You could, for example, use an Elite Socketed sword or an Exceptional Socketed sword, and you can also pick which type of sword is used. You can continue to find better Socketed weapons or armor and, with the proper Runes, continue to have this Rune Word bonus applied to better and better Socketed items as you find them. Rune Words are an advanced feature for experienced users. Rune Word Rules please read these rules first or Jump to the Rune Words When you create a Rune Word you still receive all of the magical bonuses that were already on each Rune you Socketed. Socketed Items must have the exact number of sockets as the Rune Word formula requires. If the Rune Word is a 3 Rune formula then you must use an item with exactly 3 sockets.

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What items can create rune words? One can only use Runewords on specific items. Helms — Armor worn on the head. Clubs — Clubs, including exceptional and elite versions. Shields — Any armor used to block. Maces — Mace, Morning Star, Flail, plus exceptional and elite versions.

Melee Weapons — Any non-ranged weapon, except Sorceress orbs. Missile Weapons — Bows and crossbows. What are the rules of runewords in Diablo II? For a Diablo II runeword to work correctly, there are a number of rules that one needs to follow. These are: For a runeword, the item must have the exact number of sockets needed for the runeword. If a runeword needs three sockets and you put the runes into an item with four sockets leaving one empty , it will not work.

The runeword will only work with compatible items. For example, a hammer-only runeword will not work if placed into body armor. One must place Runes into the sockets in the correct order. This is because you are effectively spelling out the runeword. For instance, one can create the runeword NefLum by placing Nef first, and Lum last.

Placing the runes in the wrong order will stop the runeword from working. However, you will still get the bonus from each individual rune.

The socketed item being used must be non-magical. You will only get the regular bonuses associated with each rune if you put them into a magical, rare, set or unique item. Diablo II runewords are available from Patch 1.

Dangers of using runewords in Diablo II? Some runes are rather rare or expensive, which means you should be very careful when creating runewords.

This is because there are dangers involved. If you accidentally place a wrong rune, or insert them in the incorrect order, you do not get a second chance to create the runeword. Pay extra attention to runes that look similar, like Io and Lo. Ladder only runewords There are certain runewords in Diablo II that are only available on a ladder. You can try and make them on non-ladder, but nothing will happen.

When the ladder expires, all characters are transferred to non-ladder and any runewords created are stored. However, you cannot obtain ladder runewords in non-ladder. Therefore, if you are playing multi-player mode, the only way to get these ladder runewords is to trade with other players. Alternatively, if you are playing in single-player, you can unlock these runewords by editing the game files or by downloading a mod.

Depending on your gameplay strategy, some Diablo II runewords will be better for you than others. In general, there are runewords that are great for all character classes. Expectedly, these runewords are both expensive and rare.

There are also options that are more common and can work well for specific classes. Ultimately, this is the best runeword in Diablo II for Amazons specializing in bow skills. Outside of a ladder, the Breath of the Dying rune word is the ultimate addition to a Berserker Axe, giving it the best rate of damage per second for any one-handed weapon, plus a whole range of other bonuses.

However, it is rather expensive thanks to the required Zod rune, which makes it indestructible. In terms of armour, Enigma is very useful runeword for a Barbarian in Diablo II as it bestows teleportation, letting a Barbarian get close enough to do some damage. The best Diablo II runewords for a Druid : Fortitude is a very nice piece of armour for shape shifting druids as it provides you with additional enhanced damage and it has a chance to give you extra defence when casting the chilling armour.

Meanwhile, higher level Elemental Druids should make an investment in Heart of the Oak. The best Diablo II runewords for a Necromancer : White is a really powerful runeword for the Necromancer using Poison and Bone skills, it provides tons of stats and you can even sock it in a Wand which has already bonus Skills like to Bone Spear.

The runes involved are also relatively cheap. As a Sorceress has little skill in hand-to-hand combat, the runeword Call to Arms can be handy too.


Fortitude Rune Word



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Heart of the Oak Rune Word


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