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Franchise-diablo This character is from the Diablo universe.

"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(src)

Leoric, the Skeleton King is a warrior hero 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.[1]

Background Edit

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.

Abilities Edit

For ability and trait patch changes, see Leoric/Patch changes.
Skeletal Swing (Q) (Cone)
Leoric swings his large mace in front of him, dealing damage to those in reach and slowing them for 40%. Deals double damage to all non-hero targets.

Undying: Skeletal Swing becomes Ghastly Swing. Ghastly swing deals no damage, but slows enemies by 40%.

Drain Hope (W) (Targeted)
Leoric casts forth a straight line skillshot, which attaches to the first enemy Hero it hits. That target will continue to have their life drained until the ability ends, they perish, or leave the boundaries of the ability. Drain Hope passes through minions and structures.

Undying: Drain Hope becomes Drain Essence. Drain Essence deals no damage, but chains the enemy to Leoric and drains them of their essence, healing you while dead over 4 seconds.

Wraith Walk (E)
The Skeleton King removes his soul from his physical vessel, granting him increased movement speed and allowing him to walk freely as an untargetable spectre. His physical body will still take damage. Once the Wraith Walk ends, he will reappear where his Wraith Walk last was.

Traits Edit

Undying (Trait)
Upon death, Leoric turns into a wraith, staying on the battlefield for the duration of his death. He can't deal damage, or be dealt damage in return, but can slow enemies. Upon the expiration of the death timer, Leoric will return (in physical form) to where his wraith is.

Heroic Abilities Edit

Entomb (R)
The Skeleton King summons an encasing structure in front of him, causing enemies to be trapped within the structures walls.

March of the Black King (R)
Leoric marches forward, swinging his mace, dealing massive damage to those in his path while stealing the life from his enemies.

Talents Edit

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Level1 Mana Thirst Hopelessness Block Reanimation
Level4 Fealty Unto Death Willing Vessel Hardened Bones Royal Focus
Level7 Ghastly Reach Lingering Apparition Paralyzing Rage Ossein Renewal
Level10 Entomb March of the Black King
Level13 Burning Rage Crushing Hope Drain Momentum Spell Shield
Level16 Renewed Swing Consume Vitality Unyielding Despair Imposing Presence
Level20 Buried Alive Death March Spectral Leech Hardened Shield

Skins Edit

Skeleton King
Hero level 10, 10,000 gold

Quotes and Facts Edit

See also: Leoric quotations

Development Edit

Leoric was under consideration for inclusion as early as 2011.[2] 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.[3]

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