Impenetrable Defense

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Impenetrable Defense is a Tier 1 skill from the Monk's Skill Tree C, walling off ranged attacks, and enabling the Monk to dodge very efficiently.

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Background[edit | edit source]

Diablo III Skill [e]
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Impenetrable Defense

Active, 1 ranks

Used by: Monk
Skill Description:
Momentarily turn your weapons into an impenetrable wall that rebounds enemy ranged attacks and grants 100% dodge against weapon attacks.
Skill Details:
Type: Self Buff
Quantity: None
Effect: Self
School: Physical
Mana cost: 5
Cast time: Instant
Duration: Unknown
Cooldown: 1.5 sec
Synergies: None
Requires: N/A
Prereq of: N/A

The Monk swings his staff so fast and with such precision he is able to deflect any incoming missiles, and dodge incoming attacks.

Skill Design[edit | edit source]

Swinging along...
This one was not needed in the BlizzCon 2009 demo, since the Monk was quite overpowered in combat. I didn't experiment with his "dodge" ability, which is mentioned as a by product of several skills, since it was so much more fun just to blast everything with his offense. Plus, testing time is always limited, even in the press room. I would have made sure to try the other element of this skill, the "rebounds enemy ranged attacks," but there were zero monster archers and virtually no projectile spell casters in the BlizzCon build.

Fallen Shaman were fairly common in the surface desert areas, but they seldom hurled Fireballs (they were quite quick to resurrect dead Imps,though). There were lots of Dark Cultists, but only the foot soldiers and the "transform into a demon" types. None of the spell castinging mage types. And while there were some weird insect-like mages in the dungeons below the desert, they were infrequently encountered and were always behind a mob of melee enemies, so I never had time to stop beating down the foot soldiers just to try to reflect the (easily avoided) projectiles.

The spell does have a cool animation, at least. The Monk stands still and does a simple staff twirl, while a large rune appears below his feet.

Impenetrable Defense Video[edit | edit source]

A video of Impenetrable Defensecan be seen below, courtesy of the DiabloInc You Tube channel.

Skill Rank Table[edit | edit source]

Only Rank 1 is currently known.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

  • None known.

Skill Rune Effects[edit | edit source]

  • None known.

Development[edit | edit source]

This skill was first shown at BlizzCon 2009 as one of the originals when the Monk was unveiled. It was slightly modified and renamed to Serenity in the game demo that was presented at BlizzCon 2010.

Media[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

Full Monk Skill Tree stats and discussion