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NPC's are abbreviations for Non Player Characters. In Diablo II, they almost exclusively inhabit the towns of each Act, and offer various services to the player, including buying/selling items, repairing items, gambling, handing out quests as well as bantering about various topics with the player.

Technically, Mercenaries could also be termed as NPCs, however they are never referred to as such in the Diablo II community. They are instead called hirelings, or mercs for short.

Types of NPCs

There are several types of NPC's, and the five towns across the game: The Rogue Encampment, Lut Gholein, Kurast Docks, The Pandemonium Fortress and Harrogath all have the same basic types.

  • All acts have one NPC that can repair items. These are the typical blacksmiths, and they also provide heavy equipment like armor, swords and axes etc.
  • All acts have a healer. When talking to a healer, the players mana and hit points are fully restored, poison is cured and curses are removed free of charge and instantaneously.
  • All acts have a NPC which you can gamble with.
  • All acts have a NPC which can handle Mercenaries.

Deckard Cain

Deckard Cain is a special NPC. He is rescued when you complete The Search for Cain, and after that travels with you through all acts. He is key to completing several quests, and identifies all items in your inventory for free when you've rescued him. He always offers that service throughout the rest of the game after that.

Wilderness NPC's

Though most appear inside the town walls of the various acts, a few NPC's appear in the wilderness. They are:

List of NPC's

  • Blacksmith: Repairs broken equipment for the character in exchange for gold.
  • Gambler: Allows the player to Gamble with a chance of winning rare items in exchange for gold.
  • Healer: Heals the player and mercenaries for free.
  • Mercenary Captain: Has mercenaries available for hire and resurrects dead mercenaries. (Note: Tyrael in Act 4 does not hire, only resurrect).
  • Identify: Only done by Deckard Cain. He appears in every Act.
  • Trader: Sells various items and equipment.
  • Talk and Gossip: except few (Kaelan, Wilderness NPC's above), almost all NPC's also offer talk about various Quests and gossip.

Act I

The Sightless Eye
Akara (Diablo II).gif Charsi (Diablo II).gif Deckard Cain (Diablo II).gif Flavie (Diablo II).gif
Akara Charsi Deckard Cain Flavie
(Healer) (Blacksmith) (Identify)
(Trader) (Trader)
Gheed (Diablo II).gif Kashya (Diablo II).gif Warriv (Diablo II).gif
Gheed Kashya Warriv
(Gambler) (Mercenary Captain)

Act II

The Secret of the Vizjerei
Atma (Diablo II).gif Deckard Cain (Diablo II).gif Drognan (Diablo II).gif Elzix (Diablo II).gif Fara (Diablo II).gif Geglash (Diablo II).gif
Atma Deckard Cain Drognan Elzix Fara Geglash
(Healer) (Identify) (Trader) (Gambler) (Healer)
(Trader) (Blacksmith)
Greiz (Diablo II).gif Jerhyn (Diablo II).gif Kaelan (Diablo II).gif Lysander (Diablo II).gif Meshif (Diablo II).gif Warriv2 (Diablo II).gif
Greiz Jerhyn Kaelan Lysander Meshif Warriv
(Mercenary Captain) (Trader)


The Infernal Gate
Alkor (Diablo II).gif Asheara (Diablo II).gif Deckard Cain (Diablo II).gif Hratli (Diablo II).gif
Alkor Asheara Deckard Cain Hratli
(Gambler) (Mercenary Captain) (Identify) (Blacksmith)
(Trader) (Trader) (Trader)
Meshif (Diablo II).gif Natalya (Diablo II).gif Ormus (Diablo II).gif
Meshif Natalya Ormus

Act IV

The Harrowing
Deckard Cain (Diablo II).gif Halbu (Diablo II).gif Jamella (Diablo II).gif
Deckard Cain Halbu Jamella
(Identify) (Blacksmith) (Healer)
(Trader) (Gambler)
Hadriel (Diablo II).gif Izual spirit (Diablo II).gif Tyrael (Diablo II).gif
Hadriel Izual Tyrael
(Mercenary Captain)

Act V

The Lord of Destruction
Anya (Diablo II).gif Deckard Cain (Diablo II).gif Larzuk (Diablo II).gif Malah (Diablo II).gif Nihlathak (Diablo II).gif Qual-Kehk (Diablo II).gif
Anya Deckard Cain Larzuk Malah Nihlathak Qual-Kehk
(Gambler) (Identify) (Blacksmith) (Healer) (Gambler) (Mercenary Captain)
(Trader) (Trader) (Trader)