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d3 First Look at Season 9

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An official preview of Season 9 has been released.

Season 8 will end on December 30 - along with 2016 - and Season 9 will begin on January 6. Blizzard has released a blog post previewing the new Season - most notably, its cosmetic rewards, the Seasonal conquests, the Haedrig's Gift rewards and the Conqueror tier of the Seasonal journey.

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Our next Season begins soon! For those among you who enjoy the fresh start a Season brings, we wanted to give you a glimpse into what to expect before you race out the gate in Season 9. Read on for details on rewards, Conquests, and more.

New Cosmetic Rewards

As with past Seasons, Season 9 continues to introduce new cosmetic rewards, obtainable by progress through the Season Journey.

In addition to the Chest and Gloves slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, a brand new series of portraits themed around Pandemonium will be available. Pet collectors will also be thrilled to befriend a new cosmetic pet—Rocky is a regular chip off the old block, and he’ll be happy to rumble along and pick up your gold as you adventure through Sanctuary!

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Season Journey Rewards

If you’ve been playing the past few Seasons diligently and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve accrued a few extra stash tabs. Players who have not yet earned a total of four stash tabs via the Season Journey can still unlock an additional stash tab by completing the following tasks at the Conqueror tier:

  • Complete a Torment XIII Rift in under 5 minutes
  • Complete Greater Rift 60 solo
  • Kill Greed on Torment XIII
  • Kill the Skeleton King on Torment XIII in under 30 seconds
  • Reforge a Legendary or Set item
  • Augment an Ancient item with a Level 50 or greater Legendary Gem
  • Level three Legendary Gems to 55
  • Complete two Conquests

Seasonal Conquests

Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those too! Players that just gotta go fast can tackle Sprinter, Speed Racer, Speed Demon, or Need for Speed. Got a thing for gold? Avarice or Avaritia might be right up your alley. If Cursed Events are more your style, Curses! and Stars Align might be more suitable challenges. Finally, if you enjoy facing a challenge without sets, The Thrill and Super Human are both making a return.

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Haedrig’s Gift

Finally, just as before, you’ll get a shiny new Class Set courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey. 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 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!

In addition, the set you receive will depend 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 9:

  • Barbarian – Might of the Earth
  • Crusader – Thorns of the Invoker
  • Demon Hunter – The Shadow’s Mantle
  • Monk – Monkey King’s Garb
  • Witch Doctor – Raiment of the Jade Harvester
  • Wizard – Firebird’s Finery

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You can also check Stan's detailed articles on Season 9:

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On 12/30/2016 at 6:34 AM, ngrosskurth said:

Any chance this will be on console?

I'm actually not sure how it works on console. Do you guys even have seasons yet?

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Currently, no. But at Blizzcon it was announced that seasonal mode would be coming to console. Now it's just a guessing game as to what season will be the first on console. 

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On 1/3/2017 at 3:31 PM, ngrosskurth said:

Currently, no. But at Blizzcon it was announced that seasonal mode would be coming to console. Now it's just a guessing game as to what season will be the first on console. 

Ah, that sucks :( I would assume there'd be a big announcement if it was indeed coming to console. Might be worth tweeting at the D3 team to see if they'll answer?

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