Necromancer Beta Now Live

Necromancer Beta Now Live

Last updated April 25 @ 11:55 p.m. PDT.

Please note that participation in the Necromancer beta test will be by invitation to ensure focused feedback and a smooth testing experience. For details on how to participate, please see this blog.

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Installation and Play Instructions:

To install and play the Necromancer beta test, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: If you were invited to the beta test, verify that your account has been granted a beta license in Blizzard Account Management.

Step 2: Download and install the Blizzard launcher.

Step 3: Once you have installed the Blizzard launcher, log in with your credentials and select Diablo III from the menu on the left-hand side.

Step 4: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select " Necromancer Beta Test" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

Step 5: You should now have the option to install and play the beta.

Beta Character Copy:

The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the beta will be available and can be done directly through the beta client.

Step 1: Log into the beta client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.

Step 2: Note the “PTR Copy” button at the top right of the Home Screen. (This button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)

Step 3: Select your region.

Step 4: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.

Step 5: You may be disconnected from the beta client.

Step 6: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.

Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied beta characters will be lost.

In addition, you can only copy characters over to your beta account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.

PTR PATCH 2.6.0 - v2.6.0.45183

Below you'll find the preliminary notes for Patch 2.6.0, including the Necromancer beta. Please note that this isn't the final version and that some changes may not be documented or described in full detail.

Please note that content availability during the beta will vary depending on testing needs.

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GENERAL

  • New Feature: Challenge Rifts
    • Explore new builds created by fellow players in a weekly static dungeon. You can access these through the main screen, similar to Adventure Mode and Campaign Mode.
      • Note: New Challenge Rifts may be available more frequently during the beta.

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CLASSES

  • New Class: Necromancer
    • As a master of the dark arts, you wield the powers of life and death necessary to restore the Balance! Necromancers are powerful spell casters who lay waste to their enemies using curses and reanimation—along with an obedient cadre of pets. This new class employs a controlled gameplay style using the raw materials of life: blood and bone.
  • Skills
    • Corpse Explosion
      • Base Rune
        • Target an area exploding all corpses within 11 yards dealing 150% 250% weapon damage to enemies within 20 yards
      • Close Quarters
        • Explodes corpses close to you, dealing 200% 325% weapon damage to enemies within 20 yards
    • Corpse Lance
      • Base Rune
        • Target an enemy to summon projectiles from nearby corpses that cause 750% 900% weapon damage to the target
    • Land of the Dead
      • Base Rune
        • All corpse skills can be used at will for 5 10 seconds
    • Army of the Dead
      • Base Rune
        • Raise a massive skeletal army to pummel the targeted location dealing 3,000% 12,000% weapon damage in a 15 yard radius
      • Frozen Army
        • Weapon damage increased to 3,600% 12,000% and they attack all enemies in a line
      • Dead Storm
        • Raise a storm of the dead that surround you damaging enemies for 2,000% 15,500% weapon damage over 5 seconds
      • Unconventional Warfare
        • Damage increased to 50,000% total weapon damage
      • Catatonic Grasp
        • Has been renamed to Blighted Grasp
        • Has been redesigned
          • Skeletal hands raise from the ground damaging enemies within 15 yards for 14,000% total weapon damage as Poison over 5 seconds
  • Passives
    • Final Service
      • When this passive successfully prevents death, the Necromancer is immune to incoming damage for 4 seconds
        • Note: The tooltip does not currently reflect this
  • Bug Fixes
    • Decay Golem
      • Fixed an issue where Decay golem was not benefiting from the unlimited corpses granted by Land of the Dead

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ITEMS

  • General
    • Scythes and Phylacteries are now sold by some of the vendors throughout the world
  • Class Sets
    • Bones of Rathma ([PH] Bone / Pet Set)
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Your pets have a chance to reduce the cooldown of Army of the Dead by 1 second each time they deal damage
      • (4) Set Bonus
        • You gain 1% damage reduction 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%
    • Trag’Oul’s Avatar ([PH] Blood Set)
      • (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 maximum life for 45 seconds. Up to 100% more.
      • (6) Set Bonus
        • Spending 10% life grants you a stack of Blood Cascade. 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%
    • Grace of Inarius ([PH] Saint Set)
      • (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% weapon damage as Physical. Enemies hit by the tornado take 850% additional damage from the Necromancer’s abilities and minions
    • Pestilence Master’s Shroud ([PH] Melee Set)
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Each corpse you consume fires a Corpse Lance at a nearby enemy
      • (4) Set Bonus
        • Each enemy hit by Bone Spear reduces your damage taken by 2% up to a maximum of 50%. Lasts 15 seconds.
      • (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%
  • Hellfire Amulet
    • Necromancer passives have been added for this item
  • Halcyon’s Ascent
    • Added skills to this item for the Necromancer

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ADVENTURE MODE

  • New Zones: The Moors & The Temple of the Firstborn
    • The fog-enshrouded Moors and the darkened Temple of the Firstborn can be explored in Adventure Mode through a new waypoint on the Act 2 map.
  • Set Dungeons
    • The user interface has been updated to better explain tier completion requirements.
      • With this, the basic completion tier must be finished within the given time limit.
    • The time limit to complete a Set Dungeon has been increased to 5 minutes
    • Necromancer Set Dungeons have been added to Adventure Mode
  • Bounties
    • Four new Waypoints have appeared in Act IV. Each one has bounties to complete. These Realms of Fate are the unintended consequences of the battle between the nephalem and Diablo in the High Heavens.
  • Greater Rifts
    • Players who die in solo Greater Rifts can now choose to immediately resurrect. When choosing this option, the time remaining on your death timer will be removed from the remaining Greater Rift time and your cooldowns will be advanced by the same amount.
  • PTR Only
    • Fixed an issue which sometimes prevented players from completing the “Clear the Forgotten Well” bounty

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