Blizzard’s Diablo III blog has been updated to detail the ability resources unique to each of the game’s five classes, giving a good look at each of the characters’ own personal playstyle.
While both Diablo I and II have simply used the old RPG standby of mana to power characters’ special abilities, the developers have decided to make the classes in Diablo III feel more individual by personalizing the manner in which they are able to activate their spells and attacks.
Diablo III’s melee combatants, the monk and barbarian, generate “fury” and “spirit” respectively by doling out close-range damage and utilize these resources for their more powerful moves. However, while the barbarian also gains fury from taking damage, the monk’s spirit comes only from dishing it out through combos of precise strikes. As a tradeoff, fury depletes rapidly outside of combat, while spirit sticks around until used.
Mana still exists in the game, and is the exclusive purview of the witch doctor. A slowly regenerating resource similar to its Diablo II incarnation, it is used for the methodical summoning of minions and casting of diabolical hexes. By contrast, the wizard fills in the roll of the more explosive caster, using bursts fast-regenerating “arcane power” to fire off quick, volatile spells.
The newest class, the demon hunter, balances two resources: “hatred” and “discipline.” Hatred acts as a quickly regenerating pool, fueling the ranged attacker’s quick and damaging combat maneuvers. For more tactical abilities, the demon hunter relies on the slowly-accumulating discipline resource, which must be used with greater care but allows for such trickery as a smoke screen to vanish from sight.
It’s great to see that each of the classes are getting such individual attention, and these unique resource methods seem like they’ll add a good bit of individuality to the characters. Besides, let’s be honest: how much sense did it make for a barbarian to be using mana anyway?
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