Ancient Device

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The Ancient Device is not an event, but it contains so many variations of content similar enough to an event to be considered for the category. Much like an event, the Ancient Device often houses a dungeon, and there's also an achievement called Wheel of Misfortune for fulfilling every possible variation that the device can offer.

There are ten different outcomes that the device has to offer, from a treasure chest to a dungeon with a killer chicken, and they are chosen at random, roulette-style.

The Ancient Device is home to The Fowl Lair, and also The Veiled Treasure, two dungeons necessary to complete the Act II achievement Nooks and Crannies.

No matter what event spawns at the device there will always be the corpse of Garot there which has Lyndo's Journal, needed for Judge of Character achievement.

Possible Outcomes[edit | edit source]

The below possible outcomes of using the ancient device are not listed in any particular order. By appearances and testing, it's possible that they all have the same probability to spawn. Since the achievement tracks 10 unique outcomes, some of the following may not be counted, or may have existed only in the past.

  • 1. The Veiled Treasure - a small dungeon with numerous Resplendent Chests inside will spawn, complete with elite packs. There is also a high probability of a Treasure Goblin spawning, as well.
  • 2. The Fowl Lair - This dungeon contains an enemy that is most horrendous and revolting. With grease.
  • 3. A Superunique Sand Golem named Ernutet, Guardian of the Veiled Treasure will spawn, along with two companions. He has the illusionist boss modifier.
  • 4. A Resplendent Chest will spawn.
  • 5. A plain treasure chest will appear, with a randomized drop.
  • 6. A group of Vile Swarms will spawn.
  • 7. A yellow elite with a group of white mobs appear, e.g. Zuul the Ghastly with a group of Vile Revenants; or a group of Bone Warriors will spawn (and can spawn as elites).
  • 8. A slain merchant is found. When searched, you get some gold.
  • 9. A pile of Diseased Bodies will spawn, which in turn will spawn a group of Betrayed.
  • 10. An ancient urn will spawn. It breaks easily.
  • Gold will rain down in small doses, like that of the Countess's chest in Diablo II.
  • Nothing all appears on the platform.

Regardless of whichever scenario appears, Garot's Corpse will always be at the device with a satchel that will contain a copy of Lyndo's Journal, a requirement for the Judge of Character achievement.

Suggested route.

Farming For the Ancient Device[edit | edit source]


It's easiest to farm this in Adventure Mode.

  1. Restart the game over and over until Desolate Sands of Act II has the Bounty "The Ancient Devices".
  2. Each bounty run allows for activating the device four times!

It's much more difficult to collect the ten unique activations in Campaign Mode:

1. Set the Checkpoint

  1. Start quest #8 The Black Soulstone > Realm of Shadow.
  2. Teleport to the waypoint Archives of Zoltun Kulle.
  3. Head south-west and towards the exit to Desolate Sands.
  4. The Checkpoint is located right before the exit.

2. Repeat from the Checkpoint

  1. Take the exit to Desolate Sands.
  2. Head south-east to the end of the bridge.
  3. Head straight south to check if the ancient device is located at spawn #1.
  4. If it's not there:
    1. Teleport to the waypoint Desolate Sands using the map.
    2. Head a little bit north to check if the ancient device is located at spawn #2.
      It's just a very short walk until you see the stairs that lead to the device (if it's there).
    3. If it's not there:
      1. Use the waypoint and teleport to Hidden Camp. That teleportation is instant. Don't use the map or a city portal.
  5. Leave the game. That's also instant if done from Hidden Camp.
  6. Resume the game, go back to the checkpoint and try again.

Special Notes:

  • Don't worry if the waypoint Desolate Sands is sometimes far away from spawn #2. If the ancient device is located at spawn #2 then the waypoint is usually located directly south of it.
  • Try to remember how the area around the waypoint Desolate Sands looks like when the ancient device is there (i.e. at spawn #2), and when it's not there. With a little practice you can tell whether it's there even without having to move away from the waypoint to check for the stairs.
  • If you can already see the waypoint on the minimap while checking out spawn #1 then there's likely no ancient device at spawn #2 so you can just skip it and leave the game immediately for the next try.

Associated Achievements[edit | edit source]

Ancient Device is in some way involved in the following achievement(s).

Name Points Description Banner
<achievement type="single">Wheel of Misfortune</achievement><achievement type="single">Nooks and Crannies</achievement><achievement type="single">Judge of Character</achievement>

Media[edit | edit source]

A video by user lyesalot showing each outcome of the ancient device: