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The high runes in Diablo 2 had a very low drop rate, such that most players would never see one drop, even if they've been playing since release. Does Diablo 3 have any similar items?

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The closest items in similarity would be the Radiant Star gems.

The difference becomes that these items must be crafted, unlike say a Zod rune which had a very very small chance of appearing on the highest end opponents.

The similarity is that you need to use a large amount of lesser gems to create these gems very much like creating a Zod from lesser runes.

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Except that you can't create Zod from lesser runes, the high level runes couldn't be created like this. –  bwarner May 16 '12 at 20:06
    
@bwarner On the ladder or in single player they certainly could be, though it was a later patch that allowed it. –  Tharius May 16 '12 at 22:43
    
@bwarner see gaming.stackexchange.com/a/29797/10260 –  Tharius May 16 '12 at 22:44

At this time there exists 5 amulets that are considered extremely rare. The drop rates on these are extremely low. The Star of Azkaranth having the lowest drop rate of every item in the game.

Source:

During the RoS playtest stream that occured on Tuesday February 18th, Travis Day stated that The Star of Azkaranth will be the rarest drop in Reaper of Souls. The reason for its rareness is because so many enemies use fire attacks in the game, which means that this amulet is the most usefull and most desired of the "Prevent all element damage" amulets.

Current Patch 2.0.5.

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Yes

There's one more tier of items above 'Rare' titled 'Legendary'. If you check the auction house, you can see some players have acquired some already.

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If there's already several legendary, then I doubt they're exceptionally rare :p –  Domocus May 16 '12 at 19:22
    
Perhaps not exceptionally rare, but certainly they lie within the parameter of 'rare'. –  Michael Capobianco May 18 '12 at 12:42

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