Diablo 4 Season 5 release date & everything we know

Stephanie Zucarelli
Diablo 4 Vessel of Hatred teaser

Blizzard’s Campfire Chat revealed some interesting details of what’s coming for Diablo 4 Season 5. Sanctuary’s new storyline is set right after the events of the main campaign and promises more features that will bring back old enemies with an intriguing twist.

Some new features coming in Season 5 are ready to try in PTR so that players can test Unique Items, Legendary Aspects, and more QoL fixes before this new chapter comes live in Diablo 4.

Diablo 4 Season 5 release date

Diablo 4 Season 5 will be available on August 6, 2024, according to the main menu. The devs confirmed that this new storyline will be shorter than the rest since it will lead to the events of Vessel of Hatred DLC.

Players can test everything coming in the new season through the Public Test Realm which starts on June 25, 2024, and ends on July 2, 2024. This mode is exclusive to PC players with a Battle.net account.

Season 5 doesn’t have an official name yet. Initially, Blizzard hinted that it might be called “The Eyes of the Enemy,” but some rumors suggest that they have changed it to “Back to Hell”.

Storyline

This new story starts right after defeating Lilith, when she warns players that the Prime Evils (Mephisto, Lord of Hatred; Diablo, Lord of Terror; and Baal, Lord of Destruction) will return to Sanctuary.

While Mephisto is still trapped in the Soulstone that Nyrelle steals (which can be seen in the Vessel of Hatred teaser), players need to defend Sanctuary. Blizzard confirmed that players will meet old alliances that turned into enemies, and some unlikely alliances come forward from the shadows.

Diablo 4's Neyrelle and Mephistho soulstone
Nyrelle is haunted by Mephisto’s Soulstone while she tries to escape Sanctuary.

Season 5’s storyline is expected to connect the story of the main campaign to the DLC, so it will be available on both Seasonal and Eternal Realms (and will remain here after Season 5 finishes).

To play it, players will have to go to Hawezar in World Tier III, and start the questline by investigating a strange disturbance among the city folk there.

New Uniques & Legendaries in Season 5

  • All classes
    • Tempering Recipes
      • Worldly Finesse – Offensive : +X% Critical Strike Damage, +X% Vulnerable Damage, +X% Overpower Damage, +X% Ultimate Damage.
  • Barbarian
    • Unique Items:
      • Unbroken Chain – Amulet: Casting Steel Grasp reduces Iron Maelstrom’s Cooldown by 5-10 seconds. Enemies damaged by Iron Maelstrom deal 15-30% less damage for 6 seconds.
    • Legendary Aspects
      • Aspect of Forward Momentum – Mobility: Knocking back an enemy grants 25-40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.
    • Tempering Recipes:
      • Slayer’s Finesse – Offensive: Vulnerable Damage, Bonus Damage against Injured, Bleeding Damage.
  • Druid
    • Unique Items:
      • Björnfang’s Tusks – Unique Gloves: Cataclysm is now guaranteed to strike anything in range and you deal 40-80%[x] increased damage for the duration of the effect. While Cataclsym is active, you gain unlimited Spirit.
    • Legendary Aspects:
      • Aspect of the Rushing Wilds – Mobility: Casting a Companion Skill grants 5-15% Movement Speed for 5 seconds, up to 15-45%.
    • Tempering Recipes
      • Ultimate Efficiency – Resource: Cataclysm Cooldown Reduction, Lacerate Cooldown Reduction, Petrify Cooldown Reduction, Grizzly Rage Cooldown Reduction.
  • Necromancer
    • Unique Items
      • Path of Trag’Oul – Unique Boots: Bone Prison traps a larger area and fires 20-35 Bone Splinters at enemies trapped within. Increase your Maximum Essence by 2 for 8 seconds each time these Bone Splinters hit an enemy.
    • Legendary Aspects
      • Aspect of the Unholy Tether – Mobility: Casting Golem’s active Skill creates a bond between you for 6 seconds. While the bond is active, both of you are Unhindered and gain 25-40% Movement Speed.
      • Inexorable Reaper’s – Mobility: Sever now dashes you forward to attack instead. It becomes a Mobility Skill and costs no Essence, but has a 22-7 second cooldown.
      • Aspect of Creeping Mist – Mobility: Gain 20-35% Evade Cooldown Reduction. You can now Evade during Blood Mist, traveling twice as far. Entering or exiting Blood Mist resets your Evade Cooldown.
      • Imprisoned Spirit’s – Offensive: When Bone Spirit explodes inside a Bone Prison, it explodes an additional time, dealing 40-70% of normal damage.Bone Spirit now prioritizes enemies inside a Bone Prison.
    • Tempering Recipes
      • Necromancer Wall – Defensive: Skill Ranks of Necrotic Carapace, Skill Ranks of Drain Vitality, Minion Damage Reduction, Chance for your Minion Attacks to Fortify you for 3% Maximum Life.
  • Rogue
    • Unique Items
      • Shroud of Khanduras – Unique Chest Armor: Dark Shroud grants Immune for 3 seconds, but your Evade Cooldown is increased by 9-3 seconds. Evading while Dark Shroud is active leaves behind an explosion that deals Shadow damage and pulls in enemies.
    • Legendary Aspects
      • Of Nebulous Brews – Mobility: Using a Healing Potion grants 35-50% Movement Speed for 3 seconds. After moving 30 meters, you spawn a Healing Potion.
      • Galvanized Slasher’s – Resource: Lucky Hit: Damaging an enemy with a Mobility Skill has a 15-30% chance to fully restore your Energy. Your Maximum Energy is increased by 10-25.
      • Of Iron Rain – Offensive: Smoke Grenade has a 35-50% chance to create an Arrow Storm where it explodes, dealing Physical damage over 3 seconds. Your Arrow Storms continuously apply Vulnerable.
      • Breakneck Bandit’s – Offensive: Flurry deals 15-30% increased damage and has a 20% chance to Stun enemies for 3 seconds with each hit.
      • Mired Sharpshooter’s – Utility: Caltrops is now a Marksman Skill that periodically throws 5-20 piercing daggers over its Duration, each dealing Shadow damage and applying Vulnerable for 3 seconds.
    • Tempering Recipes
      • Subterfuge Expertise: Increased Smoke Grenade damage, increased Smoke Grenade Size, increased damage for each Dark Shroud Shadow. Increased damage on Next Attack after entering Stealth.
      • Rogue Persistence: Increased Maximum Life Percentage gained while Dark Shroud is active. Increased Maximum and All Resistance Percentage for 5 Seconds from Health. Potions. Increased Skill Ranks of Second Wind,increased Skill Ranks of Aftermath.
  • Sorcerer
    • Unique Item
      • Axial Conduit – Unique Pants: Chain Lightning alternates between orbiting you and seeking up to 3 enemies. When it returns, it drains 6 Mana from you for each active Chain Lightning. After draining 66 total Mana, the bolt explodes for (270%-570%) Lightning damage. Chain Lightning expires if you don’t have enough Mana for it to drain.
    • Legendary Aspects
      • Aspect Of Tenuous Agility: Gain 5-15% increased Movement Speed. This bonus is doubled if you haven’t used a Defensive Skill in 8 seconds.
      • Aspect Of the Firebird: Gain the Flame Shield Enchantment for free. When Flame Shield activates, Meteorites fall around you dealing (50%-70%) Fire damage.
      • Lightning Rod Aspect: Chain Lightning has a 5-20% chance to chain an additional time when hitting Crowd Controlled enemies and Bosses, and will seek them as targets.
      • Aspect Of Elemental Acuity: Casting a Pyromancy, Shock, or Frost Skill increases your Mana Regeneration by 10-20% for 5 seconds, once per Element. At maximum stacks, the total bonus is increased to 60-120% for 10 seconds, but all stacks expire after the duration.
      • Aspect Of the Orange Herald: Lucky Hit: Up to a 5-10% Chance when you damage an enemy with a Skill to reduce the Cooldown of your Ultimate Skill by 2 seconds. Can only happen once per Skill cast.
    • Tempering Recipes
      • Discharge – Weapon: +X% chance to cast an additional Charged Bolt (moved from Shock Augments). +X% Teleport size (moved from Shock Augments).+X% chance for Arc Lash to swipe twice.
      • Conjuration – Weapon: +1-2 Hydra Heads on Cast. X% chance for another Ice Blade on Cast. X% chance for another Lightning Spear on Cast.
      • Conjuration Fortune – Utility: +X% Hydra Lucky Hit Chance. +X% Ice Blade Lucky Hit Chance. +X% Lightning Spear Lucky Hit Chance.
      • Elemental Control – Utility: +X Skill ranks to Convulsions,+X Skill ranks to Snap Freeze,+X Skill ranks to Crippling Flames.
      • Existing Tempering Recipe Additions:
        • +X Skill ranks to Conduction – Added to Sorcerer Motion.
        • +X Ice Armor Duration – Added to Frost Cage.

Endgame boss & QoL updates

Endgame Bosses

  • You no longer need to reset the dungeon to replay the same boss. Upon killing them, the summoning Altar reappears and allows you to use more resources to play them again.
  • Summoning Varshan now only requires Malignant Hearts. Trembling Hands, Blackened Femurs, and Gurgling Heads have been removed from the game.
  • Endgame Bosses now drop additional gold instead of Rare items.

Beast in Ice

  • The Beast in Ice boss fight now functions as a standard dungeon; you no longer have to craft the Glacial Fissure Nightmare Sigil to enter the fight.
    • Any leftover Beast in Ice sigils held by previous Seasonal Realm or Eternal characters can be used to summon Beast in Ice instead of using Summoning Materials.
  • The Beast in the Ice can be summoned with Distilled Fear inside the dungeon, so there won’t be a Sigil Powder cost for this boss.
  • The Glacial Fissure Dungeon layout will be significantly smaller, similar to other boss Dungeons.
  • The boss fight is now much closer to the entrance, so you’ll no longer need to progress through the Dungeon before the fight.
  • Sigil Dust has been removed as a material cost to summon.

Echo of Varshan

  • The summoning materials required for Echo of Varshan will be reduced.
  • Instead of requiring a Malignant Heart, Trembling Hand, Blackened Femur and a Gurgling Head, this boss will only require Malignant Hearts.

Helltide and Whispers

  • We’ve significantly reduced the time it takes to complete Whisper bounties. We’ve now made it so that there are always enough Whispers to earn 10 Grim Favors within a given Helltide, should now take significantly less time to complete. Additionally, icons have been updated to be consistent with other Whispers.
  • Increasing your Threat now consistently scales with the health of slain Monsters.
  • We’re adjusting Baneful Heart drop rates as they were dropping too frequently to feel valuable.
    • Chance to get one from a Tortured Gift starts at 13%, and increases each time you fail to get one. Once you are rewarded a Baneful Heart, the chance resets to 10%.
    • Hellborne and the Helltide Assassin starts at 1% chance to drop a Heart, and also increases each time you fail to get one. It now resets to 2%.
  • The Cull Demons Whisper Bounty now includes Fallen, Cull Fallen Whisper Bounty now replaced with Cull Cultists.

Loot Rewards

  • Resplendent Spark awards for defeating Tormented bosses can now be earned separately on both Hardcore and non-Hardcore.
  • Resplendent Sparks and Scattered Prisms will no longer be automatically picked up. Additionally, these items can now be found in the lost items Stash if forgotten when they drop.
  • Unique and Mythic Unique Items can now be acquired through Whisper Caches, the Purveyor of Curiosities, and Tortured Gifts in Helltide.
  • The chance to find Mythic Uniques through all non-boss drop locations has been increased.

Treasure Goblins

  • The loot Quality from Treasure Goblins has been improved. They can now drop 1-3 Legendary Items and 2-6 Rare Items. The higher the number of Legendary Drops, the lower the number of Rare Drops. The opposite is also true e.g. if 2 Legendary Items drop, then 4 Rares will drop in addition.
  • Now drop 1-2 Elixirs and are guaranteed to additionally drop Common Ore, Herbs, Leather, and Gem Fragments.
  • Increased the amount of Gold that drops.
    • Examples:
      • Level 1 in World Tier I: 40k Gold
      • Level 100 in World Tier IV: 150k Gold
  • In World Tiers III and IV, Treasure Goblins also drop Forgotten Souls.
  • Additionally, they now have a 10/20/30% chance to drop 1-2 Scattered Prisms in World Tiers I and II/World Tier III/World Tier IV respectively.

Weapons

  • We’re now allowing more classes to use different weapon types. This includes updating innate affixes to be more useful across classes and adjusting their conditional requirements.
    • For instance, Sorcerers will now be able to use One-handed Swords and Maces.

New Accessibility features

  • Auto-Pin Navigation Feature:
    • This is a new feature that automatically drops a map pin on the destination of your selected quest or task from your in-game Journal. When a pin is dropped, your mini-map shows a route to follow to get to the chosen destination. This becomes the default when selecting quests, and further enables additional navigation features.
  • Audio Navigation Assitance Feature:
    • With this feature enabled, the player receives spatial audio pings that direct the player towards their placed pin on the overworld map. This feature, in conjunction with auto-pin navigation, allows players to navigate through quest content while having their destination tracked through audio navigation. For best results we recommend using headphones for the immersive sound. Players can adjust both the volume and the interval of the ping to find a level that meets their needs.
  • Compass Navigation Feature:
    • The compass feature enables an on-screen HUD element that circles around the player and points towards their placed in-world pin. In combination with auto-pin, this provides consistent guidance to the player. Players can change the color of the arrow to match their particular needs and ensure it is clearly visible while slaughtering the denizens of hell.

Diablo 4 Season 5 class buffs and nerfs

Barbarian

Skills

Bash

  • Adjusted functionality: After bashing enemies 4 times, your next Bash will Clobber, Stunning enemies for 1.5 seconds. Clobber twice as often while using a Two-Handed weapon.
  • Enhanced Bash
    • Adjusted functionality: Clobbering an enemy grants you 20% Maximum Life as Fortify.
  • Battle Bash
    • Adjusted functionality: Clobbering an enemy generates an additional 10 Fury.

Flay

  • Enhanced Flay
    • Vulnerable duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds.
  • Combat Flay
    • Damage Reduction increased from 3% to 4%.
    • Maximum stacks increased from 4 to 5.
    • Buff duration increased from 3 to 6 seconds.

Endless Fury

  • No longer requires Two-Handed weapons.
  • Fury gain from Basic Skills increased from 10/20/30% to 12/24/36%.

Imposing Presence

  • Maximum Health reduced from 6/12/18% to 5/10/15%.

Legendary Aspects

Wanton Rupture Aspect

  • Frequency increased from every 40-25 seconds to every 30-15 seconds.

Aspect of Grasping Whirlwind

  • Now pulls in new targets three times as frequently.

Steadfast Berserker’s Aspect

  • No longer requires a Lucky Hit, and now always triggers.

Unique Items

Gohr’s Devasting Grips

  • Explosion size is now affected by increases to Whirlwind’s size.

Paragon Nodes

Hemorrhage Legendary Node

  • Now bonus Bleeding damage now caps at 45%.

Weapons Master Legendary Node

  • Fury gain increased from 4% to 8% of Maximum Fury.

Druid

  • Passive Rank bonus for Clarity affix added to Amulets.

Skills

Landslide

  • Damage per hit of Landslide increased from 37.5% to 70%.
  • Damage area increased from 1.5 to 2.
  • Doubled the number of pillars.
  • Total damage increased from 70% to 280%.

Shred

  • 1st Attack Damage buffed from 28% to 52%.
  • 2nd Attack Damage buffed from 39% to 72%.
  • 3rd Attack Damage buffed from 77% to 143%.

Pulverize

  • Damage buffed from 50% to 92.5%.

Tornado

  • Damage buffed from 35% to 65%.

Lightning Storm

  • Damage buffed from 40% to 74%.

Hurricane

  • Damage buffed from 187% to 346%.

Ravens

  • Can now be cast while moving.

Poison Creeper

  • Can now be cast while moving.

Lacerate

  • Damage area increased from 1 to 2.
  • Casting Lacerate now teleports to the target instead of starting at the caster.

Cataclysm

  • Lightning Strike rate is doubled.

Grizzly Rage

  • Cooldown for this ability now starts after Grizzly Rage ends.
  • Previous – Shapeshift into a Dire Werebear for 10 seconds gaining 20%[x] bonus damage and 20% Damage Reduction. Damage bonus is increased by 3% each second while in this form. Kills extend the duration by 1 second up to an additional 5 seconds.
  • Now – Shapeshift into a Dire Werebear for 10 seconds gaining 30%[x] bonus damage and 20% Damage Reduction. Damage bonus is increased by 3% each second while in this form, up to a maximum of 75%. Kills extend the duration by 1 second, but the duration cannot go above 10 seconds.

Debilitating Roar

  • Damage Reduction decreased from 70% to 40%.

Earthen Bulwark

  • Previous – Rocks surround you for 3 seconds, granting a Barrier that absorbs 45% of your Base Life in damage.
  • Now – Rocks surround you for 3 seconds, granting a Barrier that absorbs 45% of your Maximum Life in damage.

Cyclone Armor

  • Non-Physical Damage Reduction increased from 10% to 15%.

Passives

Shepherd

  • Previous – Core and Wrath Skills deal an additional 20% damage for each Companion you have.
  • Now – Companion Skills deal an additional 20% damage for each Companion you have.

Skinwalker

  • Previous – When you use a Shapeshifting Skill that changes your form, gain 2-5 Life. If you are at full Life, gain the same amount as Fortify.
  • Now – When you use a Shapeshifting Skill that changes your form, gain 5-20% Life. If you are at full Life, gain the same amount as Fortify.

Aftershock

  • Delay from second set of Landslides slightly decreased.

Lupine Ferocity

  • Reduced amount of hits from 6 to 3 to benefit from the effect.

Vigilance

  • Damage Reduction increased for each Skill Rank from 5% to 7%.

Iron Fur

  • Damage Reduction increased for each Skill Rank from 3% to 4%.

Heightened Senses

  • Damage Reduction increased for each Skill Rank from 2% to 3%.

Legendary Aspects

Metamorphic Stone Aspect

  • No longer removes Wrath skill tag from Boulder.

Paragon

Thunderstruck Legendary Node

  • Now has a maximum bonus capped at 40%.

Human Glyph

  • Damage bonus increased from 6.6% to 9.9%.
  • Damage Reduction increased from 10% to 15%.

Protector Glyph

  • Damage Reduction increased from 10% to 15%.

Werebear Glyph

  • Damage bonus increased from 6.6% to 9.9%.
  • Damage Reduction increased from 10% to 15%.

Werewolf Glyph

  • Damage Reduction increased from 10% to 15%.

Necromancer

Book of the Dead

  • Necromancer Minion attacks can now Overpower.
  • Minions are now more aggressive and will automatically engage nearby enemies.

Golem

  • Active ability – If the Golem is far from the targeted location, it will now leap to the target.
  • Iron Golem – Slam size increased by 56%.

Skills

Sever

  • Primary damage increased from 80% to 110%.
  • Secondary damage increased from 30% to 45%.
  • Lucky Hit Chance increased from 20% to 25%.

Blight

  • Damage over time increased from 105% to 135%.

Blood Wave

  • Damage increased from 150% to 450%.

Passives

Shadowblight

  • Hits required reduced from 10 to 8.
  • Damage increased from 22% to 44%.

Hellbent Commander

  • Previous – Your Minions deal 15/30/45%[x] increased damage while you are Close to them.
  • Now – While you control at least 7 Minions, they deal 10/20/30%[x] increased damage.

Legendary Aspects

Blighted Aspect

  • Bonus damage after triggering Shadowblight 10 times reduced from 60-120%[x] to 35-50%[x].

Developer’s Note: Blighted Aspect has been a disproportionately large source of damage for Shadowblight based Necromancers, giving far more power than we normally give for a single Aspect. To compensate for this change, we are increasing the baseline power of the Darkness Core Skills and Shadowblight with the goal of keeping these builds at approximately the same overall power level.

Aspect of Bursting Bones

  • Bone Prison Burst damage increased from 9-12.2% to 75-120% of Weapon Damage.

Aspect of Empowering Reaper

  • Chance for Sever to create Blight increased from 10-25% to 15-30%.
  • Blight bonus damage increased from 40-100%[x] to 60-120%[x].

Aspect of Hungry Blood

  • Additional Blood Lance damage increased from 33-48% to 40-70%.

Aspect of Grasping Veins

  • Critical Strike Chance after casting Corpse Tendrils reduced from 10-25% to 5-20%.
  • Critical Strike Damage to enemies damaged by Corpse Tendrils reduced from 20-50% to 10-40%.
  • Critical Strike Damage bonus now lasts for 6 seconds, rather than indefinitely.

Cadaverous Aspect

  • Previous – Consuming a Corpse increases the damage of your next Core Skill by 5-10%[x], up to 25-50%[x].
  • Now – Consuming a Corpse increases the damage of your Core Skills by 3.5-6%[x] for 5 seconds, up to 17.5-30%[x].

Torturous Aspect

  • Previous – Iron Maiden is now also a Darkness Skill and deals Shadow damage. Enemies afflicted by Iron Maiden have a 10-25% chance to be Stunned for 1 second when they deal direct damage.
  • Now – Iron Maiden is now also a Darkness Skill and deals Shadow damage. Enemies have a 10-25% chance to be Stunned for 1 second when they take damage from Iron Maiden.

Unique Items

Blood Moon Breeches

  • Bonus Overpower Damage to Cursed enemies increased from 70%[x] to 100%[x].

Cruor’s Embrace

  • Core Skill Damage Affix replaced with Ranks to Tides of Blood Passive.

Ring of Mendeln

  • Lucky Hit Chance Affix replaced with Summoning Skill Damage.

Deathspeaker’s Pendant

  • Summoning Skill Damage Affix replaced with Movement Speed.

Paragon

Wither Legendary Paragon Node

  • Intelligence scaling is now capped at 1200 Intelligence.

Rogue

  • Maximum Arrow Storms increased from 5 to 7.
  • Preparation
    • Previous – Every 75 Energy you spend reduces your Ultimate Skill’s Cooldown by 5 seconds. Using an Ultimate Skill resets the Cooldowns of your other Skills.
    • Now – Spend 75 Energy to reduce your Ultimate Skill’s Cooldown by 5 seconds. Ultimate Skills reset other Cooldowns and grant 15% Damage Reduction for 8 seconds.

Skills

Blade Shift

  • Damage increased by 50% (0.2 to 0.3).
  • Previous – Quickly stab your victim for damage and shift, allowing you to move freely through enemies for 4 seconds.
  • Now – Quickly stab your victim for damage and shift, making you Unhindered for 4 seconds.

Developer’s Note: Unhindered allows you to move through enemies and prevents your Movement Speed from being lowered.

  • Fundamental Blade Shift
    • Enemies moved through needed to activate Daze reduced from 5 to 3.
  • Primary Blade Shift
    • Control Impairing Effect Duration Reduction increased from 20% to 30%.

Invigorating Strike

  • Damage increased by 20%.

Enhanced Twisting Blades

  • Return damage bonus increased from 30% to 35%.

Shadow Step

  • Damage increased by 11% (0.72 to 0.8).
  • Enhanced Shadow Step
    • Previous – Damaging an enemy with Shadow Step increases your Critical Strike Chance against them by 8% for 3 seconds.
    • Now – Damaging an enemy with Shadow Step Dazes and applies Vulnerable to them for 3 seconds.
  • Methodical Shadow Step
    • Previous – Enemies damaged by Shadow Step are Stunned for 2 seconds.
    • Now – After Shadow Stepping, you gain 20% Damage Reduction for 3 seconds.
  • Disciplined Shadow Step
    • Previous – Shadow Step’s Cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds when it damages an enemy you have not hit with Shadow Step in the last 4 seconds.
    • Now – Damaging an enemy with Shadow Step Stuns them for 2 seconds and reduces its Cooldown by 3 seconds.

Dash

  • Damage increased by 25% (0.32 to 0.4).
  • Additional functionality: Dash Slows enemies hit by 30% for 3 seconds.
  • Enhanced Dash
    • Previous – Enemies damaged by Dash take 15% increased Critical Strike Damage from you for 5 seconds.
    • Now – Casting Dash increases your Critical Strike Chance by 10% for 5 seconds.
  • Disciplined Dash
    • Previous – Dash Slows enemies it hits by 30% for 3 seconds. Any enemy already Slowed will be Dazed for 2 seconds instead.
    • Now – At the end of Dash, Knock Down surrounding enemies for 2 seconds and deal 350% of its damage to them.
  • Methodical Dash
    • Previous – Dealing damage to Crowd Controlled enemies with Dash reduces its Charge Cooldown by 0.5 seconds, up to 4 seconds per cast.
    • Now – Dash has 1 additional Charge and its Charge Cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds.

Flurry

  • Lucky Hit Chance increased from 10% to 13%.

Enhanced Flurry

  • Previous – Each time Flurry damages a Crowd Controlled or Vulnerable enemy, you are Healed for 1% of your Maximum Life, up to 12% Maximum Life per cast.
  • Now – Each time Flurry damages an enemy, it has a 10% chance to apply Vulnerable for 3 seconds and deals 1% increased damage for 5 seconds after hitting a Vulnerable enemy, up to a total of 50%.

Advanced Flurry

  • Previous – Evading through an enemy will cause your next Flurry to deal 30% increased damage and Stun enemies hit for 2.5 seconds.
  • Now – Successive casts of Flurry increase its damage by 15% and reduce its Energy cost by 10%, up to 3 times.

Improved Flurry

  • Previous – Flurry deals 20% increased damage to Vulnerable targets. If Flurry hits any Vulnerable enemy, it will make all enemies hit by that cast Vulnerable for 3 seconds.
  • Now – Casting Flurry dashes you to the target and Heals 10% of your Maximum Life.

Caltrops

  • Damage increased by 13% (0.4 to 0.45).
  • Disciplined Caltrops
    • Critical Strike Chance bonus increased from 5% to 10%.

Dark Shroud

  • You can now only lose 1 Dark Shroud shadow every 1.5 seconds.
  • Enhanced Dark Shroud
    • Previous – Dark Shroud’s shadows have a 14% chance to not be Consumed.
    • Now – Each active Dark Shroud shadow grants you 5% increased Movement Speed and also has a 15% chance to not be Consumed.
  • Subverting Dark Shroud
    • Previous – Each active shadow from Dark Shroud grants you 4% increased Movement Speed.
    • Now – You Heal for 10% of your Maximum Life when a Dark Shroud shadow is removed.
  • Countering Dark Shroud
    • You only need 1 active shadow to get the bonus Critical Strike Chance instead of 2.
    • Critical Strike Chance increased from 8% to 10%.

Smoke Grenade

  • Additional functionality: Smoke Grenade now deals 45% Physical damage, has a 25% Lucky Hit Chance, and its Skill Ranks now give increased damage and Cooldown Reduction.
  • Enhanced Smoke Grenade
    • Previous – Enemies affected by Smoke Grenade take 25% increased damage from you.
    • Now – Enemies hit by Smoke Grenade take 25% increased damage from you for 5 seconds.
  • Countering Smoke Grenade
    • Previous – Lucky Hit: Dealing direct damage to enemies affected by Smoke Grenade has up to a 25% chance to reduce its Cooldown by 1 second, or by 3 seconds instead if the enemy is Vulnerable.
    • Now – Hitting an Elite or Boss with Smoke Grenade reduces its Cooldown by 5 seconds.
  • Subverting Smoke Grenade
    • Previous – If an enemy is Vulnerable, Slowed, or Chilled then Smoke Grenade will Daze them for 20% longer.
    • Now – Smoke Grenade now deals Poison damage and applies another 45% Poisoning damage over 5 seconds.

Poison Imbuement

  • Poisoning Duration increased from 5 to 6 seconds.
  • Enhanced Poison Imbuement
    • Previous – Poison Imbuement’s Poisoning Duration is increased by 1 second.
    • Now – Casting Poison Imbuement generates 30 Energy, increased by 2 for each Nearby Poisoned enemy.

Poison Trap

  • Damage increased by 36% (0.11 to 0.15).
  • Subverting Poison Trap
    • Poison damage bonus increased from 10% to 15%.
  • Countering Poison Trap
    • Chance to reset Imbuements increased from 30% to 40%.

Penetrating Shot

  • New functionality: Now deals 10% increased damage per enemy it pierces.
  • Enhanced Penetrating Shot
    • Previous – Penetrating Shot deals 10% increased damage for each enemy it pierces.
    • Now – Casting Penetrating Shot and hitting a Boss or Elite with it has a 25% Chance to fire an additional shot for free.

Rain of Arrows

  • Casting Speed has been increased by 30%.
  • Lucky Hit Chance increased from 2% to 4%.
  • Cooldown reduced from 55 to 50 seconds.

Passives

Concussive

  • Renamed to Unstable Elixirs.
  • Previous – After Knocking Back or Knocking Down an enemy, you gain 4% increased Critical Strike Chance for 4 seconds.
  • Now – Using a Healing Potion Stuns surrounding enemies for 2 seconds and increases your damage by 6% for 5 seconds.

Rapid Gambits

  • Previous – Your Evade Cooldown is reduced by 0.5 seconds when you Daze an enemy.
  • Now – Evading through an enemy Dazes them for 2 seconds. Your Evade Cooldown is reduced by 0.25 seconds when you Daze an enemy.

Trick Attacks

  • Previous – When you Critically Strike a Dazed enemy they are Knocked Down for 0.5 seconds.
  • Now – Dazing or Stunning an enemy increases your Critical Strike Chance by 2% and Critical Strike Damage by 2% for 5 seconds, both up to 12%.

Impetus

  • New functionality: Added visuals to show when the effect is ready.
  • Previous – After moving 12 meters, your next Non-Basic attack deals 7% increased damage.
  • Now – After moving 15 meters, your next Core or Ultimate attack deals 8% increased damage. While the damage bonus remains, your Agility and Subterfuge Skills deal 4% increased damage.

Malice

  • Previous – You deal 3% increased damage to Vulnerable enemies.
  • Now – You deal 4% increased damage to Vulnerable or Knocked Down enemies.

Alchemical Advantage

  • Previous – You gain 1% increased Attack Speed for each enemy you’ve Poisoned, up to 15%.
  • Now – Dealing Poison damage increases your Attack Speed and Lucky Hit Chance by 1% for 8 seconds, up to 5%.

Developer’s Note: The maximum stack potential increases by 5% with each Skill Rank.

Second Wind

  • Previous – Every 100 Energy you spend grants you 5% increased Lucky Hit Chance for 5 seconds.
  • Now – Every 100 Energy you spend grants 15% of your Maximum Life as a Barrier for 3 seconds.

Aftermath

  • Previous – After using an Ultimate Skill, restore 30 Energy.
  • Now – While an Ultimate Skill is on your Action Bar, you Heal for 0.5% Maximum Life every second. After using an Ultimate, restore 25 Energy.

Weapon Mastery

  • Dagger damage to Healthy enemies increased from 5% to 6%.

Key Passives

Victimize

  • The Explosion damage of Victimize has been increased by ~50% to compensate for a bug fix, detailed below.

Momentum

  • Previous – Cutthroat Skills grant a stack of Momentum for 8 seconds if they either hit a Stunned, Dazed, or Frozen enemy, or hit any enemy from behind. While at 3 stacks of Momentum you gain 20% increased Damage Reduction, 30% increased Energy Regeneration, and 15% increased Movement Speed.
  • Now – Casting a Cutthroat Skill grants a stack of Momentum. Casting a Non-Cutthroat Skill removes a stack of Momentum. For each stack of Momentum, you gain 3% Damage Reduction, 3% Maximum Energy, 3% Energy Regeneration, 3% Movement Speed, up to 30%.

Legendary Aspects

Enshrouding Aspect

  • Previous – Gain a free Dark Shroud shadow every 3 seconds when standing still. Each Dark Shroud shadow grants 2.5-4.0% increased Damage Reduction.
  • Now – Using a Healing Potion makes a free Dark Shroud shadow. Each shadow grants 2.5-4.0% increased Damage Reduction.

Of Arrow Storms

  • Previous – Lucky Hit: Your Marksman Skills have up to a 25% chance to create an Arrow Storm at the enemy’s location, dealing Physical damage over 3 seconds. Your Arrow Storms deal 30-40% increased damage.
  • Now – Lucky Hit: Your Marksman and Cutthroat Skills have up to a 25% chance to create an Arrow Storm at the enemy’s location, dealing Physical damage over 3 seconds. Your Arrow Storms deal 45-60% increased damage.

Vengeful

  • Arrow Storm Damage increased from 25-40% to 45-60%.

Ravager’s

  • Damage bonus to Shadow Step increased from 2.5-10% to 4.5-12%.

Trickster’s

  • Previous – Caltrops also throw a cluster of exploding Stun Grenades that deal total Physical damage and Stun enemies for 1 second. Your Stun Grenades deal 25-40% increased damage.
  • Now – Caltrops and Smoke Grenade receive Stun Grenade benefits and throw Stun Grenades that deal Physical damage and Stun enemies for 1 second. Your Stun Grenades deal 25-40% increased damage.

Of Noxious Ice

  • Poison damage bonus to Frozen enemies increased from 15-30% to 20-35%.

Of Bursting Venoms

  • Toxic Pool Poisoning damage increased by 24%.

Of Volatile Shadows

  • Dark Shroud shadow Explosion damage increased by 50%.

Of Stolen Vigor

  • Previous – Each stack of the Momentum Key Passive Heals you for Life per second and grants you 5% Damage Reduction.
  • Now – While at maximum stacks of the Momentum Key Passive, your Cutthroat Skills deal 20-35% increased damage and you become Unstoppable for 3 seconds every 8 seconds.

Unique Items

Saboteur’s Signet

  • Previous – Casting Flurry has a 15-30% chance to release Stun Grenades that deal Physical damage and Stun enemies for 1 second. Your Grenade Skills have a 2% Lucky Hit Chance.
  • Now – Casting a Core Skill has a 15-30% chance to throw Stun Grenades that deal Physical damage and Stun enemies for 1 second. Your Stun Grenades gain 5% Lucky Hit Chance.

Windforce

  • Ranks of Concussive changed to Ranks of Malice.
  • Vulnerable Damage changed to Dexterity.
  • Previous – Lucky Hit: Hits with this weapon have up to a 30-40% chance to deal double damage and Knock Back the target.
  • Now – Barrage has a 30-40% chance to Knock Back or Knock Down enemies with each hit and deal double damage.

Scoundrel’s Kiss

  • Explosion radius increased by 10%.
  • The visual effect for the Physical damage has been improved to be more consistent.

Writhing Band of Trickery

  • Decoy Trap damage increased by 8%.

Word of Hakan

  • Previous – Your Rain of Arrows is always Imbued with all Imbuements at once.
  • Now – Your Rain of Arrows is always Imbued with all Imbuements at once and receives your Arrow Storm benefits.

Paragon

Tricks of the Trade – Legendary Node

  • Previous – Your Marksman Skills grant your next Cutthroat Skill 25% increased damage. Your Cutthroat Skills grant your next Marksman Skill 25% increased damage.
  • Now – Your Marksman Skills grant your Cutthroat Skills 25% increased damage for 8 seconds. Your Cutthroat Skills grant your Marksman Skills 25% increased damage for 8 seconds.

Cheap Shot – Legendary Node

  • Previous – You deal 5% increased damage for each Nearby enemy that is Crowd Controlled, up to 25%.
  • Now – You deal 5% increased damage for each Nearby enemy that is Crowd Controlled, up to 25%. A Nearby Staggered Boss provides the maximum bonus.

Exploit Weakness – Legendary Node

  • Previous – Whenever you deal damage to a Vulnerable enemy, they take 1% increased damage from you for 6 seconds, up to 25%.
  • Now – Lucky Hit: Direct damage to a Vulnerable enemy has up to a 45% chance to increase your damage by 1% for 25 seconds, up to 50%. At 50 stacks, this bonus resets and you Execute all Nearby Non-Boss enemies.

No Witnesses – Legendary Node

  • Is now capped at a maximum damage bonus of 35%.

Developer’s Note: This is to compensate for increased sources of Ultimate Skill Damage added to the Rogue Paragon Board this season.

Leyrana’s Insinct – Legendary Node

  • Is now capped at a maximum damage bonus of 35%.

Culler – Rare Node

  • Execute Chance changed to Ultimate Damage.
  • Magic Nodes in this cluster that gave Execute Chance now give Ultimate Damage.

Ruin – Rare Node

  • Damage to Healthy changed to Ultimate Damage.
  • Magic Nodes in this cluster that gave Damage to Healthy now give Ultimate Damage.

Sorcerer

  • Crackling Energy base damage increased from 20% to 30%.

Skills

Ice Armor

  • Max Life Base Shield amount increased from 25% to 40%.
  • No longer gains increased Shield based on damage.

Charged Bolts

  • Base damage increased from 30% to 38%.
  • Enhanced Charged Bolts
    • Explosion damage increased from 150% to 175% of Charged Bolt’s damage.

Spark

  • Base damage per hit increased from 10% to 12%.
  • Enhanced Spark
    • Damage increased from 8% to 10%.
  • Glinting Spark
    • Previous: Spark grants 2% increased Critical Strike Chance per cast for 5 seconds, up to 8%.
    • Now: Spark grants 2% increased Critical Strike Chance per cast for 5 seconds, up to 8%. At max stacks, your Spark hits grant 1 Mana.

Blizzard

  • Base damage increased from 130% to 150%.
  • Enhanced Blizzard
    • Blizzard damage to Frozen enemies increased from 25% to 40%.

Hydra

  • Base damage increased from 14% to 16%.
  • Summoned Hydra
    • Burn damage increased from 60% to 100%.

Inferno

  • Base damage increased by 20%.

Flickering Arc Lash

  • Previous: Gain 6% Movement Speed for 5 seconds for each enemy hit with Arc Lash, up to 18%.
  • Now: Arc Lash grants 5 Mana if your swipe hits at least one enemy. When you hit 3 or more enemies or a Boss, your next swipe also deals 50% more damage.

Chain Lightning

  • Now tracks how many Chain Lightnings are out.
  • Greater Chain Lightning
    • Previous: Each time Chain Lightning bounces, it deals 5% increased damage for its duration.
    • Now: Each time Chain Lightning bounces, it deals 10% increased damage for its duration, up to 30%.
  • Chain Lightning Enchantment
    • Now has a 4 second Cooldown.
    • No longer tracks Mana or sends out Chain Lightnings if the instance of Mana Drain is from an Auto Cast skill.

Ice Armor

  • Max Life Base Shield amount increased from 25% to 40%.
  • No longer gains increased Shield based on damage.

Flame Shield

  • Cooldown begins when Invulnerability ends.

Enhanced Lightning Spear

  • Previous: After Critically Striking, Lightning Spear gains a 5% increased stacking Critical Strike Chance for its duration.
  • Now: Casting Lightning Spear spawns an additional Lightning Spear and increases their Critical Strike Chance by 15%.

Wizard’s Blizzard

  • Previous: While Blizzard is active, your Core Skills cost 20% less Mana.
  • Now: While Blizzard is active, you gain 1 Mana Regeneration for every 20 Maximum Mana.

Teleport

  • Cooldown increased from 11 to 14.
  • Base damage increased from 25% to 35%.

Passives

Convulsions

  • Stun chance increased from 5% to 7%.

Crippling Flames

  • Immobilize chance increased from 5% to 7%.

Snap Freeze

  • Freeze chance increased from 5% to 7%.

Static Discharge

  • Chance to spawn Crackling Energy increased from 5% to 6%.

Shocking impact

  • Damage for each Rank increased from 40% to 50%.

Combustion

  • Base Burning damage increased from 20% to 40%.

Vyr’s Mastery

  • Previous: Close enemies take 15% increased damage from your Shock Skills and deal 20% less damage to you. Critical Strikes increase these bonuses to 20% and 25% respectively for 3 seconds.
  • Now: When you Critical Strike an enemy with a Shock Skill you become Charged and take 25% less damage for 5 seconds. While Charged, Critical Strikes have a 10% chance to causes the damage to arc as Lightning damage to another Nearby enemy, or if there are no other targets you hit the target again for 250% of the damage.

Developer’s Note: Shock Sorcerer is often highly incentivized to play in close combat. This rework aims to open up the Shock Sorcerer playstyle, allowing for both close and ranged options while maintaining the defensive capability of the original design that players love.

Legendary Aspects

Charged Aspect

  • Movement Speed bonus increased from 10-20 to 15-25.

Aspect Of Efficiency

  • Mana Cost Reduction increased from 10-25% to 35-50%.

Aspect of Engulfing Flames

  • Burning damage to enemies below 50% Life increased from 15-30% to 30-45%.

Aspect Of Abundant Energy

  • Previous: Crackling Energy has a 35-50% chance to chain to an additional enemy.
  • Now: Crackling Energy has a 35-50% chance to deal 40%|x| increased damage and chain to an additional enemy.

Aspect Of Splintering Energy

  • Previous: Casting Lightning Spear always spawns an additional Lightning Spear and increases your damage with Shock Skills by X for Y seconds.
  • Now: Critical Hits with Lightning Spear cause Lightning to arc from it dealing X damage to its target and up to 5 other enemies. This damage is increased by your Critical Strike Damage Bonus.

Aspect of Binding Embers

  • Previous: Flame Shield lets you move unhindered through enemies. Enemies you move through while Flame Shield is active are Immobilized for X seconds.
  • Now: Flame Shield grants you unhindered for its duration. Enemies you move through while Flame Shield is active are Immobilized for X seconds.

Aspect Of the Frozen Wake

  • Ice Spike damage increased from 60%-80% to 80%-100%.
  • Now has 15% extra damage to Ice Spikes instead of 15% extra Chill.

Aspect Of the Frozen Tundra (Deep Freeze)

  • Ice Spike damage increased from 60%-80% to 100%-120%.

Glacial Aspect

  • Now has 15% extra Chill with Ice Spikes instead of 15% extra Damage.

Paragon

Burning Instinct

  • Burning Instinct Critical Strike bonus reduced from 1% per 25 Intelligence to 1% per 50 Intelligence and now caps at 40%|x|.

Ceaseless Conduit

  • Crackling Energy damage reduced from 3% per 20 Intelligence to 1% per 25 Intelligence and now caps at 60%|x|.

Elemental Summoner

  • Now caps at its damage bonus at 30%|x|.

Icefall

  • Damage with Frost Skills increased from 15%|x| to 18%|x|.

Unleash Glyph

  • Increased the damage bonus from 7% to 8%.
  • Increased the Mana Regeneration from 7% to 25%.

Blizzard are trying to smooth Diablo 4’s biggest issues before Vessel of Hatred, and since Season 5 will be shorter than usual, the Public Test Realm will be key to testing all these changes. Meanwhile, players aren’t convinced that the current mid-season update has been fair to Sorcerers, and are demanding new tempering features to avoid bricking.

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