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The Butcher
Butchers room.jpg
Quest Giver Kael Rills
Dungeon Level Cathedral Level 2
Goal Kill The Butcher
Reward The Butcher's Cleaver
Multiplayer? Yes

This first quest in Diablo I involves killing a blood-crazed Overlord known as The Butcher. It is initiated by speaking to a Wounded Townsman at the entrance to the Cathedral. The townsman will inform the hero about the Butcher's attack on the search party led by Archbishop Lazarus. The Butcher himself resides in a small, corpse-filled room within the second level of the dungeon. As soon as his door is opened, the Butcher will utter his famous line, "Ah, fresh meat!" and attack, wielding his namesake weapon. Upon his defeat, the quest is complete and the hero is free to claim the weapon, a Unique Cleaver, as his or her prize.

This quest shares the same quest group as Gharbad the Weak and Ogden's Sign, meaning only two of these three quests will appear in any given game.

Multiplayer Mode

This is one of the four main quests in Diablo I that appear in the game's Multiplayer mode. It is presented in the same manner as in Single Player, but the Butcher will drop a random magic item instead of his cleaver.

Quest Activation Dialog

Kael Rills: "Please, listen to me. The Archbishop Lazarus, he lead us down here to find the lost prince. The bastard lead us into a trap! Now everyone is dead... Killed by a Demon he called the Butcher. Avenge us! Find this Butcher and slay him, so that our souls may finally rest..."

He then dies. If the player clicks on the body, which remains until quest completion, the character will state "Your death will be avenged!"

NPC Quest Dialog

Adria: "The Butcher is a sadistic creature that delights in the torture and pain of others. You have seen his handiwork in the Drunkard Farnham. His destruction will do much to ensure the safety of this village."

Deckard Cain: "It seems that the Archbishop Lazarus goaded many of the townsmen into venturing into the Labyrinth to find the King's missing son. He played upon their fears and whipped them into a frenzied mob. None of them were prepared for what lay beneath the Cold Earth...Lazarus abandoned them down there - left in the clutches of unspeakable horrors - to die."

Farnham: "Big! Big cleaver killing all my friends. Couldn't stop him, had to run away, couldn't save them. Trapped in a room with so many bodies...so many friends...noooooooooo!"

Gillian: "When Farnham said something about a Butcher killing people, I immediately discounted it. But since you brought it up, maybe it is true."

Griswold: "I saw what Farnham calls the Butcher as it swathed a path through the bodies of my friends. He swung a cleaver as large as an axe, hewing limbs and cutting down brave men where they stood. I was separated from the fray by a host of small screeching demons and somehow found the stairway leading out. I never saw that hideous beast again, but his blood-stained visage haunts me to this day."

Ogden: "Yes, Farnham has mumbled something about a hulking brute who wielded a fierce weapon. I believe he called him a Butcher."

Pepin: "By the Light, I know of this vile Demon. There were many that bore the scars of his wrath upon their bodies when the few survivors of the charge led by Lazarus crawled from the Cathedral. I don't know what he used to slice open his victims, but it could not have been of this world. It left wounds festering with disease and even I found them almost impossible to treat. Beware if you plan to battle this fiend..."

Wirt: "I know more than you'd think about that grisly fiend. His little friends got a hold of me and managed to get my leg before Griswold pulled me out of that hole. I'll put it bluntly - kill him before he kills you and adds your corpse to his collection."

Player: "The spirits of the dead are now avenged!"