Diablo 2 Expansion Items Revealed
11:50 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story
DiabloII.net has uncovered a wealth of information about the new items that will appear in the Diablo 2 expansion set, Lord of Destruction. They've also got the scoop on a serveral existing items and item properties that will be modified. According to Diabloii.net, Blizzard decided to make these changes to balance the game and make these items more useful. An example would be the life and mana stealing affix. In their current state, Blizzard feels that items containing that affix allow players to refill their life and mana bulbs much too easy, so the items that contain those affixes will most likely be weakened to make the game more challenging.
One of the more interesting items in the expansion set are Runes. There are 33 types of Runes and they will be much more powerful and rare than gems (one out of 600,000 Runes dropped will be extremely rare). You can pop them into weapons the same way you would with gems, but certain "recipies" of Runes yield very powerful items. Below is a chart taken from DiabloII.net illustrating how Runes would be used (data taken from an early build of the expansion set):
There are two things that immediately stand out, the socketed body armor and the almost-ridiculous abilities the Runes give you. Keep in mind how rare the rarest Runes will be. Blizzard estimates that players may have to spend many months searching for them, but has taken into account that players will get lucky or trade for them. Visit DiabloII.net for the rest of the information.
Lord of Destruction Items at DiabloII.net
|Runic Item Bonuses|
|2 Medium Rare Runes|
|Fast Run, +47% Enhanced Defense, +15% Mana Regeneration, +33% Fire and Lighting Resistance|
|3 Medium-Rare Runes|
|+100 AR, 250% Damage vs. Undead, 7% mana steal, 7% life steal, +150% enhanced damage, +10 vitality, +7 minimum damage|
|4 Socket Weapon|
|2 Very Rare, 1 Medium, 1 Common|
|33% Deadly Strike, 25% Crushing Blow, 100% Open Wounds, Ignore Target's Defense, +1 Light Radius, +15% Life steal, +182% Enhanced Damage, +53AR, +15 Str|
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