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Dry Steppes Overview in Diablo 4 (Season 4)

Overview of the Dry Steppes zone and the Renown points of interest.




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The Dry Steppes are a war-ravaged region, with deep canyons and boiling hot water. Different groups fight each other in brutal battles while unrest is starting to rise. To get more power, people even turn to cannibalism. To live in the Dry Steppes, one must either follow a life of ruthlessness or desperation.

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Dry Steppes Sanctuary D4 Map

Main Town: Ked Bardu

Ked Bardu is the biggest town hub of the Dry Steppes, and has many NPCs as well as a waypoint for quick travel. Most notable shops such as the Blacksmith, Jeweler, and Occultist are located near the center area of the town, and using the town portal within Dry Steppes, will always teleport the player back to Ked Bardu.


There are eight Waypoints located within the Dry Steppes.

Waypoints make it possible to move through a territory much more quickly than by walking or riding a mount alone. Traveling to World Boss Events, for instance, can be shortened by being aware of important Waypoints.

  • Farobru – Waypoint located Northeast of Kotama Grasslands
  • Ked Bardu – Waypoint inside town, located inside the southern center of Kotama Grasslands
  • The Onyx Watchtower – Waypoint located Southeast of Ked Bardu, in between Kotama Grasslands and Khargai Crags.
  • Fates Retreat – Waypoint located in the West of Chambatar Ridge.
  • Hidden Overlook – Waypoint located Northeast of Jakha Basin.
  • Jirandai Waypoint located Southwest in Untamed Scraps.
  • Alzuuda Waypoint inside town, located in the Northwestern area in the Fields of Hatred.
  • Ruins of Qara-Yisu Waypoint inside the Stronghold. This can be accessed once the Stronghold has been cleansed of evil.

Renown and Completion

One of the most effective ways to increase your power is through Renown! Throughout the Dry Steppes, there is a lot to discover and explore. Either through doing Side Dungeons, collecting Altars of Lilith, liberating Strongholds, and more.

Here is a list of all known Dry Steppes Renown activities:

  • Waypoints: 8
  • Strongholds: 3
  • Side Quests: 38
  • Side Dungeons: 21
  • Altars of Lilith: 33
  • Areas that can be discovered: 51

You can always check your region progress by opening the Map and then decide how many Side Quests and Dungeons you still need, in order to collect all available Skill Points, Potion Charges and Paragon Points.

We have a separate page that lists all of the Altars of Lilith in this zone, as well as their rewards.

Altars of Lilith in Dry Steppes

Renown Rewards

Completing Renown activities throughout the Dry Steppes will unlock the following rewards:

Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5
+Bonux XP+Bonus XP+Bonus XP+Bonus XP+Bonus XP
+3,000 Gold+10,000 Gold+25,000 Gold+60,000 Gold+150,000 Gold
+1 Skill Points+1 Potion Charge+1 Skill Points+80 Max Obols+4 Paragon Points

Here is a short summary of things to do within the Dry Steppes to gain Renown as quickly as possible:

  • Explore the entire region and discover all available Waypoints for quick travel.
  • Remember to check your Renown progress by opening the Map.
  • Clear out all three Strongholds, so that the areas become friendly.
  • Complete all (blue) Side Quests and Dungeons
  • Pick up Reddamine herbs on your way.
  • Collect all Altars of Lilith.


Strongholds are event areas that are marked by a red skull on the mini-map. They are occupied by different enemies which must be cleared out in order to unlock the area as a friendly part of the Region. In most cases, a Stronghold becomes a player-friendly town after it has been purged of enemies, however, it can also become a dungeon.

Each completed Stronghold also grants 100 Renown and experience. Certain Waypoints and Dungeons will also only become unlocked after successfully purging the Stronghold. In total, there are three Strongholds that can be cleansed of evil within the Dry Steppes:

  • The Onyx Watchtower – Located Southeast from Ked Bardu.
  • Temple of Rot – Located North of Jirandai Waypoint, or Southeast of the Fields of Hatred within Dry Steppes.
  • The Ruins of Qara-Yisu – Located in the Southeastern part of the Region, all the way North of the Hidden Overlook Waypoint.

World Boss

The World Boss Zone of the Dry Steppes is located within an area known as Saraan Caldera, Northeast of the Qara-Yisu Stronghold / Waypoint.

World Bosses are big, terrible monsters that are dangerous to both melee, and ranged players. We recommend players to check out our World Boss Guides.

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It is always worth sticking around and fighting these strong encounters together with other players or friends, as world bosses can drop a special item called Scattered Prism, which is used to add sockets to certain slots of gear. Next to completing legion events, fighting world bosses is one of the best ways to farm Scattered Prisms.

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