- "You are approaching the very summit of Mount Arreat. I have never dared venture there." - Qual-Kehk
Rite of Passage is the fifth and penultimate quest of Act V. It is initiated by talking to Qual-Kehk after Betrayal of Harrogath (quest) has been completed, or when players first enter The Ancients' Way. Before gaining entrance into the Worldstone Keep, adventurers are tested by the spirits of legendary Barbarian warriors known as The Ancients: Madawc the Guardian, Talic the Defender and Korlic the Protector. If the adventurer manages to best the Ancients in combat they are found worthy of gaining entrance into the Keep, wherein lies the Worldstone.
The quest is completed after the last of the Ancients has been defeated. The player is rewarded with a substantial experience gain, often resulting in Leveling Up. In addition players may now enter the Worldstone Keep where they will face the Lord of Destruction, Baal.
Additional Tips and Information
Past the Frozen Tundra you will find The Ancients' Way; follow this until you find the way towards the Arreat Summit. In the center of the Summit the Altar of the Heavens can be found. When the player first approaches the Arreat Summit, the player should not activate the altar right away. Instead, said player should open a town portal going back to Harrogathand purchase plenty of healing and mana potions on arrival. Upon returning to the Arreat Summit, it would be wiser not to drop all potions on hand in just any area. Instead drop them around the altar. This process should be repeated a few times until the player feels comfortable enough to deal with the Ancients. Since players must not return to Harrogath once the Ancients are awakened (or be forced to completely restart the fight when coming back to the Arreat Summit) this strategy is a way to simply replenish any potions used during the fight. When running low on potions, the player can naturally pick up ones dropped previously. After activating the Altar of the Heavens, the thee statues of the Ancients come to life and attack the player. The three Ancients each utilize different Barbarian skills; Madawc uses Double Throw and Shout, Talic uses Whirlwind and Korlic Leap. The immediate focus should be on Madawc the Guardian (double throw Barbarian) since of the three he is the fastest ranged attacker and can send the character into hit recovery/dodge animation/blocking animation much faster than the others, effectively stunning long enough for the remaining two to land fatal blows. If the hero is a melee character, it is especially advised not to directly start attacking neither Talic the Defender nor Korlic the Protector until felling Madawc. This is due to the latter's Shout ability which will increase the enemies defenses to radically high levels, thus making a physical hit much harder to land. Once Madawc is slain, focus should then shift to Korlic the Protector (leap attack Barbarian). This is because though Madawc is the only one of the three with an actual ranged weapon, leap attack acts a pseudo ranged attack and will be the source of many unexpected random hit recovery/dodging/blocking animations while fighting the remainding Barbarian. After the stated two Ancients have fallen, Talic the Defender should be much more manageable.If you hide behind the pillars on the summit, Madawc will keep throwing axes at you but they can't hit you because of the pillars, so you can easily take care of Korlic and Talic first. If you have trouble fighting all three of them at the same time, try to seperate them by running across the summit, with some luck they will stuck at the corners, allowing you to fight one at a time.
Note that if you happen to leave before all three are killed, their mods will change. At times they spawn with immunities to different elements. If you feel as though the odds are against you, simply leave and return. Keep in mind that the Ancients can also be aura enchanted and elementally enchanted as well.
Note: opening a Town Portal mid-fight will reset the Ancients, forcing you to fight them again from scratch. Town Portals that were opened before activiting the Altar will disappear when the Ancients awaken.
Defeating the Ancients grants the player access to the Worldstone Keep. More importantly, it gives a huge boost of experience. There is a limit of 1 level-up during this process.
The exact amounts of experience gain are:
- Normal: 1,400,000
- Nightmare: 20,000,000
- Hell: 40,000,000
Furthermore, there is one more limitation - the reward is given only if the player is at least level 20 in Normal, level 40 in Nightmare, and level 60 in Hell.
|Diablo II and Lord of Destruction quests|
|Diablo II quests|
Act I — Den of Evil • Sisters' Burial Grounds •
Search for Cain • The Forgotten Tower • Tools of the Trade • Sisters to the Slaughter
|Diablo II: Lord of Destruction quests|
|Act V — Siege on Harrogath • Rescue on Mount Arreat • Prison of Ice • Betrayal of Harrogath • Rite of Passage • Eve of Destruction|