Leoric Talents

Last updated on Jul 09, 2020 at 20:00 by Elitesparkle 50 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Leoric. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Leoric's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.

1.

Leoric's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Consume Vitality ? Fealty Unto Death Ossein Renewal
4 Ghastly Reach Paralyzing Rage Kneel, Peasants!
7 Willing Vessel ? Drain Momentum Hopelessness ?
10 Entomb March of the Black King
13 Unyielding Despair ? Ominous Wraith Spectral Leech ?
16 Crushing Hope ? Royal Focus Mithril Mace ?
20 Buried Alive Death March Hardened Bones Burning Despair Shroud of the Dead King
2.

Leoric's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Wraith Walk Build

Recommended
Level 1 Ossein Renewal Icon
Level 4 Kneel, Peasants! Icon
Level 7 Drain Momentum Icon Hopelessness Icon ?
Level 10 Entomb Icon
Level 13 Ominous Wraith Icon
Level 16 Royal Focus Icon
Level 20 Buried Alive Icon

Leoric's Wraith Walk Build provides a powerful and unique playstyle that allows Leoric to severely cripple the combat performance of any Heroes coming in touch with Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk thanks to Ominous Wraith Icon Ominous Wraith at Level 13 drastically reducing their damage done for a few seconds and with the possibility to be applied over and over again with the help of Royal Focus Icon Royal Focus at Level 16.

Basic Attacks Build

Situational
Level 1 Ossein Renewal Icon
Level 4 Kneel, Peasants! Icon
Level 7 Drain Momentum Icon Hopelessness Icon ?
Level 10 Entomb Icon
Level 13 Spectral Leech Icon
Level 16 Mithril Mace Icon Crushing Hope Icon ?
Level 20 Buried Alive Icon

Leoric's Basic Attacks Build is particularly good when you need more single target damage thanks to Spectral Leech Icon Spectral Leech at Level 13 and Mithril Mace Icon Mithril Mace at Level 16, occasionally replaceable with Crushing Hope Icon Crushing Hope to increase your burst damage.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Leoric

Leoric Consume Vitality ?
Consume Vitality (Level 1) Diablo Leoric

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

Leoric Fealty Unto Death
Fealty Unto Death (Level 1) Diablo Leoric

When a nearby friendly or enemy Minion dies, Leoric restores 1.25% of his maximum Health and 6 Mana.

Leoric Ossein Renewal
Ossein Renewal (Level 1) Diablo Leoric
  • 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.

3.1.

Discussion

Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality is a decent Talent that makes Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing heal Leoric for each enemy Hero hit, something that works well in long team fights but it is not that interesting while laning. Consume Vitality slightly benefits from Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach at Level 4.

Fealty Unto Death Icon Fealty Unto Death is a weak Talent that allows Leoric to regenerate both Health and Mana whenever a nearby allied or enemy Minion dies. We do not recommend this Talent because it gives no value in team fights, something that the other options in the same Tier can do.

Ossein Renewal Icon Ossein Renewal is a strong Talent that increases Leoric's survivability during short and medium length team fights while also boosting Leoric's self-sustain tool in the solo lane.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Leoric

Leoric Ghastly Reach
Ghastly Reach (Level 4) Diablo Leoric

Increase the range of Skeletal Swing by 25%.

Leoric Paralyzing Rage
Paralyzing Rage (Level 4) Diablo Leoric

Increase the Slow of Skeletal Swing by 20%.

Leoric Kneel, Peasants!
Kneel, Peasants! (Level 4) Diablo Leoric

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

4.1.

Discussion

Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach is a weak Talent that slightly increases the area covered by Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing, however, we find it not necessary because the Ability already covers a good area baseline. Ghastly Reach has decent synergy with Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality at Level 1.

Paralyzing Rage Icon Paralyzing Rage is a weak Talent that slightly increases the Slow provided by Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing, however, we find it not necessary because the Ability already applies enough Slow baseline.

Kneel, Peasants! Icon Kneel, Peasants! is a strong Talent that doubles the damage done by Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters. We always recommend picking this Talent because it not only turns Leoric into one of the best double soak Heroes in the game, but it also helps while playing in the solo lane because by spending half the time to clear you will be able to join your team faster when needed.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Leoric

Leoric Willing Vessel ?
Willing Vessel (Level 7) Diablo Leoric

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.

Leoric Drain Momentum
Drain Momentum (Level 7) Diablo Leoric

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

Leoric Hopelessness ?
Hopelessness (Level 7) Diablo Leoric

Increase the range of Drain Hope by 25%.

5.1.

Discussion

Willing Vessel Icon Willing Vessel is a situational Talent that increases the healing provided by Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope, especially if it lasts for its full duration. Pick this Talent only if you desperately need the additional healing it provides and you are confident that Drain Hope will not be disconnected before its end. Do not pick this Talent against healing reduction effects.

Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum is a strong Talent that offers a significant Movement Speed bonus for a few seconds, which not only allows you to both chase and escape from enemy Heroes much more efficiently, but also helps you stick to the enemy Hero targeted by your Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope, damaging and healing for more as a result. Drain Momentum indirectly helps Talents that require Drain Hope to last for its full duration.

Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness is a situational Talent that increases the range of Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope, decreasing the chance that the targeted enemy Hero will disconnect from it too early. Pick this Talent if you need the additional range it provides. Hopelessness directly helps Talents who require Drain Hope to last for its full duration.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Leoric

Leoric Entomb
Entomb (Level 10) Diablo Leoric
  • Mana: 90
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Create an unpassable tomb for 4 seconds.

Leoric March of the Black King
March of the Black King (Level 10) Diablo Leoric
  • 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.

6.1.

Discussion

In this section we discuss when and why to pick a given Heroic Ability. If you want to read how they work in detail and/or you are looking for some tips on how to use them, check them in the Abilities and Strategy page.

Entomb Icon Entomb is a strong Heroic Ability that gives you access to otherwise weak crowd control, a strong tool to swing the battle in your favor, especially if your team has decent burst damage as a follow up (for example Jaina).

March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King is a decent Heroic Ability that increases Leoric's survivability and damage. While it provides Unstoppable as well, we find it not relevant when choosing which Heroic Ability to pick because Leoric already has access to Unstoppable frames during Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Leoric

Leoric Unyielding Despair ?
Unyielding Despair (Level 13) Diablo Leoric

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 3 seconds.

Leoric Ominous Wraith
Ominous Wraith (Level 13) Diablo Leoric

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

Leoric Spectral Leech ?
Spectral Leech (Level 13) Diablo Leoric

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.

7.1.

Discussion

Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair is a decent Talent that allows Leoric to use Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope more often, but only if the target enemy Hero does not break the connection too early. Unyielding Despair requires either Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum or Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness at Level 7, Talents that help with the aforementioned weakness.

Ominous Wraith Icon Ominous Wraith is a strong Talent that makes Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk reduce the damage done by enemy Heroes hit by its trail, especially useful on Heroes that can deal a lot of damage. Remember that damage reduction effects work on Unstoppable enemy Heroes as well (for example Deathwing). When going for Ominous Wraith, pick Royal Focus Icon Royal Focus at Level 16 for the cooldown reduction.

Spectral Leech Icon Spectral Leech is a good Talent that empowers Leoric's Basic Attacks with a leech effect. In particular, Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes will deal Percent Damage and heal Leoric for twice that amount. Spectral Leech has good synergy with Mithril Mace Icon Mithril Mace at Level 16, unless you want Crushing Hope Icon Crushing Hope at the same Tier to increase your burst damage.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Leoric

Leoric Crushing Hope ?
Crushing Hope (Level 16) Diablo Leoric

If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, it instantly deals an additional 15% of the target's maximum Health as damage. This damage does not heal Leoric.

Leoric Royal Focus
Royal Focus (Level 16) Diablo Leoric

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.

Leoric Mithril Mace ?
Mithril Mace (Level 16) Diablo Leoric

Increase Leoric's Attack Speed by 20%.

Repeatable Quest: Nearby enemy Minion deaths grant 0.3% permanent Attack Speed, and Takedowns grant 3% permanent Attack Speed, up to 30%.

8.1.

Discussion

Crushing Hope Icon Crushing Hope is a situational Talent that increases Leoric's Percent Damage even more, something that may be useful against enemy Heroes having high maximum Health and no mobility at all (such as Azmodan). Crushing Hope requires either Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum or Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness at Level 7, else the enemy Hero will just get out of range before Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope and this Talent will not trigger.

Royal Focus Icon Royal Focus is a strong Talent that increases Leoric's damage by a fair amount and reduces the cooldown of Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk by 7 seconds for each enemy Hero hit by Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing, a powerful boost to Ominous Wraith Icon Ominous Wraith at Level 13.

Mithril Mace Icon Mithril Mace is a good Quest-based Talent that increases Leoric's Attack Speed by 20% when picked, up to 50% after killing enough Minions and/or Heroes. Mithril Mace has good synergy with Spectral Leech Icon Spectral Leech at Level 13: the increased Percent Damage and self-healing can cause severe issues for enemy Heroes with high maximum Health (for example Stitches).

9.

Level 20 Talents for Leoric

Leoric Buried Alive
Buried Alive (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

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.

Leoric Death March
Death March (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

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

Leoric Hardened Bones
Hardened Bones (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

Gain 50 Armor while Drain Hope is active. If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, retain the Armor bonus for 2 seconds.

Leoric Burning Despair
Burning Despair (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

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

Leoric Shroud of the Dead King
Shroud of the Dead King (Level 20) Diablo Leoric
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

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

9.1.

Discussion

Buried Alive Icon Buried Alive is a strong Talent that turns Entomb Icon Entomb into an even more scary engage tool thanks to the Silence effect it provides to the already impactful unpassable terrain. Consequently, it is an excellent choice against Heroes with mobility or self-healing Abilities because they are completely defenseless when caught by Entomb. The additional damage is nice to have, but this Talent is already powerful without it.

Death March Icon Death March is a good Talent that makes the last swing of March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King apply Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope to all nearby enemy Heroes. The affected area is not that big, so do not expect free value from this Talent, unless the enemy team has a lot of melee Heroes. Keep in mind that any instance of Drain Hope applied by Death March will be empowered by Talents as well. Do not tunnel vision on this Talent only because you improved Drain Hope multiple times during the game, especially considering that you have multiple better Talents to choose for that reason. We do not recommend this Talent because we strongly suggest to pick Entomb Icon Entomb at Level 10.

Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones is a decent Talent that drastically increases Leoric's survivability by giving him a lot of Armor when Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope is active and for 2 additional seconds when Drain Hope lasts for its full duration, however, you should not overextend and chase your target too deep in the enemy formation just to trigger the bonus duration. Hardened Bones has good synergy with Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum or Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness at Level 7 because they help Leoric to keep the enemy Hero affected by Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope in range for more time. We do not recommend this Talent because it cannot compete with the playmaking potential of Buried Alive Icon Buried Alive and therefore should only be considered as an option in case you really wanted to pick March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King at Level 10.

Burning Despair Icon Burning Despair is a good Talent that offers a significant amount of extra damage around Leoric. The damage and the area gets doubled while Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope is active on an enemy Hero. Burning Despair has good synergy with Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum or Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness at Level 7 because they help Leoric to keep the enemy Hero affected by Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope in range for more time. We do not recommend this Talent because it cannot compete with the playmaking potential of Buried Alive Icon Buried Alive and therefore should only be considered as an option in case you really wanted to pick March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King at Level 10.

Shroud of the Dead King Icon Shroud of the Dead King is a decent Talent that, when manually activated, makes Leoric unkillable for 3 seconds, a powerful tool against burst damage. We do not recommend this Talent because it cannot compete with the playmaking potential of Buried Alive Icon Buried Alive and therefore should only be considered as an option in case you really wanted to pick March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King at Level 10.

10.

Changelog

  • 09 Jul. 2020: Talent Build fully revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 12 Apr. 2020: Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 09 Jan. 2020: Changed Mithril Mace from Not Recommended to Recommended and updated the Life Leech Build accordingly.
  • 25 Nov. 2019: Revised Leoric's guide and applied changes to his Drain Life Build. Entomb and Buried Alive are now prioritized.
  • 12 Jun. 2019: Updated Leoric's talents and builds to better reflect the current state of the game.
  • 13 Nov. 2018: Updated Leoric's talent builds and talents section.
  • 08 Jan. 2018: Updated builds and talent recommendations to reflect changes in meta.
  • 12 Sep. 2017: Changed Hopelessness from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 08 Sep. 2017: Updated Ominous Wraith discussion.
  • 07 Sep. 2017: Completely overhauled and updated Leoric's talents in accordance with the Kel'Thuzad patch.
  • 03 Jul. 2017: Updated Royal Focus' and Lingering Apparition's descriptions.
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