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Alright I've watched so many different videos and seen a lot of different facts about the Rune system in Diablo 3. It all keeps changing I'm not really sure which is the correct answer. I'm hoping someone can clarify how this system works and what these runes do.

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Since the game is not yet released, it is still in flux. As you say we've already seen several major overhauls as a result of beta testing. –  Tharius Mar 15 '12 at 13:21
    
WOW That was quick o.o" few minutes ago the release date was announced and i see this post =) nice timing –  Michel Mar 15 '12 at 13:23
    
what the release date was announced! i suck –  Paralytic Mar 15 '12 at 13:24
    
I Posted in the bridge. =X May-15 us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/4612389/… –  Michel Mar 15 '12 at 13:26
    
having troubles with the bridge currently –  Paralytic Mar 15 '12 at 13:28

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As of a recent beta patch, runes are no longer items that are dropped. Instead they are basically skill modifiers that are unlocked as you level up. Each time you level up, you will unlock new skills and/or rune choices that affect your existing skills. You choose a certain number of skills, and a corresponding rune for each, to equip as your skill set. Each skill can have up to 6 different rune versions of it, but you must select which one you want to have equipped at any time. There are no longer different levels of rune abilities, it is simply a matter of having it unlocked or not.

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Link for the last change: us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/4475014/… (02-18-2012) –  Michel Mar 15 '12 at 13:28

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