Druids to Help Un-Menace the Underdark in Dungeons & Dragons Online

Just once, I would like to see a whole game just about being a druid.  I’ve been rogues, wizards, and countless warriors, but I can’t think of one single game in which communing with nature and shape-shifting into woodland creatures was a core element of the game play.  Heck, even the most open-classed role-playing games don’t offer the right skill sets to call your character a guardian of nature.

I guess until the industry delivers the Call of Druid: Modern Renfair project that I so loudly demanded at this year’s GDC, it’ll just make the druid-friendly games we do have that much more special.  Its a pretty short list, but one that’ll get a little longer this June when the “Menace of the Underdark” expansion launches for Turbine’s Dungeons & Dragons Online.

At last, players can challenge the Drow of the Underdark as a Druid from the wilds of Eberron. Starting with Menace of the Underdark, DDO’s first shape-shifting class, the Druid, will be available as a premium playable class — and free to all VIPs!

Proficient with staves, daggers, clubs, sickles, and more; the Druid is a powerful caster who is able to fill a variety of party roles.

Take the Druidic oath and get closer to nature. Shed your heavy metal armor in exchange for resistance to the harsh aspects of nature like entanglement, poison, and other natural dangers.

Harness animal instincts to transform yourself into a vicious Winter Wolf, or defend allies as sturdy Dire Bear. Expand your physical limitations and rain down lighting as the Water Elemental, or incinerate the foes of nature as the Fire Elemental.  Each wild shape has its own specialized set of spells to cast!

Check out “Menace of the Underdark” when the content goes live this June 25th.

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