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Diablo's anniversary is almost here and the Darkening of Tristam event returns January 3.
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.
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. . . .
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. . . .
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!
Your Journey Begins…
Exclusive rewards and challenging enemies await you, but they won’t last forever! The cultists will appear on 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. . . .
The new season is upon us (starting at 5PM PST/CET/KST), and we have the guides ready! This season is a bit of a game changer for literally all builds, as in addition to the shadow clones that will be helping you out and modifying some builds, the 4th Kanai's Cube slot changes all of them! You can also check out our other handy season-relaed guides here.
But enough introing, let's get to it!
Support GR Build with Raekor and HotNS Sets (Top) Rend Build with Wrath of the Wastes Set (Top) Seismic Slam Build with Might of the Earth Set (Top) Frenzy Build with the Horde of the Ninety Savages Set (High) Hammer of the Ancients Build with the Raekor Set (High) Hammer of the Ancients Build with the Immortal King Set (High) Furious Charge Build with Immortal King and Raekor Sets (High) Leap/Earthquake Build with Might of the Earth Set (High) Hammer of the Ancients GR Build With LoD (Mid) Whirlwind GR Build with Wrath of the Wastes Set (Mid) Frenzy/Thorns Build with Legacy of Nightmares Set (Low)
Thorns Bombardment Build with Akkhan and Invoker Sets (Top) Heaven's Fury Build with Aegis of Valor Set (Top) Thorns Build with Invoker Set (Top) Condemn Build with Legacy of Dreams (High) Blessed Shield Build with Legacy of Dreams (High) Condemn Build with Akkhan Set (High) Blessed Hammer (Hammerdin) Build with Seeker of the Light Set (High) Sweep Attack Build with Roland's Set Mid) Fist of the Heavens Build with Aegis of Valor Set (Mid) Shield Bash Build with Roland's Set (Low)
Support Build with Gears of Dreadlands/Marauder (Top) Hungering Arrow Build with Gears of Dreadlands (Top) Rapid Fire Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Rapid Fire Build with Natalya's Vengeance (Top) Shadow's Mantle Build with Impale (High) Sentry Build with Natalya's and Marauder Set (High) Multishot Build with Unhallowed Essence Set (High) Cluster Arrow Build with Marauder Set (Mid) Grenade Build with Unhallowed Essence Sets (Mid) Rain of Vengeance Build with Natalya's Set (Mid) Fan of Knives Build with Legacy of Dreams (Low) Chakram Build with Unhallowed Essence Set (Low)
Support Build with Inna's Mantra Set (Top) Tempest Rush Build with Sunwuko Set (Top) Tempest Rush Build with the Patterns of Justice Set (Top) Wave of Light Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Wave of Light Build with Sunwuko or Inna Sets (High) Crippling Wave Build with Raiment and Shenlong Sets (High) Seven-Sided Strike Build with Uliana's Stratagem Set (High) Lashing Tail Kick Build with Legacy of Dreams (Mid) Lashing Tail Kick Build with Sunwuko Set (Mid) Exploding Palm and Mystic Ally Build with Inna's Mantra Set (Low)
Necromancer Support Build With Pestilence Set (Top) Corpse Explosion Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Poison Scythe Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Skeletal Mage Singularity "Rat" Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Bone Spear Build with the Masquerade set (High) Corpse Lance Build with Legacy of Dreams Set (High) Thorns Skeletons Build with Legacy of Dreams (High) Corpse Lance Build with Pestilence or Trag'Oul Set (High) Generator Build with Grace of Inarius Set (High) Skeletal Mages Build with Rathma and Jesseth Sets (Mid) Skeletal Mages Build With Trag'Oul and Jesseth Sets (Mid) Blood Nova Build with Legacy of Dreams (Mid)
Spirit Barrage Build with the Mundunugu's Regalia Set (Top) Carnevil Poison Dart Build with Zunimassa Set (Top) Carnevil Dagger of Darts Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Soul Harvest Build with Jade Harvester Set (Top) Spirit Barrage Build with Legacy of Dreams (High) Firebats Build with Spirit of Arachyr Set (High) Gargantuan Build with Zunimassa Set (Mid) Gargantuan Build with Helltooth Set (Mid) Zombie Bears Build with Helltooth Set (Low) Acid Cloud Build with Helltooth Set (Low) Grasp of the Dead Build with Helltooth Set (Low)
Archon Build with Vyr Set (Top) Mammoth Hydra Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Frost Hydra Build with Typhon's Veil (High) Meteor Build with Firebird or Tal Rasha Sets (High) Frozen Orb Build with DMO Set (High) Energy Twister Build with DMO Set (High) Manald Lightning Archon Build with Vyr and Tal Rasha Sets (Mid) Archon Build with Firebird Set (Mid) Arcane Torrent Build with Manald and Tal Rasha Set (Mid) Arcane Orbit Build with DMO Set (Low) Explosive Blast Farming Build with Tal Rasha Set (Low)
With Season 22 just a few hours away, it's time to look at which class to play and the rankings.
Solo Greater Rift Push Build Rankings for Season 22
If you like to play alone and would like to push rifts, we recommend you the following builds for each class, with more builds listed in our solo Greater Rift pushing guide.
Barbarian: Wrath of the Wastes Rend Build Crusader: Thorns Bomrardment Build Demon Hunter: GoD Hungering Arrow Build Monk: Patters of Justice Tempest Rush Build Necromancer: Masquerade Bone Spear Build Witch Doctor: Mundunugu Spirit Barrage Build Wizard: LoD Hydra Build
Speed Farming Tier Lists for Season 22
These are your best choices if your prioritize speed-clearing bounties, Greater Rifts, or Torment 16 standard rifts in Season 22. For more details, check out our speed farming and rankings guide.
Necromancer: LoD Singularity Mage Build + Masquerade Bone Spear Build Demon Hunter: Unhallowed Essence Multishot Build + GoD Hungering Arrow Demon Hunter Build A-Tier
Monk: PoJ Tempest Rush Build + Sunwuko Wave of Light Build Barbarian: Wrath of the Wastes Rend Build B-Tier
Witch Doctor: Mundunugu Spirit Barrage Build C-Tier
Wizard: Vyr Archon Wizard Build Crusader: Aegis of Valor Heaven's Fury Build
The Group Meta for Season 22
Determining the exact meta is more complex, which is why we're listing class roles at which the classes excel in Season 22. You can find a more in-depth look at how individual classes perform in a group environment in our group meta overview.
Best Trash Killers for Season 22 will be Thorns Bombardment Crusader, LoD Poison Scythe Necromancer, and Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor. Best Rift Guardian Killer compositions revolve around DPS builds that focus on single-target damage, mainly stacking the Bane of the Stricken gem. Best at Grouping are Support Barbarians with their Ancient Spear and other classes that utilize items like The Executioner and Strongarm Bracers. Best Tank Support for Season 22 goes to Inna Monk! The best class for Experience Farming is Wrath of the Wastes Rend Barbarian since Barbarians can move extremely fast while dealing consistently high AoE damage. Season 22 heralds the return of so-called "rat runs" that consist of 2 LoD Singularity Mage Necromancers, 1 Support Necromancer, and a Support Barbarian. We hope you will enjoy Season 22, and we'll see you in the game!
We've known that Season 22: Shades of the Nephalem starts this Friday November 20th, but Blizzard just added the start time to the Patch 2.5.10 blog as well, and it's 5 PM in all 3 region time zones (PST, CET and KST).
Season 22 (source)
Season 22 will begin on November 20, at 5PM (PST/CET/KST) shortly after our next Diablo III update. Read on to learn more about the brand-new Season theme, Haedrig's Gift updates, new items and tons of Legendary item changes coming in Patch 2.6.10! We are expecting this update to be released on November 10. You can check out the full patch and Season 22 notes here for more info.