Best Runeword combinations to level in Diablo 2 Resurrected

Sam Smith

We’ve gathered Diablo 2 Resurrected’s best Runewords in order for you to level your items and become the best hero Sanctuary has ever seen.

By using Runewords in Diablo 2 Resurrected, you can upgrade your items in new and unique ways.

This is done by collecting runes and inserting them into socketed items in certain combinations. These combinations then morph the item into something powerful and loaded with buffs.

While we’ve listed all of the game’s Runeword combinations in our handy guide, let’s jump into the best Runewords for leveling in Diablo 2 Resurrected.


Diablo II Character Creation 2000
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Runewords can transform mediocre items into leveled gear.

How to use Runewords in Diablo 2 Resurrected

You’ll pick up runes during solo and online play, they are little white triangular stones with strange symbols carved into them and work similarly to jewels and gems. They appear in gold text, not unlike unique items, so are often noticeable when they spawn.

Runes are inserted into sockets in items and armor, however, we’d advise against using them on their own. Instead, collect your runes and keep them in your stash and periodically check what words you can make using different combinations of them. This is because certain combinations have a transmog like effect on some items. Importantly, these items need to be socketed, as well as feature a particular number of sockets.

For example, if you were to upgrade your bow to the powerful Zephyr, you’d need to find a bow that contained two sockets. From here you’d insert the Ort and Eth rune into each socket. This would complete the transformation. Your bow would then boast the Runeword Zephyr and contain an outrageous amount of buffs.

We’ve gathered a selection of the best Runewords in Diablo 2 Resurrected below, including the rune combinations you’ll need to create them. We’ve not included the list of buffs each Runeword creates, as this is changeable and depends on the item used.

Diablo 2 Resurrected Assassin using Shadow Warrior clone
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Runewords give a major advantage in combat.

Diablo 2 Resurrected: Best Runewords for Levelling

Chest Armor

The below three Runewords only work on socketed chest armor items:

Word Rune Required level
Stealth Tal Eth 17
Myth Hel Amn Nef 25 (Barbarian only)
Peace Shael Thu Amn 29 (Amaxon only)


The following Runeword only works on helms:

Word Rune Required level
Lore Ort Sol 27
Diablo 2 Runewords Steel in practice
The Steel Runeword in the player’s inventory.


The following Runewords only work on shields:

Word Rune Required level
Ancient’s Pledge Ral Ort Tal 21
Rhyme Shael Eth 29


The below Runewords apply to a range of different weapons:

Word Rune Required level
Steel (Axe, Mace, Sword) Tir El 13
Spirit (Sword or shield) Tal Thul Ort Amn 25
Strength (Various weapons) Amn Tir 25
Honor (Various weapons) Amn El Ith Tir Sol 27
Insight (Polearm, Staff) Ral Tir Tal Sol 27
Leaf (Staff) Tir Ral 19 (Sorceress Only)
Zephyr (Bow, Crossbow) Ort Eth 21

Remember, Runeword items are leveled with your character so it doesn’t matter if you apply runes to an item that’s well below your standards. The Runeword will bring this item up to date and make it something your character will find useful.

That’s everything you need to add the best Runewords to your items in Diablo 2 Resurrected. If you’re looking for more in-depth guides, be sure to check out some below:

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