Oh boy, here we go again! Just when you thought it was safe to dip your toes back into the dark and sinister world of Diablo 4, another curveball gets thrown our way. Remember when trading was as easy as pie in Sanctuary? Well, if you’ve been out of the loop, let me fill you in on the latest drama.
So, I’m diving headfirst into Diablo 4’s second season, right? Loving the vibe, feeling the thrill, and then BAM! The new update rolls in with a pesky little bugger: a duplication hack. It’s like finding a fly in your soup, isn’t it? Just when you’re enjoying the broth. Diablo 4’s trading got slammed shut—again—on Oct. 23, all thanks to some crafty players who thought they’d hit the jackpot with this exploit.
Blizzard’s reaction? Well, they’re having none of it. The Big B pulled the plug on trading faster than you can say “Black Soulstone”. And if you’re one of those tempted to jump on the exploit train, think twice. Blizzard’s laying down the law, warning players that any attempt with the gold or item duplication exploit will land you with the Ban Hammer. So, make sure to steer clear of the murky waters, or risk a suspension—or worse, a ban.
Here’s the real kicker, though. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this rodeo. Trading’s been on the chopping block before, all because of similar exploits. So, it’s déjà vu for many seasoned Diablo 4 players. And while we’re all in the dark about when trading will make its grand comeback, we can only hope it’s sooner rather than later.
But what if you traded that played the dirty exploit, should you be worried? Well, according to Blizzard you do not need to. Blizzard has said before that if you trade with cheaters by mistake, you won’t get punished. Let’s hope that hasn’t changed and their detection mechanism wont mistake players who legitimately doing business.
This suspension in trading might not be a big deal for many players since Diablo 4’s trading isn’t as popular as it once was before. A lot of players have stopped playing, and new players aren’t even aware of the trading feature, many that still do don’t trade much. But on the bright side, we can still enjoy the new Season of Blood.
While we’re on the topic, here’s a refresher on Diablo 4’s trading system. You can chat it up with folks on Battle.net’s trading channels. Spot someone you wanna trade with? Just give their character a right-click and invite them to swap goodies. But be sharp! You’ve got a mere 20 seconds before the trade invite goes up in smoke. And while you can trade a whole slew of items, there are some no-nos: legendary items, unique and enchanted stuff, and a few others. Blizzard believes your best items should come from the monsters players defeated, not trading. They also want to stop outside companies from making money off their game.
Flashback to August 14, 2023, and you’ll recall that this isn’t the first time Blizzard’s pulled the plug on trading. Old bugs relating to gold and item duplication were the culprits back then. Here’s hoping they squash this new bug soon, so we can all get back to what we love: hacking, slashing, and occasionally, trading. Catch you in Sanctuary, folks!