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How To Get Malignant Pact Heart in Diablo 4

Gain a chaotic power with our guide on how to get the Malignant Pact Heart in Diablo 4.
How To Get Malignant Pact Heart in Diablo 4

If you've been tearing your way through the challenges presented in Season 1 of Diablo 4, then it's more than likely you've interacted with the new Malignant Hearts feature added to the game. These hearts bestow powerful effects on your character, and one of them, the Malignant Pact heart, is a particularly powerful and chaotic one. 

So if you're looking to know more about this powerful Malignant Heart as well as how to get it, then you're in the right place. Below, we'll walk you through exactly how to get the Malignant Pact heart in Diablo 4, as well as outline its core abilities and why you might want to add it to your build. 

What is the Malignant Pact Heart in Diablo 4?

The Malignant Pact is a General Wrathful Super Malignant Heart that comes with the following effect: Rotate through a Malignant bonus following every 20 kills: Vicious—Obtain a 20% boost in Attack Speed. Devious—A 15% chance for Core and Basic Skills to fully restore the Primary Resource. Brutal—At intervals of 21 seconds, gain a Barrier that absorbs 85-102 damage.

Diablo 4 what is the Malignant Pact Heart
The Malignant Pact Heart gives players a range of buffs that change every 20 kills. (Picture: YouTube / NorZZa)

Please note that this effect applies to Level 20 Characters (usually, only hearts with a "numeric" impact are affected by level scaling). In-game, it will appear with the prefix "Caged Heart" of The Malignant Pact. Depending on your build, this heart could be highly suitable, especially if your strategy revolves around quickly eliminating smaller enemies, allowing you to amass 20 kills and acquire a new buff. 

We particularly recommend this for Rogue or Barbarian builds, emphasizing the swift elimination of foes rather than crowd control or status effects.

How to get the Malignant Pact Hearts And How to Farm them

Now, let's delve into acquiring the Malignant Pact Heart. To put it simply, there are three primary methods for obtaining it: clearing Malignant Tunnels, crafting it, or summoning Wrathful Malignant enemies for farming. Let's explore each approach in detail below:

Diablo 4 How To Get Malignant Pact Heart Through farming
One of the best ways to farm for this heart is through Malignant tunnels such as the Ravening Pit. (Picture:

Method 1  - Farm the Ravening Pit Malignant Tunnel in World Tier 3. 

  • This method enhances the likelihood of encountering multiple Malignant Enemies within the Malignant Tunnels.

Method 2 - Craft a Caged Heart of The Malignant Pact via the Uncertain Heart Cache. 

  • Crafting a Wrathful Malignant Heart through this method has only a slight chance of success. We advise resorting to this method only when you have surplus materials.

Method 3 - Employ the Wrathful Invoker to Summon a Wrathful Malignant enemy. 

  • Players might encounter a Wrathful Malignant Outgrowth after any Malignant Tunnel. Employ a Wrathful Invoker at this outgrowth to summon a Wrathful Malignant enemy. This guarantees the drop of a Wrathful Heart, with a high likelihood of it being a Caged Heart of The Malignant Pact.

Each method aids players in farming Wrathful Malignant hearts, but the initial approach has been notably successful in securing the Malignant Pact Heart, as reported by numerous players. You can also choose to farm the Varshan Boss, as it also drops hearts, although this method is somewhat "glitched." 

Diablo 4 How To Get Malignant Pact Heart Farming Varshan and more
Players can also farm the Varshan boss to get the Malignant Pact Heart to drop. (Picture: Blizzard)

For a comprehensive breakdown of farming Malignant hearts (including the Malignant Pact Heart), consider referring to our detailed set of tips for farming Malignant hearts in Diablo 4.

There you have it—an exhaustive exploration of the Malignant Pact Heart in Diablo 4, along with instructions on obtaining and farming it in Season 1 of Diablo 4. If additional methods for acquiring this potent heart emerge, we will certainly update this guide accordingly. As always, remember to return here for updates.

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