Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.9. Changes

New Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.9. is active now! Her ewe will tell you the main changes that hit the game. You will read about Necromancer skills changes together with Demon Hunter. Learn about item changes and the theme about Diablo 3 season 21 that start 3rd July.

Demon Hunter changes in Patch 2.6.9.

The main changes related to DH in D3 are related to its set. The name of the new Demon Hunter set is Gears of Dreadlands.

  • 2-Piece Bonus
    • Gain 4 seconds of Momentum when attacking with a Primary skill, at a maximum of 20 seconds. Your Primary skills deal 10% increased damage per second of Momentum.‚Äč 
  • 4-Piece Bonus
    • Casting Strafe against enemies will automatically shoot your last used primary skill, and also give 60% damage reduction while strafing and for 5 seconds after. While Strafing, you gain 8% increased movement speed for each second of Momentum.
  • 6-Piece Bonus
    • Your primary skills deal 10000% more damage

The list of Demon Hunter’s items and their changes after Diablo 3 PTR.

  • Leonine Bow of Hashir
    • Bolas have a 100% chance on explosion to pull in all enemies within 24 yards, and also deal 100-150% increased damage.
  • Emimei’s Duffel
    • Bolas now explode instantly and deal 150-175% increased damage.
  • The Ninth Cirri Satchel
    • Hungering Arrow is guaranteed to pierce and also deals 450-600% increased damage.
  • Odyssey’s End
    • Enemies snared by your Entangling Shots take 100-150% increased damage from all sources.
  • Hunter’s Wrath
    • Your primary skills attack 30% faster and deal 150-200% increased damage.
  • Holy Point Shot
    • Impale throws 2 additional knives and deals 75-100% increased damage.

Blizzard took into account community’s feedback and work much over balancing the game. Further changes are related to Necromancer, but it is promised that if Necromancer will need future changes they’ll be added quickly into Diablo 3.

Necromancer changes in Patch 2.6.9.

The name of the new Necromancer set is Masquerade of the Burning Carnival and here are its bonuses:

  • 2-Piece Bonus
    • Your Simulacrums no longer take damage, gains all runes, and its cooldown is refreshed when you die.
  • 4-Piece Bonus
    • While you have a Simulacrum, damage is reduced by 50%. Damage you take is split with your Simulacrums as well.
  • 6-Piece Bonus
    • Your Bone Spear deals 10,000% increased damage. Simulacrums gain triple this bonus.

Necromancer items list after the changes have such modifiers:

  • Grasps of Essence
    • When an exploded corpse damages at least one enemy, Your Corpse Explosion deals 150-200% increased damage for 6 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
  • Haunted Visions
    • Simulacrum now drains 1% of your maximum life every second and lasts foreverThey can now duplicate Grim Scythe instead of Skeletal Mage.
  • Razeth’s Volition
    • Skeletal Mage gains the effect of the Gift of Death and Singularity runes. You gain 35-60% damage reduction if your Essence is not full.
  • Jesseth Arms
    • 2-Piece Set Bonus: While your skeletons are commanded to attack a target, you deal 400% increased damage.
  • Grace of Inarius
    • 4-Piece Set Bonus: Bone Armor grants an additional 3% damage reduction per enemy hit.
  • Pestilence Master’s Shroud
    • 6-Piece Set Bonus: Each corpse you consume grants you an Empowered Bone Spear charge that increases the damage of your next Bone Spear by 3300%. In addition, Corpse Lance and Corpse Explosion damage is increased by 3300%.

And some changes made to Diablo 3 Necromancer are the following.

  • Simulacrum
    • These will now warp to the Necromancer if they begin to move too far away from the player. This only works if the Necromancer is wearing the Masquerade of the Burning Carnival set or Haunted Visions.
    • Simulacrums cannot use Grim Scythe (with Haunted Visions) or Skeletal Mage unless the Necromancer had either of those abilities while the Simulacrums were created. 
  • Final Service
    • No longer consumes pets.
    • Final Service now activates before Simulacrum’s Self Sacrifice.
  • Bone Prison
    • Simulacrums now benefit from this passive skill.
  • Serration
    • Simulacrums now benefit from this passive skill.
  • Corpse Explosion
    • Damage increased from 350% to 1050%.

More over there is a bug fix in Necromancer mechanics. An issue where Skeletal Mages were not attacking certain creatures has been fixed.

Demon Hunter and Necromancer faced the major changes in the Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.9. But there are also some more details to talk about, for example, Crusader.

Crusader changes in Patch 2.6.9.

There are not much to tell you about Crusader but still it has become more balanced thanks to the following details.

Shield of Fury

  • This effect may stack up to 10 times.


  • Stone of Jordan
    • Added power: Each of your elemental’s damage bonus is equal to your highest static elemental bonus to skill.
  • Reaper’s Wraps
    • Added a 2-second internal cooldown to the Health globe effect.
  • Mantle of Channeling
    • Now works with the Necromancer’s Siphon Blood.
  • Convention of Elements
    • Added “non-static” to the wording of the legendary power’s description. The functionality is unchanged

Witch Doctor changes in Patch 2.6.9.

Some changes have occurred in Witch Doctor‘s build. As there is a change of one ability.

Spirit Barrage

  • The Spectres from the Phantasm rune no longer benefit from pet bonuses.

Diablo 3 Upcoming Season Theme

We will discuss the particularities of the upcoming 21st Season in Diablo 3 in the future post. All we want to mention her is that we are going to face a Tempest Season in D3! All the details and reveal of the seasonal rewards and conquests are going to be in the next post.

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