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Dire lord is a class available to the darky myr, human, ogre and skar races. The dire lord's primary role is that of a tank, meaning it is their job to maintain the attention of hostile non-player characters, directing damage away from their allies. The dire lord is a capable damage dealer who specializes in combating magic wielding foes, draining their mana and reducing the damage of their spells.


The dire lord is considered a myth by most. In the oral tradition of Terminus' history, there are legends that speak of dire lords capable of mastering the crippling power of fear, with some able to manipulate the very essence of their enemies.


An Ogre dire lord

The dire lord is a proficient combatant that is known for their swift and brutal melee attacks and their relentless self-healing. But while battling their enemy in a corporeal sense, dire lords are also waging war in the imagination of their foe. By infiltrating the essence of a being, the dire lord can ravage their enemy with horrifying phantoms, alter the properties of their essence and even steal their essence completely. By mastering Essence-manipulation, the dire lord is able to wield their own blood in battle, using it to replenish themselves or to assail their enemies from the inside out.

Game Guide[]

For in-depth guides to the dire lord and beyond, be sure to browse the class guides.

Group Role

Bullet.png Tank. The role of the tank is to grab and maintain the attention (aggro) of hostile creatures (mobs), directing damage away from their allies. To be able to properly tank, it is important to understand the Hate mechanic. Mobs have a hidden "hate list" which contains every PC and pet that is in active combat with it ("on aggro"). Whoever is at the top of the list is the target the mob will attack. Nearly every action a PC takes while on aggro generates hate, though the primary sources are: dealing damage, healing and using specific abilities designed to generate hate (referred to as taunts). The tank's job is to use their taunts to top the hate list, keeping damage focused on themselves so that healers have as few targets to heal as possible.

If a party has more than one tank, it is useful to designate a Main Tank (MT) and an Off Tank (OT).

While each of the tank classes are capable of performing their role in a variety of adventuring situations, each has their own specialties that help them excel in specific areas. The dire lord's specialty is against magic-wielding (File:DL Sanguine cloak icon.png Sanguine Cloak) or magically enhanced foes (File:DL Edge of Midnight icon.png Edge of Midnight). Unlike the other tanks, dire lords cannot equip heavy plate (the highest tier of armor). They are far from vulnerable, however, with many of their attacks causing high damage (File:DL Thresh icon.png Thresh) and healing the dire lord (File:DL Abyssal Strike icon.png Abyssal Strike).

Combat Resource

Essence. In combat, dire lords will constantly generate Essence as a percentage of the damage they deal. They will also gain Essence based on the damage they take. As Essence is accumulated, it is represented by an Essence Vial integrated into the character portrait. In addition, certain abilities will increase a dire lord’s Essence by a certain amount when used. Other abilities will have an Essence cost in order to be performed.


dire lords have a narrow selection when it comes to their weapons: they can wield One-Handed Edged and Two-Handed Edged. Swords and Axes are both edged weapons.

The selection may be narrow, but unlike the other classes, dire lords gain a benefit from their weapon type beyond the raw statistics. While wielding One-Handed Edged weapons, dire lords gain a bonus to critical strike chance. While wielding Two-Handed Edged weapons, dire lords gain a bonus to critical strike damage.


The race you choose will provide different racial innate abilities that can and will be handy while adventuring. There will be times when the race you choose is to your, and your party’s, advantage; at other times neutral, and other times to your disadvantage. They will all be useful in any serious dungeon or other adventure area but one may be more advantageous in certain scenarios and situations.


From September, 2019 Burning Questions [2]

Bullet.png Q

If the dire lord is unable to wear plate armor, won’t they be un-viable as a main tank in raids?

Bullet.png Chris

Perhaps, with certain Physical damage-heavy encounters or bosses, and depending on specific encounter mechanics, dire lords may struggle compared to the higher AC Warriors and Paladins. However, from the conversations I hear and read, I think the dire lord’s incredible Magical damage mitigation is being heavily undervalued. You can trust that we are designing content with all 3 Tanks in mind, and there will be plenty of end-game content where the dire lord will shine the brightest.

From October, 2019 Burning Questions

Bullet.png Q

Will the dire lord have the highest base Hit Points? How will dire lord's hit points scale against other tanks?

Bullet.png Chris

All tanks will have a higher base health pool than the other archetypes, but none of the tanks will have a higher base health pool than the other [tanks]. Not including starting race and starting attributes.
But what you have picked up on here: Yes, many of the dire lord's abilities and traits emphasize higher health and grow more potent--sometimes exponentially so--based on the total health a dire lord has. So, when it comes to Tanking, the higher the Health the dire lord has is synonymous with maximizing their tanking potential. Which is unique for them if you look at something like a warrior... obviously high health is important for any tank, but the warrior is more designed to maximize their potential through armor class more effectively than just brute amounts of high health.
This is absolutely a connection between the dire lord's potency and the size of their health pool.