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Rune Words can be made by placing runes in the sockets of an item (helm, body armor, weapon or shield), but only when all the following conditions are met:

  • Low, normal or superior quality socketed item (excluding Wirt's Leg)
  • Correct item type
  • Exact number of sockets
  • Enabled patch (Single Player and Other Multiplayer) and game mode (some are Ladder only)
  • Correct runes
  • Runes placed in correct order

Since runes cannot be recovered once they have been placed in sockets, proceed with caution.

Rune Words can benefit from the bonuses of up to 6 runes, and can have up to 7 bonuses of their own, which can make them extremely powerful (particularly when made in Elite armor and weapons). It is best to repair an item before using it to make a Rune Word, since the cost can increase significantly once rune and Rune Word bonuses have been added (particularly if the item is superior, or has its own skill bonuses).

Rune Words can also be made in ethereal items for increased base defense or damage and decreased requirements and durability, although they cannot be repaired or recharged. This is only recommended when they are to be used by a mercenary (since they will not lose durability), or they are Indestructible (Breath of the Dying, Death, Eternity or Oath weapon) or Repair Durability (Exile auric shield or Prudence body armor).

Ethereal normal armor socketed using the Horadric Cube applies the ethereal defense bonus a second time: for example, normal Sacred Armor has (487-600) base defense so ethereal Sacred Armor has (730-900), but after socketing it will have (1,095-1,350). This can be (ab)used to create Rune Word armor with extremely high defense: for example, a Prudence body armor's (140-170)% Enhanced Defense would result in (2,628-3,645) defense when made in the socketed ethereal Sacred Armor.

Since Rune Words can have variable bonuses, in the event of an unfavorable roll the Horadric Cube can also be used to remove the Rune Word for another attempt. Although the runes will be destroyed, they can sometimes be much more easily replaced than the armor or weapon: for example, the runes needed for the Spirit Rune Word are very common but a Sacred Targe (Paladin Only) with All Resistances +45 is much rarer.

All 78 enabled Rune Words are listed alphabetically in the table below, although they can also be sorted by number of sockets, patch and minimum required level.

Ladder Rune Words are highlighted like this
  • Rune Words enabled for Battle.net in 1.07 were not enabled for Single Player and Other Multiplayer until 1.09.
  • Duress, Prudence, Splendor and Wind were enabled for Battle.net in 1.10, but were not enabled for SP and Other MP until 1.11.
  • Ladder Rune Words are only enabled for Ladder realm games on closed Battle.net: they are not enabled for SP and Other MP unless the Rune Word Mod has been downloaded and correctly installed. Once a season ends, any Ladder Rune Words made during that season can still be used by normal (non-Ladder) realm characters.
  • Minimum required level is normally the highest rlvl of any rune used, although final rlvl is the highest rlvl of the base item and any rune used. Holy Thunder has minimum rlvl 24 due to its +3 Holy Shock (Paladin Only} skill bonus (Holy Shock has rlvl 24).

Armor Upgrade Defense Calculator or Weapon Upgrade Damage Calculator can be used to view completed Rune Word armor or weapon stats (excluding durability).

Rune Word Runes Item type(s) Sockets Patch Min Rlvl
1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3
Ancients' Pledge Ral Ort Tal Shield 3 1.07 21
Beast Ber Tir Um Mal Lum Axe Hammer Scepter 5 1.10 63
Black Thul Io Nef Club Hammer Mace 3 1.07 35
Bone Sol Um Um Body 3 1.11 47
Bramble Ral Ohm Sur Eth Body 4 1.10 61
Brand Jah Lo Mal Gul Missile 4 1.10 65
Breath of the Dying Vex Hel El Eld Zod Eth Weapon 6 1.10 69
Call to Arms Amn Ral Mal Ist Ohm Weapon 5 1.10 57
Chains of Honor Dol Um Ber Ist Body 4 1.10 63
Chaos Fal Ohm Um Claw 3 1.10 57
Crescent Moon Shael Um Tir Axe Polearm Sword 3 1.10 47
Death Hel El Vex Ort Gul Axe Sword 5 1.10 55
Delirium Lem Ist Io Helm 3 1.10 51
Destruction Vex Lo Ber Jah Ko Polearm Sword 5 1.10 65
Doom Hel Ohm Um Lo Cham Axe Hammer Polearm 5 1.10 67
Dragon Sur Lo Sol Body Shield 3 1.10 61
Dream Io Jah Pul Helm Shield 3 1.10 65
Duress Shael Um Thul Body 3 1.10 47
Edge Tir Tal Amn Missile 3 1.10 25
Enigma Jah Ith Ber Body 3 1.10 65
Enlightenment Pul Ral Sol Body 3 1.11 45
Eternity Amn Ber Ist Sol Sur Melee 5 1.10 63
Exile Vex Ohm Ist Dol Auric 4 1.10 57
Faith Ohm Jah Lem Eld Missile 4 1.10 65
Famine Fal Ohm Ort Jah Axe Hammer 4 1.10 65
Fortitude El Sol Dol Lo Body Weapon 4 1.10 59
Fury Jah Gul Eth Melee 3 1.07 65
Gloom Fal Um Pul Body 3 1.10 47
Grief Eth Tir Lo Mal Ral Axe Sword 5 1.10 59
Hand of Justice Sur Cham Amn Lo Weapon 4 1.10 67
Harmony Tir Ith Sol Ko Missile 4 1.10 39
Heart of the Oak Ko Vex Pul Thul Mace Staff 4 1.10 55
Holy Thunder Eth Ral Ort Tal Scepter 4 1.07 24
Honor Amn El Ith Tir Sol Melee 5 1.07 27
Ice Amn Shael Jah Lo Missile 4 1.10 65
Infinity Ber Mal Ber Ist Polearm 4 1.10 63
Insight Ral Tir Tal Sol Polearm Staff 4 1.10 27
King's Grace Amn Ral Thul Scepter Sword 3 1.07 25
Kingslayer Mal Um Gul Fal Axe Sword 4 1.10 53
Last Wish Jah Mal Jah Sur Jah Ber Axe Hammer Sword 6 1.10 65
Lawbringer Amn Lem Ko Hammer Scepter Sword 3 1.10 43
Leaf Tir Ral Staff 2 1.07 19
Lionheart Hel Lum Fal Body 3 1.07 41
Lore Ort Sol Helm 2 1.07 27
Malice Ith El Eth Melee 3 1.07 15
Melody Shael Ko Nef Missile 3 1.07 39
Memory Lum Io Sol Eth Staff 4 1.07 37
Myth Hel Amn Nef Body 3 1.11 25
Nadir Nef Tir Helm 2 1.07 13
Oath Shael Pul Mal Lum Axe Mace Sword 4 1.10 49
Obedience Hel Ko Thul Eth Fal Polearm 5 1.10 41
Passion Dol Ort Eld Lem Weapon 4 1.10 43
Peace Shael Thul Amn Body 3 1.11 29
Phoenix Vex Vex Lo Jah Weapon Shield 4 1.10 65
Pride Cham Sur Io Lo Polearm 4 1.10 67
Principle Ral Gul Eld Body 3 1.11 53
Prudence Mal Tir Body 2 1.10 49
Radiance Nef Sol Ith Helm 3 1.07 27
Rain Ort Mal Ith Body 3 1.11 49
Rhyme Shael Eth Shield 2 1.07 29
Rift Hel Ko Lem Gul Polearm Scepter 4 1.10 53
Sanctuary Ko Ko Mal Shield 3 1.10 49
Silence Dol Eld Hel Ist Tir Vex Weapon 6 1.07 55
Smoke Nef Lum Body 2 1.07 37
Spirit Tal Thul Ort Amn Sword Shield 4 1.10 25
Splendor Eth Lum Shield 2 1.10 37
Stealth Tal Eth Body 2 1.07 17
Steel Tir El Axe Mace Sword 2 1.07 13
Stone Shael Um Pul Lum Body 4 1.10 47
Strength Amn Tir Melee 2 1.07 25
Treachery Shael Thul Lem Body 3 1.11 43
Venom Tal Dol Mal Weapon 3 1.07 49
Voice of Reason Lem Ko El Eld Mace Sword 4 1.10 43
Wealth Lem Ko Tir Body 3 1.07 43
White Dol Io Wand 2 1.07 35
Wind Sur El Melee 2 1.10 61
Wrath Pul Lum Ber Mal Missile 4 1.10 63
Zephyr Ort Eth Missile 2 1.07 21