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The Wraith is an incorporeal undead type of monster that can drain attributes such as life, mana and speed from a character.

Diablo III Monster[edit | edit source]

Diablo III Monster [e]
Classification: Undead
Monster Family: Wraith
Role: Special
Monster Stats
Life: Unknown
Mana: Unknown
Armor: Unknown
Resistance: Unknown
Armament: Claws
DPS: Unknown
Low Damage: Unknown
High Damage: Unknown
Range: Limited Ranged
Speed: Slow
Movement: Slow
Monster Modifiers
Found In
Forgotten Tombs

Wraiths return in Diablo III, and while their function looks about the same, their graphics have been substantially improved. They were seen emerging from Ghostly Orbs in the WWI 2008 gameplay movie, and it's not known if they can only come from those odd monster generators, or if they'll be found roaming (floating) freely in the dungeons as well.

Wraiths have a melee slashing attack, and a ranged life drain attack as well. That one has a lovely graphic, with a swirling stream of blueish vapour flowing from the character to the Wraith. Characters under such an attack also suffer a substantial penalty to their movement speed.

Over all, their damage dealt does not seem to be substantial, and it's mainly a matter of ploughing through the movement drain and kill them, or the Ghostly Orbs, whichever is the source of grief.

Spells and Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Drain

Will drain life to one target within a limited range. This attack also slows the target considerably.

Known Subtypes[edit | edit source]

Spectral Warrior.

The Spectral Warrior was revealed in concept art in April 2011. It appears to be a Wraith with more formed legs, but it's not confirmed that this is a subtype of the Wraith. They have only been seen in screenshots and artwork; not yet observed in a playable demo.

Related Monsters[edit | edit source]

  • Ghostly Orb - When first shown, these Ghostly Orbs were summoning Wraiths as a trap for a chest.

Background[edit | edit source]

A great deal of undead creatures comes in incorporeal forms, such as Wraiths. This type of undead is the ectoplasmic manifestation of a soul that chose to stay in the mortal realm after losing its normal life, a spirit that has been forced to stay through magic, or perhaps pulled in to the mortal realm from the spirit world. Depending on the type, they usually require weapons of magical nature to damage, and they are experts in draining speed, energy or health from anyone that would have a close encounter with them.

Diablo I Monster[edit | edit source]

No monster like the Wraith is seen in Diablo I.

Diablo II Monster[edit | edit source]

Wraiths were seen in Diablo II and also had a similar, even if it was simpler, appearance. The Diablo II Wraith also drained attributes from any player character coming in contact with it but did not, as the WWI 2008 gameplay movie showed of Diablo III, "drain speed".

Development[edit | edit source]

Wraiths have seen a great development from their first appearance in Diablo II, including a better graphical presentation of the monster itself, as well as the attack animations. The drain ability that is used with some range has a beautiful way of showing that your character is in trouble. The first appearance of the Diablo III Wraith was shown at the WWI 2008, in the gameplay movie.

Media[edit | edit source]

You can find pictures in the Diablo 3 screenshot and picture gallery:

Wraiths attacking a Barbarian.