How to defeat the Diablo 4 Den Mother

Diablo 4 Den Mother werewolf boss fighting Barbarian player
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Defeating the Diablo 4 Den Mother in the Light's Watch dungeon requires you to avoid it's brutal melee attacks, damaging pools, and ferocious minions. It's a tricky boss fight, especially if you attempt it quite early in Diablo 4, but be patient and learn how to evade the Den Mother's attacks, and you should defeat this beast in no time. If you've not yet found this boss but really want that Legendary Sorcerer Aspect, make sure you grab a handy side quest in Margrave that leads the way to the Light's Watch dungeon. We've laid out everything you need to know about how to find and defeat the Den Mother in Diablo 4 below.

Where to find the Diablo 4 Den Mother

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The Diablo 4 Den Mother is found within the Light's Watch dungeon, but if you're heading there then you might as well pick up the 'Legacies of Light's Watch' side quest from a chap called Zalan Coste in the town of Margrave - it's south of Kyovashad. The Light's Watch dungeon should now helpfully be marked on your map, so head north from Margrave into the dungeon and get exploring. Make sure you keep an eye out for the three Archivist Journals hidden in the dungeon for the side quest.

Defeating the Watchmen en route to the Diablo 4 Den Mother

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To reach the Den Mother boss, you first need to slay two Watchmen mini-bosses followed by Watchman Lead Sou, who will drop the Watchman's Key. You can unlock the Watchman's Gate using this key to access the second area of the Light's Watch. Proceed onward through various enemy encounters until you reach the Light's War Room, where the Den Mother is waiting for you...

Tips for beating the Den Mother in Diablo 4

Fighting the Diablo 4 Den Mother

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When facing off against the Den Mother in Diablo 4, it's best to keep out of its melee range if you can but, overall, near-constant repositioning is key to staying alive - obviously certain builds and classes (notably Barbarians) will struggle with this as they lack ranged attacks so focus more on tanking damage when possible and not getting greedy when attacking the Den Mother.

This boss delivers powerful melee attacks as both close-range swipes and rapid, AoE ground slams. These slams can also create red pools that deal damage if you touch them. As you avoid these strikes, counter with ranged attacks and damage-over-time effects, such as Bleeding and Burning, as these are great for chipping away at the Den Mother's health bar.

The Den Mother can also briefly disappear in a puff of smoke, reappearing a few seconds later and immediately winding up a powerful melee attack, so be ready to evade this. Bring the Den Mother down to half health and it'll start spawning handfuls of Winter Hunter enemies too.

Once you defeat the Den Mother in Diablo 4, you'll unlock the Aspect of Conflagration – a Legendary Diablo 4 Aspect used by the Sorcerer class to increase the Burning damage from Incinerate. Remember to also grab any Archivist's Journals you're missing for the Legacies of Light's Watch side quest, then you can leave this Diablo 4 dungeon and fast travel back to Margrave to meet Zalan Coste and wrap up the side quest.

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Iain Wilson
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Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.

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