With the new year here and Season 9 right around the corner, Patch 2.4.3 should arrive any day now. However, it looks like today, Tuesday, (which has been the normal day for patching Diablo III in recent history) is not that day.
An official preview of everything we can expect to see when 2.4.3. goes live just went up on the official website for Diablo III, so it would stand to reason that if they were prepared to launch the patch today, they would have posted the actual patch notes instead. Either way, the wait shouldn’t be too long, since the patch has to go live before Season 9’s January 6 start date, so in the mean time, read up on what you can expect to see once we get this exciting update in our hands.
Our next patch is coming soon! Read on to learn more about our Anniversary in-game event, several updated class and set items, updates to Greater Rifts, and the quality of life updates you’ll see in Patch 2.4.3.
The Darkening of Tristram
An ancient evil stirs in the ruins of Old Tristram, and a mysterious portal has appeared that leads to the halls of an all-too familiar cathedral. Deep beneath the catacombs, the Dark Lord awaits any intrepid adventurer who dares to challenge him.
Say it with me: FRESH MEAT!
For the month of January, experience an homage to the original events of Diablo, brought to you in glorious RetroVision™ and filled to the brim with nostalgia-inducing features. An evocative audiovisual extravaganza awaits you, as everything from familiar enemies to iconic items have been brought to life in the Diablo III engine. Transmogrification rewards, achievements, and a handful of extra surprises lurk in the depths of this perilous, pixelated dungeon.
As with previous patches, Patch 2.4.3 brings another round of updates to several Legendary and Set Items, including some new Legendary powers! Check out a few of the items we’ve updated, and don’t forget to read our PTR patch notes for the full list of class sets we’re changing.
Greater Rift Revisions
Greater Rifts are the bread and butter of any seasoned Diablo III player’s end-game experience. We’ve got a handful of updates in store to help smooth out your gameplay experience in these ever-changing dungeon delves.
One mob, two mob, dead mob, new mob!
Monster distribution has been spread out more evenly, and the size of each floor is now more consistent. On average, a rift should take between two to four floors to clear. The tile types you see will vary more frequently, making it much less likely to see the same floors follow each other back-to-back. Finally, those of you with survivability in mind will find extra reward in staying alive; players who avoid death in a Greater Rift will be rewarded with one additional chance to upgrade their Legendary Gems!
Quality of Life Changes
In addition to a slew of bug fixes, several quality of life changes are coming to Diablo III, affecting everything from monsters to the way you dye your gear!
Leaping enemies like Winged Assassins, Punishers, Lacuni Huntresses, and Burrowing Leapers can now be slain in mid-air, making for some pretty epic killing blows. Sharpen your blades, because enemies with unattackable phases like Sandsharks, Snakemen, and Rockworms will spend less time avoiding you and more time baring their fangs.
Dead before they hit the ground.
Several enemy affixes have been tweaked, including updates to Shielding, Reflects Damage, and Electrified. In addition, an entirely new affix, Juggernaut, is entering the fray. These monsters are nigh unstoppable as they are immune to all crowd control effects, but they move more slowly than other enemies and are more susceptible to damage.
Finally, Sanctuary’s finest fashionistas will find that their cache of dyes have moved to a new location! Dyes are now held by Myriam, the Mystic, and she’s happy to help you coordinate your boots and cloak to perfect chromatic harmony. Or dissonance. We won’t judge.
Whether you’re fighting for the Zakarum or Whimsyshire, Myriam is happy to oblige.
New adventures and loot are right around the corner with the next patch! We can’t wait to see what builds you’ll put together and the stories you’ll unfurl as we move into Season 9. What new changes are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below, or ask any questions you might have about what’s in store. We’ll see you in Sanctuary!