Wall of Zombies in action.
Wall of Zombies is a Decay Witch Doctor skill unlocked at level 28. One of the more creative skills in Diablo III, WoZ causes a tightly-spaced line of zombies to erupt from the ground, blocking the progress of monsters and tearing apart any monsters that come into their reach.
This skill has some very creative rune effects which entirely change the form and function of the spell.
The Witch Doctor calls upon the undead to prevent the enemy from reaching him.
Refer to the Wall of Zombies rune effects article for a thorough description of all five rune effects, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.
<skill subcat="Physical realm spell" class="WitchDoctor">Wall of Zombies</skill>
<skill class="WitchDoctor" rune="Barricade">Wall of Zombies</skill>
<skill class="WitchDoctor" rune="Unrelenting Grip">Wall of Zombies</skill>
<skill class="WitchDoctor" rune="Creepers">Wall of Zombies</skill>
<skill class="WitchDoctor" rune="Wrecking Crew">Wall of Zombies</skill>
<skill class="WitchDoctor" rune="Offensive Line">Wall of Zombies</skill>
This skill was an immediate fan favorite and one of the best of the Witch Doctor's signature skills as it was original, creative, effective, and very illustrative of the class.
As there is no player collision at all in Diablo III, this skill does not block the Witch Doctor or other players or their minions or pets from moving right through it. This prevents using the skill for griefing, but seems a little lacking in realism, to many players.
The following Witch Doctor passives provide a benefit to Wall of Zombies, runed or not:
<skill class="WitchDoctor">Pierce the Veil</skill>
<skill class="WitchDoctor">Fetish Sycophants</skill>
Wall of Zombies was first introduced in the WWI 2008 gameplay video when Diablo III premiered. Back then, it was in the Voodoo Skill Tree, then moved to the Zombie Skill Tree. When skill trees were removed for the game, it became a Tier 5 skill.
Skill tiers were removed shortly before the beta started in September 2011, and Wall of Zombies became a level 27 skill. The skill system was once again overhauled for the Beta Patch 13 in February 2012, and Wall of Zombies was classified as a Decay skill and moved to level 28. After being nerfed a tiny bit for Beta Patch 14, it had its mana cost increased for Beta Patch 15.
Wall of Zombies has, throughout development, been too high-level to play, so there are no gameplay reports describing it.
See the Witch Doctor skill archive for more details on previous versions of Wall of Zombies and other Witch Doctor skills.
Wall of Zombies can be seen in action on video here:
You can find pictures in the Diablo III screenshot and picture gallery: