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In preparation for Season 3, launching April 10th, 2015, Blizzard has released a preview of what will be included in the new season for players to work towards. Information on the new legendary items, conquests, achievements, and cosmetic rewards follows...

 

Here is the preview in full:

 

As Season 2 comes to an end and we prepare to launch Patch 2.2.0, we’re seeing lots of anticipation among players for Season 3. In addition to the 10 new or revamped sets that will be available in the patch, Seasonal players will have all-new Season-exclusive rewards to enjoy. 

 

As with past Seasons, nephalem who test their mettle in Season 3 will have first crack at getting shiny new or revamped Legendary items, gain access to the final parts of the Conqueror’s transmogrification set, and have new Conquests to complete. Without further ado, let’s get rolling!

 

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New Legendary Items

 

One of the most exciting draws of Season 3 will be the new Legendary items that will remain Season exclusives until the end of the Season. You can see a few of these pictured below, like the Legendary Gems Iceblink and Mutilation Guard, as well as the revamped Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac, and a new recovery-themed Legendary potion coming to the game: Bottomless Potion of Amplification.

 

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In addition, here are the other new or reworked items that will be available first to those playing in Season 3, along with their respective Legendary affixes:

  • Dead Man's Legacy
    • Multishot hits enemies who are below 50-60% health twice
  • Dread Iron
    • Ground Stomp causes an Avalanche
  • Nagelring
    • Summons a Fallen Lunatic to your side every 12 seconds
  • Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac
    • Your first hit with each cast of a resource-spending attack reduces the remaining cooldown of one of your skills by 1 second
  • Blessed of Haull
    • Justice spawns a Blessed Hammer when it hits an enemy
  • Ranslor's Folly
    • Energy Twister periodically pulls in enemies within 30 yards
  • Little Man's Finger
    • Gargantuan instead summons three smaller Gargantuans, each more powerful than the original
  • Spirit Guards
    • Your Spirit generators reduce your damage taken by 30-40% for 3 seconds

 

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New Conquests and Achievements

 

Conquests are also returning for Season 3. While favorites like Sprinter / Speed Racer and Avarice / Avaritia will be returning, we’ve also added a few new ones. For instance, On a Good Day requires you to level six Legendary Gems to level 40, while completing Curses! requires you to kill 300 or more monsters in a Cursed Chest event at level 70 on Torment VI. As with Conquests in past Seasons, you’ll be able to see how well you completed these epic feats compared with other players on the Leaderboards.

 

And that’s not all! We’ve also completely re-worked previous Seasonal Achievements to focus more on the challenging accomplishments you can achieve during a Season. There are 100 new Seasonal Achievements altogether in normal and Hardcore, giving you plenty of new challenges to take on this Season.

 

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s always, our philosophy when creating Achievements is that they should require time and effort to obtain. The Conquests and Season-exclusive Achievements available in Season 3 reflect this idea. While some may be achieved through normal play, you’ll find that some require creativity and dedication if you want to complete them!

 

 

New Cosmetic Rewards

 

If you diligently rack up new Achievements in Season 3, you’ll soon be rewarded with a Season-exclusive Pennant (unlocked after earning 100 Seasonal Achievement points) and a new Season-exclusive portrait frame (unlocked after earning 400 Seasonal Achievement points). These rewards are in addition to the final pieces of the Conqueror’s  transmogrification set appearance which are only available to Seasonal players who level at least one Seasonal hero to level 70 in Season 3.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: When does Season 3 start?
A: Season 3 begins April 10 at 6 p.m. PDT in North America, 6 p.m. CEST in Europe and 6 p.m. KST in Asia.

 

Q: How long will Season 3 last?
A:  While we don’t have a specific time frame to share for Season 3, we are continuing to collect feedback from players on Season length, which we’ll be taking into consideration going forward.

 

Q: When are the Leaderboards being wiped for Season 2?
A: Leaderboards will be cleared once the Season comes to a close. While the leaderboards will be cleared, they will be preserved both in-game and here on our website if you wish to review your Season 2 accomplishments.

 

Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped?
A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras.” We currently anticipate the next wipe to coincide with the transition to Season 3, although this may not be the case for future Seasons.

 

Q: Will Seasons be coming to console?
A: Some features on console are best designed for that platform, and the same is true for the PC version of the game. A large part of the fun of Seasons is the entire community rerolling heroes together at the same time. The offline and disconnected nature of console does not support this style of play. As a result, we do not currently have plans to implement Seasons on console.

 

 

Get Ready To Hit The Ground Running!

 

We hope you enjoyed this preview of what to expect for Season 3, and we’re looking forward to seeing you bolt out of the gate with the rest of us once the Season begins.

 

While we're on the subject, nephalem, what class will you be leveling when the Season begins, and which of the new or revamped sets coming in Patch 2.2.0 will you use? Are you eager to tackle the new Conquests and Season-only Achievements, or are you simply looking forward to joining your friends and exploring the game from a fresh perspective once more? We’re eager to hear your thoughts below!

 

Are you excited to play in the new Diablo season coming next month? What class will you be starting with?

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