Way of the Exploding Palm

Blasting body parts have been a special and amusing feature of Diablo for many years, not the least of which was the DiabloWiki.com - Necromancer Necromancer's DiabloWiki.com - Corpse Explosion Corpse Explosion spell. Gorier, squishier, and more violent than ever, a similar effect will return in Diablo III, by way of the DiabloWiki.com - Monk Monk's DiabloWiki.com - Exploding Palm Exploding Palm.

If Diablo II had some quirks, bare skeletons expelling pounds of flesh and gore was definitely one of them. Consequently, it should be no surprise that some have expressed concern for such a corpse explosion animation the overriding of the promised unique death animations of Diablo III. Bashiok responded, in his usual borderline-trolling sort of way*:

Official Blizzard Quote:

http://www.diablofan...explosions.html" class="blizzsource">

We have tons of unique death types, the exploding palm effect you're talking about though is an effect of the skill itself though and not the makeup of the creature it's used against.

When you apply the bleed-DoT from Exploding Palm a beating heart appears over the creature it's applied to. After they take enough steps or are otherwise killed the heart explodes and deals AE damage. So it's not actually the skeleton exploding (although that happens too) that's causing the blood effect, but the skill itself.

Magic skills can do magic things!? wuuuuUUUUUAAHHH?


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the blood explosion is the AE damaging effect of the skill that occurs when the subject dies. It occurs along with the death effect of whatever it's applied to, and isn't an increase of their normal death effect. So skeleton, or bat, or apple*, or chair*, or rock man**, or forum poster*** a huge blood explosion is happening regardless because it's what the AE explosion looks like.

*Exploding Palm cannot be applied to inanimate objects/destructibles
** Rock man refers to a person who plays rock music and not a man made of rocks
*** Please oh please oh please

*But you know we love you, anyway :xD:

Comments

  • #1 ScyberDragon
    I for one an ok with skeletons' hearts exploding. I am not so naive to forget that I am playing a game and not real skeletons. Explode away skeletons.
  • #2 Turmobil
    I bloody love that Bashiok bloke.
    He's quite funny.

    I still find it quite weird though, stuff with no heart exploding from a spell that makes a heart explode?
  • #3 Enkeria
    Bashiok wrote altso:

    Blue Poster
    #33 - 2 hours ago

    Julian just slapped me upside the head - so the Exploding Palm effect seen from the BlizzCon build and screenshots since is actually just the rare monster death effect (attached to Exploding Palm for time's sake), which is a huge bloody explosion. Which actually isn't supposed to be a huge bloody explosion either but a fire and lava explosion; but it has a ways to go to make it look like it. But anyway, Exploding Palm itself is getting a monster agnostic treatment so that it doesn't imply blood and guts and is also readable as its own effect during the chaos of battle.

    So it won't be monster-specific, but it's also not going to look like a blood explosion which isn't a blood explosion.

    Aight?
  • #4 Magistrate
    *Sigh* Couldn't just PM me or something, could you? Just HAD to go off showing your special tidbits while I'm at school?


    ...JK. :xD:

    Sounds good :hammy:
  • #5 ScyberDragon
    UPDATE:


    Official Blizzard Quote:



    Julian just slapped me upside the head - so the Exploding Palm effect seen from the BlizzCon build and screenshots since is actually just the rare monster death effect (attached to Exploding Palm for time's sake), which is a huge bloody explosion. Which actually isn't supposed to be a huge bloody explosion either but a fire and lava explosion; but it has a ways to go to make it look like it. But anyway, Exploding Palm itself is getting a monster agnostic treatment so that it doesn't imply blood and guts and is also readable as its own effect during the chaos of battle. So it won't be monster-specific, but it's also not going to look like a blood explosion which isn't a blood explosion. Aight?
    Turns out that the effect shown for the Monk's exploding palm skill is not actually the effect for the skill at all. In an attempt to save time and allow people to see the skill, the effect for rare monsters' deaths was added to the skill for Blizzcon. Many complained about the idea of a skeleton or other like monsters erupting in blood and guts but worry no more. The Exploding Palm skill will get its very own different and unique look. And as far as the look for the rare monster's death, even that is being re-worked to look more like "a fire and lava explosion". It just goes to show you how much Blizzard is testing their own game to find the best options possible.


    Special thanks to enkeria for spotting this additional post

  • #6 Enkeria
    Sorry guys, I sometimes forget ^^
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