16 Bosses in Diablo 3 and the Story Behind Them

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Sixteen bosses await your challenge in Diablo III. Do you have what it takes to defeat them all?

Brushing a curtain of spider webs aside, you finally enter the decrepit throne room. Reaching into your satchel, you brandish a crown, and place it on the armored skeleton that is slumped in front of you. Mists gather and swirl around the crown as the bones of the cursed king slowly reanimate. You have awakened the Skeleton King, Leoric, and his eyes glow wildly as his gaze fixes upon you…

In Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo III, there is plenty of evil blood to spill. And the reward for doing so is one of many boss encounters in the game. Some bosses are brand new to the series, while others are making encore appearances. In this article, we will discuss some of the lore behind each of the bosses. Beware though: if you haven’t completed the campaign, there are major spoilers ahead.

1. Leoric, the Skeleton King

The hollowed visage of the Skeleton King is a haunting memento of your encounter in Diablo III.

Leoric is arguably the most storied boss in the Diablo series, aside from Diablo himself. Leoric established a castle in the town of Tristram, near a monastery that contained the soulstone of Diablo. Because of his immense power, Diablo was able to invade Leoric’s dreams and attempt to possess him. Although Leoric resisted, he was driven mad by the Lord of Terror, who moved on to corrupt Leoric’s archbishop, Lazarus instead.

Through Lazarus, Diablo was able to convince Leoric that the nearby kingdom of Westmarch and the citizens of Tristram were plotting to overthrow him. Leoric waged war upon Westmarch and executed many of his advisors and subjects. Eventually Lachdanan, the knight most loyal to the corrupted king, killed Leoric and his body was placed in the monastery. But Diablo’s influence was powerful enough to resurrect the corpse, turning it into an undead minion.

Although unable to leave his tomb, Leoric, or the Skeleton King, as he came to be known, would slay adventurers who ventured into the monastery until he was killed by the hero who would eventually defeat Diablo. Much time has passed since the undead husk of Leoric was defeated, but it is rumored in New Tristram that the Skeleton King is once again being resurrected to serve evil’s purpose.

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