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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0 opens a portal to the realm of the Treasure Goblins

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Where do the Treasure Goblins come from—and where do they go? Their mysterious ways have been a well-kept secret for years, but not for much longer: The Diablo 3 2.1.0 patch will allow players to enter the strange region known as the Vault, the home of the Treasure Goblins, where boundless wealth awaits.

Prior to the patch, players have been unable to enter the portals used by Treasure Goblins to escape pursuit. Now, however, there's a chance that the creatures will spawn a portal when they die, and when that happens, players will be able to step through it and into the Vault.

"In the Vault, players will encounter unimaginable wealth, presumably stolen from the merchants and townfolk of Sanctuary," Blizzard wrote in the Patch 2.1.0 preview . "Piles of gold, chests brimming with treasure, and enough gems to sate even Shen himself will reward your curiosity."

Of course, unimaginable wealth is often guarded by powerful protectors, and the Vault is no exception. It's ruled by Baroness Greed, whose name apt summarizes her nature, and who isn't inclined to share.

"Initially, most people assumed that Greed would be a male. When working with the character team on Greed, though, they proposed for it to be a female," Senior Environment Artist Richie Marella explained in a Q&A on the demon's design. "This turned out to be a great idea because it fell in line with what we were going for with the bee hive motif and having the so-called queen (aka the Baroness) at the end fit perfectly."

The Diablo 3 2.1.0 patch is currently running on the Public Test Server and will go live later this year.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.