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Patch 2.4.3 PTR Patch Notes

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A new PTR Build went live. In Patch 2.4.3, we're getting a graphics update and a lot of changes. Here are the full patch notes.

Latest changes were implemented yesterday and are indicated by red. Last patch notes can be found here.

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PTR PATCH 2.4.3 - v2.4.3.41668

GENERAL

  • New Feature: 20th Anniversary Event
    • A mysterious group of Cultists is stirring up trouble! Hunt them down in Adventure Mode to uncover clues that reveal a portal into Tristram’s past, and rediscover the terrifying darkness that took hold of the town so many years ago…
    • This event is only available in January
      • Please note that the anniversary event features a pre-cursor event

      • This will start a few hours before the rest of the event is available on the PTR

  • Hardware Support
    • Support has been added for the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) SDK and Razer peripherals
      • Supported backlit keyboards will respond to certain in-game situations like Legendary and Set item drops, characters leveling up, and more
      • Players will need to update their firmware for supported devices to use this feature
    • Added a 64-bit client as default for 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems
      • With this, players should see improvements to system performance and faster loading times
      • This change uses DirectX 11 natively, which brings support for normal maps, per pixel lighting and improved anti-aliasing options
      • The 32-bit client is still available as an option through the Battle.net Launcher
    • Added a screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) pixel shader option
    • Added a large cursor option
    • Improved support for 60Hz+ monitors
  • Bug Fixes
    • (PTR Only) Fixed a variety of issues causing client crashes, improving overall stability
    • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue preventing the SSAO feature from being disabled correctly
    • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue causing the gamma slider in the 64 bit client to work incorrectly

CLASSES

  • Barbarian
    • Overpower
      • Now has 3 charges
      • Cooldown per charge remains 12 seconds with a chance to be reduced slightly by critical strikes
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue which caused Wave of Light to sometimes fail to deal damage when players were under the effect of Epiphany
    • Fixed a bug which prevented a Hydra from being spawned when two Mirror Images attempted to cast Summon Hydra at the same time
    • Fixed an issue which caused the active effect of Earth Ally and Fire Ally to not benefit from Attacks Per Second or +Mystic Ally damage

ITEMS

  • Class Specific Items
    • New items have been added to the game
      • Crusader
        • Armor of Akkhan
          • Talisman of Akkhan (Amulet)
            • Has been added as a 7th piece to Armor of Akkhan
            • The set’s current bonuses and powers remain the same
          • This amulet will always roll with Critical Hit Chance in addition to 3 other random affixes
    • Some 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
      • With the below changes, the minimum levels required to use these items have been adjusted to match the level at which their corresponding skills unlock
      • Barbarian
        • Saffron Wrap
          • The damage of your next Overpower is increased by 40-50% for each enemy hit, up to a maximum of 20 enemies
      • Crusader
        • Faithful Memory
          • Each enemy hit by Falling Sword increases the damage of Blessed Hammer by 50-60% for 10 seconds
      • Demon Hunter
        • Hellcat Waistguard
          • Grenades have a chance to bounce 3-5 times, dealing an additional 50% damage on each bounce
          • This bonus is increased to 800% on the final bounce
          • The following skills are affected by this power:
            • Cluster Arrow – Dazzling Arrow, Cluster Bombs, Loaded for Bear, and No Rune
            • Rain of Vengeance – Anathema
            • Strafe – Demolition
            • Rapid Fire – Bombardment
      • Monk
        • Rabid Strike
          • Spirit spenders that teleport you while Epiphany is active are also mimicked on a distant target for free
      • Witch Doctor
        • The Barber
          • Instead of dealing direct damage, your Spirit Barrage now accumulates on the target
          • When you stop channeling, it explodes dealing 225-250% of the accumulated damage to all enemies within 15 yards
      • Wizard
        • Manald Heal
          • Enemies stunned with Paralysis also take 3000-3500% weapon damage as Lightning
    • The functionality of some items has changed
      • Crusader
        • Defender of Westmarch
          • Can no longer summon a wolf more than once per second
          • Damage done by the wolf is increased for each block made during the interim
      • Witch Doctor
        • Jeram's Bracers
          • The minimum level for this item to drop has changed from 12 to 31 in order to match the level at which Wall of Death unlocks
  • Bug Fixes
    • Hellfire Amulet
      • Fixed an issue where Fetishes spawned by this item with the Fetish Sycophants passive would not reduce the cooldown of Big Bad Voodoo correctly when Starmetal Kukri was equipped
    • Illusory Boots
      • Will now properly allow Crusaders using Steed Charge to pass through walls
    • Flail of the Ascended
      • Now takes into account +Shield Bash affix bonuses in its damage
      • Damage stacks will now persist when changing gear and picking up items
    • Fixed an issue which sometimes caused cosmetic pets to be dismissed unintentionally, requiring the player to resummon them through the collections UI
    • Fixed a bug causing transmogrify options to not properly unlock sometimes when first acquiring an item which grants a new transmogrify option
    • Fixed a bug which caused the buff from the Legendary item Ahvarion, Spear of Lycander to end when changing floors in a Greater Rift
    • Fixed an issue which caused the Bones cosmetic pet to incorrectly produce sound when players interacted with some user interface elements
    • Fixed an issue which caused +Elemental damage bonuses on weapons to override the damage bonus granted to Ancient Spear by Skular’s Salvation and its elemental type
    • Fixed an issue which allowed Necrosis damage from the Helltooth Harness set to be reflected back by some enemies onto Witch Doctors using projectiles like Poison Dart
    • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue which caused the Soulstone Shard to trigger its special effect while players were in town
    • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue causing gem removal costs to be reduced to zero

SEASONS

  • Season Journey
    • The Destroyer and Guardian tiers of the Season Journey will no longer require players to augment an Ancient Legendary item using level 30 or higher and level 40 or higher Legendary gems, respectively
    • Along with this, the Conqueror tier now requires players to augment one Ancient Legendary item using a Legendary Gem at level 50 or higher
  • Bug Fixes
    • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue which caused text display issues with some Season Journey objectives

ADVENTURE MODE

  • Bounties
    • The number of enemy kills required to complete the following Bounties has been reduced
      • Kill Aloysius
      • Kill Axegrave
      • Kill Bholen
      • Kill Captain Donn Adams
      • Kill The Crusher
  • Rifts
    • The Cesspools map has been adjusted
      • Enemy density and overall map size have been reduced
      • This area can now appear as the starting dungeon in Rifts and Greater Rifts
  • Greater Rifts
    • We have made a number of changes to improve the play experience of Greater Rifts
      • Monsters should now be more evenly distributed on each floor in Greater Rifts
      • The size of each floor in a Greater Rift is now more consistent
        • On average, a rift should take between two and four floors to clear
      • There is no longer an increased chance to see the same tile set when you venture down a floor in a Greater Rift
      • There is now a guaranteed area at the entrance of each floor with no monsters
        • This area is just large enough for ranged characters to maneuver
      • Several additional monster types can now appear as Champions and Elites
    • The stacking effect of the following is now cleared upon entering a Greater Rift
      • The items Lord Greenstone’s Fan, Fortress Ballista and Flail of the Ascended
      • The skills Arcane Dynamo and Mythic Rhythm
    • The gold reward and empower cost for Greater Rift 25 and above have been increased
      • The ratio between gold reward and empower cost remains about the same
  • Greed’s Realm
    • The portal to Greed’s Realm will now close 60 seconds after opening Greed’s chest
    • With this, players may now open multiple portals to the realm in a single game
  • Zones
    • The waypoint for Pandemonium Fortress Level 2 in Adventure Mode has been moved from the entrance to the midpoint of the level in order to provide quicker access to some bounties
      • With this change, bounties requiring you to kill unique enemies will only spawn these enemies in the first half of the dungeon, and all monsters on the map will contribute to bounty progress
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue preventing the scene for Bounty: Research Problems from spawning
    • Fixed bugs that led to large open areas with no monsters in some rooms in Greater Rifts, which was especially common near the entrance to certain floors

MONSTERS

  • Enemies
    • Quality of life improvements have been made to enemies
      • Several enemies that leap at the player can now be killed in mid-air, including Winged Assassins, Punishers, Lacuni Huntresses, and Burrowing Leapers
      • Several enemies that can become un-attackable, such as Sandsharks, Snakemen, and Rockworms now spend more time vulnerable. When these enemies do burrow or stealth, they no longer remain in this state for more than 3 seconds
      • In addition, emerging Rockworms now always show ground cracks to help attentive players avoid their initial attack
  • Enemy Affixes
    • Shielding
      • Will now be cancelled immediately if the shielded monster is the last remaining monster in a pack
    • Reflects Damage
      • Now fires a projectile instead of instantly dealing damage to the player
      • The warning duration for this affix has been reduced from 2 seconds to 1, and its active duration has been reduced from 6 seconds to 4
    • Electrified
      • Crawling lightning generated by this affix now pierces, allowing it to damage multiple targets in succession
      • With this, the damage caused by this affix has been reduced by about 35%
    • Juggernaut
      • New enemy affix
        • Juggernaut monsters are permanently immune to crowd control effects, but move more slowly than normal monsters
        • Only a rare Elite enemy can be a Juggernaut
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue which caused Winged Assassins to sometimes travel across the ground instead of through the air when leaping
      • Fixed an issue which prevented Greater Rift Guardians from reliably teleporting to players when they spawned more than a few screens away
      • Fixed an issue which sometimes cause Rift Guardians to spawn in a location where they couldn’t be targeted

BOSSES

  • Belial
    • Now transitions more swiftly between his normal and larger version boss phases

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed the wording on the “Socket To Me” achievement to clarify that socketing only one gem is required

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Dyes
    • Can now be accessed through a new tab at the Mystic
      • This includes Collector’s Edition dyes
    • With this change, dyes will no longer be sold by vendors
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed display and text issues with some skills and items
    • Fixed an issue causing keybind issues when the UI was hidden
    • Fixed a bug which caused Followers to sometimes become idle in combat
    • Fixed an issue which prevented Followers from being dismissed while they were incapacitated in battle
    • Fixed an issue which allowed pets and Followers to be attacked immediately after exiting a portal

PTR Only

  • PTR Only
    • PTR Bag of Fortune
      • Players on the PTR will now receive a special bag from Djank M'iem, a vendor who appears in each town hub in Adventure Mode and Campaign Mode
      • This bag costs 300 Blood Shards and contains class-specific items that are being tested for the upcoming patch
      • This bag will always drop items which are specific to the class which opens it
      • In cases where the PTR bag contains a weapon, the bag will also drop a Flawless Emerald and a Ramaladni’s Gift

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      Season 15 will continue the experiment we began last season with a new seasonal buff. This time, for the duration of Season 15, all Horadric Caches earned from bounties will be doubled. This means that each time you complete a full set of five bounties in an Act, you will receive not one, but two Horadric Caches, for twice the bounty rewards!
      There are a few things to keep in mind with this effect:
      The bonus cache does benefit from difficulty level; it is essentially as though you completed twice the bounties. The rewards inside the Horadric Caches are otherwise unaffected; drop rates or the amount of individual rewards have not been altered. The bonus cache earned from Challenge Rifts is not affected; this is a separate type of cache. Need a refresher on the rewards contained inside a Horadric Cache? Check out our Game Guide for a list of bounty-exclusive Legendary items and more information on the Bounty system.
      In addition to doubling up your Horadric spoils, other celebrations may spring up across the globe that celebrate the nature of this theme! Be sure to keep a close eye on Twitter and Facebook for more information as we move into Season 15!
      New Cosmetic Rewards
      As per tradition, Season 15 will introduce new cosmetic rewards, obtainable by progressing through the Season Journey.
      In addition to the Chest and Glove slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, a brand-new series of portrait frames themed around the struggle of the Eternal Conflict will be available. For the eager cosmetic pet collectors, we thought you could use a hand. Belphegor is eager to keep a grip on your coin as it accompanies you on your adventures across Sanctuary!
      Season Journey Rewards
      If you’ve been diligently slaying demons for the past few Seasons and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve surely accrued a few extra stash tabs by now. But players who have not yet earned a total of four stash tabs via the Season Journey can still unlock an additional one by completing the following tasks at the Conqueror tier:
      Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment XIII difficulty within 5 minutes Level three Legendary Gems to level 55 Complete 2 Conquests this Season Kill Malthael at level 70 in 1 minute and 30 seconds on Torment XIII difficulty Slay Greed on Torment XIII difficulty Reach Greater Rift level 60 Solo Use Kanai’s Cube to augment an Ancient Legendary item with a level 50+ gem Use Kanai’s Cube to reforge a Legendary item Seasonal Conquests
      Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those, too! Returning for Season 15 is Sprinter/Speed Racer, where you’re challenged to complete all of Diablo III’s campaign from Act I to Act V at level 70 in under 1 hour! Next, we have Avarice/Avaritia, where all that glitters is gold—that is, if you can complete a 50 million gold streak outside of The Vault or its Inner Sanctum. Boss Mode/Worlds Apart is a different kind of race; destroy all the bosses in Diablo III at max level on Torment X before your 20-minute timer ends! A fan-favorite for those who enjoy unconventional builds, The Thrill/Superhuman requires completion of a Greater Rift level 45 to be completed Solo, but without any Set items equipped. Finally, Masters of the Universe/Masters of Sets stretches your class set knowledge by requiring a Mastery Rank completion of 8 different Set Dungeons; get ready to start collecting!
      Haedrig’s Gift
      Finally, the Class Sets available for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift have rotated once more. We’ve listed the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works:
      Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely!
      The set you will receive depends on the Class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character.
      Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 15:
      Barbarian – Wrath of the Wastes Crusader – Roland’s Legacy Demon Hunter – Unhallowed Essence Monk – Raiment of a Thousand Storms Necromancer – Bones of Rathma Witch Doctor – Helltooth Harness Wizard – Tal Rasha’s Elements
      Frequently Asked Questions
      Q: When does Season 15 start?
      A: Season 15 begins Friday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia. For time zone conversion, see this site.
      Q: When do Seasons go live for players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4?
      A: Seasons go live for all console players globally at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, regardless of which regional version of the game you may have. Please note that Seasonal Leaderboards for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are still separate by hardware platform.
      Q: When will Season 15 end?
      A: We currently anticipate that Season 15 will be ending on Sunday, December 16 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia.
      Q: Why is the Season end date an estimate?
      A: Traditionally, we have given players two weeks’ notice prior to the ending of a Season. However, we’ve heard the community’s feedback, so going forward, we’ll be providing more comprehensive Season details in the Season First Look blogs. Please bear in mind that this date is an estimate and there is always a chance it may shift. While we will do our best to hit these target dates as closely as possible, we will continue to verify the Season end date at the two-week warning mark.
      Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped?
      A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras,” each of which lasts about 6–12 months. The most recent era began November 9. For more information on Eras, please see this post.
      Q: What will happen to older Seasonal and Era records?
      A: Starting with Season 10, we removed old personal bests from Season 1. When Season 15 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 6, and so on. We will be doing the same for personal bests from the previous Era when the next one goes live.
      Seasonal Leaderboard records are not being cleared and will remain archived both in game and on our website.
      Season 15 is almost here! What are your goals for this Season? What do you think of our next Seasonal theme? How will you change your approach to your Season Journey now that you have access to more Kanai’s Cube crafting mats, recipes, and bounty-exclusive Legendaries?