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Various class heroes

The Classes of the Diablo series are personifications of the player as seen in the game world. Each class is unique in the sense that they have unique graphics, skills and voices.

DiabloEdit

Diablo I Classes Art

Artwork for Diablo I classes from left to right, the Sorcerer, Warrior and Rogue.

In Diablo I, each class had much more in common than in subsequent games. They only had one unique skill each but provided many differences in graphics, attribute distribution, and voice-overs.

  • Warrior - The staple melee fighter had the maximum strength out of the three and could repair his own items.
  • Rogue - The fast and deadly fighter from afar, she could lay siege to her enemies from range and also disarm traps in the labyrinth.
  • Sorcerer - The run-of-the-mill magic user was the perfect candidate to learn all the spells in the game, with maximum magic and the ability to recharge his staves.

Diablo: HellfireEdit

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The Monk.

In Diablo: Hellfire, only one class was added, the Monk. But soon, two more unfinished classes were found in the game files. As such only the Monk's official artwork can be seen here.

  • Monk - The master of hand-to-hand combat, and has the ability to see things that were out of reach or too well blended in with the environment.
  • Barbarian - A more powerful version of the Warrior, he lost whatever magical ability he had to excel in all kinds of physical weapons.
  • Bard - A very unknown class compared to the Barbarian.

Note: The Barbarian and the Bard are test classes. They are only made available by editing certain game files.

LoreEdit

Canonically, the Warrior, Sorcerer, and Rogue have been given the names of Aidan, Jazreth, and Moreina respectively.[1] All three worked together to defeat Diablo, while it was Aidan specifically who plunged Diablo's soulstone into his forehead.[2] The three heroes appeared in Diablo II under the monikers of the Dark Wanderer,[3] the Summoner,[4] and Blood Raven[5] specifically.

DevelopmentEdit

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It was originally intended that Diablo only have a single class (represented by the warrior), where players could distribute attributes to their liking and thus take the character in whatever direction they wanted. The division of the character into the warrior, rogue, and sorcerer archeatypes occurred late during development.[6]

Diablo IIEdit

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Amazon, Necromancer, Barbarian, Sorceress, Paladin (from left to right).

In Diablo II, each class was made unique complete with unique skillsets for each class as well as many new gameplay options.

  • Amazon - Skilled with the spear, and bow, she is a very versatile fighter.
  • Barbarian - He is unequaled in close-quarters combat, and mastery of weapons.
  • Necromancer - Summoning undead minions and cursing his enemies are his specialties.
  • Paladin - He is a natural party leader, Holy man, and Blessed Warrior.
  • Sorceress - She has mastered the Elemental Magics -- Fire, Lightning, and Ice.

Diablo II: Lord of DestructionEdit

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Assassin (Left) and Druid (Right).

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction added two new classes complete with new ways to customize your old ones with Class-specific Items.

  • Assassin - Schooled in the martial arts, her mind and body are deadly weapons.
  • Druid - Commanding the forces of nature, he summons wild beasts and raging storms to his side.

LoreEdit

Canonically, all seven heroes partook in the events of the game. The five heroes of the original game were working together by the time Deckard Cain was rescued, and the Assassin and Druid characters had joined them by the game's fifth act.[2] In the aftermath, it is known that the Necromancer took an apprentice[7] and the Sorceress has been identified as Isendra, who trained Li-Ming. It has been speculated from the game's developers that the rest of the heroes also passed their skills on to the next generation. As of December 2013, Blizzard Entertainment is looking into the possibility of exploring the Diablo II classes in further short stories.[8]

DevelopmentEdit

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During development of the game, it was originally intended that its classes be archeatypes that boiled down to the roles of fighter, rogue, and spell caster, based on a sub-class principle. The rogue would branch out into sisters (of the Sightless Eye order) and hunters/rangers, the fighter into a templar/paladin or berserker, and the spell caster into the sorceress or necromancer. Blizzard North decided against the idea because multiple genders would mean animating a total of 10 models, that, combined with the game's component system, would make the task too large to undertake.[6]

Diablo IIIEdit

D3 Classes

The classes of Diablo III

Diablo III has five different classes like its predecessor. All five classes can be played as male or female characters.

  • Barbarian - Brute force makes a successful return, the Barbarian devastates foes with mighty power, man and woman alike.
  • Witch Doctor - Deemed the successor of the Necromancer. The Witch Doctor uses death, disease, curses and undead minions to swarm his would be opponents and drain their health and inflict impeding statuses on them.
  • Wizard - Manipulating the primal forces of the storm, arcane and even time itself, the Wizard is not afraid to destroy all in the path to victory. Successor of the Sorceress and Sorcerer.
  • Monk - A religious warrior of the light, they are masters of the martial arts and speed.
  • Demon Hunter - Can equip crossbows and launch explosives with a focus mainly on ranged combat.

Diablo III: Reaper of SoulsEdit

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The Crusader

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls adds a new class called the Crusader.

  • Crusader - A middle-ranged melee class with a combat style centered around shields, flails, and spells.

Joke ClassesEdit

  • Archivist - A fake class that was a 2009 April Fool's joke by Blizzard but makes an appearance as a unique monster in the full game.

LoreEdit

The hero(es) of Diablo III is/are referred to as "the Nephalem". Details such as gender and class have been left ambiguous.[1][9] though various characters are canonical representations of the game's playable classes in a narrative sense.

DevelopmentEdit

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Screenshots of Blizzard North's version of Diablo III depict a Paladin-esque class.[10]

For Blizzard Entertainment's version of Diablo III, the designers intended that each class correspond to a classical fantasy archetype.[11] Class skills and sets were designed before their lore, thus deciding which classes were added to the game was primarily a gameplay-based choice.[12] The class design intended that there be 3-5 iconic skills for each class.[13] Angels will not be playable classes in the game due to them not being nephalem.[14] It was decided that the classes be actual individuals with backstories, whereas the previous games had depicted archetypes rather than actual characters.[15]

During development, it was originally intended that the Barbarian be the same individual as the one from Diablo II.[16] This led to issues in the game in that things had to be explained differently to the other characters (newcomers) as opposed to an experienced character.[17] It was later decided that the Diablo III heroes should be unique to the game itself, and thus the characters were made separate.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Book of Tyrael
  2. 2.0 2.1 Book of Cain
  3. Diablo II, The Infernal Gate
  4. Diablo II, The Secret of the Vizjerei
  5. Diablo II, The Sightless Eye
  6. 6.0 6.1 2012-10-12, Diablo Was to be Classless, Diablo II Almost Recieved a Second Expansion. GameBanshee, accessed on 2013-09-10
  7. Diablo III, Act III
  8. 2013-12-08, BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-04-19
  9. Storm of Light
  10. 2011-02-15, This Is What Diablo III Looked Like A Long Time Ago. Kotaku, accessed on 2014-06-29
  11. 2013-12-05, BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III: Gameplay Systems + Crusader Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-02-22
  12. 2014-05-19, More Info From The Anniversary Dev Stream. Diablo Fans.com, accessed on 2014-05-20
  13. 2014-03-17, BUILDING A HERO: CRUSADER SKILL DESIGN. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-06-29
  14. 2013-01-02, Archangel and Deathangel classes for diablo 3. IncGamers, accessed on 2013-02-07
  15. 2008-06-29, Diablo III: Deep in Hell with Leonard Boyarsky. GameSpy, accessed on 2014-11-16
  16. 16.0 16.1 2013-10-08, Random Question. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2013-10-08
  17. 2013-12-08, BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-04-19

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