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Diablo > Hide From HomepageDec 28, 2021 7:00 am CT

When does Diablo 3 Season 26 start?

Diablo 3 Season 25 just went live on December 10, and until we know when Season 25 ends, we can only make educated guesses about when Diablo 3 Season 26 will start. But Seasons follow some predictable patterns, so we should be able to make some good educated guesses.

Like all modern Diablo 3 Seasons, Season 25 will last a minimum of 10 weeks — and it’s much likely to last longer, because we haven’t seen a Season that short since 2017. The complexity of recent Season themes, like Season 24’s Ethereal Weapons and Season 25’s Soul Shards, seems to favor longer Seasons. Season 24 lasted nearly five months (19 weeks), making it one of the longest Seasons Diablo has ever had. Seasons 21 and 22 were only slightly shorter at 18 weeks, and Season 23 was the shortest of the recent Seasons at 15 weeks (just under four months). I think it’s time to accept that Diablo 3 Seasons are gonna be long, with a target of around four months. With that in mind, I estimate Season 25 will end on March 27, with a 16 week run time.

With an end date for Season 25, we can start speculating about when Season 26 will start. The Diablo team tends to keep limited downtime between Seasons, typically closing out the Season, releasing a new content patch, and rolling out the next Season within a single week. That would mean Diablo 3 Season 26 would start on April 1, 2022, or if patch testing or other issues delay things, on April 8.

I know this means I’m telling you Season 26 comes out on April Fool’s Day, but it fits the available data we have in terms of Season length and trends. So until we get further information on Season 26, I’m comfortable estimating that Diablo 3 Season 26 will start on Friday, April 1, 2022.

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