The Diablo III blog has been updated with the news that the ability for players to appear â€œofflineâ€ during game play will be added to the game with the v1.05 patch. The same option will also be added separately to World of Warcraft and Starcraft as well over the coming months.
Diablo III players will be able to select â€œAppear Offlineâ€ as one of their Battle.net social-status options (along with Available, Busy, and Away) for those times when they want to wander Azeroth by their lonesome, dominate the galaxy in radio silence, or slay demons in solitude. When you choose this option as your status, all of your Real ID friends, BattleTag friends, and character-level friends will see you as â€œOfflineâ€ in their friends list whenever youâ€™re logged into a game.
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Practitioners of the dark arts, necromancers summon the dead, wield the power of lost souls, and literally suck the life force from the enemy. Necromancers feed on life force, which they can use to bring allies back from the brink or cheat death itself.
Life force is a special type of energy used only by necromancers. Once they reach a certain life force threshold, necromancers can activate Death Shroud, entering a spirit form and leaving their body behind. Each weapon set has skills that give necromancers life force, and they gain an even larger amount of life force for kills that happen nearby. Special skills, like Spectral Armor, build up life force, improve armor, and add life force every time necromancers take damage.
Death Shroud is a special ability that utilizes necromancersâ€™ life force as a secondary health bar. Necromancers can activate the Death Shroud ability and assume a spectral form, which has its own special skills. For example, necromancers can cast Doom, which sends the target fleeing in fear.