Diablo III News

Simultaneous Patch 2.1.2 Release on Console and PC

The next content patch will arrive for all platforms, likely in January

Diablo III - Reaper of Souls
Diablo III Patch 2.1.2 will be the first patch to arrive simultaneously on both the PC client and the Ultimate Evil Edition next-generation consoles. At a recent PlayStation Experience event, Diablo III lead Josh Mosqueira was joined by other developers to discuss the console Ultimate Evil Edition. They explored the process for bringing Diablo III from the PC to console, and features of the next big patch. Here is the video of the event, and quotes from the developers.

The content patch will be released on the PC/Mac edition of Diablo III, and the next-generation PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions. The developers provided the following details during the Q&A session at the end of the event.
  • Bringing Ultimate Evil Edition Features to PC - Mosqueira said the developers want to "reel in" some of the cool features from the Ultimate Evil Edition, and bring them to the PC edition. The dream is to bring the two experiences closer together, without sacrificing what makes the game awesome on each platform.
  • Ancient Items - Patch 2.1.2 (or patch 1.0.6 for the PlayStation 4) will bring Ancient items. They drop in Torment difficulty, with a higher drop rate in the higher Torment difficulties.
  • Expanding Reaper of Souls - New content will be provided via content patches for now. "Our focus is just to keep evolving Reaper of souls, we have so much more stuff to do with Reaper of Souls. What we're really trying to build now is the longevity, the long game for Diablo III."
  • Console Social Features - Every time a Legendary or Set item drops, there is a 25% chance that a Gift will spawn for a random friend who owns Diablo. When a Nemesis unique monster is killed, there is a 100% chance that the player who was killed originally by that Nemesis elite will receive a Legendary item.
  • Runewords - No plans for Runewords at this time, but Legendary Gems are the "same way to scratch that itch".
  • Simultaneous Release - Patch 2.1.2 will be the first simultaneous PC and next-gen Console release. The Diablo team has been working for the past few months to make that happen.
The simultaneous release on the next-generation consoles and the PC Diablo III client follows the discussion months ago about bringing Diablo III patches to the console Ultimate Evil Edition. Patch 2.1.0 arrived on consoles about six weeks after it was released on the PC/Mac Diablo III. Patch 2.1.2 initially sounded like it would be released in December, but the short time period of testing was just for a specific PTR build. We expect patch 2.1.2 to go live in January, with Season 2 starting some time after the patch's release.

Boon of Hoarder Replacements Found in Greater Rifts

Blizzard Blues on the latest progress in the patch 2.1.2 PTR

Diablo III Legendary Gem - Boon of the Hoarder
Not every copy of the Boon of the Hoarder will be found in The Vault, as replacements can be obtained in Greater Rifts. The latest Blizzard Blues topics discussed that, along with progress on the patch 2.1.2 PTR. More fixes were made for the Demon Hunter Marauder class set bonuses, as one of the class sets updated in patch 2.1.2. Other topics included Ancient versions of Hellfire Ring and Hellfire Amulet items, and saving Horadric Caches for patch 2.1.2.

Extra Boon of the Hoarder Legendary Gems from Greater Rifts
The Boon of the Hoarder Legendary gem is unlike other Legendary gems. Obtaining that specific gem requires finding The Vault, which can be entered through portals that occasionally spawn from Treasure Goblins. However, once one Boon of the Hoarder gem has been obtained through the Vault, replacement copies can be found like other Legendary gems, from Greater Rifts.
Stealth change? I just picked up a Boon of the Hoarder from a Grift. Hopefully this is intended.

This should only happen if you've previously found a Boon of the Hoarder. Primarily, we want to make it easier for Hardcore characters to reacquire one should they lose it to a Hardcore death.

So, in any event, you'll need to find the Vault at least once before you can acquire a Boon of the Hoarder.

Ancient Hellfire Amulets and Hellfire Rings
The new Ancient Items in patch 2.1.2 will be available for all Legendary items, including the crafted Hellfire Ring and Hellfire Amulet. It is already hard enough to get a Hellfire Amulet with great stats and a useful passive skill on it, so obtaining one of those that is Ancient will be a rare occurrence indeed.
Posted by: Coins

I saw on a blue post that you could get ancient items from crafting. Can anyone confirm that we can get an ancient hellfire ring and amulet?

Yes, I can!

Any Legendary has a chance to roll as Ancient. This includes both the Hellfire Amulet and the Hellfire Ring (as well as Horadric Cache-specific Legendaries, like Ring of Royal Grandeur). It's worth noting, though, that the Ancient modifier does not alter Legendary affixes.

In short, an Ancient Hellfire Amulet won't give you additional passives. However, applicable stats, like Dexterity or Life on Hit for example, will benefit from the Ancient upgrade.

Hoarding Horadric Caches
The Horadric Cache from bounties can contain specific Legendary items. It won't help to hoard up caches before patch 2.1.2 arrives in the hopes of getting Ancient Legendary items, though, since only new caches will have those uber items.
Posted by: Riffmaster

Hi Neva. Regarding cache servers... If we farm them now and open them when the next patch hits live, can the specific legendaries from these farmed caches roll as ancient items?

Good question. The answer is no. Caches acquired prior to the 2.1.2 Patch will not have a chance to drop Ancient items after the launch of 2.1.2 Only caches acquired after the patch launches will have a chance to drop Ancient items.

Focused Feedback for Patch 2.1.2
The latest PTR build brought more changes to the class sets that are being updated in patch 2.1.2. They are part of the focused feedback, that the developers are looking to obtain from players on the PTR. There was also a hotfix on the PTR specifically to take cace of a lingering issue with the Demon Hunter Marauder set.
The original post has been updated with our latest round of Focused Feedback topics. They are as follows:

  • Changes to the Embodiment of the Marauder set
    • Philosophy Note: The following changes are not intended to be a nerf to Demon Hunters or the Embodiment of the Marauder set and additional tuning may be necessary
    • Has been redesigned:
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Companion calls all companion types to your side

        • (4) Set Bonus
          • Sentries now cast your Hatred spenders every time you do

        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Your generators, Chakram, Cluster Arrow, Elemental Arrow, Impale, and Multishot deal 100% for every Sentry you have active

  • Changes to the Monkey King's Garb set
    • Philosophy Note: With only some minor adjustments to supporting gear, build, and playstyle, Monks with four pieces of the updated Monkey King’s Garb should be able to match or even exceed their previous best Greater Rift time and level. With a complete optimization of the new Set bonuses, Monks should easily (or at least reliably) exceed their previous best Greater Rift time and level.
    • Has been redesigned:
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Casting Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm, Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush, or Wave of Light causes a decoy to spawn that taunts nearby enemies and then explodes for 1000% weapon damage
        • Decoy explosion now deals the damage type of your highest +% Elemental Damage

      • (4) Set Bonus
        • When your decoys explode, you gain a buff that increases the damage of Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm, Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush, and Wave of Light by 500% for 3 seconds

  • Changes to the Legacy of Raekor set
    • Has been redesigned:
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • The first enemy hit by Furious Charge takes 100% additional damage

        • (4) Set Bonus
          • Furious Charge gains the effect of every rune

        • (5) Set Bonus
          • Enemies hit by Furious Charge take 3000% weapon damage over 3 seconds
          • Note: This DoT cannot crit, your Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Damage will be calculated into its damage

  • New Seasonal Conquests
    • Season 2 Conquests have been added
      • Boss Mode/Worlds Apart
        • Kill the following bosses at max level on Torment VI within 20 minutes of the start of the game in Seasonal/Hardcore Seasonal:
          • Skeleton King
          • Queen Aranea
          • The Butcher
          • Maghda
          • Zoltun Kulle
          • Belial
          • Ghom
          • Siegebreaker Assault Beast
          • Cydaea
          • Azmodan
          • Rakanoth
          • Izual
          • Diablo
          • Urzael
          • Adria
          • Malthael

    Update to the Story of Diablo
    The story for Diablo, in the official game guide, was updated with a new chapter. This expands the story to cover the events of Reaper of Souls. It is worth delving into if you wish to learn the overall history for the Diablo games.

    'Play Your Way' Livestream on Thursday, December 18

    The Twitch stream will run on the patch 2.1.2 PTR

    Diabl III Play Your Way Livestream - December 18
    The next Diablo III Play Your Way livestream has been scheduled, and will run on Thursday, December 18 at 3PM Pacific time (6PM Eastern.) This Twitch stream will include Diablo III associate game designer John Yang, and focus on a Demon Hunter build that does not make use of the prominent Marauder's class set. All the action will take place on the Patch 2.1.2 Public Test Realm, with discussion of that upcoming patch. Check it out next week!

    The votes are in for our next Play Your Way Thursday build, and it looks like we're locked and loaded to feature the deadly Demon Hunter! Join us Thursday, December 18 as we challenge ourselves on the PTR in a good, old-fashioned demon massacre.

    Here are the details:

    I'll be joined by associate game designer John Yang and Neinball's glorious beard as we hop onto the patch 2.1.2 PTR and chat with Abachio about his non-Marauder build. We'll be pushing ourselves to the limit, so be sure to join us and enjoy the all the shop talk as a stream of enemies go down!

    Don't want to miss us the moment we go live? Then don't forget to follow us on Twitch so you know when the action begins!

    Can't make it during our stream time on Thursday? Not a problem—we'll be making the VOD available on both Twitch and YouTube shortly after the stream ends. Follow and Subscribe and you won't have to worry about missing a single replay the moment it's live!

    Legendary Workshop Twitch Video Available

    Discussions of the new elemental Legendary power, and patch 2.1.2

    Diablo III Legendary Workshop
    A fun Diablo III community feature at BlizzCon 2014 was the Legendary Workshop. In a Twitch livestream on Tuesday, associate game designer John Yan and lead technical artist Julian Love talked with community manager Brandy "Nevalistis" Camel about the project. They also took questions from the audience, discussing topics such as the new Ancient Items in patch 2.1.2, entirely new sets coming in patch 2.2, and much more. Check out the VOD of the stream for all the latest info!

    New Diablo III PTR 2.1.2 Patch

    Class set changes along with quality of life boosts in the latest PTR build

    Diablo III Public Test Realm
    The Diablo III Public Test Realm has received a new build of Patch 2.1.2, up to version This update refines changes for class Set bonuses, provides quality of life improvements to experience and crafting item stacking, further changes to Pylons, and much more! Read on for all the updated changes in the patch 2.1.2 PTR patch notes.

    PTR Leaderboard Reset
    The PTR patch also brings a reset of achievements and Leaderboard progress on the PTR. This allows for rankings to be made with the updated Set items and other changes in this build, in an clean testing environment.
    Posted by: Agency

    Assuming a leaderboard reset can be done while preserving everything else, make it so.

    Popping in just to confirm: This is actually exactly what we intend to do with the next PTR patch. We plan on wiping the Leaderboards (both Seasonal and Non-Seasonal), Conquests, Achievement progress, and personal bests on the PTR. We will not be wiping your characters or equipment.

    *Edited for clarity*

    Jump past the break for the updated patch notes, with all the new additions and changes in red.

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