"I will never forget the first time I saw these horrors shambling out of the misty woods. Our loved ones, buried long ago, rose from their graves and began to attack the living. However, the risen dead were only the beginning..."
The Risen Dead are the reanimated remains of the unjustly slain - and due to recent events, their numbers are legion. Though most Risen were buried in cemeteries, unmarked (mass)graves or tombs, the power unleashed by the Fallen Star woke them from their eternal slumber. Consumed by a thirst for vengeance against the living, they now seek to destroy those they once held dear. 
The Risen Dead are literally the first monsters a new player encounters in Diablo III. Risen can often be seen feasting on the bodies of fallen travelers or townsfolk and usually move about in small groups. Risen can also be spawned by Wretched Mothers. Though individual Risen are weak and easily dispatched, large numbers can potentially overwhelm even seasoned adventurers.
Risen lack special abilities or spells; they have a relatively weak melee attack.
Tips and Additional InformationEdit
Risen are the typical cannon-fodder monsters and usually don't prove much of a challenge. They move slowly and can easily be outrun.
Should large packs of these monsters prove too much to defeat; try and scatter their ranks with area of affect spells or run back a little to spread them out more.
Be advised; in some area's, Risen can claw forth from the ground or burst from tombs. Be mindful of your surroundings to avoid nasty surprises...
- Risen are the first monsters encountered in Diablo III.
- Risen are categorized as undead.
- Apparently, Risen can also 'infect' living humans, turning them into Risen themselves. This can be seen in the Slaughtered Calf Inn.