Diablo 4 world boss times and locations

Diablo 4 beta world boss — a group of Diablo 4 players in combat with Ashava, a world boss encounter.
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Diablo 4 world boss times can be difficult to pin down, but establishing their spawn times frees you up to do other things in between. You don't want to be halfway through a vital dungeon run when one pops up, after all, and as tackling world bosses on higher world tiers is one of the best ways to get yourself Legendary and Unique items, it's vital to start farming these bosses of Hell as soon as you can.

With that said, logging in every couple of hours to try to catch a world boss can get old pretty fast. Since spawn times are more difficult to predict than the fairly simple pattern of the Helltide, the minor variations create frustrating near-misses for those who have limited playtime or schedules.  

With world bosses spawning multiple times each day and taking substantially less time to knock out than an average Nightmare Dungeon or Legendary-grinding alternative, they're a popular and speedy way to get your loot, especially when you stroll up to the boss and there's already a pack of level 100 players preparing to feast. It's also important to note that you don't need to finish the campaign to fight a world boss, but it will be a lot tougher to find them since there won't be a countdown timer on the map giving away their location.

Diablo 4 world boss spawn time

Whispers of the Dead give you a world boss countdown an hour before it begins (Image credit: Blizzard)

Since the Season of the Blood began, world bosses spawn approximately every three and a half hours in Diablo 4. The timings vary slightly which makes it super hard to predict the exact time the boss is going to drop. However, once you complete the campaign and unlock Whispers of the Dead—special timed activities you can do for rewards—you'll be given a world boss timer on the map one hour before it spawns, and an alert 15 minutes before it starts. Similar to the Gathering Legion events, a bar will slowly build below it indicating how long until the boss appears.

Luckily, there are a couple of options if you want exact times in advance. For a live website timer, you can check out D4Armory or the Spanish site, Diablo Next, which lists the boss countdown under Jefe De Mundo. If you'd prefer Twitter, then Game 8's Diablo 4 boss tracker predicts specific timings and posts in advance of each boss. You can also join the related Discord server if you want boss spawn alerts through there instead. 

The one I've used most is Diablo Next and it's always been accurate for me. The good thing is that you only really need an approximate time, since the marker shows on the map one hour before, unless you're trying to defeat a world boss before the campaign is finished, that is.

Diablo 4 world boss locations

Each boss has a marker that lets you see where its spawn is (Image credit: Blizzard)

There are currently five world boss spawn locations across Sanctuary, with one world boss location for each major region:

  • The Crucible, Fractured Peaks
  • Caen Adar, Scosglen
  • Saraan Caldera, Dry Steppes
  • Seared Basin, Khejistan
  • Fields of Desecration, Hawezar

As far as we can tell, there's no consistent single location for each of the three bosses to spawn, so it's down to luck who you'll end up facing when the three and a half hour mark rolls around. You can find all five spawn locations on the mapgenie Diablo 4 interactive map. Here are the three bosses you can potentially fight right now:

How to defeat Diablo 4 World Bosses

World Boss difficulty can vary depending on your current World Tier and equipment. That said, the best advice anyone can give for how to fight Diablo 4 World Bosses is to focus on dodging. Each boss has huge, heavy AOE attacks that can quickly burn through your health, so pay close attention to the indicators for their associated danger indicators and make sure you're not in the line of fire. Because you'll be fighting alongside other players, staying alive is more important than dealing constant damage. 

You can't do DPS when you're dead, and being alive means you can help resurrect your allies if they get clipped. Once the fight begins, you've got 15 minutes to put the World Boss down—if you don't kill it before the timer's up, the boss disappears.

Here's an overview of each World Boss, and what to expect:

  • Wandering Death, Death Given Life: This is probably the easiest of the three; a giant skeleton whose two beams of light are the only attack you really need to be mindful of since they melt you in seconds.
  • Avarice, The Gold Cursed: This demon uses a treasure chest as a hammer that it swings around on a chain, so be sure to watch out for spinning attacks, plus when he disappears into a portal and re-emerges to slam someone. The bonus with this boss is you can smash his treasure chest like a piñata for more rewards at the end of the battle. Also look out for the odd treasure goblin that sometimes spawns mid-fight.
  • Ashava, The Pestilent: Since this boss was in the beta and you literally have to fight her during the campaign, I'm sure you're all very familiar. If not, you need to watch out for her arcing claw attacks, jumps, and poison breath.

Diablo 4 World Boss rewards

Your first World Boss kill each week will award you with a weekly bonus cache, which has a high chance of containing Legendary (and Unique, if you're on Nightmare world level) items. World Bosses are still worth fighting once you've got your weekly chest, though, as they'll always have higher rates of rarer loot than your generic enemies and bosses.

World Bosses can also reward Scattered Prisms, a sought-after resource that's necessary for adding sockets to equipment.

Sean Martin
Guides Writer

Sean's first PC games were Full Throttle and Total Annihilation and his taste has stayed much the same since. When not scouring games for secrets or bashing his head against puzzles, you'll find him revisiting old Total War campaigns, agonizing over his Destiny 2 fit, or still trying to finish the Horus Heresy. Sean has also written for EDGE, Eurogamer, PCGamesN, Wireframe, EGMNOW, and Inverse.