The Best D2R Ladder-Only Runewords Worth Keeping For Non-Ladder


    The Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder Season One is coming to an end if Blizzard keeps its word. In the Ladder game, some D2R Ladder Runewords are exclusive to the Ladder, and players cannot use them in non-ladder mode. Only when the ladder game ends, players can transfer their loot to non-ladder characters. There are seven Ladder-only Runewords in D2R patch 2.4, so which ones should players keep? After reading this guide, you will have the answer.


    Flickering Flame


    Flickering Flame Runeword Information

    Required Item: Helms

    Runes: NefPulVex

    Required Level: 55

    Socket: 3 Socket


    Flickering Flame Runeword Stats & Attributes

    Level 4-8 Resist Fire Aura When Equipped (varies)

    +3 To Fire Skills

    -10-15% to Enemy Fire Resistance (varies)

    +30% Enhanced Defense

    +30 Defense Vs. Missile

    +50-75 To Mana (varies)

    Half Freeze Duration

    +5% To Maximum Fire Resist

    Poison Length Reduced by 50%


    Flickering Flame is a Runeword for three helmets that can be crafted in three socket helmets using the Nef, Pul, and Vex Runes, when considering helms, you should definitely pay attention to the druid pelts. Flickering Fire gives +3 To Fire Skills, so this Runeword is interesting for several classes or fire builds, one of its best uses is in a fire druid build, in addition, it could also be a fire Trapsin and fire mage very solid choice. Since the highest rune is our loot on Hell difficulty, Flickering Flame is intended for the early endgame.




    Obsession Runeword Information

    Required Item: Staves

    Runes: ZodIstLemLumIoNef

    Required Level: 69

    Socket: 6 Socket


    Obsession Runeword Stats & Attributes

    24% Chance to cast level 10 Weaken when struck

    +4 To All Skills

    +65% Faster Cast Rate

    +60% Faster Hit Recovery


    +10 To Vitality

    +10 To Energy

    Increase Maximum Life 15-25% (varies)

    Regenerate Mana 15-30% (varies)

    All Resistances +60-70 (varies)

    75% Extra Gold from Monsters

    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items


    To make Obsession Runeword in the Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder, you'll need the Zod, Ist, Lem, Lum, Io, and Nef runes, Zod is the hardest rune to get, and it increases this Runeword requirement to level 69. Obsession is for a six socket staff, which means that it has to be done in the war staff or the exceptional elite version of that, it contains a lot of really good stats, and it can be a good choice for sorceresses when the base contains good skills bonus. It's worth noting that Obsession doesn't have auras, so it's not as useful for mercenaries.




    Plague Runeword Information

    Required Item: Sword

    Runes: ChamShaelUm

    Required Level: 67

    Socket: 3 Socket


    Plague Runeword Stats & Attributes

    20% Chance to cast level 12 Lower Resist when struck

    25% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova on striking

    Level 13-17 Cleansing Aura When Equipped (varies)

    +1-2 All Skills

    +20% Increased Attack Speed

    +220-320% Enhanced Damage (varies)

    -23% To Enemy Poison Resistance

    0.3% (0-29.7) Deadly Strike (Based on Character Level)

    +25% Chance of Open Wounds

    Freezes Target +3    


    In fact, the Plague Runeword has been in the game files for a long time and was not activated until D2R Patch 2.4, it is designed for the three-socket sword using the Cham, Shael, and Um runes. You'll probably want to put it on mercenaries when you're going to use javazon or some other poison damage skill build, but this might be more valuable if the first bonus there is lower than the resistance bonus is actually striking rather than being struck, which would really change the value of this item, Plague is one of the best end-game choices.




    Wisdom Runeword Information

    Required Item: Helms

    Runes: PulIthEld

    Required Level: 45

    Socket: 3 Socket


    Wisdom Runeword Stats & Attributes

    +33% Piercing Attack

    +15-25% Bonus to Attack Rating (varies)

    4-8% Mana Stolen Per Hit (varies)

    +30% Enhanced Defense

    +10 Energy

    15% Slower Stamina Drain

    Cannot Be Frozen

    +5 Mana After Each Kill

    15% Damage Taken Goes to Mana  


    Wisdom Runeword is used for the three-socket helm and requires the Pul, Ith, and Eld runes, which are all low-level and can be found on Normal and Nightmare difficulty. Wisdom is the more speculative one and the only non-weapon Runeword in this list, seems to be a helmet-specific Runeword for ranged characters like the bowazon, although it does include a bunch of interesting mods for the 2.4 rogues too. By the way, the highest rune only requires level 45, so you can use this Runeword on normal helmets earlier. Bonuses like stinging attack and mana drain suggest this Runeword should be of particular interest to Amazons.


    Unbending Will


    Unbending Will Runeword Information

    Required Item: Sword

    Runes: FalIoIthEldElHel

    Required Level: 41

    Socket: 6 Socket


    Unbending Will Runeword Stats & Attributes

    18% Chance to cast Level 18 Taunt on striking

    +3 To Combat Skills (Barbarian Only)

    +20-30% Increased Attack Speed (varies)

    +300-350% Enhanced Damage (varies)

    +9 To Maximum Damage

    +50 To Attack Rating

    +75% Damage to Undead

    +50 Attack Rating Against Undead

    8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies)

    Prevent Monster Heal

    +10 To Strength

    +10 To Vitality

    Damage Reduced By 8

    +1 Light Radius

    Requirements -20%  


    Unbending Will is a sword-specific Runeword that can be crafted in a six-socket sword using the runes Fal + Io + Ith + Eld + El + Hel. Unbending Will Runeword is a very reliable weapon for the Act 5 mercenaries in Diablo 2 Resurrected, the mercenaries are barbarians, they go out with their giant sword, and they are going to start whacking enemies and casting taunts all the time. In addition to the Act 5 mercenary, the Unbending Will is also a good barbarian weapon for frenzy, concentrate, berserk, or barb.


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