The Fifth class speculation.

  • #1
    I just joined but like many of you I'm ferociously anticipating the release of Diablo III. After hopelessly reading and re-reading all the content on the website. And after drooling over the gory awesomeness of the gameplay videos, I finally started to think about it. There can't really be just four classes, can there? Well of course not, hence the very topic I am now about to discuss.

    Bare in mind, this is before I did even a google search of a possible fifth class. So I broke down each class and what I'm speculating they'll bring to the table based on previous classes. Then I'm making my prediction on what the fifth class will be based on said speculations.



    > BARBARIAN: The Barbarian is, believe it or not, going to bare a striking resemblance to the "Barbarian" class of Diablo II. I'm fooling of course, the Barbarian needs no explanation, since it's the same class (derr). So check off "Barbarian" on the Diablo II class list. One down, six to go.

    > MONK: I'm mostly speculating here, but based on everything I've seen and read about the Monk, they strike me as a definite Assassin/Paladin hybrid. They will probably have the greatest restorative abilities of all the classes, as did the Paladin in D2 with rarely-used skills like Prayer and Meditation. As for the Assassin aspect of the Monk, look no further than their adept martial arts abilities. Barring traps and summoning blessed hammers to cyclically revolve around them, the Monk's similarities to the Assassin and Paladin are hard to deny. Say goodbye, Assassin and Paladin. Four classes to go. EDIT: I forgot to mention, I expect the Monk to have a variety of meditation abilities, which would be similar to the Paladin's auras in D2, which is another possible strong similarity between them.

    > WITCH DOCTOR: When you're talking Witch Doctor, the similarity to the Necromancer of D2 literally explodes from him (diseases, summoning, curses probably, etc.). But I think the Witch Doctor is essentially another hybrid of two D2 classes, the other class being the Druid. Now, obviously, Witch Doctors probably won't summon wolves (but they WILL summon some pretty bad ass things I bet) or be able to shape-shift into a werewolf or werebear, but I still sense a strong Druid-like undertone in the Witch Doctor, mainly in that both classes have strong ties to the natural world. Although the Druid may not live on in the form of Witch Doctor skills, I think the Witch Doctor will have a sleuth of nature-based abilities, so the Druid will live on to an extent. Therefore, Druid and Necromancer are covered. Two classes to go.

    > WIZARD: Obviously a re-imagined Sorceress (or Sorcerer, for that matter). I envision the Wizard as a class that is skilled in elemental and arcane magics. So yeah. Sorceress from D2 is covered. One class to go. But what? That's all four classes! Whaa?!




    So far I've shown; at least to myself; that every class from D2 will live on whether it be in an obvious or symbolic nature in the four announced classes. But there is that one last class that remains un-lived on, so to speak. The AMAZON. It's obvious, yes, obvious, that the fifth class will be some version of an Archer/Hunter/Ranger/Amazon-hybrid.

    The announcement will be interesting. If they go with an Archer, that sort of limits it to merely a bow-using class. Ranger could be seen as a dagger-wielding, bow-using rogue-like class. However, my official guess, having done next to no research on the topic, is that the fifth class will be THE HUNTER (or something very, very similar to a Hunter).

    Diablo III, whether you like it or not, is going to have many similarities to WoW. This isn't a shocking revelation, it's merely common sense. And it's something I wholeheartedly embrace, as many aspects of WoW such as the elaborate talent system should transfer wonderfully to Diablo 3, even though Diablo 2's skill branches are basically the precursor to the talent trees. Oh well, to my point. I think a Hunter class in Diablo 3 would have many similarities to the Hunter class in WoW. Again, something I would strongly embrace. Let me explain:

    As it is, there is no class that will likely utilize ranged weapons. The most prolific of all ranged weapons are bows and crossbows. Therefore, the class needs to be a class that could specialize in these weapons. However, the class also has to be more versatile. A Hunter class would have tons of versatility, depending on what direction Blizzard decides to go. You have the companion pet pathway to go down, you have the ranged weaponry pathway, you have a survivalist path you could go with, not to mention traps. Yes, TRAPS! The Assassin could live on in more ways than martial arts with a trap-using class. You would lose the Javelin/Spear aspect of the Amazon however, but it's not beyond reason that Barbarians will be able to specialize in thrown weapons. After all, they ARE masters of weaponry.




    SUMMARY: I've mindlessly droned on far too long. As it is, every class but the Amazon appears to live on in some way with the four announced classes. The Amazon is left basically untouched so the fifth class will touch on some aspects of the Amazon, probably the bow/crossbow. I predict it will be a Hunter since it would cover that base and also allow versatility and a variety of directions to go on. I think it will have many striking similarities to the WoW Hunter class, because, you know, it's obvious. However, the vast similarity to the WoW class probably in itself means I'm dead wrong. They wouldn't want to essentially copy a class from WoW and throw it into a completely different world. But I still believe the fifth class, if not a Hunter, will be strikingly similar to a Hunter.
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  • #2
    Indeed. Hunter/Ranger type. But I still like the idea of a samurai. Eeeeeee :)
  • #3
    Well, the final class will use primarily bows, but it will for surely have other skills that define its kit. Perhaps summoning animals to make it a Hunter/Beastmaster class. Maybe stealth and trap abilities to make it a Rouge-type class.

    We're only days away from finding out...
  • #4
    Quote from Malachi

    Indeed. Hunter/Ranger type. But I still like the idea of a samurai. Eeeeeee :)


    Ha ha, as AWESOME as a Samurai-(or Ninja-)based class would be, I'm not sure I see it fitting in to D3. Samurais would be largely melee-driven characters, and let's face it, the Barbarian probably covers that area in D3. They don't present much flexibility, where the Barbarian has the numerous rage-fueled melee skills, shouts, taunts, and earth-smashing tactical abilities. Also, when you think of a Samurai you envision them wielding a curved katana, and not anything else. Not really enough weapon flexibility, whereas you have the Barbarian who is essentially a master of anything sharp and pointy! Ninjas would be as stealth-driven as the Samurai is melee-driven. I don't see a stealthed, hiding-in-the-shadows character storming through epic landscapes slaughtering the creatures of the Burning Hells. However, ninja stars and poison darts would be AWSHUM! :thumbsup:
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  • #6
    It will _definitely_ not be a ranged-only class imo. It'll probably be a Ranger/Druid shapeshifter
  • #5
    It will _definitely_ not be a ranged-only class imo. It'll probably be a Ranger/Druid shapeshifter
  • #7
    might be the bard, it was an unlocked class in d1 along with the barb :)
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  • #8
    Just putting it out there, but I had a dream (sad, I know) that it was the Druid.
  • #9
    Quote from pernunz

    Just putting it out there, but I had a dream (sad, I know) that it was the Druid.



    The sign of a true Dfan, dreaming about new classes. I'm no stranger to D3 dreams either. : )
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  • #10
    Quote from Umpa65

    Quote from pernunz

    Just putting it out there, but I had a dream (sad, I know) that it was the Druid.



    The sign of a true Dfan, dreaming about new classes. I'm no stranger to D3 dreams either. : )


    My dreams are some of the strangest ever. I will often have 3-10 different scenarios a night, it's just a trouble remembering them all.
  • #11
    I think it will be some kind of a desert hunter that is specialized in bows, javelins and spears! They did mentioned a year or two ago that they considered the dervish for a class! Who knows, maybe they reworked him, or gave him a different name!
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  • #12
    Quote from Umpa65

    Quote from pernunz

    Just putting it out there, but I had a dream (sad, I know) that it was the Druid.



    The sign of a true Dfan, dreaming about new classes. I'm no stranger to D3 dreams either. : )



    Hey! I started 2 threads about diablo dreams a while back :D

    http://www.diablofans.com/topic/17448-dreaming-of-d3-part-2/page__p__471362__fromsearch__1&#entry471362

    I cant find the other one though :P


    ANyway @OP: Yea as you said its obvious that its gona be the class that "replaces" the Amazon. I jsut think they will either go with the name "Ranger" or something totally new. I stil stick by my theory of a middle eastern type of ranger.
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  • #13
    Do I win? I predicted Hunter. Missed the "Demon" part, but I got "Hunter" right!
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  • #14
    Yes, you win:
    Quote from Metalcorej
    my official guess, having done next to no research on the topic, is that the fifth class will be THE HUNTER (or something very, very similar to a Hunter).

    not to mention traps. Yes, TRAPS! The Assassin could live on in more ways than martial arts with a trap-using class. You would lose the Javelin/Spear aspect of the Amazon however, but it's not beyond reason that Barbarians will be able to specialize in thrown weapons. After all, they ARE masters of weaponry.

    But I still believe the fifth class, if not a Hunter, will be strikingly similar to a Hunter.
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  • #15
    I couldn't see a Ranger/Amazon in D3 to be honest. Couldn't see her standing and firing unlike the Demon Hunter with it's instant point blank attacks.

    Very keen to see how Traps are affected with Runes tho!
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  • #16
    Great job on the supposition! We now have the Demon Hunter section opened :)

    http://www.diablofans.com/forum/73-demon-hunter/

    You win 5 cookies!
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