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Hirelings (Diablo II)

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Hirelings are mercenaries that can be hired to aid the player during the course of the game. In Diablo II Classic they were temporary companions that could be hired to accompany the player throughout one act. The Rogue and Iron Wolf could also be obtained as quest rewards. However, hirelings did not follow the player outside the acts they were hired in.

In the Lord of Destruction expansion pack, Hirelings were improved with radical changes. They could level up along with the player and accompany them throughout all acts and difficulties. They also had a new stats screen and the player could equip them with items to further enhance their stats. All hirelings can equip body armor and helms, and different weapon types can be equipped depending on the hireling (listed below). Hirelings are not able to equip Class-specific Items, with the exception of the Barbarian who can equip Barbarian Helms and armor that has the Barbarian class requirement (such as the body armor with the "Myth" runeword enchantment). No hireling can be equipped with rings, amulets, boots, gloves, or belts.

To heal a hireling, click and drag a health potion onto your hireling's portrait in the upper left corner of the game screen or press Shift and right-click the potion to instantly give it to him/her. Hirelings are also healed if you talk to a healer in town.

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[edit] Act I Rogue

Rogue Hireling Portrait.gif The rogues of the Rogue Encampment belong to the Sisterhood of the Sightless Eye and can be hired from Kashya after completing the Sisters' Burial Grounds quest.

[edit] Act II Desert Mercenary

Desert Mercenary Portrait.gif The Desert Mercenaries hail from the city of Lut Gholein and serve as the town's guards. They can be hired from their captain, Greiz.

  • Skills: Uses Auras to enhance the battlefield and the Amazon skill Jab. The aura a mercenary has depends on which difficulty he is hired in. If a Combat Mercenary is hired in Normal, he will still use Prayer in Nightmare.
  • Weapons: spears, polearms, and javelins.

Normal/Hell Auras:

Nightmare Auras

[edit] Act III Iron Wolf

Iron Wolf Portrait.gif The Iron Wolves from Kurast are Spellcasters, and the guards of the Kurast Docks. They can be hired from Asheara.

  • Abilities: Spell-casting, dependent on type. They are also able to attack with their equipped sword, but do so infrequently. Iron Wolves are incapable of blocking, despite being able to equip a shield.
  • Weapons: One-handed swords and shields.

Lightning mercenary spells:

Fire mercenary spells:

Cold mercenary spells:

[edit] Act IV

There are no hirelings, but Tyrael provides resurrection services.

[edit] Act V Barbarian

Barbarian Hireling Portrait.gif The Barbarians of Harrogath can be hired from Qual-Kehk after completing the Rescue on Mount Arreat quest.

  • Skills: Uses Bash and Stun.
  • Weapons: One-handed and two-handed swords. Can not dual-wield. Barbarian hirelings are able to equip class-specific Barbarian Helms.

[edit] Rumors

The lack of an Act IV Hireling led to rather ridiculous speculations related to a non-existent hidden Act IV Hireling: The Angel. The Angel was described to use Hadriel's base structure and did not walk, but levitated above the ground. They were said to use Cold and Lightning Spells. It was even said that the Angel was showcased by the presence of Hadriel. Because these rumors spread before the expansion, there are no details on what they could equip.

The rumors said that the Angel could be obtained by completing certain meaningless tasks, mostly on Hell difficulty. They included:

  • Talking to Hadriel or Tyrael a certain number of times
  • Defeating Diablo in Hell difficulty a certain number of times
  • Defeating the The Cow King a certain number of times (not possible because the Secret Cow Level portal cannot be recast if he is killed)
  • Giving the Jade Figurine/Golden Bird to Tyrael or Hadriel
  • Not talking to Tyrael after freeing him in Tal Rasha's Chamber (you cannot complete Act II without talking to him)