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Leoric Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Sep 12, 2017 at 19:00 by Kendric 44 comments

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General Information

Below, we give you an overview of the abilities that Leoric has access to. We also explain how to best your these abilities.

The other pages of our Leoric guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Tips on Leoric's Ability Usage

  • Leoric is a powerful solo-laner. Use your strong Basic Attacks and your self-sustain to your advantage.
  • Do not be afraid to sacrifice your life if this means your team gets an important Objective in return.
  • Due to their high health pool, Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope is particularly effective if used on enemy Warriors.
  • Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk allows you to walk through enemy Gates.
  • Trade your life when it saves one or even several of your teammates, since Undying Icon Undying causes you to resurrect faster than them.
  • You can still use your Hearthstone while in Undying Icon Undying form.

2. Skeletal Swing

Leoric Skeletal Swing
Skeletal Swing (Q) Diablo Leoric
  • 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!.

Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing provides Leoric with a reliable source of waveclear and also assists him at landing his Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope more easily on a slowed target.

When using Skeletal Swing, you should position yourself in a way that it hits as many enemies (or Structures) as possible to maximise its efficiency. Keep in mind that killing the Wizard Minion (the one that drops a Regeneration Globe) as quickly as possible should be your main priority while laning.

3. Drain Hope

Leoric Drain Hope
Drain Hope (W) Diablo Leoric
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

Grab an enemy Hero's soul, dealing up to 20% of their maximum Health as damage and healing Leoric for up to 20% of his maximum Health while he is nearby, over 4 seconds. Leoric's Movement Speed is reduced by 20% while this is active.

Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope is Leoric's most important source of self-sustain and thus needs to be used carefully in order to grant as much healing as possible. Knowing which enemy Hero to target and when to do so is crucial to increase Leoric's overall combat performance.

Using Drain Hope efficiently during a team fight should be your main goal when playing Leoric. As a rule of thumb, try to avoid nimble and ranged Heroes such as Illidan or Valla who can just use their superior mobility to quickly escape your reach. Instead, try to use Drain Hope on enemy Warriors whenever possible as they are less likely to run away from you. Simultaneously, targeting a Warrior also causes Drain Hope to deal more damage due to their high health pool.

In order to avoid any confusion, we would like to stress the fact that Leoric always heals himself for 20% of his own maximum health. That is why it does not matter which enemy Hero you target in terms of healing. In terms of damage, however, Drain Hope is more efficient against Heroes with a high health pool, notably Warriors and certain Specialists like Azmodan.

4. Wraith Walk

Leoric Wraith Walk
Wraith Walk (E) Diablo Leoric
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 14 seconds

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

Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk is an incredibly versatile ability that provides Leoric with great mobility. It can basically act as a gap closer in order to catch up to fleeing enemies or to escape sticky situations if you find yourself in an unfavourable position.

5. Entomb

Leoric Entomb
Entomb (R) Diablo Leoric
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 90
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Create an unpassable tomb for 4 seconds.

Entomb Icon Entomb needs a lot of experience in order to be executed with maximum efficiency. While the Heroic Ability itself is easy to understand in terms of what it does, it requires you to know exactly when to use it and what target to use it on. It is, in general, better to use it on targets that have no teleport or blink ability that allows them to escape Entomb. Before casting Entomb, make sure to take a brief look on the Minimap and determine whether your team is nearby and ready to follow up on the imprisoned target.

As soon as you cast Entomb, Leoric blocks the entrance to the tomb, which is why you have to measure carefully whether you want to prevent the enemy from escaping or allow allies to enter the tomb in order to attack the target inside. The former is recommended if your team has enough ranged damage to kill the entombed target from a safe distance. The latter is recommended if your team consists of at least one melee Assassin who needs to enter the tomb in order to unleash their full damage potential.

6. March of the Black King

Leoric March of the Black King
March of the Black King (R) Diablo Leoric
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Leoric becomes Unstoppable and walks forward, swinging his mace 3 times. Enemies hit take 250 (+4% per level) damage, and Heroes hit heal Leoric for 12% of his maximum Health.

March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King combines raw damage with great self-sustain. It is important to note that unlike Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing, which only damages enemies directly in front Leoric, each swing of March of the Black King damages nearby enemies in a large radius around him.

However, this ability has one major downside to it, as it causes Leoric to walk towards a target direction and cannot be stopped while the effect is still active. This means that you should aim very carefully before activating the ability in order to avoid finding yourself in an unfavourable position at the end of its duration.

7. Undying

Leoric Undying
Undying (D) Diablo Leoric
  • Passive

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% damage, and his third Basic Attack deals 200% damage to a single target.

Undying Icon Undying is a very unique trait which allows Leoric to have an impact on events even after dying in combat. Although Leoric cannot damage his foes while in Ghost form, he is still capable of using Ghastly Swing to slow them and applying Drain Essence on them to resurrect faster. We strongly recommend using these two abilities whenever they are off cooldown in order to be as useful to your team as possible until you have come back to life again.

Another important aspect of Undying is the fact that it provides your teammates with vision, as you can freely move your Ghost around the map in order to scout the enemy team's position. Keep in mind, however, that Leoric will materialise at the Ghost's current location once its health is fully recovered. Thus, when dying as Leoric, it is of utmost importance to constantly keep an eye on your Ghost's health bar in order to avoid respawning in the midst of opposing team members.

8. Ghastly Swing

Leoric Ghastly Swing
Ghastly Swing (Q) Diablo Leoric
  • Cooldown: 8 seconds

Slow enemies by 40% for 2.5 seconds.

Ghastly Swing Icon Ghastly Swing is one of the two Basic Abilities Leoric is able to use while in Ghost form. Although it does not deal any damage to your enemies, its movement speed slow is still very useful to influence a team fight even after dying in combat. Do not hesitate to use this ability whenever it is off-cooldown and use it to slow down the enemy team's advance or retreat.

9. Drain Essence

Leoric Drain Essence
Drain Essence (W) Diablo Leoric
  • Cooldown: 9 seconds

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

Drain Essence Icon Drain Essence is one of the two Basic Abilities Leoric is able to use while in Ghost form. It works just like Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope, however, it neither damages its target nor slows Leoric's movement speed. Instead, it heals Leoric's Ghost for a medium amount as long as it remains in range of its target. This ability is crucial to accelerate Leoric's resurrection process which is why recommend using it as frequently as possible.

10. ChangeLog

  • 07 Sep. 2017: Updated Leoric's abilities page in accordance with the Kel'Thuzad patch.
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