Guide to Rune Words in Diablo II Resurrected

Last updated on Feb 16, 2023 at 07:16 by Oxygen 10 comments

This page covers Rune Words in Diablo 2 and provides a full list as well as information about how to create them.


Diablo 2 Rune Words

A Rune Word (often spelled Runeword) is the collective name for the different special combinations of Runes that add powerful, predetermined sets of modifiers to the items into which they are inserted. 89 Rune Words exist, each requiring between two to six Runes to complete.

Due to their power and the rarity of high-level Runes, many Rune Words can be completed to yield some of the most sought-after items in Diablo 2.

For a full list of Runes and general information, refer to our Runes guide. For more information about finding and farming Runes, refer to our Rune Finding guide.


Diablo 2 Rune Words List

The following table lists each of the 89 different Rune Words in Diablo 2. The Item Type column represents the type(s) of item(s) into which the correct Runes must be socketed to complete the Rune Word. Rlvl column represents the minimum level required to equip an item into which the Rune Word has been created. The Ladder column shows whether the Rune Word can only be created by Ladder characters; this column is not relevant for Diablo II: Resurrected however, as Ladder-exclusive Rune Words have been made available to non-Ladder characters as well.

Rune Word Item Type Rune 1 Rune 2 Rune 3 Rune 4 Rune 5 Rune 6 Ladder Rlvl
Ancient's Pledge Shield Ral Ort Tal     No 21
Beast Axe, Hammer, Scepter Ber Tir Um Mal Lum No 63
Black Club, Hammer, Mace Thul Io Nef No 35
Bone Body Sol Um Um No 47
Bramble Body Ral Ohm Sur Eth No 61
Brand Missile Jah Lo Mal Gul Yes 65
  • Bulwark
  • New in Patch 2.6
Helm Shael Io Sol Yes 35
Breath of the Dying Weapon Vex Hel El Eld Zod Eth No 69
Call to Arms Weapon Amn Ral Mal Ist Ohm No 57
Chains of Honor Body Dol Um Ber Ist No 63
Chaos Claw Fal Ohm Um No 57
Crescent Moon Axe, Polearm, Sword Shael Um Tir No 47
  • Cure
  • New in Patch 2.6
Helm Shael Io Tal Yes 35
Death Axe, Sword Hel El Vex Ort Gul Yes 55
Delirium Helm Lem Ist Io No 51
Destruction Polearm, Sword Vex Lo Ber Jah Ko Yes 65
Doom Axe, Hammer, Polearm Hel Ohm Um Lo Cham No 67
Dragon Body, Shield Sur Lo Sol Yes 61
Dream Helm, Shield Io Jah Pul Yes 65
Duress Body Shael Um Thul No 47
Edge Missile Tir Tal Amn Yes 25
Enigma Body Jah Ith Ber No 65
Enlightenment Body Pul Ral Sol No 45
Eternity Melee Amn Ber Ist Sol Sur No 63
Exile Auric Vex Ohm Ist Dol No 57
Faith Missile Ohm Jah Lem Eld Yes 65
Famine Axe, Hammer Fal Ohm Ort Jah No 65
Helm Nef Pul Vex Yes 55
Fortitude Body, Weapon El Sol Dol Lo Yes 59
Fury Melee Jah Gul Eth No 65
Gloom Body Fal Um Pul No 47
Grief Axe, Sword Eth Tir Lo Mal Ral Yes 59
  • Ground
  • New in Patch 2.6
Helm Shael Io Ort Yes 35
Hand of Justice Weapon Sur Cham Amn Lo No 67
Harmony Missile Tir Ith Sol Ko Yes 39
Heart of the Oak Mace, Staff Ko Vex Pul Thul No 55
  • Hearth
  • New in Patch 2.6
Helm Shael Io Thul Yes 35
Holy Thunder Scepter Eth Ral Ort Tal No 24
Honor Melee Amn El Ith Tir Sol No 27
  • Hustle
  • New in Patch 2.6
Body, Weapon Shael Ko Eld Yes 39
Ice Missile Amn Shael Jah Lo Yes 65
Infinity Polearm Ber Mal Ber Ist Yes 63
Insight Polearm, Staff Ral Tir Tal Sol Yes 27
King's Grace Scepter, Sword Amn Ral Thul No 25
Kingslayer Axe, Sword Mal Um Gul Fal No 53
Last Wish Axe, Hammer, Sword Jah Mal Jah Sur Jah Ber Yes 65
Lawbringer Hammer, Scepter, Sword Amn Lem Ko Yes 43
Leaf Staff Tir Ral No 19
Lionheart Body Hel Lum Fal No 41
Lore Helm Ort Sol No 27
Malice Melee Ith El Eth No 15
Melody Missile Shael Ko Nef No 39
Memory Staff Lum Io Sol Eth No 37
  • Mist
  • New in Patch 2.4
Bow, Crossbow Cham Shael Gul Thul Ith Yes 67
  • Metamorphosis
  • New in Patch 2.6
Helm Io Cham Fal Yes 67
  • Mosaic
  • New in Patch 2.6
Claw Mal Gul Amn Yes 53
Myth Body Hel Amn Nef No 25
Nadir Helm Nef Tir No 13
Oath Axe, Mace, Sword Shael Pul Mal Lum Yes 49
Obedience Polearm Hel Ko Thul Eth Fal Yes 41
Staff Zod Ist Lem Lum Io Nef Yes 69
Passion Weapon Dol Ort Eld Lem No 43
Katar, Claws Tal Ort Thul Yes 23
Peace Body Shael Thul Amn No 29
Katar, Claws, Daggers, Swords Cham Shael Um Yes 67
Phoenix Weapon, Shield Vex Vex Lo Jah Yes 65
Pride Polearm Cham Sur Io Lo Yes 67
Principle Body Ral Gul Eld No 53
Prudence Body Mal Tir No 49
Radiance Helm Nef Sol Ith No 27
Rain Body Ort Mal Ith No 49
Rhyme Shield Shael Eth No 29
Rift Polearm, Scepter Hel Ko Lem Gul Yes 53
Sanctuary Shield Ko Ko Mal No 49
Silence Weapon Dol Eld Hel Ist Tir Vex No 55
Smoke Body Nef Lum No 37
Spirit Sword, Shield Tal Thul Ort Amn Yes 25
Splendor Shield Eth Lum No 37
Stealth Body Tal Eth No 17
Steel Axe, Mace, Sword Tir El No 13
Stone Body Shael Um Pul Lum No 47
Strength Melee Amn Tir No 25
  • Temper
  • New in Patch 2.6
Helm Shael Io Ral Yes 35
Treachery Body Shael Thul Lem No 43
Sword Fal Io Ith Eld El Hel Yes 41
Venom Weapon Tal Dol Mal No 49
Voice of Reason Mace, Sword Lem Ko El Eld Yes 43
Wealth Body Lem Ko Tir No 43
White Wand Dol Io No 35
Wind Melee Sur El No 61
Wrath Missile Pul Lum Ber Mal Yes 63
Zephyr Missile Ort Eth No 21
Helm Pul Ith Eld Yes 45

How to Create Rune Words

To create a given Rune Word, each of the following conditions — which will be discussed individually below — must be met:

  • The appropriate Runes must be used;
  • The Runes must be inserted in the right order;
  • The quality of the item used to create the Rune Word must be Low, Normal, or Superior;
  • The type of item used must be appropriate for the Rune Word in question;
  • The number of sockets in the base item used must be exactly equal to the number of Runes required for the desired Rune Word;
  • Rune Words enabled for Ladder characters may only be created by Ladder characters (does not apply to Resurrected characters).
  • Rune Words enabled in a given Patch must be created using that Patch or a later Patch (does not apply to Resurrected characters);

Failing to meet any of the conditions will generally make the item unusable to complete the desired Rune Word as well as waste any of the Runes inserted so far. However, the item can be salvaged by placing it as well as a Hel Rune Hel Rune into the Horadric Cube. This process consumes the Hel Rune to destroy any Rune currently in the item in question.


Using the Appropriate Runes

No Rune can be replaced by a different Rune. For example, the Insight Rune Word can only be completed using the exact combination of Ral Rune Ral Rune, Tir Rune Tir Rune, Tal Rune Tal Rune, and Sol Rune Sol Rune.


Inserting the Runes in the Right Order

Rune Words can only be completed if the appropriate Runes are inserted in the exact order listed. For example, the following order must be followed to create Insight: Ral Rune Ral Rune (1),Tir Rune Tir Rune (2), Tal Rune Tal Rune (3), Sol Rune Sol Rune (4). Ordering mistakes are common with shorter Rune Words such as White, where distracted players may insert Io Rune Io Rune followed by Dol Rune Dol Rune instead of Dol followed by Io into their Bone Wand.


Using a Low, Normal, or Superior Quality Base Item

While sockets may appear on items of any quality, only Low, Normal, and Superior items may be used as a base to create Rune Words. The names of such items will be shown in grey. This excludes Magic (blue), Rare (yellow), Set (green), Unique (gold), and Crafted (orange) items from being used to create Rune Words, even if they have the right number of sockets.


Using the Appropriate Type of Item

Each Rune Word can only be created using the specified type of base item. This type may be broad (such as "body armor") or specific (such as "polearm", as opposed to "weapon"). For example, Insight may only be created using polearm-class weapons; using a spear-class weapon would not work.


Meeting the Exact Number of Sockets

The number of sockets in the base item used must be exactly equal to the number of Runes required for the desired Rune Word. For example, Insight may only be created in a polearm with exactly 4 sockets — one for each Rune.


Ladder-Only Rune Words

In order to entice players into creating new Ladder characters, several Ladder-exclusive Rune Words were introduced over the years. Such Rune Words may not be created by Single-Player characters as well as by non-Ladder characters on in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. These restrictions were removed for Expansion characters created on Diablo II: Resurrected, where all Rune Words are currently enabled.


Patch-Enabled Rune Words

Patches 1.09, 1.10, and 1.11 enabled and introduced a number of new Rune Words for offline and online characters. Certain Rune Words may therefore be disabled for players using an outdated version of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. All Rune Words are currently enabled for Expansion characters created on Diablo II: Resurrected, whether online or offline.



  • 16 Feb. 2023: New Patch 2.6 Rune Words added.
  • 11 Oct. 2021: Guide added.
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