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The next content Patch for Diablo 3, Patch 2.4, is currently in development being tested on Public Test Realms. This Patch features Class Changes, New Zones, Features, Season 5 and more! Below, you'll find the latest preliminary Patch Notes with Table of Content for quick access to the area of your interest!

  • Please note that due to the Public Test Realm's nature, these Patch Notes aren't final and may change at any time during the development process.

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Blizzard Icon Patch 2.4.0 Patch Notes


PTR-Only Changes
  • 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

 

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PATCH FEATURES
New Feature: Greyhollow Island
The mysterious forested locale of Greyhollow Island is now open for exploration! Inhabited by new enemies and steeped in intrigue, brave the wilds and unravel the enigma behind the isle's mysterious inhabitants. Be forewarned, however; the land itself is hungry for blood.
To learn more about Greyhollow Island, click here.
 
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New Feature: Expanded Zones
The Sanctuary you know grows a little bit larger! Two existing zones are receiving new, fully explorable additions, featuring new bounties and events. Survive the hunting grounds of the fierce yeti in the Eternal Woods, a new branch of The Ruins of Sescheron zone. Leoric's Manor becomes a bit grander beyond the collapsed stairwell in Act I, opening up the Royal Quarters for curious treasure hunters.
 
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New Feature: Set Dungeons
Test your mettle against one of twenty four custom designed set dungeons! Each dungeon features a pre-generated, static course designed entirely around a specific class set. Don all six pieces of your chosen set and visit Leoric's Library to obtain a clue on where these hidden trials are located. Hunt down your dungeon of choice and master it to unlock exclusive cosmetic rewards for one, more, or for the truly dedicated, all of these challenges!
 
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New Feature: Empowered Rifts
Spend your gold to empower a Greater Rift, granting a fourth opportunity to upgrade a Legendary Gem. Gold costs vary based on the tier of Greater Rift level attempted, and bonus upgrades are granted only to those who complete the rift, so spend wisely!
 
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New Feature: Season Rebirth
Transition seamlessly from Season to Season with the new Season Rebirth feature! This option allows you to instantly transform a non-Seasonal hero to a fresh level 1 Season hero, maintaining their name and hours played. All gear is removed and automatically mailed to you in the non-Season, providing up to thirty days to reclaim the items at a later time. Paragon level, completed achievements, and other accomplishments also remain behind with your non-Seasonal heroes.
 
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New Feature: Revised Buff Bar
A cleaner, clearer user interface makes its way to all platforms with our revised buff bar! Static buffs have been removed from the buff bar area, replaced by new indicators and timers that have been added to the skill bar. We've also included a collapsible buff-holder, which condenses party and group buffs and can be expanded by moving your cursor over the indicator, revealing all your buffs at a moment's glance.
 
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New to PC: Action Combat
The popular console version of Action Combat makes its way to PC! Massacre, Destruction, and Trap Mastery bonuses are now granted to players who chain together death, destruction, and clever play. Earn bonus experience, a temporary boost to movement speed, or a buff to your resource generation through smart and tactical play.
 
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GENERAL

  • Stash Tabs
    • A sixth Stash tab is now purchasable for 500,000 gold
    • One additional Stash tab per season (up to 4) will also be available to unlock by completing Seasonal objectives
    • Cosmetic pets now pick up gold for you

 

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CLASSES

  • Taunt now causes monsters to consistently attack you
  • Barbarian
    • Active Skills
      • barbarian_battlerage.pngBattle Rage
        • Skill Rune - Ferocity
          • Movement speed bonus increased from 10% to 15%
      • barbarian_furiouscharge.pngFurious Charge
        • Skill Rune - Dreadnought
          • Maximum number of charges increased from 2 to 3
      • barbarian_groundstomp.pngGround Stomp
        • Skill Rune - Deafening Crash
          • Now also reduces the cooldown to 8 seconds
      • barbarian_leap.pngLeap
        • Skill Rune - Iron Impact
          • Has been redesigned
            • Gain 150% increased Armor for 4 seconds when you land
      • x1_barbarian_warcry_v2.pngWar Cry
        • Duration increased from 60 to 120 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Hardened Wrath
          • Has been redesigned
          • For the first five seconds, gain an additional 60% Armor
        • Skill Rune - Invigorate
          • Life regeneration granted increased from 8315 to 13411
      • barbarian_whirlwind.pngWhirlwind
        • Attack speed will no longer cause Whirlwind to attack faster; instead the resource cost and damage will scale with attack speed
        • Skill Rune - Dust Devils
          • Increased the movement speed of the tornadoes
    • Passive Skills
      • barbarian_passive_inspiringpresence.pngInspiring Presence
        • Group Life regeneration increased from 2% to 3%
      • barbarian_passive_juggernaut.pngJuggernaut
        • Crowd Control reduction amount increased from 30-50%
      • barbarian_passive_noescape.pngNo Escape
        • Now also affects Seismic Slam
      • barbarian_passive_poundofflesh.pngPound of Flesh
        • Has been redesigned
          • When you are healed by a health globe, gain 2% of your maximum Life per second and 4% increased movement speed for 15 seconds. This bonus stacks up to 5 times.
      • x1_barbarian_passive_swordandboard.pngSword and Board
        • Has been redesigned
          • While wielding a shield, reduce all damage taken by 30% and all Fury costs by 20%

 

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  • Crusader
    • Active Skills
      • x1_crusader_blessedhammer.pngBlessed Hammer
        • Skill Rune - Icebound Hammer
          • Has been removed
          • Replaced with
            • Crushing Blow
              • The hammer Slows enemies it passes through and has a 35% chance to explode on impact, dealing 460% weapon damage as Physical and Stunning enemies within 6 yards for 1 second
      • x1_crusader_bombardment.pngBombardment
        • Skill Rune - Barrels of Tar
          • Has been removed
          • Replaced with
            • Barrels of Spikes
              • Each barrel also deals 1500% of your Thorns damage on impact
              • Has been redesigned
              • Damage of each barrel is increased by 200% of your Thorns
      • x1_crusader_consecration.pngConsecration
        • Skill Rune - Frozen Ground
          • Has been removed
          • Replaced with
            • Bed of Nails
              • Enemies in the area of the Consecration also take damage equal to 100% of your Thorns every second
      • x1_crusader_ironskin.pngIron Skin
        • Skill Rune - Reflective Skin
          • Has been redesigned
            • Your Thorns damage is increased by 100% 300%
              • Note: This bonus is now in the same category as the Thorns of the Invoker (6) Set Bonus
      • x1_crusader_steedcharge.pngSteed Charge
        • Skill Rune - Ramming Speed
          • Has been removed
          • Replaced with
            • Spiked Barding
              • Deals 500% of your Thorns damage every second as you run
      • x1_crusader_sweepattack.pngSweep Attack
        • Skill Rune - Frozen Sweep
          • Has been removed
          • Replaced with
            • Inspiring Sweep
              • Every use of Sweep Attack increases your Armor by 20% for 3 seconds
    • Passive Skills
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue that prevented the extra hammers created by Blessed Hammer - Limitless from benefitting from the Guard of Johanna damage bonus
      • Fixed an issue that caused enemies hit by the extra hammers created by Blessed Hammer - Limitless to be counted toward the Drakon's Lesson damage bonus
      • Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent the increased Thorns value from Iron Maiden from updating

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  • Demon Hunter
    • Demon Hunters may now use Quivers while wielding a melee weapon
    • Active Skills
      • demonhunter_chakram.pngChakram
        • Skill Rune - Shuriken Cloud
          • Duration increased from 2 to 10 minutes
          • Now has a 10 second cooldown
      • demonhunter_multishot.pngMultishot
        • Skill Rune - Burst Fire
          • Has been removed
          • Replaced with
            • Wind Chill
              • Enemies hit are Chilled and have a 10% chance to be Critically Hit for 3 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Suppression Fire
          • Number of enemies affected increased from 2 to 4
      • demonhunter_sentry.pngSentry
        • Skill Rune - Guardian Turret
          • Damage reduction increased from 15% to 25%
      • demonhunter_shadowpower.pngShadow Power
        • Life per Hit increased from 16093 to 26821
        • Life per Hit is now increased by 25% of your Life on Kill
        • Skill Rune - Blood Moon
          • Now doubles the total Life per Hit granted by Shadow Power
        • Skill Rune - Well of Darkness
          • Discipline cost reduced from 10 to 8
      • demonhunter_smokescreen.pngSmoke Screen
        • Skill Rune - Special Recipe
          • Discipline cost reduced from 10 to 8
      • demonhunter_strafe.pngStrafe
        • Attack speed will no longer cause Strafe to attack faster; instead the resource cost and damage will scale with attack speed
      • x1_demonhunter_vengeance.pngVengeance
        • Now also increases your damage done by 40%
        • Skill Rune - Dark Heart
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now reduces all damage taken by 50%
        • Skill Rune - From the Shadows
          • Freeze duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds
    • Passive Skills
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue that prevented Cold attacks from applying Numbing Traps the first time they damaged an enemy with Iceblink equipped
      • 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

 

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  • Monk
    • Active Skills
      • monk_blindingflash.pngBlinding Flash
        • Skill Rune - Soothing Light
          • Has been removed
          • Replaced with
            • Crippling Light
              • Enemies that are Blinded deal 40% reduced damage for 5 seconds after the Blind wears off
      • monk_fistsofthunder.pngFists of Thunder
        • Skill Rune - Static Charge
          • Now only has a chance to proc when the Monk that applied the effect hits an affected enemy
      • x1_monk_innersanctuary.pngInner Sanctuary
        • Skill Rune - Safe Haven
          • The Life per Second contribution has been reduced from 30% to 7%
      • x1_monk_mantraofhealing_v2.pngMantra of Healing
        • Skill Rune - Sustenance
          • The passive Life per Second contributed to your group has been reduced from 30% to 7%
      • x1_monk_mystically_v2.pngMystic Ally
        • Should now more consistently attack targets closer to you
          • Skill Rune - Enduring Ally
            • The passive Life per Second contributed to your group has been reduced from 30% to 7%
          • Skill Rune - Fire Ally
            • Explosion damage increased from 290% to 480% weapon damage
            • Number of allies reduced from 10 to 5
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent Sweeping Wind - Master of Wind from Freezing enemies
      • Fixed an issue that caused Exploding Palm - Impending Doom to overwrite other players' Exploding Palms
      • Fixed an issue that prevented the Exploding Palms applied by the Uliana's Stragegem (2) Set Bonus from benefitting from Way of the Hundred Fists - Assimilation's damage bonus
      • Fixed an issue that caused the Life per Second contribution from Inner Sanctuary - Safe Haven, and Mystic Ally - Enduring Ally to be increased by the Life per Second from other skills

 

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  • Witch Doctor
    • Active Skills
      • witchdoctor_firebats.pngFirebats
        • Skill Rune - Cloud of Bats
          • Radius increased from 12 to 15 yards
      • witchdoctor_graspofthedead.pngGrasp of the Dead
        • Skill Rune - Rain of Corpses
          • Duration in which the total damage is dealt reduced from 8 to 3 seconds
          • The effects of this rune can now stack
      • witchdoctor_haunt.pngHaunt
        • Skill Rune - Draining Spirits
          • Damage type changed from Cold to Physical
      • witchdoctor_hex.pngHex
        • Skill Rune - Toad of Hugeness
          • Will now lick and slow enemies, rather than swallow them, while you have the Spirit of Arachyr (4) Set Bonus equipped
      • witchdoctor_horrify.pngHorrify
        • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Frightening Aspect
          • Armor bonus increased from 35% to 50%
      • witchdoctor_locust_swarm.pngLocust Swarm
        • Skill Rune - Diseased Swarm
          • Increased from 75% to 750% weapon damage
      • witchdoctor_massconfusion.pngMass Confusion
        • Skill Rune - Paranoia
          • Damage amplification increased from 20% to 30%
      • witchdoctor_soulharvest.pngSoul Harvest
        • Cooldown reduced from 15 to 12 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Languish
          • Now grants 10% Armor per stack, up to a maximum of 5 stacks
      • witchdoctor_spiritbarrage.pngSpirit Barrage
        • Weapon damage increased from 425% to 600%
        • Skill Rune - Phlebotomize
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now grants 6437 Life each time Spirit Barrage hits
        • Skill Rune - Manitou
          • Damage increased from 2900 to 6000% weapon damage over 20 seconds
      • witchdoctor_wallofzombies.pngWall of Death
        • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Severance
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now increases movement speed by an additional 100%
      • witchdoctor_spiritwalk.pngSpirit Walk
        • Damage increased from 1000% to 1200% weapon damage
        • Skill Rune - Surrounded by Death
          • Duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds
          • Damage increased from 1000% to 1250% weapon damage
    • Passive Skills
      • witchdoctor_passive_creepingdeath.pngCreeping Death
        • DoT duration increased from 300 to 3600 seconds
      • witchdoctor_passive_spiritvessel.pngSpirit Vessel
        • No longer reduces the cooldown of Spirit Walk, Horrify, and Soul Harvest by 2 seconds
        • Note: The cooldowns of these skills have been reduced to compensate

 

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  • Wizard
    • Shields granted by skills now scale with your maximum Life
    • Active Skills
      • wizard_diamondskin.pngDiamond Skin
        • Damage absorbed changed from 93337 to 20% 40% of your Life
        • Skill Rune - Crystal Shell
          • Damage absorbed changed from 186675 to 40% 80% of your Life
      • wizard_magicweapon.pngMagic Weapon
        • Skill Rune - Deflection
          • Damage absorbed changed from 10728 to 4% of your Life
      • wizard_spectralblade.pngSpectral Blade
        • Skill Rune - Barrier Blades
          • Damage absorbed changed from 10728 to 4% of your Life
      • wizard_slowtime.pngSlow Time
        • Skill Rune - Point of No Return
          • Stun duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds
    • Passive Skills
      • x1_wizard_passive_arcaneaegis.pngDominance
        • Damage absorbed changed from 16093 to 2% of your Life
      • wizard_passive_galvanizingward.pngGalvanizing Ward
        • Damage absorbed changed from 81536 to 30% 70% of your Life
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue that prevented Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, and Ray of Frost's damage from updating if your attack speed changed while channeling
      • 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

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  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that could prevent you from clicking on some portals while you had certain skills bound to Left Mouse Button

 

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ITEMS

  • Thorns damage granted by socketing a Marquise Topaz gem rank or higher in a weapon has been greatly increased
  • The damage range of the Thorns affix on items has been increased
    • Note: This change is retroactive for existing gear
  • Life per Hit granted by socketing an Amethyst into a weapon has been greatly increased for all ranks
  • unique_ring_001_x1_demonhunter_male.pngBand 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
  • unique_sword_1h_018_1xx_demonhunter_maleBorn's Defiance
    • (2) Set Bonus
      • Has been changed from Monster Kills grant +20 Experience to Increases bonus Experience by 20%
  • Boyarsky's Chip
    • New Legendary Gem
    • Adds 30000 Thorns damage
    • Thorns damage increased by 1500 per rank
    • At rank 25 your Primary skills Taunt the first enemy hit or 2 seconds
  • [d3iconitem=unique_helm_012_1xx_demonhunter_male]Cain's Fate
    • (2) Set Bonus
      • The Experience bonus has been increased from 30% to 50%
  • craftingplan_smith_12_legendary_unique_sPlan: Corruption
    • Now rolls with guaranteed Increased Gold and Health Globe Pickup Radius, and Increased Health Globe and Potion Healing
  • unique_pants_006_p1_demonhunter_male.pngDepth Diggers
    • Can now drop for Wizards
  • unique_amulet_008_x1_demonhunter_male.pnEndless Walk
    • Has been redesigned
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • While moving, damage taken is reduced by up to 50%
        • While standing still, damage dealt is increased by up to 100%
  • unique_amulet_109_x1_210_demonhunter_malHalcyon's Ascent
    • Replaced the guaranteed Cooldown Reduction roll with a socket
  • unique_sword_1h_set_03_x1_demonhunter_maIstvan's Paired Blades
    • Each stack now also increases your damage and Armor
  • unique_ring_014_x1_demonhunter_male.pngLegacy of Nightmares
    • Has been redesigned
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • While this is your only item Set Bonus your damage dealt is increased by 800% 100% and damage taken is reduced by 4% for every Ancient item you have equipped
  • Mantle of Channeling
    • New Legendary Shoulders
      • While channeling Whirlwind, Rapid Fire, Strafe, Tempest Rush, Firebats, Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, you deal 20-25% increased damage and take 25% reduced damage
  • unique_gem_011_x1_demonhunter_male.pngMoratorium
    • Damage staggered increased from 25% to 35%
  • unique_gem_019_x1_demonhunter_male.pngMutilation Guard
    • Life threshold required to activate the secondary effect increased from 30% to 50%
  • [d3iconitem=unique_ring_018_x1_demonhunter_male]Nagelring
    • Level required for this to drop has been raised from 11 to 40
  • unique_ring_017_x1_demonhunter_male.pngOculus 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%
  • unique_shoulder_101_x1_demonhunter_male.Profane Pauldrons
    • No longer drop
  • 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.
  • unique_chest_012_x1_demonhunter_male.pngAquila Cuirass
    • Legendary Power added
      • While above 75-85% primary resource, all damage taken is reduced by 50%
  • unique_ring_008_x1_demonhunter_male.pngJustice Lantern
    • Legendary Power added
      • Gain damage reduction equal to 50-65% of your Block chance
  • unique_belt_008_x1_demonhunter_male.pngString of Ears
    • Legendary Power added
      • The melee damage reduction is now a Legendary Power and has been increased from 20-25% to 25-30%

 

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  • Class-Specific Items
    • Barbarian
      • Band of Might
        • New Legendary Ring
          • After using Furious Charge, Ground Stomp, or Leap, gain 50-60% damage reduction for 8 seconds
      • Blade of the Tribes
        • New Legendary Mighty Weapon
          • War Cry and Threatening Shout cause an Avalanche and Earthquake
          • Rolls with +150-200% Earthquake damage
      • Blade of the Warlord
        • New Legendary Mighty Weapon
          • Bash consumes up to 40 Fury to deal up to 500-600% increased damage
      • unique_barbbelt_001_x1_demonhunter_male.Dread Iron
        • Now rolls with +150-200% Avalanche damage
      • unique_helm_set_05_x1_demonhunter_male.pThe Legacy of Raekor
        • Has been redesigned
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Furious Charge refunds a charge if it hits only 1 enemy
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Furious Charge gains the effect of every rune and deals 400% increased damage
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Every use of Furious Charge grants a stacking effect that increases the damage of your next Fury-spending attack by 300%
          • Every use of a Fury-spending attack consumes up to 5 stacks
      • unique_helm_set_15_x1_demonhunter_male.pMight of the Earth
        • (2) Set Bonus
          • Reduce the cooldown of Earthquake, Avalanche, Leap, and Ground Stomp by 1 second for every 40 Fury you spend
        • (4) Set Bonus
          • Leap causes an Earthquake when you land
          • Leap gains the effect of the Iron Impact rune and the duration is doubled
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Increases the damage of Earthquake, Avalanche, Leap, Ground Stomp, Ancient Spear, and Seismic Slam by 800%
      • Oathkeeper
        • New Legendary Mighty Weapon
          • Your primary skills attack 50% faster and deal 150-200% increased damage
      • Skular's Salvation
        • New Legendary Bracers
        • Increases the damage of Ancient Spear - Boulder Toss by 100%
        • When your Boulder Toss hits 5 or fewer enemies the damage is increased by 150-200%
      • Vambraces of Sescheron
        • New Legendary Bracers
        • Primary skills heal you for 5-6% of your missing Life
  • Crusader
    • Akkhan's Addendum
      • Akarat's Champion gains the effects of the Prophet, and Embodiment of Power runes
    • unique_helm_set_10_x1_demonhunter_male.pArmor of Akkhan
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Reduce the cost of all abilities by 50% while Akarat's Champion is active
      • (4) Set Bonus
        • Reduce the cooldown of Akarat's Champion by 50%
      • (6) Set Bonus
        • While Akarat's Champion is active, you deal 450% increased damage
    • Akkhan's Manacles
      • New Legendary Bracers
      • Blessed Shield damage is increased by 400-500% for the first enemy it hits
    • Akkhan's Leniency
      • New Legendary Two-Handed Flail
      • Each enemy hit by your Blessed Shield increases the damage of your Blessed Shield by 25-30% 15-20% for 3 seconds
    • p2_unique_bracer_110_demonhunter_male.pnBlade of Prophecy
      • Now rolls with +75-100% Condemn damage
    • Bracer of Fury
      • New Legendary Bracers
      • Heaven's Fury deals 300-400% increased damage to enemies that are Blinded
    • [d3iconitem=p2_unique_bracer_110_demonhunter_male]Drakon's Lesson
      • Shield Bash damage bonus increased from 150-200% to 300-400%
    • [d3iconitem=p1_crushield_norm_unique_01_demonhunter_male]Frydehr's Wrath
      • Now rolls with +150-200% Condemn damage
    • unique_flail_2h_104_x1_demonhunter_male.Golden Flense
      • Now rolls with +150-200% Sweep Attack damage
    • unique_mace_1h_103_x1_demonhunter_male.pJace's Hammer of Vigilance
      • Now rolls with guaranteed primary attribute
    • unique_crushield_102_x1_demonhunter_maleJekangbord
      • Now rolls with +150-200% Blessed Shield damage
    • Norvald's Favor
      • New Set
        • (2) Set bonus
          • Every enemy killed while Steed Charge is active extends the duration by 0.5 seconds
          • Gain 100% increased damage while Steed Charge is active and for 5 seconds after Steed Charge ends
    • unique_gloves_set_12_x1_demonhunter_malePride of the Invoker
      • No longer roll with guaranteed Critical Hit Chance
    • Renewal of the Invoker
      • Now roll with guaranteed sockets
    • unique_helm_set_01_p1_demonhunter_male.pRoland's Legacy
      • (6) Set Bonus
        • Attack speed bonus increased from 30% to 50%
        • Each stack now also reduces damage taken by 10%
        • Duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds
    • Shield of Fury
      • New Legendary Crusader Shield
        • Each time and enemy takes damage from your Heaven's Fury, it increases the damage they take from your Heaven's Fury by 15-20%
    • unique_helm_set_12_x1_demonhunter_male.pThorns of the Invoker
      • Has been redesigned
        • (2) Set Bonus
          • Your Thorns damage now hits all enemies within a 15 yard radius around you
          • Each time you hit an enemy with Punish, or Slash, or block an attack your Thorns damage is increased by 50% for 2 seconds
        • (4) Set Bonus
          • You take 50% less damage for 8 20 seconds after casting Bombardment
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Attack speed of Punish, and Slash increased by 50% and deal 600% of your Thorns damage to the first enemy hit
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        • Reduce the cooldown and increase the damage of Phalanx by 45-60%
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    • unique_quiver_102_x1_demonhunter_male.pnBombardier's Rucksack
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    • Chain of Shadows
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        • After using Impale, your Vault costs no resource for 2 seconds
    • [d3iconitem=unique_handxbow_001_x1_demonhunter_male]Danetta's Hatred
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        • Now also increases the damage of Vault by 800%
    • unique_quiver_007_x1_demonhunter_male.pnDead Man's Legacy
      • Now rolls with +75-100% Multishot damage
    • Elusive Ring
      • New Legendary Ring
        • After using Vault, Shadow Power, or Smoke Screen, take 50-60% reduced damage for 8 seconds
    • unique_helm_set_07_x1_demonhunter_male.pEmbodiment of the Marauder
      • (4) Set Bonus
        • Now also increases the damage of Sentries by 200%
      • (6) Set Bonus
        • Damage bonus per active Sentry increased from 100% to 400%
        • Damage bonus now also applies to Companion and Vengeance
    • Fortress Ballista
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      • Attacks grant you an absorb shield for 4-5% of your maximum Life, stacking up to 10 times
    • unique_xbow_002_x1_demonhunter_male.pngHellrack
      • Now rolls with guaranteed primary attribute
    • unique_handxbow_101_x1_demonhunter_male.K'mar Tenclip
      • Now rolls with +75-100% Strafe damage
    • Karlei's Point
      • New Legendary Dagger
        • Impale returns 15-20 Hatred if it hits an enemy that has already been Impaled
    • Lianna's Wings
      • New Legendary Hand Crossbow
        • Shadow Power also triggers Smoke Screen
          • Note: This item adds a 2.5 second cooldown to Shadow Power
    • Lord Greenstone's Fan
      • New Legendary Dagger
        • Every second gain 250-300% increased damage for your next Fan of Knives
        • This effect can stack up to 30 times
    • unique_helm_009_x1_demonhunter_male.pngNatalya's Vengeance
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Rain of Vengeance cooldown reduction increased from 2 to 4 seconds
      • (6) Set Bonus
        • Damage reduction increased from 30% to 50%
    • unique_chest_set_14_x1_demonhunter_male.The Shadow's Mantle
      • Helm and Shoulder pieces have been added to this set
      • Has been redesigned
        • (2) Set Bonus
          • All Your damage is increased by 1000% while you have a melee weapon equipped
        • (4) Set Bonus
          • Shadow Power gains the effect of all runes and lasts forever
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Impale deals an additional 40,000% weapon damage to the first enemy hit
    • Sword of Ill Will
      • New Legendary Sword
        • Chakram deals 1.0-1.4% increased damage for each point of Hatred you have
    • unique_helm_set_03_p2_demonhunter_male.pUnhallowed Essence
      • (4) Set Bonus
        • Damage bonus and damage reduction increased from 20% to 40%
      • (6) Set Bonus
        • Damage bonus now also applies to Vengeance
    • [d3iconitem=p3_unique_handxbow_005_demonhunter_male]Valla's Bequest
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    • Visage of Gunes
      • New Legendary Helm
        • Vengeance gains the effect of the Dark Heart rune
    • [d3iconitem=unique_xbow_102_x1_demonhunter_male]Wojahnni Assaulter
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    • Zoey's Secret
      • New Legendary Belt
      • You take 6-7% less damage for each Companion you have active
  • Monk
    • Bindings of the Lesser Gods
      • New Legendary Bracers
        • Enemies hit by your Cyclone Strike take 150-200% more damage from your Mystic Ally for 5 seconds
    • Cesar's Memento
      • New Legendary Bracers
        • Enemies take +300-400% increased damage from your Tempest Rush for 5 seconds after you hit them with a Blind, Freeze, or Stun
    • unique_fist_009_x1_demonhunter_male.pngThe Fist of Az'Turrasq
      • Exploding Palm's on-death explosion bonus damage has been increased from 75-100% to 250-300%
    • unique_spiritstone_004_x1_demonhunter_maGyana Na Kashu
      • Now rolls with +75-100% Lashing Tail Kick damage
    • unique_spiritstone_009_x1_demonhunter_maInna's Mantra
      • (6) Set Bonus
        • Has been redesigned
          • Gain the effects of every Mystic Ally rune at all times and your damage is increased by 50% for each Mystic Ally you have
    • unique_combatstaff_2h_001_x1_demonhunterInna's Reach
      • Bonus Mystic Ally damage increased from 20-25% to 75-100%
    • Kyoshiro's Blade
      • New Legendary Fist Weapon
        • When the initial impact of your Wave of Light hits 3 or fewer enemies, the damage is increased by 200-250%
        • Increases the damage of your Wave of Light by 150%
    • Kyoshiro's Soul
      • New Legendary Belt
        • Sweeping Wind gains 2 stacks every second it does not deal damage to any enemies
        • Rolls with 100-125% Sweeping Wind damage
    • Lefebvre's Soliloquy
      • New Legendary Shoulders
      • Cyclone Strike reduces your damage taken by 40-50% for 5 seconds
    • unique_helm_set_11_x1_demonhunter_male.pMonkey King's Garb
      • Has been redesigned
        • (2) Set Bonus
          • Your damage taken is reduced by 5% 50% for each stack of while Sweeping Wind you have is active
        • (4) Set Bonus
          • Every Second Sweeping Wind spawns a decoy next to the last enemy you hit that taunts nearby enemies and then explodes for 500% weapon damage for each stack of Sweeping Wind you have
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush, and Wave of Light consume a stack of Sweeping Wind to deal 1000% increased damage
    • Pinto's Pride
      • New Legendary Bracers
        • Wave of Light also Slows enemies by 80% for 3 seconds and deals 125-150% increased damage
    • Rivera Dancers
      • New Legendary Boots
        • Lashing Tail Kick attacks 50% faster and deals 250-300% increased damage
    • unique_spiritstone_007_x1_demonhunter_maTzo Krin's Gaze
      • Wave of Light bonus damage increased from 20-25% to 125-150%
    • p1_fistweapon_norm_unique_02_demonhunterVengeful Wind
      • Number of Sweeping Wind stacks increased from 3 to 6-7
  • Witch Doctor
    • Lakumbra's Ornament
      • New Legendary Bracers
      • Reduces all damage taken by 5% for each stack of Soul Harvest you have
    • unique_ceremonialdagger_009_x1_demonhuntManajuma's Way
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Hex - Angry Chicken bonus damage increased from 200% to 400%
    • Mordullu's Promise
      • New Legendary Axe
        • Firebomb generates 100-125 Mana
    • unique_helm_set_09_x1_demonhunter_male.pRainment of the Jade Harvester
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Instant Haunt damage dealt increased from 10 to 120 seconds worth
      • (4) Set Bonus
        • Now also reduces the cooldown of Soul Harvest by 1 second when you cast Haunt or Locust Swarm
      • (6) Set Bonus
        • Increased the amount of DoT damage detonated by Soul Harvest to 300 seconds worth
    • Ring of Emptiness
      • New Legendary Ring
      • You deal 75-100% increased damage to enemies affected by both your Haunt and Locust Swarm
    • Staff of Chiroptera
      • New Legendary Staff
      • Firebats attacks 100% faster and costs 70-75% less Mana
    • unique_ring_101_x1_demonhunter_male.pngThe Tall Man's Finger
      • The damage bonus the single Zombie Dog is granted has been tripled
        • This change will apply retroactively to existing items
    • Vile Hive
      • New Legendary Mojo
        • Locust Swarm gains the effect of the Pestilence rune and deals 45-60% increased damage
      • Voo's Juicer
        • New Legendary Dagger
          • Spirit Barrage gains the effects of the Phlebotomize and The Spirit is Willing runes
          • Rolls with +45-60% Spirit Barrage damage
      • Wilken's Reach
        • New Legendary Mojo
          • Removes the cooldown of Grasp of the Dead
          • Rolls with +45-60% Grasp of the Dead
  • Wizard
    • Ashnagarr's Blood Ring
      • Increase the potency of your shields by 75-100%
    • Deathwish
      • New Legendary Sword
        • While channeling Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, all damage is increased by 75-100%
    • unique_helm_set_02_p2_demonhunter_male.pDelsere'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 1500% 2000%
    • Etched Sigil
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        • Your Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, and Ray of Frost also cast your other damaging Arcane Power Spenders every second
    • [d3iconitem=unique_helm_set_06_x1_demonhunter_male]Firebird's Finery
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Cooldown reduced from 300 to 60 seconds
      • (4) Set Bonus
        • Dealing Fire damage causes the enemy to take the same amount of damage over 3 seconds, stacking up to 3000% weapon damage as Fire per second. After reaching 3000% damage per second, the enemy will burn until they die.
      • (6) Set Bonus
        • Your damage is increased by 100% for each enemy that is burning. Elites that are burning increase your damage by 1500% 1000%.
    • unique_gloves_set_06_x1_demonhunter_maleFirebird's Talons
      • Replaced the guaranteed Attack Speed roll with Critical Hit Chance
    • Hergbrash's Bindings
      • New Legendary Belt
        • Reduces the Arcane Power cost of Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, and Ray of Frost by 50-65%
    • Primordial Soul
      • New Legendary Source
        • Elemental Exposure's damage bonus per stack is increased to 10%
    • The Shame of Delsere
      • New Legendary Belt
        • Your Signature Spells attack 50% faster and restore 9-12 Arcane Power
    • unique_amulet_007_x1_demonhunter_male.pnTal Rasha's Allegiance
      • No longer rolls with guaranteed Vitality
    • unique_helm_010_x1_demonhunter_male.pngTal Rasha's Elements
      • (4) Set Bonus
        • Increased duration from 6 to 8 seconds
      • (6) Set Bonus
        • Increased damage bonus from 150% to 200%
        • Increased duration from 6 to 8 seconds
        • 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 second.
    • unique_orb_003_x1_demonhunter_male.pngTriumvirate
      • Arcane Orb damage bonus increased from 75-100% to 150-200%
    • The Twisted Sword
      • New Legendary Sword
        • Energy Twister damage is increased by 75-100% for each Energy Twister you have out
    • Unstable Scepter
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        • Arcane Orb's explosion triggers an additional time
        • Rolls with 50-65% Arcane Orb damage
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    • Note: Existing items will not be affected by the following changes. Only new versions of the items will roll with the added Legendary power.
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      • Standoff
        • Legendary Power added
          • Furious Charge gains increased damage equal to 200-250% of your bonus movement speed
    • Crusader
      • Heart of Iron
        • Legendary Power added
          • Gain Thorns equal to 400-500% of your Vitality
      • Hammer Jammers
        • Legendary Power added
          • Enemies take 300-400% increased damage from your Blessed Hammers for 10 seconds after you hit them with a Blind, Immobilize, or Stun
    • Demon Hunter
      • Dawn
        • Legendary Power added
          • Reduces the cooldown of Vengeance by 45-60%
      • Manticore
        • Legendary Power added
          • Reduces the cost of Cluster Arrow by 75-100%
          • Now rolls with +30-40% Cluster Arrow damage
      • Sin Seekers
        • Legendary Power added
          • Rapid Fire no longer has a channel cost
          • Now rolls with +45-60% Rapid Fire damage
    • Monk
      • Balance
        • Legendary Power added
          • When your Tempest Rush hits 3 or fewer enemies, it gains 100% Critical Hit Chance
          • Now rolls with +150-200% Tempest Rush damage
    • Witch Doctor
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        • Legendary Power added
          • The 15-20 second Mass Confusion cooldown reduction is now a Legendary Power
      • Thing of the Deep
        • Legendary Power added
          • The 20 yard Pickup radius is now a Legendary Power

 

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  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented the 50% damage bonus from Focus from increasing Thorns damage
    • Fixed an issue that caused the Natalya's Vengeance (2) Set Bonus to sometimes reduce the coolown of Rain of Vengeance faster than intended
    • Fixed an issue that caused the Locust Swarms cast by Wormwood to generate Fetishes from Belt of Transcendence
    • Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent Flying Dragon from increasing attack speed by the correct amount
    • Fixed an issue that caused the attack speed buff granted by Flying Dragon to be removed when using a potion
    • Fixed an issue that prevented Teleport - Calamity from being counted as a resource spending attack while Aether Walker was equipped
    • Fixed an issue that caused Archon - Wave of Destruction to grant Chantodo's Resolve stacks
    • Fixed an issue that prevented Fate of the Fell from duplicating the ground effect from Heaven's Fury - Blessed Ground
    • Fixed an issue that prevented the Phalanxes that spawned from Falling Sword - Rise Brothers from benefitting from the Seeker of the Light (6) Set Bonus
    • 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

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ADVENTURE MODE

  • A new recipe has been added to Kanai's Cube
  • An arrow will now indicate the location of the Keywarden if you are in a zone where one is present
  • The names and descriptions of the Keywardens and the items they drop have been changed to correspond to the respective realms their machines open and the organs dropped in those realms
  • Bounties
    • Numerous bounties have been added to the game
    • The helpful locator ping now shows up instantly for boss, and dungeon clear bounties
    • The number of act specific crafting materials contained in Horadric and bonus caches has been increased from 4 to 5 on Torment X

 

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  • Nephalem Rifts
    • The amount of progression granted by progress orbs in Nephalem and Greater Rifts has been increased
    • The number of progression orbs dropped by Rare monsters has been increased from 3 to 4
    • The total amount of progress required to complete a rift has been increased
    • Several new tile sets based on the new zones introduced in Patch 2.3.0 and 2.4.0 have been added for Nephalem Rifts
    • New snow and forest themed monster population types have been added for Nephalem Rifts
  • Pylons
    • Conduit
      • Reduced the number of enemies that can be hit by each damage pulse
    • Shielding
      • Duration increased from 30 to 60 seconds
    • Speed
      • Now also grants 30% attack speed

 

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  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that caused Conduit pylon to deal damage while players were ghosts
    • Fixed an issue that caused Power Pylon to provide it's bonus for longer than the intended duration under certain circumstances

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CRAFTING

  • Death's Breath icon and tooltip color has been changed to teal
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented crafted Legendary items from displaying the correct stat roll ranges

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MONSTERS

  • Experience granted by all monsters at level 70 has been increased
  • Monster health has been reduced in solo, 2, and 3 player Greater Rifts
  • Packs with the Frozen affix now have an increased delay between their Frozen casts
  • Ghom
    • All versions
      • Now more reliably spawns slimes on ranged targets
      • Extended the damage range on his breath attack to more closely match the visual
      • Increased breath attack damage, but it now deals its damage over 2 seconds
    • The Foul Desecrator
      • Slightly increased Gas Cloud damage
  • Morlu Incinerators
    • Greatly increased the cooldown of their teleport
  • Winged Assassins
    • Slightly reduced damage dealt
  • Wraiths
    • Reduced the range of their Soul Siphon attack
    • Reduced damage dealt
  • Rift Guardians
    • Rift Guardians will now teleport to a player if there is a very long walking distance between them
    • Rift Guardians now drop a guaranteed Forgotten Soul at Torment VII and have a chance, increased by difficulty level, to drop a second Forgotten Soul
    • Agnidox
      • Fire Nova projectile damage radius has been slightly reduced to more closely match the visual effect
      • Reduced the number of projectiles that Fire Nova creates
      • Now has a melee attack
    • Blighter
      • Melee attack damage type changed to Physical
      • Poison attack radius has been slightly reduced to more closely match the visual effect
    • Bloodmaw
      • Leap attack damage radius has been slightly reduced to more closely match the visual effect
      • Significantly reduced the attack speed granted by Frenzy
    • The Choker
      • Greatly reduced the radius of his large AoE attack
      • Slightly reduced the number of small AoE explosions that follow the large AoE attack
      • Reduced the maximum number of slimes summoned by 1
      • Now summons slimes more frequently
    • Cold Snap
      • Now summons Frozen pulse orbs more frequently as he loses health
      • Now begins casting Frozen bombs sooner
      • Reduced the number of Frozen bombs he summons by 1
    • Ember
      • Increased Meteor impact damage, but it will now do more consistent damage throughout the encounter
      • Can no longer cast two Meteors at the same time
      • Now casts Meteor more frequently when his health drops below a certain threshold
      • Meteor damage radius has been slightly reduced to more closely match the visual effect
      • Meteors now target a random player
      • Increased summoned Fallen Magus heath
      • Increased the minimum number of Fallen Lunatics that can be summoned
      • No longer runs from pets
    • Hamelin
      • Melee attack damage increased
      • Credit for killing him, and completing a rift, will now be granted immediately upon death
    • Infernal Maiden
      • Reduced the number of projectiles created by her Fire Nova attack
      • Fire Nova projectile sized has been slightly reduced to more closely match the visual effect
      • Mortars created by her spin attack now target players
    • Lord of Bells
      • Can no longer cast Threatening Shout
      • Melee attack damage type changed to Physical
    • Perendi
      • Collapse Ceiling is no longer tied to his melee attack
      • Collapse Ceiling is now cast on a random player
      • Now occasionally teleports to a random player
      • The Armored Destroyers now descend from the sky when summoned
      • Increased summoned Armored Destroyer damage
    • Raiziel
      • Lightning projectiles damage type changed to Holy
    • Rime
      • Melee attack damage type changed to Physical
      • Melee attack damage has been increased
    • Saxtris
      • Now summons adds less frequently
      • Now summons tornadoes more frequently when his health drops below a certain threshold
    • Stonesinger
      • No longer spawns clones
      • Now summons stone turrets that fire mortars and can be destroyed
      • Now has a charge attack
      • Now has a knockback
    • Tethrys
      • Melee attack damage type changed to Physical
    • Voracity
      • Melee attack damage type changed to Physical
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that allowed Agnidox to sometimes cast fireballs twice in rapid succession
    • Fixed an issue that could prevent the Lord of Bells from attacking

 

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USER INTERFACE

  • Very large floating damage numbers will now be abbreviated
    • An option has been added to truncate 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.

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      Rob Foote, Lead Producer: I remember playing Diablo with my brothers; we had one computer and the four of us had to play in shifts. We each had our own characters; I remember the first time my brother showed me a Godly Plate of the Whale and I was like, “Oh man, that’s crazy! How did you get that?!” We were playing online, which was so new to us, so exciting and crazy.
      Q: What is it about the Diablo series that appeals to you?
      Rob Foote: To me, it’s about power and seeing your character develop over time. To struggle through a portion of the game and then go back and find it’s trivial; playing on higher and higher difficulties and watching them get easier. Besides power, there’s loot. Getting a Godly Plate of the Whale or seeing a green item drop for the first time in Diablo II was a thrill. That’s still true in Diablo III; you see a set item drop and think “is this my last piece of Jade Harvester? I sure hope it is!” and then you open it up to see. Once you get those pieces you think “I’m going to raise my difficulty now, because now I’m a lot more powerful.” Building power over time is a fantasy present across the franchise. The tone of Diablo also appeals to me, because it’s so different from other Blizzard games. It’s so dark, and I love horror in games, film, and novels. It’s a great genre.
      Q: Do you remember the first thing you worked on when you joined the Diablo team?
      Rob Foote: My first job was as a game tester for Diablo II on the 1.04 patch. Blizzard was a lot smaller back then, and so was our QA team. We basically had to brute-force test Diablo, and if you’ve played D2, it’s very challenging to do because there’s so many different sets and Uniques. One of the craziest bugs we found arose from the set number of facings for each character. We had this checklist where you hold each weapon type and check every single one of the facings, and I thought “We’re never gonna find anything wrong with this; why even run the checklist?” But sure enough, one of the items, in one of the facings, disappeared from my character’s hands.
      Q: How did you get started on the team and in your current role?
      Rob Foote: I started at Blizzard 16 years ago, and my first job was as a game tester. I also worked on Lord of Destruction as a tester, worked my way up as a producer on World of Warcraft, and then came back as a producer on Diablo III. Now I’m a lead producer on Diablo III, and our job is to manage the schedule and ensure we get stuff done on time so we can publish patches. A lot of the job is about tasking individuals with work that needs to be done, and meeting with designers and asking what they want to accomplish with a feature. We set priorities with the team about the must-haves and the nice-to-haves, then go to work to get stuff done in the best way possible. Our designers have seemingly infinite ideas, so it’s usually a question of when we can get something done, and what can we deliver for each patch.
      Q: What is your favorite Diablo item?
      Rob Foote: In the first Diablo, it was the Godly Plate of the Whale. In Diablo II, the Stone of Jordan was THE item that consumed us. For Diablo III . . . I’m very unlucky and for the longest time I was trying to find Lut Socks. I needed them for my Earthquake/Leap build, and I waited for the longest time to get them, and it was the last piece to complete my build so I was very happy when I finally got them.
      Q: What classes are you playing currently? Do you play Hardcore or Softcore?
      Rob Foote: Last season I played a Witch Doctor, and I’ve played a lot of Barbarian. In Diablo II, Barbarian was one of my favorite classes; I also played a lot of Necromancers and Amazons, so in Diablo III I played Witch Doctor, and now with the Necromancer coming out next I’m excited about playing it again. I’ve played the Necromancer internally and it’s a lot of fun. In Season 8 I played my first Hardcore character to 70 and now I think I’ll probably switch back and forth. Hardcore’s a different game; you’re not pushing to the absolute limit, but instead pushing cautiously to the limit with the knowledge that if you die, you lose it all.
      Q: What’s it like working on the Diablo team?
      Rob Foote: When people ask me what the best part of working at Blizzard is, I always answer, “the people.” Everyone here loves games and our games in particular, so motivation isn’t a factor. People come in every day to make amazing games and that makes our job very rewarding and pretty straightforward. Great ideas can come from anywhere, and our designers regularly have brainstorm sessions with the entire team. It’s all about having great ideas and putting them into the game. Every year, we get better at making Diablo; we trust each other, we listen to each other, and we collaborate. It’s a great place to be and we’re always excited to come in to work.
      Q: What do you think is the historical legacy of Diablo? What will people be reading about the series 10–20 years from now?
      Rob Foote: I think if, 20 years from now, someone is flipping through a college textbook on game design, and they see the entry on “Action RPG,” the entry would say “see: Diablo.” Anyone who plays that genre and loves it has played Diablo games. I think Diablo satisfies the need to build heroes over time, grow in power, get awesome loot, slay monsters, play with your friends, and share those experiences with others.
      Q: What‘s the one thing that would cause Diablo to no longer be Diablo if we removed it from the game?
      Rob Foote: Loot. The loot is what drives the game to me. They’re like presents; you get to open them and they can dramatically change your character. When you get a powerful item, you can really feel the increase in your performance; it’s not a 0.4% increase but a 20% increase in damage and you’re just slaying things you used to struggle with in one hit. That’s really satisfying.
      Q: Can you give us an example of something you’re really excited to have worked on?
      Rob Foote: There are many moments, but I think the greatest moment for me was when Reaper of Souls shipped. It was obviously a commercial success, but, more importantly, it was also a huge success in the eyes of our players. The community loved it; our family and friends contacted us saying they loved it, the launch went very smoothly, and it was well-received by a lot of people. Second would be shipping Lord of Destruction, because it was the first time I got a credit in the game industry. I still have the instruction manual with my name printed on it.
      Q: Can you tell us a little about the Darkening of Tristram (Patch 2.4.3) and how the patch came to be?
      Rob Foote: The initial conversation was along the lines of, “we want to do something for the 20th anniversary; what’s the plan?” Initially, we were going to just add the old-school music from Diablo into Diablo III. That evolved into, “what if we could get you to play a representation of Diablo in Diablo III?” That became, “well, one level was pretty easy to do, there’s only 15 more, let’s just do them all.” We had some very passionate people who were dedicated to making it happen, and it kind of snowballed—in a good way—into having all 16 levels, then finding monsters that work within those levels to make it reminiscent of the Diablo I experience. Someone had the idea to run the game in 640x480 resolution, but it wasn’t really feasible—so we created a visual filter instead to get the pixelated look.
      Q: What are some of the series’ most difficult and memorable bosses? Any tips?
      Rob Foote: The first time you fight the Butcher. Back in the day, there were no spoilers. You didn’t know what was going to happen when you walked into his room, and he instantly killed you. Just “fresh meat!” and you’re dead. And you’re like, “Whoa! What just happened?” I think that’s very memorable.
      Q: If you could go back in time and tell the developers of the original Diablo anything, what would it be?
      Rob Foote: I don’t think I’d have them change a thing, even things we perceive as flaws. We never consider those things flaws unless, over time, something changes our perspective. You can’t run in Diablo I, which was fine at the time. After Diablo II came out; it let you run, and so obviously we thought, “oh, this is so much better!” But I never thought about that when I was playing D1.
      Q: Is it possible to kill Diablo for good?
      Rob Foote: In Diablo, the heroes never celebrate. Even when you think you beat him, Diablo is always coming back. Be on your guard. Evil lurks everywhere, and Sanctuary is a dangerous place.
       
      Julian Love, Lead VFX Artist
      Q: How long have you been a Diablo fan?
      Julian Love, Lead VFX Artist: I’d have to go back 20 years to my first year in the industry, 1996. I was working at Sierra Online and our lead programmer brought in a game and said “you’ve got to play this, this is awesome”—it was Diablo. I immediately fell in love. There was a secret pact between the lead engineer, the lead designer, and I—every day we’d just play Diablo together all the time. The producer would show up and be angry at us, or someone would sneak across the hall and say “I died. You’ve got to come help me!” 
      Q: What is it about the Diablo series that appeals to you?
      Julian Love: Back in 1996 I was playing a lot of Diablo. Some of the guys who played with me wanted to go off on their own and make their own games and we were asking ourselves “what kind of game do you want to make?” and one guy goes, “I want to make a horse racing game!” and I was like, “no way, I want to make a Diablo game!”
      And then Diablo II came out and a coworker commented “You know, you show up every day and all you do is talk about Diablo and you know more about it than anyone else. Why aren’t you working there?” So, after six years in the industry, it hit me: “What am I doing? Why am I not working there? I can work there, right?” I quit the next day and I got a job at Blizzard North shortly after.
      Q: Do you remember the first thing you worked on when you joined the Diablo team?
      Julian Love: What I did was a bit more mundane in nature. We were working on a project that eventually became the engine for Diablo III. Back then you could model a character, but a bunch of steps needed to happen before you could get the character in the game so it could move around. You want to automate as much of it as possible, but back then that wasn’t an industry standard. Nobody had done it. So I worked on the process that lets you turn a polygon into a fully usable character. This process is still in use today; in fact, the Necromancer is being made using the same pipeline I built in 2002.
      Q: How did you get started on the team and in your current role?
      Julian Love: I started as a technical artist working on the D3 engine, and about six months in, I noticed people were doing special effects for their characters and—this is going to sound a bit strange—there was a character with a gun. Every time the gun was shot, a little puff of smoke would come out of the barrel. I saw the smoke come out and then shrink down to a point. As you know, smoke does not do that. What I discovered was, many people on the team did their own special effects but no one in particular was passionate about it. They just saw it as something else they had to do.
      I really love special effects, so much that at one point I considered working in the film industry. So I built some stuff, everyone loved it and so I said "Seriously, give all of that work to me. Hire someone else to do what I'm doing now and let me do ALL special effects. Nobody gets to do it but me!" because I loved it so much. 
      Q: What is your favorite Diablo item?
      Julian Love: Two items from Diablo II are my favorites. The first one is Ume's Lament. When I first played Diablo II, the Necromancer completely captured my attention. Playing Hardcore, you have a lot of opportunities to play the same class over and over. I made a few Necromancers and they were terrible. I had no idea what I was doing, so I decided I had to play something else. I picked a Paladin—which was also terrible—but I eventually killed Diablo, and he dropped Ume's Lament. I took it as a sign that I should go back and play more of the Necromancer now that I had a good item for it, so I did—and was much more successful.
      Years and years later when I was working at Blizzard North, I had taken a break from the game, so I started again on a fresh character. At that point I had played a lot of Diablo, so I was kind of unsure, like, "Am I going to dig this? Or am I really just done with it?" I walk out of town, the first monster I kill drops a Gull dagger, and just like that I was sucked back into the game again for at least another six months. It was great.
      Q: What classes are you playing currently? Do you play Hardcore or Softcore?
      Julian Love: Witch Doctor. The variety of builds you can create for Witch Doctor means I've been playing a lot of it. My second class is Monk; he's so fast and responsive it’s hard not to like, but then again, we built him like that. I always play Hardcore and I don't have any Softcore characters. I used to play Softcore exclusively and then I tried Hardcore out of curiosity. Clicking one box changed the whole game. Suddenly everything you do is scarier, and it was awesome. That was it for me. I couldn't go back to Softcore.
      Q: What’s it like working on the Diablo team? What do you do for fun?
      Julian Love: There's an old saying for games: "You can't make fun without having fun." I think if you could hear the giggling and laughing at the preposterousness of proposing "let's put over 100 skeletons on the screen for Army of the Dead" and the process of realizing that, you’d understand. No one thinks of these things in isolation, no one sits at their desk alone and comes up with an amazing idea that lights up the world; what happens is we get together and bounce things around and try to one-up each other, and be silly and comical, and propose the most absurd ideas. But it's also very safe to say those things, because there's a lot of trust. Others forgive me for saying something that sounds really off the wall, because they know the next ridiculous, seemingly undoable idea might come from them. Nobody judges the ideas during brainstorms and we let our creativity run wild. We trust that we're coming up with something crazy, but it's always to try and make the game as fun as it can be.
      Q: What do you think is the historical legacy of Diablo? What will people be reading about the series 10–20 years from now?
      Julian Love: Diablo takes a kind of experience—the fantasy RPG experience—and makes it accessible to everyone. At the time of Diablo’s release, that kind of experience came only to a certain kind of person, and only if you could delve deeply into all the systems, and all the complexities that came with them could you then enjoy the experience. Diablo made it accessible for the rest of us. I can say this with a lot of authority, because I have a relative who I'd say is the quintessential "anti-gamer." He's someone who thinks games are silly; a waste of time. When D3 came out, I convinced him to try it out. After giving him a little direction, he starts clicking, starts killing monsters, and he just lost himself in the game for three hours and had a delightful experience. To me, that's the magic of Diablo.
      Q: What‘s the one thing that would cause Diablo to no longer be Diablo if we removed it from the game?
      Julian Love: There's a good argument to be made for loot. But I think the important one is preserving the ability to play with one hand. Even though most players will use two hands pretty much all the time, the fact that you can play with just your mouse is crucial to the accessibility the series is known for. If I had to pick a close second, it would be the ability to beat the crap out of so many monsters. Monster-slaying is core to the experience, and if at some point you're not using your skills and items to beat demons into submission, it ceases to be a Diablo game.
      Q: Can you give us an example of something you’re really excited to have worked on?
      Julian Love: I always enjoy trying to figure out new things that will delight our players, and then see their delight when we present it to the world. When we were making the new Witch Doctor skill for Reaper of Souls—Piranhas—the original design was a bit vague, just some kind of summoned debuff, with maybe "some bugs" as a visual. I said, "we need a story here; besides, how will this be different from Locust Swarm? We need something else." You don't want to rehash ideas, and you don't want something that doesn’t fit the class fantasy, but instead something in between, familiar and still new and fresh. Using bugs wasn't good enough, but the idea of animals wasn't bad . . . so what about piranhas? The team latched on to that idea; it was easy to associate it with the Witch Doctor, so we made it. Seeing the reaction as people used that spell for the first time was delightful.
      Q: Can you talk about the Necromancer visuals and some of the skills we saw at BlizzCon?
      Julian Love: As soon as we decided we were doing the Necromancer, there were skills that made us all say "we can't have a Necromancer without this." Corpse Explosion was at the top of the list. Looking back at Diablo II, the graphics themselves didn't really do the skill justice; the corpses on the ground were iconic, but the notion and the concept of the skill carried it a lot further than visuals did. We have the opportunity to put a strong, clear visual on it, to ensure the skill will feel visceral and fit the fantasy.
      When you're working with something with a previous incarnation like this, it's like working with a clay statue that hasn't hardened yet. You're going to touch it and something will change; the question is how.
      For Army of the Dead, we knew we wanted a long cooldown, flashy spell, and I knew we needed a spell to show people how we were going to bring the Necromancer to the next level. We gave it a name from a skill which also exists in World of Warcraft, and people just assumed, "oh, okay, they're just going to copy-paste that." Then we got to show it at BlizzCon, and there were literally over one hundred skeletons on the screen. Is this a world record? It has to be. Seeing the reaction from the crowd at BlizzCon was really satisfying. I'm always looking forward to those moments.
      Those skills are very grounded and visceral, and that has a lot to do with the visual identity of the Necromancer, who was a very serious, sinister, dark class in Diablo II. We want to make sure we preserve that feeling.
      Q: What are some of the series’ most difficult and memorable bosses? Any tips?
      Julian Love: I worked on getting patch 1.10 out the door for Diablo II. I showed up, and they were testing Über Diablo, and the guy who was working on it says, “oh, you’re going to LOVE this! It’s almost unbeatable.” He fires up a character outfitted with all rare—yellow—gear, and goes, “look at how HARD this is!” I’m like “You’re kidding, right? Can you get my dual-wielding Barbarian from Battle.net?” A couple days later, I get on my Barbarian, and I say, “okay, watch this,” and I proceed to waste that incarnation of Über Diablo in like 10 seconds. I showed them they were not testing it right, and we started pulling characters from Battle.net to test it, which ended up meaning a 3-month delay to the patch—sorry, everyone!—but in the end the boss was a lot more satisfying.
      Q: If you could go back in time and tell the developers of the original Diablo anything, what would it be?
      Julian Love: I really like those games for what they are, and it's difficult for me to be critical of anything they've done because that led us to what we have today. A lot of the time, “flaws” are the quirks that make you love a game even more. So, if I had to pick something, it would be a small annoyance; I’d tell them, "don't make gold take inventory space! Put it in its own counter instead" or something. Diablo II is even harder for me, as sometimes I hold it up as the perfect game, but I think if I had to pick something there, I'd say "if you want people to care about resistances, build up to that. Don't let players spend the entire first Act without encountering any poison damage, and then have Andariel wreck them because they had no idea they needed 75% poison resists."
      At the same time, these flaws give us stories to tell. The reason we can look back and laugh is because we all got killed by Andariel’s poison damage at one point or another.
      Q: Is it possible to kill Diablo for good?
      Julian Love: For good? I'm going to give you the smart guy, out-of-the-game-lore answer: you don't want to kill him for good. If we were ever going to make another game and put the Diablo name on it—and I think everyone wants that—we kind of want the Lord of Terror around so you can kill him in it, right? It's OK for an expansion to not have Diablo in it, but every new entry in the series is going to need our titular villain.
       
      Joe Shely, Senior Game Designer
      Q: How long have you been a Diablo fan?
      Joe Shely, Senior Game Designer: I've been a fan since the original Diablo. I played it back in high school and my mom yelled at me for not turning the computer off at bedtime—that spellbook wasn’t going to find itself. I also played tons of Diablo II in college; all those sleepless nights worked out for me, though, because now I get to work on Diablo! 
      Q: What is it about the Diablo series that appeals to you?
      Joe Shely: The original Diablo was all about getting to the bottom of the dungeon and fighting Diablo. It was a challenge just to make it down there alive and find out what's going on. You have to remember, back then you didn’t have the story that's been developed today, it was just "what is happening under this creepy church?" It was very mysterious and I found it compelling.
      In Diablo II, I had a Frost Sorceress and I would Frozen Orb everything; I wanted to get to level 99 and I wanted to beat Diablo on Hell difficulty. I liked putting my points into skills and overcharging skills with +skills on items, playing the item game to maximize my skills, and getting Uniques. I felt like I could always keep progressing my character, and I think that's a strength of Diablo—your character can always get stronger and take on new, harder challenges.
      Q: Do you remember the first thing you worked on when you joined the Diablo team?
      Joe Shely: I don't know if I can remember the exact thing, but I probably tuned something that frustrated me as a player. At one point, we had an issue with seeking projectiles that tracked the player being biased towards one direction. It was very good at tracking you in one direction, and very bad at tracking you in the other direction; I realized this playing on my Wizard, so I came in to work the next day and fixed it.
      Q: How did you get started on the team and in your current role?
      Joe Shely: I began working on Diablo III directly shortly after the original release. I came on to help with Reaper of Souls and got to do a bunch of work on monsters, bosses, systems, Adventure Mode, Greater Rift tuning, and more.
      Q: What is your favorite Diablo item?
      Joe Shely: I definitely like Cam's Rebuttal. It's not the strongest item—I think the strongest item I have on any character is probably an Ancient Yang's Recurve with really good rolls. In terms of pure power, it's a fantastic item, and I was super excited I got it. But when I look at some of the items that do really interesting things, I really like playing the Crusader and having a window of time where I've got another charge of Falling Sword I don't want to waste. There are conditions under which I won't use it, like if there's only one guy left. Sometimes I try to wait as long as possible before using that second charge to maximize the damage from the Firestarter Rune and Consecration.
      Q: What classes are you playing currently? Do you play Hardcore or Softcore?
      Joe Shely: Let’s see . . . I’ve got a Hardcore Wizard in Season 8 and a Demon Hunter non-Seasonal. I also have a Hardcore Crusader I haven’t played in a while, but he’s pretty fun too. I think I play Hardcore for the same reason as many of our players—the stakes are increased, your decisions matter in the combat sense. It’s certainly something I do when I want to sit and only play Diablo III, and really focus on that. I won’t try to do anything else while I’m playing my Hardcore character.
      Q: What’s it like working on the Diablo team? What do you do for fun?
      Joe Shely: The Diablo team is a great group to work for in many ways; it has its own culture, and it’s a culture that evolved around wanting the best for the game and trying to use our resources and the talent of the team to deliver awesome content for our players. At Blizzard, we have this very strong philosophy of supporting our games for years after their release, so that’s very much our focus on the team, looking at the game week-to-week, month-to-month to figure out what the game needs now, and what’s the best thing to deliver to our fans. I’m very proud of our team-wide brainstorms, where we get everyone in a room and we say “here’s the next piece of content we’re going to do,” like a new zone, and we discuss possibilities. “There are new monsters in this zone; what should they be?”
      We get a good sense of what we should do in brainstorms; for example, we’ll start with a rough overview of a new zone, like a cold, shrouded moor; there’s going to be some rocky terrain, and it’s misty . . . so what kind of monsters live there? We look at all those and figure out what can we do, and which ideas resonate most strongly with the team. The advantage of team brainstorming is, when it comes time to make the content, whether it’s modeling a creature, animating it, or adding powers, the people who are doing it know they had input into that feature, which makes everyone more passionate.
      Q: What do you think is the historical legacy of Diablo? What will people be reading about the series 10–20 years from now?
      Joe Shely: I would hope they would read about it and then go play some Diablo, in whatever form that may be, because I think the Diablo legacy is very much still being written. There’s this chase of slaying monsters and getting epic loot and being heroic, and that thread has tied the franchise together. I would expect to see more of that in the future.
      Q: What‘s the one thing that would cause Diablo to no longer be Diablo if we removed it from the game?
      Joe Shely: I think loot is the answer. Slaying monsters, getting epic loot, and using your epic loot to slay more monsters is the core loop of Diablo. You can see this all the way from Diablo I to Diablo III. Look at what spellbooks were in Diablo I; they were a form of epic loot that changed your gameplay. When you consider how legendaries have evolved in Diablo III, you can see how the items in Diablo III very much affect your gameplay in some of those same ways—they can make significant changes to your skills, how they're used, the visual effects of your skills, and gameplay mechanics in quite a similar way to how a spellbook would give you a completely new spell.
      Q: Can you give us an example of something you’re really excited to have worked on?
      Joe Shely: I’m excited about the changes coming to Greater Rifts in 2.4.3. We've reworked the way we spawn monsters in Greater Rifts, and the most obvious effect is that you're going to see a more consistent and, for some tiles, higher density of monsters—but it's really much more. We want the Greater Rift experience to be as varied as possible, and to have plenty of possibilities to be great. When you go down a floor, you should expect great monsters, surprising tiles, cool pylons, etc. The changes we've done in 2.4.3 are aimed at improving that experience. I think it's going to be a good change for our players.
      Q: Can you tell us a little about the Darkening of Tristram (Patch 2.4.3) and how the patch came to be?
      Joe Shely: I think one of the things we tried to capture with the anniversary event is this direct connection to the Soulstone and the evil of the Soulstone that ties the franchise together. I think the story of Malthael is a very interesting one; you get to meet the Angiris Council and learn about what's going on with these angels, but it's also nice to have an anchor or touchstone in the Red Soulstone, and that's why we wanted to bring it back for the anniversary event. That's also why we put the additional effort to get the D1 cinematic in there, and make a legendary gem you can put in your helm and really capture what I think was probably one of the most memorable events of Diablo 1—you end up impaling yourself.
      Q: What are some of the series’ most difficult and memorable bosses? Any tips?
      Joe Shely: The Baal fight in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction is pretty hard if you’re a ranged character. He slows you, and you have to deal with the tight constraints of the room. You’re being thrust directly into the fight. Looking at Diablo III, I think Malthael is a pretty tough boss: he’s got multiple phases, a lot of different mechanics, and there’s some stuff that can kill you if you’re not watching. His clouds can be quite dangerous; the adds he summons are some of the most dangerous monsters you’ll face out in the world, and then his ultimate lightning hands attack does extreme damage, so you really have to be on your toes.
      Q: If you could go back in time and tell the developers of the original Diablo anything, what would it be?
      Joe Shely: I think there would be a lot of back slapping. I’ve always wanted something to happen with the cow when you click on it, the one outside the entrance to the catacombs. Anything, really. I mean you click him, he moos at you, you think something’s gonna happen. I’d like to think we’ve corrected that in the later games, though.
      Editor’s note: We’re not sure what Joe is on about here. 
      Q: Is it possible to kill Diablo for good?
      Joe Shely: All I can say is, he hasn’t died yet, right? He’s not been permanently vanquished at this point. We’ll have to wait and see
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