Blizzard® has announced the new Necromancer class that will be available in 2017 for Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls (or for those on console, the Ultimate Evil Edition). Available to purchase as part of the “Rise of the Necromancer” pack, the Necromancer class is not coming as part of a new expansion. Pricing is not yet available, but players who purchase the pack will also receive an in-game pet, two additional character slots, two additional stash tabs on PC, a portrait frame, pennant, banner, and banner sigil.
Veterans of the Diablo series will know that Blizzard has resurrected the Necromancer class from Diablo II, along with many familiar abilities that are sure to satisfy those that are looking for a nostalgic experience. Fan-favorite Corpse Explosion is back, allowing you to detonate all of the lovely corpses you’ve created. They’re also including Bone Spear, the missile attack that passes through enemies. That being said, perhaps one of the most interesting abilities revealed is Summon Skeletons. I know it sounds pretty straightforward, but the way it works right now (keeping in mind that all of these abilities will be tweaked and changed before launch) is that skeletons are summoned repeatedly up to a maximum number. The interesting part, however, is that you’ll be able to target an enemy and command all of your skeletons to attack them. This type of pet control, this concept, is something that I don’t believe has ever been done in the Diablo universe before. More devout followers may be able to correct me here.
We also know that there are different types of skeletons – at least melee and spell casters so far. While there have not been any announcements made about what types of runes will be available, I’m guessing there will be options to adjust what type of skeletons you have, the number of them, and maybe boost their damage or allow them to stun enemies periodically.
For more information and a trailer for the new Necromancer class, head on over to Blizzard’s official Diablo III blog post: Restoring the Balance.
Did you know that the Hellfire expansion for the original Diablo had an unfinished Bard class?