PTR Patch 1.0.5 Notes

  • PATCH FEATURES

    New System: Monster Power
    Similar to the "Players 8" command in Diablo II, Monster Power is a system designed to give players more control over how challenging enemies are in each difficulty. With this system, players can choose to increase the health and damage of monsters according to different "power levels" and in return they’ll receive scaling bonuses to experience (for heroes levels 1-60) as well as boosts to Magic Find and Gold Find (for heroes in Inferno) which will stack above the 300% cap. The option to increase Monster Power will be available to all players starting at level 1 in the Quest Selection window, and can be adjusted separately for Normal, Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno difficulties.

    New Event: Infernal Machine
    The Infernal Machine is a device that will allow level 60 players to battle "uber” versions of some of Sanctuary's most nefarious bosses. While the rewards for defeating these bosses will be great, some assembly is required. Only the most powerful Nephalem can unlock the secrets to building the Infernal Machine, but once forged the device can be used to open portals to special encounters featuring not one, but two bosses which have been augmented from their original versions, both in terms of difficulty and appearance. Defeating each boss pair will provide players with extra items and gold, as well as a chance to find components for a new Legendary ring

    GENERAL
      Resplendent Chests will now operate similarly to Elite packs in Inferno difficulty:
        When players open a Resplendent Chest, they will receive a reward based on how many Nephalem Valor stacks they have active at the time Opening a Resplendent Chest will grant one stack of Nephalem Valor

      Major in-game events will now grant one stack of Nephalem Valor when completed by a level 60 character in Inferno difficulty
        If completed in a multiplayer game, all eligible characters in the party will receive the buff regardless of whether they participated in the event or were close to the event's location

      Major in-game events in Inferno difficulty that involve a special chest or Unique monster (ex: ) will now also drop additional loot for every stack of Nephalem Valor a player has active at the time of the event’s completion
        Several events have had Unique monsters added to them for this purpose

      Experience Shrines can now appear in Inferno difficulty Two new shrines have been added to all difficulty levels:
        Empowered Shrine – Increased resource regeneration and reduced cooldowns Fleeting Shrine – Increased movement speed and pickup radius

      Followers, pets, and summoned creatures will no longer attack enemies that are in an idle state unless the player is within 10 yards of the enemy The reduction of snare effects against Elite monsters has been reduced (in the player’s favor):
        Normal: 20% to 0% Nightmare: 30% to 15% Hell: 40% to 25% Inferno: 40% to 25%

      Crowd control effects will now be affected by diminishing returns. To learn more about how diminishing returns will work in Diablo III (and why these changes are an overall buff to player CC), click here!

    AUCTION HOUSE
      Search parameters will now save when switching between the gold and real-money auction house An additional sortable column has been added to the results window
        This column will have a drop-down box populated with each of the Preferred Stats that players indicated for their search (only one Preferred Stat can be selected at a time)

      The Preferred Stat list is now sorted alphabetically A button has been added to allow players to quickly reset Preferred Stat filters to "None" Players can now search for +Damage on off-hand items When searching for items to purchase, an option to "autofill" stats based on what the player is currently wearing has been added Similarly, when selling an item, a "Find Similar" button has been added to allow players to quickly search for items currently up for auction that have similar stats Bug Fixes
        When claiming stackable items from the auction house, the claimed items will always attempt to fill out partial stacks completely before falling back to using an open slot in your inventory The color-coding for the "Quality" drop-down menu for Pages & Recipes has been updated to match the color-coding for all other categories Fixed a bug that was causing the minimum value for the Spirit Regen affix to not filter items correctly


    BATTLE.NET
      The "Friend of Friend" feature for finding and adding Real ID friends is now available for Diablo III A new item delivery system has been added that will allow Blizzard to send items directly to players (you may see us testing this feature over the course of the PTR) Achievements
        An Achievement button has been added to the in-game hotbar Players can now link Achievements in chat

      Banners
        Players can now customize their banner in-game while in town Each banner reward type now has sub-categories organized by the content they were rewarded from (Hardcore, Crafting, Challenges, etc.) New unlocked banner rewards are now highlighted so they can be found more easily

      Chat
        Players can now change font color (per channel) and size Clicking on items linked in chat will now provide a comparison tooltip based on what you are currently wearing Several additional improvements have been made to in-game chat to increase usability


      BOSSES
        Azmodan
          Bug Fixes
            Azmodan should no longer be able to cast Flame Meteors or continue channeling his Laser attack while stunned



      CLASSES
        General
          Defensive bonuses provided by certain class skills have been reduced. To learn more about these changes and why they were made, click here!

        Barbarian
          Active Skills
            Battle Rage
              Duration increased from 30 seconds to 120 seconds

            Hammer of the Ancients
              Increased Critical Hit chance is now based on the amount of Fury the player has when Hammer of the Ancients is activated: For every 5 Fury a player has, Hammer of the Ancients has a 1% increased Critical Hit chance Skill Rune – Smash
                The radius of Smash has been slightly increased to help resolve an issue that caused Hammer of the Ancients to occasionally miss targets immediately in front of the player

              Skill Rune – The Devil's Anvil
                Movement speed reduction increased from 60% to 80%


            Leap
              Skill Rune – Iron Impact
                Now grants 100% bonus armor per enemy hit for 3 seconds


            Overpower
              Cooldown reduced from 15 seconds to 12 seconds

            Rend
              Rend should now more reliably hit enemies that are running away Skill Rune – Mutilate
                Mutilate has been redesigned to slow enemies by 60% for the duration of Rend


            Sprint
              Skill Rune – Run Like the Wind
                Proc coefficient reduced from 0.2 to 0.08


            Threatening Shout
              Cooldown reduced from 15 seconds to 10 second Skill Rune – Grim Harvest
                Now also has a chance to drop a health globe


            War Cry
              Cooldown reduced from 30 seconds to 20 seconds Fury generated reduced from 30 to 20 Skill Rune – Charge!
                Fury generated reduced from 60 to 40

              Skill Rune – Impunity
                Bonus resistance reduced from 50% to 20%


            Whirlwind
              Fury cost from 16 to 9 Skill Rune – Blood Funnel
                Healing increased from 1% to 2% of Maximum Life per Critical Hit



            Passive Skills
              Animosity
                Bonus Fury regeneration increased from 10% to 20%

              Inspiring Presence
                Healing increased from 1% to 2% Maximum Life per second

              Unforgiving
                Fury regeneration has been quadrupled, increased to 2 Fury every 1 second (up from 1 Fury every 2 seconds)



            Demon Hunter
              Active Skills
                Bola Shot
                  Explosion radius increased from 7 yards to 17 yards Skill Rune – Volatile Explosives
                    Explosion radius increased from 14 yards to 20 yards


                Chakram
                  Chakram will now always fire a projectile, regardless of distance or if an enemy is targeted

                Companion
                  Added a 30-second cooldown Reduced each Companion's attack cooldown from 1.5/2 seconds to 1 second Weapon damage increased from 30% to 38%, but they can no longer critically hit Companion's damage now scales with attack speed Skill Rune – Wolf Companion
                    Wolf Companion has been redesigned to be a more durable pet: Now has comparable durability to one Zombie Dog New attack: 120-degree Cleave with a 10-yard radius that hits for 94% weapon damage

                  Skill Rune – Spider Companion
                    Spider Companion has been redesigned to be a more durable pet: Has slightly more durability than the Wolf Companion New attack: 120-degree Cleave with a 10-yard radius that hits for 38% weapon damage and Slows every enemy it hits by 60% for 2 seconds

                  Skill Rune – Boar Companion
                    Boar Companion has been redesigned to be a more durable pet: Has more durability than the Spider Companion New attack: Single-target attack that hits for 38% weapon damage Provides (155 @ 60) Life per second and a 15% bonus to all resistances for the Demon Hunter


                  Evasive Fire
                    Skill Rune – Shrapnel has been replaced with a new rune: "Hardened"
                      Hardened increases your Armor by 50% for 3 seconds and replaces the backflip

                    Skill Rune – Parting Gift
                      Weapon damage increased from 45% to 55% Poison bomb delay reduced from 1.2 seconds to 0.6 seconds


                  Sentry
                    Cost changed from 10 Discipline to 30 Hatred Increased from weapon damage from 55% to 88% Players can now have two turrets active at once, but an 8-second cooldown has been added to compensate Sentry can no longer critically hit Skill Rune – Spitfire Turret
                      Weapon damage increased from 8% to 15%

                    Skill Rune – Vigilant Watcher
                      Vigilant Watcher has been redesigned and now reduces the cooldown of Sentry by 2 seconds instead of increasing the duration

                    Skill Rune – Chain of Torment
                      Weapon damage increased from 80% to 100%


                  Shadow Power
                    Base spell changed from 20% Life Steal for 3 seconds to 15% Life Steal for 5 seconds Skill Rune – Night Bane
                      Changed from 4 Hatred per second for 3 seconds to 3 Hatred per second for 5 seconds

                    Skill Rune – Blood Moon
                      Changed from 30% Life Steal for 3 seconds to 25% Life Steal for 5 seconds

                    Skill Rune – Gloom
                      Changed from 65% damage reduction for 3 seconds to 35% damage reduction for 5 seconds

                    Skill Rune – Shadow Glide
                      Changed from 40% movement speed increase for 3 seconds to 30% movement speed increase for 5 seconds


                  Spike Trap
                    Skill Rune – Sticky Trap
                      Explosion radius increased from 8 yards to 16 yards

                    Skill Rune – Bandolier has been replaced with a new rune: "Echoing Blast"
                      Echoing Blast gives your Spike Traps three charges with a minimum delay of 1 second between each explosion, and deals damage as Poison


                  Strafe
                    Movement speed increased from 65% to 75% Hatred cost reduced from 16 to 12 Skill Rune – Equilibrium has been replaced with a new rune: "Emberstrafe"
                      Emberstrafe leaves behind fire trail that deals 65% weapon damage per second for 2 seconds

                    All rune variants now allow you to walk through enemies while active

                  Vault
                    Can now be used while under the effect of roots, including Jailer (and will break the effect) Skill Rune – Trail of Cinders
                      Reduced damage from 1500% to 300% weapon damage over 3 seconds Trail can now stack

                    Skill Rune – Acrobatics
                      Cooldown reduced from 15 seconds to 10 seconds



                  Passive Skills

                    Custom Engineering
                      Adds the ability to have a third Sentry turret out a time Now also increases the maximum number of Spike Traps you can have out to 6

                    Numbing Traps
                      Damage reduction reduced from 25% to 20%, but now also works with Grenades and Sentry

                    Perfectionist
                      Now also increases Life, Armor, and Resistances by 10%

                    Thrill of the Hunt
                      Thrill of the Hunt has been redesigned: Every 7 seconds, your next Hatred spender roots all targets hit by it for 2 seconds. Enemies can only be rooted once every 7 seconds. This does not affect Sentry. Now displays a buff icon when ready to use



                  Monk
                    Active Skills
                      Breath of Heaven
                        Skill Rune – Infused with Light
                          Bonus Spirit regeneration increased from 6 to 8 additional Spirit per hit for 5 seconds


                      Dashing Strike
                        The strike animation after dashing now scales with attack speed

                      Mantra of Evasion
                        Skill Rune – Wind Through the Reeds
                          Run speed bonus increased from 5% to 8%



                    Passive Skills
                      Beacon of Ytar
                        Cooldown reduction increased from 15% to 20%

                      Near Death Experience
                        Cooldown reduced from 90 seconds to 60 seconds

                      Pacifism
                        Now also works on Freeze and Immobilize effects (note: the tooltip will not say Freeze, because Freezes are classified as a Stun)

                      Resolve
                        Damage reduction reduced from 25% to 20%

                      Seize the Initiative
                        Conversion of Dexterity to Armor reduced from 100% to 50%



                    Witch Doctor
                      Active Skills
                        Spirit Barrage
                          Skill Rune – Well of Souls
                            Will now seek out targets up to 40 yards (up from 25 yards)


                        Wall of Zombies
                          Cooldown reduced from 25 seconds to 20 seconds Skill Rune – Pile On
                            Changed from 745% weapon damage with a 25-second cooldown to 500% weapon damage with a 10-second cooldown and the radius has been slightly increased



                      Passive Skills


                      Wizard
                        Active Skills
                          Archon: Slow Time
                            Slow increased from 30% to 60%

                          Blizzard
                            Arcane Power cost reduced from 45 to 40 (Snowbound cost will remain the same at 20 Arcane Power)

                          Energy Armor
                            Armor bonus reduced from 65% to 35% Skill Rune – Prismatic Armor
                              Resistance bonus reduced from 40% to 25%


                          Energy Twister
                            Skill Rune - Storm Chaser
                              Proc coefficient reduced from 0.5 to 0.125

                          Familiar
                            Skill Rune – Ancient Guardian
                              Health threshold increased from 35% to 50%

                            Skill Rune – Dartling has been replaced with a new rune: "Vigoron"
                              Vigoron regenerates Life every second for the wizard


                          Hydra
                            All runes now properly benefit from Arcane Dynamo's five-stack damage buff Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause the heads of the Hydra to become separated from the base when cast near a wall

                          Ice Armor
                            Now reduces damage from melee attacks by 8%

                          Magic Missile
                            Base weapon damage increased from 110% to 125% Skill Rune – Charged Blast
                              Weapon damage increased from 143% to 162%

                            Skill Rune – Split
                              Weapon damage increased from 50% to 56% Angle of damage reduced from 30 degrees to 20 degrees

                            Skill Rune – Seeker
                              Weapon damage increased from 121% to 138%

                            Skill Rune – Penetrating Blast
                              Pierce chance increased from 70% to 100%


                          Meteor
                            Delay between cast and impact reduced from 2 seconds to 1.25 seconds Arcane Power cost reduced from 60 to 50

                          Ray of Frost
                            Movement speed reduction increased from 30% to 60% Duration of slow increased from 3 seconds to 4 seconds Arcane Power cost reduced from 20 to 16 per period Skill Rune – Numb
                              Movement speed reduction increased from 60% to 80%

                            Skill Rune – Cold Blood
                              Arcane Power cost reduced from 12 to 10 per period

                            Skill Rune – Sleet Storm
                              Weapon damage increased from 215% to 333% Proc scalar reduced from 0.25 to 0.1875

                            Skill Rune – Black Ice
                              Weapon damage increased from 193% to 387% over 3 seconds


                          Slow Time
                            Cooldown reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds Movement speed reduction increased from 30% to 60% Skill Rune – Time Shell
                              No longer reduces the size of Slow Time

                            Skill Rune – Perpetuity
                              Now reduces cooldown to 12 seconds (from 16 seconds)


                          Spectral Blade
                            Weapon damage increased from 135% to 165% Angle of damage increased from 60 degrees to 90 degrees Range increased from 10 yards to 15 yards (range of Thrown Blades will remain at 20 yards) Skill Rune – Deep Cuts
                              Weapon damage from Bleed increased from 35% to 45% over 3 seconds

                            Skill Rune – Healing Blades
                              Removed Critical Hit requirement


                          Storm Armor
                            Ability has been redesigned to periodically deal 100% weapon damage as Lightning to nearby enemies Skill Rune – Reactive Armor
                              Redesigned to deal 70% weapon damage as Lightning to ranged and melee attackers

                            Skill Rune – Strike Back has been renamed "Thunder Storm"
                              Thunder Storm increases periodic weapon damage to 130%
                            (All other runes remain unchanged)

                          Teleport
                            Now breaks roots Skill Rune – Reversal
                              Now ignores line of sight when returning to the casting location


                          Wave of Force
                            Cooldown reduced from 15 seconds to 12 seconds Skill Rune – Force Affinity
                              Cooldown from 12 seconds to 9 seconds



                          Passive Skills

                            Unstable Anomaly
                              Increased health threshold from 20% to 30% Now heals the player to 45% of Maximum Life and slow targets that are knocked back by 60% for 3 seconds




                          CRAFTING
                            Crafting materials can now stack to 500 Jeweler Designs that drop in the world will now show up as Rare quality (yellow) to make them more visible on the ground Salvage now uses the required equip-level of the item instead of the base item level to determine what components the item will be salvaged into
                              Example: If an item is an iLevel 60 and has a reduced level requirement of 52, the item will salvage into Hell crafting materials instead of Inferno crafting materials This is being done to accommodate the change of item affixes rolling at the monster’s level rather than the item's level (detailed further in the Items section below)

                            Crafting reagents can now be converted up to the next highest level at the Blacksmith at a ratio of 10:1 Tomes of Training can be converted up to the next highest level at the Blacksmith and Jeweler at a ratio of 10:1

                          FOLLOWERS

                            Templar

                              Skills
                                Heal
                                  Now heals both the Templar and the player when cast Can now be cast when the player is below 75% health (up from 50%)

                                Inspire
                                  Mana regeneration bonus increased from 2 to 4 Mana per second

                                Intervene
                                  Cooldown reduced from 60 seconds to 30 seconds Affected radius increased from 6 yards to 10 yards Removed the health threshold for when Intervene can be cast
                                    Spell will now cast whenever the player is hit and off cooldown, regardless of the player's currently health %


                                Intimidate
                                  Now also reduces the movement speed of enemies that the Templar hits by 60% for 3 seconds



                            Scoundrel

                              Basic ranged attack weapon damage increased from 25% to 40% Skills
                                Hysteria
                                  Cooldown reduced from 6 seconds to 5 seconds

                                Poison Bolts
                                  Weapon damage of initial hit increased from 40% to 100% Poison now deals 40% weapon damage over 2 seconds (instead of over 3 seconds)



                            Enchantress
                              Skills

                                Disorient
                                  Affected radius increased from 4 yards to 6 yards Cooldown reduced from 45 seconds to 25 seconds

                                Mass Control
                                  Cooldown reduced from 60 seconds to 30 seconds

                                Powered Armor
                                  Armor bonus reduced from 15% to 5%

                                Reflect Missiles

                                  Reflect Missiles has been replaced with Missile Ward
                                    Missile Ward reduces incoming damage from ranged attacks by 6%




                            Bug Fixes
                              Magic Find and Gold Find values inherited from Followers should now respect the 300% cap Followers will no longer run in place or run slowly when players perform abilities that augment their movement (ex: Leap, Teleport, Vault, etc.)


                            ITEMS
                              The cast time for identifying Rare items has been reduced to 1 second The cast time for identifying Legendary items has been increased to 4 seconds The location of Legendary items will now be marked by a column of light as well as a ping on the mini-map the first time they drop, and a new sound has been added Affixes on items will now roll their level based on the level of the monster killed (rather than the item’s level) Class-specific items will now drop more often Items below iLevel 58 no longer drop in Inferno difficulty Square-quality gems no longer drop in Inferno difficulty Monk class Skill bonuses can now roll on shields

                            MONSTERS
                              Additional health per monster in multiplayer games has been reduced from 75% to 70% Damage and health of monsters levels 50-63 have been reduced to coincide with the addition of Monster Power Sand Shark AI has been improved:
                                Sand Sharks can now use an "Under Sand Attack" while burrowed. The "Under Sand Attack" causes the Sand Shark to charge to the player and do a 10-yard radius earthquake-like attack for low damage. Sand Sharks can now walk toward you while above ground, which gives players more time to DPS them.

                              Skeleton Fire Mage fire pools, Wood Wraith spore clouds, and Opressor fire breath attacks should now do reduced damages to pets and followers Two-handed skeleton executioners have had their escape radius reduced The "coolup" has been increased on the Fallen Lunatic’s suicide power from 1-3 seconds to 2-5 seconds, giving players a more predictable time to kill them (or run away) before they explode Bug Fixes
                                Damage caused by the Reflects Damage affix can no longer be dodged Fire Chains monsters should no longer link with burrowed monsters (if a monster burrows while linked with Fire Chains, the link will be removed) The explosion effect of a dying Molten monster and the damage done by the effect should now always occur at the same time Damage done by the Arcane Sentry beam attack should now properly sync with the beam graphic Heralds of Pestilence will now abort their ranged attack if the player uses a power to make themselves un-targetable while the attack is casting (or "winding up")


                            BUG FIXES
                              Shrines will now buff all players that are within the shrine’s radius or in the same level area Nephalem Valor stacks are now restored whenever a player rejoins the last multiplayer game he/she was disconnected from The damage stat in the Hero page should now display the appropriate values when switching main and off-hand weapons with a shield Fixed a bug where buffs on other players weren’t displaying correctly in the party UI Fixed a bug that was causing players to not be able to rejoin a multiplayer game if they switched to a character that was saved to a difficulty level not yet unlocked by the other party members Fixed a crash that could sometimes occur when mousing over the tooltip for crafting materials Removed the initial tick of damage from fire trenches in Keep Depths and slightly reduced the radius