There are 6 different classes that you can choose from for your character in Diablo III’s latest expansion, Reaper of Souls. They are a continuation of the classes that were available in the earlier versions, but many of the character classes are now enhanced. With the revised combat system, there is also a clearer understanding of how you can learn to use the special skills of each class in co-op play better. If you want to put together a stellar team, it can pay to spend some time brawling with them to get a feel for how well they can use their character before you launch off.
Here is an overview of the classes and their characteristics.
The Crusader character has only existed since the RoS expansion, which launched on March 15, 2014. Its powers are based primarily in physical strength and agility, the main resource a Crusader will use will be wrath. With the Crusader you can execute any number of physical and agility attacks that use a variety of weapons and shields.
The Wizard is the upgraded Sorcerer from other Diablo versions. It has a fast regenerating arcane power source and specializes in casting spells of the natural storm kind. They can also change the speed of time and teleport themselves, or their enemies.
While the Witch Doctor reminds a lot of players of Diablo II’s Necromancer character, it is completely new and different. While both have the ability to cast spells, the Witch Doctor’s spells are focused on summoning monsters and casting curses. They also have a heavy arsenal of poisons and bombs they can use with surprising accuracy. The resource for a Witch Doctor is Mana, the bread of life, which is very slow to regenerate.
The Barbarian is even stronger than the crusader and specializes more in hands on power crunches and crushes using direct physical force rather than weapons. The main resource is Fury, but it is only called into play for massive physical attacks. When it is used it depletes rapidly so it is best to make sure you have enough health and strength left to continue the attack after it is gone.
This Monk bears no relationship to the Sierra Entertainment Monk in the old Diablo expansion: Diablo: Hellfire. For this character, spirit is the driving resource. It is slow to build, but also slow to deplete. Their attacks are all melees and based in martial arts. One of the off parts about this character is that they have a low defensive skill rating that slowly increases in proportion to the amount of time they spend in combat.
The Demon Hunter has replaced both the Amazon and the Assassin characters from the earlier Diablo games. It combines the hatred and discipline resources as their main source of energy, hatred can regenerate quickly in combat, but self-discipline regeneration can be slow going. While they have a lot of basic attack powers, they can also throw bombs.