The live Diablo 3 realms remain down as last night’s scheduled maintenance has not yet completed. It was scheduled to end at 11am, but the ETA went to 3pm, and was then backed up another 5 hours, because patches are technical issues.
The maintenance period has been extended until approximately 8:00 PM PST. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide additional updates as they become available.
In the meantime, how about the patch notes? They are novel-sized, incorporating all of the new features, plus all the changes to monsters, difficulty, Paragon, Cursed Chests, Quests, and much more during the PTR testing.
Diablo III – Patch 2.0.1 v.188.8.131.5244
Below you will find the patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III, patch 2.0.1.
Pools of Reflection provide a 25% bonus to experience
This bonus persists until you reach a set amount of bonus experience (equal to approximately 10% of the current amount of Paragon experience needed to reach the next Paragon level) or your character dies
Gathering additional Pools of Reflection bonuses increases the amount of total experience bonus a character can receive until character death, stacking up to 10 times
Life Steal has been redesigned and is now less effective at higher character levels
At level 60, Life Steal is reduced to 10% effectiveness
That’s just the start of general stuff and the patch notes do not include the character skill changes, which Blizzard says they will present in a more comprehensive format in the days to come. (Nevalistis says the full patch notes are 55 pages long.)
Click through for the rest of today’s patch notes.
Players now have the ability to resurrect in multiple places when they die in non-Hardcore games
You may choose to either resurrect at your body, in town, or at the last checkpoint you encountered
Players may not resurrect at their body during a Boss encounter
Players may only resurrect at their body a maximum of three times in a row
Player hit boxes have been adjusted to more closely represent character models
Both male and female models of the same class share the same size hit box
All classes have undergone significant revision. Additional details and patch notes will be available in the near future. In the meantime, we encourage you to log in and explore the new changes for yourself!
CRAFTING AND ARTISANS
Crafting has received several quality of life changes
Crafting materials have been condensed into two item level tiers: 1-60 and 60-70
This change is to reduce the amount of stash space consumed by crafting materials and simply older crafting recipes
All crafting materials currently in character inventories and stash have been converted accordingly
All crafted items will now roll with stats appropriate to the character crafting them, using the Loot 2.0 Smart Drop system
Please note that items designed to roll specific stats, such as the Archon Armor patterns, are exempt from this system
Items purchased from vendors are now flagged as such, and cannot be salvaged
The difficulty system has been completely revised
Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno modes have been removed
Difficulty is now dynamic and monsters will level up with your characters
There are now five difficulty settings to choose from: Normal, Hard, Expert, Master, and Torment (1-6)
Master unlocks upon completing Act IV
Torment unlocks upon reaching level 60
Torment level includes a difficulty slider, offering an additional six adjustments with increasing rewards and more powerful monsters
Each level offers new bonuses and rewards, visible in the difficulty selection menu
You can now lower your difficulty setting in-game
However, increasing your difficulty still requires exiting your current game
This option is disabled in Hardcore mode
To account for these changes, monster density has been adjusted across all Acts
All items that drop have a chance to roll as “Smart Loot”
Smart Loot items roll intelligently based on the character being played (example: A Wizard is more likely to find items with Intelligence or bonuses to Wizard skills than a Barbarian)
Class specific items will no longer roll stats inappropriate to their class (example: Intelligence will no longer appear on Mighty Weapons or Belts)
New item affixes have been added to the game
This include Splash Damage, Cooldown Reduction, Resource Cost Reduction, +% damage to Physical damage skills, and specific Class Skill Bonuses
Item properties have been separated into two categories: Primary and Secondary
Primary Stats include: Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Vitality, Critical Hit Damage, Critical Hit Chance, Attack Speed, Life per Second, Armor, +% Life, Bonus Damage to Elites, Bleed Damage, All Resistance, Sockets, and all new affixes listed above
Secondary Stats include: Gold Find, Thorns, Bonus Experience per Monster Kill, Chance for (Fear, Stun, Blind, Freeze, Chill, Slow, Immobilize and Knockback), Ignore Durability Loss, Bonus Healing to Health Globes and Potions, Bonus Pickup Radius, Single Resist, Life After Kill, and Level Requirement Reduction
This is to prevent stats that directly and indirectly increase character power from competing with one another
Stat ranges on items have been narrowed significantly.
Example: instead of an item having a stat range of 1-200 Strength, its range might now be something like 140-200.
Legendary powers now roll in a range, instead of a static amount
Anyone may create a Community, and can view their Community details in the Social tab (default hotkey SHIFT + O)
Community members have access to their Members Roster, a dedicated chat channel, and a News & Info tab for sharing stories and Community information
Players may join any number of Communities they wish
Communities do not have a membership limit; however, if the number of members exceeds 100, only Officers and above will be displayed in the Members Roster
Communities can be designated as Private or Public; Private Communities require invitation to join
Communities are organized by categories, including but not limited to Classes, Regional, and Game Type
Several quality of life changes have been applied to the User Interface
The Difficulty and Game Creation menus have been completely redone
The in-game Menu has been revised
The waypoint list has been replaced with a waypoint map
Skill tooltips now show damage type if Advanced Tooltips are enabled
Several new social options have been added to support Clans and Communities
These can be accessed in the Options > Gameplay menu
New chat colors associated with Clans and Communities have been added
There is now an option to enable icons for dropped items instead of text
This can be enabled in the Options > Gameplay menu
There is now an option to automatically skip all cut scenes
This can be enabled in the Options > Gameplay menu
Item labels for Gold piles are no longer displayed
This is to reduce visual clutter; values are still displayed when gold is picked up
You know it’s a long patch notes when they don’t even have room for all the class skill changes. I won’t say that every single skill and rune effect has been modified, but at least 75% have been.
We’ve got a “Newcomer’s Guide to Diablo 3 version 2” coming up shortly, with firsthand info and input from a lot of PTR testers. In the meantime, f you’ve got questions about how any of the new stuff works, ask away in comments and we’ll answer it here or work it into the upcoming tutorial.