Diablo 4 Act 1 Ending Explained

A look into the events and ending of Act 1 in Diablo 4.

Diablo 4 Act 1 Ending cover

The beta access of Diablo 4 has allowed players to experience Act 1 of the game’s campaign. Act 1 puts players in the shoes of the protagonist who gets involved with a girl named Neyrelle as she plans to stop her mother from falling into will of re-emancipated Lilith and do the succubus’ bidding.

A brief summary of Act 1

At the first part of Act 1, it was shown that Lilith came to Vhenard, Neyrelle’s mother, in her quest to gather more followers and raise an army to conquer Sanctuary. Vhenard was promised by the succubus knowledge beyond what humanity has obtained so far, and this was enough to convince her to follow Lilith’s steps.

This sets off a chase to rescue Vhenard from being as Lilith’s pawn, but it was too late as Vhenard has already fallen too deep and started the ritural which leaves our protagonist no other choice but to end her. Because of her great love to her mother and her wanting to exact revenge against Lilith, Neyrelle even considers necromancy to bring her mother back to the land of the living and to help in getting closer in defeating Lilith.

In the Crossing Over quest, Neyrelle manages to use necromancy and revive her mother for a short while, but just long enough to tell them how to get across The Black Lake. In the following quest, Descent, the protagonist then follows the path ahead in pursuit of Lilith. During this journey, dialogues from the past between Inarius and Rathma reveal more details as to how the father and son had fallen apart due to their conflicting goals.

Act 1 Ending

As the protagonist makes their way through the Serpent’s Passage, defeating Lilith’s Lament, and learning the truth that Inarius killed his own son Rathma, the protagonist finally arrives in the Balance Sanctum where Rathma’s corpse lie. However, it was once again too late. It was revealed through Lilith’s blood petals that she has already came and gone, but not without taking the key that unlocks the doors of Hell from her son’s body.

The act ends with the protagonist handing over Vhenard’s amulet back to Neyrelle as Lorath talks about the uncertainty of what is about to happen to everyone caught in the impending war of heaven and hell in Sanctuary.

This first act gives us an introduction as to Neyrelle and her suggested bigger role in the following acts to come. Now that she has touched the power of necromancy, only time will tell how she would use that power and if she would also fall into Lilith’s wills. As the cinematic trailer has shown, all the events in the game appear to culminate in the inevitable clash of Inarius and Lilith’s forces, so it would be interesting to learn how things would escalate to that point, if they would, once the game gets fully released.

Check out this video by Dark LORE Dash going through the story of the previous Diablo games leading up to the events of Diablo 4: