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An Act Boss is simply the boss monster you must defeat at the end of each Act.

Diablo II[]

In Diablo II they appear in the following order:

  1. Andariel
  2. Duriel
  3. Mephisto
  4. Diablo
  5. Baal

Their deaths grant you access to the following Act. Depending whether you have Diablo II: Lord of Destruction or not, you have to kill Normal Baal or Diablo to have access to Nightmare, and you have to kill Nightmare Baal or Diablo to have access to Hell.

Act Bosses, Blood Raven, Griswold, Radament, Summoner, Izual, Putrid Defilers, Nihlathak, Diablo Clone and Pandemonium Event bosses have these bonuses:

  • Slow Missiles doesn't work on them,
  • Cloak of Shadows -% defense is not applied on them,
  • Holy Freeze doesn't slow them or applies it's radial cold damage,
  • Hirelings deal only 50/35/25% damage to them,
  • They deal 200% damage to hirelings.
  • They deal 400% damage to summons (like necro skeletons)
  • Can't be frozen, only chilled
  • Can't be stunned,
  • Ignore target defense doesn't work on them,
  • -% target defense is only 50% effective,
  • Crushing blow is effective in half,
  • Open Wounds drains half the amount of life,
  • Prevent monster heal is not applied. (Pandemonium Bosses and Izual only)

Diablo III[]

In Diablo III they appear in the following order:

  1. The Butcher
  2. Belial
  3. Azmodan
  4. Diablo
  5. Malthael

Like in Diablo II, their deaths grant you access to the following Act. Once a character kills Diablo, Master difficulty will unlock for all characters on that account.

Guaranteed Legendaries[]

The first time a character level 1-59 kills an act boss, it is guaranteed to drop at least one legendary item. Once the game is completed with that character, they can choose to "Reset Quests". Doing so will again guarantee one legendary item for the first kill of each act boss. Once a character reaches level 60 or higher, only Malthael will drop a guaranteed legendary item. If the player does not have Reaper of Souls, this guaranteed drop moves to Diablo.

Diablo IV[]

In Diablo IV act bosses appear as following:

  1. Lilith's Lament
  2. Astaroth
  3. Andariel
  4. Elias
  5. Ashava the Pestilent
  6. Lilith

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