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Diablo IV classes and skills revealed, barb may triple-wield

Diablo IV gameplay footage reveals new class abilities, mechanics, and more.

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Published Fri, Nov 1 2019 3:24 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:46 AM CST

UPDATE: It's been confirmed the barbarian has four weapon slots, not three.

After years of waiting, Diablo is back. Not only did we get a mesmerizing cinematic reveal trailer, but Blizzard also dropped first gameplay footage of Diablo IV, and it looks pretty good.

Blizzard's not messing around with Diablo IV. It's a brutal, gruesome, and supremely horrifying game that embraces Diablo II's old-school visual style and mechnical character builds while building Diablo III's more streamlined combat and graphics engine.

Diablo IV's gameplay footage shows three character classes in action: The barbarian, the druid, and the sorceress. There's some interesting new abilities revealed for each class, and the game also features horse mounts for more expansive travel, hinting Sanctuary will be much bigger this time around. It also appears the Diablo IV barb can hold three weapons at a time, including two two-handers and one set of dual one-handers. And the druid apparently has warcries this time around too.

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Here's the abilities we saw for each character class.

Sorceress

The Sorceress shapes the elements into whatever form is necessary to ensure victory, from hurling bolts of lightning, impaling her foes upon jagged spikes of ice, and raining flaming meteors down from the sky.

  • Blizzard
  • Ice bolt
  • Meteor
  • New lightning attack that teleports around enemies
  • Charged bolt
  • Frost-based dismount attack

Barbarian

The Barbarian has unparalleled strength and expertly wields an entire arsenal in battle, with a weapon for every occasion. He bellows intimidating war cries and unleashes ground-shaking slams to send approaching hordes reeling.

  • New spartan kick ability
  • Leap attack
  • Aftershock
  • Frenzy
  • Warcries (possibly Battle Orders)
  • 3 different weapons used during combat (a 2h sword, a 2h club, and two one-handed axes)
  • Summoning ancients?

Druid

The Druid is a savage shapeshifter, fluidly transforming between the forms of a towering bear or a vicious werewolf to fight alongside the creatures of the wild. He also commands the power of earth, wind, and storm, unleashing nature's wrath to devastating effect.

  • Elemental attacks are still in
  • Tornado
  • Transforms into a bear and werewolf
  • New charge ability
  • Uses warcries
  • Summon dire wolves

Horses were also shown off and classes will have specific dismounting attacks. The sorceress has a frost attack that'll freeze nearby enemies.

Blizzard also confirmed skill runes are back:

"Endless demons to slaughter. Deep customization through Talents, Skill Points, Runs and Legendary loot. Randomized dungeons contained in a dynamic open world. Survive and conquer darkness--or succumb to the shadows."

Diablo IV is currently in development for PC and PS4 and Xbox One, but no release date was announced. Expect cross-play and monetization to follow.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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