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Updated Diablo 2 Patch 2.4 PTR Patch Notes

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A small 1.26 update went live recently on the Diablo 2 PTR, so here are the updated official PTR notes for Patch 2.4.

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Update on 1/26: Content in red represents changes recently made within PTR 2.4. Newly added Bug Fixes can be found here

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. BUG FIXES
  10. 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%
  • Charged Strike synergy increased from +10% to +14%
  • Lightning 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%
  • Lightning Strike synergy increased from +10% to +14%

Lightning Strike

  • Removed synergy from Lightning Fury 
  • 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 50% (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
  • Changed how attack speed is determined while transformed as a Werewolf. Attack speeds while transformed should match attack speeds while untransformed (enhanced by the Werewolf's increased attack speed).

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
  • Changed how attack speed is determined while transformed as a Werebear. Attack speeds while transformed should match attack speeds while untransformed.

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

  1. 20% Chance to cast level 12 Lower Resist when struck
  2. 25% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova on striking
  3. Level 13-17 Cleansing Aura When Equipped (varies)
  4. +1-2 All Skills
  5. +20% Increased Attack Speed
  6. +220-320% Enhanced Damage (varies)
  7. -23% To Enemy Poison Resistance
  8. 0.3% (0-29.7) Deadly Strike (Based on Character Level)
  9. +25% Chance of Open Wounds
  10. Freezes Target +3

Pattern

Claw

Tal + Ort + Thul

  1. +30% Faster Block Rate
  2. +40-80% Enhanced Damage (varies)
  3. 10% Bonus to Attack Rating
  4. Adds 17-62 Fire Damage
  5. Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage
  6. Adds 3-14 Cold Damage
  7. +75 Poison Damage Over 5 Seconds
  8. +6 to Strength
  9. +6 to Dexterity
  10. All Resistances +15

Unbending Will

Sword

Fal + Io + Ith + Eld + El + Hel

  1. 18% Chance to cast Level 18 Taunt on striking
  2. +3 To Combat Skills (Barbarian Only)
  3. +20-30% Increased Attack Speed (varies)
  4. +300-350% Enhanced Damage (varies)
  5. +9 To Maximum Damage
  6. +50 To Attack Rating
  7. +75% Damage to Undead
  8. +50 Attack Rating Against Undead
  9. 8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies)
  10. Prevent Monster Heal
  11. +10 To Strength
  12. +10 To Vitality
  13. Damage Reduced By 8
  14. +1 Light Radius
  15. Requirements -20%

Wisdom

Helm

Pul + Ith + Eld

  1. +33% Piercing Attack
  2. +15-25% Bonus to Attack Rating (varies)
  3. 4-8% Mana Stolen Per Hit (varies)
  4. +30% Enhanced Defense
  5. +10 Energy
  6. 15% Slower Stamina Drain
  7. Cannot Be Frozen
  8. +5 Mana After Each Kill
  9. 15% Damage Taken Goes to Mana

Obsession

Staff

Zod + Ist + Lem + Lum + Io + Nef

  1. Indestructible
  2. 24% Chance to cast level 10 Weaken when struck
  3. +4 To All Skills
  4. +65% Faster Cast Rate
  5. +60% Faster Hit Recovery
  6. Knockback
  7. +10 To Vitality
  8. +10 To Energy
  9. Increase Maximum Life 15-25% (varies)
  10. Regenerate Mana 15-30% (varies)
  11. All Resistances +60-70 (varies)
  12. 75% Extra Gold from Monsters
  13. 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Flickering Flame

Helm

Nef + Pul + Vex

  1. Level 4-8 Resist Fire Aura When Equipped (varies)
  2. +3 To Fire Skills
  3. -10-15% to Enemy Fire Resistance (varies)
  4. +30% Enhanced Defense
  5. +30 Defense Vs. Missile
  6. +50-75 To Mana (varies)
  7. Half Freeze Duration
  8. +5% To Maximum Fire Resist
  9. Poison Length Reduced by 50%

Mist

Bow & Crossbow

Cham + Shael + Gul + Thul + Ith

  1. Level 8-12 Concentration Aura When Equipped (varies)
  2. +3 To All Skills
  3. 20% Increased Attack Speed
  4. +100% Piercing Attack
  5. +325-375% Enhanced Damage (varies)
  6. +9 To Maximum Damage
  7. 20% Bonus to Attack Rating
  8. Adds 3-14 Cold Damage
  9. Freeze Target +3
  10. +24 Vitality
  11. 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).
  • Changed how attack speed is determined while dual-wielding weapons.  Swapping weapons between hands should no longer result in dramatically different attack speeds.
  • 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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BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where non-uber bosses were taking too little damage.
  • Fixed an issue where the Unbending Will Runeword was not correctly displaying some of its stats.

  • Fixed an issue where Civerb's Vestments were granting more defense than intended.

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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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Are you all aware that Druid's Hurricane duration doesn't adjust for anything but hard skill points? With gear and 1 skill point I was at level 19-23 on all ele skills and still had a duration of 12 seconds and once maxing out Hurricane I'm only at 50 seconds (level 20 adjustment instead of the 44 levels it should be total resulting in nearly half the duration). This makes it all but useless and 5 skill points wasted to get to armageddon if you're trying to go fire/use the new runewords. Super disappointing. And the damage/ability to direct it comparison between the wind side and fire side is still magnitudes different even running an infinity to remove fire immunities.

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All of this sounds good and look forward to trying out the changes but they still haven't addressed the number 1 concern from launch, shorter load times and not being attacked while using way-points/town portals so that Hardcore mode is actually playable.

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      Ladder Season Three Eight New Rune Words Sundering Charms Patch 2.6 Terror Zones Quality-of-Life Updates and Bug Fixes Ladder Season Three

      Our first two Ladder Seasons for Diablo II: Resurrected showed just how adept your adventurers were at saving Sanctuary, racing to be the first to cement their names on the Leaderboard. All the while striking fear into the tormented hearts of their demonic adversaries in the process.
      Ladder Season Three will begin on February 16, ushering in a new opportunity for brave adventurers to race to level 99 and amass powerful loot along the way. We cannot wait to see how the eight new Rune Words will influence the leaderboard, or hopefully, allow new players the opportunity to see their name on it for the first time.
      We’re also introducing changes to the availability of Sundering Charms, existing Rune Words, and new Horadric Cube Recipes with the start of Ladder Season Three. More information about these can be found in the following sections.
      Ladder Season Three Launch Timing:
      North America February 16, 5:00 p.m. PST
      Europe February 17, 2:00 a.m. CET
      Asia February 17, 10:00 a.m. KST
      As it was with previous seasons, Ladder Season Three 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 Two 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. Any items from Ladder Season One stored in the Withdraw Only tabs will be lost at this time. You will have all of Ladder Season Three to withdraw any items you would like to keep from Season Two. When Ladder Season Three ends, this withdraw only set of stash tabs will be overridden with any items in the Ladder Season Three Shared Stash. Be sure to get any items out before then or they will be forever lost!
      Eight New Rune Words

      Individually they are mighty, but when uttered in unison, a greater force is awoken—this is the mystique of Rune Words. Call upon these archaic forces to transform your ordinary items into a wieldable force of destruction capable of smiting demonic hordes.
      We are introducing eight new Rune Words for Ladder and Offline Single-Player play. Our intent with introducing these additional Rune Words to Diablo II: Resurrected is to sprinkle variety into the competitive meta, creating an opportunity for players to forge new strategies as they race to Level 99. The bulk of these Rune Words focus on bolstering resistance bonuses, while the other Rune Words are centered on movement speed, and Assassin and Druid builds.
      New Rune Word
      Rune Order
      Allowed Items
      Character Level Required
      Final Stats
      Bulwark
      Shael + lo + Sol
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +4-6% Life stolen per hit +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Replenish Life +30 Damage Reduced by 7 Physical Damage Received Reduced by 10-15% Cure
      Shael + lo + Tal
      Helm
      35
      Level 1 Cleansing Aura when Equipped +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Poison Resist +40-60% Poison Length Reduced by 50% 75% Ground
      Shael + lo + Ort
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Lightning Resist +40-60% Lightning Absorb +10-15% Hearth
      Shael + lo + Thul
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Cold Resist +40-60% Cold Absorb +10-15% Cannot be Frozen Temper
      Shael + lo + Ral
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Fire Resist +40-60% Fire Absorb +10-15% Hustle
      Shael + Ko + Eld
      Any Weapon or Armor item
      39
      Armor: +65% +50% Faster Run/Walk +40% +20% Increased Attack Speed +20% Faster Hit Recovery +6 to Evade +10 to Dexterity 50% Slower Stamina Drain +All Resistances +10 Weapon: 5% Chance to cast level 1 9 Burst of Speed on striking Level 1 Fanaticism Aura +30% Increased Attack Speed +180-200% +130-150% Enhanced Damage +75% Damage to Undead +50 to Attack Rating against Undead +10 to Dexterity Mosaic
      Mal + Gul + Thul
      Claw
      53
      +50% +25% chance for finishing moves to not consume charges When a finisher is executed this way, it now refreshes the expiration timer of the stack +2 to Martial Arts (Assassin only) +20% Increased Attack Speed +200-250% Enhanced Damage +20% Bonus to Attack Rating 7% Life Steal +8-15% to Cold Skill Damage +8-15% to Lightning Skill Damage +8-15% to Fire Skill Damage Adds 3-14 Cold Damage Prevent Monster Heal Metamorphosis
      lo + Cham + Fal
      Helm
      67
      Werewolf strikes grant Mark for 180 seconds Mark of the Wolf: +30% +20% Bonus to Attack Rating Increase Maximum Life 40% Werebear strikes grant Mark for 180 seconds Mark of the Bear: +25% Attack Speed Physical Damage Received Reduced by 20% +5 to Shape Shifting Skills (Druid only) +25% Chance of Crushing Blow (No longer attached to Mark of the Bear) +50-80% Enhanced Defense +10 to Strength +10 to Vitality All Resistances +10 Cannot be Frozen The Seven Rune Words and handful of Horadric Cube recipes that were added in Ladder Season One can now be used in non-Ladder Online game modes.
      Rune Words: Flickering Flame, Mist, Obsession, Pattern, Plague, Unbending Will, and Wisdom.
      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
      Sundering Charms
      Adventurer, keep a keen eye towards the floor as you cut through Hell’s legions—Sundering Charms can now drop from fallen foes in all non-Classic game modes.
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      Patch 2.6
      On February 15 at 10:00 a.m. PST, changes to Terror Zones and a variety of quality-of-life updates and bug fixes will go live.
      Terror Zones

      To spice things up further, we have made changes to Terror Zones. Also, Terror Zones are now available in offline games! Offline Terror Zones will operate on a different schedule from their online counterpart but function the same otherwise. Remember, you can now receive Sundering Charms as a drop in offline Terror Zone games too.
      The red font text below denotes which new zones may be terrorized or zones that will now be terrorized in unison. 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/Underground Passage Black Marsh/The Hole The Forgotten Tower Jail/Barracks 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 Ancient Tunnels Arcane Sanctuary Tal Rasha's Tombs Act III
      Spider Forest and Spider Cavern Great Marsh 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/Abbadon Glacial Trail/Drifter Cavern Crystalline Passage and Frozen River Arreat Plateau/Pit of Acheron 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 Quality-of-Life Updates and Bug Fixes
      Gameplay
      Auras from another player or a mercenary no longer remove passive bonuses granted by the same skill. Such as Flickering Flame's Resist Fire aura from a mercenary overwriting a Paladin's base Resist Fire from their own hard points in Resist Fire. This also fixes an issue where Paladin's Blessed Aim Aura would overwrite the Attack Rating increase granted by Amazon's Penetrate skill. Assassin The Assassin's trap skills now benefit from -% to Enemy Resistance. Please note that the above bug fix went live with Patch 2.6 but encountered an unexpected issue. We have deployed a hotfix that amends this issue for online play. We are currently reviewing the build and will amend this bug for offline play at a later date. Fixed an issue where missiles created from Martial Arts charge up skills would not gain the benefit of +% To Elemental Skill Damage modifiers. Amazon Fixed an issue where Strafe was not applying bonus Attack Rating to attacks. Fixed an issue where Strafe was still doing 75% weapon damage after a previous balance change. Fixed issue where the +% Attack Rating on Power Strike was not being applied. Fixed the tooltip for Multi Shot to reflect the synergy bonus. Sorceress Cold Mastery is now applied at 1/5 effectiveness after an immunity is broken. Fixed an issue where Fire Mastery's bonus to fire skill damage didn't apply to the additional fire damage granted by Enchant on ranged weapons. Updated the tooltip for Enchant to better reflect the skill's effects. Druid Fixed an underlying issue that caused the Druid's Shockwave skill to do an unintended amount of damage. Terror Zones
      Fixed Terrorized treasure classes for certain super-unique monsters and bosses. Fixed an issue where an act boss's quest treasure class would sometimes be used instead of the terrorized treasure class. Fixed an issue where the current terrorized zone was not properly marked in the Waypoint menu while using Legacy Graphics. Fixed an issue with translations that appear when The Pit is the current terrorized zone. Controller
      Fixed an issue where skills granted by charges on a character’s alternate slot weapon would have their bound hotkeys unusable when loading into a game. Fixed an issue where the Loot to Cube skill would not function if bound to the shared interaction button. General
      Fixed an issue where pressing the hotkey to open the inventory while loading into the game could cause the inventory UI to appear empty. Fixed an issue where the Shared Stash could exceed the memory limit, which caused items in the player's inventory or Stash to be deleted. Fixed an issue where the tooltip on the Lobby's season dropdown would show an inaccurate date. Fixed an issue where new entries on the leaderboard could display as Unknown. Fixed an issue where applying changes to controls would automatically close the settings menu. Fixed an issue where changes to controls would not be immediately applied. Fixed an issue where swapping between keyboard and mouse input and controller input would reset the difficulty filter in the PC Lobby game list. Added an appropriate error message when trying to create an online character with a name that is already taken on the player's online character list. The Ladder flag in character creation will now be disabled when there is no active Ladder Season. Fixed an issue with a voice over line from Tyrael in Chinese. Fixed an issue with the Chinese version of Deckard Cain's Stay a while and listen voice over dialogue. Modding
      Moved the "% Damage Synergy" field for Multiple Shot (srvdofunc ? from calc4 to calc5. New columns have been added. Developers of existing offline single-player mods can remake their changes with the new data, or they can add the new columns manually before merging. skills.txt "ItemUseRestrict" skilldesc.txt "item proc text" "item proc descline count" states.txt "sunder-res-reduce" Thank you for your continued support. We cannot wait to see you in the great race to Level 99 once Ladder Season Three begins!
      -The Diablo II: Resurrected Team
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    • By Staff
      Ladder Season 3 starts on February 16 in Diablo 2 Resurrected and here are the official patch notes for the 2.6 update.
      (Source)
      You’ve returned safely! Join us around the campfire, Adventurer.
      The stench of Hell grows in intensity, crazed snarls can be heard from afar, demons birthed straight from your nightmares surge toward you. Meet them axe first on February 16 when Ladder Season Three starts. We have quite a few updates to Diablo II: Resurrected to share—continue on for a more comprehensive look at what is releasing with Ladder Season Three and Patch 2.6.
      Quest Log
      Ladder Season Three Eight New Rune Words Sundering Charms Patch 2.6 Terror Zones Quality-of-Life Updates and Bug Fixes Ladder Season Three

      Our first two Ladder Seasons for Diablo II: Resurrected showed just how adept your adventurers were at saving Sanctuary, racing to be the first to cement their names on the Leaderboard. All the while striking fear into the tormented hearts of their demonic adversaries in the process.
      Ladder Season Three will begin on February 16, ushering in a new opportunity for brave adventurers to race to level 99 and amass powerful loot along the way. We cannot wait to see how the eight new Rune Words will influence the leaderboard, or hopefully, allow new players the opportunity to see their name on it for the first time.
      We’re also introducing changes to the availability of Sundering Charms, existing Rune Words, and new Horadric Cube Recipes with the start of Ladder Season Three. More information about these can be found in the following sections.
      Ladder Season Three Launch Timing:
      North America February 16, 5:00 p.m. PST
      Europe February 17, 2:00 a.m. CET
      Asia February 17, 10:00 a.m. KST
      As it was with previous seasons, Ladder Season Three 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 Two 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. Any items from Ladder Season One stored in the Withdraw Only tabs will be lost at this time. You will have all of Ladder Season Three to withdraw any items you would like to keep from Season Two. When Ladder Season Three ends, this withdraw only set of stash tabs will be overridden with any items in the Ladder Season Three Shared Stash. Be sure to get any items out before then or they will be forever lost!
      Eight New Rune Words

      Individually they are mighty, but when uttered in unison, a greater force is awoken—this is the mystique of Rune Words. Call upon these archaic forces to transform your ordinary items into a wieldable force of destruction capable of smiting demonic hordes.
      We are introducing eight new Rune Words for Ladder and Offline Single-Player play. Our intent with introducing these additional Rune Words to Diablo II: Resurrected is to sprinkle variety into the competitive meta, creating an opportunity for players to forge new strategies as they race to Level 99. The bulk of these Rune Words focus on bolstering resistance bonuses, while the other Rune Words are centered on movement speed, and Assassin and Druid builds.
      New Rune Word
      Rune Order
      Allowed Items
      Character Level Required
      Final Stats
      Bulwark
      Shael + lo + Sol
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +4-6% Life stolen per hit +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Replenish Life +30 Damage Reduced by 7 Physical Damage Received Reduced by 10-15% Cure
      Shael + lo + Tal
      Helm
      35
      Level 1 Cleansing Aura when Equipped +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Poison Resist +40-60% Poison Length Reduced by 50% 75% Ground
      Shael + lo + Ort
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Lightning Resist +40-60% Lightning Absorb +10-15% Hearth
      Shael + lo + Thul
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Cold Resist +40-60% Cold Absorb +10-15% Cannot be Frozen Temper
      Shael + lo + Ral
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Fire Resist +40-60% Fire Absorb +10-15% Hustle
      Shael + Ko + Eld
      Any Weapon or Armor item
      39
      Armor: +65% +50% Faster Run/Walk +40% +20% Increased Attack Speed +20% Faster Hit Recovery +6 to Evade +10 to Dexterity 50% Slower Stamina Drain +All Resistances +10 Weapon: 5% Chance to cast level 1 9 Burst of Speed on striking Level 1 Fanaticism Aura +30% Increased Attack Speed +180-200% +130-150% Enhanced Damage +75% Damage to Undead +50 to Attack Rating against Undead +10 to Dexterity Mosaic
      Mal + Gul + Amn
      Claw
      53
      +50% +25% chance for finishing moves to not consume charges When a finisher is executed this way, it now refreshes the expiration timer of the stack +2 to Martial Arts (Assassin only) +20% Increased Attack Speed +200-250% Enhanced Damage +20% Bonus to Attack Rating 7% Life Steal +8-15% to Cold Skill Damage +8-15% to Lightning Skill Damage +8-15% to Fire Skill Damage Adds 3-14 Cold Damage Prevent Monster Heal Metamorphosis
      lo + Cham + Fal
      Helm
      67
      Werewolf strikes grant Mark for 180 seconds Mark of the Wolf: +30% +20% Bonus to Attack Rating Increase Maximum Life 40% Werebear strikes grant Mark for 180 seconds Mark of the Bear: +25% Attack Speed Physical Damage Received Reduced by 20% +5 to Shape Shifting Skills (Druid only) +25% Chance of Crushing Blow (No longer attached to Mark of the Bear) +50-80% Enhanced Defense +10 to Strength +10 to Vitality All Resistances +10 Cannot be Frozen The Seven Rune Words and handful of Horadric Cube recipes that were added in Ladder Season One can now be used in non-Ladder Online game modes.
      Rune Words: Flickering Flame, Mist, Obsession, Pattern, Plague, Unbending Will, and Wisdom.
      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
      Sundering Charms
      Adventurer, keep a keen eye towards the floor as you cut through Hell’s legions—Sundering Charms can now drop from fallen foes in all non-Classic game modes.
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      Patch 2.6
      On February 15 at 10:00 a.m. PST, changes to Terror Zones and a variety of quality-of-life updates and bug fixes will go live.
      Terror Zones

      To spice things up further, we have made changes to Terror Zones. Also, Terror Zones are now available in offline games! Offline Terror Zones will operate on a different schedule from their online counterpart but function the same otherwise. Remember, you can now receive Sundering Charms as a drop in offline Terror Zone games too.
      The red font text below denotes which new zones may be terrorized or zones that will now be terrorized in unison. 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/Underground Passage Black Marsh/The Hole The Forgotten Tower Jail/Barracks 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 Ancient Tunnels Arcane Sanctuary Tal Rasha's Tombs Act III
      Spider Forest and Spider Cavern Great Marsh 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/Abbadon Glacial Trail/Drifter Cavern Crystalline Passage and Frozen River Arreat Plateau/Pit of Acheron 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 Quality-of-Life Updates and Bug Fixes
      Gameplay
      Auras from another player or a mercenary no longer remove passive bonuses granted by the same skill. Such as Flickering Flame's Resist Fire aura from a mercenary overwriting a Paladin's base Resist Fire from their own hard points in Resist Fire. This also fixes an issue where Paladin's Blessed Aim Aura would overwrite the Attack Rating increase granted by Amazon's Penetrate skill. Assassin The Assassin's trap skills now benefit from -% to Enemy Resistance. Fixed an issue where missiles created from Martial Arts charge up skills would not gain the benefit of +% To Elemental Skill Damage modifiers. Amazon Fixed an issue where Strafe was not applying bonus Attack Rating to attacks. Fixed an issue where Strafe was still doing 75% weapon damage after a previous balance change. Fixed issue where the +% Attack Rating on Power Strike was not being applied. Fixed the tooltip for Multi Shot to reflect the synergy bonus. Sorceress Cold Mastery is now applied at 1/5 effectiveness after an immunity is broken. Fixed an issue where Fire Mastery's bonus to fire skill damage didn't apply to the additional fire damage granted by Enchant on ranged weapons. Updated the tooltip for Enchant to better reflect the skill's effects. Druid Fixed an underlying issue that caused the Druid's Shockwave skill to do an unintended amount of damage. Terror Zones
      Fixed Terrorized treasure classes for certain super-unique monsters and bosses. Fixed an issue where an act boss's quest treasure class would sometimes be used instead of the terrorized treasure class. Fixed an issue where the current terrorized zone was not properly marked in the Waypoint menu while using Legacy Graphics. Fixed an issue with translations that appear when The Pit is the current terrorized zone. Controller
      Fixed an issue where skills granted by charges on a character’s alternate slot weapon would have their bound hotkeys unusable when loading into a game. Fixed an issue where the Loot to Cube skill would not function if bound to the shared interaction button. General
      Fixed an issue where pressing the hotkey to open the inventory while loading into the game could cause the inventory UI to appear empty. Fixed an issue where the Shared Stash could exceed the memory limit, which caused items in the player's inventory or Stash to be deleted. Fixed an issue where the tooltip on the Lobby's season dropdown would show an inaccurate date. Fixed an issue where new entries on the leaderboard could display as Unknown. Fixed an issue where applying changes to controls would automatically close the settings menu. Fixed an issue where changes to controls would not be immediately applied. Fixed an issue where swapping between keyboard and mouse input and controller input would reset the difficulty filter in the PC Lobby game list. Added an appropriate error message when trying to create an online character with a name that is already taken on the player's online character list. The Ladder flag in character creation will now be disabled when there is no active Ladder Season. Fixed an issue with a voice over line from Tyrael in Chinese. Fixed an issue with the Chinese version of Deckard Cain's Stay a while and listen voice over dialogue. Modding
      Moved the "% Damage Synergy" field for Multiple Shot (srvdofunc ? from calc4 to calc5. New columns have been added. Developers of existing offline single-player mods can remake their changes with the new data, or they can add the new columns manually before merging. skills.txt "ItemUseRestrict" skilldesc.txt "item proc text" "item proc descline count" states.txt "sunder-res-reduce" Thank you for your continued support. We cannot wait to see you in the great race to Level 99 once Ladder Season Three begins!
      -The Diablo II: Resurrected Team
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    • By Staff
      Blizzard just revealed all the 8 new Runewords coming in Diablo 2 Resurrected Patch 2.6. The patch will hit Public Test Servers on January 24.
      (Source)
      We welcome you to a PTR fresh from the Burning Hells’ depths, adventurer.
      Our first testing period of 2023, PTR 2.6, will go live on January 24 at 10:00 a.m. PST and concludes on January 31 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Pour yourself a comforting elixir to enjoy as we delve straight into the focus of our test—eight new Rune Words.
      Quest Log
      Eight New Rune Words
      PTR Focus and Details
      How to Participate
      Eight New Rune Words
      Individually they are meek, but when uttered in unison, a greater force is awoken—this is the mystique of Rune Words. Call upon these archaic forces to transform your ordinary items into a wieldable force of destruction capable of smiting demonic hordes.
      We are introducing eight new Rune Words for Ladder and Offline Single-Player play. Our intent with introducing these additional Rune Words to Diablo II: Resurrected is to sprinkle variety into the competitive meta, creating an opportunity for players to forge new strategies as they race to Level 99. The bulk of these Rune Words focus on bolstering resistance bonuses, while the other Rune Words are centered on movement speed, and Assassin and Druid builds.
      New Rune Word
      Rune Order
      Allowed Items
      Character Level Required
      Final Stats
      Bulwark
      Shael + lo + Sol
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +4-6% Life stolen per hit +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Replenish Life +30 Damage Reduced by 7 Physical Damage Received Reduced by 10-15% Cure
      Shael + lo + Tal
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Poison Resist +40-60% Poison Length Reduced by 75% Ground
      Shael + lo + Ort
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Lightning Resist +40-60% Lightning Absorb +10-15% Hearth
      Shael + lo + Thul
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Cold Resist +40-60% Cold Absorb +10-15% Temper
      Shael + lo + Ral
      Helm
      35
      +20% Faster Hit Recovery +75-100% Enhanced Defense +10 to Vitality Increase Maximum Life 5% Fire Resist +40-60% Fire Absorb +10-15% Hustle
      Shael + Ko + Eld
      Any Weapon or Armor item
      39
      Armor: +50% Faster Run/Walk +20% Increased Attack Speed +20% Faster Hit Recovery +10 to Dexterity 50% Slower Stamina Drain Weapon: 5% Chance to cast level nine Burst of Speed on striking +30% Increased Attack Speed +130-150% Enhanced Damage +75% Damage to Undead +50 to Attack Rating against Undead +10 to Dexterity Mosaic
      Mal + Gul + Thul
      Claw
      53
      +25% chance for finishing moves to not consume charges +2 to Martial Arts (Assassin only) +20% Increased Attack Speed +200-250% Enhanced Damage +20% Bonus to Attack Rating Adds 3-14 Cold Damage Prevent Monster Heal Metamorphosis
      lo + Cham + Fal
      Helm
      67
      Werewolf strikes grant Mark for 180 seconds Mark of the Wolf: +20% Bonus to Attack Rating Increase Maximum Life 40% Werebear strikes grant Mark for 180 seconds Mark of the Bear: +25% Attack Speed +25% Chance of Crushing Blow Physical Damage Received Reduced by 20% +5 to Shape Shifting Skills (Druid only) +50-80% Enhanced Defense +10 to Strength +10 to Vitality All Resistances +10 Cannot be Frozen Back to Top
      PTR Focus and Details
      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 the new Rune Words are not set in stone and we may make additional changes to how these Rune Word function post-PTR.
      We are testing eight new Rune Words with the desire of spicing up the Ladder meta and giving players additional tools to bring new builds to life. The new Rune Words are only a portion of the content arriving with Patch 2.6, stay tuned for what else is to come when the Patch officially releases.
      To ensure these new Rune Words provide an experience that best serves our players, we will need your assistance and urge you to provide any feedback you may have. You can leave your feedback in the PTR Feedback forum. If you discover any bugs, please report them in the PTR Bug Report forum.
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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 (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
      As we embark on a 2023 full of demons to slay, loot to acquire, and memories to make playing Diablo II: Resurrected—we want to thank you for your continued support. Your time spent testing the new features we cook up, as always, is heavily appreciated.
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    • By Stan
      We're looking at two new Runewords coming in Diablo 2 Resurrected Patch 2.6 that were revealed today.
      The first one is called Hustle and was revealed by content creator Kano.

      You can watch the reveal video below.
      The second Runeword is called Metamorphosis and was unveiled by dbrunski15.

      Check out the reveal video for more information about the powerful melee Runeword.
      Yesterday, content creator MacroBioBoi revealed 5 additional Runewords coming in Season 3.
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