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"Drawing power from the ether is a tricky thing. Even the most dedicated practitioner is not able to effectively contain all of it for their use."


The Ether (a.k.a. the ethereal realm or aether or Etheric Realm) is a realm separate from the physical plane. It is the source of magic. Scholars have likened the Ether to the ocean, with Sanctuary being the sky. By the same analogy, spells are the turbulence that occurs when the two interact with each other. However, much energy is lost in the transition between the physical and ethereal realms, meaning that only the strongest of humans can harness anything more than the most basic of magical effects, and even then, much energy is lost in the transition between the physical and ethereal realms. Electromagnetism exists on the cusp of both realms.[1]

It is through the Ether that teleportation is made possible, traversing the Ether to instantly appear in a separate location. Manipulation of the Ether within the physical plane also allows the use of telekinesis,[2] Assassins are also capable of using the Ether to charge their weapons.[3]

The Hidden dwell at the edge of both the Ether and the physical realm. When wounded, they retreat into the Ether to heal themselves.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Diablo Manual
  2. Teleport, The Arreat Summit. Accessed on 2014-02-26
  3. Martial Arts, The Arreat Summit. Accessed on 2016-02-25
Locations in the Diablo universe

Astral RealmBurning HellsDeluged PlaneEtherFractured PlaneHigh HeavensLimboMirrored WorldNephalem RiftsObliterated RealmPandemoniumRealm of the BanishedRealm of ShadowRealms of FateSpirit RealmVoidWastelands

SanctuaryAncients' CradleAranochBakuli JungleBilefen (Valostre, defunct) • Cold Isles (Pelghain, defunct) • DreadlandsDry SteppesEastern SteppesFractured PeaksGreyhollow IslandHawezarIvgorod (defunct) • Kehjistan (defunct) • MarshlandNahantuSamauren Empire (defunct) • ScosglenSharval WildsShassar Sea (Fahiran Empire, defunct) • Shimmering TropicSkovos IslesStormpointUieWestern Kingdoms (EntsteigKhandurasWestmarch) • WojahnXiansai
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