Blizzard swings the class nerf bat in Diablo 4's first patch

Diablo 4
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What you need to know

  • Diablo 4 is an action RPG from Activision Blizzard, available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PCs. 
  • Some viral endgame build synergies have prompted a round of nerfs from Blizzard, who want to maintain a base level of difficulty within Diablo 4. 
  • The full patch details are below. 

Diablo 4 launched in early access a few days ago, and people are hitting endgame already. In our Diablo 4 review, I described how the game represents another big step up for Blizzard, owing to the game's impeccable cinematic treatment of the genre largely popularized by the Diablo franchise. 

The game boasts several class roles, including stealthy archer-meets-assassin rogues, hulking werewolf druids, and skeleton minion-summoning necromancers. Diablo 4's warrior-like barbarian class has been causing a bit of a stir, however, owing to some viral endgame builds that transform them into whirling storms of death. As a result, Blizzard has issued its first balance patch for Diablo 4, bringing some class synergies to heel. 

"While we want players to both feel and be truly powerful, some Class builds and synergies are outside of our bounds for what is reasonable for the health of the game, so we are reducing their effectiveness. As an example, we generally want to avoid creating situations where players can survive unreasonably high amounts of damage for long periods of time because it too greatly warps our vision for how combat should be in Diablo IV."

Blizzard elaborated that some build synergies are getting buffed, however, but it comes at the cost of nerfing the Paragon system across the board. The endgame class progression Diablo 4 Paragon system lets you allocate a few extra stats after gaining further levels past level 50. Some of the nodes on the Paragon board let you dramatically increase attack speed, at least before this nerf, leading to synergies that utterly trivialize difficulty. A notorious Barbarian whirlwind build that went viral recently for its ability to rapidly sail through hundreds of mobs without taking any damage seems to have prompted some of these balance changes, which are detailed in full down below. 

Diablo 4 Patch Notes: 1.0.2d Build #42131 (All Platforms) 

Patch 1.0.2d Build #42131 should be live now across Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC platforms. Blizzard has implemented a system for Diablo 4 that generally allows for server-side patches without incurring downloads, but you may need to download some additional data from time to time. 


Skill Changes 

Challenging Shout 

Legendary Aspect Changes

Bold Chieftain's Aspect 

Aspect of the Dire Whirlwind 

Item Changes

Gohr's Devastating Grips


Skill Changes 


Lightning Storm 

Grizzly Rage 

Class Specialization

Obsidian Slam

Calm Before the Storm

Passive Changes

Electric Shock

Legendary Aspect Changes 

Shockwave Aspect 

Crashstone Aspect

Lightning Dancer's Aspect


Skill Changes

Blood Lance

Army of the Dead

Blood Wave

Passive Changes


Grim Harvest


Death's Defense

Class Specialization

Raise Skeleton


Blood Golem

Iron Golem

Necromancer Paragon Board Changes

Hulking Monstrosity                                                        

Cult Leader


Skill Changes 

Twisting Blades 

Rapid Fire 

Dark Shroud 



Passive Changes 


Legendary Affix Changes 



Skill Changes

Arc Lash


Legendary Affix Changes

Aspect of Control


Miscellaneous Class Changes

Druid Companions and Necromancer Minions

Paragon Board Changes

Rare Nodes


Monster Changes 

Bug Fixes 

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