"As king, I dedicated my life to Tristram and served its people with all my heart. In exchange, they called me a madman and betrayed me! But I have returned... stronger than ever. These so-called 'heroes' think they can destroy me, but I cannot be killed again! Here in the Nexus, I will have my revenge. I am Leoric, the Skeleton King... and I will only choose allies who I know will never betray me!"
Leoric, the Skeleton King is a warriorhero from the Diablo franchise. He is a slow-moving front-line warrior that never truly dies, haunting the battlefield as a ghost before reforming on the field.
Madness. Betrayal. Death. These are the legacy of the Black King Leoric's reign. Driven to madness by the spirit of Diablo, Leoric brought untold suffering on his people. Even in death there was no release for the Skeleton King.
Grab an enemy Hero's soul, dealing up to 25% of their maximum Health as damage and healing you for up to 25% of your maximum Health while you are nearby, over 4 seconds. You are slowed by 20% while this is active.
Become a ghost when you die, and resurrect upon reaching full Health. Your Abilities and Talents don't do damage while dead, but will still heal you for 50% of their normal amount, causing you to cheat death.
While in the Undying form, Leoric's abilities change to the following:
You can gather Regeneration Globes while Undying. Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases your Health Regeneration by 1 per second, up to 30 per second. Reward: After gathering 30 Globes, you also respawn 10 seconds faster.
Leoric was under consideration for inclusion as early as 2011. The idea of having a character that didn’t die was one the team looked at - Malthael was considered, but they ultimately settled on Leoric.