One of the biggest decisions when starting a RPG is the Character that you select. This is a big decision that will impact the way that you play and experience the game. With Diablo III – the biggest RPG there is – almost here, you need to make this decision asap. Do you know which class you will select when you fire up the game for the first time? Which character should you select?
In order to make a good decision here you need to know a bit about each of the classes available in Diablo III. There will be five available character classes available. In the previous two games, each class had a fixed gender, but in Diablo III players may choose the gender they would like to play. Although Blizzard initially revealed only one gender per class, the alternate gender has been revealed slowly in the lead-up to the game’s release. So you can play as a girl or a boy, awesome.
The Witch Doctor
The witch doctor is a new character reminiscent of the Diablo II necromancer, but with skills more traditionally associated with shamanism and voodoo culture. The witch doctor has the ability to summon monsters, cast curses, harvest souls, and hurl poisons and explosives at his enemies. It is important to note that the witch doctor is not another version of the necromancer and is able to do far more than summonning the undead. To power spells the witch doctor uses mana, which regenerates slowly.
The barbarian will have a variety of revamped skills at their disposal based on the use of incredible physical prowess. The barbarian is able to whirlwind through crowds, cleave through swarms, leap across crags, and crush opponents upon landing. The resource used by the barbarian is fury, which is generated through getting attacked by enemies, attacking enemies and through certain abilities. Fury is used for certain strong abilities and degenerates over time.
The wizard is a version of the sorceress from Diablo II or the sorcerer from Diablo. The Wizard’s abilities range from shooting lightning, fire and ice at their enemies to slowing time and teleporting around enemies and through walls. The wizard fuels their spells with arcane power, which is a fast regenerating power source (as opposed to mana as per the witch doctor).
The monk is a melee attacker, using martial arts to cripple foes, resist damage, deflect projectiles, attack with blinding speed, and land explosive killing blows. It combines the melee elements of Diablo II’s assassin class with the “holy warrior” role of the paladin. Blizzard has stated that the monk is not related in any way to the monk class from the Sierra Entertainment-made Diablo: Hellfire expansion. The monk is fuelled by spirit, which has defensive purposes and is slowly generated through attacking, though it does not degenerate.
The Demon Hunter
The demon hunter combines elements of Diablo II’s amazon and assassin classes. Demon hunters use crossbows as their main weapon and also throw small bombs at enemies. Some of their skills have been revealed and among them are arrow skills such as Chain Arrow. The demon hunter is fuelled by discipline and hatred. Hatred is a fast regenerating resource that is used for attacks, while Discipline is a slow regenerating resource used for defensive abilities.
Essentially each class has a different fighting style The Demon Hunter is similar to an amazon (with ranged attacks), the Monk is an assassin/paladin (up close combat), the Barbarian is a brute force fighter (huge melee damage and high defence), the Wizard is the arcane magician (variety of spells) and the Witch Doctor is similar to a druid (summoning pets/creatures).
Do any of the character classes jump out at you? The Monk and Demon Hunter are two particularly exciting classes from my perspective, both bringing an entirely new experience. I think I will more than likely go with the Monk. What character class will you select?