Our first testing period of 2023, PTR 2.6, will go live on January 24 at 10:00 a.m. PST and concludes on January 31 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Pour yourself a comforting elixir to enjoy as we delve straight into the focus of our test—eight new Rune Words.
Individually they are meek, but when uttered in unison, a greater force is awoken—this is the mystique of Rune Words. Call upon these archaic forces to transform your ordinary items into a wieldable force of destruction capable of smiting demonic hordes.
We are introducing eight new Rune Words for Ladder and Offline Single-Player play. Our intent with introducing these additional Rune Words to Diablo II: Resurrected is to sprinkle variety into the competitive meta, creating an opportunity for players to forge new strategies as they race to Level 99. The bulk of these Rune Words focus on bolstering resistance bonuses, while the other Rune Words are centered on movement speed, and Assassin and Druid builds.
|New Rune Word||Rune Order||Allowed Items||Character Level Required||Final Stats|
|Bulwark||Shael + lo + Sol||Helm||35||
|Cure||Shael + lo + Tal||Helm||35||
|Ground||Shael + lo + Ort||Helm||35||
|Hearth||Shael + lo + Thul||Helm||35||
|Temper||Shael + lo + Ral||Helm||35||
|Hustle||Shael + Ko + Eld||Any Weapon or Armor item||39||
|Mosaic||Mal + Gul + Thul||Claw||53||
|Metamorphosis||lo + Cham + Fal||Helm||67||
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The Bulwark, Cure, Ground, Hearth, and Temper Rune Words are being added to equip players with additional tools to boost specific resistance types as desired following the release of Sundering Charms.
The Hustle Rune Word is being added as an early mobility option, providing increased Movement Speed without the teleport aspect of the Enigma Rune Word.
For the Metamorphosis Rune Word, we wanted to add another viable option for an end-game shapeshifter Druid that could compete with items such as Jalal’s Mane. Metamorphosis grants a bonus for successful attacks in both Werewolf and Werebear forms, with each form providing different stacking bonuses.
The Mosaic Rune Word is designed to buff Martial Arts Assassin builds. It grants a brand-new effect that allows for a chance to not consume the charge when using a finisher move. Note that the effect still occurs but the charge is not removed.
As the PTR progresses, please be aware there may be periodic maintenance, outages, or updates based on player feedback. Any changes implemented during this PTR period to the new Rune Words are not set in stone and we may make additional changes to how these Rune Word function post-PTR.
We are testing eight new Rune Words with the desire of spicing up the Ladder meta and giving players additional tools to bring new builds to life. The new Rune Words are only a portion of the content arriving with Patch 2.6, stay tuned for what else is to come when the Patch officially releases.
To ensure these new Rune Words provide an experience that best serves our players, we will need your assistance and urge you to provide any feedback you may have. You can leave your feedback in the PTR Feedback forum. If you discover any bugs, please report them in the PTR Bug Report forum.