Getting solid equipment early is very important
Getting solid equipment early is very important in a game that mainly consists of hacking and slashing through hordes of enemies. Diablo 2 is no different in this aspect, and getting better and better gear is an inherent part of its progression system. The (little) problem is, you will not always get what you need because of the random nature of loot; if you’re lucky, you might be showered with magic, rare, and even unique items with affixes and suffixes needed for your build. If not, you might be gear-starved for a considerable part of the game and forced to rely on the basic equipment you get from vendors. Luckily, there is a way of improving your gear with stats and effects of your choice – It involves Diablo 2 Runes and forming Runewords out of them. You might think that it’s equally RNG-heavy as just farming gear but’s actually not. Firstly, if you know where to look for them, you are guaranteed to get some runes (random ones, but the method we’ll show you is very consistent). Secondly, you know exactly what stats you will get as effects granted by runes and runewords are constant.
runes and runewords were introduced in Diablo 2’s expansion Lord of Destruction. Whereas in the base Diablo 2 game you had to rely on unique weapons and armor for end-game gear, this new ranked system gave the game an entirely new feel. Now you could find runes anywhere in the game, to be traded or hoarded to create powerful runewords. Since Diablo 2: Resurrected folds in the base game and the expansion, runes will play a huge role in the online economy and in the power ranking of your characters. Let’s take a look at how runes work, what runes afford what abilities, and how to create runewords. This guide also includes a full list of the runewords available in Diablo 2: Resurrected.
Single runes can drop anywhere in Diablo 2: Resurrected, starting in Normal difficulty through to Hell difficulty. Runes are socketable items, just like gems, meaning you can put them into socketed gear to receive their effects. However, the real magic of runes comes when you combine them in a specific order in a specific item. Runewords, as they’re called, are some of the most powerful items in the game, right up there with set items and uniques. A full list of runewords can be found in the next section.