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PTR Updated Patch Notes

With the latest PTR patch released today the changelog has been updated with quite a few new items. The notes below contain all the documented changes from today's patch. Also note how the Mac version should be fixed now!


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Post)

Last Updated: November 20 @ 12:00 p.m. PST.

Below you'll find the preliminary PTR patch notes for patch 2.4.0. Please note that this isn't the final version of the patch notes and that some changes may not be documented or described in full detail.




  • Set Dungeons
    • The objectives of a Set Dungeon will now appear in a window when you enter the dungeon
    • The specific buffs that aid in tracking related objectives in Set Dungeons now have unique icons
    • All Set Dungeon Achievements now have unique names
    • All Unique monsters in Set Dungeons now have specific names
    • The Shadow's Mantle
      • The first objective has been redesigned
        • Chain bonus damage Impale hits on 15 consecutive enemies 5 times
    • The Reflects Damage affix has been removed from monsters in the Natalya's Vengeance dungeon
    • The Jailer affix has been removed from the following Set Dungeons
      • Immortal King's Call
      • Unhallowed Essence
      • Zunimassa's Haunt
    • Several Set Dungeons have received changes to their difficulty:
      • Crusader:
        • Thorns of the Invoker
        • Seeker of the Light
      • Demon Hunter:
        • The Shadow's Mantle
      • Monk:
        • Inna's Mantra
        • Monkey King's Garb
        • Raiment of a Thousand Storms
        • Uliana's Strategem
      • Wizard:
        • Vyr's Amazing Arcana
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented Mac players from launching the PTR client
    • Fixed and issue that could sometimes cause gems to be consumed by Kanai's Cube when augmenting an item with the Caldesann's Despair recipe
    • Fixed several issues that caused Rift Guardians to sometimes fail to use some of their abilities
    • Fixed an issue that caused Action Combat to award too much Experience from multipliers
    • Fixed an issue that prevented Crowd Control resistance from being applied to monsters under certain condidtions
    • Fixed an issue that caused Flying Dragon to proc more often than intended
    • Fixed an issue that caused The Shadow's Mantle (2) Set Bonus to increase the damage done by your pets
    • Fixed an issue that prevented Wand of Woh from applying its bonus to Explosive Blasts cast by Etched Sigil
    • Fixed an issue that caused Set Dungeon totems to sometimes vanish after they have appeared
    • Fixed an issue that prevented some Rain of Vengeance runes from maintaining the Natalya's Vengeance Set Dungeon objective
    • Fixed an issue that prevented the Monkey King's Garb and Zunimassa's Haunt Set Dungeons from always having the correct number of enemies
    • Fixed an issue that caused the Tal Rasha's Elements Set Dungeon Exorcist objective to always fail
    • Fixed an issue that prevented several Set Dungeon achievements from being granted
    • Fixed an issue that caused Fire Grates in the Tal Rasha's Elements and Uliana's Strategem Set Dungeons to be marked as enemies
    • Fixed an issue that prevented players from repeatedly re-entering the Thorns of the Invoker Set Dungeon
    • Fixed an issue that prevented the Set Dungeon entrance portals from appearing on the mini-map



  • Crusader
    • Active Skills
      • Iron Skin
        • Skill Rune - Reflective Skin
          • Thorns damage increased by 300% (up from 100%)
            • Note: This bonus is now in the same category as the Thorns of the Invoker (6) Set Bonus
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent the increased Thorns value from Iron Maiden from updating
  • Demon Hunter
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue that prevented special attacks made by Sentries with the Embodiment of the Marauder (4) Set Bonus from applying Numbing Traps
      • Fixed an issue that prevented Numbing Traps visual effect from being displayed on monsters


  • Wizard
    • Shields granted by skills now scale with your maximum Life
    • Active Skills
      • Diamond Skin
        • Damage absorbed changed from 93337 to 40% (up from 20%) of your Life
        • Skill Rune - Crystal Shell
          • Damage absorbed changed from 186675 to 80% (up from 40%) of your Life
      • Spectral Blade
        • Skill Rune - Barrier Blades
          • Damage absorbed changed from 10728 to 4% of your Life
      • Slow Time
        • Skill Rune - Point of No Return
          • Stun duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds
    • Passive Skills
      • Galvanizing Ward
        • Damage absorbed changed from 81536 to 70% (up from 30%) of your Life
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue that caused Meteor - Star Pact to gain the damage bonus for spending Arcane Power when automatically cast by Tal Rasha's (2) Set Bonus, or Etched Sigil



  • Band of Hollow Whispers
    • The duration of the Haunt cast by this item has been increased
    • This item will now cast Haunt more often
    • The cast range of this item has been increased
    • Note: These changes will apply retroactively to existing items
  • Legacy of Nightmares
    • Has been redesigned
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • While this is your only item Set Bonus your damage dealt is increased by100% (down from 800%) and damage taken is reduced by 4% for every Ancient item you have equipped
  • Oculus Ring
    • No longer rolls with guaranteed Attack Speed, Reduced Damage from Elites, or Resistance to All Elements
    • Now rolls with a guaranteed socket
    • Bonus damage increased from 30-40% to 70-85%
    • The damage bonus provided by this item is now multiplicative with other sources of damage
    • The damage bonus provided by this item no longer stacks with overlapping zones
    • Damage zone now spawns at a random location near the monster that was killed
    • The chance to summon a zone is now 100%
  • Several existing Legendary items have been updated to include a unique Legendary power
    • Note: Existing items will not be affected by the following changes. Only new versions of the items will roll with the added Legendary power.
  • Class-Specific Items
    • Barbarian
      • Might of the Earth
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Increases the damage of Earthquake, Avalanche, Leap, Ground Stomp, Ancient Spear, and Seismic Slam by 800% (added)
    • Crusader
      • Akkhan's Leniency
        • New Legendary Two-Handed Flail
          • Each enemy hit by your Blessed Shield increases the damage of your Blessed Shield by 15-20% (down from 25-30%) for 3 seconds
      • Norvald's Favor
        • New Set bonus
          • (2) Set bonus
            • Gain 100% increased damage while Steed Charge is active and for 5 seconds after Steed Charge ends
      • Pride of the Invoker
        • No longer roll with guaranteed Critical Hit Chance
      • Renewal of the Invoker
        • Now roll with guaranteed sockets
      • Roland's Legacy
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Each stack now also reduces damage taken by 10%
          • Duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds
      • Thorns of the Invoker
        • (4) Set Bonus
          • You take 50% less damage for 20 (up from 8) seconds after casting Bombardment
      • Monkey King's Garb
        • Has been redesigned
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Your damage taken is reduced by 50% while Sweeping Wind is active (reworked from 5% per Sweeping Wind stack).
      • The Tall Man's Finger
        • The damage bonus the single Zombie Dog is granted has been tripled
          • This change will apply retroactively to existing items
    • Wizard
      • Ashnagarr's Blood Ring
        • Increase the potency of your shields by 75-100%
      • Delsere's Magnum Opus
        • (4) Set Bonus
          • Has been redesigned
            • You take 50% reduced damage while inside your Slow Time. Allies gain half this benefit
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Damage bonus increased from 750% to 2000% (up from 1500%).
      • Firebird's Finery
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Your damage is increased by 100% for each enemy that is burning. Elites that are burning increase your damage by 1000% (down from 1500%).
      • Tal Rasha's Elements
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Has been redesigned
            • Attacks increase your damage by 300% for 8 seconds. Arcane, Cold, Fire, and Lightning attacks each add one stack. At 4 stacks, each different elemental attack extends the duration by 2 seconds, up to a maximum of 8 seconds.
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue that prevented the Thorns bonus provided by Heart of Iron from updating when some sources of Vitality were changed
      • Fixed an issue that caused Hack to deal damage more than once per attack


  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that caused Power Pylon to provide it's bonus for longer than the intended duration under certain circumstances


  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented crafted Legendary items from displaying the correct stat roll ranges


  • Very large floating damage numbers will now be abbreviated
    • An option has been added to disable the abbreviation of very large damage numbers
  • New item comparison tooltips have been added for followers
  • Skill buttons now flash when their cooldown has completed

Season 5 on PTR

Season 5 has now started on the Public Test Realm. If you're interested in testing this particular aspect of the new patch, give it a try.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Twitter)

Surprise! You can now start testing Season 5 on the PTR! Not sure how to PTR? Click it:

D2 Ladder Reset

Diablo 2's ladder is being reset once again on November 24th, next Tuesday. If you still play the old Blizzard classic, see the post below for more details.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Forums)

It’s that time again! On the morning of Tuesday, November 24, we’ll be conducting maintenance to reset the Diablo II ladder. We anticipate the realms could be down for up to six hours, and during that time all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as ladder-only rune words.

This ladder reset, like all those before it, creates a clean slate where all ladder characters begin at level 1 with no previous items to help them. To participate, simply wait until the Diablo II realms return to service on November 24, log in to, and select the “Ladder Character” checkbox when creating a new character. You can track ladder character leveling progress by clicking on the Ladder button from the main Diablo II in-game interface.

For more information on ladder characters please visit the Arreat Summit at

Patch 2.4 Raekor Barbarian

Rhykker is back to making video guides for Reaper of Souls, and one of the first he's done is on a hybrid Raekor + IK Barbarian on the PTR. Watch it below and let us know what you think!




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