Introduced all the way back in Season 26 with the Echoing Nightmare content, the Petrified Scream items in Diablo 3 Season 28 have another use; upgrading the Altar of Rites and unlocking a specific Seal. This means that Nephalem will want to farm Petrified Screams even more in Diablo 3 Season 28, entitled Rites of Sanctuary.
In this guide, we outline how you can quickly farm some Petrified Screams and which Altar of Rites Seal you will be able to unlock with it, so let's get started.
Update on 25 May 2023: We've updated this article so you know exactly how to farm Petrified Screams as quickly as possible in Diablo 3 Season 28.
How To Get Petrified Scream in Diablo 3 Season 28
If you haven't played Diablo 3 extensively for a while, let's start with some lore text for the Petrified Scream legendary Key item:
When held close to the ear, you can hear the wails of grieving Nephalem mourning the fall of their society.
This item can be transmuted in the Kanai's Cube to open a black portal to the Echoing Nightmare, and it is also a requirement to unlock a specific Seal in the Altar of Rites released with Diablo 3 Season 28.
So how do you farm Petrified Screams? Well, the only place this item drops in Diablo 3 Season 28 is from Greater Rift Guardians. Since the quality of loot you get is capped at Tier 90 Greater Rifts, we suggest leveling up quickly at the start of Season 28 and build out your character until you can comfortably farm Greater Rift Tier 90. No need to go any higher as you won't suddenly get more Petrified Screams at, for example, GR 120.
So farming Petrified Screams quickly is linked to how fast you can farm Greater Rifts in Diablo 3 Season 28. It shouldn't take too long to get a drop at Tier 90, but you can get a drop at Tier 1 as well if you are lucky.
Diablo 3 Altar of Rites Petrified Scream Unlock
You can unlock Seals and Legendary Potion Powers in any order (after the first ones) at the Altar of Rites, located in New Tristram. At the 14th Seal unlock, players will require a Petrified Scream to continue.
This means that you can't progress any further in the Altar of Rites without a Petrified Scream, making it a very important item, as this should be the halfway point in Diablo 3 Season 28's new mechanic.
Check out YouTuber Saluter's video below showcasing how you can quickly farm Petrified Screams.
So there you have it, a way to farm Petrified Screams in Diablo 3 Season 28. Yes, it will take some grinding, but at least you only need one to unlock the 14th Seal at the Altar of Rites. Good luck, Nephalem!