Not much time remains before the Nephalem Rifts are once again closed as Blizzard prepares to conclude the current Season 9 for Diablo III.
According to the official announcement, players have less than two weeks to make any further progress in the leaderboards and clinch additional achievements for their seasonal rewards.
Season 9 will end on the following dates and times:
- North America: Friday, March 17 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT
- Europe: Friday, March 17 @ 5:00 p.m. CET
- Asia: Friday, March 17 @ 5:00 p.m. KST
Season 10 will begin about two weeks afterward on the following dates and times:
- North America: Friday, March 31 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT
- Europe: Friday, March 31 @ 5:00 p.m. CET
- Asia: Friday, March 31 @ 5:00 p.m. KST
Those who manage to reach level 70 on a hero before the season concludes will unlock exclusive chest and gloves transmogrification appearances. Do note that these appearances will be available on both seasonal and non-seasonal heroes, even before the season concludes. In addition, players can earn new portrait frames and an exclusive pet to mark their seasonal run.
Newcomers usually tend to face minor confusion about seasonal rollovers and the fate of their characters when the season ends.
Note that seasonal heroes created during the season will be converted to non-seasonal heroes at the end. They will retain any gold, Paragon experience, Blood Shards, items, recipes, achievements obtained during the season. In addition, any Legendary Powers extracted through Kanai’s Cube will also transfer over to non-seasonal characters.
When the new season begins for Diablo III, players must create new seasonal heroes and commence their journey from scratch.
We’re expecting Patch 2.5.0 to accompany the release of the new season. Though, Blizzard is yet to officially confirm when the new round of changes will arrive on live servers.
Diablo III will get a new Armory system, allowing players to store up to five builds and swapping through them on-the-fly. It will be a massive improvement over the current equipment manager.
Elsewhere, we’re still waiting on more news on the new Necromancer class which was announced last year at BlizzCon.