Diablo III Beta Patch 5: Readme.txt

Here are the full patch readme notes, straight from the client as my download continues. They are quite lengthy with major skill changes for every character, new monster features, general gameplay changes galore, a Nephalem Altar required to respec skills, and much more.

The list is huge, click through to read it all.

Diablo III Beta Patch 5 – v.0.3.1. 7728

All characters have been wiped. As part of this process, artisans, gold, and items (including those placed on the auction house or in a shared stash) have also been reset.

Switching out class skills will now require the use of a new feature known as the DiabloWikiNephalem Altar. Nephalem Altars are currently located in New Tristram, as well as in key locations throughout Act I. Clicking on an altar will open up the skill UI, allowing both active and passive skills to be selected or exchanged.

Gold rewarded from quests has been significantly reduced.

Experience rewarded from quests after level 4 is now based on the number of mobs you’d have to kill to earn the same amount of experience, rather than being a strict percentage of a level


New passive skills have been added for all classes. See individual class notes below for more information.

DiabloWikiAoE (Area of Effect) skills for all classes have had their damage reduced.

Single-target skills for all classes have had their damage increased.

All skills are now based off weapon damage.

User Interface

The in-game UI has been updated with general art and usability improvements


Active Skills:
The Barbarian’s DiabloWikiFury Generators have received a tuning pass. DiabloWikiBash, DiabloWikiCleave, and DiabloWikiFrenzy now generate more Fury whereas the other Fury Generators now generate less.

Additional changes include:
DiabloWikiBattle Rage: Damage bonus reduced from 30% to 20%
DiabloWikiRevenge: The chance for this ability to activate has been increased from 10% to 15%
DiabloWikiWeapon Throw: Fury cost reduced from 20 to 10. Damage decreased from 210% to 180%

Passive Skills
New passive skills have been added:
DiabloWikiNerves of Steel: Unlocked at level 12. Your defense is increased by 25% of your Vitality.

Demon Hunter

Maximum DiabloWikiHatred reduced from 150 to 125.

Active Skills
The order in which skills are awarded has been adjusted for levels 1 to 13.

Resource management for the Demon Hunter has been reworked significantly. Skills for the class now fall into the three categories: Hatred Generators, Hatred Spenders, and Discipline Spenders.

Hatred Generators
DiabloWikiBola Shot: Generates 2 Hatred
DiabloWikiEntangling Shot: Generates 4 Hatred
DiabloWikiEvasive Fire: Generates 4 Hatred*
DiabloWikiGrenades: Generates 2 Hatred
DiabloWikiImpale: Generates 6 Hatred

Hatred Spenders
DiabloWikiChakram: Costs 10 Hatred
DiabloWikiElemental Arrow: Costs 5 Hatred
DiabloWikiHungering Arrow: Costs 10 Hatred
DiabloWikiRapid Fire: Costs 30 Hatred (initially) and 1.5 Hatred per second for each additional shot

Discipline Spenders
DiabloWikiCaltrops: Costs 8 Discipline.
DiabloWikiShadow Power: Costs 20 Discipline.
DiabloWikiVault: Costs 10 Discipline.
DiabloWikiEvasive Fire: Costs 4 Discipline to Backflip.

Additional changes include:
DiabloWikiBola Shot: On-hit damage increased from 100% to 105%.
DiabloWikiChakram: Damage reduced from 150% to 135%.
DiabloWikiGrenades: Damage increased from 75% to 80%.
DiabloWikiHungering Arrow: Damage increased from 115% to 145%. Pierce chance is once again a fixed 35% rather than scaling with level.
DiabloWikiImpale: Impale has been given a new spell effect. It is now a thrown dagger instead of a bow shot.
DiabloWikiRapid Fire: Damage increased from 35% weapon damage per shot to 38% weapon damage per shot.
DiabloWikiShadow Power: Attack speed bonus reduced from 50% to 30%.

Passive Skills
New passive skills have been added:

DiabloWikiTactical Advantage: Unlocked at level 10.
Whenever you use Vault, Smokescreen, or backflip with Evasive Fire you gain 60% movement speed for 2 seconds


Active Skills

All Mantras now have a 15 second cooldown and grant a bonus effect for the first 3 seconds after activation

Additional changes include:
DiabloWikiBlinding Flash: Spirit cost reduced from 50 to 30. Duration reduced from 5 second to 3 seconds
DiabloWikiBreath of Heaven: Spirit cost reduced from 75 to 25. Healing amount reduced.
DiabloWikiCrippling Wave: Damage increased from 120% to 135%
DiabloWikiDeadly Reach: Damage increased from 110% to 120%
DiabloWikiFists of Thunder: Damage increased from 100% to 120%
DiabloWikiLashing Tail Kick: Spirit cost increased from 25 to 30. Damage increased from 130% to 180%

Passive Skills
DiabloWikiTranscendence: Healing per Spirit reduced

Witch Doctor

Active Skills

All Witch Doctor skills now do damage based on your weapon damage and cast at a speed based on your weapon attack speed.

Passive skills
New passive skills have been added:

DiabloWikiCircle of Life
Unlocked at level 12
Whenever an enemy dies within 12 yards there is a 5% chance that a Zombie dog will automatically emerge

DiabloWikiJungle Fortitude
Unlocked at level 10
Reduces all damage taken by you and your pets by 20%


Active Skills
The order in which skills are awarded from levels 6 to 13 has been adjusted. Players will now unlock offensive and defensive spells in an alternating order.

All Wizard skills now do damage based on your weapon damage and cast at a speed based on your weapon attack speed.

Passive Skills
New passive skills have been added:

DiabloWikiCritical Mass
Unlocked at level 12
Your critical hits reduce the cooldown of your spells by 1 second



DiabloWikiGuardian: Ability now unlocks at level 20, instead of level 5

DiabloWikiHeal: Healing provided by this ability will now scale properly. When activated, ability will heal you for ¼ of your total health every 15 seconds. Will only heal when player is below 50% health, down from 67%

DiabloWikiIntimidate: Slow amount reduced from 80% to 50%

DiabloWikiIntervene: Intervene is the new name for Taunt, and now unlocks at level 5. Radius of monsters to be taunted reduced from 30 to 10 yards. Duration reduced from 10 seconds to 5 seconds. Will now only cast when player is below 50%. Cooldown increased from 15 seconds to 30 seconds

DiabloWikiLoyalty: Life regenerated by this ability will now scale properly


Players now start with 5 health potions

Health globes now heal you over 1.5 seconds rather than over 5 seconds.

The number of chests, shrines, and other interactable items (e.g. bookcases and loose stones) has been greatly reduced across the entire game

Items sold from vendors will now be at least one item level lower than those that are currently available to a player via drops from monsters

The level of an item is now much more likely to match or be close to the level of the monster from which it dropped, and the affixes that appear are much more likely to be from the upper range


Several significant changes have been made to weapons and weapon damage affixes:

The damage bonus granted to two-handed weapons over one-handed weapons has been reduced from 15%-38% from level 1-60 to 13%-32%.

DiabloWikiWands attack speed has been increased from 1.2 to 1.4

DiabloWikiQuivers, DiabloWikiOrbs, and DiabloWikiMojos will now always come with +Min/Max damage