A rune in Diablo II is a small item which can be placed inside socketed items for bonuses to a wide array of different stats and abilities. Runes can also form runewords, powerful combinations of runes, if certain conditions are met:
- The number of sockets in the item must be equivalent to the amount of sockets needed for the runeword. If there are too many, the runeword will not work.
- The item type must be correct. Some runewords only work in weapons, while some only work in armors etc.
- The runes must be inserted in the correct order.
Runes can be upgraded to higher runes through the Horadric Cube. El through Ort can all be upgraded similarly to gems by placing three of the same type in the cube and receiving one of a higher grade in return.
Higher levels of runes can also be upgraded, but require an additional gem as well. Upgrading to runes higher than Dol can only be done on closed B.Net with ladder characters, or by a single player character.
The term 'High Rune'('HR' for short) is a term used by players on Battle.net to refer to the most valuable runes. These are the runes from Mal to Zod. With the release of the D2 expansion Lord of Destruction, HRs replaced the SoJ The Stone of Jordan Ring as the accepted currency among Battle.net players. As a ladder season progresses and the economy stabilizes, the value of HRs drop substantially due to inflation, eventually reaching a point where each high rune shares a common value. This makes it much easier to aquire expensive runes you may need to create high valued Rune Words.
List of Runes
There are 33 runes in total, the lowest which can be found as early as Act 1 Normal and the last which can only be obtained in Act 5 Hell. The table below will rank the runes from most common to rare and also show which boss has the highest dropchance on a given rune.
|Nr||Name||Picture||Level Req.||Drop Chance||Boss||Difficulty|
|Diablo II Items|
|Class Weapons||Amazon Weapons • Assassin Katars • Sorceress Orbs|
|Weapons||Axes • Bows • Crossbows • Daggers • Javelins • Maces • Polearms • Scepters • Spears • Staves • Swords • Throwing Weapons • Wands|
|Class Armor||Barbarian Helms • Druid Pelts • Paladin Shields • Necromancer Shrunken Heads|
|Armor||Belts • Body Armor • Boots • Circlets • Gloves • Helms • Shields|
|Other Items||Amulets • Rings • Charms • Gems • Jewels • Runes • Arrows • Bolts • Scrolls • Potions • Key • Quest Items|