|Act(s) found in||1||1||1|
|Attack Rating 1||60||729||2,588|
|Attack Rating 2||-||688||2,444|
|% to Block||16||16||16|
When attacking Rakanishu, melee heroes should be cautious of his Lightning Enchanted status, which causes Charged Bolts to emanate from him when struck. Rapid attacks on Rakanishu will result in an equally rapid release of charged bolts, which are especially deadly on higher difficulty levels. Rakanishu is the first of the Lightning Enchanted bosses in Diablo II, but enemies with this status appear often enough to make lightning resistance necesary.
In Normal difficulty, the Lightning damage done is 3-6. This increased to 21-33 in Nightmare and 53-81 in Hell. In addition, his Attack 1 has Cold Damage in Nightmare and Hell. In Nightmare there is a 10% chance of adding 4-6 cold damage with a chill of six seconds and in Hell there is a 20% chance of adding 12-16 Cold damage with an eight second chill.
He will appear with eight Minions in Normal, nine Minions in Nightmare and ten Minions in Hell.
- Monsters of the Fallen type are often heard muttering the name of Rakanishu and Bishibosh. They appear to be important figures in their culture.
- In the game Borderlands there is a giant Rakk (a creature not unlike a pteradactyl) called Rakkinishu. It will always drop the shield Cracked Sash, named after the common belt.
- In Diablo III, Rakanishu's Blade can be found in the Dalghur Oasis part of Act II, and used for obtaining the achievement Bashanishu.
- There is an randomized event in the Dalghur Oasis that is tied to Rakanishu in Diablo III as well. Several Fallen members on top of a hill are seen performing a ritual at a stone surrounded by 5 other stones. Upon destruction of the 5 stones, an Avatar of Rakanishu arrives. Killing him prompts the optional objective to destroy the stone he arrived at, before the event is completed.
- The 5 stones surrounding the center are also a nod to the Cairn Stones from Act I of Diablo II.
- The title shown when targeting the Avatar of Rakanishu is 'Fallen Demigod'. This is most likely why the Fallen Ones sometimes utter his name as a war cry.