When does Season 3 of Diablo 2: Resurrected start? We have everything you need to know from xinghong's blog

What you need to know.

Diablo 2: Resurrected Season 2 will end on D2R Ladder Items February 16, 2023 and Season 3 will begin with a restart to the ladder.

The third ladder will feature 8 new Rune Words to help players climb the leaderboards, changes to Sunder Charms and new Horadric Cube recipes.

Terror Zones have also been added to offline play for the first time.

Hot on the heels of new Diablo 3 Season 28 news, we've also had official confirmation of the new season start and ladder reset for Diablo 2: Resurrected. It's a great start to the year for Diablo fans!

In a blog post on the Blizzard forums last week, Diablo 2: Resurrected Community Manager PezRadar confirmed that the current season and subsequent start of Season 3 will commence on February 16, 2023. Today, following the testing of the patch in PTR, we have the details of all changes coming to Season 3 of Diablo 2: Resurrected, and the times you can expect it to start in your region. 

What is the Diablo 2 ladder?

The Diablo 2: Resurrected 'ladder' is simply a reset of the leaderboards for ranked play. You start the ladder with a fresh character and empty inventory and try to climb the leaderboards, not unlike Diablo 3 Season resets. Each new ladder comes with new runewords and tweaks to class skills which attract players new and old to the game. Runes and rune words are specific to Diablo 2 only and the mechanic was not carried over to Diablo 3 much to the disappointment of a lot of fans of the game series. 

When Ladder 2 ends, all ladder characters will be transferred to non-ladder play. All items in that character's stash go into a withdraw-only shared tab and you have until the end of the current Ladder 3 to withdraw them, or lose those items forever. 

Rune Words are powerful combinations of runes that drop in Diablo 2: Resurrected, that can be socketed into your items to grant abilities. In Player Test Realm (PTR) 2.6 players have been hard at work testing out eight new rune words which are now rolling out to the D2R items community in Patch 2.6 and are listed below as per the patch notes.

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