New Diablo 3 Character Movies


Today five new movies, one for each of Diablo III’s classes, mysteriously appeared on YouTube. Our best guess is they’re content for the new D3 community site that someone snooped around and found before it was officially linked and public. Naturally, we grabbed them at once and posted them to our YouTube channel, in case the original versions went away.

Each movie is around one minute in length, and each shows about 30 seconds of one gender, then the other, casting various spells. These are reminiscent of the previous Runestone movies, in that the action is just a character on a black, matrix-like background, but the viewpoint is much lower, and everything looks far more 3D. In some portions spells are actually flying up and past and through the “camera.”

Better yet, each one shows off a LOT of new stuff. New skills, new runestone effects, or both. The Witch Doctor is below, since he doesn’t get very much love, and since his movie shows the most new/weird/cool stuff.

DiabloWikiWitch Doctor skills and DiabloWikirunestone effects demonstrated in this video:

  • 0:03 – 0:09 — DiabloWikiGrasp of the Dead runestone effect creates a cemetery of grasping zombie hands. DiabloWikiAoE damage on any enemies in the vicinity. Maybe slowing also?
  • 0:05 – 0:10 — DiabloWikiLocust Swarm with individual flight patterns visible.
  • 0:11 – 0:20 — DiabloWikiZombie Bears; a famous runestone effect in DiabloWikiZombie Charger. The bears function as spectral objects, as they run through enemies and deal damage like a poison spray; they don’t actually grizzly maul. (Unfortunately.)
  • 0:21 – 0:25 — DiabloWikiPlague of Toads.
  • 0:26 – 0:32 — DiabloWikiZombie Nova, most likely a runestone effect of DiabloWikiWall of Zombies. I like how they rot to skeletons as they move outwards. See also DiabloWikiZombie Tower.
  • 0:36 – 0:40 — DiabloWikiMongrels, which then get DiabloWikiSacrificed. (Mongrels now appear to cast all 3 at once, rather than one at a time with more allowed by more points in the skill. Sacrifice might also now blow up all 3 at once? Or perhaps that’s granted by a skill rune?)
  • 0:41 – 0:48 — DiabloWikiFirebats
  • 0:43 – 0:50 — DiabloWikiHaunt, new and improved graphics. Might be a runestone effect that turns them into hovering helpers, ready to attack enemies if any are sighted? Also, what are they… like skeletal fetal porpoises?
  • 0:55 – 0:59 — DiabloWikiFirebomb, with a runestone effect to make it bounce and deal multiple hits.
  • 1:01 — DiabloWikiMass Confusion for the big finish.

Click through for the other four movies, plus notes on every skill/effect seen in them.


The Barbarian.

DiabloWikiBarbarian skills and DiabloWikirunestone effects shown in this movie:

  • 0:01 – 0:05 — DiabloWikiHammer of the Ancients. Might be a runestone, or maybe just a redesigned graphic for the skill.
  • 0:06 – 0:10 — DiabloWikiAncient Harpoon, with a skill rune granting double shot to it.
  • 0:12 – 0:24 — Massively powerful ground stomp creates a large round field of flames, as well as granting some sort of fire demon appearance to the Barbarian (Likely this is DiabloWikiWrath of the Berserker, and it’ll be interesting to see how it makes the female Barb look.) The fire field may come from another skill, such as a runestone effect in DiabloWikiEarthquake?
  • 0:18 – 0:20 — Some DiabloWikiCleaves used while the flames continue to burn.
  • 0:33 — Unknown aqua-colored nova effect. Likely one of the DiabloWikiShouts with a runestone effect.
  • 0:34 – 0:37 — DiabloWikiWeapon Throw.
  • 0:38 – 0:43 — DiabloWikiSeismic Slam.
  • 0:44 — Unknown purple dual wield knee slash. Perhaps a runestone effect in DiabloWikiBash or DiabloWikiCleave?
  • 0:47 – 0:50 — DiabloWikiWhirlwind with the mini-twister DiabloWikiIndigo runestone effect.


The Demon Hunter.

DiabloWikiDemon Hunter skills and DiabloWikirunestone effects shown in this movie. This list is tentative since so many of the DH skills have never been seen. If you’ve got better guesses fire them in the comments.

  • 0:02 — DiabloWikiFan of Knives. The ground effect appears to now be part of the base skill graphics, as it’s been in numerous screenshots.
  • 0:03-0:08 — DiabloWikiMultishot with an unknown rune effect giving the arrows a purple gleam.
  • 0:08 0:11 – Unknown skill fires electro-arrow orbs? Probably a runestone version of DiabloWikiElemental Arrow.
  • 0:12 – 0:16 — This is Strafe, much changed from its Diablo II Amazon form. It gives the Demon Hunter into a sort of “Death Blossom” effect, causing the DH to turn black and spin around, emitting much ordinance.
  • 0:17 – 0:27 — The Demon Hunter shows a never-before seen effect, growing glowing purple emo-angel wings. This is probably DiabloWikiShadow Power (or DiabloWikiPreparation), and the effect seems to super-charge his other skills much as the DiabloWikiWizard‘s DiabloWikiArchon does, since the DH then shows some amazing machine gun speed with the DiabloWikiRapid Fire skill.
  • 0:33 – 0:38 — The DH fires a triple shot with green arrows. From the spinning circular projectiles this seems to be a runestone effect of DiabloWikiBolo Shot
  • 0:39 – 0:43 — A powerful single-shot attack with no visible projectile and not much of a graphic. Unknown skill.
  • 0:45 – 0:49 — DiabloWikiChakram is the name of this glowing, spinning, giant boomerang ninja star ability. This skill has never been player testable, so there’s no telling if it’s runestone’d or if this is the default.
  • 0:50 – 0:58 — The DH fires shots straight up into the air and a second later numerous black/invisible meteor type projectiles come smashing down. This appears to be a runestone effect in the never-seen DiabloWikiRain of Arrows.
  • 0:57 – 1:01 — DiabloWikiVault with a runestone adding a sort of DiabloWiki