Patch 2.2.0 Nears End of Testing

A small patch fixes bugs on the Public Test Realm for Diablo III patch 2.2.0

Diablo III Public Test Realm
We are only one week from the end of Diablo III Season 2. After that Patch 2.2 will arrive, and then Season 3! The new patch is nearing the end of the testing time on the Public Test Realm. A small build of bug fixes and hotfixes landed on the PTR on Friday, to help the final testing process. In just over a week the patch will be live, for everyone to enjoy!

Minor Patch 2.2.0 PTR Patch
A small build landed on the PTR on Friday that fixed some bugs, to make it a better testing environment for the last week before the PTR is wrapped up. This is likely the last testing build for patch 2.2. As noted by Diablo III developer Wyatt Cheng, patch 2.2.0 is scheduled to go live on Tuesday, April 7.
Edit: This patch was successfully applied on March 27.

We will be applying a small patch later today to fix several bugs on the 2.2.0 PTR. In addition, we will be resetting all Seasonal and Non-Seasonal leaderboards to allow them to better reflect previous changes and the upcoming bug fixes.

There should be minimal downtime to apply this patch. Please keep an eye on our PTR Hotfix list for more information once this patch goes live and the hotfixes have been applied.

Thank you for your patience and your ongoing PTR participation!

Patch 2.2.0 PTR Hotfixes
Along with the new PTR patch, a range of fixes were implemented by hotfix. These take care of some issues that cropped up in the testing of the revamped Set and Legendary items for the patch, along with skill and rune bugs.
The below hotfixes are now live:


  • Mutilation Guard - Legendary Gem
    • The unique powers of Mutilation Gem should now function properly (3/27)
  • Quetzalcoatl
    • Fixed an issue where the unique power from Quetzalcoatl would not increase the damage dealt from the Jade Harvester 2-piece bonus (3/27)

Demon Hunter
  • Strafe
    • Rune - Icy Trail
      • Fixed an issue where Strafe - Icy Trail would significantly reduce the cooldown of Rain of Vengeance when coupled with Natalya's Vengeance 2-piece bonus (3/27)
  • Smokescreen
    • Rune - Healing Vapors
      • Smokescreen - Healing Vapors now correctly goes on cooldown after the buff ends (3/27)

Witch Doctor
  • Fetish Sycophants
    • Fixed an issue where Fetish Sycophants were not dealing increased damage from your highest Elemental Damage type (3/27)

  • Hydra
    • Fixed an issue where Hydra would not benefit from the Tal Rasha's 6-piece bonus (3/27)
  • Meteor
    • Fixed an issue where Meteor would not trigger Bastions of Will (3/27)
    • Fixed an issue where Meteor would not proc Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac's cooldown effect (3/27)

Tal Rasha's Bug with Hydra
One last major bug currently on the PTR involves the Wizard Hydra skill, which is too powerful right now when used in conjunction with the redesigned Tal Rasha's Elements set. That bug will be fixed before the patch is released. The updated set will likely end up a popular alternative to the Firebird's Finery set, among the Best Wizard Legendary and Set Items in patch 2.2.

Gearing for the Revamped Demon Hunter Sets
Mr. Yang commented on the gearing prospects for Demon Hunters who are looking to use the revamped Natalya's or Unhallowed Essence Sets. The new set bonuses for the Unhallowed Essence set work off of the Demon Hunter Discipline resource, and any old items with +Discipline will need to have solid alternatives with currently dropping Legendary items.
The reworked Natalya's Vengeance set is built around the Rain of Vengeance skill, and the new Legendary belt Crashing Rain has the special power of: Rain of Vengeance also summons a crashing beast that deals 3000-4000% weapon damage. The belt is an extra non-Set item that Demon Hunters can obtain to really boost the power of the set.

Once patch 2.2 arrives, we'll see how well those revamped Demon Hunter sets fare. Now is the time to wrap up any Diablo III goals you want to accomplish in patch 2.1.2 or Season 2, because both are in their final week!
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