Diablo 3 Patch Notes Detail Everything New In Today's 2.5.0 Update

Blizzard has introduced some welcome quality-of-life changes.


A major update has arrived for Diablo III on all platforms today, bringing with it a large number of changes and some new features.

The video above provides an overview of patch 2.5.0's main additions, which include the Armory feature announced at BlizzCon last year. This lets you store up to five different builds for each of your characters, allowing you to easily swap between sets of gear, skills, gems, and runes. It may sound like a relatively minor thing, but it's a really exciting addition for those who like to mix up their play style without going through the tedious process of memorizing and manually swapping out all of these things.

Crafting materials (such as Arcane Dust or Forgotten Souls) no longer take up inventory space, as they've been moved to their own area. Any materials you already have will be sent here automatically, freeing up your personal inventory and bank space. When picking up these types of items, you'll now see a floating message above your head that helps to keep you informed about what you've obtained.

High-end players have a new type of item to track down. Primal Ancients are very rare items that are guaranteed to have perfect Ancient-level stats on their affixes, as well as the maximum number of sockets possible for the item. You'll only be able to find them after you've reached Greater Rift 70 solo with one of the characters on your account. Once you've done so, any you find will be for the class you're playing when the item drops.

Adventure mode sees some changes, as certain tilesets will now appear less often in Greater Rifts. Additionally, your highest solo Greater Rift completion will now dictate what difficulty levels you can access, rather than your Paragon level. And Bonus Acts are no longer a thing, as you're now free to play any Act you wish--completing an Act still nets you the same rewards as you'd receive for completing the Bonus Act previously.

Other changes to specific classes and items have been made, along with quality-of-life changes such as allowing you to assign Paragon points 100 at a time by holding the Control key on PC. You can see the full 2.5.0 patch notes for the PC version here.

Those playing on Xbox One or PS4 will see the introduction of Seasons. The first will begin on March 31 and operate like Seasons on PC, where you start a fresh character who can't access your bank.

Also on the way to Diablo III is the new Necromancer class, which we recently got to check out for ourselves.

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