Legendary(?) Sword(?) Screenshots

Blizzard added a bunch of screenshots to their new D3 community blog, the vast majority of which had been previously released and are sorted and captioned in our Act One and Act Two galleries. There are a few new shots as well, and while they don’t show new game areas or monsters or skills, (and all the “original” full size shot links are still mostly broken) there are two with a very notable piece of artwork.

Now that is a big sword. We don’t know the name of it, but everyone is assuming it’s a DiabloWikiLegendary item, just because… well look at it! Click the shots for full sized views.

Update #1: Some debate as to whether 1) it’s a sword or a polearm, and 2) it’s Legendary or just a big ass model of sword we haven’t seen before. As for #1, I’d say it’s a sword. The Barb is holding it in one hand in two of the shots, and it’s clearly being swung side to side in long arcs, broadsword style. Polearms are swords on long sticks, granting greater reach and tip speed, with a trade off of greater weight and less effectiveness at close range. They’re not swung like this at close targets, and not with one hand. (Not that such considerations really come into play in the magical world of Diablo.)

As for #2… who can say? It’s not glowing or flaming or anything, as you’d think a Legendary item probably would. So maybe it is just a huge base type of sword. It’s impressive either way. See the comments for more good points and jokes about overcompensation and “that’s what she said.”

Update #2: All of the shots have been fixed on Blizzard’s site and the big versions are now viewable. There’s one more shot of the Barbarian with that huge sword, taken just as she levels up, and you can see a close up to the right. Click it for the full shot.

I went through the entire new gallery tonight, and after some comparing and side by side evaluation, I’m going to say that there are 59 screenshots we’ve never seen before. I can’t really say that they’re all “new,” since there are quite a few that were taken literally half a second before or after other shots we’ve already seen, and thus look virtually identical. These shots don’t show anything “new” in terms of the content — none show levels or monsters or spells we haven’t seen before, and there’s nothing approaching the amount of new armor or spells or rune effects we got in those leaked videos earlier this week.

That said, they’re pretty and worth a view, and we’ll be posting them over the next few days, one batch a day, sorted by class. (None of the new ones show multiplayer action, and despite some fan hopes, none of the Arena shots in the D3 site gallery are new.) As with all the shots in our gallery (this batch will bring the total to over 400 Diablo 3 Screenshots) they’ll all have keywords for easy sorting by class, skill, monsters, etc, and every shot gets a caption with info about the action, plus links to the related skill, monster, quest, item, etc articles in the leading info source, DiabloWikiDiabloWiki.net.

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47 thoughts on “Legendary(?) Sword(?) Screenshots

  1. Reminds me of FF7 kinda..looks cool. I think it’d look better just a tad smaller though, almost looks more like a poleaxe type weapon than a sword.

  2. The sword looks alright… the hilt seems too long though as the she only grips the lower half, looks a bit odd.

    On another note, the adds have gotten extremely annoying lately. Almost every time you click something you get either redirected to an interstitial add page or a popup page with some pandas or something… or both at the same time.

    This is not cool.

    As the nr 1 Diablo information site you’re giving me the tough choice of not bothering to check it anymore as it’s gotten too annoying.

    No I haven’t registered an account or post on the forum, I restrict myself to the occasional news comment, but I’ve been reading the site since diablo 2 was announced.

    Rush, I know this is your area, please look into it :\

    • i dont get any ads, and i dont have any special program or anything to block them, dunno what your issue is.

    • I don’t get ads either, besides the small banner ad at the top.
      Sounds like you’ve got adware mate.

    • Um, how about you choose to disable pop-ups buddy… welcome to 2003.  Flux and Elly have to pay the bills somehow (donate people)!

      More on topic, the shot looks amazing.  Great to see a new item and a bloody corpse 🙂

    • I think he’s talking about the sponsor redirection. It’s fucking annoying, happened to me 3 times the past day. I go to visit this site and I get redirected.

    • Yes, too much hidden popup ads now.
      It’s not incentive to click, it’s incentive to visit a competitor website.

  3. Yet another reason i want to play a barb. I already want a replica in my home now and for all i know its a common item.

  4. This seems more than amazingly presumptious to call this a legendary item.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE IT!  I also love that it was posted as news (otherwise I would have missed it I’m sure) but other than the fact that it is very large, I’m not sure how we can assume its legendary. Still, awesome stuff!  Thanks for the post!

      • if you ask me its more a fault of animation than weapon design. if you had such a huge handle you would grip it differently to get a better leverage , but i guess there is only 1 animation for 2h swords / axes , which involves gripping the handle like this …
        on the other hand i never expected them to have that specialized weapon animation – it bothers me for the monk though, in the latest video the monk clearly has a Stave / polearm equipped , but often only strikes with the bare hands ? thats kinda cheesy

  5. Is it me, or, when you zoom in on picture 2, she kinda looks like she’s wearing an denim skirt?!  Waiting for the pink leg-warmers  😛

  6. Not to be a party pooper or anything, but I don’t really like it. Then again there are very few items I’ve seen so far that I like. 😥

  7. Flux that is not a sword it is a Polearm. Not all barb pics have them using swords some have them using other weapons.

    • i dont think it is a polearm. The size might be huge, but polearms would have a much bigger hilt to blade ratio, and they are “handled”, or used, differently. You cant really swing a polearm around like a sword while holding onto only its bottom end.

  8. I agree that it looks like a polearm, but that serrated blade is over half the total length. I thought pole arms were practically long spears for fighting cavalry.

    • Not all polearms are like that some are like what you see here in the picture where the blade is a thrid or more of the length of the whole weapon. There are a number of different polearms. If you check google images for polearms you will see what I am talking about

      • I just did; mostly Swiss guard style halberds. Anti-calvary spears w/ hammers/axes on the ends in case they have to get dirty w/ other infantry. What’s the generic east Asian term for polearms?

  9. I really can’t wait for d3 to finally release. Been playing since d1 released and I can’t say enough how epic this game is gonna be.. As for the sword I don’t think it looks legendary but wicked none the less

  10. This looks a bit campy which I don’t appreciate.  Fantasy is serious business dammit. 
    In truth it’s a minor annoyance.

  11. Looks like a sword to me – yes, the hilt is a little bit too long but imagine the male barb’s hands, they have to be way bigger than the female’s 😛 . A part from that, it’s hard to imagine those fighting moves with something that huge, except for whirlwind 😛

  12. I think this is pretty clearly not a pole-arm. They just aren’t wielded that way.
    I actually don’t really care for the big sword. It just doesn’t fit the way I conceive of the Diablo universe. But maybe it should, especially if humans are becoming powerful and such without the worldstone. Anyway, I’m glad other people like it.

    • Some are, such as a glaive. In fact, if the hilt:blade ratio was skewed any more towards a larger hilt, that’d be exactly what I’d say this was.

  13. I really dig the sword. I have no issue with over-the-top weapons.

    It actually looks like they took the hilt+part of the blade for a claymore model and replaced most of the blade. So I would think it is a 2H sword.

  14. To be honest, I really don’t like the thing. I’m not sure if it’s the design, the way she wields it, or what but I just.. don’t like it. Perhaps the screenshots don’t do it justice; I’ll need to see it in game.
    One thing I do not like for certain is the lack of shaders on it, personally not digging the “metal that looks like dull, can’t cut anything stone” look. Gives me the feel of a fancy blunt club rather than a sword.

  15. A bunch of the arena screenshots are new and several of them are of higher quality than previously published versions.  There hasn’t previously been screenshots of frost nova, spectral blade, and ancient spear being used in the arena.

  16. Way too big.  Also one of the hammers the Barb is wielding in the beta gameplay vid is also way too big 🙁 Super cheesy big.

  17. Im not a fan of the oversized swords. Too Monster Hunter Tri. I hope phase blades return though.

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