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Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction: Original Rune Words

by: Kayar ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

This article details the original rune words in Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction as well as what buffs the character will receive.

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    Basics

    Diablo2   In Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction you can place runes in items in a certain order and get additional buffs and attributes that are in addition to the runes individually. This article will explore all 24 of the original rune words, the combinations, and the buffs.

    Rune words from 1.10 are found here and Rune words from 1.11 may be found here.

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    Original Rune Words

    The following runes are in alphabetic order and continue on the next page. Enjoy!

    Ancient's Pledge: For 3 socket shields the combination is Ral + Ort + Tal and gives:

    • +50% enhanced defense
    • +43% to cold resistance
    • +48% fire resistance
    • +48% poison resistance
    • +48% lightning resistance
    • 10% damage goes to mana

    Black: For 3 socket Hammers/Maces/Clubs the combination is Thul + Io + Nef and gives:

    • +120% enhanced damage
    • 40% chance of a crushing blow
    • +200 to attack ratin
    • +10 to vitality
    • adds 3-14 cold damage for three seconds
    • 15% increased attack speed
    • knockback
    • magic damage reduced by 2
    • 12 charges of level 4 corpse explosion

    Fury: For 3 socket melee weapons the combination is Jah + Gul + Eth and gives:

    • +209% enhanced damage
    • 40% increased attack speed
    • prevents monster heal
    • 66% chance for open wounds
    • 33% deadly strike
    • will ignore target's defense
    • -25% target defense
    • 6% life stolen per hit
    • 20% bonus to attack rating

    It will also give Barbarians +5 to the Frenzy skill.

    Holy Thunder: For 4 socket scepters the combination is Eth + Ral + Ort + Tal and gives:

    • +60% enhanced damage
    • 60 charges of level 7 chain lightning
    • -25% target defense
    • adds 5-30 fire damage
    • adds 21-110 lightning damage
    • +75 poison damage over five seconds
    • +10 to max damage
    • +60% to lightning resistance
    • +5 to max lightning resistance

    It will also give Paladins +3 to the Holy Shock skill.

    Honor: For 5 socket melee weapons the combination is Amn + El + Ith + Tir + Sol and gives:

    • +160% enhanced damage
    • +9 to minimum and maximum damage
    • 25% deadly strike
    • +250 to attack rating
    • +1 to all skills
    • 7% life stolen for hits
    • replenish life +10
    • +10 to strength
    • +1 to light radius
    • +2 to mana after each kill

    King's Grace: For 3 socket swords/scepters the combination is Amn + Ral + Thul and gives:

    • 7% life stolen per hit
    • +100 to attack rating against undead
    • +100 to attack rating against demons
    • +150 to attack rating
    • adds 3-14 cold damage for three seconds
    • adds 5-30 fire damage
    • +50% damage to undead
    • +100% enhanced damage
    • +100% damage to demons

    Leaf: For 2 socket staves (not orbs) the combination is Tir + Ral and gives:

    • +3 to all fire skills
    • adds 5-30 fire damage
    • +2 to mana after each kill
    • cold resist +33%
    • +(2 per character level) +2-198 to defense (based on character level)

    Lionheart: For 3 socket body armor the combination Hel + Lum + Fal and gives:

    • all resistances +3
    • +50 to life
    • +15 to dexterity
    • +20 to vitality
    • +10 to energy
    • +25 to strength
    • makes requirements -15% and +20% enhanced defense

    Lore: For 2 socket helms the combination is Ort + Sol and gives:

    • +1 to all skill levels
    • +10 to energy
    • +2 to mana after each kill
    • lightning resist +30%
    • damage reduced by 7
    • +2 to light radius

    Malice: For 3 socket melee weapons the combination is Ith + El + Eth and gives:

    • +33% enhanced damage
    • +9 to max damage
    • 100% chance of open wounds
    • -25% target defense
    • -100 to monster defense per hit
    • prevent monster heal
    • +50 to attack rating
    • drain life -5

    Melody: For 3 socket missile weapons the combination is Shael + Ko + Nef and gives:

    • +50% enhanced damage,
    • +300% damage to undead,
    • 20% increased attack speed,
    • knockback, and
    • +10 to dexterity

    It also gives Amazons +3 to bow and crossbow skills, +3 to critical strike, +3 to dodge and +3 to slow missiles.

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    Original Rune Words Continued

    Memory: For 4 socket staves (not orbs) the combination Lu + Io + Sol + Eth and gives:

    • 33% to faster cast rate
    • +3 to sorceress skill levels
    • increases max mana 20%
    • +10 to energy and vitality
    • +9 to min damage
    • -25% target defense
    • magic damage reduced by 7
    • +50% enhanced defense

    For Sorceresses it will give +3 to energy shield and +2 to static field.

    Nadir: For 2 socket helms the combination is Nef + Tir and gives:

    • +50% enhanced defense
    • +10 defense
    • +30 defense versus missiles
    • 9 charges of level 13 cloak of shadows
    • +2 to mana after each kill
    • +5 to strength
    • -33% extra gold from monsters
    • -3 to light radius

    Radiance: For 3 socket helms the combination is Nef + Sol + Ith and gives:

    • +75% enhanced defense
    • +30 defense versus missile
    • +10 to energy and vitality
    • 15% damage goes to mana
    • magic damage reduced by 3
    • +33 to mana
    • damage reduced by 7
    • +5 to light radius

    Rhyme: For 2 socket shields the combination is Shael + Eth and gives:

    • 20% increased chance of blocking
    • 40% faster block rate
    • +25 to all resistances
    • regenerate mana 15%
    • cannot be frozen
    • 50% extra gold from monsters
    • 25% better chance of getting magic items

    Silence: For 6 socket weapons the combination is Dol + Eld + Hel + Ist + Tir + Vex and gives:

    • 200% enhanced damage
    • +75% damage to undead
    • decreases requirements 20%
    • gives 20% increased attack speed
    • +50 to attack rating against undead
    • +2 to all skills
    • gives all resistances +75, 20% faster hit recovery
    • 11% mana stolen per hit
    • hits cause monsters to flee 25%
    • hit blinds target +33
    • +2 to mana after each kill
    • 30% better chance of getting magic items

    Smoke: For 2 socket body armor the combination is Nef + Lum and it gives:

    • +75% enhanced defense
    • +280 defense versus missiles
    • gives all resistances +50
    • 20% faster hit recovery
    • +10 to energy
    • -1 to light radius
    • 18 charges of level 6 Weaken skill

    Stealth: For 2 socket body armor the combination is Tal + Eth and gives:

    • magic damage reduction by 3
    • +6 to dexterity
    • +15 to max stamina
    • poison resist +30%
    • regenerate mana 15%
    • 25% faster hit recovery
    • 25% faster cast rate
    • 25% faster run/walk

    Steel: For 2 socket swords/axes/maces the combination is Tir + El and gives:

    • +1 to light radius
    • +2 to mana after each kill
    • 25% increased attack speed
    • 50% chance of open wounds
    • +50 to attack rating
    • +3 to min and max damage
    • 20% enhanced damage

    Strength: For 2 socket melee weapons the combination is Amn + Tir and gives:

    • 35% enhanced damage
    • 25% chance of crushing blow
    • 7% life stolen per hit
    • +2 to mana after each kill
    • +20 to strength
    • +10 to vitality

    Venom: For 3 socket weapons the combination is Tal + Dol + Mal and gives:

    • your hits to cause monsters to flee 25%
    • prevents monster heal
    • ignores target's defense
    • 7% of mana stolen per hit
    • +273 poison damage over 6 seconds
    • 27 charges of level 15 poison explosion
    • 11 charges of level 13 poison nova

    Wealth: For 3 socket body armor the combination is Lem + Ko + Tir and gives:

    • 300% extra gold from monsters
    • 100% better chance of getting magic items
    • +10 to dexterity
    • +2 to mana after each kill

    White: For 2 socket wand the combination is Dol + Io and it gives:

    • +10 to vitality
    • hit causes monsters to feel 25%
    • magic damage reduced by 4
    • 20% faster cast rate
    • +13 to mana

    For Necromancers it will give +3 to poison and bone skills, +3 to bone armor, +2 to bone spear, and +4 to skeleton mastery.

    Zephyr: For 2 socket missile weapons the combination is Ort + Eth and it gives:

    • +33% enhanced damage
    • +66 to attack rating
    • adds 1-50 lightning damage
    • -25% target defense
    • +25 defense
    • 25% faster run/walk
    • 25% increased attack speed
    • 7% chance to cast a level 1 twister when struck


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