In Season 9, Chapter III of the Season Journey held some surprises. In past Seasons it was possible for players to earn an objective by completing five Bounties, in all five Acts, during one game.
I always complete the Bounties in all five Acts at the beginning of each Season. To me, it was something fun to do while leveling up a new character. It also was something a low level character could do that would earn one of the many Season Journey objectives.
To my surprise, Season 9 changed the one objective into five separate ones, giving each Act it’s own objective. I discovered this while I was still trying to complete Chapter I.
Chapter II of the Season Journey for Season 9 didn’t take me as long as I expected. But, I was still way behind where I thought I’d be. As I mentioned in the blog I put together about Chapter I, my game time was split between Season 9 and the new Darkening of Tristram event.
This is not a complaint. It’s nice to have so much to do in Diablo III – and to be very interested in doing all of it!
Season 9 started right around the same time that the new Darkening of Tristram event did. (Darkening of Tristram appeared early January 2017). I decided to try and focus on both, and didn’t end up getting as far as I wanted to with either one.
Chapter IV of Season 8 took me longer than I would have liked. I’m not very good at Greater Rifts, and my Barbarian wasn’t quite ready to move the difficult up to Torment IV. The good news is that I did manage to complete Chapter IV before the end of Season 8.
The Season 8 version of Chapter III of the Season Journey was fairly easy for me to complete. My Barbarian was prepared for Master Difficulty, which was the minimum difficulty setting that a player could complete Chapter III objectives on.
I earned three of the Chapter III objectives before I unlocked Chapter III.
Blizzard decided to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Diablo by putting the original game into Diablo III. This was announced at BlizzCon 2016.
The Anniversary event is called The Darkening of Tristram. It will launch in January of 2017. The original Diablo game was released on December 31, 1996. Players who have the Reaper of Souls expansion will be able to enjoy The Darkening of Tristram event every January.
Myriam Jahzia, the Mystic, is a crafter that players could unlock in the Reaper of Souls expansion. The purpose of the Mystic is to enable players to transmogrify their items.
The other, perhaps more useful, purpose of the Mystic is to let players change an affix on their weapon, armor, or jewelry (and hopefully end up with a better affix than they started with.)
When I play a Season, I almost always do it in Adventure mode. I try to level the Mystic as quickly as I can. Doing so causes me to miss out on the beautiful artwork that Blizzard created for every level of the Mystic. There are a lot of details to see!
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I’ll be honest: I’ve been a slacker this Season. It’s not because Season 8 wasn’t interesting, or because I’m getting tired of Diablo III. Part of what is keeping me away from the game is that things have been very busy in real life lately.
The other thing keeping me from playing is my health. If I’m not working – I’m sleeping. Despite this, I managed to complete Chapter II of the Season Journey in Season 8.
The main purpose of Covetous Shen, the Jeweler, is to help the player level up the jewels that they find while adventuring. He can also remove jewels from a socket, which comes in handy.
Shen starts out at level 1. Players can raise each crafter up to Level 12.
When I play in Adventure mode during a Season, I try and level up the Jeweler as fast as I can. The downside of doing this so fast is that I miss out on the wonderful artwork that Blizzard created for each level of the Jeweler. There are so many details to see!
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The main purpose of Haedrig Eamon, the Blacksmith, is to craft armor and weapons for the player. He starts out at Level 1. Players can raise each crafter up to Level 12.
When I play in Adventure mode during a Season, I try and level up the Blacksmith as fast as I can (and I think other players do, too). Don’t forget to take a second to admire the artwork that changes each time you level up the Blacksmith. There are so many details to see!
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