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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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    • Warhelm of Kassar
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        • Reduce the cooldown and increase the damage of Phalanx by 45-60%
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    • Chain of Shadows
      • New Legendary Belt
        • 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
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    • Elusive Ring
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        • 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
      • New Legendary Hand Crossbow
      • 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
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  • 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
      • New Legendary Source
        • 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
      • New Legendary Wand
        • Arcane Orb's explosion triggers an additional time
        • Rolls with 50-65% Arcane Orb damage
  • Several existing class-specific 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.
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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
      • Last Breath
        • 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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      Set Dungeons: While the concept is novel, the execution and reality did not meet the standards of the community by-and-large. Born as an attempt to give players a specific goal, something which Diablo often lacks, the idea was sound. Why not create a scenario where players can demonstrate mastery of a Set's mechanics, and even be rewarded in game for the their efforts? Well, the schism between great idea and the reality is probably most related to the actual objectives of the dungeons. Some set dungeons were quite easy to grasp and execute, the Immortal King's Dungeon for an example. Others suffered from mechanics that were unclear, counter-intuitive or just plain at the mercy of RNG. Firebird's Finery Dungeon asked players to die on purpose. Shadow's Mantle Dungeon gave an objective that failed players for consecutive hits on an enemy. Jade Harvester Dungeon gave you invisible enemies, and penalised you for not killing them. Wrath of the Wastes Dungeon put you in a Melee build and told you not to take ANY physical damage. The number of dungeons which seemed to nail it were small, and the ones that frustrated players seemed numerous.  
      Power Creep: While this is always present, Season Five saw an unprecedented leap forward in the average player's experience. From people doubling their highest Greater Rift, to Paragons running into the thousands, the whole game now has a higher bar set. There were many reported situations of public groups that would kick people for "only being Paragon 800" or similar. Players in groups cleared Greater Rifts well past the 105 mark, while solo saw numbers in the 90s. Season 4 had not even saw the group move past 90, so seeing people now doing it alone has really driven this point home. 
      Paragon Disparity: This point is substantially tied to the previous issue, but deserves a special nod, as many player find themselves on one side of the divide or the other. The group meta saw legitimate players spanning well into several thousand paragons, and on the flip side any number of posts in r/Diablo's reddit detailing solo player journeys saw people hitting new highs in the hundreds. While many were not directly affected by this divide, the solo leaderboards closed in a stranglehold not from the Solo players themselves, but instead were mainly comprised of group players who then leveraged their superior paragons and gear in order to also dominate in this area. 
      No-Boss Runs: This one was saved for last on this list, because it is a bridge between the two previous issues listed, and The Worst issue which is near the end of this editorial. While it was not a new idea, the prevalence of this phenomenon in Season Five had new levels of impact. The idea behind a No-Boss Runs is that players in a group (or even solo) run an extremely high greater rift level (usually higher than could actually be cleared) and play up until the rift guardian is spawned. Players then exit the game and make a new rift, repeating the procedure. The result is massive amounts of XP gained, lending handily to the paragon disparity. Since the rift guardian is usually the bulk of time spent in a rift, and nets significantly less experience per time spent comparative to the rest of the rift, this practice born of pragmatism characterized greater rift pushing this season.   
       
      The Bad
       

      Lost Devs: This season saw the departure of many strongly talented figures from Team Diablo, and while some could potentially return, others are lost for good. How this will affect the game moving forward remains to be seen, but the figures lost were those who had direct and observable impact on the game as a whole.
      Class Diversity: In what always results in a continued struggle, Diablo's developers yet again took painstaking efforts in balancing, with a goal of roughly approximating all sets to be equal in terms of power. Once more, we saw a season ruled by flavor-of-the-month builds, and a particular class warping the entire group meta in around itself. While Season Four was the Year of the Monk, Season Five will forever be the Year of the Wizard. Like the Static Charge Monk of yester-season, the strength of the Energy Twister Wizard left an indelible mark on the group play of Diablo, and even caused a series of severely hard-hitting changes to several class and item mechanics. Health Globe spawning as a purposeful mechanic has all but been removed from the game, and the warp was so massive that even other classes had their skill mechanics changed thanks to the Wizard build in question.    
       
      Mixed
       

      Buff UI: While this issue is actually part of larger change that has positively impacted the game, it also has some quirks that presented and still require a clean up. The changes to the Buff UI that came baked into Patch 2.4 are overall successful. Making the bar more concise, it grew in Season Five to be the tool of information it was also supposed to be, and no longer is quite the source of player focus it once was. While the goal of making players engage the game (not their buff bar) seems to have been achieved, the improvements have left some aspects seemingly unpolished. The two most common issues that now seem to arise in discussion are the lack of drop shadow on stack numbers, and the paragon point allocation button covering part of the bar itself. With some minor tweaks, these could be changed and really let the newly designed buff bar come into its own glory. Rightfully so, as it now is leagues ahead of its old counterpart! 
      Stash Tab: While this might be a confusing place to find the stash tab, please read on as to why it finds a home here. Many players, myself included, were ecstatic about the inclusion of this reward. To me, the gaining of the extra space was massive, and let me fully devote a tab of stash to each class, as I am an alt-a-holic. I did not have any issue with the implementation, but the implementation was inline with how I play the game already. For many players, the implementation did not line up with their playstyle, or desired mode of play, and this is what lands the stash tab here. Like a billion dollars in the bank, it's great for those who have it, and not so much so for those who don't. I play seasons exclusively now in Diablo, and even quit during the interseason period to recharge and play other games. While Seasons are on, I religiously play each weekend with some friends, and manage to go far in, or complete the season journey. Getting the stash tab for me was merely a consequence. Now, my playstyle is not the only one. Many players don't play seasons. Others, are not as able or willing to devote the many hours needed to get to where I do. As a result, many groups found themselves left out, or struggling with a game (something we play for fun) to get what they felt was necessary to enjoy the game. This lack of fun for those players, well it's rough. I applaud the developers for setting a standard which players must achieve to be rewarded optional content in the game. Likewise, I see the strong argument from those who do not like being forced to play a game mode they do not enjoy in order to get access to something they want, and sometimes feel compulsion to gain. I am not sure what the right answer here is, and as such it remains in the murky waters of mixed. My only input is that I do think there is strong value in rewarding players for certain achievements. The term reward is defined as "a thing given in recognition of one's service, effort, or achievement." Perhaps the discussion should focus not on what is wrong, but what else can be opened as an avenue for others to also achieve.   
      The Good
       

      Single Player XP: Wait, wasn't there something about paragon disparity earlier? Yes, but there is strong hope for solo players, and Season Five gave the most compelling evidence. While by season's close the gap was huge, the early reports of the season saw solo players hitting 70 in roughly the same time as partied groups. This was the first time this had occurred in season play without some form of XP exploit being used. The main driver behind this was the addition of bonus kill-streaks which had previously been seen in console versions. Additionally, changes were made to group dynamics and xp sharing. More changes are coming with Season Six, meaning the outlook for this aspect is high. Perhaps this issue will eventually see a form of parity between groups and solo players. Certainly, we are seeing that goal closer than further as of writing.  

       
      Death's Breath: They're a distinct color now, making them much easier to distinguish. This optimizes time spent while farming, and is a seemingly small, yet huge-in-impact change that I have yet to see a complaint about. An all around victory. 
      New Zones: For those who saw the Diablo panel at Blizzcon this year, the amount of changes coming with 2.4 seemed impossibly large. Since Season Five is a child of Patch 2.4, the addition of new zones with the patch meant that many players saw these sights for the first time in season. From minor additions with the Library at Leoric's Manor, to the entire zone replete with new mobs, tiles and lore (Greyhollow Island) there is not a fair argument against these additions. Free is free, but quality additions for free are just gravy!  
      The Great
       

       
      Empowered Rifts/Caldesann's Despair: While Wyatt Cheng (@Candlesan on Twitter) might hide his despair of this change behind a weak anagram, finally having a viable and impactful gold sink enter the game has many of the Diablo 1% jumping for joy. With so much gold coming from regular farming of high torments, and trips to The Vault, the community saw gold inflation in the highest order. With so many sources of generation, and few sources of loss, the amount players had stashed away became looney (Canadian money jokes). The idea of slightly lessening the time needed to level gems, and thus getting to imbue gear with the new enchanting recipe in Kanai's Cube faster, all while making gold worthwhile again was a massive victory for Team Diablo. It addressed an issue in a creative, fun, and engaging way that had players wanting to play the game more. It also diversified to a greater extent what players did while playing at endgame, and I think it is easy to classify this as an example of creative game design which resulted in a victory.   

       
      Haedrig's Gift: The thorn in my side, (I played Invoker's Burden Crusader this Season) I have to admit that this feature was a success from the community perspective. I will freely admit that I was bent out of shape with the announcement of this feature, and still question its merit. However, I was shown how my opinion here is narrow, and needs broader context. As a gamer who loved the early adventure games such as Sierra's King's Quest line, or the amazing LucasArt's Monkey Island series, I lamented the inclusion of "free sets" as a softening up of gaming culture, and an attempt to cater to those who want things without working for them. I also still question if this sped up the progression of seasonal character too much, leading to faster burn-out or season completion. The second point I hold true to, the first, I was gravely mistaken on. While I can be crusty old gamer who complains about walking uphill to school both ways "back in my day," I also have my scope wrongly adjusted to those old games. Many old computer games are famously confusing and difficult at times, and often lead to out-of-the-box or just plain weird solutions. These games also could often be played, once you knew what to do, in a matter of hours. You might sink lots of time into solving the puzzles initially, but the actual game length is relatively short. Now, we have a whole genre of game with the word massive in its title. These are games where a player can take an hour just to make a character's appearance right if they so choose. In this wave of massive gameplay comes things like Diablo, which actually never end. Sure you can beat the game, but that's not the goal for most. Set dungeons still leave the stopping point role unfulfilled. Instead we continue to push hard, faster and further a group each season, and many players were not having fun anymore trying to keep up. Enter the Gift, and now player who might have never even owned a full set before are getting a chance to explore the game in new and exciting ways. This is obviously a positive, and something that is good for the health of the game. In practice my Softcore Crusader who received Invoker's Burden through the Gift, and my Hardcore Crusader who farmed the pieces had very little difference of experience. It was a small gap in time spent between their progression, several hours to be fair. My enjoyment was no less on my softcore crusader, and progression only felt slightly slower on my hardcore one. The upshot? It let players with limited time, or perhaps those who don't spend hours talking theorycraft on the forums to be able to get moving faster and enjoying themselves sooner. Thus, I have to concede this to the clear win category. 
      Diablo Unannounced Project/Job Postings: While this isn't anything related with the Season, it did come to light during the season, and had a measurable effect on the community. The posting of various jobs to Blizzard's career page, and the mention in those posting about a "Diablo Unannounced Project" have many speculating. With the possibility of another Diablo III expansion, to another game set in the Diablo universe, to Diablo IV, the community is abuzz with theories. Only time will tell exactly what it is that Blizzard has up their sleeve, but many remain exceptionally excited for whatever that could be. More Diablo is always welcome.
      Kanai Event: Like the previous entry, this is more something that merely came to light during Season Five, and is not a direct product of it, but it certainly merits mention. The event consisted of a longstanding mystery of Kanai's Throne Room finally being revealed. Since the arrival of Ruins of Sescheron in Patch 2.3, there were cryptic in game clues and references to the "right time" in Kanai's Throne Room. The right time turned up in Season Five, with the Kanai's Stomping Ground event coming to life in March. This tribute is touching and tasteful on behalf of Blizzard, and is set to outlive this past season, by coming around each March. More can be read about the event and the person it honors here. 
      Legacy of Nightmares/Invoker's Burden: These two sets might not share anything in mechanics, but what makes their birth in the Season 5 meta important is that both represent a paradigm shift in what makes a character powerful in Diablo. Firstly, let's examine Invokers. This set, also known as the Thorns Set, offers a look into a world where Crit Chance/Crit Damage stats and Sheet DPS are utterly irrelevant. This change was lauded by many long term pundits of the game, who often argued that Crit was a stat too crucial to DPS output. This new way of thinking about how you get your damaged threw convention out the window, and did so successfully. 97,786 is how much DPS when my Invoker Crusader cleared his first 70 Greater Rift, something I know because I immortalized it via screen capture. With DPS figures ranging in the 2-3 million range for well-geared and high paragon toons, the idea that 97,786 could do anything of impact seemed astounding. It still is, if you think about Diablo convention to this point. This brings us to Legacy of Nightmares, another fly-in-the-face of conventional Diablo 3 Since the Loot 2.0 revamp, sets have been king of DPS. Some argue the lack of true diversity is gone in builds, something Vanilla had a surprising amount of in contrast. Few arguments could be mounted for anything but set based builds of late, and enter The Legacy of Nightmares . The "No-Set Set" gave rise to a new and exciting branch of gameplay that satisfied many of the prior complaints of too heavy reliance on set bonuses. While the issue is still not dead, after all Wizards couldn't seem to materialize a competitive build with LoN, it went on to dominate the solo leaderboards for classes like Crusader and Demon Hunter. I will state there is much work to be done here, but like Apollo 11, this was a "Giant Leap" for Diablo III.   
      Now, the heart of article is revealed. We have made it this far, and now the rock bottom and the sky-high aspects of Season Five come to light. 
       
      The Worst
       

      A Support Meta/Single DPS Gameplay: This is probably not a twist(er) to those who played Season Five, as we saw a worrying trend that began in Season Four take a whole new level of notoriety in Season Five. In a game that is all about smacking skeletons until they collapse, a striking meta emerges where 75% of a Four-man group are not doing it. David Brevik (you know, the guy who envisioned Diablo and worked so hard to make the game a reality) stated fondly of working on the first Diablo "I clicked on the mouse, and the warrior walked over and smacked the skeleton down. And I was like, ‘Oh my god! ...That was awesome!'" Thus was born the Action Role Playing Game, or ARPG. This quote characterizes what makes the arpg so special, and for many what their first Diablo experience was like. With this in mind, consider a situation where only one out four in a party are doing the skeleton smacking. Change might be good, but such a dramatic shift away from what seems so core to the arpg and the Diablo experience is nearing criminal. The reaction from the developers behind the game seems to be in vein with my own take on the situation, as they have mobilized en masse to try and cull this type of gameplay. Even well-known community figures admit that they only partake in it because it is the most efficient, not because it's what they enjoy. It is how to climb the leaderboards, for better or worse. Worse, really. This will likely be the most remembered aspect of Season Five looking back. Actually, strike that. The most remembered thing about Season Five, the thing that will put it down in the history books as what went right is:   
      The Win
       

      Season Five saw the purge of the Botter, and humans attaining victory. An update to Blizzard's Warden, in conjunction with well timed and decisive waves, saw the leaderboards all but purified of those who chose to break the Terms of Service by utilizing suspect third party softwares. Whether you and Brother Chris played Diablo 24/7, or you used a software which rhymes with MurboMud, or maybe plotted your trips through Sanctuary using some GPS, you probably saw the boot. While not all elicit software users were burned by the righteous fires of the purge, a great chunk saw, and thus now fear the Light. Whatever this means moving forward, the message has been sent, and the result are clear for all to see: Play by the rules, or risk consequences. Exceptionally well played on Blizzard's part with timing and deployment, the banwave has many of the jaded questioning if perhaps there is much to be said about the game after all. Excellent work to Blizzard, and I personally hope that you keep this momentum you've gained.   
       
      Conclusion:
       
      Season Five has come and gone, and with it a new legacy was born. What the full effect is still remains to be seen, but we can assess some core principles in the immediate. What we know is that like any Season, there are going to be bad aspects, and those that make us remember exactly what has us logging in again and again and again. Season Five seemed to polarize the issues, making the extremes of the bad, as well as the good, more apparent than ever. In the end there more good than bad, and this should have all fans of the franchise reaching for that mouse.
       
      Personally, I had a great time in Season Five, and I am looking forward to Season Six, which will begin as follows: 
      North America: Friday, April 29 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT Europe: Friday, April 29 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST Asia: Friday, April 29 @ 5:00 p.m. KST  
      I want to thank readers, and now that I have said my piece, I open the comment box to all of you below. Do you agree or disagree with my take? Let me know! 
       
      In the meantime, happy farming! 
    • By Realbookwurm
      Community member Meathead Mikhail regularly puts out helpful Diablo videos, and his latest covers a  very important mechanic which many players may not be aware of.
       
      I was made aware of this mechanic sometime back in 2012, but only because I am the guy who loves diving into a spreadsheet on the numbers behind a game. I also want to concede that most do not find reading up on the maths behind their favorite game quite as exciting as I do. However, since the nature of the mechanic is not referenced anywhere in the game itself, and has come about solely by the efforts of the theory-crafting community, it is still largely unknown to the player-base. 
       
      While some might see this as information for the Min/Max crowd, it is truly amazing how small tweaks like this can make your character so much more viable. I have invited many people in my life to try Diablo, and small tips such as this one have vastly improved their experience. It seems players tend to have more fun when they don't die often. Rambling aside, I am really happy to see such a quick and easy-to-understand explanation of the mechanic being made available. Thanks Meathead MIkhail!
       
      Please take the time to give it a watch, and I hope that players find this useful. I know that I have over the years! 
       
       
       
    • By Realbookwurm
      Get your cosmetic groove on with oodles of new looks coming in Patch 2.4.1!

      It is no secret that I am strongly looking forward to the new farmable cosmetic content that is due to drop with Patch 2.4.1. I even wrote a brief news about it featuring way too many caps in the title. The truth is while the game may still produce minor gripes here and there, let's not fail to celebrate that we finally are to the point with Diablo III where this type of development can take precedence. The gameplay has been tweaked, modified and perfected for nearly four years now, and the result is a patch that lets us focus on the finer things. 
       
      That isn't to say that Patch 2.4.1, and the Season 6 meta wont see totally new aspects. Many of the sets were once again tweaked, tons of legendary gems are changing, there was a massive effort from the devs to change the 1 DPS, 3 Support meta of Season 5, and even one or two massive tweaks to help out the solo players.
       
      Well if you are looking forward to the "small things" coming in the form a portrait frame made of rainbows, then check out the Cosmetics Preview that has just gone live on Battle.net. It shows a few of the items that will become attainable, including the new pet goblin and even some wings! 
       
      Don't forget to drop a comment or two in the box below and let us know what feature you are most looking forward to in Patch 2.4.1! I'm guessing the ability to wear a crab on your head is going to win any polls though...