Diablo 2: Live Resurrected PTR 2.5 with Terror Zones and More
What do you want to know
- The latest pre-release patch is live for Diablo 2: Resurrected’s Public Test Realm (PTR) and introduces Terror Zones and various bug fixes to the game.
- Zones of Terror is a new optional activity that improves the leveling process to 99.
- Terror Zones scale with player level, providing monsters at least two levels higher than the host player and dropping loot and experience based on that level.
- Access to the PTR is only available through the PC version of the game and can be accessed through the Battle.net launcher.
Diablo 2: Resurrected’s Public Test Realm (PTR) 2.5 is the first addition to the game’s endgame content since Uber Tristram, following on from Diablo 2 patch 1.11 which went live in August 2005. Diablo 2: Resurrected PTR 2.5 brings Terror Zones to the game, another way to grind your character to level 99. Level 99 is the maximum character level and takes over 3 billion XP to reach – no small feat. Blizzard said with this update that they wanted to “provide an alternative to repeatedly farming Baal, Diablo, or Nihlathak.”
What is a terrorist zone?
When playing a Terror-enabled instance of the game, demons will “terrorize” a certain area of the game on an hourly basis. Only certain areas of each act can become terrorized. Upon entering a terror zone, an audio signal will sound to indicate that enemies, at least two levels higher, are on their way.
The level of the terrorized monster is scaled to the level of the player who created the game, so keep in mind that when playing in a group, the level of the main player informs which enemies appear. Level scaling also differs based on monster rarity. Therefore, a champion will appear four levels higher and a unique five levels higher than the host player. There’s a cap to how much each monster can be increased depending on the difficulty you’re playing on, so take note of that before you start a game. Blizzard has specified that these caps are as follows:
- Normal: Up to level 48
- Nightmare: Up to level 74
- Hell: Up to level 99
Not only will you rack up more XP by attacking these areas, but monsters will also drop loot equal to their inflated level, making finding gear even more rewarding. Purists can opt out of Terror Zones altogether, but for those looking for the “Reach Level 99” achievement, it will be a welcome change to the pace of the game.
You can read more about the patch at Blizzard’s website, which details the Terror Zones in full, and also lists all of the bug fixes contained in the patch.
How to participate in Diablo 2: PTR Risen 2.5
Patch testing phases are only available on the PC version of the game. The PTR requires the Battle.net launcher and navigating to the Diablo 2: Resurrected tab on the left side. Make sure Diablo 2: Resurrected is already installed and use the drop-down menu above the “Play” button to select “PTR: Diablo II Resurrected” and download the version.
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