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Elites and Affixes Overview

Last Updated: May 9th 2024

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Elites are more powerful enemies that can randomly spawn anywhere you encounter regular monsters in Diablo 4. They have higher health, damage, and come with a range of possible Elite Affixes. Affixes are extra abilities cast by Elites that make combat more engaging, requiring you to outplay them.

In the World of Sanctuary, normal monsters without a doubt are just not getting the job done. In response, they call forth a threat that's considerably stronger than the average corrupt you just trampled over. They will stop at nothing to finish the job their underlings could not. Armed with many different affixes designed to torture you, make your life miserable, or outright kill you, these are dangerous adversaries that should not be underestimated. Don't worry though, we got you covered.

It should also be noted Elites can be highly rewarding. Elites have a chance at a "Jackpot" effect, dropping a lot of a particular material. Crafting materials, Forgotten Souls, and even a chance of obtaining a random Boss Summoning Material can all be yours!

We have studied these affixes carefully, and have compiled a complete list of possible threats as well as how they function so that you are never caught off guard traversing the World of Sanctuary. Let us begin!

An Elite with multiple Affixes.

Cold Affixes

These elemental Elite Affixes look to maximize zone coverage to slow you down in any way possible.

Cold Enchanted

  • Description - Chills the target that it touches.
  • Duration - Varies depending on your characters crowd control reduction.

Chilling Wind

  • Description - Summons multiple icy wind pillar that chills upon being touched. Ranged projectiles become slowed as they travel through the pillar.
  • Duration - 7 seconds
  • Cooldown - 9 seconds


  • Description - Summons multiple frozen orbs that chills until they are frozen. Deals cold damage upon explosion after 3 seconds.
  • Duration - 3 seconds
  • Cooldown - 8 seconds


  • Description - Summons multiple ice claws that pulls you close to the enemy after 1.5 seconds.
  • Cooldown - 13 seconds

Fire Affixes

These elemental Elite Affixes are pretty straight forward. They deal huge burst damage.


  • Description - Spawns multiple fire orbs that explode in a massive area after 5 seconds.
  • Cooldown - 15 seconds

Fire Enchanted

  • Description - Ejects multiple fire damage waves from itself, resembling a fidget spinner in formation.
  • Duration - Permanent
  • Cooldown - 3 seconds
  • Additional Info - This affix explodes in 6 seconds after death. It continues to spawn fire waves.


  • Description - Launches many mortars into the air that rain down around the target.
  • Cooldown - 3 seconds
  • Additional Info - Mortar ground indicators can overlap, dealing massive damage in a small area.

Lightning Affixes

These elemental Elite Affixes deal quick small tick damage across a wide area.

Electrified Obelisks

  • Description - Summons multiple lightning pillars that shoot lighting bolts to each other and from the target.
  • Duration - 6 seconds
  • Cooldown - 12 seconds

Lightning Enchanted

  • Description - Releases fast lightning spheres upon being struck. Can bounce off walls and terrain.

Shock Lance

  • Description - Spawns a lightning beam that rotates around an orb at different speeds.
  • Duration - 15 seconds
  • Cooldown - 5 seconds


  • Description - Teleports to the player and deals lightning damage upon landing. Can teleport from off-screen.
  • Cooldown - 8 seconds
  • Additional Info - There is a 0.33 second cast time alongside a visual and audio cue before landing. Cannot react to it.

Poison Affixes

These elemental Elite Affixes deal damage over time. Shown as green in your health globe, taking poison damage gradually decreases your life.


  • Description - Leaves a pool of poison that explodes upon death.

Poison Enchanted

  • Description - Drops a blob of poison underneath the target. Taking damage triggers activation.
  • Additional Info - Upon death, drops a blob of poison underneath itself.

Shadow Affixes

These elemental affixes are looking to make you lose control and blind you from the battlefield.

Shadow Enchanted

  • Description - Spawns a shadow clone of itself that attacks the player. Taking damage triggers activation.
  • Duration - 4 seconds (one hit)


  • Description - Spawns multiple Pentagrams on the ground that activate and deal damage after 2 seconds.
  • Cooldown - 7 seconds
  • Additional Info - Fears you for 2 seconds

Generic Affixes

These are Elite Affixes that are more crowd control and defense based with no elemental damage attached.


  • Description - Summons a 3 headed stone statue that binds players in chains within it's radius.
  • Duration - 6 seconds
  • Cooldown - 15 seconds


  • Description - Elite shoots 3 normal projectiles.
  • Additional Info - Rare


  • Description - Summons a few minions based on surrounding mob type. Can have up to 6 minions out.
  • Duration - 3 second spawn time.
  • Cooldown - 20 seconds


  • Description - Creates a bubble around the target that becomes immune to ranged attacks outside the bubble.
  • Duration - Permanent


  • Description - Leeches health from target using normal attack and other elite affixes.
  • Additional Info - This affix cannot leech life through abilities that protect your health.


  • Description - Walls in U shape to hinder player movement. Part of the wall is breakable by players.
  • Duration - 7 seconds
  • Cooldown - 12 seconds


Elites can spawn with Minions that are also considered Elite but don't inherit their affixes. Instead, they simply have increased Life values.

Increased Health

  • Description - Mobs have increased health.


  • There are many different Elite Affixes in Diablo 4. Understanding how they work is crucial to be successful against the toughest foes.
  • Elites can have 1-3 elite affixes.
  • Minions can spawn alongside Elites and have increased health.

Always pay attention to what you are up against and don't fret if you don't succeed every time. You have plenty of time to practice throughout your journey. See you in Sanctuary!

Also take a look at our Experience Mechanics Overview to learn how Elites impact your leveling up process.


Written by DiEoxidE.
Reviewed by DarkHumility.

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