Character Classes

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In Diablo 2, there are 7 different character classes, each with its own skill-set, lore and class-specific items. Also, each class has different skill trees in its arsenal. The skills that are in the same tree often synergize with each other, encouraging the player to focus mostly on one specific skill tab.

As you progress through the game, you earn skill points that you can spend in the skills you desire. This allows the creation of numerous kinds of builds, offering a different playstyle even if playing the same class.

In addition, there are various items that support the majority of the characters’ builds. All 7 classes have the same 4 attributes (Strength, Dexterity, Vitality, and Energy) that you can adjust according to your style of play.

When Diablo 2 Classic was released, there were 5 different classes available:

Amazon

She is a flexible fighter that uses Bows, Crossbows, Spears and Javelins as weapons. Also, she can attack enemies with some powerful elemental skills.

Skills & Attributes

 Bow and Crossbow SkillsPassive and Magic SkillsJavelin and Spear Skills
Level 1Magic Arrow, Fire ArrowInner Sight, Critical StrikeJab
Level 6Cold Arrow, Multiple ShotDodgePower Strike, Poison Javelin
Level 12Exploding ArrowSlow Missiles, AvoidImpale, Lightning Bolt
Level 18Ice Arrow, Guided ArrowPenetrateCharged Strike, Plague Javelin
Level 24Immolation Arrow, StrafeDecoy, EvadeFend
Level 30Freezing ArrowValkyrie, PierceLightning Strike, Lightning Fury

 Starting Attributes:

  • Strength: 20
  • Dexterity: 25
  • Vitality: 20
  • Energy: 15
  • Hit Points: 50
  • Stamina: 84
  • Mana: 15

 Level Up

  • Hit Points +2
  • Mana +1.5
  • Stamina +1

 Attribute Points Effect

  • each Vitality point gives 3 Hit Points
  • 1 Energy point gives 1.5 Mana
  • 1 Vitality point gives 1 Stamina

The Amazon’s most popular builds are the Bowazon, Javazon and the Thuderfury-Lightjab.

Barbarian

This character can master almost every kind of weapon and is excellent at dealing raw physical damage. He is a very durable melee fighter with high defense and many health points.

Skills & Attributes

 Combat SkillsCombat MasteriesWarcries
Level 1BashSword Mastery, Axe Mastery, Mace MasteryHowl, Find Potion
Level 6Double Swing, LeapPolearm Mastery, Throwing Mastery, Spear MasteryShout, Taunt
Level 12Double Throw, StunIncreased StaminaFind Item
Level 18Leap Attack, ConcentrateIron SkinBattle Cry
Level 24FrenzyIncreased SpeedBattle Orders, Grim Ward
Level 30Whirlwind, BerserkNatural ResistanceWar Cry, Battle Command

Starting Attributes:

  • Strength: 20
  • Dexterity: 25
  • Vitality: 20
  • Energy: 15
  • Hit Points: 50
  • Stamina: 84
  • Mana: 15

Level Up:

  • Hit Points +2
  • Mana +1.5
  • Stamina +1

Attribute Points Effect:

  • 1 Vitality point gives 3 Hit Points
  • each Energy point gives 1.5 Mana
  • 1 Vitality point gives 1 Stamina

The most powerful builds for Barbarian are the Whirlwind Barb, Frenzy Barb, and the Berserker.

Necromancer

The “Necro” has the ability to summon undead minions to assist him in battle. He can cast curses to weaken his enemies and utilize poison spells in order to control the battlefield.

Skills & Attributes

 Summoning SpellsPoison and Bone SpellsCurses
Level 1Raise Skeleton, Skeleton MasteryTeeth, Bone ArmorAmplify Damage
Level 6Clay GolemPoison Dagger, Corpse ExplosionDim Vision, Weaken
Level 12Golem Mastery, Raise Skeletal MageBone WallIron Maiden, Terror
Level 18Blood GolemPoison Explosion, Bone SpearConfuse, Life Tap
Level 24Summon Resist, Iron GolemBone PrisonAttract, Decrepify
Level 30Fire Golem, RevivePoison Nova, Bone SpiritLower Resist

Starting Attributes

  • Strength: 15
  • Dexterity: 25
  • Vitality: 15
  • Energy: 25
  • Hit Points: 45
  • Stamina: 79
  • Mana: 25

Level Up:

  • Hit Points +1.5
  • Mana +2
  • Stamina +1

Attribute Points Effect:

  • 1 Vitality point gives 2 Hit Points
  • 1 Energy point gives 2 Mana
  • each Vitality point gives 1 Stamina

The strongest types of Necromancer are the Bonemancer, Summonmancer, Novamancer, and Explosionmancer.

Paladin

He’s a noble warrior that can support his allies using his Auras. His skills can punish undead minions and heal his companions as well. Thus, he is an excellent member of any party.

Skills & Attributes

 Defensive AurasOffensive AurasCombat Skills
Level 1Prayer, Resist FireMightSacrifice, Smite
Level 6Defiance, Resist ColdHoly Fire, ThornsHoly Bolt
Level 12Cleansing, Resist LightningBlessed AimZeal, Charge
Level 18VigorHoly Freeze, ConcentrationVengeance, Blessed Hammer
Level 24MeditationHoly Shock, SanctuaryConversion, Holy Shield
Level 30Redemption, SalvationFanaticism, ConvictionFist of the Heavens

Starting Attributes

  • Strength: 25
  • Dexterity: 20
  • Vitality: 25
  • Energy: 15
  • Hit Points: 55
  • Stamina: 89
  • Mana: 15

Level Up

  • Hit Points +2
  • Mana +1.5
  • Stamina +1

Attribute Points Effect

  • 1 Vitality point gives 3 Hit Points
  • each Energy point gives 1.5 Mana
  • 1 Vitality point gives 1 Stamina

The most common Diablo 2 Paladin builds are the Hammerdin, the Smiter, the Zealot and the FoHer.

Sorceress

This powerful mage can master the three elements of nature as it uses Fire, Lightning and Cold Spells. She can control large groups of enemies, freezing them while she deals massive amounts of damage. Further, she has some more tricks at her disposal such as the ability to teleport.

Skills & Attributes

 Fire SpellsLightning SpellsCold Spells
Level 1Fire Bolt, WarmthCharged BoltIce Bolt, Frozen Armor
Level 6InfernoTelekinesis, Static FieldIce Blast, Frost Nova
Level 12Fire Ball, BlazeLightning, NovaShiver Armor
Level 18Fire Wall, EnchantChain Lightning, TeleportGlacial Spike
Level 24MeteorThunder Storm, Energy ShieldBlizzard, Chilling Armor
Level 30Fire Mastery, HydraLightning MasteryCold Mastery, Frozen Orb

Starting Attributes:

  • Strength: 10
  • Dexterity: 25
  • Vitality: 10
  • Energy: 35
  • Life: 40
  • Stamina: 74
  • Mana: 3

Level Up:

  • Life +1
  • Mana +2
  • Stamina +1

Attribute Points Effect:

  • each Vitality point gives 2 Hit Points
  • 1 Energy point gives 2 Mana
  • 1 Vitality point gives 1 Stamina

The most well-known types of Sorceress are the Blizzard Sorc, the Frozen Orb Sorc, the Fireball Sorc and the Chain Lightning Sorc.

After the Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction, two new classes were added to the game. These are:

Assassin

She is a true master of the Martial Arts. However, she uses deadly traps to damage and to trick her enemies. The Assassin can summon a Shadow companion to assist her on the battlefield as well.

Skills & Attributes

 Martial ArtsShadow DisciplinesTraps
Level 1Tiger Strike, Dragon TalonClaw Mastery, Psychic HammerFire Blast
Level 6Fists of Fire, Dragon ClawBurst of SpeedShock Web, Blade Sentinel
Level 12Cobra StrikeCloak of Shadows, Weapon BlockCharged Bolt Sentry, Wake of Fire
Level 18Claws of Thunder, Dragon TailFade, Shadow WarriorBlade Fury
Level 24Blades of Ice, Dragon FlightMind BlastLightning Sentry, Wake of Inferno
Level 30Phoenix StrikeVenom, Shadow MasterDeath Sentry, Blade Shield

Starting Attributes

  • Strength: 20
  • Dexterity: 20
  • Vitality: 20
  • Energy: 25
  • Hit Points: 50
  • Stamina: 95
  • Mana: 25

Level Up

  • Life+2
  • Mana+1.5
  • Stamina+1.25

Attribute Points Effect

  • 1 Vitalitypoint gives 3 Life
  • 1 Energypoint gives 1.75 Mana
  • each Vitality point gives 1.25 Stamina

Some effective kinds of Assassin are the Elementalist, the Talon Kicksin, and the Vampire.

Druid

The Druids are capable of commanding the forces of nature, summoning wild Beasts to fight by their side. Also, they have the ability to shape-shifting in order to perform better in battle.

Skills & Attributes

 Elemental SkillsShape Shifting SkillsSummoning Skills
Level 1FirestormWerewolf, LycanthropyRaven, Poison Creeper
Level 6Molten Boulder, Arctic BlastWerebearOak Sage, Summon Spirit Wolf
Level 12Cyclone Armor, FissureMaul, Feral RageCarrion Vine
Level 18TwisterFire Claws, RabiesHeart of Wolverine, Summon Dire Wolf
Level 24Volcano, TornadoShock Wave, HungerSolar Creeper
Level 30Armageddon, HurricaneFurySpirit of Barbs, Summon Grizzly

Starting Attributes:

  • Strength: 15
  • Dexterity: 20
  • Vitality: 25
  • Energy: 20
  • Hit Points: 55
  • Stamina: 84
  • Mana: 20

Level Up:

  • Hit points +1.5
  • Stamina +1
  • Mana +2

Attribute Points Effect:

  • 1 Vitality point gives 2 Life
  • each Energy point gives 2 Mana
  • 1 Vitality point gives 1 Stamina

The Druid’s best builds are the Windy Druid, the Natural Summoner, and the Rabies Druid.

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