Diablo 2 Resurrected: Runewords – Regulations and Characteristics

On this page of the Diablo 2 Resurrected guide, we will explain what Runes are, their properties, and the regulations for their usage.

This guide has a list of all the available runewords for weapons and armor, along with fundamental information regarding the creation of runic words.

If you want to make the most out of your time in Diablo 2 Resurrected, you should be familiar with Runewords. Runewords provide significant bonuses, special skills, or auras to you and your allies. Certain builds require specific items to maximize the features of a particular character. However, obtaining runes for such purposes is challenging. The higher the game difficulty level and the hero level, the easier it gets to find rare runes.

It is advisable to start using runewords early in the game, as some words are available from Level 10. Keep in mind that finding randomly generated objects of equal strength in the game world is highly unlikely.

The rules for Runewords are:

  1. To put a runic word in an object, the object cannot be: magic, rare, set (green), crafted, or unique.
  2. The item can be of exceptional or poor quality or even ethereal. Such (socketed) objects can be recognized by their color (grey). Socketed weapons can often be found on racks in some of the dungeons.
  3. The item must be of a suitable type; if a given word is dedicated to a one-handed sword, it cannot be a mace.
  4. The item must have the right number of sockets (some runewords consist of two or even five words). However, you cannot have more sockets than that (if you want to make a word using two runes, you cannot have three sockets).
  5. Creating a runeword involves moving runes to the free item fields, but the runes must be arranged in the correct order.
  6. The game features 78 Runic words, most of which are designed for high-level characters.

Runes can be upgraded to a higher level, meaning they can be transformed into a different rune. Check the previous page of the guide, Runes – Regulations and List, for available upgrade schemes.

Some runewords have uncommon features that are described below:

The following list outlines some of the important skills and features in Diablo 2:

1. Skill level increase/new skills (Oskills) – affects all skills or a specific skill class/group. However, you cannot acquire the skill of another hero by playing a different class, except in some cases where you may get bonuses of other classes. The chance to cast a random spell applies to each character, and the skills that can be used by anyone wearing a particular item appear as available for everyone in the item descriptions.

2. Open Wounds – gives a percentage chance to cause an enemy to bleed for 8 seconds. The amount of health lost by the enemy depends on your level and the monster itself. Note that the effect is weaker on stronger enemies and when it is inflicted with a ranged weapon.

3. Crushing Blow – a powerful skill that takes 25% of the opponent’s current health. The chance of triggering this skill is random and is expressed in a percentage. Stronger monsters and bosses receive half the damage, and ranged attacks also inflict half of the damage.

4. Deadly Strike – a weapon’s feature that gives a percentage chance of inflicting double damage.

5. Rest in Peace – defeated opponents cannot be revived anymore and their bodies cannot be used for other skills of heroes and enemies.

6. Cannot be Frozen – does not allow the enemy to freeze you, but you will still receive cold damage if the enemy uses it.

7. Charge – some items offer spells that are available like a normal skill, but are often subject to a limit of use known as charges.

8. Life/Mana Steal – your attacks will steal additional health and mana from the enemy and pass them to you.

9. Light Radius – indicates how much area around the hero is highlighted.

10. Bash – an additional weapon feature that allows you to throw an enemy away after landing a hit from a few meters distance.

11. -x% Requirements – reduces the requirements for the use of items by a specified percentage.

12. Indestructible – the object is indestructible and does not lose its durability.


1. What are Runewords in Diablo 2 Resurrected?

Runewords are special combinations of specific runes that can be inserted into socketed items to create powerful enhancements. These enhancements can greatly increase the effectiveness of your character’s abilities, making them a key part of any player’s strategy in Diablo 2 Resurrected.

2. How do I create a Runeword?

To create a Runeword, you must first have a socketed item that meets the requirements of the specific combination of runes you wish to use. You then insert the runes into the item in the correct order, according to the recipe for the Runeword. Once all the runes are inserted in the correct order, the Runeword will be created automatically.

3. Are there any limitations to using Runewords?

Yes, there are several limitations to using Runewords in Diablo 2 Resurrected. First, not all items can be socketed, so you must find an item that is socketed in order to create a Runeword. Second, each item can only have a certain number of sockets, so you must carefully choose which Runewords to use on each item. Finally, some Runewords have level requirements, so you may need to level up your character before you can use them.

4. What are some of the most powerful Runewords in Diablo 2 Resurrected?

There are many powerful Runewords in Diablo 2 Resurrected, each with its own unique combination of bonuses and effects. Some of the most popular and effective Runewords include Enigma (Jah + Ith + Ber), which provides increased movement speed and teleportation, and Infinity (Ber + Mal + Ber + Ist), which greatly enhances your character’s elemental damage capabilities.

5. Can I undo a Runeword or replace the runes in an item?

No, once a Runeword has been created, it cannot be undone or changed. If you wish to use different runes in an item, you must either find a new socketed item or use a different combination of runes to create a new Runeword.

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