How to Activate Altars of Lilith and Defeat the Butcher in COD Warzone

The Haunting begins with a COD Warzone headliner: the Butcher from Diablo!

by J.R. Waugh
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It’s The Haunting in Call of Duty: Warzone and players are itching to get into battle with some terrifying creatures from hell. One particular demonic entity you might recognize is the Butcher who reappeared recently in Diablo 4! The trick to getting into this fight makes it more of a treat once you nail it down. You’ll need to activate the Altars of Lilith at designated ritual sites, so here’s how you find them to defeat the Butcher in COD Warzone!

Where Are the Pillars of Lilith and How Do You Activate Them in COD Warzone?

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When you deploy in COD Warzone or DMZ, check the Tac-Map for the symbol marking an Altar of Lilith (looks like a tree, with The Butcher caption); go to this spot. It’ll warn you when you get nearby that an ominous presence is close, and you’ll have to secure a platform with a 5-point star on the floor as zombies surround you. Go to the first statue of Lilith that appears, and hold ‘Square’ or ‘X’ to activate the ritual, fighting off zombies as you go.

As you keep fighting, be mindful of other players and fight them off as you hold the area.

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After each progress bar fills, go to a new statue which appears, and complete until 5 statues are fully lit, and a portal appears. Hold ‘Square’ or ‘X’ to enter.

There are 4 typical locations that will appear on the Al Mazrah Tac-Map:

  • Zarqwa Hydroelectric (West)
  • Al Mazrah City (East)
  • Zaya Observatory (center of the map)
  • Al Samman Cemetery (Southwest)
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They’re easy to spot, but holding the zone down against players can be hard, as these rituals are in a pretty open space with the added threat of zombies. Play carefully, and kit yourself out with a proper weapon before rushing this zone. Most importantly, you can come back to the area even without completing the ritual yourself, and join the fight.

How Do You Defeat The Butcher in COD Warzone and DMZ?

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This is where things get tricky. In addition to other players potentially killing you to snatch the glory, you have to fight the Butcher as he rushes at you along with zombies. As a seasoned Zombies player from the old days, this was a welcome challenge, but Butcher is a bulky nemesis in COD Warzone, so be sure to get lots of ammo as you whittle away his health bar.

Update: If you see the Butcher get killed in-game, don’t worry, he respawns so you’ll get more chances!

- This article was updated on October 17th, 2023

About The Author

J.R. is a Staff Writer with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. is streaming his favorite RPGs and other forgotten gems.