Serenity (formerly named Impenetrable Defense) is a Defensive Monk skill unlocked at Level 16. The Monk summons a holy shield to protect himself from damage.
The Monk expends spirit energy to summon a holy shield which protects the caster from incoming damage.
Skill Rune Effects
|| Cooldown: 16 seconds|
You are enveloped in a protective shield that absorbs all incoming damage for 3 seconds and grants immunity to all control impairing effects.
This ability does not start its cooldown until after its effects expire.
|| Peaceful Repose
|| When activated, Serenity heals you for 93873.675 - 120695 Life.|
Heal amount is increased by 40% of your Health Globe Healing Bonus.
|| Unwelcome Disturbance
|| While under the effects of Serenity, enemies within 20 yards take 438% weapon damage as Physical every second.
|| Protect allies within 45 yards with a shield that removes control impairing effects and redirects up to 120158.304 damage to you for 3 seconds.|
Shield amount is increased by 40% of your Health Globe Healing Bonus.
The following Monk passives provide a benefit to Serenity:
Serenity was first shown (as Impenetrable Defense) at BlizzCon 2009 as one of the originals when the Monk was unveiled. Flux was able to try it out:
This one was not needed in the Blizzcon build, 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.
It was slightly modified and renamed to Serenity in the game demo that was presented at BlizzCon 2010 as a Tier 2 skill.
Skill tiers were removed shortly before the beta started in September 2011, and Serenity became a level 18 skill. The skill system was once again overhauled for the Beta Patch 13 in February 2012, and Serenity was classified as a Defensive skill and moved to level 16. For Beta Patch 15, the cooldown on Serenity was greatly reduced.
See Impenetrable Defense for the original version of this skill.
Serenity can be seen in action on video here:
You can find pictures in the Diablo III screenshot and picture gallery: