Today January 18th 2019 marks the start of Season 16 - the season of Grandeur
Season 16 marks the release of the latest Diablo III Patch (patch 2.6.4)and starts January 18 and accompanies our latest Diablo III patch. Here we've highlighted key features in this patch to get you off to the best possible start.
Season 16 offers some unique features that may never be repeated. Throughout Season of 16 all players will benefit from the legendary power of the Rings of Royal Grandeur. It doesn't matter if they are fitted directly on your character or via the Jewelry Slot in Kanai's Cube, you don't need to hunt for, or kit out the item to gain the benefit from it Set bonus-enabling potential.
For newbies amongst you, during Season 16, many classes will have the choice of being able to fuse different Class set bonuses in novel ways or cram another Legendary power into their favorite builds.
Season 16 will be unique also because it will empower Theorycrafter to tinker and optimise their favorite build to push it to the max.
The Season Grandeur will also see the introduction of new cosmetic rewards, that you can achieve and you move through the season Journey.
Players will be able to gain a brand-new set of p0rtrait frames that are based on a theme on the call of Adventure, as well as the helm and Shoulder slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set. As you can see in the image, this patch offers a set of wings fit ofr a King or Queen. Drawing inspiration from some of the noblest creatures in Sanctuary, the Wings of Lempo are as beautiful as any you will see.
If you've reached the level of Conqueror over the last few seasons, you've no doubt gained some extra stash tabs already. In Season 16 though, players who haven't yet earned four stash tabs will still be able to free an extra tab by completing the following tasks at the Conqueror level;
The Seasonal Conquest rot/ation doesn't stop in Season 16. For the blitz quick amongst you, Speed Demon/need for Speed require the quickest nephalem to finish a Nephalem Rift at level 70 on Torment X or above in less than 2 mins. On a Good Day? I Can't Stop helps you to progress with your Legendary Gem; with level III Legendary Gems to 65 to succeed in this challenge. For the most ferocious demon killers , Boss Mode/World's Apart is a speed challenge where you'll have to vanquish the following bosses at level 70 and Torment X in less than 20 mins: The Skeleton King The Butcher Zoltun Kulle Ghom Cydaea Rakanoth Diablo Adria Queen Araneae Maghda Belial Siegebreaker Assault Beast Azmodan Izual Urzael Malthael That's a tough challenge! For Curses!/Stars Align, pick any Cursed Chest event that requires killing monsters and defeat over 350 or more at level 70 on Torment X or higher. Finally, Years of War/Dynasty demonstrates your mastery of multiple classes by clearing a Greater Rift level 55 solo with the full bonuses of any 6 full Class sets.
Also in Season 16 we rotated the Class Sets you can win for completing key chapters courtesy of Haedrig's Gift (see below). For people who are new to the concept of Seasons, we have the following guide:
Finishing Chapters 2 3 & 4 of the Season Journey will earn you 3 of Haedrig's Gifts. Each of these Gifts has a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players will only be able to unlock one Class Set in this way in a Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore so be sure to pick wisely. Thse are the sets that will be gifted by Haedrig's Gift in the Season of Grandeur:
Barbarian - Immortal King's Call
Crusader - Seeker of the Light
Demon Hunter - Natalya's Vengeance
Monk - Uliana's Stratagem
Necromancer - Trag;Oul's Avatar
Witch Doctor - Spirit of Arachyr
Wizard - Vyr's Amazing Arcana
Blizzard have listened to feedback from players and have worked on two popular requeststo help improve the Diablo III experience. They've made small changes, such as deleting Legendary potions from player inventories to save space.
Blizzard have also made more substantial changes to celebrating end-game loot in Primal Legendaries.
Blizzard have added specially colored beams and a special mini-map icon to highlight when they drop as well as brightening the tooltip and border colorations to make them more noticeable;
Lastly, Blizzard warns that you must understand that while you can start accumulating Primal Legendaries; after finishing your first Rift 70 or more Solo, you'll earn an achievement showing your success and the Greater Rift boss will be certain to drop a Primal Legendary. Such a drop depends on other loot rules ie although there's a good chance it will work well for your class, this will depend on the luck of the draw.
Get ready for Season 16 and be sure to let us know if you have any questions or comments.