Defense

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OUTDATED: The information on this page was removed during development and is no longer present in Diablo III.

Defense decreases all damage taken, but acts as a separate mechanic from armor and resistances. While these provide damage reduction to a specific form of damage, Defense reduces all damage taken. This stat will allow players to control incoming damage rather than increasing health capacity, which is useful to reduce the need for health globes and potions. Defense will likely be valued in the arenas, but isn't tuned to be a "PVP-only" stat.

Character Attributes
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StrengthDamageHealth Regeneration
DexterityAttack RatingDefenseBlock
VitalityLife
MagicManaMana Regeneration
Resistances
StrengthDamageHealth Regeneration
DexterityAttack RatingDefenseBlock
VitalityLifeStamina
EnergyManaMana Regeneration
Resistances
Strength — Armor, Barbarian Damage
Dexterity — Dodge, Demon Hunter & Monk Damage
Intelligence — All Resistances +0.1, Wizard & Witch Doctor Damage
VitalityLife
Armor •  Resistances

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