Last Updated: 29 May 2023

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Strongholds are bastions of evil located around the world of Diablo 4. When you come across them, your task is to liberate them from the occupying hellspawn! As a reward, you get a big amount of Renown and some turn into central hubs with Waypoints, some become inhabited with vendors and artisans or unlock new Dungeons and Zone Events.

Strongholds Overview

Each Zone has three unique Strongholds that you need to liberate from evil.

Dry Steppes

Temple of Rot
The Onyx Watchtower

Stronghold Objectives

  1. Explore the Ruins of Qara-Yisu
  2. Find and destroy the Infernal Spires (3)
  3. Investigate the disturbance at the mine
  4. Defeat Utulku
  5. Rekindle the Wanderer's Shrine to clear Qara Yisu
Infernal Spire

This Stronghold can be completed very quickly. Enter the ruins of Qara-Yisu. Three red dots appear in the area that mark the locations of Infernal Spires. Make your way to all of them and destroy them. A Shaman called Utulku spawns in the North of the area. Face and kill him!

Fractured Peaks

Kor Dragan


  1. Investigate the village
  2. Speak with the Priestess
  3. Survive the Crazed Villagers' assault
  4. Investigate villagers' homes
  5. Destroy the Demonic Effigies
  6. Return to the chapel
  7. Rekindle the Wanderer's Shrine to conquer Nevesk
Nevesk Priestess turns evil

The chapel in the east of Nostrava is your first destination in this Stronghold. Inside, you find some praying villagers and a Priestess next to the altar. With an epic red nova that knocks you down, she transforms into a Succubus and all the villagers go crazy and attack you. Defeat the villagers and start investigating their homes. Each house contains an effigy that needs to be destroyed. Be careful, there lies an ambush inside each house! Return to the chapel to engage in an epic battle against 3 Succubi (Negala, Torvala, and Kozira) with different abilities.


Crusaders' Monument
Eriman's Pyre

Stronghold Objectives

  1. Search the Monument
  2. Clear the Monument of the Undead
  3. Investigate the Graverobber's corpse
  4. Pick up the Exhumed Crusader's Skull
  5. Place the Crusader's Skull in the Ritual Brazier
  6. Search the Graverobber's corpse for the Crusaders' Skulls
    Cleanse the Skulls in the Ritual Brazier
  7. Defeat the Crusader Champions
  8. Rekindle the Wanderer's Shrine to conquer the Crusaders' Monument
Crusader Monument

Enter the Crusaders' Monument from either of the 3 entrances. Move to the center of the circle and destroy the Undead that surround the Monument. Investigate the corpse that lies next to the Brazier, pick up the Skull and interact with the Ritual Brazier. Numerous white diamond shapes appear on your map. Each of them marks the location of a Graverobber's corpse. Check them for more Crusaders' Skulls and place them in the Ritual Brazier to fill up the progress bar on the right of your screen. When the bar is filled, 3 ghosts of Crusader Champions appear that you'll need to defeat. The first champion fights by himself, the other two fight together once you destroyed the first one.


Altar of Ruin
Omath's Stronghold


  1. Explore the cavern
  2. Find the Keystones
  3. Use the Keystones to unlock the Ritual Chamber
  4. Slay Dark Cardinal Maldul
  5. Rekindle the Wanderer's Shrine to conquer Altar of Ruin
Dark Cardinal Maldul

Find a way into the ruins through the cave system. You need to clear a barrier to get in. Kill the Elite cultists to find the Keystones required to open the Ritual chamber. There are 3 of them. Open the chamber and face Maldul. He first spawns 2 monster waves before you can fight him.


Hope's Light
Moordaine Lodge
Tur Dulra

Stronghold Objectives

  1. Find a way to the Lighthouse
    • Turn the winch to create a path forward
      Survive the Drowned assault
    • Find the missing winch
    • Return the winch to the Broken Mast
      Survive the Drowned assault
  2. Slay Tidewitch Ne'gana
  3. Ignite Hope's Light
  4. Rekindle the Wanderer's Shrine to clear Hope's Light
Tidewitch Ne'gana

Enter the area and follow the path of obstacles to the left until you reach the first shipwreck. Interact with the winch next to the mast highlighted by the white diamond on your map. Fight the enemies that spawn around you until the mast has turned enough to let you traverse to the East. Follow the path to the South-East island, the winch is located at the far end of it. Pick it up, jump back up and climb the shipwreck to the North-East. Repair the Broken Winch and defeat the Drowned assault that happens afterward. A path opens up top left of your location. Make your way to the plateau within the yellow marked area. It is time to fight the Tidewitch Ne'gana. Destroy him, then climb up to the top of the hill and light the beacon.


Each completed Stronghold grants 100 Renown points and experience. In addition, Waypoints and Dungeons ar unlocked as well.


  • All Strongholds are unique in their appearance and objectives to complete them.
  • The objectives are very clear and self-explanatory.
  • 100 Renown points are rewarded, making them the best source of these in the game!
  • Each Stronghold has a minimum monster level. Don't go there until you at least reached that level, or you will struggle!


Written by Teo1904
Reviewed by wudijo


  • 30 May 2023
    Updated for the Launch of Diablo 4
  • 20 March 2023
    Updated to Open Beta Information
  • 5 December 2022
    Article created from the Press Preview Access of Diablo 4.

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