Diablo 4’s Muttering Obols and Whispering Key Explained

Although devil 4 It has just been released in a beta phase, there is already a lot of new content for fans to check out. There’s a new open world to explore, skill trees to unlock and try, and hordes of enemies to kill. While all of this is technically new to all players, Diablo veterans will no doubt understand most of what’s going on around them. However, there are some completely new mechanics and features in Diablo 4 that all players will need to learn. One of these new features is an item called muttering mites.

Players may notice that they have earned some of this mystery currency, but may not understand exactly how they got it or what to spend it on. We’re shedding light on the mystery surrounding the Muttering Obols so players have one less thing to worry about in Sanctuary.

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The purpose of Murmuring Obols

Currently, in the Diablo 4 beta, there is only one use for Murmuring Obols. Players can visit a curio vendor shop, which is marked with the bank icon on their map, and spend their muttering mites on some mystery items. The elements are divided by category, and the categories are as follows:

  • All weapons of your class (ex. wizards only see focus, wand, and staff)
  • Cap
  • sayo
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Pants
  • whispering key
The Curio Vendor is your one stop shop for spending Murmuring Obols.

Aside from the Whispering Key, players can spend a variable amount of Whispering Obols for a chance to win a rare item in each of the specific categories. For example, if you need a new staff for your Sorcerer character, you can spend 75 Muttering Obols in the Curiosity Vendor shop. Then, you will have a chance to be rewarded with a Rare Staff. Note, just because you spend the Obols doesn’t mean you’ll get a rare item. You only have a chance to be rewarded with an item of that rarity. If you’re unlucky, you’ll just receive a common item that’s probably no better than what you currently have equipped. It’s essentially gambling, Diablo 4-style.

All categories have variable prices, with armor pieces costing less than weapons. However, the shop will only have weapons based on your current class, so you won’t be able to buy a staff or wand as a barbarian, for example. However, if you’re feeling lucky and have been looking for a new robe or melee weapon, then you can take your chances with the curio vendor.

As to whispering key, this item is only used to open silent chests, which are few and far between on the map. Although, as far as we know, the Curiosity Vendor shop is the only place that sells these keys. They go for 20 Obols each, and you’re guaranteed to receive one if you decide to buy it.

Your obols are displayed next to your gold in the Character menu.
Your obols are displayed next to your gold in the Character menu.

You can see exactly how many muttering mites you have in your inventory by opening the character menu (C on the keyboard) and looking at the bottom of the window. To the right of where his gold is shown, there will be a couple of purple circles and a number to the right of them. That number is your current amount of Obols.

How to get muttering obols

If you feel like gambling but don’t have enough muttering obols for the weapon you want, you can go out and try to get some in Diablo 4. So far in the beta, the only way to get the currency is through in-game events. .

An example of an in-game event that occurs in Diablo 4. |  Provided by Blizzard
An example of an in-game event that occurs in Diablo 4. | Provided by Blizzard

These are marked with large red circles on your minimap and usually involve you killing enemies over a set period of time. We’ve come across several events during our time with the beta, one requiring us to stop enemies to save a woman hiding under a car, and another requiring us to slay demons to stop a demon ritual. Once you have completed the event, a treasure chest will appear in the middle of the event area. Open the chest and a large amount of Muttering Obols will appear as loot.

The usual reward is around 20 Murmuring Obols along with Gold and other pieces of gear and weapons. The events themselves take no more than a couple of minutes, so they’re worth completing if you can find them. For more information on the new action RPG, don’t miss our Diablo 4 class guide.

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