Elite Groups

Elite Groups

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Champion Groups Stats
  3. Unique Groups
  4. Elite Affixes
  5. Summary

Introduction

In the world of Sanctuary, there are some monsters that are spawned from the deepest pits of evil itself... the Elite Groups. Champions, Uniques, and their minions all gain additional Stats as well as a plethora of devastating special abilities. While more dangerous, these monsters also drop the best loot the game has to offer and give the largest Experience values. If you're going for max Level, and the rarest items, you'll need to educate yourself on these monsters of Diablo II: Resurrected!


Champion Groups

Champion Groups spawn as 2-4 of the same monster, with special abilities and Stats based on the type of Champion they are.

Note: These monster types are called Champions, and one version of them is also called Champion.

The five types are Champion, Berserker, Fanatic, Ghostly, and Possessed. Each type has specific sets of additional Stats which drastically change the overall danger and strategies needed to bring them down. We'll cover the similarities shared between each type, and then break down the individual characteristics.

  • Champions are noticeably vibrant in their coloration, while the Ghostly type is translucent.
  • Champions have a set loot drop of 2 potions, and an item. The item drop will be Magic quality or higher, or a sum of Gold.
    • This set drop makes hunting Champion groups for items on Players 1 setting, the most efficient.
  • Champion groups spawn with Monster Level (mLVL) = Area Level +2. (Except Berserkers, which are +3)
    • This increase in mLVL affects the calculations for Attack Rating, Damage, and Character Level (cLVL) vs mLVL for Experience gain.
    • A Hell Bovine in Normal The Secret Cow Level is mLVL 28. A Berserker Hell Bovine would be mLVL 31, and all other Champion Hell Bovines are mLVL 30.
  • There is a 20% chance that an Elite Group spawns as a Champion when generated.
    • Can spawn from activating an Evil Urn, or when activating a Monster Shrine.
    • There are 8 areas of the game that always spawn a Champion group:
      • Tristram
      • Crystalline Passage (The entrance to the Frozen River)
      • Glacial Trail (At the entrance to the Drifter Cavern)
      • Drifter Cavern
      • Halls of Vaught (At the end of the passages)
      • Frozen Tundra (At the entrance to the Ancient's Way)
      • Ancient's Way (At the entrance to the Icy Cellar)
      • Icy Cellar
  • Champion groups are worth 300% Experience of the normal value the monster would be worth, except Berserkers, which are worth 500%.
  • Every Group has 1 Champion type, and the remaining 1-3 monsters independently roll which type to spawn as. You can have a group of 4 Champion type monsters.
  • When the following monsters spawn as a Champion group, they will also have 1-5 Minions with them that receive Life, Level bonuses, and Experience bonuses as if they were Unique group Minions. Because of this, these groups are excellent for Experience gain.
    • Fallen
    • Fallen Shaman
    • Scarab Demon
    • Fetish
    • Blow Pipe Fetish
    • Fetish Shaman
    • Siege Beast
    • Overseer
  • Ignore Target's Defense does not apply. Freeze length chills instead of Freezing. Stun length has a 10% chance of being applied. Open Wounds drain is 1/2 effective.
  • Willowisp monsters only receive 1/2 of any +% Damage from Champion bonuses.

Champion Stats

Champions are faster, deal more damage, have additional Attack Rating, and have more Life. Their bonuses scale down in Nightmare and Hell difficulty.

StatNormalNightmareHell
% Base Life300250200
+% to Attack Rating675649
+% to Damage907566
+xx% Faster Run / Walk202020

Berserker Stats

Berserkers deal more damage, have additional Attack Rating, but have less Life. They are also the only Champion that has mLVL +3. Their bonuses scale down in Nightmare and Hell difficulty.

StatNormalNightmareHell
% Base Life7562.550
+% to Attack Rating270225198
+% to Damage270225198

Fanatic Stats

Fanatics are much faster, deal more damage, have more Life, have additional Attack Rating, but have less Defense, making them easier to hit. Their bonuses scale down in Nightmare and Hell difficulty.

StatNormalNightmareHell
% Base Life300250200
+% to Attack Rating675649
+% to Damage907566
% Defense-70-70-70
+xx% Faster Run / Walk100100100

Ghostly Stats

Ghostlies deal more damage, have additional Attack Rating, have more Life, apply Cold Damage, and Cold Length. They are translucent. They have 80% Damage Resist which replaces any other value of Damage Resist the monster type has. If they would be Immune to Physical normally, instead they have 80% Damage Resistance.

StatNormalNightmareHell
% Base Life300250200
+% to Attack Rating675649
+% to Damage907566
% Defense-70-70-70
Min Cold Damage1mLVL * 33 / 100mLVL * 33 / 100mLVL * 33 / 100
Max Cold Damage1mLVL * 50 / 100mLVL * 50 / 100mLVL * 50 / 100
Cold Length (Seconds)666
  1. This damage is not increased by Players Settings.

Possessed Stats

Possessed are faster, deal more damage, have additional Attack Rating, and have significantly more Life.

Because of this increase in life, it's often inefficient to try and kill this type at very low levels.

Possessed cannot become Cursed, but cloakofshadows and battlecry can be applied.

StatNormalNightmareHell
% Base Life600500400
+% to Attack Rating675649
+% to Damage907566

Unique Groups

Unique groups spawn as 1 boss monster and a pack of 3-6 Minions of the same monster type. The boss spawns with one Elite Affix in Normal, two Affixes in Nightmare, and 3 Affixes in Hell. The affixes are selected from a list of 13, with a hidden affix available for specific Super Unique monsters. The Affixes apply their bonuses and calculate criteria in the order they generate when the monster is spawned.

  • Unique bosses are noticeably vibrant in their coloration.
  • Unique bosses have a set loot drop of 4 potions, and an item drop. The item is always of Magic quality or higher.
    • Because of this, there is little benefit to killing Unique bosses on higher Player Settings when farming for items. Only the minions in the pack will have a higher chance of dropping an item, which can be of any quality.
  • Unique groups spawn with a Monster Level (mLVL) = Area Level +3.
    • This increase in mLVL affects the calculations for Attack Rating, Damage, and Character Level (cLVL) vs mLVL for Experience gain.
    • A Hell Bovine in Normal The Secret Cow Level is mLVL 28. A Unique Hell Bovine is mLVL 31.
  • There is an 80% chance that an Elite Group spawns as a Unique group when generated.
    • Can spawn from activating an Evil Urn, or when activating a Monster Shrine.
  • Unique bosses and minions are worth 500% of the normal value the monster would be worth.
  • The following monsters normally spawn with a pack of "minions" of lesser monsters that have special ability interactions. When they spawn as a Unique group, their minions spawn as the lesser monster type.
    • Fallen Shaman spawn with Fallen minions.
    • Fetish Shaman spawn with Fetish minions.
    • Overseer spawn with Enslaved minions.
  • Ignore Target's Defense does not apply to the boss, but does apply to minions. Freeze length chills instead of Freezing. Minions can be Frozen. Stun length has a 10% of being applied. Open Wounds drain is 1/2 effective.
  • Unique bosses and their minions have increased Base Life that scales with difficulty.
MonsterStatNormalNightmareHell
Boss% Base Life400300200
Minion200175150

Elite Affixes

Aura Enchanted

The boss of the group spawns with a random Paladin Aura that scales based on the mLVL. Monsters within range are affected by friendly Auras, while hostile Auras affect players and their minions. The Aura ends once the boss is killed.

  • Unique bosses can only have 1 Aura Enchanted affix.
  • Monsters with the innate charge ability (Claw Vipers and Reanimated Hordes) gain additional Synergy-Damage from Might.
  • holyshock can only be selected when the boss mLVL >= 20.
  • fanaticism applies its allied +xx% Damage, not its user +xx% Damage.
  • conviction does not apply to a Character, Mercenary, or irongolem applying a higher Skill Level Conviction.
AuraLevelMinimum Skill Level PossibleMaximum Skill Level Possible

Blessedaim
max[(mLVL / 5), 1]119

conviction
max[(mLVL / 8), 1]111

fanaticism
max[(mLVL / 8), 1]111

holyfire
max[(mLVL / 6), 1]115

holyfreeze
max[(mLVL / 7), 1]113

holyshock
max[(mLVL / 8), 1]211

might
max[(mLVL / 6), 1]115

Cold Enchanted

Adds Cold Damage and Cold Resistance to the boss. Ranged minions gain Cold Damage, melee minions gain Cold Damage in Nightmare and Hell. When the boss of the pack dies, it explodes, releasing a Cold nova similar to frostnova.

  • Adds 75% Cold Resistance to the boss. This can cause a monster to become Immune to Cold. This does not apply if the monster would gain a third Immunity. If the monster is already Immune to Cold and another element, this does not apply.
  • The Cold Damage does not increase with Player Settings.
MonsterStatNormalNightmareHell
BossMin Cold DamagemLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100
Max Cold DamagemLVLmLVLmLVL
Cold Length (Seconds)(mLVL * 0.2) + 4(mLVL * 0.2) + 4(mLVL * 0.2) + 4
MinionMin Cold DamagexmLVL * 33 / 100mLVL * 33 / 100
Max Cold DamagexmLVL * 50 / 100mLVL * 50 / 100
Cold Length (Seconds)(mLVL * 0.2) + 4(mLVL * 0.2) + 4(mLVL * 0.2) + 4

Upon death, the Unique boss releases a frostnova like ability with a Skill Level = mLVL / 2. It's Cold Damage and Cold Length scales with Level.

Level
Cold Nova Stat1 - 89 - 1617 - 2223 - 28> 28
Min Cold Damage2 + (4 * LVL)(5 * LVL) - 6(6 * LVL) - 22(8 * LVL) - 66(10 * LVL) - 122
Max Cold Damage4 + (4 * LVL)(5 * LVL) - 4(6 * LVL) - 20(8 * LVL) - 64(10 * LVL) - 120
Cold Length (Seconds)2 + LVL2 + LVL2 + LVL2 + LVL2 + LVL

Starting in Nightmare, a boss can be Dual-Enchanted. If the monster has two elemental enchantments, their On Death effects are multiplicative and become more dangerous than intended. These are known bugs that make Hardcore play-throughs very dangerous.

  • When the boss is Cold and Fire Enchanted their nova and explosion trigger twice. The second set of effects does not have a visual indicator in game. The nova has a 3 frame Next Hit Delay, so the second nova does not apply its Cold Damage or Length.
  • When the boss is Cold and Lighting Enchanted or a Scarab Demon, their nova is triggered when they are put into Hit Recovery, without a visual indicator.
  • When a Scarab Demon that is Cold and Lightning Enchanted is put into Hit Recovery, it will trigger their nova twice without a visual indicator. The Nova has a 3 frame Next Hit Delay, so the second nova does not apply its Cold Damage or Length.

Cursed

The boss gains a 75% chance to apply amplifydamage via Melee or Missile attack, with Skill Level = (mLVL / 5) + 1. amplifydamage reduces the target's Physical Damage Reduction, increasing Physical Damage taken. See the Necromancer Overview for a more information.


Extra Fast

The boss and its minions gain +100% Fast Run Walk

  • Static monsters cannot spawn with this affix.
  • Missiles fired by Extra Fast Abyss Knight bosses and their minions are invisible.

Extra Strong

The boss and its minions gain additional damage and Attack Rating. The bonus scales with difficulty.

MonsterStatNormalNightmareHell
Boss+xx% to Attack Rating907566
+xx% to Damage13511299
Minion+xx% to Attack Rating453733
+xx% to Damage675649

Extra Strong Willowisp bosses and minions receive 1/2 of the +xx% to Damage, rounded down.


Fire Enchanted

Adds Fire Damage and Fire Resistance to the boss. Ranged minions gain Fire Damage, melee minions gain Fire Damage in Nightmare and Hell. When the boss of the pack dies, it releases a Fire / Physical explosion similar to corpseexplosion.

  • Adds 75% Fire Resistance to the boss. This can cause a monster to become Immune to Fire. This does not apply if the monster would gain a third Immunity. If the monster is already Immune to Fire and another element, this does not apply.
  • The Fire Damage does not increase with Player Settings.
MonsterStatNormalNightmareHell
BossMin Fire DamagemLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100
Max Fire DamagemLVLmLVLmLVL
MinionMin Fire DamagexmLVL * 33 / 100mLVL * 33 / 100
Max Fire DamagexmLVL * 50 / 100mLVL * 50 / 100

Upon death, the Unique boss releases a corpseexplosion like ability. Its Fire / Physical Damage deals a percentage of the monster's base maximum Life, ignoring the Unique Life bonuses.

StatNormalNightmareHell
Fire Damage5.625 - 9.375 %3.5 - 5.833 %0.375 - 0.625 %
Physical Damage5.625 - 9.375 %3.5 - 5.833 %0.375 - 0.625 %
Radius (Yards)2.663.334
  • The explosion cannot apply damage to Mercenaries or Summons.
  • Explosion damage can be blocked and dodged.
  • Explosion damage does not increase with Player Settings.

Starting in Nightmare, a boss can be Dual-Enchanted. If the monster has two elemental enchantments, their On Death effects are multiplicative and become more dangerous than intended.

  • When the boss is Cold and Fire Enchanted their nova and explosion trigger twice. The second set of effects does not have a visual indicator in game. The Nova has a 3 frame Next Hit Delay, so the second Nova does not apply its Cold Damage or Length.
  • When the boss is Fire and Lighting Enchanted or a Scarab Demon, their explosion is triggered when they are put into Hit Recovery, without a visual indicator.
  • When a Scarab Demon that is Fire and Lightning Enchanted is put into Hit Recovery, it triggers their explosion twice without a visual indicator.

Lightning Enchanted

Adds Lightning Damage and Lightning Resistance to the boss. Ranged minions gain Lightning Damage, melee minions gain Lightning Damage in Nightmare and Hell. When the boss of the pack is put into Hit Recovery or dealt damage, it releases bolts similar to chargedbolt in a set pattern around the monster.

  • Adds 75% Lightning Resistance to the boss. This can cause a monster to become Immune to Lightning. This does not apply if the monster would gain a third Immunity. If the monster is already Immune to Lightning and another element, this does not apply.
  • The Lightning Damage does not increase with Player Settings.
MonsterStatNormalNightmareHell
BossMin Lightning DamagemLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100
Max Lightning DamagemLVLmLVLmLVL
MinionMin Lightning DamagexmLVL * 33 / 100mLVL * 33 / 100
Max Lightning DamagexmLVL * 50 / 100mLVL * 50 / 100

Upon being put into Hit Recovery or taking damage, the Unique boss will release 8 chargedbolt like missiles. The bolt damage is equal to (2 * (mLVL / 2)) - 1. A mLVL = 50 Lightning Enchanted monster's bolts deal 49 Lightning Damage.

Starting in Nightmare, a boss can be Dual-Enchanted. If the monster has two elemental enchantments, their On Death effects are multiplicative and become more dangerous than intended.

  • When the boss is Fire and Lighting Enchanted, their explosion is triggered when they are put into Hit Recovery, without a visual indicator.
  • When the boss is Cold and Lighting Enchanted, their nova is triggered when they are put into Hit Recovery, without a visual indicator.
  • When a Scarab Demon that is Fire and Lightning Enchanted is put into Hit Recovery, it will trigger their explosion twice without a visual indicator.

Magic Resistant

The boss gains +xx% to Cold / Fire / Lightning Resistance. This Affix is only available in Nightmare and Hell for non-Super Uniques.

  • Resistances are applied in the following order if the criteria is met.
    • If Cold Resist of the monster is <100%, add 40% Cold Resistance.
    • If Fire Resist of the monster is < 100%, add 40% Fire Resistance.
    • If Lightning Resist of the monster is <100%, add 40% Lightning Resistance.
      • This can cause a monster to become Immune. This does not apply if the monster would gain a third Immunity. If the monster is already Immune to two elements, this doesn't apply if it would increase one of those elements.

Example: A monster has 60 Cold Resistance, 60 Fire Resistance and 60 Lightning Resistance.
Magic Resistant checks their Cold Resistance, it's <100%, and it does not cause a third Immunity. It adds 40% Resistance and the monster is Immune to Cold.
Magic Resistant checks their Fire Resistance, it's <100%, and it does not cause a third Immunity. It adds 40% Resistance and the monster is Immune to Fire.
Magic Resistant checks their Lightning Resistance, it's <100%, but it DOES cause a third Immunity. It does not add 40% Lightning Resistance. The Monster is Immune to Cold, Immune to Fire, and has 60% Lightning Resistance.


Mana Burn

Causes bosses, and their minions to deal additional damage and drain Mana as Life, on attacks. This reduces the Character's Mana and replenishes Life to the monster. The boss also gains Magic Resistance.

  • Since the Character(s) are the only targets with Mana, Mercenaries and Summons do not cause Life to replenish for bosses and minions with Mana Burn.
  • Minions also deal damage to Mana in Nightmare and Hell difficulty.
  • If the Character has 0 Mana, any attacks fail to replenish Life for the monsters.
  • Bonus damage does not increase with Player Setting, but due to a coding error, the Mana burned value is multiplied by 256 for melee attacks. This causes immediate depletion of Mana from most monster attacks.
  • The boss gains 20% Magic Resistance as long as this would not result in a third Immunity, or increase one of two current immunities.
MonsterMana DamageNormalNightmareHell
BossMinmLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100
MaxmLVLmLVLmLVL
MinionMinxmLVL * 33 / 100mLVL * 33 / 100
MaxxmLVL * 50 / 100mLVL * 50 / 100

Multiple Shots

The boss shoots 3 of their normal missiles when they use a range missile attack. This affix can only spawn on the following monster types below.

  • Abyss Knight
  • Blow Pipe Fetish
  • Corrupt Rogue Archer
  • Council Member
  • Demon Imp
  • Death Mauler
  • Fallen Shaman
  • Finger Mage
  • Frog Demon
  • Frozen Horror
  • Greater Mummy
  • Megademon
  • Oblivion Knight
  • Overseer
  • Radament
  • Sand Maggot
  • Skeleton Archer
  • Skeleton Mage
  • Slinger
  • Spike Fiend
  • Stygian Fury
  • Tainted
  • Vulture Demon
  • Zakarum Priest

Spectral Hit

The boss gains Cold / Fire / Lightning Resistance and adds a random damage type to its attacks. The types are Magic, Fire, Lightning, Cold, and Poison.

StatMagic DamageFire DamageLightning DamageCold DamagePoison Damage
MinmLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100mLVL * 66 / 100(mLVL * 66 / 100) * 40 /256
MaxmLVLmLVLmLVLmLVLmLVL * 40 / 256
Length (Seconds)xxx1.61.6

Resistances are applied in the following order if the criteria is met.

  • If Cold Resist of the monster is <75%, add 20% Cold Resistance.
  • If Fire Resist of the monster is < 75%, add 20% Fire Resistance.
  • If Lightning Resist of the monster is <75%, add 20% Lightning Resistance.

Stone Skin

The boss gains Physical Damage Resistance and Defense.

  • The boss gains 50% Physical Damage Resistance. This does not apply if the monster would gain a third Immunity. If the monster is already Immune to Physical and another element, this does not apply.
  • The boss gains 200% base Defense, which applies before any additional +xx% Defense.

Teleportation

The boss gains access to a teleport-like Skill which replenishes Life up to a maximum of 30% of their total Life, when used.

  • Ranged monsters teleport when they are within melee range of a hostile Character.
    • Otherwise, monsters teleport when their Life total is < 30% of their maximum.
  • Static monsters and Suicide Minions cannot spawn with this affix.

Summary

  • Champion and Unique Groups are well worth the added danger, since you receive better Experience and chance of item drops.
  • Each type of Champion has its own strengths and weaknesses. Reading their Champion type quickly can help to ascertain the situation faster.
  • Unique groups can apply additional Stats to their minions, and can give the boss of the group challenging bonus Skills.
  • Champions and Uniques always drop items, so Player Settings do not change their chances of giving loot.

With this knowledge about Champion and Unique groups, you're now equipped to farm Experience and items more efficiently. Make sure to check their unique Stats and keep yourself out of undue danger!

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