D3’s Necromancer is Summoned to Sanctuary

After months of anticipation, Blizzard is finally ready to bring the Priests of Rathma (the Necromancers) into the testing grounds as they have revealed that the Necromancer Beta is officially live.

Access to the new character class beta is by invitation only so if you haven’t signed up already be sure to head over to your Beta Profile Settings page in Account Management, check the Diablo box under Beta Tests I’m Interested In, and then click Update Preferences. In order to be eligible to participate in the closed beta, you must have an active Diablo III license attached to your Blizzard account in good standing (i.e. not suspended or banned).

Should you have been one of the lucky players to receive an invite then you will need to install the “Necromancer Beta Test” on your Blizzard App. On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu above the “Play” button (note that this may say “Install” if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select ” Necromancer Beta Test” from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

Next, you will need to copy over your characters from the live account to your new beta account, which can be done directly through the beta client:

  • Step 1: Log into the beta client and create a level 1 character. After you’re done, return to the main character screen.
  • Step 2: Note the “PTR Copy” button at the top right of the Home Screen. (This button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)
  • Step 3: Select your region.
  • Step 4: Click “Copy.” This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.
  • Step 5: You may be disconnected from the beta client.
  • Step 6: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.

The beta is now open for you to test the all new Necromancer, a powerful new spell casting class that uses the raw materials of life to lay waste to their enemies using curses, reanimation and a host of obedient pets (a breakdown of his abilities available here).

Also available for testing are two new zones (the Moors and the Temple of the Firstborn), new set dungeons, new bounties and the all new Challenge Rifts: Explore new builds created by fellow players in a weekly static dungeon. You can access these through the main screen, similar to Adventure Mode and Campaign Mode.

While an official release date has yet to be revealed we do know that the Necromancer will be sold as a part of a separate 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.