The Full Tragedy of Vigo in Diablo IV

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Learn about the full tragedy of Vigo in Diablo IV!

The Full Tragedy of Vigo in Diablo IV

The return of Lilith may be the main conflict when it comes to Diablo IV, but part of what makes the game amazing is the lush lore surrounding the world and characters of Sanctuary.

One NPC that many fans find most memorable is that of Vigo, the Pale Knight. Vigo’s arc in the story is considered one of the most tragic in Diablo IV.

Mines of Yelesna

Players meet Vigo early in Act One. He’s a human working for the Cathedral of Light as a Pale Knight. The Wanderer (a.k.a. The Player) meets Vigo at the entrance of the Yelesna Mines, which Vigo guards. You venture through the dungeon with him alongside Neyrelle.

Along the mission, Neyrelle notices that Vigo holds a special charm that belongs to her mother, Vhenard. Vigo doesn’t admit it at first but changes his heart when he sees the room full of dead Pale Knights. As it turns out, Vigo had accepted a bribe from Vhenard. A mysterious woman—who turns out to be Lilith, the Daughter of Hatred, in disguise. Vigo had let them through the mines, resulting in the death of all his fellow knights.

A gameplay still from Diablo IV
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This revelation leads Vigo to leave the mines and the Wanderer and Neyrelle to finish the journey on their own. He doesn’t appear in the game until the player comes to Kor Valar, the headquarters of the Reverend Mother Prava.

Repentance in Kor Valar

Stricken with guilt for his greed at the mines, players will find Vigo by a fire. There, he laments the tragedy at the Yelesna Mines. He explains that he has come clean about the bribe with the Reverend Mother. You discover he’s just waiting in the camp for whatever fate Rava will decide for him.

A gameplay still from Diablo IV
via: NyxVellum/Youtube

On the way to the Reverend Mother, you’ll also walk along a huge set of armor being worked on, which is said to be a ‘holy vessel’ and was requested by Rava herself. This is irrelevant to Vigo’s story but will eventually return.

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In the cathedral, Rava will send the player on a quest to the Shrine of the Penitent, and Vigo will accompany you to the beginning; after the search, though, players will see Vigo in deep prayer, still consumed by the guilt of the loss of his brothers in the mines.

Battle with Lilith

With the quest in Kor, Valar finished the Wanderer returns to the Mines for Lilith. While you can expect this to be a solitary mission, players are surprised by a colossal figure in armor mid-fight that would protect them from otherwise unavoidable attacks.

When the battle is over, the gigantic Pale Knight bends over, injured, and opening the armor will reveal I was Vigo inside all along—but that’s not all.

A gameplay still from Diablo IV
via: NyxVellum/Youtube

It’s been revealed that this ‘holy vessel’ that was first seen being built at Kor Valar worked as a kind of ‘Iron Maiden’ torture device filled with spikes that would pierce into the wearer.

Though it looks like the torture in the armor would have been unbearable, Vigo confirms that this is ‘just punishment’ for his sin of bribery. With his dying breath, he hands over the amulet he took from Vhenard and asks the Wanderer to return it to Neyrelle.

Morality Tale

Though the Cathedral of Light thinks of itself as the righteous faction, Vigo’s story shows how far Rava and Inarius will go regarding this clash with Lilith and her demons.

Besides all that, it’s also a look at the story of greed and repentance and how much guilt can weigh down on a person.

Though Vigo’s tale is tragic, it makes Diablo IV’s narrative and lore more colorful and interesting for players and audiences—and that’s just one NPC.

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