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Shrines, Pools, Fountains and Cauldrons

One of the most difficult things for me to learn about when playing Diablo was what all these different places did. They all had interesting names and some of them gave me interesting messages, but at first I felt like I was wandering blind through the wilderness pressing things at random. When I decided to make this web site I started to look at more detail as to the effects of these strange objects. These are the effects to the best of my knowledge. There is no other way to determine these effects other than through experimentation in the game. If I have missed something, or botched an effect please let me know.
Shrines are found mainly on the first eight levels of the game, the Dungeon and the Catacombs. They offer the most numerous variations and are in my opinion the best objects in the game in this category. That's because I don't like random effects so much and many of the other items give you those.

Name Message Effect
Abandoned Shrine The hands of men may be guided by fate Dexterity is increased by 2
Creepy Shrine Strength is bolstered by heavenly faith Strength is increased by 2
Cryptic Shrine Arcane power brings distraction A ring of lightning is emitted from shrine and continues until it encounters a wall. Similar to Nova spell. User gets full mana and takes no damage, therefore use this when you are alone in the room.
Divine Shrine Drink and be refreshed Gives you 2 Full potions
Eerie Shrine Knowledge and wisdom at the cost of self Magic is increased by 2. In the character menu, your name appears backwards.
Eldritch Shrine Crimson and azure become as the sun All potions become Rejuvenation potions of the same type.
Enchanted Shrine Magic is not always what it seems to be Lose one level on a spell in spellbook. Adds one level to all other spells learned so far.
Fascinating Shrine Intensity comes at the cost of wisdom Gain two levels of Firebolt Spell. Lose up to 10 in mana.
Glimmering Shrine Mysteries are revealed in the light of wisdom Identifies all magic items you are carrying.
Goat Shrine Random message from another shrine Random effect from one of the shrines. The messages and effects do stay together though.
Gloomy Shrine Those who defend seldom attack. A message from Warcraft 2 :) Adds +2 to Armor Class for all armor you have. Reduces damage by 1 for all weapons you have.
Hidden Shrine
(Type 1)
Energy passes through your equipment Affects durability. This shrine is rather random. One item loses 10 durability while all others gain 10. If the item that loses durability has less than 10, it vanishes.
Hidden Shrine
(Type 2)
Your skills increase, but at a price That price is all your gold but 1. Your stats increase a random amount.
Hidden Shrine
(Type 3)
New strength is forged through destruction Strength increases by 1. Durability of weapon decreases by 1
Holy Shrine Wherever you go, there you are You get teleported, usually right outside the room
Imposing Shrine A surge of blood interrupts your thoughts Moves about 25% of your mana to life
Magic Shrine While the spirit is vigilant, the body thrives You get a free Mana Shield Spell cast on you
Mysterious Shrine Some are weakened as one grows strong Randomly decided, one of your attributes rises by 5 and all others drop by 1
Mystic Shrine Your skills increase, but at a price That price is all gold but 1. You gain 700 experience points
Ornate Shrine Salvation comes at the cost of wisdom Gain 2 levels for the Holy Bolt Spell
Quiet Shrine The essence of life flows from within Adds 2 to Vitality
Religious Shrine Time has no effect on the strength of steel All items are fully repaired
Sacred Shrine Energy comes at the cost of wisdom Gain 2 levels for the Charged Bolt Spell. Lose up to 10 mana.
Secluded Shrine The way is made clear when viewed from above Fills out the automap of the current level.
Spiritual Shrine Riches around when least expected Each free box you have in your backpack is filled with a random amount of gold, increasing as you go deeper in the dungeons.
Spooky Shrine Energy comes at the cost of wisdom All other players with you are fully healed.
Stone Shrine The power of mana refocused renews Staffs are recharged.
Supernatural Shrine You hear a strange cry from the distance Not sure, but through replaying several games it appears to make the boss on the current level stronger (more HP)
Tainted Shrine Those that are least may yet be first Produces a random shrine effect on one of the other players in your party, also chosen at random. Be careful with this one
Thaumaturgic Shrine You hear a series of creaks and thumps Any chests in the dungeon are refilled and closed. Use this after you have already cleared the chests once
Weird Shrine The sword of justice is swift and sharp Maximum damage for all weapons increases by 1

Pools and fountains are found in the first eight levels of the dungeon. Some are one-time drink but others allow you to keep coming back.
Blood Fountain No Message Restores 1 point of life each time you drink
Fountain of Tears No Message Raises one attribute by one and lowers another by 1
Murky Pool No Message Casts one free Infravision Spell
Purifying Spring No Message Restores 1 point of mana each time you drink

Cauldrons are found in Hell (levels 13-16). They simply produce random messages and random effects just as the Goat Shrines do.