Diablo 3 Patch Notes: Season 25 Update 2.7.2 Confirmed PTR Changes

Welcome hero, if you're reading this then there's a very good chance that there's a brand new update in Diablo 3, or potentially a significant patch released onto the games PTR. As such, it makes sense that you might be wondering what’s changed within the game. We're quite sure the demonic hordes of Diablo didn't get tougher overnight, so it's more than likely a patch has made some tweaks to the game you know and love.

It could be that your class of choice is no longer the Best Class In Diablo 3. Or that your favourite Necromancer Build is not actually that good anymore. Maybe Blizzard has made significant Item Changes. Frankly, it could be anything. This is why you must always read up on the latest Diablo 3 patch notes for the full lowdown on the games most recent updates.

As with all live service games, Diablo 3 is regularly updated by the dev team at Blizzard. Sometimes it's a small hotfix, other times it's a more major change ahead of the next season going live. Whatever the tweak, we’ll detail everything right here, from tiny hotfixes to the mammoth-sized new season drops. Without further ado, here are the latest Diablo 3 patch notes

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4 November 2021 -

Patch 2.7.2 is now available on the Diablo 3 PTR (Public Test Realm), along with the new Soul Shards feature.

1 November 2021 -

The developers at Blizzard have announced the next major update to Diablo 3, laying the groundwork for Diablo 3 Season 25.

The two-week PTR testing period for the 2.7.2 update begins November 4 and as per usual, the developers are asking for your help "to quell the tides of surging demons", or bug fixes as they're more commonly known.

We've added the games latest patch notes below, but do note that these are just preliminary patch notes below and subject to change based on the testing period.

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Season 25 introduces a new type of socketable item called Soul Shards

Diablo 3 Update 2.7.2 New Features

As this is the first bit of proper testing ahead of Season 25, there are three key areas which Blizzard are hoping to test ahead of the new season starting proper. These three core pillars were outlined by Blizzard and focus primarily on the New Season theme (Souls Shards) as well as some class and balance changes. You'll find the details just below:

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There will be three PTR-unique buffs active to help you on your journey: increased Legendary drop rate, increased experience gains, and double Blood Shard drops. You can also buy new gear for testing from the special PTR vendor, Djank Mi'em, who will exchange Blood Shards for class-specific bags full of Legendary items that we'd love for you to test

Class and Balance Changes:
To ensure that the most significant class changes receive an ample amount of attention, we'd love for you to focus testing and feedback on the set changes to the Witch Doctor, Barbarian, Necromancer, Wizard and Demon Hunter.

New Season Theme Testing:
We're looking to gather feedback on the seasonal theme content featuring Soul Shards.
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The Witch Doctor has been tweaked significantly in Patch 2.7.2

Diablo 3 Update 2.7.2 Patch Notes

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Patch notes for Diablo 3 Update 2.7.2 are now available for players on the games PTR. The full patch notes for this update can be found below, but are obviously not available outside the games Public Test Realm:

Diablo 3 | 2.7.2 Patch Notes

SEASONS

New Season Theme: Season 25 introduces a new type of socketable item called Soul Shards. Nephalem can find 7 unique Soul Shards, based on the Lords of Hell, which give players demonic new powers. One of 3 Prime Evil Soul Shards can be equipped into Helms and one of 4 Lesser Evil Soul Shards can be equipped into Weapons. Each Soul Shard can be upgraded three times using a new seasonal-exclusive consumable, the Hellforge Ember.

Soul Shards and Hellforge Embers can drop from anywhere in Sanctuary, but Soul Shards have a higher chance to drop from Bosses. Soul Shards cannot be traded, but can be salvaged or utilized in Caldesann’s Despair. You may only equip one Prime Evil Soul Shard and one Lesser Evil Soul Shard at a time. Lastly, Soul Shards and Hellforge Embers only drop in Seasonal play, and will not transfer to your non-seasonal character when the season ends.

Developer's Note: With the upcoming 25th Anniversary of the Diablo Franchise, we wanted players to delve into the darker side of the Nephalem's past. In Season 25, players can embrace evil by infusing themselves with the essences of the Lords of Hell. Players will embark on their Season Journey to discover and upgrade demonic Soul Shards based on the seven Lords of Hell. By embodying a Prime and Lesser Evil, players will inflict new forms of pain and suffering on the demons of Sanctuary. We can't wait for players to get their hands on Soul Shards to start unlocking their true power.

ITEMS

Item Changes

  • Remorseless: While both Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients are active, Hammer of the Ancients deals 600-800% increased damage.
Developer's Note: We wanted to buff the Barbarian's Hammer of the Ancients playstyle without putting the power into a specific set.
  • Shukrani's Triumph: Spirit Walk lasts until you attack 3 times or until an elite enemy is within 20 yards of you. Attacks while in the spirit realm deal 75-100% increased damage.
  • Lakumba's Ornament: Reduce all damage taken by 60% if your Soul Harvest stack is at least (1-3), and an additional 2% for each stack of Soul Harvest.
  • Spider Queen's Grasp​: Corpse Spiders deals an additional 600-800% damage and releases a web on impact that Slows enemies by 80%.
  • Brood of Araneae​: Corpse Spiders deals an additional 75-100% damage, and each spider bite causes the target to take an additional 1% damage from Corpse Spiders for 5 seconds.
  • Spirit of Arachyr (2-piece bonus): Corpse Spiders now spawns with health and attacks twice as fast.
  • Spirit of Arachyr (4-piece bonus): Summon a permanent Spider Queen who leaves behind webs that lasts for 15 seconds and Slows enemies. You take 75% reduced damage while in the web. The Spider Queen is commanded to move to where you cast your Corpse Spiders.
Developer's Note: We've reworked Witch Doctor's Spirit of Arachyr set, as well as several legendary Witch Doctor items. With these changes, we hope to infuse Spirit of Arachyr with more flavor and gameplay, as well as give Witch Doctors a much needed power increase.
  • Marauder's Encasement (4-piece bonus): Sentries deal 400% increased damage and cast Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, and Cluster Arrow when you do, as well as automatically cast your equipped Hatred spenders.
  • Marauder's Encasement (6-piece bonus): Your primary skills, Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, Cluster Arrow, Companions, Vengeance, and Sentries deal 12000% increased damage for every active Sentry.
  • The Shadow's Mantle (6-piece bonus): Impale deals an additional 75000% weapon damage to the first enemy hit, and 25000% to subsequent enemies.
Developer's Note: We adjusted the Demon Hunter Embodiment of the Marauder set to give it some of its legacy functionality and shifted power back to the Sentries. Additionally, we buffed The Shadow's Mantle set to make it more effective against multiple targets.
  • Bones of Rathma (6-piece bonus): Each permanent active minion increases the damage of Army of the Dead by 1750%, up to 31,500%.
Developer's Note: The Necromancer's Bones Rathma set redesign has not been as strong as we had initially hoped, so we've increased its power.
  • Firebird's Finery (2-piece bonus): Disintegrate Ignites enemies, causing them to take 1500% weapon damage per second until they die. When you die, a meteor falls from the sky and revives you. This effect has a 60-second cooldown.
  • Firebird's Finery (6-piece bonus): You gain 2500% increased damage while Ignite is applied to a target. Hitting an Ignited enemy with a non-channeling fire spell deals Ignite damage multiplied by Combustion stacks.
Developer's Note: The Wizard's Firebird's Finery was reborn in patch 2.7.0 and has been one of the strongest builds in the game for all activities since. It's time to reduce the power of Firebird's Finery to bring it more in line with other classes and builds.

As with all PTR testing periods, it's invaluable that you send Blizzard feedback so they can accurately improve the game before the patch hits live servers. With that in mind, please consider sending feedback via the games PTR Feedback forum as well as bug reports with the Diablo 3 PTR Bug Report forum.