Season 22 – Shades of the Nephalem is NOW LIVE! (Ending Soon)

Diablo 3 Season 22 End Dates

Update on March 12: Season 22 will be ending on March 28. See post for exact times for each region. 

Update on November 20: Season 22 is now LIVE!

*Please see updates in Red below after Patch 2.6.10.

Update on November 10: Patch 2.6.10 is now LIVE!


Season 22 will begin on November 20, at 5PM (PST/CET/KST) shortly after our next Diablo III update. Read on to learn more about the brand-new Season theme, Haedrig’s Gift updates, new items and tons of Legendary item changes coming in Patch 2.6.10! We are expecting this update to be released on November 10. 


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New Season Theme

Nephalem, do you feel it? All around, the shadows of the past linger, waiting for an opportunity to channel their power once more and aid you against the minions of hell. Will you stand up to the challenge and accept the aid of these erstwhile spirits? The Shades of the Nephalem await….

During Season 22, activating a Shrine or Pylon will spawn in a shadow clone of your class. The clone’s power will scale with your character and will last for one minute or until death.

Shadow Clones in action

In addition, for the duration of Season 22, Kanai’s Cube will have a fourth slot. You will have the option to choose any power for this one, but it won’t stack with powers from other slots.

Kanai's Cube fourth slot

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Seasonal Cosmetic Rewards

Beginning with Season 17, we began reintroducing previous rewards to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. For Season 22, this means awards originally available from Season 10 are returning. In addition to the Head and Shoulder slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, you’ll be able to earn the Black Soulstone themed portraits and the scholarly Loremaster pennant first introduced in Season 10.

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However, we know it’s nice to have something new to aim for if you’ve participated in previous Seasons. We’re continuing to provide new End of Journey rewards as introduced in Season 17, with two new cosmetic ones for those who complete the entirety of the Season journey. Prove your worth alongside the Shades of the Nephalem and complete the Season 22 Guardian Journey to earn the Book of Cain pet and the Lost Civilization Portrait Frame. 

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Season Journey Rewards

If you’ve been diligently slaying demons before and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve surely accrued a few extra stash tabs. You’ll earn one additional tab each Season by finishing the Conqueror tier, up to a maximum of five:

  • Guardian of Sanctuary: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment XIII difficulty within five minutes.
  • Gem of My Life: Level three Legendary Gems to level 55.
  • All I Do is Win: Complete two Conquests this Season.
  • Life Goes On: Kill Maghda at level 70 in under 15 seconds on Torment XIII difficulty.
  • Money Ain’t a Thang: Slay Greed on Torment XIII difficulty. Treasure Goblins outside of Nephalem Rifts will sometimes open portals to Greed’s domain, The Vault.
  • Take U There: Reach Greater Rift Level 60 Solo. Greater Rift keystones can be obtained from any Nephalem Rift guardian.
  • Power Amplification: Use Kanai’s Cube to augment an Ancient Legendary item with a level 50+ gem.
  • Cubic Reconfiguration: Use Kanai’s Cube to reforge a Legendary item.

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Seasonal Conquests

Seasonal Conquests are additional goals you can complete as part of our Season Journey. To earn all the cosmetic rewards, you’ll need to complete at least three of the Conquests below. The challenges available in Season 22 include:

  • Sprinter and Speed Racer task you with completing Acts I through V at max level in under one hour.
  • Want to go fast while killing things? Boss Mode and Worlds Apart are right up your alley. 
  • On A Good Day and I Can’t Stop are making a return, if leveling your Legendary Gems is more your thing.
  • Finally, if you’re keen to prove your mastery of various Class Sets, Years of War and Dynasty will be returning along with Masters of the Universe and Masters of Sets. Best of luck!

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Haedrig’s Gift

Finally, the Class Sets rewarded for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift have rotated once more. We’ve listed the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works:

Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. These contain a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely!

The set you receive depends on the class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character. For the first time in Season 22, Haedrig’s Gift will grant the all-new class sets introduced in the three previous Seasons:

Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 22:

  • Barbarian – Horde of the Ninety Savages
  • Crusader – Aegis of Valor
  • Demon Hunter – Gears of Dreadlands
  • Monk – Patterns of Justice
  • Witch Doctor – Mundunugu’s Regalia
  • Wizard – Typhon’s Veil
  • Necromancer – Masquerade of the Burning Carnival

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Patch Notes

Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.10.


PATCH 2.6.10

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Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.


Seasons

The shadows, they are moving, and they seem… animated. It is as though they have a will of their own. Whatever this trickery is, perhaps you can use it to your advantage. Let’s see what the demons say when you fight side by side with your own shadow!

Shadows of the Past: Activating a Shrine/Pylon will spawn in a shadow clone of your class. This clone will randomly have 1 out of 3 predetermined builds. This clone’s power will scale with your character and will last for 1 minute or if your character dies. See below for the shadow clone variations that can spawn when activating.

Witch Doctor

Build Variation 1Build Variation 2Build Variation 3
Grasp of the Dead – Rain of CorpsesWall of Death – Fire WallHaunt – Poisoned Spirit 
Piranhas – Zombie PiranhasFirebomb – Flash FireSpirit Barrage – The Spirit is Willing
Zombie Charger – Zombie BearsAcid Cloud – Acid RainWall of Death – Communing with Spirits
Corpse Spiders – Medusa SpidersPiranhas – Zombie PiranhasPiranhas – Zombie Piranhas
Locust Swarm – Diseased SwarmZombie Charger – Explosive BeastAcid Cloud – Slow Burn
Acid Cloud – Kiss of DeathSpirit Barrage – Well of SoulsGrasp of the dead – Unbreakable Grasp

Wizard

Build Variation 1Build Variation 2Build Variation 3
Arcane Orb – Frozen OrbMeteor – Molten ImpactArcane Orb – Obliteration
Frost Nova – Frozen MistArcane Orb – ScorchDisintegrate – Volatility
Blizzard – Unrelenting StormExplosive Blast – Short FuseWave of Force – Debilitating Force
Energy Twister – Raging StormBlizzard – ApocalypseSlow Time – Exhaustion
Explosive Blast – ObliterateWave of Force – Heat WaveEnergy Twister – Raging Storm
Ray of Frost – Black IceDisintegrate – ConvergenceMeteor – Star Pact

Barbarian

Build Variation 1Build Variation 2Build Variation 3
Seismic Slam – RumbleBattle Rage – Marauder’s RageBattle Rage – Ferocity
Threatening Shout – FalterThreatening Shout – FalterThreatening Shout – Falter
Avalanche – VolcanoWrath of The Berserker – InsanityLeap – Launch
Earthquake – Molten FurySprint – Run Like the WindWrath of The Berserker – Insanity
Wrath of The Berserker – InsanityWhirlwind – Dust DevilsBash – Pulverize
Ancient Spear – Boulder TossRend – LacerateHammer of The Ancients – Rolling Thunder

Monk

Build Variation 1Build Variation 2Build Variation 3
Lashing Tail Kick – Sweeping ArmadaFists of Thunder – Static ChargeExploding Palm – Essence Burn
Seven-Sided Strike – Fulminating OnslaughtWay of the Hundred Fists – Hands of LightningSeven-Sided Strike – Sudden Assault
Inner Sanctuary – InterveneCrippling Wave – ConcussionLashing Tail Kick – Spinning Flame Kick
Epiphany – Soothing MistSeven-Sided Strike – IncinerateSweeping Wind – Fire Storm
Breath of Heaven – Circle of ScornWave of Light – Pillar of the AncientsWave of Light – Explosive Light
Wave of Light – Empowered WaveSweeping Wind – CycloneEpiphany – Inner Fire

Necromancer

Build Variation 1Build Variation 2Build Variation 3
Land of the Dead – PlaguelandsLand of the Dead – PlaguelandsLand of the Dead – Plaguelands
Frailty – Early GraveFrailty – Early GraveFrailty – Early Grave
Army of the Dead – Dead StormArmy of the Dead – Blighted GraspCorpse Lance – Blood Lance
Corpse Explosion – Final EmbraceCorpse Lance – RicochetBone Spear – Shatter
Bone Spear – Blood SpearBone Spear – Blighted MarrowDeath Nova – Bone Nova
Death Nova – Blood NovaDeath Nova – Blight 

Demon Hunter

Build Variation 1Build Variation 2Build Variation 3
Marked for Death – Valley of DeathMarked for Death – Valley of DeathMarked for Death – Valley of Death
Caltrops – Jagged SpikesRain Of Vengeance – Dark CloudRain Of Vengeance – Shade
Fan of Knives – Assassin’s KnivesCluster Arrow – Shooting StarsCluster Arrow – Maelstrom
Chakram – Twin ChakramsMultishot – ArsenalImpale – Overpenetration
Vengeance – Side CannonsVengeance – Personal MortarChakram – Serpentine
Impale – RicochetElemental Arrow – Immolation arrowElemental Arrow – Frost Arrow

Crusader

Build Variation 1Build Variation 2Build Variation 3
Akarat’s Champion – Fire StarterAkarat’s Champion – HastefulAkarat’s Champion – Rally
Falling Sword – SuperheatedIron Skin – FlashFalling Sword – Rapid Descent
Sweep Attack – Blazing SweepBlessed Shield – Shattering ThrowHeaven’s Fury – Split Fury
Consecration – Shattered GroundConsecration – Bathed in LightFist of the Heavens – Retribution
Bombardment – AnnihilateBlessed Hammer – LimitlessIron Skin – Explosive Skin
Condemn – ReciprocateCondemn – UnleashedCondemn – Shattering Explosion

Kanai’s Cube: Kanai’s Cube will have a fourth slot this season. This fourth slot will have the choices of the first 3 slots but will not stack with any of them. The intent is to provide players with creative flexibility to their character builds.

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Items

General

  • Haedrig’s Gifts now grants all class sets and we have a new rotation schedule. This upcoming season, depending on which class you choose, Haedrig’s Gifts will reward you with Horde of the Ninety Savages, Aegis of Valor, Gears of Dreadlands, Patterns of Justice, Masquerade of the Burning Carnival, Mundunugu’s Regalia, or Typhon’s Veil.
  • Stone Gauntlets now drops for all classes.
  • Paragon Bonus Gold Find has been changed to Gold Pickup Radius at 0.1 per point.

Item Changes

  • New Item* Gelmindor’s Marrow Guards: Bone Spear cast from Simulacrums deal 300-400% increased damage.
  • Ivory Tower: Rapid multiple blocks will now scale the damage for Fires of Heaven, up to a maximum of 2.5 times damage.
  • Mantle of Channeling: Removed the 1-second start up before the power takes effect.
  • The Twisted Sword: The Twisted Sword: Energy Twister damage is increased by 125-150% for each Energy Twister you have out up to a maximum of 5. The Raging Storm rune is automatically applied to Energy Twister and allows the tornado to merge with 3 additional Energy Twisters. 
  • Etched Sigil: While channeling Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, the damage of your Energy Twister is increased by 200-250%, and you also cast Energy Twister every second.
  • Fragment of Destiny: Your Signature Spells attack 50% faster and deal triple damage. You gain a Spectral buff whenever you land an attack with a Signature Spell. Hydras deal 25-30%  20-30% increased damage for each Spectral stack. Max 10 stacks.
  • Valthek’s Rebuke: Energy Twister now travels in a straight path and deals 300-400% increased damage.
  • Winter Flurry: Enemies killed by Cold damage have a 25% chance to release a Frost Nova. Your Hydra deals 125-150% increased damage to enemies in a Blizzard.
  • Wizardspike: Performing an attack has a 25% chance to hurl a Frozen Orb. Arcane Orb deals 300-350% increased damage.
  • Delsere’s Magnum Opus: 6-piece bonus increased from 8500% to 12500%.
  • The Typhon’s Veil: 6-piece bonus increased from 1300% to 2000%.
  • Norvald’s Fervor: Increased 2-piece bonus damage from 100% to 400%
  • Armor of Akkhan: Increased 6-piece bonus damage from 1500% to 2000%
  • Roland’s Legacy: Increased 4-piece bonus damage from 13,000% to 17,500%
  • Seeker of the Light: Increased 6-piece Blessed Hammer bonus damage from 12,000% to 15,000%
  • Belt of the Trove: Every 4 seconds, call down Bombardment on a random nearby enemy. Bombardment deals 400-500% increased damage.
  • Mortal Drama: Double the number of Bombardment impacts. Bombardement deals 400-500% increased damage.
  • Thorns of The Invoker: 2-Piece bonus decreased from 350% to 90% and has a cap of 10 stacks. 6-piece bonus increased from 15,000% to 67,500% and increased attack speed bonus from 50% to 100%.
  • Manajuma’s Way: Angry Chicken explosion damage increased from 400% to 2000%. Manajuma’s Way now includes a third legendary affix, which allows angry chicken to spawn a chicken that seeks enemies every second that deals 25% of the angry chicken’s explosion damage. 
  • New Item* Ursua’s Trodden Effigy: New Witch Doctor Legendary Mojo. Zombie Charger deals 100-150% increased damage. The Zombie Bears rune now summons 8 bears that travel farther.
  • Spirit of Arachyr: Increased 6-piece bonus damage from 9000% to 17,500%.
  • Helltooth Harness: Increased 6-piece bonus damage from 9000% to 17,500%.
  • Scrimshaw: Reduces the Mana cost of Zombie Charger by 75% and increases its damage by 6-7 times.
  • Inna’s Mantra: Increased 6-piece bonus damage from 750% to 950%.
  • Shenlong’s Spirit: Damage bonus increased from 200% to 350%.
  • Uliana’s Strategem Set: Now has 77% damage reduction for 7 seconds after applying Exploding Palm.
  • Gungdo Gear: Exploding Palm’s on-death explosion applies Exploding Palm. Exploding Palm’s damage is increased by 75-100%.
  • Blade of the Tribes: War Cry and Threatening Shout cause an Avalanche and Earthquake. Avalanche and Earthquake both deal 600-800% increased damage. Consolidated Blade of the Tribes Earthquake affix into the new legendary affix so that it’s no longer two affixes that buff Earthquake. 

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Bug Fixes and Misc Updates

  • A patch fix has been applied on 12/7 for PC/Mac players to address game stability issues.
  • Fixed a bug where players would crash while in Act IV Campaign mode. Note* Issue still exists for Nintendo Switch and scheduled to be resolved the week of November 23, PST.
  • Updated game client to allow in-game entry of passwords longer than 16 characters.
  • Diablo3 is playable on both Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.
  • Fixed an issue with PC Win32 (32-bit) and macOS clients crashing.
  • Fixed Wizardspike to more properly proc Frozen Orb.
  • Simulacrums casting Grim Scythe with Haunted Visions no longer gain double benefit from Trag’Ouls Corroded Fang.
  • Blessed Hammer will now destroy itself after hitting 63 targets.
  • Fixed legacy items stacking with the new items: Gundo Gear, Blade of the Tribes, Scrimshaw, Belt of the Trove, Mortal Drama, Winter Flurry, Wizardspike, Etched Sigil, and Fragment of Destiny.
  • Fixed Necromancer’s pets doing extra damage to cursed enemies from a bug caused by the original fix for Haunted Visions + Trag’Ouls Corroded Fang.
  • Fixed an issue with Trag’oul’s Corroded Fang not properly applying the correct bonuses to pets. 

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