Diablo 4: Malignant Burrow

One of the locations Diablo 4 players can discover is the Malignant Burrow, which is a special underground area and is home to the Echo of Varshan boss.

Season 2 of Diablo 4 introduced Vampires, a new enemy type which has have descended upon Sanctuary to send its legions of newly-turned followers throughout the land to gather the blood of innocents.

Only you can wield the enemy’s blood magic against them and infuse your own armor to put a stop to their sinister plans.

Malignant Burrow

The latest season of the game introduced various new features. Players can now follow a new questline, defeat new enemies, acquire new items and discover numerous new areas on the map.

One of these locations that you can discover is the Malignant Burrow, which is a special underground location.

Diablo 4: Malignant Burrow
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After activating this area, it serves as a summoning point for the endgame boss, Echo of Varshan. You should note that the burrows are distinct from the main game world and can be accessed through small holes, or craters in the game.

To find the Malignant Burrow, you have to travel to the northeast of Hawezar, near the Tree of Whispers. That being said, you need to complete all the main missions in Diablo 4 to reach the Malignant Burrow.

When you have completed the quests, you can accept the quest, Whispers of the Dead. To find the Tree of Whispers, you need to head northeast of Hawezar and an icon will appear on your map. The icon looks like a red tree with a white skull at the top.

Whisper of the Dead activities

Players should regard Whispers of the Dead tasks as akin to bounties. Every time you complete a task, you will receive a number of Grim Favors or points.

The following table lists the Whisper of the Dead tasks that you can complete and the number of Grim Favors that you can earn:

Task Quantity of Grim Favors
Defeat a World Boss If they defeat a World Boss, players will receive more than 5 Grim Favors
Finish a Ritual You will receive more than 3 Grim Favors if you interact with a certain number of altars in a zone
Kill an Elite Players who defeat a specific elite in an area will receive 1 Grim Favor
Complete an event There are various events you can enjoy in Diablo 4 and if you participate in an event, you will receive a Grim Favor
Clear a cellar You will receive a Grim Favor for clearing a cellar
Harvest a zone If you kill enemies in a sub-zone and pick up their Venous Motes, you will earn more than 3 Grim Favors
Complete a dungeon You will earn more than 5 Grim Favors for completing a dungeon

How to activate the altar in the Malignant Burrow

When you have gained access to the Malignant Burrow, you need to acquire certain items to activate its altar. If you are playing on World Tier 3, you need to procure a Gurgling Head, a Blackened Femur and a Trembling hand.

World Tier 4 players need the same items as World Tier 3 players, in addition to a Malignant Heart.

To acquire these items, you have to open Whisper Caches by offering the Tree of Whispers 10 Grim Favors. Additionally, you can obtain these items by vanquishing Grotesque Debtors.

Keep in mind that you can also craft the summoning items by using specific materials listed below:

Item Materials required
Trembling Hand Four Abstruse Sigils
Blackened Femur Four Coiling Wards
Gurgling Head Four Baleful Fragments

Echo of Varshan

Once you have all the summoning items, you can activate the altar in the Malignant Burrow to summon the Echo of Varshan. We recommend that your character is at least level 55 if you are fighting the boss on World Tier 3.

If you cannot reach the 70 percent Poison Resistance cap, you can use the Potent Elixir of Shadow Resistance to overcap your Resistance.

In order to increase your survivability during the fight, we recommend that you remain behind the boss to avoid its frontal attacks.

During the fight, Varshan will spawn triangular void zones that travel away from and back to the boss. You should avoid these zones to survive the fight.

At the beginning of the fight, the boss will spawn 2 Elite adds, which you should defeat as soon as possible.


If you conquer Varshan, you will earn various rewards, but keep in mind that the reward that you earn is specific to your Diablo 4 class:

Class Rewards
  • Fields of Crimson
  • 100 000 Steps
  • Gohr’s Devastating Grips
  • Bloodless Scream
  • Deathless Visage
  • Deathspeaker’s Pendant
  • Staff of Endless Rage
  • Esu’s Heirloom
  • Raiment of the Infinite
  • Mad Wolf’s Glee
  • Vasily’s Prayer
  • Greatstaff of the Crone
  • Condemnation
  • Eyes in the Dark
  • Skyhunter

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