Diablo III 2.6.6 Season 18 Patch Notes

Blizzard Entertainment has deployed Diablo III Patch 2.6.6 into the live realms introducing Season 18: “Season of the Triune.”

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

The buff for Season 18, the Season of the Triune, has been added:

Triune's Will: All abilities have a chance when hitting an enemy to spawn a circle that gives a power. Only one circle can be active at a time.

Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active.

Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active.

Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly.

Developer Comment: The last couple of Seasonal buffs have been focused primarily on end-game content. We wanted to try something different this Season with a buff that was more beneficial to players regardless of where they might be in their Season Journey. Triune's Will can come into play as early as level 1 and continue to make an impact on your game experience from the beginning to the end of the Season, and we're looking forward to seeing how players leverage this ever-changing boost throughout their adventures!

Developer Comment: In addition, we received feedback from players during the PTR about colorblind accessibility. We've changed one of the blue-tinted circles to a darker, green earth tone that should stand out a lot more for affected players. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

  • Developer Note:
    There are additional specific notes below, but broadly for 2.6.6, we wanted to introduce a handful of new item powers targeted at two audiences: (1) certain classes with long-standing requests for balance/quality of life adjustments and (2) the broader player base for experimenting with Kanai's Cube. This means fewer class-specific new additions, but more additions that everyone has an opportunity to play with. We also experimented with making some of the craftable sets from Haedrig more appealing for fresh level 70's or players looking to maximize their farming runs. We hope to see some interesting new theorycrafting and tactics out of 2.6.6 and can't wait to see what the community does with this new loot!
  • Updated Item Notes: There are a number of notes below clarifying the intention of certain item functionalities. In a couple cases, such as with Flavor of Time, the item wasn't behaving properly during PTR per our intentions (which has been fixed). For others, we just wanted to provide more clarity about exactly how these items behave.
  • Flavor of Time
    • New Legendary Power:
      Pylon effects last twice as long.
    • Note: Only wearers of this item gain this effect. This is intended.
  • The Executioner
    • New Legendary Power:
      Attacks will slay enemies with less than (5-10%) health.
    • Note: This item's power does not work on followers. This is intended.
  • Stone Gauntlets
    • New Legendary Power:
      Getting attacked will slowly turn you to stone... (You gain 50% more armor, but your movement speed is reduced by 15% and attack speed is reduced by 20%. This effect stacks up to 5 times)
    • PTR Update: This item now displays a buff icon and has a clearer in-game description. Thank you for the feedback!
    • Note: Immunity to control-impairing effects can work against the reduced attack and movement speed penalties. This is intended.
  • Echoing Fury
    • New Legendary Power:
      Slaying enemies engulfs the wielder into a Frenzy. (Killing enemies increases your attack speed by 15% and movement speed by 5%. This effect stacks up to 5 times)
    • PTR Update: This item's power now works on kill assists and pet kills. Thank you for the feedback!
  • Squirt's Necklace
    • New Legendary Power:
      While not taking damage, your damage is increased by up to 100% and damage taken is increased by up to 50%.
    • PTR Update: This item now displays a buff icon. Thank you for the feedback!
  • Messerschmidt's Reaver
    • New Legendary Power:
      Reduce the remaining cooldown of one of your skills by 1 second when you slay an enemy.
    • PTR Update: This item's power now works on kill assists and pet kills. Thank you for the feedback!
  • Mortick's Brace
    • New Legendary Item:
      Wrath of the Berserker gains the effect of every rune.
    • Developer's Note:
      If you played during the Patch 2.2.0 PTR, you'll recognize this as an item that was later removed from the game before it went to live servers. At the time, Mortick's Brace gave too much power for a single item slot. However, the power curve of Diablo III has changed
      significantly
      since then and we're comfortable with bringing it back.
    • Developer's Note: We're not done with Barbarians, either. However, this is a change that required less testing and could be easily added to 2.6.6, so rather than waiting for a larger batch of changes, we saw no reason to hold this one back.
  • Spite
    • Note:
      This item can be crafted from the Blacksmith and is not a normal loot drop
    • New Legendary Power:
      Non-cleaving Gargantuans gain the cleave and chilling effects of the Humongoid rune.
  • Legacy of Dreams
    • New Legendary Gem:
      • While you have no set bonuses equipped, every Legendary item you have equipped increases your damage dealt by 3.75% and reduces your damage taken by 2%. (Max level 99)
      • Rank 25: This bonus is doubled for Ancient items.
    • Developer's Note:
      The end game opened up significantly with Season 17's Legacy of Nightmare's buff (and the community was clear about how much these new options were appreciated), but wanted to make this addition a more permanent fixture in a more streamlined way than simply making it baseline. This Legendary Gem should open that path up even further and at more opportunities than just late game Greater Rift pushing.
  • Crafted Sets
    • Note:
      The following sets have been significantly revised from their existing level 70 counterparts. Items crafted prior to 2.6.6 will continue to exist in their old forms but will
      not
      be updated after the patch. In addition, after the patch, the old recipes will no longer be available to craft and all players will need to re-acquire these recipes by finding the plans again through Horadric Caches or by killing Odious Collectors.
    • Sage's Journey
      • A Belt has been added to this set.
      • Haedrig the Blacksmith now automatically learns how to forge this set at Rank 12.
    • Captain Crimson's Trimmings
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Regenerates 6000 Life per Second
        • Reduces cooldown of all skills by10%
          20%.
        • Now also reduces Resource Costs by 20%
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • Set bonuses have been replaced
          • Damage dealt is increased by your total percentage of Cooldown Reduction
          • Damage taken is reduced by your total percentage of Resource Cost Reduction
    • Aughild's Authority
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Set bonuses have been replaced
          • Reduces damage taken by 15%
          • Increases damage dealt by 30%
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • Reduces damage from elites by 15%
          30%
        • Increases damage against elites by 15%
          30%
    • Cain's Destiny
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Attack Speed increased by 8%
        • +50% Experience. (5.0% at level 70) (Moved from (3) Set Bonus)
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • When a Greater Rift Keystone drops, there is a 25% chance for an extra one to drop.
  • Fixed an error that occurred when reporting a player via a friend request
  • Fixed an error that occurred when saving an existing Friend Note without making changes

PTR-Specific Bug Fixes

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

Diablo III Patch 2.6.1a | Razer Chroma Support

Blizzard Entertainment deployed a tiny Diablo III patch 2.6.1a to improve server-side game performance and add Razer Chroma Link support.

An update to Diablo III patch 2.6.1a is now live in the Americas for PC/Mac! Check out the full patch notes below to learn all about the latest changes.

Important: Please note that you will not be prompted to download the patch until it is live in your home region. If you are logging in from a European or Asian client, you will need to wait for this patch to release in that region before it can be installed. Additionally, if your home region is in the Americas, you will be unable to log into Europe or Asia using Global Play after the update is live until those regions have also patched.

Diablo III PTR 2.6.1 – Patch Notes

Blizzard Entertainment deployed a new PTR patch, and shared the preliminary patch notes. This patch makes changes to some class abilities, runes, and passives, as well as changes to Legendary and Set items. Addresses a few bug fixes to items, and Adventure Mode.

 

Diablo III PTR 2.6.1 – Patch Notes

Barbarian Skills
Battle Rage
  • Bloodshed (Has been redesigned): Deal damage equal to 20% of your recent Critical Hits to enemies within 20 yards every 1 second.
  • Note: Bloodshed caused performance issues when encountering high enemy density, particularly when combined with Whirlwind, Pain Enhancer, and Gem of Efficacious Toxin.

 

Crusader Skills
Blessed Hammer: Limitless (Has been redesigned):
  • Increase the damage of Blessed Hammer to 640% weapon damage as Holy and increase its area of effect by 20 yards.
  • Note: The extra projectiles created by this rune were causing performance issues in cases with high enemy density.

 

Monk Skills
  • Tempest Rush (Flurry): Reduced the maximum number of stacks from 500 to 100.

 

Necromancer Skills
  • Command Skeletons: Commanding your Skeletal Warriors will break crowd control effects on them
  • Skeletal Warriors will no longer die after taking too many hits
    • Design Philosophy: When we were first designing Command Skeletons, we wanted to capture the feeling of being an undead commander by having skeletons regularly spawn around the Necromancer and charge into battle during combat. It created a cool visual, but as the class evolved through Set bonuses and Legendary powers, it became clear that this visual began to hinder gameplay for some builds. Skeletal Warriors now have the same defenses as all other pets in the game.
  • Devour (Voracious): Resource cost reduction stacks granted from this rune will now stack and are no longer overridden from multiple casts.
  • Simulacrum: Added a glow to the skill icon to indicate when Simulacrum is active.
  • Skeletal Mage: This skill will now display the duration of the oldest mage raised as a buff in addition to the total number of mages active
    • Design Philosophy: This change is largely to provide transparency to players on the duration of their mage armor. This will be especially useful to players using the Bones of Rathma set. It’s our goal that players will no longer feel compelled to refresh their Skeletal Mage counter when they’re already at max.
  • Bone Armor: Essence cost removed. Can now be cast while moving.
  • Army of the Dead (Frozen Army): The pulsing damage from this rune has been spread out
    • Design Philosophy: This was done to ensure enemies within range are evenly hit and to better align with the visual. This will result in more targets being hit more consistently for the stated weapon damage amount.

 

Necromancer Passives
  • Fueled By Death: The movement speed bonus from this passive can now exceed the 25% cap.

 

Witch Doctor Skills
  • Soul Harvest: Adding a stack or refreshing Soul Harvest now refreshes all stacks of Soul Harvest.

 

Wizard Skills
  • Arcane Orb (Frozen Orb): Create an orb of frozen death that shreds an area with ice bolts, dealing 393% 950% weapon damage as Cold

 

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue which prevented Army of the Dead from sometimes triggering when the player is immediately afflicted by a monster’s crowd control after casting it
  • Fixed an issue where enemy monsters could heal themselves when striking another monster afflicted by Leech
  • Fixed a bug which caused Skeletal Mages to sometimes spawn up in the air
  • Fixed an issue where the firewall left behind by Arcane Orb – Scorch was not dealing damage
  • Fixed an issue which caused Skeletal Mages to lose their target when players used Command Skeletons to attack the same target
  • Fixed an issue which caused connection issues when players used a channeling skill while attempting to force move at the same time
  • Fixed an issue where your pets would double dip from the damage bonus granted by Wolf Companion

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General

Many Legendary and Set items have had their drop chance increased.



Legendary Items

Barbarian

  • Bracers of Destruction: Seismic Slam deals 300–400% 400-500% increased damage to the first 5 enemies it hits.
  • Bracers of the First Men: Hammer of the Ancients attacks 50% faster and deals 150–200% 300-400% increased damage.
  • Fury of the Vanished Peak: No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Seismic Slam damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
    • Reduces the Fury cost of Seismic Slam by 40-50% and increases its damage by 400-500%.
    • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
  • Gavel of Judgement: No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Hammer of the Ancients damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
    • Hammer of the Ancients returns 20–25 Fury if it hits 3 or fewer enemies. The damage of Hammer of the Ancients is increased by 400-500% and it returns 25 Fury if it hits 3 or fewer enemies.
    • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
    • Note: The Legendary power on this item is currently not functioning; this will be fixed in an upcoming patch
  • Girdle of Giants: Seismic Slam increases Earthquake damage by 80–100% 200-250% for 3 seconds.
  • Skull Grasp: Increase the damage of Whirlwind by 250–300% 400-500%
  • Standoff: Furious Charge deals increased damage equal to 200–250% 400-500% of your bonus movement speed.


Crusader
Blade of Prophecy
  • No longer rolls a bonus to Condemn damage as an inherent affix.
  • Two Condemned enemies also trigger Condemn's explosion and the damage of Condemn is increased by 350-450%.
  • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
Bracer of Fury
  • Heaven's Fury deals 150–200% 300-400% increased damage to enemies that are Blinded, Immobilized, or Stunned.
Denial
  • Each enemy hit by your Sweep Attack increases the damage of your next Sweep Attack by 30–40% 100-125%, stacking up to 5 times.
Faithful Memory
  • Each enemy hit by Falling Sword increases the damage of Blessed Hammer by 50-60% 60-80% for 10 seconds. Max 10 stacks.
Fate of the Fell
  • Gain two additional rays of Heaven’s Fury.
  • Heaven's Fury gains two additional rays and has its damage increased by 150-200%.
Frostburn
  • No longer smart drops for Crusader.
Frydehr’s Wrath
  • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Condemn damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
  • Condemn has no cooldown and has its damage increased by 450-600%, but instead costs 40 Wrath.
  • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
Gyrfalcon’s Foote
  • Removes the resource cost of Blessed Shield and increases Blessed Shield damage by 400-500%.
Jekangbord
  • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Blessed Shield damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
  • Blessed Shield ricochets to 6 additional enemies and has its damage increased by 300-400%.
  • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.


Demon Hunter
    Dead Man’s Legacy
    • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Multishot damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
    • Legendary power now also increases Multishot damage, now reads Multishot hits enemies below 50-60% health twice and its damage is increased by 125-150%.
    • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
    Karlei’s Point
    • The damage of Impale is increased by 60-80% and Impale it returns 10–15 Hatred if it hits an enemy already Impaled.
    Lord Greenstone’s Fan
    • Every second, gain 160–200% 300-400% increased damage for your next Fan of Knives. Stacks up to 30 times.
    Manticore
    • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Multishot damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
    • Reduces the Hatred cost of Cluster Arrow by 40-50% and increases its damage by 250-300%.
    • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
    Yang’s Recurve
    • Multishot attacks 50% faster and its damage is increased by 125-150%.


Monk
Binding of the Lost
  • Each hit with Seven-Sided Strike grants 3.0–3.5% 4-5% damage reduction for 7 seconds.


Balance
  • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Tempest Rush damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
  • The damage of Tempest Rush is increased by 450-600% and when your Tempest Rush hits 3 or fewer enemies, it gains 100% Critical Hit Chance..
  • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
Cesar's Memento
  • Enemies take 300–400% 600-800% increased damage from your Tempest Rush for 5 seconds after you hit them with a Blind, Freeze, or Stun
The Fist of Az’Turrasq
  • Exploding Palm's on-death explosion damage is increased by 250–300% 400-500%.
Incense Torch of the Grand Temple
  • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Wave of Light damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
  • Reduces the Spirit cost of Wave of Light by 40–50% and increases its damage by 450-500%.
  • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
Scarbringer
  • The damage of Lashing Tail Kick is increased by 300% 450-600% to the first 7 enemies hit.


Necromancer

Bloodsong Mail: While in the Land of the Dead, Command Skeletons gains the effect of all runes and deals 100–125% additional damage and gains the effect of the Enforcer, Frenzy, Dark Mending and Freezing Grasp runes.

Bloodtide Blade: Death Nova deals 20–30% 80-100% increased damage for every enemy within 15 25 yards.

Dayntee’s Binding: You gain an additional 40–50% damage reduction when there is an enemy afflicted by your Decrepify any of your curses.

Defiler Cuisses: Your Bone Spirit's damage is increased by 75–100% 400-500% for every second it is active.

Fate’s Vow: Army of the Dead now deals an additional 200-250% damage and gains the effect of the Unconventional Warfare rune.

Golemskin Breeches: Your Golem's damage is increased by 100–125% and You take 30% less damage while it your Golem is alive and the cooldown on Command Golem is reduced by 20-25 seconds.

Leger’s Disdain: Grim Scythe deals an additional 7–10% 65-80% damage for each point of essence it restores.

Lost Time: Your cold skills reduce the movement speed of enemies by 30%. In addition, your movement speed is increased by 4–5% 8-10% for 5 seconds. Maximum 5 stacks.

Maltorius’ Petrified Spike: Bone Spear now costs 40 Essence and deals 375–450% 550-700% increased damage.

Mask of Scarlet Death: When paired with the Revive: Purgatory rune, the mega-revived monster will drop the same number of corpses were used to create it on death. This item will now attempt to give preference to the strongest monster to become the mega-revive when selecting a group of corpses.

Nayr’s Black Death: Each different poison skill you use increases the damage of your poison skills by 50–65% 75-100% for 15 seconds.

Scythe of the Cycle: Your Secondary skills deal 250–300% 350-400% additional damage while Bone Armor is active but reduce the remaining duration of Bone Armor by 4 seconds.

Steuart’s Greaves: You gain 40–50% 75-100% increased movement speed for 2 10 seconds after using Blood Rush.

The Johnstone: Each corpse consumed in the Land of the Dead gGrants a 50 stacks of Macabre Knowledge when Land of the Dead expires. Macabre Knowledge increases the damage of Corpse Lance and Corpse Explosion by 150–200% while outside Land of the Dead.



Witch Doctor

Bakuli Jungle Wraps: Firebats deals 150–200% 250-300% increased damage to enemies affected by Locust Swarm or Piranhas.

Mask of Jeram: Pets deal 75–100% 150-200% increased damage.

Staff of Chiroptera

  • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Firebats damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix.
  • Firebats attacks 100% faster, and costs 70-75% less Mana, and has its damage increased by 150-200%.
  • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.


The Short Man’s Finger

  • Gargantuan instead summons three smaller gargantuans each more powerful than before that have their damage increased by 500-650%.
  • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.
    • Note: There is currently a bug which causes the new and old versions of the ring to not work when both are equipped; this will be fixed in an upcoming PTR patch.


Wizard

Orb of Infinite Depth: Each time you hit an enemy with Explosive Blast your damage is increased by 4% 8-10% and your damage reduction is increased by 15% 20% for 6 seconds. This effect can stack up to 4 times.

Ranslor’s Folly: Energy Twister does 225-300% more damage and periodically pulls in lesser enemies within 30 yards.

Triumvirate: Your Signature Spells increase the damage of Arcane Orb by 150–200% 300-400% for 6 seconds, stacking up to 3 times.

Unstable Scepter

  • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Arcane Orb damage as an inherent affix.
  • The damage of Arcane Orb’s is increased by 350-450% and its explosion triggers an additional time..
  • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.


Wand of Woh

  • No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Explosive Blast damage as an inherent affix.
  • The damage of Explosive Blast is increased by 300-400% and 3 additional blasts are triggered after casting Explosive Blast.
  • Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible.


Set Items

Barbarian

Immortal King’s Call

(6) Set: While both Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients is active, you deal 400% 750% increased damage.


Might of the Earth

(6) Set: Increase the damage of Earthquake, Avalanche, Leap, Ground Stomp, Ancient Spear and Seismic Slam by 1200% 3000%.


The Legacy of Raekor

(4) Set: Furious Charge gains the effect of every rune and deals 300% 500% increased damage.

(6) Set: Every use of Furious Charge increases the damage of your next Fury-spending attack by 750% 1500%. This effect stacks. Every use of a Fury-spending attack consumes up to 5 stacks.



Wrath of the Wastes

(4) Set: During Whirlwind and for 3 seconds after, you gain 50% damage reduction and your applied Rends deal triple damage.

(6) Set: Whirlwind gains the effect of the Dust Devils rune and all Whirlwind damage is increased by 800% 1700%.



Crusader

Armor of Akkhan
(6) Set: While Akarat's Champion is active, you deal 600% 900% increased damage and take 15% 20% 50% less damage.


Thorns of the Invoker

(2) Set: Your Thorns damage now hits all enemies in a 15 yard radius around you. Each time you hit an enemy with Punish, Slash, or block an attack your Thorns is increased by 35% 115% 70% for 2 seconds.

  • Note: There is currently an issue which causes the actual Thorns increase to be 35% instead of 70%; this will be fixed in an upcoming PTR patch


(6) Set: The attack speed of Punish and Slash are increased by 50% and deal 800% 1600% 2700% of your Thorns damage to the first enemy hit.



Demon Hunter

Embodiment of the Marauder

(6) Set: Your primary skills, Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, Cluster Arrow, Companions, and Vengeance deal 1200% 2100% increased damage for every active Sentry.


Natalya’s Vengeance
(6) Set: After casting Rain of Vengeance, deal 500% 750% 2500% increased damage and take 60% reduced damage for 10 seconds.


Unhallowed Essence
(6) Set: Your generators, Multishot, and Vengeance deal 40% 70% increased damage for every point of Discipline you have.


Monk
Monkey King’s Garb
(6) Set (Has been redesigned): Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush, and Wave of Light have their damage increased by 600% for each stack of Sweeping Wind you have.


Uliana’s Stratagem

(4) Set: Your Seven-Sided Strike deals double 777% its total damage with each hit.

(6) Set: Increase the damage of your Exploding Palm by 250% 1800% and your Seven-Sided Strike detonates your Exploding Palm.



Necromancer

Pestilence Master’s Shroud

(6) Set: Each corpse you consume grants you an Empowered Bone Spear charge that increases the damage of your next Bone Spear by 3000%. In addition, Corpse Lance and Corpse Explosion damage is increased by 1500%.


Trag’Oul’s Avatar

(6) Set: Your Life-spending abilities deal 3300% increased damage but cost twice as much Life. Your healing from skills is increased by 100%.


Witch Doctor

Helltooth Harness

(2) Set: Enemies hit by your primary skills, Acid Cloud, Firebats, Zombie Charger, Zombie Dogs, Gargantuan, Grasp of the Dead, Piranhas, or Wall of Death are afflicted by Necrosis, becoming Slowed, taking 1500% weapon damage every second, and taking 20% increased damage from your attacks for 10 seconds.

(6) Set: After casting Wall of Death, gain 1400% 1700% increased damage for 15 seconds to your primary skills, Acid Cloud, Firebats, Zombie Charger, Zombie Dogs, Gargantuan, Grasp of the Dead, Piranhas, and Wall of Death.

  • Note: This set bonus is being temporarily disabled to fix an issue with the set. It will be re-enabled in a later PTR patch.
  • Note: The damage bonus for you against enemies affected with Necrosis causes performance issues when encountering high density. This change is not intended to be a nerf and, when coupled with the six-piece change, should be a net buff for the complete set. This change should not change the gameplay style of this set.


Raiment of the Jade Harvester

(2) Set: When Haunt lands on an enemy already affected by Haunt, it instantly deals 120 480 seconds worth of Haunt damage.

(6) Set: Soul Harvest consumes your damage over time effects on enemies, instantly dealing 300 1200 seconds worth of remaining damage.



Wizard

Firebird’s Finery

(6) Set: Your damage is increased by 120% 200% 150% and damage taken reduced by 3% for each enemy that is Ignited. This effect can stack up to 20 times. You always receive the maximum bonus whenever a nearby Elite monster is Ignited.


Vyr’s Amazing Arcana

(6) Set: Increased number of Archon stacks gained when hitting with an Archon ability from 1 to 2 You also gain Archon stacks when you hit with an Archon ability. Archon stacks now also reduce damage taken by 0.15% and have their damage bonus increased to 18%.


Chantodo's Resolve

(2) Set: Every second while in Archon form you expel a Wave of Destruction, dealing 350% 600% weapon damage to enemies within 30 yards. Every time you hit with an attack while not in Archon form, 350% 600% weapon damage is added to the Wave of Destruction, stacking up to 20 times


Other Items

  • Shields acquired by Necromancer players can now properly roll the +Max Essence affix



Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Mimics created from Rabid Strike were not correctly inheriting the player’s bonus damage from Lashing Tail Kick, Seven Sided Strike, Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm and Wave of Light.
  • Fixed an issue where after dying, the pet damage bonus granted from Jesseth Arms could sometimes be lost if skeletons are re-commanded onto the same target.
  • Fixed an issue preventing the free Blood Nova granted by the Iron Rose from correctly granting the damage bonus from the Trag’Oul’s six-piece bonus.
  • Fixed an issue causing certain items to drop for the Necromancer which are not able to be equipped by the class.
  • Fixed an issue preventing Necromancer primary skills from taunting enemies when Boyarsky’s Chip is equipped.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented the +% Thorns damage bonus granted by Aberrant Animator from applying correctly to items such as the Spear of Jairo.
  • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where minions summoned by the Demon Hunter's Companion skill would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus on Embodiment of the Marauder
  • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where Gargantuan would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus on Helltooth Harness
  • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where Hydra would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus of Tal Rasha's Elements
  • Fixed an issue with the (2) Set power of Vyr's Amazing Arcana where your Arcane Blast and Arcane Strike would not Freeze enemies unless you had the Slow Time rune chosen
  • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where equipping certain Legendary items to a follower would cause performance issues
  • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue which caused the change to Dayntee's Binding to incorrectly affect existing versions of the item
  • Fixed an issue where the Wave of Destruction was doing slightly less damage than intended
  • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the Legendary power on Gavel of Judgement was not being applied when the item was equipped
  • (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the equipping the new version and then the old version of The Short Man's Finger would result in no Legendary power from either being applied

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Rifts

  • Reduced the number of deadends when Rifts choose the Temple of the Firstborn tileset
  • Increased the amount of experience and Rift progress granted by the Hematic Disciple
  • Reduced the fog effect in the Shrouded Moors tilesets in Rifts
  • The Shrouded Moors tileset and the large Temple of the Firstborn tileset can no longer be selected for Greater Rifts
  • The amount of experience and Rift / Greater Rift progress that Shock Towers provide has been increased
  • Shield Pylons no longer reflects damage back to attackers

Note: Reflecting damage back to attackers caused performance issues when encountering high density.

PTR ONLY

D’jank Miem

  • Players can exchange Blood Shards with this vendor for bags containing Legendary items

 

Diablo III Patch 2.6.0 Deployed

Blizzard Entertainment deployed Diablo III Patch 2.6.0 with free content (even if you don’t buy the Rise of the Necromancer pack). The content includes new creatures, Challenge Rifts, Shrouded Moors (Act II), the Temple of the Firstborn, and the Realms of Fate (Act IV).

Diablo III Patch 2.6.0

 

Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer Beta Patch 2.6.0 (45897)

Blizzard Entertainment deployed a new patch today making changes to the Necromancer Set Bonuses, Abilities and Runes, and addressing a few bugs.

Necromancer Beta Patch 2.6.0 (45897)

SKILLS

Bone Spear (Base Rune): Summon a piercing bone projectile that causes 450% 500% weapon damage to all enemies it passes through.

Bone Spear (Blood Spear Rune): Bone Spear turns into Blood Spear. Damage is increased to 518% 650% weapon damage at the cost of 10% health.

Bone Spirit (Possession Rune): Bone Spirit will now charm the target for 10 sec at the cost of 10% 5% health.

Command Golem (Ice Golem Rune): Command the Golem to the targeted location where it freezes enemies for 3 sec and increases their chance to be critically struck by 10% for 10 sec. Command the Golem to launch an icy blast at the target location, freezing enemies for 3 sec and increasing their chance to be critically struck by 10% for 10 sec. The cooldown has been reduced from 60 to 45 sec.

Corpse Explosion (Final Embrace Rune): Corpses pull themselves towards the nearest enemy before exploding, but Corpse Explosion now costs 3% 2% life per corpse.

Corpse Lance (Blood Lance Rune): Spend 5% 2% of your total health to launch an additional lance from yourself towards the target that deals 250% weapon damage.

Decrepify (Base Rune): A crippling curse that reduces the enemy units' movement speed by 75% and reduces damage done by 20% 30% for 30 sec.

Decrepify (Wither Rune): Damage reduction increased to 30% 40%, but no longer reduces movement speed.

Leech (Base Rune): Curse the target area. Cursed enemies have a chance to heal the attacker when they are struck for 1% 2% of their total health. Lasts 30 sec.

Leech (Cursed Ground Rune): Now curses the ground, healing you for 0.5% 1% of your max life every sec for each enemy in the cursed area.

Simulacrum: The health cost per use has been reduced from 50% to 25%.

 

PASSIVE SKILLS

Rigor Mortis: Blight abilities also slow enemies by 30% and reduce their attack speed by 15% 30% for 5 sec.

 

BUG FIXES

Fixed an issue which prevented Bone Spirit from properly detonating when cast directly in melee range of a target enemy.

BONES OF RATHMA

(2) Set Bonus: Your pets have a chance to reduce the cooldown of Army of the Dead by 1 sec each time they deal damage.

(4) Set Bonus - You gain 1% damage reduction for 5 15 sec each time your pets deal damage. Max 50 stacks.

(6) Set Bonus - Each active Skeleton Mage increases the damage of your minions and Army of the Dead by 200% 250%.

 

TRAG'OUL'S AVATAR

(2) Set Bonus - Blood Rush gains the effect of every rune.

(4) Set Bonus - While at full life, your healing from skills is added to your max life for 45 sec. Up to 100% more.

(6) Set Bonus - Spending 10% life grants you a stack of Blood Cascade up to 50 times. Each stack of Blood Cascade increases the damage of life spending attacks by 200% and also increases the life you lose by 10%. Using a skill to heal will consume a stack and heal for an additional 300%. Healing from skills consumes one stack regardless of how many targets are hit. Command Skeletons (Dark Mending Rune) and Land of the Dead (Land of Plenty Rune) no longer consume stacks or receive increased healing. Your Life-spending attacks deal 3300% increased damage but cost twice as much Life. Your healing from skills is increased by 100%.

 

GRACE OF INARIUS

(2) Set Bonus - Bone Armor's damage is increased by 1000%.

(4) Set Bonus - Bone Armor stacks are now refreshed. In addition, Bone Armor grants an additional 2% damage reduction per enemy hit.

(6) Set Bonus - Bone Armor also activates a Bone Tornado damaging nearby enemies by 375% 750% weapon damage per sec as Physical. Enemies hit by the tornado take 850% 2750% additional damage from the Necromancer's abilities and minions.

 

PESTILENCE MASTER'S SHROUD

(2) Set Bonus - Each corpse you consume fires a corpse fragment Corpse Lance at a nearby enemy, dealing 800% weapon damage.

(4) Set Bonus - Each enemy hit by Bone Spear reduces your damage taken by 2% up to a max of 50%. Lasts 15 sec.

(6) Set Bonus - Each corpse you consume grants you an Empowered Bone Spear charge that increases the damage of your next Bone Spear by 1000% 3000%. This effect stacks up to 30 100 times.

 

JAIROAN JESSETH ARMS

(2) Set Bonus - Army of the Dead gains the effect of the Unconventional Warfare rune When the target of yoru Command Skeleton dies, your skeletons are automatically commanded to attack a nearby target. While your skeletons are commanded to attack a target, all of your minions deal 400% increased damage.

 

BUG FIXES

Fixed an issue preventing Bloodsong Mail from correctly granting the Enforcer rune when Land of the Dead was active.

Fixed an issue preventing the damage bonus from Krysbin's Sentence to apply to pets.

Necromancer Golems and Witch Doctor Gargantuans will now destroy breakables they step on.

 

Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer Beta Patch Notes – 2.6.0 (45634)

Blizzard Entertainment deployed today a new patch for Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer Beta. The Diablo III 2.6.0 (45634) Patch Notes are available. No new discernible new content other than a bug fix that allowed non-Necromancers to loot Necromancer loot.

In this patch, Rifts and Greater Rifts with the Temple of the Firstborn tileset will benefit from a new change that reduces the amount of dead ends.

Necromancer Beta 2.6.0 (45499) – Patch Notes

Blizzard Entertainment deployed today a new Necromancer Beta patch. The past week, the Necromancer was disabled, and this new patch reincorporated it with new changes, and new items for testing.

The Necromancer Sets have been given a proper name: Bones of Rathma (Bone set), Trag’Oul’s Avatar (Blood Set), Grace of Inarius (Saint Set), and Pestilence Master’s Shroud (Plague Set). The Set Bonuses were changed slightly.

The items tab shows 32 new Legendary Items exclusive for the Necromancer. These have some insane stats. Check them out:

Diablo III Patch 2.5.0 Live: Seasons 10 in Consoles

Diablo III patch 2.5.0 is now live in the Americas for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One! That means Season 10 has begun! The first major feature introduced in this patch is the Armory, which allows you to save 5 different build loadouts per character (including gear, gems, runes and skills).

Crafting materials are now saved in a different UI interface within your character inventory. When you login, all materials in the stash will be moved there automatically.

Primal Ancient gear is unlocked after playing a level 70 Greater Rift. After that they drop anywhere, including Kadala.

Finally, Seasons 10 has arrived to Consoles (PS4/XBox One!

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