Diablo III

Patch 2.6.5 PTR Preview

Patch 2.6.5 PTR Preview

With Patch 2.6.4, we started a new process for testing content both internally and externally that worked well for our production schedule and helped ensure that we received focused, actionable player feedback. We’re going to continue using this process for Patch 2.6.5, with a one-week PTR to fully test Season 17.

On the docket are also highly-requested quality of life changes, item changes that should boost some fan-favorite playstyles, and an all-new Season 17 buff that'll help us bring the terror to the Season of Nightmares!

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Please note that this is a preview for PTR content, which is subject to change.


PTR Details

We'll be conducting the Patch 2.6.5 PTR over the course of approximately one week, starting Friday, April 5. During the course of the PTR, there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches.

There will be two buffs active to help you on your PTR journey: increased Legendary drop rate and double Blood Shard drops. This should allow everyone to acquire any class set items (or supplemental items) that they might need!

Feedback should be provided in the PTR Feedback forum while bug reports should be provided in the PTR Bug Report forum. Clearly separating these tracks allows our designers and quality assurance testers to hone in on the information they need most.

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PTR Goals

With another new game-impacting Seasonal buff and several beefy boosts to Legendary items, we know it will be very tempting to get your hands dirty with as much as you can! To help guide your focus, here are the priorities in terms of what we’d most like to see tested.

  • Players pushing Greater Rifts as high as possible with the new item changes listed below
  • Experimentation with the Legacy of Nightmares Seasonal buff, with emphasis on finding builds with unforeseen interactions or bugs

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PTR Tips

As with our previous 2.6.4 PTR, this testing period will have a short duration. Whether you’re a PTR veteran or newcomer, we thought we’d pass along a few tips to get you started.

  • Because of the limited duration of this PTR, we ask that participants pick a particular portion of this update to focus on testing.
    • For example, if you’re primarily a Wizard player, consider what changes impact the Wizard specifically. What you like best, what you think may still need adjustment, and what you'd want to see in the future (even if that may be beyond the scope of this patch) are all good questions to ask yourself.
  • Prior to the start of PTR, consider stocking up on items like Puzzle Rings and Bovine Bardiches. Having these available after you import your character can make any necessary PTR farming much faster!
  • Try to break things! Just tell us when you do so we can make sure that the 2.6.5 launch is as smooth as possible.
  • When providing feedback, focus less on a solution and more on your experience. How did the changes make you feel? Was there something "off" that you noticed? Did something seem wrong or insufficient? Suggestions are always welcome but identifying the issues themselves is most important.

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Patch Notes

Last updated April 26 @ 11:09 a.m. PST.

Below you will find the patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.5.


PATCH 2.6.5

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Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.


General

  • Torment 14, 15, and 16 have been added to the game
    • Adjustments have been made to enemy Health and Damage in Torment 14, 15, and 16 to better match up to Greater Rift 65, 70, and 75 respectively
    • Rewards for Infernal Machines, Organs, and Greater Rift Keys have been improved
  • Portals left behind by Treasure Goblins may occasionally lead somewhere udderly ridiculous
  • Using an Ancient or Primal Puzzle Ring in Kanai’s Cube will produce a new result
  • Party portraits now display if a player’s Cheat Death buff has been recently used (PC Only)
  • When a boss is killed in a Nephalem Rift, a permanent ping will mark the location of the boss’ death until the Rift is closed
  • The Boss Notification screen has received a rework (PC Only)
  • The Greater Rift Notification screen has received a rework (PC Only)
  • The Greater Rift Completion screen has received a rework (PC Only)
  • Matchmaking no longer prevents players from joining a game while a Greater Rift is already in progress
    • Players who join the game will still be unable to join a Greater Rift in progress
  • The progress bar for a Greater Rift is now visible to all players in the game, regardless of whether they are participating in the Rift or not

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Quality of Life

  • Additional stash space has been made available for all players
    • PC: The cap for earning additional stash tabs through the Season Journey has been raised from 4 to 9
    • PS4/XB1/Switch: All players will be able to purchase 70 additional stash spaces with gold upon login
    • Note: All tabs are available immediately upon login on PTR for testing purposes only
  • Search functionality has been added to Stash (PC Only)
  • All Crafters now have an Expand/Collapse All button for recipes (PC Only)
  • Most Bounty indicators are now displayed immediately after entering the Bounty area
  • Death’s Breath now drop in Horadric Caches

Developer Comment: With 2.6.5, we’re aiming to address some of the longest standing and most desired quality of life features the community has brought to us. We’ve hit a little bit of everything, from adding additional Torment levels, making Ancient/Primal Puzzle Rings feel rewarding, and rehauling stash space in both size and functionality. Other changes were made to help smooth out overall gameplay, such as making Bounties feel less of a chore and more rewarding and reworking a few of our notification screens. Return to Top


Seasons

  • The Season Journey Journal now displays all chapters, regardless of current progression
  • There is a new reward for completing the entirety of the Season Journey (Guardian)
    • ​For Season 17, the Galactic Wings are available
  • Added the buff for Season 17
    • Player’s damage dealt is increased by 750% and damage taken is reduced by 4% for every Ancient Item they have equipped while having no Set Bonuses Active

Developer’s Comment: The Season of Grandeur was by far our most popular Themed Season yet. In the wake of having a free Ring of Royal Grandeur active, we saw a lot of requests to try the same thing with the Legacy of Nightmares set power. We had been toying with the same idea internally, and the community request really nudged us over the edge of giving it a go!

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Items

  • (NEW) Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered
    • Become immune to control-impairing effects for 5-7 seconds after drinking this potion
  • Akkhan’s Leniency
    • Each enemy hit by your Blessed Shield increases damage of your Blessed Shield by 15-20% 75-100% 30-35%for 3 seconds
  • Bloodtide Blade
    • Death Nova deals 80-100% 300-400% increased damage for every enemy within 25 yards
  • Carnevil
    • The 5 10 Fetishes closest to you will shoot a powerful Poison Dart every time you do
  • Chantodo’s Will
    • Every second while in Archon form you expel a Wave of Destruction, dealing 1000% 4000% weapon damage to enemies within 30 yards. Every time you hit with an attack while not in Archon form, 1000% 4000% weapon damage is added to the Wave of Destruction, stacking up to 20 times
    • Wave of Destruction ticks now scale with Attack Speed
    • Wave of Destruction damage now scales with Attack Speed
  • The Dagger of Darts
    • Your Poison Darts and your Fetishes’ Poison Darts now pierce and deal an additional [400-500%] damage.
  • Grace of Inarius
    • 6-Piece Bonus
      • Bone Armor also activates a swirling tornado of bone, damaging nearby enemies for 1000% weapon damage and increasing the damage they take from the Necromancer by 3750% 10000%
  • Iron Rose
    • Attacking with Siphon Blood has a 40-50% 100% chance to cast a free Blood Nova
  • Jekangbord
    • Blessed Shield ricochets to 6 additional enemies and has its damage increased by 225-300% 300-400%
  • Sage’s Set
    • Now doubles the amount of Death’s Breaths that drop
      • Previous: Increases Death’s Breath drops by 1
  • Sin Seekers
    • Now also adds 250-300% damage to Rapid Fire
  • Wojahnni Assaulter
    • Rapid Fire deals 60-75% 75-100% increased damage for every half second that you channel. Stacks up to 4 30 times.
      • The stacks gained from Wojahnni Assaulter now also stack much more quickly

Developer’s Comment: With Patch 2.6.4, we focused on making a lot of changes to different class sets to open up build diversity and level out the comparable power between classes. With 2.6.5, we’re continuing that trend through adjustments to (mostly) Legendary powers we feel have a very strong, fun fantasy, but needed some damage bumps.

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Bug Fixes

  • Necromancer Simulacrums now benefit from the Trag'Oul's Avatar 6-Piece Bonus
  • (PTR Specific) Changes to Reaper's Wraps and Shadow's Mantle have been properly reverted
  • (PTR Specific) Fixed an issue where the Season objective "Money Ain't a Thang" would not complete if Greed was slain in an Ancient Vault
  • (PTR Specific) Fixed an issue where the bonus from Dagger of Darts was not increasing Fetish damage
  • (PTR Specific) Fixed an issue where Blood Siphon may produce Blood Novas that dealt no damage when caused by Iron Rose
  • Fixed and issue where Xbox One/PS4 Voice Chat within public games was failing to work (Xbox One and PS4 Only)
  • Fixed an issue where The Immortal King’s Set Dungeon objective numbers were incorrect
  • Fixed an issue where the player counter UI was incorrectly showing 0 players online
  • Fixed an issue where Greater Rift 70 first-time completion Primal drops were occurring for players even if they did not succeed at the 15-minute completion time
  • Fixed an issue where Bounties that required interacting with an object would not update the next objective immediately after completing one
  • Fixed an issue where a second Puzzle Ring tab would be shown in the Kanai’s Cube UI when a Puzzle Ring was equipped (Console Only)
  • Fixed an issue where Keywarden icons would not show up on the map in Torment level games (Switch Only)
  • Fixed an issue where some subtitles in the Taiwan localization would exceed the screen limit (Switch only)
  • Fixed an issue where the mouse cursor may be hidden when launching the client (Mac only)
  • Fixed an issue where players would not be blocked from entering Public Games with the Key Warden tag when Key Wardens have already been defeated

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Known Issues

  • Smokescreen, Diamond Skin, and Archon currently show buff icons in the party UI for other players (PC Only)

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How to Participate

To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.

Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.

Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo III tab on the left-hand menu.

Step 3: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo III" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.

Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.

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PTR Character Copy

The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.

Step 1: Log into the live game and then log out.

Step 2: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.

Step 3: Click on the "PTR Copy" button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)

Step 4: Select your region.

Step 5: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.

Step 6: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.

Step 7: 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 PTR characters will be lost. In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.

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As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning. Thank you, and we look forward to your feedback

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