City of the Damned

The City of the Damned

The City of the Damned is a dark and ruined city found within the Burning Hells.


The corrosive effects of Hell are more obvious here than in other locations. The city consists of numerous ruined buildings, their buttresses fallen to rubble and their windows smashed. The paving is irregular, as often as not smashed to rubble by some unimaginable force. Bones litter the ground, and chained souls writhe in the gloom. Chasms gape in the ground, allowing glimpses of the River of Flame below. Some of these chasms have bridges.[1]


City of the Damned
Act Act IV
Quests None
Monsters An Evil Force, Damned, Dark Familiar, Pit Lord, Stygian Hag, Abyss Knight, Strangler, Corpse Spitter
Adjacent Zones Plains of Despair, River of Flame
Area Level Normal 27
Area Level Nightmare 57
Area Level Hell 84
Waypoint Yes

The city appears as a zone in Act IV of Diablo II. It can be accessed through a passageway in the Plains of Despair. As one treks into this city, the visuals become darker and the number of demonic encounters grows steadily. In the center of all this lies a sinister cathedral. The stained-glass windows found within this dark cathedral are simply called "An Evil Force". Though they are destructible, they do not drop any loot. The waypoint for this location is always found close to the stairs leading down to the River of Flame, and as such the City is the geographic midpoint of the act, lying in between the Outer Steppes of the Pandemonium Fortress (separated by the Plains) and the Chaos Sanctuary (separated by the River).

Characters specializing in lightning damage, such as Javazons and Lightning Sorceresses, may find this area troublesome: it is highly populated by lightning-resistant or immune creatures, such as the Damned or Stranglers. 


  1. To Hell and Back
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