Diablo 3 Season 17 Begins This Week, Bringing A New Patch Update With It

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Now Playing: Diablo III On Switch Makes Anything Bearable

This week, on May 17, Diablo III Season 17 begins. Diablo III's latest patch releases alongside the new season, and it add several quality-of-life changes.

During Season 17, players will receive a set bonus provided by Legacy of Nightmares. "Classes with especially powerful Legacy of Nightmare builds will be able to experiment with new combinations, particularly ones centered around their ring slots," Diablo III associate community manager Brandy Camel wrote in a blog post. "Meanwhile, classes traditionally dependent on a heavy amount of survivability from their ring slots have more freedom to experiment with build-changing Legendaries that don't rely on a Class Set."

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Season 17 brings with it more cosmetics to earn, some old and some new. Several cosmetics from Season 5 make their return, allowing you to unlock them if you missed out the first time. Starting May 17, you'll be able to unlock Season 5's pants and boots slots of the Conqueror Set, Greyhollow Island portrait frames, and the Wickerman pet. In terms of something new, completing all nine chapters of the Season Journey will earn you the Galactic Wings.

The seasonal conquest rotation continues in Season 17 as well. Sprinter, Speed Racer, Avarice, Avaritia, The Thrill, Superhuman, Years of War, Dynasty, Masters of the Universe, and Masters of Sets all go live on May 17. In Season 17, the class set rewarded have rotated as well. Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey earns you the three necessary Haedrig's Gifts necessary to unlock a full class set. Each of Season 17's class sets are listed below.

Diablo III Season 17 Class Sets

  • Barbarian -- Might of the Earth
  • Crusader -- Thorns of the Invoker
  • Demon Hunter -- The Shadow’s Mantle
  • Monk -- Monkey King’s Garb
  • Necromancer -- Grace of Inarius
  • Witch Doctor -- Raiment of the Jade Harvester
  • Wizard -- Firebird's Finery

May 17 also sees the release of a new patch for Diablo III that implements many quality-of-life changes. The full patch notes can be found in the blog post linked to in the text above, but we've outlined the highlights below.

Diablo III May 17 Update Patch Notes

General

  • Torment 14, 15, and 16 have been added to the game
    • Reward and difficulty levels of all new Torments closely match Greater Rift 65, 70, and 75 respectively
  • Portals left behind by Treasure Goblins may occasionally lead somewhere udderly ridiculous
  • Using an Ancient or Primal Puzzle Ring in Kanai's Cube will produce a new result
  • Party portraits now display if a player's Cheat Death buff has been recently used (PC Only)
  • When a boss is killed in a Nephalem Rift, a permanent ping will mark the location of the boss’ death until the Rift is closed
  • The Boss Notification screen has received a rework (PC Only)
  • The Greater Rift Notification screen has received a rework (PC Only)
  • The Greater Rift Completion screen has received a rework (PC Only)
  • Matchmaking no longer prevents players from joining a game while a Greater Rift is already in progress
    • Players who join the game will still be unable to join a Greater Rift in progress
  • The progress bar for a Greater Rift is now visible to all players in the game, regardless of whether they are participating in the Rift or not
  • Challenge Rifts
  • The amount of Death's Breath rewarded by completing a Challenge Rift has been increased

Quality of Life

  • Seasons
    • The cap for earning additional stash tabs through the Season Journey has been raised from 4 to 5 (PC Only)
  • Search functionality has been added to Stash (PC Only)
  • All Crafters now have an Expand/Collapse All button for recipes (PC Only)
  • Most Bounty indicators are now displayed immediately after entering the Bounty area
  • Death's Breath now drop in Horadric Caches

Seasons

  • The Season Journey Journal now displays all chapters, regardless of current progression
  • There is a new reward for completing the entirety of the Season Journey (Guardian)
  • For Season 17, the Galactic Wings are available
  • Added the buff for Season 17
    • Player's damage dealt is increased by 750% and damage taken is reduced by 4% for every Ancient Item they have equipped while having no Set Bonuses Active

Items

  • (NEW) Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered
    • Become immune to control-impairing effects for 5-7 seconds after drinking this potion
  • Akkhan's Leniency
    • Each enemy hit by your Blessed Shield increases damage of your Blessed Shield by 15-20% 30-35% for 3 seconds
  • Bloodtide Blade
    • Death Nova deals 80-100% 300-400% increased damage for every enemy within 25 yards
  • Carnevil
    • ​The 5 10 Fetishes closest to you will shoot a powerful Poison Dart every time you do
  • Chantodo's Will
    • Every second while in Archon form you expel a Wave of Destruction, dealing 1000% 4000% weapon damage to enemies within 30 yards. Every time you hit with an attack while not in Archon form, 1000% 4000% weapon damage is added to the Wave of Destruction, stacking up to 20 times
    • Wave of Destruction damage now scale with attack speed
  • The Dagger of Darts
    • Your Poison Darts and your Fetishes' Poison Darts now pierce and deal an additional [400-500%] damage.
  • Grace of Inarius
    • 6-Piece Bonus
      • Bone Armor also activates a swirling tornado of bone, damaging nearby enemies for 1000% weapon damage and increasing the damage they take from the Necromancer by 3750% 10000%
  • Iron Rose
    • Attacking with Siphon Blood has a 40-50% 100% chance to cast a free Blood Nova
  • Jekangbord
    • Blessed Shield ricochets to 6 additional enemies and has its damage increased by 225-300% 300-400%
  • Sage's Set
    • Now doubles the amount of Death's Breaths that drop
      • Previous: Increases Death’s Breath drops by 1
  • Sin Seekers
    • Now also adds 250-300% damage to Rapid Fire
  • Wojahnni Assaulter
    • Rapid Fire deals 60-75% 75-100% increased damage for every half second that you channel. Stacks up to 4 30 times.
      • The stacks gained from Wojahnni Assaulter now also stack much more quickly

Bug Fixes

  • Necromancer Simulacrums now benefit from the Trag'Oul's Avatar 6-Piece Bonus
  • Fixed and issue where Xbox One/PS4 Voice Chat within public games was failing to work (Xbox One and PS4 Only)
  • Fixed an issue where The Immortal King's Set Dungeon objective numbers were incorrect
  • Fixed an issue where Greater Rift 70 first-time completion Primal drops were occurring for players even if they did not succeed at the 15-minute completion time
  • Fixed an issue where Bounties that required interacting with an object would not update the next objective immediately after completing one
  • Fixed an issue where a second Puzzle Ring tab would be shown in the Kanai's Cube UI when a Puzzle Ring was equipped (Console Only)
  • Fixed an issue where Keywarden icons would not show up on the map in Torment level games (Switch Only)
  • Fixed an issue where some subtitles in the Taiwan localization would exceed the screen limit (Switch only)
  • Fixed an issue where the mouse cursor may be hidden when launching the client (Mac only)

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