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January 1, 2011
August 1, 2011
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Patch notes

These are the official patch notes for version 0.8.7 released by Grinding Gear Games.


  • Added new skill prototype - Frost WallFrost WallSpell, Duration, Cold
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (9-33) Mana
    Cooldown Time: 3.00 sec
    Can Store 3 Use(s)
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Creates a wall of ice which holds back enemies. Targets under the wall are damaged and pushed back.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent1% increased Skill Effect Duration3% increased DamageFreezes enemies as though dealing 5% more DamageBase duration is (3-4.9) seconds
    0.15 seconds between appearance of Wall sections
    Wall will be (28-56) units long
    Deals (8-462) to (12-693) Cold Damage
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Frost Wall skill icon.png
    : Creates a wall of ice which holds back enemies. Targets under the wall are damaged and pushed back.
  • Added new skill prototype - Shock NovaShock NovaSpell, AoE, Lightning, Nova
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (12-23) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.70 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 120%
    Radius: 26 / 14
    Requires Level 28Casts a ring of Lightning around you, followed by a larger Lightning nova. Each effect hits enemies caught in their area with Lightning Damage.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent2% increased Shock Duration on enemiesRing has 2% chance to Shock
    Ring Shocks as if dealing 5% more Damage
    1% increased Lightning Damage
    Deals (34-371) to (102-1114) Lightning Damage
    Ring deals 50% less Damage
    20% chance to Shock enemies
    (20-39)% increased Effect of Shock
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Shock Nova skill icon.png
    : Casts a shocking circle of lightning which deals maximum damage at its outside edge.
  • Added new skill prototype - Freezing PulseFreezing PulseSpell, Projectile, Cold
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (5-21) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.65 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 200%
    Projectile Speed: 1800
    An icy projectile which has a chance to freeze enemies it passes through. The projectile fades quickly, reducing damage and freezing chance until it dissipates.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent2% increased Projectile SpeedProjectiles gain Damage over time, dealing up to 3% more Damage by the time they dissipate
    Deals 99% of Damage
    Cannot Pierce Enemies
    Deals (8-888) to (12-1332) Cold Damage
    Projectiles Pierce all Targets
    Projectiles lose Damage over time, dealing up to 50% less Damage by the time they dissipate
    Projectiles have 25% chance to Freeze, which is lost over the first quarter of their flight
    (0-19)% increased Projectile Speed
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Freezing Pulse skill icon.png
    : An icy projectile which has a chance to freeze enemies it passes through. The damage and freezing are highest up close.
  • Added new skill prototype - Phase RunPhase RunSpell, Duration, Movement, Physical, Travel
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (8-13) Mana
    Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cast Time: Instant
    Requires Level 34Gain a buff that makes you faster, harder to detect, and grants Phasing, letting you pass through enemies. Performing any skill replaces this buff with one that boosts melee physical damage of skills you use yourself (it will not apply to your melee skills used by totems). Consumes Frenzy Charges to increase duration.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent0.5% increased Movement Speed1% increased Skill Effect Duration0.5% chance not to replace the Buff when you use a Skill(30-39)% increased Movement Speed
    (20-30)% more Melee Physical Damage
    100% increased Stealth
    Base duration is 1.8 seconds
    Base secondary duration is 0.2 seconds
    100% increased Skill Duration per Frenzy Charge removed
    Grants Phasing
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Phase Run skill icon.png
    : Makes you hard to see, and you move faster. Lasts for a short time or until you make an attack. If that attack is with a melee weapon, it deals extra damage.
  • Added new skill prototype - Viper StrikeViper StrikeAttack, Duration, Melee, Strike, Chaos
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: 5 Mana
    Attack Damage: (90-135)% of base
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: (90-135)%
    Hits enemies, adding some of your physical damage as chaos damage and inflicting poison which will be affected by modifiers to skill duration. If dual wielding, will strike with both weapons. Requires a claw, dagger or sword.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal0.5% increased Attack Speed
    0.5% increased Poison Duration
    1% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage1% increased Chaos Damage0.5% chance to also Poison a nearby Enemy when you inflict Poison
    Deals (90-135)% of Base Attack Damage
    60% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
    60% chance to Poison on Hit
    Base duration is 4 seconds
    (5-169) to (7-254) Added Chaos Damage
    Each Weapon Hits separately if Dual Wielding, dealing 20% less Damage
    30% Less Attack Speed if Dual Wielding
    +(0-2) to Melee Strike Range
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Viper Strike skill icon.png
    : Poisons the foe, which can stack up to five times. Each time they are re-poisoned, the duration is extended. Requires a claw, dagger or sword.
  • Added support for items having mods that increase the level of gems of a certain type socketed into them.
  • Merveil's caves now have an important river flowing through them.
  • Added support for dungeons within dungeons. See if you can find one.
  • Improved synchronisation of monsters in combat.
  • Added aggressive resynching when things are detected to be in the wrong place.
  • Added automatic resync when the player fails to perform actions too many times in a short time period.
  • Removed the resync request (equals) key binding.
  • Implemented the "poison on critical strike with dagger" passive skill.
  • Continued improvement of animations, sounds, world areas and spell effects.
  • Gave the patcher a facelift (it's only visible once you've patched the first time).
  • Some monsters (currently Monkeys) now flee when other monsters of that type are slain.
  • Many monster types now flee when set on fire.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that would cause monsters to get out of sync when an action completed early on the client but not the server, or vice versa.
  • Fixed a bug in the existing resync code that prevents moving objects from resyncing correctly.
  • Fixed bow attacks so that they still do damage when firing really fast. The arrow may still be taken away visually.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the game from working on older Radeon 1950 series graphics cards. This affected approximately 5% of Alpha testers.
  • Fixed a rare server crash when buying items.
  • Fixed a problem that caused all monster evasion/damage reduction values to be calculated incorrectly.
  • Fixed a bug where the portal effect in town would sometimes be incomplete.
  • Spells now face their targets correctly.
  • Fixed a bug that caused impact sounds involving animal claws to not play.
  • Made the Multiple Projectiles support gem work on skills that use wands.
  • Fixed the mods on unique boss monsters to be the ones we intended.
  • Fixed a bug with burning damage being wrong.
  • Fixed a bug with monsters returning during a flee.
  • Fixed a bug where projectiles would fail in certain directions along elevation changes.
  • Fixed a problem with the "enemies chill as unfreezing" passive skill.
  • Fixed various bugs related to piercing projectiles opening chests.
  • Infernal Blow doesn't explode unique monsters any more.
  • Fixed various crashes that would occur when removing items while skills were active.
  • Fixed bugs with the timing of Blood Rage.
  • Quality is now correctly taken into account when picking the dominant skill gem.
  • Fixed a crash involving portals.
  • Fixed some visual problems with the portal effect clipping into the ground.
  • Fixed a bug where raised zombies over level 10 did not decay.
  • Fixed a problem with the progression of elemental spells where they didn't ramp up exponentially in damage at higher levels like attack skills did.

General Balance

  • Player attacks are now 20% faster by default.
  • Player spellcasts are now 15% faster by default.
  • Player run speed is 10% faster by default.
  • Players now dual wield at an additional 25% increased attack speed by default.
  • Reduced default mana per character slightly.
  • Endurance charges grant 3% to all resistances, per charge.
  • Increased cast/attack speed per frenzy charge from 4% to 5%.
  • Flasks now have substantially higher numbers of charges and require a lot more charges per use. When a monster is killed, all flasks gain a charge (rather than one at random).
  • Flask charges are biased so that mana is harder to come by at the start of the game (to help with progression).
  • Flasks now heal faster. Vials are substantially faster.
  • Increased the size of life regen mods/passives.
  • Improved damage reduction on items by around 10%.
  • Reduced energy shield on items by around 10%.
  • Doubled the size of non-percentage life, mana, accuracy, critical strike passives.
  • Made many minor changes to the size of various passive skills.

Monster Balance

  • Rebalanced higher difficulty levels substantially so that the monsters do approximately half the damage they did before, and are easier to kill.
  • There are now a lot more monsters in the Ruthless and Merciless difficulties.
  • Monsters now have resistances. They're higher on higher difficulties. The resistances are currently not shown anywhere.
  • Halved the damage of Merveil's fireball attack, now that she's able to hit you with multiple fireballs at once.
  • Reduced the attack range of skeleton casters.

Item Balance

  • Increased the chance of rares dropping.
  • Item mods are now biased towards 70% of the generation level of the item (like drops). This will increase the chance of getting a "good" item but cause players to converge on "great" ones slower.
  • Monsters now drop items in quantity proportional to their relative effectiveness. This means that bosses drop more items than before, and hordes of small monsters like Blood Monkeys drop less items per monster.
  • Halved the number of gems that drop now that there are so many from quest rewards.
  • Changed claws back to be 50/50 Dexterity/Intelligence for a while.
  • Jeweler's Orb is now 60% more common.
  • Reduced drop rate of Scroll of Wisdom to increase Portal Scroll.
  • Many belts now have different implicit mods than before.
  • Lowered the levels of most support gems so that they're easier to use.
  • Increased the drop rate of rings, amulets and belts.
  • Changed the formula for the quality of skill gems. It's now a lot harder to get ones with higher quality.
  • Increased the likelihood of caster mods on caster items.
  • Improved the odds of getting off-colour sockets on high level items.

Skill Balance

  • Completely rebalanced every skill in the game so that they're all powerful at high levels. Most skills received damage increases! Only behavioural skill changes are listed here:
  • Ice spear now does substantially higher damage in its pre-arm form.
  • Shield Charge can't miss now.
  • Poison Arrow does additional chaos damage on the actual arrow itself now, in addition to the cloud damage.
  • Frenzy and Flicker Strike now attack even faster if you have more frenzy charges.
  • Made raised zombies faster by default, but not as fast as high levels were before.