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"I’ve read legends about a sage named Ku Y’leh, who studied the mysteries of life beyond death. If I remember correctly, his ashes were ensconced within a golden statuette." - Deckard Cain

The Golden Bird is the first quest of Act III. Unusually, it isn't assigned by any NPC. Instead, it is initiated after the player kills the first random Unique Monster they find in the Spider Forest just outside the Kurast Docks.


In the past, there was a sage named Ku Y'leh who studied the mysteries of life beyond death. Some rumors say he actually found some life-extending recipes. His ashes were said to have been stored within a statuette of a Golden Bird. His ashes might prove to a potent ingredient in special elixirs.


Killing a random Unique monster will drop a unique item, a Jade Figurine. The Quest Log will update the player on the convoluted, non-combat path they must follow:

  • First, the player must take the jade figurine to Deckard Cain, who tells them that Meshif just so happens to collect jade figurines.
  • Meshif will take the figurine and give the player a golden bird statuette in exchange, which must be brought to back to Cain.
  • The statuette reminds Cain of a story about a sage named Ku Y'leh, ashes were said to have been stored within a statuette of a golden bird.
  • The quest log will direct the player to Alkor, who confirms the bird is indeed that of Ku Y'leh, and tells the player to busy themselves while he experiments.
  • Upon returning to Alkor (which can be done immediately), he presents the player with Potion of Life, which permanently boosts total health by twenty points.
  • The player can talk to other NPCs for a denouement.

Completing this quest prompts Hratli and Cain to initiate the Blade of the Old Religion and Khalim's Will quests, respectively.

Diablo II and Lord of Destruction quests
Diablo II icon Diablo II quests

Act IDen of EvilSisters' Burial GroundsSearch for CainThe Forgotten TowerTools of the TradeSisters to the Slaughter
Act IIRadament's LairHoradric StaffTainted SunArcane SanctuaryThe SummonerSeven Tombs
Act IIIThe Golden BirdBlade of the Old ReligionKhalim's WillLam Esen's TomeBlackened TempleThe Guardian
Act IVFallen AngelHell's ForgeTerror's End

Diablo II LOD icon Diablo II: Lord of Destruction quests
Act VSiege on HarrogathRescue on Mount ArreatPrison of IceBetrayal of HarrogathRite of PassageEve of Destruction
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