Patch 1.0.8

A guide to Diablo III patch 1.0.8 - with info on increased monster density, multiplayer boosts, skill buffs, Identify All, matchmaking game tags, multi-crafting items, and more.

  • Patch 1.0.8 Guide: This guide covers the major additions and changes in patch 1.0.8, along with the official patch notes, and info from the development process.
  • Patch History: Patch 1.0.8 went live on May 7, 2013. The latest patch change was the Fast Patch 1.0.8a that went live on May 14, 2013.
  • Patch 1.0.8 Guide: Updated July 30, 2013 - The most recent guide updates include the Hotfixes added in July 2013.
Patch 1.0.8 Overview
Here is a look at some of the major new features and changes in Diablo III patch 1.0.8.
  • Skill Changes - Changes have been made to multiple skills, including Rapid Fire, Firebats, Disintegrate, and Arcane Torrent. Most of the skills that provide Life regeneration had that effect doubled; for example, the Demon Hunter passive skill Brooding now provides 2% Life regeneration per second, instead of 1%.
  • Keywardens - The keywarden Nekarat now drops a random key, along with the recipe it has always dropped for the Infernal Machine. All keywardens are now only found in Inferno mode, not the lower difficulty modes.
  • Monster Density Increased - One of the major changes in patch 1.0.8 is the increase in monster density, for characters in Inferno on Monster Power 1 or higher. Here is a look at just how many more monsters are around, in a video of a Monk on the PTR moving quickly through Act II areas.
  • Identify All - Players can identify all items in their inventory at once, by speaking to Deckard Cain or by using the Book of Cain that is near the shared stash in all Acts. After a "cast time" of about 8 seconds, all items in the character's inventory are identified.
    Identify All in Patch 1.0.8
  • Multi-Crafting - Players can now craft multiple pieces of equipment or gems, one after the other, with a multi-craft option. The items are still crafted one at a time, but a player doesn't have to keep clicking to craft each one.
    Crafting Multiple Items in Patch 1.0.8
  • Multiplayer Bonuses - Players receive a 10% bonus to Magic Find, Gold Find, and Experience for each additional player in a multiplayer co-op game, up to a maximum of 30% in a four-player game. The Magic Find and Gold Find bonuses can go above the normal 300% soft cap, making this useful even for characters who are at Paragon Level 100.
  • Experience Boosts - A change has been made to how some experience bonuses are applied, which increases the overall available +experience percentage applied to a character. Both the multiplayer experience bonus, and the +15% experience bonus from each Nephalem Valor stack, are multiplicative instead of additive. The new simple calculation is: [ 100%(base) + bonus from MP + helm ruby + ring] * [1 + Up to 0.75 from NV + Up to 0.30 for multiplayer] -- in short, it means more experience as characters level, especially in co-op groups.
  • Teleport - The Wizard Teleport skill was overhauled, per the patch notes: "Players may now Teleport to any location within range, as long as a path is available." See examples in a reddit thread, with multiple pictures showing how the skill works in patch 1.0.8.
    Teleport in Patch 1.0.8
    This updated Teleport lets Wizards move very quickly through an area, especially once doors are open inside of dungeons, teleporting "through" walls. Teleport also works up or down inside dungeons, much like Barbarian's Leap.
Patch 1.0.8 Patch Notes
These are the official release patch notes for Diablo III patch 1.0.8, released in the Americas servers on May 7, 2013. See below the patch notes for extra details on the changed experience and drop rates for monsters, in patch 1.0.8.

Diablo III patch 1.0.8 is now live in the Americas. Check out the full patch notes below to learn about all the latest changes.

Important: Please note that you will not be prompted to download patch 1.0.8 until the patch 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 the Americas, you will be unable to log into Europe or Asia using Global Play after patch 1.0.8 is live until those regions have also patched.

Diablo III Patch 1.0.8 – v.1.0.8.16416

The latest client patch notes can be found here.
Visit our Bug Report forum for a list of known issues.

Table of Contents

GENERAL

  • Players can now identify all items in their inventory by speaking to Deckard Cain or by using the Book of Cain that can be found near the shared stash in all Acts
  • The cooldown incurred by changing skills outside of town on Inferno difficulty has been reduced to 30 seconds (down from 60 seconds)
  • The bonus experience granted by Enlightened shrines is now also calculated multiplicatively
  • The Magic and Gold Find granted by Fortune shrines can now exceed the 300% cap
  • There is now an option in Video Settings to lock the cursor to the window when in fullscreen windowed mode, if Diablo III is the active window
  • Multiplayer Co-Op
    • Players now receive a 10% bonus to Magic Find, Gold Find, and Experience per additional player in a multiplayer game, up to a maximum of 30% in a four-player game
      • The Magic Find and Gold Find bonuses can exceed their respective 300% caps
      • The Experience bonus can stack with other bonuses from items, shrines, Monster Power, and Nephalem (the bonuses will stack multiplicatively)
    • A notification is now sent to all players in a multiplayer game whenever a party member engages an Elite monster or Treasure Goblin in combat, and their location will be shown on the mini-map
      • In addition to this, an icon will also appear over player banners in town to indicate if they're in combat with a monster, Elite monster, or Treasure Goblin

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Bug Fixes
    • The "Massive Blow" achievement should once again be obtainable
    • The "Fallen Angel" achievement now only requires the player to kill Izual within 120 seconds
    • The "Bashanishu" achievement no longer requires the player to use Basic Attack to complete it
    • The "Hero's New Clothes" achievement no longer requires the player to deliver the fatal blow to meet the criteria
    • Fixed a bug that prevented monsters killed by a follower or pet, before being attacked by a player, from counting toward achievement criteria

AUCTION HOUSE

  • General
    • The stack size for gold sales on the auction house has been increased from 1 million to 10 million
  • User Interface
    • Tooltips in the Auction House will now show an item comparison for a player's currently selected character

BATTLE.NET

  • Matchmaking
    • Players will now be able to search for games that were started on any quest once they have reached level cap
    • Matchmaking "Tags" have been added
      • In addition to selecting your Difficulty, Monster Power, and Quest, players will also be able to choose from the following tags when searching for Public Games: Monster Slaying, Brawling, and Key Warden
        • Note: When the Brawling tag is selected, your Monster Power selection will not be taken into account
  • Social
    • Players can now add a note about a friend by right-clicking the name in their Friends List
    • Players can now enter a message that will be broadcast to their friends
    • Players can now create multi-user conversations
      • There are multiple ways to start a conversation or invite other players to an existing conversation:
        • To start a conversation, open Public Chat Options, then select Invite Friends > Start Conversation or use the "Start a Conversation" option in the Social window by right-clicking on a friend's name
        • To invite or add friends to an existing conversation, open Public Chat Options, then select Invite Friends or use the "Invite to a Conversation" option in the Social window by right clicking a friend's name and selecting the desired conversation
      • Similar to public channels, private conversations can support up to 99 players
    • A new section has been added to the friends list called "Players Near You"
      • Any player who is on your local network will be displayed here (even if they're not currently your friend)
      • If needed, this feature can be disabled from the Social Options of the Game menu
    • Players may now be marked as a "Party Guide"
      • The Party Guide is assigned to the first person who joins a Public Game
      • If multiple characters join a Public Game at the same time, the game will choose the hero with the highest level or Paragon level to be Party Guide
      • When a Party Guide leaves the Public Game, a new one will be chosen automatically
      • Alternatively, the Party Guide can right click on a party member's portrait and pass them the Party Guide title
      • The Party Guide will have a unique icon that will appear on the mini-map
    • Names in your "Recent Players" list will now expire if they become older than a month
    • Blocked players will no longer appear in your "Recent Players" list

BOSSES

  • Bug Fixes
    • Skeleton King
      • The Skeleton King and The King of the Dead will now play an animation when performing their Whirlwind attack

CLASSES

  • Barbarian
    • Active Skills
      • War Cry
        • Skill Rune – Invigorate
          • Now regenerates 620 life per second (up from 310)
    • Passive Skills
    • Bug Fixes
      • The sound that plays whenever a Barbarian's Overpower ability comes off cooldown is no longer similar to a Legendary item dropping
      • Male barbarians no longer run faster than the other heroes while feared.
  • Demon Hunter
    • Active Skills
      •    Companion
        • Skill Rune – Boar Companion
          • Now regenerates 310 life per second (up from 155)
      • Rapid Fire
        • Base weapon damage increased from 276% to 438%
        • Hatred cost while channeling has been reduced from to 6 (down from 10)
        • Skill Rune - Bombardment
          • Weapon damage increased from 345% to 414%
          • Explosion radius increased to 8 yards (up from 4)
        • Skill Rune - Fire Support
          • Weapon damage of Homing Rockets increased from 35% to 145%
        • Skill Rune - Withering Fire
          • Now reduces the initial Hatred cost to 10 (up from 5)
      • Sentry
        • Skill Rune – Aid Station
          • Now heals nearby allies for 2% of max life per second (up from 1%)
    • Passive Skills
      • Brooding
        • Now regenerates 2% of maximum life per second (up from 1%)
  • Monk
    • Active Skills
      • Mantra of Healing
        • Now causes party members to regenerate 620 life per second (up from 310)
          • Skill Rune – Sustenance
            • Now increases Mantra of Healing’s life regeneration to 1240 per second (up from 620)
    • Passive Skills
  • Witch Doctor
    • Active Skills
      • Firebats
        • Now has a larger initial cost but a much lower continual cost while channeling
          • Base weapon damage increased from 180% to 385%
          • Skill Rune – Cloud of Bats
            • Initial damage increased from 234% to 500% weapon damage
          • Skill Rune – Plague Bats
            • Maximum damage increased from 270% to 578% weapon damage
    • Passive Skills
      • Blood Ritual
        • Now regenerates 2% of maximum life per second (up from 1%)
  • Wizard
    • Active Skills
      • Arcane Torrent
        • Base weapon damage increased from 210% to 285%
        • Skill Rune - Arcane Mines
          • Weapon damage increased from 180% to 340%
        • Skill Rune - Cascade
          • Weapon damage of bonus missiles increased from 210% to 285%
      • Archon
        • The duration of Archon should now be extended by assists from players in multiplayer games, in addition to kills
      • Disintegrate
        • Base weapon damage increased from 170% to 220%
        • Skill Rune - Entropy
          • Weapon damage increased from 196% to 253%
        • Skill Rune - Intensify
          • Maximum damage increased from 221% to 286% weapon damage
      • Familiar
        • Skill Rune – Vigoron
          • Now regenerates 620 life per second (up from 310)
      • Ray of Frost
        • Base weapon damage increased from 215% to 280%
        • Skill Rune – Black Ice
          • Ice patch weapon damage increased from 387% to 504%
        • Skill Rune – Sleet Storm
          • Weapon damage increased from 280% to 364%
        • Skill Rune – Snow Blast
          • Maximum damage increased from 280% to 364% weapon damage
      • Teleport
        • Players may now Teleport to any location within range, as long as a path is available
    • Passive Skills
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed a bug causing Teleport – Safe Passage to only reduce damage from physical attacks

CRAFTING

  • General
    • Players can now queue up multiple items and gems at a time within the same tier to be crafted, so long as they possess the necessary materials
    • Players can now craft items using materials located in the shared stash
  • Blacksmith
    • Salvaged item information will no longer be displayed in the chat log
    • Players can now disable the confirmation dialog when salvaging items of Rare quality
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed a bug preventing players from salvaging an item by dragging it onto the Blacksmith's anvil icon

FOLLOWERS

  • Templar
    • Skills
      • Loyalty
        • Now regenerates 310 life per second (up from 155)

MONSTERS

  • General
    • Players should now encounter more monsters in Acts I, II, and IV in Inferno difficulty when playing at Monster Power 1 or greater
    • In multiplayer games, the increase in monster hit points per additional player has been reduced to 50% (down from 70%)
    • The damage dealt by the fire pool left by Blazing Guardian attacks has been reduced by 50%, but it's minimum damage has been increased
    • Poison damage dealt by Brood Hatchlings has been reduced by 40%
    • Damage dealt by Tormented Stingers has been reduced by 75%
    • The health of normal Spiderlings has been reduced by approximately 68%
    • The health of Elite Spiderlings has been reduced by approximately:
      • 4.5% for Champions
      • 3% for Rares
      • 9% for Rare minions
    • The following monsters have their experience and chance to drop loot modified to better align with their hit points:
      • Accursed, Betrayed, Bile Crawlers, Blazing Guardians, Blazing Ghouls Brood Hatchlings, Cavern Spiders, Charged Constructs, Chilling Constructs, Crazed Cultists, Crazed Summoners, Dark Conjurers, Dark Cultists, Dark Moon Clan Impalers, Dark Summoners, Dark Zealots, Deranged Cultists, Doom Wraiths, Dust Shamblers, Enraged Zealots, Fallen, Fallen Grunts, Fallen Peons, Fallen Soldiers, Foul Conjurers , Frost Guardians, Ghouls, Hungry Corpses, Moon Clan Impalers, Murderous Fiends, Noxious Guardians, Ravenous Dead, Retching Cadavers, Reviled, Savage Fiends, Spiderlings, Shade Stalkers, Shadow Vermin, Shock Guardians, Skeletal Crawlers, Smoldering Constructs, Spine Lashers Stygian Crawlers, Tormented Stingers, Toxic Constructs, and Vicious Ghouls
    • Keywardens
      • Nekarat the Keywarden now has a chance to drop a random Key (of Destruction, Hate, or Terror) in addition to the Infernal Machine plans
      • All Keywardens will now only appear in Inferno difficulty
    • Bug Fixes
      • Monsters with the Avenger affix now correctly gain +25% damage each time a monster in their pack dies
      • Monsters with the Vampiric affix now correctly heal for 200% of their damage done in all difficulties

QUESTS

  • General
    • Experience earned by completing a quest is now granted to players that have reached the level cap

USER INTERFACE

  • General
    • A maximum of eight buffs and debuffs will now be displayed on the UI
      • The maximum number of debuffs that will be displayed is three
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed a bug preventing damage numbers from being displayed if a monster was affected by a spell such as Hex

If you are experiencing technical issues with the patching process, connecting to Battle.net after installing the patch, or errors while playing a newly-patched game, please visit our support site or post in the Technical Support forum for assistance.



Monster Experience and Drop Rate Changes
Here are the exact values for clarification:

  • Experience granted by the following monsters has been reduced to better match their HP:
    • By 75% for:
      • Brood Hatchlings, Cavern Spiders, Spiderlings, Stygian Crawlers, and Tormented Stingers

    • By 60% for:
      • Accursed, Betrayed, Blazing Ghouls, Ghouls, Murderous Fiends, Reviled, Savage Fiends, and Vicious Ghouls

    • By 50% for:
      • Bile Crawlers, Crazed Cultists, Crazed Summoners, Dark Conjurers, Dark Cultists, Dark Summoners, Dark Zealots, Deranged Cultists, Doom Wraiths, Enraged Zealots, Fallen, Fallen Grunts, Fallen Peons, Fallen Soldiers, Foul Conjurers, Ravenous Dead, Shade Stalkers, Shadow Vermin, Skeletal Crawlers, and Spine Lashers

    • By 40% for:
      • Dark Moon Clan Impalers, Moon Clan Impalers

    • By 34% for:
      • Blazing Guardians, Charged Constructs, Chilling Constructs, Frost Guardians, Noxious Guardians, Shock Guardians, Smoldering Constructs, and Toxic Constructs

    • By 25% for:
      • Dust Shamblers, Hungry Corpses, Retching Cadavers

  • The chance for the following monsters to drop loot has also been reduced to better match their HP:
    • By 60% for:
      • Accursed, Betrayed, Blazing Ghouls, Ghouls, Murderous Fiends, Reviled, Savage Fiends, and Vicious Ghouls

    • By 50% for:
      • Bile Crawlers, Crazed Cultists, Dark Cultists, Dark Zealots, Deranged Cultists, Doom Wraiths, Enraged Zealots, Fallen, Fallen Grunts, Fallen Peons, Fallen Soldiers, Ravenous Dead, Shade Stalkers, Shadow Vermin, Skeletal Crawlers, and Spine Lashers

    • By 40% for:
      • Dark Moon Clan Impalers, Moon Clan Impalers

    • By 34% for:
      • Blazing Guardians, Charged Constructs, Chilling Constructs, Frost Guardians, Noxious Guardians, Shock Guardians, Smoldering Constructs. and Toxic Constructs

    • By 25% for:
      • Brood Hatchlings, Cavern Spiders, Crazed Summoners, Dark Conjurers, Dark Summoners, Dust Shamblers, Fallen, Fallen Grunts, Fallen Peons, Fallen Soldiers, Foul Conjurers, Hungry Corpses, Retching Cadavers, Spiderlings


These changes were about balancing monster difficulty vs. monster reward. It also helped us make sure that we weren't making any zones in Act I, Act II, and Act IV too OP, or the next must-go-to place for farming, by increasing their density. This way, zones should be more even in terms of reward, which should in turn give players more options when deciding where they want to farm.
Patch 1.0.8 Hotfixes
These are the latest hotfixes for the patch 1.0.8. The latest hotfix went live in July 2013; the official hotfix notice is followed by the explanatory post about it.

Below you'll find a list of hotfixes for the month of July which address various gameplay and service issues affecting Diablo III.

Hotfixes are updates we make on our end without requiring you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below will go live the moment they are implemented, while others may require a restart to go into effect. As always, please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update.

JULY 30

  • General
    • The stack size of gold in the real-money auction house has been increased again to 50 million (up from 10 million)


Update 7/29/2013 @ 12:00 p.m. PDT: This hotfix has been implemented.

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During tomorrow's scheduled maintenance, we will be applying a hotfix in both the Americas and European gameplay regions, increasing the maximum stack size for gold listings on the real-money auction house from 10 million to 50 million *. (As with previous changes, the minimum price per stack will remain at $0.25.)

For those who may be curious, this change is being made to ensure that the price of gold in the real-money house remains competitive compared to third-party sites. Since one of the goals of the real-money auction house is to provide players a safe place in which to both buy and sell commodities, we want to make sure it continues to be useful and that don’t players to feel forced to use third-party sites simply because it's the cheaper option. Also, for those who may be concerned, please rest assured that the bug which caused the gold dupe back in May (when we raised the stack size cap to 10 million) has indeed been resolved and should not resurface as a result of this hotfix. Even so, we will be conducting extensive testing in the live game environment during maintenance before bringing the servers up to verify that no new issues were caused as the result of raising the cap to 50 million.

Once this hotfix is live, we’ll post an update to this thread as well as on the front page of the community site so you won’t miss out. Thanks!

* Please note that this change will only apply to gold auctions created after the hotfix has gone live; any auction posted beforehand, as well as those still active when the hotfix is implemented, will continue to be valued at 10,000,000 gold per stack.


The June 2013 hotfix was put into place to stop player griefing from hostile monsters being pulled into New Tristram.

Below you'll find a list of hotfixes for the month of June which address various gameplay and service issues affecting Diablo III.

Hotfixes are updates we make on our end without requiring you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below will go live the moment they are implemented, while others may require a restart to go into effect. As always, please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update.

JUNE 25

  • General
    • It is no longer possible for hostile monsters to enter New Tristram through its eastern gate (any monster that attempts to cross this threshold should now instantly die)
  • Technical Fixes
    • Put additional safeguards into place to help protect against packet flooding



Fast Patches
There are small client fast patch updates for Diablo III. These patches fix glaring bugs and issues that cannot be taken care of via a server hotfix. Fast patch 1.0.8a was released on May 14, 2013. Here are the 1.0.8a patch notes, from the Diablo III client:
Diablo III Patch 1.0.8a – v.1.0.8.16603

General

  • Made improvements to address "rubberbanding" issues encountered when using movement-based abilities like Tempest Rush, Strafe, and Whirlwind

Auction House

  • The stack size of gold on the real-money auction house has been increased again to 10 million (up from 1 million)

Classes

  • Barbarian
    • Passive Skills
      • Inspiring Presence
        • Will once again be displayed under Life per Second on the character sheet

User Interface

  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue introduced in Patch 1.0.8 that prevented Item Label Display preferences from being saved

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue introduced in Patch 1.0.8 causing dungeon exits to sometimes be placed in abnormally close proximity to the entrance
  • Fixed an issue introduced in Patch 1.0.8 that prevented players with Starter Edition accounts from being upgraded when playing in an IGR

Patch 1.0.8 Known Issues
Here are the known bugs and issues listed publicly for Diablo III patch 1.0.8a.
Hello everyone, and welcome to Patch 1.0.8a! Below you will find the Known Issues list for our 1.0.8 patch (Patch Notes are available here). Please do not report bugs that you see on this list, as we already know about them, and help out other players reporting bugs by referring them to this list.

As a reminder, this list will not list every bug that is active in the 1.0.8 patch. What it is listing are a select few issues -- chosen due to severity/impact -- that are active and confirmed as bugs by Quality Assurance with verifiable steps and an expected fix. We have hundreds of bugs in our database, so it would be impossible to list all known issues. Just because a bug is not on this list does not mean we don't know about it! In addition, potential exploits and the like will never be listed here.

Please note that documented bugs may not always be fixed in the order in which they were reported. In some cases, we may not have a timeline for a when a bug will be fixed and some bugs may not be able to be fixed at all. If we are able to verify that a documented bug cannot be fixed, it will be removed from this list.

Thank you for your continued reports, and enjoy Diablo III!!!

Achievements
  • The Demon Hunter achievement “Bleed, You Filth!” is not granted the first time you complete the criteria.


  • The Demon Hunter achievement “Death Trap” is not granted the first time you complete the criteria.


  • The “Self Sufficient” achievement is not awarded the first time you kill the boss and fulfill the requirement.


Auction House
  • Starting a game the same time you post an item will prevent you from auctioning it.


  • Spam clicking Show More Items will show duplicated entries of the same item in the completed tab.


  • You’re given a nondescript error message when you try to buyout an item that is simultaneously cancelled by the seller.


  • Some players are receiving error 32309 when attempting to post certain items on the Auction House. (Note: Changing the durability on the item has been known to resolve this for some players)


Combat
  • Some pets, such as Demon Hunter's Bat and Ferret, attack idle Treasure Goblins from a distance.


  • The life steal effect granted by Shadow Power will not immediately take effect if Shadow Power is activated while simultaneously channeling Rapid Fire. (Note: Quickly cancelling and resuming Rapid Fire will cause the healing effects to start)


Mac
  • Changing texture and shadow quality repeatedly after playing an extended amount of time can cause an assertion.


  • You cannot return to the game after hiding the client and returning from sleep mode.
Patch 1.0.8 Preview Info
For historical purposes, these are changes that the developers stated as "confirmed to be working on for 1.0.8" before the PTR went up. They were discussed in either the Developer's Journal, or suggested as coming in patch 1.0.8 in various follow-ups. (There were also two versions of the PTR Patch 1.0.8 Known Issues that have interesting information: an earlier version of the list that was posted in the PTR forums and then quickly removed, along with the standard PTR Patch 1.0.8 Known Issues list.)

  • Matchmaking Tags: In 1.0.8 players can select a Matchmaking Tag when making or looking to join a Public Game. Selecting one will tell the matchmaking server to place you in a group with other players who have selected the same tag as you. The tags starting out on the PTR are: Questing, Full Act Clear, Keywarden, and PvP. The developers are looking for feedback from the PTR process, to see what other tags will work best, to help players get grouped up as they want to.
  • Multiplayer Bonuses: Starting in 1.0.8, there are extra bonuses across the board for playing in a group. "At the moment we're looking at 10% more XP per extra player in the game for a maximum bonus of 30% more XP in a 4-player game. This bonus will be multiplicative with MP bonuses. For example: suppose you are playing on MP10 with an XP bonus in Inferno of 510%. This means a monster is worth 610% of its normal XP (510% more). If you are playing in a 4-player game the monster will be worth 793% as much XP as normal. On top of this, you will also earn a flat 10% Gold Find and 10% Magic Find for each additional player in the game, and this bonus can exceed the 300% Gold Find and Magic Find caps."
  • Multiplayer Monster Health: Monster Health in multiplayer games will not be raised in 1.0.8, as much as it is right now. Monsters currently gain 70% extra health per additional player in the game, and that is being reduced down to 50%.
  • Archon Kills: In 1.0.8, a Wizard running Archon will see it's duration extended by assists from other players. As long as the Wizard is around when a monster dies, the Archon duration will be extended.
  • Combat Alerts: Starting in 1.0.8, when a player deals damage to or takes damage from an Elite pack or Treasure Goblin for the first time, a notification will be sent out to the entire party to let the teammates know. This will be accompanied by a "combat" icon on the mini-map so other players in the group can locate those enemies, along with a combat icon on that player's banner in town.
  • Players Near You: A bonus for the small number of Diablo III players who play on a wifi with other Diablo III players: "Similar to the feature in StarCraft II, the "Players Near You" window will display all players who are logged into Diablo III from your local network. This feature is great if you're playing while at a university dorm or frequent Internet cafes, and will help you easily connect with other local players."
  • Private Chat: "We're adding private conversations in 1.0.8, which will allow you to chat with up to 99 of your closest friends. Think of private conversations in Diablo III as being similar to multi-user conversations in your favorite IM client. You're not making a permanent "channel," you're simply inviting multiple people to chat for the duration of that session."
  • An 'Identify All' Option: An option to identify all unidentified items in inventory, at once. There will be a cast bar, and at the end of the cast bar all items will be identified.
  • Multi-Craft Items and Gems: "We want to make it easier to craft lots of items, so we plan on giving players the ability to specify how many of an item they want to craft and then to make that many. Want to make 20 Archon Shoulders of Dexterity? Cool, push the button and watch it go." This will also apply to gems, and will even use materials from the shared stash.
  • AH Tooltip Comparisons: "Ever wish you could compare the item you are thinking about buying with the item you are wearing? You want it, we want it, and we hope to have it in game soon."
  • Increasing monster density in Acts I, II, and IV. See the thread for multiple posts on the topic, the summary is:
    We're looking at making some adjustments to monster density, and right now we'd like to see if we can get those changes in with 1.0.8. The trick with adjusting density is that, by doing so, we could inadvertently create another "most optimal" route in Act I, II, or IV. It's the kind of thing we'll be doing a lot of internal testing on before hand, and likely something we'll want to have up for additional testing on the PTR.
    Work is being done to make the mob density consistent across all acts, including Whimsyshire.
  • Improving Co-op Play and Efficiency: "We are looking to improve co-op farming efficiency in 1.0.8. Co-op play in general is a big focus of the 1.0.8 patch and efficiency is definitely one component of that."
  • Broadcast to Friend's List: "The ability to set a broadcast similar to SC2 and WoW is currently one of the features planned for 1.0.8, along with other features to improve multiplayer."
  • Quest XP at 60: "One of the additional improvements we're hoping to make is to make it so that XP from quests would be granted to players that are at level cap. Every little bit helps, after all."
  • Bashanishu achievement: Fixing another little bug with the Bashanishu achievement.
  • Monster Power checkmark: The checkmark can disappear, which is scheduled to be fixed in 1.0.8.
  • Invisible Fire Wall: The fire wall in Act III that can disappear at times will require a patch to fix.
  • Vote Kick Fix: A fix for vote kicking, which may happen in patch 1.0.8 or in a hotfix: "Currently the vote kick system will remove a player from the group, but it does not prevent them that player from rejoining the same group. We realize this can be frustrating, and we're working on an upcoming fix that should ensure that players who have been kicked from a group will no longer be matched with that same group.".
  • Known Issues: Presumably, other bugs in the current Known Issues List for 1.0.7a will be fixed in patch 1.0.8. Also see the 1.0.8 Known Issues List that was posted in the PTR forums, and then quickly removed, since they weren't ready 1.0.8 to be up on the PTR yet.
  • Nerf to Scorpion XP: Some players had taken to just killing scorpions and nothing else, for high xp. Their xp will be reduced in patch 1.0.8:
    Scorpions have had their XP reduced. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. We looked and considered buffing everything else instead, but in light of the multiplayer buffs we were already providing, we didn't want to inflate the game as a whole even further.

    Specifically, Scorpions have had their XP reduced by 75%. That probably sounds like a lot at an emotional level, because it's never fun to have a source of XP reduced by that much, but I hope some can agree if you think about it - a mallet lord is worth 1.5x the xp a scorpion is. And that's not just mallet lords, most of the monsters in the game are within a certain reasonable ratio of one another and the scorpions were a very obvious outlier.
Patch 1.0.8 History

On the PTR: Patch 1.0.8 arrived on the Public Test Realm on April 8, 2013. It received multiple PTR patches while it was there.

Patch 1.0.8 Release: Patch 1.0.8 went live on May 7, 2013.

Gold Duping Exploit: A bug in the initial release of patch 1.0.8 let gold be duplicated via the Real-Money Auction House. The Auction Houses were quickly taken down, and there was an investigation lasting over 3 days to deal with it. The final official explanation after the investigation was concluded, stated that 415 players were involved in duping gold via this method, and Blizzard's technicians used the account audit to recover gold from those exploits.

Patch 1.0.8a: The Fast Patch 1.0.8a went live on May 14, 2013.

Hotfixes: Small changes were made via Hotfixes in June and July 2013.
See the Future Patches Guide for information on the content being worked on, to eventually create the next major content patch for Diablo III.
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