The challenge achievement With Friends Like These requires you to "Kill 30 enemies from the death explosion of a single Grotesque, Harvester, Horror, Aomination, Bile Crawler, or Spine Lasher."

Obviously, followers and minions are going to get in the way here so it's assumed they're dismissed. As I understand it, the idea is to try and kite 30+ enemies close to one of these exploder enemies and then blow them up with the explosion from killing the exploder. I would think to use Monk, Wizard or Hunter as Barb abilities would need fury and Doctors rely on their minions quite a bit and crowd control abilities that don't damage or do little damage in order to herd the enemies. I cannot seem to get 30 enemies to die this way. Either there aren't enough enemies within range or they don't die from the explosion or I'm missing something as to why this isn't happening for me.

Where is a good location to do this? What is a good strategy to do this? Are there particular classes/skills that would make this easier?

The ideal answer would be class agnostic, but as long as it is simple and it works, that's good enough.

  • I was lucky enough to run into a named abomination with minions (possibly horde) and illusion :) I killed one of them and everything exploded, 35 kills or so. Obviously not something that's easy to replicate, though.
    – Hex
    May 28, 2012 at 18:29

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This is best done on Normal mode with a Hell+ character. Make sure you're not wearing any thorns gear, though.

Cathedral level 4 is the best place to try this. What you're looking for, though, are particular mobs. Bats and skeletons are good target, as they move fast enough to stay in a nice ball, and have low HP... but what you really want is a particular 'dungeon piece' that consists on a circle of bones on the floor, surrounded by four Tomb Guardians.

Once you've rounded up some trash mobs and your Harvester, kite them to the bone circle and let the guardians summon reinforcements. This should easily get your trash-ball up to 30+ mobs. Once that's done, you just need to pop the Harvester. For me, this was actually the trickiest part. I actually switched my LMB to the basic attack ability so I could pick off anything that was in my way without shredding half the pack with AoE.


I would recommend following this video!

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    Just a straight video is not a good answer.
    – Frank
    Jun 13, 2012 at 4:24

I did it in the Weeping Hollow (act 1 normal) with a Wizard Hell+.

Just unequip all thorn gear, kite mobs (there are tons of wretched mothers that can summon up some more zombies) and of course the abomination harvesters. Run around until you find at least one harvester, then you can begin collect zombies.

Switch all your skills to defensive, so you won't have any offensive or aoe spells and accidently kill your horde. Equip yourself with magic missile, time bubble, ice armor extra slow, and teleport. Those non-damaging spells is supposed to aggro those around you so they move closer to you.

This way you can just let yourself getting punched while the mobs gather around you. Pop a time bubble to see how many you have gathered. If you barley fill the time bubble area with your horde, then you have enough for the achivment. Now from inside of your gathering, teleport next to where the harvester is and use your magic missile to kill him. He goes pop, everyone else dies, and you get the achievement.

The only time comsuming is to gather them all since they walk so slow, and the bloody harvester knocks you back. Good luck.

  • Not everyone plays a wizard....
    – Beofett
    Jun 3, 2013 at 16:34

Try the Cathedral levels on higher difficulties. The chance for named abominations is higher, as well as the number of mobs around them. You can also try to do the achievement with friends in a party. I am not sure if one explosion will kill the mobs though, because of the increase in hp.

For skills use something to focus on the abomination. you want to lure as many enemies together as possible so your best bet would Cyclone strike with the soothing breeze rune.

  • Have you gotten the achievement? Did this work for you? It hasn't worked for me yet. Perhaps you could improve your answer to be more specific/repeatable? Thanks
    – skovacs1
    Jun 1, 2012 at 22:15

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