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The Diablo 1 anniversary event has returned (with very little notice) and we get to explore the cathedral levels, kill some cultists and get our hands on unique transmogrification effects, achievements, portraits, pets, and more! There's also retro vision, to make Diablo 3 look more like it's predecessor and you get to be fresh meat again as well! Check out all the details and head on in there right now, as the event has just started and will last through January 31st.

Also, you can check out our event guide right here.

Blizzard LogoThe Darkening (source)

Diablo’s anniversary is right around the corner, along with the Darkening of Tristram event! Whether you’re a series veteran craving nostalgia, or a newcomer hungry for your first taste of the franchise’s past, this annual loving homage to the earliest days of Diablo is for you.

Read on for more, including a closer look at the anniversary dungeon and its unique rewards.

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Stop the Cultists

Your journey begins on the trail of a group of mysterious cultists causing trouble in Sanctuary. As you hunt them down in Adventure Mode, you’ll uncover clues leading to a portal into Tristram’s past, and the terrifying darkness that took hold of the town so many years ago. . . .

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Explore the Cathedral

Follow the clues and you’ll soon find yourself in a realm of glorious RetroVision™, where an all-too-familiar cathedral looms. Explore the depths and you’ll discover familiar enemies and iconic items, all brought to life in the Diablo III engine. Meanwhile, deep beneath the catacombs, the Dark Lord himself awaits any intrepid adventurer who dares to challenge him. . . .

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Discover Precious Loot

What is a Diablo game without shiny new loot to call your own? Completing activities in the anniversary event yields unique transmogrification effects, achievements, portraits, pets, and more.

While some rewards are easy to find, others may have you scouring every nook or unlocking every achievement before you can get your hands on them. Can you earn them all? There’s only one way to find out!

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Your Journey Begins…

Exclusive rewards and challenging enemies await you, but they won’t last forever! The cultists have begun appearing since December 31 at 4 p.m. PST, and the portal opens January 3 at the same hour. Both parts of the event end January 31 at 4 p.m. PST.

Enter the dungeon, reap your rewards, and survive the evils within—or die in the process, never to be heard from again. . . .

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5 hours ago, Rooach said:

Want to do it since 3 years, but i dont want to waste a single minute in D3. So sad

A good advice: Do not enter the "event".

It is beyond horrible, it is the worst "event" that you can imagine. It looks like it was made within 5 minutes by an apprentice.

It is the worst peace of software I have ever seen from Blizzard. It would be bad if it would be a fan-made mode.

That it is official blizzard content is completly absurd.

 

If you want to remember Diablo 1 (fantastic game btw, awesome atmosphere!) go to youtube and listen to the great music of D1.

Music is the only thing they got right in this "event" (well, they didn't have any chance to *filtered* this up, because it was simply using the existing music....)

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2 hours ago, WedgeAntilles said:

If you want to remember Diablo 1 (fantastic game btw, awesome atmosphere!) go to youtube and listen to the great music of D1.

Music is the only thing they got right in this "event" (well, they didn't have any chance to *filtered* this up, because it was simply using the existing music....)

I'd say just play Diablo 1 instead.

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4 hours ago, WedgeAntilles said:

A good advice: Do not enter the "event".

It is beyond horrible, it is the worst "event" that you can imagine. It looks like it was made within 5 minutes by an apprentice.

I remember when they announced it first at Blizzcon, it was like: "we are remaking Diablo 1 in Diablo 3!". Even some news sites wrote about it as if it was some big thing, an actual remake. What we've got was just a normal dungeon with reused environment assets and filter slapped on...

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This event has zero appeal after getting the unlocks, and the "retro filter" is more annoying than anything. I appreciate the nod, but wish they'd gone a different route.

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so i just tried to get the royal calf from the wirts leg, witch brew mushroom stuff, but i cant since the leg is now magic and not legendary like the original event, so.. 1 less pet in this event

 

so basically all this text they made boils down to, kill *filtered*, get loot, like normal play. nothing special event available.

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6 hours ago, inteus said:

so i just tried to get the royal calf from the wirts leg, witch brew mushroom stuff, but i cant since the leg is now magic and not legendary like the original event, so.. 1 less pet in this event

So they made a new bug (unless it was intentional to not be obtainable anymore)? If they managed that, it's amazing...

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I am new to D3 and I want to do this. I was able to get into it until today. I don't have a maxed out character but the one I had was a seasonal one so it wasn't a problem. Am I just out of luck now because I can't get into adventure mode? I play on the PS4 and am not seeing any way to access the portal now at all. It isn't showing up for me. I would appreciate any help. Thanks.

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On 1/4/2019 at 5:47 PM, darkinchworm said:

This event has zero appeal after getting the unlocks, and the "retro filter" is more annoying than anything. I appreciate the nod, but wish they'd gone a different route.

I was really disappointed when I first saw the 'retro graphics'. They didn't really feel right, way too rushed and not as stylish and 'appealing' as the original D1 graphics. As you said it felt like a bad filter that was like done in 15 mins laid over just to make it look a bit retro and pixelated...and to sell it as D1 style was kinda sad...

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It was okay to do once. And only once. After you've completed it, got the cosmetics, unlocked the achievements what else is there to do? Nothing sadly. But then again the Diablo franchise has long since been abandoned for other projects, after all mobile games for China are far more important that listening to the core audience these days.

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On 1/6/2019 at 5:37 PM, inteus said:

so i just tried to get the royal calf from the wirts leg, witch brew mushroom stuff, but i cant since the leg is now magic and not legendary like the original event, so.. 1 less pet in this event

 

so basically all this text they made boils down to, kill *filtered*, get loot, like normal play. nothing special event available.

It was the same last year.  It was given as "magic" but could be used as "legendary" to get the staff / open the portal.

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