Imperius

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Imperius
ImperiusArt.jpg
Basic Info
Title Archangel of Valor
Role Bruiser Bruiser
Difficulty Medium
Franchise Diablo (franchise) Diablo
Price Gem.png750 / Money.png10,000
Release Date January 8, 2019
Base Stats
Attack Type Melee
Health 2450
Health Regen 5.1054
Resource 500 Mana
Unit Radius 0.8125
Attack Speed 0.83
Attack Range 2.0
Attack Damage 122
Data Page


Imperius, the Archangel of Valor, is a melee bruiser hero from the Diablo franchise. Leader of the Angiris Council and Aspect of Valor, Imperius has valiantly led the armies of the High Heavens to innumerous victories over the demons of the Burning Hells. While his methods are exact and severe, there is no greater defender of righteousness in the entirety of creation.

Background[edit | edit source]

Diablo (franchise) This section concerns content exclusive to Diablo universe.

Imperius is the Archangel of Valor, and has led the Angiris Council since Malthael's absence. Known for his unshakable bravery, he and Tyrael led the Heavenly Host to countless victories against the Burning Hells. When the human world of Sanctuary was discovered, Imperius voted for humanity's eradication, viewing them as demonspawn, but was outvoted by Itherael, Auriel and Tyrael.

Since the truce between Heaven and Hell robbed Imperius from further opportunities to prove his valor in battle, he grew legalistic and tyrannical over the years. When he tried to punish Tyrael for interfering with Sanctuary and destroying the Worldstone, Tyrael defied Imperius' judgment and renounced his angelhood. Powerless to stop Diablo's assault on the Crystal Arch, Imperius witnessed the Nephalem defeat the Prime Evil and save the High Heavens. When Malthael, now the Aspect of Death, attacked the High Heavens, he reluctantly asked the Nephalem to put an end to Malthael's madness.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Imperius is an all-in Bruiser that leads the charge with strong initiation and single target damage. His trait, Valorous Brand, marks enemies he hits with a basic ability, empowering his next Basic Attack against them. Each enemy can have up to three marks, one for each ability. His first ability, Celestial Charge, lunges forward and impales heroes he hits on his spear, stunning them. Solarion's Flare sends out a wave of fire which deals extra damage and slows at the very center. Molten Armor surrounds Imperius in fire, damaging nearby enemies and healing Imperius for the damage dealt.

His first heroic ability is Angelic Armaments, surrounding Imperius with holy swords and granting him a large shield for a duration. If the shield is unbroken, Imperius can then fire the swords at his enemies. His other option, Wrath of the Angiris, allows him to charge at an enemy and carry them into the sky. Imperius then has a moment to reposition before crashing down to earth, stunning his target.

Strengths[edit | edit source]

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Valorous Brand Icon.png
D
Valorous Brand
Each Basic Ability marks enemy Heroes hit for 10 seconds. Basic Attacks consume the target's marks, dealing 20% bonus damage per mark and healing for 70 per mark.

Type: Attack modifier / Damage modifier: Physical damage, Healing
Scaling: 4.00% (heal)
Affects: Self

  • A Hero can not be marked by the same Basic Ability more than once at a time. Further applications refresh the duration.
  • Stacks additively with itself and other Physical damage modifiers.
Celestial Charge Icon.png
Q
Celestial Charge
40 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Lunge towards a targeted direction and stab, dealing 35 damage. If an enemy Hero is hit, Channel to Stun for 1 second and deal 70 additional damage when it fully finishes.

Type: Spell damage / Crowd Control / Movement: Launch
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies / Enemy Heroes
Targeting: Point target
Cast time: 0.125+Ch+0.1875 seconds
Range: 4
Area of Effect: Rectangle
Width: 1.25
Height: 5.5
Leap speed: 14
Stun tickrate: 16 / second (x16)

  • Imperius moves with a speed of 14 and is able to pass through terrain.
  • Enemy Heroes hit are snapped towards the center line of the area within 1.5 - 4.5 units in front of Imperius.
  • If the Channel lasts for full duration, the targets are Stunned for additional 0.25 seconds, while the bonus damage is being dealt.
Solarion's Fire Icon.png
W
Solarion's Fire
50 Mana Cooldown: 8 seconds
Release a fiery wave that deals 100 damage. Enemies hit by the center take 50 bonus damage and are Slowed by 40% for 3 seconds.

Type: Spell damage / Crowd control
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Skillshot (piercing), Slow
Cast time: 0.125+0 seconds
Range: 10
Hitbox: 3.75x1.5
Missile speed: 8
Center area width: 0.75

  • The wave has a sight range of 2.
  • The wave moves at a speed of 12, starts 0.5 units in front of Imperius and moves 10 units forwards.
Molten Armor Icon.png
E
Molten Armor
75 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
Shroud Imperius in flames for 3 seconds, striking a nearby enemy for 19 damage every 0.25 seconds. Imperius heals for 50% of the damage dealt increased to 100% against Heroes.

Type: Spell damage / Healing
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies / Self
Targeting: No target / Automatic
Properties: Lifesteal
Cast time: Instant
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 4
Tickrate: 4 / second (x12)

  • Can be activated while leaping or channeling Celestial Charge.
  • Targets one enemy per tick prioritising the closest enemies. If there are multiple targets within the search area, the same target can not be hit again until all or up to 4 different targets in the area have been hit.
  • Molten Armor will only hit revealed/visible targets.
Angelic Armaments Icon.png
R
Angelic Armaments
70 Mana Cooldown: 70 seconds
Summon a ring of blazing swords that grants 1000 Shield for 3 seconds.If the Shield lasts the full duration, this ability can be reactivated within 5 seconds to launch 6 swords toward an area, each dealing 140 damage to the first enemy hit.

Type: Shield / Spell damage
Scaling: 4.00% (both)
Affects: Enemies / Self
Targeting: No target / Point target
Properties: Skillshot
Cast time: Instant / 0.125+0 seconds
Range: 11.25
Hitbox: 1x1.5
Missile speed: 28
Sword spacing: 1.5
Launch delay: 0.3125 seconds
Wrath of the Angiris Icon.png
R
Wrath of the Angiris
80 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
After 0.75 seconds, charge in the target direction, lifting the first enemy Hero hit into the Heavens. While in the air, Imperius can steer the landing location by moving. After 2 seconds, slam the target into the ground, dealing 375 damage and Stunning them for 1 second.

Type: Spell damage / Crowd control / Movement: Launch / Status effect
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemy Heroes (damage, cc) / Enemy Heroes&Self (status effect)
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Channeled cast (stationary), Skillshot, Stasis (in air), Stun, Unstoppable (dash)
Cast time: 0.75+0 seconds
Range: 6
Hitbox: 2x2
Leap speed: 30
Hitbox displacement: 1 (forward)
Air movement speed: 5

  • Interrupting the ability during it's cast puts it on a 10-second cooldown.
  • Doesn't affect Vehicles.
  • While in air both heroes are put in Stasis, removing most debuffs from and making them immune to damage.
  • Landing location can't be steered over unpathable terrain.
  • Upon landing the target enemy Hero is placed at the center of the indicator, facing Imperius. Imperius will be positioned 2 units in front of the target, so that the target is positioned in the direction he was moving towards before landing.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
Impaling Light Icon.png
Impaling Light
Celestial Charge's final damage is increased by 50% and cooldown is reduced by 1 second for each Valorous Brand on the target when the Stun completes.

Type: Damage modifier
Affects: Ability

  • Stacks additively with itself and other damage modifiers affecting Imperius Spell damage output.
Consuming Flame Icon.png
Consuming Flame
Increase the center damage of Solarion's Fire by additional 100% and its Slow amount by 15%. The first enemy Hero hit by Solarion's Fire refunds 30 Mana.

Type: Bonus damage
Scaling: -
Affects: Ability

  • Stacks additively with other damage modifiers affecting Imperius' spell damage output.
Burn The Impure Icon.png
Burn The Impure
Consuming a Valorous Brand mark deals bonus damage equal to 2.5% of the Hero's maximum Health.

Scaling: -
Affects: Ability
4
Sovereign Armor Icon.png
Sovereign Armor
Molten Armor grants 25 Armor for 1.5 seconds. Damaging an enemy Hero with Molten Armor increases the duration of the Armor by 0.5 seconds.

Type: Damage modifier: Armor
Affects: Self
Battle Hunger Icon.png
Battle Hunger
Increase the healing of Valorous Brand by 50%.

Type: Bonus healing
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Press Forward Icon.png
Press Forward
Damaging an enemy Hero sets the duration of an active Regeneration Globe on Imperius to 8 seconds (unless it is already higher).
7
Flash of Anger Icon.png
Flash of Anger
Consuming a mark from Celestial Charge deals 180 damage around the target and grants Imperius 300 point Shield for 4 seconds.

Type: Spell damage / Shield
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies / Self
Properties: Area of Effect, Splash
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 3

  • Also affects the target itself.
  • Enemies cannot be hit by Flash of Anger more than once per cast.
  • Does not benefit from talents affecting Celestial Charge.
Blaze of Glory Icon.png
Blaze of Glory
Solarion's Fire leaves a line of scorched earth along its center, exploding after 2 seconds and dealing 125 damage. This explosion benefits from and consumes Valorous Brand marks.

Type: Spell damage
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Properties: Area of Effect
Area of Effect: Rectangle
Width: 0.75
Height: 9.5

  • Does not benefit from talents affecting Solarion's Fire.
Holy Fervor Icon.png
Holy Fervor
Cooldown: 25 seconds
Active: Activate to cause the next 4 Basic Attacks within 10 seconds to cleave for 30% additional damage.

Type: Attack Modifier / Damage modifier
Affects: Self
Targeting: No target
Properties: Splash
Cast time: Instant
Area of Effect: Radial
Radius: 3.5
Arc: 180 degrees

  • Consumes Valorous Brand marks from all targets hit.
  • Cooldown and duration start upon the first attack.
  • Stacks additively with other damage modifiers affecting Imperius' Physical damage output.
10
Angelic Armaments Icon.png
Angelic Armaments
Cooldown: 70 seconds
Summon a ring of blazing swords that grants 1000 Shield for 3 seconds.If the Shield lasts the full duration, this ability can be reactivated within 5 seconds to launch 6 swords toward an area, each dealing 140 damage to the first enemy hit.
Wrath of the Angiris Icon.png
Wrath of the Angiris
Cooldown: 80 seconds
After 0.75 seconds, charge in the target direction, lifting the first enemy Hero hit into the Heavens. While in the air, Imperius can steer the landing location by moving. After 2 seconds, slam the target into the ground, dealing 375 damage and Stunning them for 1 second.
13
Pathetic Mortals Icon.png
Pathetic Mortals
Stunning enemy Heroes with Celestial Charge reduces their damage by 35% for 4 seconds.

Type: Damage modifier: Debuff
Affects: Enemy Heroes

  • Debuff is applied immediately once the stun ends, regardless of whether Imperius finished the channel or not.
Divine Rage Icon.png
Divine Rage
Consuming a Valorous Brand mark reduces the cooldown of Molten Armor by 1 second.
Heat of Battle Icon.png
Heat of Battle
Increase Molten Armor's healing against Heroes by 2% for every 1% of health Imperius is Missing.

Type: Healing modifier
Affects: Ability

  • Stacks additively with baseline Hero bonus.
16
Celestial Swiftness Icon.png
Celestial Swiftness
Gain 20% Movement Speed for 5 seconds after casting Celestial Charge. Gain 40% Attack Speed for 5 seconds for each enemy Hero stunned with Celestial Charge.

  • Further applications refresh the duration.
  • Attack speed stacks up to 10 times for maximum of 400% bonus.
Melting Touch Icon.png
Melting Touch
Consuming a Molten Armor mark reduces the target's Armor by 25% for 4 seconds.

Type: Damage modifier: Armor
Affects: Enemy Heroes

  • Multiple applications only refresh the duration.
Valorous Pursuit Icon.png
Valorous Pursuit
Cooldown: 20 seconds
Active: Activate to teleport to an enemy that has been marked by Valorous Brand and gain 25 Armor for 3 seconds.

Type: Movement: Teleport / Damage modifier: Armor
Affects: Self
Targeting: Unit target
Cast time: Instant
Range: Global

  • Cannot target enemies you have no vision of.
  • Imperius is placed next to the target in the closet direction from his previous location.
20
Heavenly Host Icon.png
Heavenly Host
Nearby allied Heroes gain 600 Shield for 3 seconds. If the Shield lasts the full duration, fire a sword at the nearest enemy Hero, dealing 140 damage.

Type: Shield / Spell Damage
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Allied Heroes / Enemy Heroes
Targeting: Automatic (closest)
Properties: Area of Effect
Area of Effect: Circle
Ally search radius: 8
Enemy search radius: 8

  • Additional swords are only fired from Allied Heroes' Shields that expire without breaking.
Unrelenting Descent Icon.png
Unrelenting Descent
Consuming a Valorous Brand reduces the cooldown of Wrath of the Angiris by 5 seconds.
Brand of Solarion Icon.png
Brand of Solarion
Reduce the duration of Valorous Brand to 3 seconds, but it is no longer consumed when triggered.
Impervious Icon.png
Impervious
Cooldown: 75 seconds
Active: Activate to become Unstoppable and gain 75 Spell Armor for 3 seconds. Hitting Heroes with the center of Solarion's Fire reduces this cooldown by 5 seconds.

Type: Damage modifier: Spell Armor / Status effect
Affects: Self
Properties: Unstoppable
Cast time: Instant

Skins[edit | edit source]

Skins
 
Rare Archangel of Valor
Backstory: Leader of the Angiris Council and Aspect of Valor, Imperius has valiantly led the armies of the High Heavens to innumerous victories over the demons of the Burning Hells. While his methods are exact and severe, there is no greater defender of righteousness in the entirety of creation.
Imperius Archangel of Valor.jpg
Gem.png750 / Money.png10,000
Archangel of Valor
Imperius Knight-Captain.jpg
Free
Knight-Captain
Imperius Skyborne.jpg
Free
Skyborne
Imperius Vindicator.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Vindicator
Imperius Indomitable.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Indomitable
Epic Demonic
Backstory: The Lord of Wrath is said to be the greatest warrior in the Burning Hells. His limitless anger is nearly uncontainable: an unholy inferno that would see all life consumed by its profane flame.
Features: Altered voice-over
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of alternative history skins.
Imperius Demonic.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Imperius Demonic Abyssal.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Abyssal
Imperius Demonic Vile.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Vile

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Imperius Portraits
 
Carbot Imperius Portrait.png
Carbot Imperius
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Imperius Emblem Portrait.png
Imperius Emblem
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Imperius Hero Portrait.png
Imperius Hero
Imperius Mastery Portrait.png
Imperius Mastery

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Imperius Sprays
 
Carbot Imperius Spray.png
Carbot Imperius
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Imperius Pack 1 Emoji Imperius Pack 1 Imperius Happy.png Imperius Pack 2 Emoji Imperius Pack 2 Imperius Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Imperius Pack 1 Imperius Happy.png Imperius Happy :imperiushappy:
:impehappy:
Emoji Imperius Pack 2 Imperius Angry.png Imperius Angry :imperiusangry:
:impeangry:
Emoji Imperius Pack 1 Imperius ROFL.png Imperius ROFL :imperiuslol:
:imperiusrofl:
:impelol:
:imperofl:
Emoji Imperius Pack 2 Imperius Cool.png Imperius Cool :imperiuscool:
:impecool:
Emoji Imperius Pack 1 Imperius Sad.png Imperius Sad :imperiussad:
:impesad:
Emoji Imperius Pack 2 Imperius Oops.png Imperius Embarrassed :imperiusoops:
:imperiusembarrassed:
:impeoops:
:impeembarrassed:
Emoji Imperius Pack 1 Imperius Silly.png Imperius Silly :imperiussilly:
:impesilly:
Emoji Imperius Pack 2 Imperius Love.png Imperius in Love :imperiuslove:
:imperiusinlove:
:impelove:
:impeinlove:
Emoji Imperius Pack 1 Imperius Meh.png Imperius Speechless :imperiusmeh:
:imperiusspeechless:
:impemeh:
:impespeechless:
Emoji Imperius Pack 2 Imperius Surprised.png Imperius Surprised :imperiuswow:
:imperiussurprised:
:impewow:
:impesurprised:

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Imperius/Quotes


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Imperius made his debut in Diablo III (May 2012).
    • His book debut was five years earlier, in The Veiled Prophet (September 2007).
  • Imperius was confirmed on twitter.[1]
  • Imperius is voiced by Rick D. Wasserman.[2]
  • Imperius was under consideration for inclusion as early as 2014.[3]
  • Imperius is the eighteenth Diablo hero in the game.
    • He is also the twenty-second warrior hero in the game.
  • Imperius is the sixth Diablo warrior hero in the game, the first five being Diablo, Tyrael, Sonya, Johanna, and Leoric.
  • Imperius is the fourth member of the Angiris Council to enter the Nexus, the first three being Tyrael, Auriel, and Malthael.
    • He is also the fourth angel hero in the game.
  • The Indomitable Imperius skin is a reference to Tony Stark's Iron Man armor from Iron Man (April 2008).
    • Strangely, his face has a white and cyan highlight.
  • The Knight-Captain Imperius palette resembles a Stormwind soldier of a high rank.
  • Imperius' dance animation has him hold Solarion aloft in midair and do the limbo underneath it before picking it up by the hilt.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Heroes of the Storm:@BlizzHeroes Out of the High Heavens, and into the Nexus! Imperius will be playable on the PTR starting January 2.
  2. Bridget on Twitter
  3. 2014-10-15, Developer Insights: Azmodan Tells All "Well... let's just say there are many more Diablo heroes and villains in the works at varying stages of development. We've seen a lot of community (and internal!) requests for characters like the Necromancer, Imperius, the Monk, and of course, the Last Horadrim himself. You'll just have to stay a while and listen for news in the future."

External links[edit | edit source]

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