Elite Monsters & Affixes

Introduction

Elites are a tried and true part of any Diablo game that challenge you with interesting monster affixes. Sometimes you have to avoid giant lasers. Other times you have to go into a barrier to damage an Elite or jump away from one before it explodes on you! Diablo Immortal embraces these fun monsters and evolves them in unique ways. Let’s learn about how they work and how to overcome them!

Unique enemy from a Wanted Task

Elite Types

The four different types of Elites

Champion

A Champion Pack is always made up of three enemies. They are the most common Elite in the game. Each enemy has the same, singular affix from the list in the next section. Champion Packs are not hard to kill. Learn how to counter each affix, and they won't pose any risk to you. When all enemies of a Champion Pack are killed, they drop:

Rare

A Rare is a single tough enemy. They are less common than Champion Elites, with two random affixes from the list in the next section. Rares can be tricky to kill without taking moderate to high damage. This goes double while pushing high Challenge Rifts, where accidentally engaging one can lead to your death. Learn how to counter or avoid each affix. Keep your Health Potion and movement skill(s) ready to use while fighting. When killed, it drops:

Ancient Elite

An Ancient Elite is a single tough enemy surrounded by 4-6 minions. They are the least common Elite in the game. They have three random affixes per the list in the next section. Their minions all have the Empowered Minion affix which increases Life, Damage, and Movement Speed! Legendaries can be difficult to kill without dying at least once. The main enemy hits with high damage as the minions chip away at your health. It is best to begin by using AoE (Area of Effect) skills to quickly kill the minions. Focus on the Ancient Elite after. Learn how to counter or avoid each affix. Keep your Health Potion and movement skill(s) ready to use while fighting. When killed, it drops:

  • Gold.
  • Assorted items.
  • Three Experience Globes.
  • A 10 - 15% chance of dropping a Legendary item, which makes them always worth pursuing!

Unique

Unique enemies are typically associated with different Tasks that happen in each zone. They typically have multiple health bars, symbolized by the red diamonds to the right of the bar. Lastly, they can use affixes from the list below, but no icons are displayed to show which they have. This makes encounters a little mysterious, so be on guard for anything coming your way. Unique enemies do moderate damage, but have extremely high health. Play smart and use your abilities when you can. Look for and avoid any affixes they use. Keep your Health Potion and movement skill(s) ready to use while fighting. A chest spawns after killing them that contains:

  • Gold.
  • Assorted items.
  • Three Enchanted Dust.

Elite Affixes and Tips

Laser affix firing from an Elite Pack

There is a wide variety of ways Elites look to damage and kill you. Below is a complete list of each affix and its description. Tips for how to play around them are given as well!

Arcane

Description: Summons rotating beams of Arcane Energy.

  • Tip #1 - Move away from the small Arcane Orb when you see it move towards you. It is the starting point for the beam itself.
  • Tip #2 - The beam spins in place for one full rotation before disappearing.

Barrier

Description: Creates a barrier that blocks projectiles.

  • Tip #1 - Ranged classes stop casting abilities as soon as you see it appear. Move into the barrier and attack the enemies.
  • Tip #2 - The barriers do not move. You can kite enemies out of the barrier to damage them.

Berserking

Description: Increases Movement and Attack Speed of nearby monsters.

  • Tip #1 - Kill these enemies as quickly as possible before they use this affix.
  • Tip #2 - If enemies use this affix before they are killed, use CC (Crowd Control) abilities to keep them in place and damage from afar if you're ranged. If you're melee, do the same CC if possible, then do short bursts of damage while moving away from enemies to avoid taking tons of damage.

Chilled

Description: Attacks apply Chill.

  • Tip #1 - Kill these enemies as quickly as possible at range, or with the use of CC immunity skill for melee classes.
  • Tip #2 - If there are surrounding enemies around a Chilled affix pack, attempt to kill them first. This helps you avoid taking tons of damage from the pack along with the surrounding enemies when you are Chilled.

Chilling Winds

Description: Summons an Icy Orb that explodes into a Chilling Tornado.

  • Tip #1 - Run around in a circle (at range) when you see them casting this affix. To avoid taking damage, continue running until the projectile lands and becomes the Tornado.

Death Spawns

Description: Produces 3 Slimes on death.

  • Tip #1 - Kill all enemies of a pack as close to the same time as possible. Use AoE (Area of Effect) skills to kill the Slimes after they spawn.

Empowered Minions

Description: Increases Damage, Life, and Movement Speed.

  • Tip #1 - This affix only appears on an Ancient Elite enemy's minion pack.
  • Tip #2 - Kill these enemies first before moving on to the Ancient Elite itself. CC is very useful here.

Frenzied

Description: Periodically Frenzied - Speed and Life (regeneration) increased and immune to Immobilization.

  • Tip #1 - Kill these enemies as quickly as possible to avoid multiple instances of the affix going off.
  • Tip #2 - Save and use high damage abilities when you see this affix on an enemy or enemy pack.

Frozen Orb

Description: Summons chilling Ice Orbs that explode after 3 seconds.

  • Tip #1 - Stay out of the small Ice Circles when they form to avoid damage.

Harsh Winds

Description: Generates wind that impedes or enhances your movement speed.

  • Tip #1 - Quickly determine which way the wind is blowing. Adjust your position to enemies around you, especially if you're melee, to make sure you stay in range.
  • Tip #2 - Conversely, use the wind to escape from multiple enemies by moving in the same direction the wind is blowing.

Icy Ground

Description: Freezes the ground, reducing traction when moving.

  • Tip #1 - Do your best not to move while this affix is in play. Your character will move as if it's on an ice skating rink and becomes hard to control.
  • Tip #2 - Similar to Harsh Winds, you can use this affix to escape from enemies quickly if in danger.

Illusionist

Description: Summons two Doppelgangers.

  • Tip #1 - The Doppelgangers have less health than the main enemy and only last for a certain amount of time.
  • Tip #2 - You can take them down first or focus the main enemy down, whichever is easier for your class.

Jailer

Description: Summons an immobilizing prison.

  • Tip #1 - The jail lasts for a short time, but you can not move out of it. Have at least one Health Potion charge ready to use if jailed in a cluster of enemies. Having CC abilities ready to use can help you live through the affix, too.

Laser

Description: Fires target-locking beams of energy.

  • Tip #1 - Similar to Frozen, run in a circle (at range) for 3 seconds as the beam follows you.
  • Tip #2 - Once the beam stops moving, move out of the way before it quickly charges and fires.

Molten

Description: Explodes below 10% health, inflicting heavy damage to all targets within 5 meters.

  • Tip #1 - When the Ring of Fire forms around the enemy, back away until it explodes to keep safe. If not, you'll take heavy damage and be knocked back.

Mortar

Description: Lobs fiery projectiles in a line (twice).

  • Tip #1 - When you see the targets appear on the ground, move perpendicular to them to avoid taking damage quickly.
  • Tip #2 - NEVER move towards the back of the first set of targets, as a second cast always starts at the end of the first.

Nightmarish

Description: Periodically emits a terrifying roar.

  • Tip #1 - This affix is a short term Fear. Besides having Fear Immunity on gear, there's not much you can do to counter. However, the distance you run is short and countering this isn't worth investing in to.

Orbiter

Description: Summons 7 lightning spheres.

  • Tip #1 - Notice where the orbs spawn and keep a safe distance away. Their damage is not high, but hits multiple times quickly.

Reflect Damage

Description: Reflects all damage taken from the 6th preceding attack as a fiery explosion.

  • Tip #1 - Knowing it triggers on the 6th attack, plan your 6th attack at the furthest range you can to avoid taking damage.
  • Tip #2 - If you're a melee class, attack one enemy at a time to minimize incoming damage and Health Potion through the affix.

Serpent Totem

Description: Summons 3 Poison-Spitting Snake Turrets.

  • Tip #1 - The totems have a low amount of health compared to the main enemy that casts them. They can be ignored if you're a ranged class and not diverting your auto attacks. If you're taking heavy damage from them, attack them first.
  • Tip #2 - The same applies for melee classes, but due to constant disengaging from the main enemy to kill them. It's also advised to kite the enemies away from the Serpent Totems themselves to help avoid incoming damage.

Teleporter

Description: Teleports occasionally.

  • Tip #1 - Take note of when they use their affix and simply readjust your position.

Waller

Description: Summons walls around its target.

  • Tip #1 - They are U-shaped wall spawns, centered on your character, with one way to escape.
  • Tip #2 - Make sure to be in the biggest open area to easily get out of the Waller. This minimizes your chances of being stuck in a corner and dying.

Summary

  • Learn the differences between each Elite type to be prepared.
  • Understand how each affix works to best counter them for your class.
  • Gauge if a Rare Elite is worth fighting while pushing a Challenge Rift. It could bring great progress or certain death!
  • Fight Ancient Elites with your skills and Health Potion cooldowns ready, then hope the RNG slot machine rewards a Legendary item!

Happy hunting and may the Elites fear you!


Credits

Written by Dredscythe
Contributions by Raxxanterax
Reviewed by FacefootRaxxanterax


Changelog

Apr 26th 2022
Article published for launch

Jun 12th 2022
-Updated Legendary Elites to Ancient Elite.