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Diablo 3 Season 27 Guide: The Best Class & Sets To Aim For
With a few weeks away until August ends, it’s time for action RPG fans to cherish a brand new season for the long-standing Blizzard title Diablo 3. Season 26 is coming to a close, with one of its major additions Echoing Nightmare turning into a permanent feature for the game (both off-season and seasonal play).
Season 27 is the next season, starting on 26 August at 4pm GMT+8. What else is there to expect from Diablo 3’s latest? Here’s a guide on what’s new and the best classes to use (pending).
Looking to turn the tide of an unremitting war between light and darkness, the Angels of the High Heavens have embedded a token of their righteousness in Sanctuary. Cunning Nephalem seeking an advantage in combat will undergo an angelic trial, crystallizing a symbol of their morality into pure, otherworldly perfection. The specific celestial force imbued within by the divine is unknown—an answer waiting to be sought on the battlefield. Go forth, Nephalem!
The biggest addition to this season is Angelic Crucibles, a new consumable item that can sanctify any equippable Legendary item, infusing it with one of three new class-specific powers at random. This is Blizzard’s way of giving super Heaven powers to the Nephilim and having them playable in an action RPG setting. Here are the class-specific powers;
Here are more details about Angelic Crucibles:
New Season Journey rewards include the Laurels of Knowledge portrait and Corvus Cadaverous Pet. In addition, a series of portrait frames themed around the struggle of the Eternal Conflict will be available, along with the pet Belphegor.
Completing Season 27’s Season Journey Chapters 2,3, and 4 will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gift. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of the following Class Sets. So if you want a full Set, pick just one class from Haedrig’s Gift’s prompt.
Here are the sets granted by Haedric’s Gift this season. They’re looking pretty good if you love the Barbarian, Witch Doctor, and Necromancer.
Long story short: Guardian’s Jeopardy is going to be the new hot set for every class, and Monk’s Inna set is getting a nerf.
This list is still under development…
With so much nerfing going on with the Gears of Dread Hungry Arrow build, it’s only a matter of time until the meta changes for the frail-but-high-DPS Demon Hunter. The Marauder Sentry build lets your Demon Hunter put up turrets and gets damage buffs from said turrets. Also, the turrets will fire the Cluster Arrow and other primary attacks/enemy-seeking shots you have equipped. Easy gameplan, and a great way to clear the room really, really fast.
The Marauder Sentry’s few downsides include low mobility and heavy reliance on positioning, since you are setting up turrets and finding the best place to fire your Cluster Bombs to get max damage and AoE on mobs. Still, this build is the way to go if you want a top-tier Demon Hunter that can go solo. The best part about this set is that you can acquire it easily via Haedrig’s Gift for this season’s early rewards.
LMB – Evasive Fire (Focus)
RMB- Cluster Arrow (Cluster Bombs)
1- Sentry (Polar Station)
2 – Companion (Wolf Companion)
3- Vault (Tumble)
4 – Vengeance (Seethe)
Passives: Cull the Weak, Ambush, Custom Engineering, Ballistics
Kannai’s Cube Power: Manticore, Zoey’s Secret, Ring of Royal Grandeur
Armour & Set: Marauder’s Visage (1x Flawless Royal Diamond), Marauder’s Spine, Marauder’s Gloves, Marauder’s Carapace (3x Flawless Royal Diamond), Captain Crimson’s Silk Girdle (craft), Captain Crimson’s Thrust (2x Flawless Royal Diamond, craft)
Weapon: Yang’s Recurve (Sanctified, 1x Flawless Royal Emerald), Bombardier’s Rucksack
Amulet/Ring: Focus (Bane of the Trapped), Restraint (Enforcer), Squirt’s Necklace (Zei’s Stone of Vengeance)
Angelic Crucible Powers: Firing Cluster Arrow concentrates its explosive force into a piercing ray of light.
Still the best and most consistent Barbarian build ever. Spin to win using Whirlwind, but with Rend effects. Furious Charge to get to one spot super-fast and get all the buffs from Band of Might. The Essence Anguish makes it all the more painful for mobs. You get this set as part of Haedrig’s Gift in Season 27.
LMB – Furious Charge (Merciless Assault)
RMB – Whirlwind (Wind Shear)
1 – Rend (Bloodbath)
2- Sprint (Marathon)
3- Ignore Pain (Bravado)
4 -Wrath of the Berserker (Insanity)
Passives: Rampage, Nerves of Steel, Boon of Bul-Kathos, Pound of Flesh
Kanai’s Cube: The Furnace, Mantle of Channeling, Band of Might
Armor & Set: Helm of the Wastes (1x Diamond), Pauldrons of the Waste (Sanctified), Gauntlet of the Wastes, Cuirass of the Wastes (3x Diamond), Tasset of the Wastes (2x Diamond), Sabaton of the Wastes, Lamentation, Mortick’s Brace.
Weapons: In-geom (Essence of Anguish), Ambo’s Pride (1x Emerald)
Amulet/Rings: Squirt’s Necklace (Molten Wildebeast’s Gizzard), Focus (Taeguk), Restraint (Bane of the Trapped).
Angelic Crucible Powers: Whirlwind pulls in and holds all enemies within 25 yards.
If you like charging headfirst into danger and throwing exploding rocks for guaranteed crits and kills, this Barbarian build is for you. The Raekor set received a reworking last season and its current power levels have yet to be nerfed by Blizzard. So go nuts and rock out, so to speak.
LMB- Weapon Throw (Balanced Weapon)
RMB -Ancient Spear (Boulder Toss)
1 – Ignore Pain (Iron Hide)
2 – Battle Rage (Bloodshed)
3 – Furious Charge (Set and equipment will give you all Runes)
4 – Wrath of the Berserker (Insanity)
Passives: Rampage, Relentless, No Escape, Boon of Bul-Kathos
Kanai’s Cube: The Furnace, Ancient Parthan Defenders, Ring of Royal Grandeur
Armor & Set: Raekor’s Will (1x Flawless Royal Diamond), Raekor’s Burden, Raekor’s Wrap, Raekor’s Heart (3x Flawless Royal Diamond), Skular’s Salvation, Captain Crimson’s Silk Girdle, Captain Crimson’s Thrust (2x Flawless Royal Diamond), Raekor’s Striders
Weapons: The Three Hundredth Spear (Sanctified, 1x Flawless Royal Emerald), Arreat’s Law (1x Flawless Royal Emerald)
Amulet/Rings: The Traveler’s Pledge (Bane of the Stricken), The Compass Rose (Zei’s Stone of Vengeance), Band of Might (Bane of the Trapped)
Angelic Crucible Powers: Whirlwind pulls in and holds all enemies within 25 yards.
The best Necromancer builds are all Legacy of Dreams-focused (at least for other Seasons; see the next build), so we have to resort to this Rathma set to make your life a bit easier. The Bones of Rathma Necromancer build is pet-focused & comes with a nuke: summon skeletons, bum rush them onto enemies, use Army of the Dead often and stay away from enemies. You get this set as part of Haedrig’s Gift in Season 27.
LMB- Grim Scythe (Cursed Scythe)
RMB- Command Skeletons (Frenzy)
1- Bone Armor (Dislocation)
2 – Army of the Dead (Blighted Grasp)
3 – Blood Rush (Potency)
4 – Revive (Horrific Return)
Passives: Spreading Malediction, Eternal Torment, Swift Harvest, Grisly Tribute
Kanai’s Cube: Nayr’s Black Death, Fate’s Vow, Ring of Royal Grandeur
Armor & Set: Rathma’s Skull Helmet (1x Diamond), Rathma’s Spikes, Rathma’s Macabre Vambrace, Rathma’s Ribcage Plate (3x Topaz), Rathma’s Ossified Sabatons, Captain Crimson’s Silk Girdle, Captain Crimson’s Thrust (2x Topaz), Bonds of C’Lena.
Weapons: Jesseth Skullscythe (1x Flawless Royal Emerald), Jesseth Skullshield
Amulet/Rings: Squirt’s Necklace (Gogok of Swiftness), Krysbin’s Sentence (Sanctified, Bane of the Trapped), Convention of Elements (Zei’s Stone of Vengeance)
Angelic Crucible Power: Enemies within 50 yards are constantly assaulted by the Army of the Dead – Unconventional Warfare while this item is equipped.
The Trag’Oul set has been reworked for Season 27, and for the better too! This build lets you use up your life to cast Blood Novas for insane damage (via the set), and your chances at surviving solo are pretty high. This set is arguably better than the existing Legacy of Dreams Necromancer Nova build that was dominating the Season meta for quite a while. If you want to try something a little more different than skeletons and nukes, go for this AoE-focused build.
LMB- Siphon Blood (Set & equipment will give you all Runes)
RMB – Death Nova (Blood Nova)
1 – Bone Armor (Dislocation)
2 – Frailty (Aura of Frailty)
3 – Blood Rush (Set & equipment will grant you all Runes)
4 – Simulacrum (Blood & Bone)
Passives: Spreading Malediction, Stand Alone, Swift Harvesting, Final Service
Kanai’s Cube: Bloodtide Blade, Mantle of Channeling, Ring of Royal Grandeur
Armor & Set: Trag’Oul’s Guise, Trag’Oul’s Claws, Trag’Oul’s Scales (3x Flawless Royal Topaz), Trag’Oul’s Hide (2x Flawless Royal Topaz), Trag’Oul’s Stalwart Greaves, Aughild’s Power, Aughild’s Search, Dayntee’s Binding
Weapons: Funenary Pick (Sanctified, 1x Flawless Royal Emerald), Iron Rose (1x Flawless Royal Emerald)
Amulet/Rings: Haunted Visions (Bane of the Stricken), Krysbin’s Sentence (Bane of the Trapped), Convention of Elements (Zei’s Stone of Vengeance)
Angelic Crucible Power: Hitting enemies with Death Nova five consecutive times adds a spirit that afflicts an enemy every fifth cast of Death Nova. Up to three spirits can be sent at a time.
Arguably the most iconic Diablo playstyle for spellcasters, the Tal Rasha Meteor build lets you summon tons of one-hit kill Meteors with little to no cost as long as you use all four elements for damage-dealing. The AoE and explosion effects are a joy to behold. Like any Wizard build, you have to play keepaway and ranged since it’s squishy as heck.
You can also get the Tal Rasha set easily via Season 27’s Haedrig’s Gift reward.
LMB – Spectral Blade (Ice Blades)
RMB – Meteor (Star Pact)
1 – Black Hole (Spell Steal)
2 – Familiar (Sparkflint)
3 – Teleport (Safe Passage)
4 – Storm Armor (Shocking Aspect)
Passives: Audacity, Arcane Dynamo, Illusionist, Elemental Exposure
Kanai’s Cube: The Smoldering Core, The Shame of Delsere, Ring of Royal Grandeur,
Armor & Set: Tal Rasha’s Grasp, Tal Rasha’s Stride (2x Flawless Royal Ruby), Tal Rasha’s Relentless Pursuit (3x Flawless Royal Ruby), Tal Rasha’s Brace, Nilfur’s Boast, Aughild’s Power, Aughild’s Search, Mempo of Twilight (Flawless Royal Topaz)
Weapons: The Grand Vizier (Sanctified, Flawless Royal Emerald)
Amulet/Rings: Tal Rasha’s Allegiance (Bane of the Stricken), Convention of Elements (Bane of the Trapped), Halo of Karini (Esoteric Alteration)
Angelic Crucible Power: Casting Storm Armor sends a power thunderbolt from the skies that instantly kills a random enemy within 30 yards. Bosses are not killed but take significant damage. This effect cannot occur more than once every 60 seconds.
This set alternates between Dashing Strike and Way of Hundred Fists for about 6,000% worth of damage, and is blazing fast too. Given the fact that the Inna sets are nerfed in this season, you’ll have to use an alternative set that’s also part of Haedrig’s Gift. The Raiment of a Thousand Storms set will do just fine in that regard.
LMB – Way of the Hundred Fists (Hands of Lightning)
RMB – Serenity (Ascension)
1 – Mantra of Salvation (Agility)
2 – Breath of Heaven (Infused With Light)
3 – Dashing Strike (Blinding Speed)
4 – Epiphany (Desert Shroud)
Passives: Beacon of Ytar, Harmony, Alacrity, Seize the Initiative
Kanai’s Cube: Flying Dragon, Depth Diggers, Ring of Royal Grandeur
Armor & Set: Mask of the Searing Sky (1x Flawless Royal Diamond), Mantle of the Upside-Down Sinners, Fists of Thunder, Heart of the Crashing Wave (3x Flawless Royal Diamond), Spirit Guards, Captain Crimson’s Silk Girdle, Captain Crimson’s Thrust (2x Flawless Royal Diamond), Eight-Demons Boot
Weapons: Shenlong’s Fist of Legend (Sanctified, 1x Flawless Royal Emerald), Shenlong’s Relentless Assault
Amulet/Rings: The Traveler’s Pledge (Bane of the Trapped), Compass Rose (Simplicity’s Strength), Unity (Bane of the Stricken)
Angelic Crucible Power: All Way of the Hundred Fists combo punches uses the second stage combo punches.
A tanky and great AoE-focused Crusader build that’s sure to thrive in this current Season, particularly due to the Angelic Crucible power that’s specific to Falling Sword.
LMB – Justice (Sword of Justice)
RMB – Judgment (Akkhan set will activate all Runes)
1 – Phalanx (Bowmen)
2 – Falling Sword (Rapid Descent)
3 – Laws of Valor (Unstoppable Force)
4 – Akarat’s Champion (Prophet)
Passives: Heavenly Strength, Lord Commander, Finery, Long Arm of the Law
Kanai’s Cube: Frydehr’s Wrath, Tasker & Theo, Ring of Royal Grandeur
Armor & Set: Warhelm of Kassar (1x Flawless Royal Diamond), Pauldrons of Akkhan, Gauntlets of Akkhan, Breastplate of Akkhan (3x Flawless Royal Diamond), Sabatons Of Akkhan, Captain Crimson’s Silk Girdle, Captain Crimson’s Thrust (2x Flawless Royal Diamond), Strongarm Bracers
Weapons: Blade of Prophecy (Sanctified, 1x Flawless Royal Emerald), Unrelenting Phalanx
Amulet/Rings: Talisman of Akkhan (Bane of the Trapped), Focus (Bane of the Stricken), Restraint (Enforcer)
Angelic Crucible Power: After casting Falling Sword, you descend from the sky with two Archangels that wield immense holy skills and benefit from your holy damage skill modifiers.
After enjoying some highs in past Seasons, the Witch Doctor is now back on the bench. However, the Zunimassa Poison Dart Fetish-filled pet build is still powerful enough to power through the Season, especially with the new Heaven Powers the class can acquire.
LMB – Poison Dart (Spined Dart)
RMB – Pirahnas (Pirahnado)
1 – Spirit Walk (Jaunt)
2 – Fetish Army (Legion of Daggers)
3 – Soul Harvest (Languish)
4 – Horrify (Frightening Aspect)
Passives: Spirit Vessel, Grave Injustice, Fetish Syncophants, Pierce the Veil
Kanai’s Cube: Echoing Fury, Mask of Jeram, Ring of Royal Grandeur
Armor & Set: Carnevil (1x Flawless Royal Diamond), Zunimassa’s Marrow (3x Flawless Royal Ruby), Zunimassa’s Finger Wraps, Aughild’s Power, Aughild’s Search, Depth Diggers, Zunimassa’s Trail, The Witching Hour
Weapons: The Dagger of Darts (Sanctified, 1x Flawless Royal Emerald), Zunimassa’s String of Skulls
Amulet/Rings: Squirt’s Necklace (Bane of the Stricken), Zunimassa’s Pox (Simplicity’s Strength), Convention of Elements (Enforcer)
Angelic Crucible Power: Horrify becomes an aura that causes enemies to receive 100% more damage and deal 15% less damage in addition to its other effects.