Wrathful Hearts are the most powerful and sought-after Malignant Hearts in Diablo 4 Season 1. They offer extremely powerful passive bonuses and are slotted into any empty Malignant Heart Socket in Jewelry.

Wrathful Malignant Hearts are also the rarest variant of Malignant Hearts. You’ll likely be at the mercy of RNG before you get one that suits your build.

Thankfully, there are a few ways to streamline your search and farm for Wrathful Hearts in Diablo 4.

Malignant Heart Powers in Diablo 4

All Eight Wrathful Hearts List in Diablo 4

There are eight Wrathful Hearts available in Diablo 4’s Season 1.

Check them out below, sorted by type, which classes they are available for, and their World Tier Requirements:

For each effect listed below, the stats reflect what it would be for a level 20 character. As your Season character increases in level, the Malignant Hearts will also increase in power.

Malignant PowerEffectClassWorld Tier
The Malignant PactCycle through a Malignant bonus every 20 kills:
Vicious: Gain 20% Attack Speed.
Devious: Core and Basic Skills have a 15% chance to fully restore your Primary Resource.
Brutal: Every 21 seconds, gain a Barrier absorbing 85-102 damage.
Creeping DeathYour damage over time effects are increased by 30-40% for each different Crowd Control effect on the target. Unstoppable monsters and Staggered bosses instead take 110-130% increased damage from your damage over time effects.AllAny
The BarberCritical Strikes and all subsequent damage within 2.0-4.0 seconds is absorbed by your target. Then, the absorbed damage erupts onto surrounding enemies. Stored damage is increased by 10% per second.All3 or 4
Ignoring PainIncoming damage has a 5-15% chance of being ignored and instead Healing you for 17-68.Barbarian4
The Unconstrained BeastWhen you are hit with a Stun, Freeze or Knock Down effect, there is a 40-60% chance to automatically activate Grizzly Rage for 3 seconds.Druid4
The Great FeastEach Minion drains 1.0-2.0 Essence per second but deals 50-75% increased damage. With no Minions, this bonus applies to you and drains 5 Essence per second.Necromancer4
The Vile ApothecaryYour attacks have a 5-15% chance to apply all Imbuement effects at 40-50% of normal potency.Rogue4
OmnipowerCore Skills that launch a projectile consume all of your Mana. For every 45-35 extra Mana consumed, you launch an additional projectile, and the damage is increased by 3.0-5.0%.Sorcerer4
Diablo 4 Caged Heart of The Barber

How to Farm Wrathful Hearts in Diablo 4 – Best Farming Guide

As of Patch 1.1.1, the best way to farm Wrathful Hearts in Diablo 4 is to repeatedly run through the Caves of Velkhova dungeon at the end of the Season 1 main questline for an increased chance to pick up Wrathful Hearts off of defeated Wrathful Elite enemies.

You must make sure not to leave the dungeon before the final boss encounter and reset all dungeons on the map screen to keep running it.

Cormond Diablo 4 The Cold Hard Truth Quest
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The Caves of Velkhova is located in the Frigid Expance region of the Fractured Peaks. It can be accessed once you have cleared the surrounding area of Malignant enemies.

The Caves of Velkhova can be accessed through the Velkova Chruch Undercroft entrance:

Velkhova Church Undercroft Entrance in Diablo 4 Season 1
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Farm for Wrathful Hearts using this method:

  1. Reach the “Cold Hard Truth” quest
  2. Speak with Cormond at his camp outside of Velkhova
  3. Clear Malignant enemies in the surrounding areas to access the dungeon
  4. Head towards the Velkhova Church Undercroft dungeon in the Frigid Expanse area of the fractured Peaks Region
  5. Enter the dungeon and start clearing out Elite Malignant enemies
    • Look out for Elite Wrathful enemies, as they will drop a Wrathful Heart when defeated
  6. Once fully cleared, do not enter the final boss room
  7. Instead, teleport out of the dungeon and reset the all dungeons from the map screen
  8. Run through this process again to increase your chances of getting more Wrathful Hearts
Caged Heart in Caves of Velkhova in Diablo 4 Season 1
Source: Iczel Gaming

Reddit user Happy-Fun-1402 discovered this farming method on his Season 1 journey:

This is currently the most reliable and consistent way to farm Wrathful Hearts quickly in Diablo 4. If you have already completed the quest, you can always party up with someone who is yet to complete it to achieve the same results.

Each time you run through the above method you have an increased chance of getting a Wrathful Heart, as there seems to be a higher amount of Wrathful Malignant enemies that spawn during this particular part of the quest.

Despite being reliant on luck, Happy-Fun-1402 reported that he was able to farm 8 Wrathful Hearts (including two Barber Hearts) in just 10 minutes.

Check out our complete guide on the Cold Hard Truth quest for a more detailed rundown.

How to Get Wrathful Hearts in Diablo 4

There are four main ways to get Wrathful Hearts in Diablo 4:

  1. Craft Uncertain Hearts
  2. Use Wrathful Invokers
  3. Defeat Elite Malignant Enemies
  4. Defeat the Echo of Varshan

Craft Uncertain Hearts

Uncertain Hearts are craftable item caches that will grant you a random heart out of all 32 Malignant Hearts in Diablo 4. There is a chance that a Wrathful Heart will drop when using this method.

You can craft Uncertain Hearts at Cormond’s Workbench. Here’s what you need to craft an Uncertain Heart:

  • x20 Brutal Malignant Ichor
  • x20 Vicious Malignant Ichor
  • x20 Devious Malignant Ichor
Uncertain Heart Cache Diablo 4

You can find these three types of Malignant Ichor through salvaging Malignant Hearts, taking part in events, and defeating Malignant Enemies.

It’s important to note that this is a very unreliable way of getting Wrathful Hearts, as their higher rarity means there is a lower chance to see it drop from Uncertain Hearts.

This Reddit user had to find this out the hard way:

If you do decide to go down this route, we recommend holding off on crafting Uncertain Hearts until you reach World Tier 3 and 4. This is because most Wrathful Hearts are only available in these later World Tiers – waiting will increase the Wrathful Heart item pool.

There is also an increased chance of rarer items dropping in higher World Tiers.

Use Wrathful Invokers

Wrathful Invokers are used at Wrathful Malignant Outgrowths at the end of a Malignant Tunnel and guarantee a Wrathful Heart drop after defeating Malignant Enemies.

This method is a bit more reliable than gambling with Uncertain Hearts but still relies on heavy RNG due to the random nature of crafting Uncertain Invokers.

Much like Uncertain Hearts, Uncertain Invokers gives a random chance of spawning any of the four types of Invoker, with a small chance of it being a Wrathful Invoker.

Interacting with Wrathful Outgrowth in a Malignant Tunnel in Diablo 4

Here’s what you need to craft an Uncertain Invoker:

  • x40 Brutal Malignant Ichor
  • x40 Vicious Malignant Ichor
  • x40 Devious Malignant Ichor

If you do manage to get a Wrathful Invoker, you can use it to interact with an Outgrowth at the end of a Malignant Tunnel. If you don’t see the Outgrowth, run the Tunnel again until you do.

In doing so, you’ll spawn a powerful Elite Malignant Enemy and receive a Wrathful Heart after defeating it.

Defeat Elite Malignant Enemies

When coming across Elite Malignant Enemies in Diablo 4’s Season 1, there is a chance that they will fall under the “Wrathful” category. If you do, you’re in luck, as defeating them will result in a Wrathful Heart drop.

You can find Elite Malignant Enemies all across Sanctuary, but your best bet is to head to your nearest Malignant Tunnel.

Malignant Heart Diablo 4 Season 1

Malignant Tunnels have the highest density of Malignant enemies. When running through a Malignant Tunnel, you’ll come across these Malignant Elites of varying types. There’s a chance they will be “Wrathful” and drop a Wrathful Heart.

One of the best and most efficient Malignant Tunnels to run is the Ravening Pit. You can find it in the Untamed Scarps area of the Dry Steppes region, just to the West of the Ruins of Quara-Yisu Waypoint:

Ravening Pit Malignant Tunnel map location in Diablo 4

The type of enemy you see in Malignant Tunnels is based on random chance, so your best bet is to keep running through Malignant Tunnels until you do.

In the meantime, this method is also great for racking up some of that precious Malignant Ichor to use at Cormond’s Workbench.

Defeat the Echo of Varshan

One way to get Wrathful Hearts that doesn’t involve the above farming method is by fighting the Echo of Varshan.

You can only fight the Echo of Varshan after completing the Season 1 questline. After defeating Varshan the Consumed for the first time, you will receive an Invoker of Varshan for your troubles.

Using it will spawn the Echo of Varshan – a similar version of the final boss you encountered at the end of the Season 1 questline. You need to head into a Malignant Tunnel and use it on the Monstrous Outgrowth past a wooden door.

If you want to keep fighting the Echo of Varshan to see if you can collect Wrathful Hearts, you’ll need to craft the Invoker of Varshan at Cormond’s Workbench.

Invoker of Varshan Diablo 4

Defeating him will reward you with Malignant Ichor, loot, and a Caged Heart of one of the four types. It could be a Wrathful Heart, but it’s not guaranteed.

Check out our full Invoker of Varshan guide here.

The Echo of Varshan Monsterous Outgrowth

Similar to the other methods, Wrathful Heart drops are based on random chance, and require a hefty amount of resources to pull off each time.

This is why the above farming method is currently the best way to get Wrathful Hearts in Diablo 4. It doesn’t require any resources and will increase your chances of getting Wrathful Hearts at a faster rate.

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