These first three classes were announced at BlizzCon 2019. The fourth class, the Rogue, was announced at BlizzConline in February 2021. The Necromancer was revealed during the Microsoft showcase in June 2022.
All of these five classes have already appeared in previous games in the Diablo franchise. The Barbarian has appeared in every single Diablo game albeit unofficially in the Diablo Hellfire expansion pack.
There have been fourteen different classes throughout the franchise and speculation is rife about the two remaining Diablo 4 classes.
Diablo Franchise Classes
|Diablo 4||Diablo 3 XP||Diablo 3||Diablo 2 LoD||Diablo 2||Diablo Hellfire||Diablo|
Diablo 4 Classes - Skills and Talents
Character development will be slightly different in Diablo 4 with the additions of a talent tree. Skills are split into six categories for each class, and players can decide which skills to use with the return of the elective mode for skill slots.
Diablo IV will differ from Diablo 3 in that players will now be able to add points to individual skills to increase a skill’s rank but it’s not just about increasing the numbers, additional traits will also unlock as detailed here by Joe Shelly, Lead Game Designer.
So you’ve got your skill system, you’re leveling up, you’re getting skill points, you’re unlocking skills, ranking up skills and those rank-ups aren’t just power, they’re not just number increases they can also unlock additional traits for those skills.
If you look at the Barbarian’s Rallying Cry. Rallying Cry grants “Unstoppable” which breaks you out of crowd control (CC) and grants you Immunity. Super helpful if you’ve got frozen in PvP.
But that’s the sort of thing that might not be on the skill initially but as you rank up that skill you would be building toward unlocking that trait. ~ 3 November 2019
Skills will be assigned to left and right mouse button, the left being for the resource generator and the right for the resource spender, and then 1 to 4 for specialised skills.
Skill points can not be reset when allocated the talents can be respecced providing buffs to players and this makes builds more diverse than Diablo 3.
The four revealed classes build on their previous iterations with some skills returning from previous games. Details on skills and talents can be found in the PureDiablo class sections.
Players will be able to assign Primary Stats to each of their characters as they progress.
Diablo 4 Classes and Skills
|Barbarian Overview||Barbarian Skill Tree|
|Druid Overview||Druid Skill Tree|
|Necromancer Overview||Rogue Skill Tree|
|Sorceress Overview||Necromancer Skill Tree|
|Rogue Overview||Sorcerer Skill Tree|
Players will have more customisation options in Diablo 4 including the ability to select a different facial look, scars, skin tone, and more. This is a step up from previous games where all characters started the game with the same appearance and gear being the only differentiating factor between characters in-game. More customisation details are expected to be will be revealed in the future.
See Character Customisation section for more and videos.