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Diablo 3's second season is drawing to a close. In a new blog post, Blizzard revealed when Season 3 will kick off.

Season 2 will conclude at the following times in each region:
  • North America: Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 p.m. PDT
  • Europe: Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 p.m. CEST
  • Asia: Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 p.m. KST
A few days later, Blizzard will then launch Season 3. The transition period will be shorter than it was between S1 and S2:
  • North America: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. PDT
  • Europe: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. CEST
  • Asia: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. KST
At the end of Season 2, all of your Seasonal characters will be pushed to your normal pool of characters. All gold, Blood Shards, and items will be preserved. Any loot in your Seasonal stash will be sent through the mail to your regular characters and can be claimed within 30 days of your first log-in after Season 2's conclusion.

Other progression from Seasonal characters such as Achievements will be preserved as well. If you earned any Artisan levels or recipes that the rest of your characters don't have, they'll carry over to your account along with any extra Shared Stash tabs. Seasonal characters' total Paragon XP, rather than the levels, will be applied to your account's total as well.

"If your Seasonal heroes reached Paragon 300, but your current non-Seasonal heroes are already Paragon 400, your new non-Seasonal Paragon level will still be less than Paragon 700 since higher Paragon levels take more experience to earn," Blizzard explained in the blog post.

The end of Season 2 also marks your last chance to get the Conqueror boots and pants, an exclusive pair of Transmogrification items. These armor pieces, awarded for hitting level 70 with a Season 2 character, match the helm and shoulderplates given out during Season 1. Season 3 will complete the set by letting players earn the Conqueror gloves and breastplate. The transmogrification items are available for all characters you own even before the Season is over.

Seasons, introduced in Patch 2.1, give players a new way to compete. They create fresh characters, race to level 70 and then try to rack up Season-exclusive Achievements called Conquests. Leaderboards track players' Achievement totals and progress through Greater Rifts, randomized dungeons with multiple, progressively difficult levels.

"Once the Season ends, all Seasonal Leaderboards will be wiped and you will be unable to attain new Leaderboard ranks until the next Season begins. The results of the previous Season’s Leaderboards will remain available for viewing in-game. Once the new Season begins, a handy drop-down menu will allow you swap between the current and previous Season records."

Art credit: Valerio Carbone

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