In my opinion the warrior is THE most important member of the 4 Archetypes when it comes to group combat. On his own a warrior is only as good as his veteran status coupled with his equipment. I don’t care who you are, if your life (as in hit points or health) has no positives in a battle then you will eventually be worn down and killed. In a dungeon raid a warrior without leech puts his entire life in the hands of the healer, which isn’t the way to ascend as a great one.
What is Leech and Why Does A Warrior Need It
Leech or Vampiric Leech is the act of drawing the life force from one’s opponent into oneself through one’s weapon, armor or magic. A powerful mage continuously drains his/her opponent’s magic to use on them, so should a powerful warrior draw life into himself as he brawls. One example of this is in Blizzard’s Diablo II a warrior can stack defenses against poison to the point where the poison becomes that warrior’s healing agent… What it did was give you so many points to negate the negative life that poison drained that eventually the points moved towards the positive. This would be a monster in PVP being that when someone endowed their blade with poison, the cuts would heal a poison warrior versus harming him – needless to say those fights were hugely one-sided.
How Does A Warrior Attain Leech
It depends on the game but most games that follow the Dungeons and Dragons methodology will give you items, and buffs that act as a leech. The descriptions you look for with leech are along the lines of “with every 10 points of damage dealt to the enemy you gain 1 point of health”. These items are priceless for a legendary warrior and he will make sure to capitalize on it to its utmost, stacking items upon items with his buffs in order to self-heal as he engage in combat.
Leeches versus DOTs
One of the main necessities with a leech blade is to counter the Damage Over Time (D.O.T.) that mages, rogues and other warriors will put on you during a fight. A warrior without positive health chances and no healer risks the chance of getting a DOT placed on him that will eventually drain his huge lifebar down to nothing. There is nothing more embarrassing than having some punk rogue backstab you with a poison blade then run away to watch you walk to your death as he laughs.
Just remember my fellow Warriors that to leech is to live. If you want to stand immortal in RPG legend, it is important for you to be self-maintaining and not dependent on a party. Warriors come with massive girth, endless health and a high tolerance for pain but without the ability to heal, they are merely big tanks rumbling along slowly to an inevitable demise.