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Miniboss Monday: The Butcher

9:47 AM on 02.19.2007 // Savant

First off, I would like you all to gather 'round and behold my new article, just as a proud father would show pictures of his newborn. Miniboss Monday is dedicated to the memorable struggles in gaming, both of the mini and not-so-mini variety.

To kick things off right, I've chosen one of the most notorious baddies out there who made us scream like little schoolgirls when we first encountered him. The Butcher's blood-curdling quip "Ahhh, fresh meat" haunts many gamers to this very day. Do you remember the first time you stumbled upon his room?

Hit the jump for a bloody walk down miniboss memory lane.

As shown above, The Butcher effortlessly massacres these bewildered newbies who think a simple door might be able to stop him if they just run away enough. Oddly, this is a fairly similar scenario that most of us experienced the first time we played Diablo and reached this menace. But I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, let me back up a bit and recall how the stage is set for this inevitable meeting.

You begin Diablo in the desolate town of Tristram. You'll meet a few folks and are soon informed about mysterious goings-on at the local church that has now been desocrated by untold evils. As you walk the short path to reach the church, you'll (usually) notice a bloodied, half-dead man clinging to life outside of the church's doorway. He tells the tale of The Butcher, and asks you to avenge him and his brethren by putting an end to his douchebaggery.

If you head back to town to inquire about the beast with Griswold, the town blacksmith, he speaks of The Butcher's Cleaver, hewing flesh, limbs, and bone. At this point you're thinking to yourself "Great, just great..."

As you make your way to the second level of the church, you will soon come across a blood red room filled with slaughtered carcasses. Needless to say, the door is shut and now isn't the time to go trick-or-treating. Opening the door, The Butcher lets forth the aforementioned battlecry as he charges for you to put an early end to your adventure.

If you successfully slay him, you will be rewarded with his cleaver, a fairly unimpressive one-handed axe, but a grand trophy of your first accomplishment in Diablo. Pat yourself on the back, hero, you deserve it.

Here's a little bonus for you Diablo fans out there; a short CGI video stored on the disc that was supposed to be played when you opened the door to his room, but was never implemented in-game.

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