"In the beginning, Rakanoth served Andariel, the Maiden of Anguish, with efficient brutality, for his touch may open up many painful wounds. He was also the warden of Izual during many long years that the angel suffered in Rakanoth's own Plains of Despair, but he has quit his realm unexpectedly in recent times."
Deckard Cain on Rakanoth
Rakanoth served as a warden to the imprisoned angel Izual, whom he guarded in the Plains of Despair - his own domain in the Burning Hells. He also fought in the Great Conflict, battling Tyrael on at least one occasion.
When Diablo incorporated the essences of the six other Great Evils and became the all powerful Prime Evil, he emptied almost all of Hell's various realms in order to create the for a massive assault on the High Heavens. Rakanoth was among those he summoned and was assigned the task of guarding the archangel Auriel holding her captive in the Library of Fate. However, a group of nephalem rescued the angel and slew Rakanoth in combat, thus bringing hope back to all of angelkind in their darkest hour.
Similar to Izual, he is also a heavy melee unit except that he doesn't move as much. However, this doesn't make him any less dangerous since he is known to utilize AoE attacks, summon minor demons and even teleport anywhere on the battlefield (which has the frightening side effect of instantly killing the player, regardless of class/armor/level/strength/etc, should he backstab you with this technique). Without any decent armor or high attributes (especially in areas that concern life points), you will die by the hands of Despair in a matter of seconds.
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- Rakanoth's design was originally used by the Blizzard North development team for Azmodan, but was changed at some unknown point in time by the current Diablo III development team.
- Rakanoth is the only demon mentioned in the Prophecy of the End of Days ("and all Hope shall be swallowed by Despair").
- Rakanoth is one of the 6 Bosses of Diablo III to have an Uber appearance. His Uber version sports no change in strategy whatsoever, but he fights alongside Ghom, giving some strategies on him a bit more trouble than players would have fighting in Act IV.
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Prime Evils — Diablo • Mephisto • Baal