Diablo 3 players who've still been dutifully progressing through the game's latest season of content now only have a while longer left to do so following Blizzard's confirmation of Season 26's end date. The current season – the one that introduced a new endgame feature for players to work towards – will come to a close on August 21st. Once that happens, players should anticipate a short break between the season before moving onto Season 27 which will bring its own set of features and changes to look forward to.
When Does Diablo 3 Season 26 Start?
At the time of writing, there is no confirmed release date for Diablo 3 Season 26. However, based on what we know about the way Diablo 3 operates, it’s not too hard to work out when Diablo 3 Season 26 will start.
That’s because Diablo 3 seasons typically follow a pretty rigid formula. For starters, each Diablo 3 Season lasts 12 weeks as a bare minimum. That being said, more recently Seasons have lasted a lot longer. Both Season 23 and 22 ran for 18 and 15 weeks, whilst Season 24 lasted 19 weeks. Blizzard will also routinely end every season on a Sunday, with new seasons always starting on a Friday. Given the developers rarely deviate from this pattern we should be able to give a decent estimate on when Season 26 starts.
Now comes the math. Season 25 started on December 10 and if we assume it was to last 17 weeks, it would end on 10 April 2022 (a Sunday). This would mean Diablo 3 Season 26 would start on 15 April 2022 (a Friday). Of course, it’s possible that the season could last longer, so we may even see Season 26 start at some point in May if the developers really want to stretch it out.
Diablo 3 Season 26 Haedrig’s Gift
Season 26 also refreshes the class sets obtained by completing certain chapters in the Season Journey. Here are the Haedrig's Gift sets you can unlock while The Fall of the Nephalem is live:
Season 26 also refreshes the class sets obtained by completing certain chapters in the Season Journey. Here are the Haedrig's Gift sets you can unlock while The Lords of Hell is live:
Barbarian – The Legacy of Raekor
Crusader – Armor of Akkhan
Demon Hunter – Embodiment of the Marauder
Monk – Inna’s Reach
Necromancer – Pestilence Master’s Shroud
Witch Doctor – Zunimassa’s Haunt
Wizard – Delsere’s Magnum Opus
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Diablo 3 Season 26 Theme
Diablo 3's Season 26 marks the first time a theme introduces a new activity to the game. The Echoing Nightmare lets players glimpse experience what happened to the Nephalem who were less successful in thwarting evil through "an intense, densely packed, increasingly challenging event that stretches their ability to stay in the fight as long as possible."
What are the new Diablo 3 season 26 class sets?
For Diablo 3 Season 26, you're running to earn the following new sets for each class:
Barbarian - The Legacy of Raekor
Crusader - Armor of Akkhan
Demon Hunter - Embodiment of the Marauder
Monk - Inna's Reach
Necromancer - Pestilence Master's Shroud
Witch Doctor - Zunimassa's Haunt
Wizard - Delsere's Magnum Opus
To get a full set for the class you're playing on, you need to complete chapters two, three, and four of the Season Journey log. Each of those chapters will award one chest, with a couple of pieces of your class gear being in each.
Season Cosmetic Rewards
Players can earn two new End of Journey cosmetic rewards during Season 27. Stand hand-in-hand against demonic threats with the Corvus Cadaverous pet and emphasize your cerebral nature with the Laurels of Knowledge portrait.
Also, in Season 17 we began reintroducing previous rewards for players who may have missed them the first time around. This means that in Season 27, rewards originally available in Season 15 will be once again available for players to earn. This includes portrait frames themed around the Eternal Conflict, in addition to Chest and Glove slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set. The pet available this season will be Belphegor, ready to accompany you on your adventures across Sanctuary!