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Maghda is the leader of the Coven, aligned with Belial in Diablo III. She is a key figure in the early game story, and appears in numerous in-game cinematics, usually to taunt the player through the quests. Her key moment comes mid-way through Act One, when she kills Deckard Cain and kidnaps Tyrael.

This plot twist, handing off the death of iconic game character Deckard Cain to a newly-invented NPC most fans referred to as "that butterfly witch" was a very unpopular development, and generated a great deal of fan complaints.[1][2][3]

Maghda, Leader of the Coven.

After numerous cinematic appearances, Magda finally appears in game in Act II, when she is finally tracked down and battled in the Lair of the Witch in Alcarnus.

Boss Abilities[edit | edit source]

Maghda is a rather passive boss, favoring summoning minions and firing off moths from the moths on her shoulders over getting her own hands dirty, unlike her master, Belial. Magdha has a limited amount of abilities:

  • Forcefield: At intervals, Maghda will cast a forcefield on herself, becoming invulnerable until the player deals with her thralls that she summons. Maghda is able to cast Moth Dust while invulnerable.
  • Summoning Ritual: Once her forcefield goes up, Maghda will summon three to four berserker thralls to attack the player. The thralls must be killed before her force field goes down.
  • Punish/Moth Dust: Similar to the Locust Swarm ability on the Witch Doctor, the moths on Maghda's shoulders will excrete a blue-green cloud of killer insects to attack the player. "Moth Dust" is the ability when she does it at range, and it is a slow-moving projectile. "Punish" is when the cloud is at her feet, in melee range, doing AoE damage.
  • Teleport - This ability is precisely what would be expected, identical to the teleport spell found on the Wizard.

Stats[edit | edit source]

<mob acr="6031">Maghda</mob>

Lore[edit | edit source]

Required for Taking Notes achievement

Required for Eavesdropper achievement

Associated Achievements[edit | edit source]

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

Name Points Description Banner
<achievement type="single">Lord of the Flies</achievement><achievement type="single">Death From Afar</achievement>

Post-Release Changes[edit | edit source]

Magda was lightly modified in the v1.0.4 patch.[4]

Magda Abilities
  • Insect Swarm
    • Projectiles can now be slowed

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Magda concept art and in-game visuals.