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Diablo 3 Templar Leveling Guide – Overview

by Jassper of The Diablo 3 Leveling Guide

Diablo 3 Templar FollowerIn this Templar Leveling Guide overview, we will delve into the righteous world of Kormac, the templar follower. Throughout the guide, I will cover templar lore, templar skills, and some of the pros and cons to consider when choosing the templar to help you achieve fast Diablo 3 leveling!

History of the Templar Class

The templar is a holy fighter with the highest of moral standards and the strictest of codes. Known as Kormac, the Diablo 3 templar follower is a devoted warrior who has deprived himself of all earthly pleasures in order to better ready himself to enforce justice throughout the lands. His life is dedicated to victory over the dark forces that threaten Sanctuary and he will not rest until evil is vanquished or he gasps his last breath…whichever comes first.

Templar Class Overview

The templar is the first follower that a player is given access to in Diablo 3. This is undoubtedly because of the templar’s extremely useful healing and tanking abilities that make gameplay for beginners quite a bit easier.

If playing a ranged class, the templar can be used to distract and taunt enemies, allowing the templar and his sturdy armor to take all of the abuse while you sit back and attack from afar. Conversely, melee classes such as the barbarian and the monk may prefer to make use of the templar’s very capable healing abilities, which can heal your character and/or the templar, as well as increase your resource regeneration.

The templar is also no slouch when it comes to DPS. With several abilities for dealing substantial damage to enemies, such as Onslaught and Guardian, the templar can certainly hold his own in the midst of battle.

Without a doubt, the templar is by far the most well-rounded and easy to use follower available in Diablo 3.


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Templar Weapons and ArmorDiablo 3 Templar Gear

The templar’s armor is fairly robust in the beginning levels, powerful in the middle, and at higher levels is simply rock-solid. When completely armored, he is a fearsome looking fighter, clad head to toe in thick iron plating and ready to protect and serve you through any situation you might encounter. While most of his gear is automatically upgraded as he advances in levels, you are able to manually outfit him with custom amulets and rings.

The templar is the only follower class able to carry a shield. Templar shields will substantially increase his armor, his chance to block and the amount of damage that is blocked per hit. This certainly contributes to his excellent performance as your tanking buddy.

For weapons, the templar is able to use only those of the one-handed variety. These include one-handed axes, daggers, one-handed maces, spears, and one-handed swords.

Templar relics are the follower special item of this class. Relics are sacred items that are imbued with holy power, giving their bearer increased power and moral fortitude. Some of the templar relics that you will be able to equip throughout Diablo III include a Holy Tome, Spear Fragment, Sacred Text, Martyr Tears, Chalice, Blade Remanant, and a Grail.

Diablo 3 Templar Templar Pros and Cons

Let’s start with the pros. The templar provides you with a viable tank to keep take enemy abuse and keep you out of harm’s way. He also can heal both of you and increase your resource regeneration. Whether you’re playing a barbarian, monk, demon hunter, witch doctor or wizard, you will surely find that the templar follower is an extremely valuable asset to have at your side as you level up in Diablo 3.

As for the cons…well…umm… Ok, surely there must be some cons. While the templar class is indeed VERY well-rounded, some may view him as a jack of all trades but master of none. His dps will typically end up being a bit lower than that of the scoundrel and the enchantress. He also doesn’t really offer as many interesting abilities as some of the other follower classes, so if you find that you don’t need a tank or healer by your side, you may want to opt for a different follower class and experiment with some of the more unique skills they bring to the table.

If you’re thinking about choosing the templar to be your follower in Diablo 3, consider the 3 C’s that I discussed in the Diablo 3 Followers Guide: content, class, and customization.

Consider Content

While the templar will certainly aid you in getting past some of the more difficult bosses and deadly situations in D3, you will find that when solely looking to carve a path of destruction through the battlefield, he may not be quite the juggernaut he claims to be. Consider the zones and encounters you will be facing first when trying to decide whether or not to bring along your templar follower.

Consider Class

The templar actually performs quite well with any Diablo 3 class, which is probably why Blizzard makes the templar available as your first follower in the game. The only thing to keep in mind here is that you may want to choose a templar build focused more on healing if you plan to be taking a lot of damage. Conversely, if you plan to stand back from the fight and attack at range (e.g. demon hunter, wizard, witch doctor), you will probably want to choose a templar tank build so that he can round up your foes for easy disposal.

Consider Customization

Lastly, ask yourself if you enjoy the play-style that the templar follow provides. Do you enjoy having the security of knowing that you’ve got a tank/healer by your side when the going gets rough? Or would you rather bring along a follower with a few more tricks up their sleeve? That being said, the templar will certainly help to smooth out some of the more difficult areas of the game, which can be frustrating for a lot of gamers.

These are all things that you should consider when choosing your follower!

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