Who He is and the best strategy to beat Him at the end of Act 2
Duriel is the last boss of Act 2. You can find him in Tal Rasha’s Chamber. However, you have to use the Horadric Staff in order to access it. Once you enter the Chamber, you will immediately encounter Duriel, who shouts “Looking for Baal?”.
He’s also known as the Lord of Pain and he’s Andariel’s twin brother and one of the four Lesser Evils. Also, Duriel controls the Realm of Pain in Burning Hells. During the Dark Exile, Azmodan and Belial manipulated Duriel and Andariel in order to assist them in overthrowing the three Great Evils. At first, their plan succeeded but later Duriel realized that Diablo will eventually reclaim his throne. Therefore, he and his sister decided to join Diablo for reuniting with Mephisto and Baal. About 300 years later from Dark Exile’s event, Diablo managed to free Baal from his imprisonment in the Tal Rasha’s Tomb. Then, Baal left Duriel to guard his tomb as a punishment for taking part in the Dark Exile. He felt embittered by his new position, so the Lord of Pain claimed the blood and souls of many adventurers. Finally, a team of heroes who were pursuing Diablo managed to overcome and kill Duriel. After Adria’s machinations, his spirit was trapped inside the Black Soulstone.
Duriel is one of the toughest Bosses in Diablo 2. He’s very fast despite his big size and he can deal great amounts of damage. In addition, the fight takes place in a small room and the only option of escaping is to open a Town Portal. This results in a difficult Boss to kill, considering also his Holy Freeze Aura. After you slay Duriel for the first time, on the second play-through it’s better to lure him to the big chamber as it offers more space for the fight. Further, you should bring as many minions as possible and your hireling in order to distract him. However, Duriel can kill them with a few swipes, but at least you will have enough time to open a Town Portal. Cold attacks are also helpful versus Duriel as they can slow him down. You should attack from range if it’s possible. In the case you’re playing a melee class, you will have to face him in close combat.
After you defeat him, a wall will collapse and you can move on to explore the inner chamber of Tal Rasha.