Diablo 4 Currency Guide
Given that there’s so much to loot in Diablo 4, it’s no surprise that there would also be different kinds of materials and currencies. These can pile up quickly, but since they serve various uses, it’s important always to have them on hand. Currencies can be used in multiple ways, such as gambling by testing your RNG luck, crafting, buying items, and upgrading gear.
All currency types in Diablo 4 can be earned through a plethora of means, like trading with other players, completing quests, killing enemies, and participating in World Events. Each currency has its own uses, so they’re valuable in different ways—depending on your playstyle or goals. In this guide, we’ll cover the many currencies you can use in Diablo 4 and how they play a role in your gaming experience.
It’s gold; need I say more? Gold is the base resource in Diablo 4. Whether purchasing items from vendors, refunding skill points, or upgrading your gear, you’ll need gold. Since it’s the game's main currency used by most crafters and vendors, it can easily be farmed by just playing.
There are a multitude of places you can go to obtain gold. Since most enemies also drop gold upon death, you can simply farm mobs for the currency. Just about everything you do in Diablo 4 will reward you with gold, which is great because you’ll need it, especially when you get to the later stages.
If you’ve played Diablo 3, then the mechanics for Murmuring Obols are similar to the Blood Shards. This currency can only be used at The Purveyors of Curiosities to purchase Whispering Keys and unidentified items. Whispering Keys are used to open Silent Chests.
How this works is that once is that you’ll essentially gamble for a chance to win rare items. When you buy an unidentified item from The Purveyors of Curiosities, the gear will only be identified upon purchase and automatically unveiled. You can get common, magic, rare, or legendary gear.
You can gamble Murmuring Obols if you’re hunting for specific legendaries. Moreover, you can choose which gear slot you want to buy. This currency type is worth saving early on if you want to obtain higher-level gear, but note that there’s a limit to how many Murmuring Obols you can carry as once. With that in mind, spend them once you’ve reached the limit. If you want to increase the limit of how many Obols you can carry, you can increase your Renown or find Altars of Lilith.
While Smoldering Ashes aren’t available during the off-season, they’re a valuable currency that allows you to purchase Season Blessings. When Season 1 starts, you can purchase account-wide buffs known as Season Blessings to create passive buffs for all the characters you make for the whole season. You can select permanent buffs, such as increasing your gold, XP, elixir duration, salvage chance, and many more. You can only earn Smoldering Ashes via the free track of the Battle Pass, meaning all players can acquire the currency—regardless of whether they choose to buy tier skips or not.
You can use Smoldering Ashes to buff your buffs. This means that you can upgrade the effects you plan to get once the first season starts. For example, adding one more Smoldering Ashes to your buff can upgrade the buff’s effectiveness to be as high as a 15% increase. As such, when you stack them up, you can get some heavy-hitting perks to your account the more time passes.
Red Dust is a tricky currency because it can only be earned and used in PvP zones and vendors. This PvP-exclusive currency can be obtained by purifying Seeds of Hatred at Altars of Extraction. Seeds of Hatred are dropped by demons and during events.
As I’ve said, you can only use Red Dust to purchase items from PvP vendors—particularly those in Kehjistan and Dry Steppes. The first vendor is the Cursed Scroll vendor; you can buy Cursed Scrolls that enhance and debuff specific stats here. The second vendor is the Odds and Ends vendor, where you can trade with a set of merchants in the game. It’s arguably the best vendor to get cosmetic armor pieces that can only be found within the Field of Hatred zones. Then you have the Unsavory Oddities vendor, who are NPCs selling unidentified equipment sets with a set price (similar to how Purveyors of Curiosities work). Finally, the Unconventional Steed Armor vendor sells mounts, cosmetics, and other random equipment.
Platinum is Diablo 4’s premium currency, so you can only get this by spending real money. This is used to purchase mounts, cosmetics, accessories, and mount armors from the Shop. Apart from that, you can also use it to get Battle Pass tier skips.