• published the article PTR Server Slam

    PTR Server Slam:

    A new PTR will be available today (January 16th), and Blizzard is requesting help testing out new optimizations! You can view the full blog and details below:


    Originally Posted by Blizzard Enterainment (Official Post)



    We are working on some behind-the-scenes optimizations. Since some of these involve a fair amount of risk, we need your help testing them before we deploy them to the live servers!


    Join us starting today, January 16, for a special PTR that includes these optimizations. Along with this, we are looking for reports of issues that occur when players attempt to start or join a multiplayer game, or communicate with other players through in-game chat.


    We encourage players of all types to participate, so what are you waiting for? Download that PTR and hop right in!


    A few important notes:


    • There is no new content included on this PTR.
    • While you will be able to copy your existing characters, we will also be activating the 2000% Legendary Find buff to encourage participation.
    • As a reminder, any progress made on the PTR does not transfer over to your live account.
    • Since this PTR is exclusively focused on identifying and fixing bugs related to the issues noted above, we will only be opening the Bug Report forum during the testing period.
    • Over the course of the PTR, server performance may vary.
    • This PTR will only be available for a limited time, and we’d greatly appreciate all the help we can get in testing it quickly and with as many participants as possible!

    We hope you have some time to help us out. If you need more information on how to participate on the PTR, visit our FAQ or see below for details.


    How to Participate

    PTR Character Copy


    Thank you, nephalem, and we’ll see you in Sanctuary!




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


    Step 1: Create a PTR account. To create a PTR account, log in to Battle.net Account Management and double-click on your Diablo III game license; this will bring you to the game management page. On this page, click "Create a PTR account."


    If you've participated in any previous Diablo III PTR (including the Reaper of Souls beta), the "Create PTR account" button may not appear. This is because you've already created a PTR account and can therefore skip this step.


    Step 2: Once you have created a PTR account, installed the Battle.net desktop, and logged in with your Battle.net credentials, select "Diablo III" from the main menu on the left-hand side of the application.


    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: You should now have the option to install and play the patch 2.4.2 PTR.


    The 2.4.2 PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate.




    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.


    As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning.

    Posted in: PTR Server Slam
  • published the article Challenge Rift - Week 30

    Challenge Rift - Week 30:

    Challenge Rift Week 30 is live! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!






    Posted in: Challenge Rift - Week 30
  • published the article Bone Ringer Power Disabled

    Bone Ringer Power Disabled:

    The power on Bone Ringer has been temporarily disabled due to an issue that has been found with the item. The official forum post below will be updated when a hotfix for the item has gone live!


    Originally Posted by Tyvalir (Official Post)

    Hey all,


    We recently investigated reports of an issue involving Bone Ringer. As a result, we will be temporarily disabling the item’s Legendary power until a hotfix can be prepared to correct the issue. We will update this thread once the hotfix is live.


    Special thanks to the players who reported this, and to everyone for their patience as we work on a fix.
    Posted in: Bone Ringer Power Disabled
  • published the article Overwatch League Causing Lag in Diablo 3

    Overwatch League Causing Lag in Diablo 3:

    With the launch of the highly anticipated Overwatch League, Blizzard has updated the Battle.net Launcher to include an easy way to see the action live!



    Unfortunately, this update appears to be causing lag for some players in Diablo 3. Thankfully there is a temporary fix until Blizzard is able to patch the problem! Simply closing the Battle.net launcher once you have started Diablo 3 should fix any lag that was introduced with this update. If remembering to close the launcher every time you start Diablo 3 seems tiresome, you can also select the option to automatically close the launcher by following the steps below:

    First, click on the Blizzard logo in the top left of the launcher to expand a drop-down menu, then select Settings.



    Under the General Settings, you will see a drop-down menu titled "When I launch a game." Select the Exit Battle.net completely, then click Done in the bottom right of the window!



    Your launcher will now automatically close, and you should no longer be experiencing any lag in Diablo 3 from the Overwatch League update. This is a temporary fix until the lag issues have been resolved with the Battle.net launcher, and you will be able to change your settings back at that time. 


    Battle for Azeroth Poll:

    Even though we are Diablo players at heart, we also love to play other Blizzard games. Personally, I'm very excited for the newest World of Warcraft expansion that is set to be released this year! Have you ever played World of Warcraft? Do you plan on picking up Battle for Azeroth?



    Posted in: Overwatch League Causing Lag in Diablo 3
  • published the article Challenge Rift Week 29

    Challenge Rift - Week 29:

    Challenge Rift Week 29 is live! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!






    Posted in: Challenge Rift Week 29
  • published the article The Darkening of Tristram is Live!

    The Darkening of Tristram is Live!

    The anniversary event is now live in all regions, and will end on January 30th at Midnight PST! During this time, you will have an opportunity to unlock all of the cosmetic anniversary rewards by playing through The Darkening of Tristram and completing the event specific achievements.


    When you open the game, you will be greeted with a message:

     "The past is never far in these parts... Cultists have delved through the remnants of Adria's belongings and discovered the secret to reviving her memories. For a fleeting time, this town will appear as it was many years ago..."



    To begin the Darkening of Tristram, head to Act 1. When you open your map, you will see that The Old Ruins now has a pentagram symbol next to the waypoint. Head to The Old Ruins, and in the center of town you will find a strange portal.



    When you enter the portal, you will be teleported to Old Tristram where you are greeted with glorious retro-vision! Delve deep into the anniversary dungeon to find an ancient evil waiting for you at the end. Be sure to check your achievements for the event if you desire to unlock all the rewards!




    Have you completed the event already, and earned all the rewards? Let us know in the comments if there is anything you would like to see added to the event in the future!

    Posted in: The Darkening of Tristram is Live!
  • published the article Darkening of Tristram Pre-Cursor & Challenge Rift 28

    Darkening of Tristram Pre-Cursor Event:



    The Darkening of Tristram Pre-Cursor event has begun in game, and players should now see Roaming Cultists appearing in Adventure Mode! The portal to Old Tristram will not be available in game until January 4th. Community Manager Nevalistis took to the official forums to clear up any confusion on this matter:


    Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post)

    Saw the confusion pop up and wanted to hop in to reaffirm this! Apologies for not reiterating this information in the blog; we'll get that updated as soon as the rest of us are back in office.


    Again, just to be clear: only the pre-cursor event (roaming cultists in Adventure Mode) is currently available. The portal to Old Tristram will open on January 4th.


     Challenge Rift - Week 28:






    Posted in: Darkening of Tristram Pre-Cursor & Challenge Rift 28
  • published the article The Darkening of Tristram

    The Darkening of Tristram:

    The Darkening of Tristram anniversary event is almost upon us once again! The event begins January 1st at midnight PST, and ends January 30th at the same time. You can find more details in the official blog post below!


    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)



    Diablo’s anniversary is right around the corner, along with the Darkening of Tristram event! Whether you’re a series veteran craving nostalgia, or a newcomer hungry for your first taste of the franchise’s past, this loving homage to the earliest days of Diablo is for you.


    Read on for more, including a closer look at the anniversary dungeon and its unique rewards.



    Stop the Cultists


    Your journey begins on the trail of a group of mysterious cultists causing trouble in Sanctuary. As you hunt them down in Adventure Mode, you’ll uncover clues leading to a portal into Tristram’s past, and the terrifying darkness that took hold of the town so many years ago. . . .



    Explore the Cathedral


    Follow the clues and you’ll soon find yourself in a realm of glorious RetroVision™, where an all-too-familiar cathedral looms. Explore the depths and you’ll discover familiar enemies and iconic items, all brought to life in the Diablo III engine. Meanwhile, deep beneath the catacombs, the Dark Lord himself awaits any intrepid adventurer who dares to challenge him. . . .



    Discover Precious Loot


    What is a Diablo game without shiny new loot to call your own? Completing activities in the anniversary event yields unique transmogrification effects, achievements, portraits, pets, and more.


    While some rewards are easy to find, others may have you scouring every nook or unlocking every achievement before you can get your hands on them. Can you earn them all? There’s only one way to find out!



    Your Journey Begins…


    Exclusive rewards and challenging enemies await you, but they won’t last forever! The anniversary event begins January 1 at midnight PST and ends January 30 at the same time. Enter the dungeon, reap your rewards, and survive the evils within—or die in the process, never to be heard from again. . . .
    Posted in: The Darkening of Tristram
  • published the article Hell For The Holidays Sale

    Hell For The Holidays Sale:

    Some nice discounts can be found on Diablo III, Reaper of Souls, and the Rise of the Necromancer pack just in time for the holidays! See the official blog post below for pricing and sale dates!


    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

     Sale Banner


    There’s something in the air this time of year, and we think we know what it is: fire and brimstone! Give your dearest friends the gift of demon-slaying with savings of up to 50% on Diablo III on select platforms.




    Sale begins December 20 and ends January 2:


    • Diablo III ($9.99)
    • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls ($9.99)
    • Diablo III: Battle Chest ($19.99)
    • Rise of the Necromancer ($9.99)


    PlayStation 4


    PlayStation 4 sale begins January 2 and ends January 9:


    • Diablo III: Eternal Collection ($35.99)
    • Rise of the Necromancer ($11.49)


    Xbox One


    Xbox One sale begins January 2 and ends January 8:


    • Diablo III: Eternal Collection ($29.99 w/ Xbox Gold Subscription)
    • Rise of the Necromancer ($9.74 w/ Xbox Gold Subscription)


    Xbox 360


    Xbox 360 sale begins January 2 and ends January 8:


    • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition ($15.99 w/ Xbox Gold Subscription)


    These deals are only available for a limited time, so head on over to the Blizzard store or your preferred digital sales front for more information. Happy Hellidays!
    Posted in: Hell For The Holidays Sale
  • published the article Challenge Rift Blog & Challenge Rift 26

    Challenge Rift Blog:

    A new official blog has been posted detailing what Challenge Rifts are, and how they work! We also have received the new challenge rift for the week! You can view both the blog and the challenge rift for your region below!


    Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post)


    Welcome to Challenge Rifts



    Challenge Rifts give players the opportunity to try out challenges with a class and build they might not have ever used. Never played one? Read on to learn about what they are, how to play them, and the rewards you can earn!


    What’s a Challenge Rift?


    Challenge Rifts are exact copies of a Greater Rift that has been previously completed by another player. To create the weekly Challenge Rift, we pull a “snapshot” of a Greater Rift directly from a given player’s account. We recreate that player’s exact character for the Challenge Rift, including their equipment, paragon levels, and skill loadout.



    Want the low-down in video form? Check out our original Challenge Rift announcement.


    When you play through a Challenge Rift, you’re effectively going through an exact copy of the Greater Rift the player completed with that very same character. The enemies, pylons, and the level layouts you encounter will all be exactly the same. The first time you beat the original runner’s time each week, you’ll get a satchel full of rewards, including crafting materials and Blood Shards.


    Challenge Rifts rotate every Monday afternoon, in the following class order: Demon Hunter, Necromancer, Barbarian, Wizard, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Crusader.


    How Do I Play a Challenge Rift?


    Challenge Rifts are a separate, self-contained game mode. You can select it on the same screen where you choose to enter Story or Adventure mode. Don’t worry about picking a character before you enter a Challenge Rift—everyone has access to the same one, down to the gear, gems, and paragon points. Once you load in to the Challenge Hub, you can check out the tools at your disposal by visiting the Soul Mirror.




    There are a few other tools available to help you get familiar with the build you’ve been given. On the left side of the Challenge Hub, you’ll find a single, beefy, constantly-respawning Punisher who’s more than willing to take the worst punishment you can dish out—so feel free to test your single-target damage capabilities. To the right, you’ll find a group of Revenant Soldiers waiting to endure your most powerful area-of-effect attacks.


    When you’re ready to give the Challenge Rift a shot, just click on the Challenge Obelisk in the center of the Hub to get started.


    Once inside the Rift, you’ll find it’s very similar to a typical Greater Rift, only this time, you’re racing the clock to beat the original runner’s completion time. Can you complete the Rift before they did? There’s only one way to find out!


    What Else Should I Know About Challenge Rifts?


    Challenge Rifts are a unique experience in Diablo III—they’re an opportunity to compete against your friends and the rest of the community in a totally static, completely level playing field. All players have the same gear and skill loadouts and paragon points, and they’re all running through identical Greater Rift layouts, right down to the monsters. Completing the Challenge Rift as fast as possible is a testament to your knowledge of the game, your skill with that class, and your ability to analyze situations and make the best of them.




    It may be worth taking time to mark down elite packs, pylons, or other important layout information.


    Still, not everyone is down for competition, and it’s totally fine if that includes you. Most Challenge Rifts are easily completable within the first few tries, and beating the original time will get you a tidy bag of crafting materials. You can earn this reward once per week, and it resets each Monday afternoon, when the newest Challenge Rift is made available.




    If you want to get in, get your rewards, and go back to your seasonal character, but feel that this week’s Monk build just isn’t your cup of tea, consider gathering a group of friends to tackle the Rift with you. You’ll find it’s a quick process when you divide and conquer, and it can be a lot of fun racing each other to the next juicy pack of minions.


    Finally, don’t be surprised if you see some strange builds and gear loadouts pop up in Challenge Rifts from time to time. Maybe the original player hastily swapped characters and was missing a Legendary Gem or two when we captured their snapshot. Or perhaps that week’s challenge is a freshly-leveled seasonal character, with the sort of hodgepodge gear loadout you’d expect. Just go with it. It’s okay to try something a little wacky and “off the meta.” Diablo III is, after all, a game of progression and we’ve all been there. Now, go forth and conquer those challenges!


    Challenge Rift - Week 26:


     Monk Challenge Rift




    Posted in: Challenge Rift Blog & Challenge Rift 26
  • published the article Hotfixes & Challenge Rift 25

    Hotfixes for the 11th of December:

    A small patch was deployed to hotfix several issues. You can find the hotfixes below.



    Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post)


    The following hotfixes are now live:


    • Fixed an issue that caused players with 32-bit clients to have trouble joining parties (12/11)
    • Fixed an issue where occasionally a party invite would result in a string error (12/11)
    • Fixed an issue where the right-click context menu in the Social pane occasionally disappeared (12/11)


    Challenge Rift - Week 25:

    The new weekly Challenge Rift is live! Be sure to complete it for a quick set of crafting materials and other rewards! Are you competing for the top leaderboard positions on this Challenge Rift? Let us know in the comments, and share any tips you may have!


     Wizard Challenge Rift



    Posted in: Hotfixes & Challenge Rift 25
  • published the article Challenge Rift - Week 24

    Challenge Rift - Week 24:

    A new weekly challenge rift is live! The challenge this week features Hammer of the Ancients Fire Barbarian! Make sure you complete the challenge rift this week for quick set of bounty materials and blood shards!



    Challenge Rift Barbarian


    You can view the challenge rift build below. Are you competing on the leaderboard for this rift? Let us know in the comments what rank you've achieved, and leave any tips you may have for other players!


    Posted in: Challenge Rift - Week 24
  • published the article Mad King's Laboratory: Zen's Flash Necromancer

    Mad King's Laboratory: Zen's Flash Necromancer

    I'm the kind of person who tends to seek out the best build for whatever class I am playing in a season, and I will stick with it until I feel like I can no longer push any higher in greater rifts. The feeling I get out of optimizing and tweaking a build until there is no more performance to squeeze out of it is just one of many reasons I continue to play Diablo on a regular basis. I'm always looking at how I can possibly improve my gear, skills, or play-style; however, if you are anything like me, you know that you need a break from the cutting edge every once in a while... Sometimes, you just need to laugh maniacally at your screen and have some fun.


    Mad King's Laboratory


    One of my favorite things to do in Diablo is to come up with dumb builds. These are builds that put a massive grin on my face, but they don't need to be very good or serve any specific purpose. They are often centered around one or two ideas, and their only requirement is that they make me have a hysterical amount of fun. Not every build in the game needs to be able to clear greater rift 120+ solo with time to spare. There is plenty of room in the game for builds that are simply fun to play, and put a smile on your face.


    Today's build spotlight for the Mad King's Laboratory is a build I made with only one goal for my Necromancer: I wanted to go fast!


    I was tired of being left behind in rifts, so I needed to shed my old identity as the brooding corpse-raising-pale-skinned man who didn't socialize well in Tristram because of the horrible smell of undeath around me. I needed to become someone else, I needed to become something else.... I needed to become the Flash.


    The Build:

    Big things sometimes have small beginnings, and this build began with the Steuart's Greaves---a pair of Necromancer boots that increases your movement speed by 100% after using Blood Rush. I incorporated the boots in my Necromancer Torment XIII speed farming build that I call the Corpse Party. While using these boots, I was suddenly much quicker in rifts at the expense of a little extra damage; although, I realized it wasn't enough... I wanted to be even faster. I shifted my entire focus on not necessarily being good, but being fast. As it turns out, it's possible to do both.


    This build is quite impressive for clearing Torment XIII rifts quickly, finishing bounties, or even power leveling a friend. Your toughness is reliant on picking up gold to boost your armor with Goldwrap, but if you want to do low level greater rifts you can easily switch it out for Dayntee's Binding. All of your damage is coming from Bone Armor and Corpse Explosion. Keep an eye on your Golem, since he will be dropping a corpse every second for to you explode with the use of the Moribund Gauntlets. If you ever find yourself needing a corpse immediately and your Golem is too busy trying to kill a lone enemy in the corner of your screen, just use your Blood Rush to drop a usable corpse at your feet!


    This is fairly easy to gear for, but there may be a working variation of this build that uses the Legacy of Nightmares ring set and ancient pieces of the gold gear---such as Goldskin and Kymbo's Gold. In fact, you should feel free to adjust anything you see in this build in order to fit your needs. You can easily drop some speed in favor of more damage, or vice-versa! But just remember, the entire goal of this build is not to be good, but to be fast!



    Let me know in the comments what changes you would make to the build, or you can share your own crazy build with me for future spotlights with the Mad King's Laboratory!

    Posted in: Mad King's Laboratory: Zen's Flash Necromancer
  • published the article Shield of Fury Re-Enabled

    Shield of Fury Re-Enabled

    A hotfix has gone live that fixed earning achievements while using the Monkey King's Garb, and re-enabled the Shield of Fury after it was disabled late last week due to a bug allowing other Crusaders in the same party to benefit from the effect. You can view the hotfix notes below:


    Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post)


    The following hotfixes are now live:


    • Monkey King's Garb
      • Fixed an issue where some achievements and conquests would not properly triggered while the 6-piece bonus of Monkey King's Garb was active (11/17)
    • Shield of Fury
      • Fixed an issue where multiple Crusaders could benefit from the bonus provided by Shield of Fury (11/17)
        • The power for Shield of Fury is now active again. See this thread for more information



    Originally Posted by Tyvalir (Official Post)


    The hotfix went live just after 6 p.m. PST on Friday, 11/17 and the Legendary ability on Shield of Fury was re-enabled at that time. If you notice further issues, please post in the Bug Report forum. Thanks!


    Posted in: Shield of Fury Re-Enabled
  • published the article Shield of Fury Temporarily Disabled & Battle.net Currency Conversion

    Shield of Fury Temporarily Disabled

    A bug has arisen during Season 12 that is allowing the Crusader item Shield of Fury to trigger its effect for other Crusaders' Heavens Fury instead of only your own. The item has been temporarily disabled until a hotfix is released. You can view the official blue post below:


    Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post)


    It's come to our attention that the Legendary power of Shield of Fury is unintentionally affecting other Crusaders' Heavens Fury instead of only your own. We are immediately disabling this power across all regions while we work on a hotfix to resolve this issue.


    We anticipate releasing this hotfix as soon as possible (after thorough testing is completed) and, in the meantime, believe that it is too early in the season for this to have a lasting impact on the leaderboards.


    Once the hotfix has been applied, we will be re-enabling the power. We'll update this thread once we can confirm the hotfix and the power are both live.


    Thanks for your patience and understanding while we work to resolve this issue.



    Battle.net Currency Conversion

    Within the next 24 hours, Battle.net will begin conversion to local currency in Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. You can find the full official blog post below:



    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

     Battlenet Banner


    In October, we announced that we’ll be converting from USD to local currency on Blizzard Battle.net® in Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. These changes will begin to roll out in these regions within the next 24 hours.


    For players in these regions, Blizzard Balance will be unavailable during the brief update process, but purchases can be made using other payment methods. Any purchases made during this period will be processed in local currency.


    For World of Warcraft® subscribers, the recurring subscription will continue to be charged in USD for the next 12 months. If there’s any interruption to your subscription, however—including an expired card, changes in payment methods, or account cancellations—any new subscriptions will be charged in your local currency.


    We want to make as many of our players as possible feel at home in the Blizzard ecosystem, and make managing your account with us easier. By switching from USD to local currency, we’re expanding the types of payment we accept and helping some of you avoid paying transaction fees charged by financial institutions.


    Please see our announcement in October for more information and follow @BlizzardCS for the latest updates.
    Posted in: Shield of Fury Temporarily Disabled & Battle.net Currency Conversion