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Character Classes

Your heroes and heroines in Diablo III come in five classes, each that have a male and female equivalent. Each has its own very distinct look along with a set of abilities, advantages and disadvantages, and role in the fight against the demons of Hell. Here you'll find all the information, statistics, and strategy guides you'll ever need to build the most effective adventurers.

At the World Wide Invitational 2008 event in Paris, Blizzard Entertainment announced Diablo III and two of the game's playable character classes: The Barbarian and the Witch Doctor. The Wizard was revealed at BlizzCon 2008. Blizzard debutted the Monk at BlizzCon 2009. Now, there's just one class left to be announced.

Q: Will the seven classes from Diablo II be kept as well as the new classes you're introducing?

A: We have no plans to carry classes over. It's a fresh start, we haven't finalized the final classes or how many there will be. We're not trying to bring back Diablo II classes.

Joystiq, Transcript of WWI 2008 Developer Panel Q&A, 2008

Blizzard Entertainment also stated that other than the Barbarian, there will be no returning character classes from the first two games. It's quite likely that the Barbarian is an exception because it was far and wide the favorite character class, most often chosen by Diablo II players.

Barbarian Full Profile | Screenshots | Gameplay Video
"I came to see firsthand the barbarians, those near-legendary, immense, relentless, dual-wieldin furies of combat dwelling upon their sacred Mount Arreat. Instead, I stand here looking at a mountain that has been torn asunder by some extraordinary force. The sight, I must confess, is incomprehensible. Yet what I see before me cannot be denied..." - Abd Al-Hazir

The only returning character class from Diablo II, the Barbarian is a dual-weapon wielding mammoth that depends on sheer force and might to take down his or her demonic foes. The class will once again use such iconic skills as Leap Attack and Whirlwind.

Monk Full Profile | Screenshots | Gameplay Video
"I had heard countless fantastic stories about the monks, tales that were surely the beneficiary of significant embellishment. The monks’ skin, the accounts said, was as hard as iron, impenetrable by the blade of any sword or by the point of any arrow, and their fists could break stone as easily as you or I would snap a twig. Though the unassuming man before me seemed miles away from what I had heard and read of the monks, I approached cautiously, sliding down onto the bench across from him, eager to take his measure. He beckoned me forward with a small wave of his hand." - Abd Al-Hazir

The Monk is a sleek new melee mage who is the "holy warrior" of the game with his own kung-fu combo moves and spells.

Witch Doctor Full Profile | Screenshots | Gameplay Video
"Most believe the fearsome witch doctor of the umbaru race a legend, but I have seen one in a battle with my own eyes. And it was difficult to believe, even then. I was fortunate to befriend the witch doctor I saw in battle, and, through him, his tribe: The Tribe of the Five Hills..." - Abd Al-Hazir

The Witch Doctor is the first completely new character class in Diablo III, but far from the last. He bears similarities to the Necromancer from Diablo II, the class based around the dark arts and summoning, curses, and spells calling forth bone as defensive and offensive measures. Instead of Bone Wall, the Witch Doctor's similar skill summons a wall of zombies to block and damage incoming enemies.

Wizard Full Profile | Screenshots | Gameplay Video
"Owing to my lack of tolerance for those who would use magic towards their own nefarious ends, many have assumed that I am averse to the practice of the magical arts on a philosophical level. Nothing could be farther from the truth. My quarrel is with those sorcerers who dismiss the ancient traditions and teachings..." - Abd Al-Hazir

Simply put, the Wizard is the new mega-mage. Bringing to the table blasts from multiple pasts plus his/her own qualities and abilities, the character borrows skills from Diablo II and classic roleplaying games. Blizzard introduced the Wizard in lore and trailer as a female charater, referencing the class' strong connection with the ways of the Sorceress, while the male version neatly ties it back with the original Sorcerer from the original game. | GameSpy | Comrade | Arena | FilePlanet | GameSpy Technology
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