The last major reveal for Diablo 4 classes was at BlizzCononline on February 19 and 20th of this year. Blizzard previously announced in BlizzCon 2019 that Diablo 4 will be gracing back the game industry and fans are just as excited.
The game creator, Luis Barriga, already explained that while it might take them a while to develop the game, Diablo 4 will be more player-friendly with a deeper and darker design of the game.
Diablo himself is not yet confirmed whether he would return but the game would surely find a way to squeeze him in and with Lilith's return as the main antagonist of the game, Blizzard will definitely make an effort to make the game as great or even better than it was before.
The developers are exploring as to how the game would give players more flexibility with plans on having PvP, online shared-world, and improvements on the items of the game.
Focusing on strengthening class identities and deeper customization, three out of the five customizable classes were already announced.
Confirmed Diablo 4 Classes
The Barbarian remains to be one of the most popular classes to date from Diablo 3 which makes it an exciting choice for players to have in Diablo 4. Built for dealing and taking damage, the Barbarian can switch their weapons mid-combat exceeding in dealing with melee damage. The Barbarian is perfect for those who prefer close-ranged combat style.
Barbarian Basic skills in Diablo 4:
Bash – Bash the enemy with your weapon, dealing X damage. This skill has a 20% chance to stun enemies for 0.5 seconds
Requires bludgeoning weapon. Generates nine Fury
Flay – Flay the enemy, dealing X damage and inflicting Y bleeding over six seconds
Requires a slashing weapon. Generates nine Fury
Frenzy – Unleash a rapid flurry of blows, dealing X damage with each pair of hits. Your attack speed is increased by 20% for three seconds, up to 60%
Requires dual wielding weapons. Generates five Fury
Lunging Strike – Lunge forward and strike an enemy for X damage
Generates nine Fury
Barbarian Fury skills in Diablo 4:
Rend – Cleave enemies in front of you, dealing X damage and inflicting Y bleeding over five seconds
Requires a slashing weapon. Costs 25 Fury
Hammer of The Ancients – Slam your hammer down with the fury of the ancients, dealing X damage to a concentrated area
Requires a two-handed bludgeoning weapon. Costs 20 Fury
Double Swing – Sweep your weapons from opposite directions, dealing X damage with each weapon. Enemies caught in the center are hit by both
Requires dual wielded weapons. Costs 25 Fury
Upheaval – Tear into the ground with your weapon and fling debris forward, dealing X damage
Requires a two-handed weapon. Costs 30 Fury
Whirlwind – Rapidly attack enemies nearby for X damage
Costs 5 Fury per second
Another popular class that comes from Diablo 2 is the Druid. The Druids will be coming back for Diablo 4 with their spells and magic from storm and earth elements. Shapeshifters taking the form of humans and werewolves, Druids offer a comeback with their new set of skills waiting for players.
Druid Basic skills in Diablo 4:
Earthspike – Sunder the earth, impaling the first enemy hit for X damage. Each time you hit an enemy with Earthspike, your chance to deal Crushing Blow to that target is increased by 10%
Generates 12 Spirit
Shred – Shapeshift into a werewolf and shred an enemy, dealing X damage. This attack has a 30% chance to strike twice
Generates eight Spirit
Storm Strike – Electricity gathers around your weapon, dealing X damage split between your target and up to three nearby enemies
Generates 12 Spirit
Maul – Shapeshift into a werebear and maul an enemy, dealing X damage and Fortifying yourself for Y
Generates 18 Spirit
Wind Shear – Conjure a piercing blade of wind, dealing X damage and increasing your movement speed by 5% for three seconds, up to 30%
Generates 12 Spirit
Druid Spirit skills in Diablo 4:
Pulverize – Shapeshift into a werebear and slam the ground, dealing X damage to nearby enemies
Costs 30 Spirit
Landslide – Crush enemies between three pillars of earth, dealing up to X damage. This attack has an additional 10% chance to deal a Crushing Blow
Costs 30 Spirit
Tornado – Conjure a vortex that moves outwards and curves in a random direction, dealing X damage every second
Costs 20 Spirit
Abilities hailing from a boastful unique Enchantment system, projectile attacks of fireballs, icy arrows, and lightning to deal damage are expected from the Sorceress class. This class has an access to passive ability bonuses which can be dealt with as an aggressive one if properly used. The Sorceress can freeze and slow down enemies as well.
Sorceress' Minor Destruction skills in Diablo 4:
Lightning – Launch a bolt of lightning that deals X damage and bounces to nearby enemies, dealing 30% less to each enemy hit
Fire Bolt – Hurl a flaming bolt, dealing X and burning nearby enemies for X bleeding over eight seconds
Frost Bolt – Throw a bolt of frost at an enemy, dealing X and chilling them
Arc Lash – Unleash arcing lightning that shocks enemies in front of you for X and then returns to you, restoring X Mana
Generates ten Mana
Sorceress' Major Destruction skills in Diablo 4:
Charged Bolts – Release six bolts of lightning that course along the ground in an erratic pattern, dealing X damage each
Costs 18 Mana
Fireball – Hurl a ball of fire that explodes on contact, dealing X damage to nearby enemies
Costs 30 Mana
Ice Shards – Launch five shards that deal X damage each. Deals X% to frozen enemies
Costs 18 Mana
Incinerate – Channel a beam of fire, burning enemies for X damage. Damage increases by X per second, up to X
Costs 20 Mana per second
Chain Lightning – Unleash a bolt of lightning dealing X damage and jumping to X nearby targets
Costs 35 Mana
Frozen Orb – Unleash an orb that chills and expels piercing shards for a total of X damage, and then explodes into Frost Bolts
Costs 40 Mana
Potential Diablo 4 Classes
Two classes are yet to be unveiled by Blizzard for Diablo 4 and with two out of the three classes that are confirmed reliant on magic, it is expected that a physical class would be included in the roster of classes. Speculations as to the last two classes has risen and while it is possible to include a new class, Blizzard can take on reworking old classes for Diablo 4.
The Monk is a physical class that could fill in the void of having closer-ranged combatants in the game as Monks are melee fighters offering healing and buffs along with the damage it exerts in the battlefield with their speed. Relying on Dexterity, Monks have a good chance of joining Diablo 4 despite not having a choice for ranged weaponry as that could be improved on.
One of the most flexible classes to ever grace Diablo is Rogue which offers capability on both weapon mastery and magic. Rogue, albeit being an old class, could be revamped for Diablo 4 as the game still lacks a Dexterity class. Rogue can give the developers a fresh canvas to work on with its flexibility and fondness for ranged weapons.
Here are the Rogue's class specialisation skills in Diablo 4:
Shadow Realm – Become immune for one second, and pull target enemies into the Shadow Realm with you for five seconds. In Shadow Realm, you become stealthed, unstoppable, and deal 50% more damage to the afflicted enemies (Also makes foes outside the Shadow Realm briefly disappear).
Cooldown: 10 seconds
Deals physical damage
Exploit Weakness – You can exploit the weakness in certain enemy attacks. All hits against these enemies become critical strikes and deal 60% increased damage.
Combo Points – Your basic attacks now add combo points. Certain skills consume combo points for additional effects.
Here are the Rogue's imbue skills in Diablo 4:
Frost Imbue – Imbues the Rogue's attacks and skills with the chill effect.
Acid Imbue – Imbues the Rogue's attacks and skills with the poison effect.
Shadow Imbue – Imbues the Rogue's attacks and skills with the shadow effect.
Here are the Rogue's melee skills in Diablo 4:
Shadow Step – Teleports the Rogue to behind a target
Dash – Dashes quickly in the direction the Rogue is facing
Caltrops – Deploys caltrops behind the Rogue as they dash backwards
Here are the Rogue's ranged skills in Diablo 4:
Arrow Barrage – Fires a volley of arrows at foes
Requires Combo Points to use
Rain of Arrows – The Rogue leaps into the air and fires many arrows at the ground, repeatedly hitting any enemies in range.
A wish in a bottle that would really make fans go wild is if the Assassin would be a class for Diablo 4. The Assassin only appeared as an expansion for previous installments of the game but making it a staple class for Diablo 4 can make it an easy Dexterity class. Though the Assassin has specificity in weaponry like claws, it does some serious damage and great skill of lockpicking.
Another classic in the game is the Warrior, the master of melee weaponry. A class with quite a generic melee weapon class and not suitable for magic, the Warrior can provide close ranged combat and could sustain himself through weapon repair. Although it might have a small chance of coming back given that the Barbarian has already been announced, anything is possible.
Paladin and Crusader
With a similar set of skills, the Paladin of Diablo 2 and Crusader of Diablo 3 could be combined into one group as heavily armored melee fighters having divine might under their sleeves that could impair enemies. With no holy magic class in the confirmed classes, the Paladin and Crusader has a fighting chance to be back in Diablo 4.
Amazon and Demon Hunter
Another set of classes with skills resembling each other is Diablo 2's Amazon and Diablo 3's Demon Hunter having both weapon-focused and Dexterity under their belts featuring ranged weapons. Combining them into one class would give Diablo 4 the melee capabilities of the Amazon and dark skills of the Demon Hunter which could be a power class for the game.
A Brand-New Class
Given that Diablo 4 is exploring on the flexibility that the game could offer its players, Blizzard could easily make a new class tailored fit for Diablo 4. There a high chance that Blizzard will be experimenting on existing classes and make a mix-and-match of what the game would need to make it more interesting.
There is no release date yet for Diablo 4 as the game would surely take time to perfect and give the players an intense to hell game. We sure hop it's worth the wait as it did before. BlizzConline 2021 is scheduled on February 19 and 20, 2021 so stay tuned for more updates regarding Diablo 4.
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