Season 14 SSF Hardcore Barbarian Torment III.mp4 from Queenofhaiku on www.twitch.tv

Here’s what I accomplished in the above video:

  • Ran a Nephalem Rift in Torment II, because I didn’t realize I failed to set the difficulty to Torment III.
  • Ran a Greater Rift Level 14

Greater Rift Level 14 at – 9:57.833

  • Raised Esoteric Alteration Legendary Gem to Rank 7
  • Hit Paragon 50
  • Ran a Greater Rift 16

Greater Rift 16 at 11:25.099

Tier 16 – 11:25:099 – 8/29/18 – 3:02:34 AM

  • Raised Bane of the Powerful Legendary Gem to Rank 14
  • Ran a Nephalem Rift on Torment III (for real, this time)
  • Ran a Greater Rift Level 17

Greater Rift Level 17 at 9:14.416

Tier 17 – 9:14.416 – 8/29/18 – 3.28.15 AM

  • Raised Bane of the Powerful Legendary Gem to Rank 17

Watch Diablo III Season 14 Greater Rifts in Chapter IV.mp4 from Queenofhaiku on www.twitch.tv

Here’s what I accomplished in the video above:

  • Ran another Nephalem Rift on Torment III
  • Gave Kadala some Blood Shards and got the Eyes of the Earth helm. The goes with the other set items my Barbarian has collected this season. She was already wearing: Foundation of the Earth (boots), Spires of the Earth (shoulders – Ancient), and Spirit of the Earth (chest).

Here is Zena the Barbarian, with four pieces of the Might of the Earth set.

  • Ran a Greater Rift Level 18

Greater Rift 18 at 13:28.000

  • Leveled Esoteric Legendary Gem to Rank 10
  • Ran a Greater Rift Level 19

Greater Rift 19 at 12:18.950

  • Raised Bane of the Powerful Legendary Gem to Rank 18
  • Raised Esoteric Alteration Legendary Gem to Rank 12
  • Ran another Nephalem Rift on Torment III
  • Ran a Greater Rift 20 – but was unable to complete it
  • Reached Paragon 66

My Season 14 ended abruptly not long after I entered a Greater Rift 20. I probably should have taken one look at the monsters and gotten out of there.

Zena the Barbarian has been archived to the Hall of Fallen Heroes.

Season Journey Chapter IV (Season 14)  is a post written by Jen Thorpe on Book of Jen and is not allowed to be copied to other sites.

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