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Army of the Dead
ArmyofDead

Class: Necromancer (Diablo III)
Required Level: 22
Skill Category: Reanimation
Active
Cooldown: 120 seconds

Raise a massive skeletal army to pummel the targeted location dealing 12000% damage as Physical in a 15 yard radius.

Damage Type: Physical
DeadArmyAttack

Army of the Dead is a Necromancer skill in Diablo III.

In-gameEdit

This ability revolves around summoning a horde of skeletons to attack the designated targeted area, dealing massive damage to every enemy they reach over a brief time period (roughly 4 seconds).

Skeletons are not actual Pets: they are animated as such, but do not have separate attacks, ignore the terrain and do not block enemy pathing.

RunesEdit

FrozenArmy

Frozen Army

DeadStormRune

Dead Storm

  • Blighted Grasp: Damage type changes to Poison, and damage and duration increase to 14000% over 5 seconds.
  • Death Valley: The skeletal army knocks all effected enemies towards the center of the area when activated; deals damage over 1 second instead of 4. Counts as Knockback.
  • Unconventional Warfare: Skeletons will rise from the ground and attack up to 5 random targets for 4 seconds, increasing total damage done to 50000% over 10 hits. No longer hits the entire area. Each skeleton will try to find a different target (distributing hits as evenly as possible), but if not enough enemies are in the area, these strikes can all go towards the same enemy.
  • Frozen Army: Damage type changes to Cold, and instead of a circular area, skeletons will march onward as a long wave, hitting all all enemies in a 15 yards wide, 40 yards long line over 4 seconds.
  • Dead Storm: Instead of summoning the Army, surrounds the Necromancer with a blood storm that follows them, damaging enemies within 15 yards for 15500% damage as Physical over 5 seconds. Adds a 20% total Life cost.

Non-rune enhancementsEdit

P6 necro AotD F aoe rune blend2

Army of the Dead summoning circle

  • Fate's Vow (Legendary Helm): Army of the Dead gains the effect of the Unconventional Warfare rune, in addition to its normal effect (with Unconventional Warfare rune, summons twice as many skeletal strikes).
  • Bones of Rathma Set (Set Bonus for 2 items): Necromancer's minions have a chance to reduce the remaining cooldown of Army of the Dead by 1 second each time they deal damage.
  • Bones of Rathma Set (Set Bonus for 6 items): each active Skeletal Mage increases the damage of all minions and Army of the Dead by 625%, up to 2500%.
  • Trag'Oul's Avatar Set (Set Bonus for 6 items): Dead Storm deals 3300% increased damage but costs twice as much Life to cast. Healing from skills is increased by 100%.

PassivesEdit

  • Rathma's Shield: for 4 seconds after casting Army of the Dead, the Necromancer will lose no Life, both from attacks and from their own Blood skills.
  • Blood for Blood: removes the Life cost of Dead Storm rune when picking up a Health Globe, storing up to 3 charges.
  • Blood is Power: every 100% of maximum Life drained by the Dead Storm rune will reduce all remaining cooldowns by 20%.

DevelopmentEdit

"For Army of the Dead, we knew we wanted a long cooldown, flashy spell, and I knew we needed a spell to show people how we were going to bring the Necromancer to the next level. We gave it a name from a skill which also exists in World of Warcraft, and people just assumed, "oh, okay, they're just going to copy-paste that." Then we got to show it at BlizzCon, and there were literally over one hundred skeletons on the screen. Is this a world record? It has to be. Seeing the reaction from the crowd at BlizzCon was really satisfying. I'm always looking forward to those moments."

Julian Love(src)
2016-nov-5-013

Army of the Dead in early version

At BlizzCon 2016, the ability summoned over 100 skeletons.[1] As of March 2017, the developers were toying with the idea of a 50 limit, and even this was planned to be reduced, as multiple Necromancers in the same game could result in hundreds of skeletons on-screen.[2]

This spell is named "Skelebomb" in game files.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2017-04-01, Developer Insights: 20 years of Diablo. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-03-15
  2. 2017-03-14, PAX East 2017 Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer Hands-On Preview. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-03-15

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