Patch 2.0.5

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Patch 2.0.5 was released on 13th may 2014.[1]



General[edit]

  • Increased the radius of "Strength in Numbers" (multiplayer buff) from 100 to 200 yards
  • Gold Find on items will now stack multiplicatively with the Gold Find bonus provided from game difficulty
  • This significantly increases the gold reward most players will see when playing on higher difficulty levels or wearing Gold Find gear.
  • Example: Suppose you are playing on Master (+200% Gold Find) and have 50% Gold Find awarded from items. A pile of gold drops that would normally be 50 gold. Your Difficulty bonus increases the 50 gold to 150 gold. Your 50% Gold Find will now increase the 150 gold to 225 gold.
  • The 300% Gold Find cap applied to items and Paragon Points has been removed
  • The Vote Kick system has received several changes to make it less restrictive:
  • Vote Kicking is now available after you have been in a game for 2 minutes (down from 5 minutes)
  • Killing a champion or rare pack no longer disables vote kicking for 15 seconds
  • After a boss kill, vote kicking is disabled for 15 seconds (down from 3 minutes)
  • Some additional restrictions were also relaxed
  • Known Issue: The tooltip will not reflect these changes
  • Tyrael will now chat about his poor eating habits with less frequency.


Classes[edit]

Barbarian[edit]

Philosophy

  • To better support character builds based on a specific damage type we are changing the damage type of a few select runes. This is an ongoing goal - additional changes may be made in the future to any of our classes to make damage types an interesting consideration for character building.
  • Rend is being changed to make the damage more consistent. The difference between getting a Critical Hit or not on Rend made the ability too unpredictable. This is particularly important when the player has the option of reapplying the Damage over Time effect.
  • Finally, we are buffing the least used Fury spender - Seismic Slam. While there will always be a least used skill, we feel the aesthetic of Seismic Slam is very strong, and we would love for more people to enjoy using it. To this end we are making the skill mechanically easier to use as well as directly buffing the damage.


Active Skills

Frenzy

  • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold

Overpower

  • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold

Rend

  • Rather than rolling for a Critical Hit, Rend will now calculate an average damage augmented by your Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Damage on application and apply that damage evenly over the duration of the entire DoT

Revenge

  • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold

Seismic Slam

  • Now also hits enemies in a 10 yard wide, 10 yard long area in front of you in addition to the existing cone
  • Base weapon damage increase from 550% to 620%
  • Altered the duration of the cast animation to be the same as most other Barbarian abilities.
  • Removed the short knock up
  • Will now ignore line of sight blockers (such as the walls created by the Waller monster affix) when dealing damage
  • Skill Rune - Permafrost
  • Weapon damage increased from 710% to 755%
  • Slow duration reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second
  • Weapon damage increased from 710% to 735%
  • Changed the 5 yard knockback to a short knock up
  • Has been redesigned: Now reduces the Fury cost from 30 to 22

War Cry

  • Range increased from 50 to 100 yards

Whirlwind

  • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold

Wrath of the Berserker

  • Skill Rune - Arreat's Wail
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Fire
  • Has been redesigned: Now reduces all damage taken by 50%

Passive Skills

Inspiring Presence

  • Range increased from 50 to 100 yards

Relentless

  • Now has a buff icon when it's active
  • The damage reduction provided will now be reflected in your Toughness

Crusader[edit]

Philosophy

  • Crusaders should be the toughest class in the game and currently they are not. We've increased the 15% damage reduction to 30% to match that of the Monk and Barbarian. In addition we are removing the movement speed penalty on Heavenly Strength while also changing Fervor to be a very strong passive for Crusaders who want to play with a 1-handed weapon. Together these changes should solidify the Crusader fantasy of a powerful tank wielding a giant shield.
  • To better support character builds based on a specific damage type we are changing the damage type of a few select runes. This is an ongoing goal - additional changes may be made in the future to any of our classes to make damage types an interesting consideration for character building.
  • Akarat's Champion has been redesigned. Many of the runes were lackluster while Rally was both too strong but also promoted a style of play that consisted primarily of mashing buttons mindlessly. We've redesigned Rally and buffed the skill and all the other runes.
  • Overall builds that used certain skills such as Judgment - Resolved could do solid damage (though somewhat inconsistent), but if you did not take specific skills or have access to specific Legendary items the damage would fall behind. We are nerfing Judgment - Resolved significantly. A change this large is never easy but this was a mistake we should have caught.
  • To keep Crusader damage competitive we are buffing most of the Crusader's damage abilities across the board. While a few skills have come down slightly in damage, the vast majority are being increased, some by a large margin.
  • Fist of the Heavens and Blessed Shield both fill a similar role of being ranged multi target skills. In order to provide better differentiation we are adjusting Fist of the Heavens to be better at damaging a single target, with the area damage component being a peripheral bonus. To this end the damage of the primary strike of Fist of the Heavens has been increased, while the damage of the secondary bolts has been decreased.
  • Finally, we have done significant redesign to the Crusader's passive abilities. We feel there was an overall lack of interesting passive choices on the Crusader. Rather than try to simply change numbers on existing passives we've tried to provide interesting and compelling choices.

General

  • Crusaders now take 30% less damage from all sources

Active Skills


Akarat's Champion

  • Has been redesigned. This skill now:
  • Increases your damage by 35%
  • Increases Wrath regeneration by 5 per second
  • Makes you immune to crowd control effects
  • Has been redesigned:
  • Now increases the bonus Wrath regeneration to 10 per second
  • Dealing damage now burns enemies with the power of Akarat, for 460% weapon damage as Fire over 3 seconds
  • Skill Rune - Hasteful
  • Has been redesigned:
  • Skill Rune - Prophet
  • Now also returns you to full health the first time you take fatal damage
  • Skill Rune - Rally
  • Has been redesigned:
  • Now reduces the remaining cooldown of your other abilities by 12 seconds when Akarat's Champion is activated

Blessed Hammer

  • Weapon damage increased from 200% to 320%
  • Skill Rune - Burning Wrath
  • Scorched ground weapon damage increased from 150% to 330% per second
  • Explosion weapon damage increased from 75% to 380%
  • Arc weapon damage increased from 40% to 60%

Blessed Shield

  • Weapon damage increased from 340% to 430%
  • Skill Rune - Combust
  • Explosion weapon damage increased from 270% to 310%
  • Explosion radius increased from 8 to 10 yards
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Physical
  • Fragment weapon damage decreased from 333% to 170%

Bombardment

  • Rather than a random variance, there is now a static 0.35 second delay between Bombardment assaults. This should make the damage more consistent and more reliable.
  • Skill Rune - Annihilate
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Fire
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Fire
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Holy
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing the proc coefficient to be lower than intended

Condemn

  • Damage type changed from Holy to Fire
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Physical
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing the proc coefficient to be lower than intended

Consecration

  • Skill Rune - Shattered Ground
  • Weapon damage increased from 95% to 155%
  • Damage from this rune can now trigger procs

Falling Sword

  • Weapon damage increased from 1100% to 1700%
  • Replaced the knockback effect with a small knock up
  • Skill Rune - Flurry
  • Sword weapon damage increased from 60% to 230%
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Holy
  • Cloud weapon damage increased from 165% to 605%
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Lightning
  • Avatar weapon damage increased from 143% to 280%
  • Superheated ground weapon damage increased from 200% to 310% per second
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing the proc coefficient to be lower than intended
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing the impact to always deal Physical damage, regardless of the Rune chosen


Fist of the Heavens

  • Explosion weapon damage increased from 340% to 545%
  • Bolt weapon damage reduced from 340% to 255%
  • Skill Rune - Divine Well
  • Bolt weapon damage reduced from 80% to 40%
  • Fissure weapon damage increased from 400% to 410% over 5 seconds
  • Arc weapon damage reduced from 185% to 135%
  • Weapon damage reduced from 150% to 100% per second
  • Damage type changed from Lightning to Fire
  • Pierce weapon damage reduced from 350% to 270%
  • Explosion weapon damage increased from 150% to 435%
  • Bolt weapon damage reduced from 350% to 185%
  • Minimum cast range removed
  • Damage type changed from Lightning to Holy

Heaven's Fury

  • Weapon damage increased from 1260% to 1710%
  • Skill Rune - Ascendency
  • Weapon damage increased from 1680% to 2766%
  • Scorched ground weapon damage increased from 975% to 1550%
  • Weapon damage increased from 735% to 960%
  • Weapon damage increased from 1440% to 1980%
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Lightning
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing the proc coefficient to be lower than intended

Iron Skin

  • Weapon damage increased from 1050% to 1400%

Judgment

  • Critical Hit Chance bonus reduced from 80% to 20%

Justice

  • Weapon damage increased from 240% to 245%
  • Skill Rune - Burst
  • Explosion weapon damage increased from 30% to 60%
  • Additional hammer weapon damage increased from 175% to 245%
  • Proc chance increased from 80% to 100%
  • Weapon damage increased from 300% to 335%
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Physical
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Physical
  • Changed from 5 stacks of 3% Movement Speed to 3 stacks of 5% Movement Speed. Total bonus is still 15%, but can now be reached with fewer attacks.

Laws of Hope

  • Cooldown reduced to 30 seconds

Laws of Justice

  • Cooldown reduced to 30 seconds

Laws of Valor

  • Cooldown reduced to 30 seconds
  • Skill Rune - Answered Prayer
  • Has been redesigned: Now each enemy killed while the law is empowered increases the duration by 1 second, up to a maximum of 10 seconds

Phalanx

  • Weapon damage increased from 380% to 490%
  • Enemies can now be hit by multiple Phalanx avatars
  • Skill Rune - Bowmen
  • Weapon damage increased from 160% to 185%
  • Weapon damage increased from 285% to 560%
  • Reduced the distance enemies are knocked back
  • Skill Rune - Shield Bearers
  • Reduced the distance enemies are knocked back

Provoke

  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue that allowed Provoke to proc other powers
  • Skill Rune - Charged Up
  • Bug Fix: The chance to deal damage is now, properly, based on the damaging power's proc coefficient

Punish

  • Weapon damage increased from 270% to 335%
  • Skill Rune - Fury
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Lightning
  • Weapon damage dealt when you block increased from 94% to 140%
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Holy
  • Explosion weapon damage increased from 40% to 75%
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue preventing the base attack from dealing Fire damage

Shield Bash

  • Shield Bash should now more reliably hit targets close to the Crusader
  • If Shield Bash causes the player to charge an enemy, the enemy will now be rooted for 1 second on cast
  • Shield Bash now has smart targeting
  • If you are targeting an area more than 10 yards away from you and click on nothing, the closest target to your click point, within 10 yards, will be charged
  • Skill Rune - Crumble
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Fire
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Lightning
  • 3 Second immobilize effect has been replaced with a 1.5 second stun
  • Weapon damage increased from 740% to 1200%
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Physical
  • Should now always hit the chosen target
  • Fragment weapon damage increased from 380% to 740%
  • Additional shield weapon damage increased from 135% to 155%
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Physical

Slash

  • Weapon damage increased from 190% to 230%
  • Skill Rune - Carve
  • Should now more reliably hit targets next to the Crusader
  • Skill Rune - Zeal
  • Increased maximum number of stacks from 5 to 10

Smite

  • Weapon damage increased from 165% to 175% to primary target
  • Weapon damage increased from 125% to 150% to secondary targets
  • Increased range to 30 yards
  • Now destroys destructible objects, but prioritizes enemies
  • Skill Rune - Shared Fate
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Lightning
  • Explosion weapon damage increased from 20% to 60%
  • Has been redesigned:
  • Now increases the number of additional targets hit by 2

Steed Charge

  • Duration increased from 1.5 to 2 seconds
  • Steed Charge should now start its cooldown immediately when used
  • Steed Charge now goes through and destroys destructible objects and doors
  • Skill Rune - Draw and Quarter
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Holy
  • Increases the duration to 3 seconds up from 2 seconds

Sweep Attack

  • Weapon damage increased from 440% to 480%
  • Width of the cone increased from 120 to 180 degrees to match the visual
  • Skill Rune - Blazing Sweep
  • Additional weapon damage reduced from 170% to 120%
  • Damage over time from Blazing Sweep can now stack with itself
  • Skill Rune - Gathering Sweep
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Holy


Passive Skills

Fanaticism

  • New Passive Skill: Replaces Nephalem Majesty
  • Increases the attack speed of Justice, Punish, Slash, and Smite by 15%

Fervor

  • Has been redesigned:
  • While wielding a one-handed weapon, your attack speed is increased by 15% and all cooldowns are reduced by 15%

Finery

  • Has been redesigned:
  • Gain 1.5% Strength for every gem socketed into your gear

Heavenly Strength

  • Removed the movement speed penalty

Holy Cause

  • Damage bonus now applies to all weapons, not just Holy weapons

Indestructible

  • Has been redesigned:
  • When you receive fatal damage, you instead become immune to damage, gain 35% increased damage and (82,526 @L70) Life per Kill for 5 seconds
  • This effect may occur once every 60 seconds

Insurmountable

  • Has been redesigned:
  • Blocking an attack generates 6 Wrath

Iron Maiden

  • Has been redesigned:
  • Your Thorns has been increased by 50%
  • Has been removed

Towering Shield

  • Has been redesigned:
  • Increases the damage of Blessed Shield, Punish, and Shield Bash by 20%
  • Reduces the cooldown of Shield Glare by 30%

Vigilant

  • Increased Non-Physical damage reduction from 5% to 20%


Demon Hunter[edit]

Philosophy

  • Demon Hunter survivability is lower than we would like. While the Demon Hunter is not as tough as other classes, this can be frustrating when taken to an extreme. The change to the Awareness passive is a first step; we will be keeping an eye on this and making additional changes as needed in the future. The Marauder's Set bonuses are attractive, but often the pets would get in each other's way or Sentries would not use your spenders often enough. To help improve this set's functionality, Companions have received collision box revisions and the rate at which Sentries use your Hatred spenders has been increased.

Active Skills

Companion

  • Companions's collision boxes should now more closely match their actual size, and allow them to more effectively surround enemies

Grenade

  • Will now more reliably explode when an enemy is near the thrown grenade
  • Explosion radius increased from 5 to 6 yards
  • Collision radius of the projectile has been significantly increased
  • Will now explode closer to your click location if it did not explode before reaching it
  • Max range increased from 45 to 75 yards

Hungering Arrow

  • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold

Passive Skills

Awareness

  • Has been redesigned: Armor is now increased by 30% of your Dexterity


Monk[edit]

Philosophy'

  • To better support character builds based on a specific damage type we are changing the damage type of a few select runes. This is an ongoing goal - additional changes may be made in the future to any of our classes to make damage types an interesting consideration for character building.
  • We want to give Monks more options for spending their Spirit. The damage on Wave of Light is being increased to encourage its use as an alternative to the existing popular Spirit spenders.


Active Skills

Crippling Wave

  • Damage type changed from Physical to Holy

Deadly Reach

  • Damage type changed from Physical to Fire
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue preventing the first and second hits from dealing Lightning damage
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold

Fists of Thunder

  • Damage type changed from Lightning to Holy
  • Has been removed
  • Damage type changed from Lightning to Physical
  • New Skill Rune: Replaces Lightning Flash
  • Every third hit Freezes enemies for 1 second
  • Deals Cold damage

Mantra of Conviction

  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing this to provide less bonus damage than intended

Sweeping Wind

  • Damage type changed from Physical to Holy

Wave of Light

  • Impact weapon damage increased from 473% to 605%
  • Skill Rune - Blinding Light
  • Has been removed
  • Weapon damage increased from 731% to 830%
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Fire
  • New Skill Rune: Replaces Blinding Light
  • Critical Hits Freeze enemies for 4.5 seconds
  • Deals Cold damage
  • Has been redesigned:
  • Now deals 635% weapon damage as Lightning, followed by 785% weapon damage as Lightning over 3 seconds to enemies who remain in the area
  • Impact weapon damage increased from 709% to 870%
  • Damage type changed from Holy to Physical

Way of the Hundred Fists

  • Skill Rune - Blazing Fists
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Fire
  • Skill Rune - Hands of Lightning
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Lightning
  • Skill Rune - Spirited Salvo
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Holy


Witch Doctor[edit]

Philosophy

  • To better support character builds based on a specific damage type we are changing the damage type of a few select runes. This is an ongoing goal - additional changes may be made in the future to any of our classes to make damage types an interesting consideration for character building.
  • We are changing the way Fetish Sycophants works. Previously it triggered while casting. This caused it to create twice as many fetishes with certain skills such as Firebats (which trigger on-cast effects at double the normal rate), and also create fetishes even when there was no target available. We want to preserve the existing Fetish builds while allow Fetish Sycophants to be combined with all skills in the Witchdoctor arsenal. Fetish Sycophants now works with all skills and triggers on hit rather than on cast. While this means you can no longer get fetishes by simply casting at nothing, you will now get more fetishes if casting against large groups of enemies. In the case of spells other than Firebats, you will generally get more Fetishes than before. In the case of Firebats, you will get less Fetishes than before versus 1-3 targets, and more fetishes than before when facing groups of 5 or more.
  • Haunt and Locust Swarm are being changed to make the damage more consistent. The difference between getting a Critical Hit or not made these abilities too unpredictable. This is particularly important when the player has the option of reapplying the Damage over Time effect.
  • The Witchdoctor sometimes had trouble keeping up in a party situation. At the same time, we feel each class should feel unique. To this end we are redesigning Fierce Loyalty to improve the Witchdoctor's mobility in a uniquely Witchdoctor way.

Active Skills

Corpse Spiders

  • Damage type changed from Physical to Poison
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold

Firebats

  • Initial cost reduced from 225 to 150 Mana
  • Skill Rune - Dire bats
  • Weapon damage increased from 300% to 495%
  • Weapon damage increased from 350% to 635%
  • Now increases the initial cost from 150 to 225 Mana

Gargantuan

  • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Fire
  • Replaced the knockback effect with a small knock up
  • Bug Fix: All Gargantuan attacks and abilities now correctly benefit from +% Elemental Damage gear

Haunt

  • Jump distance increased to 70 yards
  • Rather than rolling for a Critical Hit, Haunt will now calculate an average damage augmented by your Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Damage on application and apply that damage evenly over the duration of the entire DoT
  • Note: Since the skill can no longer deal a Critical Hit, it will no longer trigger effects that occur on Critical Hit

Hex

  • Skill Rune - Angry Chicken
  • Replaced the knockback effect with a small knock up
  • Now allows you to walk through enemies while transformed
  • Skill Rune - Toad of Hugeness
  • Weapon damage increased from 24% to 580% per second
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Poison
  • Will now calculate your Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Damage on application and divide that damage evenly over the duration of the entire DoT
  • Note: As a side effect of this change, this skill will no longer proc "on crit" effects

Horrify

  • Radius increased from 12 to 18 yards
  • Cooldown reduced from 16 to 12 seconds
  • Duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds
  • Now Immobilizes enemies
  • Skill Rune - Phobia
  • Removes the Immobilize effect

Locust Swarm

  • Rather than rolling for a Critical Hit, Locust Swarm will now calculate an average damage augmented by your Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Damage on application and apply that damage evenly over the duration of the entire DoT
  • Note: Since the skill can no longer deal a Critical Hit, it will no longer trigger effects that occur on Critical Hit

Piranhas

  • Weapon damage increased from 840% to 1100%
  • Damage type changed from Poison to Physical

Spirit Walk

  • Now allows you to walk through obstacles created by the Waller monster affix

Wall of Zombies

  • Maximum cast range increased from 24 to 28 yards
  • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold

Summon Zombie Dogs

  • Weapon damage per bite increased from 12% to 30%
  • Bug Fix: Bite damage dealt by Zombie Dogs now correctly benefits from +% Elemental Damage gear

Passive Skills


Fetish Sycophants

  • Now procs on hit rather than on cast, and will be affected by proc coefficients
  • The chance to summon has been increased from 5% to 10% to compensate


Fierce Loyalty

  • Has been redesigned:
  • Now while you have a Zombie Dog, Gargantuan, or Fetish following you and are not in combat, your movement speed is increased by 30%
  • Now also allows you to have 1 additional Zombie Dog summoned at a time

Spirit Vessel

  • Now allows you to go through obstacles created by the Waller monster affix while you are in the Spirit Realm

Zombie Handler

  • Now also increases your health by 20% in addition to your Zombie Dogs and Gargantuan


Wizard[edit]

Philosophy

  • To better support character builds based on a specific damage type we are changing the damage type of a few select runes. This is an ongoing goal - additional changes may be made in the future to any of our classes to make damage types an interesting consideration for character building.
  • Wormhole is by far the most common rune choice on Teleport. While we like the functionality and frequency with which it allows you to cast Teleport, we do not like the frustration it sometimes produces: players are often left clicking wildly, feeling punished for misclicks, or increased frustration if you find yourself up against an obstacle that wastes your second and third Teleport. To improve this experience we are reducing the cooldown on Teleport to 11 seconds and changing Wormhole to only give one additional cast, but increasing the window of time you have to use your second Teleport to 3 seconds. This affords the same number of Teleport casts overall as before while allowing you to be more thoughtful and deliberate about how to use your second Teleport. With the base cooldown on Teleport coming down to 11 seconds, all runes should now be more appealing. While the effect on some runes has been reduced, this should be more than made up for by the reduced cooldown in all cases.

Active Skills

Archon

  • Has been renamed Combustion
  • Damage type changed from Arcane to Fire
  • Explosion now deals Fire damage
  • Converts all of Archon's abilities to Fire damage
  • Damage type changed from Arcane to Lightning
  • Converts all of Archon's abilities to Lightning damage
  • Damage type changed from Arcane to Cold
  • Converts all of Archon's abilities to Cold damage

Hydra

  • Bug Fix: Damage now properly scales with attack speed

Magic Weapon

  • Knockback effect has been removed

Meteor

  • Impact area increased from 12 to 20 yards

Slow Time

  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing Slow Time to persist after its caster died or expired

Teleport

  • Cooldown reduced from 16 to 11 seconds
  • Skill Rune - Safe Passage
  • Damage reduction reduced from 27% to 25%
  • Delay before the cooldown begins increased from 1 to 3 seconds
  • Maximum number of allowed teleports reduced from 3 to 2
  • Now also reduces the remaining cooldown to 1 second if you use Teleport to return to your original location
  • Decoy duration reduced from 8 to 6 seconds
  • Weapon damage reduced from 252% to 175%
  • Stun duration reduced from 1.5 to 1 second


Items[edit]

  • Legendary potions may now be traded with other players who were present for the drop for up to 2 hours after the item is acquired
  • The fireball proc now deals 250% weapon damage, up from a flat amount of approximately 750 damage at level 70
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing this item to ignore its internal cooldown
  • Fixed an issue preventing The Slanderer and Little Rogue from dropping for Barbs and Monks
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing the Pride's Fall buff to persist indefinitely while a Unity was also equipped
  • The goblins have been scouring Sanctuary for better loot to drop:
  • Legendary drop chance doubled
  • Rare items dropped will now always have six affixes
  • The counter for picking up normal-quality items will now persist through death, act transitions, and un-equipping the item
  • It still will not persist across game sessions
  • The goblin will now play a sound when its counter reaches max and it drops an item
  • The Thorns damage dealt by these bracers will now benefit from your main stat damage increase at a 25% rate, as normal Thorns damage does
  • Radius reduced from 25 to 15 yards
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue preventing this item from having a chance to drop off a certain unique monster
  • Will now reduce the time between Hydra attacks
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue preventing the knockback effect from activating the Strong Arm bracers Legendary Power

Class-Specific Items

Barbarian

  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue that allowed Earthquakes caused by this set to generate Fury via the Earthen Might passive

Crusader

  • Level 70 Legendary Crusader Shields now roll with higher Block Amount ranges than level 70 Magic and Rare Crusader Shields
  • This change will affect existing Legendary Crusader Shields
  • Fixed an issue preventing the damage from multiple Heaven's Fury beams from stacking
  • Has been redesigned: Now grants you 10% increased damage while wielding a two-handed weapon

Demon Hunter

  • Clones now deal 25% weapon damage instead of the attacks being a purely cosmetic effect
  • The frequency at which Hatred spenders are cast by your sentries has been increased; the rate varies by Hatred Spender, but overall your sentries should be using them about twice as often as before
  • Hatred spenders cast by Sentries now receive the benefits of the corresponding +% damage affixes on items
  • The buff applied by this item will now display the correct number of wolves

Monk

  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue preventing the four-piece set bonus from working properly

Witch Doctor

  • Level 70 Legendary Mojos now roll with higher damage ranges than level 70 Magic and Rare Mojos
  • This change will affect existing Legendary Mojos
  • Images summoned by the Grin Reaper are now more aggressive and use a larger arsenal of your skills
  • Damage dealt by the single dog that is summoned is now significantly greater than the damage of your individual dogs combined

Wizard

  • Level 70 Legendary Orbs now roll with higher damage ranges than level 70 Magic and Rare Orbs
  • This change will affect existing Legendary Orbs


  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing this item to have lower damage values than intended
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing this item to have the incorrect number of primary and secondary stats
  • Will now choose which element to use based on the player's highest +% Elemental Damage type
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue preventing the set bonus from properly granting the effects of the Pure Power and Improved Archon runes

Bug Fixes

  • +% Damage on weapons will now correctly apply to all +% elemental types of damage instead of just Physical
  • Level 70 Legendary shields now roll with higher Block Amount ranges than level 70 Magic and Rare shields
  • This change will affect existing Legendary shields
  • Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause bracers to roll a Critical Chance affix that was far below its level range during enchanting
  • Fixed an issue that allowed several auto-casted Legendary item powers to trigger proc effects
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Legendary items to roll from higher stat ranges than were appropriate for their level


Adventure Mode[edit]

Horadric Caches

  • Now have an increased chance to drop Legendary items on Torment II - VI

Bounty Rewards

  • Lowered rewards for Hell Rift Bounties in Act IV

Kadala

  • Can now drop Torment only Legendary items
  • Will now always give you weapon types that your character can equip with an emphasis on class specific weapon types
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing Kadala to sometimes give common quality Crusader Shields

Note: After some confusion, Blizzard clarified this a day later:[1]

There was not a typo in the patch notes, and Kadala can now drop Torment restricted items! This includes class set items, too. I'd like to try and clarify something about Horadric Caches as well. They now have a bonus chance for a Legendary item that starts at Torment II+, but the Torment restricted items can drop from a Horadric Cache obtained in Torment I.


Nephalem Rifts

  • Increased the number of Blood Shards that can drop from Horadric Caches
  • The number of Blood Shards dropped by Rift Guardians on Torment II - VI now increases with each level of difficulty

Crafting[edit]

  • Malthael will now always drop the plan for Reapers' Wraps when killed at level 60 or higher if the player does not have the recipe, instead of only on the first kill


Blacksmith

  • Legendary crafted recipes no longer require specific Common armors or weapons and instead now require Common crafting materials


Jeweler

  • Sovereign Rings and Amulets now require Marquise gems instead of Imperial gems
  • Unsocket costs for top tier gems have been reduced
  • Flawless Imperial: 150k to 125k gold
  • Royal: 250k to 150k gold
  • Flawless Royal: 500k to 175k gold


Mystic

  • It is no longer possible for the same affix to be randomly selected as the replacement for both of your new rolls
  • When Enchanting an item, the original affix will now be forced into the pool of possible replacement affixes
  • This will allow Legendary items with affixes that are normally unavailable on that slot to roll for that affix when Enchanting
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue preventing items from being properly marked as enchanted when starting the Enchanting process


Followers[edit]

  • Followers are now available at level 1 in Adventure Mode

Templar

  • Reduced Wrath regeneration from 1.8 to 1.1 per second


Monsters[edit]

  • Chiltara will now spawn more often
  • Reduced the clickable height of the Death Maiden
  • Champions and Rares can no longer spawn with four of the following monster affixes and the frequency at which they can spawn with three has been reduced
  • Arcane Enchanted
  • Desecrator
  • Fire Chains
  • Frozen
  • Frozen Pulse
  • Molten
  • Mortar
  • Orbiter
  • Plagued
  • Poison Enchanted
  • Wormhole
  • Champions and Rares can no longer spawn with both Plagued and Desecrator at the same time


User Interface[edit]

  • Friends who are currently playing Diablo III will now be sorted to the top of the friends list
  • Legendary items received from Kadala will now broadcast to the clan
  • Elite kill messages will now also appear in single player games

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue preventing the icons for Health Wells and Pools of Reflection from properly updating states on the minimap
  • Fixed an issue that could somtimes cause icons on the minimap to display their unusable state when players were temporarily unable to use them, when using Steed Charge for example
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent your cursor from being displayed in fullscreen mode if high dpi was detected

Bug Fixes[edit]

  • Fixed an issue that could cause lag for clan members when a large amount of Legendary items were identified via the Book of Cain
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to continue to send requests to start boss encounters after one had already been sent to the group
  • Fixed an issue preventing Resource Cost Reduction from being considered when determining whether or not you have the minimum resources necessary to cast a spell
  • Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause Teleport powers to prevent quests from progressing


History of Patch 2.0.5[edit]

Below is information revealed by Blizzard prior to Patch 2.0.5 going live of planned content for it.


Changes to Loot from Bounties and Rifts Incoming[edit]

More balance to address split farming. [2]


As a heads up, we’re looking to make two changes to Horadric Caches. The first change is to allow the caches to drop Torment-only Legendary items.

The second is to increase the chance that you’ll find a Legendary item in Horadric Caches, including Act-specific Legendaries like the Royal Ring of Grandeur, based on the Torment difficulty.

What this means is that Horadric Caches earned in Torment I+ will be able to drop Torment restricted Legendary items, and caches earned in Torment II+ will have a scaling bonus for dropping Legendary items (which includes those items only found in a cache).


Well, since you brought it up let’s talk a little about that. ;) We’re also planning on changing Rift Guardians so that they drop more Blood Shards for each level of Torment past the first (i.e. in Torment II+). For clarity, this means Rift Guardians would drop the same amount of Blood Shards as they currently do in Torment I, but starting in Torment II they would drop additional Blood Shards per each Torment slider tick. This change should arrive at the same time as the Horadric Cache change mentioned previously, which is currently scheduled for our next bug fix/balance patch (patch 2.0.5).

As a reminder, the scaling bonus chance to find Legendaries you get for Torment I-VI slider stacks multiplicatively with the 100% bonus chance to find Legendaries while in Nephalem Rifts.

Unsocketing Pricing Changes[edit]

And a reduction in some unsocketing of high-level runes,[3]

I have some information to share with you about an upcoming change we’re planning to make. We intend to reduce the gold cost to unsocket top tier gems in a future patch. The goal of this change is to help balance unsocketing costs with other resource sinks and make the act of unsocketing a top tier gem feel less punitive. These value below are not final and of course subject to change, but here’s what we’re currently looking at:

  • Flawless Imperial from 150k to 125k
  • Royal from 250k to 150k
  • Flawless Royal from 500k to 175k


We don’t have a time frame to share on when to expect these changes right now, but it is in the works. We’ll be sure to share additional news as soon as we can, and we hope this heads up helps!



References[edit]

  1. Official Patch 2.0.5 Notes] - Blizzard Community Manager, 13 May 2014
  2. Loot from Bounties and Rifts - Blizzard Entertainment Community Manager, 26/04/2014
  3. Unsocketing Price Reduction - Blizzard Community Manager, 26/04/201