The Guardian (Diablo II Quest)

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The Guardian
The Guardian icon.png
Quest Giver Ormus
Quest Area Durance of Hate
Goal Kill Mephisto
Reward Access to Act IV
Quest Items None
Optional? No

The Guardian is the final quest in Act III. The quest involves killing Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred and is completed after players manage to do so.

Further Information and Tips

See the Mephisto article for tips on how to defeat the Lord of Hatred and complete the quest. You cannot enter the Durance of Hate until you smash the Compelling Orb with Khalim's Will.

NPC Quest Dialog

Ormus: "Diablo and Baal have surely found the Temple City by now. They seek to free their Brother, Mephisto, who was imprisoned by the Horadrim in the Temple's Guardian Tower. You must reach him before his Brothers do and prevent them from releasing Hatred upon the world."

The (Alternative) dialogue appears if the player has not completed the Lam Esen's Tome quest.

After Initiating

Alkor: "The hidden ways of the Tower are long forgotten. Though... it is rumored to have been built as far below the ground as above it.

Alkor (Alternative): "We have seen Diablo, but remain unsure of his Brothers' whereabouts.

Asheara: "I sent a few of my Iron Wolves on a scouting mission into the jungle near the Temple City... They encountered two cloaked men who attacked them with horrifying powers. My men barely survived. I have to assume that the two strangers are Diablo and Baal. You'd better hurry. They're close to finding their brother.

Asheara (Alternative): "Many Iron Wolves have disappeared in Travincal. The Evil is still strong there.

Deckard Cain: "You must reach Mephisto before his brothers do.

Deckard Cain (Alternative): "The ancient Horadrim always feared that the Three would escape their prisons and unite. I can't believe that I, the last of their Order, have seen it come to pass. You are the only one who can prevent this, my friend. The final hour draws near.

Hratli: "Mephisto, along with Baal, was originally captured in the desert near Lut Gholein. But imprisoning two of the Brothers together was far too dangerous. The Horadrim built the Guardian Tower to hold Mephisto. When Zakarum came to power in this land, it took over the Temple City without paying any heed to what was locked within the Tower. And it became their doom.

Hratli (Alternative): "I hear there is a little family reunion about to take place in Kurast. The Three brothers draw close.

Meshif: "Be careful when you return to the Tower. Though many of the followers of Zakarum have fled, there's no telling what horrors still lurk inside it.

Meshif (Alternative): "Move quickly, my friend, and end this curse once and for all!

Natalya: "Now you rush to face Mephisto. Don't give in to your hatred. That is his greatest weapon against you.

Ormus: "Make haste! Though the Three are sure to reunite, it is uncertain as to what they have planned once they do. Be cautious, my friend. Though you are mighty, no mortal can stand alone against the power of the Prime Evils.

Early Return

Alkor: "Well, the good news is that events are unfolding just as Lam Esen foretold. The bad news is that the story ends in our utter ruin!

Alkor (Alternative): "I'm afraid both fear and a large dose of elixir preclude me from answering.

Asheara: "The sudden reduction in our ranks makes us eager to destroy Diablo and his brothers. Vengeance for the Iron Wolves!

Asheara (Alternative): "We will fight to the death.

Deckard Cain: "Search the Tower thoroughly. Mephisto must not escape.

Hratli: "Why build a Tower to place the beast below ground? At times I believe the Horadrim lacked common sense.

Hratli (alternative): "Shouldn't you be running frantically up and down stairs about now?

Meshif: "I ought to return to the ship. We may have to sail from here very quickly.

Natalya: "Beware, my friend. Sankekur may be the most powerful mortal in the world. He controls thousands of fanatical worshippers and embodies the Lord of Hatred, himself. His death will be no easy task.

Ormus: "I understand that the great Patriarch of Zakarum, Sankekur, now embodies Mephisto. You must overcome Hatred lest Terror and Destruction claim us all!

Ormus (Alternative): "I am loath to describe what will happen if Diablo and Baal release Mephisto.

Quest Completion

Alkor: "Your news is great indeed. You have saved us all. I would smile, but I'm afraid my face might collapse.

Asheara: "Well done, my friend. You are a great champion of Order. Please, consider yourself an honorary Iron Wolf.

Deckard Cain: "Our faith in you was well deserved. But Diablo has made his way to Hell; and it is likely that Baal followed him there. Enter the Infernal Gate and kill the Lord of Terror before all is lost. Only then will our world be saved!

Hratli: "It looks like you're going to Hell before me. Put in a good word.

Meshif: "Ahh... Now, Kurast can begin the task of rekindling its former glory... I thank you.

Natalya: "Word is spreading fast that you killed Mephisto. I'd be honored to fight beside you in Hell, but I've just received my mission orders. I'll be travelling to the Barbarian lands of the North, but I can't tell you why. With luck, our paths will cross again. Farewell.

Ormus: "You have defeated a Prime Evil in combat. Ormus is impressed beyond words. But staying here will not end this conflict. You must enter the Infernal Gate and stop Diablo once and for all.

Character Quest Dialogue

Upon Completion

Amazon: "Ha ha, success! But still, there's something not right."

Assassin: "Heh, Mephisto, you were no match for me."

Barbarian: "Maybe now, the world will have peace."

Druid: "Mephisto's hatred was a poisonous void."

Necromancer: "Good journey, Mephisto. Give my regards to the Abyss."

Paladin: "The Lord of Hatred shall darken the world no longer."

Sorceress: "Mephisto shall no longer darken our souls with hatred."