Blizzard Give More Insight into the Return of the Necromancer

Blizzard has revealed some new details about the upcoming Necromancer class that will be coming to Diablo 3, which gives us some new insight as to what to expect when the class finally hits the game.

According to the official blurb, this is the Necromancer’s story:

“The balance of Sanctuary has been threatened, and the Priests of Rathma have sent an acolyte to help restore it. Wielding the visceral powers of blood and bone (along with a cadre of curses), the Necromancer will soon be joining the battle to protect Sanctuary from the Burning Hells.”

The skills are definitely a change up from Diablo 2‘s Necromancer class, and seems to be a more melee focussed class compared to the “fishymancer’s” of old. Here’s a look at some of his skills:

Skill: Grim Scythe:

Grim Scythe summons a huge scythe in a wide arc, dealing damage and restoring Essence. As a generator ability, this will be your bread and butter ability for building up to your more powerful damage dealing spells.

Skill Rune: Death Nova (Blood Nova)

Blood Nova is one of the five skill runes for the base Death Nova skill. Blood Nova does impressive damage, but this comes at a cost—using this rune requires spending both Essence and some of your Health.

Skill Rune: Devour (Cannibalize)

Devour is a resource-regeneration skill, allowing you to regain Essence by consuming the corpses of your slain foes. As one of the runes for Devour, Cannibalize also allows you to regain Health, which is handy for fueling costly spells like Blood Nova!

Skill Rune: Raise Golem (Blood Golem)

We showed a sneak peek of the Blood Golem at BlizzCon, but now he’s outfitted with animations, skills, and clever tricks! The Blood Golem is a burly companion who can sacrifice himself to heal you. Don’t worry—he’ll reconstruct himself right away, and deal sizeable amounts of damage to surrounding foes in the process!

Skill: Leech

Joining Decrepify in the Necromancer’s repertoire of curses, Leech is a dastardly spell that allows you to transfer some of the health of attacked enemies to yourself and your allies. It’s great not only for keeping yourself healthy, but offering support to your party members as well!

The female design for the Necromancer has also been revealed, which you can see below:

Blizzard also confirmed that the Necromancer will first be coming to the Diablo 3 Public Test Realm (PTR) before its actual release, although it “will be a little different from other PTRs”. Expect more details to follow sometime in the near future.

The Necromancer will form part of a content pack that includes the class, an in-game pet, cosmetic wings, two additional character slots, two additional stash tabs (on PC), a portrait frame, pennant, banner and a banner sigil.

Alongside the launch of the Necromancer will be another, free content update for all Reaper of Souls players which will include two new zones, new challenge rifts and more. This update will be available for both Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and the Ultimate Evil Edition owners.

The price and release date have yet to receive confirmation, but Blizzard has said that it is currently aiming for the second half of 2017.

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