Diablo 3 goes out with a bang with the most drastic changes to the game ever

What you need to know

  • Blizzard has announced Season 28 of Diablo 3 will be available for testing from January 31st in PTR patch 2.7.5.
  • The new season theme ‘Rites of Sanctuary’ introduces a brand new paragon tree, the ability to craft Primal Ancient weapons, and class changes.
  • Season rewards will include the ‘Wings of Terror’ cosmetic.

Diablo 3 is gearing up for its final season before the long-anticipated release of Diablo 4 this year in June. Yesterday Blizzard released Patch notes for Public Test Realm (PTR) 2.7.5 detailing some surprising changes for Season 28 which will be named Rites of Sanctuary. Far from resting on their laurels with the upcoming release of the next game in the series, the Diablo 3 team seems to be hellbent on going out with a bang⁠—adding a never-before-seen paragon tree ‘Alter of Rites’, significant class changes to monks, and item changes to other classes.

The PTR is an opportunity for the player base to test Season 28 before launch and will be available from January 31 for only seven days. Here’s what we know so far.

Season 28 Rites of Sanctuary

The opening image above shows the main attraction of the PTR, the ‘Altar of Rites’ which is a new addition to the town for Season 28. Lore describes the altar as “carved from an archaic material bearing cryptic markings”, and interacting with the Altar will give you access to a new paragon tree. The Altar of Rites will show 26 circular icons called seals which branch to three final new legendary potion powers.

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

The seals are unlocked with various sacrifices made to the Altar, which we will detail shortly. However, the image shown by Blizzard details 10 reusable parts to unlock the first node. The path you take down the altar is up to you after unlocking the first perk, but sacrifices will become increasingly more costly.

Powers and perks unlocked via the Altar of Rites apply to all player characters for the entirety of Season 28, so leveling up an alt will be easier than ever.

Swipe to scroll horizontally
Seal Power
THE Kill streak timer durations and reward bonuses are doubled
B Pools of Reflection last the entire Season and are not removed
Ç Items have no level requirement
D +200 damage
AND +25% Missile Damage Reduction
F +25% Movement Speed ​​(Uncapped)
G Increase damage against elites by 15%.
H Picking up Health Globes grants a shield for 5% of your maximum health for 7 seconds. Maxstacks 5.
I +25% Melee Damage Reduction.
J Increases your highest elemental skill damage bonus by 10%.
K ncrease damage against elites by 20%.
L +10% damage
M Double the amount of Death’s Breaths that drop.
No Critical hits grant resource: Mana: 15, Hatred: 5, Wrath: 5, Arcane Power: 3, Fury: 3, Spirit: 5, Essence: 5.
THE Double the amount of Bounty Caches that drop from completing bounties.
P Progress orbs from Nephalem and Greater Rifts are picked up automatically.
Q Reduces the damage taken from elites by 25%.
R +15% damage
s Gain immunity to crowd-controlling effects.
T Gain passability.
U Pets pick up Death’s Breath.
V Elite packs drop one additional progress orb.
W Increase damage done to Bosses by 25%.
X Pets pick up and salvage common, magic, and rare items.
y ncrease your chance to Dodge by 15%.
Z Double the chance to find a legendary item purchased from Kadala.
Potion AA When you drink your health potion, you manifest one of three runic circles on the ground that grant increased damage, increased cooldown reduction, or increased resource cost reduction.
Potion AB When you drink your health potion, all enemies within 25 yards deal 25% less damage.
Potion AC When you drink your health potion, gain a random shrine or pylon effect.
AD When a primal item drops, a second random primal item drops as well.

Leave a Comment

%d bloggers like this: