Forgotten Souls are some of the most valuable endgame currencies in Diablo 4, but they can only be obtained during the game’s sporadic Helltide Events.

As a time-limited event, there is only a short window for you to obtain Forgotten Souls before the next Helltide comes along.

Fortunately, we’re going to go through how to get Forgotten Souls, what they do, and the best way to farm them.

Forgotten Souls resource description

What Are Forgotten Souls in Diablo 4?

Forgotten Souls are rare crafting materials needed for you to upgrade Legendary, Sacred, and Ancestral gear to max level. They are also used to Enchant items to re-roll their affixes.

Leveling your gear becomes increasingly more important as you reach the endgame and find high-level gear and equipment.

They are used to level your gear to the max rank of 5 at the Blacksmith. This is crucial for increasing the Item Power of your weapons and armor.

Forgotten Souls are also essential for Enchanting items at the Occultist. It re-rolls individual affixes on individual gear pieces and is essential for fine-tuning your build.

Be sure to check out our extensive Helltide guide to get a more detailed look at this lucrative endgame activity!

Using Forgotten Souls to Enchant an item at the Occultist in Diablo 4
Credit: Kibbles Gaming

How to Farm Forgotten Souls in Diablo 4

The best way to farm Forgotten Souls is to collect Aberrant Cinders to open Tortured Gifts of Mysteries. Defeating Helltide Harbingers and breaking Screaming Hell Veins will give you a decent amount of Aberrant Cinders, as well as some Forgotten Souls.

The only way to get Forgotten Souls is by taking part in Diablo 4’s time-limited Helltide Events.

There are three main ways to obtain Forgotten Souls during a Helltide:

  1. Opening Tortured Gift chests (in particular, Tortured Gifts of Mysteries)
  2. Defeating Helltide Harbinger elite enemies
  3. Breaking Screaming Hell Vein ore nodes
the player standing next to a Tortured Gift of Mysteries chest in Diablo 4

Follow these steps to efficiently farm Forgotten Souls in Diablo 4:

  • Check your map to see if a Helltide Event is in progress
    • Helltide Event areas are highlighted in red on your map
  • Farm and save up Aberrant Cinders. They are dropped by enemy mobs and from completing local events
  • Once you have 175 Aberrant Cinders, find a Tortured Gift of Mysteries chest. Open it for a decent amount of Forgotten Souls
  • Locate and kill Helltide Harbingers and to open Screaming Hell Veins for more Aberrant Cinders and a few extra drops of Forgotten Souls
Helltide zones on the Diablo 4 map

How to Get Forgotten Souls from Tortured Gifts of Mysteries

To get Forgotten Souls from Tortured Gifts of Mysteries chests you must first locate them at these specific locations in the Helltide Zone. Tortured Gifts chests and Tortured Gifts of Mysteries chests require a certain amount of Aberrant Cinders to open.

Firstly, make sure you are in at least World Tier 3 (Nightmare) difficulty for Helltide events to appear.

Next, focus on opening Tortured Gifts of Mysteries rather than the standard Tortured Gift chests, as these have better drop rates and award a greater number of Forgotten Souls.

Player standing next to a Tortured Gift of Mysteries chest during a Helltide Event in Diablo 4
Credit: SomberGG

To open any Tortured Gift chest, you’ll need Aberrant Cinders, a unique currency exclusive to Helltides. You can obtain these as rewards for defeating enemies and completing events within a Helltide zone.

Tortured Gifts of Mystery chests require 175 Aberrant Cinders to open. Inside, you’ll find a random assortment of powerful gear, as well as a decent amount of Forgotten Souls for your trouble.

Tortured Gifts of Mysteries only appear on the map when you are close, and only one will spawn per zone in a Helltide event.

Map icon of a Tortured Gift of Mysteries chest during a Helltide Event in Diablo 4
Credit: SomberGG

How to Get Forgotten Souls from Helltide Harbingers

Defeating Helltide Harbingers will reward you with some Forgotten Souls. They are powerful Elite enemies that will spawn in a Helltide zone during a Helltide Event.

To make it easier to find a Helltide Harbinger, look out for this icon on your map:

Map icon of a Helltide Harbinger during a Helltide Event in Diablo 4
Credit: SomberGG

In addition to Forgotten Souls, Helltide Harbingers drop powerful gear and equipment. They also drop Aberrant Cinders needed to open Helltide Mystery Chests.

Fighting a Helltide Harbinger during a Helltide Event in Diablo 4
Credit: SomberGG

How to Get Forgotten Souls from Screaming Hell Veins

To get Forgotten Souls from Screaming Hell Veins, you must find them and break them open. During a Helltide, you’ll come across various Screaming Hell Veins dotted around the map. They will always drop a small amount of Forgotten Souls.

These look like the regular Ore Veins you come across in Sancturay’s open world but are exclusive to Helltide Events. In addition to Forgotten Souls, you’ll also get a random assortment of Gems and ore, as well as a small collection of Aberrant Cinders.

Opening a Screaming Hell Vein to farm Forgotten Souls during a Helltide Event in Diablo 4
Credit: SomberGG

Following this guide should help streamline the process of acquiring Forgotten Souls in Diablo 4. It won’t be long before you can upgrade all your endgame gear to their max level and reach ultimate power!

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