|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|
Rakanishu is a Super Unique Carver found in the Stony Field next to the Cairn Stones that activate the portal to Tristram during the Search for Cain quest. 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 necessary.
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.
Rakanishu makes an appearance in Diablo III's second act: the Shrine of Rakanishu appears in the Dalghur Oasis. The nephalem must interrupt a ritual involving five standing stones (likely a reference to the Cairn Stones), and then battle the Avatar of Rakanishu. On normal difficulty, the Avatar will drop Rakanishu's Blade, which must be used against Bashiok to gain the Bashanishu achievement.
- Monsters of the Fallen type are often heard muttering the name of Rakanishu, while their shaman types call out the names Colenzo and Bishibosh. They appear to be important figures in their culture.
- A good example of the above for Rakanishu is seen in Diablo III; the title shown under the Avatar's Life display is 'Fallen Demigod'.
- 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.