D2 Runes Guide


Runes are small stones inscribed with magical glyphs that can be inserted into Socketed Items. Runes are different
from other Insertable Items: not only do individual Runes have set magical properties, certain combinations (or Rune Words),
when inserted into an item in the proper order, give that item even more wondrous abilities.

Runes can be used to create Crafted Items.

Runes appear in Orange text.

Common Runes
Runes are listed from most common to least common: El, Eld, Tir, Nef, Eth, Ith, Tal, Ral, Ort,
Amn, Shael, and Thul are pretty common. You receive Ral, Ort and Tal as a quest reward in Act V.
You shouldn’t trade much for them since you can find them pretty easily
with regular play. Don’t fall for the “1 Shael or/+ Amn for 1 SOJ” scam. You can find these yourself.
If you’re thinking of freeing up space, throw those Runes away and save all
Runes from Sol through Zod.

Semi-Rare Runes
Listed from most common to most rare: Sol, Dol, Hel, Io, Lum, Ko, Fal, Lem, Pul, Um.
Some of these Runes are more valuable than others depending
on their stats and how they are used in Rune Words or Crafted Recipes.

Extremely Rare Runes
Listed from most common to most rare: Mal, Ist, Gul, Vex, Ohm, Lo, Sur, Ber, Jah, Cham, Zod. Trade
these for good stuff!

Rune Words
If the player puts certain combinations of Runes in the correct order into an item with exactly that number
of sockets and of the correct item type, the item’s name will change into a “unique” name, displayed in gold,
and the item will acquire extra powers, depending on the “rune word” that was used.

NameWeaponArmor/Helms/ShieldsLevel
D2 Diablo 2 El RuneEl+50 To Attack Rating, +1 Light Radius+15 Defense, +1 To Light Radius11
D2 Diablo 2 Eld RuneEld+75% Damage To Undead, +50 Attack Rating Against Undead15% Slower Stamina Drain/7% Increased Chance of Blocking(Shields)11
D2 El RuneTir+2 To Mana After Each Kill+2 To Mana After Each Kill13
D2 Diablo 2 Nef RuneNefKnockback+30 Defense Vs. Missile13
D2 Diablo 2 Eth RuneEth-25% To Target DefenseRegenerate Mana 15%15
D2 Diablo 2 Ith RuneIth+9 To Maximum Damage15% Damage Taken Goes to Mana15
D2 Diablo 2 Tal RuneTal+75 Poison Damage Over 5 SecondsPoison Resist 30%/Poison Resist 35%(Shields)17
D2 Diablo 2 Ral RuneRalAdds 5-30 Fire DamageFire Resist 30%/Fire Resist 35%(Shields)19
D2 Diablo 2 Ort RuneOrtAdds 1-50 Lightning DamageLightning Resist 30%/Lightning Resist 35%(Shields)21
D2 Diablo 2 Thul RuneThulAdds 3-14 Cold Damage – 3 Second DurationCold Resist 30%/Cold Resist 35%(Shields)23
D2 Diablo 2 Amn RuneAmn7% Life Stolen Per HitAttacker Takes Damage of 1425
D2 Diablo 2 Sol RuneSol+9 To Minimum DamageDamage Reduced By 727
D2 Diablo 2 Shae RuneShael20% Increased Attack Speed20% Faster Hit Recovery/20% Faster Block Rate(Shields)29
D2 Diablo 2 Dol RuneDolHit Causes Monster To Flee 25%Replenish Life +731
D2 Diablo 2 Hel RuneHelRequirements -20%Requirements -15%
D2 Diablo 2 Io RuneIo+10 To Vitality+10 To Vitality35
D2 Diablo 2 Lum RuneLum+10 To Energy+10 To Energy37
D2 Diablo 2 Ko RuneKo+10 To Dexterity+10 To Dexterity39
D2 Diablo 2 Fal RuneFal+10 To Strength+10 To Strength41
D2 Diablo 2 Lem RuneLem75% Extra Gold From Monsters50% Extra Gold From Monsters43
D2 Diablo 2 Pul RunePul+75% Damage To Demons, +100 Attack Rating Against Demons+30% Enhanced Defense45
D2 Diablo 2 Um RuneUm25% Chance of Open WoundsAll Resistances +15(Armor/Helms) +22(Shields)47
D2 Diablo 2 Mal RuneMalPrevent Monster HealMagic Damage Reduced By 749
D2 Diablo 2 Ist RuneIst30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items51
D2 Diablo 2 Gul RuneGul20% Bonus To Attack Rating5% To Maximum Poison Resist53
D2 Diablo 2 Vex RuneVex7% Mana Stolen Per Hit5% To Maximum Fire Resist55
D2 Diablo 2 Ohm RuneOhm+50% Enhanced Damage5% To Maximum Cold Resist57
D2 Diablo 2 Lo RuneLo20% Deadly Strike5% To Maximum Lightning Resist59
D2 Diablo 2 Sur RuneSurHit Blinds TargetMaximum Mana 5%/+50 To Mana (Shields)61
D2 Diablo 2 Ber RuneBer20% Chance of Crushing BlowDamage Reduced by 8%63
D2 Diablo 2 Jah RuneJahIgnore Target’s DefenseIncrease Maximum Life 5%/+50 Life (Shields)65
D2 Diablo 2 Cham RuneChamFreeze Target +3Cannot Be Frozen67
D2 Diablo 2 Zod RuneZodIndestructibleIndestructible69


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