Followers can either be temporary NPC's that will travel and fight along the player's side, or more persistent types akin to Hirelings in Diablo II. An example of the followers were shown in the first gameplay video as two archers followed the Barbarian and attacked the enemies close to them. Persistent Followers were later unveiled in an official video featuring three different archtypes.
Players will be able to improve their Followers by equipping them with gear. Followers will each come with a weapon slot (main-hand/off-hand), one amulet slot, two ring slots, and one class-specific item slot. The class-specific item slot is unlocked at level 18.
At levels 5, 10, 15, and 20, a new tier of skills becomes available for the Follower. Players will be given a choice of three different skills per tier and may only have up to four active at a time. The skills offer a range of interesting ways to improve the Follower's roles in healing, damage, or tanking, or even support the player by providing buffs and debuffs.
|Skills||Charm • Forceful Push • Powered Armor • Reflect Missiles • Disorient • Erosion • Focused Mind • Mass Control|
|Skills||Crippling Shot • Poison Bolts • Dirty Fighting • Vanish • Multishot • Powered Shot • Anatomy • Hysteria|
|Skills||Heal • Intervene • Intimidate • Loyalty • Charge • Onslaught • Guardian • Inspire|