Battletags can be changed, Patch 16 Changes, Mobile Alerts, Blue Posts, Micky Neilson Interview

Update: Blizzard has just posted the official blue post on the battletags change, adding it below.

BattleTags Can Now Be Changed
Big thanks to TheDomino for the tip. It looks like you are now able to change your Battletag. simply go to your page and click the "change" link under your current battletag name! (update: Blizzard has just released the official blue post)
IMPORTANT: You can only change your name once!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

When we introduced BattleTag nicknames, many of you created one to try the feature in the Diablo III beta test or simply establish your new identity in anticipation of Diablo III's release.

Today, we're releasing an update that will give everyone one opportunity to change their BattleTag nickname for free. If you picked a nickname you're not happy with, don't worry -- you can pick a new one. Even if you haven't created your BattleTag identifier yet, you'll still get one free BattleTag change to use after it's been created (similar to the way character name changes for StarCraft II worked).

As we announced previously, BattleTag nicknames will be required in order to play Diablo III, and in the future, they'll be used in a variety of ways across all of To set or change your BattleTag, simply log in to account management, head to the Account > Summary page, and look for the Create or Change option. BattleTags aren't unique, so you can pick any name you like as long as it adheres to the BattleTag Naming Policy.

Here's what you can expect from BattleTags when Diablo III launches:
  • Your BattleTag will serve as your public identity when chatting, grouping, or interacting with other players in Diablo III.
  • Once two players agree to become BattleTag friends, you'll automatically be able to see and interact with each of the Diablo III characters your friend plays automatically – no need to add multiple character names to your friends list individually.
  • Prior to the game's release, your presence on the Diablo III forums will be connected to your BattleTag, rather than any one specific character in the game. You'll transcend boundaries!

Our long-term plans include adding the ability for BattleTag friends to participate in cross-game chat (in StarCraft II, Diablo III, andWorld of Warcraft, and future Blizzard Entertainment games), as well as offer other features similar to what's currently available viaReal ID. More cool additions to BattleTag are on the horizon, but we're not quite ready to talk about those yet.

We'll continue to keep you up to date on our plans for BattleTag nicknames as more info becomes available. For more details, check out the BattleTag FAQ.

Undocumented Patch Changes
It's time to roundup all the undocumented changes! As always a massive thanks to Apoc for his amazing help. Feel free to suggest anything not found in this list!

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  • Frozen ability changed for elite mobs to summon freezing exploding orbs (video)
  • Knockback pushes players further back and places a "Slowed" debuff (3 sec)
  • A rare mob will spawn on Cath L3, creating the only possibility of an elite Servant of Jondar
  • All elites have extra speed
  • Skeletons pop up from the windows sooner
  • Captain Daltyn's Frost Affix will actually increase with the number of players in the game (Spawn more orbs)
  • Dead Plunderer (lootable container) can now spawn in the Musty Cellar
  • The Resplendent Chest from the non-Event Quest false Defiled Crypt has been removed
  • Defiled Grave event tile in Weeping Hollow changed to spawn many zombies instead of 3 champions
  • Den of the Fallen L2 now spawns with non-elite Carrion Bats instead of non-elite Plague Carriers
  • You can now buy rings from a vendor (Video)
  • The blacksmith's apprentice now drops a blue.
  • The AH now has more search options (List)
  • People are reporting new "grunt" sounds when landing in Cath 1
  • You can now set your language options (Video)
  • New Healer minimap Icon (Pic)
Usable Ability Changes
(for a full list of ALL class changes, click here)

  • Frenzy can gain charges from attacking breakable objects
  • Fists of Thunder: "Thunderclap" rune unlocks at lvl 6 (was lvl 52) (Video)
  • Fists of Thunder: "Bounding Light" rune unlocks at lvl 52 (was lvl 6)
  • Exalted Soul (passive) unlocks at lvl 13 (was lvl 19)
  • The Guardian's Path (passive) unlocks at lvl 24 (was lvl 10)
  • Ray of Frost: "Numb" rune unlocks at lvl 7 (was lvl 38) (Video)
  • - Ray of Frost: "Sleet Storm" rune unlocks at lvl 38 (was lvl 7)
Witch Doctor:
  • - Grasp of the Dead: "Unbreakable Grasp" rune unlocks at lvl 7 (was lvl 15) (Video)
  • - Grasp of the Dead: "Groping Eels" rune unlocks at lvl 15 (was lvl 7) Mobile Alerts
It looks like a new form of account security has pop'ed up on When you go to your account page, on the left under "Account Security" you should now have the option for "Add Mobil Alerts". If you have any questions check out the FAQ.

Portrait of a Champion Contest Ending Soon

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

We've received more than 2,000 entries for the Portrait of a Champion Art Contest and we're looking for more talented artists to help bolster our ranks. The hour of Diablo's return is near…take up your tools and forge a hero to help stem the tides of darkness before it's too late!

Time is short. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, April 29, so there's no time like the present to begin crafting an original image of your favorite Diablo III class rising to the meet the challenges of the pending demonic invasion. The future of Sanctuary is at stake, as well as epic prizes including 3D monitors and video cards by ASUS, Diablo III computer cases by Antec, and Diablo III peripherals by SteelSeries.

Head on over to the Darkness Falls, Heroes Rise promotional site for more information and official rules, or enter now!

Please note that submissions must be wholly comprised of your own, original imagery, exceed a resolution of 1600 x 1200, and may be no larger in size than 5 MB. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible to win.

Blue posts

Originally Posted by (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

We are aware that, in the Diablo III beta, a 15% transaction was previously displayed when selling items in the Beta Bucks auction house. This was a configuration error, and has been corrected.

We do not currently have plans to alter the auction house fee structure for the beta, as previously discussed here:

As always, thank you for your feedback. This is exactly the sort of thing that makes a good beta test.(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Yellows From Barrels
In our internal testing recently, I've gotten yellows from barrels. I started seeing them once in a great while starting at ~level 28. I'm talking about one in a hundred barrels or more. Blues from barrels definitely drop more often than yellows. I'd say it's working as intended. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Fun Interview with Micky Neilson - Book of Cain
PlayersCut had a rather interesting/unique interview with Micky Neilson. Most of the interview is just fun comments with a few random lore questions here and there, such as "Not all 7 heroes from Diablo 2 are still alive"


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