• published the article Diablo II: Resurrected Releasing 9/23!

    Diablo II: Resurrected Releasing 9/23!

    On the Xbox Bethesda E3 press conference, it was announced that Diablo II: Resurrected will be releasing on 9/23! In addition to this, the Multiplayer Beta will start in August, and those who pre-order will get early access to the open beta.

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

    Diablo® II: Resurrected™: The Gates of Hell Open September 23

     

    The call to arms has been issued—who will stand ready at the gates of Hell to face the Lord of Terror? Diablo II: Resurrected™ is coming soon, a definitive remastering of Diablo II alongside its Lord of Destruction® expansion! On September 23, veteran and new players alike can save Sanctuary from the Burning Hells on Windows® PC, and for the first time on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, and Nintendo Switch™.

    Experience the timeless classic, now with high-resolution visuals (with support for up to 4K resolution) and remastered 7.1 Dolby Surround audio bringing the world of Sanctuary to life in a whole new way. Prepare to witness the original game’s cinematics, 27-minutes of epic storytelling, faithfully recreated to capture the dark ambiance so fondly remembered.

     

    While Diablo II: Resurrected takes full advantage of today’s modern gaming hardware, it preserves the engaging hack-and-slash gameplay that is as engrossing today as it was twenty years ago—but with a handful of quality-of-life changes, such as a larger stash for players to store more of their loot and automatic gold pickup for ease. Above all else, Diablo II: Resurrected remains true to the original, and with a touch of a button, players can transport themselves into the nostalgic past, playing the game in the original 800x600 experience.

     

    Players who wish to get their hands on the game will soon have a chance to do so. The Diablo II: Resurrected multiplayer open beta will kick-off in August and will feature five of the final game’s seven highly customizable character classes for players to choose from—the Amazon, Barbarian, Paladin, and Sorceress from the core game, as well as the Druid from the included Lord of Destruction expansion. The Necromancer and Assassin will be available when the game officially launches on September 23. Players who preorder the game will also gain early access to the open beta test taking place in August on supporting platforms.

     

    Since our announcement, the community’s enthusiasm and support has been staggering. We can’t wait to begin this adventure and share more details with you on our upcoming beta test. So, rally your friends and stay tuned! Learn more from our website here, or for real-time updates, follow the Dark Lord on Twitter @Diablo!

    Posted in: Diablo II: Resurrected Releasing 9/23!
  • published the article Diablo III PTR 2.7.1 Preview Blog

    Diablo III PTR 2.7.1 Preview Blog

    The testing period for patch 2.7.1 in Diablo III will be starting on June 17th! The Season 24 theme will add new Ethereal weapons that will drop with a random class legendary weapon power and random class passive!

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

    DIABLO III PTR 2.7.1 | Preview Blog

     

    Our two-week PTR testing period for the 2.7.1 update begins June 17 and we're asking for your help to quell the tides of surging demons. Take a look at the preliminary patch notes below and start theorycrafting how you'll make the most of the Ethereals and new balance changes; Patch 2.7.1 will be arriving soon.


    Table of Contents

    Please note that this is a preview for PTR content, which is subject to change.


    PTR Focus & Details

    We’ll be conducting the Patch 2.7.1 PTR over the course of two weeks, starting Thursday, June 17. During this time there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches.

    • There will be three PTR-unique buffs active to help you on your journey: increased Legendary drop rate, increased experience gains, and double Blood Shard drops. You can also buy new gear for testing from the special PTR vendor, Djank Mi'em, who will exchange Blood Shards for class-specific bags full of Legendary items and Ethereals that we'd love for you to test!
    • Class and Balance Changes: To ensure that the most significant class changes receive an ample amount of attention, we'd love for you to focus testing and feedback on the set changes to the Monk's Inna's Mantra set, Crusader's Aegis of Valor set and the Necromancer's Masquerade of the Burning Carnival set.
    • New Season Theme Testing: We're looking to gather feedback on the seasonal theme content featuring Ethereals.

    So that we can efficiently review your posts, feedback should be provided in the PTR Feedback forum while bug reports should be provided in the PTR Bug Report forum.


    PTR Testing Tips

    As with our previous PTRs, this testing period is short, so it's best to hit the ground running. Whether you’re a PTR veteran or newcomer, we thought we’d pass along a few tips to get you started.

    • Because of the limited duration of this PTR, we ask that participants pick a particular portion of this update to focus on testing.
      • For example, if you’re primarily a Wizard player, consider what changes impact the Wizard specifically. What you like best, what you think may still need adjustment, and what you’d want to see in the future (even if that may be beyond the scope of this patch) are all good questions to ask yourself.
    • Prior to the start of PTR, consider stocking up on items like Puzzle Rings and Bovine Bardiches. Having these available after you import your character can make any necessary PTR farming much faster!
    • Try to break things! Just tell us when you do so we can make sure that the patch launch is as smooth as possible.
    • When providing feedback, focus less on a solution and more on your experience. How did the changes make you feel? Was there something “off” that you noticed? Did something seem wrong or insufficient? Suggestions are always welcome but identifying the issues themselves is most important.

    Patch Notes

    Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III, Patch 2.7.1.


    PATCH 2.7.1

    Table of Contents:

    Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.


    Seasons

     

    Developer's Note: Diablo II left us with fond memories when it released more than 20 years ago, and with Diablo® II: ResurrectedTM coming soon, we’d like to introduce a feature to honor that legacy. For this seasonal theme, our inspiration took shape by reimagining how Ethereal items could manifest in Diablo III. In Season 24, Ethereals are rare, powerful, and fleeting items, with 21 iconic weapons from Diablo II making a return.

     

    New Season Theme: Season 24 introduces Ethereals, a new weapon-type that players will be able to acquire and hunt for in their upcoming seasonal journey. Ethereals will roll a powerful set of affixes, a random Class Weapon Legendary Power and a random Class Passive Power. Ethereals will have unique icons, names, item types, and sounds originally found in Diablo II. For additional details on Ethereals, check out the list below:

    • Ethereals are account bound and can only be dropped by monsters, chests, and destructibles, but do not require your character to be level 70 to drop. Ethereals cannot be acquired through Kanai's Cube or from Kadala.
    • Ethereal rarity drop rate is set between Ancient and Primal items.
    • There are 3 unique Ethereals per class. Each Ethereal has fixed affixes and rolls one random Legendary Weapon power and one random Class Passive Skill.
    • Only one Ethereal can be equipped at a time.
    • Ethereals ignore item durability loss.
    • Legendary Powers and Class Passive Skills rolled on Ethereals do not stack with the same power equipped through Kanai's Cube, Items or Skills.
    • Ethereals cannot be Enchanted, Transmogrified, Dyed, Reforged, or traded.
    • Ethereals can be augmented.
    • Collecting all 21 Ethereals during Season 24 will reward players with the Feat of Strength, Ethereal Recollection. Players who accomplish this will have all Ethereal transmogrify options available for future seasonal and non-seasonal play.
    • Ethereals only drop in Seasonal play, and will not transfer to your non-seasonal character when the season ends.

    Season Rewards: Two unique new rewards, a portrait frame, and a pet will be granted to players who complete the Season 24 Guardian Journey. Please note that the reward content will not be available during PTR 2.7.1.


    Items

    General

    • Monk | Skill Change:
      • Mystic Ally - Fire Ally: Now splits into 2 splits instead of 5, but now all Fire Allies can split. Damage radius slightly increased and damage increased from 480% to 1920% weapon damage.
      • Mystic Ally - Earth Ally: Damage increased from 380% to 4500% weapon damage.
    • Wizard | Skill Change:
      • Mirror Image:Mirror Image icon now displays a counter to display how many Mirror Images are active.

    Item Changes

    • Inna's Mantra 4-Piece Set: Gain the base effect of all four Mantras at all times. You gain 5% damage reduction for each Mystic Ally you have out. Your Mystic Allies no longer take damage.
    • Inna's Mantra 6-Piece Set: Gain the passive abilities of the five runed Mystic Allies at all times. Attacking enemies creates your chosen Mystic Ally that lasts 15 seconds, up to 10 Mystic Allies. The damage of your Mystic Allies is increased by 950% for each Mystic Ally you have out.
    • The Crudest Boots: Mystic Ally summons two Mystic Allies that fight by your side. They deal 300% to 400% increased damage and are able to attack with their active forms longer.
    • Bindings of the Lesser Gods: Enemies hit by your Cyclone Strike take 300% to 400% increased damage from your Mystic Ally for 5 seconds. Split Fire Allies gain 5 times this bonus.

     

    Developer's Note: Inna's Mantra played similarly to other Monk sets and didn't have a strong identity. We want to see the Mystic Ally play a more important role, rather than simply providing a passive power boost.

     

    • Aegis of Valor 2-Piece Set: Attacking with Fists of the Heavens empowers you, allowing Heaven's Fury to deal 125% increased damage for 5 seconds. Stacks up to 3 times.
    • Masquerade of the Burning Carnival 6-Piece Set: Bone Spear cast by you and your Simulacrums deals 6000% increased damage.

     

    Developer's Note: Aegis of Valor and Masquerade of the Burning Carnival have been overperforming for several seasons. We're adjusting these sets in the interest of competitive variety.

     


    Bug Fixes


    How to Participate

    To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.

    • Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.
    • Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo III tab on the left-hand menu.
    • Step 3: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo III" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.
    • Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.

    Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.


    PTR Character Copy

    The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.

    • Step 1: Log into the live game and then log out.
    • Step 2: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.
    • Step 3: Click on the "PTR Copy" button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)
    • Step 4: Select your region.
    • Step 5: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.
    • Step 6: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.
    • Step 7: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.

    Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost. In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.


    As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning. Thank you, and we look forward to your feedback!

    Posted in: Diablo III PTR 2.7.1 Preview Blog
  • published the article Diablo II Ladder Reset On June 11

    Diablo II Ladder Reset On June 11

    There will be one final ladder reset in classic Diablo II on June 11 before the launch of Diablo II: Resurrected later this year. You can read more about it in the official post below!

     

    Originally Posted by PezRadar(Official Post)

    Hello all -

     

    We embark on our final ladder reset before Diablo II: Resurrected launches worldwide! We expect this Ladder Reset to occur on the afternoon of June 11th Pacific Time.

     

    Please note that we will continue having ladder resets for Diablo II Classic in the future. Diablo II: Resurrected will be on a separate cadence for ladder resets and we will have more information on that as we get closer to launch.

     

    See you in Sanctuary!

    Posted in: Diablo II Ladder Reset On June 11
  • published the article No BlizzCon In 2021

    No BlizzCon In 2021

    Saralyn Smith, Executive Producer of BlizzCon, has announced that there will be no BlizzCon in 2021; however, there are plans for a global event in the early part of 2022 which will combine an online show similar to BlizzConline with a small in-person gathering.

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment(Official Post)

     

    BlizzCon and Our Latest Plans

     

    Greetings Blizzard community,

     

    I hope you’re all staying safe and well. As guidelines in California around in-person gatherings continue to evolve and the status of the pandemic fluctuates around the globe, the teams across Blizzard have been discussing what this means for one of the events we miss the most: BlizzCon. We know some of you might be wondering about your own plans to potentially cross the country—not to mention oceans—and meet your friends, family, and fellow community members in California, so today, we wanted to give you a heads-up that we’ve decided we will not be holding BlizzCon this year.

     

    Building an in-person BlizzCon is an epic and complex affair that takes many months of preparation—not just for us, but also for the many talented production partners, esports pros, hosts, entertainers, artists, and other collaborators we team up with locally and globally to put all of the pieces together. The ongoing complexities and uncertainties of the pandemic have impacted our ability to properly move forward on many of these fronts, and ultimately we’re now past the point where we’d be able to develop the kind of event we’d want to create for you in November.

     

    But we don’t want to let too long go by before we connect with everyone again. So in the meantime, we’re planning a global event for the early part of next year, combining an online show along the lines of our recent BlizzConline with smaller in-person gatherings, and we’ll share more as our plans come together.

     

    We very much look forward to celebrating with you all again. Until then, we’ll see you in Azeroth, Outland, Sanctuary, and all the other worlds we call home.

     

    –Saralyn Smith, Executive Producer of BlizzCon
    Posted in: No BlizzCon In 2021
  • published the article Datamined Legendaries For Diablo Immortal Closed Alpha

    Datamined Legendaries For Diablo Immortal Closed Alpha

    With the Diablo Immortal closed alpha in full swing, we datamined all of the legendary effects that are currently implemented in the game, including the Necromancer items! Please note that Immortal is still in development, and things will change as it gets closer to launch. The level at which these datamined legendaries begin to drop are inaccurate due to the change in level cap from technical alpha to closed alpha. The maximum obtainable level has been increased from level 45 to level 55 in the closed alpha, with a planned level cap of 60 at launch.

     

     

    Wizard

     

    Item Name Level Effect
    Frostreavers's Garments 36 - 45 Ice Crystal now summons a Freezing Crystal that inflicts greater damage over time and a stacking Chill, but can no longer be shattered early.
    Robes of the Avalanche 41 - 45 Ray of Frost now channels a blizzard around you, continually damaging and Chilling nearby enemies.
    Zann Esu Elemental Weave 45 - 45 Lightning Nova now hurls balls of Chilling ice.
    Ellora's Fervor 45 - 45 Lightning Nova now hurls balls of Burning fire.
    Regalia of the Archmage 45 - 45 Lightning Nova now hurls balls of Immobilizing arcane energy.
    Starcaller's Drapery 45 - 45 Meteor radius increased by {$1%}.
    Kyn's Cyromantle 45 - 45 Ray of Frost now unleashes a stronger instantaneous beam after a short delay, damaging and freezing all enemies in its path.
    Galebringer's Leggings 36 - 45 Increases Arcane Wind damage by {$2%}.
    Chaos Nexus 41 - 45 Disintegrate channels up to {(R1904,1,affectTargetCount)} additional beams at nearby enemies, each continually dealing {(S1904,1,damage)} damage.
    Starcaller's Breeches 45 - 45 Meteor now continually damages enemies an area, but no longer Stuns.
    Frostwalkers 45 - 45 Meteor now summons an icy meteor, dealing damage and covering the area with icy that deals additional damage and Chills enemies.
    Riftdancer's Stride 45 - 45  Teleport now targets a location where it also damages all nearby enemies.
    Time-warped Cloth 45 - 45 Teleport can now be recast, transporting you back to your original location.
    Kavil's Grand Revelation 45 - 45  Enemies killed by Disintegrate will explode, dealing {(S1906,1,damage)} damage to all nearby enemies.
    Vision of the Frozen Path 36 - 45 Scorch now launches a frozen orb that continually damages nearby enemies and Chills them.
    Crown of Arcane Truths 41 - 45  Scorch now launches an arcane orb that explodes when activated again or when it expires, damaging all nearby enemies. Damage and explosion radius grow as it travels.
    Vaetia's Resourceful Coutenance 45 - 45 Scorch now launches an electric orb that stops travelling when it strikes the first enemy, and then continually electrocutes and Stuns nearby enemies.
    Cowl of the Abyss 45 - 45  Black Hole radius increased by {$1%}.
    Memory of Xiaoyu 45 - 45 Scorch now conjures four flaming orbs that orbit around you and explode when they strike enemies, damaging and Burning all nearby enemies.
    Mask of Illusions 45 - 45 Teleport now causes you to become invisible and leave beind a mirror image.
    Lyan's Resonant Wisdom 45 - 45 Teleport now conjures a lightning cloud at your destination, dealing {(S1901,1,damage)*(2.5)/(0.5)} damage to all nearby enemies over {2.5} seconds.
    Angmar's Repulsive Burden 36 - 45 Scorch will now knock enemies away.
    Phoenix Mantle 41 - 45 Scorch range increased by {$1%}.
    Shoulders of the Cataclysm 45 - 45 Meteor damage increased by {$2%}.
    Pads of Protection 45 - 45 Disintegrate now fractures into a short-ranged cone.
    Searing Judgement 45 - 45 Disintegrate now channels Fire, Burning enemies for additional damage over time.
    Arcane Intensifiers 45 - 45 Disintegrate will fire a stronger instantaneous beam after a short delay.
    Rime Mantle 45 - 45 Enemies killed by Ray of Frost will shatter, dealing {(S1905,1,damage)} damage to all nearby enemies and inflicting Chill.

    Entropic Edge

    45 - 45 Disintegrate damage increased by {$2%}.

    Devastation

    45 - 45 Arcane Wind now summons a Tornado that damages enemies in a line. Also increases Arcane Wind maximum charges by 1.

    Sellena's Iron

    45 - 45 Leap causes the ground to shake where you land, dealing {(S2900,1,damage)*(3)/(0.5)} damage to all enemies in the area over {3} seconds.
    The Maddening 45 - 45 Movement speed increased by {(B1255,1,moveSpeedAdditionRateM)*100}{%} while Frenzy is at its maximum stacks.
    Windshaper 36 - 45 Arcane Wind now summons a Tornado that follows enemies and continually damages all enemies in its path.
    Force of Harakas 41 - 45 Increases Magic Missile damage by {$2%}.
    Maelstrom Orb 45 - 45 Lightning Nova damage increased by {$2%}.
    Negation Blade 45 - 45 Black Hole also absorbs nearby enemy projectiles.
    Electrospike 45 - 45 Electrocute leaps to {$1} additional enemies.
    Unrepentant Gale 36 - 45 Maximum Arcane Wind charges increased by {$2}.
    Azkalor's Fire 41 - 45 Scorch damage increased by {$2%}.
    The Siphon 45 - 45 Casting Lightning Nova temporarily increases your movement speed by {(B1128,1,moveSpeedAdditionRateM)*100}{%}.
    Heart of the Storm 45 - 45 Ice Armor becomes Storm Armor, continually damaging nearby enemies.

    Winter's Eye

    45 - 45 Ice Armor no longer absorbs damage, instead conjuring an ice storm around you that continually damages and Chills nearby enemies.
    Icon of Synchronicity 45 - 45 Ice Armor now also grants damage absorption to your nearby allies.
    Devouring Void 45 - 45 Black Hole moves forward a short distance, pulling in and damaging enemies as it travels.

     

    Barbarian

     

    Item Name Level Effect
    Impaler's Breath 36 - 45 Chain Spear now hurls a harpoon that knocks enemies away, damaging and Stunning them.
    Crusher Rig 41 - 45 Chained Spear now hurls giant rocks, inflicting damage on all enemies in its path.
    Davin's Legacy 45 - 45 Hammer of the Ancients maximum charges increased by {$2}.
    Ferocious Gale 45 - 45 Whirlwind occasionally throws out tornadoes that deal {(S2902,1,damage)} damage to any enemies they strike.
    Cracklefell 45 - 45 Chained Spear now hurls an electrified spear that damages and immobilizes all enemies in its path.
    Charred Iron 45 - 45 45 - 45 Chained Spear now hurls a flaming spear that damages all enemies in its path and leaves a Burning trail.
    The Gathering 45 - 45 Whirlwind pulls in all enemies it damages.
    Swiftwing 36 - 45 Sprint now also increases movement speed of nearby allies.
    Kar's Defiance 41 - 45 Leap also grants you a shield that absorbs {(S2904,1,damage)} damage.
    Rockspike 45 - 45 Ground Stomp now affects all nearby enemies and can be charged to increase range and damage.
    Juggernaut's Plan 45 - 45 Sprint now causes you to run continuously, knocking away and damaging enemies in your path.
    Determination 45 - 45 Furious Charge can now be charged up to increase its range and damage.
    Howler's Lift 45 - 45 Leap damage increased by {$2%}.
    Screaming Fury 45 - 45 Furious Charge now charges to a location, damaging all nearby enemies and knocking them into the air. Also increases maximum charges to {2}.
    Spiritbreaker 36 - 45 Sprint also leaves tornadoes in your path that deal {(S2905,1,damage)} damage to any enemies they strike.
    Bestial Threat 41 - 45 Demoralize is replaced with a terrifying roar that damages all nearby enemies and Immobilizes them.
    Berserker's Sanity 45 - 45 Wrath of the Berserker now also dispels effects which cause loss of control of your character.
    Second Breath 45 - 45 Sprint duration increased by {$1%}.
    Weighted Brow 45 - 45 Ground Stomp range increased by {$1%}.
    Lasting Hate 45 - 45 Wrath of the Berserker duration increased by {$1%}.
    Battlemaster's Helm 45 - 45 Demoralize is replaced with a war cry that increases all damage you and nearby allies inflict.

     Hatred's Reach

    36 - 45 Cleave range increased by {$1%}.
    Shocking Chaos 41 - 45 Leap is now electrified, Stunning all nearby enemies where you land.
    The Coming Storm 45 - 45 Wrath of the Berserker cooldown reduced by {$2}{%}.
    Ydama's Cyclone 45 - 45 Whirlwind damage increased by {$2%}.
    Hell's Legacy 45 - 45 Sprint also leaves a trail of flames, dealing {(S2903,1,damage)*(4)/(0.5)} damage to enemies over {4} seconds.
    Animal Instinct 45 - 45 Leap can now charge up to increase range and damage.
    Broken Grasp 45 - 45 Sprint also increases your dodge chance by {(B1222,1,missRateAdditionVal)*100}{%}.
    Ragecaller 36 - 45 Hammer of the Ancients is now also electrified, slowing enemy movement by {(B3184,1,moveSpeedAdditionRateM)*(-100)}{%} for {$3} seconds.
    Svot's Reach 41 - 45 Cleave now strikes in a full circle around you.
    Rending Bite 45 - 45 Lacerate now inflicts Bleeding that deals {(S2909,1,damage)*4} damage over {3} seconds.
    The Tempest 45 - 45 Whirlwind radius increased, but Whirlwind movement speed reduced.
    Stonefall 45 - 45

    Hammer of the Ancients damage increased by {$2%}.

     

    Monk

     

     

    Item Name Level Effect
    Tempest's Heart 36 - 45 Cyclone Strike now causes you to become a vortex that pulls in enemies and then detonates, damaging and knocking away all nearby enemies.
    Storm Spirit 41 - 45 Cyclone Strike now generates a powerful tornado that continually damages all nearby enemies.
    Resounding Soul 45 - 45 Wave Strike damage increased by {$2%}.
    Breath of Incense 45 - 45 Seven-Sided Strike can now trigger the Exploding Palm explosion when it kills Bleeding enemies.
    Harmony's Song 45 - 45 Wave of Light range increased by {$1%}.
    Disciplined Respite 45 - 45 Inner Sanctuary Cooldown reduced by {$2}{%}.
    Enlightenment's Blessing 45 - 45 During Shield of Zen you can move unhindered through enemies.
    Tiger's Flight 36 - 45 Flying Kick now generates a flaming tornado that damages enemies in its path.
    Path of the Storm 41 - 45 Cyclone Strike also temporarily reduces all damage you take by {(B1170,1,hurtDecreaseMAdditionVal)*100}{%}.
    Grace's Bounty 45 - 45 Flying Kick becomes Spinning Kick, damaging all nearby enemies.
    Momentum's Flow 45 - 45 Flying Kick now unleashes a series of kicks at enemies in a direction, with the final kick knocking enemies away.
    Chastising Radiance 45 - 45 Wave of Light damage increased by {$2%}.
    Isolation's Path 45 - 45 Imprisoned Fist maximum charges increased by {$2}.
    Companion's Melody 45 - 45 Mystic Allies duration increased by {$3%}.
    Crippling Insight 36 - 45 Exploding Palm maximum charges increased by {$2}.
    Empathy's Blessing 41 - 45 Inner Sanctuary is now Blessed Sanctuary, increasing all damage done by you and your allies while within the circle.
    Solace of the Peaks 45 - 45 Inner Sanctuary becomes a chilling circle, continually damaging and Chilling enemies within it, but no longer protecting you and your allies.
    Tranquility's Gaze 45 - 45 Inner Sanctuary now Stuns and damages to enemies that enter or exit the circle, but no longer protects you or your allies.
    The Open Mind 45 - 45 Mystic Allies damage increased by {$1}{%}.
    Purity's Thought 45 - 45  Shield of Zen now also dispels a harmful effect from the target.
    Judgement's Watch 45 - 45  Inner Sanctuary now continually damages all enemies within it, but no longer protects you or your allies.
    Mantle of the Crane 36 - 45 Flying Kick range increased by {$1}{%}.
    Heaven's Bonds 41 - 45 Wave Of Light now drops a golden bell from the sky, confining all enemies.
    Rising Tide 45 - 45 Imprisoned Fists now causes you to leap through the air with electricity, damaging and Immobilizing nearby enemies where you land.
    Disciplines Weight 45 - 45 Seven-Sided Strike damage increased by {$2%}.
    The First Wind 45 - 45 Each hit of Seven-sided Strike also temporarily reduces all damage you take by {(B3137,1,hurtDecreaseMAdditionVal)*100}{%}, stacking up to {(B3137,maxLevel)} times.
    Radiant Sun 45 - 45 Wave Of Light now summons an Echo Bell, inflicting continuous damage on all nearby enemies.
    Freedom's Gale 45 - 45 Imprisoned Fists now knocks surrounding enemies into the air and Stuns them, but no longer Immobilizes.
    Unshakable Weight 36 - 45 Wave Strike range increased by {$1}{%}.
    Ice Upon the Blossom 41 - 45 Seven-sided Strike turns to Ice damage with Chilling effect.
    Spirit's Reach 45 - 45 Seven-sided Strike now places a runic circle inside which all enemies will be struck by your spirit allies.
    Dragon's Indignation 45 - 45 Seven-sided Strike turns to Fire, with additional Burning effect.
    Rod of Echoes 45 - 45 Mystic Allies cooldown reduced by {$2}{%}.
    Intervening Law 45 - 45 Shield of Zen now charges to a designated spot, granting you a Shield of Zen and nearby allies a shield that absorbs damage.
    Fires of Peace 45 - 45 Shield of Zen doesn't shield you anymore, but periodically deals damage to nearby enemies.
    Power of Undulation 36 - 45 Wave Strike now continuously channels energy waves forward.
    Spokes of the Wheel 41 - 45 Flying Kick also temporarily increases all damage you deal by {(B1227,1,hurtIncreaseMAdditionVal)*100}{%}.
    Eye of the Storm 45 - 45 Cyclone Strike radius increased by {$1%}.
    Roar of the Sea 45 - 45 Wave Strike now quickly gathers energy and generates Wave Explosion.
    Reaching Rebuke 45 - 45 Exploding Palm now launches you at a location and strikes that area with a giant palm as you land, damaging all nearby enemies, but its cooldown is increased.
    Respite's Sigh 45 - 45 Inner Sanctuary duration increased by {$1%}.
    Scolding Storm 45 - 45 Exploding Palm is now icy and inflicts Chill.


    Demon Hunter

     

    Item Name Level Effect
    Untempered Hatred 36 - 45 Knockback Shot now fires mortars into the sky that bombard enemies within range.
    Cuirass of the Death Watch 45 - 45 Strafe damage increased by {$2%}.
    Helltrapper Cage 45 - 45  Knife Trap damage increased by {$2%}.
    Plate of Lethal Intent 45 - 45 Knife Trap arming time reduced by {$1%}.
    Darkness's Embrace 45 - 45 Smoke Screen now creates thicker, longer-lasting smoke that maintains concealment while you are in it. However, you will be briefly visible each time you attack.
    Petahm's Secret Arsenal 45 - 45 Knockback Shot becomes empowered with frost, leaving a frozen trail in its path that damages and Chills enemies.
    Heart of Vengeance 45 - 45 Vengeance cooldown reduced by {$2}{%}.
    Inescapable Predator 36 - 45 Knife Trap becomes Frost Trap, damaging and Chilling enemies when it explodes.
    Master Alchemist's Faulds 41 - 45 Smoke Screen instead throws a gas bomb at a location, continually damaging all nearby enemies.
    Assassin's Heritage 45 - 45 Smoke Screen instead throws an explosive grenade at a location.
    Legguards of the Inevitable Inferno 45 - 45 Knife Trap becomes Immolation Trap, Burning the ground and all nearby enemies when detonated.
    Jayn's Silent Retribution 45 - 45 All your attacks will be Critical Hits for a few seconds after Smoke Screen's concealment ends.
    Slayer's Breeches 45 - 45 Enemies hit by Chakram will suffer {(B3127,1,buffSpecialArgs0)%} additional damage if hit again by Chakram within a short time, stacking up to {(B3127,maxLevel)} times.
    Coff's Unrelenting Fury 45 - 45 During Vengeance, every {$2} Primary attacks will cause you to launch {2} rockets that each deal {(S4901,1,damage)} damage to a nearby target.
    Cowl of Absolute Punishment 36 - 45 Multishot damage increased by {$2%}.
    Daye's Frightful Persona 41 - 45 Knockback Shot damage increased by {$2%}.
    Frozen Guardian's Sight 45 - 45 Sentry becomes empowered with frost, damaging and Chilling enemies.
    Ysil's Contained Destruction 45 - 45 Sentry now fires mortars that explode to damage all enemies in an area.
    Vision of the Lost 45 - 45 During Vengeance, each defeated enemy increases its remaining duration by {$1} seconds, up to a maximum increase of {$2} seconds.
    Cowl of Focused Hatred 45 - 45 Multishot fires {$1} additional arrows.
    Hailfire 36 - 45 Multishot also launches {2} homing rockets, each dealing {(S4906,1,damage)} damage.
    Skystriker's Pauldrons 45 - 45 Rain of Vengeance instead summons a flying shadow beast that continually drops bombs in an area.
    Bladewings 45 - 45 Knife Trap maximum number active increased by {$2}.
    Hailstone Shoulders 45 - 45 Rain of Vengeance becomes empowered with frost, damaging and Chilling enemies.
    Bombardment's Toll 45 - 45 Rain of Vengeance instead summons bomb-dropping shadow beasts that damage and Stun enemies.
    Shadowstalker's Spaulders 45 - 45 Spinning Chakram maximum charges increased by {$2}.
    Turmoil 36 - 45 Strafe also launches homing rockets, each dealing {(S4902,1,damage)} damage to a neaby enemy.
    Flamespite 41 - 45 Multishot now fires flaming arrows that damage and Burn enemies.
    Dreadlands Requital 45 - 45 Rain of Vengeance damage increased by {$2%}.
    Breath of Winter 45 - 45 Multishot now fires frost arrows that damage and Chill enemies.
    Watcher's Salvation 45 - 45 Sentry maximum number active increased by {$2}.
    Unrelenting Furor 45 - 45 Strafe duration increased by {$1%}.
    Vigilance 45 - 45 Sentry also launches a rocket every {$2} attacks, dealing an additional {(S4908,1,damage)} damage.
    Disarray 36 - 45 Strafe instead throws explosive grenades, each damaging all nearby enemies.
    Chainbolter 41 - 45 Bloody chains now also connect your Sentry turrets, causing {(S4903,1,damage)} damage every {(M455,1,mfInterval)} seconds to enemies touching them.
    The Hungerer 45 - 45 Crossbow Shot will now pierce through enemies and strike additional enemies behind.
    Blacktalon 45 - 45 Strafe now continually fires piercing bolts in a direction.
    Nightwarden's Eye 45 - 45 Sentry damage increased by {$2%}.
    Hellbinder 45 - 45 Explosive Shot now also causes enemies to Burn for {(S4907,1,damage)*($4)/0.5} damage over {$4} seconds.
    Shredder Vane 45 - 45 Chakram now orbits your location for a several seconds.


    Crusader

     

    Item Name Level Effect
    Not Found 45 - 45 Spinning Shield damage increased by {$2%}.
    Pavise of Ten Wings 36 - 45 Judgment damage increased by {$2%}.
    Not Found 41 - 45 Consecration radius increased by {$1%}.
    Not Found 41 - 45 Draw and Quarter now damages enemies when you run over them and knocks them away, but it no longer drags enemies.
    Pillager’s Greaves 45 - 45 Draw and Quarter's mount becomes a fiery steed that Burns the ground and enemies, but no longer drags enemies.
    Boundless Ingenuity 45 - 45 Increases maximum charges on Daring Swing by {$2}.
    Squire’s Trews 45 - 45 When an enemy is Blinded, Immobilized, or Stunned, your Sweep Attack deals {$4%} more damage.
    Sinkhole Cross 36 - 45 Your Consecration now moves with you.
    Glower of the Recluse 41 - 45 Shield Glare radius increased by {$1%}.
    Pride Is Bait 45 - 45 Holy Banner instead plants a holy beacon that continually damages enemies with holy light.
    Chillwrath Mantle 45 - 45 Daring Swing now fires ice arrows at the ground, forming an icy path that continually damages and Chills.
    Sivket’s Advantage 41 - 45 Judgment instead summons a Guardian of Justice to fight for you.
    Cradle of Pebbles 36 - 45 Judgment now implodes after a short delay, drawing all nearby enemies to its center, but it no longer Slows movement or Stuns.
    Not Found 45 - 45 Deal {(B3180,1,hurtIncreaseMAdditionVal)*100}{%} increased damage for a few seconds after using either stage of Falling Sword.
    Not Found 36 - 45 Spinning Shield hovers at a location, damaging enemies and reducing their movement speed.
    Not Found 41 - 45 Spinning Shield now spirals around you and does not return.


    Necromancer

     

    Item Name Level Effect
    Water-bearing Helm 36 - 45  Body Detonate range increases by {$1%}.
    Armor of Binding 41 - 45  Bone Wall is now a wall formed of Skeletal Guardians. When the comes close, the Skeletal Guardians will attack.
    Not Found 45 - 45  Bone Armor turns into three fireballs around you, causing damage to enemies when they touch them, but cannot be cast on your allies.
    Not Found 36 - 45 Ghost Shape instills Fear in enemies it hits while dealing damage.
    Coagulation Leggings 41 - 45  Duration of Bone Wall increases by {$2}{%}.
    Manipulation Master 36 - 45  Skeleton Champion now automatically summons {4} Skeletal Archers at one time. 
    Not Found 41 - 45  Bone Spike instantly pricks spikes out onto an area, causing enemies to bleed without Stunning them.
    False Witness 45 - 45  Duration of Command Golem increases by {$1%}.
    Fine Shoulders 41 - 45  Bone Spike range increases by {$1%}.
    Fine Shoulders 45 - 45  Bone Shield protects you from all knocking-back attacks.
    Sickle of Transcendence 41 - 45  Skeletal Champion's damage increases by {$1}{%}.
    Not Found 36 - 45  Skeleton Spirit damage increases by {$2%}.
    Not Found 41 - 45  {$2%} damage you receive is taken by your Skeleton Champion.
    Not Found 36 - 45  Corpse Spear now collects all spears in hand and shoots them all in one direction.
    Skeleton Guard 45 - 45  Damage of Command Golem increases by {$1}{%}.
    Posted in: Datamined Legendaries For Diablo Immortal Closed Alpha
  • published the article Diablo Immortal Closed Alpha Begins 4/21!

    Diablo Immortal Closed Alpha Begins 4/21!

    The closed alpha for Diablo: Immortal begins on 4/21, and includes a new level cap of 55, access to the Crusader, a longer test period, and a larger pool of players that will be invited! In addition, there is a new PvE system called the Helliquary, and an opt-in server wide faction based PvP system called the Cycle of Strife!

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

    DIABLO IMMORTAL CLOSED ALPHA — THE CRUSADE BEGINS

     

    Following the Technical Alpha in December, the Diablo Immortal team continues to make significant progress in bringing the world of Sanctuary to life on iOS and Android. To the community members who played, who watched, and those who streamed countless hours of our test, we thank you. We learned so many valuable insights from your experiences beyond our goal of testing server stability and client performance. We’ve pored over the feedback you submitted in-game, across Reddit and social media, and consulted directly with several testers. Thanks to you, our first-ever heroes, we’ve learned a lot regarding progression, our first four classes, itemization, and other early gameplay systems. This process has been invaluable for our development team, and we’re excited to continue collaborating with our fantastic community.

    PLEASE NOTE: Diablo Immortal is still in-development. Game content in the Closed Alpha is not final and subject to change.

    The Diablo Immortal Closed Alpha will begin with a limited number of Android players in Australia. Additionally, we’ll also be inviting a few members of the Diablo community to join us as we continue discussing and iterating on core Diablo Immortal systems.

    In this Closed Alpha, we’ll be introducing some end-game content for testers to experience. We’ll also be raising the level cap from 45 to 55 as we continue to polish existing systems. We’ll touch on that in more detail below, but for now, let’s dive into the new stuff!


    NEW CLASS

     

    Your faith did not betray you. The Crusader is here.

     

    Roam the battlefield as a wrathful zealot, striking with cruel flails and clad in impenetrable armor. Seek glorious purpose ridding Sanctuary of Hell’s abominations and heretics. With your shield, safeguard humanity. With your Holy magic, vanquish evil. With your life, fulfill duty.

     

    The Crusader is a mid-range hybrid caster/melee colossus and one of five playable classes—alongside the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, and Wizard, in the Diablo Immortal Closed Alpha. Presently, we are focusing our gameplay testing in the Closed Alpha on solely these five classes, with the Necromancer to come in a future testing phase.


    NEW ZONES & DUNGEON

     

    The journey continues onwards and upwards. Deep in the heart of the Tamoe mountains, ascend into the new zone Mount Zavain, the home of the Monks, who are among Sanctuary's most deadly warriors. The Khazra, sometimes called “Goatmen” or “Goat Demons,” are on a warpath that threatens the Sentinel's Watch. Repel the savage invasion and plunge into the shrouded mists, confronting nightmares that may contain clues that lead to a shard of the Worldstone. 

     

     

    Trudge north across the snowy wastelands of the Frozen Tundra. Like a plague, war festers in the region around the great mountain of Arreat, where the Lord of Destruction still threatens the world. Only the barbarian tribes can keep the remnants of Baal’s army at bay, but they are scattered and isolated. As they must live united or they will surely die divided, you will rally the barbarians against your common foes or hell will break loose once more.

     

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg. A new dungeon has been discovered in the Frozen Tundra, one that contains a relic of a long-forgotten age. In the Cavern of Echoes, adventurers will need to ward off the cold embrace of death as they seek out the Iceburn Tear.


    THE CYCLE OF STRIFE – FACTION-BASED PVP

    Since the shattering of the Worldstone, the eternal conflict between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells has spilled out across the world. The realm’s most elite heroes, the Immortals, are sworn to protect Sanctuary from this unending threat. Equipped with the Eternal Crown and access to the Immortals’ Vault, they have a plethora of tools to remain eternally vigilant in their watch over humanity. Such peril calls for accountability, and the Shadows lurk, watching keenly, to make sure the Immortals don’t waver from this crucial task. If they should prove unworthy of their station, the Shadows will take the Immortals down and rise upas the new protectors of Sanctuary. And they will know that as the new Immortals, the next group of Shadows will be watching, waiting to advance the cycle once more.

    The Cycle of Strife

    In the Cycle of Strife, three factions wage war for the Eternal Crown—an ancient source of power central to the Cycle of Strife. They are the Adventurers, the Shadows, and the Immortal(s).

    Prepare for War: Getting started as an Adventurer

    In Diablo Immortal, only those with a razor-sharp sense of survival live long enough to decide their own fates. Among them are the thrill-seekers and treasure hunters known as Adventurers.

    All Heroes will start as Adventurers, and can take on daily missions to quell the churning evil and journey the world. Once ready, Adventurers may make the decision to challenge the throne as a Shadow or seek out an invitation to join the ranks of the Immortals.

     

    Become what the light fears: Embrace the Shadows

    Beyond their sacred halls, there are those who watch the Immortals with great scrutiny. They are known as the Shadows, and their singular purpose is to make sure the Immortals uphold their duties in defending Sanctuary from the Burning Hells. If the Immortals should fail in their righteous duty, or prove too weak to protect Sanctuary, the Shadows will take their place. Only the most elite defenders are worthy of the Eternal Crown and the noble burden behind it.

    What you’ll do as a Shadow:

    Ultimately, all Shadows’ tasks advance their goal of initiating the Rite of Exile (explained further below), their hard-earned chance to take down the seated Immortals. However, even from within there is competition. The Shadows fight amongst themselves to discover the strongest candidates to take on the Immortals before this important rite. Shadows who have rallied under a single banner to form a Dark House (explained further below) will challenge Shadows in other Dark Houses to qualify for the final showdown with the Immortals. Only the top Dark Houses will qualify to participate in the Rite of Exile.

    Contracts

    Shadows will pursue themed quests, Contracts, to increase their standing and rank in the Dark Houses they represent. Like other Shadow activities, Contracts will contribute to the chance to contest the reigning Immortals in the Rite of Exile.

     

    Here’s what you can do as a member of the Shadows, and what you’ll earn from participating:

     

    Raid the Vault

    Shadows can sneak into the Immortals’ Vault and try to escape with as much loot as they can carry. Of course, the longer you stay in the Vault, the more likely you’ll alert the guardians and summon Immortal players.


    Shadows beware, if alerted, Immortals can teleport into your Vault raid and fight you in direct PvP combat.


    NOTE: If you’re defeated, everything you’ve earned from raiding the Vault is lost. To initiate a Raid the Vault event, a Hero or party member will need to have a Shard of Living Night.

     

    Path of Blood

    To test their mettle and see if they’re worthy of the Immortal throne, Shadows can plunge into short but challenging solo encounters against groups of demons and monsters in Path of Blood. As the event level increases, so too does the difficulty of enemies.


    NOTE: Defeating a floor in the Path of Blood progresses your rank within the Shadows, as you get closer on your journey to claiming the Eternal Crown.

     

    Assemblies

    The congregation of war against the standing Immortals begins here. At specific times and days of the week (Wednesdays & Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Pacific), Shadows who are rank Apprentice I or higher may create a Dark House and begin Akeba’s Challenge. Here, heroes will face off against 3 powerful summoned Ancient Warriors.
    Shown below are the times Akeba’s Challenge can commence:

     

    Region

    Day & Time

    United States (local server time)

    Wednesdays & Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Australia (local server time)

    Wednesdays & Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    France (local server time)

    Wednesdays & Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


    While all Shadows work together to upset the balance of power and replace the Immortals, the throne can’t seat everyone. The top 10 Dark Houses will have a chance to send in their champions to attempt to take down the Immortals when the Rite of Exile begins. And, if the dust settles and the Immortals are defeated, only one Dark House can take up the Eternal Crown.

    NOTE: A Dark House is a group of likeminded Shadows rallied under a single banner.

     

    Rite of Exile

    If victorious in the Rite of Exile, the top Dark House will become the new Immortals during Closed Alpha. When the Rite of Exile commences, Shadows of the strongest Dark Houses will be pitted against the Immortals in PvP combat. Should the Shadows win, a new Immortal will be crowned and a new Cycle will begin. If the Shadows fail, the victorious Immortals will continue their reign.


    This version of the Rite of Exile is still in-development and more details on how this mode will evolve will be shared in the future.

     

    Prove that the Eternal Crown is rightfully yours as an Immortal

    While only one Hero, the Immortal leader, can wear the Eternal Crown, those counted among their closest allies form the Immortals faction. Once you have successfully claimed the throne and become the Immortals, your goals will be to grow your Dominance as an Immortal and defend your reign against Shadows and their Dark Houses that see you as no longer worthy.

    Crowns of the Immortals & Essentia

    The Immortal leader who bears the Eternal Crown will honor four Lieutenants with crowns of their own. Each crown grants an extraordinary power once it has reached a certain level of progression thanks to the reign's Dominance. A mixture of offensive and defensive buffs will emanate from these Legendary items, amplifying the wearer’s might as well as that of other Immortals in close proximity.

     

    As Immortals complete tasks (I.e., Daily Goals) the Immortals will accumulate Essentia, a resource to spend which enables attempts on raids like Kion’s Ordeal.

     

    Kion's Ordeal

    Kion's Ordeal is a unique raid that is only available to the Immortal faction. Whenever the Immortals are ready, they may spend Essentia to attempt the raid. Up to 48 players can participate simultaneously with the goal of taking down four bosses within 30 minutes.


    Successfully completing Kion's Ordeal will not only bestow powerful loot, but it will also grant the Blessing of Daedessa to Immortals and Adventurers – this buff provides a bonus to Elder Rifts and fills the Immortals’ Vault.


    NOTE: Failing Kion's Ordeal costs resources and if not refreshed successfully before it expires, the Blessing of Daedessa instead is bestowed upon the Shadows

     

    Defend the Vault

    The Shadows may attempt to raid the Immortal Vault. When this happens, the Immortals must rally a defense to defend the Vault from the incursion. If alerted to this raid, Immortals can show up to help their Vault Guardians and try to stop the Shadows from making off with any of their riches or equipment.


    NOTE: Immortals will be temporarily invulnerable when they enter the Vault.

    Cycles in Diablo Immortal: Welcoming the new Rulers

    Cycles in Diablo: Immortal are dictated by the overthrow of the currently seated Immortal. If a Dark House ascends by defeating the Immortals in the Rite of Exile, the current Cycle ends, and a new Cycle begins. At that time, everything connected to the current Cycle resets. This includes all ranks, Eternal Crown levels, Path of Blood progress, and so on. Additionally, when a Cycle ends, participating heroes earn Deeds of Valor, special titles connected to their performance that Cycle. The former Immortal and their Lieutenants will be engraved on the Wall of Honor, as a permanent place of remembrance to reflect on that group’s reign.

    NOTE: If the Immortals successfully defend the Crown during the battle, the Cycle will continue as normal.


    BATTLEGROUND

    Before they attempt the Cycle of Strife, the Battleground is where player character heroes will first test their mettle. By visiting the Immortal Overlook in the bustling city of Westmarch, heroes may opt into an 8 vs. 8 player vs. player contest by speaking with the Battleground Captain. Heroes may choose to attack or defend, or they can permit the game to choose for them in exchange for better rewards.

    Heroes on the attack need to slay Guardians and escort Zealous Idols to destroy the Ancient Heart, the source of their enemy's power. Defenders need to prevent the attacking team from destroying their objective before the time expires or eliminate enough of the attackers to thwart the assault.


    HELLIQUARY

     

    After finishing the Main Quest in Bilefen, heroes will reunite with Deckard Cain in his Workshop. Deckard Cain will introduce you to his new Barbarian friend, Rayoc, a young man from Arreat. Rayoc, alongside Charsi, an old acquaintance from the past (and blacksmith), has been developing a device called a Helliquary. This machination allows heroes to locate powerful demons and trap them! Once the demons are defeated, the Helliquary can turn their Demonic Remains into power the Hero can take advantage of.

     

    The Helliquary needs to level up to handle additional Demonic Remains as the Hero progresses. To level-up a Helliquary, heroes need to earn Scoria, a special material that can only be refined by Charsi. Charsi will refine Scoria into Hellfire Scoria, the material used to ascend this device. As the Helliquary ranks up, the Hero becomes imbued with more power. At specific intervals in the Helliquary’s progression, opportunities to confront powerful demons will arise. Muster your courage, sharpen your weapons, prepare your potions, and ready your arsenal. The demon targets get more and more powerful as the Helliquary advances. This end-game system pits heroes against dangerous bosses, requiring that they prepare accordingly, and even work together, to surmount these challenges. Only those who succeed will earn the greatest rewards!

     

    NOTE: Scoria is a material that can be found on the Honor Merchant, as well as in Bounty Chests.

    NOTE: Heroes become more powerful and gain a Challenge Rift buff upon adding Demonic Remains to the Helliquary. This buff improves power level within a Challenge Rift.


    ESSENCE TRANSFER VENDOR

     

    Adventurers visiting the city of Westmarch will find Zamina standing at the base of a withering tree. Players will seek her out to customize their Legendary gear with the Essence Transfer system, a system inspired by the Kanai’s Cube feature from Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. Players can extract the Essence of a Legendary item, permanently adding that Legendary item to their collection. Then, players can use the Inherit option to transfer that Essence onto another Legendary item, causing it to replace the Legendary property, name, icon, 3D model, and flavor text with those from the collected Essence.

     

    Furthermore, it will keep all its other traits, including current attributes, Magic and other properties, rank, gems, and sockets. Don’t worry, this process is reversible, so you’ll be able to use it to customize your gear without losing anything.

     

    In this way, Zamina’s craftsmanship empowers heroes to customize the Legendary items they have collected, increasing their Rank and perfect attributes to craft something truly Legendary.


    LET THE TEST BEGIN

    Be vigilant. Starting today, this new journey commences at 5:00 PM (Pacific Time) on April 21 | 10:00 AM (Australian Eastern Time) on April 22. With the Crusader class, new zones to explore, a challenging dungeon, and the Cycle of Strife, there's so much to see—but that's not all for the Closed Alpha. Heroes will discover new Legendary items and Legendary gems, an additional Paragon Tree, two extra skills per class, a test experience teeming with new quests, bounties, and more!

     

    We’d love to hear from you! We welcome you to share your impressions and feedback on the r/DiabloImmortal subreddit or across our other channels. As we progress through the Closed Alpha, we’ll be listening to your feedback as we aim to craft an awesome Diablo experience.

     

    If you want to learn more about Diablo Immortal, check out our website here, or for real-time updates, follow our official Twitter @DiabloImmortal!

    Heroes of Sanctuary, thank you once again and best of luck on your new crusade!


    FAQ

    Q. How do I take part in the Closed Alpha?

    A. Currently, the Closed Alpha is primarily limited to Android users in Australia.

     

    Q. How many players will take part in the Closed Alpha? Why Australia?

    A. We anticipate a couple of thousand players will be able to take part in the Closed Alpha. Mobile game development can often benefit from multiple rounds of public testing. By holding this limited Closed Alpha in a smaller region, we’ll be able to take in valuable server stability and client performance data, as well as critical gameplay feedback, to ensure that Diablo Immortal feels like a great experience before going wider in the future.

     

    Q. How long will the Closed Alpha last?

    A. We are aiming to keep the Closed Alpha running for longer than the Technical Alpha back in December. We’ll be testing more late game systems this time, so we’re keeping it up longer to make sure players have enough time to play through all of them.

     

    Q. What devices does Diablo Immortal support?

    A. We are aiming to bring epic Diablo gameplay to as many devices and players as possible. The Diablo Immortal Technical Alpha will be playable on Apple devices and Android devices and have the following minimum requirements:

     

    • Android Minimum Requirements
      • CPU - Snapdragon 670 / Exynos 8895 and higher
      • GPU - Adreno 615 / Mali-G71 MP20 and higher
      • RAM - 2GB of RAM and higher
      • Version: Android OS 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher
    • Apple Minimum Requirements
      • iPhone 8 and higher
      • Version: iOS 12 and higher

    Q. Why only five classes?

    A. Diablo Immortal will launch with six playable classes—the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, and Wizard, as well as the Crusader and Necromancer. We also plan to add even more new classes to the game in the future. We are focusing our gameplay testing in the Technical Alpha on the initial five classes as the Necromancer class still undergoes iteration.

     

    Q. When will Diablo Immortal be released?

    A. We do not have a release date to share at this time.

    Posted in: Diablo Immortal Closed Alpha Begins 4/21!
  • published the article Diablo III Spring Sale!

    Diablo III Spring Sale

    Diablo III is currently on sale through the Battle.net Shop, making it the perfect time to get any friends into the game so they can enjoy Season 23! For a limited time, the Diablo III Eternal Collection on Xbox and Playstation is also on sale!

     

     

    Posted in: Diablo III Spring Sale!
  • published the article Multiplayer Alpha Opt-In for Diablo II: Resurrected!

    Technical Alpha for Diablo II: Resurrected has begun!

    Season 23 Mega-Post!

    Multiplayer Alpha Opt-In for Diablo II: Resurrected!

    With the single-player technical alpha currently ongoing for Diablo II: Resurrected, it was noticed that the official Diablo II site now has a new opt-in for the Multiplayer Alpha towards the bottom of the page! Be sure you opt in to the Multiplayer Alpha if you want a chance at testing the remake during future tests!

     

    Posted in: Multiplayer Alpha Opt-In for Diablo II: Resurrected!
  • published the article Technical Alpha For Diablo II: Resurrected Begins April 8th!

    Technical Alpha For Diablo II: Resurrected Begins April 8th!

    The single-player technical alpha for Diablo II: Resurrected begins on April 8th! The technical alpha will open up on April 9th to a select group of players who have pre-registered for the alpha through the official site, and an exclusive group of content creators will have access starting April 8th.

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

    Diablo® II: Resurrected™ Technical Alpha — Experience the Legend

    An acclaimed phenomenon, Diablo® II enchanted scores of gamers with addictive hack-and-slash gameplay and an immersive world. Now more than 20 years later the timeless classic is resurrected.

    Our journey back to this iconic experience is about to begin. We are pleased to announce the Diablo II: Resurrected Single-player Technical Alpha, the first of multiple tests. As diehard fans, we understand that many of you are itching to return to a game so fondly remembered. Still, we are also thrilled to welcome new players to experience this iconic classic, and we look forward to the feedback you all may share. We want to know if we’re upholding the authenticity of design with our new visuals and quality of life changes.

     

    "Many moons have passed since I left the town of Tristram behind me. Since then I've tried to forget the terrors I beheld beneath the cold earth, and the twisted nightmares that have haunted my every waking moment. There’s something dark within me now; I can feel it, driving me towards the East, assuring me that my salvation lies within the ruins of ancient kingdoms. Though I know the way, I know not what perils will arise to hinder my journey, and as I pass through the first gate, I know that the better part of my soul will remain behind... forever."

    — The Dark Wanderer

    About two months ago, the legacy of the Dark Wanderer was renewed in all of us when Diablo II: Resurrected was announced at BlizzConline. One of the most popular PC games of all time (and its expansion, Lord of Destruction®) is making a modern resurgence into our lives. We can’t wait for you to see the fearsome demons, brave adventurers, and the world of Sanctuary completely remastered in up to (if compatible platform and equipment is present) Ultra High Definition 4K (2160p) graphics on PC and consoles; while also having the ability to look through the lens of nostalgia by a press of a button.


    ACTS I & II

    The Sightless Eye

    Players will begin their adventure from the Rogue Encampment, a quaint site populated by survivors of the Sisterhood of the Sightless Eye, as they begin their search for the Dark Wanderer. However, an obstacle blocks the path, the one who supplanted the Sisterhood from the Rogue Monastery stands in between you and the way east. Confront Andariel, Maiden of Anguish, in a climatic showdown.

    The Secret of the Vizjerei

    If successful, the pursuit continues. Players will travel eastward to the Jewel of the Desert, the city of Lut Gholein. Although, this trading port isn’t the beautiful pinnacle of commerce it used to be. Following the Dark Wanderer’s visit, it is rife with evil. At night townspeople go missing and there are rumors of undead abominations skulking in the sewers...


    CLASSES

    Amazon

    “I shall purge this land of the shadow.” — Amazon

     

    The Askari, also known as Amazons, hail from the Skovos Isles, a group of densely rain-forested islands in the Twin Seas. These mighty warrior women come from a matriarchal society, roaming the realm to pursue mercenary work and expel evil.

     

    With the use of spears and javelins, skewer your foes. With bow marksmanship that rivals the Rogue Sisters of the Sightless Eye, rain volleys of arrows upon demons. With superhuman agility, dodge and evade killing blows. The Amazon is the embodiment of martial prowess, conditioned her entire life for the crucible of war.

    Barbarian

    "I shall meet death head-on." — Barbarian

     

    The “Broken People,” also known as the Barbarians, reside in the hostile wildernesses of Sanctuary, near the base of Mount Arreat. Living on the fringes of civilization, these warriors of brawn are products of their harsh surroundings, molded by perpetual tribal warfare and their constant struggle to survive.

     

    Taunt adversaries into a blind rage that can be easily countered. With unparalleled strength, brutishly pummel enemies out of existence. With berserk fury, make the demons themselves tremble in your wake. Although, he is not as sophisticated as his cultured peers the Barbarian’s savage might is without equal.

    Sorceress

    "Evil beware!" — Sorceress

     

    The Sorceresses originate from the Zann Esu Clan, an ancient order of female mages seeking the purest form of magic. Their entire lives are devoted to study and attune themselves with the magical elements. All of this effort a quest to become the most powerful wielders of magic in the world.

     

    Melee combat is so uncivilized. Blast opponents into a flaming inferno. Freeze the demons of the Burning Hells into icy shards. Shock targets into submission. Don’t underestimate Sorceresses as scholarly pushovers, they are the masters of the elements, with unfathomable capabilities of destruction.


    COMMUNITY & FEEDBACK

    For those who are unable to get into the Technical Alpha, yet want to follow the game, keep an eye on Diablo II: Resurrected livestreams this coming weekend on Twitch.tv and YouTube gaming. Get an early look starting Thursday (4/8) at 10:00 AM (PT) as select community members will begin broadcasting Diablo II: Resurrected. Furthermore, there will be at least one other chance to participate in a future test. So, stay dialed in on the Diablo channels for more updates to come on this front.


    We’d love to hear from you! We welcome you to share your impressions and feedback on the official Diablo II forums or r/Diablo subreddit.
    If you want to learn more about Diablo II: Resurrected, check out our website here, or for real-time updates, follow our official Twitter @Diablo!

     

    Thank you, Players!

     

    PLEASE NOTE: Diablo II: Resurrected is still in-development. Game content in the Technical Alpha is not final and subject to change.


    FAQ

    Q: How do I take part in the Technical Alpha?

    A: Starting this Friday, a limited amount of PC players who have pre-registered on the Diablo II: Resurrected website will be able to download the Technical Alpha. Invitations to the Technical Alpha will be distributed throughout the day in waves starting at 7:00 AM (PT).

     

    Q: If I’m unable to participate in this Technical Alpha, will I have a chance to participate in a future test?

    A: The Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha is only the first test. There will be at least one other chance to participate in a future test.

     

    Q: Are test participants permitted to capture, record, or stream the Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha?

    A: Yes, all players are allowed to capture, record, or stream the game throughout the test.

     

    Q: How long will the Technical Alpha last?

    A: The Technical Alpha will run until 10:00 AM (PT) on Monday, April 12th. This will allow us to get the right amount of gameplay feedback and client performance data. Reference this Time Zone Converter to identify when the test will end in your region.

     

    Q: Why are there only three classes playable in the Technical Alpha?

    A: Diablo II: Resurrected will launch with seven playable classes—the Amazon, Barbarian, Sorceress, as well as the Assassin, Necromancer, Druid and Paladin. Currently, we are focusing our gameplay testing on these three classes. We will be including other classes in the upcoming testing phase.

     

    Q: Why is the Technical Alpha only single-player?

    A: Diablo II: Resurrected will launch with multiplayer, however, for the scope of this test we will be focusing on early game systems, the three playable classes, and client performance data. We will be including multi-player in an upcoming playable testing phase.

    Q: Why are Acts 1 & II only playable in the Technical Alpha?

    A: Diablo II: Resurrected will launch with the full narrative experience of the game, alongside the narrative content of the expansion, Lord of Destruction. For this test, we really want to hone in on early gameplay in the settings of Acts I & II.

     

    Q: Why are the old in-game cinematics in the Technical Alpha? Isn’t Diablo II: Resurrected getting updated cinematics?

    A: The old in-game cinematics are placeholder in the Technical Alpha as the updated cinematics are still undergoing development.

     

    Q: Why is the Technical Alpha PC-only? Will console players be able to test Diablo II: Resurrected?

    A: Diablo II: Resurrected will be launching on Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. We will be including console players in our future play test phase.

     

    Q: Will my progression from the Technical Alpha carry over to the next test or launch of the game?

    A: No, all progression garnered from the Technical Alpha will be nontransferable to later tests or the launch of the game.

     

    Q: Will I be able to load my Diablo II save file into the Technical Alpha?

    A: No, save files will not be able to be imported into the Technical Alpha.

     

    Q: Will the Technical Alpha have controller support?

    A: The Technical Alpha will have controller support. However, this is still under development so any feedback will be valuable for us during this testing phase.

     

    PLEASE NOTE: The controller support on PC does not fully represent the controller support experience on console. Controller support on console will have unique user interfaces, button layouts, and different option defaults to streamline the native controller interface.

     

    Q: When will Diablo II: Resurrected be released?

    A: We do not have a release to share at this time, but it will be coming in 2021.


    Minimum Requirements

    • Operating System: Windows® 10
    • Processor: Intel® Core i3-3250/AMD FX-4350
    • Video: Nvidia GTX 660/AMD Radeon HD 7850
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 30 GB
    • Internet: Broadband Internet connection
    • Resolution: 1280 x 720

    Recommended Specifications

    • Operating System: Windows® 10
    • Processor: Intel® Core i5-9600k/AMD Ryzen 5 2600
    • Video: Nvidia GTX 1060/AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Storage: 30 GB
    • Internet: Broadband Internet connection
    • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
    Posted in: Technical Alpha For Diablo II: Resurrected Begins April 8th!
  • published the article Season 23 Mega-Post!

    Our build tool has been updated to patch 2.7.0! If you experience any bugs, missing items, or have any feedback & suggestions, then be sure to visit our Build Tool Feedback & Bug Reporting Thread!

    Season 23: The Disciples of Sanctuary

     

     

    Season 23 brings one of the largest changes to the game in the form of a follower rework! From Season 23 onward, players can enjoy far more customization and utility from their followers by equipping a total of 14 different item slots which include the Follower Relic, Helm, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, Bracers, Belt, 2 Rings, Neck, Pants, Boots, Main-Hand Weapon, and Off-hand. In addition to this, there is a new Follower feature on certain items called Emanate, which allows the player to gain the intended effect of certain Legendary powers and Set Bonuses when equipped to a hired Follower. Be advised that many of the follower abilities have also been changed or rebalanced!

     

     

    The complete list of items with Emanate can be found below:

     

    Broken Crown Homing Pads Spaulders of Zakara Goldskin Custerian Wristguards
    Nemesis Bracers Gladiator Gauntlets Gloves of Worship Dovu energy Trap Rakoff's Glass of Life
    Avarice Band Krede's Flame The Flavor of Time Sage's Journey (3-piece set bonus) Cain's Destiny (3-piece set bonus)

     

     

    Season 23 begins on Friday, April 2nd at 5:00pm in each region. Season 23 goes live on all Consoles world wide at 5:00pm PDT, the same time as PC in North America. For timezone conversion, visit this site!

     

     

     

                                                                                   

     


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    If you don't use Discord you're missing out, but you can also find people to play with by using our forums! 

     

     


     Haedrig's Gift & Seasonal Rewards

    Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Seasonal Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely!

     

    The set you will receive depends on the class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character.

     

    Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 23:

     

    • BarbarianWrath of the Wastes
    • CrusaderRoland's Legacy
    • Demon HunterUnhallowed Essence
    • MonkRaiment of a Thousand Storms
    • NecromancerBones of Rathma
    • Witch DoctorHelltooth Harness
    • Wizard – Tal Rasha's Elements

     

    In Season 17, Blizzard began re-introducing previous Seasonal rewards to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. This means that for Season 23, awards originally available from Season 11 are returning to the Season Journey.

     

     

    Blizzard is continuing to provide new End of Journey rewards as was introduced in Season 17, with two new cosmetic rewards for those who complete the entirety of the Season Journey. These rewards will be the Lacuni Cub pet and the Chopping Block portrait.

     

     


     Seasonal Conquests

     Want to prepare your Conquests plans for Season 23? Here are all the conquests you'll face this season!

     

    • Avarice & Avaritia
    • Speed Demon & Need for Speed
    • Boss Mode & Worlds Apart
    • Divinity & Lionhearted
    • Masters of the Universe & Masters of Sets


     

     Season 23 Starter Guides

    Any players looking to level quickly and get the best start to Season 23 should browse the selection of starter guides from various content creators below! If you're looking for a level 1 blood shard gambling guide, AlexRaEU previously posted a comprehensive spreadsheet on the r/Diablo Subreddit!

    Ultimate Seasonal Starter Guide:

    Class Starter Guides From Bluddshed:


    Level With A Cause

    Level With A Cause (#LWAC), a coalition of streamers from the Diablo 3 community, will be uniting once again for a charity fundraising event during the first three days of the Season 22 opening weekend in Diablo 3. This marks the team’s 11th event over the last few years. Several Diablo 3 community members will be holding live-streams during this weekend in support of this charity drive. During these live-streams, viewers will be able to donate to the SaveTheChildren charity organization. 

    Level With A Cause was founded prior to the start of Season 11 of Diablo 3 and has been a mainstay of the opening weekend of each new season since that time. The LWAC team has raised over $81,000 to date for deserving charities such as Save The Children, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Take This. LWAC hopes to continue to grow and raise even more money for charities in the future. If you are a streamer looking to participate, more info can be found on the LWAC website. As a viewer, you can simply search for LWAC within stream titles on Twitch during the April 2nd to 4th event.

    In the U.S. and around the world, Save The Children gives children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, they are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. They do whatever it takes to save children, transforming their lives and the future we share.

     

    You can donate to the Level With a Cause charity event here!

     


    Challenge Rift - Week 197

    Challenge Rift Week 197 is live! Because Season 23 begins this Friday, we advise that you DO NOT complete the challenge rift until after you've made your seasonal character! This week the Challenge Rift features three different Demon Hunter builds! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!


     

     


    Patch 2.7.0 Changes

    Patch 2.7.0 features several balance changes, new items, and a rework of Followers!

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

    Season 23 | The Disciples of Sanctuary | Preview Blog | Patch 2.7.0 NOW LIVE!

    Update on March 30: Patch 2.7.0 is now LIVE on all platforms! 

    Update on March 26: Additional changes to Firebird's Finery set and developer notes have been added.

    Update on March 22: The latest changes from our PTR testing period can be found with annotations in RED.

    Developer Note: Thank you to all the players who participated in PTR and provided feedback through various online sources! Your input is invaluable and plays a critical part to the development of the game.

    Season 23 will begin on April 2, at 5PM (PDT/CEST/KST) shortly after our next Diablo III update. Read on to learn more about the Follower system revamp, leaderboard changes, and Legendary item changes coming in Patch 2.7.0. We are expecting this update to be released on March 30.

     


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    New Season Theme

    Kormac, Lyndon, and Eirena have long been studying and observing the Nephalem, learning from the best how to conquer darkness. Now the Disciples of Sanctuary are ready to take their place among legends, equip wondrous items and emanate their inner power to aid in the fight against the minions of hell....

     

    Season 23 kicks off our brand new Follower system revamp! Players can now equip Followers with a total of 14 different item slots which include the Follower Relic Item, Helm, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, Bracers, Belt, 2 Rings, Neck, Pants, Boots, main-hand weapon, and off-hand.

     

     

    The Season 23 launch also introduces the new Follower feature Emanate, which allows the player to gain the intended effect of certain Legendary Powers and Set Bonuses when equipped on the hired Follower.


    Seasonal Cosmetic Rewards

    Beginning with Season 17, we began reintroducing previous rewards to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. For Season 23, this means awards originally available from Season 11 are returning. Pet collectors will be pleased to see the return of the Emerald Dragon… and, in addition to the Pant and Boot slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, the Treasure Goblins portraits will be available.

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    However, we know it’s nice to have something new to aim for if you’ve participated in previous Seasons. We’re continuing to provide new End of Journey rewards as introduced in Season 17, with two new cosmetic ones for those who complete the entirety of the Season journey. Prove your worth with The Disciples of Sanctuary alongside and complete the Season 23 Guardian Journey to earn the Lacuni Cub pet and the Chopping Block portrait.

     

     

     


    Season Journey Rewards

    If you’ve been diligently slaying demons before and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve surely accrued a few extra stash tabs. You’ll earn one additional tab each Season by finishing the Conqueror tier, up to a maximum of five:

    • Far Away: Kill the Siegebreaker Assault Beast at level 70 in under 30 seconds on Torment X difficulty.
    • Money Ain't a Thang: Slay Greed on Torment X difficulty. Treasure Goblins outside of Nephalem Rifts will sometimes open portals to Greed's domain, The Vault.
    • A Little More: Reach Greater Rift Level 60 Solo.
    • 4 Minutes to Save the World​: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment X difficulty within 4 minutes.
    • Gem of My Life: Level three Legendary Gems to level 55.
    • All I Do is Win: Complete 2 Conquests this Season.

     


    Seasonal Conquests

    Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those too! Do you love collecting lots of gold as fast as possible? You’ll be set with Avarice and Avaritia. Want to go fast while killing things? Speed Demon and Need for Speed will serve your purposes. Want to go fast while killing big things? Boss Mode and Worlds Apart are right up your alley. Divinity and Lionhearted are also making a return, if challenging Greater Rifts are more your style. Finally, if you’re keen to prove your mastery of various Class Sets, Masters of the Universe and Masters of Sets will also be returning.

     

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    Haedrig’s Gift

    Finally, the Class Sets rewarded for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift have rotated once more. We’ve listed the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works:

     

    Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. These contain a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely! The set you receive depends on the class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character. Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 23:

     

    • Monk - Raiment of a Thousand Storms
    • Demon Hunter - Unhallowed Essence
    • Crusader - Roland’s Legacy
    • Wizard - Tal Rasha’s Elements
    • Barbarian - Wrath of the Wastes
    • Witch Doctor - Helltooth Harness
    • Necromancer - Bones of Rathma

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    Patch Notes

    Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III, Patch 2.7.0

     


    PATCH 2.7.0

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    Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.


    Patch Notes

    Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III, Patch 2.7.0.


    Seasons

    Follower System Revamp: The Follower system for Diablo III has been revamped and will be made permanently available for Seasonal and Non-Seasonal play! Players can now equip Followers with a total of 14 different item slots which include the Follower Relic Item, Helm, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, Bracers, Belt, 2 Rings, Neck, Pants, Boots, main-hand weapon, and off-hand. We're introducing a new Follower feature into Diablo III called Emanate, which allows the player to gain the intended effect of certain Legendary Powers and Set Bonuses when equipped on the hired Follower. The current list of items with Emanate capabilities are the following:

    • Broken Crown
    • Homing Pads
    • Spaulders of Zakara
    • Goldskin
    • Custerian Wristguards
    • Nemesis Bracers
    • Gladiator Gauntlets
    • Gloves of Worship
    • Dovu Energy Trap
    • Rakoff's Glass of Life
    • Avarice Band
    • Krede's Flame
    • The Flavor of Time
    • Sage's Journey (3-piece set bonus)
    • Cain's Destiny (3-piece set bonus)

    Follower Skills Revamp: Follower skills have been reworked to showcase new and updated skills. Check out the full update on the Follower skills below:

    Scoundrel

    • Crippling Shot
      • Ranged attack that deals 140% weapon damage and slows enemies hit by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Powered Shot
      • Ranged attack that explodes on impact, dealing 120% weapon damage as Arcane to enemies within 10 yards and has a 100% chance to Stun enemies for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Hysteria
      • Whenever you or the Scoundrel land a Critical Hit, you both will go into hysterics, increasing all damage done by 3% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Anatomy
      • Increases Critical Hit Chance by 1.8% to 4% for you and the Scoundrel based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Multishot Passive
      • Passive: The Scoundrel's special attacks have a 50% to 70% chance to fire 3 bolts based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • *Skill Rework - Vanish
      • When you take fatal damage, the Scoundrel conceals you from enemies for 3 to 7 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity, allowing you to escape your death.
    • *New Skill - Night's Veil
      • The Scoundrel launches a cloud that covers a 20-yard area and lasts 5 to10 2 to 4 seconds based on the Scoundrel’s Dexterity. All attacks against enemies that are inside the cloud will be critical hits.
    • *New Skill - Piercing Shot
      • Ranged attack that pierces and increases damage done to enemies by 10% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • *Removed Skills - Dirty Fighting and Poison Bolts

    Templar

    • Heal and Loyalty
      • These skills now scale based on the Templar’s Strength.
    • Intimidate
      • Enemies that hit or are hit by the Templar are slowed by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • Charge
      • Charges a target, dealing 280% weapon damage and stunning all enemies within 8 yards for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • Intervene
      • Taunt enemies within 10 yards of you for 3 to 6 seconds based on Templar's strength when you are hit.
      *Skill Rework - Onslaught
      • Delivers a massive blow to an enemy for 800% weapon damage and causes the target and nearby enemies to take 10% increased damage for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • *Skill Rework - Guardian
      • When you take fatal damage, the Templar will rush to your aid, knocking back enemies within 15 yards, healing you for 15% to 25% life based on the Templar's Strength, and shielding you from all damage for 5 seconds.

    Enchantress

    • Erosion
      • Conjures a pool of energy that deals 330% weapon damage as Arcane over 5 to 7 seconds based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. Affected enemies will also take 10% increased damage.
    • Focused Mind
      • A 40-yard aura that increases attack speed for you and the Enchantress by 3% to 6% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *Skill Rework (Renamed from Powered Armor) - Powered Shield
      • Reduces damage by 6% from ranged attacks, increases Armor by 3%, and slows melee attackers by 60% for 3 to 6 seconds for you and the Enchantress based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Temporal Pulse
      • The Enchantress casts a guided orb that deals 150% weapon damage and slows enemies by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Amplification
      • Increases your highest static elemental bonus by 5% to 10% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Prophetic Harmony
      • Reduce your skills’ Cooldowns by 5% to 10% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Fate's Lapse
      • When you take fatal damage, the Enchantress empowers you to speed up your movement through time for 3 to 7 seconds to avoid death based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *Removed Skills - Forceful Push, Mass Control, Disorient, and Missile Ward

    Solo Leaderboards Update: Greater Rift solo leaderboards now contain additional filters to sort by. This update provides a total of 7 filters available per class.

    • Class Sets
    • No Class Set
    • Overall (default filter)

     


    Items

    General Updates

    • Teleport - Adjusted Wizard's Teleport animation speed.
    • Land of the Dead - Invigoration skill rune now removes all resource costs.
    • Rathma's Shield passive skill now has a 60-second cooldown

    Item Changes

    • Bones of Rathma 2-Piece Set: Your permanent minions reduce the cooldown of Army of the Dead by 0.25 0.50 second each time they deal damage. Your skeletal warriors spawn faster, and your revived minions no longer expire.
    • Bones of Rathma 4-Piece Set: Your minions no longer take damage. You gain 1% damage reduction for 15 seconds each time one of your minions deal damage. Maximum of 75 stacks.
    • Bones of Rathma 6-Piece Set: Each permanent active minion increases the damage of Army of the Dead by 500%, up to 8500% 9000%.
    • Defiler Cuisses: Bone Spirit's damage is increased by 400% to 500% for every second it is active and will also freeze enemies on impact. Maximum of 5 seconds.
    • New item* Bonds of C'Lena: Bone Spirit deals 300% to 400% increased damage and deals an additional 2% increased damage for 10 seconds each time Army of the Dead hits an enemy. Maximum of 500 stacks. Army of the Dead deals 75% to 100% increased damage or double this bonus against an active target of Command Skeletons.
    • Firebird's Finery 2-Piece Set: Disintegrate Ignites enemies, causing them to take 7500% 3000% weapon damage per second until they die. When you die, a meteor falls from the sky and revives you. This effect has a 60-second cooldown.
    • Firebird's Finery 4-Piece Set: Casting Disintegrate adds Combustion stacks that reduce the cooldown of Teleport by 1% 2% per stack. Stacks up to 100 50 times. You gain 80% damage reduction while maintaining Combustion stacks.
    • Firebird's Finery 6-Piece Set: You gain 4000% 2000% 5000% increased damage while Ignite is applied to a target. Hitting an Ignited enemy with a non-channeling fire spell deals Ignite damage multiplied by Combustion stacks.
    Developer Note: With the bulk of patch 2.7.0's focus being on the single-player experience, we recognize that the set reworks and balance changes are some of the most impactful and important to the group play experience. We've heard the outpouring of feedback from the community and have decided to increase the Firebird's Finery 6-piece bonus.
    We hope these changes will allow players to explore new strategies in high-end group play compositions for Season 23. We hope you enjoy Firebird's this season, but we will keep an eye on its power and adjust balance in the future.
    • Gears of Dreadlands 6-Piece Set: Your primary skills deal 15,000% increased damage.
    • The Ninth Cirri Satchel: Hungering Arrow is guaranteed to pierce and also deals 450% to 600% increased damage. Hungering Arrow can only pierce up to 3 times.
    • Gazing Demise: The damage of Spirit Barrage is increased by 100% to 150%. Spirit Barrage gains the Phantasm rune that lasts twice as long, and the attack rate from Manitou spectres is increased.
    • Blackthorne's Jousting Mail: Replaced one minor property with a random elemental damage affix.

    Class Set Dungeon Update

    • To account for the Necromancer redesign of the Bones of Rathma set, we have updated the objective to "Revive 100 Corpses" from the current "Raise 100 Skeletal Mages".
    Developer Note: In addition to the recent changes, we'll continue to analyze the performance of individual builds and rebalance them to allow for more variety in all categories of gameplay. We appreciate and value your feedback as we continue to analyze and fine-tune the performance of a variety of builds and address the high and low performers in this and future balance patches. Thank you all for your support and we look forward to seeing you this season!

     


    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed an issue with the legacy version of Etched Sigil buffing unintended effects.
    • Fixed an issue with the Follower's cheat death skills activating while the player had a Shield Pylon active.
    • Fixed an issue where the Templar would sometimes stop following the player.
    • Fixed Revive - Personal Army buff not persisting with Rathma's 4 piece bonus
    Posted in: Season 23 Mega-Post!
  • published the article Firebird's Finery Rework Adjusted Ahead Of Season 23!

    Firebird's Finery Rework Adjusted Ahead Of Season 23!

    The Firebird's rework that was seen on the patch 2.7.0 PTR has had an additional balance pass ahead of Season 23 after Blizzard received feedback from players!

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

    • Firebird's Finery 2-Piece Set: Disintegrate Ignites enemies, causing them to take 7500% 3000% weapon damage per second until they die. When you die, a meteor falls from the sky and revives you. This effect has a 60-second cooldown.
    • Firebird's Finery 4-Piece Set: Casting Disintegrate adds Combustion stacks that reduce the cooldown of Teleport by 1% 2% per stack. Stacks up to 100 50 times. You gain 80% damage reduction while maintaining Combustion stacks.
    • Firebird's Finery 6-Piece Set: You gain 4000% 2000% 5000% increased damage while Ignite is applied to a target. Hitting an Ignited enemy with a non-channeling fire spell deals Ignite damage multiplied by Combustion stacks.
    Developer Note: With the bulk of patch 2.7.0's focus being on the single-player experience, we recognize that the set reworks and balance changes are some of the most impactful and important to the group play experience. We've heard the outpouring of feedback from the community and have decided to increase the Firebird's Finery 6-piece bonus.
    We hope these changes will allow players to explore new strategies in high-end group play compositions for Season 23. We hope you enjoy Firebird's this season, but we will keep an eye on its power and adjust balance in the future.
    Posted in: Firebird's Finery Rework Adjusted Ahead Of Season 23!
  • published the article Season 23 Begins April 2nd!

    Season 23 Begins April 2nd!

    Blizzard has posted the preview blog for Season 22, The Disciples of Sanctuary!

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

    Season 23 | The Disciples of Sanctuary | Preview Blog

     

    Update on March 28: The latest changes from our PTR testing period can be found with annotations in RED.

    Developer Note: Thank you to all the players who participated in PTR and provided feedback through various online sources! Your input is invaluable and plays a critical part to the development of the game.

    Season 23 will begin on April 2, at 5PM (PDT/CET/KST) shortly after our next Diablo III update. Read on to learn more about the Follower system revamp, leaderboard changes, and Legendary item changes coming in Patch 2.7.0. We are expecting this update to be released on March 30.

     


    Table of Contents

     


    New Season Theme

    Kormac, Lyndon, and Eirena have long been studying and observing the Nephalem, learning from the best how to conquer darkness. Now the Disciples of Sanctuary are ready to take their place among legends, equip wondrous items and emanate their inner power to aid in the fight against the minions of hell....

     

    Season 23 kicks off our brand new Follower system revamp! Players can now equip Followers with a total of 14 different item slots which include the Follower Relic Item, Helm, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, Bracers, Belt, 2 Rings, Neck, Pants, Boots, main-hand weapon, and off-hand.

     

     

    The Season 23 launch also introduces the new Follower feature Emanate, which allows the player to gain the intended effect of certain Legendary Powers and Set Bonuses when equipped on the hired Follower.


    Seasonal Cosmetic Rewards

    Beginning with Season 17, we began reintroducing previous rewards to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. For Season 23, this means awards originally available from Season 11 are returning. Pet collectors will be pleased to see the return of the Emerald Dragon… and, in addition to the Pant and Boot slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, the Treasure Goblins portraits will be available.

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    However, we know it’s nice to have something new to aim for if you’ve participated in previous Seasons. We’re continuing to provide new End of Journey rewards as introduced in Season 17, with two new cosmetic ones for those who complete the entirety of the Season journey. Prove your worth with The Disciples of Sanctuary alongside and complete the Season 23 Guardian Journey to earn the Lacuni Cub pet and the Chopping Block portrait.

     

     

     


    Season Journey Rewards

    If you’ve been diligently slaying demons before and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve surely accrued a few extra stash tabs. You’ll earn one additional tab each Season by finishing the Conqueror tier, up to a maximum of five:

    • Far Away: Kill the Siegebreaker Assault Beast at level 70 in under 30 seconds on Torment X difficulty.
    • Money Ain't a Thang: Slay Greed on Torment X difficulty. Treasure Goblins outside of Nephalem Rifts will sometimes open portals to Greed's domain, The Vault.
    • A Little More: Reach Greater Rift Level 60 Solo.
    • 4 Minutes to Save the World​: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment X difficulty within 4 minutes.
    • Gem of My Life: Level three Legendary Gems to level 55.
    • All I Do is Win: Complete 2 Conquests this Season.

     


    Seasonal Conquests

    Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those too! Do you love collecting lots of gold as fast as possible? You’ll be set with Avarice and Avaritia. Want to go fast while killing things? Speed Demon and Need for Speed will serve your purposes. Want to go fast while killing big things? Boss Mode and Worlds Apart are right up your alley. Divinity and Lionhearted are also making a return, if challenging Greater Rifts are more your style. Finally, if you’re keen to prove your mastery of various Class Sets, Masters of the Universe and Masters of Sets will also be returning.

     

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    Haedrig’s Gift

    Finally, the Class Sets rewarded for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift have rotated once more. We’ve listed the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works:

    Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. These contain a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely! The set you receive depends on the class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character. Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 23:

    • Monk - Raiment of a Thousand Storms
    • Demon Hunter - Unhallowed Essence
    • Crusader - Roland’s Legacy
    • Wizard - Tal Rasha’s Elements
    • Barbarian - Wrath of the Wastes
    • Witch Doctor - Helltooth Harness
    • Necromancer - Bones of Rathma

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    Patch Notes

    Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III, Patch 2.7.0

     


    PATCH 2.7.0

    Table of Contents:

    Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.


     

    Patch Notes

    Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III, Patch 2.7.0.


     

    Seasons

    Follower System Revamp: The Follower system for Diablo III has been revamped and will be made permanently available for Seasonal and Non-Seasonal play! Players can now equip Followers with a total of 14 different item slots which include the Follower Relic Item, Helm, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, Bracers, Belt, 2 Rings, Neck, Pants, Boots, main-hand weapon, and off-hand. We're introducing a new Follower feature into Diablo III called Emanate, which allows the player to gain the intended effect of certain Legendary Powers and Set Bonuses when equipped on the hired Follower. The current list of items with Emanate capabilities are the following:

    • Broken Crown
    • Homing Pads
    • Spaulders of Zakara
    • Goldskin
    • Custerian Wristguards
    • Nemesis Bracers
    • Gladiator Gauntlets
    • Gloves of Worship
    • Dovu Energy Trap
    • Rakoff's Glass of Life
    • Avarice Band
    • Krede's Flame
    • The Flavor of Time
    • Sage's Journey (3-piece set bonus)
    • Cain's Destiny (3-piece set bonus)

    Follower Skills Revamp: Follower skills have been reworked to showcase new and updated skills. Check out the full update on the Follower skills below:

    Scoundrel

    • Crippling Shot
      • Ranged attack that deals 140% weapon damage and slows enemies hit by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Powered Shot
      • Ranged attack that explodes on impact, dealing 120% weapon damage as Arcane to enemies within 10 yards and has a 100% chance to Stun enemies for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Hysteria
      • Whenever you or the Scoundrel land a Critical Hit, you both will go into hysterics, increasing all damage done by 3% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Anatomy
      • Increases Critical Hit Chance by 1.8% to 4% for you and the Scoundrel based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Multishot Passive
      • Passive: The Scoundrel's special attacks have a 50% to 70% chance to fire 3 bolts based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • *Skill Rework - Vanish
      • When you take fatal damage, the Scoundrel conceals you from enemies for 3 to 7 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity, allowing you to escape your death.
    • *New Skill - Night's Veil
      • The Scoundrel launches a cloud that covers a 20-yard area and lasts 5 to10 2 to 4 seconds based on the Scoundrel’s Dexterity. All attacks against enemies that are inside the cloud will be critical hits.
    • *New Skill - Piercing Shot
      • Ranged attack that pierces and increases damage done to enemies by 10% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • *Removed Skills - Dirty Fighting and Poison Bolts

    Templar

    • Heal and Loyalty
      • These skills now scale based on the Templar’s Strength.
    • Intimidate
      • Enemies that hit or are hit by the Templar are slowed by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • Charge
      • Charges a target, dealing 280% weapon damage and stunning all enemies within 8 yards for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • Intervene
      • Taunt enemies within 10 yards of you for 3 to 6 seconds based on Templar's strength when you are hit.
      *Skill Rework - Onslaught
      • Delivers a massive blow to an enemy for 800% weapon damage and causes the target and nearby enemies to take 10% increased damage for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • *Skill Rework - Guardian
      • When you take fatal damage, the Templar will rush to your aid, knocking back enemies within 15 yards, healing you for 15% to 25% life based on the Templar's Strength, and shielding you from all damage for 5 seconds.

    Enchantress

    • Erosion
      • Conjures a pool of energy that deals 330% weapon damage as Arcane over 5 to 7 seconds based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. Affected enemies will also take 10% increased damage.
    • Focused Mind
      • A 40-yard aura that increases attack speed for you and the Enchantress by 3% to 6% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *Skill Rework (Renamed from Powered Armor) - Powered Shield
      • Reduces damage by 6% from ranged attacks, increases Armor by 3%, and slows melee attackers by 60% for 3 to 6 seconds for you and the Enchantress based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Temporal Pulse
      • The Enchantress casts a guided orb that deals 150% weapon damage and slows enemies by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Amplification
      • Increases your highest static elemental bonus by 5% to 10% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Prophetic Harmony
      • Reduce your skills’ Cooldowns by 5% to 10% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Fate's Lapse
      • When you take fatal damage, the Enchantress empowers you to speed up your movement through time for 3 to 7 seconds to avoid death based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *Removed Skills - Forceful Push, Mass Control, Disorient, and Missile Ward

    Solo Leaderboards Update: Greater Rift solo leaderboards now contain additional filters to sort by. This update provides a total of 7 filters available per class.

    • Class Sets
    • No Class Set
    • Overall (default filter)

    Items

    General Updates

    • Teleport - Adjusted Wizard's Teleport animation speed.
    • Land of the Dead - Invigoration skill rune now removes all resource costs.
    • Rathma's Shield passive skill now has a 60-second cooldown

    Item Changes

    • Bones of Rathma 2-Piece Set: Your permanent minions reduce the cooldown of Army of the Dead by 0.25 0.50 second each time they deal damage. Your skeletal warriors spawn faster, and your revived minions no longer expire.
    • Bones of Rathma 4-Piece Set: Your minions no longer take damage. You gain 1% damage reduction for 15 seconds each time one of your minions deal damage. Maximum of 75 stacks.
    • Bones of Rathma 6-Piece Set: Each permanent active minion increases the damage of Army of the Dead and Bone Spirit by 500%, up to 8500% 9000%.
    • Defiler Cuisses: Bone Spirit's damage is increased by 400% to 500% for every second it is active and will also freeze enemies on impact. Maximum of 5 seconds.
    • New item* Bonds of C'Lena: Bone Spirit deals 300% to 400% increased damage and deals an additional 2% increased damage for 10 seconds each time Army of the Dead hits an enemy. Maximum of 500 stacks. Army of the Dead deals 75% to 100% increased damage or double this bonus against an active target of Command Skeletons.
    • Firebird's Finery 2-Piece Set: Disintegrate Ignites enemies, causing them to take 7500% 3000% weapon damage per second until they die. When you die, a meteor falls from the sky and revives you. This effect has a 60-second cooldown.
    • Firebird's Finery 4-Piece Set: Casting Disintegrate adds Combustion stacks that reduce the cooldown of Teleport by 1% 2% per stack. Stacks up to 100 50 times. You gain 80% damage reduction while maintaining Combustion stacks.
    • Firebird's Finery 6-Piece Set: You gain 4000% 2000% increased damage while Ignite is applied to a target. Hitting an Ignited enemy with a non-channeling fire spell deals Ignite damage multiplied by Combustion stacks.
    • Gears of Dreadlands 6-Piece Set: Your primary skills deal 15,000% increased damage.
    • The Ninth Cirri Satchel: Hungering Arrow is guaranteed to pierce and also deals 450% to 600% increased damage. Hungering Arrow can only pierce up to 3 4 times.
    • Gazing Demise: The damage of Spirit Barrage is increased by 100% to 150%. Spirit Barrage gains the Phantasm rune that lasts twice as long, and the attack rate from Manitou spectres is increased.
    • Blackthorne's Jousting Mail: Replaced one minor property with a random elemental damage affix.

    Class Set Dungeon Update

    • To account for the Necromancer redesign of the Bones of Rathma set, we have updated the objective to "Revive 100 Corpses" from the current "Raise 100 Skeletal Mages".

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed an issue with the legacy version of Etched Sigil buffing unintended effects.
    • Fixed an issue with the Follower's cheat death skills activating while the player had a Shield Pylon active.
    • Fixed an issue where the Templar would sometimes stop following the player.
    • Fixed Revive - Personal Army buff not persisting with Rathma's 4 piece bonus
    Posted in: Season 23 Begins April 2nd!
  • published the article Season 22 ends March 28th!

    Season 22 ends March 28th!

    Season 22 will be ending on March 28th in each region, along with the Double Goblin event! Be sure to get your seasonal journey completed before the end of Season 22!

     

    Originally Posted by FilthieRich(Official Post)

    Hello all -

     

    Season 22 is coming to a close. Below are the times on when Season 22 will end for each region.

     

    North America - March 28 at 5pm PDT

    Europe - March 28 at 5pm

    CET Asia - March 28 at 5pm KST

     

    Along with these ending times, the Double Goblin event will also be ending. We will be providing a Season 23 Preview soon which will include the start time for the next season.
    Posted in: Season 22 ends March 28th!
  • published the article Update To PTR Patch 2.7.0!

    Update To PTR Patch 2.7.0!

    There has been an update to Patch 2.7.0 on the PTR which brings new balance updates, bug fixes, and UI improvements!

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment(Official Post)

    Diablo 3 PTR 2.7.0 Now Live | Patch Update

     

    Update on March 4: PTR 2.7.0 has been updated. Please see below for changes with annotations in RED.

    Our two-week PTR testing period for the 2.7.0 update begins February 25 and we're asking for your help to quell the tides of surging demons. Take a look at the preliminary patch notes below and start theorycrafting how you'll make the most of the Follower system revamp, leaderboard changes, and Legendary item changes; Patch 2.7.0 will be arriving soon.


    Table of Contents

    Please note that this is a preview for PTR content, which is subject to change.


    PTR Focus & Details

    We’ll be conducting the Patch 2.7.0 PTR, and phasing in content updates over the course of two weeks, starting Thursday, February 25. During this time there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches.

    • There will be three PTR-unique buffs active to help you on your journey: increased Legendary drop rate, increased experience gains, and double Blood Shard drops. You can also buy new gear for testing from the special PTR vendor, Djank Mi'em, who will exchange Blood Shards for class-specific bags full of Legendary items that we'd love for you to test!
    • Class and Balance Changes: To ensure that the most significant class changes receive an ample amount of attention, we'd love for you to focus testing and feedback on the set changes to the Wizard's Firebird’s Finery set, the Necromancer's Bones of Rathma set, and the balance updates to the Demon Hunter’s Gears of Dreadlands set and Witch Doctor’s Gazing Demise.
    • New Features Testing: We're looking to gather feedback on the solo player content with the Follower system revamp, and the Greater Rift solo leaderboard updates.

    So that we can efficiently review your posts, feedback should be provided in the PTR Feedback forum while bug reports should be provided in the PTR Bug Report forum.


    PTR Testing Tips

    As with our previous PTRs, this testing period is short, so it's best to hit the ground running. Whether you’re a PTR veteran or newcomer, we thought we’d pass along a few tips to get you started.

    • Because of the limited duration of this PTR, we ask that participants pick a particular portion of this update to focus on testing.
      • For example, if you’re primarily a Wizard player, consider what changes impact the Wizard specifically. What you like best, what you think may still need adjustment, and what you’d want to see in the future (even if that may be beyond the scope of this patch) are all good questions to ask yourself.
    • Prior to the start of PTR, consider stocking up on items like Puzzle Rings and Bovine Bardiches. Having these available after you import your character can make any necessary PTR farming much faster!
    • Try to break things! Just tell us when you do so we can make sure that the patch launch is as smooth as possible.
    • When providing feedback, focus less on a solution and more on your experience. How did the changes make you feel? Was there something “off” that you noticed? Did something seem wrong or insufficient? Suggestions are always welcome but identifying the issues themselves is most important.

    Patch Notes

    Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III, Patch 2.7.0.


    PATCH 2.7.0

    Table of Contents:

    Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.


     

    Seasons

    Follower System Revamp: The Follower system for Diablo III has been revamped and will be made permanently available for Seasonal and Non-Seasonal play! Players can now equip Followers with a total of 14 different item slots which include the Follower Relic Item, Helm, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, Bracers, Belt, 2 Rings, Neck, Pants, Boots, main-hand weapon, and off-hand. We're introducing a new Follower feature into Diablo III called Emanate, which allows the player to gain the intended effect of certain Legendary Powers and Set Bonuses when equipped on the hired Follower. The current list of items with Emanate capabilities are the following:

    • Broken Crown
    • Homing Pads
    • Spaulders of Zakara
    • Goldskin
    • Custerian Wristguards
    • Nemesis Bracers
    • Gladiator Gauntlets
    • Gloves of Worship
    • Dovu Energy Trap
    • Rakoff's Glass of Life
    • Avarice Band
    • Krede's Flame
    • The Flavor of Time
    • Sage's Journey (3-piece set bonus)
    • Cain's Destiny (3-piece set bonus)

    Follower Skills Revamp: Follower skills have been reworked to showcase new and updated skills. Check out the skills change list below:

    Follower Updates

    • Follower ability tooltips now display the current value of scaled abilities rather than the range.
    • Vanish, Fate's Lapse, and Guardian now have a higher priority than player's cheat death skills.
    • Vanish, Fate's Lapse, and Guardian now display a debuff icon while on cooldown.
    • Fixed a bug to make Follower Relics that reduce the cooldown by 50% now affect Vanish, Fate's Lapse, and Guardian.
    • Updated Vanish description to provide clarity.

    Developer's Note *Update: These updates should provide additional clarity into the benefits followers are providing to players.

    Scoundrel

    • Crippling Shot
      • Ranged attack that deals 140% weapon damage and slows enemies hit by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Powered Shot
      • Ranged attack that explodes on impact, dealing 120% weapon damage as Arcane to enemies within 10 yards and has a 100% chance to Stun enemies for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Hysteria
      • Whenever you or the Scoundrel land a Critical Hit, you both will go into hysterics, increasing all damage done by 3% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Anatomy
      • Increases Critical Hit Chance by 1.8% to 4% for you and the Scoundrel based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Multishot Passive
      • Passive: The Scoundrel's special attacks have a 50% to 70% chance to fire 3 bolts based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • *Skill Rework - Vanish
      • When you take fatal damage, the Scoundrel conceals you from enemies for 3 to 7 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity, and prevents your death allowing you to escape your death.
    • *New Skill - Night's Veil
      • The Scoundrel launches a cloud that covers a 20-yard area and lasts 5 to10 seconds based on the Scoundrel’s Dexterity. All attacks against enemies that are inside the cloud will be critical hits.
    • *New Skill - Piercing Shot
      • Ranged attack that pierces and increases damage done to enemies by 10% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • *Removed Skills - Dirty Fighting and Poison Bolts

    Templar

    • Heal and Loyalty
      • These skills now scale based on the Templar’s Strength.
    • Intimidate
      • Enemies that hit or are hit by the Templar are slowed by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • Charge
      • Charges a target, dealing 280% weapon damage and stunning all enemies within 8 yards for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • Intervene
      • Taunt enemies within 10 yards of you for 3 to 6 seconds based on Templar's strength when you are hit.
      *Skill Rework - Onslaught
      • Delivers a massive blow to an enemy for 800% weapon damage and causes the target and nearby enemies to take 10% increased damage for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • *Skill Rework - Guardian
      • When you take fatal damage, the Templar will rush to your aid, knocking back enemies within 15 yards, healing you for 15% to 25% life based on the Templar's Strength, and shielding you from all damage for 5 seconds.

    Enchantress

    • Erosion
      • Conjures a pool of energy that deals 330% weapon damage as Arcane over 5 to 7 seconds based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. Affected enemies will also take 10% increased damage.
    • Focused Mind
      • A 40-yard aura that increases attack speed for you and the Enchantress by 3% to 6% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *Skill Rework (Renamed from Powered Armor) - Powered Shield
      • Reduces damage by 6% from ranged attacks, increases Armor by 3%, and slows melee attackers by 60% for 3 to 6 seconds for you and the Enchantress based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Temporal Pulse
      • The Enchantress casts a guided orb that deals 150% weapon damage and slows enemies by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Amplification
      • Increases your highest static elemental bonus by 5% to 10% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Prophetic Harmony
      • Reduce your skills’ Cooldowns by 5% to 10% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Fate's Lapse
      • When you take fatal damage, the Enchantress empowers you to speed up your movement through time for 3 to 7 seconds to avoid death based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *Removed Skills - Forceful Push, Mass Control, Disorient, and Missile Ward

    Developer's Note: By reworking and adding Follower skills, expanding the Follower’s equipment set, and introducing Emanate, we believe Followers will be more meaningful and provide greater utility to the single-player experience.

    Solo Leaderboards Update: Greater Rift solo leaderboards now contain additional filters to sort by. This update provides a total of 7 filters available per class.

    • Class Sets
    • No Class Set
    • Overall (default filter)

    Developer's Note: In their current form, the Solo Leaderboards are great at showcasing the strongest builds for each class but tend to only highlight a small percentage of the wide variety of builds that players have available to them. We want to empower the community to play their favorite set and be represented on the leaderboard.

    Season Rewards: Two unique new rewards, a portrait frame, and a pet will be granted to players who complete the Season 23 Guardian Journey. Please note that the reward content will not be available during PTR 2.7.0.


    Items

    General 

    • Rathma's Shield passive skill now has a 60-second cooldown  

    Item Changes

    • Bones of Rathma 2-Piece Set: Your minions reduce the cooldown of Army of the Dead by 1 0.25 second each time they deal damage. Your skeletal warriors spawn faster, and your revived minions no longer expire.
    • Bones of Rathma 4-Piece Set: Your minions no longer take damage. You gain 1% damage reduction for 15 seconds each time one of your minions deal damage. Maximum of 75 stacks.
    • Bones of Rathma 6-Piece Set: Each active minion increases the damage of Army of the Dead and Bone Spirit by 1000% 500%, up to 8500%.
    • Defiler Cuisses: Bone Spirit's damage is increased by 400% to 500% for every second it is active and will also freeze enemies on impact. Maximum of 5 seconds.
    • New item* Bonds of C'Lena: Army of the Dead and Bone Spirit deals 300% to 400% increased damage. Bone Spirit deals an additional 2% increased damage for 5 seconds each time Army of the Dead hits an enemy. Bone Spirit deals 300% to 400% increased damage and deals an additional 2% increased damage for 10 seconds each time Army of the Dead hits an enemy. Maximum of 500 stacks

    Developer's Note: We recognize that the Bones of Rathma set plays similarly to other Necromancer builds. Our goal is to preserve the fantasy of the set while maintaining diversity among the Necromancer sets.

    Developer's Note *Update: Initially multiple legendary powers were left uncapped to see how players would utilize them, however we didn't anticipate for Army of the Dead to be able to cast as frequently as it was. This totally dominated how the set was played and also resulted in permanent invincibility. We're attempting to address this and we'd love for players to try out the new changes and provide additional feedback.

    • Firebird's Finery 2-Piece Set: When you die, a meteor falls from the sky and revives you. Disintegrate Ignites enemies, causing them to take 3000% weapon damage per second until they die. Disintegrate Ignites enemies, causing them to take 7500% weapon damage per second until they die. When you die, a meteor falls from the sky and revives you. This effect has a 60-second cooldown.
    • Firebird's Finery 4-Piece Set: You gain 80% damage reduction and 4000% increased damage while Ignite is applied to a target. Casting Disintegrate adds Combustion stacks that reduce the cooldown of Teleport by 2% per stack. Stacks up to 50 times. Casting Disintegrate adds Combustion stacks that reduce the cooldown of Teleport by 1% per stack. Stacks up to 100 times. You gain 80% damage reduction while maintaining Combustion stacks.
    • Firebird's Finery 6-Piece Set: Hitting an Ignited enemy with a fire spell other than Disintegrate deals Ignite damage multiplied by Combustion stacks. You gain 4000% increased damage while Ignite is applied to a target. Hitting an Ignited enemy with a non-channeling fire spell deals Ignite damage multiplied by Combustion stacks.

    Developer's Note: Firebird’s Finery is due for a rebirth. We have overhauled the set to breathe new life into it while still allowing the player to incinerate the forces of Hell. 

    Developer's Note *Update: The original intent of this set redesign was not to use channeling abilities as the main source of damage so we adjusted the 2-piece and 6-piece bonuses. We increased the Combustion tick rate to make it easier to maintain stacks and to make the set less cumbersome to play. Additionally, we appreciate the community's catch of the unintended overlap between Tal Rasha's Elements and Firebird's Finery. It was fun while it lasted, but it has to go.

    • Gears of Dreadlands 6-Piece Set: Hungering Arrow pierces a maximum of 2 times while wearing the Gears of Dreadlands. Your primary skills deal 15,000% increased damage. 
    • The Ninth Cirri Satchel: Hungering Arrow is guaranteed to pierce and also deals 450% to 600% increased damage. Hungering Arrow can only pierce up to 3 times.

    Developer's Note: We toned down the number of pierces Hungering Arrow can perform while Gears of Dreadlands is equipped to address concerns when interacting with Missile Dampening.

    Developer's Note *Update: The initial change was targeted towards Gears of Dreadlands using Hungering Arrow, which severely nerfed its performance and also didn't fix the same issue across other sets. The new fix is now on the core legendary power that Hungering Arrow relies on, and Gears of Dreadlands' power has been adjusted to compensate and also encourage other primary abilities.

    • Gazing Demise: The damage of Spirit Barrage is increased by 100% to 150%. Spirit Barrage gains the Phantasm rune that lasts twice as long, and the attack rate from Manitou spectres is increased.

    Developer's Note: Mundunugu’s Regalia is overperforming compared to other sets. This change to Gazing Demise should simplify the gameplay mechanic while reducing its damage output.

    • Blackthorn's Jousting Mail: Replaced one primary minor property with a random elemental damage affix.

    Class Set Dungeon Update

    • To account for the Necromancer redesign of the Bones of Rathma set, we have updated the objective to "Revive 100 Corpses" from the current "Raise 100 Skeletal Mages".

    Bug Fixes

    • General: Updated text on Blackthorne's Jousting Mail item descriptor
    • Demon Hunter: Fixed a bug where Hungering Arrow - Shatter Shot pierced more than intended. 
    • Wizard: Fixed bug where the Firebird's Finery 6-piece bonus was not interacting with Wave of Force - Heat Wave and the base Hydra's attacks.
    • Wizard: Fixed a bug where the Deathwish damage bonus was not always applying correctly while Channeling.
    • Leaderboard: Fixed a bug where players could be placed on the "No Six Piece Set" Leaderboard when having a Class Set equipped.
    • Leaderboard: Fixed a bug that caused the bottom of the Leaderboard UI to be cut off.

    How to Participate

    To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.

    Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.

    Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo III tab on the left-hand menu.

    Step 3: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo III" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

    Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.

    Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.


    PTR Character Copy

    The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.

    Step 1: Log into the live game and then log out.

    Step 2: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.

    Step 3: Click on the "PTR Copy" button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)

    Step 4: Select your region.

    Step 5: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.

    Step 6: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.

    Step 7: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.

    Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost. In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.


    As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning. Thank you, and we look forward to your feedback!

    Posted in: Update To PTR Patch 2.7.0!
  • published the article Diablo 3 PTR 2.7.0 Preview!

    Diablo 3 PTR 2.7.0 Preview!

    Patch 2.7.0 for Diablo III will be hitting the PTR on the 25th of February, and include some huge changes such as a rework to Followers, a new way to filter the solo leaderboards, and tons of other new additions!

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

    Diablo 3 PTR 2.7.0 Preview

    Our two-week PTR testing period for the 2.7.0 update begins February 25 and we're asking for your help to quell the tides of surging demons. Take a look at the preliminary patch notes below and start theorycrafting how you'll make the most of the Follower system revamp, leaderboard changes, and Legendary item changes; Patch 2.7.0 will be arriving soon.


    Table of Contents

    Please note that this is a preview for PTR content, which is subject to change.


    PTR Focus & Details

    We’ll be conducting the Patch 2.7.0 PTR, and phasing in content updates over the course of two weeks, starting Thursday, February 25. During this time there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches.

    • There will be three PTR-unique buffs active to help you on your journey: increased Legendary drop rate, increased experience gains, and double Blood Shard drops. You can also buy new gear for testing from the special PTR vendor, Djank Mi'em, who will exchange Blood Shards for class-specific bags full of Legendary items that we'd love for you to test!
    • Class and Balance Changes: To ensure that the most significant class changes receive an ample amount of attention, we'd love for you to focus testing and feedback on the set changes to the Wizard's Firebird’s Finery set, the Necromancer's Bones of Rathma set, and the balance updates to the Demon Hunter’s Gears of Dreadlands set and Witch Doctor’s Gazing Demise.
    • New Features Testing: We're looking to gather feedback on the solo player content with the Follower system revamp, and the Greater Rift solo leaderboard updates.

    So that we can efficiently review your posts, feedback should be provided in the PTR Feedback forum while bug reports should be provided in the PTR Bug Report forum.


    PTR Testing Tips

    As with our previous PTRs, this testing period is short, so it's best to hit the ground running. Whether you’re a PTR veteran or newcomer, we thought we’d pass along a few tips to get you started.

    • Because of the limited duration of this PTR, we ask that participants pick a particular portion of this update to focus on testing.
      • For example, if you’re primarily a Wizard player, consider what changes impact the Wizard specifically. What you like best, what you think may still need adjustment, and what you’d want to see in the future (even if that may be beyond the scope of this patch) are all good questions to ask yourself.
    • Prior to the start of PTR, consider stocking up on items like Puzzle Rings and Bovine Bardiches. Having these available after you import your character can make any necessary PTR farming much faster!
    • Try to break things! Just tell us when you do so we can make sure that the patch launch is as smooth as possible.
    • When providing feedback, focus less on a solution and more on your experience. How did the changes make you feel? Was there something “off” that you noticed? Did something seem wrong or insufficient? Suggestions are always welcome but identifying the issues themselves is most important.

    Patch Notes

    Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III, Patch 2.7.0.


    PATCH 2.7.0

    Table of Contents:

    Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.


     Seasons

    Follower System Revamp: The Follower system for Diablo III has been revamped and will be made permanently available for Seasonal and Non-Seasonal play! Players can now equip Followers with a total of 14 different item slots which include the Follower Relic Item, Helm, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, Bracers, Belt, 2 Rings, Neck, Pants, Boots, main-hand weapon, and off-hand. We're introducing a new Follower feature into Diablo III called Emanate, which allows the player to gain the intended effect of certain Legendary Powers and Set Bonuses when equipped on the hired Follower. The current list of items with Emanate capabilities are the following:

    • Broken Crown
    • Homing Pads
    • Spaulders of Zakara
    • Goldskin
    • Custerian Wristguards
    • Nemesis Bracers
    • Gladiator Gauntlets
    • Gloves of Worship
    • Dovu Energy Trap
    • Rakoff's Glass of Life
    • Avarice Band
    • Krede's Flame
    • The Flavor of Time
    • Sage's Journey (3-piece set bonus)
    • Cain's Destiny (3-piece set bonus)

    Follower Skills Revamp: Follower skills have been reworked to showcase new and updated skills. Check out the skills change list below:

    Scoundrel

    • Crippling Shot
      • Ranged attack that deals 140% weapon damage and slows enemies hit by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Powered Shot
      • Ranged attack that explodes on impact, dealing 120% weapon damage as Arcane to enemies within 10 yards and has a 100% chance to Stun enemies for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Hysteria
      • Whenever you or the Scoundrel land a Critical Hit, you both will go into hysterics, increasing all damage done by 3% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Anatomy
      • Increases Critical Hit Chance by 1.8% to 4% for you and the Scoundrel based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • Multishot Passive
      • Passive: The Scoundrel's special attacks have a 50% to 70% chance to fire 3 bolts based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • *Skill Rework - Vanish
      • When you take fatal damage, the Scoundrel conceals you from enemies for 3 to 7 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity and prevents your death.
    • *New Skill - Night's Veil
      • The Scoundrel launches a cloud that covers a 20-yard area and lasts 5 to10 seconds based on the Scoundrel’s Dexterity. All attacks against enemies that are inside the cloud will be critical hits.
    • *New Skill - Piercing Shot
      • Ranged attack that pierces and increases damage done to enemies by 10% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity.
    • *Removed Skills - Dirty Fighting and Poison Bolts

    Templar

    • Heal and Loyalty
      • These skills now scale based on the Templar’s Strength.
    • Intimidate
      • Enemies that hit or are hit by the Templar are slowed by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • Charge
      • Charges a target, dealing 280% weapon damage and stunning all enemies within 8 yards for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • Intervene
      • Taunt enemies within 10 yards of you for 3 to 6 seconds based on Templar's strength when you are hit.
      *Skill Rework - Onslaught
      • Delivers a massive blow to an enemy for 800% weapon damage and causes the target and nearby enemies to take 10% increased damage for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength.
    • *Skill Rework - Guardian
      • When you take fatal damage, the Templar will rush to your aid, knocking back enemies within 15 yards, healing you for 15% to 25% life based on the Templar's Strength, and shielding you from all damage for 5 seconds.

    Enchantress

    • Erosion
      • Conjures a pool of energy that deals 330% weapon damage as Arcane over 5 to 7 seconds based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. Affected enemies will also take 10% increased damage.
    • Focused Mind
      • A 40-yard aura that increases attack speed for you and the Enchantress by 3% to 6% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *Skill Rework (Renamed from Powered Armor) - Powered Shield
      • Reduces damage by 6% from ranged attacks, increases Armor by 3%, and slows melee attackers by 60% for 3 to 6 seconds for you and the Enchantress based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Temporal Pulse
      • The Enchantress casts a guided orb that deals 150% weapon damage and slows enemies by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Amplification
      • Increases your highest static elemental bonus by 5% to 10% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Prophetic Harmony
      • Reduce your skills’ Cooldowns by 5% to 10% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *New Skill - Fate's Lapse
      • When you take fatal damage, the Enchantress empowers you to speed up your movement through time for 3 to 7 seconds to avoid death based on the Enchantress's Intelligence.
    • *Removed Skills - Forceful Push, Mass Control, Disorient, and Missile Ward

    Developer's Note: By reworking and adding Follower skills, expanding the Follower’s equipment set, and introducing Emanate, we believe Followers will be more meaningful and provide greater utility to the single-player experience.

     

    Solo Leaderboards Update: Greater Rift solo leaderboards now contain additional filters to sort by. This update provides a total of 7 filters available per class.

    • Class Sets
    • No Class Set
    • Overall (default filter)

    Developer's Note: In their current form, the Solo Leaderboards are great at showcasing the strongest builds for each class but tend to only highlight a small percentage of the wide variety of builds that players have available to them. We want to empower the community to play their favorite set and be represented on the leaderboard.

     

    Season Rewards: Two unique new rewards, a portrait frame, and a pet will be granted to players who complete the Season 23 Guardian Journey. Please note that the reward content will not be available during PTR 2.7.0.


    Items

    Item Changes

    • Bones of Rathma 2-Piece Set: Your minions reduce the cooldown of Army of the Dead by 1 second each time they deal damage. Your skeletal warriors spawn faster, and your revived minions no longer expire.
    • Bones of Rathma 4-Piece Set: Your minions no longer take damage. You gain 1% damage reduction for 15 seconds each time one of your minions deal damage. Maximum of 75 stacks.
    • Bones of Rathma 6-Piece Set: Each active minion increases the damage of Army of the Dead and Bone Spirit by 1000%.
    • Defiler Cuisses: Bone Spirit's damage is increased by 400% to 500% for every second it is active and will also freeze enemies on impact.
    • New item* Bonds of C'Lena: Army of the Dead and Bone Spirit deal 300% to 400% increased damage. Bone Spirit deals an additional 2% increased damage for 5 seconds each time Army of the Dead hits an enemy.

    Developer's Note: We recognize that the Bones of Rathma set plays similarly to other Necromancer builds. Our goal is to preserve the fantasy of the set while maintaining diversity among the Necromancer sets.

    • Firebird's Finery 2-Piece Set: When you die, a meteor falls from the sky and revives you. Disintegrate Ignites enemies, causing them to take 3000% weapon damage per second until they die.
    • Firebird's Finery 4-Piece Set: You gain 80% damage reduction and 4000% increased damage while Ignite is applied to a target. Casting Disintegrate adds Combustion stacks that reduce the cooldown of Teleport by 2% per stack. Stacks up to 50 times.
    • Firebird's Finery 6-Piece Set: Hitting an Ignited enemy with a fire spell other than Disintegrate deals Ignite damage multiplied by Combustion stacks.

    Developer's Note: Firebird’s Finery is due for a rebirth. We have overhauled the set to breathe new life into it while still allowing the player to incinerate the forces of Hell.

    • Gears of Dreadlands 6-Piece Set: Hungering Arrow pierces a maximum of 2 times while wearing the Gears of Dreadlands

    Developer's Note: We toned down the number of pierces Hungering Arrow can perform while Gears of Dreadlands is equipped to address concerns when interacting with Missile Dampening.

    • Gazing Demise: The damage of Spirit Barrage is increased by 100% to 150%. Spirit Barrage gains the Phantasm rune that lasts twice as long, and the attack rate from Manitou spectres is increased.

    Developer's Note: Mundunugu’s Regalia is overperforming compared to other sets. This change to Gazing Demise should simplify the gameplay mechanic while reducing its damage output.

    • Blackthorn's Jousting Mail: Replaced one primary property with a random elemental damage affix.

    Class Set Dungeon Update

    • To account for the Necromancer redesign of the Bones of Rathma set, we have updated the objective to "Revive 100 Corpses" from the current "Raise 100 Skeletal Mages".

     


    How to Participate

    To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.

     

    Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.

    Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo III tab on the left-hand menu.

    Step 3: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo III" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

    Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.

    Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.


    PTR Character Copy

    The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.

     

    Step 1: Log into the live game and then log out.

    Step 2: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.

    Step 3: Click on the "PTR Copy" button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)

    Step 4: Select your region.

    Step 5: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.

    Step 6: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.

    Step 7: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.

     

    Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost. In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.

     


    As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning. Thank you, and we look forward to your feedback!

    Posted in: Diablo 3 PTR 2.7.0 Preview!