This is a detailed guide on how to defeat Andariel, the late-game mandatory boss in Diablo 4. We go over the preparations you need as well as her phases and move pool.
A guide to defeating Andariel Diablo 4.
Andariel is a non-optional boss in Diablo 4 that is best fought later in the game after you’ve reached at least Level 40. This boss fight is needed to complete the “Anguish Incarnate” Quest and features two phases with a versatile move pool. Here’s how to defeat Andariel Diablo 4 and what you’ll need to prepare beforehand.
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Andariel is a mandatory boss in Diablo 4 that is best fought after Level 40. She is found in Blasted Scarp and must be defeated to complete the Anguish Incarnate Main Quest.
She is chained in an arena that is surrounded by a sandstorm. She has two phases, with the second phase starting when she’s at 75% health.
During her first phase, you should focus on side-stepping her attacks and dealing damage when she does her telegraphed attacks.
For the second phase, stay as close to her as possible and avoid her melee attacks.
You get tons of Experience Points and Gold along with a few Rare Items and a guaranteed Legendary Item.
Andariel can be found chained up in the Blasted Scarp. However, you must begin the “Anguish Incarnate” Quest to battle her. This Main Quest can be started right after you finish the “A Meeting of the Minds” Quest.
During the “Anguish Incarnate” Quest, you’ll be tasked with defeating Andariel. You’ll find her chained up in Blasted Scarp tied to a few pillars. After that, the boss fight will officially begin.
Andariel is held captive in a desert-like arena. As such, there will be a massive sandstorm that will hit you. Sandstorms can be exited. But when you enter one, exiting it will make you receive constant damage over time.
Besides the sandstorm, the arena is clear except for the Rune Chains that Andariel summons. You’ll have plenty of free space to move and perform combos. However, the sandstorm reduces in radius during Andariel’s second phase.
Andariel Diablo 4 Phases And Moves
Andariel is a simple yet powerful boss. She has two phases, with the first phase seeing her chained up and the second seeing her original form.
Andariel will be chained to a structure made of wood. Her movements across the arena are slow and predictable. She loosely follows where you are and may occasionally teleport.
The sandstorm forms a ring around you that you can technically leave but will significantly damage you. The ring is slightly larger during this phase, giving you more space to move.
Rune Chains: Andariel summons statues that jut out from the ground and try to chain you when you enter their telegraphed radius. You can either avoid these or hit them multiple times to destroy them.
Chasing Wraiths: The boss will disappear briefly from the arena and send out red wraiths that loosely chase you. They deal average damage, but you can tank some of it. Before the move ends, Andariel may have teleported to a different area on the battlefield.
Tri-Attack: Andariel stands in one place and sends out three red lines at equal angles that deal damage. Directly after this, she may send another attack with the lines changing angles to hit you better.
Area Attack: Andariel unleashes an attack that first appears as red lines in a cone-shaped area before her. Then, the attack begins with her unleashing a wave that quickly reaches the end. There are spaces between the waves to step in. She may send another attack in the direction you are standing directly after.
Once you deplete 25% of Andariel’s health, she will get staggered and fall to the ground. This leaves an opening to unleash a barrage of attacks on her. Meanwhile, her chains become detached, and she turns into her true form, finally ending the stagger state.
She will become slightly faster and run quicker when following you during this form—moreover, her move pool changes, adding three new moves. The sandstorm around you will start closing in, shrinking the arena significantly.
Rune Chains: She summons some statues from the ground that try to chain you. You can hit them to destroy or ignore them and move to the other side of the arena.
Melee Attack: Andariel swipes in your direction only when you get too close. This is her only melee attack.
Chain Leash: The boss swipes right before her with a fiery leash. After the initial attack, a line of fire lights the ground where the whip hit, dealing constant damage. This line has a slightly inverse conic shape.
Chain Area Attack: Andariel whips her chain into an area in front of her, covering a fan-shaped area. This doesn’t leave any fire on the ground.
Health Potions: Andariel’s HP bar is divided into four segments. After her HP drops to each segment, she drops Health Potions that you can use to replenish your HP.
How To Defeat Andariel Diablo 4
Before The Fight
Before you begin your fight with Andariel, we highly recommend doing the following:
Acquire Level 40 or higher. Trust us when we say it makes the fight a whole lot easier. Fighting her at a lower Level is not recommended as her health bar is enormous, and you’ll need a lot of time taking her down.
Before you enter the fight, you can go back to the town. Hence, use this time to equip yourself with gear fully. We recommend at least two Legendary Items along with their Legendary Aspects. The exact one you choose depends on how easily you can acquire it and what type of build you’re making.
As for the build, make Skills and Gems that deal single-target damage. AoE is not going to be of any help here. If you have the Rogue Class, you can build this assassin build.
For other Classes, build Skills and Passives that let you deal more damage to bosses and Elites. Focus on attack speed, mobility, and armor-enhancing Skills. Skills that make you Immune or reduce damage taken are also ideal in this condition.
Upgrade your armor to the max. You’ll need as much defense as you can get. Some of Andariel’s attacks require you to tank the damage, as dodging them isn’t always possible. Additionally, since Andariel has a rigid health bar, you’ll need to sustain throughout the fight.
While you’re in town, take the time to craft an elixir. We highly recommend crafting Acrobatics as it adds to your mobility, something you’ll need to side-step Andariel’s moves.
We also highly recommend buying boots that help you evade attacks better. They don’t need to be Legendary Boots. Any boot that resets or reduces your Evade Cooldown will work.
Now that you’re all prepared for the fight, it’s time to decide your strategy:
This phase is just a back-and-forth of side-stepping attacks and unleashing melee attack after melee attack.
We suggest focusing on the Rune Chains currently being a menace for you. However, trying to destroy all of them is futile as more will spawn.
The Chasing Wraiths’ attack only warrants you to avoid the wraiths and wait patiently until Andariel Diablo 4 appears again in the arena.
The trick here is to wait for the Tri Attack and Area Attack. These attacks are easy to side-step if you have enough practice. Once you side-step them, start hitting Andariel, as she will be immobile. This is when you’ll want to build attack speed and maximum damage.
Keep repeating the process, dodging her Rune Chains and Chasing Wraiths until her HP is down by 25%.
In the second phase, you should immediately start hitting her when she’s staggered. Then, follow the same pattern, hitting the Rune Chains that are getting in your way.
However, your strategy is to stay as close to her as possible this time. This is because she only has one melee attack, which is relatively easy to dodge. You can easily evade this attack by rolling behind her.
When she uses any of her chain attacks, you can either tank the damage (as it will most likely miss at such a close distance anyway) or roll back behind her.
Keep hitting her until she gets staggered. Follow the same procedure and stay within the sandstorm’s radius. Eventually, she’ll be down in no time.
Once you’ve defeated Andariel, you get several rewards. Firstly, you receive tons of XP and Gold, a significant reward for such a long, drawn-out boss fight.
But you also receive a few Rare Items, including Weapons and Gear. And to top it off, you get at least one Legendary Item guaranteed from the boss fight. Indeed, this late-game boss is worth defeating as it helps you progress and rewards you with powerful weapons.
Andariel is one of the later boss fights that require high preparation beforehand. We recommend stockpiling on armor, offensive Skills, attack speed, and mobility Skills.
This boss has two phases, with the second introducing a few new moves. However, the entire boss fight is just side-stepping and letting out a flurry of attacks on Andariel.