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Diablo 3 First Hotfix

Diablo 3 has been out for a little over a week now and the time has come for Blizzard to update the game with a hotfix to balance out some issues that some gamers may have been abusing.

The latest patch according to the blog has three changes listed up for the classes Monk, Demon Hunter and Wizard.

Demon Hunter

  • Smoke Screen
    -Duration reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second (tooltip will still show 2 seconds)
  • Skill Rune - Lingering Fog
    -Now increases the duration of Smoke Screen to 1.5 seconds (tooltip will still show 3 seconds)


  • Fists of Thunder (Skill Rune – Quickening)
    -Fixed an issue that was causing spirit regeneration to incorrectly trigger off critical hits from other sources, such as Sweeping Wind
  • Mantra of Healing
    -Mantra of Healing will now correctly provide only two times the base healing effect for the first 3 seconds after activation, down from four times the base healing effect (tooltip will still show the old value)
  • Skill Rune - Boon of Protection
    -A maximum absorption amount has been set to 1000 Life. This skill will be redesigned in an upcoming patch.


  • Arcane Torrent (Skill Rune – Cascade)
    -Fixed an issue that was causing Arcane Torrent to fire 3 new missiles per kill instead of only 1 new missile per kill
    -Number of simultaneously missiles generated from this rune will now cap at 10 missiles
  • Energy Armor (Skill Rune - Force Armor)
    -Amount of damage absorbed from a single attack will now cap at 100% of a player’s maximum Life

The forum post also says that some of the hotfixes listed above will go live the moment they are implemented in the game while others may require a restart of the realm. The issues also cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update.

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