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Diablo 3’s latest patch adds Ancient Items

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You know, I honestly have no idea how to segue into a story about a new Diablo 3 patch. So I’m just going to start yammering about incremental changes and new features being added to the game. That totally counts, I reckon.

So what’s on the cards? The big new addition this year happens to be in the form of Ancient Items, which might also describe any of your grandparents that you had dumped in a retirement village. Ancient Items are essentially even rarer than Legendary gear, and drop from slain enemies in the Torment I or higher difficulty modes. Here’s the full list of how special Ancient Items from Blizzard:

  • Ancient items are more powerful versions of Legendary items
  • Ancient items roll from increased value ranges for certain affixes
  • Ancient Mojos, Orbs, and Shields roll with increased Damage or Shield Block values
  • Ancient items can now drop at Torment I or higher
    • The drop chance will increase with each Torment level
  • Any Legendary or Set item has a chance to be dropped or crafted as an Ancient item
  • Legendary or Set items purchased from Kadala have a chance to be an Ancient item

There’s a ton more in the patch notes in this link for PC or console. There’s also a slew of new Treasure Goblins, according to Blizzard:

  • New Treasure Goblins have been added to the game! Be on the lookout for the Gem Hoarder, Blood Thief, Odious Collector, and Malevolent Tormentor. These additions to our growing goblin family can only be found in Adventure Mode.
  • All Treasure Goblins now appear standing next to a portal and have been given a special mini-map icon in order to increase their visibility.

Various bugs are once again being fixed, crafting materials and gems now have an increased stack size to 5000 and characters have been tweaked once again. The Demon Hunter for instance, now features an update that encourages players to make better use of the agility and mobility of the character, while Monks have been altered to do something that I genuinely don’t understand. I call this the Pokémon effect.

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

68 Comments

  1. This patch bloody nerfed my monk again by changing Monkey King Garbs effects.

    You know what I hate / find funny?

    When they make possitive changes to legendary items (Make them stronger) they always say they can’t do it for existing items because the stats are already set and you’ll have to go looking for the improved items.

    But let them nerf an item and they can suddenly do it actively on all items already dropped by players in game.
    Heck in this case they didn’t just make a small change they completely changed the way the entire set works together!!!
    FOOKING HALL!!!!

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 15, 2015 at 12:20

      I haven’t played in ages tbh. I’d also be super pissed if my char was like 7% less awesome

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 15, 2015 at 12:31

        Actually I worked it out, I do 5000% less damage over 250 spirit used than before the patch

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        • Lord Chaos

          January 15, 2015 at 12:32

          I just see it as opening up new play styles.

          Got bored with only 3 working builds per class.

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          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 12:38

            It doesn’t open new play styles. New play styles would be to introduce new items to make people want to try other builds. Not force previous builds out.

            Now the way I wanted to play is completely nonviable. Yet they claim that they want many differant playstyles yet every change doesn’t increase the play styles, just cycles different ones. The amount viable hasn’t changed.

            Monkey King’s Garb used to have a set bonus that said “Combat Staffs do 20% more damage” This made 2 handed play exceptionally viable with almost ANY 2 handed combat staff.

            Monkey King’s has now removed that (So there’s 20% constant damage gone) and made it that you have to use specific skills to activate its decoy clone (Which only explodes for 1000% damage instead of the 2000% odd it was before). That’s limiting. Before it was for every 75 spirit spent. Which meant I could use any staff with any spirit spending skill to proc the damage.

            Now I have to use specific skills and the only 2handed staff that’s viable is now the Incense Torch which reduces the cost of Wave of Light by 40 – 50%. So Now, instead of using any spirit spend skill I will have to use 1 type of Diabo to reduce Wave of Light’s spirit cost to be able to spam the decoy so that I can do damage.

            Sorry, I’m a bit miffed. Why couldn’t they just include a new set to focus around the skills of Wave of Light, Exploding Palm and Cyclone strike? There was no need to nerf and completely change Monkey King’s 🙁

          • Lord Chaos

            January 15, 2015 at 12:40

            Haven’t done any as Monk, But just looking through the DH I can see a lot of trimming I need to do, but now I also have some more cold skills for buff.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 12:44

            You see for Monk they didn’t change skills at all. They literally just changed Monkey King’s.

            This is the entirity of Monk changes:

            Monk
            Active Skills, Epiphany
            Bug Fixes
            Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause players to get stuck on a wall when teleporting with Epiphany

            Monk

            Monkey King’s Garb
            Has been redesigned

            (2) Set Bonus

            Casting Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm, Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush, or Wave of Light causes a decoy to spawn that taunts nearby enemies and then explodes for 1000% weapon damage

            Decoy explosion now deals the damage type of your highest +% Elemental Damage

            (4) Set Bonus

            When your decoys explode, you gain a buff that increases the damage of Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm, Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush, and Wave of Light by 500% for 3 seconds Enemies hit by the decoy explosion take 500% more damage from your Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm, Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush, and Wave of Light abilities for 3 seconds

            The worst? The 4 set bonus doesn’t even seem to be working at the moment

          • Lord Chaos

            January 15, 2015 at 12:44

            Also remember, this went through over a month on PTR, and there weren’t all that many game breaking complaints.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:10

            I’m certainly complaining about it and there were a lot of people who were upset that monkey king is now less viable than other sets simply because it was the only set that helped 2hander Diabo users. That benefit is now gone and 2handers are again on the low end of the damage scale

          • Lord Chaos

            January 15, 2015 at 13:13

            Same with the DH Marauder set. Just means I finally have to start thinking of how to play again, instead of plonking down 5 turrets and running in circles like a headless chicken.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:18

            That’s just the thing. Monkey King you had to think. You had to maintain your spirit usage and know when you would be spending the 75spirit mark. You could ramp up your damage with carefully used mixes of spirit spenders.

            Now it’s just “Make Wave of light as cheap as possible. Spam it”

            🙁

        • Gideon Venter

          January 15, 2015 at 12:48

          So, 0 damage? Any amount of damage, made less by 100% (or more, like say 5000%) is 0…

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          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:03

            Lol no. The total amount of bonus damage (after base damage) over 250 spirit for me was 10000%

            It’s now only 5000% extra damage over base damage over 250 spirit spent

          • Lord Chaos

            January 15, 2015 at 13:06

            I actually have no idea how my stats will change after patch.

          • Gideon Venter

            January 15, 2015 at 13:14

            so, 50% less damage then. since it’s halved… ;P

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:16

            well, yes I guess you can look at it that way. But I like to do the numbers from how much larger they are than base damage. Sounds more impressive!

          • Gideon Venter

            January 15, 2015 at 13:18

            Yes, exaggerated lies always sound more impressive…

            But it’s wrong!

            XD

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:20

            It’s not wrong 🙂 Diablo stats are all set on the principle of how much more damage you are doing than your base. Skills indicate 500% extra here or 2600% extra there.

            So if they take a skill from 2000% damage to 1000% damage, it’s either 50% less in the overall picture or 1000% less bonus skill damage. Both are correct. Not lies 😉

          • Gideon Venter

            January 15, 2015 at 13:32

            That’s… certainly an interesting way of looking at it.

            Sure, if you qualify your statements, you could make yourself understood, even though you’d be factually incorrect.

            the thing with percentages is they don’t work the same both ways.
            e.g.

            100 + 10% = 110
            110 – 10% = 99

            or more complicated:

            100 + 10000% = 10100
            100 + 5000% = 5100
            However
            10100 – 5000% = 0

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:36

            *lesigh*

            I am not talking about what the numbers would be. Man you can be so nitty gritty about your numbers. You never change 🙂 Ever since I’ve known you 🙂

            At the end of the day actual bonus damage done for my Monk has been halved (50%) but if I had to write down a descriptive text for all my bonus damage as if it was one skill my skill would be like this:

            Prepatch “This awesome epic skill of Llew does 10000% bonus damage”
            Postpatch “This awesome epic skill of Llew does 5000% bonus damage”

            The damage multiplier is down from 10000% to 5000% while actual damage done has effectively been reduced by 50%. Or halved.
            I was referring strictly to percentages as a representation / description and not the actual effect of said percentage changes

          • Gideon Venter

            January 15, 2015 at 13:39

            Heh heh, just havin’ some fun with ya man ;P

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:40

            Like you always did with our Magic games. FFFFUUUUUUU. You used to drive me nuts 🙂 Also your Legacy weapon used to give me nightmares

          • Lord Chaos

            January 15, 2015 at 13:42

            Really? I found it beyond fun/funny.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:43

            He had an infinite mana / legacy combo. I put down a land card! No you don’t.

            Urm.. ok… 🙁

          • Lord Chaos

            January 15, 2015 at 13:44

            I remember.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:46

            Wait a second… Who… Who are you????? Who of the group?

          • Lord Chaos

            January 15, 2015 at 13:49

            The other one with long dark hair.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:50

            Dude 0_o how did I never pick up on this?

          • Lord Chaos

            January 15, 2015 at 13:55

            Was fun hiding in plain sight while it lasted.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 14:55

            No more shall you go unnoticed!!!

          • Lord Chaos

            January 15, 2015 at 13:44

            Along with those yummy vet koeke.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:50

            #omnomnomnomnom

          • Gideon Venter

            January 15, 2015 at 13:44

            It… it was hilarious XD

          • Gideon Venter

            January 15, 2015 at 13:43

            Don’t worry man, I’ll just use Legacy Weapon to remove your nightmares from the game. S’all good.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:43

            FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 15, 2015 at 13:36

            As basic as that math is, I don’t think he was referring to the effect of the percentages, but rather the percentages themselves.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 13:36

            yep

          • Lord Chaos

            January 15, 2015 at 13:36

            Also remember about the new health and other buffs.

            And from what I saw previously, monks were still OP before patch.

        • Lothy

          January 15, 2015 at 13:04

          u seem upset?

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        • Admiral Chief

          January 15, 2015 at 13:46

          Ok now that is bad

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    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 15, 2015 at 12:24

      In PayDay 2 they recently had a new update which reset your skill points. Which is fine, only problem is that they only reimburse you with 100 skill points, not the 100+ you had before.
      Pissed me off so much. I don’t understand why companies do this? Is it too much effort to spent a little more time on getting it right?

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      • Admiral Chief

        January 15, 2015 at 12:28

        Eish

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 15, 2015 at 12:32

        I don’t understand that either. Dafuq????

        Why must we use it ONLY the way they want us to? Oh we allowed you to do things this way, but we don’t actually like that way. Let’s reset you or change this, but don’t worry, it will still be totally awesome

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      • Spathi

        January 15, 2015 at 12:42

        Serves you right for playing Payday in the first place! 😛

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        • Captain JJ Saga

          January 15, 2015 at 12:44

          That’s a bloody good game. Logged 144 hours already.

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          • Spathi

            January 15, 2015 at 12:51

            I have an addicted friend who now refuses to play Arma with me, so I freaking hate it 😀

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 15, 2015 at 13:20

            Haha. It happens. You should get him into Insurgency, that game is quickly taking over PayDay for me. It just lacks decent tactics, which PayDay has.

      • Lord Chaos

        January 15, 2015 at 12:43

        I blame the eyeliner.

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  2. Captain JJ Saga

    January 15, 2015 at 12:08

    If it added Rare Items you could expect a Ubisoft game that works on first try in there somewhere.

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    • ToshZA

      January 15, 2015 at 12:13

      They DID add Ancient items…

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  3. Hammersteyn

    January 15, 2015 at 12:24

    Hope they didn’t mess around with the Crusader too much. Not even Error 36 can keep him down.

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    • Raptor Rants A Lot

      January 15, 2015 at 12:40

      I know they buffed shield based damage. So he’s become more viable with shield skills

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 15, 2015 at 13:07

        Equipped the carry two handed weapon in one hand skill from the start and never looked back. My shield isn’t going anywhere

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    • Aries

      January 15, 2015 at 13:43

      Thanks for the item the other day, just started on my Crusader, we should do a rift some time

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 15, 2015 at 13:46

        XD it gets confusing remembering who’s who when the Laqz ID and PSN ID differs. But that is a pretty cool feature.

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        • Aries

          January 15, 2015 at 13:58

          Lol, if I knew that I couldnt change my PSN ID afterwards it would have been Aries, but now it stuck at Tokkie21 till they allow the change

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 15, 2015 at 14:05

            They must allow us to make notes on the friends that way I can keep track. If Dying Light is as much fun coop as Destiny I will need an Excel spreadsheet for the new friend invites.

          • Aries

            January 15, 2015 at 14:17

            Guess thats why that real name request there, plus Sony must allow clans to organize these things

  4. oVg elfroot slayer

    January 15, 2015 at 12:31

    Got to patch my leather pants.

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    • RinceThis

      January 15, 2015 at 12:49

      Is that cus… YOU TOOK AN ARROW TO THE KNEE?!

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  5. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    January 15, 2015 at 12:38

    Excited for a new patch. I was just the other day thinking I want to redo the whole campaign and then hit some adventures. <3 Sanctuary

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    • Lord Chaos

      January 15, 2015 at 12:41

      Season 2 starts early Feb. Real excited for that.

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  6. Kensei Seraph

    January 15, 2015 at 12:46

    I remember in Diablo 2 I found an amazing suit of Ancient Armour while completing the final Act only to then find a piece of leather armour that was even better…
    Curse you Demonskin Leather Armour for making my epic looking Ancient Armour obsolete.

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  7. RinceThis

    January 15, 2015 at 12:49

    More leather pants!

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  8. Ghost In The Rift

    January 15, 2015 at 13:01

    Nah Ill just wait until i read “Diablo 3’s latest patch adds offline mode”

    But the chances that zuma pays back the money are better than that happening…0_O

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  9. Seymore Budts

    January 16, 2015 at 02:46

    So…….. ….. .we are still gonna find the same junk, but with better stats ? No more m6 sentry ? Still no tradeing? What was the past 800 hours all for ? O!!!!! paragon points/levels fuk yeah!!

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  10. Pieter Kruger

    January 16, 2015 at 10:52

    Nice patch, but why are there still people walking around with 1000000 million damage???

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  11. Eben Venter

    February 23, 2015 at 08:12

    YO YO if you are a fan of Diablo 3 feel free to join our community for south africans or you could always add me community leader RT9#2871 https://www.facebook.com/groups/305310402891515/

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