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"A place of evil unlike anything you’ve seen before."

- Zone description.(src)

Temple of the Firstborn

The temple's interior

The Temple of the Firstborn is an ancient structure in Sanctuary; the original base of power of Inarius and Lilith. It is found upon the Shrouded Moors.[1] where it has escaped the notice of most mortals.[2]


A fortress-temple, the Temple of the Firstborn incorporates architectural designs of both angels and demons. Its intricate spires rise with angelic grace and precision, reaching up to the stars. Its foundations were "clawed and dug with demonic hunger down to the roots of the world."[3] A significant portion of the temple is located deep underground.[1]

It has a main gate, along with numerous courtyards and chambers.[3]


The Temple of the Firstborn is one of the oldest locations in Sanctuary. It is the place where Inarius and Lilith first stepped foot on the world,[4] and was also where they created the first nephalem.[5] The temple was created as a monument to the first of their kind.[2] It served as the base of power for Inarius, Lilith, and their council.[3]

Centuries after the Purge, the temple had fallen into ruin.[6]

In time, humanity itself emerged from this place.[4]

At some point, the temple was visited/inhabited by a group of monks.[4]


Bones and blood

During/after the End of Days, a new and dangerous cult arose and took residence within the buried structure. Disappearances on the outskirts of the Shrouded Moors began inciting fear, and the dusty tiles of the temple became streaked with disturbingly fresh blood. Under the direction of the demon Vidian, the cultists twisted the flesh of mortals and began bending creatures to their ill will. Abominations filled with hate and driven by bloodlust began stalking the temple's halls. Disappearances on the outskirts of the Moors began inciting fear, and word reached the Horadrim that a new evil had begun stirring in the area.[7]

The Nephalem was lured to the temple by Vidian, who appeared before the champion as a human adventurer. However, the Nephalem successfully slew the demon in the temple's depths.[8]


The Temple of the Firstborn is a zone in Diablo III, available in Adventure Mode. It was implemented in Patch 2.6.0.[9]

The area features lots of new monsters. The temple itself is infested with demonic enemies, while the grounds above are full of corrupted wildlife.[4]

Numerous lore moments feature in the dungeon, described as a "history lesson" of the setting's pre-history.[10]

The Temple consists of two levels: large, vast Level 1, often containing Unique Monsters and events, and much smaller, almost empty Level 2.

Level 1 can be accessed via waypoint or through The Sacred Path from Shrouded Moors.

Level 2 can only be accessed by completing The Hematic Key event.

In the end of Level 2, there is a passage to Sanctum of Blood, where Vidian himself resides.




This section contains facts and trivia relevant to this article.
  • The temple takes inspiration from the works of H.P. Lovecraft.[5]
  • Several statues of the temple (possibly representing Lilith) have a stylized rope-made pentagram on the chest. This is the only use of that symbol in the entire game bar the Darkening of Tristram event.


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2016-11-04, Necromancer Blizzcon Diablo 3 Fact Sheet. Diablo.net, accessed on 2016-11-07
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Gospel of Death
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 2016-11-20, BlizzCon 2016 Diablo III Dev Talk Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-20
  5. 5.0 5.1 2016-11-07, BlizzCon 2016 - Complete Recap. Diablo Fans, accessed on 2016-11-17
  6. Legends of the Necromancer: Rathma
  7. 2017-06-22, First Look: The Shrouded Moors & Beyond. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-06-24
  8. Diablo III, Adventure Mode
  9. 2017-06-20, Rise of the Necromancer Pack Arrives June 27!. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-06-21
  10. 2016-11-18, BlizzCon 2016 Diablo III Dev Talk Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-21