PAX East brings some news with regards to the Necromancer and a reveal of the female Necromancer. A few skills were also detailed as the team continues to develop the class.
The game was demonstrated a the event and skills highlighted included:
- Grim Slice – An AOE attack called Grim Slice which swings a huge scythe in an arc which grants Essence on hit,
- Blood Nova which will cost Essence and health. Be careful not to drain too much health.
- Devour has no resource costs and utilises corpses to gain health and Essence.
- Blood Golem with AOE attack which can be summoned to a targetted area
- Leech which grants health on hit.
Blizzard focused on these particular skills at this event. The guys at BlizzPlanet have whipped up a good video going over the skills which also shows more gameplay action of the new class.
Below you can see the art for the female Necromancer.
Blizzard plans to have the Necromancer out some time after PTR version 2.6 and it could be a lengthier than usual PTR session to make sure the class is well tested.
Update: Blizzard has now popped a page up on the official site which covers the above along with a very short Q&A.
Skill: Grim Scythe
Grim Scythe summons a huge scythe in a wide arc, dealing damage and restoring Essence. As a generator ability, this will be your bread and butter ability for building up to your more powerful damage dealing spells.
Skill Rune: Death Nova (Blood Nova)
Blood Nova is one of the five skill runes for the base Death Nova skill. Blood Nova does impressive damage, but this comes at a cost—using this rune requires spending both Essence and some of your Health.
Skill Rune: Devour (Cannibalize)
Devour is a resource-regeneration skill, allowing you to regain Essence by consuming the corpses of your slain foes. As one of the runes for Devour, Cannibalize also allows you to regain Health, which is handy for fueling costly spells like Blood Nova!
Skill Rune: Raise Golem (Blood Golem)
We showed a sneak peek of the Blood Golem at BlizzCon, but now he’s outfitted with animations, skills, and clever tricks! The Blood Golem is a burly companion who can sacrifice himself to heal you. Don’t worry—he’ll reconstruct himself right away, and deal sizeable amounts of damage to surrounding foes in the process!
Joining Decrepify in the Necromancer’s repertoire of curses, Leech is a dastardly spell that allows you to transfer some of the health of attacked enemies to yourself and your allies. It’s great not only for keeping yourself healthy, but offering support to your party members as well![/BLUE]