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Diablo 2: Resurrected Patch 2.4 PTR Notes: January 21st

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Blizzard has posted preliminary patch notes for the 2.4 balance update. The latest Diablo 2 patch introduces new Horadric Cube recipes, Rune words, balance changes, and more. The current PTR character progression will be wiped on Tuesday when the Patch 2.4 PTR goes live on January 25.

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Heroes of Sanctuary, Happy New Year! At the end of last year, we gave you a glimpse of exciting new balance changes coming to Diablo II: Resurrected. We’re pleased to announce the upcoming gameplay additions to the PTR (PC-only) which will be implemented starting Tuesday, January 25, PST!

PLEASE NOTE: Character progression on the current PTR will be wiped on Tuesday when we push the Patch 2.4 Balance build onto the test realm.

This will be our community’s first opportunity to experience these changes and share their feedback from their playthroughs. From the very beginning, we’ve acknowledged that our collaboration with our community helps us craft a better game for all. We hope you participate in the PTR and continue to share your feedback. With your help, we can continue the legacy of making Diablo II: Resurrected the ARPG we all cherish.

If you missed that Developer Update Stream, you may watch it below. Our Design Director, Robert Gallerani, and Senior Game Producer, Matthew Cederquist, joined community content creator, MrLlamaSC, to highlight our philosophies and improvements being made to our seven unique classes.


PTR Focus & Details

We’re ecstatic to make balance changes that will improve the viability of each class while retaining the class fantasy of our favorite heroes. It has been more than eleven years since we’ve made changes like this to the game! So, when we started making balance adjustments, we wanted to focus on expanding more skill build variety and adding more viable possibilities with playing each class. The game is built around completing the Acts on each difficulty and we wanted our players to be empowered to play their heroes in the ways they preferred. A key opportunity we saw was improving the effectiveness of lesser-used skills.

As we progress in this PTR, please be aware there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches. All the changes implemented in this PTR are not in stone. We want to gauge reception and feedback on these changes before we make them final for Live. We encourage our PTR participants to explore and play the following new content:

  • New Class Balance Changes: To ensure that the most significant class changes receive an ample amount of attention, we'd love feedback on changes affecting our seven unique classes.
  • New Rune Words: We encourage you to experience the new Rune Words that can be created and inserted into correlating socketed gear. Please share your feedback on these new items.
  • New Horadric Cube Recipes: New Horadric Cube Recipes have been implemented to complement Set items, we encourage you to craft these and share your feedback; especially in tandem with new improvements being made to Set items that are generally underused by players.
  • And much more: Mercenary changes, Set Item Bonus Changes, New Level Area changes, Item Tooltip changes, and other changes to gameplay have been implemented for testing in this PTR. Your impressions and insights on how these changes affect your experience would be very appreciated.

Please leave your feedback in the PTR Feedback forum. If you discover any bugs, please report them in the PTR Bug Report forum. So, without further ado, let’s dive into these new changes!

PLEASE NOTE: Game content discussed in this blog is not final and subject to change.


PATCH NOTES

Below you will find patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo II: Resurrected, Patch 2.4 PTR. Ranked Ladder Play will not be included in the PTR, as the primary focus of this test will be trialing the new balance changes, new Rune Words, new Horadric Cube Recipes, Set Item Bonus changes, and other gameplay improvements (I.e., Casting Delays).

Developer Comments: We are re-evaluating Casting Delays by individualizing each of their cooldowns. This means that using a skill with a Casting Delay will no longer add the cooldown to all other skills that have Casting Delays. This will allow players to use more varieties of skills and promote more gameplay.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. CLASS CHANGES
  2. MERCENARIES
  3. RUNE WORDS
  4. NEW HORADRIC CUBE RECIPES
  5. SET ITEM BONUS CHANGES
  6. LEVEL AREA CHANGES
  7. GENERAL GAMEPLAY CHANGES
  8. ITEM TOOLTIP CHANGES
  9. HOW TO PARTICIPATE & PTR CHARACTER COPY

CLASS CHANGES

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Javelin And Spear Skills

Impale

  • This skill is now an uninterruptible attack
  • Attack Rating modification has been removed. Now this skill will always hit the target
  • This skill now slows the target by a percentage for a duration

Fend

  • Attack Speed increased by 100% (Reduced the rollback frames value between each attack)

Power Strike

  • Removed synergy from Lightning Fury skill
  • Lightning Bolt synergy increased from +10% to +14%
  • Critical Strike synergy increased from +10% to +14%
  • Charged Strike synergy increased from +10% to +14%

Charged Strike

  • Removed synergy from Lightning Fury skill
  • Power Strike synergy increased from +10% to +14%
  • Lightning Bolt synergy increased from +10% to +14%
  • Charged Strike synergy increased from +10% to +14%

Lightning Strike

  • Removed synergy from Lightning Fury skill
  • Power Strike synergy increased from +8% to +11%
  • Lightning Bolt synergy increased from +8% to +11%
  • Charged Strike synergy increased from +8% to +11%

Poison Javelin

  • This skill’s damage scaling at high levels has been slightly adjusted
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Plague Javelin

  • Poison duration is now fixed at 3 seconds
  • Poison Javelin synergy increased from +10% to +14%
  • Casting Delay reduced from 4 seconds to 1 second
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Developer Comments: We wanted to give more advantages for using Amazon melee skills, so we are freeing up skill synergy reliance on “Lightning Fury”, which will make the lightning melee skills a cheaper skill point alternative to build around. Also, we are improving the power of the lesser-used melee skills such as “Impale” and “Fend.” Lastly, “Plague Javelin” has received improvements with Casting Delay, damage synergy, and duration scaling, to further diversify its usage compared to “Poison Javelin.”


Passive And Magic Skills

Inner Sight

  • This skill’s radius has increased by 35%

Slow Missiles

  • Missile slow now scales instead of staying at a flat base of 33%
  • This skill’s radius has increased by 35%
  • This skill will now reduce enemy missile damage based on skill level

Valkyrie

  • Casting Delay reduced from 6 seconds to 0.6 seconds
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Dodge

  • The animation can now be interrupted and will no longer lock out the Amazon from performing other actions

Avoid

  • The animation can now be interrupted and will no longer lock out the Amazon from performing other actions

Developer Comments: We wanted to add some quality-of-life changes to certain Passive and Magic Skills. We improved the radius for “Inner Sight” and “Slow Missiles”, and we gave more reason to invest skill points for “Slow Missiles.” Also, we wanted to alleviate the disadvantage of the animation lockout from using the “Dodge” and “Avoid” skills so that players are more willing to spend points on these skills.


Bow And Crossbow Skills

Freezing Arrow

  • Mana Cost per level reduced from +0.5 to +0.25

Magic Arrow

  • Increased the amount of physical damage converted to magic damage for the base level and per level

Guided Arrow

  • Damage bonus per level increased from +5% to +7%

Strafe

  • Removed the 25% weapon damage reduction from this skill
  • Now also gives increased Attack Rating with +30% baseline and +9% per level

Fire Arrow

  • Mana Cost no longer increases per level

Exploding Arrow

  • Damage scaling increased by about 50% for higher skill levels
  • Fire Arrow synergy increased from +12% to +14%
  • Mana Cost per level reduced from +0.5 to +0.25

Immolation Arrow

  • Average Fire Damage per second scaling increased by about 100%
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay
  • Mana Cost per level reduced from +0.5 to +0.25

Developer Comments: Fire bow skills are receiving damage scaling improvements at higher levels so that they consistently fulfill their fire elemental damage type roles for their level tier. Also, mana costs were reduced for the elemental arrow skills to give them more general usage. “Strafe” will no longer have weapon damage reduction and will also provide Attack Rating so that it can have distinctive advantages over the other physical bow skills.

Martial Arts

Fist of Fire

  • Attack Rating bonus increased from +15% to +25% baseline, and from +7% to +10% per level

Claws of Thunder

  • Attack Rating bonus increased from +15% to +25% baseline, and from +7% to +10% per level

Blades of Ice

  • Attack Rating bonus increased from +15% to +25% baseline, and from +7% to +10% per level

Tiger Strike

  • Attack Rating bonus increased from +15% to +25% baseline, and from +7% to +10% per level

Cobra Strike

  • Attack Rating bonus increased from +15% to +25% baseline, and from +7% to +10% per level

Phoenix Strike

  • Attack Rating bonus increased from +15% to +25% baseline, and from +7% to +10% per level

Dragon Talon

  • Now consumes only 1 of each Martial Arts charge when cast
  • Now always hits the target only if the Assassin has any Martial Arts charges

Dragon Claw

  • Now consumes only 1 of each Martial Arts charge when cast
  • Now always hits the target only if the Assassin has any Martial Arts charges
  • Damage bonus per level increased from 5% to 15%

Dragon Tail

  • Now consumes only 1 of each Martial Arts charge when cast
  • Now always hits the target only if the Assassin has any Martial Arts charges
  • Damage bonus per level increased from 10% to 20%

Dragon Flight

  • Now consumes only 1 of each Martial Arts charge when cast
  • Now guarantee hits the target only if the Assassin has any Martial Arts charges
  • Casting Delay removed
  • Damage bonus per level increased from 25% to 35%

Developer Comments: Martial Arts skills are receiving a significant change with having Finishing Moves (including the Attack skill) only consume 1 of each charge at a time instead of all 3 at once. We feel like this will allow Martial Arts to perform smoother during combat by better maintaining current charges instead of having to re-acquire charges too often. In addition to this, we are increasing Attack Rating for Charge-up skills to compliment the smoothness of gaining and spending charges Lastly, we wanted to improve damage payoff for the lesser used Finishing Move skills.


Shadow Disciplines

Fade

  • Tooltip updated to now show the physical damage resist reduction

Venom

  • Buff Duration scaling per level changed from 4 seconds to 12 seconds (matching Burst of Speed and Fade)

Shadow Warrior

  • Casting Delay reduced from 6 seconds to 0.6 seconds
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Shadow Master

  • Casting Delay reduced from 6 seconds to 0.6 seconds
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Developer Comments: We felt that Shadow Disciplines are generally widely used and effective, but we wanted to add some quality-of-life changes, so we added tooltip clarity, buff duration consistency improvements, and casting delay changes.


Traps

Shock Web

  • Removed synergy from Death Sentry skill
  • Charged Bolt Sentry synergy increased from +11% to +17%
  • Lightning Sentry synergy increased from +11% to +17%
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Charged Bolt Sentry

  • Removed synergy from Death Sentry skill
  • Fire Blast synergy increased from +6% to +9%
  • Lightning Sentry synergy increased from +6% to +9%

Lightning Sentry

  • Removed synergy from Death Sentry skill
  • Shock Web synergy increased from +12% to +18%
  • Charged Bolt Sentry synergy increased from +12% to +18%

Fire Blast

  • Removed synergy from Death Sentry skill
  • Shock Web synergy increased from +9% to +11%
  • Charged Bolt Sentry synergy increased from +9% to +11%
  • Wake of Fire synergy increased from +9% to +11%
  • Lightning Sentry synergy increased from +9% to +11%
  • Wake of Inferno Sentry synergy increased from +9% to +11%

Wake of Fire

  • Fire Blast synergy increased from +8% to +10%
  • Wake of Inferno synergy increased from +8% to +10%

Wake of Inferno

  • Removed synergy from Death Sentry
  • Fire Blast synergy increased from +10% to +18%
  • Wake of Fire synergy increased from +7% to +18%

Blade Sentinel

  • Casting Delay reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay
  • Missile speed increased by 20%
  • Weapon Damage increased from 37% to 75%
  • Blade Fury synergy added: +10% Damage per level
  • Blade Shield synergy added: +10% Damage per level

Blade Fury

  • Blade Sentinel synergy added: +10% Damage per level
  • Blade Shield synergy added: +10% Damage per level

Blade Shield

  • Duration baseline value increased from 20 seconds to 120 seconds (matching Burst of Speed and Fade)
  • Duration scaling per level increased from 5 seconds to 12 seconds (matching Burst of Speed and Fade)
  • Weapon Damage increased from 25% to 75%
  • Blade Sentinel synergy added: +10% Damage per level
  • Blade Fury synergy added: +10% Damage per level
  • Tooltip updated to now display Radius

Developer Comments: With Trap skills, there are multiple underused skills that can be more effective or have improved synergy distribution. For Lightning and Fire Traps, we are freeing up synergy reliance on “Death Sentry” to give more build possibilities elsewhere. Also, Fire traps are receiving damage synergy improvements to make them more effective at higher difficulties. Lastly, the Blade skills are receiving multiple improvements to make them more viable to dedicate builds around these skills.

Warcries

Howl

  • Tooltip updated to now display Radius

Battle Cry

  • Tooltip updated to now display Radius

War Cry

  • Damage increased by about 30%
  • Tooltip updated to now display Radius

Shout

  • Duration baseline increased from 20 seconds to 30 seconds (matching Battle Orders)
  • Tooltip updated to now display Radius

Battle Orders

  • Tooltip updated to now display Radius

Battle Command

  • Duration baseline increased from 5 seconds to 30 seconds (matching Battle Orders)
  • Tooltip updated to now display Radius

Grim Ward

  • Radius baseline value increased
  • Now also Slows and increases Damage Taken for nearby enemies.
  • Find Potion synergy added: +5% Damage Taken per level

Developer Comments: We are adding more tooltip descriptions to Warcries for clarification on hidden skill mechanics. “Shout” and “Battle Command” durations were updated to be consistent with each other for quality-of-life purposes. For “War Cry,” we want to make it more effective and rewarding to use at higher difficulties. Lastly, with “Grim Ward”, we are adding a new functionality and synergy to give more reason to use the skill, which also gives more reason to spend skill points on “Find Potion.”


Combat Masteries

Throwing Mastery

  • Added chance to pierce

Developer Comments: We added pierce chance to “Throwing Mastery” so that the Barbarian can better handle groups of enemies with Throwing skills.


Combat Skills

Leap

  • Baseline minimum distance increased
  • Speed of the leap motion increased by 75%
  • Tooltip updated to now display Knockback Radius

Leap Attack

  • Speed of the leap motion increased by 75%
  • Damage baseline increased from 100% to 200%
  • Attack Rating baseline increased from 50% to 100%
  • Attack Rating per level increased from 15% to 20%
  • Leap synergy increased from +10% to +15% Damage per level

Berserk

  • Shout synergy replaced with Battle Orders

Double Throw

  • Added damage bonus with 16% baseline and 8% damage increase per level

Frenzy

  • Increased Stamina synergy added: +0.4 Seconds per Level

Developer Comments: We want to make the Leap skills move a lot faster so that they are less awkward to use. “Leap Attack” is receiving better level scaling to make it a more reliable damage skill to build around. For “Berserk”, the existing “Shout” synergy is changing to “Battle Orders,” because the Defense loss from the skill contradicts the usage of “Shout,” and this will better connect with other skill synergy build possibilities. “Double Throw” will now have a baseline damage increase so that it will not purely rely on synergies for damage. Lastly, “Frenzy” is receiving a new synergy from the lesser-used “Increased Stamina” skill to give more reasons to invest skill points there and add new build diversity.

Elemental Skills

Firestorm

  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Molten Boulder

  • Missile speed increased by 100%. Missile range decreased by 100% (The overall travel length remains the same)
  • Casting Delay reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay
  • Volcano synergy increased from 10% to 12%

Fissure

  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Volcano

  • Molten Boulder synergy increased from 12% to 16%
  • Tooltip updated to now show Volcano duration
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Armageddon

  • Casting Delay has been removed for this skill
  • Physical Damage significantly increased
  • Tooltip updated to now display Physical Damage
  • Volcano synergy changed to increase Physical Damage instead of Fire Damage, and increased from 14% to 18%

Arctic Blast

  • Removed synergy from Hurricane
  • Base damage and level scaling increased by ~100% (also to compensate for the incorrect damage calculation in the past)
  • Controls are updated so that the skill now casts in free form and no longer locks onto one target at a time

Cyclone Armor

  • Can now be cast while in Werewolf or Werebear form

Twister

  • Damage scaling increased by 50%
  • Arctic Blast synergy added: +20% Stun Duration per level

Hurricane

  • Casting Delay removed
  • Can now be cast while in Werewolf or Werebear form

Developer Comments: With the Casting Delay changes, Druid Fire skills are generally going to be more widely used. In addition, we are increasing the physical damage scaling for Fire skills to be a reliable alternative damage source. We felt that “Arctic Blast” is generally lacking power, so we are increasing the damage scaling, reducing the synergy requirements to free up skill points, and improving the general player controls to allow for smoother freeform targeting. In addition, we wanted to complement the “Arctic Blast” changes with improvements to “Twister” to add more build possibilities. Lastly, we are allowing Shapeshift forms to cast each of the elemental buff skills to avoid the current hassle of having to change forms to continuously maintain these active buffs.


Shape Shifting Skills

Werewolf

  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Rabies

  • Attack Rating bonus increased from +7% to +10% per level
  • Poison Creeper synergy increased from 18% to 20%

Fury

  • Attack Rating bonus increased from +7% to +10% per level

Werebear

  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Maul

  • Damage bonus per level increased from 20% to 30%
  • Attack Rating bonus increased from +20% to +40% baseline, and +10% to +15% per level
  • Tooltip Stun value will now properly cap at 10 seconds, which follows the core game's Stun duration cap

Shock Wave

  • Maul synergy increased from 5% to 10%

Fire Claws

  • Damage increased by 75%
  • Removed synergy from Fissure
  • Removed synergy from Volcano

Developer Comments: Werewolf skills are receiving Attack Rating improvements to help melee gameplay. For “Fire Claws,” we wanted to reduce the heavy skill point synergy costs to open more build possibilities. Werebear skills are receiving damage improvements to make them more viable for higher difficulties.


Summoning Skills

Oak Sage

  • Min Life and Max Life values are averaged to always be the same, accurate to the tooltip
  • Physical Damage Resist in Normal Difficulty increased from 0% to 25%
  • Physical Damage Resist in Nightmare Difficulty reduced from 100% to 25%
  • Physical Damage Resist in Hell Difficulty increased from 0% to 25%

Heart of the Wolverine

  • Min Life and Max Life values are averaged to always be the same, accurate to the tooltip
  • Physical Damage Resist in Normal Difficulty increased from 0% to 25%
  • Physical Damage Resist in Nightmare Difficulty reduced from 100% to 25%
  • Physical Damage Resist in Hell Difficulty increased from 0% to 25%

Spirit of Barbs

  • Min Life and Max Life values are averaged to always be the same, accurate to the tooltip
  • Aura no longer returns a percentage of damage when hit. Now the aura will deal a flat amount of damage when the aura-effected targets are attacked.
  • Physical Damage Resist in Normal Difficulty increased from 0% to 25%
  • Physical Damage Resist in Nightmare Difficulty reduced from 100% to 25%
  • Physical Damage Resist in Hell Difficulty increased from 0% to 25%

Raven

  • Number of hits per Raven reduced from 12 to 5, and no longer increases per level
  • Attack Rating bonus per level increased from 15% to 30% (now also displays in the tooltip)
  • Modified the AI so that the Ravens attack more often
  • Damage level scaling significantly increased
  • Summon Spirit Wolf synergy added: +12% Damage per level
  • Summon Dire Wolf synergy added: +12% Damage per level
  • Summon Grizzly synergy added: +12% Damage per level

Summon Spirit Wolf

  • Min Life and Max Life values are averaged to always be the same, accurate to the tooltip
  • Attacks now deal cold damage and chill for a duration (Provides utility with chilling and acts as an alternative damage type compared to Dire Wolves)
  • Damage level scaling increased by 10%
  • Base Life increased by about 80%
  • Life now increases by 10% per level
  • Updated the tooltip to display each synergy bonus value

Summon Dire Wolf

  • Min Life and Max Life values are averaged to always be the same, accurate to the tooltip
  • Damage level scaling increased by 30%
  • Base Life increased by about 90%
  • Life synergy reduced from 25% to 15% (This is because the base life was increased, and Spirit Wolf and Grizzly now gain Life per level)
  • Updated the tooltip to display each synergy bonus value

Summon Grizzly

  • Min Life and Max Life values are averaged to always be the same, accurate to the tooltip
  • Base Life increased by ~15%
  • Life now increases by 10% per level
  • Updated the tooltip to display each synergy bonus value

Poison Creeper

  • Min Life and Max Life values are averaged to always be the same, accurate to the tooltip
  • Poison damage level scaling significantly increased
  • Life scaling increased by 100%
  • Rabies synergy added: +10% Poison Damage per level

Carrion Vine

  • Min Life and Max Life values are averaged to always be the same, accurate to the tooltip
  • Life recovery has been reworked to be +1% Healing per level, instead of using a diminishing calculation ranging from 3%-12%

Solar Creeper

  • Min Life and Max Life values are averaged to always be the same, accurate to the tooltip
  • Mana recovery has been reworked to be +3% Mana baseline with +1% Mana per level, instead of using a diminishing calculation ranging from 1%-8%

Developer Comments: There are plenty of Druid summons that could be improved to better build around. In general, all summons will no longer have hidden randomized health values so that the tooltip is more accurate and so summons perform more consistently. Ravens are getting significant changes to help them function as a spell-like skill for summoning Druids to use, and this includes damage scaling buffs and new synergies from other summons to fuel their damage. Wolves are getting improvements to give them more of an identity as damage-dealing summons. The spirit summons are receiving a physical damage resist change across each difficulty to make them survive more consistently. ”Spirit of Barbs” is receiving changes to Thorns to make it a more reliable source of damage. Lastly, each of the creeper summons are receiving improvements to give more reason to invest skill points and to have them perform better at higher levels.

Summoning Skills

Raise Skeletal Mage

  • Percentage HP per level increased from 7% to 10%
  • Poison total damage scaling increased by about 750%. Poison duration no longer scales and now lasts 4 seconds
  • Cold damage scaling increased by about 50%
  • Lightning damage scaling increased by about 5%
  • The tooltip will now properly display the Life scaling per level

Blood Golem

  • Now gains Max Life per level
  • Damage scaling per level has been increased

Iron Golem

  • Thorns no longer return a percentage of damage when hit. Now thorns will deal a flat amount of damage when the aura-effected targets are attacked.

Fire Golem

  • Holy Fire level bonus per level increased from 1 to 2

Developer Comments: We saw a good opportunity to improve lesser-used summons for the Necromancer. Skeletal Mages have received significant damage scaling improvements so that their elemental damage values are more consistent. This means that Cold damage is more effective but still slightly weaker than Fire damage because of its chill utility, and Poison damage is much more reliable with a fixed duration and better damage scaling. “Blood Golem“ and “Fire Golem” are receiving damage improvements to make them more competitive with the other Golems. For “Iron Golem,” we are changing the “Thorns” aura to deal more reliable damage to improve its source of effectiveness (See Paladin changes below for more details).


Poison And Bone Skills

Bone Armor

  • Damage Absorbed per level increased from 10 to 15

Bone Spear

  • Teeth synergy increased from 7% to 8%
  • Bone Wall synergy increased from 7% to 8%
  • Bone Spear synergy increased from 7% to 8%
  • Bone Prison synergy increased from 7% to 8%

Bone Spirit

  • Teeth synergy increased from 6% to 8%
  • Bone Wall synergy increased from 6% to 8%
  • Bone Spear synergy increased from 6% to 8%
  • Bone Prison synergy increased from 6% to 8%

Developer Comments: Bone skills are generally well performing but we saw an opportunity to improve synergy bonuses to better scale in the late game and to make their heavy skill point investment more valuable. Additionally, “Bone Armor” is receiving better damage absorb scaling to make it more rewarding to spend points on the skill itself instead of relying too heavily on its synergies.


Curses

Weaken

  • Damage reduction now scales based on level, from just 33%, to now 33% and +1% per level

Decrepify

  • Tooltip updated to now show the status changes

Developer Comments: For the “Weaken” skill, we added new damage reduction scaling to give more reason to spend additional points on the skill and to give it a more powerful identity.

Defensive Auras

Resist Fire

  • Tooltip now displays max resist bonus

Resist Cold

  • Tooltip now displays max resist bonus

Resist Lightning

  • Tooltip now displays max resist bonus

Developer Comments: We added more information to tooltips to describe hidden functionality for certain Defensive Auras.


Offensive Auras

Blessed Aim

  • Tooltip now displays passive Attack Rating bonus

Holy Fire

  • Area damage now scales based on the distance of the enemy to the caster. It will now deal a range from 100% damage to 200% based on the furthest distance to the closest distance to the caster.
  • Damage level scaling increased by about 90%
  • Resist Fire synergy increased from 18% to 24%
  • Salvation synergy increased from 6% to 10%

Holy Freeze

  • Area damage now scales based on the distance of the enemy to the caster. It will now deal a range from 100% damage to 200% based on the furthest distance to the closest distance to the caster.

Holy Shock

  • Area damage now scales based on the distance of the enemy to the caster. It will now deal a range from 100% damage to 200% based on the furthest distance to the closest distance to the caster.

Thorns

  • Aura no longer returns a percentage of damage when hit. Now the aura will deal a flat amount of damage when the aura-effected targets are attacked.

Sanctuary

  • Area damage now scales based on the distance of the enemy to the caster. It will now deal a range from 100% damage to 200% based on the furthest distance to the closest distance to the caster.

Developer Comments: We wanted to add more potential to the AoE (Area of Effect) Damage auras since they are a capable way for the Paladin to handle groups of monsters. By increasing damage based on distance to the caster, each AoE damage aura will have increased effectiveness while still maintaining the same cadence of visual VFX on the screen. Also, we saw that “Holy Fire” should scale better at higher skill levels to be consistent with general Fire Damage power compared to the other elements. For “Thorns”, we want to improve the gameplay around getting hit to deal damage, so we are making the skill deal flat damage based on attack attempts rather than returning damage after getting hit. This will allow Thorns to have a more consistent combat performance instead of unpredictable and riskier results.


Combat Skills

Sacrifice

  • Damage to self now reduces per level, from 8% to 8%-1%

Conversion

  • Maximum conversion chance increased from 50% to 90%

Smite

  • Tooltip now shows that the skill always hits

Holy Bolt

  • Removed synergy Blessed Hammer
  • Damage increased by 50%
  • Now pierces targets (Undead and Allies)
  • Prayer synergy increased from 15% to 20%

Fist of the Heavens

  • Casting Delay reduced from 1 second to 0.4 seconds
  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay
  • Holy Bolts now pierce targets (Undead and Allies)
  • No longer forces you to attack when out of mana
  • Improved targeting functionality for auto acquiring enemies

Developer Comments: We wanted to improve the lesser-used Combat skills to give more viable build options. “Holy Bolt” will now pierce to increase its combat use cases and will have less skill point synergy investment to open more possibilities to spend skill points elsewhere. “Fist of the Heavens” is also getting the same “Holy Bolt” pierce changes and will now have less Casting Delay and improved controls to help make it a more effective Level 30 skill to use.

Cold Skills

Frost Nova

  • Damage level scaling increased by about 25%

Blizzard

  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Frozen Orb

  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Frozen Armor

  • Base duration increased from 120 seconds to 144 seconds

Shiver Armor

  • Damage level scaling increased by about 25%
  • Base duration increased from 120 seconds to 144 seconds

Chilling Armor

  • Damage level scaling increased by about 200%
  • Duration bonus per level increased from 6 seconds to 12 seconds
  • Chill length bonus per level for level 16+ increased from 1 second to 2 seconds (matching Shiver Armor)
  • Defense baseline increased from 45% to 60%
  • Defense bonus per level increased from 5% to 7%
  • Frozen Armor damage synergy increased from 7% to 9%
  • Chilling Armor damage synergy increased from 7% to 9%

Developer Comments: With the cold armor skills, we want to further diversify them by ensuring that each has distinctive advantages. After these changes, “Chilling Armor” will have the greatest Defense bonus and damage potential while still only triggering on ranged attacks. Also, “Frost Nova” is receiving damage scaling improvements to give it more power where it was lacking in the later game.


Lightning Skills

Nova

  • Static Field synergy added: +5% Lightning Damage per level

Thunder Storm

  • Static Field synergy added: +7% Lightning Damage per level
  • Duration baseline increased from 32 seconds to 144 seconds
  • Duration bonus per level increased from 8 seconds to 24 seconds
  • Tooltip updated to now display Radius

Energy Shield

  • Tooltip updated to display more information about the Mana consumed and the Telekinesis synergy

Developer Comments: We saw an opportunity to add new synergies for lesser used Lightning skills to increase their damage potential and create new skill build possibilities.


Fire Skills

Inferno

  • Base damage and level scaling increased by about 75% (also to compensate for the incorrect damage calculation in the past)
  • Warmth synergy increased from 13% to 16%
  • Controls are updated so that the skill now casts in free form and no longer locks onto one target at a time
  • Mana Cost baseline reduced from 7 Mana per second to 4 Mana per second
  • Range baseline increased by 75%

Blaze

  • Damage scaling increased by about 60%
  • Warmth synergy increased from 4% to 6%
  • Removed synergy from Fire Wall
  • Now also increases Run/Walk Speed by 2% per level
  • Tooltip now also displays Blaze duration

Fire Wall

  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Meteor

  • Casting Delay will no longer share its cooldown with other skills that have Casting Delays
  • Tooltip updated to now display Casting Delay

Hydra

  • Casting delay removed
  • Limited max number of Hydra groups to 6
  • Fire Bolt synergy increased from +3% to +5%
  • Fire Ball synergy increased from +3% to +5%

Developer Comments: We wanted to improve the lesser used Fire skills and give more reasons to use them. Inferno is receiving player control improvements with free form casting, like Arctic Blast, and better damage scaling. Blaze is an often-ignored skill so we wanted to free up synergy requirements and provide more utility and power with damage increases and a new Run/Walk Speed buff for extra utility. Lastly, with Hydra, we wanted to improve the gameplay of summoning Hydras to make it easier to use to skill in combat situations. The removal of Casting Delay and the new limitation on max Hydras will match the maximum Hydra count achievable from before the changes, but now players will have a much easier time to summon that amount.

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MERCENARIES

Hiring a Mercenary in Expansion mode will now always offer mercenaries that match your character's Level, instead of having a randomized Level difference from your character's Level.

Act 1 - Rogue Archer

  • Updated each stat/skill gains in each difficulty to match so that there is no disadvantage of leveling up a Hell difficulty mercenary versus a Normal difficulty mercenary.

Cold Arrow

  • Added Freezing Arrow

Fire Arrow

  • Added Explosion Arrow

Developer Comments: The Rogue Archer is getting new flavored ranged skills that will scale as she levels up. These new skills should improve her AoE (Area of Effect) damage effectiveness and thus make her a more effective ranged damage dealer.

Act 2 - Desert Mercenary

  • Updated each stat/skill gains in each difficulty to match so that there is no disadvantage of leveling up a Hell difficulty mercenary versus a Normal difficulty mercenary.
  • Nightmare and Hell difficulty now have all 6 different aura types available from the Hire menu, instead of separating them out by 3 per difficulty. Normal is unchanged.

Thorns (Combat - Nightmare)

  • Thorns aura level scaling increased and will now continue scaling up beyond the highest-level threshold up to max level.

Developer Comments: The Desert Mercenary is already popular, but we saw an opportunity to add some quality-of-life improvements by allowing players to hire all six different Aura types in Nightmare and Hell difficulty, rather than having to switch between modes. With the general improvements to “Thorns,” we wanted to improve the level scaling to make this aura mercenary type more meaningful.

Act 3 - Iron Wolf

  • Updated each stat/skill gains in each difficulty to match so that there is no disadvantage of leveling up a Hell difficulty mercenary versus a Normal difficulty mercenary.
  • Life baseline and scaling increased by about 25% (Now has Life similar to the Rogue Archer)
  • Defense baseline and scaling increased by about 40% (Now has defense closer to the Rogue Archer)
  • Resistances baseline and scaling increased by about 20% (Now has the highest resistances baseline compared to other mercenaries)

Cold

  • Now casts Glacial Spike more often
  • Glacial Spike level scaling increased
  • Frozen Armor level scaling increased

Fire

  • Removed Inferno
  • Added Fire Bolt
  • Increased chance of the Iron Wolf casting Fire Ball
  • Added Enchant - Now the Iron Wolf will cast Enchant on himself, the player, and nearby allies

Lightning

  • Added Static Field
  • Charged Bolt level scaling increased
  • Increased chance of the Iron Wolf casting Lightning

Developer Comments: The Iron Wolves are great elemental sorcerers, but we saw they have been underperforming in higher difficulties. We improved their core stats so that they are more in line with other mercenaries while also having a distinct advantage with having the most resistance values. For skills, we wanted to embrace their elemental fantasies, so we decided to give new flavorful utility skills, to further incentivize reasons to want to use these mercenary types.

Act 5 - Barbarian Warrior

  • Updated each stat/skill gains in each difficulty to match so that there is no disadvantage of leveling up a Hell difficulty mercenary versus a Normal difficulty mercenary.
  • Life baseline scaling increased (Now has the most life compared to other mercenaries)
  • Defense baseline and scaling increased and the scaling at higher levels was reduced (Now has the highest defense baseline compared to other mercenaries)
  • Bash level scaling increased and will no longer be capped at level 80
  • Stun level scaling increased and will no longer be capped at level 80
  • Added Battle Cry

Developer Comments: We want to give the Barbarian Warrior more identity while still maintaining his Barbarian fantasy. So, we decided to give him the “Battle Cry” skill as a new way for him to debuff enemies, which should prove to be a useful utility for players. In addition, we wanted to increase his Life and Defense scaling to ensure that he is the tougher mercenary type.

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RUNE WORDS

Insight

  • Now can also be used with Bows and Crossbows

Developer Comments: Insight is a popular Rune Word, and we feel that allowing it on ranged weapons will promote more build possibilities that complement the skill and mercenary changes seen above.

New Rune Word
Allowed Items
Rune Order
Completed Stats

Plague

Sword

Cham + Shael + Um

  • 20% Chance to cast level 12 Lower Resist when struck
  • 25% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova on striking
  • Level 13-17 Cleansing Aura When Equipped (varies)
  • +1-2 All Skills
  • +20% Increased Attack Speed
  • +220-320% Enhanced Damage (varies)
  • -23% To Enemy Poison Resistance
  • 0.3% (0-29.7) Deadly Strike (Based on Character Level)
  • +25% Chance of Open Wounds
  • Freezes Target +3

Pattern

Claw

Tal + Ort + Thul

  • +30% Faster Block Rate
  • +40-80% Enhanced Damage (varies)
  • 10% Bonus to Attack Rating
  • Adds 17-62 Fire Damage
  • Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage
  • +75 Poison Damage Over 5 Seconds
  • +6 to Strength
  • +6 to Dexterity
  • All Resistances +15

Unbending Will

Sword

Fal + Io + Ith + Eld + El + Hel

  • 18% Chance to cast Level 18 Taunt on striking
  • +3 To Combat Skills (Barbarian Only)
  • +20-30% Increased Attack Speed (varies)
  • +300-350% Enhanced Damage (varies)
  • +9 To Maximum Damage
  • +50 To Attack Rating
  • +75% Damage to Undead
  • +50 Attack Rating Against Undead
  • 8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies)
  • Prevent Monster Heal
  • +10 To Strength
  • +10 To Vitality
  • Damage Reduced By 8
  • +1 Light Radius
  • Requirements -20%

Wisdom

Helm

Pul + Ith + Eld

  • +33% Piercing Attack
  • +15-25% Bonus to Attack Rating (varies)
  • 4-8% Mana Stolen Per Hit (varies)
  • +30% Enhanced Defense
  • +10 Energy
  • 15% Slower Stamina Drain
  • Cannot Be Frozen
  • +5 Mana After Each Kill
  • 15% Damage Taken Goes to Mana

Obsession

Staff

Zod + Ist + Lem + Lum + Io + Nef

  • Indestructible
  • 24% Chance to cast level 10 Weaken when struck
  • +4 To All Skills
  • +65% Faster Cast Rate
  • +60% Faster Hit Recovery
  • Knockback
  • +10 To Vitality
  • +10 To Energy
  • Increase Maximum Life 15-25% (varies)
  • Regenerate Mana 15-30% (varies)
  • All Resistances +60-70 (varies)
  • 75% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Flickering Flame

Helm

Nef + Pul + Vex

  • Level 4-8 Resist Fire Aura When Equipped (varies)
  • +3 To Fire Skills
  • -10-15% to Enemy Fire Resistance (varies)
  • +30% Enhanced Defense
  • +30 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +50-75 To Mana (varies)
  • Half Freeze Duration
  • +5% To Maximum Fire Resist
  • Poison Length Reduced by 50%

Mist

Bow & Crossbow

Cham + Shael + Gul + Thul + Ith

  • Level 8-12 Concentration Aura When Equipped (varies)
  • +3 To All Skills
  • 20% Increased Attack Speed
  • +100% Piercing Attack
  • +325-375% Enhanced Damage (varies)
  • +9 To Maximum Damage
  • 20% Bonus to Attack Rating
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage
  • All Resistances +40
  • Freeze Target +3
  • +24 Vitality
  • All Resistances +40

Developer Comments: For new Rune Words, we focused on complementing the skill and mercenary changes seen above, along with giving underused runes more usage. “Plague” and “Pattern” Rune Words previously existed in data but were never enabled, so we made some additional tweaks, and they are finally now available to be used in game.

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NEW HORADRIC CUBE RECIPES

1 Ral Rune + 1 Sol Rune + 1 Perfect Emerald + Normal Set Weapon

Exceptional Version of Set Weapon

1 Lum Rune + 1 Pul Rune + 1 Perfect Emerald + Exceptional Set Weapon

Elite Version of Set Weapon

1 Tal Rune + 1 Shael Rune + 1 Perfect Diamond + Normal Set Armor

Exceptional Version of Set Armor

1 Ko Rune + 1 Lem Rune + 1 Perfect Diamond + Exceptional Set Armor

Elite Version of Set Armor

Developer Comments: We felt that players enjoy the current Horadric Cube recipes for upgrading Unique items, so we decided to offer the same capability for upgrading Set items. This can add more possibilities by using lower-level Set items for more character builds.

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SET ITEM BONUS CHANGES

Arcanna's Tricks

  • Increased +25 Mana to +50 Mana (2 Items)
  • Added Regenerate Mana 12% (3 Items)
  • Added +1 to All Skills (Full Set)

Arctic Gear

  • Changed 6-14 Cold Damage to +2-198 to Maximum Cold Damage (+2 Per Character Level) (Full Set)

Bul-Kathos' Children

  • Increased +20 Fire Damage to +200 Fire Damage (Full Set)
  • Increased +25 Defense to +200 Defense (Full Set)
  • Added 10% Life Stolen Per Hit (Full Set)
  • Added +20% Deadly Strike (Full Set)

Cathan's Traps

  • Added Regenerate Mana 16% (2 Items)

Civerb's Vestments

  • Increased Fire Resist +15% to Fire Resist +25% (2 Items)
  • Added 25% Bonus to Attack Rating (Full Set)
  • Added 4-396 Defense (+4 Per Character Level) (Full Set)

Cow King's Leathers

  • Added 5-495 Defense (+5 Per Character Level) (2 Items)
  • Added +100 to Life (Full Set)
  • Added +1 To All Skills (Full Set)

Infernal Tools

  • Added Maximum Mana 20% (Full Set)
  • Added Cannot Be Frozen (Full Set)

Iratha's Finery

  • Added +24% Piercing Attack (3 Items)

Milabrega's Regalia

  • Added Cannot Be Frozen (3 Items)
  • Added +2-198 To Lightning Damage (+2 Per Character Level) (2 Items)

Naj's Ancient Vestige

  • Added 1-148% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (+1.5 Per Character Level) (2 Items)
  • Increased Replenish Life +10 to Replenish Life +20 (Full Set)
  • Added +2 To Fire Skills (Full Set)
  • Added Increased Maximum Life 12% (Full Set)

Sazabi's Grand Tribute

  • Added Poison Length Reduced by 75% (2 Items)
  • Added +1 To All Skills (Full Set)
  • Added Damage Reduced by 16% (Full Set)

Vidala's Rig

  • Added 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit (2 Items)
  • Changed Adds 15-20 Cold Damage to +1-148 to Maximum Cold Damage (+1.5 Per Character Level) (Full Set)

Developer Comments: Many improvements have been made to Set items that are generally underused by players. These will offer more reasons to equip multiple of these Set pieces and to give some Sets new capabilities to make them stand out more, which further fuels more build diversity.

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LEVEL AREA CHANGES

  • Players now must smash the Compelling Orb to enter the Durance of Hate, instead of killing the Council. This means the “Khalim's Will” quest needs to be completed to use the Durance of Hate Level 2 waypoint.

    Developer Comments: We saw that due to a logic glitch, players often chose to skip required content within Act III by bypassing “Khalim's Will” quest and not experiencing much of what Act III has to offer. We decided to make the “Khalim's Will” quest a proper requirement to complete Act III, much like how players need to assemble the Horadric Staff to enter Tal Rasha’s Chamber in Act II.

  • Monster Levels in the following areas have been increased for Hell Difficulty:

Area

Previous Hell Level

New Hell Level

Act 1 – Underground Passage Level 2

83

85

Act 2 – Stony Tomb Level 1

78

85

Act 2 – Stony Tomb Level 2

79

85

Act 3 – Arachnid Lair

79

85

Act 3 – Swampy Pit Level 1

80

85

Act 3 – Swampy Pit Level 2

81

85

Act 3 – Swampy Pit Level 3

82

85

Act 3 – Disused Fane

84

85

Act 3 – Ruined Temple

84

85

Act 3 – Forgotten Reliquary

84

85

Act 3 – Sewer Levels 1

84

85

Act 5 – Abaddon

81

85

Act 5 – Pit of Acheron

82

85

Act 5 – Infernal Pit

83

85

Act 5 – Drifter Cavern

84

85

Act 5 – Icy Cellar

83

85

Developer Comments: We felt that certain optional areas in Diablo II often get ignored on Hell difficulty, so we decided to increase their monster levels to add more incentives with risk vs reward gameplay. We hope this provides more reasons to find loot in these areas.

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GENERAL GAMEPLAY CHANGES

  • Character hit block will no longer apply while your character is playing a skill pre-cast animation (Block will still trigger for the skill's post-cast animation).
  • Character hit recovery will now have diminishing returns when being hit by another player.

Developer Comments: We want to fix some of the awkward lockouts that reject player input from casting skills. For PVP, we added a way to reduce hit recovery spam to prevent edge cases of characters being locked out for too long.

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ITEM TOOLTIP CHANGES

Old Tooltip

New Tooltip

Piercing Attack

+X% Piercing Attack

Quantity: [CURRENT STACK]

Quantity: [CURRENT STACK] of [TOTAL]

X% Chance of Open Wounds

+X% Chance of Open Wounds

X% Damage Taken Goes to Mana

+X% Damage Taken Goes to Mana

X% Chance of Crushing Blow

+X% Chance of Crushing Blow

Fire Absorb X%

Fire Absorb +X%

Cold Absorb X%

Cold Absorb +X%

Lightning Absorb X%

Lightning Absorb +X%

Magic Absorb X%

Magic Absorb +X%

X% Deadly Strike

+X% Deadly Strike

Hit Causes Monster to Flee X%

Hit Causes Monster to Flee +X%

Developer Comments: The Piercing Attack tooltip now will display its pierce chance value in the tooltip. The quantity value of throwing weapons, ammo, and tome item tooltips will now always show the total amount to be clearer for players. Also, consistency improvements have been made to existing item modifier tooltips so that it is clearer that they can stack with themselves.

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE

To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo II: Resurrected game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.

Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.

Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo II: Resurrected tab on the left-hand menu.

Step 3: On the Diablo II: Resurrected screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo II: Resurrected currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo II: Resurrected" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.

Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.

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THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY

Our team is so grateful for your support. Last year we launched Diablo II: Resurrected, now it’s 2022 and we’re stoked to implement these new changes into our game. Thank you for playing and thank you for your continued collaboration. As we get closer to the launch of Patch 2.4, we plan to reveal more details surrounding Ladder Rank Play. So, for now, please stay tuned!

If you want to learn more about Diablo II: Resurrected, check out our website here, or for real-time updates, follow our official Twitter @Diablo.

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Pretty neat, might revisit when it goes live. Not sure the mercs will change anything for peoples' choices, though with those runewords on the mercs, perhaps it might. It will be interesting to see.

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14 hours ago, TyZone said:

Pretty neat, might revisit when it goes live. Not sure the mercs will change anything for peoples' choices, though with those runewords on the mercs, perhaps it might. It will be interesting to see.

I'm wondering if the enchant merc will be used going forward.

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Rhyker does a 2-Hour rundown of the Patch… long but cool.  I dig that Insight can be used on a Bow.  Neato.

 

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Interesting to see that they are still adding some new stuff to this game, also a lot of balancing.

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3 hours ago, albabe said:

Rhyker does a 2-Hour rundown of the Patch… long but cool.  I dig that Insight can be used on a Bow.  Neato.

That essentially let's you put one together asap instead of waiting for Act 2, which is helpful.

 

8 hours ago, Nakzul said:

I'm wondering if the enchant merc will be used going forward.

I thought that too. If anything it'll be fun thematically. LIGHT UP YER SWORDS, LADS!

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I wonder if Plague DW WW barb destabilises servers when wwing in densely packed cows at max AS. 

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      Europe October 7, 2:00 a.m. CEST
      Asia October 7, 9:00 a.m. KST
      We’ll also introduce six new Sundering Charms with Ladder Season Two, more information about these can be found in the next section.
      As it was with the previous season, Ladder Season Two will feature four different modes:
      Version Description Pre-Expansion Ladder The standard version of Ladder play that encompasses playing only with the original four acts. Pre-Expansion Hardcore Ladder The hardcore (only one life) version of Ladder play that encompasses playing only with the original four acts. Ladder The standard version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five acts, as it includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion content. Hardcore Ladder The hardcore (only one life) version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five acts, as it includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion content. For those new to Ladder Seasons, you might be wondering what happens to your Shared Stash loot once the current season ends.

      Once Ladder Season One ends, all Ladder characters will be transferred to their respective non-ladder group. All items in that character group's shared stash go into a new Withdraw Only set of Shared Stash tabs, denoted by a check marked Past box. You will have all of Ladder Season Two to withdraw any items you would like to keep. When Ladder Season Two ends, this withdraw only set of stash tabs will be overridden with any items in the Ladder Season Two Shared Stash. Be sure to get any items out before then or they will be forever lost!
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      New Sundering Charms

      In Hell difficulty, many monsters receive resistance to specific damage types. If their resistance increases above 100%, that monster is then immune to a specific damage type. Because there are only a handful of ways to reduce a monster’s immunity, only a minute portion of hero builds can successfully farm all zones in Diablo II: Resurrected. We realize that this can create scenarios where certain builds are unable to take full advantage of the current Terror Zone, thus missing out on the experience gains, and most importantly, the fun of these zones.
      To promote increased class build diversity, we have introduced six Sundering Charms that allow the player to break specific monster immunity types while the charm is in their inventory. Once Ladder Season Two begins on October 6, Sundering Charms will be a possible drop for new Ladder characters. These new unique charms will only drop from Terrorized monsters of Champion, Unique, Superunique, or Boss difficulty.
      You’ll notice a new keyword below called Sunder. This keyword means that if a monster has immunity to a specific damage type, their resistance will be reduced to 95% regardless of what their starting resistance percentage was—breaking their immunity and allowing damage of that type to be dealt to them. Sunder is applied before other resistance reducing modifiers and only affects non-players. There is one tradeoff that comes with the Sundering Charms: while they reduce a monster’s resistance, they also reduce your resistance to the same element, allowing you to receive more damage of that type. The specific percent that your resistance is reduced by the Sundering Charm will vary per charm, so look out for the charms offering the most advantageous percentages to maximize your build. Any abilities granted by a Sundering Charm will also extend to your pets and summons, so keep that in mind as you upgrade your character.
      The Black Cleft
      Monster Magic Immunity is Sundered Magic Resist –45% to -65% The Bone Break
      Monster Physical Immunity is Sundered Physical Damage Received Increased by 10% to 30% The Cold Rupture
      Monster Cold Immunity is Sundered Cold Resist –70% to -90% The Crack of the Heavens
      Monster Lightning Immunity is Sundered Lightning Resist –70% to -90% The Flame Rift
      Monster Fire Immunity is Sundered Fire Resist –70% to -90% The Rotting Fissure
      Monster Poison Immunity is Sundered Poison Resist –70% to -90% Back to Top
      Patch Notes
      Gameplay/Quality of Life
      Added additional warning text to the mercenary confirmation prompt if your previous mercenary still has items equipped. Damage value for the Paladin’s Thorns aura is now present on the character menu. Dead Finger Mages now reset correctly to their original state when revived by Necromancers. Fixed an issue where casting delays could desync at very high ping. Fixed an issue where monster unique mods were triggering from another unique mod's trigger. For example, monsters that were both lightning and fire enchanted created an explosion every time they were put into hit recovery (Ex: repeatedly hit by Warcry). Fixed a rare issue where item names on the ground would erratically flicker and shift while pathing around them. Fixed an issue where players and monsters were able to walk through doors that visually looked closed. Fixed an issue where certain Rune Words could not be repaired in the same game session they were created. Fixed an issue where loading a character on a console that was created on PC was causing texture and lighting issues on console. Fixed an issue that would occur when binding a skill to a multi-key binding (Ex: Ctrl + X, Alt + X) the action bound to the first key became unbound from that key. Fixed an issue where the game name and password were not properly updating and displaying in-game when toggling the setting for showing it. Fixed an issue where updates to stats, skills, or quests were displaying when no updates were available. Fixed an issue where hardcore character names were not displaying in red text on the character list. Fixed an issue with the Legacy Graphics gamble refresh icon containing graphical artifacts and corruption. Fixed an issue where single and dual-wielding basic attacks with Claw weapons could have inconsistent attack speeds. Fixed an issue where flags associated with previous characters (Ladder, Hardcore, and Classic) would persist for newly created characters in the Legacy Graphics Character Creation Screen. Fixed an issue where the “buy” button legend in the vendor window would not display on the first weapons tab. Fixed an issue where certain VFX were causing graphical corruption when fighting Uber Diablo. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems could lose the aura granted by the item they were created with when the Golem was frozen. Chosen game settings now persist in lobby game creation and filtering rather than being reset. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems created in a previous game would disappear instead of teleporting to you. Fixed an issue where performing a weapon swap during a trade would sometimes freeze the game. Fixed an issue where visuals effects granted by set bonuses would sometimes toggle on and off. Fixed an issue where environmental screen-space VFX were not playing. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems summoned through a charge of the skill (Ex: granted by Metalgrid) would disappear when performing an inventory update. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems created by a charged skill would not save between games. Fixed an issue where players on console and controller would sometimes get the red-flash indicator for health loss while performing an inventory update. Fixed an issue where the Horadric Cube could not be quick-dropped if there were items in it when playing on console or with a controller. Fixed an issue where similar items weren't grouping together when auto-populating into the belt while using a controller. Fixed various issues when quick-moving a belt with items in the additional belt slots it provides while using a controller. Fixed an issue where you sometimes couldn't quick-equip an item that has its requirement met by another equipped item. Fixed an issue where an item with requirement reductions would sometimes still show as requirements not met when equipped on a mercenary. Fixed a desync with mana values when the consumption and regeneration of mana happened in a short frame window. Fixed an issue where Quick Cast would sometimes restore the previous skill to the wrong mouse button. Act V Dual-Wielding mercenaries now accurately animates two attack swings instead of one. Fixed an issue where there were no corresponding Suicide Minion versions of the three guest Minion variants. These guest Minions will no longer visually transform into a skeleton and continuously stack explosion damage when whipped by Nihlathak or an Overseer. Fixed an issue where Fist of the Heavens could unintentionally be used when it was bound on controller or assigned to left click on M+KB. Fixed an issue where pets summoned by "chance to cast" skills on items would disappear after performing an inventory update. Fixed an issue where Ravens summoned by charged skills would disappear after a few seconds. Necromancer Difficulty penalties for life drain now apply to the Blood Golem's attacks. Fixed an issue where Blood Golem was not correctly stealing life from a PvP opponent. Fixed an issue where the experience sharing calculation for an eight-player party would rarely overflow and award less experience than normal. Fixed an issue where item labels would stretch and become distorted while the character menu was open. Fixed an issue that prevented players with underscores in their Offline character’s name from playing a game. Fix an issue that allowed for character movement while in a loading screen. PC-Specific Fixes
      Added functionality to revoke and undo friend rejection so it’s no longer a permanent rejection. Fixed an issue where the "/friends list" chat command was being truncated after 256 characters. Removed the ability to bind the Print Screen key. Fixed an issue where if the players opened chat after dying with Legacy Graphics active, all controls stopped functioning. Fixed an issue if a linked item in chat exceeded one line, the item was unable to be selected and shown. Fixed an issue where if a player entered the lobby, then entered a game, the difficulty selection would be blank upon returning to the lobby. Removed the scroll bar and buttons from the autosuggest menu for chat commands. Fixed an issue where if a skill was bound, then the key was removed from the skill binding, the unbound skill would still display without a binding. Improved the scrolling on the ladder season, ladder type, and class drop-down in the ladder tab in the online lobby. Fixed a tooltip that incorrectly stated “Show game name and password” to correctly state “Show game name.” Fixed an issue where the latency indicator visual in the lobby was off center. Fixed an issue where if the player activates controller mode while in the lobby, the latency indicator visual would disappear. Skills can now always be set to the left or right slots, regardless of if you meet the requirements to use them. Fixed an issue where rings were always quick-equipped to the right-hand slot, even if the left-hand slot was open. M+KB can now quick-equip and quick-unequip items to and from their character and mercenary. Fixed an issue where dragging an item onto a mercenary's portrait was not swapping their currently equipped item. Text-to-speech now uses Voice (installed on Windows) which corresponds to the voice language selected (Set in Battle.net launcher). Text-to-speech option reads out all chat commands regardless of channel. Text-to-speech, when reading an item link, will now only read the item text instead of including various numbers and letters. Added an in-game icon to represent friends who are online playing Overwatch 2. Fixed an issue where whispering someone in a different channel would not automatically bring the user to the whisper channel with the other user. Console-Specific Fixes
      Character names are now correctly shown in the Game Details screen. Classic characters can no longer create a game targeting any non-classic content (Ex: Act V) in the Game Creator menu. Updated the icon on the Game Creator menu to further differentiate from the Search Menu. Updated the magnifying glass icon in the Game List Search to match the text color. Fixed an issue where the Ladder Season end message was incorrectly displaying on the front end. Fixed an issue where connecting a second controller that logs into a different user would cause the game to lose connection. Improved the Ladder leaderboard loading on PS4 / PS5. Fixed a rare issue where Unknown could appear in console’s language if language was changed while in-game. Fixed an issue on Switch where the quest log tab text was being cut off in Italian. Fixed an issue where the Ladder end time displayed the time inaccurately. Fixed an issue where dying would disable the Emote Wheel. Closing the inventory on controller with an item in your cursor will now try to place the item in your inventory before dropping it. Localization
      Updated gender pronoun strings that referred to the player from “his / her” to the neutral counterpart “their.” Added a prefix for online Uber Diablo messages received in offline games. Added localization translations for the automap tooltip. Fixed an issue where the maximum gold in-game text for Polish, Russian, Mexican Spanish, and Portuguese languages were exceeding their bounds in the UI. Fixed a variety of equipped skill names that were exceeding their bounds in the UI for the Russian and Polish languages. Removed unnecessary spacing between tabs on PC in the quest log, waypoints, and player stash UI screens when playing with a controller while using the large font option. Changed the date formatting for Japan to be displayed as Year / Month / Day. Fixed a typo in the Japanese translations for quick equip and unequip to mercenary tooltip. Made additional improvements to localization translations. Stability
      Fixed a crash on PC that occurred when resizing the client window while in the lobby. Improved game join and game create backend request for a smoother player experience. Various game stability improvements. Sundering Charms
      Conviction and Lower Resist effectiveness will be 1/5 effective even after a Sundering Charm's applied effects. (This change will go into effect on October 6 once Ladder Season Two begins). Terror Zones
      Fixed an issue where the UI would not properly display chance to hit against higher level Terror Zone monsters. Fixed an issue where Terror Zone warning messages were inconsistently populating. Added an indication next to the automap to inform the player where the current Terror Zone is specifically located. Modding
      We have made some changes to enhance the offline single-player modding experience. While these changes will cause compatibility issues for current offline single-player mods, they will allow for further customization options for mod developers.
      Added a new file: LevelGroups.txt. This file allows levels to be grouped together for the purpose of condensing Terror Zones messages. Added a new file: hirelingdesc.txt. This file defines hireling data specific to the monsterclass but not the hireling statblock. Currently it only controls voice type. Various mercenary UI attributes are now modifiable through data. This includes skill icons, inventory slot backgrounds, and class names. New AI parameters have been added to the mercenary's AI for the purpose of removing hardcoding. See monai.txt for details. Removed hardcoded relationships for beltable items. Similar items are now determined by spell type for scrolls and item type for everything else. Fixed a crash on controller when using new player skills that are listed after the vanilla skills. monstats.txt
      "TreasureClass1", "TreasureClass1(N)", "TreasureClass1(H)" -> "TreasureClass", "TreasureClass(N)", "TreasureClass(H)" "TreasureClass2", "TreasureClass2(N)", "TreasureClass2(H)" -> "TreasureClassChamp", "TreasureClassChamp(N)", "TreasureClassChamp(H)" "TreasureClass3", "TreasureClass3(N)", "TreasureClass3(H)" -> "TreasureClassUnique", "TreasureClassUnique(N)", "TreasureClassUnique(H)" "TreasureClass4", "TreasureClass4(N)", "TreasureClass4(H)" -> "TreasureClassQuest", "TreasureClassQuest(N)", "TreasureClassQuest(H)" "TreasureClassDesecrated", "TreasureClassChampDesecrated", "TreasureClassUniqueDesecrated" "TreasureClassDesecrated(N)", "TreasureClassChampDesecrated(N)", "TreasureClassUniqueDesecrated(N)" "TreasureClassDesecrated(H)", "TreasureClassChampDesecrated(H)", "TreasureClassUniqueDesecrated(H)" skills.txt
      "passivestat7", "passivecalc7", "passivestat8", "passivecalc8", "passivestat9", "passivecalc9", "passivestat10", "passivecalc10" SuperUniques.txt
      "TC Desecrated" "TC(N) Desecrated" "TC(H) Desecrated" TreasureClassEx.txt
      "ladder" Save Data Changes
      Some changes to save data have been made in "ItemStatCost.txt". If an existing single player mod has edited these values, then their mod's saves may become corrupted when migrating old saves to the new save version. It is recommended to create backups of existing saves before loading them.
      "damageresist" and "magicresist" Save Bits: 8 -> 9 Save Add: 0 -> 200 "fireresist", "lightresist", "coldresist", and "poisonresist" Save Bits: 8 -> 9 Save Add: 50 -> 200 Text File Column Changes
      Developers of existing offline single player mods can remake their changes with the new data, or they can add the new columns before merging.
      levels.txt
      "LevelGroup" monstats.txt
      "CannotDesecrate" "NoShldBlock" -> "ShieldBlockOverride" skillsdesc.txt
      "hireableiconcel" soundenviron.txt
      "InheritEnvrionment" Back to Top
      Thank You for Playing
      Our team is incredibly thankful for your continued support and collaboration. Together, we have successfully added Terror Zones to Diablo II: Resurrected, injecting new variety into this timeless classic. We look forward to seeing you continue to slay demons for many years to come!
      If you want to learn more about Diablo II: Resurrected, check out our website, or for real-time updates, follow our official Twitter @Diablo.
      P.S.
      We were flipping through the old Diablo II manual and found this confounding inscription. . .what does it all mean?

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    • By Staff
      We have some new patch notes for D2R, as Blizzard detail more QoL changes, Sundering Charm tuning, Terror Zone improvements and more!
      October 3 (Source)
      Gameplay/Quality of Life
      Fixed an issue where item labels would stretch and become distorted while the character menu was open. Fixed an issue that prevented players with underscores in their Offline character’s name from playing a game. Fix an issue that allowed for character movement while in a loading screen. Localization
      Made additional improvements to localization translations. Sundering Charms
      Conviction and Lower Resist effectiveness will be 1/5 effective even after a Sundering Charm's applied effects. (This change will go into effect on October 6 once Ladder Season Two begins). Terror Zones
      Fixed an issue where the UI would not properly display chance to hit against higher level Terror Zone monsters. Fixed an issue where Terror Zone warning messages were inconsistently populating. Added an indication next to the automap to inform the player where the current Terror Zone is specifically located. Modding
      monstats.txt
      "TreasureClass1", "TreasureClass1(N)", "TreasureClass1(H)" -> "TreasureClass", "TreasureClass(N)", "TreasureClass(H)" "TreasureClass2", "TreasureClass2(N)", "TreasureClass2(H)" -> "TreasureClassChamp", "TreasureClassChamp(N)", "TreasureClassChamp(H)" "TreasureClass3", "TreasureClass3(N)", "TreasureClass3(H)" -> "TreasureClassUnique", "TreasureClassUnique(N)", "TreasureClassUnique(H)" "TreasureClass4", "TreasureClass4(N)", "TreasureClass4(H)" -> "TreasureClassQuest", "TreasureClassQuest(N)", "TreasureClassQuest(H)" "TreasureClassDesecrated", "TreasureClassChampDesecrated", "TreasureClassUniqueDesecrated" "TreasureClassDesecrated(N)", "TreasureClassChampDesecrated(N)", "TreasureClassUniqueDesecrated(N)" "TreasureClassDesecrated(H)", "TreasureClassChampDesecrated(H)", "TreasureClassUniqueDesecrated(H)" skills.txt
      "passivestat7", "passivecalc7", "passivestat8", "passivecalc8", "passivestat9", "passivecalc9", "passivestat10", "passivecalc10" SuperUniques.txt
      "TC Desecrated" "TC(N) Desecrated" "TC(H) Desecrated" TreasureClassEx.txt
      "ladder"
    • By Staff
      Patch 2.5 has arrived! The massive update brings the new Terror Zones, a new ladder starting October 6th, Sundering Charms, MANY quality of life improvements and a lot more! 
      Patch 2.5 (Source)
      Join us around the campfire, hero! As the flames flicker and crackle, we’re incredibly proud to announce that Terror Zones are now live in Diablo II: Resurrected. There’s also smoke on the horizon—Ladder Season Two and six new Sundering Charms will be going live on October 6. Sit back and relax as we run through the details of all the new helltastic features coming with this update.
      Quest Log
      Terror Zones
      Ladder Season Two
      Sundering Charms
      Patch Notes
      Terror Zones

      The journey to level 99 is a celebrated experience for players and quite the milestone if achieved—a rite of passage, even. We want the journey to level 99 to be accessible to a larger population of players, offer more variety other than repeatedly farming Baal, Diablo, and Nihlathak, and most importantly, remain challenging. This is where Terror Zones come in. As we get into details, please note that players can choose to opt-out of Terror Zones if desired.
      To unlock the Terror Zones feature, you must defeat Baal per character, per difficulty using any expansion character—existing characters that have already fulfilled the requirements will automatically have this feature unlocked. Once Ladder Season Two begins, players will need to meet the aforementioned requirements to unlock Terror Zones for their new ladder characters.
      When playing a Terror Zone-enabled game, every hour, diabolical tremors infused with the Lord of Destruction’s unwavering corruption creep into specific zones, emboldening the monsters within, and terrorizing them. The monsters in these zones will be at least two levels higher than your current level or their original level, up to a maximum per difficulty. The experience received and the loot dropped by killing a terrorized monster will be based on this new level—terrorized monsters will also grant additional experience points.
      Here are the level details for each monster type per difficulty:
      Normal
      Base: +2 levels up to level 45 Champion: +4 levels up to level 47 Unique: +5 levels up to level 48 Nightmare
      Base: +2 levels up to level 71 Champion: +4 levels up to level 73 Unique: +5 levels up to level 74 Hell
      Base: +2 levels up to level 96 Champion: +4 levels up to level 98 Unique: +5 levels up to level 99 The base player level used for the above calculations are taken from the creator of the game. If the host leaves the game, a new player will be selected for the base once the next Terror Zone is announced. Upon entering a Terror Zone-enabled game, you'll be informed of the current terrorized areas through a message sent to you via the Chat Box. When the time for new terrorized zones draws near, you will be informed of the impending changes via the Chat Box.
      In addition, you will be informed that you’re entering a terrorized area by several indicators:
      Unique iconography next to a terrorized monster's name On-screen text and messaging Special audio cue In-game text on the auto-map Unique environmental lighting Ember visual effects
      Waypoints have also received some changes to assist in locating the current Terror Zone:
      An icon will display on the Waypoint menu next to the Waypoint that is closest to the current Terror Zone. The Waypoint closest to the current Terror Zone will have its name displayed in a purple font.
      Here’s a complete list of all the zones that can become terrorized:
      Act I
      Blood Moor and Den of Evil
      Cold Plains and The Cave  
      Burial Grounds, The Crypt, and the Mausoleum  
      Stony Field  
      Dark Wood  
      The Forgotten Tower  
      Jail  
      Cathedral and Catacombs  
      The Pit  
      Tristram  
      Moo Moo Farm  
      Act II
      Sewers
      Rocky Waste and Stony Tomb  
      Dry Hills and Halls of the Dead  
      Far Oasis  
      Lost City, Valley of Snakes, and Claw Viper Temple  
      Arcane Sanctuary  
      Tal Rasha's Tombs  
      Act III
      Spider Forest and Spider Cavern
      Flayer Jungle and Flayer Dungeon
      Kurast Bazaar, Ruined Temple, and Disused Fane
      Kurast Sewers
      Travincal
      Durance of Hate
      Act IV
      Outer Steppes and Plains of Despair
      River of Flame/City of the Damned  
      Chaos Sanctuary  
      Act V
      Bloody Foothills
      Frigid Highlands  
      Glacial Trail  
      Crystalline Passage and Frozen River  
      Arreat Plateau  
      Nihlathak's Temple, Halls of Anguish, Halls of Pain, and Halls of Vaught  
      Ancient's Way and Icy Cellar  
      Worldstone Keep, Throne of Destruction, and Worldstone Chamber  
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      Ladder Season Two

      Our first Ladder Season for Diablo II: Resurrected has been an absolute success—adept heroes raced to save Sanctuary, some cementing their name on the leaderboard, but all of them striking fear into the tormented hearts of their demonic adversaries in the process.
      Ladder Season Two will begin on October 6, ushering in a new opportunity for brave heroes to race to level 99 and amass powerful loot along the way. This will also be the first Ladder Season with Terror Zones! Can you handle the increased ferocity of the Burning Hells, or will you perish under their amplified might? We cannot wait to see how Terror Zones will influence the leaderboard, or hopefully, allow new players the opportunity to see their name on it for the first time.
      We’ll also introduce six new Sundering Charms with Ladder Season Two, more information about these can be found in the next section.
      As it was with the previous season, Ladder Season Two will feature four different modes:
      Version Description Pre-Expansion Ladder The standard version of Ladder play that encompasses playing only with the original four acts. Pre-Expansion Hardcore Ladder The hardcore (only one life) version of Ladder play that encompasses playing only with the original four acts. Ladder The standard version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five acts, as it includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion content. Hardcore Ladder The hardcore (only one life) version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five acts, as it includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion content. For those new to Ladder Seasons, you might be wondering what happens to your Shared Stash loot once the current season ends.

      Once Ladder Season One ends, all Ladder characters will be transferred to their respective non-ladder group. All items in that character group's shared stash go into a new Withdraw Only set of Shared Stash tabs, denoted by a check marked Past box. You will have all of Ladder Season Two to withdraw any items you would like to keep. When Ladder Season Two ends, this withdraw only set of stash tabs will be overridden with any items in the Ladder Season Two Shared Stash. Be sure to get any items out before then or they will be forever lost!
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      New Sundering Charms

      In Hell difficulty, many monsters receive resistance to specific damage types. If their resistance increases above 100%, that monster is then immune to a specific damage type. Because there are only a handful of ways to reduce a monster’s immunity, only a minute portion of hero builds can successfully farm all zones in Diablo II: Resurrected. We realize that this can create scenarios where certain builds are unable to take full advantage of the current Terror Zone, thus missing out on the experience gains, and most importantly, the fun of these zones.
      To promote increased class build diversity, we have introduced six Sundering Charms that allow the player to break specific monster immunity types while the charm is in their inventory. Once Ladder Season Two begins on October 6, Sundering Charms will be a possible drop for new Ladder characters. These new unique charms will only drop from Terrorized monsters of Champion, Unique, Superunique, or Boss difficulty.
      You’ll notice a new keyword below called Sunder. This keyword means that if a monster has immunity to a specific damage type, their resistance will be reduced to 95% regardless of what their starting resistance percentage was—breaking their immunity and allowing damage of that type to be dealt to them. Sunder is applied before other resistance reducing modifiers and only affects non-players. There is one tradeoff that comes with the Sundering Charms: while they reduce a monster’s resistance, they also reduce your resistance to the same element, allowing you to receive more damage of that type. The specific percent that your resistance is reduced by the Sundering Charm will vary per charm, so look out for the charms offering the most advantageous percentages to maximize your build. Any abilities granted by a Sundering Charm will also extend to your pets and summons, so keep that in mind as you upgrade your character.
      The Black Cleft
      Monster Magic Immunity if Sundered Magic Resist –45% to -65% The Bone Break
      Monster Physical Immunity is Sundered Physical Damage Received Increased by 10% to 30% The Cold Rupture
      Monster Cold Immunity is Sundered Cold Resist –70% to -90% The Crack of the Heavens
      Monster Lightning Immunity is Sundered Lightning Resist –70% to -90% The Flame Rift
      Monster Fire Immunity is Sundered Fire Resist –70% to -90% The Rotting Fissure
      Monster Poison Immunity is Sundered Poison Resist –70% to -90% Back to Top
      Patch Notes
      Gameplay/Quality of Life
      Added additional warning text to the mercenary confirmation prompt if your previous mercenary still has items equipped. Damage value for the Paladin’s Thorns aura is now present on the character menu. Dead Finger Mages now reset correctly to their original state when revived by Necromancers. Fixed an issue where casting delays could desync at very high ping. Fixed an issue where monster unique mods were triggering from another unique mod's trigger. For example, monsters that were both lightning and fire enchanted created an explosion every time they were put into hit recovery (Ex: repeatedly hit by Warcry). Fixed a rare issue where item names on the ground would erratically flicker and shift while pathing around them. Fixed an issue where players and monsters were able to walk through doors that visually looked closed. Fixed an issue where certain Rune Words could not be repaired in the same game session they were created. Fixed an issue where loading a character on a console that was created on PC was causing texture and lighting issues on console. Fixed an issue that would occur when binding a skill to a multi-key binding (Ex: Ctrl + X, Alt + X) the action bound to the first key became unbound from that key. Fixed an issue where the game name and password were not properly updating and displaying in-game when toggling the setting for showing it. Fixed an issue where updates to stats, skills, or quests were displaying when no updates were available. Fixed an issue where hardcore character names were not displaying in red text on the character list. Fixed an issue with the Legacy Graphics gamble refresh icon containing graphical artifacts and corruption. Fixed an issue where single and dual-wielding basic attacks with Claw weapons could have inconsistent attack speeds. Fixed an issue where flags associated with previous characters (Ladder, Hardcore, and Classic) would persist for newly created characters in the Legacy Graphics Character Creation Screen. Fixed an issue where the “buy” button legend in the vendor window would not display on the first weapons tab. Fixed an issue where certain VFX were causing graphical corruption when fighting Uber Diablo. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems could lose the aura granted by the item they were created with when the Golem was frozen. Chosen game settings now persist in lobby game creation and filtering rather than being reset. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems created in a previous game would disappear instead of teleporting to you. Fixed an issue where performing a weapon swap during a trade would sometimes freeze the game. Fixed an issue where visuals effects granted by set bonuses would sometimes toggle on and off. Fixed an issue where environmental screen-space VFX were not playing. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems summoned through a charge of the skill (Ex: granted by Metalgrid) would disappear when performing an inventory update. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems created by a charged skill would not save between games. Fixed an issue where players on console and controller would sometimes get the red-flash indicator for health loss while performing an inventory update. Fixed an issue where the Horadric Cube could not be quick-dropped if there were items in it when playing on console or with a controller. Fixed an issue where similar items weren't grouping together when auto-populating into the belt while using a controller. Fixed various issues when quick-moving a belt with items in the additional belt slots it provides while using a controller. Fixed an issue where you sometimes couldn't quick-equip an item that has its requirement met by another equipped item. Fixed an issue where an item with requirement reductions would sometimes still show as requirements not met when equipped on a mercenary. Fixed a desync with mana values when the consumption and regeneration of mana happened in a short frame window. Fixed an issue where Quick Cast would sometimes restore the previous skill to the wrong mouse button. Act V Dual-Wielding mercenaries now accurately animates two attack swings instead of one. Fixed an issue where there were no corresponding Suicide Minion versions of the three guest Minion variants. These guest Minions will no longer visually transform into a skeleton and continuously stack explosion damage when whipped by Nihlathak or an Overseer. Fixed an issue where Fist of the Heavens could unintentionally be used when it was bound on controller or assigned to left click on M+KB. Fixed an issue where pets summoned by "chance to cast" skills on items would disappear after performing an inventory update. Fixed an issue where Ravens summoned by charged skills would disappear after a few seconds. Necromancer Difficulty penalties for life drain now apply to the Blood Golem's attacks. Fixed an issue where Blood Golem was not correctly stealing life from a PvP opponent. Fixed an issue where the experience sharing calculation for an eight-player party would rarely overflow and award less experience than normal. PC-Specific Fixes
      Added functionality to revoke and undo friend rejection so it’s no longer a permanent rejection. Fixed an issue where the "/friends list" chat command was being truncated after 256 characters. Removed the ability to bind the Print Screen key. Fixed an issue where if the players opened chat after dying with Legacy Graphics active, all controls stopped functioning. Fixed an issue if a linked item in chat exceeded one line, the item was unable to be selected and shown. Fixed an issue where if a player entered the lobby, then entered a game, the difficulty selection would be blank upon returning to the lobby. Removed the scroll bar and buttons from the autosuggest menu for chat commands. Fixed an issue where if a skill was bound, then the key was removed from the skill binding, the unbound skill would still display without a binding. Improved the scrolling on the ladder season, ladder type, and class drop-down in the ladder tab in the online lobby. Fixed a tooltip that incorrectly stated “Show game name and password” to correctly state “Show game name.” Fixed an issue where the latency indicator visual in the lobby was off center. Fixed an issue where if the player activates controller mode while in the lobby, the latency indicator visual would disappear. Skills can now always be set to the left or right slots, regardless of if you meet the requirements to use them. Fixed an issue where rings were always quick-equipped to the right-hand slot, even if the left-hand slot was open. M+KB can now quick-equip and quick-unequip items to and from their character and mercenary. Fixed an issue where dragging an item onto a mercenary's portrait was not swapping their currently equipped item. Text-to-speech now uses Voice (installed on Windows) which corresponds to the voice language selected (Set in Battle.net launcher). Text-to-speech option reads out all chat commands regardless of channel. Text-to-speech, when reading an item link, will now only read the item text instead of including various numbers and letters. Added an in-game icon to represent friends who are online playing Overwatch 2. Fixed an issue where whispering someone in a different channel would not automatically bring the user to the whisper channel with the other user. Console-Specific Fixes
      Character names are now correctly shown in the Game Details screen. Classic characters can no longer create a game targeting any non-classic content (Ex: Act V) in the Game Creator menu. Updated the icon on the Game Creator menu to further differentiate from the Search Menu. Updated the magnifying glass icon in the Game List Search to match the text color. Fixed an issue where the Ladder Season end message was incorrectly displaying on the front end. Fixed an issue where connecting a second controller that logs into a different user would cause the game to lose connection. Improved the Ladder leaderboard loading on PS4 / PS5. Fixed a rare issue where Unknown could appear in console’s language if language was changed while in-game. Fixed an issue on Switch where the quest log tab text was being cut off in Italian. Fixed an issue where the Ladder end time displayed the time inaccurately. Fixed an issue where dying would disable the Emote Wheel. Closing the inventory on controller with an item in your cursor will now try to place the item in your inventory before dropping it. Localization
      Updated gender pronoun strings that referred to the player from “his / her” to the neutral counterpart “their.” Added a prefix for online Uber Diablo messages received in offline games. Added localization translations for the automap tooltip. Fixed an issue where the maximum gold in-game text for Polish, Russian, Mexican Spanish, and Portuguese languages were exceeding their bounds in the UI. Fixed a variety of equipped skill names that were exceeding their bounds in the UI for the Russian and Polish languages. Removed unnecessary spacing between tabs on PC in the quest log, waypoints, and player stash UI screens when playing with a controller while using the large font option. Changed the date formatting for Japan to be displayed as Year / Month / Day. Fixed a typo in the Japanese translations for quick equip and unequip to mercenary tooltip. Stability
      Fixed a crash on PC that occurred when resizing the client window while in the lobby. Improved game join and game create backend request for a smoother player experience. Various game stability improvements. Modding
      We have made some changes to enhance the offline single-player modding experience. While these changes will cause compatibility issues for current offline single-player mods, they will allow for further customization options for mod developers.
      Added a new file: LevelGroups.txt. This file allows levels to be grouped together for the purpose of condensing Terror Zones messages. Added a new file: hirelingdesc.txt. This file defines hireling data specific to the monsterclass but not the hireling statblock. Currently it only controls voice type. Various mercenary UI attributes are now modifiable through data. This includes skill icons, inventory slot backgrounds, and class names. New AI parameters have been added to the mercenary's AI for the purpose of removing hardcoding. See monai.txt for details. Removed hardcoded relationships for beltable items. Similar items are now determined by spell type for scrolls and item type for everything else. Fixed a crash on controller when using new player skills that are listed after the vanilla skills. Save Data Changes
      Some changes to save data have been made in "ItemStatCost.txt". If an existing single player mod has edited these values, then their mod's saves may become corrupted when migrating old saves to the new save version. It is recommended to create backups of existing saves before loading them.
      "damageresist" and "magicresist" Save Bits: 8 -> 9 Save Add: 0 -> 200 "fireresist", "lightresist", "coldresist", and "poisonresist" Save Bits: 8 -> 9 Save Add: 50 -> 200 Text File Column Changes
      Developers of existing offline single player mods can remake their changes with the new data, or they can add the new columns before merging.
      levels.txt
      "LevelGroup" monstats.txt
      "CannotDesecrate" "NoShldBlock" -> "ShieldBlockOverride" skillsdesc.txt
      "hireableiconcel" soundenviron.txt
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      Thank You for Playing
      Our team is incredibly thankful for your continued support and collaboration. Together, we have successfully added Terror Zones to Diablo II: Resurrected, injecting new variety into this timeless classic. We look forward to seeing you continue to slay demons for many years to come!
      If you want to learn more about Diablo II: Resurrected, check out our website, or for real-time updates, follow our official Twitter @Diablo.
      P.S.
      We were flipping through the old Diablo II manual and found this confounding inscription. . .what does it all mean?

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    • By Staff
      Blizzard released a new Patch 2.5 update for Diablo 2: Resurrected on the PTR. Testing will be available until September 19. Ladder Season 2 will begin on October 6.
      (Source)
      Update on September 15: Content changes have gone live for the PTR 2.5 testing period. These changes are indicated in red text. The PTR will end on September 19 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
      Welcome back!
      Our next testing period, PTR 2.5, goes live on August 25 at 10 a.m. PDT. We’re excited to share that for this PTR we will be debuting Terror Zones—an experimental feature—and introducing a variety of bug fixes to address feedback the community has provided us.
      The flames of the Burning Hells have forecasted the future, hero: Ladder Season Two will begin on October 6. Additional details on Ladder Season Two, including launch timing, will be communicated in an upcoming Diablo II: Resurrected blog. We cannot wait for players to begin the race to collect loads of experience and loot while slaying demons and climbing the leaderboard!
      Quest Log
      Terror Zones
      New Unique Grand Charms
      New PTR Character Templates
      PTR Focus and Details
      Patch Notes
      How to Participate
      Terror Zones
      The journey to level 99 is a celebrated experience for players and quite the milestone if achieved—a rite of passage, even. We want to offer an alternative to repeatedly farming Baal, Diablo, or Nihlathak. We also want the journey to level 99 to be accessible to a larger population of players, full of variety, and most importantly, challenging—this is where Terror Zones come in. As we get into details, please note that players can choose to opt-out of Terror Zones if desired.
      When playing a Terror Zone-enabled game, every hour, the armies of the Burning Hells will focus their demonic might on specific zones, terrorizing them. The monsters in these zones will be at least two levels higher than your current level or their original level, up to a maximum per difficulty. The experience received and the loot dropped by killing a terrorized monster will be based on this new level. In addition, terrorized monsters will also grant additional experience points.
      Here are the level details for each monster type per difficulty:
      Normal
      Base: +2 levels up to level 45 Champion: +4 levels up to level 47 Unique: +5 levels up to level 48 Nightmare
      Base: +2 levels up to level 71 Champion: +4 levels up to level 73 Unique: +5 levels up to level 74 Hell
      Base: +2 levels up to level 96 Champion: +4 levels up to level 98 Unique: +5 levels up to level 99 The base player level used for the above calculations are taken from the creator of the game. If the host leaves the game, a new player will be selected for the base.
      Upon entering a Terror Zone-enabled game, you'll be informed of the current terrorized areas through a message sent to you via the Chat Box. When the time for new terrorized zones draws near, you will be informed of the impending changes via the Chat Box.
      In addition, you will be informed that you’re entering a terrorized area by several indicators:
      Unique iconography next to a terrorized monster's name On-screen text and messaging Special audio cue In-game text on the auto-map Here’s a complete list of all the zones that can become terrorized during the PTR:
      Act I
      Blood Moor and Den of Evil
      Cold Plains and The Cave
      Burial Grounds, The Crypt, and the Mausoleum
      Dark Wood
      The Forgotten Tower
      Jail
      Cathedral and Catacombs
      The Pit
      Tristram
      Moo Moo Farm
      Act II
      Sewers
      Rocky Waste and Stony Tomb
      Dry Hills and Halls of the Dead
      Far Oasis
      Lost City, Valley of Snakes, and Claw Viper Temple
      Arcane Sanctuary
      Tal Rasha's Tombs
      Act III
      Spider Forest and Spider Cavern
      Flayer Jungle and Flayer Dungeon
      Kurast Bazaar, Ruined Temple, and Disused Fane
      Kurast Sewers
      Travincal
      Durance of Hate
       
      Act IV
      Outer Steppes and Plains of Despair
      River of Flame / City of the Dammed
      Chaos Sanctuary
      Act V
      Bloody Foothills
      Frigid Highlands
      Glacial Trail
      Crystalline Passage and Frozen River
      Arreat Plateau
      Nihlathak's Temple, Halls of Anguish, Halls of Pain, and Halls of Vaught
      Ancient's Way and Icy Cellar
      Worldstone Keep, Throne of Destruction, and Worldstone Chamber
      The following zones can now become terrorized:
      Act I: The Pit Act IV: City of the Dammed The following zones can no longer become terrorized:
      Act II: Maggot Lair and Harem/Palace Cellar Act III: Lower Kurast The Act I: Black Marsh zone was accidentally added to the list of terrorized zones and has been removed. This zone was never able to be terrorized. We apologize for any confusion.
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      New Sundered Charms
      In Hell difficulty, many monsters receive resistance to specific damage types. If their resistance increases above 100%, that monster is then immune to a specific damage type. Because there are only a handful of ways to reduce a monster’s immunity, only a minute portion of hero builds can successfully farm all zones in Diablo II: Resurrected. We realize that this can create scenarios where certain builds are unable to take full advantage of the current Terror Zone, thus missing out on the experience gains, and most importantly, the fun of these zones.
      To promote increased class build diversity, we are introducing six new Unique Grand Charms that allow the player to break specific monster immunity types while the charm is in their inventory.
      You’ll notice a new keyword below called Sunder. This keyword means that if a monster has immunity to a specific damage type, their resistance will be reduced to 95% regardless of what their starting resistance percentage was—breaking their immunity and allowing damage of that type to be dealt to them. Sunder is applied before other resistance reducing modifiers and only affects non-players. These new unique charms will only drop from Terrorized monsters of Champion, Unique, Superunique, or Boss difficulty. There is one tradeoff the comes with the new Unique Grand Charms—while they reduce a monster’s resistance, they also reduce your resistance to the same element, allowing you to receive more damage of that type. During the PTR, Sundering Charms will not drop from monsters and can only be tested through the PTR character templates mentioned later in the blog.
      The Black Cleft
      Monster Magic Immunity if Sundered Magic Resist –50% The Bone Break
      Monster Physical Immunity is Sundered Physical Damage Received Increased by 25% The Cold Rupture
      Monster Cold Immunity is Sundered Cold Resist –75% The Crack of the Heavens
      Monster Lightning Immunity is Sundered Lightning Resist –75% The Flame Rift
      Monster Fire Immunity is Sundered Fire Resist –75% The Rotting Fissure
      Monster Poison Immunity is Sundered Poison Resist –75% *Please note that during the duration of the PTR, changes to the behaviors of Terror Zones and Unique Grand Charms may occur based on learnings from testing and player feedback.
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      New PTR Character Templates
      Starting today, September 15, all characters made during the PTR until now will be removed and replaced with 13 Level 85-character template options for players to use during the PTR's duration. Each character template is equipped with one of the new Sundered Charms so players may experience how they work firsthand. Here is a complete list of the character templates you can use:
      Freezing Arrow Amazon - Cold Sunder Fire Arrow Amazon - Fire Sunder Frenzy Barbarian - Physical Sunder Fire Claw Druid - Fire Sunder Fire Druid - Fire Sunder Bone Necromancer - Magic Sunder Poison Necromancer - Poison Sunder Hammerdin (Blessed Hammer Paladin) - Magic Sunder Holy Fire Paladin - Fire Sunder Tessladin (Holy Shock Paladin) - Lightning Sunder Cold Sorceress - Cold Sunder Fire Sorceress - Fire Sunder Lightning Sorceress - Lightning Sunder Back to Top
      PTR Focus and Details
      To support player testing and content exploring, we will be providing character templates in a variety of popular builds at varying levels. As the PTR progresses, please be aware there may be periodic maintenance, outages, or updates based on player feedback. Any changes implemented during this PTR period to Terror Zones or other gameplay aspects are not set in stone. We are testing Terror Zones as a new, experimental feature with the expressed desire to inject additional fun into Diablo II: Resurrected. To ensure Terror Zones provide an experience that best serves our players, we will need your assistance and urge you to provide any feedback you may have.
      There will be an in-game survey located on the Diablo II: Resurrected main menu screen where you can provide feedback around Terror Zones. Alternatively, you can leave your feedback in the PTR Feedback forum. If you discover any bugs, please report them in the PTR Bug Report forum.
      Gameplay/Quality of Life
      Added additional warning text to the mercenary confirmation prompt if your previous mercenary still has items equipped. Damage value for the Paladin’s Thorns aura is now present on the character menu. Dead Finger Mages now reset correctly to their original state when revived by Necromancers. Fixed an issue where casting delays could desync at very high ping. Fixed an issue where monster unique mods were triggering from another unique mod's trigger. For example, monsters that were both lightning and fire enchanted created an explosion every time they were put into hit recovery (Ex: repeatedly hit by Warcry). Fixed a rare issue where item names on the ground would erratically flicker and shift while pathing around them. Fixed an issue where players and monsters were able to walk through doors that visually looked closed. Fixed an issue where certain Rune Words could not be repaired in the same game session they were created. Fixed an issue where loading a character on a console that was created on PC was causing texture and lighting issues on console. Fixed an issue that would occur when binding a skill to a multi-key binding (Ex: Ctrl + X, Alt + X) the action bound to the first key became unbound from that key. Fixed an issue where the game name and password were not properly updating and displaying in-game when toggling the setting for showing it. Fixed an issue where updates to stats, skills, or quests were displaying when no updates were available. Fixed an issue where hardcore character names were not displaying in red text on the character list. Fixed an issue with the Legacy Graphics gamble refresh icon containing graphical artifacts and corruption. Fixed an issue where single and dual-wielding basic attacks with Claw weapons could have inconsistent attack speeds. Fixed an issue where flags associated with previous characters (Ladder, Hardcore, and Classic) would persist for newly created characters in the Legacy Graphics Character Creation Screen. Fixed an issue where the “buy” button legend in the vendor window would not display on the first weapons tab. Fixed an issue where certain VFX were causing graphical corruption when fighting Uber Diablo. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems could lose the aura granted by the item they were created with when the Golem was frozen. Chosen game settings now persist in lobby game creation and filtering rather than being reset. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems created in a previous game would disappear instead of teleporting to you. Fixed an issue where performing a weapon swap during a trade would sometimes freeze the game. Fixed an issue where visuals effects granted by set bonuses would sometimes toggle on and off. Fixed an issue where environmental screen-space VFX were not playing. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems summoned through a charge of the skill (Ex: granted by Metalgrid) would disappear when performing an inventory update. Fixed an issue where Iron Golems created by a charged skill would not save between games. Fixed an issue where players on console and controller would sometimes get the red-flash indicator for health loss while performing an inventory update. Fixed an issue where the Horadric Cube could not be quick-dropped if there were items in it when playing on console or with a controller. Fixed an issue where similar items weren't grouping together when auto-populating into the belt while using a controller. Fixed various issues when quick-moving a belt with items in the additional belt slots it provides while using a controller. Fixed an issue where you sometimes couldn't quick-equip an item that has its requirement met by another equipped item. Fixed an issue where an item with requirement reductions would sometimes still show as requirements not met when equipped on a mercenary. Fixed a desync with mana values when the consumption and regeneration of mana happened in a short frame window. Fixed an issue where Quick Cast would sometimes restore the previous skill to the wrong mouse button. Act V Dual-Wielding mercenaries now accurately animates two attack swings instead of one. Fixed an issue where there were no corresponding Suicide Minion versions of the three guest Minion variants. These guest Minions will no longer visually transform into a skeleton and continuously stack explosion damage when whipped by Nihlathak or an Overseer. Fixed an issue where Fist of the Heavens could unintentionally be used when it was bound on controller or assigned to left click on M+KB. Fixed an issue where pets summoned by "chance to cast" skills on items would disappear after performing an inventory update. Fixed an issue where Ravens summoned by charged skills would disappear after a few seconds. Necromancer Difficulty penalties for life drain now apply to the Blood Golem's attacks. Fixed an issue where Blood Golem was not correctly stealing life from a PvP opponent. Fixed an issue where the experience sharing calculation for an eight-player party would rarely overflow and award less experience than normal. Localization
      Updated gender pronoun strings that referred to the player from “his / her” to the neutral counterpart “their.” Added a prefix for online Uber Diablo messages received in offline games. Added localization translations for the automap tooltip. Fixed an issue where the maximum gold in-game text for Polish, Russian, Mexican Spanish, and Portuguese languages were exceeding their bounds in the UI. Fixed a variety of equipped skill names that were exceeding their bounds in the UI for the Russian and Polish languages. Removed unnecessary spacing between tabs on PC in the quest log, waypoints, and player stash UI screens when playing with a controller while using the large font option. Changed the date formatting for Japan to be displayed as Year / Month / Day. Fixed a typo in the Japanese translations for quick equip and unequip to mercenary tooltip. PC-Specific Fixes
      Added functionality to revoke and undo friend rejection so it’s no longer a permanent rejection. Fixed an issue where the "/friends list" chat command was being truncated after 256 characters. Removed the ability to bind the Print Screen key. Fixed an issue where if the players opened chat after dying with Legacy Graphics active, all controls stopped functioning. Fixed an issue if a linked item in chat exceeded one line, the item was unable to be selected and shown. Fixed an issue where if a player entered the lobby, then entered a game, the difficulty selection would be blank upon returning to the lobby. Removed the scroll bar and buttons from the autosuggest menu for chat commands. Fixed an issue where if a skill was bound, then the key was removed from the skill binding, the unbound skill would still display without a binding. Improved the scrolling on the ladder season, ladder type, and class drop-down in the ladder tab in the online lobby. Fixed a tooltip that incorrectly stated “Show game name and password” to correctly state “Show game name.” Fixed an issue where the latency indicator visual in the lobby was off center. Fixed an issue where if the player activates controller mode while in the lobby, the latency indicator visual would disappear. Skills can now always be set to the left or right slots, regardless of if you meet the requirements to use them. Fixed an issue where rings were always quick-equipped to the right-hand slot, even if the left-hand slot was open. M+KB can now quick-equip and quick-unequip items to and from their character and mercenary. Fixed an issue where dragging an item onto a mercenary's portrait was not swapping their currently equipped item. Text-to-speech now uses Voice (installed on Windows) which corresponds to the voice language selected (Set in Battle.net launcher). Text-to-speech option reads out all chat commands regardless of channel. Text-to-speech, when reading an item link, will now only read the item text instead of including various numbers and letters. Stability
      Fixed a crash on PC that occurred when resizing the client window while in the lobby. Improved game join and game create backend request for a smoother player experience. Various game stability improvements. Back to Top
      How To Participate
      To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo II: Resurrected game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing (Ex: one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.
      Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.  
      Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo II: Resurrected tab on the left-hand menu.  
      Step 3: On the Diablo II: Resurrected screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo II: Resurrected currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo II: Resurrected" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.  
      Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.  
      Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.
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      Thank You for Playing
      Our team is incredibly thankful for your continued support and collaboration. We look forward to seeing you continue to slay demons in Diablo II: Resurrected for many years to come!
      If you want to learn more about Diablo II: Resurrected, check out our website here, or for real-time updates, follow our official Twitter @Diablo.
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