Hadriel is an Archangel of the High Heavens. He is first seen in Act IV of Diablo II. He is found in the River of Flame, just north of the waypoint, at the edge of the causeway separating the River of Flame from the Chaos Sanctuary. He does not battle against the monsters, as Flavie does in Act I, and is ignored by them in turn.
In the canon RPG book To Hell and Back, it is said that only a "projection" of Hadriel appears in Hell and that he is not "physically present" there.
Deckard Cain was confused by Hadriel's presence so deep in the Burning Hells, and speculated that he was a rogue angel with a connection to Tyrael. Tyrael himself confirmed this when compiling Cain's notes for posthumous circulation.
Hadriel is clickable, and has two speeches, depending on whether a character has already finished the Hell's Forge quest:
"Proceed, hero, into Terror's Lair. Know that Diablo's innermost sanctum is hidden by five seals. Only by opening each of these seals can you clear your way to the final battle."
"Between the River of Flame and the Archangel Hadriel stands a row of statues, guarding the way to the Chaos Sanctuary. As you pass each statue, take notice as they turn their head and follow you with their icy stares. What purpose could they serve? Perhaps they are the eyes of Diablo himself!"
Hireable Angel RumorEdit
- For the main article about hirelings and a detailed report on the following rumor, see Hirelings.
Prior to the release of the Lord of Destruction expansion, there were a number of rumors regarding the missing Act IV Hireling.
There were many rumors regarding the presence of a hidden Act IV mercenary that could only be hired by completing Hell difficulty - the Angel. The Angel was supposed to be supported by the presence of Hadriel, who by their conclusions, had obviously no other purpose. The Angel was supposed to have Hadriel's base structure, levitated like him and used Cold and Lightning Spells as his main attacks. Ultimately, it was proved false when the expansion was released along with the new Hireling - the Barbarian.
- Hadriel does not share in party-friendly auras, but he gains the effect of party sharing Warcries. But they do not do anything for him, since he has no more importance on the game than a statue.
- Hadriel is voiced in-game by Bill Roper, famous for voicing Diablo himself.