Prepping for the Diablo II Patch 1.13

by Datth | 22/03/2010 18:32:50


On 3/23/2010, there will be a Diablo II Ladder reset as well as a patch. More information on that can be found at Diablo II Ladder Reset 3/23

There are two parts to note here:

1. The realms will be down for 6 hours when the ladder reset starts. You won't be able to make a character until the realms are back up.

2. There will be a patch on when you attempt to log on. The game will try to download and apply it when you click the button.

Patching issues

The following is a list of issues you may encounter during patching.

Q u o t e:
ERROR: unable to get write permission on file '***************'
Access is denied.

This may happen if you're running on Windows Vista or 7. To get around this error, right-click Diablo II and click on "Run as administrator"

Backing up your single player characters

If you need to reinstall the game or back up your older offline characters, you will want to make a copy of the Diablo II\Save folder to another location. If you have Windows Vista or 7, you may have copies of this folder inside your VirtualStore folder if it is installed in either the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folders. You will want to copy the latest save folder that has all of your character files. In most cases, it can be found here: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Diablo II\

New commands

In addition to the older commands, there are now a few newer options that you may enjoy. All of the ones you may want to use to enhance your game can be found below:

-w | Windowed mode - runs the game in a window. 1.13 now allows you to maximize the game window. It'll be constrained to the 4:3 mode by default.
-skiptobnet | Skip to to your default realm selection
-sndbkg | Sound in Background (new) - allows the game to play sound and/or music while it is not focused.
-nofixaspect | Disables the fixed aspect of the window and stretches the screen. Needs -w to work.

These commands are arguments. To add them, right-click a Diablo II shortcut and click on Properties. At the end of the target line, add a space and one of the above commands. Hit OK and launch the game and it will start up with the settings applied. To apply multiple ones, add a space after the last thing you added and add the others.

Example: "D:\Games\Diablo II\Diablo II.exe" -w -skiptobnet -sndbkg -nofixaspect

Patch notes

- Patch 1.13c

A new Mystery has been revealed!

- Adventurers of Sanctuary are hereby warned once again, that a new challenge
awaits you. Within Diablo's Bosses, spanning across the world from the
ancient Monastery Catacombs to the Throne of Destruction, is where you'll
find what you seek...

Major Bugs

- Fixed an item dupe bug.
- Video improvements for Intel Mac machines with OS 10.5 or greater.
- Fixed an issue where some players could kill other players while in town
- Fixed an issue where some players could disconnect other players when
they had too many active states.
- Fixed two issues where players could stack auras in an unintended way.

Minor Bugs

- Uber Mephisto now checks for both Uber Baal and Uber Diablo to be killed
before spawning summoned minions (Before he would only check for Uber Baal).
- The game will no longer stop and then restart the game music after the
window loses and then regains focus.
- Fixed an issue where the game window would minimize when running in
windowed mode when it lost focus.
- Fixed an issue where the game window wouldn't center properly when it
was created.
- Fangskin should now properly drop loot in Hell difficulty.
- Fixed an issue where auras were not re-applied to your mercenary after
it was resurrected.
- Fixed an issue where if you had two items which provided auras to
a mercenary and you unequipped one, the aura from the remaining
item never became active.
- Fixed an issue where the Paladin class runeword 'Principle' wasn't
having all of its stats applied properly.
- Fixed an issue where the Paladin's Charge ability would become locked
out if Holy Shield faded while charging.
- Fixed an issue where the Barbarian's Leap ability could become locked
out if they were hit when they started to leap.

Specific changes/improvements

- Respecialization is now possible! Completing the 'Den of Evil' quest
will now additionally reward 1 free respec which can be saved. Players
who have already completed this quest should receive 1 free respec in
Hell difficulty.
- Increased the drop rate of high runes.
- Support for blit scaling in windowed mode. The game can now be
maximized to the largest 4:3 resolution supported (hooray widescreen users).
- Some rare drop items now have an orange color. i.e. Runes and items
required for Uber Tristam.
- Modified the gold bank limit to be a flat cap not bound by level.
- Removed the requirements to create a hardcore character.
- Greatly reduced the explosion damage dealt by Fire Enchanted monsters.
- Uber Mephisto and Uber Baal's summoned minions no longer give experience.
- Removed Oblivion Knight's Iron Maiden curse.
- Hellfire Torch Firestorm proc rate has been reduced to 5%.
- Users can now toggle the display of text over the Health and Mana
globes by clicking on the bottom area of each orb.
- When creating a single player game, each difficulty button is now bound
to a unique key: Normal 'R', Nightmare 'N', and Hell 'H'.
- The 'Enter Chat' Button in the waiting room is now
bound to the 'Enter' key.
- Added the windows system buttons to the game window (MIN, MAX, CLOSE).
- Added new command line parameter '-nofixaspect' which allows users to
not fix the aspect ratio to 4:3 when maximizing in windowed mode.
This lets the game 'stretch' to fill your monitor.
- Added support for '-sndbkg' command line switch. This enables sound
in background.
- Added the following aliases for pre-existing command line options,
'-nosound', '-window', and '-windowed'.

Revised Skill balance for Player Character classes


- Immolation Arrow - Increased radius of Explosion effect by 33% and
Immolation effect by 50%.
- Immolation Arrow - Explosion effect damage increased by 20%.
- Immolation Arrow - Increased base duration by 33%.


- Dragon Claw - Synergy receives 4% additional damage per point of Claw Mastery.
- Dragon Talon - The bonus to Attack Rating per point has been increased to 35.
- Shadow Master - Increased resistance range per point from 5-80 to 5-90.
- Combo points awarded by combo moves now last 15 seconds, up from 9.


- Whirlwind - Reduced initial mana cost by 50%.
- Masteries - Changed critical strike chance from 0-25 to 0-35.


- Blessed Hammer - No longer ignores resistances of undead and demons.


- Werebear - Damage bonus increased by 15% across all ranks.
- Werebear - Increased health by 25% and armor by 1% per point.
- Shockwave - Synergy from Maul adds 5% damage per point.


- Blood Golem - Removed negative shared life effect (player no longer
loses life when the golem takes damage).
- Corpse Explosion - Increased base damage dealt from 60% - 100%
to 70% - 120% of corpses health.
- Poison Nova - Increased base damage by 15%.


- Firewall - Synergy receives 1% damage per point of Inferno and
4% per point of Warmth.
- Blaze - Synergy receives 1% damage per point of Firewall
and 4% per point of Warmth.
- Hydra - Increased base damage by 15% per rank.
- Hydra - Increased base speed of Hydra projectile.
- Hydra - Reduced cooldown by 25%.

[ Post edited by Datth ]

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by Datth | 22/03/2010 20:17:05


I thought I stickied this thing....

We don't use -nosound except for troubleshooting purposes. For game-enhancedness, it's omitted from the thread.

-w is there just for -nofixaspect. Some people tend to only play on and that's why -skiptobnet is there.

-window is too long when -w works :)

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by Datth | 22/03/2010 20:44:44


Just a pro-tip for some people: don't use CD-Key changers or third party programs. These things net you a 2-week ban from You won't like that if you're trying to head to the top. When in doubt, reinstall the game from a clean set of files and use the CD-Key you want to use.

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"I explode the healer with my awesome damage" - Ghostcrawler 

by Datth | 22/03/2010 21:22:25


Q u o t e:
can u at least give approximate time for live servers? Differences in time zones + 6 hours maintenance makes me crazy when planning stuff :)
If we get a time, it'll be posted in the General forum. I can check tomorrow when I come in but if they decide to do it in the middle of the night, it'll be a bit tougher. I think another game is getting a patch tomorrow too so we're pretty busy.

Tech Support
"I explode the healer with my awesome damage" - Ghostcrawler 

by Datth | 23/03/2010 21:22:18


Q u o t e:
This is what I get when I try to install the patch:

Blizzard BNUpdate v2.72 compiled on Oct 16 2003
Log created at 12:42 pm on 03/23/2010

This patch upgrades Diablo II Lord of Destruction from version 1.12a to version 1.13c.

ERROR: unable to open archive 'C:\Documents and Settings\Hamzeh Auto Sales\Desktop\D2pvp\D2PvP\d2exp.mpq'

RESULT: Patch failed

Anyone know why??
It looks like your old Lord of Destruction file is either locked or is corrupt. It may be better to reinstall the game.

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