Season 26 will begin on April 15, at 5PM (PDT/CEST/KST) shortly after our next Diablo III update. Read on to learn more about the season theme and balance changes coming in Patch 2.7.3. We are expecting this update to be released on April 12.
Diablo 3 Season 26 Dates
iablo 3 Seasons routinely kick off on Fridays, ending on Sundays. In the past, there have been exceptions to this rule. Season 23 and 22 ran for a total of 128 and 110 days, respectively, making them some of the longest in the game's history.
Season 25 kicked off in December and is slated to end on April 10, which gives us a rough estimate on when Season 26 might begin. Do keep in mind, however, that the dates below remain speculative until Blizzard shares official plans.
Blizzard later confirmed that Diablo 3's Season 26 is headed to the PTR on March 10 while sharing the first details about the changes it introduces.
Expected start date
Diablo 3 Season 26 start date: April 15, at 5 PM PDT/CEST/KST
Diablo 3 Season 26 end date: Between late June and late August
Blizzard has now confirmed that Season 26 and patch 2.7.3 both go live on April 15. Titled The Fall of the Nephalem, you can read more details about what it brings to the ARPG below.
Diablo 3 Season 26 Season Theme
For the sake of anyone who doesn’t know, Diablo 3 has a new season theme with event new season. Sometimes these are more permanent, like the follower revamp in Season 23. On other occasions, these changes only last for one season, such as Ethereal Weapons in Season 24, and the Soul Shards in Season 25.
With the launch of Diablo 3 Season 26, Blizzard is introducing a brand new activity called ‘Echoing Nightmare’. This is an optional bit of end-game content where players “fight within the memories of Nephalem who fell in a Greater Rift… until they are inevitably Overwhelmed or defeated”.
Blessed Hammer now crackles with energy, damaging enemies within 15 yards of its path. All runes but Dominion now throw the hammer in a direct path in front of the Crusader.
Every two seconds, call down Fist of the Heavens on a random nearby enemy. After casting Steed Charge, this effect occurs more rapidly for five seconds.
After casting Falling Sword, you descend from the sky with two Archangels that can cast Consecration and Condemn.
Diablo 3 Season 26 Journey Rewards
Diablo 3's The Fall of the Nephalem Season lets players who have yet unlocked five stash tabs via the Season Journey expand their available storage space with an additional one. These are the current Season Journey tasks:
Complete a level 70 Torment XIII Rift in under 5 minutes
Complete Greater Rift 60 solo
Kill Greed on Torment XIII
Kill the Butcher at level 70 in Torment XIII in under 30 seconds
Reforge a Legendary or Set itemv
Augment an Ancient item with a Level 50 or greater Legendary Gem
Level three Legendary Gems to 55
Complete two Conquests