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Diablo 4’s New Patch Addresses Season 3 Player Complaints

A being in a suit of strange armour in Diablo 4, with a glowing chest and a sword on their back.

Diablo 4’s Season of the Construct was released to a somewhat mixed reception. Now, Blizzard has released a new Diablo 4 patch, 1.3.0a that addresses players’ Season 3 grumbles.

Diablo 4 Season 3 had a problematic progress-blocking bug, which stopped players from getting their hands on the construct. But, as cool as having a robot spider buddy is, criticism of the season has gone beyond that.

The season hasn’t been universally slammed in the same way as Diablo 4’s awful July 2023 patch. But players have been complaining about the season’s final trap-laden area, the construct’s AI and strength and other issues. Blizzard fixed the bug a couple of days ago and, tweeting about the fix, Blizzard’s Adam Fletcher mentioned the team had been tracking feedback. This new patch is the result.

So what’s new? One of the biggest tweaks is that the Seneschal, your construct buddy, is easier to level up. “We are introducing multiple changes.. so they can level up their Seneschal and unlock their new companion’s full potential,” the patch notes explain.

Echo of Malphas has been buffed too, raised from level 85 to 100 with 30% more health. So, if you’ve been finding that fight a little too easy, you could be in for quite a shock. The good news you’ve now got a bigger chance of netting Legendary Items and Unique Stones when you kill it.

As for the dungeon vaults, they’ll now be a little more forgiving. That doesn’t mean they’ll be a cakewalk but, going by the changes, they should be less frustrating to tackle. Pearls of Warding are more effective and each gives you ten stacks of Zoltun’s Warding, instead of three.

Also, as the notes explain it, the “…grace period for losing stacks of Zoltun’s Warding when being hit by multiple traps at once has been increased from 1 second to 1.5 seconds.” What that means in practice is that you’re less likely to find yourself getting combo’ed to death by traps.

You can find the full patch notes here. Diablo 4 Season 3 patch 1.3.0a has rolled across all platforms and there’s another patch planned for later next week. So if Season of the Construct has been driving you up the wall, now’s the time to dive back in. Unfortunately, developer Blizzard has had bigger worries this week, with Microsoft laying off 1,900 staff across the company.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.