In Diablo 3 there are several (similar) creatures that attack by licking you, attaching their tongue and leaping toward you. I hate these guys; not only do they deal large amounts of damage, but they seem to always target me and not my minions. (Furthermore being licked to death is unsettling.)

The question is, do these licks count as melee attacks, or ranged attacks for purposes of armor (skills?) that reduce incoming melee OR ranged attack damage?

  • ... and in the game!
    – Brant
    Jul 4, 2014 at 17:28
  • I'd say "get more armor/resistances", but it wouldn't answer your question. But anyway, get more armor/resistances!
    – Novarg
    Jul 7, 2014 at 15:17
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    Oh, I survive @Novarg, but the sheer embarrassment makes me wish I had died! Jul 7, 2014 at 15:20

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According to this post on the diablo 3 forums, a little old but I doubt anything changed since, here are some attacks that are considered melee, including the soul leasher/ripper :

YES *Fallen Maniac suicide bomb

YES *Soul lasher/ripper tongue attack

NO *Herald of Pestilence poison pool attack

NO *The fire breath from an Oppressor but each charging hit from oppressor counts as TWO melees.

NO *Ghom spitting acid on you when you are close range. but

YES on Ghom biting you

YES *Belial's arm smash (phase 3)

YES *Belial's exploding green circles

YES *All of Belial's phase 3 attacks are melee.

NO *The DOT when Diablo grabs you

NO *"Desecrator" circles

NO *"Plagued" circles

NO *"Molten" lava path

YES *The explosion after molten elites die

New discoveries:

YES *Siegebreaker charging attack

NO *Siegebreaker grab and throw attack and some stabbing attacks

YES *Explosion traps (like the ones in Siegebreaker and Arreat crater)

YES *Arcane lasers YES *Fire spewing structures (in Arreat crater)

NO*Fire chains

Emphasis mine.

  • Now I finally know that my real life tongue-based arsenal is full of melee weapons. Jul 7, 2014 at 15:00

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