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I am a ladder character on normal difficulty and got this for my hireling:

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The name of the bow was: Short Battle Bow in gray. I got this runeword from Arreat Summit, the name is Edge.

I don't get it though, all that happened was the name changed to Gemmed Short Battle Bow

What am I doing wrong?

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This may be a dumb question, but are you sure that it is a ladder character? They recently did the ladder reset and maybe your status has changed? – Rapida Nov 9 '11 at 23:04
@Rapida - I was about to ask the same thing. – spugsley Nov 9 '11 at 23:05
I created the character after the reset, and yes I am sure it is ladder. – Shahbaz Nov 9 '11 at 23:11
Wait, I just went for double check and I saw that it doesn't say ladder anymore. I don't get it, I am sure I created the character as ladder! – Shahbaz Nov 9 '11 at 23:14
You don't need to beat the game to make a ladder character. I can tell you this from personal experience. – Wipqozn Nov 10 '11 at 1:59
up vote 14 down vote accepted

As per Arreat Summit:

"The following Rune Words will only work on the Realms for Ladder Characters only. They will not work for single or open characters or non-ladder characters"

It sounds like your character is no longer a ladder character. The ladder was reset on October 25, 2011. All previously ladder characters were moved to non-ladder.

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I created my character after the reset. In fact the only reason I started playing was the reset. The character is ladder and in fact the game I created on – Shahbaz Nov 9 '11 at 23:10
@Shahbaz - wow, that's insane. I hope someone can help you out. I'm going to leave my answer so that people know about the ladder reset. – spugsley Nov 9 '11 at 23:11
I went to check, and it wasn't in fact ladder! I am surprised because I went to play this game just to start the ladder!!! Could it be that I have a fresh account, and you cannot start ladder unless you have finished the game once? – Shahbaz Nov 9 '11 at 23:23
Unless you started the character before the ladder reset, then your character should be ladder. The only other thing I can think of is that you may have accidentally unchecked the 'ladder character' box before you started. Well, I'm glad you figured out why it wasn't working :) – spugsley Nov 10 '11 at 1:19
+1 This is a small detail I think the majority of users would miss (I know I did) – Wipqozn Nov 10 '11 at 1:59

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