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Sep 11, 2014 New Player Q&A Series: The Fresh Meat N' Greet The world of Sanctuary is a BIG place, defended by hundreds of thousands of heroes each and every day. To help you get to know some of these fellow nephalem a little better, we've created the Fresh Meat N' Greet. The Fresh Meat N' Greet is a recurring series of interviews featuring you, our community. A few times each month, we'll sit down and chat with six different community members, one for each class, and then post our Q&As right here in these forums. To give you a taste, here's who's up this week: Barbarian (Agency#1564) Crusader (Raistrev#1900) Demon Hunter (KirusAlufras#1739) Monk (Davlok#1847) Witch Doctor (Sal4m4nd3r#2673) Wizard (apo#2677) Be sure to stop by, say hello, and maybe even ask some questions of your own. Got a suggestion for a player we should interview next? Drop their names below!Lylirra23 Sep 11, 2014
Sep 10, 2014 Upcoming Hotfixes: Disabled Event Bounties Update: Friday, September 5 This hotfix is now live. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Greetings, nephalem! One of our ongoing goals for Diablo III (and Seasons in particular) is to promote diversity in play styles and encourage a variety of experience whenever possible. In line with this goal, and as a direct result of your feedback from Season 1, we're in the process of implementing a series of hotfixes that will temporarily disable the following events as eligible bounties: The Matriarch's Bones The Jar of Souls The Miser's Will A Miner's Gold This change will apply to both Seasonal and non-Seasonal games. Additionally, please note that these hotfixes will only remove the above events from the active bounty pool, not the game itself. The events can still spawn in-game and will provide rewards as normal. We don't have an ETA at this time for when these events will be re-added to the bounty pool, but are working to have them available for Season 2. Looking Forward: In Season 1, many players were able to quickly level their heroes and earn a coveted rank on the "Race to the Top" leaderboard exclusively by running the bounties in question. While we won't be removing any Conquest credit or ranking from players who chose to use this particular technique, we will be making changes to these bounties for future Seasons. The desire here is to help promote an environment where the most efficient way to play is also the most varied (and ideally the most fun too). With this, one of our goals for Seasonal Conquests is to encourage players to try out different tactics and explore different play styles, so we will be evaluating all Season 1 Conquests with that goal in mind and making changes for Season 2 as needed. Once again, thank you for your feedback. We'll continue to grow and improve Diablo III with your support, so please keep posting! In the meantime, we wish you glory and good fortune in Season 1, and good luck to those still racing for a spot on our current Conquest leaderboards. See you in Sanctuary!Lylirra230 Sep 10, 2014
Sep 3, 2014 Achievement Display Bug Just a heads-up: We’ve received some reports from players who are currently unable to view their achievements in-game after updating to patch 2.1.0. If you experience this issue, please exit Diablo III completely and re-launch the game from the Battle.net desktop app. The issue should disappear. If this issue persists after re-launching the game client, or if you experience any other game-related issues while playing Diablo III, please report them in the Bug Report forum so that we can investigate further. If you’re 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. Thanks, and welcome to patch 2.1.0!Tyvalir4 Sep 3, 2014
Aug 26, 2014 Login and Connection Issues - August 25 (UPDATED) [UPDATE] 12:50 a.m. PDT Battle.net and Diablo III appear to be stable at this time. While we will continue to keep an eye on these services, please don't hesitate to report any interruptions with login or connectivity you experience while playing in this thread. Please notethat we will be conducting scheduled maintenance for the Americas starting today at 3:00 a.m. PDT, with an anticipated 10 hours of downtime (concluding roughly around 1:00 p.m. PDT). During this time, the game service will not be available. This is intended. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [UPDATE] 10:00 p.m. PDT Login and game connectivity remained stable for approximately two hours, but we're seeing a rise in reports once more. We're looking into these new reports currently and will provide any updates as we receive them. In addition, our teams will continue to actively monitor our services throughout the evening until game connections have returned to normal. We sincerely apologize for these issues and thank you, as always, for your understanding and patience. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [UPDATE] 9:00 p.m. PDT The connection issues reported earlier appear to have been resolved. Thanks to everyone for being patient with us while we looked into and addressed your reports. As ever, we will continue to monitor the status of our games and incoming reports from our players. If ever you have difficulty accessing our sites during a service outage, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Support team via Twitter and/or Facebook: @BlizzardCS (Twitter): https://twitter.com/BlizzardCS BlizzardCS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlizzardCS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Greetings everyone, We're aware that players are experiencing issues both logging into and staying connected to Diablo III. These issues appear linked, if not related, to similar issues that occurred over the weekend. We are currently investigating today's reports and will be sure to update this thread as soon as more information becomes available. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this service interruption has caused and thank you so much for your patience. We hope to have our Battle.net service restored and running smoothly just as quickly as possible. In the meantime, until these issues can be resolved—or, in the case of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, they subside—we recommend that you exercise caution if playing on a Hardcore hero.Araxom88 Aug 26, 2014
Aug 26, 2014 Season 1 Launches Friday, August 29 Update 8/29 @ 6PM PT: Season 1 is now live worldwide! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Greetings, nephalem! We're pleased to announce that our first Diablo III Season is scheduled to begin this Friday, August 29th. To ensure the roll-out process goes as smoothly as possible for all players, we're planning both a delayed and staggered release, with different gameplay regions launching the season at different times after patch 2.1.0 ships. For reference, below are the current launch times for Season 1: Asia: 9:00 a.m. PDT (August 30 at 1:00 a.m. KST, UTC +9) Europe: 12:00 p.m. PDT (9:00 p.m. CEST, UTC +2) Americas: 6:00 p.m. PDT (UTC -7) For time zone assistance, visit: http://everytimezone.com/ To learn more about Seasons, visit: http://bit.ly/1rBFf9D Please note that these times are tentative and subject to change. If they do, we will be sure to update this thread. Thanks!Lylirra0 Aug 26, 2014
Aug 25, 2014 Patch 2.1.0 Philosophy Hey all! With the release of patch 2.1.0 drawing near, we wanted to take some time to share the balance goals of this patch. There were two major goals: Reduce the number of extreme outliers in class balance in order to set us up for ongoing improvements Provide ourselves a new metric (Greater Rifts) by which we can more easily identify future outliers The changes we've made so far to our six classes exemplify these goals. For example, the retuning of Exploding Palm, The Furnace, and Rimeheart weren't specifically made to nerf Monks—it was to remove a clear, standalone issue from interfering with other changes aimed at giving Monks the tools they need to survive and compete in Greater Rifts. The implementation of Greater Rifts allows us to rate classes much more quantitatively. Ideally, each class should be within a couple Greater Rift tiers of one another. Our latest internal testing, where we often copy actual characters from players in the PTR and run them through Greater Rifts, shows that we're pretty close. Inevitably, there will always be room for improvement, and now we have clear, tangible data for us to check in on what's going on and re-evaluate. Here's what we're not aiming to do (at least, not yet): Expand class diversity This is a design goal for us, and we've touched a little on it (see below). However, we want each class performing similarly and with fewer outliers before we introduce new play styles. Buff every class through the roof While power creep is somewhat inevitable with new content (Legendary Gems, I'm looking at you!), you need to sand down the rough edges before you primer them! We want to reign some things in, buff some things up, and ensure each class has comparable (if different) tools available to them. The overarching philosophies for this patch are as follows and apply to most, if not all, the classes: Provide elemental diversity among a class' available skills This is an ongoing process, and while we've partially addressed elemental diversity for most classes, there's still more to go (such as addressing Poison and Cold for Demon Hunters and Crusaders respectively). Buff significantly underused skills by increasing numbers or redesigning runes with more interesting or useful mechanics. Channeling spells for Wizards or Furious Charge for Barbarians are great examples of these changes. There's still some skills out there that need work, we just may not get to them for 2.1. Buff Healing This can apply to every class. We want players to use healing on their gear, especially in higher level Greater Rifts, and it should feel much more reliable and on-demand (depending on which type of healing you prefer to stack). Ensure that the elemental types and skill mechanics fulfill the fantasy of the class We talk about class fantasy a lot, and making sure your class feels the way it should. The addition of the Crusader set, Roland’s Legacy, is a prime example of this. Crusaders should feel like they have options in melee, and we feel this set helps satisfy that need. Phases of the PTR can be a little trying, because what you end up seeing from the outside looking in is what our iterative process looks like — except with none of the context. It's like trying to tell what the entire picture is from a few unmatched puzzle pieces, because some bits of our larger, overarching goals just can’t (for one reason or another) be crammed into a build before it goes out. What can be frustrating is that our iterative process on a subject can be much longer term than the cycle of a single patch. Class balance is a perfect example of this, particularly because it’s an aspect of the game that’s never really "done." It's fairly inevitable that there will always be work to do on this front, especially as we add new content in the future (and even more so where Legendaries and Sets are concerned). Class balance is the sum of several wholes, including Skills, Set Items, and Legendaries that have been added or adjusted. That's a ton of stuff to look at, and sometimes there's simply not enough time to fit everything into a single patch (even if it's in our plans). This is an ongoing process for us. There's a lot of new toys and quality of life changes in this patch, but that doesn't mean it launching closes the doors on additional tweaks or changes for the future. If a class falls behind, we might put out a 2.1.1 or 2.1.2 to address the clear outliers. Some of our plans have immediate implementation goals while others stretch on for 6 months or even a year. There's a lot of spinning wheels and fiddly bits in this Infernal Machine, and a quick glance won't ever be sufficient to explain it all. Some plans are harder to explain than others, but we hope this lends at least a bit of transparency to the bigger picture.Nevalistis332 Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014 Patch 2.1.0 Size and Estimated Download Time Hey everyone! Patch 2.1.0 is on its way, and we wanted to give you all a quick heads up about the size of this patch and the anticipated time required to fully apply it. While the patch itself is not very large (300 MB), it will be making several changes to the game files stored on your computer. As a result, the patch installation phase may take up to 30 minutes to finish once the patch has been downloaded. Please note that, during this process, your Battle.net Desktop Application will note that it's "installing 12.4GB." This message is simply referencing the unpacking of the new patch file and the re-configuration of existing Diablo III files on your computer. The actual amount of new data on your computer will be significantly smaller. We apologize for any inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you in Sanctuary soon!Tyvalir0 Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014 [Heads Up] PTR Shutting Down In preparation for the launch of Patch 2.1.0, the PTR servers will be brought offline this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. PT. At that time, players will no longer be able to log in to the PTR client, all PTR accounts (including character information) will be reset, and our PTR forums will be marked as read-only. We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the Patch 2.1.0 PTR. You've done an awesome job of testing the new content, and we greatly appreciate the feedback you provided during this phase of the game’s development. We look forward to releasing Patch 2.1.0 to the public shortly. We hope you all enjoy Greater Rifts, Seasons, and all the other content included in this update. We’ll see you in Sanctuary soon!Tyvalir0 Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014 Welcome Tyvalir! Hey everyone, Please join me in welcoming Tyvalir to the North American Diablo III Community Team! As with many of you here, Tyvalir possesses a strong passion for Diablo III and is incredibly excited to be joining us on our many adventures throughout Sanctuary. In between the normal community manager functions of meeting with developers, writing feature articles, engaging on social media, and attending live events, he'll be joining us here on the forums discussing Diablo III with all of you—endeavoring to be a conduit for information as well as a voice for the Blizzard community. Random Facts About Tyvalir: He hails from south Texas, so is naturally attuned to heat of the Burning Hells He previously worked as a contributing author over at Diablo III IncGamers (where you may have known him as "Waterfiend") He loves the Witch Doctor, but will be rolling a Demon Hunter (SC) and Crusader (HC) when Seasons hit He first played Diablo on a netbook and he's been hooked on the series ever since He is the newest community manager at Blizzard, and is therefore burdened with the task of carrying around an adorable pirate octopus plush toy, referred to as the "FNG Pirate" (lol) So, without further ado: Welcome, Tyvalir!Lylirra156 Aug 25, 2014
Aug 20, 2014 Ultimate Evil Edition –Language Issue (PS EU) Greetings adventurers, We’ve received several reports from PlayStation users in Europe who digitally purchased Ultimate Evil Edition and had the client downloaded in a language different from that of their console’s default language. If you’re experiencing this, we encourage you to proceed with the following steps to correct the issue. Step 1: Remove the existing version of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition from your console system. The executable for the game is separate from the saved data, and if you’ve played Ultimate Evil Edition at all, you will only want to remove the game data, not the save file. To do this: On PlayStation 3 Navigate to the GAME column in the PlayStation 3 menu > Game Data Utility > select Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition > select OPTIONS > DELETE On PlayStation 4 Navigate to SETTINGS in PlayStation 4 menu > System Storage Management > Applications > select Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition > select OPTIONS > DELETE Step 2: Once the Ultimate Evil Edition game data has been deleted from your system, navigate back into the PlayStation Store and look for it there (you will not have to repurchase the game, the record of your previous purchase is not lost). Select the game, and you will see that there are two different downloads available. The larger of the two is the English/French/Italian/German/Spanish (EFIGS) version, the smaller of the two is the Polish/Russian (POL/RUS) pack. PS3 EFIGS 21.8 GB POL/RUS 11.5 GB PS4 EFIGS 37.8 GB POL/RUS 20.5 GB Step 3: Choose the appropriate download and the game will then reinstall. If you haven't deleted the saved game data (which is approximately 13 MB), then the new language version will pick right up where you left off. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and we’ll have the different packs labelled appropriately in the near future. Good luck, nephalem. We wish you fortune and glory in your continuing adventures across Sanctuary!Araxom0 Aug 20, 2014
Aug 12, 2014 Issues with Updating PS3 Greetings adventurers, [UPDATE] (8/11) - Patch 1.0.4 is now available in all regions. ---------------------- [UPDATE] 1:20 PM PDT (8/7) – Patch 1.0.4 is now available for PlayStation in the Americas region, which addresses the console freezes that have been affecting some players. SCEE (Europe) and SCEJ (Japan) will also be patched; however, the patches for those regions will be rolled out at a later time. Please note that Xbox will not be receiving this patch, as the issue only affects PlayStation users. If you continue to experience any issues after downloading and installing the corrective patch, please update the thread. Thank you! ---------------------- [UPDATE] 11 a.m. PDT (8/6) - Thanks everyone for your continued patience and for helping submit the requested information! With your assistance we were able to track down the issue more quickly, and believe that we have now established the cause of the issue. As such, we are currently working to resolve this with a minor patch - although we don’t yet have the exact ETA for when this patch will be pushed, we don’t expect it will be too much longer from now. We’ll return to the post with further updates as soon as they become available. ---------------------- [UPDATE] 3:45 p.m. PDT - If you are continuing to experience issues with Diablo III freezing up after having installed the latest patch, please respond below with the following information: Make/Model of router Is UPnP enabled on the router: To determine this, please refer to the instruction manual included with the router for specific instructions. Is port 3074 forwarded? - To check this, please visit the following page and select your router and then Diablo III for your appropriate console. Please also let us know whether there are any other game consoles on the same network. Thank you for contributing this information! We will continue to update the thread with more info as it becomes available. ---------------------- Today a new patch was released for both PlayStation 3 (25601) and Xbox 360 (25238), which lays the groundwork for us to allow character exports between current-gen and next-gen console platforms. Although some players have been able to update just fine, there are reports from others that the game is locking up on the PS3. We are currently investigating the issue, and will be sure to update you as soon as more information becomes available. In the meantime, you may want to try the following troubleshooting step which was offered here. ... Thanks to Regor for the assist, and to everyone else who is currently affected for hanging in there.Araxom60 Aug 12, 2014
Jul 19, 2014 Seasons Now Available on PTR Our first Seasons test begins today! To create a Seasonal hero, simply check the "Seasonal Hero" box located below the class selection list. For more information about Seasons, click here. Multiple Season Testing: Please note that over the course of the patch 2.1.0 PTR, we may periodically "end" a Season to test the rollover process and ensure that Seasonal character data migrates correctly. To get the most out of this PTR, we will likely start and end a Season several times before our public test phase concludes. Season Feedback: If you have any feedback to share regarding Seasons (including, but not limited to Conquests, Leaderboards, Seasonal Legendary items, character creation, and data roll over), be sure to post in this forum. Any and all feedback is welcome. :) Thanks for your support and participation, and good luck with those Conquests!Lylirra1 Jul 19, 2014
Jul 18, 2014 Message from Rob Pardo Every ending is a beginning and today marks a new beginning for me. After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career. Before I even joined Blizzard, I was already a huge fan of the company and its games. In particular, I was extremely passionate about the emerging genre of real-time strategy games. It was a dream come true when I was given the opportunity to work on StarCraft, which at the time was being created by a very small team by today’s standards. It was tremendously fulfilling to get to know everyone on the team personally and to contribute our energies toward a shared goal in such a creative and engaging environment. Blizzard Entertainment has been simply the best place in the world to be a game designer. The best aspect of designing games at Blizzard is that the entire company is passionate about the gameplay within each and every product. From the executive team to customer service to our global offices, every single person is a player and contributes to making the best possible games. It's for very good reason that the first credit on every Blizzard game is "Game Design by Blizzard Entertainment." I’m really proud of the contributions I was able to make to Blizzard’s accomplishments. From building lasting games, to supporting the growth of eSports, to extending the Warcraft world into a feature film, and of course to being able to celebrate our shared passions with the Blizzard community online and at BlizzCon. The Blizzard community is ultimately the reason why we come to work every day and pour our souls into every world and experience we create. Blizzard’s players are the most passionate in the world and your commitment and dedication are truly awesome to behold. Creating entertainment for you has been an incredible opportunity, and I know that you will continue to grow and become even stronger as a community over the years to come. It has been so meaningful on a personal level to help create joy for all of you. I'm looking forward to new challenges in my career, but I will always cherish the time I spent with you all and the amazing and collaborative teams at Blizzard. It was both satisfying and humbling, and it made me a better developer and a better person. I look forward to playing Blizzard games as a player for many years to come. Most important, now I have plenty of time to learn how to build a competitive Hearthstone deck. As to what I will be doing next, I don’t have an answer for you yet . . . but I will "when it's ready." My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games, and think about what’s next. The game industry is such an exciting place right now with PC gaming thriving, the new consoles, mobile games, and virtual reality becoming an actual reality. It’s like having an empty quest log and going into a new zone for the first time. In the past, I haven't been the most avid Twitter user, but I'll strive to do better and keep you updated there—@Rob_Pardo. Please stay in touch! RobRob Pardo201 Jul 18, 2014
Jul 2, 2014 Patch 2.0.6 Hotfixes - Updated 7/2 Below you will find a list of hotfixes recently applied or coming soon that address various bugs or mechanic tweaks. These hotfixes should not require you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below will go live the moment they are implemented while others may require restarting the game to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch. Also note that changes to certain abilities will not be reflected in its tooltip until a patch is issued. Previous hotfixes can be located here: [2.0.1] [2.0.2][2.0.3][2.0.4][2.0.5] Last Updated - July 2nd. Hotfixes are denoted by the date they were applied to live servers. [UPCOMING HOTFIXES] There are no upcoming hotfixes at this time. [LIVE HOTFIXES] General: Malthael no longer grants experience twice when killed. (7/1) Death Maidens no longer summon unlimited skeletons. (6/12) Resolving an issue where the Raiment of a Thousand Storms 6 piece set bonus does not benefit from +% Lightning Damage. (6/10) Barbarian Fixed an issue that allowed Rend to gain the benefit of Critical Hit Chance twice. This was an unintentional result of the fix made to the +% Damage for Rend affix applied in 2.0.6. (6/13)Nevalistis4 Jul 2, 2014
Jun 26, 2014 Patch 2.1.0 PTR Info - Please Read! Patch 2.1.0 is currently in development and now available for testing on the PTR. To learn about major changes included in 2.1.0, please see the official PTR patch notes. For information on how to participate, copy over characters, and provide feedback, read on below! How to Participate PTR Character Copy Once you've had the chance to try things out, be sure to visit the Public Test forums to discuss the patch. To provide feedback about content changes in 2.1.0, visit the PTR Feedback forum. To report any in-game bugs you find while playing on the PTR, visit the PTR Bug Report forum. Warning: Posts related to PTR content will be actively moved to these forums.Lylirra2 Jun 26, 2014
Jun 10, 2014 Anniversary Buff Update Hello folks, I come bearing exciting news. Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Anniversary buff we have decided to keep the increased Legendary drop rate once the two-year anniversary celebration ends. Once the buff is disabled tomorrow morning, you will find that the new base line drop rates for Legendary items will be the same as those you have all enjoyed for the last week. Happy hunting and link the loot! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Additional details: This buff was implemented in all regions on 5/21. For more info, click here. The double Rift Keystone Fragment buff will end at 5:00 a.m. PT on 5/22. We may bring this fun, but temporary buff back again at some point in the future! The increased Legendary drop rate does not affect Act-specific Legendary items from Horadric Caches.Travis Day2409 Jun 10, 2014
Jun 5, 2014 Patch 2.0.5 Hotfixes - Updated 6/5 Below you will find a list of hotfixes recently applied or coming soon that address various bugs or mechanic tweaks. These hotfixes should not require you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below will go live the moment they are implemented while others may require restarting the game to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch. Also note that changes to certain abilities will not be reflected in its tooltip until a patch is issued. Previous hotfixes can be located here: [2.0.1] [2.0.2][2.0.3][2.0.4] Last Updated - June 5th. Items with an asterisk (*) are most recent. [UPCOMING HOTFIXES] There are no upcoming hotfixes at this time. [LIVE HOTFIXES] General Fixed an issue with matchmaking that could erroneously queue players into a game with an open Nephalem Rift where the Rift Boss had already been defeated.* Legendary drop rates have been permanently increased by 100%, to match rates seen during our 2 Year Anniversary Community buff. Vote Kick will no longer immediately eject players from the party without party confirmation; other members of the party are now properly prompted to confirm or deny the request. The Plagued monster affix is no longer dealing unusually high amounts of damage. Fixed a bug where the level 70 Hellfire Ring's legendary proc was not dealing damage. Heroes below level 70 will now receive less Blood Shards from Nephalem Rifts than level 70 characters. Level 70 heroes will now receive a greatly reduced amount of Blood Shards from Nephalem Rifts when playing in sub-level 70 games. Artisans Fixed an issue that allowed crafted set items to roll for class specific properties that were not available to your class when Enchanting. Items The Tall Man's Finger: Legendary affix will now only apply to Witch Doctor Zombie Dogs. Inna's Mantra: 4-Piece Set bonus will now only apply to Monks. Barbarian Different Warcry runes now properly stack with one another and are no longer overwritten.Nevalistis6 Jun 5, 2014
May 30, 2014 Vote for Your Favorite Theorycraft Thursday Build! Over the past month, we've featured four very different Theorycraft Thursday builds—each unique, thematic, and powerful in their own way. Now, it's time to vote your favorite! ZiPS' "Unholy" Monk Squirrel's "Barbari-care" Barbarian Leviathan's "Zoosader" Crusader BrvzerX's "Electro-Stun God" Wizard So, which build did you enjoy the most in the past four weeks? Select your favorite in the attached poll. Don't delay, though! Voting ends today @ 4:00 p.m. PDT. The individual whose build wins the community vote will be invited to join me and a few members of the Diablo III development team over on Twitch.tv/Diablo to chat, have fun, and play the game! We'll have more details available closer to the broadcast, but in the meantime – don't forget to send in your builds to TheorycraftThursday@blizzard.com.Lylirra0 May 30, 2014
Apr 30, 2014 Patch 2.0.4 Hotfixes - Updated 4/30 Below you will find a list of hotfixes recently applied or coming soon that address various bugs or mechanic tweaks. These hotfixes should not require you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below will go live the moment they are implemented while others may require restarting the game to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch. Also note that changes to certain abilities will not be reflected in its tooltip until a patch is issued. Previous hotfixes can be located here: [2.0.1] [2.0.2][2.0.3] Last Updated - April 30th. Items with an asterisk (*) are most recent. [UPCOMING HOTFIXES] There are no upcoming hotfixes to report at this time. [LIVE HOTFIXES] The hotfixes listed below are now currently live and implemented. General Rat Callers and Tusked Bogans no longer continue spawning additional waves of minions after the second wave is defeated.* Trivial monsters that spawn during events such as 'The Hive' and 'The Demonic Prisoner' no longer provide experience or loot.* Kadala's Legendary drop rate has been increased. Unique Monsters now use the same loot table as Champions. The bonus to Legendary drop rate for Nephalem Rifts has been increased from 25% to 100% The number of chests that spawn across Sanctuary has been reduced. The Unique Ebenezer Samuel no longer spawns 100% of the time on higher difficulties. The following change from the Patch Notes has been reverted: In Campaign Mode, Manglemaw now only drops loot and gives XP before the player progresses to the Chancellor's Tomb quest The profile menu now reports accurate play time for all classes, including the Crusader. Crafting plans purchased from a vendor can no longer be sold back. Items Shard of Hate Fixed an issue where the internal cooldown for this item's Legendary affix was being reset when dual-wielding. Fixed an issue where this item's Legendary affix did not account for a skill's proc scalar, causing it to proc on every skill use. Follower relics should now roll the appropriate stats for that follower. The following items had game-breaking bugs associated with them that are now resolved. They can once again drop in-game: Moonlight Ward Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan The Slanderer Little Rogue The Set bonuses from The Shadow's Mantle Class Set should now properly proc for only Demon Hunters. Crusader Consecration - Shattered Ground Crusaders should no longer damage themselves with Area Damage when using this skill. Blessed Shield - Shattering Throw Should no longer cause players to deal Area Damage to themselves and allies. Iron Maiden This skill no longer erroneously scales with monster difficulty and provides 6102 Thorns @ level 70. Please note the tooltip will not reflect this value. We plan to rework this skill in a future patch. Demon Hunter Sharpshooter This passive is now properly consumed by critical hits dealt by Companion or Sentry.Nevalistis7 Apr 30, 2014
Apr 20, 2014 Upcoming Hotfix - Shard of Hate (4/15) As with other recent hotfixes, we’ve got one coming up shortly that we wanted to give the community a heads up about, this time regarding the legendary Shard of Hate. We’ve been closely observing our internal reports as well as player feedback on the Shard of Hate and the general consensus is that this item feels wildly out of line compared to other items. After digging in behind the scenes, we discovered a couple of bugs with this item that we believe is the ultimate culprit. First, the internal cooldown of this item’s power was being reset each time a dual-wielding character attacked with a weapon in their other hand. This meant the effect was occurring twice as often for dual-wielding characters, and with particular skills such as Whirlwind or Tempest Rush that also carry attack speed multipliers, this effect was even more frequent. Secondly, the proc rate of the item was ignoring the proc scalar of the skill it was used with, which in simple terms caused Shard of Hate’s affix to apply every time a skill was used. Combined with the above issue, this resulted in this Legendary vastly over performing, and even more so with particular builds. The hotfixes we’re applying correct both of these unintended behaviors and have been added to our 2.0.4 Hotfixes thread. As with all major changes, we hope to provide insight as to why we felt these changes were necessary as well as give context to the decisions we ultimately make.Nevalistis1429 Apr 20, 2014
Apr 9, 2014 [UPDATED] Disconnection Issues in Nephalem Rifts Hi all, we're continuing to monitor reports of disconnections when in Nephalem Rifts. If you're continuing to experience disconnects while playing, you may want to attempt deleting the following folders inside the Diablo III game folder: > Diablo III\Data_D3\PC\MPQs\Cache\ > Diablo III\Data_D3\PC\MPQs\enUS\ (this may have a different name based on your language and region) Users report being able to play multiple Rifts without disconnecting whereas they could not before deleting the folders. -From Omrakos' post.Araxom1 Apr 9, 2014
Mar 30, 2014 Upcoming Hotfixes to Legendary Items Update 3/28 @ 5:20 p.m. PT: These hotfixes have been implemented and should now be live in all regions. Please note that you may need to restart your game in order for them to go into effect. ------------------------------------------------------------ Hey everyone, As a quick heads up, we have two buffs to Legendary item drop rates coming down the pipeline. First change: We're increasing the drop rate for Legendary items (this includes Set items) in Torment 1-6. Second change: We're significantly increasing the chance for an item purchased from Kadala to be a Legendary. Both of these hotfixes are somewhat proactive, but are aimed to help improve the reward curve for players as they start to reach higher Torment difficulties. We look forward to hearing your feedback as a result of these changes! Please note that these hotfixes have not yet been implemented. Once the hotfixes are live, they will be added and updated here. Lylirra499 Mar 30, 2014
Mar 29, 2014 Recent Hotfix to Monk Passive Unity Hey everyone, We’ve recently implemented a major hotfix for the Monk passive, Unity. With this hotfix, we’ve capped the number bonus damage stacks provided by the passive to 4. This means the maximum amount of bonus damage that can be achieved with Unity by the casting player is 20%, which is still fairly powerful compared to most class passive abilities. Unity’s design intent is to make players feel powerful when fighting side by side with their allies. The fantasy behind the passive is based on the idea that travelling with your Mystic Ally, follower, and other players can make you stronger and more adept at fighting your foes—which is great! At the moment, however, depending on your group make-up, the returns from Unity are vastly over-performing compared to other passives as well as other classes. We know nerfs never feel particularly great, but with a singular passive standing so far above other abilities, we hope you understand why this was the appropriate action to take. We’re aiming to provide as much transparency and clarity on these kinds of changes as possible, and we’re thankful for your patience and understanding!Nevalistis45 Mar 29, 2014
Mar 25, 2014 Loading Issues with Items, Stash Tabs, and Gold Update 3/25 @ 11:40 a.m. PT: Hey all! We've restored missing gold and items for players we were able to verify over the weekend. If you still have missing gold or items on one of characters that you believe as related to this issue, please contact Customer Support so we can continue to investigate on a case-by-case basis. Thank you so much for your patience and your reports! ------------------------------------------------------------ Update 3/20 @ 8:13 p.m. PT: Thanks to your reports and D3debug.tx files, we've been able to identify a very isolated number of players who did experience gold loss as a result of the missing gold/equipment/stash tab bug. We've developed a fix for this issue and are working to test and implement it by the end of the weekend. This fix should restore the full amount of gold lost as a result of the bug without any work required by the affected players. (Note that you need not have reported the issue in this thread to be eligible for the fix.) We sincerely apologize for any trouble this bug caused. The missing gold/equipment/stash tab should now be resolved and we hope to address any lingering issues associated with it before the launch of Reaper of Souls. :) Thank you again for your reports, and your patience! ------------------------------------------------------------ Update 3/18 @ 7:34 p.m. PT: If you continue to experience issues with missing gear that is not resolved by simple logging out and back in, we recommend attempting this player workaround: ... In addition, we are also investigating the possibility of providing a special one-time exception for Hardcore heroes specifically affected by this issue to allow for a rollback of the account, and subsequent restoration of the fallen heroes. More information is available here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12162756204 ------------------------------------------------------------ Update 3/18 @ 10:40 a.m. PT: Thanks to everyone who provided D3debug.txt files. These are no longer needed at this time. We're continuing to investigate your reports of missing gold, items, and stash tabs and will provide updates in this thread as they become available. ------------------------------------------------------------ Hey everyone! Earlier this evening, some players experienced an issue where, upon logging into the game, their heroes failed to load equipped and they were unable to access or view the hero's inventory, stash tabs, or gold. This issue that caused this to happen initially has been resolved and, overall, only a small number of players were affected. In addition, there shouldn't be any permanent loss of hero data (including items, stash tabs, and gold) from our database. Players affected by this issue, however, may need to log out of the game and then back into the game in order for everything to reappear. Note that several relogs may be required for all items, stash tabs, and gold to display correctly. While this issue is considered resolved on our end, we are continuing to monitor incoming reports--particularly those on this forum! If you are still experiencing problems related to this issue, please let us know in this thread. We'd also greatly appreciate if you could provide your D3debug.txt file and bracket it in ["code"][/"code"] tags (without the quotations). This file is located in the main Diablo III game folder. Thank you in advance for your posts! We are sincerely sorry that this issue occurred and for any inconvenience it's caused. We will continue to investigate your reports as they are received. --------------------------------------------------------------- [EDITED TO ADD] If you share a D3debug.txt file, please also note what kind of issue you're still experiencing.This contextual information is very important. If needed, feel free to edit your existing post that includes the d3debug.txt file. Thank you!Lylirra285 Mar 25, 2014
Mar 25, 2014 Reaper of Souls Launch Event Live Streams! Thank you to those of you who joined us for our developer Q&A hosted in Los Angeles! To continue the evening's festivities, we now have Archon the Wizard, DatModz, Day[9], and Shinobi streaming Reaper of Souls LIVE from the Vibiana. (How cool is that?!) Check out their channels below: Archon The Wizard: http://www.twitch.tv/archonthewizard DatModz: http://www.twitch.tv/datmodz Day[9]: http://www.twitch.tv/day9tv Shinobi: http://www.twitch.tv/nlgg_shinobiPhenteo0 Mar 25, 2014
Mar 24, 2014 Wings of Valor Delivery Update - // Updated // Update 3/21 @ 4:40 p.m. PT - We've received multiple reports from players who didn't think they had the wings but hadn't checked the mail/message icon that is visible in game in the lower left-hand corner. The Message will be titled, "RoS Preorder: Wings of Valor". Please keep in mind that you should be able to acquire the Wings as soon as the upgrade has been processed - with that said digital transactions can take upwards of 72 hours to complete. It doesn't usually always take that long for a transaction to process, but it can. If you upgraded over 72 hours ago, and are still not seeing the notification for the Wings in the mail/message icon - please try one or all of the following: Create a new character Close the game down, and restart the Battle.net Desktop App Reset the Password If these steps do not do the trick for you, please reach out to us via our Support Portal. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Update 3/21 @ 11:00 a.m. PT - For players who prepurchased early, your Wings of Valor are now in transit and should be delivered to everyone soon. Some of you may have already received your wings, for others it may take a bit more time. Once your Wings of Valor have been delivered, claiming them is easy. Simply log into the game on any one of your heroes and look for a small mail icon in the lower left of the screen (if you're already in the game, you may need to log out and then back in). Click the mail icon to open the delivery window, select the Wings of Valor, and then click "Claim." The wings will appear in your hero's inventory and can be equipped immediately by right-clicking on the item's icon. If you've purchased the game and have not received your Wings of Valor in the next hour or so, please respond here so that we can continue to troubleshoot. Thank you so much for your patience! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hey everyone! Quick update on the Wings of Valor delivery. Early this afternoon, we ran a special script to award eligible players who have digitally prepurchased Reaper of Souls their Wings of Valor. This script completed this afternoon around approximately 5:00 pm PT. Shortly after this script was run, we uncovered an issue that affected the delivery of the Wings of Valor for certain players. As a result, depending on when you digitally prepurchased the game, you may or may not have already received your wings. Here's how everything breaks down: Players who prepurchased Reaper of Souls before the script completed this afternoon will experience a delay in the delivery of their Wings of Valor. We’ve already developed a fix for this delay; however, we anticipate that the secondary script we’ll need to run to get the wings delivered to everyone will not complete until tomorrow morning (Pacific Time) at the earliest. We don’ t yet have an exact ETA to share for when the wings for this groups of players will be delivered, but we’ll be sure to provide an update in this thread as soon as we do. Players who digitally prepurchased Reaper of Souls after the script completed should experience no delay in the delivery of their Wings of Valor and can immediately redeem the item in-game. Similarly, any player who prepurchases Reaper of Souls going forward or claims a retail game key on or before March 31, 2014 will also be able to redeem the wings right away. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and will be sure to keep everyone updated as we work to get you your sparkly spoils. Thank you to all those who submitted reports!Lylirra850 Mar 24, 2014
Mar 24, 2014 Upcoming Hotfixes - 3/21/14 Some of you may have noticed I recently updated the Patch 2.0.3 Hotfixes to include a couple new upcoming changes. These hotfixes should be live later this afternoon, and we wanted to offer some clarification regarding these changes in advance (as well as to keep the Hotfix list clean of lengthy explanations). ... We've been listening to player feedback on difficulty rewards, and one of the most frequent comments we receive is that Torment difficulty isn't rewarding enough. As a result, we've reached the decision to make class-specific sets, specifically Natalya’s, Immortal Kings, Tal Rasha's, Inna's, and Zunimassa's, drop only in Torment I or above from this point forward. The class sets weren't designed as a progression, but rather as a lateral choice between different play styles. It makes sense for all of them to be obtained at the same difficulty level, alongside the other sets that will be available at 70 in Torment I+. This should also make these very strong items a little bit more rare, and when you reach level 70 and you see someone wearing a full set, you’ll know the level of play they needed to reach in order to acquire those items. The reward level of each difficulty setting and how they feel is very important to us, and it’s something we’ll continue to observe and tweak as we enter the expansion. ... It took us some time to evaluate whether or not we wanted to alter some of the current most popular runs. Our baseline for comparison for these alternative runs is to see how they stack up versus Adventure Mode and Bounty runs, and these different types of play should be on par (or at least fairly close). After extensive testing, we were finding this wasn't the case and came to the decision to make these changes. It’s a decision we wrestled with for a while, but ultimately, we want to avoid situations where the most efficient game play isn't necessarily the most engaging and our investigations revealed this to be that kind of situation. We want a larger variety, rather than only one or two particular routes, to be the most rewarding way to play. On a related note, we know a lot of you are still preparing for the launch of Reaper of Souls, so we’re also upping the ante on the Community bonus experience event. Starting right now and for this weekend only, the bonus experience provided will be upped from 50% to 100%. This should help you get all your nephalem heroes leveled and geared up for the battle against Malthael!Nevalistis978 Mar 24, 2014
Mar 19, 2014 Assistance w/HC Death Due to Missing Gear Greetings Adventurers, We’re currently investigating an issue that’s affecting some characters, causing their items, armor, and weapons to go missing upon login. Although this issue is in most situations temporary and can be corrected with repeated login attempts, there are reports that some Hardcore heroes were lost as a result of this. For accounts which were specifically impacted by this issue, our Support team is investigating the possibility of providing a special one-time exception to allow for a rollback of the account, and subsequent restoration of the fallen heroes. To contact our support with the request for this specific rollback exception, we encourage you to create a ticket through the following support portal with ‘MISSING GEAR DEATH’ in the body of the ticket: https://us.battle.net/support/en/help/ticket/d3/297 Please know that the decision to allow such an exception is not an easy one to make, and that this is not a guarantee that we will offer the rollback to all accounts that petition us with this request. Only accounts which we can verify were affected by this missing gear issue leading to the death of a Hardcore character will be considered for these rollbacks. With that said, we do want you to know that we are continuing to address this issue, and ask for all players to be aware that the issue is currently ongoing. Your deeds of valor will be remembered.Araxom0 Mar 19, 2014
Mar 17, 2014 [NEW] 3/13 - Issues Creating Game / Latency Reports **UPDATE** 3/17 @ 1:15 pm PDT - Thanks again everyone for keeping us updated about the performance of your games. Please be aware that the connection issues which have been affecting our players routing through Northeastern networks is an issue that continues to be addressed. More information about that particular issue can be found in the following thread which is in our technical support forums: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/11913301464?page=1 ------------------------------------------- **UPDATE** 3/14 @ 11:20 pm PDT- We continuing to investigate reports of high latency and appreciate your ongoing feedback (as well as the additional information you've shared in response to this post). We don't have have an ETA on when this issue may be resolved for all palyers, but it remains a priority for us at this time and we'll continue to provide updates as they become available. ------------------------------------------- **UPDATE** 3/14 @ 5:53 pm PDT - Game creation issues should now be resolved for most players; however, if you are still experiencing in-game latency, we'd appreciate the additional information requested here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12082198142?page=85#1685 ------------------------------------------- **UPDATE** 3/14 @ 4:35 pm PDT - We are receiving reports that players are able to get back into the game. Although it will not be necessary to collect further trace routes at this time, we do ask that you specifically call out whether you are able to access the game, create a game, or join in an existing one. Thank you! ------------------------------------------- **UPDATE** 3/14 @ 3:25 pm PDT - We're aware that many players have reported having lost connection to their current games and this is being investigated along with the previous reports in this thread. ------------------------------------------- **UPDATE** 3/14 @ 11:45am PDT - Hi all, If you are continuing to experience the issue with creating a game, please run a Trace Route to the following address 12.129.209.68 and post that information here. Thank you! ------------------------------------------- **UPDATE** 3/13 @ 11:25pm PDT - We believe we identified the primary source of the issue affecting game creation, as well as the ability to join existing games. We've implemented a fix in the last few minutes and believe that players should now be able to create and join new games without any problems. We'd love for players to log back in and give this a test; if you continue to experience difficulty creating/joining games, please let us know. An important note, though: Due to the nature of this specific issue, some players may unable to join existing games (games that were created before we resolved the issue). However, you shouldn't have any issues creating new games. ------------------------------------------- **UPDATE** 3/13 @ 8:10pm PDT - Thanks for your reports! We're continuing to investigate server issues based on your feedback and hope to have a resolution soon. As more updates become available, we'll provide them here. ------------------------------------------- **UPDATE** 3/13 @ 6:55pm PDT - Please retest at your convenience and let us know if you still have any difficulties creating games, or experience severe latency. Please be aware that as we are continuing to address the issue, it may yet take a bit longer before this has cleared up for everyone. ------------------------------------------- **UPDATE** 3/13 @ 6:40pm PDT - We have identified the issue and are currently working to resolve it. We'll be sure to update the post as soon as we have more information to provide. Thanks again for hanging in there! ------------------------------------------- Greetings Adventurers, We're currently investigating reports in the North American region concerning players being unable to create new games, and also reports regarding general latency.Araxom2002 Mar 17, 2014
Mar 13, 2014 Reaper of Souls Fan Art Contest Ending Soon Time is of the essence! You have just under a week left to submit your entries for the the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Fan Art, which contest ends on March 13, 2014. Over $11,000 worth of prizes and a two-night trip to Blizzard HQ in Irvine, CA are up for grabs to the most talented artisans this side of Sanctuary, so be sure to get your entries in before it's too late! For additional details including how to enter, the official rules and prizing, head on over to the official contest page on deviantART.Vaeflare19 Mar 13, 2014
Mar 11, 2014 [NEW] Warsong Pennant is Now Available Greetings Adventurers! The Warsong Pennant (one of many bonuses you can receive for purchasing the Digital Deluxe edition of Warlords of Draenor) is now available in game. To claim your prize, simply log into your hero and select the mail icon from the lower left-hand corner of the screen and click 'claim' on the Warsong Pennant notification. Any Deluxe Edition/Collector’s Edition bonuses that you have yet to claim on a specific hero will be available through this interface. If you do not see a mail notification, please create a new hero as this will force the item to appear for those accounts who have successfully purchased the upcoming WoW expansion. If you have already maxed out your hero slots, please give us a shout through our Support Portal and we’ll be happy to assist. Also - please be aware that the Pennant notification may not display for those regions that have not yet been updated. Glory to you all, may your deeds of valor be remembered!Araxom0 Mar 11, 2014
Mar 8, 2014 Reaper of Souls Fan Art Contest Ending Soon Time is of the essence! You have just under a week left to submit your entries for the the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Fan Art, which contest ends on March 13, 2014. Over $11,000 worth of prizes and a two-night trip to Blizzard HQ in Irvine, CA are up for grabs to the most talented artisans this side of Sanctuary, so be sure to get your entries in before it's too late! For additional details including how to enter, the official rules and prizing, head on over to the official contest page on deviantART.Vaeflare0 Mar 8, 2014
Mar 4, 2014 Extended Maintenance - 3/4/2014 Update 3/4/14 @ 3:56 PM PT Maintenance is now complete and you should now be able to log into the game. Thank you for bearing with us, and enjoy Patch 2.0.2! ------------------------------------------- Update 3/4/14 @ 3:25 PM PT Maintenance has been extended by 1 hour (now tentatively ending by 4:00 P.M. PST) to allow for some additional testing. ------------------------------------------- Update 3/4/14 @ 12:23 PM PT Maintenance has been extended by 1 hour (now tentatively ending at 3:00 P.M. PST) to allow for some additional testing. ------------------------------------------- Good Morning, everyone! We are currently deploying patch 2.0.2. However, we encountered some issues which have delayed its release. To ensure these issues are resolved swiftly and thoroughly, today's maintenance has been extended. At this time, we anticipate maintenance will conclude and the game will be available at approximately 2:00 P.M. PST. We'll be keeping you updated if that schedule should change. Thanks again as always for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you in Sanctuary! Patch Info: Patch Notes for 2.0.2 are currently available on our game site 2.0.2 Hotfixes are now available.Nevalistis1589 Mar 4, 2014
Mar 4, 2014 ATTENTION: Level-Up Chat on XP Gain With today's 2.0.2 patch, players may be experiencing an unexpected amount of chat from their characters and followers. Upon gaining experience, your hero and follower may be prompted to inform you of their progress. We are aware of this issue and currently working to address it as quickly as possible. However, this will require a patch to resolve. In the meantime, you can impose your own temporary gag order by disabling the following options: Sound > Voice Volume > Set to 0 Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to resolve this issue!Nevalistis102 Mar 4, 2014
Feb 12, 2014 Emergency Maintenance 2/10 We will be performing emergency maintenance between the hours of 6:00 p.m. PST and 8:00 p.m. PST to address recent connection issues. Please be advised that this maintenance period may cause log-in and connectivity issues while it is ongoing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.Nevalistis14 Feb 12, 2014
Dec 26, 2013 Happy Holidays! As with years in the past, the Diablo III community team will have a reduced presence on the forums, Twitter, and Facebook over the holidays as we unwrap our very own Treasure Goblins and ring in a new year with family and friends. We're eager to hit the ground running in January, though, and look forward to discussing the delicate art of demon slaughter with you in year of our Lord (of Terror) 2014. In the meantime, whether in Sanctuary, Azeroth, Mar Sara, or beyond, we hope that you and yours share in the warmth of the season. It's truly been a pleasure for us to represent Blizzard and the Diablo III community this past year, and we want to thank each and every one of you for your support, your reports, and (most importantly) your passion. Happy holidays! http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/12144858/Lylirra0 Dec 26, 2013
Dec 12, 2013 Reaper of Souls Closed Beta & 2.0.1 PTR Now Live REAPER OF SOULS CLOSED BETA Reapers, and Westmarch, and Crusaders, oh my—the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Closed Beta has begun! For more information about the Closed Beta, please click here. To provide feedback on changes included the beta, please visit the following Beta Feedback forums: General Feedback Feature Feedback Class Feedback To report any issues you experience while playing, please visit the Reaper of Souls Bug Report forum. Note: A Closed Beta license is required in order to post in these forums. PATCH 2.0.1 PTR Patch 2.0.1 is currently in development and now available for testing on the PTR. For more information about the PTR, please click here. To provide feedback on changes included the PTR, please visit the following PTR Feedback forums: General Feedback Feature Feedback Class Feedback To report any issues you may experience while playing, please visit the PTR Bug Report forum. While the 2.0.1 PTR is only available in English and Korean, accounts from all regions are eligible to participate.Lylirra0 Dec 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013 What do you think Malthael’s plans are? With the recent release of the Reaper of Souls Friends and Family Beta, we’ve seen a lot of discussion focused on gameplay systems, class balance, item balance, difficulty tuning, and more. In the wake of those more technical conversations, there've also been a number of story-related inquiries raised concerning the Malthael and his return to Sanctuary. So, for our latest “Question from Sanctuary” (our new name for this particular blog series), we want to know: What do you think Malthael’s plans are for the Black Soulstone? Leave a comment below to let us know, or head on over to our latest blog and join in the discussion there: https://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/11872191/Vaeflare89 Dec 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013 What Would You Ask About Legendary Item Design? Our Design a Legendary project is continuing in full-force, and tomorrow, Wednesday December 11, you'll have the opportunity to tune-in for a special episode of TwizzCast from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PT, which will feature game designers Travis Day and John Yang, as well as hosts and guests Twizz, Archon the Wizard, Flux, and Monstrous! This livestream will cover a variety of topics including the design process for Legendary items in Reaper of Souls, but it will also give players the opportunity to share and discuss suggestions on what kind of powers they'd like our community-designed Legendary to have. So to set the stage for tomorrow's exciting podcast, we want to know: If you could ask Travis or John a question about Legendary item design on tomorrow’s TwizzCast, what would it be? Leave a comment below to let us know, or head on over to our latest Design a Legendary blog and join in the discussion there: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/11902529/Vaeflare44 Dec 12, 2013
Dec 11, 2013 Requests for Beta Keys - Please Read! The Reaper of Souls Closed Beta is upon us! While this is an exciting time, please note that we will be locking or removing any threads related to beta key requests. Topics eligible for moderation include (but are not limited to): I want a beta key. [Player A] should get a key! I've played for [X] hours. Why didn't I get a key? [Player B] is awesome! Why didn't [he/she] get a key? [Player C] sucks! Why did [he/she] get a key? I want to buy a beta key. I want to sell a beta key! If you are interested in participating in the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, make sure you've opted-in for beta testing! To opt into the beta, simply visit your Beta Profile Settings page in Account Management, check the "Diablo" box under "Beta Tests I'm Interested In," and then click "Update Preferences." In order to be eligible for an opt-in invite to the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, you must have an active Diablo III license attached to your Battle.net account that's in good standing (i.e. not suspended or banned). In addition, you may need to download and run the System Check tool before you can update your Beta Profile preferences. For more information, please read our Closed Beta FAQ. Please note that opting in to the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta will not guarantee you access (especially since invites to our Closed Beta will be extremely limited), but it will at least give you a chance at joining our beta test. In the meantime, if you're looking to test out upcoming game features and provide feedback, we encourage you to join us on the Patch 2.0.1 PTR!Lylirra0 Dec 11, 2013
Nov 12, 2013 BlizzCon Lore and Story Panel - What Would You Ask? We know there are a lot of players who enjoy exploring the rich history of Sanctuary and we would love to hear more about what kind lore or story-related topics interest you. So, for our latest community question, we want to know: If you had the opportunity, what single lore or story question would you ask our Diablo III developers about Reaper of Souls? Leave a comment below to let us know, or head on over to our latest blog and join in the discussion there: https://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/11425597/Vaeflare42 Nov 12, 2013
Oct 18, 2013 What Are Your Favorite Side Quests or Events? During your adventures through Sanctuary, you've traveled near and far—to Hell and back, in fact—and along the way, you've probably participated in dozens of side quests and events. So we'd love to know: What side quest or event in Diablo III do you find the most interesting, and why? Leave a comment below to let us know, or head on over to our latest blog and join in the discussion there: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/11216722/Vaeflare62 Oct 18, 2013
Oct 2, 2013 Diablo III Console Patch 1.0.2 (PS3 Only) Diablo III Console Patch 1.0.2 is now live for PlayStation 3. Check out the full patch notes below to learn all about the latest changes and fixes. For a list of known issues, please visit our Console Bug Report forum. Diablo III Console Patch 1.0.2 Crash Fixes Fixed a crash that could occur when quitting the game during a cutscene. Fixed a crash that could occur when interacting with the stash while another player attempts to join your game. Fixed a crash that could occur after connection failures caused by NAT/Firewall settings. Fixed multiple crashes that could occur as a result of memory corruption. Fixed crash when casting Hex with the Painful Transformation rune on a Fetish Shaman in Acts III and IV. Removed unnecessary "Clear Skill" option that could appear on the Passive Skill screen and would crash the game when selected. Gameplay Fixes Enabling Elective Mode no longer causes "New Slot" notification stars to appear for the original slot as opposed to the slot the skill is assigned to. Hardcore characters in the process of taking fatal damage while exiting the Scorched Chapel will no longer be permanently killed. Followers can no longer permanently lose all items after migrating from one game host to another. The following four item sets will no longer repeatedly and permanently add core stat bonuses each time the player logs out of the game: Blackthorne's Armor, Endless Path, Zunimassa's Whispers, and Guardian's Contingency. (This fix will also retroactively correct inflated core stat bonuses on heroes affected by this bug prior to our hotfix going live.) Equipping a quiver with a two-handed bow will no longer cause Quick Compare to incorrectly reflect a loss in damage. Square gems should now only drop in Hell difficulty, which is also where the required items to combine them drop. The Paragon experience bar for Player 2 and Player 4 now displays correctly instead of being visually clipped at the ends. Fixed a bug that caused a player's experience bar to not display in multiplayer games if a another character with a Paragon levels had entered the game first. Fixed a bug that caused the inventory to not display unidentified Legendary items. Fixed a bug that caused the inventory to display equipped items twice if you exited the gem socketing sub-screen with the Select/Back button. Fixed a bug that caused the controller to become stuck vibrating indefinitely. Made changes to address corruptions of saved game data. Please note that this patch is currently only available for PlayStation 3 users. While we don’t have an estimate as to when this patch will be available as a title update for Xbox 360, we will be sure to post an update once it’s live. Thanks!Lylirra0 Oct 2, 2013
Oct 1, 2013 Welcome Nevalistis! Hey everyone, Please join me in welcoming Nevalistis to the North American Diablo III Community Team! Nevalistis has a strong passion for Blizzard games and is very enthusiastic about joining us on our many adventures throughout Sanctuary, endeavoring to be a conduit for information as well as a voice for the Blizzard community. In between the normal community manager functions of meeting with developers, writing feature articles, engaging on social media, and attending live events, she’ll be joining us here on the forums discussing Diablo III with all of you. So, without further ado: Welcome, Nevalistis!Lylirra146 Oct 1, 2013
Sep 17, 2013 Diablo III Auction House Update FAQ Q. Why is the auction house system being removed from Diablo III? The gold and real-money auction houses have provided a convenient and secure system for trading, but it's also become increasingly clear that despite the benefits they provide, they ultimately undermine Diablo’s core gameplay. A big part of Diablo is the thrill of battling demons and finding epic loot. While buying epic loot in the auction houses might be more convenient, it doesn't feel anywhere near as heroic as plowing through a pack of fearsome-looking monsters and having them drop that one awesome item that seems like it was made for your character. Q. Will this change affect both the gold and real-money auction house? Yes. We will be shutting down both the gold and the real-money auction houses. Q. When will the gold and real-money auction houses be removed from the game? The gold and real-money auction houses will be shut down on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Q. Are the gold and real-money auction houses shutting down at the same time? Yes. The gold and real-money auction houses will be shut down at the same time. Q. Are the gold and real-money auction houses being removed for all gameplay regions? Yes. The gold and real-money auction houses are being removed for all gameplay regions. Q. Why aren’t the auction houses being removed sooner? Since the gold and real-money auction houses receive a regular amount of daily activity, we wanted to inform everyone of this upcoming change as soon as we made the decision and give as much advance notice as soon as possible. Also, removing the auction houses from the game is no small endeavor, and there were many technical and gameplay-related questions we still need to answer before this change is implemented. Q. Are there any plans to add the gold and real-money auction houses back into the game in the future? No. We have no plans at this time to add either the gold or real-money auction house back into the game after they are removed. Q. How will I be able to trade with other players once the gold and real-money auction houses are shut down? Once the gold and real-money auction houses have been shut down, players will still be able to trade with one another using the in-game Trade Window. Q. On what day and at what time will the gold and real-money auction houses be shut down in all regions? The gold and real-money auction houses are currently scheduled to shut down in all gameplay regions at approximately 3:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, March 18. Please note that this schedule may change and that the auction houses could be shut down a little earlier or later on March 18. Q. Will the shutdown process require maintenance? No, the shutdown will not require maintenance. However, the current shut down time will overlap with scheduled Tuesday maintenance for the Americas gameplay region. Q. What will happen to my current auctions when the gold and real-money auction houses are shut down? All active auctions will expire as normal following the shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on Tuesday, March 18. Once the shutdown is complete, items will either be delivered to the current highest bidder or returned to the seller, appearing in each player's Completed tab. Unclaimed gold will also appear in the Completed tab. Players will be able to claim gold and items and from this tab until June 24, 2014. Successful transactions involving Battle.net Balance and/or PayPal will be processed normally and all usual fees will apply. Q. What happens to my unclaimed items and gold in the Completed tab after the shutdown? Players will be able to claim gold and items from the Completed tab in both the gold and real-money auction houses until June 24, 2014. Items and gold not claimed by this date will be consumed by Treasure Goblins, never to be seen again. To avoid any unintended loss of gold or items, we strongly recommend that players clear out their Completed tabs prior to March 18, 2014. Q. How will I be able to access the Completed tab after the gold and real money auction houses are shut down? The auction house window will remain available for all players until June 24, 2014; however, the ability to Bid, Buyout, and list new auctions in the gold and real-money auction houses will be disabled on March 18, 2014. To access the Completed tab after the gold and real-money auction houses have shut down, simply click on the gavel icon and select which auction house (gold or real-money) you wish to access. The Completed tab will appear in its normal location on the far right of the auction house window. Q. My Completed tab is already full! What will happen to outstanding items after the gold and real-money auction houses are shut down? Each Completed tab can display up to 50 items at a time. If a player has more than 50 items to claim from the gold or real-money auction house, those outstanding items (including unclaimed gold) will remain in the Completed tab "backlog." As items are removed from the Completed tab and additional space is made available in the UI, items in the backlog will begin to appear and can be claimed as normal. Please note that items and gold in the backlog will be removed permanently from the game after June 24, 2014. Q. What will happen to my existing Battle.net Balance? Your Battle.net Balance total will not be affected by the shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on March 18, 2014. In addition, players will still be able to use their Battle.net Balance to purchase a variety of services and Blizzard games from the Battle.net Shop. For more information, please visit our Battle.net Balance support article. Q. Can I convert my Battle.net Balance into cash after the real-money auction house is shut down? No. Funds added to Battle.net Balance are not refundable (except as otherwise provided by law) and cannot be converted into cash. For more information, please visit our Battle.net Balance support article Official Announcement: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/10974978/Lylirra0 Sep 17, 2013
Sep 17, 2013 What's Your Highest Level Character? Whether you've been mercilessly slaughtering demons in Sanctuary since last year, or you've recently picked up a copy of Diablo III on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, you've likely spent some quality time fighting back against the minions of the Burning Hells, and earning delicious experience for every fallen foe. For our latest community question, we want to know: What's your highest level character? Tell us a bit about them – What class are they? What's their name? How long have you been playing them? Leave a comment below to let us know, or head over to our latest blog for more discussion: https://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/10894704Vaeflare65 Sep 17, 2013
Sep 5, 2013 2011 Global Writing Contest Winners The wayward plans concocted by judges of the 2009 and 2010 Global Writing Contests have been foiled, and the Ocunomicon has been cast back into the howling Sightless Abyss whence it came. This victory would not have been possible without you, the writers, bravely wielding the ink-drenched Quills of a Thousand Truths! Even with two years' worth of ocular fortitude strengthening their retinal acumen, the judges were unable to withstand the sheer number and magnificent quality of this year's entries... ... especially considering that an entire mountain of short stories was airdropped on top of them. With the smoke cleared and the errant judges corralled and subdued, the victors of the 2011 Global Writing Contest have emerged. Behold now, your champions! Winner: "The Exit" by Danny McAleese Finalists (in alphabetical order): "Anatomy of Demons" by David Patterson "Daughter of Lordaeron" by Marika Kermode "Echo of Pride" by Martin Arthur Paul Wilson "Reforged" by Anthony Dickson "The Future of Lordaeron" by Tyler F.M. Edwards "The Heavier Burden" by Erica Cargle "The Stranger" by Walter Handloser Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): "Ashes over Stormwind" by Ryan K. Stansifer "Blood and Thunder" by Alex Boston "Haven of the Windless Sea" by Celine Taillefer "Iron Lady Down" by Joe Trela "Isn't Falstad Dead?" by Ian Casteen Bates "A Mage's Honor" by Geoffrey Walano "Mending and Renewal" by James C. Reuss "Pawned" by Ivan Carvalho "Purity" by Tim Marrero "The Short Happy Lives of the Southern Barrens Sapper Corps" by Nicholas Lampros "Warrior's Hands" by Allison Utterback The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Blizzard's headquarters in Southern California to meet and eat with the Blizzard writing staff. In addition, the winner will receive a Doomhammer™ hammer by Epic Weapons and copies of the StarCraft Archive, the Diablo Archive, the Warcraft Archive, the Warcraft: War of the Ancients Archive, and World of Warcraft: Chronicles of War. All books will be signed by Chris Metzen, their respective cover artists, and the Creative Development Publishing team. The seven runners-up will each receive copies of the StarCraft Archive, the Diablo Archive, the Warcraft Archive, the Warcraft: War of the Ancients Archive, and World of Warcraft: Chronicles of War. All books will be signed by Chris Metzen, their respective cover artists, and the Creative Development Publishing team. The winning entry, along with excerpts from the finalists, will be posted soon! See you next year, fellow vision enthusiasts! Praise C'Thun!Zarhym15 Sep 5, 2013
Aug 29, 2013 Book of Cain II: Electric Boogaloo? For those that have read through the entirety of the Book of Cain: Were we to make a follow-up to the Book of Cain, what would you like to see in it?Nyorloth113 Aug 29, 2013
Aug 17, 2013 What Creature of Sanctuary Would You Want As a Pet? Simply because a beast is covered from head-to-toe in razor-sharp spines or has a poisonous sting doesn't mean that it wouldn't make a fine pet - with the right amount of tender loving care, of course. And for this week's Community Question we want to know: If you could have any creature of Sanctuary as a pet, which would you choose? Leave a comment below to let us know which you would choose and why, or head over to our latest blog for more beastly pondery: https://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/10569963#bestVaeflare39 Aug 17, 2013
Aug 15, 2013 Diablo III: The Order ... On behalf of our Creative Development team, we're very happy to present our latest novel, Diablo III: The Order, written by author Nate Kenyon. If you haven't gotten a copy, you can find a selection of purchase options listed below. For those of you who have read the book, we'd really enjoy reading your responses. This exciting new novel covers quite a bit of backstory surrounding Deckard Cain and Leah so please feel free to discuss the lore and share your impressions with us. Hardcover Edition Blizzard Online Store Amazon Barnes and NobleeBook, Kindle, and nook editions iTunes Amazon Barnes and Noble An Audiobook edition is also available via iTunes.Crithto75 Aug 15, 2013