Overlords are brutal, ruthless demons found in the catacombs and caves beneath Tristram. They are described as servants of the Prime Evil Mephisto, former angels.



An Overlord demon.

When the Seraphim who followed the Angel Inarius into battle were made to pay for the destruction of an infernal temple by an outraged Mephisto, many were forced into unholy servitude to the Lord of Hatred. Inarius himself was bound with tremendous chains as the wings were slowly torn from his back. Great barbed hooks were then used to stretch out his once glowing skin and his features were distorted by the vile powers of The Three. Inarius was made to forever see his own downfall by placing him in a magnificent palace of mirrors. So that his once gloated ego could be contained. Inarius and his Angelic followers were turned into bloated, disfigured visages of their former selves. He and his followers eventually came to be known as the Overlords. Many of them rose among the ranks of Hell to command huge armies and wreak havoc on the Forces of Light. Besides being blood-thirsty warriors, they were skilled craftsmen and one of them, Hephasto, is the Armorer of Hell.

Followers of Inarius?Edit

According to official sources, the Seraphim were 'followers of Inarius who were made to pay for the destruction of an infernal temple'. However it was revealed in The Sin War (novels) that Inarius was captured by the Angiris Council and given to Mephisto in exchange for the continued survival of Sanctuary. There was no mention of any followers being extradited. The Sin War novels have since been deemed canon by Blizzard Entertainment, shrouding the origins of the Overlords in even greater mystery.

Caution: The following section contains content that has not been confirmed. At this point, it is pure speculation.

It could be that the Seraphim did not follow Inarius, but the only other known fallen Angel, Izual. As stated by Tyrael, Izual was captured by the Prime Evils after an ill fated assault and subsequently corrupted.[1] However, the original Seraphim were supposedly captured after the destruction of an infernal temple, whereas Izual was captured after an assault upon the Hellforge.


Overlords are large brutes that will fight hand-to-hand in battle, preferably while wielding mauls. The first Overlord the player gets to face is probably the most well known, The Butcher. He is the most famous example of an Overlord because of his extremely difficult nature at such an early stage of the game and high damage and speed. Unlike the others, he carries a meat cleaver. Overlords also have a secondary melee attack that does high damage. It's best to take them down from a safe distance with spells such as Fire Wall or with arrows. If you have to engage in close combat, make sure you get the first hit to prevent a stun-locked death. As said before, Overlord appear within the catacombs and caves though some can be found in the labyrinth as well, but only as part of the Ogden's Sign quest. Overlords also appear as Mud Man, Toad Demon and Flayed One. Despite being the hellish captains of the demonic armies, only two Overlords are seen in Diablo II. They are both depicted as weapon-smiths. The Smith in Act I and Hephasto the Armorer in Act IV are both very weak to poison but horribly difficult in melee combat.

Unique OverlordsEdit

Diablo IEdit

Diablo IIEdit


  • Resistance: No resistances
  • Immunity: No immunities
  • Hit Points: 30-40
  • Damage: 6-12
  • Levels: 4-6
  • Category: Demon


This section contains facts and trivia relevant to this article.
  • Overlords are referred to as Big Uglies by Snotspill.
  • Although originally identified as an Overlord, the Butcher has seemingly been retconned as belonging to a separate type of demon of the same name.
VariantsOverlordMud ManToad DemonFlayed One


  1. Tyrael: "Yet, against my wishes he led an ill-fated assault upon the fiery Hellforge, itself.Despite his valor and strength, Izual was captured by the Prime Evils and twisted by their perverse power." Diablo II, Act V: The Fallen Angel (quest).

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