For similar spells in Diablo II and Diablo III, see Hydra (Diablo II) and Hydra (Diablo III).
For other uses, see Guardian.

Requires: 61 Magic
Cost: 50 Mana (-2 per Spell Level, minimum 30)

Calls forth a three-headed dragon from the depths that spits Firebolts at nearby foes.

Damage Type: Fire
Other Stats: Summon; Unattackable

Guardian (a.k.a. Hydra) is a Fire spell in Diablo I.

General InformationEdit

This spell summons an immobile three-headed hydra (head part) from the ground that shoots Firebolts at enemies (these actually refer to the caster's spell, and the level of Firebolts is equal to the character's Firebolt spell). The dragon can only fire at one enemy with each of the three heads, and while it cannot move, it is able to shoot in any direction. At higher levels, the spell does more damage, the bolts travel faster and the spell last longer, to a maximum of 30 seconds. The number of Guardians the character can summon at once is only limited by their Mana pool, spell duration, and cast rate. Higher levels of Guardian only affect the duration of the summon, and not the damage.

The reward of the Chamber of Bone quest is a +1 level of the Guardian spell, regardless of character's class or Magic. A unique staff (Mindcry) has Guardian charges.

Guardian is summoned at the cursor's location within direct line of sight, and can attack foes the caster does not see, so it can be useful to shoot into a room not yet entered. The Guardians shoot at the closest target.


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Players gain full experience for kills made by their Guardians.

  • Duration: 4 x (Spell Level / 5) + 2 x (Character Level / 5) seconds
  • Each head spits one Firebolt every 0.8 seconds


Diablo 1 spells - Guardian (by Decimius)

Diablo 1 spells - Guardian (by Decimius)

Diablo I Spells
Class SkillsIdentifyItem RepairRageSearchStaff RechargeTrap Disarm
Page 1FireboltCharged BoltHealingHeal OtherHoly BoltInferno
Page 2Fire WallFlashLightningResurrectStone CurseTelekinesisTown Portal
Page 3Chain LightningElementalFireballFlame WaveGuardianMana ShieldPhasing
Page 4ApocalypseBlood StarBone SpiritGolemTeleportNova
Page 5BerserkRing of FireImmolationLightning WallReflectSearchWarp
Scroll and Staff OnlyInfravisionIdentifyJesterMagiMana
CutBlood BoilBlood RitualDoom SerpentsEtherealizeInvisibilityMindmaceSentinel
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