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Diablo II Resurrected – High Runes Guide




In this article I will explain what High Runes are, what runes are considered High Runes and how you can get your hands on some.

Introduction to High Runes


In Diablo 2: Resurrected, you can find Runes; small socket-able items that grant you various bonuses. These Runes can be put together (in the correct sequence of course) to form Runewords, which are really powerful. But maybe you have also heard of the term: High Runes? What exactly are High Runes? Well, High Runes, as most players call them, stands for “most valuable Runes”. High Runes are expensive and hard to find. These runes also have very powerful attributes, making them a common form of currency in Diablo 2: Resurrected. High Runes are generally considered to be any Rune between Vex and Zod. Below you can find a table consisting of High Runes, and the affects they will have on your gear.

RuneHoradric Cube recipeLevel req.Stats
vexgul + gul + Ruby55

 If socketed in armor/helm:
• +5% maximum fire resist
If socketed in a weapon
• 7% mana steal per hit If socketed in a shield
• +5% maximum fire resist

ohmvex + vex + Emerald57If socketed in armor/helm:
• +5% maximum cold resist
If socketed in a weapon
• +50% enhanced damage
If socketed in a shield
• +5% maximum cold resist
loohm + ohm + Diamond59If socketed in armor/helm:
• +5% maximum lightning resist
If socketed in a weapon
• 20% deadly strike
If socketed in a shield
• +5% maximum lightning resist
surlo + lo + flawless Topaz61If socketed in armor/helm:
• +5% maximum mana
If socketed in a weapon
• hits blind targets
If socketed in a shield
• +50 Mana
bersur + sur + flawless Amethyst63If socketed in armor/helm:
• damage reduced by 8%
If socketed in a weapon
• 20% chance to deal crushing blow
If socketed in a shield
• damage reduced by 8%
jahber + ber + flawless Sapphire65If socketed in armor/helm:
• +5% maximum life
If socketed in a weapon
• ignores target defense
If socketed in a shield
• +50 Life
chamjah + jah + flawless Ruby67If socketed in armor/helm:
• Cannot be frozen
If socketed in a weapon
• Freezes target +3
If socketed in a shield
• Cannot be frozen
zodcham + cham + flawless Emerald69If socketed in armor/helm, weapon or shield
• Indestructible 

How and where to find High Runes




So now that you know what these High runes do, you might be asking: “Where can I find them?”Well, if you want to save your time, go to SSEGold.com to buy D2R Runes is the best way. But if there is no cheese, no cheat code, nor a definitive area or enemy that can guarantee you the High rune you want, you can use these tips and tricks below to increase your chance of finding High Runes.

1)Keep in mind that Magic Find does not influence the drop rate of runes. Runes drop from enemies, it’s a simple as that. Once the enemy is defeated, the game will “roll” on what item to drop (RNG). So, the quickest way to get a Rune in Diablo 2: Resurrected, is to kill as many enemies as you can, as quickly as you can.

2)Player difficulty will affect drop chance of runes and what runes will drop. High Runes will only drop on Hell or higher.

3)Choose the right area to farm for High Runes. This is crucial if you want to farm for High Runes quickly, and efficiently. Here is a list of some of the best places to farm for High Runes:

Arcane SanctuaryThis is a very good farming location due to ghosts. In Diablo II, ghosts have a smaller, limited drop pool compared to other enemies. Which means that your chances of them dropping a High Rune are higher. It’s important to note that you need to kill them while they are standing on the path (space area) otherwise they will not drop any items at all. There is also a super chest at the end of each platform and you can run into the Summoner, which has a fair chance of dropping a High Rune.
Lower CrossThis is probably the most farmed location for players playing through a single player campaign. There are a ton of poppables and if you are playing with 8 players the drop chance is so much higher. Also, be on the lookout for campfires. There is a tavern nearby that always spawns 2 super chests. The game can sometimes spawn up to 2 campfires, meaning you can potentially earn up to 6 super chests.
Tal Rasha TombsI highly recommend coming here with a few extra players as the enemies’ spawn with a ton of different immunities and it might be troublesome for a lot of players to handle by themselves. This is a top pick for players because there is a ton of enemies that spawn here. And remember, there more enemies you kill, the higher your chances of dropping a High Rune. Another reason players like to come here is that when you are done farming an area you can simply teleport over to the other tomb to continue your farming session.
Lower Kurast - Act IIIThis is probably one of the best places to find High Runes. It’s easy to farm and there a ton of super chests which have a very high chance of dropping High runes and other valuable items. You can find theses super chests in a hut next to a circle of torches. Each hut contains 2 super chests to the left and one to the right side, above the torches.
The CountessThe Countess on Hell difficulty can be found in the Forgotten Tower. The Countess is probably the most popular farming location as she always drops at least one rune, which increases your chances of finding a High Rune. Keep in mind that she cannot drop all runes, which is why this location isn’t favored by all.
Secret Cow LevelThis is possibly my favorite location. Not only because of the drop chance of items being so high, but because ever since I discovered this “secret” location, I was always hooked on it. I loved that Blizzard added this little gem. Secret Cow level is a great place to farm because there is a ton of enemies which keep respawning – provided you don’t kill the Cow King and none of the enemies have any immunities, making this level so easy to farm for High Runes.

Final thoughts




If you are a casual player then you might not focus on High Runes as much as other players, but, Runes, High Runes and especially Runewords are very powerful and can really change the way your character performs. If you are not concerned with High Runes, I still recommend trying them out sometime just to see what kind of difference they can make. If you are like me and farm for High Runes, I hope this guide has helped you in some way.

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