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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!

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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]

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.

Background Edit

Unknown to Leoric, his seat of power in Tristram was the resting place of Diablo, imprisoned in the catacombs beneath the cathedral by the Horadrim long ago. Requiring an anchor to the world, Diablo chose the strongest soul available to him to be his host—Leoric himself.

For many months, Leoric secretly fought against Diablo's will. Sensing that he had been possessed by some unknown evil, Leoric kept his condition a secret from those close to him, believing that his piety would be enough to exorcise the demon's corruption. In this he was sorely mistaken, and Diablo stripped away the core of Leoric's being, burning all honor and virtue from his soul.

Gameplay Summary Edit

Strengths Edit

Weaknesses Edit

Abilities Edit

IconSkeletalSwing
Skeletal Swing (Q) [Cone]
Mana: 80
Cooldown: 14 seconds

Leoric swings his mace, dealing 150 (+4% per level) damage and Slowing enemies by 40% for 2.5 seconds. If an enemy Hero is hit, refund 50% of the cooldown and Mana cost. Peasants!

IconDrainHope
Drain Hope (W) [Skillshot]
Mana: 60
Cooldown: 11 seconds

Grab an enemy Hero's soul, dealing up to 20% of their maximum Health as damage and healing you for up to 20% of your maximum Health while you are nearby, over 4 seconds. You are slowed by 20% while this is active.

IconWraithWalk
Wraith Walk (E)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 14 seconds

Separate from your body, becoming Unstoppable and gaining Movement Speed accelerating up to 50% over 2.5 seconds. When Wraith Walk ends or is canceled, your body jumps to your wraith.

Traits Edit

IconUndying
Undying (Trait)

Leoric becomes a ghost when he dies, and resurrects upon reaching full Health. Leoric deals no damage while dead.

Wrath Of The Bone King
Leoric's first two Basic Attacks cleave for 100% (+4% per level) damage, and his third Basic Attack deals 200% damage to a single target.

While in the Undying form, Leoric's abilities change to the following:

IconGhastlySwing
Ghastly Swing (Q) [Cone]
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Swing in front of you to slow enemies by 40% for 2.5 seconds.

IconDrainEssence
Drain Essence (W) [Skillshot]
Cooldown: 9 seconds

Throw out a chain, attaching to the first enemy Hero hit healing you for up to 10% of your maximum Health over 4 seconds as long as you remain close to the enemy.

Heroic Abilities Edit

IconEntomb
Entomb
Mana: 90
Cooldown: 50 seconds

Create an unpathable tomb in front of you for 4 seconds.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
IconMarchoftheBlackKing
March of the Black King
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 50 seconds

Become Unstoppable and swing your mace three times, healing yourself for 12% of your maximum Health for each enemy Hero hit and dealing 250 (+4% per level) damage.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Talents Edit

Level1 Tier 1, Hero Level 1
IconGhastlySwing
Consume Vitality

Skeletal Swing's cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds. Enemy Heroes hit heal Leoric for 4% of his maximum Health.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
IconUndying
Fealty Unto Death

When a nearby Minion dies, you gain 1% of your maximum Health and 5 Mana, even while Undying.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
IconOsseinRenewal
Ossein Renewal
Cooldown: 120 seconds

Activate to heal Leoric for 30% of his maximum Health over 5 seconds. Regeneration Globes lower the cooldown of this Ability by 20 seconds.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Level4 Tier 2, Hero Level 4
IconSkeletalSwing
Ghastly Reach

Increases the range of Skeletal Swing by 25%.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
IconGhastlySwing
Paralyzing Rage

Increases the Movement Speed slow of Skeletal Swing to 60%.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
Icon Kneel Peasants
Kneel, Peasants!

Skeletal Swing deals 100% more damage to Minions and Mercenaries.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Level7 Tier 3, Hero Level 7
IconDrainHope
Willing Vessel

Increase the healing from Drain Hope to 25% of Leoric's maximum Health. If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, Leoric instantly heals for an additional 5% of his maximum Health.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
IconDrainEssence
Drain Momentum

Drain Hope no longer Slows Leoric. If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, gain 30% Movement Speed for 4 seconds.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
IconDrainHope
Hopelessness

Increases the range of Drain Hope by 25%.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Level10 Tier 4, Hero Level 10
IconEntomb
Entomb
Mana: 90
Cooldown: 50 seconds

Create an unpathable tomb in front of you for 4 seconds.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
IconMarchoftheBlackKing
March of the Black King
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 50 seconds

Become Unstoppable and swing your mace three times, healing yourself for 12% of your maximum Health for each enemy Hero hit and dealing 250 (+4% per level) damage.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Level13 Tier 5, Hero Level 13
IconDrainHope
Unyielding Despair

Drain Hope's cooldown is reduced by 0.5 seconds for every 1 second it is active. If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, its cooldown is reduced by an additional 2 seconds.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
IconWraithWalk
Hardened Bones

Gain 20 Armor while Drain Hope is active. If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, retain the Armor bonus for 3.063 seconds.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
IconWraithWalk
Ominous Wraith

Increase Wraith Walk's duration by 100%. Enemy Heroes that come in contact with the wraith deal 50% less damage for 4 seconds.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Level16 Tier 6, Hero Level 16
IconDrainHope
Crushing Hope

If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, it deals bonus damage equal to 15% of the victim's Maximum Health. This damage does not heal you.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
IconWraithWalk
Royal Focus

Wraith Walk increases the damage of the next Skeletal Swing within 5 seconds by 50%. Each enemy Hero hit by this Skeletal Swing reduces the cooldown of Wraith Walk by 7 seconds.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
MasterAssassin
Mithril Mace

Increase Leoric's Attack Speed by 20%.
IconQuestTalent Quest: Nearby enemy Minion deaths grant 0.3% permanent Attack Speed, and Takedowns grant 3% permanent Attack Speed, up to 30%.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Level20 Tier 7, Hero Level 20
IconEntomb
Buried Alive

The duration of Entomb is lowered by 1 second, but enemies trapped inside are Silenced and take 50 (+4% per level) damage every 1 second.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconMarchoftheBlackKing
Death March

The final swing of March of the Black King also applies Drain Hope to nearby enemy Heroes.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconSpectralLeech
Spectral Leech

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 2.5% of the Hero's maximum Health and heal Leoric for twice that amount.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconDrainHope
Burning Despair

Deal 40 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. The damage and area is increased by 100% while Drain Hope is active.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
IconHardenedShield
Shroud of the Dead King
Cooldown: 75 seconds

Activate to become Protected for 3 seconds, preventing all damage.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Talent Builds Edit

Tips Edit

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Stukovplate
Keeping enemies inside Lurking Arm is paramount, and Leoric's large area slow and Entomb heroic greatly assist that. His large health pool and Drain Hope ability also work well with Stukov’s heal over time style of support.


Effective against Edit

Diabloplate
Leoric excels against heroes with high healthpools, and Diablo's trait Black Soulstone will allow Drain Hope will allow Leoric to cause high chunks of damage against Diablo. Wraithwalk also nullifies the crowd control effects of Shadow Charge and Overpower, which can mess up Diablo's rotation if used without the proper talents.


Effective foes Edit

Skins Edit

Skeleton King (base)
Leoric 0001 Leoric 0002 Leoric 0003
The Skeleton King Ivory Copper
Vrykul IconShard100
Leoric held the Winterskorn Chieftain's skull aloft for the gathering crowd to see. "Who else among you wishes to challenge me?" The silence was deafening.
Vrykul Leoric 0001 Vrykul Leoric 0002 Vrykul Leoric 0003
Vrykul Kvaldir Ymirjar
Zakarum IconShard100
These ornamental warplates were once a symbol of the holy Zakarum faith. Now, they serve only as a stark reminder of its demonic corruption.
Master Leoric 0001 Master Leoric 0002 Master Leoric 0003
Zakarum Pure Entombed
King IconShard100
King Leoric used his legendary might to strike down every jarl who challenged his ascent to the throne. But not even uncontested rule is enough to slake his thirst for power.
Leoric - God-King Leoric - Vrykul King
God-King Vrykul King
Space Lord IconShard1600
The Space Lord has brought countless worlds to heel in the name of the Eternal Empire. Soon, even the Earth's troublesome Star Princess will fall to the power of the darkness.
Leoric - SL - Black Leoric - SL - White Leoric - SL - Green Leoric - Space Lord - Immortal
Space Lord Neutron Hunter Immortal IconShard2400

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]

Trivia Edit

  • The "Space Lord" skin is a satire to Darth Vader from Star Wars. This is evident with the different voice lines that makes analogy to the series.
    • In addition, the third color scheme, "Hunter", is a reference to Boba Fett, a bounty hunter from the Star Wars franchise.

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch December 12, 2017Note: Immortal Space Lord Leoric added.
  • IconHotS (Patch October 17, 2017Note: Fixed an issue preventing Leoric’s Basic Attack cleave animation from playing when using certain skins.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 20, 2017Note: Fixed an issue that could cause Leoric to become invisible after exiting Zagara’s Devouring Maw.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 5, 2017Note: Received updated art to coincide with Talent changes.; Basic Attack Damage reduced from 150 to 105.
  • IconHotS (Patch April 25, 2017Note: Leoric will no longer fail to respawn properly after being killed via damage dealt by a nearby spawning Grave Golem.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 28, 2017Note: Basic Attack damage increased from 138 to 150.
  • IconHotS (Patch November 15, 2016Note: Leoric’s prices reduced to $8.49 USD and 7,000 Gold.
  • IconHotS (Patch May 17, 2016Note: Health increased from 2373 (+4% per level) to 2468 (+4% per level).; Health Regeneration increased from approximately 4.95 (+4% per level) to 5.14 (+4% per level).
  • IconHotS (Patch February 2, 2016Note: Murky and Leoric have received unique death sound effects.

References Edit

External links Edit

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