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The Season of the Triune will launch next week alongside Patch 2.6.6 on August 23.

Highlights

  • Season 18 starts on August 23.
  • In Season 18, players will benefit from the Power of the Triune buff, which gives all your abilities a chance when hitting enemies to spawn a circle that provides one of three random buffs. Note that only one circle can be active at a time.
    • Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active.
    • Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active.
    • Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly.
  • 13 new legendary powers are coming in Patch 2.6.6. You can find more details in the patch notes below.
  • There's a new legendary gem called Legacy of Dreams to make the Legacy of Nightmares (Season 17) buff more permanent.
  • Beginning with Season 17, Blizzard began re-introducing previous Seasonal rewards and for Season 18, they decided to make Season 6 rewards return to the Season Journey.
  • If you pre-purchased Spoils of War, Patch 2.6.6 includes a Mal'Ganis pet reward.

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Season 18 begins August 23, alongside the latest Diablo III patch. Read on to learn more about the all-new Season of the Triune buff, the heap of brand-new Legendary powers, and a handful of crafted item reworks in store for Patch 2.6.6!

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New Season Theme

Season 18 introduced the Season of the Triune, a call-back to an ancient cult forged over three millennia ago by the Prime Evils of the Burning Hells. Masquerading as three benevolent deities dedicated to Determination, Creation, and Love, the Prime Evils sought to infiltrate the hearts of men in a bid to tilt the odds in their favor in the ongoing Eternal Conflict. Ultimately defeated by Uldyssian during the Sin War, the remnants of the Cult of the Triune still operate today as the more well-known Coven, whom continue the work of Adria and Maghda even after their deaths.

For the duration of Season 18, all players will benefit from the Power of the Triune buff, which will periodically summon circles around the battlefield that provide one of three random buffs:

  • Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active
  • Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active
  • Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly

We wanted to try something different this Season, and especially wanted to provide a change to your gameplay from the very first moment you begin your journey. This buff alters gameplay from level 1 to level 70 and beyond, providing an enticing reason to move around the battlefield to leverage these powerful boosts. We’re looking forward to seeing how players utilize these ancient powers from their first level to their final Greater Rift push!

Season 18 Cosmetic Rewards

Beginning with Season 17, we began re-introducing previous Seasonal rewards to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. For Season 18, this means awards that were originally available from Season 6 are returning to the Season Journey.

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In addition to the Chest and Gloves slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, players will be able to earn a series of portrait frames bedecked with the mysterious beauty of Blood Shards. A ghastly All Hallow’s pennant will also be available, allowing you to proudly proclaim your love for all things grim and creepy.

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 acc rued a few extra stash tabs. You’ll earn one additional tab each Season by finising the Conqueror tier, up to a maximum of five:

  • Guardian of Sanctuary: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment XIII within five minutes
  • Gem of My Life: Level three Legendary Gems to level 55
  • All I Do IS Win: Complete two Conquests this Season
  • Disarm You: Kill Rakanoth at level 70 in under 15 seconds on Torment XIII difficulty
  • Money Ain’t A Thang: Slay Greed on Torment XIII difficulty
  • Take U There: Reach Greater Rift level 60 Solo
  • Power Amplification: Use Kanai’s Cube to augment an Ancient Legendary item with a level 50+ gem
  • Cubic Reconfiguration: Use Kanai’s Cube to reforge a Legendary item

Seasonal Conquests

Want to prepare your Conquest plan for Season 18? Here are the challenges you’ll face!

Push your way to Greater Rift level 75 to complete Divinity/Lionhearted. On a Good Day/I Can’t Stop guides you to get your Legendary Gem grind on; level three Legendary Gems to 65 to complete this challenge! For the speedy, Speed Demon/Need for Speed requires the fastest nephalem to complete a Nephalem Rift at level 70 on Torment X or higher in under two minutes. For Curses!/Stars Align, pick any Cursed Chest event that requires killing monsters and defeat over 350 or more at level 70 on Torment X or higher. For the fiercest demon slayers, Boss Mode/World’s Apart is a speed challenge where you’ll need to eliminate the following bosses at level 70 and Torment X in under twenty minutes:

  • The Skeleton King
  • The Butcher
  • Zoltun Kulle
  • Ghom
  • Cydaea
  • Rakanoth
  • Diablo
  • Adria
  • Queen Araneae
  • Maghda
  • Belial
  • Siegebreaker Assault Beast
  • Azmodan
  • Izual
  • Urzael
  • Malthael

Haedrig’s Gift

Finally, the Class Sets rewarded 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 18:

  • Barbarian – The Legacy of Raekor
  • Crusader – Armor of Akkhan
  • Demon Hunter – Embodiment of the Marauder
  • Monk – Inna’s Reach
  • Necromancer – Pestilence Master’s Shroud
  • Witch Doctor – Zunimassa’s Haunt
  • Wizard – Delsere’s Magnum Opus

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Patch Notes

Below you will find the patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.6. Changes from the PTR have been highlighted in RED.

PATCH 2.6.6

NoteAll changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.

General

  • A pet has been added that will be available for players who pre-purchase Warcraft III: Reforged Spoils of War Edition (PC Only)

Seasons

  • The buff for Season 18, the Season of the Triune, has been added
    • Triune's Will: All abilities have a chance when hitting an enemy to spawn a circle that gives a power. Only one circle can be active at a time.
      • Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active
      • Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active
      • Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly
    • Developer Comment: The last couple of Seasonal buffs have been focused primarily on end-game content. We wanted to try something different this Season with a buff that was more beneficial to players regardless of where they might be in their Season Journey. Triune's Will can come into play as early as level 1 and continue to make an impact on your game experience from the beginning to the end of the Season, and we're looking forward to seeing how players leverage this ever-changing boost throughout their adventures!
    • Developer Comment: In addition, we received feedback from players during the PTR about colorblind accessibility. We've changed one of the blue-tinted circles to a darker, green earth tone that should stand out a lot more for affected players. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

Items

  • Developer Note: There are additional specific notes below, but broadly for 2.6.6, we wanted to introduce a handful of new item powers targeted at two audiences: (1) certain classes with long-standing requests for balance/quality of life adjustments and (2) the broader player base for experimenting with Kanai's Cube. This means fewer class-specific new additions, but more additions that everyone has an opportunity to play with. We also experimented with making some of the craftable sets from Haedrig more appealing for fresh level 70's or players looking to maximize their farming runs. We hope to see some interesting new theorycrafting and tactics out of 2.6.6 and can't wait to see what the community does with this new loot!
  • Updated Item Notes: There are a number of notes below clarifying the intention of certain item functionalities. In a couple cases, such as with Flavor of Time, the item wasn't behaving properly during PTR per our intentions (which has been fixed). For others, we just wanted to provide more clarity about exactly how these items behave.
  • The Flavor of TimeThe Flavor of Time
    • New Legendary Power: Pylon effects last twice as long.
    • Note: Only wearers of this item gain this effect. This is intended.
  • The ExecutionerThe Executioner
    • New Legendary Power: Attacks will slay enemies with less than (5-10%) health.
    • Note: This item's power does not work on followers. This is intended.
  • Stone GauntletsStone Gauntlets
    • New Legendary Power: Getting attacked will slowly turn you to stone... (You gain 50% more armor, but your movement speed is reduced by 15% and attack speed is reduced by 20%. This effect stacks up to 5 times)
    • PTR Update: This item now displays a buff icon and has a clearer in-game description. Thank you for the feedback!
    • Note: Immunity to control-impairing effects can work against the reduced attack and movement speed penalties. This is intended.
  • Echoing FuryEchoing Fury
    • New Legendary Power: Slaying enemies engulfs the wielder into a Frenzy. (Killing enemies increases your attack speed by 15% and movement speed by 5%. This effect stacks up to 5 times)
    • PTR Update: This item's power now works on kill assists and pet kills. Thank you for the feedback!
  • Squirt's NecklaceSquirt's Necklace
    • New Legendary Power: While not taking damage, your damage is increased by up to 100% and damage taken is increased by up to 50%.
    • PTR Update: This item now displays a buff icon. Thank you for the feedback!
  • Messerschmidt's ReaverMesserschmidt's Reaver
    • New Legendary Power: Reduce the remaining cooldown of one of your skills by 1 second when you slay an enemy.
    • PTR Update: This item's power now works on kill assists and pet kills. Thank you for the feedback!
  • Mortick's Brace
    • New Legendary Item: Wrath of the Berserker gains the effect of every rune.
    • Developer's Note: If you played during the Patch 2.2.0 PTR, you'll recognize this as an item that was later removed from the game before it went to live servers. At the time, Mortick's Brace gave too much power for a single item slot. However, the power curve of Diablo III has changed significantly since then and we're comfortable with bringing it back.
    • Developer's Note: We're not done with Barbarians, either. However, this is a change that required less testing and could be easily added to 2.6.6, so rather than waiting for a larger batch of changes, we saw no reason to hold this one back.
  • SpiteSpite
    • Note: This item can be crafted from the Blacksmith and is not a normal loot drop
    • New Legendary Power: Non-cleaving Gargantuans gain the cleave and chilling effects of the Humongoid rune.
  • Legacy of Dreams
    • New Legendary Gem:
      • While you have no set bonuses equipped, every Legendary item you have equipped increases your damage dealt by 3.75% and reduces your damage taken by 2%. (Max level 99)
      • Rank 25: This bonus is doubled for Ancient items.
    • Developer's Note: The end game opened up significantly with Season 17's Legacy of Nightmare's buff (and the community was clear about how much these new options were appreciated), but wanted to make this addition a more permanent fixture in a more streamlined way than simply making it baseline. This Legendary Gem should open that path up even further and at more opportunities than just late game Greater Rift pushing.
  • Crafted Sets
    • Note: The following sets have been significantly revised from their existing level 70 counterparts. Items crafted prior to 2.6.6 will continue to exist in their old forms but will not be updated after the patch. In addition, after the patch, the old recipes will no longer be available to craft and all players will need to re-acquire these recipes by finding the plans again through Horadric Caches or by killing Odious Collectors.
    • Sage's Journey
      • A Belt has been added to this set.
      • Haedrig the Blacksmith now automatically learns how to forge this set at Rank 12.
    • Captain Crimson's Trimmings
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Regenerates 6000 Life per Second
        • Reduces cooldown of all skills by10% 20%.
        • Now also reduces Resource Costs by 20%
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • Set bonuses have been replaced
          • Damage dealt is increased by your total percentage of Cooldown Reduction
          • Damage taken is reduced by your total percentage of Resource Cost Reduction
    • Aughild's Authority
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Set bonuses have been replaced
          • Reduces damage taken by 15%
          • Increases damage dealt by 30%
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • Reduces damage from elites by 15% 30%
        • Increases damage against elites by 15% 30%
    • Cain's Destiny
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Attack Speed increased by 8%
        • +50% Experience. (5.0% at level 70) (Moved from (3) Set Bonus)
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • When a Greater Rift Keystone drops, there is a 25% chance for an extra one to drop.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an error that occurred when reporting a player via a friend request
  • Fixed an error that occurred when saving an existing Friend Note without making changes

PTR-Specific Bug Fixes

  • Squirt's Necklace
    • Fixed an issue where the damage taken increase was not reaching the 50% cap
  • Captain Crimson's Trimmings
    • Fixed an issue where the bonus provided by this class set was subject to snapshotting

FAQ

Q: When does Season 18 start?

A: Season 18 begins Friday, August 23 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, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch?

A: Seasons go live for all console players globally Friday, August 23 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, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch are still separate by hardware platform.

Q: When will Season 18 end?

A: We are no longer providing anticipated end dates for Seasons. However, we are committed to keeping Seasons roughly three months in length (give or take a few weeks based on development needs) and will continue to provide a minimum of two weeks advance notice for when the Season will be ending.

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 January 8. 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 18 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 9, 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.

Themed Seasons are continuing to evolve as we venture into the future, and we’re quite excited to see where this one leads. Are you looking forward to the Season of the Triune? How do you think you’ll utilize the powers the Triune will bestow upon you? Share your thoughts below and we’ll see you in Season 18!

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10 hours ago, Stan said:
If you’ve been diligently slaying demons for the past few Seasons and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve surely acc rued a few extra stash tabs. You’ll earn one additional tab each Season by finising the Conqueror tier, up to a maximum of five:

 

Is that means our max numbers of stash still 13, just the same as s17? That's really bad season for me (the reward and the theme) not to mention stash wise.

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The community content is way outdated, leaderboards cater to paragon grinders, botters and other such fanatics. We have paragon points, but there is no paragon 'system'. The game needs a more diverse leaderboard system for non meta 2-3-4 man. Classification, like in the form of mainstat categorization, or something of sorts.

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      Archon Wizard (Vyr + Chantodo) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Mammoth Hydra Wizard (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) (New) Frost Hydra Wizard (Typhon's Veil) (High Tier) (New) Meteor Wizard (Firebird + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Tal Rasha Variation Star Pact Variation Frozen Orb Wizard (Delsere + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Energy Twister Wizard (Delsere + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Manald Lightning Archon Wizard (Tal Rasha + Vyr) (Mid Tier) Group Progression Variation Solo Progression Variation Archon Wizard (Firebird + Chantodo + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Arcane Torrent Manald Wizard (Tal Rasha + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Electrocute Variation Spectral Blade Variation Arcane Orbit Wizard (Delsere + Endless Walk) (Low Tier) Speed Farming Variation Explosive Blast Farming Wizard (Tal Rasha + Sage) (Low Tier) Greater Rifting Variation

        Now let's get started on the season and don't forget to try out your own builds as well!

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    • By Starym
      Here comes the final build spotlight for the new patch 2.6.8/Season 20 sets, but this time we have an extra one! The Wizard's Typhon's Veil Hydra-based set also brought with it changed legendary powers, and this prompted the making of a Legacy of Dreams-based set, which then turned out to actually be better than the new set one! And not only that, the Mammoth Hydra LoD build is actually the second most powerful for Wizards now, only beaten out by Archon Vyr.

      You can also head directly to the guides themselves here if you're in a hurry: Frost Hydra Build With Typhon and Mammoth Hydra Build With LoD, or you can check our our build highlights for the new Barbarian and Witch Doctor sets instead. But enough preamble, let's see what Deadset has to say about these two builds.
      Typhon's Veil Frost Hydra Build

      We're starting with the new set build, as Typhon's Veil focuses on buffing Hydra, summoning it either manually or with Etched Sigil while channeling Arcane TorrentFlame Ward. Here are the set bonuses you'll be taking advantage of:
      2-Piece Bonus: Double the duration of Hydras and increase the number of heads on multi-headed Hydras by two. 4-Piece Bonus: Damage taken is reduced by 8% for each Hydra head alive as long as there is one available. Each time you take damage, a Hydra heads dies. Heads cannot die more than once every 2 seconds 6-Piece Bonus: Hydras deal 1300% increased damage for each Hydra head alive. Topping both Barbarian and Witch Doctor, the Wizard got 4 new and modified legendaries, but the latter two are unfortunately actually nerfs to the existing items (meant to break the overpowered Bazooka Wiz), but all 4 are used in the build:
      Serpent's Sparker You may have one extra Hydra active at a time and they deal 250-300% increased damage. The Magistrate Your Hydras now periodically cast Frost Nova and deal 250-300% increased damage. Etched Sigil The bonus granted by this item now occurs 1 second after channeling has begun. Deathwish The bonus granted by this item now occurs 1 second after channeling has begun. Once again we see the new seasonal power be ignored in this build, with the traditional weapon/armor/jewelry setup used in the cube. Let's take a look at the gear you'll be needing for the build:
      Helm: Typhon's Frons Shoulders: Typhon's Tibia Chest: Typhon's Thorax Bracers: Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer Gloves: Tasker and Theo Belt: The Witching Hour Pants: Typhon's Abdomen Boots: Typhon's Tarsus Amulet: Squirt's Necklace Ring 1: Halo of Karini Ring 2: Convention of Elements Weapon: Deathwish Offhand: Etched Sigil Legendary Gems
      Legendary Gem 1: Bane of the Trapped Legendary Gem 2: Enforcer Legendary Gem 3: Taeguk Kanai's Cube
      Weapon Slot: Serpent's Sparker Armor Slot: The Magistrate Jewelry Slot: Ring of Royal Grandeur
        For skills, playstyle, rotation, and detailed gear requirements/suggestions, head on over to Deadset's guide and get ready for Season 20, or if you're playing non-seasonal, start building that Typhon Wizard right now!
      Wizard Frost Hydra Build With Typhon
       
      Legacy of Dreams Mammoth Hydra Build

      And now we move on to the better of the two builds, the "accidental" one, coming about due to the problem with losing Hydra heads in the set version. The build is very similar, using the buffed powers of The Magistrate and Serpent's Sparker to enhance two Mammoth Hydras, along with a bunch of other legendary powers and the LoD bonus.
      This one also ignores the new seasonal power and runs the usual setup in the cube:
      Helm: The Magistrate Shoulders: Mantle of Channeling Chest: Aquila Cuirass Bracers: Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer Gloves: Tasker and Theo Belt: The Witching Hour Pants: Swamp Land Waders Boots: Ice Climbers Amulet: Squirt's Necklace Ring 1: Unity Ring 2: Convention of Elements Weapon: Deathwish Offhand: Etched Sigil Legendary Gems
      Legendary Gem 1: Legacy of Dreams Legendary Gem 2: Enforcer Legendary Gem 3: Taeguk Kanai's Cube
      Weapon Slot: Serpent's Sparker Armor Slot: Stone Gauntlets Jewelry Slot: Halo of Karini
        For skills, playstyle, rotation, and detailed gear requirements/suggestions, head on over to Deadset's guide and get ready for Season 20, or if you're playing non-seasonal, start building that LoD Wizard right now!
      Wizard Mammoth Hydra Build With LoD
       


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