Eight Cool Things In Diablo III's New Patch

Eight Cool Things In Diablo III's New Patch

Diablo III's long awaited patch 2.4 is now live both in the US and in the EU. It's quite a big update with new zones, items, game mechanics and small tweaks. The game feels a lot different if you haven't played in months. The full patch notes are over here, if you wanna see them. For now, let's focus on some of the most interesting new additions:

Greyhollow Island

There's a new area called Greyhollow Island added to the game. It's accessible through Act V's map and what's cool about it is that it's not just a copy-paste of old tilesets, but a completely new, swampy, dark place with new monsters to kill and events to find.

Set Dungeons

Besides Greyhollow Island the other big new feature in 2.4 are set dungeons. They're pre-generated dungeons (24 of them) designed around specific set items. Once you've collected all six pieces of a chosen set, its set dungeon will unlock somewhere in the map. Finding the entrances might be a bit tricky (you can find clues in Leoric's Library though), but this clip showing all the locations might help:

Item changes and new legendaries

New patch, new season, and that means your current gear won't do it anymore. (Check the official patch notes and you'll see most of it is about item and class changes). But it also means new powerful items are added to the game. One of my favourites is a Barbarian mighty legendary called "Blade of the Tribes" and its earth shattering powers:

There's a Diablo II Stormshield hidden in the new Royal Quarters zone

It's purely a cosmetic item, but it's still worth grabbing it. It looks really good! The item's inside Leoric's Manor in the new Royal Quarters zone. You'll find a secret bookcase with the shield lying on an armour rack. Here's a small video by GameByNumber showing where exactly it is.

More inventory space

We will need those stash tabs for all the set pieces. A sixth one is now purchasable for 500,000 gold and additional ones can be unlocked by completing Seasonal objectives.

Rebirth

Managing characters can get a bit confusing for veteran players with all the non-seasonal, seasonal, old and fresh characters piling up on an account. This new feature allows us to transform a non-seasonal hero to a fresh level 1 seasonal one, maintaining its name, the character record and the gear (which will be in the mail and can be collected by non-seasonal characters). Basically this is an awesome feature for people who like to play the same character over and over.

Cosmetic pets can now pick up gold

Well, cosmetic pets are no longer cosmetic. They have a function now and it's pretty useful in the long run.

Good news for Keywarden hunters

An arrow now indicates the location of a Keywarden, if one's present, in the current zone. Hooray! No more fooling around in Act 1's Fields of Misery.


Comments

    Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in!

      Escape whilst you can young man. Much treasures await in the outside world.

      Last edited 14/01/16 11:03 pm

    Is this a PC only patch or do us console plebs get this as well? I still haven't finished the main game, just asking more generally...

      Just the PC. Consoles doesn't get any of the season stuff.

      Consoles get most of it. (Specifically PS4/XBOne only since PS3/XBox 360 no longer get patched) The seasonal stuff doesn't apply to us though.

      Last edited 14/01/16 5:53 pm

    "Cosmetic pets can now pick up gold"

    This was in the Diablo III beta but got pulled before release for some reason.

      The ferrets did it in live though? I haven't played in forever so idk if they've given them new skills to compensate

    Have they patched the bug that wont let people ever open the game? I left it years ago and tried to come back in November got it to open twice then it crapped out every time I tried to open it. Seriously buggy game still after all this time.

      When you try next time, if it happens again, try checking the Windows Event (Applications, Security, Administrator etc) logs. Usually these "instant exit on boot" issues are due to a missing or mismatched dll, but regardless there'll be some info in the event log hopefully that might help you figure out what's wrong. Or at least give you something you can post on a support forum to get help sorting out.

      Chances are you just need to reinstall one of the bits of support software that games need, or update a driver for something etc.

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